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    • Fri, Jun 22, 2:04pm

      Wilson (shoulder) did not participate in the team portions of mandatory minicamp, Justin Rogers of the Detroit News reports.

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      Analysis: Wilson's 2017 campaign was cut short by a shoulder injury that planted him on injured reserve for the season's final six games. While there's been no indication that the veteran will remain limited when training camp rolls around in late July, it wouldn't be a complete surprise if he's prevented from taking part in select drills, either. Should he continue to miss time, Quandre Diggs will likely continue to fill in with the first-team defense, though Miles Killebrew could also see some snaps there as well.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 1:49pm

      Billingsley received snaps with the first-team offense during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

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      Analysis: Billingsley has been on and off the Lions roster over the course of the past two seasons, only seeing action in two regular-season games. However, with Golden Tate (rest) and TJ Jones (shoulder) getting time off, the Eastern Oregon product had a chance to shine with the first-team offense this offseason, and he didn't disappoint. At one point, Billingsley wowed spectators with an impressive grab on a crossing route. While the 5-foot-9 receiver has been limited to the slot -- and his lack of versatility suggests he still faces an uphill battle to earning a roster spot in advance of the upcoming campaign -- it's entirely possible Billingsley can convince the Lions to carry a fifth receiver on the roster in 2018. Should he beat the odds, Billingsley is someone to keep on the watch list in the event that Tate is forced to miss any games.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 1:24pm

      Ansah (knee) spent time practicing with the linebackers during spring workouts, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

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      Analysis: By all indications, it seems that head coach Matt Patricia has plans to use Ansah in a variety of ways this upcoming season -- which comes as no surprise given the ex-Patriots defensive coordinator's historical emphasis on versatility. However, Ansah has been extremely limited in practices open to the media this spring, so we won't get much of a feel for Ansah's exact role until training camp starts up in late July.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 1:22pm

      Jones led the league with 467 receiving yards and 25.9 yards per catch on contested targets last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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      Analysis: Jones isn't the best at sprinting past defenders or jumping over them, but his impressive route running and ability to stay focused in traffic have allowed for above-average efficiency dating back to his time in Cincinnati. With the help of impressive accuracy from Matthew Stafford on deep throws, Jones posted elite marks for yards per catch (18.0) and yards per target (10.2) last season. The continued development of Kenny Golladay could take a few deep looks away from Jones, but there should be plenty of opportunities for both wideouts -- plus slot man Golden Tate -- in an offense that replaced TEs Eric Ebron (Colts) and Darren Fells (Browns) with career role players Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo. While the Lions also made a major commitment to their running game, they'll likely direct a huge portion of targets to their top three wideouts, which should help protect Jones against a shift in run:pass ratio. That being said, he'll have a tough time avoiding at least a minor dip from last year's career-best marks for YPC and YPT.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 12:48pm

      Allen could spend more time playing the slot in three-wide formations with TE Hunter Henry (knee) out for the season, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports.

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      Analysis: Allen is the rare wideout who seems equally comfortable outside or in the slot, rotating between positions with ease. Not that there was ever much question about his volume, but Henry's absence should erase any potentials fears about Allen significantly dropping off from last year's mark of 9.9 targets per game. The 26-year-old may have reinforced his reputation as a possession receiver with only six TDs on 102 catches, but he actually led all WRs in both red-zone targets (24) and inside-the-10 targets (15). Given that Allen, Henry and Antonio Gates accounted for 75.5 percent of the Chargers' targets inside the 10-yard line last season, Allen figures to have plenty of scoring opportunities in 2018. It remains to be seen if he'll take advantage, after failing to capitalize on those chances last year. There is some chance the team re-signs Gates, and 2017 first-round pick Mike Williams (6-4, 220) is an obvious candidate to handle some of the red-zone looks that would've gone to Henry.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 12:31pm

      Thomas said he added some muscle without gaining weight this offseason, Nick Underhill of The New Orleans Advocate reports.

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      Analysis: While there isn't much room for improvement with a player this good, Thomas does think he can do a better job beating exotic coverages and double-teams. He could get a few more looks in the end zone if his offseason work pays off, following a 2017 campaign in which the only disappointment was his lack of touchdowns. Thomas tied for third in the NFL with seven catches (five TDs) on plays inside the 10-yard line, but he didn't score from outside that range. While unlikely to ever become a major deep threat, he did score from 32, 21 and 14 yards out as a rookie, finishing with nine TDs on 92 catches. Locked in as the No. 1 receiver in a high-powered offense with shaky tight ends, Thomas is a strong bet to improve on last year's scoring mark, even if offseason addition Cameron Meredith (knee) ends up healthy and productive.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 12:23pm

      McDonald (shoulder) failed his team physical and has agreed to a restructured contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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      Analysis: McDonald underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason and the terms of his contract with the Broncos depended on the defensive lineman's ability to pass a physical on June 11, which McDonald did not pass. Now the veteran will play the 2018 season with only $1 million of his contract fully guaranteed, though McDonald still has the opportunity to earn the full $4 million he originally signed for if he can stay healthy and hit certain production requirements.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 12:00pm

      Kelly had impressive moments during spring workouts, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

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      Analysis: General manager John Elway said back in April that Kelly will be competing with the disappointing Paxton Lynch for No. 2 duties in Denver, per Jeff Legwold of ESPN. Now recovered from the wrist injury he suffered during his final season in college, Kelly seems to be taking full advantage of Lynch's continued struggles. If the latter can't turn things around, Kelly could realistically open the 2018 season as the direct backup to Case Keenum.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 11:52am

      Clement expects a larger workload this season, though he acknowledged there's a lot of competition in the Philadelphia backfield, Paul Domowitch of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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      Analysis: Clement caught on with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie last year and ended up with a surprising role as the team's third-down back late in the season, highlighted by four catches for 100 yards and a score in the Super Bowl. He only caught 29 passes in 39 college games while playing at around 225-230 pounds, but he developed a new skill set after losing 10-15 pounds last offseason. While he may cede the third-down role to Darren Sproles (knee, arm), the 23-year-old has a strong case to handle some of LeGarrette Blount's vacated rushing workload, after taking 74 carries for 321 yards (4.3 YPC) and four TDs as a rookie. Jay Ajayi is a superior athlete and thus figures to fill the lead role, but he has a history of issues with his right knee and hasn't done much as a pass catcher in the NFL. Between the concerns surrounding Ajayi and those surrounding Sproles' rehab and age (35), it won't be at all surprising if Clement sees a large increase from last year's regular-season total of 84 touches.

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    • Fri, Jun 22, 11:48am

      Fumagalli (sports hernia) expects to be ready for training camp in late July, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports. "I should be 100 percent, no question, for camp," Fumagalli said. "I was moving along [with the rehabilitation] when I got here but they wanted me to start over and that was a good thing. I've been working with the training staff and I trust them."

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      Analysis: Fumagalli reportedly underwent sports hernia surgery before the draft to correct an injury that he sustained during his time at the University of Wisconsin. The tight end wound up missing all 13 of the Broncos' workouts during OTAs and minicamp this spring as the Cowboys wanted to restart Fumagalli's rehab program from scratch, which seemingly pushed back his recovery timeline. Expected to be fully recovered when training camp opens in late July, Fumagalli has the potential to carve out a meaningful offensive role during his first season in the pros.

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