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Jets | Austin Seferian-Jenkins slims down

New York Jets TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is down to 260 pounds, after being in the mid-280s for much of the 2016 season, according to agent Brian Fettner. He has been an active participant in the team's offseason conditioning program and has been working out with a fitness guru in Las Vegas.

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Vikings | Marcus Sherels could return kickoffs

Minnesota Vikings CB Marcus Sherels, who already serves as the club's punt returner, is a candidate to return kickoffs in 2017. Rookie WRs Rodney Adams and Stacy Coley are also under consideration for the job.

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Eagles | Rodney McLeod contract altered

Philadelphia Eagles FS Rodney McLeod had his contract altered last week. The team will save $2.4 million in cap space by converting $3.225 million of his salary into a bonus.

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Colts | T.Y. Hilton in rare company

Indianapolis Colts WR T.Y. Hilton's 5,861 receiving yards through his first five seasons rank in the top 10 in NFL history, but Hilton said he is still focused on improving. 'Leave no stone unturned,' Hilton said. 'I work on everything - footwork, speed work. Just continue to train everything - my hands, eye-hand coordination.'

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Bengals | Cody Core dedicated to improving

Cincinnati Bengals WR Cody Core said he dedicated himself to eating better and training during the offseason and was able to add muscle without losing his speed.

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Saints | Coby Fleener more prepared for 2017

New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener said already understanding the terminology of the offense will be a big advantage in his second season with the Saints. 'So being able to revamp and feel comfortable going out there and not having to worry about what play call is gonna come up is a huge benefit,' Fleener said.

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Eagles | Torrey Smith to return to form?

Philadelphia Eagles WR Torrey Smith will look more like the receiver he was with the Baltimore Ravens, according to beat writer Tim McManus.

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Broncos | Carlos Henderson picking up offense

Denver Broncos WR Carlos Henderson is 'swimming' when it comes to learning the offensive schemes, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said Thursday, May 25.

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Dolphins | Drew Morgan shining in OTAs

Miami Dolphins WR Drew Morgan was able to repeatedly create separation and make catches during practice Thursday, May 25.

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Steelers | T.J. Watt seeing time with starters

Pittsburgh Steelers LB T.J. Watt has been seeing some reps at right outside linebacker with the first-team defense during OTAs.

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49ers | NaVorro Bowman returning to form

San Francisco 49ers LB NaVorro Bowman (Achilles') is back performing at full speed during OTAs, and head coach Kyle Shanahan said Bowman looks like the same player he has watched on tape.

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Redskins | Terrelle Pryor focused on chemistry

Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor said he is spending as much time as possible with QB Kirk Cousins in order to build trust, and head coach Jay Gruden said the relationship between Pryor and Cousins off the field in translating to success on the field.

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Lions | Marvin Jones more comfortable

Detroit Lions WR Marvin Jones said he is a lot more comfortable with offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's system entering this season after struggling to master the offense last year.

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Redskins | Terrelle Pryor working out the kinks

Washington Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor said the offense was a little sloppy when OTAs began but is improving thanks to a total team effort. 'We're getting better, and we're a long ways away, but I think tomorrow is going to be a brighter day.'

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Eagles | Derek Barnett impressing teammates

Philadelphia Eagles DE Derek Barnett is 'definitely going to help' the defense, according to DE Brandon Graham, and OT Lane Johnson said Barnett can 'bend the edge really well.'

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Jaguars | Dante Fowler expects more success in 2017

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Dante Fowler is optimistic two years removed from his ACL surgery that he's ready to take a big step forward in 2017.

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Redskins | Kirk Cousins upbeat about extension talks

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins recently characterized his talks about a contract extension as 'really positive' and appears content with whatever happens leading up to the July 15 league deadline for franchise-tagged players to hammer out a long-term deal, according to the Washington Post's Liz Clarke. Footballguys View: Cousins has had the franchise tag each of the last two years. Washington needs to sign him to an extension or risk losing him on the open market in 2018. A team like the 49ers would likely be willing to pay Cousins the $20 million annually he'll command in free agency.

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Packers | Ty Montgomery continuing his RB education

Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery admits he was running on instincts for most of last year following his position change from wide receiver, but he feels much more comfortable after a full offseason at his new position. Footballguys View: Montgomery is atop the depth chart at running back for the Packers, but he'll have better competition behind him this year. Rookie Jamaal Williams (BYU) was the team's fourth-round pick, and he's got the ability to be a grinder in the mold of a Jordan Howard (Bears). Fellow rookie Aaron Jones (UTEP) should compete for touches in the backfield as well.

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Vikings | Jerick McKinnon bigger, better in 2017?

Minnesota Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon trained with former teammate Adrian Peterson in Houston during the offseason and weighs 211 pounds, up from 200 a season ago. McKinnon is reportedly not only stronger, but faster as well. Footballguys View: McKinnon is kind of the forgotten man in the Vikings backfield. With the addition of free agent Latavius Murray and rookie Dalvin Cook, McKinnon will have more competition for touches. We'll see how this RBBC shakes out in training camp, but most expect Cook to emerge as the leader at some time this season.

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Seahawks | Nothing close between SEA, Colin Kaepernick

Free-agent QB Colin Kaepernick (49ers) is not close to an agreement with the Seattle Seahawks at this point even though they had a nice visit. Footballguys View: Kaepernick only wants to play for the Seahawks, so it seems like something could be done at a later date. It makes sense for both sides as Seattle needs an upgrade over Trevone Boykin as the primary backup behind Russell Wilson.

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Tom Brady delivers video message to family of Navy SEAL killed in action

Memorial Day weekend has various forms of relevance and significance to American society, but it fundamentally remains a moment to remember and to honor those who have died, often under horrific circumstances, in the service of our country. And so it’s appropriate to share the story of one of the most recent American soldiers killed…

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The full Rich McKay PFT Live interview

The Falcons went on an extended media tour this week in connection with the opening of their new stadium, and they gave PFT Live extended access to two of their key employees, via video interviews from 30 Rock in New York City. In addition to having 70 minutes with G.M. Thomas Dimitroff, PFT Live had…

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Zack Martin sees Tyron Smith as the perfect left tackle

The Cowboys’ offensive line is probably the best in the NFL, but to hear guard Zack Martin tell it, one player stands above the rest. Martin describes left tackle Tyron Smith as “an absolute monster” and thinks you couldn’t create a better left tackle if you tried. “We always joke, if God had to make…

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Coby Fleener expecting better things in second Saints season

The Saints signed tight end Coby Fleener to a five-year contract last offseason and spent the summer trying to find his place in the team’s offense. That process didn’t play out exactly as hoped for Fleener, who finished his first year in New Orleans with 50 catches for 631 yards and three touchdowns. That’s hardly…

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Doug Pederson: Competition has sharpened Nelson Agholor

The Eagles signed a pair of wide receivers this offseason in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffery and drafted two more, something they probably wouldn’t have felt the need to do if Nelson Agholor had thrived after they made him the 20th pick of the 2015 draft. Agholor has caught 59 passes for 648 yards and…

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John Harbaugh lobbied for loosening the celebration rules

Ravens coach John Harbaugh deserves some of the credit for the NFL’s decision to ease up on celebration penalties. Harbaugh confirmed that he’s been stating his case within the league for calling fewer penalties on celebrations, saying the game of football ought to be fun. “Let’s have some fun. Let’s enjoy it,” Harbaugh said. “I…

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Robert Woods reiterates his plan to be Rams’ No. 1 receiver

The new-look Rams need a game-changing receiver. Free-agent arrival Robert Woods recently reiterated his belief that he can be that guy. After saying in March, “I feel like I definitely am a No. 1,” Woods explained this week that “I always come in attacked the season trying to be the No. 1 receiver,” via Gary…

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Tom Brady files for a host of TB12 trademarks

It’s not clear when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will retire from football. When he does, it is clear what he’ll be doing: Making a ton of money by selling products and services that carry the TB12 brand. Via Mark Shanahan of the Boston Globe, Brady has filed for a wide variety of trademark protections for…

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Jim Caldwell isn’t interested in Kaepernick, but believes in him

The Lions don’t have a veteran backup to quarterback Matthew Stafford. They’re nevertheless not interested in adding Colin Kaepernick. Via Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, coach Jim Caldwell recently said that Kaepernick won’t be pursued by the team. “[W]e have the guys that we want at this point in time,” Caldwell said. Who…

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Former Packers president dies at 98

Judge Robert J. Parins, a former Packers president credited with transforming the franchise after 20 years of struggles, has died. He was 98. Upon his retirement, Judge Parins pushed for the hiring of Bob Harlan to take over the team. It marked a dramatic shift in the 66-year practice of entrusting the publicly-owned company to a local…

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Jalen Robinette faces “non-criminal disciplinary proceeding” at Air Force Academy

The mystery regarding NFL hopeful Jalen Robinette’s omission from graduation at Air Force Academy is a bit closer to being resolved. But not by much. Via the Denver Post, Robinette’s football agency has disclosed that Robinette “is currently awaiting a determination on a non-criminal disciplinary proceeding.” “Due to privacy-related concerns, we are unable to comment…

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Spike Lee is 0-for-1 as NFL reporter

Spike Lee, Rob Lowe. Rob, Spike. (It’s not quite as poetic as the time David Letterman introduced Oprah and Uma.) Five years after Rob Lowe incorrectly “reported” that Peyton Manning would retire, Spike Lee has “incorrectly” reported that the Seahawks have signed Colin Kaepernick. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Seahawks have not…

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Vikings are looking for a kick returner

The Vikings have had great kickoff returners for most of the last decade, with first-round receiver yielding to first-round receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Now, for the first time since Harvin arrived, it’s unclear who will be returning kickoffs for the Vikings. “We’ve been fortunate to have some very talented returners who have played for us here…

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Michael Vick plans to sign a one-day contract, retire as a Falcon

It’s been a decade since Michael Vick went from a Falcons superstar to a convicted felon, and after his release from prison he’s been an Eagle, a Jet and a Steeler. But he’ll be remembered for his greatness in Atlanta, and that’s where he wants his career to come to an official end. Vick told…

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William Gay is still at corner for the Steelers

32-year-old cornerback William Gay could be moved to safety or, possibly, released by the Steelers. As noted by Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times, neither has happened — yet. Gay continues to be the slot corner for the Steelers, with Artie Burns on the outside. That could change in time, based on the development…

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Saturday one-liners

Cowboys RB Alfred Morris is still driving the 1991 Mazda that he bought for $2. (Take that, Vanny Woodhead.) Is Cris Carter a mentor or an enabler for Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr.? Eagles DE Brandon Graham is ready to mentor rookie Derek Barnett. WR Terrelle Pryor Sr. is fitting in nicely in Washington. The…

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Cowboys plan “significant” role for Ryan Switzer

The Cowboys drafted a slot receiver when they already have a slot receiver. But rookie Ryan Switzer won’t simply be the backup to Cole Beasley. Via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys plan to put both players on the field at the same time. “He’s a classic slot receiver,” offensive coordinator Scott…

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Lions add Matt Asiata to running back depth chart

A month after passing on running backs in the draft, the Lions have decided to add one in free agency. Former Vikings running back Matt Asiata has agreed to terms with the Lions, who worked him out early this month. “Anybody knows who has seen him work, he’s a good special-teamer,” Lions coach Jim Caldwell…

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OBJ drops a hint as to his mindset, otherwise remains silent

Let me begin by saying this: Odell Beckham Jr. has every right to not show up for voluntary workouts. The problem at this point isn’t his absence but his failure to provide any explanation for it. Often, players stay away in order to exert leverage, with the goal of getting a new contract. Also, and…

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Gronk is “full-go” at OTAs

With so much time spent this week focusing on players not participating in OTAs, one of the best players in the NFL quietly made a major impact in his return to offseason workouts. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, fresh from signing a new deal that gives him the chance to make up to $5.5 million…

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Cris Carter explains OBJ’s poor performance in playoffs

As it turns out, Hall of Fame receiver Cris Carter is serving as something more than a mentor for Odell Beckham Jr. Carter also is acting as a mouthpiece, of sorts. In his comments to Gary Myers of the New York Daily News regarding Carter’s new role, Carter provides an explanation for Beckham’s subpar-by-far performance…

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Despite disappointing rookie year, Cardinals high on Robert Nkemdiche

Robert Nkemdiche, the defensive tackle who was the Cardinals’ 2016 first-round draft pick, had a disappointing rookie season: He played in just five games and recorded just one tackle as coach Bruce Arians questioned his work ethic and maturity. But 2017 is looking different. Cardinals defensive line coach Brentson Buckner said Nkemdiche is looking good…

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Saints taking it slow with Hau’oli Kikaha’s third ACL tear

Saints linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha is a talented pass rusher who showed promise as a rookie when the Saints drafted him in the second round in 2015. But he has bad knees, and for now getting his knees healthy is his highest offseason priority. Kikaha tore his ACL during offseason workouts a year ago, and he…

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Richard Sherman imagined playing for Cowboys, Patriots

The excellent article from Seth Wickersham of ESPN The Magazine detailing the dysfunction in Seattle includes some news regarding the Richard Sherman trade possibilities. Per Wickersham, Sherman had told friends that he imagined playing for two other teams: The Cowboys and the Patriots. Sherman hoped that running back Marshawn Lynch would join him in New England. This…

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Superdome renovations could be coming

With more and more NFL teams getting bigger and better and fancier stadiums, the Saints could end up renovating their current home of 42 years. Via Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, a $422,000 study has been commissioned to determine potential upgrades to the Superdome. The six-month project will result in a master plan/wish…

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Brandon Marshall believes there will be no problems with the Giants

Giants receiver Brandon Marshall recently took the high road in response to withering criticism from former Jets teammate Sheldon Richardson. Meeting with reporters to conclude Marshall’s first week of OTAs with his latest team, Marshall admitted to past problems, but he predicted there will be none with the other New York team. “[T]he first couple…

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Jets hire Collette Smith as coaching intern

The Jets plan to hire Collette Smith as an intern working with defensive backs during training camp, making her just the third woman to work in a coaching capacity for an NFL team. “I’m over the top. I’m humbled and I’m proud,” Smith, a lifelong Jets fan, told the New York Daily News. “This could…

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Chiefs announce front office additions

After a few defections this offseason, the Chiefs have announced some additions to their personnel staff. The team announced a number of moves, including hiring Chris Shea as the club’s salary cap and legal executive and Tim Terry as director of pro personnel. Shea was most recently with the Eagles, while Terry joins from the Packers…

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Philip Rivers happy with left side of his line

If the Chargers plan to contend in 2017, they need better blocking. They may be on the verge of getting it on the left side of their line. “[Russell Okung] and [Matt] Slauson there together on that left side have been fun to watch in practice,” River’s told the team’s official website. “I think those two…

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Report: Saints give Zach Strief a raise

The Saints took a tackle in the first round of this year’s draft and Ryan Ramczyk will be a starter up front at some point if all goes according to plan, but Zach Strief is still the top guy at right tackle and the Saints have reportedly funneled a little more money his way. Nick…

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Theo Riddick (wrists) won't 'do much' at OTAs - Theo Riddick (RB) Detroit Lions

ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein said don't expect Theo Riddick (wrist) to "do much" at OTAs.

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Miles Killebrew working as first-team safety - Miles Killebrew (DB) Detroit Lions

Miles Killebrew practiced with the first-team at OTAs last week.

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Tahir Whitehead moving to weak side backer - Tahir Whitehead (LB) Detroit Lions

Lions LB Tahir Whitehead is expected to play on the weak side this season.

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Austin Seferian-Jenkins down 25 pounds - Austin Seferian-Jenkins (TE) New York Jets

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has dropped 25 pounds this offseason.

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Reiss expects New England to keep Dion Lewis - Dion Lewis (RB) New England Patriots

ESPN's Mike Reiss expects the Patriots to hold onto Dion Lewis.

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Jonathan Jones working at nickel back - Jonathan Jones (DB) New England Patriots

Second-year CB Jonathan Jones worked as the Patriots' first-team nickel corner at OTAs last week.

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Dante Fowler hoping for breakout year - Dante Fowler (DL) Jacksonville Jaguars

Jaguars DE Dante Fowler expects to take a step forward this season.

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Josh LeRibeus getting reps at center - Josh LeRibeus (G) New Orleans Saints

Saints OG Josh LeRibeus took first-team snaps at center during OTAs.

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Graham Glasgow getting first-team reps - Graham Glasgow (C) Detroit Lions

Lions LG Graham Glasgow has been working with the first team offense at OTAs.

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Cousins calls contract talks are 'positive' - Kirk Cousins (QB) Washington Redskins

Franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins says extension talks with the Redskins have been "really positive."

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Jim Caldwell impressed with Rudock at OTAs - Jake Rudock (QB) Detroit Lions

Lions QB Jake Rudock has bulked up to 215 pounds.

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Montgomery making strides as running back - Ty Montgomery (RB) Green Bay Packers

Ty Montgomery says he has a better understanding of the mental aspect of being a running back.

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