Patriots' Brandin Cooks: Fifth-year option picked up by Patriots
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(10:31 am ET) The Patriots exercised Cooks' fifth-year option Saturday,'s Conor Orr reports.

Cooks will be in New England through at least the end of the 2018 season with Saturday's announcement. He racked up 162 receptions for 2,311 yards in his final two seasons in New Orleans and chipped in 11 plays of 40 or more yards in that span. Cooks adds a vertical dimension to the Patriots' offense that they have not had in quite some time and if he's able to mesh with QB Tom Brady, he'll be one of the biggest bargains in the league in 2018.

Bills' Zay Jones: Headed to Buffalo
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(4/28/2017) The Bills selected Jones in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 37th overall.

Jones set the single-season FBS record with 158 catches in 12 games last year, and then he performed much better than expected at the Combine. His average of 11.1 yards per catch and just eight touchdowns on those 158 catches implied a lack of explosiveness, but Jones was a top Combine performer with a 4.45-second 40, 133-inch broad jump, and 6.79-second three-cone drill at 6-foot-2, 201 pounds. He still doesn't look like a downfield threat or a dangerous runner, but Jones should be a strong route runner who creates sufficient separation to prove reliable over the middle and by the sidelines. He's a nice skill set complement to the more explosive play provided by teammate Sammy Watkins. Particularly in PPR formats, Jones is a fine long-term asset, but he'll have to beat out Philly Brown and Andre Holmes for the targets before making an impact in 2017.

Titans' Corey Davis: Not worried about ankle
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(4/28/2017) Davis, the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, said he isn't sure if he will participate in offseason activities or be held out until training camp, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports. "The ankle is doing great. I expect I can be on the field tonight, if need be," Davis said. "I don't really know what they're going to do, but I feel like I'm going to be ready. No doubt."

Once projected as a likely top-10 pick, the Western Michigan product was seemingly in danger of falling to the middle part of the first round after an offseason ankle injury prevented him from taking part in pre-draft athletic testing. The Titans apparently aren't too concerned, as his college tape makes a strong argument that he possesses high-end athleticism for an NFL wideout. Listed at 6-foot-3, 209 pounds, Davis had at least 1,400 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in each of his final three college seasons, mixing in some impressive performances against top Big 10 defenses to go along with his consistent dominance in the MAC. He seems to be on track in his recovery from January surgery, with recent reports suggesting he'll be back to full strength within the next few weeks. The Titans may have found Marcus Mariota's go-to receiver, which would allow Rishard Matthews and Tajae Sharpe to fall into the complementary roles that they're probably best suited for. While it would be helpful if Davis took part in the offseason program, the Titans likely will prioritize getting him back to full health for the start of training camp. With fellow top-10 picks Mike Williams (Chargers) and John Ross (Bengals) landing on teams that already have strong receiving corps, Davis has the most obvious path to immediate fantasy relevance among the first-round wideouts, though all three should benefit from playing with established quarterbacks.

Titans' Rishard Matthews: Gets some company in draft
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(4/28/2017) Matthews' role as Tennessee's No. 1 wide receiver has been thrown into question with the team's addition of Corey Davis with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Matthews emerged as quarterback Marcus Mariota's preferred red zone threat with nine touchdowns in the final 12 games of 2016, but Davis should immediately siphon off some looks in that area after scoring an eye-popping 52 times in 50 games at Western Michigan. While college football's all-time leading receiver figures to start in two-receiver sets from the get-go as long as he gets the playbook down in time, Matthews is still favored to edge out 2016 fifth-rounder Tajae Sharpe for the spot across from him.

Titans' Corey Davis: Joining Mariota in Tennessee
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(4/27/2017) The Titans selected Davis (ankle) in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, fifth overall.

In a draft with at least two surprising developments in the first five picks, Davis may be the biggest one yet. As a result, the pick might be called a reach by some, but don't believe it. Davis (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) very plausibly would have been a trendy projection for this pick all along if an offseason ankle injury hadn't prevented him from participating in pre-draft athletic testing, as his film and production convincingly make the case that he's a WR1 in the NFL. In a Marcus Mariota offense, Davis' fantasy potential is considerable even in 2017. This is a player who caught 331 passes for 5,278 yards and 52 touchdowns in 50 career games, and he tore through defenses like Michigan State and Wisconsin just as easily as the ones he faced in the MAC. If you're worried about his lack of workout metrics, just check the film on Davis -- he's a problem if the defense gives him a step.

Packers' Geronimo Allison: Settles marijuana possession charge
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(4/27/2017) Allison settled his misdemeanor marijuana possession charge Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

The charge followed a September traffic stop in which Allison was stopped for speeding. After it was downgraded to an ordinance violation and an accompanying $330.50 fine, he may still be subject to league discipline under the NFL's policy for substances of abuse. However, neither the league nor the Packers has commented on the matter at this time.

Shaquelle Evans: Waived by Cowboys
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(4/27/2017) Evans (suspension) was waived by the Cowboys on Thursday, Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Evans was handed a four-game suspension on Friday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and the Cowboys wasted no time getting rid of him. The third-year player has yet to play in a professional game, and will look to fight for an opportunity with another NFL club come training camp.

49ers' Bruce Ellington: Out with soft-tissue injury
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(4/26/2017) Ellington (undisclosed) did not participate in Wednesday's minicamp practice due to a soft-tissue injury, CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reports.

The injury is unrelated to Ellington's hamstring injury that cost him the entire 2016 season. However, with a new head coach in town, any time Ellington misses can only put him further behind the learning curve in picking up the new offense, which is a legitimate concern considering San Francisco brought in Pierre Garcon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson as competition at wideout this offseason.

Ravens' Keenan Reynolds: Signs ERFA tender
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(4/26/2017) Reynolds has signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Ravens, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Reynolds unsurprisingly didn't see any action during his rookie year as the former college quarterback was busy learning the nuances of the wide receiver position. However, given the unsettled state of the Ravens' depth chart at wideout, a strong preseason showing could theoretically push him up the ranks and carve him a role within the offense ahead of Week 1.

Darius Jennings: Waived by Jets
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(4/26/2017) Jennings was waived by the Jets on Wednesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Jennings didn't see the field at all in 2016 after playing four games for Cleveland in 2015. His release won't impact the Jets' receiver depth chart. Jennings will be a free agent if he clears waivers.

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