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Terron Armstead almost healed from hand surgery
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:30 pm ET) Saints left tackle Terron Armstead, who underwent offseason hand surgery, said he's at 92 percent, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He played in four games as a rookie and projects as the 2014 starter.

Jaguars put Stephen Burton on reserve/retired list
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1:14 pm ET) The Jaguars placed receiver Stephen Burton on the reserve/retired list. A Week 10 concussion ended his 2013 season.

Lance Dunbar pronounces his knee 100 percent
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:50 pm ET) Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar, who's coming back from a left knee injury he suffered on Thanksgiving, said he feels 100 percent, reports the Dallas Morning News.

"I’ve been able to do everything now for a couple of weeks without any restrictions," he told the paper. "I’m feeling pretty good. I’d definitely say I’m 100 percent.”

Dunbar is expected to be Dallas' No. 2 back behind DeMarco Murray.


Josh Freeman still views himself as 'starting-caliber' QB
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:16 pm ET) New Giants signal caller Josh Freeman said he still views himself "as a starting-caliber quarterback," reports The Star-Ledger.

"I love the situation because I have the opportunity to be around a guy that really had a lot of success, year after year and continues to win and get his team to the playoffs consistently," Freeman said, referring to Giants starter Eli Manning. "It's a really, really cool opportunity."

While Manning recovers from ankle surgery. Freeman will get a chance to prove himself in OTAs and minicamp.


Daryl Washington receives one year of probation
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12:11 pm ET) Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was sentenced to one year of supervised probation in his aggravated assault case, reports Fox Sports. Washington will now be subject to a league suspension.

Drew Brees believes Jimmy Graham stalemate to end soon
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:42 am ET) Saints quarterback Drew Brees is "very confident" the team will reach a longterm deal soon with tight end Jimmy Graham, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The Saints slapped the franchise tag on Graham, who wants to be paid like a wideout and not a tight end.

Ankle injury hampered Chris Givens most of last season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:36 am ET) Rams receiver Chris Givens didn't use it as an excuse, but conceded a nagging ankle injury bothered him most of last season, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Givens had zero touchdown catches after an impressive rookie year in which he caught three scoring passes and produced a reception of 50 or more yards in five straight games.

"It’s been the longest offseason of my life,” Givens said at the start of the offseason conditioning program. "It’s just a constant reminder every day of what I didn’t accomplish — all because I got in my own way. So I’ve been waiting for this day for the longest (time)."


EJ Manuel better prepared for 2014 season
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11:17 am ET) Bills quarterback EJ Manuel, who dealt with injuries and inconsistency as a rookie, told the Associated Press he's ready to take a big step forward. "I definitely agree there's a lot out there for myself as a quarterback to get better," he said at the team's voluntary conditioning program. "I had some success. And I had some bad games as well. It's obvious."

Manuel said he's not limited in any way by last year's knee injuries and that he feels better prepared for the 2014 season.

"I'm eager about it. I'm excited," he said. "I know there is a lot of area for me to grow. That's why I took these last four months to allow that growth."


Sean Weatherspoon pumped about Falcons' additions
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:50 am ET) Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon recorded 211 tackles and seven sacks in 2011-12 before getting 38 stops and no sacks in an injury-plagued 2013 season. Weatherspoon, 26, told ESPN.com that the team's offseason moves, especially the signing of nose tackle Paul Soliai, will make his job a lot easier.

"Bringing in somebody of that caliber, I've seen him over the years and the way he's been playing,'' Weatherspoon said of Soliai. "He's a big guy and real big for run-stopping. He'll whip up on the center, and that's the apex of the offense. So I think that's something that can be great.

"We signed all our defensive tackles back from last year [Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters, Peria Jerry]. Bringing those three guys back along with [Soliai] and bringing a big guy on the outside in [defensive end] Tyson Jackson ... they made some moves, man. It's definitely saying that we're active and we want to turn things around."


Mike Wallace: New offense is 'my style'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10:27 am ET) Dolphins receiver Mike Wallace, a disappointment last season after signing a $60 million contract, said the team's new offensive scheme fits his strengths, reports the Miami Herald.

“My style: Big-play offense,” Wallace said, referring to first-year coordinator Bill Lazor’s system. “I see Ryan [Tannehill is] excited about it. He’s called me about eight, nine times.

“I just want to make some plays for my team,” Wallace continued. “Go out and make some plays for my team and have a much better year than last year. We can't have the kind of year we had last year. We need to be on the same page.”

Wallace caught a career-high 73 passes last season, but set career lows in yards per catch (12.7) and touchdowns (5).


 
 
 
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