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Speaking Wednesday, Browns coach Hue Jackson said new Patriots RB Rex Burkhead will "flourish" in New England.

"He's very talented," Jackson said. "He's going to get his opportunity now, and he's going to flourish. He's a really good player. A really good player. He's very versatile because he's a good runner, a good pass-catcher. He's a good blocker. He brings a lot of different elements to that football team." Jackson's opinion is notable because he was Burkhead's position coach and OC in Cincinnati before taking the Browns job. Burkhead's hype continues to build.
Mar 29 - 3:00 PM

Saints re-signed TE John Phillips to a one-year contract.

Phillips is purely a blocking tight end for New Orleans.
Mar 29 - 2:33 PM

Waiver claim DE Scott Crichton failed his physical with the Bills and is a free agent.

Crichton was claimed off waivers from the Vikings earlier this week. He missed all of last season, spending it on I.R. after being waived/injured during the summer. The former No. 72 overall pick has yet to show much.
Mar 29 - 2:25 PM

WKBW Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes Bills MLB Preston Brown could be available for trade.

Since being drafted No. 73 overall in 2014, Brown has appeared in all 48 games, making 46 starts. He was ex-coach Rex Ryan's signal-caller as a 3-4 inside linebacker, and Ryan long praised Brown, saying he believed Brown was "going to be a star." Well, Brown has never really been a playmaker, with just one career sack, three picks, and two forced fumbles. With new coach Sean McDermott shifting to a 4-3 and Reggie Ragland expected to be the middle linebacker, Brown doesn't have a starting spot. He has one year left on his rookie deal.
Mar 29 - 2:17 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots "inquired" about Richard Sherman's availability before they signed Stephon Gilmore in free agency.

RapSheet adds that "others" asked about Sherman, though those teams' identities aren't known. New England knew it was losing Logan Ryan in free agency and possibly could also deal away Malcolm Butler, so Bill Belichick and Co. rang up the Seahawks to ask about Sherman, who seems to be wearing out his welcome a bit in Seattle. Both GM John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll have admitted a trade has been "talked about," but it's ultimately highly unlikely to happen. Acquiring Sherman would probably cost a first-rounder plus more.
Mar 29 - 1:20 PM

Vikings FS Harrison Smith is recovering from offseason ankle surgery.

Smith suffered a Grade 3 high-ankle sprain in Week 13, which is the most severe sprain one can suffer. He missed the next two games before returning for the final two. Expect Smith to be ready well ahead of training camp.
Mar 29 - 12:40 PM

Rams slot CB Lamarcus Joyner is a "real option" to move to free safety.

Strictly limited to nickel corner duties under the Jeff Fisher staff, new DC Wade Phillips wants to get Joyner on the field for every snap. He played safety his first three years at Florida State and was a do-it-all maven, racking up sacks, interceptions, and forced fumbles. The Rams are expected to move last year's FS Maurice Alexander to strong safety to replace free agent T.J. McDonald.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 12:21 PM

Browns EVP Sashi Brown wouldn't rule out suspended WR Josh Gordon being welcomed back to the team.

"We’re not in position at wide receiver to turn down a guy like Josh if we feel he’s settled himself," Brown said. It goes against what coach Hue Jackson has preached since Gordon was hit with another suspension last year. At the time, Jackson said, "We need to close that chapter right now." Gordon doesn't turn 26 for another two weeks and was a mega-talent the last time he was on the field full time, producing an 87-1,646-9 line in 2013. The Browns are in the market for playmakers, and Gordon fits the bill. By most accounts, Gordon has his life on track.
Mar 29 - 12:08 PM

Cardinals second-year C/G Evan Boehm will open OTAs as the starting right guard.

A fourth-round pick last year, Boehm played 122 snaps as a rookie and started the season finale at right guard. He'll replace Earl Watford, who left as a free agent for Jacksonville. Boehm started his college career at Mizzou as a guard and is known as a fearsome, tough, power-blocking lineman.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 11:23 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said he'd like to get David Johnson 30 touches per game this season.

We've heard this "30 touches per game" thing from Arians before, and it's never exactly translated to that much work, but Johnson did average over 23 per game in 2016 and appears capable of more. Arians said Johnson is still too young to be "overused" at 25 years old. The Cardinals know they can't ask Carson Palmer to throw 40 times a week at his age in this downfield offense, so putting more on Johnson's plate is their best chance at winning games. Johnson is the early leader in the clubhouse to go No. 1 overall in fantasy drafts this summer.
Mar 29 - 11:18 AM

Coach Bruce Arians said the Cardinals are moving Andre Ellington to wide receiver.

Ellington will no longer meet with the running backs and is moving full-time to receiver. He must have okayed the transition since Ellington re-signed a one-year deal with Arizona earlier this month. Ellington stands 5'9/199 and has always been a plus pass-catcher out of the backfield. He didn't hold up the one season Arizona tried to turn him into a workhorse back. With so many health-related question marks behind an aging Larry Fitzgerald, Ellington could have a chance to carve out a slot role in three- and four-wide sets. Arizona now needs a No. 2 runner.
Mar 29 - 11:09 AM

Coach Doug Pederson said Nelson Agholor could take on a bigger special teams role in 2017.

Agholor has mentioned the possibility of returning kicks. Following the additions of Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith to go with slot man Jordan Matthews, Agholor's role on offense has evaporated. He's no higher than the No. 4 wideout at the moment and could even be a trade candidate on draft weekend. Dynasty owners have no choice but to sit tight with Agholor's stock at zero.
Mar 29 - 11:01 AM

Coach Ron Rivera admitted Cam Newton's confidence was "shook" last season.

Continuing, Rivera said that confidence will have to be rebuilt this year. Newton was sacked 36 times last season and hit another 10 times as he threw. He also took a ton of licks as a runner. Fixing their offensive line will go a long way in rebuilding Newton. The Panthers added LT Matt Kalil in free agency, but right tackle remains a question mark. The MVP in 2015, Newton is a big bounce-back candidate in 2017 with Kelvin Benjamin a year removed from ACL surgery.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 10:50 AM

Coach Pete Carroll admitted teams have called about trading for CB Richard Sherman, and the Seahawks have "talked about it."

Ultimately, much like GM John Schneider said on Tuesday, Carroll doesn't envision a deal. The higher-ups in Seattle are clearly getting a bit tired of Sherman's antics, but it's likely not enough at this point to ship him out of town. Seattle's cornerback depth is already severely lacking with DeShawn Shead coming off a torn ACL. Trading Sherman would force the Seahawks to completely start over at the position. A potential trade is more likely at this time next year.
Mar 29 - 10:44 AM

Coach Hue Jackson said the Browns need more out of their tight ends in 2017.

"That position needs to upgrade, whether we do that with the guys that are there and continue to get better, or if there's somebody in the draft than can come in and help our football team," Jackson said. Jackson's eyes "lit up" when reporters asked him about Alabama TE O.J. Howard on Tuesday. Viewed as the top tight end in a loaded draft at the position, Howard is in play for the Browns at No. 12 overall if Howard falls that far. Gary Barnidge had a career 2015, but predictably fell back to Earth last year. He failed to top 42 yards in each of the last nine games.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 29 - 10:04 AM


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