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Tharold Simon back to 100 percent health 05-26-2016
Tharold Simon CB SEA
Seahawks CB Tharold Simon (toe) has been a full participant in the offseason program.

Seattle Times
Injuries have completely wrecked the 2013 fifth-rounder's career to date, but he's been getting first-team reps on defense with DeShawn Shead sidelined. "He's doing everything," coach Pete Carroll said. "This is a really good look at him, this is the best we have seen him. ... He's going to have a great, competitive opportunity because he's put together a great off-season." Were Simon to beat out Shead for No. 3 cornerback duties, he would play on the boundary in nickel situations.
Redskins listing Trent Murphy at 290 pounds 05-26-2016
Trent Murphy DE WAS
The Redskins are listing DE Trent Murphy at 290 pounds this spring.
That's up a whopping 24 pounds since the start of last season. The No. 47 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Murphy is making the move from outside linebacker. Murphy will work as a run stopper after struggling to get after the passer his first two years in the league.
Will Blackmon working exclusively at safety 05-26-2016
Will Blackmon SS WAS
Redskins DB Will Blackmon has worked exclusively at safety this offseason.
Blackmon is practicing at 212 pounds, which is up eight from his corner weight. Blackmon played 807 ineffective snaps at corner last season, but the increased versatility could help his odds of cracking the 53-man roster.
Ray Rice speaks to Ravens' rookies 05-26-2016
Ray Rice RB BAL
Free agent RB Ray Rice spoke to the Ravens' rookies on Wednesday.
"He delivered an important message that included his story, both the good and the bad," the team said in a statement. "He clearly had the attention of our rookies." It was Rice's first trip back to Baltimore since his release. Now 29, Rice hasn't notched a carry since the 2013 season. A second chance doesn't appear to be in the cards.
Sheldon Richardson sheds some weight 05-26-2016
Sheldon Richardson DT NYJ
Jets DL Sheldon Richardson said he's back down to 309 pounds after playing closer to 320 last season.
That's closer to where Richardson played as a rookie in 2013. Richardson believes it will help him get downfield more. "He was a little heavier last year," coach Todd Bowles said. "Sheldon's a good athlete. He holds it well. He can move, but, being a little bit lighter for him will play into his benefit." The concern for Richardson's 2016 isn't his weight, but a possible suspension after he was arrested on traffic and resisting arrest charges last summer. The case has been resolved, so an NFL ruling should come some time this summer.
Romo believes he could play five more years 05-26-2016
Tony Romo QB DAL
Tony Romo believes he could play another five seasons.

James Palmer on Twitter
Spoken like a true Jerry Jones acolyte. Romo remains elite when on the field, but has had increasing trouble staying there. He hasn't appeared in all 16 games since 2012, and was limited to four starts by collarbone issues last year. Romo turned 36 last month. Realistically, he's a year-to-year proposition at this stage of his career.
Randy Gregory still working with first-team 05-26-2016
Randy Gregory DE DAL
Cowboys RE Randy Gregory is still working with the first-team defense despite his four-game suspension.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"You treat him like he is going to be part of our football team, certainly at this stage," coach Jason Garrett said. "(Get) him in there, get a good base underneath him, teach him technique, teach him the schemes we are using, and hopefully he grows every day." It's probably not the approach the Patriots would take with a suspended player, but Gregory is an integral part of the Cowboys' wafer-thin defensive line. The Cowboys are opting to build Gregory's confidence up rather than help keep it down.
Hue Jackson praises Duke Johnson 05-26-2016
Duke Johnson RB CLE
Browns coach Hue Jackson believes Duke Johnson "does so many different things that gives your offense a boost."

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Jackson also said Johnson has "suddenness and quickness and he can go catch the ball with anybody." ESPN's Pat McManamon believes the Browns could be grooming Johnson as an every-down back. Johnson was cast as a Gio Bernard type as a rookie, but was a three-down player in college. For now, Isaiah Crowell is the Browns' primary early-down thumper.
Dont'a Hightower evasive about contract 05-26-2016
Dont'a Hightower OLB NE
Patriots contract-year WLB Dont'a Hightower was evasive when asked about extension talks on Thursday.

CSN New England
DeVante Parker could see snaps in the slot 05-26-2016
DeVante Parker WR MIA
The Dolphins could use DeVante Parker to try to create mismatches in the slot this season.

Miami Herald
Jarvis Landry is locked in as the Dolphins' slot man, but the Dolphins want to get Parker some snaps on the inside. "I'm expecting him to be a heck of a football player, a guy that other teams fear, because he can make big plays down the field, inside," Ryan Tannehill said. "He's a big-bodied guy. He's a guy we're going to want to use in the red zone, on third downs and to stretch the field as well." Parker's primary job will be to make big plays on the boundary, but creative coach Adam Gase won't leave him stationary. Parker comes with a ton of upside as a WR3.
Tannehill will have more play-calling freedom 05-26-2016
Ryan Tannehill QB MIA
Dolphins coach Adam Gase confirms Ryan Tannehill will have more freedom at the line of scrimmage this season.

Miami Herald
Infamously, Tannehill wasn't allowed to audible in Bill Lazor's offense. "In this offense, you're not really locked in on what the play call is," Gase said. "For (Tannehill) to have the ability to know what to get to - that kind of flexibility - being able to do that as a quarterback is very valuable." Gase went on to say Tannehill's intelligence is "off the charts." Coming off a season where he revived Jay Cutler's career, Gase has the capability to put Tannehill's in motion.
Emmanuel Ogbah signs rookie contract 05-26-2016
Emmanuel Ogbah DE CLE
Browns signed second-round OLB Emmanuel Ogbah to a four-year contract. Ogbah is making the transition from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker. Extremely productive in the Big 12, Ogbah tore up the Combine. Ogbah needs to work on his run defense and expand his pass rushing repertoire, but he offers a ton of upside for the tanking Browns.
Justin Britt still getting reps at tackle 05-26-2016
Justin Britt C SEA
Seahawks G/C Justin Britt is still getting reps at tackle.

Liz Mathews on Twitter
Drafted as a tackle, Britt was a remarkably ineffective guard last season. He was moved to center earlier this month, but the Seahawks apparently want to keep their options open. Britt could end up a jack of all trades for Seattle's alarmingly-thin offensive line.
Carroll: Lynch hasn't asked to play this year 05-26-2016
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says "retired" RB Marshawn Lynch hasn't contacted him about playing in 2016.

Liz Mathews on Twitter
Lynch's "retirement" seems to be written more in air quotes every day, but for now, he's sitting out the 2016 season. Perhaps Lynch will try to parachute in on the year during training camp, avoiding the rigors some veterans come to detest.
Seahawks still hope Graham ready for Week 1 05-26-2016
Jimmy Graham TE SEA
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the "hope remains" that Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon) is ready for Week 1.

Bob Condotta on Twitter
Seattle still eyeing Week 1 for Rawls, Graham 05-26-2016
Thomas Rawls RB SEA
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says the "hope" remains that Thomas Rawls (ankle) is ready for Week 1.

Bob Condotta on Twitter
The same is true for Jimmy Graham (patellar tendon). The Seahawks haven't really offered anything new on Rawls in recent months, but it remains notable that they can't guarantee his Week 1 status. Rawls offers mammoth upside as a potential workhorse back in a run-heavy offense, but his health is a major question mark. Third-rounder C.J. Prosise and Christine Michael are the next men up.
Garry Gilliam had minor knee surgery 05-26-2016
Garry Gilliam OT SEA
Presumptive Seahawks LT Garry Gilliam will be sidelined a "couple of weeks" after having a cyst removed from his knee.

Liz Mathews on Twitter
Gilliam sounds like he will be sidelined through minicamp, but ready to rock before training camp. An ineffective 16-game starter at right tackle last season, Gilliam is a major blindside gamble for a team that invests little resources in its offensive line. It would qualify as a minor miracle if Gilliam ends up starting all 16 games at left tackle.
Lions waive/injure Tim Wright 05-26-2016
Tim Wright TE DET
Lions waived/injured TE Tim Wright.

Dave Birkett on Twitter
Cowboys not interested in trading DMC or Alf 05-26-2016
Darren McFadden RB DAL
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones says the team isn't interested in trading Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"We got calls during the draft asking to trade for a couple of our running backs, and we just don't have that interest," Jones said. There's little urgency for the Cowboys to unload McFadden or Morris right now, but that could change if Ezekiel Elliott tears up camp and the preseason, as is likely. DMC offers passing-game insurance behind rehabbing Lance Dunbar (ACL) that Morris has never provided. If either player were to be traded, it would be for a conditional late-rounder.
Cowboys allowing Leary to pursue trade 05-26-2016
Ronald Leary OG DAL
The Cowboys are allowing OG Ronald Leary to pursue a trade, but won't deal him for "little or nothing."

Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Leary barely played last season, but the Cowboys value his experience as a depth player. "(Right) now, he's signed with us and we plan on keeping him unless something that's really attractive to us shows up," executive Stephen Jones said. If something "really attractive" is going to present itself, it probably won't be until training camp.
CB Lewis (three surgeries) still sidelined 05-26-2016
Keenan Lewis CB NO
Saints CB Keenan Lewis (knee surgery, hip surgery, sports-hernia surgery) has yet to resume practicing.

New Orleans Times-Picayune
It's apparently the sports-hernia operation that's primarily keeping Lewis sidelined. Lewis' 2015 was an injury-ruined disaster, while he wasn't effective in a 16-game 2014. If healthy, Lewis will be a candidate to start opposite Delvin Breaux, but the Saints could opt to go with 2015 third-rounder P.J. Williams.
Saints convert DT Eulls to guard 05-26-2016
Kaleb Eulls DE NO
The Saints have concerted DT Kaleb Eulls to guard.

New Orleans Times-Picayune
A 2015 undrafted free agent, Eulls stuck on the roster all season, but was active for only four games. The Saints are scrounging for depth on the interior, but transitions like these rarely pay off.
Michael Thomas getting snaps with first-team 05-26-2016
Michael Thomas WR NO
Saints second-round WR Michael Thomas has seen a "slew" of snaps with the first-team offense during OTAs.

New Orleans Times-Picayune
With Brandin Cooks battling a minor injury, Thomas is getting run opposite Willie Snead. It's not surprising, but notable because it's an indication the Saints won't be bashful about progressing Thomas past Brandon Coleman on the depth chart. There won't be artificial hoops to jump through. Thomas could have WR4 appeal in a potentially high-volume role this season.
Martellus in Tom Brady's 'circle of trust'? 05-26-2016
Martellus Bennett TE NE
According to WEEI, Martellus Bennett is "gaining early entry into Tom Brady's circle of trust."
Bennett has spent part of OTAs working off to the side with Brady and a small group of other passing-game personnel. Of course, reporter Christopher Price notes Scott Chandler did something similar last year before going on to bomb during the regular season. Bennett is coming off a head case year where the Bears had "pervasive doubts" about his commitment, but he seems to understand the stakes are higher in New England this year.
Braxton Miller signs rookie contract 05-26-2016
Braxton Miller WR HOU
Texans signed third-round WR Braxton Miller to a four-year, $3.114 million contract. A former star quarterback, Miller is an elite athlete, but has precious little experience at his NFL position. He could eventually represent a big-play threat out of the slot, but might be a frequent healthy scratch as a rookie as he learns the finer points of receiving.
Broncos' Marshall had finger surgery 05-26-2016
Brandon Marshall LB DEN
Broncos ILB Brandon Marshall is recovering from surgery to his right index finger.

Mike Klis on Twitter
Marshall has been limited in OTAs, but it shouldn't be an issue for much longer. A 2012 fifth-rounder who was cut by the Jaguars, Marshall has emerged as one of the league's best inside linebackers. Headed into his age-27 season, Marshall will be an unrestricted free agent next spring.
Michael Campanaro dealing with calf injury 05-26-2016
Michael Campanaro WR BAL
Redskins WR Michael Campanaro has been sidelined with a calf injury.

Jamison Hensley on Twitter
Campanaro has been on the shelf for a "couple of weeks." Coach John Harbaugh said "there will be a time when he gets past this." A 2014 seventh-rounder, Campanaro has been extremely injury prone, appearing in just eight games because of back and thigh injuries. He'll probably be on the outside looking in of Baltimore's crowded receiver corps.
Trent Richardson has hamstring injury 05-26-2016
Trent Richardson RB BAL
Trent Richardson has been sitting out OTAs with a hamstring injury.

Jamison Hensley on Twitter
It's probably not a serious issue, but any missed time undermines Richardson's long-shot 53-man roster bid. Richardson could be an early camp cut if he's not 100 percent.
Koa Misi 'detained' following brawl 05-26-2016
Koa Misi LB MIA
Dolphins LB Koa Misi was "detained" following a weekend nightclub brawl in Fort Lauderdale, but not arrested.
Misi allegedly struck someone in the head before struggling to be subdued by police. He was released without being arrested after the alleged victim declined to press charges. It's a silly, regrettable incident, but it doesn't sound like much in the way of legal problems is going to come from it.
David Andrews could earn Pats' center job 05-26-2016
David Andrews C NE
ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes second-year UDFA David Andrews could earn the Patriots' center job.

Mike Reiss on Twitter
He'll have to unseat Bryan Stork. Andrews spent much of 2015 filling in for an injured Stork, out-snapping him 776-377. Andrews wasn't terribly effective, but that's not surprising for a rookie UDFA.
Justin Hunter adds six pounds of muscle 05-26-2016
Justin Hunter WR TEN
Justin Hunter has added six pounds of muscle, bulking up from 203 to 209.

Terry McCormick on Twitter
Hunter has reportedly "changed his diet." Hunter is clearly feeling the crunch of the roster bubble. Hunter is still recovering from ankle surgery, but is expected to be ready for training camp.
Justin Gilbert gets some first-team reps 05-26-2016
Justin Gilbert CB CLE
Browns CB Justin Gilbert has received some first-team reps in OTAs.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
A bust as a rookie and a total non-factor as a sophomore, Gilbert has been given a clean slate by the new coaching staff. "With Justin, he's a talented young man that we need to get the talent from inside of him out onto the football field," DC Ray Horton said. "There's a verse in the Bible from Luke that 'much is given, much is expected,' and he falls into that category. He has a ton of God-given ability that we, as coaches, have to get out." The No. 8 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Gilbert is still only 24. The Browns have a barren group at cornerback with Joe Haden (ankle surgery) sidelined. Gilbert will at least be given the opportunity to earn snaps.
Andrus Peat getting reps at right guard 05-26-2016
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Saints OL Andrus Peat has been taking the first-team reps at right guard in OTAs.

New Orleans Times-Picayune
Peat has been running with the second team at right tackle. Coach Sean Payton has proclaimed Peat will start in 2016, but it's beginning to look like it will be on the interior. Peat had a lost rookie year, struggling with his conditioning before being inconsistent at tackle.
C.J. Spiller fully participating in OTAs 05-26-2016
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C.J. Spiller has been a full participant in the Saints' offseason program.

Larry Holder on Twitter
Spiller was supposedly slowed by a knee issue for all of 2015. "Supposedly" because coach Sean Payton - who, admittedly, has never been a paragon of honestly - proclaimed him 100 percent healthy in Week 4. You have to choose which narrative to believe in this instance. Spiller's disastrous 2015 numbers aren't up for debate. He touched the ball only 70 times all season, averaging a pathetic 3.1 yards per carry and anemic 7.0 yards per catch. Going on 29, Spiller still offers theoretical upside, but he's nothing more than a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues for fantasy purposes.
Cameron Jordan (back) without a timetable 05-26-2016
Cameron Jordan DE NO
Saints LE Cameron Jordan (back surgery) is sitting out OTAs, and without a timetable for a return.
Speaking Thursday, Jordan said the team is "just being safe," but made it sound as if he might not be ready for the start of training camp. "I can't give out a timetable for me being back 100 percent, but I do know that we'll be well within camp, season." It sounds like Week 1 is the target, which means Jordan could sit out the entire preseason. Coming off a 10-sack campaign, Jordan has yet to miss a game in five NFL seasons.
Saints FS Byrd sitting out offseason program 05-26-2016
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Saints FS Jairus Byrd (knee soreness) is sitting out the offseason program, but expected to be ready for training camp.

Katherine Terrell on Twitter
It's far from good news, as Byrd is dealing with issues in the knee that's bothered him for his entire Saints career. We suppose he'll be ready for camp, but it's clearly a concern for his 2016. Going on 30, Byrd has been an injury-plagued disaster for the Saints, appearing in just 17 of a possible 32 games.
Titans' Dodd undergoes 'preventative' surgery 05-26-2016
Kevin Dodd DE TEN
Titans OLB Chris Dodd has undergone "preventative" surgery on his right foot, and will miss OTAs.

Titans on Twitter
"Preventative" has somehow become an offseason buzzword for surgeries. The reality is, players never undergo surgeries they don't need. Dodd experienced soreness in rookie camp, after which the Titans ordered up more tests. The No. 33 overall pick of the draft, Dodd is expected to return by training camp. Going on 24, Dodd was just a one-year starter in the ACC, but extremely productive. He's a high-motor player who should get plenty of opportunities to get after the passer as a rookie. That's if he's healthy, of course.
Gase confident Wake will be ready for camp 05-26-2016
Cameron Wake DE MIA
Dolphins coach Adam Gase is confident DE Cameron Wake (Achilles') will be ready for training camp.

Miami Herald
"It's probably us holding him back," Gase continued. Every report on Wake's rehab has been positive throughout the entire offseason. If he is not 100 percent when training camp opens, he will not be far from it.
Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) at practice Thursday 05-26-2016
Kelvin Benjamin WR CAR
Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.
Kyle Van Noy working with first-team defense 05-26-2016
Kyle Van Noy OLB DET
Kyle Van Noy was working as the first-team strongside linebacker at Lions OTAs.

Kyle Meinke on Twitter
A 2014 second-round pick, Van Noy's career has been stuck in neutral thus far. He should be given every chance to win the strongside job this year, but nothing in his NFL career suggests he will run away with the opportunity. DeAndre Levy and Tahir Whitehead also worked with the first-team on Thursday.
Taylor Decker opens OTAs at left tackle 05-26-2016
Taylor Decker OT DET
Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker opened OTAs as the first-team left tackle.

Kyle Meinke on Twitter
Riley Reiff was expected remain on the left side in the final year of his rookie deal, but he was playing right tackle on Thursday. This is just one offseason practice, but the Lions have been fairly open about their desire to move Reiff to the right side. Decker was not seen as the player who would facilitate that switch by people outside the organization, but it seems Detroit has other ideas.
Abdullah rehabbing January shoulder surgery 05-26-2016
Ameer Abdullah RB DET
Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.

Detroit Free Press
Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined.
Three-way competition at linebacker for 49ers 05-26-2016
Gerald Hodges MLB SF
49ers DC Jim O'Neil said there will be a three-way competition at linebacker.

CSN Bay Area
Gerald Hodges got the first-team reps on Wednesday, but O'Neil said Hodges, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Michael Wilhoite will see equal time with the first-team throughout OTAs. Wilhoite started the first 12 games last year, but a late-season ankle injury opened the door for Hodges, who was acquired via trade in October. Armstrong will get his shot, but the competition will likely come down to Hodges and Wilhoite.
Knile Davis says he did not ask for a trade 05-26-2016
Knile Davis RB KC
Chiefs RB Knile Davis said he did not request to be traded this offseason.

It was reported Davis requested a trade after the Chiefs gave long-term extensions to Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West, but he denies those reports. Either way, it is clear the Chiefs are interested in moving their No. 4 back, and Davis seems open to the idea of a fresh start. "At this point, I can pretty much do it all. I just haven't had the opportunity to show it," Davis said. "But one day I will get the opportunity to show what I can do and I'm looking forward to that day." Davis has fumbled eight times on 260 career carries including the playoffs and owns a career 3.41 yards-per-carry average. Opportunity is not the issue.
Eric Ebron shed 10 pounds this offseason 05-26-2016
Eric Ebron TE DET
Third-year TE Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds this offseason.

Kyle Meinke on Twitter
Ebron was listed at 255 pounds last season. Getting in better shape certainly will not hurt as he attempts to carve out a bigger offensive role following the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Ebron posted a 47-537-5 line in 14 games as a sophomore.
Lauvao expects to be ready for training camp 05-26-2016
Shawn Lauvao OG WAS
Redskins LG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) said he will be ready for training camp.

CSN Mid-Atlantic
This is an extremely optimistic outlook from Lauvao, who required five surgeries on his legs after landing on injured reserve with a serious ankle injury last season. CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler speculated earlier this month Lauvao could open the season on the reserve/PUP list. Lauvao will compete for the left guard job if he is healthy, but that is a big if at this point.
Davante Adams moving on from last season 05-26-2016
Davante Adams WR GB
Davante Adams said he is moving on from his disappointing sophomore campaign.

Injuries played a role in Adams' poor play last year, but he was still ineffective when healthy. "Obviously, the season I had last year, I wasn't proud of it," Adams said. "You can't control some things. I hurt my ankle, I hurt my knee; I can't do anything about that. What I can do is bounce back from it." Once the clear No. 3 behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Adams could be fighting for a roster spot this offseason.
Foster says he is a month from full health 05-26-2016
Arian Foster RB HOU
Free agent RB Arian Foster (Achilles') said he is about a month away from full health.

ABC 13
Foster tore his Achilles' at the end of October. "I probably need another month to get where I am, the person everyone is use to seeing," Foster said. "I can definitely play but I need another month to be where I want to be and be at that pro-bowl lever I can be at." Close to full health, Foster should be comfortable signing with a new team in the next month. The Dolphins have been the strongest link so far, but the Redskins would make sense as well.
Wes Welker still deciding if he wants to play 05-26-2016
Wes Welker WR LA
Free agent WR Wes Welker said he is still deciding if he wants to continue his career.

NFL Network
"I think I'm weighing my options and really trying to figure out where to go with life next," Welker said. "There are some days I wake up and I'm like 'OK, I'm done.' And other days I wake up and I'm like, 'Oh, maybe one more year.'" Considering he had to wait until November to land a job last season, this decision may ultimately be made for him. The former All-Pro caught 13 passes in 8 games for the Rams last year.
Browns plan to be a 'run-oriented' team 05-26-2016
Isaiah Crowell RB CLE
RBs coach Kirby Wilson said the Browns will be a "run-oriented football team."

Cleveland Plain Dealer
"Everything starts with the run game, our offensive line and our backs," Wilson continued. "As coach told us, we are going to be a physically dominant, running football team." Hue Jackson led offenses have not finished worse than 7th in rushing attempts since he took over as offensive coordinator for Oakland in 2010. With the quarterback situation in flux, there is no reason to change that formula this year. Even in a timeshare, Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson should see plenty of work.
Browns LT Joe Thomas did not ask for a trade 05-26-2016
Joe Thomas OT CLE
Browns LT Joe Thomas says he did not ask to be traded this offseason.

"Since I got here it's been my goal to turn the Browns into a winner," Thomas said, "and I think [coach Hue Jackson] is just the guy to do that." Despite moving on from several veterans over the past couple months, the Browns have shown no desire to end their relationship with Thomas. The six-time All-Pro will turn 32 in December.
Evan Mathis mentoring D.J. Humphries 05-26-2016
D.J. Humphries OT ARZ
New Cardinals RG Evan Mathis is mentoring sophomore RT D.J. Humphries.
Mathis was brought in this offseason mostly because of his All-Pro talent, but his ability to mentor Humphries was an important aspect as well. "The first meeting, as soon as Evan walked in the room, he mandated D.J. sit next to him," OC Harold Goodwin said. "From D.J.'s standpoint, he gets to see a Pro Bowl player work every day, how he works, how he is a professional. D.J. has no choice but to grow up." After spending his rookie year as a healthy scratch, the Cardinals expect Humphries to take over at right tackle this season.
Saints, Brees have not negotiated in 2 months 05-26-2016
Drew Brees QB NO
Drew Brees said he and the Saints have not discussed a long-term contract extension in about two months.

Brees said he is "not stressing" over his contract, but he does not want negotiations to drag into the season. "I don't like to talk about contract during the season," Brees said. "So there's a deal to be done now, and then if it doesn't get done now, then there will be a different deal to get done at the end of the year." The reason Brees gives for the deadline is not wanting his contract to be a distraction during the season. That may be true, but this pronouncement has the added benefit of putting pressure on the Saints to get something done. It would be a shock if the two sides did not come to an agreement before the season.
Mario Williams happy with role in Miami 05-26-2016
Mario Williams DE MIA
Mario Williams said he is "very fortunate" to be returning to a scheme he feels comfortable playing.

Miami Herald
"[DC Vance Joseph] is really relying on the guys up front to turn it loose and get after it, which is what most of us are accustomed to doing," Williams said. "It's exciting for us knowing [we can] cut it loose." Williams showed little effort playing in a system he was openly unhappy with last year in Buffalo, but he has had nothing but praise for his new coaching staff. The Dolphins are banking on a bounceback season for the 31-year-old.
Report: Lynch told teammates he might play 05-26-2016
Marshawn Lynch RB SEA
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports retired RB Marshawn Lynch "told two ex-teammates that he is still thinking about playing this upcoming season."

Bleacher Report
Richard Sherman said earlier this month he is not convinced Lynch is retired for good, and Michael Bennett said he thinks Lynch could "make an appearance later on." It is possible Sherman and Bennett are the two ex-teammates referenced in the report. For what it is worth, Lynch's agent maintains his client is not considering playing this season. One of the most interesting characters in the league over the last decade, it is far from surprising Lynch's retirement has turned into something of a circus.
Kalil loses 1st-team snaps to Sirles at OTAs 05-26-2016
Matt Kalil OT MIN
Vikings LT Matt Kalil lost first-team snaps to Jeremiah Sirles at OTAs Wednesday.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Asked after if Kalil and Alex Boone are the expected starters on the left side, coach Mike Zimmer said, "I would assume Boone, probably." Kalil is making too much money in the final year of his rookie deal to ride the bench, but Zimmer obviously wanted to send a message. Kalil needs to re-find his rookie form if he hopes to earn a big payday next spring.
Bakhtiari says ankle will need maintenance 05-26-2016
David Bakhtiari OT GB
Packers LT David Bakhtiari said the sprained ankle he suffered in December will require regular attention moving forward.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"It's hard when something like that changes your ankle," Bakhtiari said. "You have to be conscientious of it and make sure that if anything happens, or if you notice anything, just make sure to take care of it and not let it linger." The injury did not require surgery, but it sounds like it is something he will have to deal with for the rest of his career. Bakhtiari is entering the final year of his rookie deal.
Packers confirm Jordy Nelson 'on schedule' 05-26-2016
Jordy Nelson WR GB
Packers coach Mike McCarthy confirmed Jordy Nelson (ACL) is "right on schedule."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Nelson is being held out of team work during OTAs, but it is not because he is behind schedule in his rehab from an August ACL tear. "We don't want to push it too much because we're still in May," Nelson said. "Our goal is obviously September." Nelson should ramp up his activity as the offseason program wears on and could be a full-go for camp. His Week 1 status is not in doubt.