NFL PLAYER NEWS
Bills reportedly releasing Chris Ivory
The Buffalo Bills are releasing running back Chris Ivory, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
This was expected after the Bills signed Frank Gore. Ivory has averaged just 3.4 yards on 227 carries over the past two seasons. He turned 31 this month.
Ivory rushed 115 times for 385 yards and 1 touchdown in 13 games last season. He also caught 13 passes on 21 targets for 205 scoreless yards.
Derrius Guice (knee) expected to be full-go by Washington camp
Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice (knee) is expected to do individual work at OTAs and be a full-go for training camp, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
It appears Guice will be fine for the start of 2019, despite suffering multiple setbacks after tearing his ACL last preseason. The 59th overall pick from last year's draft, Guice will likely compete with Adrian Peterson for the lead job in Washington's backfield.
Guice rushed 471 times for 3,074 yards (6.5 yards per carry) and 29 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 250 yards (7.8 yards per catch) and 3 touchdowns in 35 games for the LSU Tigers.
Giants intend to identify Eli Manning's successor
New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur wants to find quarterback Eli Manning's successor "sooner than later."
Shurmur also wants the quarterback to learn behind Manning for a season. The Giants may choose their heir in the first round of this year's draft, as they hold the 6th and 17th overall picks.
Manning threw for 4,299 yards (7.5 yards per attempt) on a 66.0 completion percentage with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season.
Buccaneers believe Chris Godwin can catch 100 passes
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin can be "close to a 100-catch guy," believes head coach Bruce Arians.
Godwin is expected to be used more in the slot, the same position where Larry Fitzgerald strung together three consecutive 100-catch seasons while Arians was with the Arizona Cardinals. Next season will be Godwin's third in the league. He turned 23 in February.
Godwin caught 59 passes for 842 yards and 7 touchdowns on 95 targets last season.
49ers plan to keep Jerick McKinnon
San Francisco 49ers running back Jerick McKinnon will remain with the team in 2019, general manager John Lynch said.
There was talk the 49ers would part ways with McKinnon after signing Tevin Coleman, but Lynch says that will not be the case. McKinnon and Coleman will likely compete for touches behind Matt Breida in what sets up to be a crowded backfield situation in San Francisco. Raheem Mostert and Jeff Wilson could also be involved. McKinnon missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in practice before Week 1.
McKinnon has 474 rush attempts for 1,918 yards and 7 touchdowns over 58 career games. He's also caught 142 passes on 191 targets for 984 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Drew Rosenhaus: Rob Gronkowski would return to Patriots
Retired tight end Rob Gronkowski's agent Drew Rosenhaus "wouldn't be shocked" if the future Hall of Famer returned to the New England Patriots.
“If the team was struggling or they needed him at some point next year, and let’s just say hypothetically Tom Brady gave him a call and said ‘Rob, I need you.’ I wouldn’t be shocked if he came back to play a few games,” Rosenhaus said. Turning 30 in May, Gronkowski is ready to move on to off-field passions, but he could always return for another postseason run.
Over 115 career games, Gronk reeled in 521 receptions for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns (0.69 touchdowns per game) on 795 targets.
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