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Jaguars OLB Stanford impressing in workouts 06-15-2013
Julian Stanford LB NYJ
Jaguars OLB Julian Stanford has reportedly "turned some heads" during offseason workouts.

Florida Times Union
A undrafted free agent in 2012, Stanford will compete with Geno Hayes for a starting job in training camp. The Florida Times-Union considers Stanford and LaRoy Reynolds strong candidates for the 53-man roster.
Jaguars SS Cyprien is OTA/Mini-Camp MVP 06-15-2013
Johnathan Cyprien SS JAX
The Florida Times-Union lists rookie SS Johnathan Cyprien as the Jaguars' OTA/Minicamp MVP.

Florida Times Union
The No. 33 overall pick, Cyprien is being counted on to play significant snaps as a rookie. The Jaguars expect him to open the season in a starting role as an in-the-box safety opposite Dwight Lowery.
Gabbert to start 'barring horrific' preseason 06-15-2013
Blaine Gabbert QB SF
The Florida Times-Union expects Blaine Gabbert to win the Jaguars' starting quarterback job "barring a horrific August."

Florida Times Union
Gabbert will face competition from veteran Chad Henne, but is considered the favorite to open the season as the Week 1 starter. The Florida Times-Union doesn't list recently-signed QB Mike Kafka in their initial projection of the Jaguars' 53-man roster.
Browns WR Jordan Norwood on the bubble 06-15-2013
Jordan Norwood WR DEN
ESPN Cleveland considers WR Jordan Norwood on the roster bubble.

ESPN Cleveland
Norwood is a carry over from former GM Tom Heckert and will need a strong preseason to avoid being cut. Josh Cooper, Ryan Miller, and Owen Marecic are also in danger of losing their roster spots.
Davone Bess to open season as No. 2 receiver 06-15-2013
Davone Bess WR CLE
ESPN Cleveland expects Davone Bess to open the season as the Browns' No. 2 receiver.

ESPN Cleveland
With Josh Gordon suspended for the first two games, Bess is behind only Greg Little for early-season targets. David Nelson and Travis Benjamin are also candidates for extended playing time. Bess projects to start at 'X' receiver in the Browns' base offense and move into the slot in three-wide sets.
Titans limiting TE Thompson to blocking 06-15-2013
Taylor Thompson TE TEN
According to Pro Football Focus, just 31 percent of TE Taylor Thompson's snaps last season came on a play where he went out for a pass.

Pro Football Focus
A converted defensive end, Thompson rarely saw the field as a rookie and didn't play more than 25 offensive snaps in a single game until Week 16. The Titans moved on from Jared Cook this offseason, so Thompson is a candidate for an expanded role as a red-zone target. Delanie Walker will enter training camp as the favorite for the starting tight end job.
Jaguars using RT Bradfield in swing role 06-15-2013
Cameron Bradfield OT DAL
The Jaguars are expected to use Cameron Bradfield in a swing tackle role.
Bradfield is currently blocked at both tackle spots by Luke Joeckel and Eugene Monroe, but is expected to see extended playing time at multiple positions on the offensive line. "He's a very capable third, swing guy," GM Dave Caldwell said. "It's hard to find a quality backup. We feel good with him there."
Dwyer rates highly in pass block efficiency 06-15-2013
Jonathan Dwyer RB ARZ
Jonathan Dwyer led all running backs in pass blocking efficiency in 2012.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Dwyer struggled in a committee with Isaac Redman as a part-time starter last season, but his blocking ability will likely play a key factor in his role with the Steelers. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes both Dwyer and La'Rod Stephens-Howling are on the roster bubble.
Steelers RB Bell working on pass protection 06-15-2013
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that rookie RB Le'Veon Bell's playing time will be determined by how quickly he picks up pass protection.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
The Steelers are counting on Bell to start as a rookie, but he remains unproven as a blocker and could be replaced by Issac Redman or Jonathan Dwyer on third downs. Dwyer led all running backs in pass blocking efficiency last season. Redman is considered a "lock" for the 53-man roster.
Broncos TE Thomas works with first-team 06-15-2013
Julius Thomas TE JAX
Broncos TE Julius Thomas saw reps with the first-team offense during the team's mandatory three-day minicamp.

Denver Post
After dealing with injuries the last two years, Thomas is finally healthy and has been a standout at the Broncos' offseason program. He worked with the first-team throughout OTAs with Joel Dreessen (knee) sidelined. Thomas, 24, was active for just four games in 2012. The Denver Post expects him to compete for playing time with "move" TE Jacob Tamme in training camp.
Alex Green was Packers starting RB all spring 06-15-2013
Alex Green RB NYJ
Alex Green started and finished OTAs as the Packers' No. 1 running back.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
May and June depth-chart decisions are often made on experience. While we wouldn't completely give up hope of Green developing into a plus NFL contributor, there's little doubt he's a long shot to open the season as Green Bay's starter. Green remains in the mix of a five-way running back competition that also includes Eddie Lacy, DuJuan Harris, Johnathan Franklin, and James Starks.
Ravens not planning to target a veteran WR 06-15-2013
Brandon Lloyd WR SF
The Baltimore Sun reports the Ravens have no plans to pursue a veteran receiver "at this time."

Baltimore Sun
Baltimore is prepared to enter training camp with Jacoby Jones as the No. 2 opposite Torrey Smith, while youngsters Deonte Thompson, LaQuan Williams, Tommy Streeter, Tandon Doss, and David Reed try to push Jones for the spot. Brandon Lloyd and Austin Collie "highlight" the free-agent group. Collie has started to get some play, but Lloyd hasn't generated any interest.
Jaguars impressed with WR Mike Brown 06-15-2013
Mike Brown WR CAR
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said he was impressed with WR Mike Brown this spring.
Caldwell mentioned Brown, along with Mohamed Massaquoi and rookie Ace Sanders, as part of the "committee" to replace Justin Blackmon during his four-game suspension. Brown spent much of last season on the team's practice squad, but he drew Wes Welker comparisons from holdover WRs coach Jerry Sullivan. Behind Blackmon and Cecil Shorts, the Jaguars' receiver depth chart is wide open.
Vance McDonald a standout player at practice 06-15-2013
Vance McDonald TE SF
The Sacramento Bee called second-round TE Vance McDonald the "biggest standout" among the 49ers' draft class at OTAs and minicamp.

Sacramento Bee
In non-contact spring drills, pass catchers are always going to stand out. McDonald was a "favorite" of all the quarterbacks in practices, and he reportedly "showed a knack" for catching difficult passes. If he can prove to be a strong blocker, like he was at Rice, McDonald could see a lot of snaps as a rookie.
Smith, Williams rotating as Rams' top LG 06-15-2013
Shelley Smith OG CHI
Rams OLs Shelley Smith and Chris Williams rotated as the first-team left guard at OTAs.
Smith started six games -- four at left guard and two at right guard -- for the Rams last season, and he and Williams rotated in place of an injured Harvey Dahl at right guard for the final three weeks in 2012. Second-year OG Rok Watkins would also seem to be in the conversation for the starting left guard job.
DTs WIlliams and Hill impressing in Seattle 06-15-2013
Jesse Williams DT SEA
The Seahawks coaching staff has been impressed with rookie defensive tackles Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Hill is working at both defensive tackle positions while Williams is playing tackle and end. Carroll said Williams will begin playing nose tackle as well when they begin training camp next month. Both have gotten work with the first-team, though Williams has the better chance to contribute right away in the vacancy left by Alan Branch's departure.
Kubiak has concerns at right tackle position 06-15-2013
Derek Newton OT HOU
Coach Gary Kubiak is concerned with the Texans' right tackle position.
The Texans practiced without the top two candidates for their starting right tackle job during OTAs and mini-camp. Derek Newton (knee) started 14 games last season, and had offseason surgery to repair his patellar tendon. Brennan Williams (knee), a third-round pick from North Carolina, injured his knee in rookie mini-camp in May. Both are expected to be ready for training camp on July 26.
Del Rio giving S David Bruton a long look 06-15-2013
David Bruton SS WAS
Broncos DC Jack Del Rio has give S David Bruton a long look during the team's offseason program.

Denver Post
Bruton primarily played special teams in his first four seasons, and saw just 34 snaps on defense last season. At 6'2" and 211lbs, Bruton is bigger than Mike Adams, the incumbent starter at strong safety. Quentin Jammer is also posing a legitimate threat to start this year.
Kubiak: Swearinger "a big contributor early" 06-15-2013
D.J. Swearinger FS ARZ
Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said he thinks rookie S D.J. Swearinger is "going to be a big contributor early."
With Ed Reed (hip) sidelined, Swearinger saw significant reps in OTAs and minicamp. "He's very smart in picking things up with what we're doing," Kubiak said. While the initial plan was to use Swearinger in dime packages and on special teams, Reed's timetable remains unclear. There's a strong possibility Swearinger could see time as a starter early in the season.
Ravens have seen "growth" from CB Jimmy Smith 06-15-2013
Jimmy Smith CB BAL
The Ravens have seen "a lot of growth" from CB Jimmy Smith.

Baltimore Sun
"He seems like a different guy right now," said secondary coach Teryl Austin. Smith took up an intense boxing regimen this offseason, losing ten pounds in the process. With Lardarius Webb working his way back from a torn ACL, both Smith and Corey Graham are lining up with the starters. While who gets the job is still up in the air, both Smith and Graham figure to have pivotal roles in the Ravens' revamped defense.
Chris Canty "had a dominant minicamp" 06-15-2013
Chris Canty DT BAL
According to Ravens beat reporter Aaron Wilson, DE Chris Canty "had a dominant minicamp."

Baltimore Sun
Wilson noted that Canty looked explosive and slimmed down, and the former Cowboys fourth-round draft pick from Virginia consistently disrupted passing lanes and shoved offensive linemen into the backfield. The Ravens envision a versatile role for Canty with him lining up everywhere from defensive tackle to defensive end, but he isn't expected to play nose tackle.