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Buccaneers' Scotty Miller 'gunning' for third receiver role in 2020

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Scotty Miller expects to compete for the third receiver role on the 2020 depth chart.

What It Means:

After Breshad Perriman signed with the New York Jets, Miller is expecting to compete for the third receiving spot behind starters Chris Godwin and Mike Evans. "With B.P. going to the Jets that spot is open and I’m going to want to be on the field as much as possible next year to help this team win games," said Miller when asked about his playing time expectations. "Hopefully I can get that spot, play as much as I can, make as many plays as I can and help us win as much as we can.”

Expect Miller and Justin Watson to battle for the third receiving role if Tampa Bay decides to roll with their current group. On 15 career catchable targets, Miller has recorded 24% of his receiving yards after the catch (48 of 200) and one touchdown.

Philadelphia's Andrew McCutchen (knee) ready for 2020 season

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen (knee) is "ready to go" after receiving extra time to rehab from his ACL injury suffered in June 2019.

What It Means:

After rehabbing successfully from his ACL injury, McCutchen is now healthy enough to start the 2020 regular season whenever it occurs. "Now I know, whenever the time comes and we're playing again, I'll be ready to go," said the veteran outfielder when asked about his status. "I'm really gonna be itching to get out on the field and play."

Expect McCutchen to retain his starting role in left field whenever the 2020 season begins. The 33-year old 's season-long projection includes a .257 batting average with 23 home runs and 67 RBI in 575 plate appearances.

Source: NBC Sports

Chiefs, Ricky Seals-Jones agree to one-year contract

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed former Cleveland Browns tight end Ricky Seals-Jones to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

The former undrafted free agent in 2017 spent his first two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before taking part in 14 games for the Browns last season. Jones caught 14 of 22 targets in Cleveland (63.6%) for 229 yards (16.4 yards per reception), 4 touchdowns, and 10 first downs. He will likely serve as the primary back up to Travis Kelce, a potentially valuable role, but one that only resulted in a combined 19 targets for Blake Bell and Deon Yelder last season.

Seals' Net Expected Points per reception of 1.22 was 5th best among all tight ends with at least 10 receptions last season. He earned a receiving grade of 58.1 from Pro Football Focus, the second-best mark of his three-year career.

Texans reportedly considering signing Eric Reid

The Houston Texans have had talks discussing the possibility of defensive back Eric Reid joining them, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

What It Means:

Reid's brother, Justin, has reportedly spoken to Bill O'Brien about signing Eric and received positive feedback. It's a long way from a sure thing, but the Texans could certainly use the help after recording a Pro Football Focus coverage grade of just 50.3 last season, the 5th worst mark in the league. A weakness that was on full display during their playoff collapse to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Reid took over 100 snaps at multiple positions for the Panthers last season, including slot corner (193), box (496), and free safety (295). He recorded the worst coverage grade of his career (36.1), allowing 45 receptions on 57 targets (78.9%) for 573 yards (12.7 per reception) and 7 touchdowns.

Rams' Michael Brockers clears physical

Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Michael Brockers passed his physical.

What It Means:

This is notable because Brockers initially agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, but the Ravens balked after receiving the results of Brockers' physical. He injured his left ankle in the Rams' season finale last year. The 29-year-old has been with the franchise for his entire career after being selected in the first round back in 2012.

Brockers recorded 3 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss, and 9 quarterback hits last season. He graded 4th against the run and 19th overall on Pro Football Focus among the 72 interior defenders to play at least 463 defensive snaps.

Damarious Randall joining Raiders

The Las Vegas Raiders and free agent defensive back Damarious Randall, formerly of the Cleveland Browns, agreed on a 1-year contract.

What It Means:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the contract is worth up to $3.25 million. This comes just after the Raiders' agreement with free agent defensive back Eli Apple fell through. Randall can contribute at both corner and safety for the Raiders. He failed to record an interception in 2019 for the first time in his career, but Randall did record 2.5 sacks after entering the season without any. The 2015 first-rounder picked off 14 passes over his first four seasons. He turns 28 at the end of August.

Randall gave up 24 completions on 42 targets (57.1 percent) for 310 yards (7.4 yards per target) and 8 touchdowns in 11 games last season, per ProFootballReference. He graded 33rd on Pro Football Focus among 65 safeties to play at least 560 defensive snaps, earning positive grades in coverage (69.9) and overall defense (69.3) for a second consecutive season.

Sammy Watkins continuing career with Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins restructured his contract.

What It Means:

Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports says it's a 1-year deal that will pay Watkins a base of $9 million for 2020 and can reach $16 million with incentives. The move clears up $5 million for the Super Bowl champs. Watkins had more yards in all three of the Chiefs' playoff games than he did at any points from Weeks 2-17. He figures to retain his starting job in the slot, putting a ceiling on Mecole Hardman's outlook. Watkins turns 27 this summer.

Watkins averaged 8.65 FanDuel points during the regular season, finishing outside the top-50 at his position. After the opener, he failed to find the end zone or reach 70 yards in any non-playoff game. Watkins also recorded a career-low 7.5 yards per target, down from 9.4 the previous season.

Nick Foles, Mitchell Trubisky in 'open competition' for Bears' job

Chicago Bears quarterbacks Nick Foles and Mitchell Trubisky are in an "open competition," general manager Ryan Pace said.

What It Means:

Bears head coach Matt Nagy said Trubisky will take the first snaps, but that both quarterbacks will see "equal reps" and that it will be "extremely competitive." Foles, who the Bears acquired in a trade last month, could have a slight advantage due to his familiarity with fellow newcomers, offensive coordinator Bill Lazor and quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo. Foles turned 31 at the beginning of this year. Trubisky, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, will be 26 when the season starts.

Trubisky averaged 14.19 FanDuel points per game last season, finishing as the QB32. Foles averaged 9.94 FanDuel points per game and was the QB40. Trubisky ranked 33rd in numberFire's advanced passing metric, compared to Foles ranking 38th, out of 42 quarterbacks with at least 100 dropbacks.

Las Vegas reportedly re-signs offensive guard Jordan Devey

The Las Vegas Raiders have reportedly re-signed offensive guard Jordan Devey.

What It Means:

Devey will return after starting four games for the Raiders in 2019. The 32-year old guard should provide interior depth to a middling offensive line ranked 15th in pass blocking and 18th in run blocking last season via Pro Football Focus.

On 481 career snaps, Devey has allowed 9 blown blocks, 4 sacks, and 2 opposing stuffs.

Schefter: Eli Apple remains free agent after contract talks fall through with Raiders

According to Adam Schefter, cornerback Eli Apple remains a free agent after a deal was not finalized with the Las Vegas Raiders.

What It Means:

Apple is currently available after a final contract could not be agreed upon with the Raiders. The 24-year old corner should draw interest after decreasing his completion percentage allowed by 5.4% in a 144 target sample size with the Saints.

On 282 total targets, Apple has allowed 162 completions for 2,222 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Buccaneers re-sign quarterback Blaine Gabbert to one-year deal

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed quarterback Blaine Gabbert to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

Gabbert will return despite missing most of 2019's regular season with a dislocated shoulder. The former first-round pick has some familiarity with Tampa Bay's offensive scheme after starting five games for Bruce Arians in 2017. Expect Gabbert to be the favorite for the top backup role behind newly signed Tom Brady.

On 714 total attempts, Gabbert has produced 537 Catchable Targets and 25 Touchdowns.

Steelers' Eric Ebron (ankle) still recovering

Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Eric Ebron said he is still recovering from his late-season ankle operation.

What It Means:

Ebron missed the final five games of the season. “If the season started today, I don’t think I’d be able to 100 percent perform," Ebron said. "But we don’t play today.” The Steelers signed Ebron to a 2-year, $12 million contract last month, so they don't seem to be too concerned. Ebron was limited to 3 touchdowns in 2019 after racking up a career-high 13 scores with the Indianapolis Colts the previous season. He committed 5 drops on 52 targets, recording the highest drop rate (9.6 percent) among all tight ends with more than 50 targets. Ebron turns 27 next Friday.

Ebron averaged 6.5 FanDuel points per game, finishing as the TE20, with 31 receptions (2.8 per game) for 375 yards (34.1) and the aforementioned 3 touchdowns. He ranked 4th in numberFire's advanced receiving metric per target out of 29 tight ends with 50-plus targets.

P.J. Williams staying in New Orleans

The New Orleans Saints re-signed defensive back P.J. Williams to a 1-year, $2 million contract.

What It Means:

Williams is capable of covering inside and outside, and he also played safety last season. He figures to be a utility depth option for the Saints in 2020. Williams has given up 8.2 yards per target each of the past two seasons. He had 1 interception and 4 pass deflections last season and allowed 5 touchdowns on 64 targets. Williams turns 27 in two months.

Williams graded 74th on Pro Football Focus last season among 83 corners to play at least 553 defensive snaps. He's received negative coverage grades each of the past two years.

Lions ink Darryl Roberts for year

The Detroit Lions signed defensive back Darryl Roberts, formerly of the New York Jets, to a 1-year contract.

What It Means:

Roberts started 10 games for the Jets each of the past two seasons. He allowed fewer yards per target in 2019 (7.1) than the previous year (7.9), but opposing completion percentages increased to 64.3 from 59.6. Roberts also allowed more touchdowns last season (6) than in 2018 (4). The 29-year-old joins a secondary that has gone through a complete makeover this offseason.

Roberts has 3 interceptions and 27 pass deflections over 56 career games. He graded 62nd on Pro Football Focus last season among 83 corners to play at least 553 defensive snaps. Roberts' coverage grade decreased from 66.4 in 2018 to 58.5 last year.

Titans' Derrick Henry reportedly signs $10.2 million tender

Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry signed his $10.2 million franchise tender, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini.

What It Means:

Henry and the Titans are still working towards a long-term deal. The 26-year-old led the league in rushing yards (1,540) and carries (303) last season and averaged 5.1 a tote, most among any back with 200-plus attempts. The Titans released Dion Lewis earlier this offseason, a move that could lead to more usage for Henry in the passing game. He only had 18 catches on 24 targets in 15 games last season.

Henry averaged 19.0 FanDuel points per game in 2019, second only to Christian McCaffrey (25.8). He was the only running back in the NFL to average more than 100 rushing yards per game (102.7). Henry ranked 6th in numberFire's advanced rushing metric among the 45 backs with at least 100 carries.

Cowboys, Aldon Smith reach agreement on one-year, $4 million contract

The Dallas Cowboys have signed linebacker Aldon Smith to a one-year contract worth $4 million, according to Jay Glazer.

What It Means:

The former 7th overall draft pick in 2011 is reportedly clean and sober as he waits to be officially reinstated following a 4-year absence due to personal and legal issues. Prior to his absence, Smith was on track to be a tremendous impact player, recording 47.5 sacks in his 59 games played, including 19.5 in his Sophomore season in 2012. The 30-year-old will join a Cowboys' defense rated 10th against the rush and 11th against the pass according to Pro Football Focus.

During his Pro Bowl season in 2012, Smith was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded tackler at his position with a grade of 90.2. In his last season before his absence, Smith received a rush defense grade of 77.6 and a pass-rush grade of 63.9, generating 36 pressures that resulted in 4 sacks, 5 quarterback hits, and 27 hurries.

Source: Jay Glazer

Seahawks sign former Raider Benson Mayowa

The Seattle Seahawks have signed former Raider's defensive lineman Benson Mayowa, per ESPN's Field Yates.

What It Means:

Mayowa, an undrafted free agent back in 2013, played 301 snaps for the Raiders last season, with 252 of those coming in passing situations. He was originally signed by the Seahawks back in 2013, but played just 24 total snaps before moving onto the Raiders, Cowboys, Cardinals, and then back to Oakland. The 28-year-old will join a Seahawks pass rush that ranked 30th in the league last season, per Pro Football Focus.

Mayowa recorded a career-high 8 sacks last season and also equaled his career-high quarterback hurries with 18. He received a pass-blocking grade of 70.2 from Pro Football Focus, the highest of his seven-year career.

Patriots release Cody Kessler

The New England Patriots have released third-string quarterback Cody Kessler, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

What It Means:

The former 3rd round draft pick from 2016 was signed by the Patriots last October, released, and then re-signed. He had been operating as the team's third-string option. Kessler's release leaves the Patriots with two quarterbacks on their roster, Sophomore Jarrett Stidham, and veteran Brian Hoyer.

Kessler has a career record of 2 wins and 10 losses in his 12 career starts. Since being drafted, he has compiled a total of 224 completions on 349 attempts (64.2 percent) for 2,215 yards (6.3 per attempt), 8 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions.

Timmy Jernigan reportedly signs with Texans

The Houston Texans and free agent defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, have agreed to a contract, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

What It Means:

It is reportedly a one-year, $3.75 million contract, with $1.25 million guaranteed. Jernigan figures to play a larger role for the Texans after being a rotational piece for the Eagles last season. He was limited to 10 games last season due to injury but received positive grades from Pro Football Focus against the rush (67.5) and against the pass (68.0). Jernigan will turn 28 at the end of September.

Jernigan recorded 2.0 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 3 quarterback hits, and 3 pressures over 274 snaps last season. He ranked 66th on Pro Football Focus among 121 interior defenders to play at least 186 defensive snaps.

Tyrod Taylor 'in driver seat' to start for Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor is expected to start, per head coach Anthony Lynn.

What It Means:

"He’s in the driver's seat, but nothing is finalized," Lynn said. The Chargers reportedly are not expected to sign or trade for a veteran quarterback, so Taylor's current competition only consists of 2019 fifth-round pick Easton Stick, who didn't see the field as a rookie. Taylor also barely played last season, but while playing under Lynn for the Buffalo Bills from 2015-17, he averaged 201.3 passing yards and 35.8 rushing yards a game with 65 touchdowns (51 passing, 14 rushing) and 16 interceptions. The Chargers are still widely expected to select a quarterback in the first round of the draft.

Taylor was the QB10 (2015), QB8 (2016), and QB21 (2017) in terms of FanDuel points per game during the aforementioned three-year stretch. He performed either at or above league average in numberFire's adjusted passing metric each of those three seasons.

Jadeveon Clowney, Titans having talks

The Tennessee Titans and the agents of free agent edge player Jadeveon Clowney, formerly of the Seattle Seahawks, have been in talks, per general manager Jon Robinson.

What It Means:

Clowney was reportedly seeking an average annual salary of $20 million, but Dianna Russini of ESPN reports that he's now willing to take less. Clowney was limited to 3.0 sacks and 7 tackles for loss in 2019 after recording at least 9.0 sacks and 16.0 tackles for loss each of the previous two seasons, but he remains one of the best at his position against the run and also excels as a pass-rusher. The addition would serve as a sizable upgrade for a Titans team that came one game short of the Super Bowl last season. Clowney turned 27 in February.

Clowney recorded 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 interception, 13 quarterback hits, and 30 pressures in 13 games for the Seahawks last season. He graded out in the top-10 (87.3) on Pro Football Focus among the 63 edge defenders to play at least 535 defensive snaps.

Patriots' Jarrett Stidham on 'inside track' for starting job

New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham "appears to have the inside track on the Patriots' starting job," writes Jeff Howe of The Athletic.

What It Means:

Howe acknowledges that things could change, but Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler are the only other quarterbacks on the roster and the Patriots reportedly aren't interested in any of the remaining free agents. It's also unlikely that they select a Week 1 starter in the draft, setting Stidham up as the favorite. He was taken 133rd overall last year and attempted just 4 passes in the regular season as a rookie.

Stidham completed 61-of-91 passes (67.0 percent) for 731 yards (8.0 per attempt) with 4 touchdowns and 1 interception last preseason. He had the sixth-highest overall passing grade (72.2) and second-best adjusted completion percentage (84.1) on Pro Football Focus among the 20 quarterbacks with at least 68 preseason dropbacks.

Cubs-Cardinals London Series officially canceled

The London Series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What It Means:

The series was originally scheduled for June 13-14. At this point, it's not clear if any regular season games will be played by mid-June. MLB also previously canceled the Mexico and Puerto Rico series, which had been scheduled for the end of April.

Titans reportedly add defensive end Jack Crawford

The Tennessee Titans have reportedly signed defensive end Jack Crawford.

What It Means:

According to Yates, Crawford will join the Titans after playing 36 games with the Atlanta Falcons. The 31-year old should boost a struggling defensive unit ranked last in quarterback knockdowns per pass attempt last season (4.5%).

On 959 total pass-rushing opportunities, Crawford has recorded 42 Hurries and 11 Knockdowns.

Jets reportedly re-sign quarterback David Fales

The New York Jets have reportedly signed quarterback David Fales to a one-year contract.

What It Means:

Fales will return for an opportunity to compete as the Jets' top backup quarterback behind starter Sam Darnold. The 29-year old is most known for his familiarity with Adam Gase's offensive system after previously spending time with the polarizing head coach in Miami.

On 48 career attempts, Fales has produced 31 completions for 287 yards and one touchdown.

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