Player Notes

  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 5:21 pm
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  • Stephen Hill (ACL) limited at OTAs
    Stephen Hill (ACL surgery) is limited at OTAs.

    Advice: The Panthers re-signed Hill to a minimum salary ($600,000) earlier this offseason. He should be ready for training camp, but there’s a lot working against him. Hill is competing for one of Carolina's final receiver spots. Yesterday, 2:36 pm
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  • Redskins 'remain interested' in Pierre Thomas
    The Redskins "remain interested" in free agent Pierre Thomas.

    Advice: Thomas was out of the league for most of last season, but held his own in a third-down role over the final two weeks. The player once horribly nicknamed "P.T. Cruiser" would be insurance on Chris Thompson (shoulder surgery). Yesterday, 1:06 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. 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. 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. 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. Yesterday, 8:55 am
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  • Cousins expects Crowder makes sophomore jump
    Kirk Cousins said he expects 2015 fourth-round WR Jamison Crowder to make a sophomore jump.

    Advice: "When it’s your second year and you caught [that] many passes in your first year, you come in a little more confident and sure of yourself," Cousins said. "All of that lends itself to taking another step forward." Crowder saw plenty of targets with DeSean Jackson sidelined for a good chunk of last season, but he was limited to 604 yards and two scores on 59 catches. A limited slot receiver, Crowder will struggle to carve out a big role if Jackson, Pierre Garcon and rookie Josh Doctson stay healthy. Yesterday, 8:47 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." Yesterday, 7:52 am
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  • Devin Smith (ACL) 'doubtful' for Week 1
    ESPN Jets reporter Rich Cimini called WR Devin Smith (ACL) "doubtful" for Week 1.

    Advice: Smith will begin camp on the PUP list after tearing his ACL in December, and it is certainly possible he sticks on the list into the regular season. After struggling mightily as a rookie, this injury will likely prevent Smith from contributing much if at all as a sophomore. The Jets have serious questions at receiver behind starters Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. Yesterday, 7:46 am
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  • Retired or not, Lynch likely done in Seattle
    ESPN's Sheil Kapadia does not believe Marshawn Lynch will return to the Seahawks even if he decides to unretire.

    Advice: Speculation about Lynch deciding to unhang his cleats has picked up in the last couple weeks, but Kapadia does not think Seattle will welcome him back with open arms. Owed $9 million if he decides to play, Lynch will have to agree to a big pay cut to return. The Seahawks also spent three draft picks on running backs and have Thomas Rawls and Christine Michael returning after effective seasons. If Lynch does decide to come back, it will likely be for another team. Yesterday, 7:31 am
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  • T.J. Jones the 'obvious star' of Lions OTAs
    MLive's Kyle Meinke said Lions WR T.J. Jones was "one of the obvious stars" of Thursday's OTA practice.

    Advice: With Golden Tate sidelined, Jones "made several terrific catches" while working with the first-team offense. Jones is competing with free-agent signee Jeremy Kerley for the No. 3 receiver job. With Kerley relegated to slot duties, a position normally occupied by Tate in three-wide looks, Jones could have the upper hand. Yesterday, 6:53 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. Yesterday, 6:01 am
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  • Abdullah 'recovering nicely' from shoulder op
    Lions coach Jim Caldwell said Ameer Abdullah is "recovery nicely" from January shoulder surgery.

    Advice: Despite the positivity, Caldwell declined to give a timetable for Abdullah's return and said, "We'll see," when asked about his availability for training camp. Abdullah's Week 1 status is not in any doubt, but he is losing valuable practice reps as he attempts to cement himself as the No. 1 option in the backfield. Yesterday, 6:00 am
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  • A.J. Green knows offense relies on him
    A.J. Green said the Bengals offense will go as far as he and Andy Dalton take it.

    Advice: "We don’t need no coaches or anybody to push us," Green continued. "We know what we have to do to get this offense to go. We know the offense run through us." Especially with Tyler Eifert (ankle) questionable for the start of the season, Green will be the unquestioned focal point of the passing game. He has a reasonable chance to set a new career-high in targets. Yesterday, 5:59 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. Friday, 7:30 am
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