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Chris McCain opened Dolphins OTAs as the starting strong-side linebacker.

McCain is a second-year UDFA out of California. At 6'5/250, he has plenty of size and even dropped down to defensive end at times in Tuesday's practice. McCain played 46 snaps as a rookie and will certainly face competition for the job this summer. Jordan Tripp and veteran Spencer Paysinger will push McCain.
May 26 - 9:21 PM

Seahawks signed second-round DE Frank Clark to a four-year contract.

Clark was Seattle's top pick after it dealt its first-round selection to the Saints for Jimmy Graham. Clark has loads of upside, but is a real head-case off the field. He was kicked out of Michigan last November after being busted for domestic violence. Clark will vie for snaps as part of the Seahawks' deep rotation.
May 26 - 8:52 PM

Seahawks signed third-round WR Tyler Lockett to a four-year contract.

Seattle traded four picks in order to move up to No. 69 overall and select Lockett. However, he's an extremely poor bet for rookie-year production outside of return-yardage leagues. Lockett doesn't have a clear path to targets as a receiver, but is fully expected to take over as the Seahawks' return man.
May 26 - 8:49 PM

Per ESPN 980 Washington, "several people in the organization" have voiced concerns about Redskins TE Jordan Reed's (knee) health.

Reed was present for the start of OTAs on Tuesday, but wasn't taking part and instead having his knee checked out by the training staff. Beat reporter Chris Russell believes it's "something to be concerned about." Reed has been highly injury-prone recently, and it appears he's starting 2015 on the trainer's table.
May 26 - 8:42 PM

Colt McCoy and Kirk Cousins have been alternating reps behind Robert Griffin III in OTAs.

This will be the case all summer. Cousins is the superior player, but McCoy seems to be something of a teacher's pet for coach Jay Gruden. We'd give McCoy the slight edge for a job that will probably make starts in 2015.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 7:38 PM

Bryce Brown reported to Bills OTAs on Tuesday.

Brown had skipped previous "voluntary" workouts following the birth of his child. It's absurd that a player could draw criticism for skipping supposedly voluntary May practices for the birth of his child, but so is life in the modern NFL. The missed sessions definitely didn't help a back who was already in danger of getting waived. Still only 24, Brown boasts big-time upside, but likely won't tap it in Buffalo.
May 26 - 7:35 PM

Bills coach Rex Ryan expressed frustration Tuesday that OG Chris Williams has not attended the offseason program.

Williams ended last season on I.R. with a back injury, and hasn't even met Rex yet. "I don’t know if he’s going to be planning on coming back or what; I haven’t seen him," Ryan said. "I haven’t talked to him, I haven’t seen him. I don’t even know what he looks like. I know these are voluntary type things, so that’s fine. I don’t know if he’s better than all of the rest of these guys, because all the rest of them are here."
May 26 - 7:34 PM

Raiders signed seventh-round CB Dexter McDonald to a four-year contract.

McDonald has 4.4 speed to go with his 6-foot-1, 203-pound frame, but had a fraught college career. He'll try to make an impression on special teams this summer.
May 26 - 7:28 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians believes FS Tyrann Mathieu is all the way back from his 2013 knee injury.

It's the second time the Cardinals have made this proclamation this month. "He's extremely quick and fluid again," Arians said of the third-year pro. "He's got his hands on balls. He looks like he was when he was a rookie." Mathieu was serviceable in 2014, but not the same as he worked back his knee and battled through a thumb injury. We expect him to be much more of a playmaker in 2015.
May 26 - 7:23 PM

Ex-Bears DE Ray McDonald is accused of breaking down his ex-fiancée's bedroom door and trying to take off with their infant child.

The details come from the 911 call placed by McDonald's ex-fiancée. The call came at 3:48 AM local time. McDonald has been charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment.
May 26 - 6:56 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer believes Cowboys DE Greg Hardy's ten-game suspension will be reduced "by a significant number" on appeal.

Keep in mind this is the same league that suspended Ray Rice two games for knocking out his fiancee, and Tom Brady four games for allegedly-sorta deflating footballs. All bets are off regarding Hardy's ban. Hardy already missed 15 games on the Commissioner's Exempt List last season, which will work in the favor of his appeal. He's currently not slated to return until Week 12.
May 26 - 6:20 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel expects third-round pick Ty Montgomery to get the first crack at returning kickoffs for the Packers.

Montgomery will also be in the mix on punt returns, though Micah Hyde was terrific there in 2014. The paper acknowledges Montgomery "may be hard pressed to crack the rotation offensively" behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, and Davante Adams. Montgomery is going to be a special teamer as a rookie.
May 26 - 6:10 PM

ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley believes fourth-rounder Buck Allen and Lorenzo Taliaferro could split No. 2 duties behind Justin Forsett.

Taliaferro showed promise in the Ravens' short-yardage role last season, but Allen is a bigger threat in the passing game. Allen is also viewed as a plus pass-protector. It wouldn't be surprising to see Taliaferro handle goal-line duties and Allen serve in the passing game behind 30-year-old (in October) Forsett.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 6:01 PM

Devonta Freeman opened Falcons OTAs as the first-string tailback.

Rookie Tevin Coleman ran with the twos. Freeman best projects as a role-player back, and was likely given the first-team nod out of veteran deference. In Kyle Shanahan's historically productive zone-run scheme, Coleman versus Freeman versus Antone Smith will be one of fantasy's top camp battles to watch.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 6:01 PM

Le'Veon Bell says his right knee is "close" to 100 percent.

It's the second straight month Bell has said he's "close" to full health. It's an interesting admission, as Bell's knee was supposedly only hyperextended after he went down in Week 17. Bell claimed in January that he was at "85-90 percent," but now admits it was closer to 50. Off the field, Bell apologized for his summer 2014 arrest. "I learned my lesson and it made me a better man and person," Bell said. "It's going to make me a better player." Bell is still working to get his three-game suspension reduced.
Source: ESPN.com
May 26 - 5:59 PM



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