Is CJ's knee an issue? 

April, 17, 2014
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You can say what you want about Chris Johnson's effort and dedication on the gridiron, but one thing you can't knock him for is his durability. To wit, the running back has never missed a game due to injury during his six seasons in the NFL. Still, that doesn't mean there isn't plenty of wear and tear on his body after touching the pill more than 2,000 times as a pro.

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After the New York Giants signed free agent Josh Freeman on Wednesday, they now have four quarterbacks in the mix (Eli Manning, Curtis Painter, Ryan Nassib and Freeman). The added depth is fine in the short term, because they could use the extra arms in practices while Manning recovers from his ankle surgery, but, eventually, one of them will have to go.

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Fantasy football owners may have seen some sleeper potential in Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath last season, but he flopped during the first half of the season. An injury cost him a few weeks, and he struggled upon his return, missing three of his next eight attempts. He locked in after that, though, nailing each of his final 13 attempts over the final eight games.

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In two seasons since being drafted in the second round, San Francisco 49ers running back LaMichael James has carried the ball only 39 times. With Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter ahead of him on the depth chart and Marcus Lattimore expected to be recovered from his horrific knee injury, James may become expendable.

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Cody Latimer visited the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday, and the 6-foot-3 receiver out of Indiana explained over social media that he had a great time.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the Seahawks will draft Latimer, but as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times puts it, "his visit is worth noting because it presents yet more evidence that Seattle may be interested in bolstering its receiving corps going forward, and especially with a bigger receiver. ..."

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Will McCarron land in Cleveland? 

April, 16, 2014
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If the Cleveland Browns pass on a quarterback with their first pick in next month's NFL draft, the No. 4 overall selection, it would rule out the big names like Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel and open up the possibility of the team drafting a QB with their next pick at No. 26.

It's possible that Teddy Bridgewater may slip that far, and others like Derek Carr and AJ McCarron are expected to be available. Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report writes that the Browns really love Carr, and "there's a feeling with many in football that Cleveland will take him with the No. 26 pick," but that other name, McCarron, is one the Browns are getting a good look at this week.

ESPN Insider Adam Schefter reports that McCarron will conduct a private workout for the Browns on Wednesday, and, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer, a source indicates that the steady Alabama product will also visit Cleveland next week.

If Bridgewater is still on the board at No. 26, it's unlikely that the Browns would pick Carr or McCarron ahead of him at that spot. But if Bridgewater is already selected, the Browns could address another position at No. 26 and wait until the second round (pick No. 35) to land their next QB of the future.

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Is Aldon Smith done in SF? 

April, 16, 2014
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Following Aldon Smith's arrest on Sunday at the Los Angeles International Airport, another disappointing run-in with the law for San Francisco's dominant pass-rusher, word is now circulating that the former first-round pick may have played his last snap with the 49ers.

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QB Blake Bortles has sucked up all of the national attention when it comes to Central Florida prospects, which has left RB Storm Johnson flying under the radar. Bortles, a potential first overall pick, rightfully carries far more hype than Johnson, who didn't land in ESPN NFL Insider Mel Kiper Jr.'s Top 10 RB rankings.

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Will Lions draft a kicker? 

April, 15, 2014
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Throughout Jason Hanson's 21-year tenure with the Detroit Lions, fans of the team knew they could count on having quality kicking as much as they could count on not winning playoff games. He retired after the 2012 campaign and the Lions weren't satisfied with what they got out of David Akers last season and let him walk. Now, the Lions have just John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio, who are unproven at the pro level.

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Is LeBeau tweaking Steelers D? 

April, 15, 2014
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Dick LeBeau has been a defensive coordinator in the NFL for most of the past three decades. You can't maintain such a position for that long without being able to adjust to the times. With that in mind, LeBeau may be in the process of tweaking the Pittsburgh Steelers defense this offseason.

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Where will Sidney Rice land? 

April, 15, 2014
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Wide receiver Sidney Rice tore his ACL on Oct. 28, but he reportedly has made excellent progress in his rehab. In fact, he now can take part in full training, and the free agent could sign with a team soon.

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Who will back up Flacco? 

April, 15, 2014
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During Joe Flacco's six-year tenure as the Baltimore Ravens starting quarterback, the least important role on the team has been his backup. That's because he hasn't missed a single game as a pro. Nonetheless, an injury can happen at any time, so the Ravens want to make sure they have a quality reserve.

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After Clemson tackle Brandon Thomas blew out his knee while doing an individual workout with the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago, plenty of prospects surely began to reconsider the risk/reward ratio that comes with doing extra workouts for teams. Jadeveon Clowney already said he won't do any more individual sessions prior to the draft.

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Pats interested in Keller? 

April, 15, 2014
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TE Dustin Keller is recovering from a major knee injury, which required reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL, MCL and PCL. The hope is that he will be able to return to action this season and will garner interest from several teams during the summer. Among those teams may be the New England Patriots.

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While discussing the New Orleans Saints' draft plans during his Monday Mailbag, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said he likes the idea of the team drafting LSU's Odell Beckham Jr., though the wideout likely won't be available that late in the first round.

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