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Gannon showing increased arm strength


Rich Gannon never had a cannon for an arm, but Norv Turner believes the 38-year-old's rehab from right shoulder surgery has made him a slightly stronger thrower. In offseason camps, Gannon has excelled in throwing 25-to-30-yard intermediate routes with accuracy and even unleashed a few 50-to-55-yard throws. That arm strength has allowed the Raiders to lengthen some of their routes for Jerry Rice and Jerry Porter and put in more seam routes for tight ends Doug Jolley and Teyo Johnson.


No. 1 option?
After an exhausting offseason training regiment, Javon Walker believes he's ready to surpass Donald Driver and Robert Ferguson as the Packers' No. 1 receiver. Phoenix trainer Brett Fischer had Walker run routes and sprints wearing a 30-pound vest. He also caught passes while standing on one leg and while wearing elastic bands that extended from his waist to his wrists. The result: Walker was virtually unstoppable against the Packers' cornerbacks in minicamp.


The Deuce diet
Saints coach Jim Haslett likes the idea that halfback Deuce McAllister is on the same page with him on the Deuce diet. After gaining 1,388 yards in 2002 weighing 242 pounds, Haslett suggesting losing two pounds a season to enhance his quickness. McAllister gained 1,641 yards last year weighing 240 and has consistently showed up this offseason weighing 238 and looking quicker than ever.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.