Anquan Boldin, five others absent from 49ers OTA practice
by Jason Butt |
(5/21/2015) Six players were absent from the 49ers' OTA practice on Thursday, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Those not present were wide receiver Anquan Boldin, fullback Bruce Miller, offensive linemen Alex Boone and Anthony Davis, punter Andy Lee and kicker Phil Dawson.

OTA practices are voluntary and players are not required to attend.

Linebacker NaVorro Bowman was also not present though he was given the day off by 49ers coach Jim Tomsula. Bowman missed the 2014 season after sustaining an ACL tear during the 2013 playoffs. 

Saints WR Andy Tanner back with club on injured reserve
by Jason Butt |
(5/21/2015) Saints receiver Andy Tanner cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve with the organization, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Tanner has been with the Saints since 2010 but has never appeared in a game. 

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin out for next week's OTAs
by Jason Butt |
(5/21/2015) With organized team activities set to begin next week for the Panthers, one notable contributor is likely to be sidelined. 

According to the Charlotte Observer, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin strained his hamstring a week ago and will probably sit during next week's practices as a result. Benjamin, a rookie in 2014, had 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns for the Panthers. 

With Benjamin sidelined, rookie receiver Devin Funchess has a chance to step in and act as Carolina's No. 1 receiver during the upcoming voluntary practices. 

Colts newcomers Andre Johnson, Frank Gore fitting in fine
by Marty Gitlin |
(5/21/2015) Colts skill position newcomers Andre Johnson and Frank Gore have already shown a "relatively smooth" transition to their new team, Chuck Pagano told ESPN.

The wide receiver and running back performed so well in OTA work Wednesday that Pagano claimed that it appeared they had been with the organization for years.

"Pretty seamless," Pagano said about their work. "They don't miss a beat as far as the playbook goes, knowing what to do. Every time I see them in the huddle, break a huddle, to me it looks like they're going the right direction. They're lining up right. They're very talented, talented guys. They fit right into the locker room. They're professionals. ... They're not talkers. They're workers, they're doers."

Both veterans, however, have shown signs that their best days are behind them. The 33-year-old Johnson failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving last season for Houston for the first time in his last seven full seasons. The 32-year-old Gore managed another 1,000-yard performance in 2014, but his total was its lowest of any in a full season since 2008.

Saints cut AndyTanner, pick up Mike McGlynn
(5/20/2015) The Saints have parted ways with second-year receiver Andy Tanner and signed veteran guard Mike McGlynn, according to The Times-Picayune.

Tanner, who has never played in a regular season game with the Saints, has been with the franchise since 2010 as a member of the practice squad.

McGlynn was a fourth-round pick by the Eagles in 2008. He is coming off a forgettable season where he allowed the most sacks of anyone on the offensive line as a member of the Chiefs.

Jets' Richardson, Marshall not at voluntary OTA's
(5/20/2015) The Jets were without defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and wide receiver Brandon Marshall at the team's voluntary organized team activities on Wednesaday, per

Wednesday marked the second day of the Jets' 10-day voluntary workout program. Marshall was present on the first day but Richardson was not.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said Marshall was absent on Wednesday because he "had something to take care of, but "it wasn't conveyed" to him why Richardson was not there.

Richardson was the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2013 and is projected to play a key role on the Jets' defense.

Packers sign WR Ty Montgomery
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) The Packers reached an agreement Wednesday with third-round draft pick Ty Montgomery , per The signing of the wide receiver means the team only has one draft pick yet to reach a deal, first-rounder Demarious Randall. 

Montgomery has been described by the team as Randall Cobb-type player, so expect the Pack to use him as a return specialist early on. 

Wilkerson, Richardson, Marshall all absent at Jets' OTAs
by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/20/2015) The Jets kicked off more offseason training activities Wednesday without three core members of their team, as Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson and Brandon Marshall were all absent for the voluntary training, per 

Wilkerson's absence is no surprise, as the defensive lineman is seeking a new contract from the team and has stated he won't take part in voluntary team activities. Richardson and Marshall are not involved in contract disputes. 

Steelers waive wide receiver L'Damian Washington
by Michael Hurcomb |
(5/19/2015) The Steelers waived wide receiver L'Damian Washington on Tuesday to clear a roster spot for wide receiver Devin Gardner.

Washington has yet to appear in an NFL game.

Report: Steelers claim former Michigan QB Devin Gardner off waivers
by Brandon Wise |
(5/19/2015) The Steelers have reportedly claimed former Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner off waiver from the Patriots, according to ESPN.

Gardner, who will play wide receiver in the pros, was waived by New England on Monday after signing as an undrafted free agent. Gardner threw for 2,960 yards in his junior year at Michigan with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. 

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