- Tom Carpenter, Fantasy and Insider
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Here is a look at some of the top NFL rumors for Monday, May 31:
Despite being a second-round pick in 2013, Christine Michael has barely set foot on the field, working behind both Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin. However, Lynch typically doesn't get into the mix until the regular season gets underway and Turbin is recovering from hip surgery that likely will keep him out of preseason action. That means Michael is the lead man until Week 1. "This is his time," coach Pete Carroll said about Michael, per ESPN Seahawks reporter Terry Blount. “So we’re going to push him in that regard and try to match up with his expectations. He wants to be a front-line back and he has tremendous talent. We’ll see how it goes.”
Greg Hardy had the appeal of his 10-game suspension heard on Thursday. TheMMQB.com's Peter King expects Hardy to have it reduced. "I think, if I were a guessing man -- which I am in this case -- I’d guess Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy gets either two or four games reduced from his 10-game domestic-violence suspension," King wrote.
Beyond Kelvin Benjamin atop the depth chart, little is settled in the Carolina Panthers WR corps. Second-rounder Devin Funchess, Stephen Hill, Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn Jr. and Philly Brown will get a shot to earn playing time. Of note is that Brown and quarterback Cam Newton appear to have some chemistry. "We just click. You can tell, its kind of natural,” said Brown, per the Charlotte Observer. “We have a good relationship off the field, and you can tell that on the field. It’s just natural the way were clicking right now."