Player Notes

  • Chiefs get 4th-round WR Robinson signed
    Chiefs signed fourth-round WR Demarcus Robinson to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Robinson comes out of Florida with some big off-field concerns after being suspended four times in college. He also disappointed in pre-draft workouts. Robinson will compete for a backup job year one and doesn't seem to have a very high ceiling behind Jeremy Maclin, Chris Conley, and Albert Wilson. 46 minutes ago
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  • Seahawks get TE Vannett's deal done
    Seahawks signed third-round TE Nick Vannett to a four-year contract.

    Advice: He should get about a $700K signing bonus. Coach Pete Carroll recently dubbed Vannett the best Y (in-line) tight end in the draft. Expect Vannett to be more of a blocker, while Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson catch the passes. 48 minutes ago
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  • Giants call 5th-rounder Perkins 'complete' RB
    The Giants believe fifth-rounder Paul Perkins is a "complete" running back.

    Advice: The first month following the draft is a time teams say great things about the selections they made, but some are notable. Perkins may not be a superb athlete after running 4.54 with a 32-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump, but the 5'10/208 runner was a fundamentally-sound three-down back at UCLA. In college, Perkins displayed quickness and tough inside running. Rashad Jennings is 31, Shane Vereen is a scatback, and the Giants have nothing behind them. Perkins has a case to be a late first-rounder in Dynasty rookie drafts. Today, 6:40 am
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  • Ravens get 4th-round RB Dixon under contract
    Ravens signed fourth-round RB Kenneth Dixon to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Last year's No. 134 overall pick received a $345,688 signing bonus, so Dixon should probably net somewhere around $400K based on salary cap inflation. Dixon should compete for snaps immediately with Buck Allen and Justin Forsett. Dixon has an every-down running back skill set. Today, 6:20 am
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  • Texans lock up RB Tyler Ervin
    Texans signed fourth-round RB Tyler Ervin to a four-year, $2.887 million contract.

    Advice: An "offensive weapon" type, Ervin is an all-purpose player who could contribute immediately on returns. Ervin is a slight 5-foot-10, 192 pounds, but has 4.41 wheels and truly explosive athleticism. Ervin could make an immediate impact on special teams. Yesterday, 6:12 pm
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  • Falcons lock up entire draft class
    Falcons signed third-round TE Austin Hooper, fourth-round LB De’Vondre Campbell, sixth-round OG Wes Schweitzer and seventh-round WR Devin Fuller to four-year contracts.

    Advice: The Falcons have now signed their entire draft class, becoming the first team to do so. Hooper went pro after his redshirt sophomore year at Stanford. A first-team All-Pac 12er in 2015, Hooper lit up the Combine. A solid blocker, as well, Hooper could develop into an every-down player for a team that's essentially punted the tight end position since Tony Gonzalez's retirement. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
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  • Tyler Higbee pleads not guilty to assault
    Rams fourth-round TE Tyler Higbee has pled not guilty to assault charges.

    Advice: Higbee, who is charged with second-degree assault, second-degree evading police and public intoxication, is due back in court on June 17. The man Higbee allegedly assaulted — just last month — was found unconscious and "bleeding from the mouth," and reportedly suffered a concussion and brain hemorrhage. The incident is alleged to have been racially motivated. It's shocking the Rams were willing to invest the No. 110 overall pick in Higbee, but coach Jeff Fisher has never been concerned with character. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
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  • Brandon Allen signs rookie contract
    Jaguars signed No. 201 overall pick QB Brandon Allen.

    Advice: Under-sized with small hands, Allen is coming from a run-first offense at Arkansas where he ran a ton of play-action. Allen has a nice arm and mobility, but it's hard to see him becoming a viable No. 2 in Jacksonville. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
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  • Marshawn officially placed on retired list
    Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has been officially placed on the reserve/retired list.

    Advice: For some reason there was drama about the fact that Lynch's status had yet to be officially updated, but he had made it abundantly clear he was walking away. Lynch turned 30 13 days ago. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
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  • Pack get fifth-round WR Davis signed
    Packers signed No. 163 overall pick WR Trevor Davis to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Davis is a speed merchant who blew up the Combine, but struggles at the finer points of catching the ball. It's quite possible he turns into a special teams only player, though the Pack will undoubtedly give him a look as a deep threat. If Davis hit his ceiling, he would be a big play waiting to happen. Yesterday, 11:42 am
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  • Pats get fourth-rounder Mitchell signed
    Patriots signed No. 112 overall pick WR Malcolm Mitchell to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Mitchell was extremely productive in the SEC before blowing up the Combine. The problem is a 2013 torn ACL that reportedly had Mitchell off many draft boards. He was healthy in 2015, however, and is a talented route runner with NFL-level ball skills. If he can stay healthy, Mitchell could end up a fourth-round steal for the Pats. Yesterday, 11:17 am
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  • DeMarcus Ayers signs rookie contract
    Steelers signed No. 229 overall pick WR DeMarcus Ayers to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Ayers was prolific for the University of Houston, but is undersized (5-foot-9, 182 pounds), and had a disappointing Combine (4.72 speed). If Ayers can crack the 53-man roster, it will be as a reserve slot man who potentially contributes on returns. Yesterday, 10:57 am
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  • Browns sign K Brad Craddock
    Browns signed Maryland K Brad Craddock.

    Advice: Craddock (6'0/186) earned the 2014 Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker before suffering a season-ending wrist dislocation nine games into his senior year. He finished his career 57-of-70 (81.4 percent) on field goals with four missed extra points. Craddock has an NFL leg and is a willing tackler in kick coverage, but he needs to improve his kickoffs to become a full-time NFL placekicker. Craddock's competition in Cleveland will be "Travis Coons." Yesterday, 10:09 am
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  • 49ers lock up sixth-round RB Kelvin Taylor
    49ers signed No. 211 overall pick Kelvin Taylor to a four-year contract.

    Advice: A solid back with limited athleticism, Taylor will likely max out as a seldom-used situational back in the pros. He is not a serious threat to Carlos Hyde's position atop the depth chart. Yesterday, 10:08 am
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  • 49ers sign sixth-round QB Jeff Driskel
    49ers signed No. 207 overall pick QB Jeff Driskel to a four-year, $2.629 million contract.

    Advice: The deal includes a $112,540 signing bonus. A bust at Florida, Driskel turned his college career around after transferring to Louisiana Tech, throwing for 4,026 yards and a 27:8 TD-to-INT ratio as a senior. Driskel is a long-term project, but he has enough talent to make the investment worth San Francisco's time. He will settle in behind Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick as a rookie. Yesterday, 9:43 am
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  • Carroll suggests Thomas Rawls still lead back
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll suggested Thomas Rawls (ankle) is still the team's lead back.

    Advice: The Seahawks selected drafted three backs, but Carroll said Rawls represents "who we are and what we’re about." Undrafted out of Central Michigan, Rawls rushed for 830 yards and four touchdowns before fracturing his ankle in December. The injury is likely a bigger concern than the draft picks considering how vague Seattle has been about Rawls' recovery. He is shaping up as a volatile RB1. Yesterday, 8:47 am
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  • Devin Smith might not be ready for Week 1?
    ESPN's Rich Cimini said a Week 1 return for second-year WR Devin Smith (ACL) "might be pushing it."

    Advice: Thought to be among the best deep threats in last year's loaded receiver class, Smith was dreadful as a rookie before tearing his ACL in December. He will be less than nine months removed from the injury when the regular season opens, so it remains possible he begins the year on the PUP. New York lacks quality depth behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, and that problem is only exacerbated by Smith's injury. Yesterday, 8:25 am
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  • Giants waive TE Cunningham and S Kinne
    Giants waived TE Jerome Cunningham.

    Advice: They also cut ties with G.J. Kinne, who has played quarterback, wide receiver and most recently safety. Cunningham appeared in nine games for the Giants last season, but the healthy return of Larry Donnell (neck) and the sixth-round selection of Jerell Adams made him expendable. Only 25 (this month), Cunningham should latch on somewhere before training camp. Yesterday, 7:38 am
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  • Jerry Jones confirms Kellen Moore is backup
    Jerry Jones said Kellen Moore will serve as the backup quarterback this season.

    Advice: Dallas drafted Dak Prescott to be their backup of the future, but he needs seasoning before he is ready to hold the clipboard. Moore struggled when thrust into a starting role last year, but he is a smart player who is an asset in the quarterback room. No matter who the "backup" is, Dallas' playoff hopes rest on the health of Tony Romo. Yesterday, 6:54 am
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  • Skins OC: Matt Jones can be every-down back
    Redskins OC Sean McVay used the term "every-down back" to describe second-year RB Matt Jones' potential.

    Advice: After the Redskins drafted only Keith Marshall in the seventh round -- and added no running backs in free agency -- Jones is set up for a huge workload if he hangs onto the ball and improves on last year's poor efficiency. "He had some growing pains, but I think, when you look at the things he was able to do both in the run game and in the pass game, he’s got the skills and traits you’re looking for in that every-down back," said McVay. "He’s a violent finisher. I think he’s a little bit more sudden than people give him credit for." Jones fumbled five times as a rookie and averaged 3.40 yards per carry, but his arrow is pointing up for 2016. Wednesday, 9:13 pm
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