Player Notes

  • Ravens sign Keenan Reynolds to rookie deal
    Ravens signed sixth-round pick Keenan Reynolds to a four-year contract.

    Advice: A triple-option quarterback at Navy, Reynolds has been working at receiver during OTAs. The Ravens want him to open this season as their primary returner. Yesterday, 4:31 pm
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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 deal has a $12 million salary in the first year. The Jets offer 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. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
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  • Baldwin expects to open extension talks soon
    Doug Baldwin expects to open extension talks in the coming weeks.

    Advice: Baldwin met with GM John Schneider before the draft, but there hasn't been any progress since. Coming off his breakout 14-touchdown 2015, he's likely to be seeking at least Mohamed Sanu money ($6M annually). Baldwin lacks the traits of a No. 1 wideout, but has been Seattle's leading receiver two of the last three years. Yesterday, 2:44 pm
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  • Bortles, Thomas met multiple times in spring
    Blake Bortles said he and Julius Thomas met "multiple times" to watch film and develop chemistry this offseason.

    Advice: Bortles said the duo met to "talk about what he wanted from me and what I wanted from him and how we can quickly get on the same page to grow together." Thomas looked to be developing chemistry with Bortles in last year's offseason program, but a broken hand in the first preseason game cost him most of training camp and the first four games of the year. Thomas struggled to integrate himself into the offense once returning, and it seems like he and Bortles want to prevent that from happening again. Even with the passing offense as a whole set to regress, Thomas could see a statistical bump this season. Yesterday, 1:00 pm
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  • Navy graduate Chris Swain cleared to play
    Chargers FB and Navy graduate Chris Swain will be eligible to play football in 2016.

    Advice: Swain is graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy as a commissioned officer this week, but he has filed paperwork to begin his service as a reserve. A Navy official said that paperwork is in the final stages of authorization. Once authorized, Swain will be cleared to play football this season. The Chargers also drafted FB Derek Watt, suggesting they plan to employ more two-back looks moving forward. Yesterday, 11:49 am
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  • Breshad Perriman (knee) back to full speed's Ryan Mink said Breshad Perriman (knee) "looked like the same impressive receiver from last summer" at Thursday's practice.

    Advice: "I don’t even think about it anymore. I feel great," Perriman said of the knee injury which cost him his rookie year. Now back to full health, Perriman will compete with Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles'), Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken for targets. If he can stay healthy, Perriman has a good shot to open the season in the starting lineup. Yesterday, 11:40 am
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  • Bills WRs coach 'intrigued' by Hankerson
    Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal said he is "intrigued" by Leonard Hankerson.

    Advice: "He has sneaky speed and is a 4.4 guy," Lal said. "He’s one of our best route runners. He’s so smooth you enjoy watching him run routes." Hankerson was not targeted in one game with Buffalo last season, but the Bills brought him back on a one-year deal in March. With little talent ahead of him, Hankerson could win the No. 3 receiver job in camp. Yesterday, 11:16 am
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  • Bills WRs coach talks up Greg Salas
    Bills WRs coach Sanjay Lal said the team is counting on Greg Salas to "take another step."

    Advice: Counting on a journeyman entering his age-28 season to "take another step" feels like a fool's errand, but that did not stop Lal from talking up Salas. "He is a smart, savvy, excellent route runner," said Lal. "So we’re really counting on him to come through and take another step and really be the guy that when all else fails Greg is going to be able to get open." Unless Buffalo adds a veteran before training camp, Salas seems like the favorite for the No. 3 job. Yesterday, 11:09 am
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  • Chris Johnson thinks Arizona RBs will be good
    Chris Johnson believes he and David Johnson can form the "best tandem" in the league.

    Advice: "We’ll be great together," David agreed. "C.J. continues to help me out in my running, continues to teach some of the tips of the trade of how to run the ball and make it easier for me and the linemen blocking." A true three-down threat, David should dominate touches, but the elder Johnson will have a role. With every top offensive playmaker back in the fold, Arizona looks poised for another big year. Yesterday, 10:54 am
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  • Garoppolo and Brady splitting first-team work
    Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady are splitting first-team snaps at OTAs.

    Advice: Brady was facing the possibility of a four-game suspension last season as well, but the Patriots still gave him all of the first-team work in the offseason program. Their decision to give Garoppolo more snaps this year hints at a pessimistic view of Brady's chances to overturn his ban. Garoppolo will be an interesting streamer and DFS option while (if) Brady is suspended. Yesterday, 10:47 am
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  • Christine Michael getting first-team work
    Christine Michael has been getting the first-team work at running back with Thomas Rawls (ankle) sidelined at OTAs.

    Advice: It's expected, but noteworthy. Rawls is still rehabbing a badly broken ankle from late last season, and the Seahawks are hanging on "hope" that he'll be ready Week 1. We've seen over and over again how running back is an ever-changing landscape in the league, with not many guaranteed anything. If C-Mike can build on his productive end to 2015 with a strong summer, he could make noise. Yesterday, 7:30 am
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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. Yesterday, 6:37 am
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  • Pack: No 'long-term' Ty Montgomery concerns
    The Packers have no "long-term concerns" about WR Ty Montgomery's surgically-repaired ankle.

    Advice: Montgomery has yet to be cleared to practice, and was coy when asked if he would be ready for training camp. Montgomery has had an unusually arduous recovery from a high-ankle sprain, aggravating it before ultimately requiring surgery. A gadget player who need his touches manufactured, Montgomery won't be a fantasy factor behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb this season. Thursday, 9:09 pm
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  • Hue Jackson praises Duke Johnson
    Browns coach Hue Jackson believes Duke Johnson "does so many different things that gives your offense a boost."

    Advice: Jackson also said Johnson has "suddenness and quickness and he can go catch the ball with anybody." ESPN's Pat McManamon believes the Browns could be grooming Johnson as an every-down back. Johnson was cast as a Gio Bernard type as a rookie, but was a three-down player in college. For now, Isaiah Crowell is the Browns' primary early-down thumper. Thursday, 3:20 pm
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  • Carroll: Lynch hasn't asked to play this year
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says "retired" RB Marshawn Lynch hasn't contacted him about playing in 2016.

    Advice: Lynch's "retirement" seems to be written more in air quotes every day, but for now, he's sitting out the 2016 season. Perhaps Lynch will try to parachute in on the year during training camp, avoiding the rigors some veterans come to detest. Thursday, 2:18 pm
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  • Cowboys not interested in trading DMC or Alf
    Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team isn't interested in trading Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris.

    Advice: "We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don’t have that interest," Jones said. There's little urgency for the Cowboys to unload McFadden or Morris right now, but that could change if Ezekiel Elliott tears up camp and the preseason, as is likely. DMC offers passing-game insurance behind rehabbing Lance Dunbar (ACL) that Morris has never provided. If either player were to be traded, it would be for a conditional late-rounder. Thursday, 1:48 pm
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  • Michael Campanaro dealing with calf injury
    Ravens WR Michael Campanaro has been sidelined with a calf injury.

    Advice: Campanaro has been on the shelf for a "couple of weeks." Coach John Harbaugh said "there will be a time when he gets past this." A 2014 seventh-rounder, Campanaro has been extremely injury prone, appearing in just eight games because of back and thigh injuries. He'll probably be on the outside looking in of Baltimore's crowded receiver corps. Thursday, 12:01 pm
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  • Justin Hunter adds six pounds of muscle
    Justin Hunter has added six pounds of muscle, bulking up from 203 to 209.

    Advice: Hunter has reportedly "changed his diet." Hunter is clearly feeling the crunch of the roster bubble. Hunter is still recovering from ankle surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp. Thursday, 11:30 am
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  • Abdullah rehabbing January shoulder surgery
    Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

    Advice: Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined. Thursday, 9:18 am
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  • Packers confirm Jordy Nelson 'on schedule'
    Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Jordy Nelson (ACL) is "right on schedule."

    Advice: Nelson is being held out of team work during OTAs, but it is not because he is behind schedule in his rehab from an August ACL tear. "We don't want to push it too much because we're still in May," Nelson said. "Our goal is obviously September." Nelson should ramp up his activity as the offseason program wears on and could be a full-go for camp. His Week 1 status is not in doubt. Thursday, 5:37 am
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