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    4/22, 5:12 pm
    • Rice, who is emphasizing speed over...

      Rice, who is emphasizing speed over bulk this offseason, has impressed the Ravens' strength and conditioning coach with his work at the voluntary offseason program, the the team's official website reports.

      Analysis: Dealing with a serious legal incident and coming off a career-worst season, Rice is under pressure to show up at training camp in the best shape of his life. Doing so would hardly guarantee a big season, but it would certainly be a step in the right direction. While the possibility of league discipline is still looming, there have been some positive developments for Rice's fantasy value this offseason, namely the Ravens addressing an offensive line that was putrid in 2013. The report from the team website notes that Rice topped out at 217 pounds last season, 5-to-10 pounds above his normal playing weight. The increase was attributed to an effort to bulk up, a plan that wouldn't really make any sense given Rice's skill set and always-sturdy 5-8 frame. It's quite possible that he merely showed up out of shape last year, which bodes well for his odds of a bounce back. With so many factors at play here, Rice's value is nearly impossible to gauge at this juncture. Dropping pounds and emphasizing agility over power would be an excellent start.

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  • 4/22, 4:07 pm
    • The Steelers exercised Cameron Heyward's fifth-year...

      The Steelers exercised Cameron Heyward's fifth-year club option, according to

      Analysis: The Steelers chose to announce the move today in conjunction with the beginning of the team's offseason program. Heyward has not missed a game since Pittsburgh selected him 31st overall in the 2011 draft, and is coming off a season in which he led the team's defensive linemen in virtually every statistical category. He totaled 63 tackles, five sacks, five passes defensed, and 31 pressures while starting in 13 games. Heyward is now bound to the team through the 2015 season for just over $8 million.

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  • 4/22, 2:28 pm
    • Manning, who underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery...

      Manning, who underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery on April 10, indicates that he will be ready for action by the start of training camp, the Star-Ledger reports.

      Analysis: Though Manning was sporting a walking boot Tuesday, he remains confident that he'll be good to go when the Giants open their training camp on July 19. "I'd think I'd be safe to say I'd be 100 percent for the start of training camp," Manning said Tuesday. "The procedure went well. It's healing quickly. I don't have an exact timetable. This is the first kind of surgery I've ever had. I'm going to be smart with it and let it heal fully and make sure I come back 100 percent."

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  • 4/22, 12:59 pm
    • Wilson -- who says that his...

      Wilson -- who says that his neck is pain-free -- expects to be ready for the Giants' offseason training activities, the Star-Ledger reports.

      Analysis: Meanwhile, Wilson suggests that the only thing holding him back on that front is the medical clearance that could come once X-Rays confirm that his neck has healed properly. "As soon as the doctors see what they need to see, I'm good," said Wilson. "For right now, he said I'm doing really well and I'm ahead of schedule." Moreover, Wilson indicated that he was never advised by doctors to stop playing football, so assuming he is cleared, Wilson will have an opportunity to compete for work in the Giants' backfield this coming season with newcomer Rashad Jennings.

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  • 4/22, 12:49 pm
    • Jones-Drew indicated that his foot "feels...

      Jones-Drew indicated that his foot "feels phenomenal" these days, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

      Analysis: Jones-Drew, who currently checks in at 215 pounds, is hoping to get down to about 208 pounds, with regaining explosiveness in mind. In any case, the veteran back -- who underwent foot surgery back in December of 2012 -- suggests that he is getting his strength back, adding that his "body has really responded" now that he's further removed from his foot woes. Jones-Drew is slated to work in tandem with Darren McFadden this coming season, with the duo in line to compete for the Raiders' top RB job in training training camp. Assuming both remain healthy, the emergence of some form of time-share is the likely outcome here.

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