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  • Marcus Mariota QB - TEN
    • Wed, Apr 18, 10:27am

      The Titans are planning to exercise their fifth-year option on Mariota's rookie contract, Jason Wolf of The Tennessean reports.

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      Analysis: The predictable and logical move will keep the 2015 No. 2 overall pick under team control through the 2019 campaign. Per the report, the 24-year-old signal caller will be in line for a base salary of $20.9 million in 2019. Mariota is coming off a 2017 season in which he threw for 3,232 yards with 13 touchdowns and 15 picks in 15 games. It was a step back from his 2016 effort, which included a 26:9 TD:INT, but there's hope that Mariota's prospects will be bolstered by the Titans' hiring of offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur, who tends to rely heavily on play-action passing. Moreover, it's reasonable to expect improved production from promising wideout Corey Davis, who caught 34 passes for 375 yards in 11 games last season after being selected with the fifth overall pick last April.

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  • Rob Kelley RB - WAS
    • Wed, Apr 18, 9:38am

      Kelley (ankle) will have a lot to prove during the Redskins' offseason program and Organized Team Activities, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.

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      Analysis: Kelley earned a roster spot as an undrafted rookie in 2016 and emerged as Washington's lead back by the end of the year. He took a big step back in his sophomore campaign, however, managing just 62 carries for 194 yards (3.2 average) and three touchdowns in seven games while being limited by ankle, knee and rib injuries. The ankle issue landed him on injured reserve in mid-November, and while he seems to have avoided surgery and should be healthy for the offseason program, Kelley ultimately may find himself in a battle for a roster spot. Chris Thompson (leg) and 2017 fourth-round pick Samaje Perine should make the team without question, and head coach Jay Gruden has already acknowledged the likelihood that Washington uses an early draft pick on a running back. As an early-down thumper without much special-teams value, Kelley likely will become expendable if he doesn't look better than Perine during spring and summer practices.

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  • Jimmy Graham TE - SEA
    • Wed, Apr 18, 9:28am

      Graham believes he can replicate his production from his time with the Saints, noting that he's "still 6-[foot]-7 and can still run a 4.5 [40-yard dash]," Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Graham technically ran a 4.56 40 time while checking in at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds at the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine, but there's little reason to doubt the broader idea that he's still one of the most athletic tight ends in the league. The Packers apparently believe that to be the case, as they signed the 31-year-old to a three-year, $30 million contract in mid-March, right around the time veteran wideout Jordy Nelson was released. Green Bay does have a way to get out of the deal after one season, as Graham's $11 million signing bonus is the only fully guaranteed portion of his contract, per OverTheCap.com. Graham was a bit of a disappointment in his three-year run with Seattle, struggling to make an impact near the goal line (eight scores in 27 games) his first two seasons, and then struggling outside the red zone (10 touchdowns, 5.3 yards per target) in 2017. Aaron Rodgers already has strong chemistry with Davante Adams and Randall Cobb, but it isn't unreasonable to think that Graham could push the latter for No. 2 status in Green Bay's passing attack.

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  • Dak Prescott QB - DAL
    • Wed, Apr 18, 9:04am

      Prescott said Tuesday that he has lost about 10 pounds since the end of last season, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

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      Analysis: Listed at 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds, Prescott doesn't consider this to be a significant change, noting that he always drops a little bit of weight during the offseason and plans to get back to around 230 to 235 pounds by Week 1. The more relevant offseason change occurred in the Dallas wideout group, with the team swapping out Dez Bryant and Brice Butler for Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson. While it may be a clear downgrade in terms of reputation, Prescott and Bryant rarely seemed to be on the same page last season, as evidenced by the veteran wideout's feeble mark of 6.3 yards per target. With Bryant out the door and Terrance Williams recovering from foot surgery, the Cowboys will likely add at least one wide receiver in the upcoming draft, possibly as early as the first round. Prescott kept fantasy owners reasonably happy with 22 passing touchdowns, six rushing touchdowns and 357 rushing yards last season, but his completion percentage (62.9), yards per attempt (6.8) and interceptions (13) all represented massive steps back from his rookie-year marks (67.8 percent, 8.0 YPA and four picks).

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  • Allen Robinson WR - JAX
    • Wed, Apr 18, 8:48am

      Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Tuesday that Robinson continues to focus on the "mental" aspect of his wideout role with the Bears as he sits out drills due to his ongoing recovery from a torn left ACL, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

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      Analysis: While Robinson is working his way back to form in deliberate fashion, Nagy expressed confidence that the Bears' marquee free-agent addition will be ready to roll in time for the coming season. For his part, Robinson believes that he'll be able to participate in training camp, per Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times. The 24-year-old wideout inked a three-year, $42 million deal with the Bears in March and once his health is reestablished, Robinson will head an upgraded wideout corps that also includes Taylor Gabriel, Kevin White (shoulder), Josh Bellamy and Bennie Fowler.

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  • Will Fuller WR - HOU
    • Wed, Apr 18, 8:47am

      Teammate DeAndre Hopkins said "the sky's the limit" for Fuller (knee) if the latter can stay healthy in 2018, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. "[Fuller]'s fast, he's getting stronger in the weight room, he's actually dedicating his time toward football," Hopkins said Tuesday. "I think he's going to have the best season."

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      Analysis: Fuller had a minor procedure on his knee in January, but it sounds as if the recovery process didn't have a major impact on his offseason training. The larger concern is quarterback Deshaun Watson's ongoing rehab from a torn ACL suffered in November, with early reports suggesting the quarterback is ahead of schedule. Fuller returned from an August collarbone fracture to catch 13 passes for 279 yards and seven touchdowns in the four games he played with Watson, but then managed just 15 catches for 144 yards without any scores in his remaining six contests. The 21st overall pick in the 2016 draft was similarly inconsistent as a rookie, accumulating 51 percent of his receiving yards and all three of his touchdowns within the first four weeks of the year. Fuller's skill set may always lend itself to large fluctuations on a week-to-week basis, but he should have better luck avoiding the prolonged slumps if he and Watson manage to stay healthy at the same time. The speedy wideout also should improve on his 2017 mark of five targets per game, as the Texans haven't made any major offseason moves at the skill positions and don't own a first- or second-round pick in the upcoming draft.

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  • DeAndre Hopkins WR - HOU
    • Wed, Apr 18, 8:05am

      Hopkins (calf) said he expects himself and Deshaun Watson (knee) to be the best quarterback and wideout tandem in the NFL during the upcoming season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Hopkins actually managed just fine after Watson suffered a torn ACL in early November, but the rest of the Houston offense torpedoed, with the team ultimately losing nine of its final 10 games. While Watson's recovery will require close monitoring as the season approaches, Hopkins likely is back to full strength for the start of the offseason program, as the calf injury that sidelined him for Week 17 hasn't been mentioned since he used it as an excuse to skip the Pro Bowl in late January. Hopkins has only missed the one game in five professional seasons, averaging 82.6 catches for 1,173 yards and 7.3 touchdowns annually.

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  • T.Y. Hilton WR - IND
    • Wed, Apr 18, 6:39am

      Hilton believes he's in the best shape of his career after cutting fast food completely out of his diet in the offseason, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.

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      Analysis: Hilton beat the rest of the league to the punch with the "best-shape-of-my-life" quote, spilling it during the second week of the Colts' offseason workout program. He even joked that his big change was eating Cinnamon Toast Crunch instead of fast food for dinner, but he's working closely with Colts director of sports performance Rusty Jones. Perhaps more important, the 28-year-old speedster sounds excited for his seventh professional season, likely invigorated by the possibility of playing with Andrew Luck (shoulder) under the tutelage of new head coach Frank Reich, who served as offensive coordinator for the Eagles last season. Hilton shouldn't have any problem piling up targets even if the Colts use an early draft pick at his position, as the other wideouts on the current roster have accounted for only 145 career receptions and five touchdowns. The major concern is Luck's continued recovery from shoulder surgery, though the Colts are optimistic their quarterback will be ready for the start of training camp. The passing game should still run through Hilton and Jack Doyle in 2018, with offseason additions Eric Ebron and Ryan Grant also in the mix to earn regular targets.

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  • Nick O'Leary TE - BUF
    • Tue, Apr 17, 11:03pm

      The Bills re-signed O'Leary -- an exclusive rights free agent -- this week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Starter Charles Clay is almost certain to be back for another season as well, so that leaves the pecking order pretty much the same as last season, with Clay, O'Leary and Logan Thomas as the top three guys heading into summer. The Bills are expected to address other needs instead of taking a top tight end in the upcoming draft, though it also wouldn't be a surprise if they added one in the middle to late rounds.

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  • Bryce Callahan DB - CHI
    • Tue, Apr 17, 9:00pm

      Callahan signed a $1.9 million restricted free agent tender with the Bears on Tuesday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

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      Analysis: Callahan had 25 tackles, six pass breakups and two picks in 2017, and he'll work towards an increased role in the upcoming season. Depending on what happens in the draft, Callahan will likely return to his No. 3 cornerback role in 2018.

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