Player Notes

  • UDFA Stephen Anderson keeps earning praise
    Texans TE coach John Perry said UDFA rookie Stephen Anderson has "taken advantage" of his opportunities.

    Advice: "He's come out and really put in a great effort every day," Perry said. "He's picked up things very quickly and, on top of that, he's got great athleticism. He's got good hands." Anderson also earned praise earlier this offseason from coach Bill O'Brien, although the coach cautioned the "true test will come in training camp." It is early, but it looks like Anderson has a great shot to crack the final roster. Today, 9:27 am
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  • Keith Marshall left off roster projection
    The Washington Post's Mike Jones left seventh-round RB Keith Marshall off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: Jones has Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, and Mack Brown making the final roster, but he acknowledged it is possible the Redskins keep four running backs. A 219-pound back with 4.31 wheels, Marshall's college career was sidetracked by an ACL injury as a sophomore, and he dealt with hamstring issues during the offseason program. Marshall has a ton of athletic upside, but he needs to stay healthy through training camp. Today, 9:02 am
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  • Amari Cooper 'excellent' in offseason program
    CSN Bay Area's Scott Bair said Amari Cooper was "excellent" in offseason practices.

    Advice: Bair added "there’s clearly growth" between Cooper and Derek Carr. In part because of a foot injury, Cooper hit the rookie wall hard last season, managing more than 20 yards just once in his final four games. Now healthy and more comfortable in the offense, Cooper should take a step forward this season. Today, 8:48 am
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  • Ravens TE Darren Waller up 15 pounds to 260
    Ravens TE Darren Waller added 15 pounds this offseason.

    Advice: Making the switch to tight end, the former 245-pound receiver knew he needed to add some bulk. "I’ve put on weight and feel like I can hang in there," Waller said. "I’m going to have to pack my lunch for sure. I’m excited about it." With Dennis Pitta (hip) reportedly healthy, Waller will struggle to make the roster in an incredibly deep tight end corps. Today, 8:04 am
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  • Washington struggled to connect with Brady's Paul Perillo said Nate Washington struggled to get "on the same page" with Tom Brady during the offseason program.

    Advice: Many veteran receivers have faced similar problems when joining the Patriots, but it is still surprising considering Washington played in a similar offense with the Texans. In a wide-open competition for the No. 5 job, Washington will have to show better in training camp to earn a roster spot. He likely needs to beat out both Keshawn Martin and Aaron Dobson to keep his job. Today, 7:57 am
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  • Chris Givens wanted to reunite with Bradford
    Chris Givens said he signed with the Eagles in part because he wanted to reunite with Sam Bradford.

    Advice: Givens had the best season of his career as a rookie with Bradford, catching 42 passes for 698 yards and three scores in 2012. Givens was never able to refind his form after injuries ended Bradford's time with the Rams, and he was terribly inefficient (36 percent catch rate) in 12 games with the Ravens last year. On the bright side, Givens reportedly showed well both underneath and as a deep threat during the offseason program. With just Josh Huff and Rueben Randle to beat for the No. 3 job, Givens could find himself in a starting role this season. Today, 6:21 am
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  • Aaron Dobson left off 53-man projection
    CSN New England's Phil Perry left Aaron Dobson off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: Perry is unswayed by Dobson's strong spring, saying he will have to "continue to impress through training camp" to earn a roster spot. ESPN's Mike Reiss said earlier this month Dobson would be the starting "X" receiver if the season started then, which shows how jumbled New England's receiver situation is right now. Dobson may need to beat out both Keshawn Martin and Nate Washington to keep his job. Today, 6:05 am
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  • Mike Wallace: I have a lot up my sleeve
    Mike Wallace believes he is a better receiver today than when he left Pittsburgh.

    Advice: "I think I’ve gotten better, even though [the] numbers don’t say so," Wallace said. "I think I’ll get better this year, and I’ll show some people I have a lot up my sleeve." Wallace disappointed after leaving the Steelers for a five-year, $60-million deal with the Dolphins, and he was an absolute flop with the Vikings last year. He was never a good fit with either Ryan Tannehill or Teddy Bridgewater, however, so there is some reason to believe he can improve with Joe Flacco under center. Wallace is competing with Kamar Aiken and Breshad Perriman (knee) for a role opposite Steve Smith Sr. (Achilles'). Today, 5:58 am
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  • Tyler Lockett 'right in the middle' of plans
    Coach Pete Carroll said Tyler Lockett is "right in the middle of all our planning."

    Advice: Carroll recently confirmed Lockett was a starter, but this goes a bit further. Even with his role secure, Lockett is not sitting on his laurels. He spent the offseason program working on his deep-ball chemistry with Russell Wilson and his ability to get off press coverage, using his practice matchup with Richard Sherman to get better in both areas. It will be extremely difficult for Lockett to replicate his efficiency from last season, but a bump in targets could help him reach new fantasy heights. Today, 5:52 am
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  • Bryce Petty left off 53-man roster projection
    The New York Daily News' Seth Walder left 2015 fourth-round QB Bryce Petty off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: If (when) Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signs, the Jets will be faced with the option of keeping four quarterbacks or cutting either Geno Smith or Petty. Smith would be an easy cut if Petty or second-round rookie Christian Hackenberg showed well enough to earn the backup job, but that has not happened to this point and is extremely unlikely. Even if he does not get cut this year, Petty looks like he will go down as a wasted pick. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
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  • Negotiations not weighing on Manny Sanders
    Walk-year WR Emmanuel Sanders said he is not weighed down by ongoing contract negotiations.

    Advice: "I don’t think it weighs on me," Sanders said. "For me, it’s going to come. If it’s meant for me, it’s meant for me. But I’m going to keep playing ball because I love to do it." Owed $5.6 million in the final year of his deal, Sanders is set to earn a big pay raise in the near future. A deal similar to Jeremy Maclin's five-year, $55-million pact is certainly within reason. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
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  • Sterling Shepard could be 'instant-impact' expects Giants second-round WR Sterling Shepard to be an "instant-impact player."

    Advice: The Giants are forcing Shepard into their No. 2 receiver role, but he's obliging by living up to the hype in padless practices. Shepard is in danger of being over-drafted, but with so many targets there for the taking in New York, his path to WR3/4 value is real. Yesterday, 12:16 pm
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  • Watkins noncommittal on training camp status
    In an interview with ESPN's Vaughn McClure, Sammy Watkins (foot) was noncommittal about his status for training camp.

    Advice: Last week Watkins was adamant he would be ready for the start of training camp. Now he seems to be backing off that assertion. "Hopefully I'll be back," said Watkins. "If not, then cool. Get ready for the first game." Watkins admitted he hasn't run in 3-4 weeks but said he's "just being safe." Watkins is still on track for Week 1 but that's only if he doesn't encounter any setbacks. Yesterday, 9:39 am
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  • Smallwood considered a liability in pass protection?
    Jimmy Kempski of says Wendell Smallwood can't be trusted as a three-down back yet.

    Advice: Smallwood landed in an intriguing spot, but his inexperience as a pass protector could limit his playing time in year one. In college he was mostly used as safety valve in the flats, rarely being asked to protect against blitzing linebackers. Smallwood will need to improve that part of his game, though he could be thrust into a larger role if/when lead back Ryan Mathews gets hurt. Yesterday, 9:15 am
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  • Wentz behind Daniel on Eagles depth chart?
    Jimmy Kempski of believes Carson Wentz will watch his rookie year from the sidelines.

    Advice: Sam Bradford will open the season as the starter, while Kempski sees the Eagles going with Chase Daniel as the backup. Taking a redshirt year used to be commonplace for rookie signal-callers but lately we've seen more of them get thrown into the fire. However, the Eagles seem to be taking a more patient approach with Wentz. Daniel is a favorite of new coach Doug Pederson and is making $7 million per year to serve as Philly's No. 2. Yesterday, 8:46 am
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  • Braedon Bowman a candidate for 53-man roster
    Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union expects undrafted TE Braedon Bowman to make the Jaguars' 53-man roster.

    Advice: Bowman turned heads by making a David Tyree-esque touchdown catch at OTAs while also contributing as a blocker. "We like him; he’s intriguing to us," said head coach Gus Bradley. "We don’t have a fullback on our roster so what we’re still trying to figure out with Bowman is, can he be the guy that plays the tight end spot and then at times gives us the fullback that we like to incorporate?" Bradley snared 11 catches in 12 games as a senior at South Alabama last season. Nic Jacobs and Ben Koyack are also competing for a spot at tight end. Yesterday, 6:36 am
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  • Will Fuller signs rookie deal with Houston
    Texans signed No. 21 overall pick WR Will Fuller to a four-year, $10.164 million contract.

    Advice: Like all first-rounders, Fuller's deal includes a fifth-year option. The Texans have now agreed to terms with all six of their picks from the 2016 draft. The Notre Dame product will function as a deep threat opposite All-Pro DeAndre Hopkins. Yesterday, 6:17 am
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  • Julius Thomas 'nearly unstoppable' at OTAs
    Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times Union expects Julius Thomas to score double-digit touchdowns this season.

    Advice: Per Carlyon, Thomas was "nearly unstoppable" at OTAs. Thomas got off to a slow start last year after missing the first month with a broken hand but finished the season strong by nabbing touchdowns in four of his last seven games. Thomas will have no trouble returning TE1 value as long as he stays healthy. Yesterday, 5:53 am
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  • Michael Williams (ACL) hasn't had surgery yet
    Patriots OT/TE Michael Williams won't have surgery until the swelling goes down in his left knee.

    Advice: Williams suffered a torn ACL at minicamp on June 8. He had been the favorite to land the No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Now that role will likely be occupied by Clay Harbor. Williams is hoping to undergo surgery the week of July 4. He'll be a restricted free agent next offseason. Yesterday, 5:41 am
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  • Tom Brady decision could be coming this week
    A decision from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal on Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension could be coming in the next week.

    Advice: Legal experts predicted it would take the court between 3-6 weeks to make a ruling and Monday will mark five weeks from when the appeal was filed. Brady asked for an en banc hearing after the court upheld his suspension by a 2-1 vote on April 25. It's been 17 months since this ordeal began and we're still no closer to reaching the finish line. Yesterday, 5:26 am
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