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Post#82 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:47 pm

Donnel Pumphrey - RB - Eagles

Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com named fourth-round RB Donnel Pumphrey as a player who stood out at OTAs.

Kempski didn't have much to say about Pumphrey running the football, but said he looked comfortable catching out of the slot and was used extensively on returns. Pumphrey offers many of the same skills as Darren Sproles, who plans to retire after this season. His role may not be significant in year one, but Pumphrey should have a bright future as a passing-down back/return specialist.
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Post#83 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 11, 2017 7:53 pm

Marcus Maye - DB - Jets

According to ESPN's Rich Cimini, second-round S Marcus Maye "really jumped out" during OTAs.

Per Cimini, Maye impressed with his ability to "digest the defense" while committing remarkably few "mental mistakes." Maye worked as New York's first-team free safety, lining up across from fellow rookie Jamal Adams.
Source: ESPN.com

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Post#84 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:27 am

John Ross - WR - Bengals

Bengals first-round pick John Ross (shoulder surgery) may not be ready for the start of training camp.

NFL teams open camps in late July and rookies usually report earlier, but Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson doesn't expect Ross to be ready before "early August or so." Ross postponed his labrum repair until after the NFL Combine, then missed all of OTAs due to the University of Washington's late graduation. Ross will need to pick things up quickly to earn a Week 1 starting job.
Source: bengals.com

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Post#85 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:30 am

DeShone Kizer - QB - Browns

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, rookie DeShone Kizer "will be starting sooner than later" if he "continues at his current fast clip."

The Plain Dealer stated in late May that Kizer was "on the fast track" to winning the starting quarterback job, suggesting the rookie impressed at OTAs. Coach Hue Jackson called Kizer a "quick study." Cody Kessler remains the favorite to start Week 1, but Kizer has a significant talent edge. Kizer seems to have Jackson in his corner as the competition heads into minicamp.
Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Post#86 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:32 am

Cooper Kupp - WR - Rams

ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez expects third-round WR Cooper Kupp to be Jared Goff's "security blanket."

Robert Woods and Tavon Austin should open the season as the Rams' top two receivers, but Kupp is expected to man the slot in three-receiver sets. Kupp has drawn consistent praise in padless practices. "He came in here not like most rookies do," were the words of OC Matt LaFleur. "He’s an extremely polished route runner, got great hands. You can tell he works at his craft each and every day. He does a great job." That's great, but Kupp is still a slot man with 4.62 speed playing with Jared Goff. He would do well to carve out WR4 value.
Source: ESPN Los Angeles

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Post#87 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Tue Jun 13, 2017 1:34 am

Chris Godwin - WR - Buccaneers

Third-round pick Chris Godwin has worked "strictly" as an outside receiver at Bucs OTAs.

Godwin has been lighting up OTAs, but he's working behind X receiver Mike Evans and Z receiver DeSean Jackson. Godwin's easiest path to playing time would be in the slot, but the Bucs love Adam Humphries and use Cameron Brate there frequently. Barring an injury to Evans or Jackson -- or a position switch in camp -- Godwin lacks a clear avenue to consistent rookie-year snaps.
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Post#88 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Wed Jun 14, 2017 1:44 am

DeShone Kizer - QB - Browns

Browns second-round QB DeShone Kizer received some first-team reps in Tuesday's minicamp session.

Coach Hue Jackson tried to downplay the development. "Honestly, it hasn't changed," Jackson said of the way he's handling his quarterbacks. "That's the way it's been since OTAs have started. You guys just had an opportunity to see it." Jackson can see whatever he wants, but a second-rounder getting first-team reps is always going to raise eyebrows. The Cleveland Plain Dealer predicted Monday that Kizer will "be starting sooner (rather) than later." Cody Kessler remains the favorite to start Week 1, but will have his work cut out to keep the job.
Source: ESPN.com

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Post#89 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:35 pm

Jamal Adams - DB - Jets

Brian Costello of the New York Post said first-round S Jamal Adams looked like the "real deal" at minicamp and OTAs.

Per Costello, Adams had the most impressive spring of any Jets rookie since Sheldon Richardson broke onto the scene in 2013. Adams flashed playmaking ability by breaking up "plenty of passes" and even came away with a few picks. Costello believes he'll have an immediate impact on the Jets' secondary. The sixth overall work is penciled in as New York's starting strong safety.
Source: New York Post

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Post#90 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:37 pm

D'Onta Foreman - RB - Texans

Texans signed third round RB D'Onta Foreman to a four-year contract.

He's the last of Houston's picks to sign. Foreman reported to OTAs out of shape and needs to get his weight down before training camp. He's competing to be Lamar Miller's handcuff.

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Post#91 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:44 pm

Myles Garrett - DL - Browns

Browns first round DE Myles Garrett has been diagnosed with a lateral foot sprain.

It's good news after Garrett got a second opinion from Dr. Robert Anderson this weekend. Garrett is in a walking boot, but shouldn't need more than six weeks to recover. The Browns expect Garrett to be ready for training camp.
Source: Chronicle-Telegram

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Post#92 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:46 pm

Mike Williams - WR - Chargers

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said "the hope" is first round WR Mike Williams (back) will be ready for training camp.

Williams only got in mental reps at OTAs. His return date remains a moving target. The missed time is a concern to his early season role. Williams will be two months removed from his back injury for the start of camp.
Source: ESPN

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Post#93 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:56 pm

Jabrill Peppers - DB - Browns

Browns first-round S Jabrill Peppers worked with the third-team defense at OTAs.

It’s not a huge concern with most of the Browns' rookies relegated to third-team duty. Peppers is repping at strong safety, but he could also have a role on offense and special teams.
Source: clevelandbrowns.com

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Post#94 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Sun Jun 18, 2017 9:01 pm

Rodney Adams - WR - Vikings

Rookie WR Rodney Adams is the leading candidate for the Vikings' kick return job.

Adams would replace Cordarrelle Patterson, who led the league in return average in 3-of-4 seasons. Special teams coach Mike Priefer said Adams has "done a good job so far," but will face competition from Stacy Coley in training camp. Dalvin Cook, Jerick McKinnon, and Marcus Sherels are also in the mix.
Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Post#95 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:29 pm

Charles Harris - DL - Dolphins

ESPN's James Walker wrote Dolphins first-round DE Charles Harris "flashed early and often" during the offseason program.

Going by offseason reports, the Dolphins have a chance to be the most dominant team in the history of the NFL. Still, the preponderance of fluff does not necessarily mean the praise of Harris is unwarranted. If he is able to keep it up when the pads come on, Harris could be a big boost for a defense which recorded just 33 sacks in 2016.
Source: ESPN

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Post#96 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:31 pm

Adam Shaheen - TE - Bears

ESPN's Jeff Dickerson wrote Bears second-round TE Adam Shaheen "looked good" during the offseason program.

Offseason performances should be taken with a grain of salt, but it is promising Shaheen's head was not swimming as he jumps from Division II Ashland to the NFL. For what it is worth, GM Ryan Pace has said Shaheen is "projected to play early." He will have to beat out Zach Miller (foot) to earn significant targets, although it is far from a given Miller gets and stays healthy.
Source: ESPN

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Post#97 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:26 pm

Jabrill Peppers - DB - Browns

Browns ST coordinator Chris Tabor is comparing first-round pick Jabrill Peppers to Josh Cribbs.

From both a return and coverage standpoint, Cribbs is one of the best special teamers of this generation. Peppers worked on punt and kickoff returns at spring practices. Last year's Browns ranked 26th in punt return average and 28th on kick returns. On defense, the Browns hope to use Peppers as a strong safety who moves to linebacker in sub-packages a la Deone Bucannon.
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Post#98 » by ChrisPozz » Tue Jun 20, 2017 2:39 am

49ers draft pick Trent Taylor: a short receiver who grows on you

http://www.sfchronicle.com/49ers/article/49ers-draft-pick-Trent-Taylor-a-short-receiver-11231429.php&cmpid=twitter-premium

“A lot of times you hear people say ‘This guy is the next Wes Welker,’” said Franklin, invoking the undersized, undrafted wideout who went to five Pro Bowls during his 12-year career. “Every small, white kid’s been Wes Welker since Wes Welker became a star. I’m telling you, Trent Taylor really is.”

No, he's not. He isn't, won't be IMO. Obviously that's kind of easy to say. Most people would take that bet. It's a bad comparison from a draft perspective any way, IMO. I get it, though. He's emotionally invested in the picture and has a rooting interest far greater than most people.

Like everybody else I've ever commented on. If I'm even close to being wrong you'll know where I'll be and what I'll say.
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Post#99 » by I_am_1z » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:18 am

ChrisPozz wrote:49ers draft pick Trent Taylor: a short receiver who grows on you

http://www.sfchronicle.com/49ers/article/49ers-draft-pick-Trent-Taylor-a-short-receiver-11231429.php&cmpid=twitter-premium

“A lot of times you hear people say ‘This guy is the next Wes Welker,’” said Franklin, invoking the undersized, undrafted wideout who went to five Pro Bowls during his 12-year career. “Every small, white kid’s been Wes Welker since Wes Welker became a star. I’m telling you, Trent Taylor really is.”

No, he's not. He isn't, won't be IMO. Obviously that's kind of easy to say. Most people would take that bet. It's a bad comparison from a draft perspective any way, IMO. I get it, though. He's emotionally invested in the picture and has a rooting interest far greater than most people.

Like everybody else I've ever commented on. If I'm even close to being wrong you'll know where I'll be and what I'll say.


But will he be our version of Jamison Crowder is the real question?
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Post#100 » by Bingo_AlphaMan » Tue Jun 20, 2017 12:31 pm

Damontae Kazee - DB - Falcons

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said fifth-round SCB Damontae Kazee "has done a good job" this offseason.

Undersized for a boundary corner in the Falcons' scheme, Atlanta initially tried to use Kazee at free safety before moving him to slot corner during minicamp. "We are looking for the versatility in him," Quinn said. "He’s a very competitive guy, the more we throw at him, he’s ready for that challenge." Kazee probably will not earn a role this season, but he has long-term upside in Atlanta's up-and-coming defense.
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