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    • Wed, Jun 19, 7:48pm

      The Colts have decided to make Banogu initially play defensive end, but his role could eventually expand to include time at linebacker, defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus told the Indianapolis Star.

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      Analysis: Banogu, a second-round pick in April, could eventually play linebacker in the team's base defense and rush from the end in sub-packages. However, it sounds like he'll begin on the defensive line. Still, his role could be in flux early in the season as the Colts try to move him around the field to put him spots to rush the passer.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 6:46pm

      Taywan Taylor "didn't pop much" during offseason practices, Travis Haney of the Athletic reports.

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      Analysis: Haney also noted the team didn't work on many passes down the field, implying Taylor's role will likely be as a deep threat in 2019. That makes sense given the team's addition of both A.J. Brown and Adam Humphries, meaning Taylor could be relegated to playing primarily in four-receiver sets. On the other hand, Brown is already battling a hamstring injury, which could help Taylor maintain a bigger role in the offense -- at least early on.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 6:37pm

      Fluellen gained 16-17 pounds in the offseason, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Fluellen won't factor heavily into the offensive gameplan barring injury, with both Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis firmly ahead of him on the depth chart. However, his added muscle will give him the chance to also work as the team's fullback -- another avenue for him to stick on the roster. Last season, Fluellen carried the ball just four times for 16 yards.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 6:25pm

      Davis displayed improved body control during offseason practices, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Davis' emphasized the ability to better control his body this offseason, and that work appears to be paying dividends. Wyatt noted that he made several catches up high through mini camp, utilizing his 6'3" frame. Davis took a step forward in 2018 -- his second NFL season -- catching 65 passes for 891 yards and four touchdowns. With more consistent quarterback play and improvement of his own, Davis could be ready to live up to his status as the fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 6:11pm

      Humphries stood out in offseason practices, consistently catching the ball and getting open quickly, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

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      Analysis: Humphries signed a four-year deal with the Titans in March after playing the first four seasons of his career for Tampa Bay. He's displayed quick feet during offseason practices, making himself an available target to quarterback Marcus Mariota. The fifth-year receiver is coming off the most productive campaign, hauling in 76 catches for 816 yards and five touchdowns. He lined up in the slot of 78 percent of the time with the Buccaneers in 2018 and figures to work primarily as the slot receiver for the Titans as well.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 4:35pm

      Yurachek (undisclosed) signed an undisclosed contract with Dallas on Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

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      Analysis: Yurachek was recently waived by the Raiders on June 6, but was able to find a new team quickly. The Marshall product is dealing with an undisclosed injury, however. Yurachek will likely have to beat out Jamize Olawale in training camp in order to nail down the the team's only fullback roster spot.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 3:30pm

      Wagner and the Seahawks are still in talks about a contract extension, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

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      Analysis: Wagner has made his intentions clear this offseason -- he wants to be the highest-paid inside linebacker in the league -- a title that is currently held by C.J. Mosley of the Jets. With Mosley getting $17 million annually, Wagner is asking for a number north of that. Wagner was still present at Seattle's recent OTAs and even went on to lead the defense and coach up the young players from the sidelines; but he refused to participate himself. At this point in the offseason, an agreement between the two sides doesn't seem likely any time soon.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 3:23pm

      Kuechly is expected to occupy one of the team's inside linebacker positions in its new 3-4 defensive scheme, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

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      Analysis: Since coming into the league, Kuechly has made at least 100 tackles in each season, primarily at middle linebacker, where he was allowed to roam freely and not shed blockers. Now, the Boston College product will have to get used to a linebacking partner next to him, and more unblocked offensive linemen. Kuechly didn't seem too concerned, stating Thursday: "I don't really care. I just want to win. And I think this is gonna give us an opportunity to have some different looks and put people in some stressful positions, hopefully." Kuechly is still expected to be one of the top IDP options in 2019, but don't be surprised if his numbers take a slight dip in his new role.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 3:14pm

      Thompson is expected to occupy one of the inside linebacker spots in Carolina's new 3-4 defensive scheme next season, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

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      Analysis: Thompson is coming off his best season statistically in his career, racking up 80 tackles (51 solo) and 3.5 sacks, all personal bests. Now, he'll have to shed more offensive linemen that will normally be occupied with interior players. With a chance that he'll have to take on more blocks than he's used to, don't be surprised if Thompson's numbers take a slight dip in 2019.

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    • Wed, Jun 19, 3:07pm

      Short is expected to move to a defensive end role after the team moved to a 3-4 defensive scheme this offseason, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.

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      Analysis: Short has spent the last six seasons with the Panthers, suiting up almost exclusively at one of the tackle spots on the interior of the line. The 30-year-old saw a slight dip in production last season, making 42 tackles and just three sacks in 14 games. With the new position change, it could certainly hurt Short's chances for sacks and tackles as he'll have to take on more blocks in the trenches, hurting his IDP value.

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