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Bruce Irvin's hip 'feels 100 times better'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:19 pm ET) Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin tweeted that his surgically repaired hip "feels 100 times better," but he did not clarify if he'll be ready for training camp, reports the Seattle Times. Irvin has 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception in his first two seasons.

Rob Housler has fallen out of favor
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:09 pm ET) Tight end Rob Housler is currently No. 4 on the depth chart with the Cardinals, behind John Carlson, Jake Ballard and rookie Troy Niklas, reports ESPN.com. Housler is "just not the type of tight end head coach Bruce Arians prefers," the website said.

Housler is entering the final year of his contract. He caught 39 passes for 454 yards and a touchdown last season.


Report: Vernon Davis leaning toward holdout
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:01 pm ET) A source told Pro Football Talk that as of now, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis won't report to training camp. Davis is unhappy with his contract and showed it by skipping the offseason program.

PFT says Davis could be fined $30,000 per day during a holdout and possibly forfeit some of his signing bonus money.


Bills hope to give C.J. Spiller 20 touches per game
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:48 am ET) The Bills' official website says C.J. Spiller remains the "bell cow" among the top four running backs and notes Spiller "is healthy again and back to his elusive and explosive self." If the offense operates at peak efficiency, Spiller is likely to receive 20 touches per game, the website says.

Offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said the presence of Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown and Anthony Dixon enables the team to move Spiller around and use him as a receiver.

"You could put him all over the place," Hackett said. "When you’re healthy and you have depth at that position, you have the ability to do a lot of different things with running backs, especially with someone as dynamic as C.J."


Jeremy Maclin faster now than before injury?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:37 am ET) Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin said that in some ways, he feels faster now than before he tore his ACL, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"In some ways I feel more fresh, more physically strong," he said. "I just think you put so much hard work into your rehab process that that's kind of what happens. You get that leg back. You build that leg back stronger. So like I said, I'm really looking forward to this year."


Kickoff returns still in Percy Harvin's future
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10:15 am ET) Seahawks fans have waited a long time to see Percy Harvin in a regular role in the offense, but it might not happen quite to the level they might have wanted. Harvin is "slated" to return kickoffs for the Seahawks this season according to the Seattle Times, meaning that his role might not be as full-blown offensively because he'll be working on the play before first downs as a return man. 

Harvin has a career 28.2-yard kick-return average and delivered a sweet kick-return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLVIII last February. 


Coach says Antonio Brown is smarter and smoother
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:55 am ET) Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann told the official team website that top wideout Antonio Brown has improved this offseason to the point where he's more polished and wise to the playbook than he's ever been. 

"He doesn't really look like the same guy. He's made a transition," Mann said. "He's very confident. He's matured. He understands the concepts. He's smoother. His body language is different. He's just a different guy. He's matured a lot."

Brown caught 110 passes for 1,499 yards and eight touchdowns last season. 


Coach describes Dri Archer as 'ace in the hole'
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:50 am ET) Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann told the official team website that rookie running back Dri Archer has already made strides as a receiving threat on top of working as a change-of-pace back on handoffs. 

"We feel like he can be our ace in the hole, or the joker, since we can use him in various positions," Mann said. "We can move him around. We can utilize his running ability by lining him up as a running back, and he also has receiving skills. I think it's up to coach (Todd) Haley and the offensive staff to put him in places where he can succeed. I think he's going to be a weapon for us."

Archer tallied 10 total touchdowns and 854 total yards on less than 100 touches at Kent State last season. 


Coach describes Martavis Bryant as fast red-zone threat
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:47 am ET) Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann told the official team website that rookie wideout Martavis Bryant could contribute right away, especially when it comes to touchdowns. 

"He's a big guy, different from what we've had, as far as his length," Mann said. "We feel like we can utilize his talents in the red zone. He has a big reach. He has good speed. So we can use him in various ways, as far as cleaning things out. He's also a deep threat. He does have the speed."

Bryant played alongside Sammy Watkins at Clemson. He's 6-foot-4 and 211 pounds with "legit" 4.4 speed according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. He could end up helping the Steelers out if he can prove worthy of playing time in training camp. 


Lance Moore can 'probably' take over for Cotchery
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9:43 am ET) Steelers receivers coach Richard Mann told the official team website that he thinks ex-Saints wideout Lance Moore has a shot to fill the slot for the team, replacing Jerricho Cotchery. 

"What he can do, and from what I've seen so far, he can probably fill the void that we had after losing Jerricho Cotchery," Mann said. "We have a couple of other guys we are looking at (in that role). We might have to jerry-rig a few things to get the blocking aspect of it, but as far as the passing game, I think we are going to be fine."

Moore had caught at least six touchdowns in each of his last three seasons prior to 2013 when he scored just two. Cotchery scored 10 touchdowns last year in that role for Pittsburgh. 


 
 
 
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