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Sheldon Richardson attended Jets' voluntary workouts

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson attended voluntary workouts last week.

What It Means:

He missed the first day but was present for the rest of the week. Richardson has been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, which fueled speculation that he might not show up for OTA's. ESPN's Rich Cimini expects the Jets to give up on shopping Richardson if they can't find a trade partner by Saturday.

The Jets' defense ranked 10th-worst in opponent-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points allowed per play last year. Richardson had a career-low two sacks in 2016.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jerry Hughes excited for Bills' 4-3 scheme shift

Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes believes head coach Sean McDermott's new 4-3 scheme will play to the team's strengths.

What It Means:

"He wants us to go out there and play fast and play physical," said Hughes. "That’s the two main focal points that they’re bringing." The Bills thrived in a 4-3 scheme under defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, but Rex Ryan installed a 3-4 defense when he took over. Shoring up the defense will be a point of emphasis under McDermott and new defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

Buffalo ranked 20th in the NFL last season in schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points allowed per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Jaguars will draft a quarterback to compete with Blake Bortles

The Jacksonville Jaguars will draft a quarterback, The Ringer's Mike Lombardi expects.

What It Means:

"Coughlin’s going to draft a quarterback," he said. "This is the perfect draft to do it." Lombardi went on to say the Jaguars need to admit their "mistake" and move on from quarterback Blake Bortles. "[General manager] Dave Caldwell was always looking through rose-colored glasses," Lombardi said of Bortles. "Coughlin doesn’t have those glasses." The Jaguars are near sure to decline Bortles' fifth-year option, making him a free agent at the end of the season.

Bortles had the 10th-worst Passing Net Expected Points per drop back this season among the 39 quarterbacks with at least 100 drop backs. As a team, the Jaguars ranked 24th in the NFL in schedule-adjusted Offensive Net Expected Points per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Patriots will trade Malcolm Butler to Saints this week or not at all

If the New England Patriots trade cornerback Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints, "this is the week for it to happen," according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

What It Means:

Reiss believes it will come down to whether the Saints are willing to trade the 32nd overall pick (which they received from the Patriots last month) or 42 and another pick. Per Reiss, the Patriots "don't have any qualms" in keeping Butler around at his $3.91 million salary. Butler was a second-team All-Pro selection in 2016.

Butler would upgrade a New Orleans secondary that was third-worst in the NFL last season in schedule-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points allowed per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Buccaneers may use Noah Spence some at strong-side linebacker

Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Noah Spence could see time at strong side linebacker.

What It Means:

Spence played all his rookie-year snaps at end. The Bucs have a need on the strong side and could get him some time there in base sets. Spence has injury questions coming off labrum surgery, but projects for a bigger second-year role after rotating behind William Gholston and Robert Ayers.

The Buccaneers were seventh-best last season in Adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points allowed per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Charles Tapper (back) is on track for Cowboys' OTAs

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Charles Tapper (back) is on track for OTA's.

What It Means:

Tapper was cleared back in January after spending his rookie year on injured reserve. He’ll likely be moved slowly but should get in some work this offseason. With the major concerns surrounding Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory's availability at any given point, Tapper has potential to be a major part of the Cowboys’ defensive line rotation.

The Dallas defense improved significantly in 2016, ranking 17th in opponent-adjusted Defensive Net Expected Points per play.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Falcons retain Taylor Gabriel as restricted free agent

The Atlanta Falcons re-signed wide receiver Taylor Gabriel to a one-year, $2.81 million contract.

What It Means:

He had been a restricted free agent. Cut by the Cleveland Browns at the end of training camp last summer, Gabriel resurfaced as a big-play threat in Atlanta with seven touchdowns on only 39 touches. The 26-year-old should again be a key cog in the Falcons high-octane offense.

92 wide receivers saw at least 50 targets in 2016, and Gabriel's 1.03 Reception Net Expected Points per target were the most among those receivers.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Dolphins' Julius Thomas feels better than ever

Miami Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas said this is "probably the best I've ever felt."

What It Means:

He was present for the start of offseason conditioning and claims to be 100 percent coming off an injury-plagued 2016 season. Thomas also said he feels "at home" playing under head coach Adam Gase, who coordinated the Denver Broncos' offense when Thomas was there from 2013-14. The 28-year-old reeled in four touchdowns with the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, his fewest since his rookie year in 2011.

Thomas averaged 0.42 Net Expected Points per target last season, finishing 29th out of the 32 tight ends with at least 50 targets.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Giants being coy about Odell Beckham's fifth-year option

The New York Giants have until May 3 to exercise wide receiver Odell Beckham's fifth-year option for 2018.

What It Means:

General manager Jerry Reese was noncommittal when asked about Beckham's option on Thursday. "We are going to discuss that when the time gets closer," he said. "We will keep all of our options open with respect to that." Reese is being coy for some reason, but there's no doubt the Giants will pick up Beckham's option. The Giants can live with the occasional temper tantrum from Beckham as long as he continues to produce as one of the game's elite receivers.

Among the 41 receivers to top 100 targets in 2016, Beckham's 0.66 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target were 27th-most. The league-average Reception NEP per target rate was 0.66.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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Bills undecided on matching Patriots' offer to Mike Gillislee

The Buffalo Bills have until Monday to match the New England Patriots' two-year, $6.4 million offer to restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

What It Means:

The Bills immediately bowed out when wide receiver Chris Hogan signed an offer sheet with New England last offseason, but that hasn't happened this time around. ESPN reporter Mike Reiss says his "gut feeling" is that Buffalo will match the offer, though he expects the Bills to "take this right up to the deadline." The Bills would net a fifth-round pick if Gillislee winds up in Foxboro.

Gillislee finished the 2016 season with 627 total yards and nine touchdowns while posting 0.30 Rushing Net Expected Points per attempt -- ranking him first overall out of the 42 running backs with at least 100 carries.

Source: Rotoworld.com

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