Herndon and Leggett to share reps at TE?
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 11:05 AMnj.com
Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media expects the Jets to use a committee approach at tight end this season.
Analysis: Austin Seferian-Jenkins occupied a major role in the Jets' passing game last season but bolted to Jacksonville in free agency. That leaves Chris Herndon and Jordan Leggett to battle it out for lead tight end duties, though Slater suspects the two will receive close to equal playing time. Neither player offers much fantasy appeal, particularly with Herndon (MCL) and Leggett (knee) both coming off injuries.
Mack Hollins slated for larger role?
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 9:29 AMPhillyVoice
Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice suggested Mack Hollins could see a "modest increase in opportunities" this season.
Analysis: Hollins showed flashes as a rookie, logging 16 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown across 282 offensive snaps last year. Still, the 24-year-old was targeted just twice in the postseason and remains a distant fourth on the team's receiving depth chart behind starters Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and veteran Mike Wallace. It would likely take an injury to one of those three for Hollins to gain relevance in re-draft formats.
Coutee competing with Miller at slot receiver
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:58 AMHouston Chronicle
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle expects fourth-round WR Keke Coutee to compete with Braxton Miller for snaps at slot receiver.
Analysis: Per Wilson, Coutee caught the ball "smoothly" during last month's minicamp while impressing with his "sharp" route-running. Coutee also drew the attention of teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who praised the rookie's work ethic. "He's only getting better," said Hopkins. "He's always hanging around, seeing what I'm doing in between periods, asking me questions." In addition to his receiving duties, the former Texas Tech Raider is also a candidate to return kicks.
Mike Tomlin hopeful of Le'Veon Bell extension
Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 8:03 AMWAVY 10 on YouTube
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told WAVY 10 he's optimistic the team will reach a deal with franchise player Le'Veon Bell ahead of Monday's 4 PM ET deadline.
Analysis: "He wants to get the deal done," said the long-time Steelers coach. "I'm excited and hopeful. Hopefully we'll have some exciting news Monday." The two sides have reportedly made progress in extension talks, though the clock is ticking with Monday's 4 PM deadline fast approaching. Bell is prepared to sit out training camp, just as he did last year, if a deal isn't reached. The Steelers are hoping it doesn't come to that, though Tomlin doesn't sound concerned about Bell's level of fitness. "He's the type of guy who's highly conditioned over a 12-month calendar," said Tomlin.
Emmanuel Ogbah on track for training camp
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 4:45 PMCleveland Plain Dealer
The Browns expect DE Emmanuel Ogbah (foot surgery) to be full-go for training camp.
Analysis: Ogbah spent the final month of 2017 on IR. He was cleared for some offseason reps and is nearing 100 percent. Playing opposite Myles Garrett, Ogbah is a candidate for a third-year leap.
Steelers making progress on Le'Veon Bell deal
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 2:21 PMIan Rapoport on Twitter
The Steelers have "made some progress" in extension talks with Le'Veon Bell.
Analysis: Bell plans to hold out of training camp if the sides can't get something done before the July 16 deadline. The Steelers haven't been willing to meet Bell's $17 million AAV asking price, but talks have at least ramped up. Bell will make $14.5 million if he plays 2018 under the franchise tag.
Lawrence, Ansah not expected to get new deals
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 2:05 PMIan Rapoport on Twitter
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports "barring a significant turn of events" Cowboys LE DeMarcus Lawrence will play 2018 under the franchise tag.
Analysis: Dallas has been in a contract standoff with Lawrence for months. Lawrence wants a five-year deal, but the Cowboys need to save cap space with Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott due for extensions. Lawrence will make $17.1M under the tag and is a candidate to leave in free agency next offseason. Lions DE Ziggy Ansah is also expected to play 2018 without a new deal.
Patriots may not extend DE Trey Flowers
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 1:20 PMCSN New England
NBC Sports Boston's Tom Curran doesn't consider contract-year DE Trey Flowers a lock for an extension.
Analysis: Flowers led New England's defensive front in snaps last season despite missing two games. He graded as a top-15 end at PFF, but the Patriots have multiple linemen on expiring deals after declining fifth-year options for Malcom Brown and Danny Shelton. There should be a strong market for Flowers if the Patriots let him walk.
DeMarco Murray still has interest from teams
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 11:06 AMFlorida Football Insiders
Florida Football Insiders believes the Jaguars may have interest in retired RB DeMarco Murray.
Analysis: Murray had interest from multiple teams as a backup this offseason, There's some doubt he's actually retiring, but the Jaguars don't have use for him with T.J. Yeldon and Corey Grant behind workhorse Leonard Fournette. It's possible Murray unretires in a preseason injury arises.
Dwayne Washington on the roster bubble
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 9:20 AMdetroitlions.com
Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official website lists Dwayne Washington on the roster bubble.
Analysis: This is obvious after Detroit added LeGarrette Blount and rookie Kerryon Johnson. Washington struggled with injuries last year and is expendable as an early-down backup. He'll likely be showcasing for other teams this preseason.
Ameer Abdullah's roster spot safe?
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 9:10 AMdetroitlions.com
Lions.com's Tim Twentyman expects Ameer Abdullah to keep his roster spot.
Analysis: Abdullah is buried on the Lions' depth chart behind LeGarrette Blount, Theo Riddick, and rookie Kerryon Johnson. He's a preseason trade candidate, but Abdullah's return value may secure his spot if he isn't dealt. Detroit would clear $1 million in cap space from releasing Abdullah.
Quincy Enunwa likely to play in the slot
Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 8:47 AMNew York Post
The New York Post expects Quincy Enunwa to get most of his snaps in the slot.
Analysis: Jermaine Kearse played the slot last year, but Enunwa should return to the role after missing all of 2017. The Jets' top three receivers going into training camp are Robby Anderson, Enunwa, and Kearse. Terrelle Pryor, Chad Hansen, and ArDarius Stewart are also competing for snaps.
McAdoo: Flowers can't play either tackle spot
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 6:59 PMNew York Post
Ex-Giants coach Ben McAdoo doesn't expect a "career awakening" for Ereck Flowers at right tackle.
Analysis: "He can't bend, you got to be able to bend," said McAdoo in his first comments since getting fired. "You can run around him just like you can on the other side, Eli just gets to see it, which may help Eli. It's not the blind side, it's his vision." Flowers impressed coaches with his right tackle play at minicamp, but he's in a make-of-break year. The Giants are counting on improved line play after adding Nate Solder and Will Hernandez this offseason.
Branden Oliver has interest from Buffalo
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 5:11 PMMike Rodak on Twitter
The Bills have interest in free agent Branden Oliver.
Analysis: Oliver has ties to Buffalo from his college days. The Bills have yet to visit with him but may look to bring in Oliver for a workout. With LeSean McCoy's off-field situation, Buffalo is in the market for running back depth.
Packers add OG Ethan Cooper off waivers
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 4:06 PMField Yates on Twitter
Packers claimed OG Ethan Cooper off waivers from the Giants.
Analysis: An undrafted free agent last year, Cooper spent most of 2017 on the Giants' practice squad and was re-signed to a futures deal in January. He'll give the Packers some line depth going into training camp.
Texans cut Jeff Allen with injury settlement
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 3:33 PMSarah Barshop on Twitter
Texans released OG Jeff Allen with an injury settlement.
Analysis: He only lasted two years in Houston after landing a four-year, $28 million free agent deal in 2016. Allen was ineffective over 12 starts last season (10 at right guard and two at left tackle), earning PFF's No. 72 grade out of 80 qualifiers at guard. The 28-year-old suffered a concussion at the end of last season and was placed on Houston's reserve/PUP list back in May. With Allen gone, the Texans will move forward with Zach Fulton and Senio Kelemete as their starting guards.
Golden Tate doesn't think his age matters
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 3:16 PMSiriusXM NFL on Twitter
Golden Tate doesn't think his age should be held against him in contract negotiations.
Analysis: "The only thing that really bothers me with this contract is that now people are trying to use 29 going 30 against me and I don't think that's fair because I haven't shown any decline," said Tate in an interview on SiriusXM. Tate has been among the most productive slot receivers in football during his Lions tenure, topping 1,000 yards in three of his last four seasons while averaging 93 catches over that span. The Notre Dame alum is slated to earn $7 million in the final year of his contract.
DeMarco Murray to announce retirement Friday
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 1:00 PMAdam Schefter on Twitter
DeMarco Murray announced his retirement after seven seasons.
Analysis: A third-round pick of the Cowboys in 2011, Murray was one of the most productive running backs in football during his prime. The former Oklahoma Sooner earned three Pro Bowl nods over his seven seasons and was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2014. He led the league with 1,845 rushing yards that year while guiding Dallas to a division title. The 30-year-old probably could have continued his career as a backup-the Dolphins, Saints and Seahawks were among teams interested in him this offseason-but ultimately chose to hang up his cleats. For his career, Murray totaled 7,174 rushing yards and 55 touchdowns (49 rushing, six receiving) over 99 games for Dallas, Philadelphia and Tennessee.
Thomas Rawls a 'long shot' to make the Jets
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 8:51 AMNJ Advance Media
NJ Advance Media's Darryl Slater considers Thomas Rawls the "longest shot" to make the roster among Jets running backs.
Analysis: Signed in March, Rawls is competing with the likes of sixth-round rookie Trenton Cannon and third-year UDFA Lawrence Thomas. Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire, and Bilal Powell are locks at the moment, though there are some whispers Powell could be cut or deal this summer. That would open up a spot for Rawls. Rawls has been a no-show for the most part since 2015.
Corey Davis 'one of the stars' of Titans OTAs
Fri, Jul 13, 2018, 8:47 AMtitansonline.com
TitansOnline.com's Jim Wyatt reports Corey Davis was "one of the stars" of Titans spring practices.
Analysis: The fifth overall pick in last year's draft, Davis missed a bunch of rookie time with a hamstring injury, missing most of training camp and the first five games of the season. Per Wyatt, Davis "looked smooth during the offseason, snatching the ball out of the air with ease in traffic" and made "some spectacular catches." Tennessee is counting on Davis to make a significant Year 2 leap.