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    • Thu, May 5, 9:36am

      Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll strongly suggested that Rawls (ankle) is expected to be the team's primary runner, ESPN.com reports. "I think the message of who we are and what we're about has been Thomas," said Carroll.

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      Analysis: The Seahawks selected three running backs in the 2016 NFL Draft, including C.J. Prosise (third round) and Alex Collins (fifth). The former fits in as a pass-catching complement to Rawls, whereas the latter will probably just provide depth. The real challenge for Rawls will be recovering from the broken ankle he suffered in Week 14, as he should otherwise have a clear path to the lead-back role. Seahawks GM John Schneider said in mid-April that Rawls should be ready by Week 1.

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    • Thu, May 5, 9:14am

      Browns head coach Hue Jackson said he expects Johnson to have a great season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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      Analysis: The Browns surprisingly didn't select any running backs in the recent NFL Draft, leaving Johnson and Isaiah Crowell as the main threats out of the backfield. Although the position appears to be a major weakness, Johnson's pass-catching ability and quickness could help change that perception. At the very least, he figures to have a key role as a passing-down back and change-of-pace runner -- but he might also threaten Crowell's hold on the starting job.

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    • Thu, May 5, 9:08am

      Smith (knee) probably won't be ready for the start of training camp, ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Given that he tore an ACL in December, Smith is highly unlikely to be ready for camp. The real question is whether he'll be ready for Week 1, as it's possible he'll open his season on the PUP list, which would require him to miss the first six weeks. The 2015 second-rounder could still have a key role in the Jets' wideout-dependent offense once he's healthy.

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    • Thu, May 5, 9:02am

      Browns head coach Hue Jackson believes Crowell will have a "sensational" 2016 season, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. "I've been getting so much mail or phones calls with people saying, 'Well wait a minute, why don't you guys have a running back?' " Jackson said. "I really think Isaiah Crowell is a really good running back. I think he's going to have a sensational season, I really do."

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      Analysis: The Browns are apparently confident that Crowell and Duke Johnson will form an effective duo, as the team surprisingly opted not to select any running backs in the 2016 NFL Draft. Johnson impressed as a pass-catcher last season, but there's nothing from Crowell's first two years in the league to suggest that he's anything more than a low-end starter, if that. Regardless, he's the favorite to serve as Cleveland's featured runner, with Johnson likely slated for a third-down and chance-of-pace role. It is possible the team could let its two running backs compete for the starting job.

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    • Thu, May 5, 8:47am

      Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects Moore to serve as Tony Romo's top backup in 2016, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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      Analysis: The Cowboys recently used a fourth-round draft pick on Dak Prescott, who will be groomed as Tony Romo's future backup and possible replacement. The team apparently expects Prescott to spend his first season as the No. 3 quarterback, but he'll probably still get a shot to compete with Moore for the top backup job. Offering neither running ability nor a strong arm, Moore is nothing more than a care-taker.

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    • Thu, May 5, 8:04am

      Lawrence is appealing his four-game suspension for a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

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      Analysis: Selected 34th overall in the 2014 draft, Lawrence had 55 tackles and eight sacks in 16 games last season, with seven of his sacks coming over the final eight weeks. Any reduction of his suspension would be fantastic news for a Dallas team that otherwise lacks talent at defensive end. 2015 second-rounder Randy Gregory is also suspended for the first four games of 2016 due to a substance abuse policy violation.

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    • Thu, May 5, 7:59am

      Adams (back) was released by the Steelers with a failed physical designation, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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      Analysis: Adams missed the entire 2015 season and apparently still hasn't made a full recovery from the back surgery he had last summer. A 2012 second-round draft pick, he shouldn't have too much trouble finding employment if he ever gets healthy.

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    • Thu, May 5, 7:42am

      Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay said Jones (hip/groin) has the traits that teams look for in an every-down running back, the Redskins' official website reports.

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      Analysis: This almost goes without saying, as the Redskins did very little to address the running back position after losing Alfred Morris to the rival Cowboys. Chris Thompson (shoulder) still figures to be in the mix for passing downs, but it appears Jones will have a clear path to the feature-back role. He was shaky as a rookie, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry while fumbling five times (four lost) on 163 touches (19 catches). However, he did rip off a few long gains, and he was one of the standouts from the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine. Both Jones and Thompson figure to be healthy for the start of training camp.

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    • Thu, May 5, 6:35am

      Reed was signed to a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Redskins on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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      Analysis: The 25-year-old tight end enjoyed a massive breakout season in 2015 87 grabs for 952 yards and his 11 touchdowns were tied with Rob Gronkowski for seventh-most in the NFL. With Reed locked in for the next five years, the Redskins will have one of the best young tight ends in the entire league at their disposal for his prime years. Reed is clearly one of quarterback Kirk Cousins' favorite targets and that figures to continue into the 2016 campaign and beyond.

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    • Wed, May 4, 3:21pm

      The Lions and Caldwell agreed to a contract Wednesday, MLive.com reports.

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      Analysis: Since receiving sporadic starts with the Bengals during a four-year stint to kick off his career, Caldwell was lightly used with the Broncos over the past four seasons, totaling 32 catches (on 70 targets) for 337 yards and five touchdowns across 54 games. He took on part-time duty as a kick returner as well, averaging 23.2 YPR on 25 attempts over the last three campaigns, but he merely hauled in his only target while returning a pair of kicks in Denver's Super Bowl victory in February. If he lands on the Lions' 53-man roster out of training camp, he'll serve as depth for a receiving corps that's attempting to weather the loss of Calvin Johnson to retirement.

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