MAC Confrence (ID# 235849)
  • 49ers OLB Lynch missed much of spring program
    49ers second-year OLB Aaron Lynch missed most of the offseason program with a hamstring injury.

    Advice: Lynch also battled a hamstring issue last spring before ultimately coming on and notching six sacks as a sub-package pass rusher. Ahmad Brooks reportedly looked good during the spring, showed up in shape, and is expected to compete with Lynch for the starting job opposite Aldon Smith.
    Today, 8:31 am
    Mon 7:20 pm vs Min
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.42 (1294th)
  • Josh Morgan making a case for himself with NO
    Saints WR Josh Morgan rivaled Ben Watson for the most total catches during spring practices.

    Advice: Take that with a grain of salt, as receivers always shine in the padless, non-contact practices. But Morgan has put himself in the mix behind Marques Colston. After catching just 30 total passes the previous two seasons with the Redskins and Bears, veteran Morgan has a chance to carve out a role in New Orleans thanks to his blocking prowess and short-to-intermediate catching ability.
    Today, 7:42 am
    Sun 1:05 pm @ Ari
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2146th)
  • Texans UDFA Ivory arrested on burglary charge
    Texans undrafted DT Brandon Ivory was arrested on first-degree burglary charges Wednesday in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

    Advice: Ivory and another man allegedly kicked in the back door of a Tuscaloosa residence. One was wielding an assault rifle and the other had a knife. Police recovered a stolen iPad and cash at Ivory and the other man's residence. Ivory's agent is denying any wrongdoing, saying his client "will be cleared of all charges."
    Today, 6:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (389th)
  • Jaguars keeping Telvin Smith in every-down role
    Jaguars WLB Telvin Smith is expected to remain in an every-down role.

    Advice: Smith was a full-time starter from Week 12 on last year. Despite playing at 218 pounds, he graded out positively against the run over 723 snaps. Paul Posluszny is locked in opposite Smith in nickel packages.
    Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Car
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.65 (1069th)
  • Amari Cooper draws praise from Derek Carr
    Raiders first-round WR Amari Cooper drew praise from Derek Carr for his route running.

    Advice: "He [Cooper] is ridiculous in and out of his breaks," Carr said. "His style of play is perfect for this league. He's good at making fast-twitch movements. I think the sky’s the limit for him." As the No. 1 option in Oakland’s offense, Cooper is set up for early success. Cooper projects for 80-plus catches as a rookie.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm vs Cin
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    9.93 (75th)
  • Vikings could have interest in Bernard Pollard
    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities suggests the Vikings could have interest in free agent SS Bernard Pollard.

    Advice: Pollard hasn’t received any known interest since asking for his release from Tennessee in March. He was playing at a high level prior to going down with a torn Achilles and has ties to Vikings DBs coach Jerry Gray. Minnesota could use an upgrade at safety opposite Harrison Smith, where Robert Blanton, Antone Exum and Andrew Sendejo are competing for roles.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ TB
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (852nd)
  • Redskins WR Ryan Grant could see expanded role
    Coach Jay Gruden said WR Ryan Grant could see more playing time this season.

    Advice: "Ryan Grant, he’s awesome, man. He really is. He runs every route exactly like you tell him to," Gruden said. "He doesn’t make any mental mistakes. Plays like a 10-year veteran." The Redskins limited Grant to 187 rookie-year snaps, but have been talking up his development. Grant is Washington’s No. 4 receiver behind Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson, and Andre Roberts.
    Yesterday, 2:15 pm
    Sun 10:00 am vs Mia
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.39 (2548th)
  • Giants DT Markus Kuhn had strong offseason
    Giants DL coach Robert Nunn has been "very impressed" with DT Markus Kuhn.

    Advice: Kuhn mixed in with the first team during OTAs, with Cullen Jenkins getting snaps on the outside in run packages. After grading as one of the worst defensive tackles in the league, Kuhn isn’t guaranteed a roster spot. 29-year-old Kuhn is entering a make-or-break season.
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.84 (1354th)
  • FA LB Spikes pleads guilty, loses license
    Free agent ILB Brandon Spikes pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury crash Wednesday.

    Advice: Spikes was charged in a hit-and-run last month and was immediately released by the Patriots. He's been fined, received a year of probation, and lost his driver's license. The soon-to-be 28-year-old struggled to find work earlier this offseason before landing in New England. He's a one-dimensional run-stuffer.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.25 (792nd)
  • Packers NT Thornton on outside looking in
    ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky projects the team to cut 2014 third-round NT Khyri Thornton.

    Advice: Thornton was the 85th pick in last year's draft and spent all of last year on I.R. There have been reports he looked like a bust in training camp last summer. Buried on the depth chart, Thornton is going to need a big training camp and preseason.
    Yesterday, 8:41 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.04 (485th)
  • Jared Abbrederis' roster spot in jeopardy
    ESPN Packers writer Rob Demovsky believes second-year WR Jared Abbrederis' roster spot could be in jeopardy.

    Advice: The Packers are a tough squad to crack year in and year out, and Abbrederis missed his entire rookie year with a torn ACL. Fellow second-year WR Jeff Janis is "way ahead of Abbrederis at this point." Abbrederis will need to prove he's healthy and hope the Packers keep six receivers on the final 53-man roster.
    Yesterday, 8:35 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2289th)
  • Odell Backham offered baseball contract
    The Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am professional baseball league have offered Odell Beckham a contract.

    Advice: It's the deadest part of the NFL calendar, in case you couldn't tell. A video surfaced of Beckham throwing a softball 80-some odd miles an hour, and the Boulders came calling. "We think that getting experience pitching to professional hitters will give [Beckham] the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Deion Sanders and Bo Jackson," said Boulders GM Shawn Reilly. The Boulders want Beckham to report to spring training next May. Good one, Boulders. Good joke.
    Yesterday, 7:00 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    15.44 (34th)
  • Panthers 'bullish' on DE Frank Alexander
    Coach Ron Rivera "seems most bullish" on DE Frank Alexander winning the starting job opposite LE Charles Johnson.

    Advice: The Panthers are looking to replace Greg Hardy full-time. Alexander played just 24 snaps last season after being slapped with consecutive four- and 10-game suspensions to open the season. He admitted to smoking weed after practices on a regular basis to help him heal. Now apparently clean, Alexander made noise at OTAs before injuring his groin and missing minicamp. If Alexander doesn't take the job, the Panthers also have Kony Ealy, Mario Addison, and Wes Horton.
    Yesterday, 6:52 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ Jax
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.81 (488th)
  • FA Spillman officially charged with assault
    Free agent DB C.J. Spillman has been charged with sexual assault in Tarrant County, Tex.

    Advice: Spillman was accused of sexually assaulting a woman at the Cowboys' team hotel on September 20 last year, and the judge finally handed down the paperwork on Monday. The Cowboys continued to let Spillman, a special teams ace, play, as he appeared in all 16 games. This isn't 29-year-old Spillman's first sexually-charged wrongdoing, as he was accused of rape back in 2013.
    Yesterday, 5:51 am
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.60 (1154th)
  • Seahawks set to bring back DT Mebane
    Seahawks NT Brandon Mebane's roster spot appears to be secure.

    Advice: There was some light chatter that Mebane would be cut this offseason due to his $5.5 million salary and coming off hamstring surgery. But Seattle will keep its interior run-plugger for the final year of his contract. Mebane is expected to be ready for the start of training camp after sitting out much of the spring.
    Yesterday, 5:39 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    1.15 (1222nd)
  • James Wright sat out most of spring practices
    Bengals WR James Wright sat out most of team drills during the spring.

    Advice: Beat writer Geoff Hobson failed to mention what the reasoning was, but we're assuming Wright underwent some sort of offseason surgery. Wright caught five balls for 91 yards as a rookie and was a fixture on special teams. The Bengals are high on the sophomore. He's the front-runner for No. 4 receiver duties.
    Tuesday, 6:07 pm
    Sun 1:25 pm @ Oak
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.15 (2581st)
  • Pryor says he's competing as 'slash' player
    Terrelle Pryor says he's competing for a roster spot as a "slash" player.

    Advice: "I'm going to give this slash-player deal a chance," Pryor said last week. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space." A "slash" player is typically a quarterback who gets touches elsewhere on the field. The Browns have made it clear they signed Pryor as a wideout, and not a signal caller. Pryor would undoubtedly be used in gadget packages if he cracked the 53-man roster, but his odds live and die on his ability to adjust to receiver.
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
  • John Abraham still fighting concussion issues
    XTRA 910 Arizona reports free agent DE John Abraham is still dealing with concussion symptoms.

    Advice: Abraham, who missed nearly all of 2014 as he dealt with his head issues, is in the news for an alleged February assault. It's alarming that he's still experiencing symptoms nearly 10 months after going down in Week 1. Abraham's 2014 concussion was the latest in a long line of many. It would appear his playing days are over.
    Tuesday, 10:12 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs NO
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1114th)
  • Mychal Kendricks future still uncertain
    CSN Philly still believes the Eagles will find an "acceptable" trade offer for ILB Mychal Kendricks.

    Advice: Kendricks and Brandon Boykin are expected to be the next talented Eagles that Chip Kelly lets loose. He can especially afford to move on from Kendricks with DeMeco Ryans, Kiko Alonso, Najee Goode, Brad Jones and rookie Jordan Hicks at inside linebacker. The Eagles were reportedly offering Kendricks in exchange for a second-round pick at the draft.
    Tuesday, 9:47 am
    Mon 4:10 pm @ Atl
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    6.94 (1370th)
  • Charles Johnson spent time w/ 'footwork king'
    Charles Johnson trained with Rischad Whitfield, the "Footwork King," this offseason.

    Advice: We know Johnson has ideal size (6'2/225) and speed (4.4) for an NFL wideout. Refining his route-running ability under Whitfield, who has Antonio Brown and DeAndre Hopkins as clients, will only help him take the next step. Johnson operated as the every-down X throughout the entire offseason program. "He's got everything you need to be a productive player in this league," said OC Norv Turner.
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (144th)
  • Tyrod Taylor hanging in QB battle
    The Buffalo News believes it's "really possible" the Bills name Tyrod Taylor their starting quarterback.

    Advice: Taylor, Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel split reps evenly throughout the offseason program, with Cassel performing the poorest. It's not that far-fetched to suggest Taylor could beat out Manuel and his 58.6 career completion percentage. Rex Ryan appears most enthusiastic about Taylor, the quarterback he "hand picked." Taylor has never started an NFL game, spending the last four years as Joe Flacco's backup.
    Tuesday, 6:44 am
    Sun 10:00 am vs Ind
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2407th)
  • Joique Bell: I'm going to go over 1,200 yards
    Joique Bell said he's "going to rush for over 1,200 yards."

    Advice: Bell isn't worried at all about his Achilles' and knee ailments, or the arrival of exciting rookie Ameer Abdullah. "My first year here I rushed for a few hundred (yards)," he said. "Second year, close to (700). Then last year, almost 900. So this next year, I'm just going to jump the gun and say 1,200. That's the minimum." We'd bet the under on Bell's projection as he comes off his second straight sub-4.0 YPC season. Abdullah is a major threat.
    Tuesday, 6:21 am
    Sun 1:05 pm @ SD
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    13.61 (80th)
  • Pettine: New TE Rob Housler is 'the ideal F'
    Coach Mike Pettine referred to TE Rob Housler as "the ideal 'F.'"

    Advice: The "F" position refers to the move tight end spot, a player that is often detached from the line. That's where Housler, a 6'5/248 specimen with 4.55 speed and a 37-inch vertical, wins. Don't be surprised if he breaks his previous career-high of 45 catches, set in 2012. Housler's current ADP is undrafted in standard-sized leagues.
    Tuesday, 6:14 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    3.65 (193rd)
  • Marshawn Lynch says he thought about retiring
    Marshawn Lynch told Conan O'Brien he considered retiring before the Seahawks gave him a new contract that includes $12M in 2015 earnings.

    Advice: We actually believe the eccentric Lynch, who turned 29 in April. But when the Seahawks "put 12 in front of you for a year, you start to think, maybe I could do this again," he said. The highlight of Lynch's Conan appearance was when he discussed his trademarked end-zone dive move. "I done got in a lot of trouble for grabbing my ding-ding."
    Tuesday, 5:42 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    22.77 (18th)
  • Russell Wilson casually mentions $25M figure
    In an interview with ESPN, Russell Wilson mentioned $25 million as an annual salary figure.

    Advice: Wilson continues to engage in subtle yet public negotiations with the Seahawks as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. "No matter how much I’m getting paid, whether it’s $25 million or $1.5 million. I’ll be ready to go," he said. The $1.5 million number is what he's set to make this season and $25 million would be $3 million more than current NFL leader Aaron Rodgers' $22 million annual average. After the interview aired, Wilson's agent Mark Rodgers wrote the following on Twitter: "I wish he had said $40 million. Then this would be really interesting. #patience #relax #no_deadline."
    Tuesday, 4:56 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    43.97 (8th)
  • Ex-Falcon Abraham charged with battery
    Former Jets, Falcons and Cardinals DE John Abraham has been charged with misdemeanor battery.

    Advice: The charge stems from a February 2014 incident outside a strip club in Brookhaven, Georgia. The alleged victim was reportedly assaulted by Abraham as he approached to resolve an old dispute. Abraham, who missed most of last season with a concussion, has received no known interest on the open market. He turned 37 years old last month.
    Tuesday, 4:50 am
    Sun 1:05 pm vs NO
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (1114th)
  • Russell Wilson hopes to remain in Seattle
    In an interview at his annual passing academy, Russell Wilson said he wants to be with the Seahawks a "really, really long time."

    Advice: While that may be true, Wilson also reportedly wants to become the highest-paid player in the league. To this point, the Seahawks have seemed hesitant to match the request, though that could certainly change as a potential future without a top-five quarterback comes into sharper focus. Wilson is scheduled to make $1.542 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
    Sunday, 1:22 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    43.97 (8th)
  • PFT predicts Wilson won't be a Seahawk in '16
    PFT's Mike Florio's "current prediction" is that contract-year QB Russell Wilson won't be with the Seahawks in 2016.

    Advice: Bold. It's only a prediction, but Florio is in the know and has plenty of sources. The two sides do seem to be pretty far apart on Wilson's value. The Seahawks are offering Wilson a deal in the Cam Newton range, while Wilson wants to be the league's highest-paid player. Florio thinks the Seahawks will use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Wilson and another team signs him to an offer sheet the Seahawks are unwilling to match. When push comes to shove, it's hard to see the Seahawks truly letting their franchise quarterback walk out the door.
    Friday, 9:26 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    43.97 (8th)
  • Report: Wilson wants to be top-paid player
    Sources tell Bleacher Report's Jason Cole that contract-year QB Russell Wilson is looking to become the highest-paid player in the NFL.

    Advice: It's not a surprise. In the prime of his career, Wilson is coming off back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, as well as by far his best season. It would be more noteworthy if he was starting negotiations below the "highest-paid" threshold. Going by average-annual value, Aaron Rodgers is the league's top-paid player. His five-year, $110 million deal is worth $22 million per season.
    Thursday, 1:22 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ StL
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    43.97 (8th)
  • Norv: Johnson picked up where he left off
    OC Norv Turner said Charles Johnson "picked up where he left off in December" and had "a good spring."

    Advice: Johnson posted 14 catches for 235 yards and one touchdown in four December games last season. Now he's getting a full offseason under his belt as the every-down X in an ascending offense. Johnson, now up to 225 pounds at 6-foot-2 with 4.4 speed, remains one of our favorite mid-round breakout candidates.
    Thursday, 7:17 am
    Mon 7:20 pm @ SF
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    7.44 (144th)
  • Five percent chance Pryor makes Browns?
    ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi gives waivers acquisition Terrelle Pryor a five percent chance of making the Browns' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Pryor is a freak athlete, but making the transition from quarterback to wide receiver at the age of 26. Cleveland's abysmal receiver corps is working in Pryor's favor, but there's a chance he simply bombs at his new position. Pryor will be a fascinating case in training camp and the preseason.
    Tuesday, 5:20 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
  • Browns claim WR Terrelle Pryor off waivers
    Browns claimed WR Terrelle Pryor off waivers from the Bengals.

    Advice: Pryor is a worthy flyer for Cleveland, which currently can lay claim to the poorest wide receiver depth chart in football. Pryor, 26, dabbled at wideout at Ohio State and has embraced a full-on position switch in an effort to extend his career. Pryor is huge (6'5/232) with low-4.4 timed speed coming out of college. With Vince Mayle, Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, and Taylor Gabriel as his primary competition behind Dwayne Bowe, we wouldn't totally rule out the possibility Pryor earns meaningful wide receiver snaps for the Browns this year.
    Monday, 1:19 pm
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
  • Terrelle Pryor confirms move to wide receiver
    Free agent Terrelle Pryor confirms he's switched positions to wide receiver.

    Advice: "Going to miss quarterback, but I will make a great wide receiver," Pryor tweeted. "Already working." There were exclamation points for emphasis. It's a smart move for Pryor, albeit one he's making out of necessity. Pryor has used up all his chances at quarterback. A towering 6-foot-5, 232 pounds, Pryor is unlikely to still run in the low 4.4s like he did coming out of Ohio State, but remains an impressive athlete for his size. Someone should take a flier before camp.
    Monday, 10:50 am
    Sun 10:00 am @ NYJ
    Week 1 Projected Points & Rank
    0.00 (2302nd)
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