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Quarterback

QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick said new head coach Chip Kelly's offensive scheme is refreshing. "It's great, it's awesome," Vick said. "It's (like) nothing I've ever seen before as an offense. We do a lot of things that just put the ball into guys' hands and let them make plays." Vick added the offense has worked on a lot of read-option plays during their minicamp.

QB | Chase Daniel | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs QB Chase Daniel said Wednesday, April 17, that starting over in a new offensive system makes him feel like a rookie. "It feels a little eerie out there," Daniel said. "I love how we're using all our running backs and tight ends. We're shifting and we're confusing the defense.

QB | Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck said he is looking forward to playing in the offense that offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is bringing to the team. Luck said the Hamilton's offense will incorporate West Coast offensive tendencies with the offense they ran this season.

QB | Tim Tebow | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets general manager John Idzik provided no clarity on the status of QB Tim Tebow. Idzik would not clarify whether or not Tebow would be a part of the quarterback competition. "I'm not saying he is, I'm not saying he isn't," the GM said at the Jets' pre-draft press conference. "I'm just saying let's let things play out."

QB | Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden is not concerned about the team possibly drafting a quarterback in the first round. "It's the nature of this business," he said. "There's always speculation. It's this time of year. We're however many days away from the draft, but I'm worried about me. I can't control the other stuff. I'm going to continue to learn this offense. I'm going to continue to get better as a player and grow from year one to year two."

QB | EJ Manuel | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Cleveland Browns will have a private workout with Florida State QB EJ Manuel Saturday, April 20.

QB | Chad Henne | Jacksonville Jaguars | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jeff Fisch said QBs Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are rotating snaps during offseason workouts so they can both receive time with the starting offense.


Running Back

RB | Cedric Benson | Free Agent | Injury, Free Agents
Free-agent RB Cedric Benson (foot) is getting closer to 100 percent, and he is on teams' radars.

RB | Jamaal Charles | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles might break his career high for pass receptions this season, as head coach Andy Reid has used his backs as receivers out of the backfield in years past. Charles is perfectly fine with that. "I'm happy I can catch out of the backfield more," Charles said Wednesday, April 17. "This is the most movement I've been (asked to do) in five years in the league, shifting and motion. This is the most I've ever (done). I have to get my mind right and my body in shape for this type of offense."

RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said Wednesday, April 17, that RB Trent Richardson will be the team's primary runner, although that is not all he will be used for. "We will use him on first-second down and Trent has some unique skills. He can actually catch the ball well and run routes well out of the backfield. That's one thing out of the last few days that we have been able to see. He is a guy that we could play on three downs. Obviously, we just have to keep him fresh."

RB | Eddie Lacy | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New England Patriots are scheduled to meet with University of Alabama RB Eddie Lacy Wednesday, April 17.


Wide Receiver

WR | Cordarrelle Patterson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
There are reportedly some red flags regarding Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson's value heading into the NFL Draft. Evaluators love his size and athleticism, but he also has some mental hurdles to overcome. "Mentally, it's going to be a project," according to one league personnel man. "Running routes, he doesn't know how to do any of that stuff. You may have to keep it simple for him, but this is football. It's not building a super glider or anything." An AFC personnel director added, "Toward the end of the year, they started to go away from running Patterson down the field on routes and gave him the ball on reverses and screens, even as a halfback at times. That starts to put a question mark in your head. Why? Well, there's reasons, and it's just not being as proficient with his route-running and not having the ability to make adjustments during the game."

WR | Hakeem Nicks | New York Giants | Injury, Fantasy
New York Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) said he is feeling good and his goal remains to be ready for the start of training camp.

WR | Jonathan Baldwin | Kansas City Chiefs | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jonathan Baldwin is off to another strong start in voluntary workouts this spring. He also had a strong start last season in minicamp when the pads were off, but he disappeared once the pads went on. Baldwin was working as a starter Wednesday, April 17, after serving behind WR Donnie Avery during workouts Tuesday, April 16. "Jon is working hard," head coach Andy Reid said. "He is a unique specimen being as big as he is. He can do some things that other people can't do just by size and strength. It's important he puts himself into position to do that."

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (back) did not participate in the team's offseason workout because of a lower back strain.

WR | Greg Childs | Minnesota Vikings | Injury
The Minnesota Vikings are proceeding with the understanding that WR Greg Childs (knees) may not be able to play a meaningful snap in the NFL because of the torn patellar tendons he suffered before the season.

WR | David Nelson | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LG Jason Pinkston (blood clot) and WR David Nelson (knee) both did not participate in the Browns minicamp practice Wednesday, April 17.

WR | Ryan Swope | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Miami Dolphins sent out their wide receivers coach to work out Texas A&M WR Ryan Swope this offseason.

WR | Keenan Allen | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New England Patriots met with University of California WR Keenan Allen Monday, April 15.


Tight End

TE | Kellen Winslow | Free Agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski said Wednesday, April 17, that he has not had any conversations with free-agent TE Kellen Winslow (Seahawks) about returning, but he didn't discount the notion either. "Not specifically with him coming back but I've kept in touch with Kellen over time. Obviously, I've known him and been close with him for a long time," Chudzinski said.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron is expected to serve as the No. 1 tight end in head coach Rob Chudzinski's offense, and the position is very busy in the team's new scheme. "Well he's not ready right now, we are working through that with him," Chudzinski said Wednesday, April 17. "He is learning the offense obviously. This is an offense that has featured tight ends and tight ends have always been a big part of it. He has the skill set that fits and he has had a good couple days."


Offensive Tackle

OT | Ryan Seymour | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Vanderbilt OT Ryan Seymour has completed visits with the Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Giants.

OT | Luke Joeckel | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel will reportedly be the first pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. According to numerous league sources, the Kansas City Chiefs are locked in on him, barring anything unforeseen, after also strongly considering Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher.

OT | Lane Johnson | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The San Diego Chargers, who own the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft, could be interested in trading down in the first round, particularly if Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson is off the board in the top 10 picks.


Offensive Line

OL | Jason Pinkston | Cleveland Browns | Injury
Cleveland Browns LG Jason Pinkston (blood clot) and WR David Nelson (knee) both did not participate in the Browns minicamp practice Wednesday, April 17.


Defensive Line

DL | Dexter Davis | Free Agent | Transaction
Updating a previous report, the Seattle Seahawks waived DE Dexter Davis due to a failed physical.

DL | Steve McLendon | Pittsburgh Steelers | Injury, Free Agents
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent NT Steve McLendon visited the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, April 17.

DL | Ahtyba Rubin | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns DL Ahtyba Rubin said Wednesday, April 17, that he weighs 306 pounds. He played at about 315-320 pounds last season, but is watching what he eats.

DL | Jabaal Sheard | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns DE Jabaal Sheard is working at right outside linebacker with the starting defense during the team's offseason workout Wednesday, April 17.

DL | Vinny Curry | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles DE Vinny Curry said he will be used as a defensive end in the team's 3-4 defensive alignment. He currently weighs 278 pounds, which is heavier than the around 260 pounds he played at this season.

DL | Justin Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said DE Justin Smith (triceps) has begun to lift weights after undergoing triceps surgery in February.

DL | Kevin Williams | Minnesota Vikings | Free Agents
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Vikings DT Kevin Williams will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason because his restructured contract has voided the 2014 season in his original contract.


Defensive Tackle

DT | Star Lotulelei | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Miami Dolphins could consider taking Utah DT Star Lotulelei in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft if he is available when they pick.


Defensive End

DE | Cornellius Carradine | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Minnesota Vikings, who met with Florida State DE Cornellius Carradine at the NFL Scouting Combine, plan to attend Carradine's workout Saturday, April 20.

DE | Shea McClellin | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears DL Shea McClellin said he has added five-to-seven pounds of muscle in the offseason.

DE | Datone Jones | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New England Patriots met with Azusa Pacific OT Luke Marquardt, UCLA DE Datone Jones and Nevada SS Duke Williams Monday, April 15.


Linebacker

LB | Kenny Onatolu | Free Agent | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers released LB Kenny Onatolu Wednesday, April 17.

LB | Clay Matthews | Green Bay Packers | Transaction, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, the Green Bay Packers signed LB Clay Matthews to a five-year, $66 million dollar extension Wednesday, April 17.

LB | Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said LB Aldon Smith (shoulder) has been able to lift weight during the team's offseason workouts. He underwent surgery in March to a torn labrum but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

LB | Karlos Dansby | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Cincinnati Bengals remain interested in free-agent LB Karlos Dansby (Dolphins), but the two sides have not had serious contract talks at this point.

LB | Audie Cole | Minnesota Vikings | Depth Chart Tidbit
Minnesota Vikings LB Audie Cole said he expects to compete for the starting middle linebacker during offseason workouts and training camp. "When I left in January, the coaches made it pretty clear there was no one who really owned that [middle linebacker] spot. And they told me I'd have to bring it during the offseason and into camp to earn it," Cole said. "That's what I'm now fighting to do. I understand our roster situation right now. And I'm also aware that nothing is going to be handed to me. … I feel like there's an open playing field and it's my chance to prove myself."


Cornerback

CB | Joe Haden | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns CB Joe Haden is viewed as the anchor of the secondary, and head coach Rob Chudzinski is pleased with how coachable Haden has been. "Joe has been great. I think he has really shown that he is hungry and willing to learn. He has been really good in the meeting rooms and out here - carrying it from the meeting room to the practice field. He has been around long enough that I think he knows what it takes in this league and he is committed to being a great player," Chudzinski said Wednesday, April 17.

CB | Korey Lindsey | Free Agent | Transaction
The Washington Redskins released CB Korey Lindsey Wednesday, April 17.

CB | Darrelle Revis | New York Jets | Injury
New York Jets general manager John Idzik said the team is pleased with the progress CB Darrelle Revis (knee) has made in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

CB | Buster Skrine | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns CB Buster Skrine is lining up as one of the cornerbacks with the starting defense during the team's offseason workout Wednesday, April 17.

CB | Xavier Rhodes | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Miami Dolphins do not think Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes is a good fit for their defensive system.

CB | Charles Woodson | Free Agent | Free Agents
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said the team still has interest in free-agent DB Charles Woodson (Packers).


Safety

S | Tashaun Gipson | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cleveland Browns S Tashaun Gipson is lining up at free safety with the starting defense during the team's offseason workout Wednesday, April 17.

S | Jeff Heath | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Indianapolis Colts are scheduled to work out Saginaw Valley State S Jeff Heath Friday, April 19.


Strong Safety

SS | Jonathan Cyprien | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The Cincinnati Bengals are scheduled to work out Florida International S Jonathan Cyprien before the 2013 NFL Draft.

SS | Duke Williams | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
The New England Patriots met with Azusa Pacific OT Luke Marquardt, UCLA DE Datone Jones and Nevada SS Duke Williams Monday, April 15.



 


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