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05/21 49ers RB Reggie Bush wants to return punts this season
Newly acquired 49ers running back Reggie Bush has decided he wants to return punts again and the coaching staff thinks that it's a great idea. It's been three-years since he last returned punts but he feels like he hasn't missed a beat. "It was my idea," Bush said. "I told the coaches I wanted to return punts again. And they were excited about it. We're still working at it, still chipping away. A... [Read More]
05/21 Vikings HC Mike Zimmer has an 'indication' of when RB Adrian Peterson will report to team
Disgruntled Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson is yet to report to the team. However, it is becoming inevitable that he will remain in Minnesota despite his best effort to kick-and-stomp his way out of town. Now that reality is setting in, head coach Mike Zimmer seems to have a feel about when Peterson will show up. "I think I do have an indication," Zimmer said. "It's up to Adrian, really. He... [Read More]
05/21 Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin missing OTAs due to a strained hamstring
Panthers' second-year wideout Kelvin Benjamin strained his hamstring last week. He will not participate in on-field team activities next week when the team opens its next phase of OTAs. The injury is not believed to be serious and his inactivity is more precautionary than anything else. The most interesting development here may be that rookie wide receiver Devin Funchess has been taking Benjamin's... [Read More]
05/21 Colts WR Andre Johnson and RB Frank Gore making a 'pretty seamless' transition to Indy
We are hearing nothing but good things from Colts' camp about free agent acquisitions Andre Johnson and Frank Gore. Both clearly appear to be playing significant roles in the offense. Head coach Chuck Pagano weighed in on their transition. "Pretty seamless," Pagano said. "They don't miss a beat as far as the playbook goes, knowing what to do. Every time I see them in the huddle, break a huddle, to... [Read More]
05/21 Free agent RB Ray Rice to have domestic violence charges dismissed
It has been a long year for the NFL and it was flipped upside down about a year ago when Ray Rice infamously knocked his then fiancé unconscious in a casino elevator in Atlantic City, NJ. Despite the video evidence, a New Jersey judge has dismisses the charges and Rice is free to move on with his life. He is eager to move forward with his life and career. "I'm actually done in my case," Ri... [Read More]
05/21 Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell admits his mistakes but still hopes his suspension is reduced
Steelers' RB Le'Veon Bell was last season's Fantasy Football MVP. Unfortunately prior to the season he was arrested on marijuana and DUI charges. Stemming from the arrest he has been suspended three games. Bell knows what he did was wrong, however, he's still appealing in hopes of the suspension being reduced. I don't really want to fight the length. At the end of the day, I made a mistake. I'm j... [Read More]
05/21 Free agent RB Ben Tate working out with the Cowboys
Free agent Ben Tate is working out for the Cowboys today. He was a highly-touted prospect last season as he was leaving Houston and getting out of the shadow of Arian Foster. He signed in Cleveland and guaranteed he'd be the starter. However, he fell flat on his face. Last season alone he was cut by the Browns, Vikings and Steelers. Now he's fighting to stay in the league. ... [Read More]
05/21 Falcons RB Antone Smith still recovering from his broken right leg
The Atlanta Falcons' homerun threat at running back Antone Smith is still not cleared after fracturing his right leg last season. While he is making great progress and is getting very close, he's not quite there yet. "The recovery is going pretty good," Smith said. "I'm up and running. I'm almost full force, but not quite where I need to be. In time, that will take care of itself. I can't give yo... [Read More]
05/21 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer still about two months away from full clearance
Carson Palmer is still two months away from being fully cleared from ACL surgery. He is working very hard and coaching his team up as much as he can. He's handling the situation like a true veteran. He still knows that as far as he's come, he still has a long way to go. "It felt good to be around humans, with that competition, that speed," Palmer said. "I have a lot of work to do." ... [Read More]
05/21 Bills RB coach Anthony Lynn admits RB Bryce Brown is falling behind
Bryce Brown is yet to report to Bills camp due to personal issues at home. His running back coach Anthony Lynn seems to be a bit concerned and has admitted that Brown is beginning to fall significantly behind. Bryce is doing what he has to do right now, taking care of his family in the offseason, but yes, it will set him back," Lynn said. "I mean, he's five, six weeks behind everyone else. Once h... [Read More]
05/21 Bills RB coach Anthony Lynn hopes LeSean McCoy leads the league in carries
The Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn does not at all seen deterred by LeSean McCoy's high usage rate over the course of his career. As a matter of fact, he would like to see McCoy lead the NFL in carries. "I think he's (McCoy) got a lot of good years left in him at 27, going into his seventh season," Lynn said. "I talk to the guys all the time about Curtis Martin. This guy led the league in... [Read More]
05/21 Bills RB coach Anthony Lynn would like to see RB Fred Jacksons snaps cut in half
With a much deeper stable of running backs in Buffalo this season, Bills RBs coach Anthony Lynn would like to see Fred Jackson's snaps cut in half. The 34-year-old back saw 548 snaps last season. Lynn believes a reduced role for the oldest back in the league could really help his production down the stretch. "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season," Lynn said. "If we could tak... [Read More]
05/20 Raiders QB Derek Carr's agent Tim Younger says Carr does not need surgery
Apparently Derek Carr's right ring finger injury isn't as serious as originally believed. At least according to Carr's agent Tim Younger it isn't. "I don't know where this idea came up that he's going to be having surgery," Younger said. "The situation, I don't even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we're just being cautious." ... [Read More]
05/20 Colts WR Phillip Dorsett: 'I'm definitely getting there'
The Colts' first-round pick Phillip Dorsett is already showing flashes of greatness in camp. He "seamlessly" worked in with seasoned vets and was connecting with Andrew Luck. An impressed Luck had nothing but good things to say about the rookie from Miami. "It's definitely not too big for him," Luck said. Dorsett himself was also brimming with confidence. "I'm definitely picking up the scheme," D... [Read More]
05/20 NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is open to hear any new information Patriots QB Tom Brady has
Roger Goodell finally spoke about "Deflategate" today. Just a day after Patriots' owner Robert Kraft announced he would not be fighting the league's imposed punishments and the team would accept their decision. Now Goodell has come out and said he is open to hearing any "new information" Tom Brady has on the matter. NFL Insider Ian Rapoport says the "door seems very open" for Brady to have his su... [Read More]
05/20 Jets OC Chan Gailey says there will be no QB competition, Geno Smith locked in as starter
In a bit of a surprise move on Wednesday, Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey came out and said there is no quarterback competition in New York. He added that barring an injury, Geno Smith will "probably" be the starter. He went on to praise Smith's talent and basically lock him in as the Week 1 starter. ... [Read More]
05/20 Jets RB Stevan Ridley (ACL) participating in drills at OTAs
The Jets rolled the dice this offseason and acquired Stevan Ridley despite him coming off a torn ACL. He appears to be progressing well in his rehab. Ridley is currently participating in positional drills at OTAs. Reportedly, he's moving around very well. ... [Read More]
05/20 Raiders QB Derek Carr experiencing numbness in right ring finger
The Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is now experiencing numbness in his injured right ring finger. The team is hoping Carr will be a breakout star in his sophomore campaign. As of now the team does not sound "overly alarmed" by the injury. The hope is that rest and rehab will help him avoid going under the knife. ... [Read More]
05/20 Dolphins WR Rishard Matthews skipping team workouts
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has reported that Rishard Matthews is not happy with the revamping of the Miami Dolphins receiving corps. Mathews is reported to be skipping team workouts and is instead working out individually with free agent QB Brady Quinn. Matthews is looking to either be cut or traded in hopes of receiving more playing time on another team.... [Read More]
05/19 Raiders QB Derek Carr has potentially serious finger injury
The Raiders promising second-year quarterback Derek Carr has an injury to his right ring finger. The injury could require surgery and his availability for training camp is in question. However, Carr is reportedly optimistic he will be ready come training camp. ... [Read More]
05/19 Bills OC Greg Roman insists E.J. Manuel's roster spot is secure
Rumors have swirled that E.J. Manuel could possibly lose his roster spot in Buffalo if he does not perform well in training camp. Bills' offensive coordinator emphatically put those rumors to rest when asked if Manuel's roster spot was in jeopardy. "Speculation's the key word there," Roman said. "I don't remember ever saying that and that's the furthest thing from the truth. I mean, he's busting ... [Read More]
05/19 Cardinals HC Bruce Arians praises WR Michael Floyd
After a less-than-stellar third season by Michael Floyd, some began to question how long he would last in Arizona. The Cardinals former 13th-overall pick saw his numbers decline in 2014 after a breakout sophomore campaign. Now head coach Bruce Arians is praising him for being in tremendous shape. His conditioning clearly stood out in minicamp.... [Read More]
05/19 Cardinals QB Carson Palmer to wear knee brace in 2015
Carson Palmer will be forced to wear a knee brace this year after tearing his ACL last season. This will further limit an already extremely immobile quarterback. He is currently limited but plans to ready for Week 1. ... [Read More]
05/19 Bills RB Bryce Brown has not attended voluntary workouts
Bryce Brown is yet to attend Bills voluntary workouts. His absence is due to an apparent "family commitment". The Bills have added running backs LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams this offseason. Brown has not overwhelmed when given opportunities. ... [Read More]
05/19 Ravens HC John Harbaugh wants to reduce WR Steve Smith's snaps
Ravens' wide receiver Steve Smith was an extremely productive 35-year-old. He caught 79 passes for 1,065 yards and six TDs in 2014. However, his numbers drastically declined in the second half of the season. His yards per catch dropped from 16.5 to 10.3 after the first eight games. Head coach John Harbaugh wants to cut back on Smith's snaps this season to reduce wear-and-tear on the 36-year-old ve... [Read More]
05/19 Ravens WR Breshad Perriman garners high praise from assistant GM Eric DeCosta
After watching 26th-overall pick Breshad Perriman in minicamp, the Ravens believe they have a star on their hands. Assistant general manager Eric DeCosta expects a big year out of the young prospect. "We got a guy with a tremendous amount of talent who's only going to get better," DeCosta said. "I'm not going to say he's 'elite' or this or that, but he's a very talented guy. He's motivated, he's s... [Read More]
05/19 Saints QB Drew Brees not threatened by rookie Garrett Grayson
The Saints used a third-round pick on quarterback Garrett Grayson. This decision does not worry star QB Drew Brees. As a matter of fact, the 36-year-old veteran embraces bringing in a young arm. "I've got a great relationship with Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin and I'm sure that as I get to know Garrett, we'll very much be like that as well," Brees said. "All the quarterbacks are great together. We... [Read More]
05/18 Cardinals TE Ifeanyi Momah bulks up 25 pounds
Ifeanyi Momah has been kind of a tweener since entering the league at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds. He admits, "My agent's been telling me since I first came out that I should be a tight end, but I was kind of stubborn. I was a receiver at heart." He has since listened to his agent and has packed on 25 pounds since January. Now at 255 pounds, he's a whole different player. Cardinals head coach Bruce A... [Read More]
05/18 Jaguars WR Marqise Lee was given 'too much too soon' as a rookie
Marqise Lee had a less-than-stellar rookie season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He caught only 37 passes for 422 yards and one touchdown. coach Jerry Sullivan admits he and former offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch may be partly to blame for that. "Well, some of it was our fault," Sullivan said. "We gave him too much too soon."... [Read More]
05/18 Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill signs new six-year deal
The Dolphins have signed Ryan Tannehill to a six-year extension. The deal is worth $96 million with $45 million guaranteed. Tannehill is now locked up through 2020.... [Read More]
05/18 Bengals RB Jeremy Hill blames overconfidence for fumble issues last year
Rookie RB Jeremy Hill emerged as a workhorse for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, gathering 1,124 yards, nine touchdowns and five fumbles. Regarding his fumbles, Hill said recently, "I had so much confidence last year in my ability to carry the football, I kind of got lackadaisical about it and just kind of said, 'Well, no one can take the ball from me,' and just kind of wasn't respecting the g... [Read More]
05/18 Cowboys re-sign FB Tyler Clutts
A large reason the Cowboys had such an effective running game in the 2014 season was largely attributed to their offensive line and the skill and athleticism of DeMarco Murray. One of the lesser known cogs in their highly effective run-game that was rarely talked about was FB Tyler Clutts. As of today, self-reported by Clutts, he was re-signed by the Cowboys this afternoon. Clutts is an important ... [Read More]
05/18 Ravens RB Buck Allen could dominate passing downs
Buck Allen was drafted by the Ravens due to his contributions in the passing game. Allen can both catch passes and hold his own in pass protection. He has only cemented his role during minicamp. "We've seen Buck catch passes, we've seen Buck pass protect, so we know he can do it," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He has done it out here and looks very smooth doing it. He's running the ball well.... [Read More]
05/18 Patriots sign ILB Brandon Spikes
The Patriots have brought back ILB Brandon Spikes after a one-year hiatus in Buffalo. The deal is for one year and will added much depth behind the oft-injured Jerod Mayo. Spikes is poor in coverage but excellent against the run. ... [Read More]
05/18 Redskins RB Matt Jones knows Alfred Morris will be the starter
Redskins rookie Matt Jones has been very impressive this offseason. His 6-foot-2, 231-pound frame has garnered a lot of attention from coaches. Still, he knows that Alfred Morris is the man in D.C. "I know he's going to be the starter, but we will compete," Jones said. "I will compete with anybody who's in front of me." ... [Read More]
05/17 Vikings HC Mike Zimmer says that LB Eric Kendricks is 'very, very instinctive'
Inside linebacker Eric Kendricks was considered by many to be the best ILB in this year's rookie class. He was a steal for the Vikings in the second round. Head coach Mike Zimmer has been very happy with what he's seen thus far. "I have been [impressed], he's very, very instinctive," Zimmer said. "He reminds me of some of the guys that I've had play for me in the past. He's quick, he can acceler... [Read More]
05/17 Vikings HC Mike Zimmer continues to be impressed with WR Cordarrelle Patterson
We have heard nothing but positive things about Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, and Vikings' head coach Mike Zimmer continued the love fest with his recent comments. "Cordarrelle is doing a good job in this offseason. He has been in better shape coming in and he is doing a better job of running routes, of competing each and every down. I look forward to him coming on and I'm a big fan of hi... [Read More]
05/17 Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick to report to camp on Monday
Cowboys' top corner back Orlando Scandrick will join the Cowboys in their second week of Phase II of minicamp. He met with the team last week and both sides are optimistic they can get a new deal done. Scandrick is currently slated to make $1.5 million this season. After playing like a top 10 corner last season, it's no surprise he wants more money. The two sides will get a deal done soon because... [Read More]
05/17 Bengals rookie TE Tyler Kroft looks very 'comfortable' at minicamp
Bengals rookie TE Tyler Kroft has an opportunity to see the field early and often as a rookie. Kroft has reportedly been very capable of getting into a three-point stance, make his blocks and get off the line. He has "looked comfortable in all facets". Kroft also commented on his minicamp experience. "I'm just real happy to get back to playing football again," Kroft said. "That was the biggest th... [Read More]
05/17 Broncos rookie LB Shane Ray expected to make on-field debut Monday
Shane Ray was a projected top 10 pick in this year's draft, however a toe injury and a marijuana charge sunk his draft stock and he was selected late in the first round by the Broncos. The toe injury has not yet allowed him to practice with the team but head coach Gary Kubiak says he expects Ray to "be able to participate at least some" on Monday. Ray also weighed in on the situation. "This is so... [Read More]
05/17 Titans FB Jalston Fowler 'much more than a run-of-the-mill fullback'
The Titans drafted rookie fullback Jalston Fowler not only for his ability to block but because he is also an excellent pass-catching FB. "I think that was one of the things we liked about (Fowler)," head coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It's hard to find a guy that's a good (run) blocker and a good receiver at that position. He's shown he can do a good job (run) blocking, but the added benefit is he'... [Read More]
05/17 Patriots QB Tom Brady opts to attend voluntary workouts
Tom Brady has not missed a single voluntary workout at Patriots' camp this offseason. Brady usually does not attend these workouts, however, with "Deflategate" looming large, this season he's there. Perhaps he wants to get as many reps in with his teammates before being suspended, in order to build a rapport. Then again, it could be a showing of solidarity amongst the Patriots as a team and organ... [Read More]
05/17 Colts RB Vick Ballard knows 'this could be it for me'
Colts running back Vick Ballard looked like a potential start in the making in 2012. He then missed the next two season with a torn ACL then a ruptured Achilles. The promising young back knows "this could be it for me". He has been working and working to get back into football shape. He acknowledges that "two years is a long time not to play football". Ballard is getting himself in top shape but ... [Read More]
05/16 Redskins HC Jay Gruden says WR Jamison Crowder has 'great football IQ'
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden loves what he sees out of rookie wideout Jamison Crowder. He seems to really believe in this kid and has nothing but good things to say. "The thing about him is that he has got great football IQ," said Gruden. "If you're a slot receiver, you need that, and you need to know how to run routes against different leverage points. He's done some good things outside too, b... [Read More]
05/16 Redskins HC Jay Gruden on if rookie RB Matt Jones will take carries from Alfred Morris 'We'll see'
Jay Gruden has been consistent saying Alfred Morris is the feature-back in Washington. That's until he saw rookie Matt Jones out on the practice field. Now it sounds like he may be beginning to change his tune a bit. "The thing about Matt is you think of him as a big power-type back, but really Matt has done some things out in space that have been very, very impressive – making moves on the... [Read More]
05/16 Ravens QB Joe Flacco has been impressed with first-round pick WR Breshad Perriman
With many people questioning Breshad Perriman's hands and the Ravens' decision to draft him in the first round, Joe Flacco appears to be very excited about the young prospect. After seeing Perriman in practice, Flacco has nothing but good things to say about the young wideout. "I'm happy with Breshad," Flacco said. "He looks really good. He looks big, powerful, runs well. His hands look like they... [Read More]
05/16 Ravens TE Dennis Pitta is 'optimistic' about playing this season
Dennis Pitta is nearly eight months removed from his second catastrophic hip injury. Many believed he would never play another down in the NFL again. Even Pitta was not sure if he'd ever play again. However, it now sounds like Pitta's spirits are up and he's planning to give it a go one more time. "I'm optimistic," he said. "I feel good. But obviously it's a process. I have an idea in mind of whe... [Read More]
05/16 Cardinals HC Bruce Arians gushes about rookie RB David Johnson
Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians spoke very highly of rookie running back David Johnson. This comes just days after saying that Johnson will not cut into Andre Ellington's workload. "Very, very bright," Arians said of Johnson. "The kid can do anything as far as a wide receiver, running back, fullback. He will find a niche quick because he can learn so much. And he was a good kickoff return guy." ... [Read More]
05/16 Browns CB Joe Haden says S Tashaun Gipson is 'not going to be behind'
The Browns' projected starting free safety Tashaun Gipson has not reported to the team's workouts. Joe Haden does not sound overly concerned on the whole matter. "I know he's a little upset," cornerback Joe Haden said. "We know that when things get mandatory he knows he's got his spot. He's going to be our free safety. He's not going to be behind. When Tashaun gets out here, he's the type of play... [Read More]
05/16 49ers HC Jim Tomsula says ILB Navorro Bowman 'looks great'
49ers All-Pro inside linebacker was forced to miss the entire 2014 season after tearing his ACL in the 2013 NFC Championship game. Now 16 months removed from the injury, head coach Jim Tomsula is very pleased with his progress. "Bow looks great," Tomsula said. "I'd say we're more treating Bow like a vet than we are treating Bow like a post-injury guy." ... [Read More]
05/16 49ers HC Jim Tomsula says ILB NIck Moody has been 'feeling the defense the right way'
With the sudden retirements of inside linebackers Patrick Willis and Chris Borland, the 49ers are desperate for help at the position. Head coach Jim Tomsula has been very impressed with Nick Moody. "A guy that's really moving around and feeling the defense the right way is Nick Moody. I've been pulling for Nick," Tomsula said. "He's been working really hard. He's one of those guys you notice. I'm... [Read More]
05/16 49ers HC Jim Tomsula said he did not meet with DE Justin Smith this week as expected
49ers head coach Jim Tomsula was expected to meet with Justin Smith this week regarding his future with the team. Smith has said he is seriously considering retiring this offseason. "That time will come," Tomsula said. "We're not trying to make it a saga. We're really not. It's really as honest as we're saying it is. I'm sure that will come here. We've got a lot of guessing when this is going to g... [Read More]
05/16 Eagles OLB Connor Barwin impressed by second-year OLB Marcus Smith
With Trent Cole gone in Philly, the Eagles will be looking for an outside linebacker to fill the void. Either Marcus Smith, Travis Long or Jordan DeWalt will have to step up and become the third man in the rotation. OLB Connor Barwin says that Smith caught his this offseason. "Physically, he looks different. He gained 15 pounds, he put on a lot of muscle," Barwin said of Smith. "He's one of the s... [Read More]
05/16 Bears TE Martellus Bennett has little trade value thanks to contract dispute
Martellus Bennett has been very public with his desire for a new contract after a career year. He is yet to report to Bears camp this offseason. Despite having a great 2014 campaigns, an NFL personnel director said Bennett holds very little trade value due to his ongoing contract dispute. He had this to say, "Bennett does not have much trade value, in his estimation. He believes that Bennett's de... [Read More]
05/16 The NFL plans to adjust the rules regarding the way footballs are handled before games
In the wake of "Deflategate" and the suspension of the league's biggest star Tom Brady, the NFL plans to change the guidelines of handling footballs before games. A person familiar with the situation told the associated press that details will be discussed at the owner's meetings in San Francisco. The league wants to decrease the possibility that teams could tamper with footballs. Any changes ... [Read More]
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