Robert Griffin sharing second-team reps
Fri, May 25, 2018, 8:15 PMUSA Today
Robert Griffin III is splitting second-team reps at OTAs.
Analysis: Griffin is trying to hold off Lamar Jackson for Baltimore's backup job. The Ravens never carry three quarterbacks, so Griffin is likely going to be auditioning for other teams this preseason.
Germain Ifedi entering make-or-break 2018
Fri, May 25, 2018, 6:11 PMSeattle Times
The Seattle Times believes RT Germain Ifedi is entering a make-or-break season.
Analysis: Ifedi had a disaster move to right tackle last year, leading the league in penalities and grading near the bottom of PFF's ratings. With only George Fant competing with him, he's not in danger of losing his starting role but may be on a short leash. There's some hope Ifedi will benefit from OL coach Mike Solari's man-blocking scheme. Seattle has to make a decision on Ifedi's fifth-year option after this season.
Dont'a Hightower cleared for OTAs
Fri, May 25, 2018, 5:04 PMJeff Howe on Twitter
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (chest) has been cleared for OTAs.
Analysis: It puts Hightower ahead of his recovery schedule. Hightower is coming off an injury-filled season, missing the final nine weeks and entire playoffs. The Patriots are counting on a 2018 rebound.
Landon Collins on track for June minicamp
Fri, May 25, 2018, 4:24 PMNewsday
Landon Collins (forearm) expects to be cleared for mandatory minicamp.
Analysis: Collins is a month into his 6-8 week timetable. The Giants have no plans to rush him, but he should get in some offseason work. Even if Collins isn't cleared, he'll be 100 percent for the start of training camp.
Jaguars lock up second-rounder D.J. Chark
Fri, May 25, 2018, 3:56 PMHays Carlyon on Twitter
Jaguars signed second-round WR D.J. Chark to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Jacksonville has now signed five of its seven draft picks. Chark is an elite athlete (96 percentile SPARQ score) who made his name as a deep threat at LSU. Competing with the likes of Marqise Lee, Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and Donte Moncreif in a crowded Jags' receiving corps, Chark could have a hard time carving a meaningful role in year one.
Dak says Cowboys don't need a No. 1 receiver
Fri, May 25, 2018, 3:30 PMProFootballTalk on NBC Sports
Dak Prescott said he doesn't think the Cowboys need a No. 1 receiver.
Analysis: "I don't know if any team in the league necessarily needs a No. 1 receiver," said Prescott. "It's about getting the ball out, spreading the ball around, keeping the defense on its toes." The 2016 Rookie of the Year never quite clicked with Dez Bryant, which could have been a factor in the team cutting him this offseason. Now Prescott is left with a paper-thin receiving corps featuring free agent signing Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, slot receiver Cole Beasley and third-round rookie Michael Gallup. Dak is going as a mid-range QB2 in early mock drafts.
Pineiro to compete with Tavecchio
Fri, May 25, 2018, 3:02 PMVic Tafur on Twitter
Raiders coach Jon Gruden praised UDFA K Eddy Pineiro's performance at OTAs.
Analysis: "We watched him kick today and he made every one," said Gruden, who said the Raiders considered drafting Pineiro in the seventh round. Fifth-round punter Johnny Townsend, Pineiro's teammate at the University of Florida, has held for him at OTAs. Gruden believes Pineiro and Giorgio Tavecchio will have a "great battle" in training camp. Tavecchio is on notice after making just 16-of-21 field goals last season.
Marijuana charges dropped against Foster
Fri, May 25, 2018, 1:28 PMMatt Barrows on Twitter
The Tuscaloosa District Attorney's office has dropped a marijuana possession charge against 49ers MLB Reuben Foster.
Analysis: Foster faced a misdemeanor charge following his arrest in January, but had his case dismissed Friday after competing a diversion course. He also had his domestic violence case thrown out earlier this week, though he's not out of the woods just yet. Foster is still due in court on June 6, where he'll face a misdemeanor charge for possession of a weapon. The league will also look at Foster's case to determine whether he violated the NFL's substance abuse policy, which could lead to a suspension. The 24-year-old was excellent when healthy last year, earning PFF's No. 4 grade out of 52 qualifiers at inside linebacker.
James mostly playing strong safety at OTAs
Fri, May 25, 2018, 1:16 PMchargers.com
Chargers first-round S Derwin James has mostly lined up at strong safety during OTAs.
Analysis: That's not necessarily where he'll play during the regular season, however, as team reporter Ricky Henne of Chargers.com insists the team will "add more to his plate" as the summer progresses. Arguably the steal of the draft, the former Florida State standout somehow fell in the Chargers' lap at pick No. 17. James should be an immediate starter for the Bolts, strengthening what was already one of the league's best secondaries.
Broncos ink Isaac Yiadom to 4-year contract
Fri, May 25, 2018, 12:43 PM9News Denver
Broncos signed third-round CB Isaac Yiadom to a four-year, $3.69 million contract.
Analysis: The deal includes a $761,516 signing bonus. Drafted 99th overall out of Boston College, Yiadom recorded 110 tackles and three interceptions during his four-year stay in Chestnut Hill. The 22-year-old will likely begin his career on special teams.
Corey Clement wants 'more touches' this year
Fri, May 25, 2018, 11:55 AMPhiladelphia Inquirer & Daily News
Corey Clement wants "more touches, more carries, more catches out of the backfield this year."
Analysis: Clement was a great find as an UDFA by GM Howie Roseman last year, and he had arguably the biggest game of the season in the Super Bowl win over the Patriots. Clement averaged just 4.2 carries per game as a rookie and was featured more in the pass game. It's unclear how the Eagles will split up work in 2018, especially with the return of Darren Sproles, but this is a situation to watch in the summer. Clement figures to be the No. 2 behind Jay Ajayi.
Joe Flacco on Michael Crabtree: He's the guy
Fri, May 25, 2018, 11:51 AMJamison Hensley on Twitter
Speaking after Thursday's OTA session, Joe Flacco talked up new WR Michael Crabtree, saying, "(He's) the guy."
Analysis: "He's got a little different way that he runs the routes," Flacco said of Crabtree. "He's really crafty with it, and he knows when to break away from guys and how to get open." Crabtree signed a three-year, $21 million deal in Baltimore following his release from the Raiders and is obviously the clear No. 1 for Flacco, who has always had a fascination with veteran targets picked up off the scrap heap. Crabtree should flirt with 120-130 targets if he can stay healthy.
Bears working with Howard on pass-game drops
Fri, May 25, 2018, 11:47 AMChicago Sun-Times
Bears RBs coach Charles London said the team is "committed" to working with and improving Jordan Howard in the pass game.
Analysis: "That's one area that both Jordan and I identified when I got here, that he wanted to get better at," London said. "And he's put in the work." Howard is catching passes before, during, and after practice this spring, while London is working with him on "hand placement ... just his focus and concentration, hand-eye coordination and things like that." London has "seen progress." Howard has been notoriously bad in the pass game his first two seasons. He figures to lose some snaps to Tarik Cohen in the backfield, but Howard should mostly be an every-down back.
Frank Ragnow mostly running at left guard
Thu, May 24, 2018, 9:34 PMDetroit Free Press
Lions first-round G/C Frank Ragnow has spent the "majority" of his time at left guard during OTAs.
Analysis: There had been discussion if Ragnow would man guard or center, but the answer is increasingly appearing to be guard. Ragnow was a center his final two years at Arkansas. Shifting to guard would allow Graham Glasgow to remain at the pivot.
Taysom Hill contender for Saints' No. 2 job?
Thu, May 24, 2018, 7:57 PMThe New Orleans Advocate
The New Orleans Advocate believes second-year UDFA Taysom Hill could be a legitimate contender for the Saints' No. 2 quarterback job.
Analysis: Hill came out of BYU as an elderly (now 27) undrafted free agent last year. He was claimed off waivers from the Packers after catching the Saints' eye on film. He made a few splash plays on special teams near the end of last year and was a frequent topic of conversation between FOX's Joe Buck and Troy Aikman during a late-season broadcast. The duo were apparently taken aback by glowing comments coach Sean Payton made about the rookie. It's pad-less practices, but Hill has been drawing strong reviews for his work in OTAs, particularly his speed at the quarterback position. Only Tom Savage and J.T. Barrett stand between Hill and backup duties.
Le'Veon likely to hold out deep into camp
Thu, May 24, 2018, 6:51 PMTom Pelissero on Twitter
NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports the Steelers have "no expectation" that Le'Veon Bell will report before he did last season, which was Sept. 1.
Analysis: Under no obligation to report since he hasn't signed his franchise tag, Bell can show up at his leisure. The sides have until July 16 to reach a long-term agreement. It's not looking likely. In the event no deal is reached, Bell will almost certainly skip the entire preseason and report close to Week 1.
Bucs sign second-round CB Carlton Davis
Thu, May 24, 2018, 5:38 PM
Bucs signed second-round CB Carlton Davis to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Davis made 32 starts in Auburn's secondary, tallying three career interceptions and earning first-team All-SEC from the conference's coaches as a senior. Davis showed average athleticism at the Combine, running 4.53 with a 34-inch vertical. A big, somewhat stiff press-coverage specialist with plus arm length (32 ¾") and a knack for disrupting routes, Davis offers No. 2 cornerback potential if used correctly.
Pack sign Marcedes Lewis to complement Graham
Thu, May 24, 2018, 5:37 PMMike Garafolo on Twitter
Packers signed TE Marcedes Lewis, formerly of the Jaguars.
Analysis: The longtime - 12 years - Jaguar will join Jimmy Graham as a blocking complement. As evidenced by his five touchdowns last season, 34-year-old Lewis also offers a strong pair of hands in the red zone. Lewis should catch some touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers but won't be a fantasy option in 2018. It's possible Lewis' presence ends up making Lance Kendricks expendable.
Report: NFL polled fans on signing Kaepernick
Thu, May 24, 2018, 5:14 PMYahoo Sports
Yahoo Sports reports that, using a "Washington consulting firm," the NFL polled fans last summer on whether free agent Colin Kaepernick should be signed.
Analysis: Per reporter Charles Robinson, the poll also included questions on domestic violence, gambling, player protests and player safety. Kap was reportedly the "only player singled out in the research for specific opinions." That could create headaches for the league in Kap's collusion lawsuit.
Jaguars get Ronnie Harrison signed
Thu, May 24, 2018, 4:52 PM
Jaguars signed third-round S Ronnie Harrison to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Harrison underwhelmed in pre-draft testing, managing a 4.63 forty and 34-inch vertical. Still, Harrison looks the part of an NFL strong safety or dime-package linebacker with the longest arms in this safety class (33 3/8"), a tone-setting playing style, and natural ball skills. He offers upside as a strong safety prospect.