In 2012, the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Mohamed Sanu in the third round and Marvin Jones in the fifth. In 2013, both caught about the same number of passes (Jones had 51, Sanu had 47), but Jones outpaced Sanu in yards per catch (14.0 vs 9.7) and touchdowns (10 vs 2).
As a rookie in 2012, Kai Forbath missed only one of his 18 field-goal attempts. He missed four of 22 last season, but 81.8 percent still is a respectable clip. However, Forbath was among the worst in the league when it comes to kickoffs in 2013, so the Washington Redskins brought in some competition for him via the draft.

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Once the NFL and NFLPA agreed to have a system where rookie contracts are based on where each player is drafted, most of the first-year contract squabbles vanished. That doesn't mean that everything goes smoothly, though. The typical stumbling block is off-set language in the contracts of first-round picks.

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Since London Fletcher called it a career after 16 seasons, the Washington Redskins are looking for someone to start next to Perry Riley at inside linebacker.

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Why Texans won't trade Andre 

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The buzz surrounding Andre Johnson's absence from offseason workouts with the Houston Texans picked up Thursday, as word came that he isn't sure if he will be with the team for training camp or Week 1 of the regular season.

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Veterans Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory top the New York Jets RB depth chart in what the team has said will be some sort of timeshare. For all of his faults, Johnson seems likely to lead the way, but time will tell exactly how they share carries.

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Ted Thompson has been the Green Bay Packers general manager since 2005, and it sounds like president/CEO Mark Murphy is aiming to keep the GM around even longer.

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Having snagged WR Odell Beckham with the 12th overall pick in the draft, the New York Giants surely hope he will make an immediate impact for them. His playmaking skills as a return man could be on display early on, but his role in their WR corps is more complicated. Not only is he learning a West Coast system for the first time, but he will be behind at least Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle in the pecking order.

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UPDATE: As noted below, Andre Johnson appears open to rejoining the Houston Texans. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Thursday that four teams have expressed interest in acquiring Johnson, who is not happy about being denied a $1 million workout bonus.

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Earlier this week, I noted how some new heavy-hitters could get into the bidding for the Buffalo Bills. One man with deep pockets who appears interested in jumping into the mix is Jeffrey Gundlach, chief executive officer and chief investment officer of DoubleLine Capital. They handle $50 billion in assets and Gundlach is their largest shareholder.

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MVP upside in Matt Ryan? 

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Only Ryan Tannehill and Joe Flacco were sacked more often than Matt Ryan last season, and no one was pressured more often. With that in mind, the Atlanta Falcons made some significant changes to their O-line this offseason in order to keep him upright and allow him more time to make sound decisions.

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It's been more than five weeks since Jermichael Finley's agent said his client had been medically cleared to return to football, but the tight end still has yet to be cleared by a team doctor from a squad that is interested in signing him.

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Bernie Kosar (1985), Cris Carter (1987) and Josh Gordon (2012) are among the well-known players to be selected in the NFL's Supplemental Draft. Are there any players in this year's Supplemental Draft, to be held Thursday, with a chance to make nearly the impact of those three?

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Increased role for Pitta? 

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When Dennis Pitta agreed to a new five-year deal with Baltimore back in late February, Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome touched on the ways the 6-foot-4 tight end helps the offense.

"Dennis creates a number of mismatch problems for defenses," general manager Ozzie Newsome said at the time. "He makes it tough on them, and because of that, he really helps out our wide receivers. Opponents have to always pay attention to where he lines up and where his routes take him. Dennis is also a big target with very good hands, and his presence in the red zone is very important to us."

Coming off an injury-shortened 2013, Pitta's health will be a big key in 2014, and new offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak will look to use him in a more versatile role. That could be something for fantasy owners to pay close attention to.

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Good sign for Bridgewater? 

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One of Minnesota's three quarterbacks -- Teddy Bridgewater, Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder -- will have to separate himself during training camp and the preseason to win the starting job. On Tuesday, Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner had some encouraging things to say about each of them.

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