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New York Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has dropped 25 pounds this offseason. What It Means: Seferian-Jenkins' weight peaked in the mid-280s last season but now he's down to 260. His offseason regiment included hot pilates and working out up to three times a day with a Las Vegas fitness expert. ASJ's career bottomed out last year after his September DUI arrest, but it looks ...

The New England Patriots to hold onto running back Dion Lewis, ESPN's Mike Reiss expects. What It Means: The Patriots are well-stocked at running back following the additions of Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee but Lewis was still a standout at OTAs last week. Per Reiss, Lewis hit the line of scrimmage with a "noticeable burst" at Thursday's practice session. Lewis isn't go ...

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith's over/under is 47 catches for 820 yards and six touchdowns, according to ESPN reporter Tim McManus. What It Means: With wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Jordan Matthews, and tight end Zach Ertz all likely to earn large target shares, there is not much left for Smith. Quarterback Carson Wentz is unlikely to attempt 600 passes again after head co ...

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon has bulked up to 211 pounds. What It Means: The added weight should help improve his strength between the tackles. McKinnon has been repping with the first team at OTAs, but rookie Dalvin Cook and free agent acquisition Latavius Murray are the favorites for Week 1 carries. McKinnon's -0.13 Rushing Net Expected Points per carry last season were lo ...

Green Bay Packers running back Ty Montgomery says he has a better understanding of the mental aspect of being a running back. What It Means: "I was running a lot on instincts. I knew where I was supposed to be going, but it was instinct," Montgomery said. "Now, I know techniques. I know rotations and understanding gap rules and what the defense is supposed to be doing. Now when I ge ...

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins, currently franchise-tagged, says extension talks have been "really positive." What It Means: "As one person told me, Deadlines do deals," said Cousins. "That’s just kind of a rule in negotiating, so why would something happen way before a deadline? I’m not in a hurry, they’re not in a hurry, so we’ll just see how things go." The te ...

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler expects to take a step forward this season. What It Means: "I think it will happen," Fowler said. "It was a big learning experience for me last year. I feel like I’m in the best shape of my life." Fowler is currently 248 pounds, but expects to play at 250-255. He should be closer to his pre-injury form two years removed from knee ...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looks stronger and is showing better mechanics during OTAs, the Philadelphia Daily News' Jeff McLane reports. What It Means: McLane specifically said Wentz's "spirals are tighter" and none of his "20 or so throws" sailed, which was a problem last season. Normally this could be dismissed as offseason fluff, but Wentz did wor ...

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (back) was a "full-go" during OTAs according to The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian. What It Means: Guregian also noted that Gronkowski was allowed to participate in everything despite the rain at OTAs and along with his WrestleMania appearance, he seems fully recovered from the back injury that kept him out of the Super Bowl. Even though ...

New York Giants rookie tight end Evan Engram has been lining up "everywhere" at OTAs. What It Means: According to beat writer Dan Duggan, Engram played traditional in-line tight end, in the slot, out wide, and even some H-back. Offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan has said Engram will be taught to play as an in-line tight end, but the best way to maximize Engram's athletic skill set ...

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been pleased with rookie running back Leonard Fournette's pass-catching at OTAs, head coach Doug Marrone said. What It Means: Fournette wasn't asked to catch many passes at LSU but he seemed comfortable as a receiver at the Combine and his Pro Day and has kept up the good work at OTAs. Beat reporter Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union only saw Fo ...

Dallas Cowboys fourth-round wide receiver Ryan Switzer to have a "significant" role in the team's offense, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan expects. What It Means: "His role is significant," said Linehan. "He complements [Cole] Beasley and also gives us some big-time needed depth." Linehan called Switzer a "classic slot receiver." Switzer has practic ...

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is "progressing as well as anybody could expect," head coach Mike Zimmer said. What It Means: "He’s throwing the ball well. He’s got good velocity, accurate," Zimmer said. "He’s working his rear end off. It just makes you proud for him." Despite the progress, Zimmer conceded Bridgewater still has a "long ways ...

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor has seen improvement this offseason, according to head coach Doug Pederson. What It Means: "As I've said all along, competition, man, sharpens you," said Pederson. "And that's what I've seen from Nelson. He's done a great job already this spring." Agholor has been a bust since arriving as a first-round pick in ...

New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener expects to be "more effective" now that he's had a year to learn the offense. What It Means: Fleener still managed 50 catches last season in his first taste of the New Orleans offense, but he didn't live up to the expectations of a five-year, $36 million contract. The 28-year-old faced a steep learning curve in his first year with the S ...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s timing with tight end Julius Thomas "remains a work in progress," the Miami Herald reports. What It Means: It’s a non-concern this early in the offseason. Thomas is healthy after dealing with injuries the last two years and projects for a high volume red-zone role. Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen thinks Thomas can push for 10-p ...

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer is "on the fast-track" to winning the starting job, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. What It Means: Head coach Hue Jackson said Kizer has been a "quick study." Kizer is being pushed to get up to speed as quickly as possible. Cody Kessler has been getting the majority of first-team reps, but it's starting to look like the Browns ...

Baltimore Ravens running back Danny Woodhead (ACL) said he is practicing with "no restrictions." What It Means: "I’m just playing football now," he added. "I haven’t been thinking about needing to do stuff to rehab it because I’m healthy now." It's been eight months since Woodhead tore his ACL on September 18 last season. While Terrance West and Kenneth Dixon (fo ...

Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon opened OTAs handling "most of the first-team reps" out of the backfield. What It Means: With Latavius Murray nursing an ankle injury and Dalvin Cook fresh out of Florida State, it's no surprise that McKinnon is handling first-string work, but it likely doesn't mean much. A perennial darling of the analytics and fantasy communities, ...

Chicago Bears third-year wide receiver Kevin White has spent the last several months "working to align his stride" when running, the Chicago Tribune reports. What It Means: The Tribune also reported just a few days ago that the Bears simply "don't know" whether White will regain his explosiveness. A fractured left tibia cost him his entire rookie season, and then issues in ...

Los Angeles Chargers running back Branden Oliver (Achilles') has looked as good as new at Chargers OTAs, according to quarterback Philip Rivers. What It Means: "It’s been great (having him back)," Rivers. "Gosh, we had really such high expectations for him going into last year. ... He looks good. He looks explosive. I know it’s early, but I think he really is a great complement ...

Kansas City Chiefs running back Spencer Ware will return as the team's starter, according to the expectations of The Kansas City Star. What It Means: This comes at odds with ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher, who previously projected third-round rookie Kareem Hunt as the favorite to lead in rushing attempts and catches out of the backfield. Head coach Andy Reid may wind up going with more of ...

Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi could see as many as 350 carries this season, according to head coach Adam Gase. What It Means: Health and game-flow will also be a factor, but it's a clear indication of how much confidence the Dolphins have in Ajayi to successfully lead their offense. "I'm ready for it," Ajayi said when asked about his feature back usage. "I prepare ...

The Chicago Bears have signed wide receiver Victor Cruz to a one-year contract. What It Means: The Bears wide receiver corps is very crowded right now, though they aren't exactly deep with talent at the position, with Cameron Meredith, Kevin White and Kendall Wright sitting atop the depth chart. Cruz is not a lock to make the 53-man roster. Cruz averaged 0.66 Reception Net Expected Points (NE ...

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham did not report for Thursday's OTA practice. What It Means: OTAs are entirely voluntary practices, and a veteran like Beckham being absent is a common occurrence. This doesn't raise any concerns about Beckham's prospects for the 2017-2018 season. Among the 41 receivers to top 100 targets in 2016, Beckham's 0.66 Reception Net Expected P ...

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