Fred Jackson RB BUF 5 days ago
Bills running back coach Anthony Lynn said he'd like to see Jackson's workload cut roughly in half this season, The Buffalo News reports. Said Lynn, "I think he wore down a little bit at the end of the season. If we could take half of that off his plate, I think you're going to see a fresher Fred Jackson and a more explosive Fred Jackson."
Jackson had 548 snaps last season, much of that due to the C.J. Spiller injury. He also averaged a career-low 3.72 yards per carry. But with Jackson being 34 this season and with LeSean McCoy prepared to be the feature back, he's not going to be nearly as big in the offense unless McCoy gets hurt. Right now it sounds like the Bills see Jackson as a versatile veteran and possible third-down back.
Ronald Darby DB BUF 6 days ago
Darby, the team's second-round pick, signed his rookie contract Tuesday, BuffaloBills.com reports.
Darby probably won't start as a rookie with the team already having a nice cornerbacks corps with Stephon Gilmore, Leodis McKelvin, and Corey Graham in the mix, but Darby has world class speed and is used to dealing with top receivers coming out of Florida State, so his long-term future appears bright.
Derek Carr QB OAK 6 days ago26 Comments
Carr is dealing with an injury to his right ring finger, which may require surgery, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports.
Carr sat out Tuesday's OTA's with what the team initially called an undisclosed injury, but it now appears to be something that could cause him to miss significant offseason time. If he undergoes surgery, Carr could sit out the rest of OTA's, but the team is reportedly optimistic that he'd be ready for the start of training camp. In Carr's absence Tuesday, Christian Ponder worked with the first-team offense.
Sean Weatherspoon LB ARI 6 days ago
Weatherspoon made all the defensive calls during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.
Weatherspoon's injury-laden career culminated in a torn Achilles last June, which erased the entire 2014 campaign, but shortly after signing a one-year contract with the Cardinals in March, he relayed that the most recent ailment was "completely healed." In the previous two offseasons, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim inked Karlos Dansby and Antonio Cromartie to such prove-it deals, which they were able to parlay into significant paydays after productive seasons. Only 27 years old and a 2010 first-round pick, Weatherspoon's background indicates that his best years could be in front of him, if he avoids the injury bug.
Carson Palmer QB ARI 6 days ago
Palmer (knee) participated in individual and 7-on-7 drills during the Cardinals' first OTA on Tuesday, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Palmer told Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic that he felt "rusty" but moved well considering he's sixth months and two days removed from the procedure to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. While Palmer remains two months away from receiving the all-clear, coach Bruce Arians relayed that the quarterback could ease into 11-on-11 work during next month's minicamp. Expect Palmer to be a full participant once training camp commences in late July.
Devin Gardner WR PIT 6 days ago
Gardner signed with the Steelers on Tuesday, Jim Wexell of Scout.com reports.
The converted quarterback was waived by the Patriots, and he'll come to Pittsburgh hoping to earn a roster spot in 2015.
Chimdi Chekwa DB OAK 6 days ago
Chekwa has signed with the Raiders, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Chekwa, who had signed with the Patriots in March, returns for another stint with Oakland, where he notched 16 tackles in 10 games in a backup cornerback role with the Raiders.
L'Damian Washington WR PIT 6 days ago
Washington was waived by the Steelers on Tuesday, Jim Wexell of Scout.com reports.
The team made the move to clear a roster spot for former Michigan quarterback-turned-receiver Devind Gardner, who signed with Pittsburgh on Tuesday. Washington spent last season bouncing around on three different practice squads.
Zach Hocker K NO 6 days ago
With the Saints releasing Shane Graham, Hocker is expected to compete with Dustin Hopkins for the starting kicking position.
Hocker was selected by Washington in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft but failed to make the team. He signed a futures contract with the Miami Dolphins before again being released. Among a handful of kickers at the Saints rookie minicamp last week, Hocker was the only one to receive a contract offer. If he wins the kicking competition in training camp, Hocker, backed by a Drew Brees-led offense, would have value in most fantasy leagues.
Dustin Hopkins K NO 6 days ago
With the Saints releasing Shane Graham, Hopkins is expected to compete with Zach Hocker for the starting kicking position.
Hopkins was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL draft, but he spent most of his rookie season on the injured reserve and was released by the Bills last August. If he wins the kicking competition in training camp, Hopkins, backed by a Drew Brees-led offense, would have value in most fantasy leagues.