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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter believes it's important to keep having talks with players about the national anthem and issues that led to the protests.

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Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas is still absent from OTAs, which are voluntary. Asked if he anticipates Thomas being at mandatory minicamp next month, coach Pete Carroll answered in the affirmative but didn't sound as though he's certain of it. "I would think so, yeah. Everybody's got to come to minicamp," he said. Cornerback Byron Maxwell and defensive end Frank Clark were also absent. Right guard D.J. Fluker (knee), kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hip) and defensive end Dion Jordan were among those not practicing. Shaquill Griffin, who started at right cornerback last year, is getting a look on the left side, Richard Sherman's old spot. That may be related to Maxwell's absence.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said "our guys will continue to stand up" for what they believe in.

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Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bucs have officially signed second-round draft pick Carlton Davis, whom head coach Dirk Koetter said after today's practice is "off to a very fast start."

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie James Washington made this nifty catch in individual drills Thursday. He went high while contorting his body. This angle is him on the way down.

Jeremy Fowler ESPN Staff Writer 

Bank on it: TE Vance McDonald will be featured in the Steelers offense this year, particularly in the team's quick passing game to utilize his short-area speed.

Brady Henderson ESPN 

Video: Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin said the NFL "really missed it" with the new national anthem policy. Asked about President Trump's latest comments on the matter, Baldwin said: "He's an idiot. Plain and simple."

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Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Breeland Speaks has signed with the Chiefs. Speaks was the first player drafted this year by the Chiefs, in the second round. The Chiefs have signed four of their six draft picks.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions running backs working on cutting.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Joe Flacco is focused on winning now and not the significance of the Ravens drafting Lamar Jackson

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Nick Wagoner ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Reuben Foster rejoined the 49ers on Thursday, the team confirmed. Foster was welcomed back after felony charges of domestic violence against him were dismissed on Wednesday.

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Matthew Stafford on the new NFL rules regarding the national anthem: "Listen, man, we haven't talked about it as a team and we'll figure all that stuff out when it comes to September. I'm not too worried about it at the moment. I'm just focused on trying to get better."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville told ESPN on Thursday that anthem protests would not have happened while he was a coach, adding, "I don't blame the players. I blame the gutless league for not taking a stand immediately, and saying, ‘You're going to do this or we're not going to be together.' What's happened in the league, it reminds me of somebody that will never make a decision. ‘Before I make a decision, I better see if it's approved.' Make the decision and move on. The commissioner -- they got things in Kentucky where Jesse James robbed a bank. The commissioner has been robbing the league. Make a dang decision. Be the commissioner and move on."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Former NFL coach Jerry Glanville told ESPN on Thursday of the NFL's new anthem policy, "My thought is the problem is with the league, with nobody having the courage and the guts to make rules and make people follow them. Players are players. If you say, ‘Everybody stands,' and that's the end of it -- if you don't, you're going home – everybody stands. I know there is injustice in the United States. I know there is police injustice. I know there is injustice in the courts. I would tell my team, ‘We don't like that we want to protest. Tuesday is the day off. I'll go with you. And we'll protest. Don't bring your protest to the game. Bring it to everybody when we're not the team.' As an individual – Kaepernick, you want to protest, let's go Tuesday. I'll be there right with you. I'll tell these players, I might be the only guy coaching that saw Martin Luther King live. I went to Danville, Virginia [in 1963]. I stood there. Guess what? I got run over by a policeman on a horse. But that nothing to do with the game. You do your protests outside the game."

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs first-round draft pick Vita Vea has officially signed his rookie contract.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

Sammy Watkins was among a large group of players returning kickoffs at the start of Chiefs practice. The chances of Watkins, who has never returned a kickoff in an NFL game, returning even one in a game for the Chiefs are not good but it's interesting he's at least getting a look. It's not uncommon for the Chiefs to ask different players to shag some kicks in practice. They did that with Marcus Peters after he first arrived. The Chiefs were rewarded in this area when they had Knile Davis return kickoffs even though he had never done so in college. Davis eventually developed into a top kickoff returner.

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs had perfect attendance at Thursday's practice. All 90 players were present, including safety Eric Berry and linebacker Justin Houston, who haven't participated in OTAs in recent years. All but three players participated in practice at least on a limited basis. Center Mitch Morse, running back Spencer Ware and receiver De'Anthony Thomas are rehabbing after surgeries and did not participate.

Jenna Laine ESPN Staff Writer 

Bucs defensive end Vinny Curry on the NFL's new ruling allowing players who wished to protest to remain in the locker room: "That's not really a protest, I don't think. That's like saying, ‘Hey if you're going to be outside picketing, don't picket outside my building, go inside. [But] I can't really speak on what other players think about that..."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said it's a "great question" when asked how long it will take teams to adjust to the new kickoff rules because there is "no template, really, to look at." "So I think for the first quarter of the season, I think you're gonna see a safer play. And I think you're gonna also see a more exciting play," Payton said. "I think you're gonna see teams that approach it with a return in mind that's different. It's gonna change a little bit of the body types of who might be on that unit, with eight guys deployed in the first 15 yards. So we're discussing it and spending time on it now."

Adam Teicher ESPN Staff Writer 

The Chiefs had their finished their first week of offseason practice and Thursday's workout wasn't a good one for quarterback Patrick Mahomes II and the rest of the starting offense. Mahomes was 4-of-15 with an interception in full team drills and 7-of-12 with an interception in 7-on-7 drills. The interception in full team drill was on a pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and caught by linebacker Tanoh Kpassagnon. On the interceptions, coach Andy Reid said, “You want to test what you can get away with at these camps so you're going to have interceptions. That doesn't bother me. You repeat it and now that's a problem. But you want to test it and see what you can get away with. That's all part of the way this thing works.''

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said the Saints will discuss their approach to the NFL's new national anthem policy as a team and that they're fortunate to have great player leadership.

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Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on his reaction to when team drafted Lamar Jackson: "When you draft anyone in the first round, there is always a plan. What that plan is? I don't know. I'm worried about right now."

Michael Rothstein ESPN Staff Writer 

Just some other thoughts from the first Lions open OTA: Frank Ragnow was getting a lot of work at left guard instead of center -- mirroring what Ragnow has been doing the first two days of OTAs when the media wasn't present. Alex Barrett was surprisingly getting a lot of playing time Thursday, mostly with the second unit, as a player standing up instead of with his hand down on the line of scrimmage. I caught notice of him multiple times, too. An undrafted free agent last year, this could be the right defense for him to figure things out, particularly with his versatility. It was without pads and still early, but new tight end Luke Willson looked like he could be a red zone threat. He caught a couple of passes in the end zone and made some difficult plays. Overall, a strong start for the guy who grew up a Lions fan.

Jamison Hensley ESPN Staff Writer 

Among 14 absences at Ravens voluntary OTA were seven starters: LB C.J. Mosley, WR John Brown, G Marshal Yanda, S Eric Weddle, CB Jimmy Smith, CB Brandon Carr and LB Terrell Suggs.

Michael DiRocco ESPN Staff Writer 

Asked Jaguars DL coach Marion Hobby what he liked about first-round pick DT Taven Bryan. His response: "Six-foot-5 ... 291 pounds..." Also said he likes that Bryan asks a lot of questions and isn't afraid to speak up.