Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said running back Doug Martin, who's coming off shoulder surgery, has "taken every rep we've asked him to" at the team's voluntary minicamp, reports the Tampa Tribune.
“To finally see him on the football field, he’s compact and he runs downhill an awful lot, but the wiggle that he has, he can make people miss in the open field,’’ Smith said. “And he’s a happy guy. I like being around him. He takes coaching well."
Nose tackle Phillip Taylor hopes the Browns pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract, which would pay him about $5.5 million in 2015, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. Cleveland has until May 3 to exercise the option.
“I would love to be here, but that’s not up to me,” Taylor told the paper. “So we’re going to wait and see what [the front office] is going to do about it.”
Taylor started 15 games last year and finished with 57 tackles and two sacks.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and free agent acquisition Golden Tate are using this week's voluntary minicamp to get accustomed to each other.
"Any time we miss a ball, I'm going straight to him, 'Hey, did I look back? Turn my head late? Did that feel right? What can I do better?'" Tate told MLive.com. "I think that's where it starts, just talking it out. I can't read his mind, he can't read my mind, so we're just talking it out."
Tate, the team's No. 2 receiver, said he's adjusting to Stafford's powerful arm. But he also praised Stafford's accuracy.
"He's placed some balls on air and seven-on-sevens and I'm like, 'Wow, that's a great ball,'" Tate said. "For instance, I run a basic route, which is a 10-, 12-yard in, and he's put it right there, on the dot, where I can split the safeties and potentially score."
Giants right tackle Justin Pugh has bulked up to 315 pounds, reports The Star-Ledger. "I put on about 10 pounds," Pugh told the paper. "I feel very good. I'm stronger than ever and now we're going to start running -- get that going. Continue to get better and continue to work hard."
The 6-4 Pugh played his rookie season at a little over 300 pounds. Pugh said he did not add the weight for a potential move to guard.
Report: Stevie Johnson didn't work out last offseason
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
Bills receiver Steve Johnson admitted in an interview with the Buffalo News that he didn't work out last offseason. Johnson proceeded to deal with back, groin and hamstring injuries and finished with 52 catches for 597 yards and three touchdowns, his worst numbers since 2009.
According to the report, Johnson "sounded like he was making a stronger commitment to conditioning this year, but only he really knows."
Giants safety Antrel Rolle, who made the Pro Bowl last season as a replacement, said he has four "great" seasons left, reports The Star-Ledger. The 31-year-old wants to finish his career with the Giants but is entering the last year of his contract.
"If this happens to be my last year with the Giants, it will be my best season,” Rolle told SiriusXM’s The Opening Drive. "So I’m going to go out with a bang."
Colts running back Trent Richardson knew he would answer dozens of questions about his disappointing 2013. He proved he was prepared on Wednesday. Richardson told the Indianapolis Star that after reviewing his own film he realized he was "trying to hit the home run" instead of playing patiently.
"When I (missed) the cuts and the holes, I said, 'Dang, how the heck did I miss that?'" Richardson said. "'How in the world did I miss that?' That's second nature. You never miss a cut. You get as much yards as you can get at every opportunity."
Colts tight end Dwayne Allen said Wednesday that he's been cleared to "participate in everything" according to the official team website. He was able to run around and catch passes. Allen hurt his hip in Week 1 of last year and missed the remainder of the season.