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Dolphins CB Tony Lippett (Achilles') has been limited in OTAs this week.

Lippett tore his Achilles' last August and missed the entirety of last season. He's close to 100 percent, but the team is being cautious with him at voluntary workouts. Lippett should be full go well in time for training camp later this summer and will compete for snaps with Cordrea Tankersley opposite Xavien Howard. Rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick and Bobby McCain are also in the mix.
May 23 - 12:47 PM

Rob Kelley was the first running back through position drills at Wednesday's OTAs.

Kelley was followed by sophomore Samaje Perine and then rookie Derrius Guice. We wouldn't read much, if anything, into this, as the Redskins are likely going by veteran status on the first day of workouts. Kelley spent much of the second half of last season on I.R. with a high-ankle sprain and wasn't very good before the injury. Perine wasn't much better in relief before he also got hurt. This is going to be Guice's backfield on early downs much sooner than later.
May 23 - 12:16 PM

Free agent TE Marcedes Lewis will visit the Packers this week.

Lewis was released by the Jaguars more than two months ago, and this is the first known interest we've seen emerge for him. He just turned 34 last week and spent 12 seasons with Jacksonville. Green Bay has Jimmy Graham and Lance Kendricks at tight end, but Lewis could provide help as a blocker.
May 23 - 12:11 PM

Cowboys contract-year RG Zack Martin is not participating in OTAs.

Martin has been working out with the team in the gym, but he won't do football-related drills as he and the Cowboys try to hammer out a long-term deal. After what happened to Hunter Henry and Paul Worrilow on Tuesday, it's impossible to blame players for sitting out voluntary workouts before they have some financial security. Martin will likely become the highest-paid guard.
May 23 - 12:03 PM

The NFL will not require players to be on the field for the national anthem in 2018.

The media owned by the league is spinning this as a "compromise," but it's hardly that. As Judy Battista puts it, "If players are on sideline, will stand. But players may choose to stay in the locker room if they prefer not to stand." Her colleague at NFL Media, Ian Rapoport adds, "Respecting the anthem will be paramount if you’re on the sideline. Teams can also set their own policies. Compromise all around." Compromise for the league owners, maybe, but the players had zero say in this said "compromise." The owners are simply trying to keep the anthem "protesters" and "disrespecters" off the field for the song. It may not even work. If a player has strong feelings toward social injustice -- we assume they do if they're kneeling -- a fine may not be strong enough "punishment" to keep him off the field during the anthem. The NFL continues to find ways to get in its own way and fuel a fire that keeps burning.
May 23 - 11:07 AM

According to ESPN Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson, second-rounder Anthony Miller is "earmarked" for the slot receiver job.

Allen Robinson is working as the X with Taylor Gabriel at the Z spot. Robinson was signed to be Chicago's new No. 1 wideout, and Gabriel is expected to fill the big-play, deep-threat role in coach Matt Nagy's offense. The Bears traded up for Miller at No. 51 overall. It's not out of the question that Miller could be second on the team in targets as a rookie behind Robinson.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 10:10 AM

Steelers signed third-round QB Mason Rudolph to a four-year contract.

Rudolph was talked about as a potential first-round sleeper, but he ended up lasting deep into the second day before the Steelers traded up three spots to take him. He'll push Landry Jones for No. 2 duties in training camp.
May 23 - 10:07 AM

The Browns are expected to start Larry Ogunjobi and Trevon Coley at defensive tackle this season.

The trade of Danny Shelton opened up a starting job and 469 snaps from last season. Ogunjobi is expected to be the biggest beneficiary after Coley surprisingly led all Browns DTs in snaps last year. A third-round pick last year, Ogunjobi is an athletic freak at 6'2/305 and set school records across the board in college at Charlotte. He received outstanding marks from Pro Football Focus across 300 snaps last season and is a major breakout candidate for the upstart Browns.
Source: BrownsZone
May 23 - 9:54 AM

Chargers DC Gus Bradley has been impressed with second-year DE Chris Landrum.

The UDFA out of Jacksonville State has been running as the starter opposite LE Joey Bosa this week at OTAs with RE Melvin Ingram skipping the voluntary workouts. Landrum missed all of 2017 with a shoulder injury, but Bradley admitted Landrum was impressive last spring and showed "flashes." Tenny Palepoi was the Chargers' third end last season but wasn't re-signed.
May 22 - 11:50 PM

Chargers LE Joey Bosa said he plans to play in the 260-265 pounds range.

The Chargers list Bosa at 280 pounds, but he said he played in the 260-265 range last year and plans to stay there in 2018. It worked last year, as Bosa was Pro Football Focus' No. 1 pass-rushing 4-3 end out of 64 qualifiers and was seventh in the league with 12.5 sacks. The former No. 3 overall pick said the slimmer frame allows him to play with more speed while also keeping his strength. He and Melvin Ingram form one of the best pass-rush duos in the league.
May 22 - 11:46 PM

Hunter Henry suffered a torn ACL at Chargers OTAs on Tuesday.

What a devastating blow to a player who was projected to play a massive role in a Chargers offense without Antonio Gates in it for the first time in 15 years. Henry is obviously done for the season, and it leaves Virgil Green currently atop the depth chart. It’s fair to wonder if the Bolts will turn back to Gates after they told him they were moving on earlier this offseason. However, Gates showed he has little to nothing left in the tank. Perhaps the Chargers will use more three- and four-wide sets with their abundance of receivers, including Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin. GM Tom Telesco may also explore the trade market.
May 22 - 9:45 PM

Broncos DT Clinton McDonald is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

McDonald is sidelined as the Broncos open OTAs this week. He underwent the procedure in March, and the team knew about the issue when it signed him after McDonald had a solid 2017 in Tampa Bay. The 31-year-old remains an effective pocket pusher and will be a key cog in Denver's line rotation.
May 22 - 8:43 PM

The Sacramento Bee reports new 49ers RB Jerick McKinnon was highly active as a pass catcher on the first day of OTAs Tuesday.

It's not a surprise, though reporter Matt Barrows went as far as to say that McKinnon was Jimmy Garoppolo's "most active" receiver. Barrows believes 73 — Devonta Freeman's high-water mark under Kyle Shanahan — could be McKinnon's over/under for receptions this season. If McKinnon could even come close to that, it would make him a monster in all formats of fantasy, as he's also in the lead on early downs in San Francisco. 43 of McKinnon's 51 Vikings receptions last season came after Dalvin Cook was lost for the year in Week 4.
May 22 - 7:55 PM

Second-year pro Raekwon McMillan remains penciled in as the Dolphins' starting middle linebacker.

The No. 54 overall pick of last year's draft, McMillan was supposed to man the middle as a rookie but ended up missing the entire season with a torn ACL. He has since been cleared for full participation in OTAs. The middle was a black hole for the Dolphins last season, and help was not added this offseason. McMillan's biggest question mark coming out of Ohio State was his coverage ability.
May 22 - 7:00 PM

NFL.com's Mike Silver reports the Browns offered the Eagles the No. 35 overall pick for Nick Foles before eventually trading for Tyrod Taylor.

Per Silver, the Eagles consulted Foles, who said he wished to remain in Philadelphia. The sides later reached a reworked contract that gave Foles 2018 incentives and the option to leave in 2019. It's nice to see a team do right by a player, but the Eagles should have sold high on their Super Bowl hero. As it is, he's excellent quarterback insurance as Carson Wentz completes his recovery from a torn ACL.
Source: NFL.com
May 22 - 6:51 PM



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