With LeSean McCoy running wild for 1,607 yards on 314 carries (5.1 YPC) last season, backups Bryce Brown and Chris Polk were left battling for the scraps. Brown took most of the remaining carries (75) and sported an OK YPC of 4.2, while Polk racked up just 11 carries, though he maxed them out for 98 yards.

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Bears' plans for No. 3 WR 

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The Chicago Bears released No. 3 wide receiver Earl Bennett this offseason, which is particularly notable because they used three-receiver sets on 44 percent of their offensive snaps last season, per Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times.

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The Seattle Seahawks got 12 starts out of guard James Carpenter last season, including the Super Bowl. Pro Football Focus graded him out 34th among 81 guards in pass blocking, but he was far worse in run blocking, where he graded out at No. 72.

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Whether Ryan Broyles ever lives up to the expectations the Detroit Lions had when they drafted him in the second round in 2012 remains to be seen, because he hasn't been able to stay healthy. Coming off of a torn ACL at Oklahoma, he tore his other ACL during his rookie campaign and ruptured his Achilles last season, so the odds may be stacked against him.

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Tyrann Mathieu tore two knee ligaments in a late season Week 14 game against St. Louis, but the second-year defensive back remains optimistic about being ready for the start of training camp. Meanwhile, Arizona coach Bruce Arians is less hopeful.

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The Denver Broncos have yet to officially pick up the fifth-year option on linebacker Von Miller, who is coming off an ACL injury that ended his 2013 season prematurely. Where do the Broncos stand on Miller's option year?

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The Indianapolis Colts have gone 11-5 in each of their two seasons with Andrew Luck under center, and there's reason to believe that Indy could improve upon its one playoff win from last season when it takes the field in 2014.

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Bills trading up for Watkins? 

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It remains unclear whether Buffalo will be willing to trade up on draft day in order to land Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins, a dynamic player who'd instantly provide the Bills with an additional deep threat.

But this much is clear -- the Bills are interested in Watkins.

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As David Wilson continues to recover from neck surgery, the running back said he still has no pain. However, in order for Wilson to gain medical clearance so he can hit the field again, doctors will have to see via X-rays and MRIs that his spinal cord has properly fused.

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With Chris Johnson gone and coach Ken Whisenhunt in, the Tennessee Titans are going to have a new look to their backfield in 2014. Whisenhunt has said that he intends to use Dexter McCluster, Shonn Greene, Leon Washington and Jackie Battle in some form of a running back by committee. However, he also said the Titans could add another running back via the draft.

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Options for Ravens at No. 17 

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The Baltimore Ravens hold the 17th overall pick in the draft, which puts them in an interesting position. The consensus elite players should be off of the board by then, so that could allow them to trade down from the middle towards the end of the first round, where they still could land a player they like.

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Latest buzz on Texans at No. 1 

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About all that we know right now about the No. 1 overall pick in May's draft is that the Houston Texans still have it. How they will use that pick remains unclear, though. Cases can be made that they should take a quarterback or Jadeveon Clowney, Khalil Mack or Greg Robinson, or even trade the pick.

As for Clowney and Mack, ESPN's Merril Hoge said Monday that he would take take Mack over Clowney "in a heartbeat."

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Tight end Dustin Keller dislocated his kneecap and tore his ACL, MCL and PCL during the 2013 preseason and missed the entire regular season while recovering from reconstructive surgery.

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The Seattle Seahawks gave up next to nothing (a seventh-round pick) to acquire Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders on Monday. They already have Russell Wilson atop the QB depth chart, veteran backup Tarvaris Jackson as his backup and B.J. Daniels as the No. 3.

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UPDATE: As noted below, top tight end prospect Eric Ebron believes the Lions are interested in drafting him. However, later on Monday, he added a second team to the mix.

“That was one of the teams,” Ebron told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “This is me quoting me. I said if I had my choice of the teams that are high upon me right now that I believe are high on me, it was the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions. Those are the two teams that I believe are the highest upon me. Now are they telling the same things they are telling me to everybody else? I don’t know. But from my perspective and my point of view, those are the two teams that I believe if they could have signed me that day would have.”

Pre-draft smokescreens are emitted in all directions at this time of year, but both the Lions and Bills could be in position to draft Ebron, if that's the direction one of them chooses to go in the first round.
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On Friday, I discussed how if the Detroit Lions want to secure a top wideout prospect like Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans in the draft, they may need to trade up from No. 10 to make it happen. What about eschewing the wideout position for a different high-end pass-catcher, like TE Eric Ebron, instead of moving up?

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