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Brian Hartline (knee) ahead of schedule 04-19-2014
Brian Hartline WR MIA
Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.

Palm Beach Post
Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Brandon Gibson (knee) on track for minicamp 04-19-2014
Brandon Gibson WR MIA
Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be ready for minicamp.

Palm Beach Post
Gibson is still recovering from knee surgery and will sit out the majority of OTAs. He should gain medical clearance by early June and return as the Dolphins' slot receiver as long as he's healthy. Gibson is due $2.7 million this season and signed through 2015.
Dolphins could replace Richard Matthews 04-19-2014
Rishard Matthews WR MIA
The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.

Palm Beach Post
This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts should be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
Chiefs could pursue LaMichael James 04-19-2014
LaMichael James RB SF
ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could have interest in LaMichael James.

ESPN.com
James is currently being shopped by the 49ers and may eventually be released. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could be an option to help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.
Bucs expect Foster to blitz more in Tampa-2 04-19-2014
Mason Foster LB TB
Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.

Pewter Report
"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier recently expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage skills to remain at middle linebacker, but he showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster should also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use less dime packages.
Chykie Brown currently listed as No. 3 corner 04-19-2014
Chykie Brown CB BAL
ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers Chykie Brown the slight favorite for the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback job.

ESPN.com
The Ravens lost Corey Graham to free agency, so Brown and Asa Jackson are the only two corners behind Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Brown was active for all 16 games last season, but played just 39 defensive snaps. Baltimore remains highly likely to draft a cornerback in the first four rounds.
Ravens not interested in Eric Winston 04-19-2014
Eric Winston T ARZ
Coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Ravens have not had any contract talks with free agent RT Eric Winston.

ESPN.com
The Ravens currently have just Ricky Wagner as an in-house option to replace Michael Oher, but 30-year-old Winston wouldn't be much of an upgrade at this point. ESPN's Jamison Hensley expects Baltimore to target a right tackle early in the draft.
Andre Roberts could be used on kick returns 04-19-2014
Andre Roberts WR WAS
The Redskins are considering using Andre Roberts on kick returns.

ESPN.com
It's not an ideal role for Roberts, who averaged 22.4 yards on kick returns in his first two seasons with the Cardinals. Roberts is also the Redskins' No. 3 receiver, so they may not want to risk exposing him to injury. Chris Thompson, Richard Crawford, and Niles Paul are also candidates to be used in the return game.
Giants undecided on Amukamara's 2015 option 04-19-2014
Prince Amukamara CB NYG
The Giants haven't decided whether to exercise CB Prince Amukamara's fifth-year option for 2015.

ESPN New York
Amukamara would cost roughly $7.93 million over the next two seasons. While he hasn't established himself as a must-keep player, there's little downside in the Giants picking up the option and keeping open discussions about a long-term deal. Amukamara had 85 tackles and two forced fumbles last year in his first full season as a starter, but has only three career interceptions.
Nick Williams (knee) questionable for OTAs 04-19-2014
Nick Williams DE PIT
Steelers DE Nick Williams (knee) is questionable for OTAs.

steelers.com
A 2013 seventh-round pick, Williams spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve. The Steelers haven't made much of an effort to re-sign Brett Keisel or upgrade at right end, so Williams has a chance to compete for snaps opposite Cameron Heyward when healthy. Williams has been off crutches since mid-January and is eight months removed from knee surgery.
Saints expected to add to WR corps in draft 04-19-2014
Kenny Stills WR NO
ESPN's Mike Triplett expects the Saints to come away from the draft with at least one receiver.

ESPN.com
The Saints are "very comfortable" with second-year Kenny Stills as their No. 2 wideout, but with Marques Colston on the downside of his career and Stills very unproven, it makes sense for the New Orleans to invest a middle-round pick on a wide receiver. Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews is a Marques Colston clone and could be available in the third round.
Pryor to be cut Monday barring trade 04-19-2014
Terrelle Pryor QB OAK
Fox Sports' Alex Marvez reports the Raiders will cut Terrelle Pryor Monday if they are unable to trade him this weekend.

Alex Marvez on Twitter
Pryor only has one-year and $705,000 dollars left on his rookie contract, so there is a chance someone gives up a late-round pick for him. It is more likely he ends up being cut on Monday. Pryor only completed 57.4 of his passes and threw seven touchdowns to 11 interceptions in nine starts last season. If cut, Pryor has a good shot to latch on with another team as a project/camp quarterback.
Ravens looking at Zack Martin to fill RT hole 04-19-2014
Ricky Wagner T BAL
ESPN Ravens blogger Jamison Hensley puts a 45% on the Ravens drafting a right tackle early in the draft, perhaps even Norte Dame G/T Zack Martin in the first round.

ESPN.com
Hensley said earlier in the offseason second-year T Ricky Wagner would be given a shot to win the job, but he is "buying" the Ravens' interest in Martin. Both would likely be upgrades over former RT Michael Oher, who signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Titans this offseason.
Cam Newton still sporting a walking boot 04-19-2014
Cam Newton QB CAR
Cam Newton is still wearing a walking boot one month removed from ankle surgery.

ProFootballTalk
The team is still hopeful Newton will return for the start of training camp. He is likely to miss all of the Panthers' offseason program, however, and will have limited time to build chemistry with Carolina's new stable of wide receivers.
Jets' quarterback spot an open competition 04-19-2014
Geno Smith QB NYJ
The Jets told newly signed RB Chris Johnson their quarterback position would be an open competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick.

ESPN New York
"They said those two will battle it out in camp and may the best man win," said Johnson. The Jets' best case scenario is Smith plays well in the preseason and wins the job outright, but they would not have brought in Vick unless there was some doubt about Smith's ability to develop into an NFL starter. Smith posted a 12-21 TD-to-interception ratio in 2013.
Bears could add quarterback in the draft 04-19-2014
Jordan Palmer QB CHI
Bears GM Phil Emery said he was comfortable with QB Jordan Palmer as Jay Cutler's backup but would seriously look at adding a quarterback in the draft.

ESPN Chicago
Palmer is an okay backup and spent all of last season in quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman's system, but the Bears' could afford to improve. They have already brought in several veteran quarterbacks for workouts this offseason and are likely to bring in a few more. A late-round pick on a developmental quarterback could also make sense.
NFL looking at Manning's & Gase's Bama visit 04-19-2014
Peyton Manning QB DEN
The NFL will investigate whether Peyton Manning and Adam Gase broke any NFL rules while visiting Alabama coach Nick Saban last week.

Denver Post
The 2011 collective bargaining agreement prevents coaches and players from having individual meetings prior to the beginning of offseason programs. Saban admitted Gase and Manning were on campus together, but insisted Gase and Manning were not involved in any football related meetings together. It is unclear what punishment Manning or Gase would face if found guilty, but it would likely be a wrist slap at most.
Kaepernick not present when police arrived 04-19-2014
Colin Kaepernick QB SF
Miami police do not believe Colin Kaepernick was present when they responded to two 911 calls regarding a woman refusing to leave Kapernick's downtown Miami hotel room.

Sacramento Bee
It is unclear when Kaepernick left the hotel room or if he was even there at all. It is looking more and more like Kaepernick, Quinton Patton, and Ricardo Lockette will walk away without any chargers.
Scandrick favorite to start of Claiborne 04-19-2014
Orlando Scandrick CB DAL
ESPNDallas' Todd Archer believes CB Orlando Scandrick is the favorite to start over former first-round CB Morris Claiborne.

ESPN Dallas
Claiborne will have to improve dramatically to escape the bust tag hovering over him. Claiborne has started just 22 games and been disastrous in coverage since being selected at pick six in 2012. Scandrick played well after taking the job last season, so Claiborne will need a big training camp to move up the depth chart.
Patriots will add quarterback before camp 04-19-2014
Ryan Mallett QB NE
ESPNBoston's Mike Reiss believes the Patriots will add another quarterback either through free agency or the draft.

ESPN Boston
Reiss believes the Pats could select a quarterback as early as the third round. With Ryan Mallett likely on his way to bigger and better things after his rookie contract expires next offseason, it makes sense for the Patriots to address the backup quarterback position now. New England has met with at least ten draft eligible quarterbacks this offseason.
Vikings likely to add linebacker via draft 04-19-2014
Audie Cole LB MIN
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune belives the Vikings will select at least one linebacker in the NFL Draft.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Despite having eight linebackers on the roster, Minnesota's only sure starter is SLB Chad Greenway. The middle linebacker position will likely be manned by either Audie Cole or Jasper Brinkley, leaving the weakside linebacker position of second-year LB Gerald Hodges as the most likely area for upgrade. The Vikings have eight total picks in next month's draft.