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    • Mon, May 25, 3:34pm

      Southward will move to cornerback during the upcoming season, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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      Analysis: Southward played safety as a rookie, but at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he offers the ample size on the outside that new coach Dan Quinn valued in Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, two of his former pupils during his time coordinating Seattle's defense. While Southward will undoubtedly face a steep learning curve in changing positions, he could push Robert Alford for the starting job opposite Desmond Trufant.

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    • Mon, May 25, 3:06pm

      Jennings may see more time working as a slot cornerback this season rather than his familiar role on the outside, Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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      Analysis: New defensive coordinator Vic Fangio has historically shown a preference for using taller, physical corners on the outside, qualities that the 5-foot-8, 185-pound Jennings doesn't possess. While those size deficiencies were masked in Lovie Smith's old Cover 2 scheme, Jennings lack of press-coverage skills would likely be exposed in Fangio's 3-4 setup. Instead, free-agent signing Alan Ball may be better poised to claim the outside spot opposite Kyle Fuller, though Fangio and coach John Fox should at least give Jennings a chance to hang on to his old starting gig in training camp. However, a move inside seems to be a more probable outcome for the two-time Pro Bowler, with a reduction in snaps likely coming with it.

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    • Mon, May 25, 2:02pm

      Weddle won't attend the Chargers' first OTA on Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

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      Analysis: Although his presence is voluntary in such offseason drills, Weddle is seeking a extension on his current contract, which runs through the 2015 season. During his eight professional campaigns, he's earned two first-team All-Pro selections, three second-team All-Pro picks, and three Pro Bowl bids, all of them in the past five years. In addition, he's proved healthy, missing only four games in his career, while tallying 19 interceptions and averaging 96.5 tackles per season.

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    • Mon, May 25, 1:37pm

      The Bears have released McDonald, cbslocal.com reports.

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      Analysis: The move comes after McDonald was reportedly arrested on Monday morning on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment. "We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear," GM Ryan Pace noted in a press release. "He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him."

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    • Mon, May 25, 1:31pm

      With LeGarrette Blount set to serve a one-game suspension in Week 1, Gray is a candidate to head the Patriots' backfield in the team's regular season opener against the Steelers.

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      Analysis: Gray made a big splash last season in Week 11, when he carried 37 times for 201 yards with four TDs against the Colts, but he was quickly supplanted by Blount after arriving late for practice just days later. Once Blount returns to action in Week 2, Gray figures to move into a backup role, but in such a scenario, he'd be an injury away from the team's top "big back" role. Also in the mix for touches behind Blount are Travaris Cadet, Brandon Bolden, James White and Tyler Gaffney.

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    • Mon, May 25, 8:51am

      ESPN.com's James Walker relays that the Dolphins hope that rookie Jay Ajayi, Miller's new teammate, can carry some of the team's rushing load this season.

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      Analysis: Miller, who rushed for 1,099 yards on 216 carries in 2014, recorded 5.1 YPC in the process. It's worth noting that he topped out at 19 carries last year, and with the team having added the talented Ajayi in the draft, it appears as though the Dolphins may have designs on continuing to be prudent in terms of Miller's 2015 workload. Miller, who is entering the final year of his contract with Miami, remains atop the team's RB depth chart, which also includes Damien Williams and LaMichael James, but it now looks like he'll face some competition from Ajayi, who fell to the Dolphins in the fifth round of the draft due to concerns with regard to the long-term soundness of his right knee.

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    • Mon, May 25, 8:13am

      Milliner, who is recovering from Achilles' surgery, was very limited in last week's OTAs, ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: The report suggests that it looks like Milliner won't be full-go until training camp, at which point the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft will look to reclaim a role in the Jets' secondary. Moreover, with the team having added cornerbacks Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and Buster Skrine to the mix this offseason, the Jets could elect to proceed cautiously with Milliner and place him on the physically-unable-to-perform list to start the season.

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    • Mon, May 25, 8:03am

      Freeman has reportedly impressed the Falcons' new coaching staff with his pass-catching skills, ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports.

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      Analysis: With the Falcons having parted ways with both Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers, Freeman now has third-round pick Tevin Coleman to compete with for carries. As a second-year pro, Freeman has the edge in experience, but the report suggests that a likely outcome in the team's backfield is a timeshare involving the duo, with Antone Smith on hand to serve in a complementary role. Either way, Freeman is in line for a boost in action this coming season, after having recorded just 65 carries for 248 yards and a TD as a rookie.

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    • Sun, May 24, 9:44pm

      Dorsey (biceps) is a candidate to replaced the retired Justin Smith at right defensive end, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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      Analysis: Dorsey, the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, was largely a disappointment during his five years with the Chiefs. He turned in a solid season as the 49ers' nose tackle in 2013, but then missed all of 2014 due to a torn biceps. Dorsey said he isn't quite fully recovered, but it sounds as if he should be ready for training camp. While the 49ers are without former mainstays Smith and Ray McDonald, they still have plenty of intriguing names along the defensive line, highlighted by Darnell Dockett and 2015 first-round draft pick Arik Armstead. Starter or not, Dorsey won't merit IDP consideration.

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    • Sun, May 24, 9:27pm

      Huff will likely enter training camp as the Eagles' top kickoff returner, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

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      Analysis: Huff averaged 29.6 yards on 14 kickoff returns as a third-round rookie last season, notably ripping off a 107-yard touchdown. He doesn't quite have the elite speed most teams want from a return man, but he's unusually strong and tough to tackle for a 5-11 wide receiver, at times looking more like an undersized running back. Huff has the makings of a very good NFL returner, and he should also have the opportunity to compete with Riley Cooper and Miles Austin for snaps on offense. However, it would be unwise to expect a steady flow of targets, as the Philly passing game will likely be led by Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz and the running backs. Huff is capable of playing both outside and in the slot, which could prove quite useful if Matthews or Agholor suffers an injury.

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