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  • Bowles: Jets TE Amaro 'competing for a spot'
    Jets coach Todd Bowles made it sound like third-year TE Jace Amaro's roster spot is in danger.

    Advice: The 49th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Amaro missed all of 2015 after catching 38 passes for 345 yards (9.1 YPR) as a rookie. Amaro was not drafted by the current Jets regime. "He’s competing for a spot like everybody else," Bowles said. "He missed a year. I haven’t seen him play yet." Whereas Bowles said the Jets "still see (Amaro) as an H-back," beat reporter Rich Cimini says "Amaro doesn't share the same thought," and sees himself as a "traditional tight end, capable of playing every down." This is a make-or-break year for Amaro in New York. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:15 pm
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  • Broncos quarterback competition 'wide open'
    Broncos.com's Andrew Mason describes the team's quarterback job as a "wide open" competition.

    Advice: Mason cautioned to not "assume" Mark Sanchez will be named the Broncos' Week 1 starter, and doesn't anticipate coach Gary Kubiak making any announcements until the preseason is underway. Kubak plans to "spread the reps around," giving Sanchez, Paxton Lynch, and Trevor Siemian equally long looks. "When he says it's going to be an open competition, he means it," Mason said of Kubiak. "Don't assume anything." With Sanchez (thumb surgery) sitting out OTAs, Lynch and Siemian are seeing expanded practice work. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:29 pm
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  • Report: Jets' offer to Fitz is 3 years, $24M
    Yahoo's Charles Robinson reports the Jets' contract proposal to free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is worth $24 million over three years.

    Advice: A New York Post report late last week stated the Jets offered Fitzpatrick $12 million in year one of the offer, but Robinson reports the final two years are only worth an average of $6 million annually. Robinson characterizes it as "starter money" in year one, then "elite backup" pay in years two and three. Fitzpatrick presumably wants to be paid "starter money" in all three years. Although we still anticipate the Jets and Fitzpatrick meeting somewhere in the middle, at present the sides remain in a holding pattern without a resolution in sight. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:25 pm
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  • Evans, Winston spent offseason together
    Mike Evans and Jameis Winston spent time together this offseason working on pass routes and breaking down film.

    Advice: The work ethic of both Evans and Winston were called into question after Winston packed on pounds during his rookie year and Evans suffered through a sophomore slump, dropping an NFC-high 15 passes and managing only three TDs after scoring a dozen as a rookie. Per ESPN's Britt McHenry, Evans and Winston "worked through countless routes and were together on and off the field," often meeting to watch game tape before Golden State Warriors games. Not yet 23 years old, Evans is a strong bet for a bounce-back campaign. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:48 am
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  • Jameis Winston has shed 18 lbs since February
    Jameis Winston weighed in the "upper 240s" at the Pro Bowl, but has shed 18 pounds in an effort to "avoid the dreaded sophomore slump."

    Advice: Trainer/nutritionist Tim Grover encouraged Winston to eat more protein at night and scale back his consumption of potato chips, which Winston now eats at lunch instead of dinner. Winston is back near his Combine weight of 231, with a goal of shedding around five more pounds to get into the 225-229 range. "He is a worker, he's a gym rat," said Grover after working out with Winston. "He's constantly watching film." Coming out of Florida State, Winston was seen as an off-field character risk after making some immature decisions in college. From all indications as a pro, Winston has a good head on his shoulders and is primed for year-two improvement with Vincent Jackson, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Kenny Bell back healthy, and Mike Evans poised for a third-year jump. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:42 am
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  • Jaguars TE Jacobs suffers fractured hand
    Jaguars TE Nic Jacobs suffered a "hairline" fracture in his left hand on May 2 and will be in a cast for at least another week.

    Advice: Jacobs is probably done at OTAs and will be limited to "mental reps." He should be ready in plenty of time for training camp. Jacobs played 95 snaps last season as a second-year UDFA, blocking on 82 of those snaps. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 am
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  • Matt Forte to see time in slot as receiver?
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini believes Matt Forte could see some time out of the slot as a pass catcher.

    Advice: Cimini referenced C.J. Spiller, who has a similar pass-catching skill set to Forte, catching 115 passes between 2011 and 2013 under Gailey in Buffalo. Gailey uses a ton of four-wide sets, which could lead to Forte and Eric Decker inside and Brandon Marshall and Devin Smith out wide. It'd also be a way to get both Forte and Khiry Robinson on the field. Forte has big PPR potential in 2016. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:29 am
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  • Wendell Smallwood the 'key' to Eagles RBs
    CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro called rookie Wendell Smallwood the "key" to the Eagles' running back situation.

    Advice: On paper, the Eagles look thin at the position, especially with Darren Sproles turning 33 next month and skipping OTAs. Starter Ryan Mathews has also been extremely injury-prone through his career. Kenjon Barner has impressed in padless practices, but Smallwood has been the big standout when on the field. Some around the team think Smallwood could eventually start as a rookie. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:20 am
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  • Fins 'definitely' want Stills more involved
    Coach Adam Gase "definitely" wants to get Kenny Stills more involved on offense this season.

    Advice: It's the second time Gase has said this this offseason. Stills was targeted just 63 times in his first season with Miami, reeling in only 27 of them for 440 yards and three scores. The big issue is he needs Ryan Tannehill to get (a lot) better at throwing the deep ball. Stills also needs to hold off third-round rookie Leonte Carroo for playing time in three-wide sets. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:11 am
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  • Jace Amaro expects to have pass-game role
    Jets TE Jace Amaro expects to be involved in the pass game.

    Advice: The Jets had only eight catches from their tight ends last season. Amaro’s return has potential to give them an upgrade, but he isn’t a roster lock after missing all of 2015. Even if he starts, Amaro projects for a low-volume role. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:21 pm
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  • Cody Latimer favorite for No. 3 receiver job
    Cody Latimer is competing with Bennie Fowler for the No. 3 receiver job.

    Advice: With Andre Caldwell gone, Latimer is the favorite to get the majority of three-wide snaps. His upside is limited behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders in a run-heavy offense with major quarterback concerns. A 2014 second-round pick, Latimer is entering a make-or-break season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:21 pm
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  • Dennis Pitta (hip) cleared for OTAs
    Coach John Harbaugh said TE Dennis Pitta (hip) "looks like the same player we’ve seen in the past."

    Advice: Pitta has practiced without limitations at OTAs. He’s "confident" in his surgically-repaired hip, and says he doesn’t have any lingering issues. Two years removed from his last game, Pitta is doubtful to regain his pre-injury form. He’ll be part of a committee with Ben Watson, Maxx Williams, and Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) if healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:48 am
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  • Dez Bryant (foot) scheduled for X-ray soon
    Dez Bryant (foot) is scheduled for an X-ray in the next couple weeks.

    Advice: The exam will determine how his foot is healing after undergoing a second foot surgery in January and how soon he will be able to return to practice. Even if he gets good news, the Cowboys will likely decide to take it very slow after Bryant's season was ruined by lower-leg injuries last year. Bryant should be 100 percent well before Week 1. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 am
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  • Cousins thinks Doctson will help in red zone
    Kirk Cousins thinks first-round WR Josh Doctson can be "a great weapon in the red zone."

    Advice: Doctson might not beat out Pierre Garcon for a starting job by Week 1, but he has the size and ball skills to be an immediate threat in the red zone. "Looks like he can make the contested catch. It’s very natural for him to go up and catch that type of pass," Cousins said. "He can run well. He has got great size. I almost thought he was a tight end when he showed up because of his size." If DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed can stay healthy, Cousins should have no shortage of weapons to target this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:55 am
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  • 'Plan' is for DeMarco to handle bulk of work
    TitansOnline's Jim Wyatt said "the plan" is for DeMarco Murray to handle "the bulk of the carries."

    Advice: Coach Mike Mularkey said as much right after the Titans spent a second-round pick on Derrick Henry. While that could be the plan right now, Henry will certainly get his opportunities and could end up stealing work if Murray looks as sluggish and spent as he did last year in Philadelphia. For what it is worth, Wyatt says Murray has "been impressive so far." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 am
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  • Ebron sitting out OTAs with mystery injury
    Eric Ebron is sitting out OTAs with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Coach Jim Caldwell did not reveal the details of the injury, but it does not sound like a long-term concern. "He’s healing," Caldwell said. "He’s coming along, so we’ve got a few guys with some bumps and bruises and some issues, but he should be back." Ebron should be 100 percent well before training camp. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:01 am
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  • Report: Jets offering Fitzpatrick 3-year deal
    The New York Post reports the Jets have a standing three-year offer for free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick.

    Advice: The proposal has a $12 million salary in the first year, and has "been on the table for four months." It sounds like it's going to take a higher base or more money on the back end to get something done. Despite a lack of movement between the sides, the Jets remain likely to get Fitzpatrick signed before training camp. Fitzpatrick has made clear his desire to stay with Gang Green. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:12 pm
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  • Bowles confirms Amaro is on roster bubble
    Coach Todd Bowles confirmed third-year TE Jace Amaro is on the roster bubble.

    Advice: The Jets' tight end depth is in a sorry state. Along with Amaro, Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld round out the top three. The Jets received a league-low 10 catches from their tight ends last season. It's possible they simply don't plan on using the position, instead opting for an extra tackle in blocking situations or using four receivers. Amaro missed all of 2015 with a torn labrum. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:37 am
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  • Eric Ebron shed 10 pounds this offseason
    Third-year TE Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: Ebron was listed at 255 pounds last season. Getting in better shape certainly will not hurt as he attempts to carve out a bigger role following the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Ebron posted a 47-537-5 line in 14 games as a sophomore. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:24 am
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  • Bowles hoping Fitzpatrick signs before camp
    Coach Todd Bowles is "hopeful" free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick will re-sign before training camp.

    Advice: The Jets were previously hoping Fitzpatrick would sign prior to OTAs. There’s been no progress between the sides in the last month. Fitzpatrick is holding out for more than what the Jets are offering ($8M annually), but all signs continue to point at a deal getting done. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:36 pm
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  • Sanchez to miss Broncos OTAs
    Mark Sanchez (thumb surgery) is not expected to participate at Broncos OTAs.

    Advice: He'll be fine by training camp, but this is an opportunity for first-round pick Paxton Lynch to work with Denver's first-team offense. 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian will also get reps with the ones. Sanchez is penciled in very lightly as the Broncos' Week 1 starter. If Lynch performs capably in camp and the preseason, however, we'd expect the Broncos to roll with him. Rotoworld.com May 23, 1:56 pm
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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has no plans to retire
    Free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick said he has no plans to retire.

    Advice: "I'm playing," Fitzpatrick said. "I'm playing football next year." The retirement idea was floated last month, but it was never really a realistic outcome, as ESPN's Adam Schefter said Fitz would rather hang up his cleats than play for the Jets' low-ball offer. Expect the two sides to hash it out before camp. Rotoworld.com May 23, 9:34 am
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