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    • Fri, May 26, 7:40am

      Thomas reported for OTAs at 220 pounds, up from last year's playing weight of 210, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Players often add significant muscle mass during their first full offseason in an NFL strength program, and it seems the 6-foot-3 Thomas has filled out his frame to what's essentially the ideal size for a wide receiver. Coming off one of the most productive campaigns by a rookie pass catcher in league history, Thomas is locked in as the top option in a prolific aerial attack that downgraded from Brandin Cooks to Ted Ginn on the opposite side. While the team may try to run more often after adding Adrian Peterson to the backfield, Thomas and Willie Snead shouldn't lack for targets in an offense that's attempted 650 or more passes in each of the last seven seasons. Even if the Saints drop that number closer to 600, as they presumably hope to, Thomas should have a high enough target share to ensure that volume isn't a problem.

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    • Fri, May 26, 7:30am

      Thomas said his hips are both healthy, The Denver Post's Nicki Jhabvala reports. "This is the best I've ever felt in nearly my whole career," he said Thursday. "That helps. I don't feel pain running routes on this side or that side. It's basically equal now, so there's more joy. I'm having more fun and am not worried about guys covering me on one side or another."

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      Analysis: Thomas aggravated a preexisting issue in his left hip in Week 1 last season and spent the rest of the year playing through pain, including some discomfort in the other hip. He still played all 16 games and drew a team-leading 145 targets, but his 90 catches, 1,083 receiving yards and five touchdowns all represented his worst marks since 2011, when Tim Tebow spent most of the season at quarterback. Thomas did hint earlier this offseason that the hip issues could resurface, but he also said he has a plan in place to minimize the chances of that happening. The larger concern is Denver's quarterback situation, though Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch should fare better this upcoming season, as the team upgraded its porous offensive line via free agency and the draft. Thomas has proven he can produce without the benefit of strong quarterback play, having caught 105 passes for 1,304 yards and six touchdowns in 2015 while playing with Brock Osweiler and a washed-up Peyton Manning. The entire Denver passing game also figures to benefit from the return of offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, whose scheme is more pass-oriented than that of former head coach Gary Kubiak.

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    • Fri, May 26, 7:15am

      White signed a contract with the Jets on Thursday, Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday.com reports.

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      Analysis: White heads to New York after the Jets waived return specialist Brisly Estime. A former Bill, he recorded two interceptions and four passes defensed in 15 games, including four starts, last season. The 27-year-old will compete for a spot on the 53-man roster in September.

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  • Nick Folk K - tb
    • Thu, May 25, 8:46pm

      Folk drilled all five of his field-goal attempts in Thursday's OTA, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: The veteran kicker has been lights out over this week's OTAs, as he'd also been perfect on four attempts through the much narrower 8.5-foot wide uprights that the Bucs utilized in Tuesday's session. NFL regulation goalposts were utilized Thursday, which seemed to help fellow kicker Roberto Aguayo as well.

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    • Thu, May 25, 8:41pm

      Aguayo drilled at least four field goals during Thursday's OTA session, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: It was a nice bounce-back for the beleaguered second-year kicker, who had gone just 1-for-4 while attempting to kick through 8.5-foot wide uprights on Tuesday. The Bucs were back to regulation goal posts Thursday, which clearly seemed to help Aguayo's cause. The former FSU kicker will attempt to hold off the challenge of veteran Nick Folk this summer, and the latter has notably gotten off to a strong start over the first few sessions.

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    • Thu, May 25, 8:09pm

      Hargreaves notched an interception for the second consecutive day in Thursday's OTA, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports. "We challenged Vernon to take the ball away more this year and he's done that these first couple of days here," head coach Dirk Koetter said after Thursday's practice.

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      Analysis: Hargreaves arrived in Tampa last season with a reputation for getting his hands on the ball after having recorded 10 interceptions and 27 passes defensed overall in three years at the University of Florida. However, his rookie campaign featured just two forced turnovers and also saw Hargreaves targeted a league-high 113 times for a total of 1,069 yards. After Koetter challenged him earlier this offseason to be more aggressive, the second-year corner seems to be playing with just such a mindset over his first week of offseason practices.

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    • Thu, May 25, 5:31pm

      Gilbert has been suspended for the first four games of the 2017 season, Courtney Fallon of NFL Network reports.

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      Analysis: Things continue to spiral for the former first-rounder, who was released by the Steelers early in the offseason. Now that he has an impending four-game suspension, Gilbert may have a harder time finding a team this summer than was already expected.

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    • Thu, May 25, 4:56pm

      Perriman has been the Ravens' most impressive receiver during OTAs according to teammate Dennis Pitta, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.

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      Analysis: The third-year wideout is lined up for a vastly increased role in the offense this season following Steve Smtih's retirement and Kamar Aiken's departure in free agency. He figures to start opposite Mike Wallace, and by all accounts, Perriman has been up to the challenge to this point. Only so much can be gleaned from OTA performances, but it's encouraging nonetheless that Perriman is healthy and making plays in practice.

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  • C.J. Mosley LB - bal
    • Thu, May 25, 2:30pm

      Mosley will not participate in OTAs after undergoing shoulder surgery in the offseason, Garrett Downing of the Ravens' official site reports.

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      Analysis: The 24-year-old is still going through walk-throughs and workouts with the team but will not be on the field until he is 100 percent healthy. Coach John Harbaugh did not disclose any sort of timetable for the linebacker's return, so look for more updates to come throughout the offseason.

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  • Odell Beckham WR - nyg
    • Thu, May 25, 1:43pm

      In an interview with Kimberly Jones of NFL Network, Beckham noted he will be at mandatory minicamp that begins on June 13.

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      Analysis: Beckham was absent for the Giants' first two days of OTAs, a trend that appears likely to continue until mandatory minicamp. While some see the wideout's absence as an issue, the 24-year-old has been present at other offseason workouts throughout the first couple months of the offseason and has no intention of missing mandatory practices.

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