3:46 PM

Terrelle Pryor, QB, CLE

Terrelle Pryor

Terrelle Pryor ready to embrace new role with Browns

News: Terrelle Pryor once declared that he could not play football if he could not play quarterback.

Reality has since set in.

Pryor has been cut twice and is now playing on a Cleveland Browns team desperate for a quarterback, but apparently not desperate enough to give him a shot. He is instead embracing what he is calling a "slash-player" role.

"I'm going to give (it) a chance," he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I just want to play football. I'm a playmaker, and I believe if I can touch the ball, I can go to the house, especially if I have space. This should definitely open up some opportunities."

Pryor has already taken the first step by contacting Steelers receiving stud Antonio Brown and making plans to work out with him and Randy Moss so they can teach him the nuances of the position.

He also figures there's another reason he's ahead of the game.

"The thing that helps me is that I played quarterback, and I know what the quarterback wants," Pryor said.


2:10 PM

Haloti Ngata, DT, DET

Haloti Ngata

Lions new DT Haloti Ngata too busy to think about new contract

News: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata had his contract in mind in his last days with the Ravens, but he's too busy to think about it now that he's been traded to the Lions.

Ngata admitted that he suspected a deal could take place.

"The closer we got to free agency, I thought it could be a possibility," he told Monday Morning Quarterback. "It didn't surprise me ... since we weren't getting closer to any kind of contract stuff, I just figured there were a lot of things that could happen. I definitely started to have a trade in my mind as a possibility."

Ngata added that he's not thinking about a contract extension with Detroit.

"I'm just trying to get to know my teammates, get my playbook down, and my technique and terminology," he said.


12:14 PM

Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN

Jerick McKinnon

Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon claims he'd pick himself in Fantasy

News: Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon doesn't have a Fantasy football team, but if he did...

"If ... I could take myself, I would," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Never mind that Adrian Peterson has returned to the backfield. Never mind that Peterson has traditionally not yielded many carries to teammates. In 2012, for instance, he totaled 348 of his team's 401 rushing attempts.

The Vikings, however, are expected to use a more balanced approach in 2015. And McKinnon, who flashed as a starter with Peterson sidelined last season, is feeling dandy after undergoing lower back surgery in December.

"Two hundred percent," he declared in regard to his health. "If there is a 300, I feel 300. It's all good."

McKinnon averaged 4.8 yards per carry a year ago, which buoyed his confidence.


10:12 AM

Joique Bell, RB, DET

Joique Bell

Lions RB Joique Bell predicting at least a 1,200-yard season

News: Lions featured back Joique Bell is coming off a knee injury that has sidelined him throughout the offseason and has also been dealing with an Achilles issue. But his confidence is not hurt at all.

Bell has made a rather lofty prediction for 2015, particularly for a guy that has never rushed for more than 860 yards in a season. He claims he will exceed that by plenty.

"I'm going to rush for over 1,200 yards," he told MLive.com. "That's the minimum. If I do less than that, I'll be surprised. I'll be disappointed. Anything more than that, I wouldn't be surprised at all."

Bell averaged a mediocre 3.9 yards per carry in both of the last two years.



Kyle Knox, LB, DAL

Kyle Knox

Report: LB Kyle Knox gets four-game suspension from NFL

News: Free agent linebacker Kyle Knox will get a four-game suspension from the league, NFL beat writer Howard Balzer reported. 

Knox as released by New Orleans in the offseason. Dallas signed him in June and released him three days later. 

Knox has played in 16 games for New Orleans and Jacksonville over the last two seasons.



Cole Manhart, G, PHI

Cole Manhart

Eagles sign John Moffitt, release Cole Manhart

News: As expected, the Eagles signed center John Moffitt to a one-year contract on Monday, per Philly.com.

Moffitt was a third-round draft pick in 2011 and played two years for Seattle. He was traded to Denver and retired early in the 2013 season. 

He was arrested in 2014 on assault and drug charges, which were later dropped. 

To make room, the Eagles released undrafted rookie free agent Cole Manhart



Alex Smith, QB, KC

Alex Smith

Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin off to best start ever with Alex Smith

News: New Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has hit it off with quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason. 

Maclin came to Kansas City from Philadelphia in the offseason, and his communication with Smith has been more than either player expected. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been off to a better start with a particular quarterback in my life,” Maclin said, per KCChiefs.com.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, like head coach Andy Reid, brought the Philadelphia offense to Kansas City, which has helped Maclin's transition. 

“He’s only a couple years removed from our system,” Pederson said. “We’ve changed some things since he’s been in the offense, but he’s such a smart, savvy, veteran guy that he’s picked up on what we’re doing really fast. He and Alex have sort of developed that continuity right away.”



David Amerson, CB, WAS

David Amerson

Redskins' David Amerson looks to win back starting job

News: After a sub-par 2014 season, Redskins cornerback David Amerson is no longer expected to be a starter. Bashaud Breeland and free agent pickup Chris Culliver have knocked Amerson down to a nickelback role. 

Amerson lost the job after a season in which he indecisive and lacked aggression, he admitted to the Washington Post. Amerson didn't record an interception and had just seven pass breakups. 

“At the end of the day, that’s all it comes down to: just making plays. That’s the thing I felt like I was missing last year: being that big play-maker, game-changer,” Amerson said. “I basically had been that all my life, but it was different for me last year. It was unusual for me. So I need to get back into my groove and just find my swag. … Like I said, I’ve been that all my life, and always had that – I wouldn’t call it a gambling type of mentality – but knowing when to go and make that play, when to step up. It’s something I think a lot of people naturally have in them, and knowing when to bring it out. I just have to have that mindset.”



Russell Wilson, QB, SEA

Russell Wilson

QB Russell Wilson reiterates desire to stay with Seahawks

News: Quarterback Russell Wilson, whose contract status has developed into one of the offseason's major storylines, said that despite the issue with his deal, he still wants to remain with the Seahawks. 

"The rest will work out. The contract will work itself out. I'm excited about it and excited to hopefully be a Seattle Seahawk for a really, really long time," Wilson said during a football camp. "So, that's the goal."

Wilson is slated to play out the final year of his rookie contract in 2015, making $1.54 million, a figure wildly below market value for a player who has been to back-to-back Super Bowls. 



Michael Bennett, DE, SEA

Michael Bennett

Seahawks DE Michael Bennett threatens to hold out

News: Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett has told a Honolulu television station that he might hold out of training camp due to his dissatisfaction with his contract situation.

Bennett attended the mandatory minicamp last week, which indicated he would be fine for training camp. But he told KHON2 that he might consider holding out in an attempt to get a new contract and remain in Hawaii.



Dez Bryant, WR, DAL

Dez Bryant

Report: Cowboys finally meet with agents for WR Dez Bryant

News: The Cowboys have met face-to-face with the agents for superstar wideout Dez Bryant for the first time in nearly four months, ESPN.com has reported.

Bryant was slapped with the franchise tag this offseason and has declined to sign the $13 million tender. He is seeking a long-term deal and has threatened to sit out the regular season opener if no such contract has been completed. If they cannot come to terms, he must play out the year for the $13 million.



Jeff Heuerman, TE, DEN

Jeff Heuerman

Broncos rookie TE Jeff Heuerman making strides in ACL recovery

News: Broncos rookie tight end Jeff Heuerman is making strides in his recovery from a torn ACL, the team announced via their website.

Heuerman -- a third-round pick in this year's draft -- hurt his knee back in May, but is making good progress on his way back from the injury.

"I wouldn't call them big strides," he said with a laugh on Thursday, "not literally, because they're actually pretty small strides—but I'm making progress."

Heuerman will likely miss the entirety of this upcoming season, but that hasn't put a damper in his recovery.

"Each day’s a bigger step, which it kind of sounds corny and it kind of sounds like I’m just saying that, but it really is," Heuerman said.



Trae Waynes, CB, MIN

Trae Waynes

Vikings rookie CB Trae Waynes not worried about starting

News: Vikings rookie cornerback Trae Waynes is not concerned about stepping into a starting role this season, per NFL.com.

Waynes -- the 11th overall pick in the draft -- said he has received a lot of help and guidance from his new teammates. 

"A lot, it's almost like I've been getting coached by six different people during every play because those guys are so willing to help me out with any questions I have. They are being really helpful and helping me adjust," Waynes said.



Jameis Winston, QB, TB

Jameis Winston

Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston aims to lose weight

News: Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston wants to use the offseason as an opportunity to lose weight and get into better shape, per NFL.com.

Winston will have a few weeks off as he prepares for training camp, so he will use that time to study his playbook and get into shape.

"Trying to lose some weight, try to get back skinny," Winston said, per NFL.com. "Right now I'm 238 (pounds), I'm trying to be my redshirt freshman year (weight), about 230. I mean, learn that playbook too, man, you can never go wrong with that."

Winston also added that he doesn't feel any extra pressure on himself because he was the top pick in the draft, or because of his previous off the field problems.

"I have nothing to prove," Winston said. "I believe that people make mistakes, but I also believe that you bounce back from those and I'm just moving forward."



Todd Gurley, RB, STL

Todd Gurley

Rams rookie RB Todd Gurley to have knee reevaluated

News: Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley, the 10th overall pick in this year's draft, will have his knee reevaluated in the next few weeks, according to FoxSports.com.

Gurley tore the ACL in his left knee during his final season at Georgia.



Latavius Murray, RB, OAK

Latavius Murray

Raiders RB Latavius Murray ready to be top guy in backfield

News: Raiders running back Latavius Murray is primed to take the lead role that awaits him for this upcoming season, per the team website.

Murray will be the Raiders' featured back after the departure of Darren McFadden, and he's eager to enter that top spot.

It’s a great feeling, but every day I have to go in there knowing I need to get better every day,” Murray said. “I need to play like it’s a new year. Last season is just last season and the year before that it was the year before that. Every season is a new year for me and it’s a year I have to go out and prove something.”

Murray rushed for 424 yards and two touchdowns last season, while also posting an impressive 5.2 yards per carry.



Victor Cruz, WR, NYG

Victor Cruz

Giants WR Victor Cruz on rehab: Make or break moment

News: Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz will overcome a lot of adversity as he continues to recover from a torn patellar tendon, he acknowledged as much according to NFL.com.

"I knew I wanted that. I kept thinking, 'This is going to be big for me,'" Cruz said, per NFL.com. "Either it's going to make me, or it's going to break me."

Cruz played in six games last season before injuring his knee. He caight 23 passes for 337 yards and a touchdown before going down.



Cameron Erving, T, CLE

Cameron Erving

Browns' Cameron Erving gets high praise from top pick Winston

News: Browns rookie offensive lineman Cameron Erving has a lot of potential. The team recognized that and selected him with the 19th pick in this year's draft, but he's also receiving high praise from another first-round pick, per the team website.

Erving, who played at Florida State, is highly touted by former teammate and top-overall pick Jameis Winston.

“Not only was he my center, but he was my blindside as well,” said Winston at the NFC Rookie Symposium Play 60 event in Berea. “He’s a great player. He works hard. He is very excited to be (in Cleveland). I was FaceTiming the other day. He’s such a great person. I thank God every day he was protecting me at Florida State.

“Cam’s just a versatile player. He wanted to be able to show all of his talents. I think he played a big role, we had some young guys step up and he played a big role (in their development).”



Mike Martin, DE, TEN

Mike Martin

Titans DE Mike Martin losing weight to gain production

News: Titans defensive end Mike Martin is taking a unique approach to getting better. He is getting smaller by shedding weight in order to get faster and quicker, per The Tennessean.

Martin played at about 318 pounds in 2014. He says he's dropped to around 290 to 295 pounds this offseason.

"I'm feeling really great," Martin said. "I've got my weight back down to where I was in college. I'm feeling a lot better than I did and I'm moving better."

Martin, who's entering a contract season, says the drop in weight is already paying dividends as his conditioning has already improved.

"It's a big-time difference," Martin said. "The way I'm moving on the field, I'm real explosive and quick, and I'm not getting winded. I remember last year, after like five or six plays, I'd be winded. That was with an extra 20 pounds."



Jahri Evans, G, NO

Jahri Evans

Saints guard Jahri Evans took pay cut to secure future with team

News: Saints guard Jahri Evans reworked his contract this offseason to secure his future with the team, per ESPN.com.

Evans, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL, took pay cuts in 2015 and 2016, but also added an extra year to his contract, something he valued in the process.

"It worked out in the end. You know, it's part of the business, obviously. And I'm glad to be here," Evans said.

Evans said he was happy head coach Sean Payton kept the line of communication with him active throughout the process.

"So that was very great, and I was pleased with that," said Evans, who added, "I still had two years under contract, so I never saw myself not being here."



Darius Slay, CB, DET

Darius Slay

Lions CB Darius Slay studies elite peers to improve his game

News: Lions cornerback Darius Slay has improved from an inconsistent rookie to dependable starter in his two years in the league. Now, he wants to improve to a lockdown defender.

Slay plans on taking notes from the other elite cornerbacks in the league to continue his climb in the NFL ranks, per ESPN.com.

"I gotta study [Darrelle] Revis and Joe [Haden]," Slay said. "They are more my type of corner, more in your face, try to travel guys, follow you wherever you want to go. Just trying to take [the] best player out of the game.

"I look at [Richard] Sherman, too, just because his ball skills, he's probably got the best ball skills in the NFL that I've seen in my past years. If the ball's in the air, he's getting it. Other than that, I love to watch Revis and Joe."

Slay played in all 16 games for the Lions last season, recording 61 tackles and two interceptions.



DeAndrew White, WR, SF

DeAndrew White

Niners WR DeAndrew White among surprises of offseason

News: DeAndrew White was an undrafted free agent. He is out to make every team that passed on him regret it.

Even the 49ers, who finally signed the wideout.

White is well on the way to doing that. He has been impressive ever since he stepped on the field for offseason workouts and has earned the praise from coaches and teammates.

"The type of person he is; he motivates himself," said wide receivers coach Adam Henry. "He has a little chip on his shoulder, and he bring it to the building each and every day."

White arrived at Alabama as one of the premier wide receiver prospects in the nation. He started over ballyhooed freshman Amari Cooper until a season-ending ACL injury impeded his progress. Cooper than starred while White faded into the background. The latter served as a starter last season, but managed just 40 catches for 504 yards.

He is now out to prove that the potential with which he arrived at Alabama will not go unfulfilled.

"I'm a hard-worker and ultra-competitive," he said. "I just can't wait for the opportunity to showcase my talent. I know what I want to achieve, and I know that I need to get better than what I've been doing. ... The NFL is not for everybody, but I feel like I'm at home; I feel like I belong here. I know I'm going to succeed. This is just the beginning."



Percy Harvin, WR, BUF

Percy Harvin

Percy Harvin eager to play only wide receiver with Bills

News: Labels are hard for athletes to shed. Bills veteran Percy Harvin understands that. He was labeled a gadget player upon his trade from Minnesota to Seattle in 2013 and hasn't been able to shake it since.

Harvin plans to do just that this season. He wants to thrive as strictly a wideout, but must stay healthy and produce on the field to achieve that goal.

The 27-year-old Harvin flashed in his first four seasons with the Vikings, but never reached 1,000 yards receiving. Injuries and migraines limited him with the Seahawks, where he was utilized more as a jack-of-all-trades rather than a featured wide receiver. He has played in just 14 games and caught 52 passes for 500 yards over the last two seasons combined.

Rex Ryan is seeking greater production from Harvin and is planning to line him up extensively on the outside rather than in the slot.

"He's a playmaker and I think Percy now [is] just scratching the surface of what kind of outside receiver he can be," Ryan told the team website. "I'm excited to see how he can elevate his game at that position."

So is Harvin.

"Aside from the first two years I got in the league I've been just a gadget guy," he said. "...I think this year a lot of people are going to see the end result of [playing exclusively wide receiver]."



Corey Brown, WR, CAR

Corey Brown

Panthers WR Corey Brown adds muscle during offseason program

News: Panthers receiver Corey Brown spent the offseason focusing on adding more bulk to his frame, according to the team's web site.

Brown hit the weights and added some muscle mass during offseason workouts, going from 180 pounds to 185. 

"I worked on gaining weight and keeping that weight," Brown said. 

As an undrafted rookie, Brown, who used to go by the nickname "Philly," made the roster and played in 13 games. He totaled 21 catches for 296 yards and two touchdowns. Though the Panthers added Devin Funchess in this year's draft class, Brown said he's looking forward to producing for his team. 

"I can't control who they bring in or what they do," Brown said. "I can only control what I do on the field and leave them no choice but to play me."



Vic Beasley, OLB, ATL

Vic Beasley

Falcons LB Vic Beasley says he's an every-down player

News: Rookie linebacker Vic Beasley has the label of being a situational pass rusher, but he told NFL.com that he feels he can make a difference on every down for the Falcons, despite his youth. 

Beasley, the eighth overall pick in this year's draft, racked up 33 sacks during his time at Clemson, earning him the reputation as a big-time pass threat, but he wants to show the Atlanta coaching staff that he can play in all situations. 

"I think I'm an every-down player. I think that's just motivation for me to go out there and prove that I can be an every-down player," he said. 

Beasley will get a chance to live up to that statement, as the Falcons plan to throw the rookie into the fire to help a shaky linebacker corps. 


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