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  • 5/24, 5:59 am
    • Williams (foot) didn't participate in Wednesday's...

      Williams (foot) didn't participate in Wednesday's OTAs, DallasCowboys.com reports.

      Analysis: It's been a chaotic offseason for Williams, who underwent foot surgery in February then got arrested for public intoxication last weekend after running his Lamborghini into a light pole. The 28-year-old was already expected to sit out most of the offseason program while recovering from the surgery, but it's not yet known whether any discipline will be handed down by the league due to the arrest -- or what his role will be in the Cowboys' rebuilt receiving corps following a disappointing 2017 campaign in which he posted a career-low 7.3 yards per target and failed to score a touchdown.

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  • 5/23, 8:18 pm
    • The Browns are expected to transition...

      The Browns are expected to transition second-year tight end Njoku into a full-time starting role this season, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

      Analysis: As a rookie in 2017, Njoku earned five starts versus 14 for Randall Telfer and four for Seth DeValve. The current TE room only has two experienced options -- DeValve and free-agent pickup Darren Fells -- so the Browns' plan to elevate Njoku's workload appears as if it'll come to fruition. Considering the upgrades at quarterback (Tyrod Taylor and 2018 first overall pick Baker Mayfield) and the skill positions (Jarvis Landry, Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb) this offseason, Njoku should have a better situation to improve upon first-year marks of 32-386-4 on 60 targets.

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  • 5/23, 7:57 pm
    • The Chargers likely will consider re-signing...

      The Chargers likely will consider re-signing Gates in the wake of Hunter Henry's torn ACL, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.

      Analysis: Two factors played into the Chargers opting to move on from Gates this offseason: his age (38 in June) and a desire to expand the workload of Henry, a 2016 second-round pick. On the first day of OTAs on Tuesday, though, Henry sustained the season-ending injury. The front office is surely scouring the free-agent market for available tight ends, which includes Gates, Julius Thomas and Coby Fleener. Due to his track record with Philip Rivers, Gates is the clear-cut candidate to don the navy, gold and powder blue of the Chargers again in the near future.

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  • 5/23, 7:42 pm
    • Gronkowski is skipping the voluntary portion...

      Gronkowski is skipping the voluntary portion of the offseason program, but the Patriots expect the tight end to attend mandatory minicamp, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports. "I'm pretty sure he'll be here as well [for the minicamp]," owner Robert Kraft said Wednesday

      Analysis: The rumor mill swirled in New England following Super Bowl LII, with both Tom Brady and Gronkowski waiting until April to commit to playing in 2018. When healthy, Gronkowski consistently has been Brady's top target in the passing attack, reeling off four 1,000-yard seasons and recording at least 10 touchdowns five times in eight campaigns. Although Gronkowski reached the former threshold last year, he hasn't achieved double-digit end-zone visits since 2015. Even if he stays away from Foxboro the next month, he'll reunite with Brady in late July once training camp begins in earnest.

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  • 5/23, 5:28 pm
    • Lewis is expected to visit with...

      Lewis is expected to visit with the Packers this week, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

      Analysis: Lewis hasn't caught more than 25 passes in any of his last five seasons, but he did snag five touchdowns for a Blake Bortles-led offense in 2017. Regardless, Green Bay is presumably looking to bring him in as more of a blocking-oriented tight end than receiving threat, especially since the team already signed TE Jimmy Graham at the position. The 34-year-old isn't known to have generated interest from any another team this offseason.

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