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  • Buccaneers' Andre Ellington: Chances improve with Wilson release

    Ellington is one of five running backs currently remaining on the Buccaneers' roster following last Friday's release of Shaun Wilson, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

    The veteran reunited with former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians back on Feb. 19, when he inked a free-agent deal with the Buccaneers after spending 2018 out of the NFL. Ellington, a 2013 sixth-round pick, beat the odds over his first two seasons in Arizona, rushing for 1,312 yards, adding another 766 through the air, and scoring nine total touchdowns (six rushing, three receiving). However, after a pair of forgettable campaigns in 2016 and 2017, Ellington finds himself trying to resurrect his career under the man who originally brought him into the league. The 30-year-old back is hoping to hold off Dare Ogunbowale and undrafted rookie Bruce Anderson, both of whom also have special teams experience, for a backup job behind the top duo of Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones II.

  • Buccaneers' Bruce Anderson: Chances better with Wilson release

    Anderson is one of five running backs currently remaining on the Buccaneers' roster following last Friday's release of Shaun Wilson, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

    The undrafted free agent from North Dakota State has a similar toolbox to the departed Wilson, in the sense that he's able to utilize above-average speed to get outside quickly and also has a proven track record as both a receiver and returner, per Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times. Moreover, at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, Anderson is stouter than the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Wilson, with his solid size rendering him an effective between-the-tackles runner in college. Anderson compiled nearly 1,400 yards from scrimmage during his junior season before sharing carries in his senior year, and although a hamstring injury kept him from accepting a Senior Bowl invite, he impressed with both his speed (4.58 40-yard dash) and power (22 reps of 225 lbs) at his pro day. He projects to battle Dare Ogunbowale and Andre Ellington for a spot on the latter portion of the running back depth chart this summer.

  • Fletcher Cox DT | PHI

    Eagles' Fletcher Cox: On track for training camp

    Cox (foot) said Monday that his goal is "to be ready for training camp," Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.

    Cox continues to rehab from offseason foot surgery and still appears on track for a July 24 training camp return after missing spring workouts. The veteran defensive tackle is coming off an impressive 2018 campaign in which he notched a career-high 10.5 sacks across 16 games.

  • Taylor Gabriel WR | CHI

    Bears' Taylor Gabriel: Hoping to build on career year

    Gabriel has improved his connection with Mitchell Trubisky this offseason, Alyssa Barbiere of USA Today reports.

    Not only was Gabriel learning a new offense last year, but he also was working with Trubisky for the first time. The development didn't stop Gabriel from posting a career-high 67 receptions and 688 yards, though he topped 33 yards just once over the last five games of the season. While he's displayed improved chemistry with his quarterback, he may struggle to see much of an increase on the 93 targets he saw in 2018, especially with Allen Robinson, Anthony Miller (shoulder), Tarik Cohen, Trey Burton (sports hernia) and others vying for targets. Overall, Gabriel could have a few big weeks, mostly due to his explosive speed, but it won't be surprising if he has others in which he's held in check, making him a better draft pick in best-ball leagues.

  • Adam Shaheen TE | CHI

    Bears' Adam Shaheen: Emphasis on health in 2019

    Shaheen has focused on maintaining his health this offseason, Hub Arkush of the Daily Herald reports.

    After missing three games as a rookie, Shaheen sat out 10 additional contests last year due to an ankle injury. While he's enjoying a healthy offseason, he'll try to maintain his standing as the Bears' second-string tight end. A strong preseason could help him earn playing time as a receiving option, especially if starter Trey Burton's recovery from sports hernia surgery lingers. For now, though, it's unlikely that Shaheen will be much of a fantasy factor to start the season.

  • Devin White LB | TB

    Buccaneers' Devin White: As good as advertised thus far

    White, the fifth overall pick in the 2019 draft, has lived up to the level of expectations inherent in his draft position this offseason, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    The highly versatile linebacker has developed a grasp of new coordinator Todd Bowles' 3-4 scheme quickly, with Vitali reporting that White doesn't look the part of a rookie. The LSU product regularly relayed calls to the defense during OTAs and mandatory minicamp. Moreover, White has remained engaged when on the sidelines, often calling out advice to his on-field teammates based on how the offense lines up ahead of a play. The Buccaneers made it clear following the draft that White's ability to tackle, cover and blitz equally well was the deciding factor in his selection, and up to this point it appears they are getting exactly what they paid for.

  • Matt Gay K | TB

    Buccaneers' Matt Gay: Impresses with leg this offseason

    Gay made a strong impression during OTAs and minicamp with his leg strength, Carmen Vital of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    The rookie fifth-round pick will battle incumbent Cairo Santos for the starting placekicking job, and if the offseason is any indication, training camp and the preseason should include a spirited competition. Vitali notes that Gay has impressed with a combination of leg strength and accuracy, which is unsurprising given his unblemished college track record on extra points, an 86.2 percent success rate on field goals in two seasons at Utah, and his 8-for-11 tally on kicks of 50-plus yards during that stretch. If Gay ultimately prevails over Santos, what projects to be a high-octane offense could provide the former with plenty of scoring opportunities in the fall.

  • Tyreek Hill WR | KC

    Chiefs' Tyreek Hill: To meet with NFL investigators

    Hill will meet with NFL investigators this week, Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports reports.

    Hill has been suspended from all team activities since late April, with the Chiefs seemingly waiting for the NFL to come to a decision before taking further action. The forthcoming meeting between Hill and NFL investigators suggests that a ruling is drawing near, and some light should soon be shed on the 25-year-old's situation for the 2019 season. Though Hill is no longer under criminal investigation, it remains a distinct possibility that the league could hand the Pro Bowl wideout a suspension.

  • Tyreek Hill WR | KC

    Chiefs' Tyreek Hill: Could receive suspension in July

    The Chiefs believe Hill could receive a suspension from the NFL as soon as next month, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.

    No longer under criminal investigation, Hill remains indefinitely suspended by the Chiefs, who seem hesitant to take any action without knowing how the NFL will handle the situation. A report from Tom Pelissero of NFL.com in early June suggested the team likely would reinstate Hill before the start of training camp July 27. The 25-year-old wide receiver was held out for the entire offseason program, including OTAs in May and mandatory minicamp in June.

  • Adam Shaheen TE | CHI

    Bears' Adam Shaheen: Sheds weight to improve durability

    Shaheen lost seven pounds during the offseason, focusing on flexibility and core strength in an effort to avoid future injuries, Adam Jahns of The Athletic reports.

    The 2017 second-round pick has missed 13 games through two NFL seasons, dealing with foot, ankle, chest and head injuries. Shaheen played the final five weeks of last season and then replaced Trey Burton (sports hernia) as Chicago's top tight end for a playoff loss to Philadelphia, but the 24-year-old acknowledges that he wasn't in the best shape at the time, still working his way back to full strength after he spent the first 10 weeks of the campaign on injured reserve. Shaheen had a nice opportunity for regular first-team snaps with Burton recovering from surgery during the offseason program, but the Bears expect their starter to be healthy before the end of training camp, likely relegating Shaheen to a role that primarily focuses on blocking.