Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot) able to practice in Thursday's OTA
Smith was limited in practice on Thursday but was able to get some work done.
Smith is expected to be close to full strength for training camp in August. He signed a new deal worth $41.1 million over four years this offseason.
Colts rookie SS Clayton Geathers coming on strong
Geathers has earned plenty of practice reps, including some with the first team. Chuck Pagano is impressed.
"He's further ahead," Pagano told ESPN. "He's kind of exceeded our expectations to this point."
Geathers boasts the size and athleticism to cover tight ends. He showed that at Central Florida, where he racked up 383 tackles, three interceptons, five forced fumbles and 30 passes defensed.
"We're playing him down in the box in sub-packages as a dime backer," Pagano said. "So he's learning the backend plus he's learning the sub stuff. He's been really impressive as far as picking things up. He's an athletic guy."
Saints' QB Brees on Graham: 'Can't dwell on who you don't have'
"You can't dwell on who you don't have," Brees said."I love Ben Watson and Josh Hill and I feel like they can make a big impact for us."
The Saints traded Graham to the Seahawks this offseason, but added runningback C.J. Spiller, who has already impressed Brees.
"There's really nothing he can't do," Brees said of Spiller.
Graham caught 85 passes for 889 yards and 10 touchdowns last season for the Saints.
Broncos LT Ryan Clady suffers torn ACL in practice
This is a crucial blow for the Broncos offense, which will rely a lot on its offensive line under Gary Kubiak. Options to replace Clady at left tackle are Michael Schofield or rookie Ty Sambrailo.
Sambrailo was taken in the second round of the 2015 draft and Schofield was a third-round pick in the 2014 draft.
Agent: Absence of Browns RB Duke Johnson due to family issue
"We did not instruct him to miss OTAs," said agent Alex Gavilla. "We're not trying to take an aggressive negotiating strategy. Duke is very close to his family and he had a personal matter to attend to. He has no plans of holding out of anything."
Johnson, who will compete with Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell for playing time, is the only one of 12 Browns draft picks to remain unsigned. But the two sides are close.
"We're looking at all of the deals that relate to Duke and just trying to find a middle ground with the team," Gavilla said. "We're in constant communication with the Browns front office and having good dialogue."
Titans WR Hakeen Nicks seeking comeback season
Fading wide receiver
"(I'm) motivated, determined and ready to work," he told The Tennessean. "I am ready to bring it all and lay it on the line, man. I just want to get back in the rhythm of being talked about as one of the best receivers in the league, as I was in the past. ... I need to go out there and prove it. No need to say words."
Nicks enjoyed successive 1,000-yard seasons in 2010 and 2011 and tallied 24 touchdowns in his first three years in the NFL. But he faded to the point in which he caught a career-low 38 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.
"I feel like where I am at in my career - I just turned 27 - I feel like I still have a lot in my tank," he said. "I wanted to go somewhere and prove I can still be a No. 1 receiver and be the guy I was in the past, statistically and being a guy that likes to make plays and be on the feld consistently.
"With six years of experience, playoff experience and a Super Bowl, I thnk I can definitely bring (leadership) to a team. And I want to compete for Super Bowl teams here."
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles wants to play another six years
In his battle to prove that you can hit the 30-year mark in age and still be a capable running back in the NFL, Charles said it's his goal to continue playing this game for an additional half-decade.
“I want to play another six years so, my form is to keep on taking my diet," Charles said, via the Chiefs' official team site. "I’m seeing guys at 37 or 38 still playing football in the trenches and that’s somewhere where you don’t want to play. So I just want to change the game with the running backs. I want this to last longer and then when I retire, I’ll be happy with where I end my career at.”
Charles ran for 1,033 yards and nine touchdowns while going for 291 receiving yards and five touchdowns.
Eagles' Chip Kelly on Tim Tebow: 'He's a quarterback'
There's no longer a mystery as to what the
Coach Chip Kelly said the team is not looking for Tebow to play another position, per NFL.com.
"He's a quarterback," Kelly said. "That's how we're looking at Timmy. We're not looking at him at any other position."
Kelly emphasized that Tebow has improved behind center.
"You guys will see him today. Watch him throw. I think he's improved," Kelly said of Tebow. "He's spent a lot of time in the last few years in terms of working on his game."
Tebow hasn't played in the NFL since 2012.
Eagles taking it slow with QB Sam Bradford
Coach Chip Kelly said on Thursday that Bradford has been limited in organized team activities this week but is on schedule with his rehab.
Mark Sanchez has taken the first-team reps in Bradford's absence.
Kelly: 'We've to plenty of time' to wait for Eagles QB Sam Bradford
Chip Kelly has stated that
It hasn't happened yet. He was limited in workouts this spring and has been absent from OTA drills, per the Philadelphia Inquirer. Chief competitor Mark Sanchez has recieved the first-team reps instead.
Bradford is just nine months removed from a torn ACL, his second in two seasons. Kelly stated that Bradford is on schedule with his rehab and could do some 7-on-7 work next week.
"We've got plenty of time," Kelly added.
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