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USA Today's Tom Pelissero reports Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer and Titans director of player personnel Ryan Cowden are on the Chiefs' "radar" for their open GM position.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have requested interviews with both. Current Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach looks like the favorite for the job, but owner Clark Hunt wants to explore all options. Vikings assistant GM George Paton was also approached, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 11:36 AM

The Chicago Tribune's Brad Biggs believes Bears TE Zach Miller's roster spot could be in jeopardy.

Biggs believes Daniel Brown, a converted receiver who worked in Miller's role while the veteran was sidelined with a foot injury during the offseason program, will push Miller for a job during camp. That seems unlikely if Miller is healthy, but he is no lock to be ready at the start of camp and not a great bet to stay healthy once he gets back on the field. Even if he keeps his job, Miller's days in Chicago are numbered after the team added Dion Sims and drafted Adam Shaheen this offseason. The 32-year-old is scheduled to be a free agent next spring.
Jun 26 - 11:09 AM

Chiefs co-director of player personnel Brett Veach will interview for the team's vacant GM job.

Veach's name was thrown around during the Bills' search for a general manager, so it is not a surprise he is a candidate for promotion. In fact, he may be the favorite to land the job. The Chiefs also approached Vikings assistant GM George Paton, but he turned down an interview request.
Jun 26 - 10:48 AM

Cam Newton threw a football for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery on March 30.

Newton was originally expected to resume throwing during the last week of minicamp. Despite the session being pushed back, Newton said "there's no doubt" he will be "100 percent" for training camp and expects to be "ready to rock and roll" in as little as two weeks. Despite his confidence, it would not be surprising if the Panthers take it slow early in training camp, but he should be back to full health well before Week 1.
Jun 26 - 10:42 AM

ESPN's James Walker believes Jay Ajayi "could put up 1,900 total yards if he stays healthy."

Walker's official projection is 1,435 rushing yards, 482 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. The rushing number is not far-fetched considering Ajayi rumbled for 1,272 yards in 12 starts last season, although that number was inflated by three 200-yard games. The receiving number is more of a jump after Ajayi logged just 151 yards through the air last year, but the back has earned consistent praise for his improvement in the passing game all offseason. Only two running backs managed 1,900 total yards last year -- Le'Veon Bell would have joined David Johnson and Ezekiel Elliott on that list if he had played 16 games -- so the fact that Ajayi even has a shot at that number shows what kind of fantasy upside he possesses. He is a locked-in RB1.
Source: ESPN
Jun 26 - 9:52 AM

Vikings assistant GM George Paton declined to interview for the Chiefs' vacant GM position.

The Chiefs fired John Dorsey last week. With coach Andy Reid seemingly the most important voice in Kansas City's front office, it is not surprising Paton wants to wait for a better opportunity. He was one of the finalists for the 49ers job in January.
Jun 26 - 9:45 AM

Markus Wheaton thinks the Bears' receivers "definitely are underrated."

Between Cameron Meredith, Kevin White, Wheaton, Kendall Wright, and Victor Cruz, the Bears do have some theoretical talent, but every player besides maybe Meredith comes with a question mark. Can White stay healthy? Can Wheaton become more consistent? Can Wright say on coach John Fox's good side? Does Cruz have anything left? If the answer to some of those questions is yes, then Chicago's receivers could surprise this year, but it is difficult to call them anything but underwhelming at this point.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 26 - 9:32 AM

Lions coach Jim Caldwell said he sees "consistent progress and improvement" from Zach Zenner.

With both Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick sidelined late last season, Zenner stepped up with 136 yards on 32 attempts over the final two weeks of the regular season and 88 total yards in Detroit's playoff loss. Coming off those performances, Zenner would seem to have a leg up on Dwayne Washington for the No. 3 job, but both will struggle for fantasy relevance while Abdullah and Riddick are healthy.
Jun 26 - 9:26 AM

Le'Veon Bell (groin surgery) was videoed playing basketball over the weekend.

It is noteworthy after Bell underwent core muscle surgery in March. Bell seemed to be moving well on the court, and the fact he was able to play at all suggests he is close to if not at full health. If his contract situation is worked out, he should be ready to go at the start of camp.
Jun 26 - 8:39 AM

NJ Advance Media's Connor Hughes wrote first-round S Jamal Adams was "arguably the best player" during the Jets' offseason workouts.

The New York Post's Brian Costello recently said Adams had the most impressive spring of any Jets rookie since Sheldon Richardson while CB Morris Claiborne called him "unbelievable." The roster is going to take some time to rebuild, but early indications are the Jets landed a good one with the No. 6 overall pick.
Jun 26 - 8:36 AM

Kevin Bowen of Colts.com called TE Darrell Daniels a name to watch among the Colts' undrafted rookies.

It was a mild surprise when Daniels went undrafted out of Washington and the Colts don't have much tight end depth behind Jack Doyle and Erik Swoope. The Colts have been among the most accommodating teams to undrafted rookies in recent years, rostering at least one UDFA in 18 straight seasons. Bowen also mentioned UFDAs CB Dante Blackmon and RB Dalton Crossan as candidates to crack the 53-man roster.
Source: colts.com
Jun 25 - 1:02 PM

Updating an earlier report, ESPN analyst Louis Riddick has not been contacted by the Chiefs.

The news comes from Riddick himself. "The Kansas City Chiefs have not contacted me and there is no interview set up for this week. Source? Me," he tweeted. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier that the Chiefs were looking to interview Riddick for their GM opening, but apparently that isn't the case. The Chiefs are searching for a GM to replace John Dorsey, who was fired last week.
Jun 25 - 11:52 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chiefs have "reached out" to ESPN analyst Louis Riddick about their GM opening and are hoping to set up an interview next week.

The Chiefs are looking to replace John Dorsey, who was surprisingly let go last week. Riddick interviewed for the 49ers' GM opening a few months ago but lost out to John Lynch. Riddick has some front office experience, working as the Eagles' Director of Pro Personnel for a stretch before landing his current job at ESPN.
Jun 25 - 11:25 AM

Terrelle Pryor will spend part of the summer training with Antonio Brown in Pennsylvania.

He's also planning a trip to Charlotte to work out with Randy Moss. Even before they began training together, Pryor had already sought out Brown via text message, asking him for advice on route-running and certain training techniques. Despite his success with Cleveland last year, Pryor is still relatively new to receiver after beginning his career at quarterback. "The good ones, they ask questions," said Pryor. "Once you stop learning and think you’ve got it, that’s when you lose. I never want to get to that point."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 11:22 AM

Rob Kelley averaged 3.23 yards per carry over his final six starts in 2016.

That's a noticeable drop-off from Kelley's first three starts when he averaged 4.79 yards per attempt. His late struggles prompted the team to select Samaje Perine in the fourth round of April's draft, though ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim still believes Kelley will get most of the running-back touches early in 2017. Per Keim, Kelley has "looked more comfortable this spring" and has learned from his mistakes last year, including "not trusting his blocking" and "cutting outside too soon." On average, Fat Rob has been going late in the seventh round in early mock drafts.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 11:03 AM


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