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  • Kenny Golladay DET WR
    Lions' Kenny Golladay: Clear path towards starting gig
    5h ago

    Kenny Golladay could compete for a starting job right away, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

    Golladay is far from a finished product -- his route running is a noticeable area for improvement -- but he presents a big-bodied frame that no other Detroit Lions receiver comes close to. In fact, the next tallest wideout is special teamer Ryan Spadola (6-1, 204). What's more, Golladay dropped just five out of 165 targets during his two years at Northern Illinois and caught 18 touchdowns in just 26 games. Now on a squad that sported the fifth-worst drop rate in the league that also needs to replace the departed Anquan Boldin's team-leading eight touchdown receptions from 2016, Golladay certainly looks to be a great fit within the Detroit offense and should push for No. 3 billing behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones this summer.

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  • Brad Kaaya DET QB
    Lions' Brad Kaaya: In mix for backup QB role
    7h ago

    Brad Kaaya should compete with Jake Rudock for the No. 2 quarterback job, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

    The Detroit Lions made it clear how much they think of Rudock by uncharacteristically carrying him as their No. 3 QB on the active roster the majority of the 2016 season -- in order to ensure another team couldn't sign him off their practice squad -- and subsequently parting ways with incumbent backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky earlier this offseason. However, Detroit management probably wasn't expecting a quarterback of Kaaya's caliber to fall to the end of the sixth round and couldn't resist when he landed in their laps. While the Miami (Fl.) product might lack the ideal frame to succeed at the professional level, he likely offers higher upside than Rudock and could make a bid for the backup job out of the gates if he can put together impressive summer and preseason showings.

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  • Marquel Lee OAK LB
    Raiders' Marquel Lee: Will have chance to earn starting MLB role
    9h ago

    Marquel Lee was told by Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie that he'll have a chance to earn the starting spot at middle linebacker during his rookie campaign, Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com reports.

    Lee, who was drafted in the fifth round on Saturday, will be part of a battle for the starting role at middle linebacker in Oakland among a severely thin and inexperienced corps. Cory James and Ben Heeney currently round out the remaining options at MLB, but the team may still look to sign a veteran. Lee, a solid run defender, will have to polish his craft in coverage situations in order to potentially earn the job.

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  • Mark Ingram NO RB
    Saints' Mark Ingram: Outlook unclear after offseason additions
    9h ago

    With the New Orleans Saints signing Adrian Peterson (knee) last week and drafting tailback Alvin Kamara in the third round of the NFL Draft, The Times-Picayune's Larry Holder speculates that the team's likely plan is to deploy a three-headed attack at running back similar to the Saints' potent 2009 and 2011 backfields.

    Both the 2009 and 2011 teams finished sixth in the league in rushing, but head coach Sean Payton's three-man committees were a nightmare for fantasy owners, with no Saints running back scoring more than six touchdowns or rushing for 800 yards. This year, it is expected that Mark Ingram and Peterson will serve as the more traditional running backs, running between the tackles, while Kamara will compete with Travaris Cadet to be the third-down or satellite back. However, it is still unclear how the touches between the backs will be divided. After rushing for a career-high 1,043 yards and scoring 10 total touchdowns, Ingram is likely to see the most snaps given his familiarity with the Saints' system, but he will undoubtedly lose carries to Peterson and receptions to Kamara or Cadet, hampering his value.

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  • Brock Osweiler CLE QB
    Browns' Brock Osweiler: Could lose roster spot before Week 1
    9h ago

    Head coach Hue Jackson said 2017 second-round draft pick DeShone Kizer will have a chance to compete with Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler for the starting job, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Acquired along with a 2018 second-round draft pick as part of a salary dump earlier in the offseason, Osweiler is on the books for a guaranteed $16 million salary in 2017 -- giving the Cleveland Browns little incentive to release him at this juncture. He thus figures to be part of the team's quarterback competition, though he'd presumably have to outshine the 23-year-old Kessler and 21-year-old Kizer by a wide margin to actually win the starting job for a rebuilding team. While they wouldn't get any cap relief from releasing Osweiler, the Browns might ultimately decide they prefer 24-year-old Kevin Hogan as the third quarterback for the final roster. Kizer and Kessler are obvious locks to make the team, with the latter an early favorite to start Week 1.

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  • Travaris Cadet NO RB
    Saints' Travaris Cadet: Could lose role to Alvin Kamara
    10h ago

    Travaris Cadet will have to compete with 2017 third-round selection Alvin Kamara for snaps on passing downs, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

    The New Orleans Saints surrendered a 2018 second-round pick to move up for Kamara, who caught 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns last season at the University of Tennessee while serving as the lightning to Jalen Hurd's thunder. The team made far less of an investment in Cadet, who re-signed on a one-year contract with a signing bonus of only $80,000. While he'll likely get a shot to retain his pass-catching role, Cadet could find himself on the wrong side of the roster bubble if Kamara impresses during training camp and the preseason. Kamara, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are locks for the final roster, potentially leaving Cadet to compete with Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy for a spot that could be decided on the basis of special teams value.

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  • Brad Kaaya DET QB
    Lions' Brad Kaaya: In mix for backup QB role
    7h ago

    Brad Kaaya should compete with Jake Rudock for the No. 2 quarterback job, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports.

    The Detroit Lions made it clear how much they think of Rudock by uncharacteristically carrying him as their No. 3 QB on the active roster the majority of the 2016 season -- in order to ensure another team couldn't sign him off their practice squad -- and subsequently parting ways with incumbent backup quarterback Dan Orlovsky earlier this offseason. However, Detroit management probably wasn't expecting a quarterback of Kaaya's caliber to fall to the end of the sixth round and couldn't resist when he landed in their laps. While the Miami (Fl.) product might lack the ideal frame to succeed at the professional level, he likely offers higher upside than Rudock and could make a bid for the backup job out of the gates if he can put together impressive summer and preseason showings.

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  • Brock Osweiler CLE QB
    Browns' Brock Osweiler: Could lose roster spot before Week 1
    9h ago

    Head coach Hue Jackson said 2017 second-round draft pick DeShone Kizer will have a chance to compete with Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler for the starting job, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

    Acquired along with a 2018 second-round draft pick as part of a salary dump earlier in the offseason, Osweiler is on the books for a guaranteed $16 million salary in 2017 -- giving the Cleveland Browns little incentive to release him at this juncture. He thus figures to be part of the team's quarterback competition, though he'd presumably have to outshine the 23-year-old Kessler and 21-year-old Kizer by a wide margin to actually win the starting job for a rebuilding team. While they wouldn't get any cap relief from releasing Osweiler, the Browns might ultimately decide they prefer 24-year-old Kevin Hogan as the third quarterback for the final roster. Kizer and Kessler are obvious locks to make the team, with the latter an early favorite to start Week 1.

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  • Cardale Jones BUF QB
    Bills' Cardale Jones: Competition ahead
    15h ago

    The Buffalo Bills drafted Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman in the fifth round of this weekend's draft, setting the stage for some competition with Cardale Jones and Josh Woodrum for the No. 3 job.

    Veteran T.J. Yates is expected to get the No. 2 role behind Tyrod Taylor, though we suppose if both Jones and Peterman make great strides this summer that could alter the landscape. As it stands now, the second-year Jones and the rookie Peterman appear to have a full-out competition ahead of them to make the team. The practice squad is an option, although, given the upside of each QB, it's likely another team would snap them up.

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  • C.J. Beathard SF QB
    49ers' C.J. Beathard: Not expected to start
    1d ago

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that C.J. Beathard will not compete for a starting job as a rookie, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Despite spending a third-round draft pick on the quarterback out of Iowa, the San Francisco 49ers are committed to developing the young arm behind the seasoned veteran, Brian Hoyer. Beathard could potentially wind up on the practice squad if both Hoyer and Matt Barkley enter camp healthy. While the rookie doesn't have the characteristics of a high-end fantasy quarterback, working with Shanahan -- who has gotten the most out of his quarterbacks -- could result in some fantasy-friendly performances down the road.

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  • Brad Kaaya DET QB
    Lions' Brad Kaaya: Picked by Detroit
    1d ago

    The Detroit Lions selected Brad Kaaya in the sixth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 215th overall.

    Kaaya was one of the better quarterbacks in college football the last three years, starting as a true freshman and finishing his three-year run with 9,968 yards (8.4 YPA), 69 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. Kaaya (6-foot-4, 214 pounds) is a skinny quarterback, however, and for some reason didn't add any weight since his freshman year. The NFL was evidently skeptical about his physical ability to play the position.

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  • Brian Hoyer SF QB
    49ers' Brian Hoyer: Remains starter despite team drafting QB
    1d ago

    Head coach Kyle Shanahan stated that Brian Hoyer is still the team's starting quarterback despite taking C.J. Beathard in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Eric Branch of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Beathard was considered a developmental draft selection, so Hoyer's starting job is in no danger and Shanahan confirmed that sentiment Friday. The journeyman quarterback has shown flashes of fantasy usefulness over the past few seasons, but injuries have always cut the 32-year-old's seasons short. Health and inconsistent results will keep veteran's value depressed heading into drafts next season, but there is some potential for a career year under Shanahan, for whom Hoyer threw for a career-high 3,326 yards in 2014 when both were with the Browns.

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  • Mark Ingram NO RB
    Saints' Mark Ingram: Outlook unclear after offseason additions
    9h ago

    With the New Orleans Saints signing Adrian Peterson (knee) last week and drafting tailback Alvin Kamara in the third round of the NFL Draft, The Times-Picayune's Larry Holder speculates that the team's likely plan is to deploy a three-headed attack at running back similar to the Saints' potent 2009 and 2011 backfields.

    Both the 2009 and 2011 teams finished sixth in the league in rushing, but head coach Sean Payton's three-man committees were a nightmare for fantasy owners, with no Saints running back scoring more than six touchdowns or rushing for 800 yards. This year, it is expected that Mark Ingram and Peterson will serve as the more traditional running backs, running between the tackles, while Kamara will compete with Travaris Cadet to be the third-down or satellite back. However, it is still unclear how the touches between the backs will be divided. After rushing for a career-high 1,043 yards and scoring 10 total touchdowns, Ingram is likely to see the most snaps given his familiarity with the Saints' system, but he will undoubtedly lose carries to Peterson and receptions to Kamara or Cadet, hampering his value.

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  • Travaris Cadet NO RB
    Saints' Travaris Cadet: Could lose role to Alvin Kamara
    10h ago

    Travaris Cadet will have to compete with 2017 third-round selection Alvin Kamara for snaps on passing downs, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

    The New Orleans Saints surrendered a 2018 second-round pick to move up for Kamara, who caught 40 passes for 392 yards and four touchdowns last season at the University of Tennessee while serving as the lightning to Jalen Hurd's thunder. The team made far less of an investment in Cadet, who re-signed on a one-year contract with a signing bonus of only $80,000. While he'll likely get a shot to retain his pass-catching role, Cadet could find himself on the wrong side of the roster bubble if Kamara impresses during training camp and the preseason. Kamara, Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson are locks for the final roster, potentially leaving Cadet to compete with Daniel Lasco and Marcus Murphy for a spot that could be decided on the basis of special teams value.

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  • Doug Martin TB RB
    Buccaneers' Doug Martin: Has added RB competition
    11h ago

    Doug Martin (suspension) has additional competition in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ' backfield after the selection of Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) during this year's NFL Draft, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    One can speculate that the Buccaneers didn't select a running back before the fifth round due to Martin's showing in the offseason program to date. Indeed, he impressed general manager Jason Licht on the first day of the offseason program, looking "as good as I've seen him since I've been here, from a physical standpoint," according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Having said that, Martin will likely have to avoid any stumbles in the coming months in order to solidify his previous standing as the Buccaneers' No. 1 running back. As for the other members of the backfield, McNichols will strive to compete with Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims (pectoral) for that spot during Martin's suspension to start this season, but the rookie's climb will be hampered by rehabilitation from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Assuming Martin continues to hearken back to better days, he's the logical candidate to serve as the team's top RB for the final 13 games of the campaign.

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  • Jeremy McNichols TB RB
    Buccaneers' Jeremy McNichols: Recovering from shoulder surgery
    12h ago

    Jeremy McNichols underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder following the Combine, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    McNichols strangely took a nosedive during this year's NFL Draft, falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the 162nd overall pick, but head coach Dirk Koetter revealed the running back's recent health concern during a media session on Saturday evening. Koetter believes McNichols will be healthy by the time training camp rolls around, almost certainly hindering his participation during the rest of the offseason program. Although adept as both a runner and pass catcher, McNichols may be left behind in the competition for top running back during the remaining three games of Doug Martin's suspension to begin the upcoming season. On the other hand, an impressive training camp and preseason slate could help McNichols jump Jacquizz Rodgers and Charles Sims (pectoral) in the RB pecking order.

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  • Ameer Abdullah DET RB
    Lions' Ameer Abdullah: Lined up for starting job
    12h ago

    Detroit Lions general manager Bob Quinn said Ameer Abdullah will be the team's starting running back, ESPN.com's Michael Rothstein reports.

    Abdullah has quietly been one of the offseason's biggest winners, as the Lions haven't made any notable free-agent additions at running back and also didn't use any draft picks on the position. What's more, Abdullah was medically cleared in March to return from the foot injury that cost him the final 14 games of last season -- giving him a full offseason to prepare for his third professional campaign. Theo Riddick (wrist) is locked in on passing downs and Zach Zenner or Dwayne Washington could handle the short-yardage work, but Abdullah seemingly has a clear path to a role as the primary ball carrier. Following the offseason additions of right tackle Ricky Wagner and right guard T.J. Lang, the Lions could have a productive running game for the first time since 2013. The team produced less than four yards per carry and 90 rushing yards per game in each of the past three seasons, deploying a revolving door of lead backs along the way. Abdullah has the requisite running ability and supporting cast to finally seize the reins, but durability and ball security remain major concerns, buoyed by his lack of ideal size (5-foot-9, 203 pounds) for a lead back.

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  • Ryan Mathews PHI RB
    Eagles' Ryan Mathews: Receives clearance to work out
    12h ago

    Ryan Mathews (neck) has been cleared to work out, Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal reports.

    General manager Howie Roseman said as much following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday. During the event, the Philadelphia Eagles expressed a pseudo vote of confidence in their existing running back corps, bringing in just Donnel Pumphrey in the fourth round. Before he can begin fending off the likes of Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood (knee) in the offseason program, Mathews' primary hurdle remains his recovery from surgery on a herniated disk in his neck. Although Mathews is now able to work out, the extent of his activity is unknown upon the completion of Phase 1 of the program this past week.

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  • Kenny Golladay DET WR
    Lions' Kenny Golladay: Clear path towards starting gig
    5h ago

    Kenny Golladay could compete for a starting job right away, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

    Golladay is far from a finished product -- his route running is a noticeable area for improvement -- but he presents a big-bodied frame that no other Detroit Lions receiver comes close to. In fact, the next tallest wideout is special teamer Ryan Spadola (6-1, 204). What's more, Golladay dropped just five out of 165 targets during his two years at Northern Illinois and caught 18 touchdowns in just 26 games. Now on a squad that sported the fifth-worst drop rate in the league that also needs to replace the departed Anquan Boldin's team-leading eight touchdown receptions from 2016, Golladay certainly looks to be a great fit within the Detroit offense and should push for No. 3 billing behind Golden Tate and Marvin Jones this summer.

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  • Travis Benjamin LAC WR
    Chargers' Travis Benjamin: Could drop to No. 4 in pecking order
    10h ago

    The Los Angeles Chargers surprisingly opted to use the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 draft on Clemson wideout Mike Williams, who will join a receiving corps that already includes Travis Benjamin (knee), Tyrell Williams and Keenan Allen (knee), Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times reports.

    Despite signing a four-year, $24 million contract last offseason, Benjamin already finds himself in danger of slipping to the No. 4 spot on the depth chart. Mike Williams is a pro-ready prospect with potential to start from Day One, and Tyrell Williams is coming off a breakout 1,000-yard season. Meanwhile, Benjamin is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2016 campaign in which he struggled with a knee injury, ultimately requiring arthroscopic surgery in January. The Chargers expect both Allen and Benjamin to be ready for Week 1, but the latter may be limited to a part-time role on offense, along with his usual spot in the return game.

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  • Tyrell Williams LAC WR
    Chargers' Tyrell Williams: Suddenly facing threat to role
    10h ago

    The Los Angeles Chargers surprisingly opted to use the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 draft on Clemson wideout Mike Tyrell Williams , who will join a receiving corps that already includes (Tyrell) Williams, Keenan Allen (knee) and Travis Benjamin (knee), Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times reports.

    Tyrell Williams entered 2016 as the Chargers' No. 3/4 wideout but finished the season as the team's go-to target, outlasting Allen (torn ACL) and outplaying Benjamin. With all three wideouts expected to be healthy by Week 1, it came as a major surprise when the Chargers selected Mike Williams instead of a defensive player in the first round. The end result is a very crowded receiving corps, though in light of what happened last season it would seem Benjamin's workload is in more danger than (Tyrell) Williams'. There's also plenty of competition for touches from the other positions, as running back Melvin Gordon and tight end Hunter Henry thrived alongside Tyrell Williams in an injury-riddled Chargers offense. Even if he manages to retain the No. 2 receiver spot, Williams will face a difficult path to matching last year's 120 targets.

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  • Anquan Boldin DET WR
    Anquan Boldin: Could still re-sign with Lions
    11h ago

    Lions general manger Bob Quinn said the door is still open for Anquan Boldin to re-sign with the team, Dave Birkett of The Detroit Free Press reports. "We've had some communication with Anquan," Quinn said. "That was back in I'd say March, so really no update on our end of things. I know they said he's been communicating with a couple other teams, but nothing to update. Door's open."

    Rumored to have interest in some of the draft's top wideouts, Detroit ultimately waited on the position until the end of the third round, selecting Northern Illinois product Kenny Golladay at No. 96 overall. The Lions might not mind having Golladay compete with T.J. Jones, Jace Billingsley and others for the No. 3 role, but Boldin's presence would provide some stability for an offense that otherwise appears set across the board. The 36-year-old is expected to wait until June or July to officially sign with a team. Another one of his former squads, the Ravens, has also expressed interest and has a more glaring need for receiving talent. Denver could also be a fit.

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  • Kelvin Benjamin CAR WR
    Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin: Still not in top shape
    11h ago

    Head coach Ron Rivera said he is concerned about Kelvin Benjamin 's weight again, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

    Benjamin's weight/conditioning was also a concern last offseason as he prepared to return from the torn ACL that wiped out his entire 2015 campaign. While the issue didn't prevent him from stepping back in as Carolina's top wideout, he did handle an unusually small workload for a No. 1 receiver, playing only 72 percent of the team's offensive snaps despite suiting up for all 16 games. Benjamin started and ended the year with a pair of strong outings at each juncture, but the 12-game stretch in between was a massive disappointment, limiting him to a final stat line of 63 catches for 941 yards and seven touchdowns on 118 targets (7.9 yards per target). He'll have more time to get in shape this offseason without the added burden of injury rehab, but it does seem the Carolina Panthers are aiming for a spread-the-wealth offensive attack, having used their first two draft picks on pass-catching back Christian McCaffrey (No. 8 overall) and dual-threat receiver Curtis Samuel (No. 40). Although the team recently picked up his fifth-year option, Benjamin still faces a difficult path toward reprising the kind of true No. 1 wideout workload (146 targets) he garnered as a rookie back in 2014.

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  • Brandon LaFell CIN WR
    Bengals' Brandon LaFell: Could drop all the way to No. 4 role
    13h ago

    The Cincinnati Bengals selected John Ross (shoulder) at No. 9 overall to join a wideout group that already includes Brandon LaFell , A.J. Green and 2015 second-round selection Tyler Boyd, Paul Daugherty of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    The Bengals might have opted against re-signing LaFell on a two-year contract if they'd known they were going to use their first-round selection on another wideout. As is, the team appears to have three legitimate competitors for the starting job across from Green, though whoever ends up as the No. 3 wideout should also be a key part of the offense. Even if he wins the starting gig out of camp, LaFell is a long shot to approach last year's stat line of 64 receptions for 862 yards and six touchdowns on 106 targets. Ross and Boyd both have more long-term potential, in addition to immediate big-play capability.

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  • Adam Shaheen CHI TE
    Bears' Adam Shaheen: Receiver in blocker's body
    13h ago

    At 6-foot-6, 278 pounds, Adam Shaheen was drafted as a receiving tight end, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Shaheen faces a a steep challenge as he tries to turn his Division II production -- he caught 57 passes for 867 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016 -- into relevance at the professional level. The Chicago Bears liked his ability to haul in 50-50 balls in the red zone in addition to his ability to plow over defenders. As the rookie develops, Zach Miller should hold onto the role as the team's receiving tight end, but Shaheen definitely has the tools to eventually become a productive receiver.

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  • Virgil Green DEN TE
    Broncos' Virgil Green: Sees more crowded tight end room
    14h ago

    Virgil Green will be pushed by 2017 fifth-round pick Jake Butt, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.

    When Green signed a three-year extension two seasons ago, the idea was that he'd move on from his blocking role and become the kind of receiver that he was in college to help replace Julius Thomas. Just 34 catches and two touchdowns later, that doesn't seem to be panning out. Green now enters a contract year as the elder statesman surrounded by young, toolsy players including A.J. Derby, Jeff Heuerman and Butt. No one in the bunch has emerged as surefire competition for Green's starting job in 2017, but the numbers are slowly moving away from Green's favor.

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  • A.J. Derby DEN TE
    Broncos' A.J. Derby: To receive some rookie competition
    14h ago

    A.J. Derby will be pushed by 2017 fifth-round pick Jake Butt, Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post reports.

    Butt is still on the mend from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl, but Derby -- and the rest of Denver's tight ends -- are on notice as the 2016 Mackey Award winner joins the roster. Of the bunch, Derby arguably has the greatest opportunity to complement, as opposed to be threatened by, Butt. Acquired midway through last season in a trade with New England, the former Arkansas quarterback provides a level of quickness and receiving ability not shared by fellow incumbents Jeff Heuerman and Virgil Green. Derby caught at least four passes in three of five games in Denver before his season was cut short due to a concussion.

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  • Jeff Heuerman DEN TE
    Broncos' Jeff Heuerman: To be pushed by rookie
    14h ago

    Jeff Heuerman , the Denver Broncos ' 2015 third-round pick, will see some competition from 2016 fifth-round pick Jake Butt, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

    As if the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry couldn't get any tenser, the Buckeye alum, Heuerman, will eventually have to fend off Michigan's Butt for playing time. Heuerman lost his rookie season to a torn ACL and, though he played sparingly in 2016, didn't seem to inspire the front office who, since midway through last season, has added both A.J. Derby in a trade and drafted Butt. Butt is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Orange Bowl, so he is unlikely to make major strides until the season begins. Still, while Heuerman flashed some big-play ability by averaging 15.7 yards per catch in 2016, he's going to have to do a lot more to emerge atop Denver's logjam at tight end.

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  • Jake Butt DEN TE
    Broncos' Jake Butt: Ends draft slide in Denver
    14h ago

    The Denver Broncos are optimistic that Jake Butt (knee) will be ready to go by the start of the regular season, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

    Broncos GM John Elway schooled reporters in his pre-draft press conference, insisting that the draft was not -- as they claimed -- deep at tight end, but was rather deep at the F position, the "move tight end," instead of the in-line Y position. He found good value for the latter in Butt, who would have likely been a Day 2 pick had he not torn his ACL in the Orange Bowl. Butt also tore his ACL in 2014 and was able to return seven months later, creating optimism that he'll be ready later this summer. When healthy, the winner of the 2016 Mackey Award --given to the nation's top tight end -- is more of a security blanket up the seam than a mismatch nightmare, tallying 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns over the past two seasons in Michigan's grind-it-out offense.

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  • Tyler Higbee LAR TE
    Rams' Tyler Higbee: Might be heavily involved
    1d ago

    Tyler Higbee could have a sizable role with new head coach Sean McVay's offense significant involvement of its tight ends, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

    As the offensive coordinator for Washington the past three years, McVay leaned on Jordan Reed whenever he was healthy, and his backups were also able to provide serviceable fantasy results when Reed was injured. Higbee has the physical tools needed to succeed at the highest level, but the Los Angeles offense will have to prove it can get out of its own way before the second-year tight end lands on the fantasy radar. Additionally, the Rams also added Gerald Everett in the second round of the 2017 draft, so Higbee could be leapfrogged on the depth chart, if he hasn't been already.

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  • Harrison Butker CAR K
    Panthers' Harrison Butker: Picked by Panthers
    1d ago

    The Carolina Panthers selected Harrison Butker in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 233rd overall.

    Butker only made 43 of 60 field-goal attempts at Georgia Tech (71.7 percent), but he only missed two of his 210 career extra points. It's anyone's guess how much of a threat he might be to Graham Gano.

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  • Zane Gonzalez CLE K
    Browns' Zane Gonzalez: Picked by Browns
    1d ago

    The Cleveland Browns selected Zane Gonzalez in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 224th overall.

    Gonzalez was a great college kicker, converting 96 of 116 career field goals. If he wins the Cleveland kicker role, he would seem like a decent bet to stick in the league.

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  • Jake Elliott CIN K
    Bengals' Jake Elliott: Nabbed by Bengals
    1d ago

    The Cincinnati Bengals selected Jake Elliott in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 153rd overall.

    Elliott being the first kicker off the board comes as a bit of a surprise with many ranking Arizona State's Zane Gonzalez or Auburn's Daniel Carlson ahead of him. Still, the Bengals are clearly sold on Elliott's ability to the point where they felt comfortable spending a mid-round selection on the former Memphis Tiger. He made all 202 of his extra-point attempts in college and hit 21 of 26 field goals last season. He's in line to compete with veteran Randy Bullock for the Bengals' starting kicking job, but given the team's investment in Elliott, we'll presume that the rookie probably has an edge here.

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  • Giorgio Tavecchio OAK K
    Raiders' Giorgio Tavecchio: Signs with Raiders
    11d ago

    Giorgio Tavecchio signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.

    Tavecchio has spent time with the Packers, Lions and Raiders since 2013, but he's never made an active roster. The signing makes the current offseason the fourth straight that Tavecchio has spent with Oakland. He'll provide competition for Sebastian Janikowski, who will again be the frontrunner for the team's placekicking job.

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  • Cairo Santos KC K
    Chiefs' Cairo Santos: Re-signs with Chiefs
    13d ago

    Cairo Santos has signed his restricted free-agent tender to remain with the Kansas City Chiefs , ESPN's Adam Teicher reports.

    Santos has served as Kansas City's kicker since entering the league three years ago. Last season, the Brazilian converted 31 of his 35 field-goal tries and 36 of his 39 extra-point attempts, tying his career high of 129 total points.

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  • John Lunsford SEA K
    Seahawks' John Lunsford: Heading to Seattle
    03/23/2017

    John Lunsford signed a contract with the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday.

    Lunsford signed a future contract with the Bucs in January but was let go once Tampa Bay agreed to a deal with veteran Nick Folk in March. Now in Seattle, the Liberty product will compete with Blair Walsh for what will likely be one roster spot.

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  • Marquel Lee OAK LB
    Raiders' Marquel Lee: Will have chance to earn starting MLB role
    9h ago

    Marquel Lee was told by Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie that he'll have a chance to earn the starting spot at middle linebacker during his rookie campaign, Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com reports.

    Lee, who was drafted in the fifth round on Saturday, will be part of a battle for the starting role at middle linebacker in Oakland among a severely thin and inexperienced corps. Cory James and Ben Heeney currently round out the remaining options at MLB, but the team may still look to sign a veteran. Lee, a solid run defender, will have to polish his craft in coverage situations in order to potentially earn the job.

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  • Rudy Ford ARI SAF
    Cardinals' Rudy Ford: Beginning career as outside corner
    10h ago

    Rudy Ford is expected to begin his career as an outside cornerback, Kyle Odegard of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    A safety during his time at Auburn, Ford will work as an outside CB, with the versatility to log time at safety, nickel corner and as a special teamer. The Cardinals currently have a question mark opposite Patrick Peterson as the other starting cornerback, where veteran Justin Bethel is the leader in the clubhouse. However, injuries and circumstance haven't allowed Bethel consistent run in the role, affording Ford and 2016 third-round pick Brandon Williams an opportunity as well.

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  • Jimmie Ward SF CB
    49ers' Jimmie Ward: Will move to safety in 2017
    10h ago

    With the San Francisco 49ers opting not to draft a top-end safety in the draft, Jimmie Ward (collarbone) will move to free safety in 2017, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Ward -- who was drafted as a safety in 2014 -- has been playing both the nickel and cornerback positions with the 49ers over the past three seasons. With Kyle Shanahan bringing in a new 4-3 defense based off of the scheme that the Seattle Seahawks run, the 25-year-old will fill a coverage safety role similar to Earl Thomas. San Francisco is expected to pick up Ward's fifth-year rookie option, and having him listed as a safety would save the team roughly $2.5 million in cap space. If he does indeed stick at safety this season, he could see an uptick in tackles, providing a boost to his IDP value.

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  • Haason Reddick ARI LB
    Cardinals' Haason Reddick: Will begin career as reserve
    10h ago

    Haason Reddick will begin his career working behind starting inside linebackers Karlos Dansby and Deone Bucannon, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

    Reddick made his mark at Temple as a defensive end/outside linebacker, but his ability to pick up inside linebacker at the Senior Bowl pushed his stock high enough to be selected 13th overall by Arizona in the recently concluded draft. Such adaptability will help him earn snaps right off the bat as a pass rusher in nickel formations, despite sitting behind Dansby and Bucannon on the depth chart. During his final collegiate season, Reddick racked up 65 tackles, including 10.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and an interception across 14 games. With such a varied skill set, he should further bolster a Cardinals defense that ranked first in the NFL last season in the sack department.

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  • Tahir Whitehead DET MLB
    Lions' Tahir Whitehead: Expected to compete for starting outside linebacker role
    10h ago

    Tahir Whitehead will potentially start at outside linebacker for the Detroit Lions in 2017 with first-round pick Jarrad Davis slated to play middle linebacker, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Whitehead is in the final year of his contract in Detroit after racking up a career-high 132 tackles in 2016. Despite logging double-digit tackles in nine games last year, the team was expected to bring in competition at linebacker, which came in the form of Davis during the draft.

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  • Jarrad Davis DET LB
    Lions' Jarrad Davis: Slated to play middle linebacker in Detroit
    11h ago

    Jarrad Davis will play middle linebacker for the Detroit Lions according to GM Bob Quinn, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Davis, who was selected 21st overall by the Lions, is expected to start, with Tahir Whitehead potentially moving over to start on the outside. Davis is an athletic defender and will look to make an impact immediately for the Lions.

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