Player Notes

  • Jim Caldwell impressed with Rudock at OTAs
    Lions QB Jake Rudock has bulked up to 215 pounds.

    Advice: Rudock’s increased size/strength has stood out at OTAs. He’s also showed improved velocity on his throws. "He’s gotten stronger, physically," coach Jim Caldwell said. "He’s thrown better. A little better knowledge, obviously with what he’s doing from an offensive standpoint." With Dan Orlovsky gone, Rudock will open 2017 as Matt Stafford’s backup. Today, 1:31 pm
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  • Montgomery making strides as running back
    Ty Montgomery says he has a better understanding of the mental aspect of being a running back.

    Advice: "I was running a lot on instincts. I knew where I was supposed to be going, but it was instinct," Montgomery said. "Now, I know techniques. I know rotations and understanding gap rules and what the defense is supposed to be doing. Now when I get out there, I know my reads." Montgomery managed 5.9 YPC despite an in-season position switch last year. He enters OTAs atop the depth chart, but the Packers added competition after drafting three running backs. Montgomery should end up part of a 2017 committee. Today, 1:16 pm
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  • Tyler Bray has chance to keep backup role
    Coach Andy Reid said Tyler Bray has an opportunity to hold onto the backup job.

    Advice: Bray is working with the second-team offense at OTAs. His veteran status has him ahead of Patrick Mahomes, but Mahomes will get a chance to pass him in training camp. A 2013 UDFA, Bray is in the final year of his contract. Today, 11:24 am
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  • Carson Wentz earns praise for offseason work
    The Philadelphia Daily News' Jeff McLane reports Carson Wentz looks stronger and is showing better mechanics during OTAs.

    Advice: McLane specifically said Wentz's "spirals are tighter" and none of his "20 or so throws" sailed, which was a problem last season. Normally this could be dismissed as offseason fluff, but Wentz did work with 3DQB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House over the offseason. "It's really just cleaning up some things from an efficiency standpoint," Wentz said of the work. "No mass overhaul, nothing really major...a lot of it having to do with footwork." With better weapons and an intact offensive line, Wentz should take a step forward as a sophomore. Today, 8:32 am
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  • Rob Gronkowski (back) a 'full-go' at OTAs
    The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports Rob Gronkowski (back) was a "full-go" during OTAs.

    Advice: Guregian notes Gronk was allowed to do everything despite it raining, suggesting the Patriots are very comfortable with his recovery. That is not a surprise considering the team allowed him to participate in a WWE event earlier this offseason and recently restructured his deal. Injuries will always be a concern, but Gronkowski remains the top overall fantasy tight end. Today, 6:48 am
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