Ryan Fitzpatrick: No contract talks lately
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(5/27/2016) 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.


Texans' Tom Savage: Healthy once again
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(5/27/2016) 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.


Broncos' Mark Sanchez: Aided by experience
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(5/27/2016) 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.


Titans' Marcus Mariota: Gains five pounds for durability
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(5/26/2016) 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.


Broncos' Paxton Lynch: Sees some time with first-team offense
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(5/24/2016) 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.


Broncos' Mark Sanchez: Participates in OTAs
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(5/24/2016) Sanchez (thumb) participated in seven-on-seven and positional drills on Tuesday, the team's official site reports

So much for Sanchez missing time following surgery on his non-throwing hand. Sanchez reportedly split time evenly between rookie Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian before stepping aside during team drills. By practicing, Sanchez gained some valuable time with his receivers and prevented his young competitors from getting too much of a leg up. Too big of a deal was likely made over the importance of Sanchez being ready for OTAs, but showing his new teammates and coaches that he is ready to push himself while injured can only help Sanchez as he strives for Denver's starting job.


Titans' Marcus Mariota: Puts on some weight
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(5/24/2016) Mariota now weighs 225 pounds, after playing at around 210 for most of his rookie season, Terry McCormick of TitansInsider.com reports.

Mariota weighed 222 at the 2015 combine, but he apparently dropped some pounds during training camp and/or the regular season. Weight hasn't been a big issue for him one way or the other, so he likely just added a few pounds to help with durability. He'll still be one of the fastest (4.52 40) quarterbacks in the NFL, but the Titans have maintained that they mostly want him to focus on improving his footwork and accuracy from the pocket. While that's obviously a necessary part of the position, it was surprising to see Mariota attempt just 34 rushes (for 252 yards and 2 TDs) in 12 games last season. He should be a bit more active on the ground in his sophomore campaign, though it's also possible some of his pass attempts from last year will turn into hand-offs to DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. The Titans also added WR Rishard Matthews, and they hope to get much more out of both Dorial Green-Beckham and Kendall Wright; the former was a rookie last season and the latter was bogged down by injuries.


Broncos' Mark Sanchez: Will need to catch up with younger QBs
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(5/23/2016) Sanchez (thumb), who is expected to miss the early part of OTAs with an injury to his non-throwing hand, will need plenty of work to build chemistry with his new receivers, the team's official site reports.

Sanchez threw with several of Denver's receivers earlier in the offseason and head coach Gary Kubiak has stated that the offense's verbiage is similar to what Sanchez played with at USC. The fact that he has a leg up on rookie Paxton Lynch in both familiarity with the offense and the receivers doesn't make missing the beginning of OTAs a non-issue, but it's more of a gain in experience for Lynch than loss for Sanchez. Lynch is the more physically talented player and will start once he closes the gap between the two on the mental aspects of the game. That will require big strides throughout the summer. If Lynch unseats Sanchez atop the depth chart sooner than later, it probably won't be because Sanchez missed a few practices in May.


Patriots' Tom Brady: To file suspension appeal Monday
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(5/23/2016) 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.


Buccaneers' Jameis Winston: To have added responsibilities in 2016
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(5/23/2016) 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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