Player Notes

  • Mark Sanchez practicing fully at OTAs
    Mark Sanchez (thumb surgery) has resumed practicing fully at OTAs.

    Advice: The wrap on Sanchez's left (non-throwing) thumb has been swapped out for a splint, and he was a full participant in team drills on Tuesday. "We'll get eight or nine [days] of good work with him under center," coach Gary Kubiak said. Sanchez is the tentative favorite to open the season as the Broncos' starter. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
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  • Niles Paul bulks up to 250 pounds
    Redskins TE Niles Paul has bulked up to 250 pounds.

    Advice: A college wide receiver and punt returner, Paul measured 6-foot-1, 224 coming out of Nebraska, so this is a considerable size increase. In order to earn snaps behind $50 million starter Jordan Reed, Paul will need to hold up in the running game. He could become a fantasy factor with an injury to Reed. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
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  • Stephen Anderson draws raves at Texans OTAs
    Texans UDFA TE Stephen Anderson has "created an impression with his athleticism and skill set" at OTAs.

    Advice: A favorite pre-draft sleeper of Rotoworld's Josh Norris, Anderson is a tight end/H-back with 80th-percentile SPARQ athleticism at 6-foot-2, 230. "Stephen Anderson, who to this point has done a really good job of learning the plays and going out there in a non-padded practice," said coach Bill O'Brien when asked to name an OTAs standout. "He’s shown us some good things." The Texans' tight end depth chart is wide open, making Anderson a Dynasty prospect to monitor. Yesterday, 6:44 pm
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  • Steelers WR Coates headed for 2nd-year leap?
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette believes second-year WR Sammie Coates will be the main beneficiary of Martavis Bryant's year-long ban.

    Advice: Never prone to hyperbole, the venerable Bouchette has been "told" Coates "worked out like crazy" this offseason, is in "great shape," and "the coaches keep talking him up." A repeat of Bryant's numbers is highly unlikely for Coates, but he has a wide catching radius and dynamic athletic ability at 6-foot-1, 212 with 4.41 wheels. He's an intriguing late-round dart throw in best-ball MFL10s. Yesterday, 6:11 pm
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  • D-Jax forfeits $500,000 workout bonus
    DeSean Jackson forfeited a $500,000 workout bonus by skipping OTAs.

    Advice: Must be nice. In order to collect the bonus, Jackson needed to participate in at least 90 percent of Washington's offseason activities, which began on April 18. "He has been here, he has popped in and had a cup of coffee," coach Jay Gruden said. "Last time I looked up the word 'voluntary,' that is his choice, and he has been in the league nine years." Jackson is still owed a $3.75 million base salary in addition to a $3.75 million roster bonus. Yesterday, 5:56 pm
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  • Arians: J.J. Nelson 'unique' and 'special'
    Coach Bruce Arians used the words "unique" and "special" when describing second-year WR J.J. Nelson.

    Advice: "He has a very unique skill in tracking the ball that the great ones have when the ball's coming over your opposite shoulder," Arians said. "When you have a little fast guy that can do that, you have a special one." Nelson averaged a robust 23.7 YPR on 14 catches as a rookie and is hoping for an expanded role. But it's hard to envision many opportunities if all three of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown stay healthy. Fitz and Floyd are free agents in 2017. Yesterday, 5:37 pm
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  • Bruce Ellington working as 49ers' slot WR
    Bruce Ellington has been working as the 49ers' slot receiver at OTAs.

    Advice: Shortly after getting the job, coach Chip Kelly said he was "intrigued" by Ellington. Early on, Torrey Smith and Quinton Patton have been the outside receivers, with Ellington running all the short patterns inside. Behind Smith, snaps are up for grabs. Ellington hasn't shown much in his two seasons. Yesterday, 4:49 pm
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  • Cody Latimer arrested for not paying ticket
    Cody Latimer was arrested for failing to pay a traffic ticket in Arapahoe County, CO on Monday.

    Advice: Latimer was the victim of a domestic abuse incident, but ended up going to jail when the police discovered he had a warrant for failing to show up to court and pay a traffic ticket from last year. He settled it for $311.50 on Tuesday. Yesterday, 3:59 pm
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  • O'Brien talks up Jaelen Strong
    Texans coach Bill O'Brien praised second-year WR Jaelen Strong for his improved conditioning at OTAs.

    Advice: O'Brien admitted he was "concerned" when Strong showed up out of shape at this time last summer. A 2015 third-round pick, Strong spent most of his rookie year playing behind Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington, even struggling to pass Keith Mumphery on the depth chart before late in the year. With Will Fuller in Houston, Strong may need an injury ahead of him to see meaningful 2016 snaps. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
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  • Cowboys sign Prescott to his rookie deal
    Cowboys signed fourth-round QB Dak Prescott to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Prescott will compete with Kellen Moore for the No. 2 job behind Tony Romo. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
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  • Vikings could target Peterson more often
    ESPN's Ben Goessling believes the Vikings will try to get Adrian Peterson more involved in the passing game.

    Advice: Peterson said he wanted to work on being a better receiver this offseason after posting a 30-222-0 line through the air last season. Already a lock for 300 carries if he stays healthy, more work in the passing game could get Peterson close to the 400 touch mark. It is tough to see a 31-year-old back standing up to that kind of workload, but Peterson is not a normal 31-year-old back. Yesterday, 10:46 am
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  • Still possible Cowboys move Darren McFadden
    ESPN's Todd Archer believes it is still possible the Cowboys trade Darren McFadden.

    Advice: Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the team turned down offers for both McFadden and Alfred Morris during the draft, but it is possible they will feel more comfortable letting one of them go once No. 4 overall pick Ezekiel Elliott gets settled in. McFadden brings more to the passing game than Morris, but Morris just signed in March. No matter what the Cowboys decide to do behind Elliott, the rookie should be the clear lead back. Yesterday, 10:01 am
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  • 'Sky is the limit' for WR DeVante Parker
    Ryan Tannehill said "the sky is the limit" for sophomore WR DeVante Parker.

    Advice: "I think you saw, the last six to eight games of the year, his confidence start to build," Tannehill said. "He's starting at that point now. We can build from where he is at now, and the sky is the limit for him." This is the second time Tannehill has talked up his second-year receiver in as many weeks. Even though the receiver corps is deep with talent, Parker should play a huge role this year. Yesterday, 9:42 am
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  • Mularkey wants more than flashes from DGB
    Titans coach Mike Mularkey said Dorial Green-Beckham has to "earn" a starting job.

    Advice: "How effective is he out here, first? And then we get into these preseason games, see how much we can load him up," Mularkey said. "We also know we’ve got some other options too that will be competing with him. So it’s not a for sure he’s lining up at ‘X’ for us on opening Sunday." This is classic coach speak. DGB easily has the most upside in the receiver corps, and he will be one of the starters Week 1. That said, he still needs to prove he can turn his elite flashes into consistent production. Yesterday, 9:03 am
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  • Bucs focused on Doug Martin's fumbling issue
    Bucs RBs coach Tim Spencer said Doug Martin is working on his fumbling "problem."

    Advice: "We have talked about it. And we’ve studied it. So we know what the issue is, what the problem is," Spencer said. "We just gotta work on them." Martin coughed it up five times last season, but he had just three fumbles on 580 career carries before last year. Ball security is unlikely to be a long-term issue for Martin. He enters 2016 as a solid RB1. Yesterday, 8:23 am
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  • Wheaton on the 'same page' with Big Ben
    Markus Wheaton said he "got on the same page" with Ben Roethlisberger late last season.

    Advice: Wheaton was unable to take advantage of his opportunity with Martavis Bryant suspended early last season, but he came on strong late, hauling in 28 passes for 476 yards and four scores over the final six games. With Bryant suspended the entire season this year, Wheaton has another opportunity to establish himself as the No. 2, although sophomore Sammie Coates should apply some pressure. Yesterday, 8:16 am
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  • Phillip Dorsett back at practice Tuesday
    Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) returned to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dorsett pulled his hamstring in mid-May, but it was never considered a serious issue. He should be a full-go for the rest of the offseason program. Yesterday, 8:10 am
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  • Jets offer to Fitzpatrick could be worth $36M
    The Jets' three-year offer to free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick is reportedly worth up to $36 million.

    Advice: The base value of the deal is $24 million with $12 million in the first year and over $15 million guaranteed. While the $12 million in available incentives makes the deal look more reasonable, The New York Daily News' Manish Mehta called them "fugazi incentives," indicating there is little chance they would ever be reached. A one-year deal with an option for 2017 could be the compromise both sides are waiting for, but this saga looks destined to drag out well into the summer. Yesterday, 7:38 am
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  • Report: Unlikely Jeffery gets long-term deal
    The Chicago Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports it is a "near certainty" Alshon Jeffery plays out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag.

    Advice: GM Ryan Pace has called contract talks "cordial" and "productive," but Wiederer's sources say "there are no indications" the Bears will push for a long-term deal this summer. The move makes sense for Chicago. Jeffery has had conditioning questions in the past and struggled through an injury-riddled campaign last season. He is also skipping voluntary work this year despite signing his franchise tag in early March. With no idea how healthy or motivated Jeffery is for this season or beyond, the Bears might be happy moving forward with sophomore Kevin White as their No. 1 after this year. Even while hurt last year, Jeffery showed he has top-flight talent, but he needs to prove he can stay on the field. Yesterday, 7:23 am
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  • Seahawks using Tre Madden at fullback
    Seahawks UDFA rookie Tre Madden is getting "a lot of work" at fullback.

    Advice: An injury-prone running back in college, switching to fullback is Madden's best shot to land a roster spot in Seattle. The Seahawks did not bring back either of their fullbacks from last season, and fellow UDFA rookie Tani Tupou is the only "official" fullback on the roster, although TE Brandon Cottom is also transitioning back to fullback. Madden is smaller and less experienced than both Tupou and Cottom, so he might have to prove indispensable on special teams to win the job. Yesterday, 5:28 am
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