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Jaguars DE Dante Fowler expects to take a step forward this season.

"I think it will happen," Fowler said. "It was a big learning experience for me last year. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life." Fowler is currently 248-pounds, but expects to play at 250-255. He should be closer to his pre-injury form two years removed from knee surgery. Fowler is a good bet to improve on his four sacks from 2016.
May 27 - 8:02 PM

Saints OG Josh LeRibeus took first-team snaps at center during OTAs.

LeRibeus spent most of his time at guard in Washington. He’s been working with the starters with Max Unger (foot) sidelined. Senio Kelemete and Jack Allen are also candidates to fill in.
May 27 - 7:25 PM

Lions LG Graham Glasgow has been working with the first team offense at OTAs.

Glasgow is moving to guard full time after playing some center last year. He graded as one of the worst interior linemen in the league as a rookie, but the Lions are counting on him making a second-year leap. With T.J. Lang (hip) sidelined, Laken Tomlinson and Joe Dahl are rotating at right guard.
May 27 - 6:12 PM

Franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins says extension talks with the Redskins have been "really positive."

"As one person told me, Deadlines do deals," said Cousins. "That’s just kind of a rule in negotiating, so why would something happen way before a deadline? I’m not in a hurry, they’re not in a hurry, so we’ll just see how things go." The Redskins have been talks with Cousins since the start of the offseason, but haven't gotten anywhere. It sounds like Cousins is still open to an extension if his demands are reached. Washington has until July 15 to work out a deal.
May 27 - 5:27 PM

Lions QB Jake Rudock has bulked up to 215 pounds.

Rudock’s increased size/strength has stood out at OTAs. He’s also showed improved velocity on his throws. "He’s gotten stronger, physically," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He’s thrown better. A little better knowledge, obviously with what he’s doing from an offensive standpoint." With Dan Orlovsky gone, Rudock will open 2017 as Matt Stafford’s backup.
May 27 - 4:31 PM

Ty Montgomery says he has a better understanding of the mental aspect of being a running back.

"I was running a lot on instincts. I knew where I was supposed to be going, but it was instinct," Montgomery said. "Now, I know techniques. I know rotations and understanding gap rules and what the defense is supposed to be doing. Now when I get out there, I know my reads." Montgomery managed 5.9 YPC despite an in-season position switch last year. He enters OTAs atop the depth chart, but the Packers added competition after drafting three running backs. Montgomery should end up part of a 2017 committee.
Source: packers.com
May 27 - 4:16 PM

Jerick McKinnon has bulked up to 211 pounds.

McKinnon trained with Adrian Peterson in Houston this offseason. The added weight should help improve his strength between the tackles. McKinnon has been repping with the first team at OTAs, but Dalvin Cook and Latavius Murray are the favorites for Week 1 carries.
May 27 - 3:04 PM

Coach Andy Reid said Tyler Bray has an opportunity to hold onto the backup job.

Bray is working with the second-team offense at OTAs. His veteran status has him ahead of Patrick Mahomes, but Mahomes will get a chance to pass him in training camp. A 2013 UDFA, Bray is in the final year of his contract.
May 27 - 2:24 PM

ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler reports it is not "unthinkable" unsigned EFRA LT Alejandro Villanueva walks away.

The Steelers extended a qualifying exclusive-rights tender to Villanueva, which means he either has to sign the tender or not play this season. He has yet to do the former, although he is attending OTAs, and his interests outside of football including classes at Carnegie Mellon business school suggest to Fowler he may be willing to do the latter if he does not get a long-term extension. If Villanueva plays under the tender, he would still be a restricted free agent after this season, potentially setting up a similar situation next year. The Steelers could put this all to bed by making a long-term offer.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 2:12 PM

Steelers CB William Gay is working in the slot during OTAs.

There had been speculation Gay would be moved to safety or even cut this offseason. Gay is cheap ($2 million), however, and still a solid option at 32. Perhaps Senquez Golson comes back healthy and beats him out, but for now the veteran looks on track for a big role.
May 27 - 2:00 PM

Eagles restructured S Rodney McLeod's contract.

$3.225 million of McLeod's salary was converted into a bonus. The safety will still earn the same amount, but the move saves the Eagles around $2.4 million in cap room. Signed to a five-year, $37-million contract last year, McLeod put together a solid first season in Philly.
May 27 - 1:08 PM

ESPN Eagles reporter Tim McManus put Torrey Smith's over/under at 47 catches for 820 yards and six touchdowns.

If Jordan Matthews remains with the team, we will take the under on all three. With Alshon Jeffery, Matthews, and Zach Ertz all likely to earn large target shares, there is not much left for Smith even without considering Darren Sproles' role in the passing game, and Carson Wentz is unlikely to attempt 600 passes again after coach Doug Pederson expressed concern about the run/pass split late last season. Smith adds an important element to the Eagles' passing attack, but he may not see enough usage to be a real fantasy factor.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 12:14 PM

Texans RG Jeff Allen lost 21 pounds this offseason.

Signed to a four-year, $28-million contract in 2016, Allen's first season in Houston was one to forget. He struggled in his transition from the left side to the right and dealt with an ankle injury which ultimately required offseason surgery. Now healthy and in much better shape, Allen should return to form.
May 27 - 11:53 AM

Robert Woods said he wants to be the "No. 1 receiver."

It is an achievable goal. Woods played a secondary role his four seasons in Buffalo, but he is in a position to see a much larger target share on depth chart filled with young and complementary players. Almost certain to lead the team in targets, Woods has the look of a value in PPR formats.
May 27 - 11:47 AM

The Philadelphia Daily News' Jeff McLane reports Carson Wentz looks stronger and is showing better mechanics during OTAs.

McLane specifically said Wentz's "spirals are tighter" and none of his "20 or so throws" sailed, which was a problem last season. Normally this could be dismissed as offseason fluff, but Wentz did work with 3DQB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House over the offseason. "It's really just cleaning up some things from an efficiency standpoint," Wentz said of the work. "No mass overhaul, nothing really major...a lot of it having to do with footwork." With better weapons and an intact offensive line, Wentz should take a step forward as a sophomore.
May 27 - 11:32 AM



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