Ray Rice not on Cowboys radar
Ray Rice | FA
(May 24, 2015 4:10 PM EDT)
ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes free agent Ray Rice's absence from the Cowboys' recent running back workouts suggests Rice is not on the team's radar.
The Cowboys recently worked out a who's who of running back washouts, including Daniel Thomas, Felix Jones, and Ben Tate. Rice was not invited, and nor was Chris Johnson. The players brought in to try out were likely the top backs on Dallas' emergency list. Rice and Johnson may not be on the list at all.
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Zach Ertz to lead Eagles in receiving?
Zach Ertz | PHI
(May 24, 2015 1:47 PM EDT)
The Philadelphia Inquirer mentions third-year TE Zach Ertz as a candidate to "end up leading the Eagles in receiving" this season.
Beat writer Jeff McLane acknowledges this is contingent upon Ertz earning more playing time after he played only 50 percent of Philly's 2014 offensive snaps. The Eagles' wideout corps is largely unproven, and Ertz's pass-catching chops were never in doubt. At very least, Ertz needs to become a bigger part of the Eagles' red-zone offense after scoring only three TDs in 2014.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Josh Huff to be Eagles kickoff returner
Josh Huff | PHI
(May 24, 2015 1:41 PM EDT)
Eagles WR Josh Huff is expected to open training camp as the team's No. 1 kickoff returner.
Huff was floated as a breakout candidate at wide receiver before the draft, but the chances of that happening all but evaporated when the Eagles selected Nelson Agholor 20th overall. As a rookie, Huff averaged a robust 29.6 yards on 14 kick returns, including a 107-yard touchdown in Week 12 against the Titans.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Kris Durham works out for Saints
Kris Durham | FA
(May 24, 2015 1:19 PM EDT)
In addition to the Cowboys, free agent WR Kris Durham recently worked out for the Saints.
The Saints went with Lance Lewis over Durham, who has been abysmal in past opportunities to play extensively. He was arguably the worst wideout in the entire NFL in 2013, when Durham served as the Lions' No. 3 receiver.
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Glenn Dorsey (biceps) close to 100 percent
Glenn Dorsey | SF
(May 24, 2015 12:51 PM EDT)
When asked if his torn biceps was fully healed, 49ers DL Glenn Dorsey said "I'm close."
Dorsey isn't practicing yet, but he'll be ready in plenty of time for the start of the season. The 29-year-old is one of a handful of candidates the 49ers are considering to replace Justin Smith at right end. Arik Armstead, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Ian Williams could see snaps there as well, particularly on passing downs.
San Francisco Chronicle
Crowder could returns kicks for Redskins
Jamison Crowder | WAS
(May 24, 2015 12:14 PM EDT)
Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica is "intrigued" by Jamison Crowder's potential as a punt returner.
He was a productive special teamer in college, returning four punts for touchdowns in his last two seasons at Duke. At 5'8" and only 185 pounds, Crowder is probably too small to be anything more than a part-time player at wide receiver. Andre Roberts returned kicks for the Redskins last season.
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Brooks Reed questionable for start of OTAs
Brooks Reed | ATL
(May 24, 2015 11:07 AM EDT)
Falcons SLB Brooks Reed could miss the start of OTAs because of a groin injury.
He suffered the injury during the team's recent veteran minicamp. We'd expect the Falcons to be as cautious as possible with Reed after inking him to a five-year, $22.5 million contract this offseason. O'Brien Schofield is likely to get first-team reps when OTAs open on Tuesday.
Mario Williams to play outside linebacker
Mario Williams | BUF
(May 24, 2015 10:49 AM EDT)
Mario Williams will play outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's new 3-4 scheme.
Williams played left end under Jim Schwartz last season, but Rex disciple Mike Pettine used him at outside linebacker in 2013. Regardless of whether he lines up in a two- or three-point stance, Williams' role in Ryan's defense will be to rush the quarterback. Williams figures to align at outside linebacker on base downs, and rush from defensive end in sub-packages.
Buffalo News
NFL drops Joplo Bartu's two-game suspension
Joplo Bartu | ATL
(May 24, 2015 10:08 AM EDT)
The NFL overturned Joplo Bartu's two-game suspension.
He received a two-game ban for pleading no contest to DUI, but after filing paperwork with the league, the NFL dropped Bartu's suspension and instead fined him $50,000. Bartu finished third on the team with 83 tackles last season.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Matt Shaughnessy moves from OLB to DE
Matt Shaughnessy | ARZ
(May 24, 2015 9:39 AM EDT)
The Cardinals are moving Matt Shaughnessy to defensive end.
Shaughnessy played left outside linebacker in 2014 but coach Bruce Arians thinks he'll fit better at end because of his size (6'5/285). He'll battle Cory Redding, Frostee Rucker, and rookie Rodney Gunter for playing time across from Calais Campbell. Alex Okafor is the favorite to start at left outside linebacker.
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