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Redskins OC Sean McVay used the term "every-down back" to describe second-year RB Matt Jones' potential.

After the Redskins drafted only Keith Marshall in the seventh round -- and added no running backs in free agency -- Jones is set up for a huge workload if he hangs onto the ball and improves on last year's poor efficiency. "He had some growing pains, but I think, when you look at the things he was able to do both in the run game and in the pass game, he’s got the skills and traits you’re looking for in that every-down back," said McVay. "He’s a violent finisher. I think he’s a little bit more sudden than people give him credit for." Jones fumbled five times as a rookie and averaged 3.40 yards per carry, but his arrow is pointing up for 2016.
May 5 - 12:13 AM

Colts signed first-round C Ryan Kelly to a four-year contract.

A rare smart first-round pick by Colts GM Ryan Grigson -- Bjoern Werner and a WR4 came in two of the three years before this -- Kelly was the best center in the draft and shores up a major weak spot on Indy's interior line. As it stands, the Colts' starting front five is shaping up as LT Anthony Castonzo, LG Jack Mewhort, C Kelly, RG Hugh Thornton, and RT Joe Reitz. The left side has the potential to be strong, but the right side still looks weak.
May 4 - 9:06 PM

Nelson Agholor suffered a high ankle sprain "at midseason" last year.

"When we were in camp in preseason, the guy was explosive," said Jordan Matthews. "When he hurt his ankle, and then you add all the pressure of being a first-round pick, it's hard to just go out there and play your best. But he looks really explosive now." The injury was never announced as a high ankle sprain, but Agholor did miss Weeks 6-7. Although the jury remains out on Philly's 2015 first-round pick, Agholor could be argued as a post-draft "winner" after the Eagles didn't invest in wide receivers. Ahead of Rueben Randle and Chris Givens, Agholor is basically locked into the starting lineup opposite Jordan Matthews.
May 4 - 9:00 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Duke Johnson and Isaiah Crowell "are as good as I've seen in a while."

"Their talent is extreme," he added. This is the second time this week Jackson has talked up his running back duo, but he went a step further with his praise of each back on Tuesday. "Duke has suddenness and quickness and he can go catch the ball with anybody," Jackson said. "He does so many different things that gives your offense a boost." Johnson should serve as the passing-down complement to Crowell, a role Giovani Bernard rode to 1,202 total yards last season.
May 4 - 7:34 PM

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson "are as good as I've seen in a while."

Jackson said he was "very happy" with the running backs on the roster earlier this week, but he took it a step further Tuesday. "I really think Isaiah Crowell is a really good running back," Jackson said. "Obviously, Isaiah is very explosive. He's got quick feet, he's fast in the hole, he runs with good pad level." Crowell has struggled to consistently contribute in the pros, but he was a highly-rated prospect with a tantalizing skill set. It sounds like he will be given every chance to earn a workhorse role, and he has the talent to make the carries count.
May 4 - 7:32 PM

Rams fourth-round TE Tyler Higbee is expected to plead not guilty to second-degree assault, second-degree evading police, and public intoxication charges on Thursday.

Higbee was arrested on April 10 for allegedly assaulting a man outside a Bowling Green club. The man was reportedly unconscious for at least 20 minutes before being transported to the hospital in serious condition. He has since been released. Higbee claims the alleged victim was "getting close to his girlfriend" and "stuck his head" in Higbee's face. Higbee allegedly fled the scene after the altercation and was found "heavily intoxicated" hiding behind trees at a nearby church. Regardless of the outcome of the trial, Higbee is likely looking at league discipline.
Source: USA Today
May 4 - 7:04 PM

Franchise-tagged OLB Von Miller said he is going to stay with the Broncos "no matter what."

"The contract is going to take care of itself," Miller added. Despite little apparent progress in negotiations, Miller has been consistently optimistic. Although it may come down to the July 15 deadline, it is likely the two sides work out a long-term deal.
May 4 - 6:55 PM

Eagles signed No. 153 overall pick RB Wendell Smallwood to a four-year contract.

Philadelphia also finalized four-year deals with DB Blake Countess, DB Jalen Mills, DE Alex McCalister and LB Joe Walker. With that group locked up, No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz, G Isaac Seumalo and OT Halapoulivaati Vaitai are the only members of Philadelphia's draft class left to sign. A fifth-round pick, Smallwood landed in a great spot to contribute early with only Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles ahead of him on the depth chart.
May 4 - 6:50 PM

Jaguars LT Kelvin Beachum (ACL) said he will begin cutting soon.

Beachum tore his ACL in October. He has been running and pushing sleds in a straight line, and he has begun doing pass sets as well. It sounds like he should participate in at least part of training camp, and it would be a surprise if he is not ready for Week 1. Beachum also said he plans to play left tackle, a spot formerly occupied by 2013 No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel. The Jaguars declined to pick up Joeckel's fifth-year option earlier this week.
Source: jaguars.com
May 4 - 6:35 PM

Free agent QB Johnny Manziel turned himself in to authorities Wednesday.

Manziel was indicted on a misdemeanor assault family violence charge last month. He posted bond and was released after being booked. If convicted, Manziel faces up to one year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine. He is expected to appear in court Thursday.
Source: NBC Dallas
May 4 - 6:12 PM

A Titans staff member told third-round S Kevin Byard that Bishop Sankey's number was available.

Byard wore No. 20 in college, the same number Sankey has worn his first two years in the league. Teams often have players share numbers when the roster is expanded during the offseason, but the top players usually get their number all to themselves. After the Titans traded for DeMarco Murray and drafted Derrick Henry, Sankey is clearly no longer a highly-valued asset, and it would be a surprise if he survives training camp on the roster.
Source: ESPN
May 4 - 5:54 PM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said second-round LB Myles Jack (knee) is "ready to go."

Caldwell said Jack would have been able to participate in spring ball if he were still at UCLA, but he admitted the linebacker may need a procedure in the future. "I don’t think the plan involves microfracture," Caldwell said. "I don’t think he’s a candidate for that from what I’ve been told, but there may need to be a procedure somewhere down the line." A top-five talent, Jack slipped to the second round because of long-term concerns about his knee. If the Jaguars can keep him healthy, he could end up being the steal of the draft.
May 4 - 5:47 PM

Lions waived TE Jordan Thompson (knee) with a failed physical designation.

Thompson made two appearances for Detroit in 2014, but he missed all of 2015 after suffering a "significant" knee injury in the preseason. He is likely still recovering from that injury.
May 4 - 5:23 PM

Chiefs waived WR Fred Williams.

A preseason DFS star last year, Williams spent most of the regular season on the practice squad. Already 28, it is not a given he gets another shot.
May 4 - 5:18 PM

Cardinals waived CB Joel Wilkinson.

A former Australian Rules Football player, Wilkinson was just signed in February. He is a long-term project, but it is possible he lands in another camp. Arizona also cut ties with CB Kevin White, CB Tyrequek Zimmerman and C Valeran Ume-Ezeoke. These moves make room for their undrafted free agent class.
May 4 - 5:15 PM


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