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Ravens | Jimmy Smith contract update

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:03 -0700

Updating a previous report, Baltimore Ravens CB Jimmy Smith is scheduled to make $6.898 million in 2015 as part of the fifth-year option that was picked up in his contract.

Jets | Chris Johnson open to sharing carries

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:46:35 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said he is fine with sharing carries with other running backs this upcoming season if it helps the team win games.

Jets | Chris Johnson expects to be cleared soon

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:42:48 -0700

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson (knee) said he expects to receive medical clearance to resume football activities in the near future. He underwent knee surgery in January but expects to be fully healthy for training camp.

Patriots | Teammate says Sebastian Vollmer doing good

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:34:27 -0700

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins said OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) has looked good this offseason while he recovers from the broken leg he suffered during the 2013 season.

Jets | Believed to have exercised Muhammad Wilkerson's option

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:23:59 -0700

It is believed the New York Jets have exercised the fifth-year option in DE Muhammad Wilkerson's contract.

Chargers | Pick up Corey Liuget's option

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:22:20 -0700

The San Diego Chargers have officially exercised the fifth-year option in DE Corey Liuget's contract.

Ravens | Exercise Jimmy Smith's option

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:21:24 -0700

The Baltimore Ravens have officially exercised the fifth-year option in CB Jimmy Smith's contract.

Texans | Pick up J.J. Watt's option

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:35 -0700

The Houston Texans have officially exercised the fifth-year option in DE J.J. Watt's contract.

NFL | Kiero Small receiving interest

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:01:13 -0700

Arkansas FB Kiero Small participated in the Baltimore Ravens' local prospect day Thursday, April 17, and recently worked out for the Atlanta Falcons.

Browns | Kiero Small will visit

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:59:58 -0700

The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with Arkansas FB Kiero Small at some point next week.

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Cardinals | May look at QB in first round

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:56:47 -0700

The Arizona Cardinals may consider selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Buccaneers | QB may be first-round option

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:55:22 -0700

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may consider selecting a quarterback in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

Lions | Could move into top five in draft

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:54:54 -0700

The Detroit Lions are considered candidates to trade into the top five of the 2014 NFL Draft in order to select one of the top draft prospects.

Rockies | Happy with Chad Bettis' recent outings

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:44:57 -0700

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he has been happy with how P Chad Bettis has performed his last three outings because he is using his changeup. "It's a matter of throwing his changeup enough so it gets hitters off his fastball. He's got such a great changeup, a power changeup, and it bottoms out. When a hitter sees that, it puts some doubt in his mind in fastball counts," Weiss said. Bettis has pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings in his last three outings after allowing runs on three of his first four outings.

Dodgers | Adrian Gonzalez extends hitting streak

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:42:24 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers 1B Adrian Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 12 games Thursday, April 17, with an eighth-inning double.

Rockies | Brett Anderson gets pins in finger

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:36 -0700

Colorado Rockies SP Brett Anderson (finger) had four small pins inserted in his left index finger in order to speed up the healing of a broken bone. The pins will stay in his finger for about six weeks, but he will be able to move his finger better than if the finger was in a splint.

Giants | Buster Posey could be rested Friday

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:41:10 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (shoulder) took a foul ball off his shoulder Thursday, April 17, and manager Bruce Bochy said he could rest Posey Friday, April 18.

Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez sits out

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:40:59 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup Thursday, April 17, because he has a .138 batting average with 13 strikeouts against San Diego Padres SP Ian Kennedy.

Nationals | Bryce Harper changes stance and starts clicking

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:34:14 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper is 14-for-29 with four walks, five extra-base hits and six strikeouts since April 6 after starting 3-for-21 with a walk, no extra-base hits and 10 strikeouts. Harper is riding an eight-game hitting streak entering Thursday, April 17. "I feel like I've just gotten into a rhythm and really trying to stay within myself and finding a balance and really trying to use my hands and trying to get in good counts," he said. "…It takes a little bit of time sometimes."

He's gone back to holding his hands higher like he has his entire life. Late in spring training, Harper rested the bat on his shoulder before he swung, but he's gone back to holding the bat high over his shoulder before he swings, which is his traditional stance. As he has improved this season, he's hitting higher in the lineup.

FANTASY TIP: After the slow start, Harper was bound to turn things around, and it all started with his stance and timing. Harper is prone to peaks and valleys, especially with nagging injuries cropping up frequently.

Dolphins | Interested in Erik Swoope

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:32:31 -0700

The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami basketball player Erik Swoope, who will be available in the 2014 NFL Draft.