Player Notes

  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 3:23 pm
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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. Today, 7:38 am
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  • Jordan Reed signs five-year, $46.5M extension
    Redskins signed TE Jordan Reed to a five-year, $46.5 million extension through 2021.

    Advice: The deal includes $22 million guaranteed. Despite a checkered injury history, Reed has established himself as one of the most dynamic passing weapons in the league. He caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in just 14 games last year before adding a 9-120-1 performance in Washington's playoff loss to the Packers. Reed will undoubtedly live up to this contract if he is able to stay on the field, but he has a long and concerning history of concussions. As long as he is playing, however, Reed will be an important piece of the Redskins' passing attack and a top-flight TE1. Today, 6:29 am
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  • Lions waive TE Jordan Thompson
    Lions waived TE Jordan Thompson (knee) with a failed physical designation.

    Advice: Thompson made two appearances for Detroit in 2014, but he missed all of 2015 after suffering a "significant" knee injury in the preseason. He is likely still recovering from that injury. Yesterday, 2:23 pm
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  • Vikings 6th-round TE Morgan inks rookie deal
    Vikings signed No. 188 overall pick TE David Morgan to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Morgan gets a $135,456 signing bonus at his draft slot. He showed well in agility drills in pre-draft workouts, but ran extremely slow at 5.02 in the forty. Morgan's ticket to the roster will be special teams and blocking skill. Yesterday, 8:59 am
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  • Report: Walford suffered 'big gash' on knee
    ESPN's Adam Caplan reports Raiders TE Clive Walford suffered a "big gash" on his knee in an ATV accident.

    Advice: Caplan reports he suffered the injury a "while ago" and is expected to be "fine." Walford is still likely to miss the majority of the offseason program, but it sounds like the injury could have been worse. He should be ready for training camp. A third-round pick last year, Walford is a sophomore leap candidate. Tuesday, 10:01 am
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  • Rivers expects Henry to contribute from Day 1
    Philip Rivers expects second-round TE Hunter Henry to contribute immediately.

    Advice: "I think he’s going to be a key piece," Rivers said. "He’ll be right in the mix once he gets out here." While the Chargers would love it if Henry is able to contribute right away as the complement to Antonio Gates, the track record of rookie tight ends is uninspiring. Henry might make a few plays, but it is unlikely he is a consistent contributor this season. Tuesday, 8:19 am
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  • Ravens rescind tender offer to Konrad Reuland
    Ravens rescinded the exclusive rights tender offer to TE Konrad Reuland.

    Advice: The move makes him a free agent. A 2011 undrafted free agent, Reuland played 24 offensive snaps last season. Baltimore also waived G Leon Brown. Tuesday, 7:38 am
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  • Pete Carroll talks up Vannett
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called third-round pick Nick Vannett "the best Y tight end in the draft."

    Advice: The "Y" position is an in-line tight end. In Seattle, Vannett provides insurance behind Jimmy Graham (knee) and Luke Willson, though they are both more "F" tight ends -- particularly Graham. The "Y" tight end has never had fantasy value in the Seahawks' offense. Vannett's Dynasty outlook is bleak. Monday, 1:58 pm
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  • Bucs sign TE Kivon Cartwright
    Bucs signed Colorado State TE Kivon Cartwright.

    Advice: Cartwright (6'4/243) made 34 starts for the Rams, parlaying 75 catches into 1,136 yards (15.1 YPR) and 11 TDs. He made honorable mention All-Mountain West as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Cartwright displayed adequate athletic ability at Colorado State's Pro Day, running 4.77 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. Cartwright is built big with long arms (33 3/4") and huge hands (10 7/8"), but lacks fluidity in his movements and blocked poorly in college. Monday, 12:09 pm
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  • Bucs TE Brandon Myers on the roster bubble
    The Tampa Bay Times' Greg Auman believes TE Brandon Myers is competing for the Bucs' final tight-end spot.

    Advice: Myers has one year left on his contract at a $1.75 million salary. He's behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins, youngster Cameron Brate, and Luke Stocker on the depth chart. Myers posted a 12-127-0 line on 321 snaps last season. Sunday, 1:07 pm
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  • Penn State TE Kyle Carter signs with Vikes
    Vikings signed Penn State TE Kyle Carter.

    Advice: Carter (6'3/243) was a rotational tight end for the Nittany Lions, finishing his career with 84 catches for 963 yards (11.5 YPR) and four TDs. He is an impressive physical specimen with long arms (34 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). Underutilized at Penn State, Carter has a chance to become better in the NFL with top-shelf athleticism for his position, running 4.64 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. It will be up to his NFL coaches to unlock Carter's so-far untapped potential. Saturday, 4:56 pm
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  • Panthers sign Gators TE Jake McGee
    Panthers signed Florida TE Jake McGee.

    Advice: McGee (6'6/250) spent three years at Virginia before transferring to Florida for his sixth-year senior campaign, posting a career receiving line of 112-1,150-11 (10.3 YPR) and earning second-team All-SEC accolades in 2015. McGee showed sub-par athleticism at the Gators' Pro Day, clocking 4.84 with lineman-like vertical (28 1/2") and broad (9'6") jumps. A high school quarterback, McGee has excellent ball skills and NFL size, but he lacks big-play receiving ability and needs to learn how to block. Long term, McGee's ceiling is Matt Spaeth. Saturday, 4:09 pm
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  • Panthers add TE Beau Sandland in 7th round
    Panthers selected Montana State TE Beau Sandland with the No. 252 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Sandland (6'5/253) spent one season with the Bobcats after transferring from Miami (FL), catching 37 passes for 632 yards (17.1 YPR) and a team-high nine TDs. He showed big-time athleticism at the Combine, running 4.74 with a 35-inch vertical and 10-foot-4 broad jump. Sandland is long armed (34 1/4") and can block, but he has very limited experience against formidable competition after bouncing around JUCO and FCS and playing sparingly at The U. Sandland is an unlikely rookie-year contributor, but in the long term he has NFL-starter traits. Saturday, 3:39 pm
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  • Dolphins take TE/WR Duarte in seventh round
    Dolphins selected UCLA TE/WR Thomas Duarte with the No. 231 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Duarte (6'2/231) made 22 starts in three years at UCLA, parlaying 97 catches into 1,626 yards (16.8 YPR) and 17 touchdowns, including ten scores as a 20-year-old true junior. He had a slightly disappointing Combine, running 4.72 with a 33 1/2-inch vertical but shining in agility tests. A college wideout, Duarte's build and athleticism are more indicative of a flex tight end or "big slot" receiver in the pros. Duarte's college dominance at such a young age bodes well for his next-level ceiling. An unlikely rookie-year contributor, Duarte could become a legit receiving weapon down the line. Saturday, 2:52 pm
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  • Cowboys take flier on basketball player
    Cowboys selected Baylor TE Rico Gathers with the No. 217 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: A 6-foot-8, 275-pound former basketball player, Gathers is attempting the switch to tight end. He is a long-term project for the Cowboys. Saturday, 2:29 pm
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  • Giants draft Jerell Adams
    Giants selected South Carolina State TE Jerell Adams with the No. 184 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

    Advice: Adams (6'5/247) made 15 starts for the Gamecocks, tallying 977 yards and seven TDs on 66 catches (14.80 YPR). An above-average athlete, Adams ran 4.64 at the Combine with a 32 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-9 broad jump. Adams mainly played slot receiver at South Carolina, only sprinkling into select packages as an in-line tight end. He did make late-career strides as a blocker, shining there at the Senior Bowl. Adams is old for a rookie -- he'll turn 24 later this year -- but he offers starter-quality length (34-inch arms) and movement skills, and is a weapon down the seam. He has a chance to be a value pick for New York. Saturday, 1:00 pm
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  • Rams grab another TE in Temarrick Hemingway
    Rams selected South Carolina State TE Temarrick Hemingway with the No. 177 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: Hemingway (6'5/244) was South Carolina State's second leading receiver as a senior, posting a 38-418-1 line en route to first-team All-MEAC honors. He showed plus athleticism in Indy, running 4.71 with a 9-foot-7 broad jump and impressive 6.88 three-cone time. With long arms (34"), big hands (10"), and NFL-level movement skills, Hemingway was one of Josh Norris' favorite pre-draft sleepers. Hemingway is still far from ready to play with almost no honed blocking ability or notion of NFL route concepts. He's a multi-year project. After adding Tyler Higbee in the fourth, the Rams are showing a commitment to upgrading the tight end position. Saturday, 12:42 pm
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  • Browns add FCS WR or TE Devalve at 138
    Browns selected Princeton WR/TE Seth DeValve with the No. 138 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

    Advice: This pick makes Ross Tucker happy. DeValve ran a 4.68 forty at the school's pro day with a ridiculous 10-yard split of 1.54, vertical of 40-inches plus plenty of other great measurables. DeValve is an athletic specimen who dealt with injuries during his career, amassing career totals of 49 catches, 527 yards and four touchdowns. We've gotta be honest: We'd never heard of DeValve before the draft and looked all of this up on the fly. Saturday, 11:01 am
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