UPDATES & NEWS
Patriots WR Brandon LaFell is beginning to feel more comfortable in the Patriots offense after feeling admittedly 'shell-shocked' during OTAs.
LaFell has a good chance to carve out a nice role for himself in this offense. He'll play behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola but sits ahead of Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson right now and should see a fair number of targets each week and could be a solid red zone target. Of course, if Rob Gronkowski is in there, then that will obviously cut into the red zone work, but given that Gronk's health, and Amendola's for that matter, are no lock, LaFell could see steady opportunities. ANALYST: Howard Bender
Ravens announce extension for cornerback Jimmy Smith.
The deal is said to give him an average of just under $10 million per year. Smith was heading into the final year of his rookie contract – a reported $6.9 million option that the team picked up before last season. Considering his level of play and contributions on defense, it would have been quite the bargain but probably would have left a bad taste in the cornerback's mouth. He should be all smiles though heading into camp now with a new deal. Analysis: Howard Bender