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  • 6/18, 5:26 pm
    • Packers coach Mike McCarthy expects Williams...

      Packers coach Mike McCarthy expects Williams to be part of a committee backfield, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports. "We've got young players that we really like that all played really well, but it's been in short periods of time," McCarthy said. "Ty Montgomery had a run there where he was outstanding. Jamaal has probably been the most available of the three, and Aaron [Jones] has been so impactful when he's been in there."

      Analysis: Williams was the clear leader of the Green Bay backfield in the second half of last season, recording at least 10 carries in each of the final eight games, though he fell shy of four yards per carry in all but one of those contests. While probably the least explosive of the bunch, Williams played all 16 games in his rookie season, avoiding the injury bug that bit both Jones and Montgomery. Each of the three figures to spend time with the first-team offense during training camp, and the battle for playing time may ultimately spill into the regular season. Williams seems to have the edge in durability, but Jones was the most effective rusher (5.5 YPC) last season, and Montgomery has the advantage in experience and pass-catching skill.

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  • 6/18, 3:37 pm
    • Gaines, signed as a free agent...

      Gaines, signed as a free agent after spending his first four seasons with the Chiefs, has been the main No. 3 nickel corner during OTA practices, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.

      Analysis: The Bills play a style of defense where the nickel corner sees the field often, illustrated by last year's No. 3 guy, Leonard Johnson, (who wasn't re-signed) seeing the field for 61 percent of the defensive snaps. Gaines has never logged more than 44 tackles in a season, but he's also spent his entire career in a much different defense. Johnson totaled 53 tackles in the system in 2017.

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  • 6/18, 1:23 pm
    • Stewart likely will keep his roster...

      Stewart likely will keep his roster spot, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.

      Analysis: A third-round pick last year, Stewart caught six passes for 82 yards as a rookie and now faces an uphill battle to earn a significant role. In addition to last year's starting wideouts, Robby Anderson and Jermaine Kearse, the Jets will have Terrelle Pryor (ankle), Quincy Enunwa (neck) and 2017 fourth-round pick Chad Hansen competing for snaps. Stewart figures to stick around on the 53-man roster, but he may end up fifth or sixth on the wideout depth chart.

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  • 6/17, 5:11 pm
    • Bradford participated in team drills during...

      Bradford participated in team drills during mandatory minicamp last week, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.

      Analysis: Bradford took the next step in the plan aimed at keeping his health intact during the offseason program. The Cardinals conjured the schedule after the oft-injured quarterback was limited to two appearances in 2017 due to complications with his left knee, which underwent surgery Nov. 7. Between the conclusion of minicamp and the start of training camp, Bradford will continue to build up his strength and conditioning, at which point he expects to "be ready" July 28. Despite the presence of 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen, Bradford is favored to land the starting QB gig by Week 1.

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  • 6/17, 8:58 am
    • Kirksey's new teammate Mychal Kendricks (ankle)...

      Kirksey's new teammate Mychal Kendricks (ankle) will focus on the weakside linebacker position in Cleveland's 4-3 base defense, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

      Analysis: The Browns have a logjam at linebacker after adding Kendricks to a group that returns each of its three starters from last season. Despite piling up 286 tackles and six sacks the past two years, Kirksey no longer seems assured of a three-down role. It does help that he has experience playing in the middle, though he primarily operated as a weakside 'backer last year. Kendricks may end up taking snaps from Joe Schobert and/or Jamie Collins (knee) rather than Kirksey, but it will be hard to get a read on the situation until August or even September.

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