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Broncos DT Clinton McDonald is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

McDonald is sidelined as the Broncos open OTAs this week. He underwent the procedure in March, and the team knew about the issue when it signed him after McDonald had a solid 2017 in Tampa Bay. The 31-year-old remains an effective pocket pusher and will be a key cog in Denver's line rotation.
May 22 - 8:43 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports new 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon was highly active as a pass catcher on the first day of OTAs Tuesday.

It's not a surprise, though reporter Matt Barrows went as far as to say that McKinnon was Jimmy Garoppolo's "most active" receiver. Barrows believes 73 — Devonta Freeman's high-water mark under Kyle Shanahan — could be McKinnon's over/under for receptions this season. If McKinnon could even come close to that, it would make him a monster in all formats of fantasy, as he's also in the lead on early downs in San Francisco. 43 of McKinnon's 51 Vikings receptions last season came after Dalvin Cook was lost for the year in Week 4.
May 22 - 7:55 PM

Second-year pro Raekwon McMillan remains penciled in as the Dolphins' starting middle linebacker.

The No. 54 overall pick of last year's draft, McMillan was supposed to man the middle as a rookie but ended up missing the entire season with a torn ACL. He has since been cleared for full participation in OTAs. The middle was a black hole for the Dolphins last season, and help was not added this offseason. McMillan's biggest question mark coming out of Ohio State was his coverage ability.
May 22 - 7:00 PM's Mike Silver reports the Browns offered the Eagles the No. 35 overall pick for Nick Foles before eventually trading for Tyrod Taylor.

Per Silver, the Eagles consulted Foles, who said he wished to remain in Philadelphia. The sides later reached a reworked contract that gave Foles 2018 incentives and the option to leave in 2019. It's nice to see a team do right by a player, but the Eagles should have sold high on their Super Bowl hero. As it is, he's excellent quarterback insurance as Carson Wentz completes his recovery from a torn ACL.
May 22 - 6:51 PM

The NFL has approved revised kickoff rules for 2018.

The biggest change is that running starts are no longer allowed for the kicking team. Various positioning changes have also been made, while two-man wedge blocks have been outlawed. An outline of the changes can be found at the link below.
May 22 - 6:39 PM

Second-year Cardinals WR Chad Williams worked out with Chad Ochocinco this offseason.

"He actually took my mind to another level," Williams said. "He prepped my mind more than he prepped my feet. It was me and Chad going at each other every day." Speaking about his lost rookie season (three catches in six games), Williams admitted he was daunted by both the playbook and long schedule. Williams will fight for the Cardinals' No. 3 or 4 receiver job this summer.
May 22 - 5:52 PM

Ryan Tannehill (knee) is practicing without a brace in OTAs.

Doing "everything" in OTAs, Tannehill is either fully recovered or almost there. Practicing without a brace is a change from last offseason, where Tannehill wore one in every practice in an effort to get used to it for the regular season. The brace did not stop Tannehill from re-injuring his ACL. Now surgically-repaired, Tannehill's knee should be stronger than it was last summer.
May 22 - 5:45 PM

Browns signed fourth-round WR Antonio Callaway to a four-year contract.

Third-round DE Chad Thomas has also signed his rookie deal. Callaway's talent is undeniable but so are his off-the-field issues. On tape, Callaway looks like a young Santonio Holmes, and he blazed a 4.41 forty in Indy. Multiple scouts suggested before the draft Callaway was this year’s most-talented receiver. He could put heat on Corey Coleman for the Browns' third wideout job behind Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry right away.
May 22 - 5:25 PM

Raiders S Obi Melifonwu (hip) is not close to a return.

"He doesn’t look close to me at all," were coach Jon Gruden's words on Tuedsay. "I’ll leave it at that. He doesn’t look close to me at all." Gruden's tone seemed to indicate he believed Melifonwu should be further along in his rehab. Gruden said just last month Melifonwu's return wasn't far off. The No. 56 overall pick of last year's draft, Melifonwu was limited to five games by injury.
May 22 - 4:56 PM

Steelers signed third-round OT Chukwuma Okorafor to a four-year contract.

Okorafor grew up in Africa and didn’t play offensive line until his junior year in high school, then became a 39-game starter for Western Michigan. Okorafor looks the part with a massive build, but his tape reveals a prospect in need of technical work. Okorafor also tested out as a lowly ninth-percentile SPARQ athlete in Indy. Not yet 21 years old, Okorafor is a probable multi-year project.
May 22 - 4:50 PM

Raiders acquired QB Christian Hackenberg from the Jets in exchange for a 2019 conditional seventh-round pick.

A move too beautiful for words. Mere hours after criticizing the Jets' coaching staff for failing to fix his terrible mechanics, Hackenberg has been acquired by back-to-the-future coach Jon Gruden. Even in Gruden's prehistoric environment, Hackenberg will be facing almost impossible odds of making the roster, as evidenced by the Jets' "compensation." He starts out behind Derek Carr, E.J. Manuel and Connor Cook on the depth chart. One of the biggest draft reaches in recent memory — Hackenberg never looked like a legitimate prospect at Penn State before the Jets selected him with the No. 51 overall pick in 2016 — Hack is going to need a miracle to prolong his NFL career beyond 2018.
May 22 - 4:33 PM

NFL suspended Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Harris was arrested and charged with marijuana possession in March 2017. Travis Kelce's backup will return in Week 2. Marijuana suspensions are going to look like an anachronism in 10 years.
May 22 - 4:23 PM

Broncos WR Jordan Taylor is recovering from surgery to both hips.

Taylor is participating in OTAs but not at full speed. Taylor had his right hip operated on before his left was sent under the knife nine weeks later. The fourth-year UDFA has 29 career catches. He makes his biggest contributions as a returner on special teams.
Source: NBC Denver
May 22 - 4:19 PM

Eagles LB Paul Worrilow has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will miss the 2018 season.

Worrilow was a mere depth signing in April, but his loss is a blow for a team that just released Mychal Kendricks on Tuesday. Worrilow, who was a part-time player for the Lions last season, turned 28 earlier this month. The Eagles should be in the market for linebacker help.
May 22 - 4:14 PM

Raiders CB Gareon Conley (shin splints) is a full participant in OTAs.

"Conley is special," coach Jon Gruden said afterward. "He was a top pick in the draft for a reason." Conley's rookie season was a complete wash, with his troublesome shin limiting him to two appearances. One month shy of his 23rd birthday, Conley will be given the opportunity to be a difference-making sophomore. The Raiders cut Sean Smith before letting T.J. Carrie walk in free agency.
May 22 - 3:54 PM

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