Saints have placed Kyle Wilson on injured reserve.
Wilson, who was a former first round pick of the Jets back in 2010, was placed on the injured reserve today, which will end his 2016 season before it even began. The 29-year-old cornerback's reason for going on the injured reserve is unknown, and at this point of the season teams are under no obligation to disclose injury information so it might be a while before we really know what's wrong with him. He appeared in 14 games with the Saints, making four starts, and had one interception and 25 tackles last season.
Dorial Green-Beckham is more confident and comfortable heading into his second season in the NFL.
Green-Beckham was selected in the second round of the 2015 draft and ended hauling in 32 passes for 549 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. However, Head Coach Mike Mularkey has stated this offseason that he wants more from the receiving corps. Green-Beckham seems to be responding to that sentiment during OTAs, but finds himself in a battle with Kendall Wright and rookie Tajae Sharpe to be the Titans' No. 1 wide receiver.
Muhammad Wilkerson is running on grass without a brace.
Even with the Jets and Wilkerson not expected to work out a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline, this is a good sign that Wilkerson might be able to play even healthier than the team expected since the knee brace seemed like something he was going to wear throughout the season coming up. Wilkerson has the option to either sign his franchise tender or sit out the season. The latter is highly unlikely considering he would lose $924,000 for every skipped game. He is probably entering his final season with the Jets.
Shaun Suisham has been released by Pittsburgh.
The release came with a failed physical tag after Suisham reportedly suffered a setback in his rehab from a torn ACL. With Suisham gone, Chris Boswell is locked in as the kicker for Pittsburgh.
Aldon Smith is being arraigned for violating his probation.
Smith will also be in court to argue a motion to suppress evidence in a DUI case from August of 2015. Those charges led to his release from the 49ers and his current one-year suspension. Smith is eligible to apply for reinstatement in November. A probation violation will not help his cause.
Texans' linebacker coach Mike Vrabel has seen a renewed sense of determination from Jadeveon Clowney this offseason.
Clowney displayed flashes of his trademark explosiveness and increasing skill as a pass rusher and run-stopper during his second NFL season. The Texans' talented outside linebacker and former top overall pick from South Carolina continued to have a caveat attached to his name, though. Because of his frequent health issues, although nothing as serious as the microfracture knee surgery he underwent as a rookie and has fully recovered from, Clowney remains a player carrying the potential tag more so than being known as an accomplished, productive professional. Clowney didn't play in the Texans' 30-0 AFC wild-card playoff game loss to the Kansas City Chiefs or their regular-season finale against the Tennessee Titans due to a sprained foot that didn't require surgery. He finished the season with a career-high 4 1/2 sacks and 40 tackles with one forced fumble in 13 games and nine starts. Since being drafted first overall in 2014, the former college All-American has dealt with a myriad of injuries. He underwent microfracture knee surgery, a meniscus arthroscopic procedure, sports hernia surgery and a concussion as a rookie when he was limited to four games, seven tackles and zero sacks.
Contract negotiations have stalled between the Redskins and Kirk Cousins.
MMQB's Albert Breer reports both sides expect Cousins to play out 2016 under the terms of the franchise tag, which would pay him $19.95 million. Likely thinking he will be in an even better negotiating position this time next year, Cousins has little reason to accept a cut-rate deal before the July 15 deadline, and Washington likely wants to see him do it again before they shell out franchise-quarterback money. No matter how grim it looks in June, these deals usually get done at the deadline, but it would not be surprising if Cousins played out the season under the tag.
Carlos Hyde says the 49ers players are buying into the system under Chip Kelly.
After the way his first NFL job ended, 49ers head coach Chip Kelly needed players on his new team to buy into the offense in a way that the Eagles never did. Running back Carlos Hyde seems to think the process is going well. "I feel like the team has bought into his system. Even though it's new to most guys, I'm kind of familiar with the system from college," Hyde told Sirius XM on Thursday, via CSN Bay Area. "But I definitely feel like everybody has bought into the system. And guys are just really looking forward this season. Guys are really looking forward to making a name for themselves."
Even though Hyde's offense at Ohio State and the Kelly offense are not exact replicas, some of the basic tenants (creating space, using tempo and propelling off the run) are similar. Kelly said in the past that Hyde will be fun to work with and that he was amazed by the former second-round pick during pro day workouts leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.
And Hyde has every reason to lead the "buy-in" campaign. Running backs are the lifeblood of Kelly's offense, as evidenced by LeSean McCoy's 626 carries over his first two seasons with Kelly in Philadelphia. That works out to roughly 20 carries per game. LaMichael James carried the ball nearly 300 times in 2010 at Oregon and still managed 247 the following year with Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas on the roster. In Kelly's final season at Oregon, Barner carried the ball 278 times.
Offensive tackle Dominick Jackson went unclaimed off waivers from Lions.
He was an UDFA out of Alabama and signed with a team that was loaded with young offensive line talent. He did not have a particularly strong showing in the minicamp and OTA portion of the summer and ultimately is now a free agent. If he gets picked up, it will be as a depth piece for camp and he has no real shot of making a final 53-man roster.
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