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Report: A.P. will not report for Vikings OTAs 05-24-2015
Adrian Peterson RB MIN
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Adrian Peterson will be a no-show for the start of Vikings Organized Team Activities (OTAs).

St. Paul Pioneer Press
The Pio Press cites a "source" that is likely Peterson's agent. Peterson's concern with the Vikings has long been their perceived lack of loyalty toward him during last year's investigation for child abuse. Still, the draft came and went without a Peterson trade, which showed loyalty on the Vikings' behalf. If Peterson indeed skips OTAs, he will forfeit a $250,000 workout bonus. The Vikings hold a series of OTAs on June 2-4 and 8-11, and a mandatory minicamp on June 16-18.
Ray Rice not on Cowboys radar 05-24-2015
Ray Rice RB BAL
ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes free agent Ray Rice's absence from the Cowboys' recent running back workouts suggests Rice is not on the team's radar.

ESPN Dallas
The Cowboys recently worked out a who's who of running back washouts, including Daniel Thomas, Felix Jones, and Ben Tate. Rice was not invited, and nor was Chris Johnson. The players brought in to try out were likely the top backs on Dallas' emergency list. Rice and Johnson may not be on the list at all.
Zach Ertz to lead Eagles in receiving? 05-24-2015
Zach Ertz TE PHI
The Philadelphia Inquirer mentions third-year TE Zach Ertz as a candidate to "end up leading the Eagles in receiving" this season.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Beat writer Jeff McLane acknowledges this is contingent upon Ertz earning more playing time after he played only 50 percent of Philly's 2014 offensive snaps. The Eagles' wideout corps is largely unproven, and Ertz's pass-catching chops were never in doubt. At very least, Ertz needs to become a bigger part of the Eagles' red-zone offense after scoring only three TDs in 2014.
Josh Huff to be Eagles kickoff returner 05-24-2015
Josh Huff WR PHI
Eagles WR Josh Huff is expected to open training camp as the team's No. 1 kickoff returner.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Huff was floated as a breakout candidate at wide receiver before the draft, but the chances of that happening all but evaporated when the Eagles selected Nelson Agholor 20th overall. As a rookie, Huff averaged a robust 29.6 yards on 14 kick returns, including a 107-yard touchdown in Week 12 against the Titans.
Kris Durham works out for Saints 05-24-2015
Kris Durham WR TEN
In addition to the Cowboys, free agent WR Kris Durham recently worked out for the Saints.

Alex Marvez on Twitter
The Saints went with Lance Lewis over Durham, who has been abysmal in past opportunities to play extensively. He was arguably the worst wideout in the entire NFL in 2013, when Durham served as the Lions' No. 3 receiver.
Glenn Dorsey (biceps) close to 100 percent 05-24-2015
Glenn Dorsey DE SF
When asked if his torn biceps was fully healed, 49ers DL Glenn Dorsey said "I'm close."

San Francisco Chronicle
Dorsey isn't practicing yet, but he'll be ready in plenty of time for the start of the season. The 29-year-old is one of a handful of candidates the 49ers are considering to replace Justin Smith at right end. Arik Armstead, Tony Jerod-Eddie and Ian Williams could see snaps there as well, particularly on passing downs.
Crowder could returns kicks for Redskins 05-24-2015
Jamison Crowder WR WAS
Redskins special teams coach Ben Kotwica is "intrigued" by Jamison Crowder's potential as a punt returner.

Alex Marvez on Twitter
He was a productive special teamer in college, returning four punts for touchdowns in his last two seasons at Duke. At 5'8" and only 185 pounds, Crowder is probably too small to be anything more than a part-time player at wide receiver. Andre Roberts returned kicks for the Redskins last season.
Brooks Reed questionable for start of OTAs 05-24-2015
Brooks Reed LB ATL
Brooks Reed could miss the start of OTAs because of a groin injury.

ESPN.com
He suffered the injury during the team's recent veteran minicamp. We'd expect the Falcons to be as cautious as possible with Reed after inking him to a five-year contract this offseason. O'Brien Schofield is likely to get first-team reps when OTAs open on Tuesday.
Mario Williams to play outside linebacker 05-24-2015
Mario Williams DE BUF
Mario Williams will play outside linebacker in Rex Ryan's new 3-4 scheme.

Buffalo News
Williams played left defensive end under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz last season but Mike Pettine used him at outside linebacker in 2013. Ryan is famous for using different looks so Williams could still end up playing defensive end on occasion. After grading out as one of the league's best run defenders a year, Williams will have to focus on coverage a bit more in 2015.
NFL drops Joplo Bartu's two-game suspension 05-24-2015
Joplo Bartu LB ATL
The NFL has overturned Joplo Bartu's two-game suspension.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
He received a two-game ban for pleading no contest to a DUI but after filing paperwork with the league in March, the NFL dropped his suspension and instead fined him $50,000. Bartu finished third on the team with 83 tackles last season.
Matt Shaughnessy moves from OLB to DE 05-24-2015
Matt Shaughnessy DE ARZ
The Cardinals are moving Matt Shaughnessy to defensive end.

Arizona Republic
Shaughnessy played left outside linebacker in 2014 but coach Bruce Arians thinks he'll be a better fit at defensive end because of his size (6'5/285). He'll battle Calais Campbell and Frostee Rucker for playing time on the outside. Alex Okafor is the favorite to start at left outside linebacker.
Arians: Right tackle is Massie's to lose 05-24-2015
Bobby Massie T ARZ
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said the starting right tackle position is Bobby Massie's to lose.

Arizona Republic
Most people assumed first-round pick D.J. Humphries would get first crack at right tackle, but Arians said that isn't the case. "It's not D.J.'s job," said Arians. "D.J.'s got to do a hell of a lot to ever get that job." Arians' commitment to Massie is a little surprising considering he's received negative grades from Pro Football Focus each of the last three seasons. The Cardinals are almost certain to let Massie walk when he hits free agency next offseason, so at worst Humphries will be the starter in 2016.
Whaley: Our quarterbacks are on equal footing 05-24-2015
EJ Manuel QB BUF
During an appearance on The Jim Rome Show, Bills GM Doug Whaley said the team's quarterbacks are on "equal footing."

Profootballtalk on NBC Sports
That doesn't do much to clear up Buffalo's foggy quarterback situation. E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel are the clear frontrunners with Tyrod Taylor and Jeff Tuel competing for backup snaps. Head coach Rex Ryan has already said the offense will live and die by LeSean McCoy, so whoever wins the job will be little more than a game manager. Obviously, this is a situation fantasy owners will want to avoid.