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Good Tuesday to you. Sam Bradford's over his Kelly Ripa impression plus a few more bits of News and Notes for you. Let's get to it.

J

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1. PHI - QB Sam Bradford reporting Monday
2. DAL - WR Dez Bryant making good progress
3. MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill receives Manning tutelage
4. HOU - No extension imminent for WR DeAndre Hopkins
5. DET - Detroit not expecting WR Calvin Johnson back
6. TEN - Derrick Henry signs rookie deal
7. WAS - Josh Doctson signs rookie deal
8. CIN - Tyler Boyd working to learn plays
9. IND - Everett Golson tries out with Indy
10. SD - RB Melvin Gordon ahead of schedule
11. CHI - Rookies sign their deals
12. MIN - Two players join
13. NE - WR Nate Washington could be cut
14. DET - OLB DeAndre Levy recovering nicely
15. CIN - DT Dominique Easley working out

PHI - QB Sam Bradford reporting Monday

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford informed team personnel he'll report to offseason workouts Monday, May 9.

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So much for demanding a trade. Apparently, Sam Bradford realized he was in fact Sam Bradford over the last week or so. It sounds like the team is ready to see if he can win the job and give first-round pick Carson Wentz some breathing room and time to develop. But it's still very early. Stay tuned.

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DAL - WR Dez Bryant making good progress

Source: ESPNDallas.com - Todd Archer

Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant (foot) is making good progress in his recovery from foot surgery and has not suffered any setbacks, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

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More good news about Bryant's recovery here. Garrett is hopeful that Bryant can partially participate in offseason workouts. We think the team wisely takes it easy on him so that he'll be at or near full strength for training camp.

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MIA - QB Ryan Tannehill receives Manning tutelage

Source: The Miami Herald - Barry Jackson

Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill has received instruction from retired QB Peyton Manning this spring. 'It was really cool just to be able to sit and pick his brain about things he's done in this offense and football things in general: snap counts, things you like, the way you want guys to run routes, little details about the game,' Tannehill said. 'We really just got to talk the game, which is something we both love.'

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Watch out for Tannehill this year. New head coach Adam Gase has worked wonders with QBs like Manning (Broncos) and Jay Cutler (Bears) as an offensive coordinator. Gase got the best out of Manning in 2013 when the future Hall of Fame QB had 55 passing touchdowns and 5,477 passing yards. Tannehill won't post Star Wars numbers like that, but we think he's in for a career-best season in 2016 under Gase's tutelage.

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HOU - No extension imminent for WR DeAndre Hopkins

Source: Houston Chronicle - Aaron Wilson

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins and the Texans aren't close on a contract extension after the Texans exercised Hopkins' fifth-year option worth $7.915 million, according to a source. He's entering the fourth year of a $7.637 million rookie contract that includes a $3.926 million signing bonus and $6.181 million guaranteed. Hopkins is confident both sides will work something out.

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The Texans have Hopkins under contract through the 2017 season. We may not see any movement on a new deal in a year. However, he's most certainly a player who is in the long-term plan for the Texans. That may prompt them to pay him a contract around what Dez Bryant (Cowboys) and Demaryius Thomas (Broncos) received last year.

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DET - Detroit not expecting WR Calvin Johnson back

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Retired WR Calvin Johnson is not expected to return to the Detroit Lions and play in 2016, according to general manager Bob Quinn.

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That's the best move for the Lions. Johnson is gone, and we'll likely never see Megatron in an NFL uniform ever again. The conversations Quinn had with Johnson before his retirement was announced lead the executive to feel the superstar WR is never coming back.

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TEN - Derrick Henry signs rookie deal

Source: ESPN.com - Paul Kuharsky

Tennessee Titans RB Derrick Henry, a second-round selection, signed his rookie deal Monday, May 9. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Henry adds to the Titans "exotic smashmouth" offense they want. He's a big back who is swift and powerful when he's able to build a head of steam. Demarco Murray is the team's starter, but they should find ways to get Henry on the field as a rookie. The two-down thumper can soften up a defense or close out games if you have a lead.

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WAS - Josh Doctson signs rookie deal

Source: Redskins.com - Stephen Czarda

Washington Redskins WR Josh Doctson signed his rookie contract Monday, May 9.

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Doctson isn't afraid to run routes over the middle, and he's got the mindset of a no.1 WR after getting targeted almost 37 percent of the time last year at TCU. In 2016, we should see Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson start on the outside with Doctson working inside at slot.

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CIN - Tyler Boyd working to learn plays

Source: ESPN.com - Coley Harvey

Cincinnati Bengals WR Tyler Boyd said he is working to memorize the playbook as quickly as possible, and he said he already knows most of the terminology because of the similarities with his college offense.

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Losing Marvin Jones (Lions) and Mohammed Sanu (Falcons) in free agency led the Bengals to find Boyd in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. Boyd knows how to fight for the ball, and he's got the body control to make difficult catches seem routine. He'll immediately compete for the starting job opposite A.J. Green in 2016. We'll see if Boyd can impress and win that spot during training camp.

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IND - Everett Golson tries out with Indy

Source: The Associated Press - Michael Marot

Free-agent QB Everett Golson, QB Blake Frohnhapfel and QB Ammon Olsen were invited to try out for the Indianapolis Colts during rookie minicamp.

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Golson is an athletic QB who bounced around during his college football career. We like Frohnhapfel more as he's accurate and makes decisions quickly with his arm. Any of these three guys are merely camp arms, but perhaps one could make his way to the team's practice squad as a developmental player.

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SD - RB Melvin Gordon ahead of schedule

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune - Michael Gehlken

San Diego Chargers RB Melvin Gordon (knee) said he is ahead of schedule and will be ready for training camp. Gordon is recovering from surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

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The Chargers have made multiple moves to make Gordon the centerpiece of their offense. They've continued to improve the offensive line, and that should greatly help Gordon find running room in 2016. We feel Gordon needs to stop checking the box score to see what Rams RB Todd Gurley is doing. If he just plays within his game, Gordon can be an effective (and dangerous) starter for the Chargers.

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CHI - Rookies sign their deals

Source: ESPNChicago.com - Jeff Dickerson

Chicago Bears OG Cody Whitehair and RB Jordan Howard were the two most notable Bears to sign their four-year rookie contracts Monday, May 9. Rookies S Deon Bush, CB Deiondre' Hall, S DeAndre Houston-Carson and WR Daniel Braverman also signed. Financial terms were undisclosed.

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Whitehair was our favorite guard in this draft class. With Vise-Grip for hands, he should be able to help blast open holes for the ground game. Howard may have been the most instinctive runner in the 2016 NFL draft...yes, perhaps even better than Ezekiel Elliot (Cowboys). Now, he lacks the all-purpose game and playmaking ability of Elliot but we will be watching Howard's development with great interest.

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MIN - Two players join

Source: Vikings.com

Undrafted free-agents CB Tre Roberson (Illinois State) and WR Troy Stoudemire (Minnesota) were signed to undisclosed deals by the Minnesota Vikings Monday, May 9.

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Stoudemire was undrafted out of Minnesota in 2013 and originally began his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Over the last two seasons, Stoudemire has been playing in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. If he makes the Vikings roster, it will be because of his special teams ability. He finished his college career as FBS football's all-time leader in kickoff return yards with 3,615 yards on 144 returns.

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NE - WR Nate Washington could be cut

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

New England Patriots WR Nate Washington is not a lock for the final roster, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Reiss indicated that only WRs Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell are locks for the 53-man roster.

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The addition of Mitchell puts Washington in a bad spot. He's been a solid veteran for years, but the Patriots might decide to go in a different direction. More than a few teams would be interested in Washington on the open market as he's a savvy veteran who could still catch 40 passes for you.

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DET - OLB DeAndre Levy recovering nicely

Source: Detroit Free Press - Dave Birkett

Detroit Lions LB DeAndre Levy (hip) has been recovering nicely from hip surgery, according to LB Tahir Whitehead. Levy played just 17 regular season snaps before having surgery.

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He reported for voluntary workouts in April and reports indicate he'll be ready to go when training camp starts this summer. Whitehead and Levy are expected to be Detroit's starting linebackers.

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CIN - DT Dominique Easley working out

Source: NFL Network - Ian Rapoport

Updating a previous report, free-agent DT Dominique Easley (Patriots) is working out for the Cincinnati Bengals Monday, May 9, according to a source.

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Easley can be a productive player if healthy. There were some rumblings about him being an issue in the locker room with the Patriots, but the Bengals are a team who normally overlooks personality issues. The Falcons also have interest in the talented D-tackle.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the Update.

Peace,

J