Colts giving Geathers 1st-team reps
Clayton Geathers | IND
(May 29, 2015 1:08 AM EDT)
The Colts are giving fourth-round S Clayton Geathers first-team reps at OTAs.
He's competing with Dwight Lowery for the starting job opposite Mike Adams, and Geathers is also working as a linebacker in dime packages. The 109th overall pick last month, Geathers ran 4.55 at the Combine and has a 37-inch vertical at 6-foot-2, 218. He's getting a legitimate chance to make an impact as a rookie.
Indianapolis Star
Jordan Matthews working at multiple positions
Jordan Matthews | PHI
(May 29, 2015 1:03 AM EDT)
Jordan Matthews is practicing at both slot and outside receiver during OTAs.
The Eagles opened Thursday's session with Matthews working inside, and Riley Cooper and Josh Huff on the outside. Matthews later kicked outside, with Cooper aligning across from him and Jeff Maehl in the slot. (Nelson Agholor didn't attend due to an NFL rookie event.) The Eagles want to be able to move Matthews around to create mismatches. He's 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds.
Philly Voice
Bradford not 'remotely close' to full health?
Sam Bradford | PHI
(May 28, 2015 10:15 PM EDT)
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sam Bradford's surgically repaired left knee doesn't appear "remotely close" to full health.
It's our fourth Bradford post of the day. This is just reporter Jeff McLane's take, but he believes "the specter of (Mark) Sanchez under center (in Week 1) becomes more and more of a reality" every day that Bradford's rehab drags on. Neither Bradford nor coach Chip Kelly has attached a date to Bradford's return, though both are trying to project confidence that he'll be ready for training camp. McLane reports Bradford was "clearly favoring" his left leg in Thursday's practice. Bradford has the potential to be a fantasy bargain this season, but he needs to get his health in order over the next two months.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Dolphins impressed with Aikens' 'maturation'
Walt Aikens | MIA
(May 28, 2015 9:58 PM EDT)
The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins have been impressed with second-year S Walt Aikens' "maturation" this offseason.
The 2014 fourth-rounder was suspended last Week 17 for an unspecified violation of team rules. He was primarily a special teamer as a rookie, but did contribute 64 snaps on defense. Aikens won't open the year as a starter, but could emerge as the leader for snaps behind Reshad Jones and Louis Delmas.
Miami Herald
G-Men in 'no real rush' to sign OT Jake Long
Jake Long | FA
(May 28, 2015 9:45 PM EDT)
The Giants are in "no real rush" to sign free agent OT Jake Long.
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo characterizes Long's Thursday visit as an "intro to the team/check on his rehab." Long is just seven months removed from re-tearing his right ACL. If he signs with the G-Men, it could be closer to camp after he's had more time to rehab. Camp is still two months away.
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Sam Bradford passes on Week 1 guarantee
Sam Bradford | PHI
(May 28, 2015 9:41 PM EDT)
Asked Thursday whether he'd be ready for Week 1, Sam Bradford (ACL) passed on making a guarantee.
"I think as long as we continue to progress and we don't have any setbacks, I feel very comfortable with where my knee is at right now," Bradford said. We can understand why Bradford wouldn't guarantee he'll be ready to go, but it's still mildly notable. His words came the same day the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he's still walking with a "pronounced limp." Bradford "scaled back" his OTAs participation a few weeks ago, but participated in individual drills Thursday. Coach Chip Kelly believes he could be ready for 7-on-7s next week.
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Hakeem Nicks: I can still be one of the best
Hakeem Nicks | TEN
(May 28, 2015 9:00 PM EDT)
Hakeem Nicks believes he can still be one of the best receivers in the NFL.
"I feel like where I am at in my career — I just turned 27 — I feel like I still have a lot in my tank," Nicks said. "I wanted to go somewhere and prove I can still be a No. 1 receiver and be the guy I was in the past, statistically and being a guy that likes to make plays and be on the field consistently." We feel for Nicks — he was legitimately great in 2010-11 — but lower-body injuries have robbed him of his explosion. Tennessee, with a rookie quarterback and crowded receiver corps, is an unlikely place to get his career back on track.
Nashville Tennessean
Free agent OT Jake Long visits the Giants
Jake Long | FA
(May 28, 2015 8:47 PM EDT)
Free agent OT Jake Long visited the Giants on Thursday.
Long's visit, his first since being released by the Rams in March, comes six days after the Newark Star-Ledger reported the Giants might be interested. The G-Men need another body at tackle after LT Will Beatty tore his pec earlier this month. He's a big name, but injuries have rendered Long a shell of his former self. He turned 30 earlier in May.
Dan Graziano on Twitter
'Seems doubtful' Martin will be back with TB
Doug Martin | TB
(May 28, 2015 8:19 PM EDT)
The Tampa Bay Times believes it "seems doubtful" that contract-year RB Doug Martin is back with the Bucs in 2016.
Reporter Joey Knight is simply connecting the obvious dots. The Bucs declined to exercise Martin's fifth-year team option, while he hasn't been the same since his monster rookie season. Martin will enter camp battling Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James for touches. Although the odds have decreased after the draft, it remains possible that Martin is traded.
Tampa Bay Times
Russell Wilson's agent: We've made progress
Russell Wilson | SEA
(May 28, 2015 7:27 PM EDT)
Russell Wilson's agent said that he's made progress with the Seahawks in long-term talks, but that there's no deadline for a deal.
In a Thursday radio interview, Wilson's rep said "95 percent" off what's been reported about the talks is "off point." The sides have been portrayed as far apart, with Seattle willing to let Wilson play out the final year of his rookie deal.
Associated Press