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  • Branden Oliver RB - lac
    • Thu, May 25, 8:39am

      Oliver has fully recovered from the season-ending Achilles injury he suffered during the 2016 preseason, ESPN's Eric Williams reports.

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      Analysis: Head coach Anthony Lynn suggested Oliver is back to full health, making all the necessary cuts and jukes during recent OTAs. Where Oliver will fit in the Chargers offense remains to be seen, as the 25-year-old has flashed nimble moves evocative of since-departed scatbacks Danny Woodhead and Darren Sproles. Oliver also has been a capable runner when healthy, finishing with 582 yards on 160 carries in his rookie season. More than likely, Oliver's role will be to spell workhorse Melvin Gordon while occasionally contributing as a third-down threat out of the backfield, but we'll gain more information as the team trudges towards training camp.

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  • Andrew Luck QB - ind
    • Thu, May 25, 8:31am

      The Colts have gone out of their way to avoiding providing a timeline for Luck's (shoulder) return to practice, The Indianapolis Star's Stephen Holder reports.

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      Analysis: Although Colts brass confidently stated that Luck will be ready for Week 1, the lack of discussion about his return to the practice field is cause for concern regarding his training camp and preseason availability. Luck was never expected to participate in Indy's offseason program, as the procedure he had in January -- repairing a torn labrum -- typically requires four-to-six months for recovery. That timeline would seem to put him on track for the start of training camp, and yet the Colts have avoided any discussion of target dates, only saying that they'll be cautious with their franchise quarterback. While it won't come as any surprise if Scott Tolzien is leading the first-string offense at the start of camp, Luck is still expected to be back at full health by Week 1.

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  • Duke Ihenacho DB - nyg
    • Thu, May 25, 8:16am

      Ihenacho will sign with the Giants on Thursday, the Record's Art Stapleton reports.

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      Analysis: Ihenacho logged 10 starts with the Redskins last season, notching 66 tackles and two passes defensed throughout 15 total games. The veteran safety turns 28 years old in June, and he figures to provide depth at strong safety behind Landon Collins in New York.

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  • Brock Osweiler QB - cle
    • Thu, May 25, 8:08am

      Osweiler worked with the second-team offense at Wednesday's practice, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon Journal reports.

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      Analysis: Cody Kessler led the first-string offense, with DeShone Kizer getting third-team reps and Kevin Hogan working with the fourth-stringers. Kessler is the clear favorite to start Week 1, but Osweiler is optimistic he'll at least make a push for the job, even though he isn't quite a lock for the final roster. While the Browns wouldn't save any cap room by releasing the 26-year-old this year, the team could determine that the 24-year-old Hogan represents a better use of a roster spot for a rebuilding franchise. The more likely scenario features Kessler, Kizer and Osweiler all making the team, with the Browns then trying to put Hogan on the practice squad. Osweiler does seem like the best bet among the group to challenge Kessler for the Week 1 starting job.

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    • Thu, May 25, 7:55am

      Treadwell took first-team snaps alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen at Wednesday's practice, The Star Tribune's Matt Vensel reports.

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      Analysis: The 23rd overall pick in last year's draft, Treadwell dealt with nagging ankle and hamstring injuries throughout a rookie season in which he caught just one pass in nine games. Seemingly back to full health, he's the favorite to serve as the No. 3 receiver, though free-agent addition Michael Floyd could make a push for the role if Treadwell struggles during training camp. With Kyle Rudolph at tight end and Latavius Murray (ankle), Dalvin Cook and Jerick McKinnon in the backfield, the Vikings suddenly have a lot of mouths to feed, which could limit the targets available for the team's No. 3 wideout. So long as Diggs and Thielen are healthy, Treadwell is best treated as a speculative commodity.

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    • Thu, May 25, 7:21am

      Lawrence (back) has not participated in the Cowboys' OTAs after undergoing surgery earlier this offseason, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Lawrence, who appeared in just nine games throughout his 2016 campaign, is still in the rehab stages following an offseason back procedure. He's expected to be sidelined for the remainder of OTAs with an eventual return scheduled for training camp.

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  • Marshawn Lynch RB - oak
    • Thu, May 25, 6:59am

      Lynch is being held out of OTAs by the Raiders' coaching staff, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

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      Analysis: Lynch isn't dealing with any injuries or health concerns, but the Raiders are keeping the 31-year-old on the sidelines during OTAs as he continues to learn a new offensive system. He may not suit up for practice until training camp, but for now, seventh-round pick Elijah Hood figures to see additional reps at running back as Lynch is eased back in after a lengthy layoff from the NFL.

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  • Devin Funchess WR - car
    • Thu, May 25, 6:53am

      Funchess (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's OTA session, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.

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      Analysis: Funchess, who was carted off the field Wednesday, will be sidelined until at least next week when the team resumes OTA workouts. The severity of the ankle injury is still unclear, but the Panthers aren't likely to risk the long-term health of their projected No. 2 receiver this early in the offseason.

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  • Devin Taylor DL - nyg
    • Wed, May 24, 7:38pm

      Taylor signed a one-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports.

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      Analysis: After four years with the Lions, Taylor will head to New York in 2017. He started all 16 games for Detroit last season, tallying 28 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one safety, one pass defended and one forced fumble in the process.

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    • Wed, May 24, 7:27pm

      Jackson ran several fade routes against 2016 first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves in Tuesday's OTA and impressed head coach Dirk Koetter, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

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      Analysis: Although Hargreaves held his own Tuesday, the Bucs' prize free-agent acquisition beat the second-year corner badly Wednesday, scooting past him on the left sideline to haul in a perfectly thrown ball. Jackson and quarterback Jameis Winston feel as if they're already developing a strong chemistry, and the former has expressed admiration for the way the young quarterback has been carrying himself around his teammates over the first two days of OTAs. "He's one of the first out there. He's going to be running around from drill to drill. His excitement, his camaraderie with the team, it's what you need in a quarterback. I think he has that and that's why this franchise has him as their starting quarterback."

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