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TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt believes it's "too early to say" if RT Jack Conklin (knee) will be ready for Week 1.

Conklin missed OTAs recovering from January ACL surgery. He's expected to open training camp on the active/PUP list, but there's hope he'll return before the start of the season. Conklin was one of the top pass-blocking right tackles in the league before going down in the playoffs. The Titans have a proven backup in Dennis Kelly if Conklin isn't back for Week 1.
Jun 23 - 3:12 PM

Panthers TE Ian Thomas got reps with the first-team offense at minicamp.

Thomas was a one-year college starter but blew up the Combine (91st-percentile SPARQ). The Panthers drafted Thomas as a project but he's shown enough to push Chris Manhertz for the No. 2 job behind Greg Olsen. Thomas has the pass-catching skills for a rookie impact.
Jun 23 - 2:27 PM

Panthers DE Wes Horton could have an expanded role this season.

Horton managed 5.5 sacks on 359 snaps (34%) last year. With Charles Johnson gone and Julius Peppers limited to pass downs, he's a good bet to see an uptick in playing time. A strong training camp would make Horton the favorite to start opposite Mario Addison.
Jun 23 - 12:24 PM

Titans second-year ILB Jayon Brown "made a lot of plays" during offseason workouts.

Brown repped with the first-team defense this spring. The Titans plan to use him in a larger role after playing 45-percent of snaps as a rookie. Brown is competing with Rashaan Evans and Will Compton to start opposite Wesley Woodyard but should get most of his playing time in sub-packages.
Jun 23 - 12:02 PM

Free agent Coby Fleener is still experiencing concussion symptoms.

This confirms previous reports on Fleener's status. Fleener ended last year on IR with the fifth concussion of his career and is going to struggle to get cleared before training camp. There hasn't been any interest in Fleener since his Saints release.
Jun 23 - 11:19 AM

Free agent Christian Hackenberg has interest from the CFL.

Hackenberg went unclaimed on waivers after his Oakland release. He visited the Patriots, but left without a deal. Hackenberg looks doubtful to resurface before training camp. Fading to the CFL may be his next step.
Source: Sportsnet
Jun 23 - 10:39 AM

Broncos rookie TE Troy Fumagalli (thigh) expects to be ready for training camp.

Fumagalli didn't practice this spring after sports hernia surgery. He should be cleared for the start of camp, where he'll compete in a wide-open tight end depth chart. Fumagalli has some pass-catching upside but is unlikely to have an early season role.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 23 - 10:04 AM

Broncos coach Vance Joseph expects WR Jordan Taylor (hip surgery) to open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Taylor sat out the entire offseason recovering from surgery to both hips. The missed time has his roster spot in danger after rookies Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton made waves at OTAs. It sounds like Taylor should avoid the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games.
Source: ESPN
Jun 23 - 9:49 AM

SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reports a "holdout is still on the table" if the Giants don't make progress in contract talks with Odell Beckham.

Beckham told reporters last week he plans to attend training camp, but Vacchiano reports sources close to the receiver insist a holdout is still in play. The Giants are "basically nowhere" in negotiations with Beckham, having "preliminary conversations but no serious talks." This should be one of the top storylines going into camp. Beckham can be fined $40K per day if he holds out.
Source: SNY
Jun 22 - 7:57 PM

The Texans plan to move CB Kareem Jackson to safety.

This has been expected with Andre Hal sidelined. 30-year-old Jackson lost a step in 2017, grading as one of the worst corners in the league. He should benefit from the move to safety full time. Jackson's presence opposite Tyrann Mathieu likely limits rookie Justin Reid to sub-packages, with Kevin Johnson taking over outside in base sets.
Jun 22 - 7:01 PM

NBC Washington considers Rob Kelley on the roster bubble.

Kelley got some first-team reps this offseason but isn't a roster lock behind Derrius Guice, Chris Thompson, and Samaje Perine. He may not be higher than the No. 4 running back if he makes the team. Washington can save $630K from Kelley's release.
Jun 22 - 6:10 PM

NBC Washington's Rich Tandler expects the Redskins to cut Kevin Hogan.

The Redskins didn't give up much for Hogan, swapping sixth round picks before the draft. Hogan showed nothing in offseason workouts to move ahead of Colt McCoy for backup duties. With Alex Smith one of the most durable starters in the league, Washington should only carry two quarterbacks.
Jun 22 - 6:02 PM

49ers RG Jonathan Cooper is the favorite to start Week 1.

He's ahead of Josh Garnett and Mike Person. Cooper had a rough 2017 in Dallas, but his contract ($2M guaranteed) suggests the 49ers expect him to start. With Weston Richburg and rookie Mike McGlinchey added this offseason, right guard is the only weak spot on the 49ers' offensive line.
Jun 22 - 5:44 PM

Free agent Tre Boston turned down an offer from the Cardinals.

Boston visited Arizona last month, but they were only willing to give him the veteran minimum. There hasn't been any market for safeties this offseason with Boston, Kenny Vaccaro, Mike Mitchell, and Eric Reid all still unsigned. Coming off a career year, 25-year-old Boston should resurface before training camp.
Jun 22 - 5:12 PM

Jim Wyatt of titansonline.com said Marcus Mariota has looked "fast" this offseason.

Mariota has looked noticeably faster since shedding the knee brace he wore for much of last season. The 24-year-old is still adjusting to a new offense under first-year head coach Mike Vrabel but seems to be trending in the right direction. In particular, Wyatt noted that Mariota's throwing technique looked much cleaner during OTAs. The former Heisman Trophy winner is hoping for a bounce-back season after throwing a career-high 15 interceptions in 2017.
Jun 22 - 4:49 PM


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