Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick: No contract talks lately
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NYJ
5/27/2016
News: Fitzpatrick and his representatives have not held discussions with the Jets over re-signing with the team in several weeks, the New York Post reports.

Fitzpatrick and the Jets remain at an impasse over his requested contract terms, and despite OTAs kicking off this week, the two parties apparently still haven't talked recently. While Fitzpatrick's top two targets, Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, were conspicuously absent from practice this week, possibly to show their solidarity for Fitzpatrick, it's still unclear whether to expect any developments in the quarterback's free agency anytime soon.

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Tom Savage
Texans' Tom Savage: Healthy once again
Tom Savage, QB, HOU
5/27/2016
News: Savage is fully healthy after missing all of last season due to a shoulder injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Savage reportedly threw the ball well during the Texans' OTAs this week, which marked his first team practices since landing on injured reserve with a severe shoulder sprain last year. While Brock Osweiler's four-year, $72 million contract signed with the Texans this offseason certainly make him Houston's starter this season, Savage's return to health figures to allow him to compete with Brandon Weeden for primary backup duties this season.

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Mark Sanchez
Broncos' Mark Sanchez: Aided by experience
Mark Sanchez, QB, DEN
5/27/2016
News: Sanchez's experience figures to give him an edge in the Broncos' starting quarterback competition, The Denver Post reports.

Sanchez, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his non-throwing hand's thumb earlier this month, participated in seven-on-seven and positional drills along with rookie Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian during OTAs this week. Although those two were also able to go through team drills, something Sanchez was unable to do, Sanchez's previous experience as an NFL starter bodes well for him going into training camp. That's when the Broncos' quarterback competition is expected to heat up, and despite not having started a Week 1 game since 2012, Sanchez's veteran status gives him the early leg up on Lynch and Siemian.

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Marcus Mariota
Titans' Marcus Mariota: Gains five pounds for durability
Marcus Mariota, QB, TEN
5/26/2016
News: Mariota has only gained about five pounds this offseason, TitansInsider.com reports.

A previous report said Mariota played at 210 pounds as a rookie, but it turns out he was actually closer to 220. He now checks in at 225, hoping that the slight increase will help him stay healthy for 16 games. Despite finishing with a surprisingly low total of 34 carries (for 252 yards and 2 TDs) in 12 appearances, Mariota took a lot of hits last season while playing behind a shaky offensive line. The Titans responded by heavily investing in their offense during the offseason, notably adding RB DeMarco Murray, WR Rishard Matthews and C Ben Jones, then using early draft picks to select OT Jack Conklin (eighth overall) and RB Derrick Henry (45th). The team clearly plans to run the ball much more often than it did last season, but any drop in Mariota's passing volume should be offset by improved efficiency, increased rushing production and/or a bump in scoring opportunities. It would also help his cause if the team were generally more competitive, as last season's lack of carries may have partially resulted from the Titans' desire to avoid a serious injury to their franchise centerpiece during a clear rebuilding year. With the roster now decent enough to at least dream of a playoff appearance, Mariota should get to deploy his 4.52 speed a bit more often.

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Paxton Lynch
Broncos' Paxton Lynch: Sees some time with first-team offense
Paxton Lynch, QB, DEN
5/24/2016
News: Lynch spent time with the first-team offense during the team period of OTAs, the team's official site reports

The fact that 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian got first dibs on reps with Mark Sanchez out in the team period shows that Denver is willing to ease Lynch in. Still, there's encouragement in reports that Lynch's arm slung balls through a stiff wind and impressed defensive teammates. Head coach Gary Kubiak said after practice that Lynch is still adjusting to the pro game, particularly with footwork. Once he acclimates, his big arm and athleticism could push him toward the top of the depth chart.

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Tom Brady
Patriots' Tom Brady: To file suspension appeal Monday
Tom Brady, QB, NE
5/23/2016
News: Brady and his legal team will file their appeal Monday of the four-game suspension that was reinstated April 25 for his alleged role in "Deflategate", the Boston Herald reports.

Brady will seek a second hearing by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which will then have to decide by majority vote whether to rehear Brady's case. Should Brady be granted another hearing, he and the NFLPA's legal team are expected to present a case centered around commissioner Roger Goodell's mishandling of the situation, particularly as it regards to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement. Monday marked the last day for Brady to file his appeal, and if the court refuses to rehear the case, Brady could then appeal his four-game suspension to the Supreme Court.

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Jameis Winston
Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: To have added responsibilities in 2016
Jameis Winston, QB, TB
5/23/2016
News: Winston will have added responsibilities within the offense in his sophomore season according to quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

The 2015 first overall pick handled the transition to the pro game even better than had been anticipated, setting a franchise rookie passing record with 4,042 yards while also finishing as the fan-voted NFL Rookie of the Year. However, he was essentially in perpetual "learn on the job" mode throughout the season, given that he was served as the starter from Week 1. The invaluable experience he gained by playing every offensive snap in his first year has prepared him for an added workload in Year 2, according to Bajakian. "I think with experience and a more firm grasp of the offense, comes added responsibilities," Quarterbacks Coach Mike Bajakian said. "I don't think there is anything earth-shattering about that and it's not like we're letting him call plays or anything. He's at a point now where he can handle more on his plate on the mental side of the games." Bajakian adds that Winston's proficiency in the offense opens up the opportunity for the second-year quarterback to focus on the nuances of his position, such as footwork, release, and accuracy. Winston and the Bucs kick off OTAs on Monday.

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Robert Griffin III
Browns' Robert Griffin: Taking first-team snaps
Robert Griffin III, QB, CLE
5/19/2016
News: Griffin has consistently been taking first-team snaps at OTAs, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Although Griffin is the clear favorite to win a competition against Josh McCown and third-round rookie Cody Kessler, the battle will likely continue throughout training camp and the preseason. Griffin is the only one of the trio possessing long-term upside, but McCown was actually decent when healthy last season, completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 7.2 yards per attempt, with 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in eight games (all starts). Granted, Cleveland won just one of those eight games, needing overtime to do so.

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Carson Wentz
Eagles' Carson Wentz: Works with third team in OTAs
Carson Wentz, QB, PHI
5/18/2016
News: Wentz participated in the Eagles' first day of OTAs on Tuesday, CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro reports.

Wentz is still getting acclimated to head coach Doug Pederson's offense, and he worked with the third team on his first day of full-team OTAs. Wentz worked in a pro-style offense at North Dakota State, which is why plenty of experts think he's the most pro-ready rookie quarterback since the Colts' Andrew Luck in 2012. But the leap from Division I-AA to the NFL is quite a sizable one, and it appears, for now, that Pederson isn't rushing Wentz into anything. This is going to be a long-term project.

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Sam Bradford
Eagles' Sam Bradford: Expected to be the starter
Sam Bradford, QB, PHI
5/18/2016
News: Bradford participated in the Eagles' first OTAs of the season Tuesday, CSN Philly's Dave Zangaro reports.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said before practice Tuesday that Bradford is "the guy," according to Zangaro's report. Despite the Eagles' aggressive move in this year's Draft to move up and draft fellow quarterback Carson Wentz, it appears Bradford will enter training camp as the team's primary option at quarterback. If he plays well enough to earn the job, he'll have 16 games lined up ahead of him to prove he's worth a long-term contract in the near future, either from the Eagles or another team.

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