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Malachi Dupre mixed in with the first-team offense during minicamp, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports.


Dupre got his first-team snaps while veterans Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb were being rested, but it's still noteworthy that the 2017 seventh-round selection worked ahead of fellow rookie DeAngelo Yancey, who was drafted two rounds earlier. Dupre is a former five-star recruit who never quite developed as expected in his three seasons at LSU, topping out at 43 catches for 698 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore in 2015. He ran a 4.52 40 yard-dash at a lanky 6-foot-2, 196 pounds at the Combine, but there is still some long-term potential to be had if he can put on muscle without sacrificing speed and quickness. Dupre and Yancey could end up battling for one roster spot, or possibly even just one practice squad spot, as the Packers already have a deep receiving corps.

Mike Tolbert could have a role on passing downs, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW 7 ABC Buffalo reports.


The Bills signed Tolbert and fellow fullback Patrick DiMarco at the beginning of free agency, with the latter profiling as a traditional lead blocker, while the former figures to operate more like a specialized backup tailback. Tolbert isn't quick or shifty enough to justify a high volume of carries, but he could be useful for passing downs and short-yardage situations, offering an unusual mix of size, receiving skills and pass-blocking ability. In the event of a LeSean McCoy injury, the Bills likely would turn to Jonathan Williams as the primary ball carrier, with Tolbert then handling most of the passing-down work.

Jarvis Landry (W, Mia)

Jarvis Landry's agent said any talks about a long-term contract extension will have to take place before Week 1, The Miami Herald's Barry Jackson reports.


Landry carries a base salary of $893,850 as he enters the final season of his rookie contract, and while it sounds as if negotiations haven't really started, the Dolphins likely will approach him with an offer in the coming months. If no deal is reached, the team could keep him around next offseason with the franchise tag, which likely would cost around $15 million – an unprecedented salary for a possession receiver who primarily operates from the slot. The Dolphins probably hope to avoid such a scenario, though it's possible the team would be comfortable with that figure, as Landry can make a strong argument that he's the NFL's top slot receiver. He seems to have maintained a good relationship with the team, never threatening to hold out at any point this offseason. Expect the two sides to eventually agree on a multi-year deal, be it this offseason or next.

Bears coach John Fox suggested Miller (foot) is tentatively expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune reports. "As far as Danny, Zach Miller … they're going to cut it close for training camp, but right now they're right on target and that's kind of what we expected all offseason," said Fox.


Miller missed the entire offseason program while recovering from a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot, the same injury that wiped out his 2014 campaign. He came on strong late in the 2015 season and carried the momentum into 2016 with 47 catches in 10 games, but even if he's healthy for the start of training camp, the 32-year-old Miller could face serious competition for snaps and targets from free-agent addition Dion Sims and second-round draft pick Adam Shaheen. The Bears also improved their depth at wide receiver, suggesting targets will be spread around between a number of players in an offense that hopes to lean heavily on running back Jordan Howard. Between his injury and the makeup of Chicago's 2017 roster, Miller faces a difficult path to reprising the fantasy utility he had from late 2015 to mid-2016.

George Kittle, a fifth-round selection in the 2017 draft, got extensive work with the first-string offense during minicamp, Grant Cohn of The Press Democrat reports.


Kittle only had 48 receptions in four seasons playing in a run-heavy offense at the University of Iowa, but his impressive showing at the Combine – where he ran a 4.52 40 at 6-foot-4, 247 pounds – suggests he has the potential to pose a major receiving threat in the NFL. His lack of pass-catching experience normally would have him pegged as a developmental prospect, but San Francisco's lack of talent at tight end hints at an open competition for snaps during training camp. Returning starter Vance McDonald (shoulder) was shopped during the draft, while Garrett Celek and Logan Paulsen are mostly valued for their contributions as run blockers. Kittle could make a push for one of the top two spots on the Week 1 depth chart.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan said Austin Hooper has grown "exponentially" this offseason, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official website reports.


Selected in the third round (No. 81 overall) of last year's draft, Hooper made the most of a limited role as a rookie, producing 10.0 yards per target, 14.3 yards per catch and three touchdowns on just 27 targets, with gains of 44, 42, 34 and 28 yards among his 19 receptions. He also scored in the Super Bowl, and with 33-year-old Jacob Tamme still unsigned, Hooper is the team's unquestioned No. 1 pass-catching option at tight end. The Falcons do seem to value the 6-foot-8, 265-pound Levine Toilolo as a run blocker, which could serve to limit Hooper's snaps on early downs.

James Conner (hamstring) didn't practice much during the offseason program, PennLive.com's Jacob Klinger reports.


Conner pulled a hamstring during rookie minicamp in mid-May and still wasn't back to full strength when mandatory minicamp wrapped up in mid-June. With Le'Veon Bell (groin) also unavailable throughout the offseason, uninspiring veterans Fitzgerald Toussaint and Knile Davis likely handled most of the first- and second-team reps. Assuming he's healthy for training camp, Conner is still the favorite to serve as Bell's primary backup, with his status as a third-round selection (No. 105) ensuring of him a roster spot at the very least.

Anquan Boldin said on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM on Monday that he would "prefer to sign [with a team] right before training camp."


Boldin, now 36 years old, admitted he's intentionally waiting to sign a contract partly in order to limit the wear and tear he puts on his body. However, he referred to training camp as a "necessary evil" that all players – even 15-year veterans – need to go through to fully prepare for the season ahead. Following the same course of action in 2016, Boldin ultimately signed with the Lions just days before training camp and went on to post 67 receptions for 584 receiving yards and a team-high eight touchdowns across 16 games. The receiver didn't hint at where he might land this time around, instead saying he's simply looking for the best fit for him and his family.

T.J. Yates is expected to hit training camp as the No. 2 quarterback behind Tyrod Taylor and ahead of Nathan Peterman and Cardale Jones, The Buffalo News reports.


Reportedly, only Taylor has looked ready to run Rick Dennison's offense entering the season. That's been the case all along, but the Bills are hoping someone will step up and give the coaching staff some comfort should Taylor suffer an injury. So far that's not really happening, but Yates has more experience as a pro and also has experience with Dennison, putting him in the second spot in the pecking order for now, though the situation could remain fluid as the youngsters behind him get more chances.

Mo Alexander was revealed to be dealing with a hip injury, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.


Alexander was known to have missed out on the early goings of offseason practices due to an injury, but the nature of the ailment wasn't clear. Fortunately, the 2014 fourth-rounder was just starting to up his level of activity as the offseason program came to a close and is expected to return to full health by the start of training camp in late July.

Bradley Marquez (knee) is expected to be fully healthy for training camp, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.


Marquez ended the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a knee injury he sustained in Week 15. The Texas Tech product is coming off a season in which he logged the fifth-most snaps on special teams for the Rams and will likely need to earn his keep in that phase of the game once again in order to secure a roster spot ahead of Week 1.

Currently slotted behind slot receiver Jeremy Kerley on the depth chart, Trent Taylor could have an impact during his rookie season as a return man, Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee reports.


The 5-foot-8 rookie wideout has impressed at times during practices this offseason, displaying his strong hands and ability to create separation on shorter routes. While he is unlikely to unseat Kerley as the team's starting slot receiver without an injury, the team could utilize his quickness as a return man this season. We don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but Taylor has the makings of a great PPR option if and when he gets his shot as a starter.

Malcolm Johnson (undisclosed) was waived from the Seahawks' injured reserve Monday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.


Johnson landed on injured reserve last week after suffering an undisclosed injury in practice. Now that he's no longer tied to the Seahawks, the 2015 sixth-rounder can immediately begin looking for work elsewhere.

Ryan Grant could play a larger role in Washington's offense this season, Stephen Czarda of the Redskins' official site reports.


With DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon out of the nation's capital, Grant could see increased opportunities in 2017, especially considering his ability to play anywhere on the field. "The good thing about Ryan is that he can play all over the place," head coach Jay Gruden noted. "Ryan can play all three spots, very good blocker, can do a little bit of everything." That ability bodes well for the 26-year-old, as he will be competing among Josh Doctson, Brian Quick and Maurice Harris for reps behind starters Jamison Crowder and Terrelle Pryor. Grant's jack-of-all-trades style could separate him from the group, as he'll look to build upon his 39 career receptions.

Chris Watt (knee) signed a contract with the Saints on Monday.


Watt was waived by the Chargers, where he was selected in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, halfway through last season as he missed the entire year with a knee injury. He'll now compete for a reserve role on the Saints offensive line.

Cooper Kupp made a strong impression as a slot receiver during the Rams' offseason practices, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.


Kupp worked on the inside while Tavon Austin (wrist) spent this spring recovering from surgery. Although Austin often occupies a slot role himself, the rookie fifth-rounder apparently emerged as a 'go-to' target during his initial practices there. Given Kupp's 4.62-second 40-yard dash time, he probably lacks the explosiveness to play on the outside, but that's hardly a problem with Austin. As a result, the veteran could be used more as a perimeter deep threat, leaving Kupp to clean up receptions underneath.

Jake Rudock appears to have clearly established himself as the No. 2 quarterback heading into training camp, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.


The drafting of former University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya in this year's draft initially seemed to put Rudock's hold on the No. 2 job in question, but it doesn't sound as if Kaaya has been able to pick up the playbook quick enough to serve as legitimate competition. Meanwhile, Rudock has a year of experience in OC Jim Bob Cooter's offense and has shown marked improvement from 2016 during offseason practices. Things could always prior to Week 1, but Rudock seems unlikely to lose his role unless Kaaya puts on a show during the preseason.

Duke Johnson (R, Cle)

Duke Johnson could take on a larger role in the offense this season, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. "He's hungry," running back coach Kirby Wilson noted. "He's very knowledgable. He's a great worker. He's committed to being the best that he can be. He's one of our better leaders and one of our better playmakers. So we expect big things from him starting in training camp."


Johnson has been a decent backup through his first two seasons in the league but will look to make the leap this season, playing second fiddle to Isaiah Crowell. If he can continue to develop his raw abilities behind a revamped Browns offensive line, the 23-year-old could be primed for career numbers across the board. With very little competition in the backfield this offseason, Johnson will ultimately be in control of how many reps he gets with the first team offense.

Isaiah Crowell (R, Cle)

Isaiah Crowell could receive a long-term deal from the Browns if he's able to produce this season, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.


Crowell signed a restricted free-agent tender this offseason, which will make him an unrestricted free agent in March of 2018. However, if he's able to build on his 952 rushing yards from last season, the 24-year-old could find himself in Cleveland for years to come. Running backs coach Kirby Wilson seems confident that 2017 will be Crowell's best year yet, "He's not even in his prime yet. He has to continue to work hard. He saw what happened last year - when you work extremely hard, good things happen for you. I think he enjoyed limited success, and he's hungry and eager and looking for even more this season." Factor in the Browns' offensive line additions of Kevin Zeitler and JC Tretter and Crowell's payday could be right around the corner.

Jay Ajayi (R, Mia)

Jay Ajayi is focused on improving his pass-catching skills in order to avoid leaving the field on some third-down situations this season, ESPN's James Walker reports.


Ajayi broke out to the tune of 1,272 rushing yards, eight touchdowns and a Pro Bowl selection last season, but he caught just 27 passes for 151 yards in the process. In an effort to elevate his game further, the 2015 fifth-rounder has pinpointed his receiving skills for improvement this offseason. According to the report, Ajayi already appears more fluid in his route running this year, which bodes well for an uptick in production. Along with featuring on more third downs, the fact that Ajayi is the Dolphins' unquestioned starter this season – compared to not earning that role until Week 5 last term – certainly seems to favor his stock.