C.J. Spiller
Saints' C.J. Spiller: Looking much improved in OTAs
C.J. Spiller, RB, NO
3:06 PM
News: Spiller (leg) has looked much improved during OTAs, the Saints' official site reports. "I'd say C.J.'s health and his movement skills look noticeably different," head coach Sean Payton said. "He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that knee where he had his injury. That has been really encouraging."

Spiller was a disappointment, to say the least, after joining the Saints as a free agent, but arthroscopic knee surgery performed during the preseason served to put him behind the eight ball. He still managed to make his season debut in Week 2 and played in 13 straight games until he was shut down for good in the penultimate week of the regular season. However, he received no more than 26 snaps in any contest, while reaching a season-high 10 touches on two occasions, en route 36 carries for 112 yards (3.1 YPC), 34 receptions (on 44 targets) for 239 yards, and two receiving touchdowns. If his conditioning is indeed reminiscent of his tenure with the Bills, he could serve as a nice pass-catching complement to Mark Ingram in the upcoming campaign.

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P.J. Williams
Saints' P.J. Williams: Competing for nickel spot
P.J. Williams, CB, NO
2:36 PM
News: Williams (hamstring) is competing for snaps at the nickel position in OTAs, Joel Erickson of the New Orleans Advocate reports.

Williams lost his entire rookie season after suffering a torn hamstring during training camp last year. Now that he's healthy, the 2015 third rounder will have the chance to show why he was taken so high in the draft. Keenan Lewis (hip) and Delvin Breaux look to have the starting cornerback positions locked down, so Williams will compete with Damian Swann and Kyle Wilson for the nickel role, playing primarily in passing situations. Along with the third corner slot, Williams will likely be one of the team's primary backups, seeing extra time in the event of any injuries to the secondary during the season.

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Jace Amaro
Jets' Jace Amaro: Could play H-back
Jace Amaro, TE, NYJ
2:24 PM
News: Amaro (shoulder) could be used as an H-back or fullback this season, though he believes he should be used as a pass-catching tight end, ESPN.com reports.

Amaro missed all of last season due to a torn labrum, and with the current coaching staff unfamiliar with him after they took over last season, it's unclear what kind of role he will be given. With Jeff Cumberland gone, the Jets will have Amaro compete with Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld, which is hardly considerable competition for a player who was a significant part of the passing game in college at Texas Tech.

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Matt Forte
Jets' Matt Forte: Praised by Gailey
Matt Forte, RB, NYJ
5/29/2016
News: Jets offensive coordinator Chan Gailey recently suggested he will adjust his system as necessary to suit Forte's strengths, ESPN.com reports.

Asked how Forte will fit in his scheme, Gailey simply replied, "That's not the question. The question is, how do we adjust the system to fit Matt Forte?" Fortunately for all parties, Forte is one of the better pass-catching backs in NFL history, which should make him a natural fit in Gailey's spread attack. Bilal Powell will likely have a role and Khiry Robinson could also be in the mix, but the Jets seemingly intend for Forte to join Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker as centerpieces of the offense. The team has an unimpressive group of tight ends, along with shaky depth behind its top duo at wideout.

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Ty Montgomery
Packers' Ty Montgomery: Remains out
Ty Montgomery, WR, GB
5/29/2016
News: Montgomery (ankle) is still sidelined at Packers' OTAs, but head coach Mike McCarthy has no "long-term concerns" with the injury, Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Montgomery was evidently a big part of Green Bay's 2015 plans before suffering a high ankle sprain in the second quarter of Week 6; the 2015 third-round selection recorded three starts at wide receiver and flashed electricity on kick returns. Montgomery was then relentless in returning to help his team make a playoff push, but ultimately re-aggravated his ankle before opting for surgery in December. Now, Montgomery has reportedly learned the importance of allowing his body to heal fully, and although he is reportedly pain-free and can do some running and cutting, there isn't even a guess as to when he may return.

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DeAndre Levy
Lions' DeAndre Levy: "Ready to go"
DeAndre Levy, OLB, DET
5/29/2016
News: Levy (hip) claims "he has no concerns about how his body will hold up and that he is ready to go," ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.

Levy logged the second-highest tally of tackles across the NFL in 2014, signed a four-year, $33 million extension the following offseason, and proceeded to play just 17 snaps in 2015 due to a hip injury. Now at full strength, the former Wisconsin Badger will be welcomed back with open arms. Sans Levy in 2015, Detroit surrendered the 18th-ranked defense. However, in 2014, with Levy manning the middle, the unit allowed nearly 800 fewer yards and positioned themselves as the second-ranked defense in the entire NFL.

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Ryan Fitzpatrick
Ryan Fitzpatrick: Still working on contract
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, NYJ
5/29/2016
News: ESPN's Rich Cimini reports that the Jets have an offer that has been on the table for at least two months, which would include $12 million in the first year of the deal.

Previous reports had suggested that the first year of the offer was in the $8 million range, but what actually seems to be the sticking point in negotiations is what the deal would be worth after 2016. While no deal is imminent, the Jets continue to maintain that they'd like Fitzpatrick to return as their starter, while the QB has said he'd like to re-sign with the team. Until that happens though, Geno Smith slots in as the team's No. 1 QB, with Bryce Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg as his backups.

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Devin Smith
Jets' Devin Smith: 'Doubtful' to play in Week 1
Devin Smith, WR, NYJ
5/28/2016
News: Smith (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, making him "doubtful" to play in Week 1 against the Bengals, Rich Cimini of ESPN New York reports.

The recovery timetable for an ACL tear has dwindled in recent years, but such injuries need to be explored on a case-by-case basis. Considering Smith's rookie campaign came to a close in Week 14, it's no surprise that the final stages of his rehabilitation will extend into training camp, at least, and potentially into the regular season. Once healthy, though, he'll have a prime opportunity to succeed in a receiving corps that's unproven behind Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

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Josh Doctson
Redskins' Josh Doctson: Looking at red-zone role
Josh Doctson, WR, WAS
5/28/2016
News: Although Doctson tended to a sore Achilles in OTAs this week, Kirk Cousins believes the rookie wideout will be a "great weapon in the red zone," Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.

The injury concern notwithstanding, Doctson was tabbed 22nd overall last month to provide a bit of variety to a jam-packed receiving corps. Looking at Cousins' plans for the 6-foot-2, 206-pound rook, Doctson would seemingly be the other top red-zone threat with tight end Jordan Reed. Helping Doctson's cause in that realm is a 41-inch vertical leap, but in reality, his study of a voluminous playbook and chemistry with Cousins will be key in making an immediate impact as a professional.

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Jamison Crowder
Redskins' Jamison Crowder: Expected to make second-year leap
Jamison Crowder, WR, WAS
5/28/2016
News: Kirk Cousins expects Crowder to make a jump in his second professional season, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. "He's a great teammate, smart player, has a natural sense of how to get open, how to run different option routes and choice routes, great natural hands and is really good after the catch pulling away from people," Cousins said. "So, just add him [to a list] of guys who we are excited about being able to throw to."

Following the selection of Josh Doctson in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft, a cursory glance at the receiving corps would seem to indicate there are too many bodies to keep in the loop. In addition to Doctson and Crowder, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon, Jordan Reed, and free-agent pickup Vernon Davis will all be vying for Cousin's attention. Thus, it's encouraging to hear platitudes coming from Cousins, who has hit the speedy Crowder in stride numerous times during the offseason program to date. If he indeed takes the leap intimated by Cousins, Crowder will seek to improve upon rookie marks of 59 catches (on 78 targets) for 604 yards and two touchdowns in 16 games.

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