Player Notes

  • Odell Beckham will be present for minicamp
    Odell Beckham says he will be present for mandatory minicamp.

    Advice: The Giants and Giants media are treating Beckham skipping "voluntary" OTAs like the crime of the century, but he's merely abiding by the CBA. The NFL would be best served by abolishing the farcical notion that teams respect offseason workouts as "voluntary." Beckham, who has two years remaining on his rookie deal, is in extension territory. Today, 1:30 pm
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  • Michael Thomas adds 10 pounds to frame
    Michael Thomas has bulked up from 210 pounds to 220.

    Advice: By Pro Football Focus' count, Thomas broke 20 tackles as a rookie, fourth most amongst receivers. He will now be even harder to take down. The WR9 by total points last season, Thomas could explode to truly elite status in 2017 with Brandin Cooks out of the picture. Thomas led New Orleans in catches, targets and touchdowns last year. Today, 12:42 pm
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  • Demaryius Thomas: This is the best I've felt
    Demaryius Thomas says he feels the best he's felt since coming into the NFL.

    Advice: "This is the best I've felt in my whole career," was Thomas' exact quote. Thomas dealt with a hip issue for all of 2016, getting hurt on literally the first play of the year. Headed into his age-30 season, Thomas is gunning for his sixth-straight 1,000-yard campaign. Today, 12:26 pm
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  • Vikings get Rodney Adams under contract
    Vikings signed fifth-round WR Rodney Adams to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Adams was prolific at Toledo, but has a slight build and poor ball security. He is a top-notch athlete, and could contribute immediately on special teams. As far as offense goes, it will be a while before he gets a chance to crack the Vikings' crowded receiver rotation. Today, 12:01 pm
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  • ArDarius Stewart signs rookie contract
    Jets signed third-round ArDarius Stewart to a four-year, $3.25 million contract.

    Advice: A run-after-the-catch specialist, Stewart is a top-notch athlete with toughness that shows up on film. He was a physical blocker who also played special teams in the SEC. Per ESPN New York, Jets coaches have already come away impressed with Stewart's toughness. He's competing with Robby Anderson for No. 3 receiver duties. Today, 11:46 am
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  • 'Nobody making more plays' than Perriman
    Dennis Pitta says "nobody is making more plays" in Ravens OTAs than Breshad Perriman.

    Advice: We would hope a 23-year-old former first-rounder would be able to light it up in padless practices, but it's still notable that Perriman is making plays and standing out. Perriman flashed as a sophomore after missing his entire rookie year with a knee injury, but was still exceedingly raw. He's supposedly improved his chemistry with Joe Flacco this offseason. After failing to add a receiver in the draft or free agency, the Ravens are putting the weight of the world on Perriman's shoulders. Today, 11:25 am
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  • Bears take one-year flier on Victor Cruz
    Bears signed WR Victor Cruz to a one-year, $2 million deal.

    Advice: He joins Kendall Wright, Markus Wheaton and ex-teammate Rueben Randle as a veteran flier in the Bears' Alshon Jeffery-less receiver corps. Returning from a torn patellar tendon, Cruz somehow averaged 15.0 yards per catch last season, but it didn't show up on film. Cruz no longer offers legitimate play-making ability. It's not a guarantee he makes the 53-man roster. Today, 11:21 am
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  • Corey Davis (ankle) says he could play now
    Titans first-round WR Corey Davis (ankle) believes he could play a game right now if necessary.

    Advice: Davis required "minor" surgery after injuring his ankle training in January. The Titans are taking it slow with him in OTAs. The No. 5 overall pick should be full bore for training camp. Today, 11:04 am
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  • Amari Cooper thinks he can be more productive
    Amari Cooper said he thinks he can be "a lot more" productive moving forward.

    Advice: Cooper has surpassed 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons, but he struggled down the stretch both years. Just two of the nine 100-yard performances of his career have come after Week 8, and he averaged just 46 yards a game over the final eight of last season. If he can fix his late-season swoons, Cooper will be a sure-fire WR1 this year. Today, 9:57 am
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  • OC 'really pleased' with Treadwell's progress
    Vikings OC Pat Shurmur said the team has been "really pleased" with Laquon Treadwell's progress this offseason.

    Advice: "He came back and he was really on point with what he’s supposed to be doing mentally," Shurmur said. "He’s been out here competing and doing a nice job running routes and catching the ball." The comments came after a practice in which Treadwell ran with the first-team offense. The Vikings brought in contingency plans this offseason, but Treadwell seems to be doing his part to ensure they are not needed. Today, 9:13 am
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  • Rivera thinks criticism of Benjamin is unfair
    Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he thinks criticism of Kelvin Benjamin's conditioning has been unfair.

    Advice: Benjamin looks heavy in pictures and videos from OTAs, but Rivera said he likes where the receiver is in terms of his conditioning. Of course, Rivera is the one who said Benjamin reported for the offseason program "a little heavy." Even if he is not in top shape right now, Benjamin has time to get there before camp. Today, 8:41 am
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  • Cowboys WR Switzer gets high praise in OTAs
    Cowboys fourth-round WR Ryan Switzer has taken advantage of first-team reps at OTAs with WR Cole Beasley (hamstring) out.

    Advice: Dak Prescott compared Switzer to Beasley before adding, "He's got something special to him." Coach Jason Garrett also praised Switzer for taking advantage of first-team reps. Switzer said he is already getting comfortable thanks to the veteran presences of Beasley, Dez Bryant, and Terrance Williams. Switzer doesn't have a clear path to snaps when Beasley is healthy, but he could develop into a role player in the future for the Cowboys. Today, 8:00 am
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  • Gruden: Josh Doctson has 'been impressive'
    Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Josh Doctson (Achilles') has "been impressive."

    Advice: "The big thing for him is the confidence in his Achilles', and I think he's got that right now," Gruden said. "Now we've just got to continue to put one day after another after another." Doctson twice tried to return from his injury last season, and both times he had to be shut back down. For now, it looks like he is on the right track, but the Redskins will certainly be cautious. Doctson should play a big role if he can stay healthy this season. Today, 7:45 am
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  • Devin Funchess sitting out with ankle injury
    Devin Funchess is sitting out Thursday's OTA practice with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Funchess reportedly rolled his ankle during Wednesday's session. This appears to be a minor injury, but it a bad start for a player who has disappointed through two seasons. Funchess has a chance to play a bigger role this year, but he will need to stay healthy to earn targets. Today, 6:35 am
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  • Arians optimistic about Jaron Brown progress
    Cardinals coach Bruce Arians indicated he is optimistic about WR Jaron Brown's (ACL) health.

    Advice: Brown was poised to assert himself into a bigger 2016 role before tearing his ACL late last October. The Cardinals liked him enough to sign Brown to a one-year extension less than a month later, ensuring he spent another year with the club. "We’re keeping him out of team drills because I don’t want to see him cut, but he’s running routes full speed," Arians said. "He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they’ve ever been." Yesterday, 9:31 pm
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  • Bears WR White 'working to align his stride'
    According to the Chicago Tribune, Bears third-year WR Kevin White has spent the last several months "working to align his stride" when running.

    Advice: White missed his rookie season with a fractured left tibia, then missed all but four games of his sophomore campaign with a "fibular spiral fracture" and "severe ankle ligament damage" in the same leg. Per the Tribune's Rich Campbell, the Bears simply "don't know" whether White will regain his explosiveness. White is nothing more than a late-round flier in 2017 fantasy drafts. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
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  • Patriots do deal with slot man Andrew Hawkins
    Patriots signed WR Andrew Hawkins to a one-year contract.

    Advice: Hawkins says he left money on the table in order to win a championship with the Patriots. Hawkins played a minor role with Cleveland over the last three years, and only finished with 33 catches in 2016. A slot man-only, the 31-year-old has his work cut out to make the Patriots' 53-man roster. Hawkins would likely have to outplay Danny Amendola in training camp to do so. Yesterday, 10:13 am
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  • Bills sign WR Rod Streater
    Bills signed WR Rod Streater.

    Advice: Streater has been close to a non-factor since his 60-catch 2013 season with the Raiders, bouncing between the Chiefs and 49ers last year. The Bills desperately need depth at receiver with both Sammy Watkins (foot) and Zay Jones (knee) injured. Streater will compete for a spot at the bottom of the roster. Yesterday, 7:22 am
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  • Rookie Mike Williams (back) in doubt for OTAs
    Chargers first-round WR Mike Williams is not participating in OTAs after injuring his back in the first practice of rookie minicamp.

    Advice: Coach Anthony Lynn is "hopeful" Williams will return next week, but it's not a given he'll be ready before June minicamp. Williams has been sidelined for a couple weeks now due to what the team is calling "tightness" in his back. In a deep receiver depth chart, Williams is missing crucial developmental time. He's no lock to open the year as a starter. Yesterday, 6:22 am
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  • Green-Beckham with 'bad start' to OTAs
    According to Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski, Dorial Green-Beckham has gotten off to a "bad start" at OTAs.

    Advice: We're just now getting into practices, so it's still very early, but DGB needs to be putting his best foot forward at all times. All the other receivers were showing well, except Green-Beckham, who had a drop, badly mistimed a 50-50 jump ball, and was screamed at by WRs coach Mike Groh for running routes with his head down. DGB ran with the second-team offense and is fighting for a spot. Yesterday, 5:45 am
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