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    • Daryl Williams CAR T
      Panthers' Daryl Williams: Recovery remains on track
      8h ago

      Coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that Williams' recovery from knee surgery is "going as scheduled," Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

      Williams underwent knee surgery in September and missed the entirety of the 2018 season after suffering the injury Week 1. The 26-year-old remains on track to slot in as the Panthers' starting right tackle for the upcoming season, assuming his smooth recovery continues.

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    • Charles Harris MIA DE
      Dolphins' Charles Harris: Testing out linebacker
      8h ago

      Harris was receiving some work at linebacker on Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

      Harris had 19 tackles and one sack while being limited to 11 games during his sophomore campaign. The news isn't overly surprising as new head coach Brian Flores is expected to use multiple defensive fronts, which could give the 24-year-old a look at outside linebacker. The 2017 first-round pick has yet to live up to expectations over his first two seasons in Miami.

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    • Ricardo Allen ATL FS
      Falcons' Ricardo Allen: Limited in workouts
      8h ago

      Allen (Achilles) wasn't seen participating in weight-lifting exercises Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Allen underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in September and was able to resume speed and agility drills last month. The 27-year-old still participated in foot exercises Wednesday, but it remains unclear where he currently stands in his recovery.

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    • Mike Remmers MIN G
      Mike Remmers: Still recovering from surgery
      8h ago

      Remmers is progressing in his recovery from back surgery and is likely to sign with a team sometime after next week's draft, NFL Agent Brett Tessler reports.

      Remmers was cut with a failed physical designation last month after undergoing minor back surgery earlier in the offseason. The 30-year-old started 27 games for the Vikings over the last two seasons.

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    • Austin Hooper ATL TE
      Falcons' Austin Hooper: Optimistic about staff overhaul
      11h ago

      Hooper said Wednesday that he looks forward to working with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey in 2019, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Fresh off his first career Pro Bowl season, Hooper's prospects remain bright heading into 2019 with Mularkey stepping in as the position group coach. Now studying under a former NFL tight end and coach with 14 combined years of head coach and offensive coordinator experience, Hooper is primed to excel under Mularkey in his fourth pro campaign. The 24-year-old Hooper finds his career traveling along an upward trajectory, coming off a 71-reception, 660-yard year after averaging 34 catches and 398.5 yards per season between 2016 and 2017.

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    • Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
      49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo: To wear knee brace in 2019
      14h ago

      Garoppolo expects to wear a brace on his left knee in 2019, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "That's a for sure," Garoppolo said Wednesday.

      Garoppolo sustained a torn ACL in the knee Week 3 of last season, ending his first full campaign as the 49ers' starting quarterback much earlier than expected. Invested in rehabilitation in the meantime, he's progressed enough in his recovery that he and the team believe he'll be medically cleared by the start of training camp, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. As for the brace, Garoppolo is unsure if it'll be something he wears long term, but he'll at least don one in the fall. The 49ers missed out on the big fish (Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham) on the market this offseason, but the addition of Tevin Coleman bolsters the backfield, and the receiving corps may be reinforced in the draft, helping Garoppolo's cause as he returns to the fold.

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    • Jimmy Garoppolo SF QB
      49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo: To wear knee brace in 2019
      14h ago

      Garoppolo expects to wear a brace on his left knee in 2019, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. "That's a for sure," Garoppolo said Wednesday.

      Garoppolo sustained a torn ACL in the knee Week 3 of last season, ending his first full campaign as the 49ers' starting quarterback much earlier than expected. Invested in rehabilitation in the meantime, he's progressed enough in his recovery that he and the team believe he'll be medically cleared by the start of training camp, per Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area. As for the brace, Garoppolo is unsure if it'll be something he wears long term, but he'll at least don one in the fall. The 49ers missed out on the big fish (Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham) on the market this offseason, but the addition of Tevin Coleman bolsters the backfield, and the receiving corps may be reinforced in the draft, helping Garoppolo's cause as he returns to the fold.

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    • Josh Allen BUF QB
      Bills' Josh Allen: Feeling 100 percent
      16h ago

      Allen said Tuesday that his throwing elbow, which was injured last season and caused him to miss four games, is perfectly fine entering offseason workouts, The Buffalo News reports. "No, no consideration. Obviously in the offseason, I met with PT and go over everything because it compounds throughout the season. Every player has those types of feels that after the season, you want to let your body rest and recover and do some physical therapy. I did some therapy on it for the first couple weeks, and after that I started throwing. No problems at all."

      Not only is Allen's health in good order, but the weak Buffalo offense got a major boost with the Bills heavily active in free agency and making most of their moves on that side of the ball. Allen's line should be improved, while players like John Brown, Cole Beasley, Tyler Kroft and Frank Gore give the offense more zest. Not that this makes the Bills the 2000 Rams, but given Allen's strong running ability (631 and a whopping eight rushing scores), if the team can just get a decent passing game going it would make the second-year QB quite the dynamic fantasy play.

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    • Cam Newton CAR QB
      Panthers' Cam Newton: Range of motion increasing
      17h ago

      General manager Marty Hurney said Newton (shoulder) has increased his range of motion this offseason, but the quarterback has yet to throw a football, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.

      Head coach Ron Rivera indicated something similar in January and it seems Newton only continued to progress as the offseason went on. While the quarterback remains without a timetable to resume throwing footballs, the Panthers have expressed nothing but optimism over Newton's recovery thus far and there doesn't appear to be any concern whatsoever over his Week 1 availability. Newton will be four months removed from arthroscopic shoulder surgery when OTAs kick off next month and six months removed before training camp starts in late July.

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    • Dak Prescott DAL QB
      Cowboys' Dak Prescott: Discussing extension
      2d ago

      Discussions with Prescott about a contract extension are in progress according to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.

      With defensive end Demarcus Lawrence locked up, Prescott and Amari Cooper are next in line for extensions, followed by Ezekiel Elliott. The 25-year-old quarterback hasn't quite delivered on the promise of his rookie season, but he does provide durability (zero missed games), a winning record (32-16), rushing ability (18 touchdowns) and respectable passing efficiency (66.1 completion percentage, 7.4 yards per attempt). There's also a reasonable expectation for improvement in 2019, with Cooper spending a full season in Dallas and Randall Cobb replacing Cole Beasley (Bills) in the slot. On the other hand, Prescott was charged with 56 sacks and 12 fumbles in 2018, despite playing behind a solid offensive line. His decision-making under pressure is still a major issue.

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    • Andrew Luck IND QB
      Colts' Andrew Luck: Feels good after healthy offseason
      2d ago

      Luck said the 2019 offseason has been the best of his professional career, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

      Following three consecutive offseasons devoted to rehab/recovery for his right shoulder, Luck was finally able to step away from his job and took the opportunity to get married in March. He's now back alongside his teammates for the start of the offseason program, with a plan that doesn't include any throwing during the initial phase of workouts. The Colts haven't made much noise with free-agent additions on offense, but they already have a strong foundation and still have a ton of cap space to supplement their roster before Week 1. Luck and coach Frank Reich enter their second offseason working together, with optimism for improved pass-catching depth if wideout Devin Funchess can bounce back from a disappointing 2018 campaign in Carolina and tight end Jack Doyle (hip) can get healthy. Indianapolis also has the makings of an elite offensive line, led by left tackle Anthony Castonzo, left guard Quenton Nelson and center Ryan Kelly.

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    • Russell Wilson SEA QB
      Seahawks' Russell Wilson: Lands record-setting extension
      2d ago

      Wilson reached agreement Tuesday with the Seahawks on a four-year, $140 million contract extension, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.

      Though Wilson set a deadline of midnight Monday for reaching a new extension, the two sides were willing to negotiate until the early hours of Tuesday and ultimately consummated a record-setting deal. Wilson's contract is worth an average of $35 million from 2020 through 2023, including a league-record $65 million signing bonus. The 30-year-old's deal also includes a no-trade clause, likely ensuring that he finishes out his prime years in Seattle.

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    • Ezekiel Elliott DAL RB
      Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott: Awaiting decision on fifth-year option
      15h ago

      Executive Stephen Jones said the Cowboys expect to pick up the fifth-year option on Elliott before the May 3 deadline, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

      Since he was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2016 draft, Elliott is the sole player with more than a 1,000 touches -- 1,003, to be exact -- en route to 5,247 yards from scrimmage and 34 touchdowns in 40 games. Such production makes the Cowboys' upcoming decision a no-brainer, especially with DeMarcus Lawrence's extension out of the way. Aside from Lawrence and Elliott, the team also may seek to lock Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper into long-term deals.

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    • Paul Perkins NYG RB
      Giants' Paul Perkins: Uncertain future with New York
      18h ago

      Perkins (pectoral) is uncertain to retain his roster spot with the Giants in 2019, Ryan Dunleavy of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

      Perkins spent the entire 2018 season on the Non-Football Injury list due to an undisclosed pectoral issue and it isn't clear where he currently stands in his recovery. Regardless, he's certainly behind at least Saquon Barkley and Wayne Gallman on the team's shallow depth chart and seems poised to compete with Robert Martin for the No. 3 job in advance of the 2019 campaign. It's possible the Giants could also add further competition to the backfield via the draft or undrafted free agent market.

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    • Theo Riddick DET RB
      Lions' Theo Riddick: May not be cap casualty
      21h ago

      Riddick is a candidate to open the 2019 season as the No. 2 running back despite the Lions' recent addition of C.J. Anderson along with the re-signing of Zach Zenner, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

      The report focuses on the fact that Riddick is making nearly double that of Anderson's and Zenner's combined contracts while suggesting the scatback may not be the cap casualty some have speculated, given that Detroit currently has the eighth-most cap space in the league, according to the NFLPA's most recent report. However, Birkett also notes that the Lions can move on from any of these three players with a minimal cap hit, so it appears the backup situation behind Kerryon Johnson could be a fluid situation as the offseason unfolds. Riddick was seen working out in a recent video posted on the team's Instagram account and appears to have recovered from the groin injury that prevented him from finishing last season's Week 17 game against Green Bay.

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    • Rod Smith DAL RB
      Rod Smith: Tries out for Bengals
      2d ago

      Smith worked out for the Bengals on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

      An undrafted free agent in 2015, Smith has spent the last two seasons as Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup, turning 99 carries into 359 yards (3.6 YPC) and five touchdowns. On top of his contributions on the ground, Smith gathered in 28 of his 35 targets for 262 yards (7.5 YPT) and one more TD while playing a significant role on special teams. After the recent release of Mark Walton, the Bengals are in need of running back depth behind Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, so Smith likely will get a long look due to his experience.

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    • T.J. Yeldon JAC RB
      T.J. Yeldon: Has visit with Buffalo
      2d ago

      Yeldon visited the Bills on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

      With Chris Ivory no longer in the mix, the Bills' running back depth chart is currently headed by incumbent starter LeSean McCoy and veteran Frank Gore. If Yeldon ends up with Buffalo, he'd add valuable depth and a viable pass-catching alternative out of the team's backfield.

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    • Phillip Lindsay DEN RB
      Broncos' Phillip Lindsay: Limited to spectator status
      2d ago

      Lindsay (wrist) is present Tuesday for voluntary minicamp, but he isn't participating in drills, Jeff Legwold of ESPN.com reports.

      Working his way back from a season-ending wrist fracture, Lindsay was limited to stretching and chatting with teammates during Tuesday's session. His availability for training camp doesn't seem to be much of a concern, but he'll likely remain limited throughout the offseason program, with his focus on learning a new playbook from offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello. The Broncos presumably envision a backfield with both Lindsay and fellow second-year pro Royce Freeman handling sizable roles.

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    • Ryan Switzer PIT WR
      Steelers' Ryan Switzer: Ready for voluntary workouts
      18h ago

      Switzer (ankle) is taking part in voluntary workouts this spring, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.

      There don't appear to be any lasting effects from the ankle surgery Switzer reportedly underwent in January, which bodes well for his ability to simply focus on his craft during his first full offseason in Pittsburgh. While Switzer currently seems to have an uphill battle towards gaining a fantasy-relevant receiving role on a roster that also includes JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington, Donte Moncrief and Eli Rogers, the North Carolina product is the leading favorite to handle return duties on punts and kickoffs in 2019.

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    • Demaryius Thomas NE WR
      Patriots' Demaryius Thomas: Contract terms clarified
      21h ago

      Thomas' (Achilles) one-year deal with the Patriots carries a salary cap hit of $2.9 million, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

      Per the report, the veteran wideout landed a $150,000 signing bonus from the Patriots and is in line to subsequently earn a $150,000 reporting bonus and $1.2 million base salary. Additionally, Thomas can collect $1.4 million in per-game roster bonuses, as well as another $750,000 for 60 catches, $750,000 for 800 receiving yards, $750,000 for 1,000 yards and $750,000 for 1,200 yards. Essentially, the 31-year-old is betting on himself and in the process New England is able to take a low-risk flier on an accomplished pass catcher who is bouncing back from the second Achilles injury of his career, which occurred last December. After suffering a torn right Achilles' tendon back in February 2011, Thomas went on to play 11 games during the 2011 campaign and then rounded into Pro Bowl-form in 2012. This time around, Thomas is recovering from a left Achilles' tear, an injury that has the potential to sap pro athletes of speed and explosiveness, especially in the back half of their careers.

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    • Mekale McKay DAL WR
      Mekale McKay: Scheduled to visit Browns
      23h ago

      McKay recently visited with the Bills and has since scheduled a visit with the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

      McKay went undrafted in 2016 and bounced around the NFL the past few years without ever appearing in a regular-season game. He finally made some noise with the San Antonio Commanders in the now-defunct AAF, finishing seventh in the league in receiving yards (375) and third in receiving touchdowns (four). The 25-year-old wideout will face a tough path to a 53-man roster spot once he signs with an NFL team.

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    • John Ross CIN WR
      Bengals' John Ross: Getting a chance with new coaches
      23h ago

      Coach Zac Taylor said he'll see what Ross can put on tape, noting that the 24-year-old wide receiver was "electric" in college, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.

      Ross has the opportunity to prove himself under a new coaching staff, but the fresh start won't mean much if he struggles during the offseason program and training camp. While competition for the No. 3 wide receiver spot isn't exactly fierce based on the current construction of the Cincinnati roster, there's still plenty of time for the team to add bodies before Week 1. Bengals executive Duke Tobin shot down trade rumors about moving Ross back in February, saying the team hadn't engaged in any internal or external discussions regarding a trade. The No. 9 overall pick from the 2017 draft played just three games as a rookie, then posted a baffling 21-210-7 receiving line (58 targets, 3.6 YPT) in 13 games last season. Ross needs to find success on deep passes to stay relevant, as his conversion rate on targets inside the 10-yard line (five of six went for scores) was really the only thing that went right for him last season.

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    • Emmanuel Sanders DEN WR
      Broncos' Emmanuel Sanders: In good spot with recovery
      2d ago

      Coach Vic Fangio said Sanders is "progressing well" in his rehab from a torn left Achilles, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.

      Sanders suffered the injury during practice Dec. 5 and underwent surgery shortly thereafter. Differing reports have noted a 6-to-8-month recovery and his own confidence that he'll be ready by Week 1, which both seem optimistic due to the timeline for a typical player from such a procedure. On a positive note, though, Sanders attended one of the first offseason workouts and took part in warmups, so the 32-year-old appears to be in a good spot, health-wise. No matter when he gains clearance to play, he's on pace to act as one of Joe Flacco's primary options in the passing attack.

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    • Demaryius Thomas NE WR
      Patriots' Demaryius Thomas: Joining New England
      2d ago

      Thomas (Achilles) is signing with the Patriots, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

      Recovering from a Dec. 23 rupture of his Achilles tendon, Thomas was released by the Texans in February and pleaded guilty to a careless driving charge in March. His offseason now takes a turn for the better, though he still has a long way to go in the rehab process. The Patriots can afford to take a patient approach, with Tom Brady capable of putting up points even if his pass-catching corps is depleted by a mixture of injuries, retirements and suspensions. The 31-year-old Thomas hasn't exactly aged gracefully, but he still had something to offer late last season, catching 23 of 33 targets for 275 yards (8.3 YPT) and two touchdowns in seven games after he was traded from Denver to Houston. He'll now be reunited with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, joining a group of wide receivers that includes Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon (suspension), Phillip Dorsett, Bruce Ellington and Maurice Harris.

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    • Austin Hooper ATL TE
      Falcons' Austin Hooper: Optimistic about staff overhaul
      11h ago

      Hooper said Wednesday that he looks forward to working with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey in 2019, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Fresh off his first career Pro Bowl season, Hooper's prospects remain bright heading into 2019 with Mularkey stepping in as the position group coach. Now studying under a former NFL tight end and coach with 14 combined years of head coach and offensive coordinator experience, Hooper is primed to excel under Mularkey in his fourth pro campaign. The 24-year-old Hooper finds his career traveling along an upward trajectory, coming off a 71-reception, 660-yard year after averaging 34 catches and 398.5 yards per season between 2016 and 2017.

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    • Troy Fumagalli DEN TE
      Broncos' Troy Fumagalli: Ready to go
      19h ago

      Fumagalli isn't listed among the Denver players who are limited or not participating in voluntary workouts, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports.

      This isn't a huge surprise since Fumagalli, who missed all of his rookie year with a sports hernia injury, said last month that he expected to be healthy by April. With Jake Butt (knee) still far away from a return to the field, Fumagalli should garner plenty of offseason reps at tight end along with Jeff Heuerman and Temarrick Hemingway. It's possible Denver will bring in additional competition at the position through the draft or free agency, a market that currently includes Jermaine Gresham and Antonio Gates, among others.

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    • Xavier Grimble PIT TE
      Steelers' Xavier Grimble: Signs tender
      2d ago

      Grimble signed his original-round tender with the Steelers on Tuesday.

      This will keep Grimble under Steelers' control for another season. He was used mainly in a blocking and special-teams role last year, catching just six passes for 86 yards and zero touchdowns in 16 games. Grimble could see more action in 2019, as Jesse James signed with Detroit and only Vance McDonald remains above him on the depth chart.

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    • Zach Miller CHI TE
      Bears' Zach Miller: Retires from NFL
      2d ago

      Miller (knee) announced his retirement from football Tuesday, Jeff Dickerson of ESPN.com reports.

      Miller required nine surgeries after his devastating October 2017 injury, nearly losing his left leg after a dislocated kneecap ruptured an artery. Doctors were able to save the leg and help him walk again, but a return to football was too much to ask. The 34-year-old tight end retires with 146 catches for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns in 66 NFL games, highlighted by back-to-back seasons with more than 400 yards in 2015 and 2016.

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    • Hunter Henry LAC TE
      Chargers' Hunter Henry: Feeling good at offseason program
      2d ago

      Henry said his surgically repaired right knee feels good, but he did acknowledge feeling occasional soreness after workouts, Ricky Henne of the Chargers 'official website reports. "I'm pretty much full-go," Henry said Monday. "Everything feels good. It still gets sore every once in a while, but it's nothing too bad. It's nothing that's crazy. It's just a workout soreness."

      The 24-year-old tight end didn't have any limitations Monday when the Chargers opened their offseason program with the usual strength and conditioning work. Henry's full participation shouldn't come as any surprise given that he played 14 snaps in a Jan. 13 playoff loss to the Patriots less than eight months after suffering an ACL tear. He was a popular 2018 breakout candidate prior to the devastating injury and still has most of the same factors working in his favor. There is some cause for concern in terms of target volume even with Tyrell Williams (Raiders) out of the picture -- especially if Henry cedes some snaps to Virgil Green on early downs. The Chargers relied heavily on Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon the past two seasons, but Henry and Mike Williams are talented enough to force the team toward a more equitable touch/target distribution in 2019.

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    • Hayden Hurst BAL TE
      Ravens' Hayden Hurst: Expects more in second season
      3d ago

      Hurst admits he wasn't thrilled with his rookie season, Ben Breiner of The State reports. "For me, I think it was just average," Hurst said. "I give myself a C. I think I'm capable of a lot more. But the foot thing kind of held me back."

      The first-round pick missed all of September while recovering from a stress fracture in his foot, then spent the rest of the year playing second fiddle to fellow rookie Mark Andrews (a third-round selection) in the Baltimore passing attack. Hurst said he's back to full strength after getting a screw removed from his foot this offseason, but he'll face tough competition for snaps from Andrews and Nick Boyle. There was some thought the Ravens would let Boyle leave to open up snaps for Hurst, but the team instead handed its veteran blocking specialist a three-year, $18 million contract. Given the competition for playing time as well as the run-first nature of Baltimore's offense, Hurst is staring down a tricky path to fantasy relevance. It probably doesn't help that he's unusually old for a second-year player, heading for his 26th birthday during the preseason. Andrews was far more productive as a rookie and will turn 23 in September.

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    • Mason Crosby GB K
      Packers' Mason Crosby: Gets competition
      3d ago

      Crosby has competition for the kicker job in Green Bay after the addition of Sam Ficken, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

      The Packers claimed Ficken off waivers from the Seahawks, giving them two kickers on the 90-man roster. The 26-year-old appeared in four games over the last two seasons for the Rams as an injury replacement for Greg Zuerlein, connecting on three of six field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 extra-point tries. As for the incumbent in Green Bay, Crosby made just 45 of 56 field goals (80.4 percent) during that same span. With a cap hit of $4.85 million for 2019, the 12-year veteran may have to earn his keep under Matt LaFleur and the new coaching staff.

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    • Harrison Butker KC K
      Chiefs' Harrison Butker: Remaining with Chiefs
      3d ago

      The Chiefs signed Butker, an exclusive rights free agent, on Monday, Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.com reports.

      Butker has benefited from the high-flying Kansas City offense in his first two pro seasons, ranking fourth with 142 points in 2017 and third with 137 last year. He's also exhibited accuracy, with an 89.9 percent success rate on field goals and 95.9 percent on point-after tries. Because Patrick Mahomes is under center and the skill positions are loaded with talent, Butker shouldn't have a problem upholding his standard in the fall.

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    • Ka'imi Fairbairn HOU K
      Texans' Ka'imi Fairbairn: Re-ups with Texans
      3d ago

      The Texans signed Fairbairn, a restricted free agent, Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

      After the Texans extended a second-round tender to Fairbairn in early March, a return to Houston was all but guaranteed considering the price tag attached to him. In his second pro season in 2018, he led the NFL in both field-goal attempts (42) and field goals made (37) en route to 150 points. This latter number likely will go down if the Texans find the end zone more often this fall, but he should still be among the top kicking options for fantasy purposes.

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    • Sam Ficken GB K
      Packers' Sam Ficken: Gets chance with Packers
      3d ago

      The Packers claimed Ficken off waivers Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

      Ficken had a three-month audition with the Seahawks, but the team opted to go with Jason Myers to begin their offseason program. Upon his arrival in Green Bay, Ficken will compete with long-time kicker Mason Crosby, who missed 11 total field-goal tries the last two seasons. Meanwhile, Ficken has just four appearances on his resume with the Rams, making three of six field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 point-after tries.

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    • Robbie Gould SF K
      49ers' Robbie Gould: Skipping voluntary program
      3d ago

      Gould has not signed his franchise tender and will skip voluntary offseason workouts, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

      This news comes on the heels of the 49ers stamping the franchise tag on Gould on Feb. 26. San Francisco presumably hopes to come to terms on a multi-year contract after Gould converted 96 percent of his field-goal attempts and 93.2 percent of his PATs through his first two seasons with the team.

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    • Sam Ficken SEA K
      Sam Ficken: Cut loose by Seahawks
      6d ago

      The Seahawks waived Ficken on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

      With this transaction, the Seahawks will enter the offseason program next week with just one kicker (Jason Myers) under contract. Ficken himself has spent time with four different organizations but only made regular-season appearances for one of them. In four games the last two years for the Rams, he was successful on three of six field-goal attempts and 14 of 15 point-after tries.

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    • Charles Harris MIA DE
      Dolphins' Charles Harris: Testing out linebacker
      8h ago

      Harris was receiving some work at linebacker on Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.

      Harris had 19 tackles and one sack while being limited to 11 games during his sophomore campaign. The news isn't overly surprising as new head coach Brian Flores is expected to use multiple defensive fronts, which could give the 24-year-old a look at outside linebacker. The 2017 first-round pick has yet to live up to expectations over his first two seasons in Miami.

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    • Ricardo Allen ATL FS
      Falcons' Ricardo Allen: Limited in workouts
      8h ago

      Allen (Achilles) wasn't seen participating in weight-lifting exercises Wednesday, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Allen underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in September and was able to resume speed and agility drills last month. The 27-year-old still participated in foot exercises Wednesday, but it remains unclear where he currently stands in his recovery.

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    • Keanu Neal ATL SS
      Falcons' Keanu Neal: Active in weight-lifting session
      19h ago

      Neal (knee) was seen lifting weights Wednesday during the Falcons' voluntary workouts, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

      Neal said last month that he doesn't have a firm timetable for when he expects to be 100 percent healthy, but the safety nonetheless appears to be making steady and tangible progress in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered last September. In other news, there's been no word the fifth-year option on Neal's rookie contract has been picked up yet. Atlanta has until May 2 to make a decision on that front.

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    • Khalil Mack CHI OLB
      Bears' Khalil Mack: Participating in voluntary workouts
      20h ago

      Mack (knee) is participating in the Bears' offseason workouts.

      Mack was seen doing calisthenics and barbell shrugs earlier this week, making it safe to conclude that the knee injury he used as an excuse for skipping the Pro Bowl is no longer an issue. Of greater concern is Mack's transition to life under incoming defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano, who's replacing new Broncos head coach Vic Fangio. However, general manager Ryan Pace said in February that Pagano isn't expected to make any significant changes to Fangio's scheme, so it's probably fair to assume Mack will continue to operate in the role that netted him 12.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 14 games during his debut season in Chicago.

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    • Earl Thomas BAL FS
      Ravens' Earl Thomas: Set for offseason program
      20h ago

      Thomas (lower leg) appears to be ready to go for the Ravens' voluntary offseason workouts, Sean Grogan of the Cecil Whig reports.

      Thomas is bouncing back from a fractured tibia he sustained last September. The six-time Pro Bowler reportedly spent time working out with teammates before voluntary offseason workouts commenced April 15, and by all accounts, he seems to be making a strong first impression in Baltimore. Fresh off signing a four-year, $55 million contract with the team last month, Thomas has plenty of talent around him in the secondary, including the league's highest-paid slot corner in Tavon Young. The Ravens also bring back 2017 first-rounder Marlon Humphrey along with veterans Brandon Carr and Jimmy Smith.

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    • Tony Jefferson BAL SS
      Ravens' Tony Jefferson: Building rapport with Earl Thomas
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      Jefferson (ankle) has spent extensive time working out with free-agent pickup and secondary mate Earl Thomas this offseason, Sean Grogan of the Cecil Whig reports. "I got a chance to work out with him before we had the voluntary team workouts in one-on-one sessions," Jefferson said of Thomas. "I can tell you he's a real serious guy, but he also has a lighter side to him, too."

      Jefferson looks like he's ready to roll for the start of the Ravens' offseason program after undergoing minor ankle surgery in January. It's also encouraging to hear he's going the extra mile to build rapport with Thomas, who inked a four-year, $55 million pact with Baltimore in March. Considering the Ravens are also stacked at cornerback with Marlon Humphrey, Jimmy Smith, Brandon Carr and Tavon Young under contract for the upcoming season, Baltimore clearly has the coverage talent to allow Jefferson to consistently play in the box this upcoming season. Jefferson could also play a part in replacing former starting inside linebacker C.J. Mosley.

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