FA LB Kyle Knox suspended four games
Kyle Knox | FA
(June 29, 2015 7:45 PM EDT)
NFL suspended free agent LB Kyle Knox for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy.
Knox spent three days on the Cowboys' roster earlier this month, so they must have known the ban was coming before cutting him June 5. Knox appeared in four games for the Jaguars last season and also spent time with the Saints.
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Keenan Allen says he's slimming down for 2015
Keenan Allen | SD
(June 29, 2015 5:03 PM EDT)
Keenan Allen has been losing weight in an effort to "play faster."
It's just the latest indication that Allen has gotten more serious about his preparation following a down sophomore campaign. Allen's weight wasn't an obvious issue in 2014, but he certainly wasn't shaking loose from defenders the way he did as a rookie. A target monster with sure hands and excellent route-running chops, Allen is a prime bounce-back candidate for 2015.
Funchess blames down 2014 on toe injury
Devin Funchess | CAR
(June 29, 2015 2:56 PM EDT)
Rookie Panthers WR Devin Funchess blames his disappointing junior season at Michigan on a toe injury.
"We never got to see the full Devin Funchess at Michigan because I did play one season at wide receiver, and I was battling through an injury," Funchess said last week. "I think up here in the NFL I can make some damage." At 6-foot-4, 232 pounds, Funchess certainly has the size to be an NFL difference maker, but has questionable speed. He ran 4.70 at the Combine before improving at his Pro Day. As a Wolverine, Funchess didn't always fight for the ball in the air, and disappointed after the catch. He'll be a wild card opposite second-year pro Kelvin Benjamin.
Detroit News
Funchess expected to play big role
Devin Funchess | CAR
(June 29, 2015 11:03 AM EDT)
ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton "really expect(s)" Devin Funchess to "play a big role."
Funchess worked at X, Z and slot during OTAs -- and he "looked good doing it." The second-round rookie will be playing a ton of snaps opposite Kelvin Benjamin beginning in Week 1. The question is if Funchess will be able to capitalize on his unique size and athleticism after disappointing badly at Michigan last year. He's a risky bet anywhere before the 14th round or so.
Carroll singles out Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham | SEA
(June 29, 2015 10:48 AM EDT)
Caoch Pete Carroll singled out Jimmy Graham as a player who stood out during OTAs.
Graham has taken to his new surroundings well. "He’s fit in with the players," Carroll said. "There was some talk about stuff in other seasons and all, that’s become part of the fun. He’s a great addition." Graham doesn't have the same ceiling he once did thanks to Seattle's run-based attack, but he'll be Russell Wilson's top target and a good bet for double-digit touchdowns again.
Doug Baldwin wants to block on special teams
Doug Baldwin | SEA
(June 29, 2015 10:08 AM EDT)
Doug Baldwin said he wants to contribute as a blocker on special teams.
Rookie Tyler Lockett will be the Seahawks' primary return man on both punts and kickoffs. Baldwin, ever the glue guy, still wants to contribute. "Just helping my team in any way I can to help us get to another Super Bowl," he said. Baldwin remains a low-ceiling PPR option as a slot receiver who projects for 60-70 catches.
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Evans says QBs stopped him from doing more
Mike Evans | TB
(June 29, 2015 9:39 AM EDT)
Mike Evans suggested quarterback play kept him from doing even more as a rookie.
Evans caught 68 balls for 1,051 yards and 12 touchdowns with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon as his quarterbacks. "The quarterback would just look me off, and then I'd be dead," Evans said. "And I didn't understand, because I always think I'm open. Just throw that thing up." Now Evans has an upgrade in Jameis Winston, the Julio Jones "X" role in Dirk Koetter's offense and is still sharply ascending at age 22 (in August). The ceiling here is sky high.
USA Today
Paul Posluszny still a three-down MLB
Paul Posluszny | JAC
(June 29, 2015 9:00 AM EDT)
Paul Posluszny remains a three-down middle linebacker.
Posluszny will be 31 in October and has plenty of severe injuries on his resume. But the Jags aren't backing off, meaning he'll be a fine IDP target once again. Posluszny is averaging a gaudy 9.73 tackles per game in his last 38 outings.
Florida Times Union
Rashad Greene to be Jags' top slot WR?
Rashad Greene | JAC
(June 29, 2015 8:54 AM EDT)
The Florida Times Union projects Rashad Greene as the Jags' top slot receiver.
The 5'11/182 Greene won't be asked to win on the outside. The refined route runner will work the middle of the field in new OC Greg Olson's scheme, but won't see much volume. Greene is behind Allen Robinson, Julius Thomas, Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee on the target totem pole.
Florida Times Union
Marqise Lee to start camp behind Allen Hurns
Marqise Lee | JAC
(June 29, 2015 8:50 AM EDT)
The Florida Times Union projects Marqise Lee as the Jags' No. 3 wideout entering camp, behind Allen Hurns.
Lee's rookie year started with a nagging hamstring issue and ended with some disappointing on-field performances. Then he missed most of the offseason program due to a knee issue. Lee will have ground to make up if he's going to beat out Hurns for the right to line up opposite rising stud Allen Robinson in two-wide sets. We want more upside in our late-round fliers.
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