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Minicamp OTA News & Notes

We’re guessing some of you may have checked out since the draft in late April. We don’t blame you, it’s tough to follow the league year round. Well, don’t fret, we’ve organized some notes on every team to get you caught up and what you may have missed over the last six weeks. Teams have been ramping up for the 2017 season with Organized Teams Activities (OTAs) and different minicamps, including mandatory minicamps the last two weeks for all players under contract. These notes will tilt toward the offensive side of the ball for brevity’s sake. Here’s what need to know…

Arizona Cardinals

  • QB Carson Palmer said he has no idea if 2017 will be his last year in the NFL. He will evaluate himself when the season is over as he does every year. WR Larry Fitzgerald said he will address his career plans after 2017 just once at training camp.
  • WR John Brown (hamstring) is dealing with a hamstring injury, according to head coach Bruce Arians. The ball coach jinxed it a couple days earlier, “A couple of those routes he ran, he did not run one route like that last year. Knock on wood, it stays that way.”
  • Brown had a cyst removed from his spine following the final game of 2016. He dealt with sickle cell trait last season and his production suffered because of it. Brown said his body has been feeling better and he's back in his normal routine and back to being himself.
  • Rookie WR Chad Williams received some praise from future Hall-of-Famer Fitzgerald. “He's reminds me of Anquan Boldin in terms of the strength of his hands. Once it touches his hands, it just doesn't move. He's got unbelievably strong hands.”
  • WR Jaron Brown (knee) participated in a portion of OTAs on 23-24, taking part in individual drills while sitting out team activities. Brown suffered a season-ending torn ACL last October. “We’re keeping him out of the team drills because I don’t want to see him cut, but he’s running routes full speed. He looks great. Actually, his computer numbers are faster than they’ve ever been,” Arians said.
  • Andre Ellington is moving back to running back after a brief stint at wide receiver, and the team will be looking for him to have a tougher running style.
  • The Cardinals signed QB Blaine Gabbert to a one-year deal.

Atlanta Falcons       

  • GM Thomas Dimitroff said he is confident that the team will be able to sign RB Devonta Freeman to a contract extension. Dimitroff said talks between the two sides likely will occur around the start of training camp. Freeman told ESPN’s Josina Anderson “I want to be the best. I want to be elite paid. Whatever that is, that's where I want to be.”
  • WR Julio Jones (foot) didn’t participate in minicamp as he continued to recover from off-season foot surgery. He expects to be ready by late July. WR Taylor Gabriel sat out OTAs and minicamp with a “lower leg strain.”
  • Jones could be utilized more in the red zone this season with new OC Steve Sarkisian calling the shots. 'When you have a playmaker like Julio, it's making sure we maximize his opportunities because there is so much double-coverage, there are so many unique coverages that roll his way that when we don't get that, let's make sure he's one of the primary receivers on that play because it is such a tough matchup for anybody one on one.'
  • WR Justin Hardy will be 'one of those guys to get big time opportunities,' according to wide receivers coach Raheem Morris.
  • Derrick Coleman is expected to be the starting fullback this season. 'We did a lot with our fullback a year ago,' Sarkisian said. 'We'll continue to do that with Derrick.'
  • OG Ben Garland appeared to receive slightly more snaps with the first-team offense at right guard than OG Wes Schweitzer did during the offseason workouts open to the media.
  • C Alex Mack (fibula) has recovered from the broken fibula he suffered in a playoff win over the Green Bay Packers earlier this year.

Baltimore Ravens   

  • WR Jeremy Maclin signed a two-year, $11 million deal ($6 million guaranteed) and he’s expected to assume the slot role left behind by Steve Smith and Kamar Aiken, with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman working outside.
  • Perriman is exuding confidence this offseason, so much so that QB Joe Flacco claimed you can see Perriman's confidence in his eyes. He also made multiple long catches in 11-on-11 drills.
  • HC John Harbaugh praised Terrance West’s off-season work, and ESPN Ravens reporter Jamison Hensley called him the “unquestioned starter.” Of course, they added Danny Woodhead who will play in passing situations and in the red zone. Kenneth Dixon will miss the first four games of the season due to suspension.
  • TE Dennis Pitta (hip) suffered a dislocated hip and is expected to undergo surgery at some point. His playing career is likely over.
  • TE Ben Watson agreed to restructure his contract last week, which dropped his base salary from $3 million to $1.25 million, according a source. Watson can make up to $3 million this season if he meets certain incentives. In May, Watson said he was ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles’.
  • TE Maxx Williams’ (knee) status for training camp is in question, according to head coach John Harbaugh. He underwent knee surgery this off-season.
  • ESPN Ravens beat writer Jamison Hensley believes TE Nick Boyle is a “sleeper” pick to win the starting TE job.
  • OG Marshal Yanda (shoulder) said he will be ready for the start of the regular season even though he has not practiced this offseason. Yanda would not say if he will be able to practice at the start of training camp.
  • Lorenzo Taliaferro is working at fullback in minicamp.

Buffalo Bills    

  • QB Cardale Jones could be on the roster bubble because he was fourth in the quarterback rotation during practice Wednesday, June 14, behind QBs Tyrod Taylor, T.J. Yates and Nathan Peterman.
  • WR Andre Holmes has been a standout performer on offense and special teams this offseason, according to head coach Sean McDermott.
  • Rookie WR Zay Jones missed practice time in May to a knee issue but returned in minicamp.
  • WR Sammy Watkins (foot) participated in team drills at minicamp. Head coach Sean McDermott said Watkins has responded well to a bigger workload and that workload will continue to be increased as long as Watkins can handle it.
  • RB LeSean McCoy is excited as a pass-catcher in the Bills' new offense. He explained that the Bills throw it to the running backs a lot in new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison's offense.
  • RB Jonathan Williams' development will be vital to the Bills' future success, according to head coach Sean McDermott. He’s set to take over as the primary backup with Mike Gillslee gone.
  • FB Mike Tolbert has received a heavy dose of carries this spring and could fill the void of a backup running back behind RB LeSean McCoy.
  • TE Charles Clay's ailing knee continues to be an issue. Clay has participated in drills, but the Bills are taking a cautious approach with his workload.
  • TE Nick O'Leary is expected to see more snaps as the team is expected to use more two-tight end sets in 2017 under offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. When Dennison was the Houston Texans' offensive coordinator from 2010-2013, only the New England Patriots ran more snaps with two tight ends.
  • LT Cordy Glenn (ankle) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Carolina Panthers

  • TE Greg Olsen hopes to receive a new deal that would pay him like one of the top tight ends in the NFL, according to sources. His $7.5 million per year average ranks seventh among tight ends in the NFL.
  • QB Cam Newton (shoulder surgery) didn’t throw at minicamp.
  • HC Ron Rivera said the team could’ve used WR Devin Funchess better last season.
  • Rivera said he thinks the criticism of WR Kelvin Benjamin and his conditioning has been unfair…but Rivera was the one who said Benjamin reported to the off-season program “a little heavy.”
  • Rookie RB Christian McCaffrey missed most of the team’s off-season program while he finished up classes at Stanford.

Chicago Bears 

  • WRs Cameron Meredith, Kevin White and Markus Wheaton are considered locks to make the 53-man roster, in the opinion of Chicago Tribune writer Dan Wiederer. WRs Victor Cruz, Kendall Wright, Josh Bellamy, Deonte Thompson and Daniel Braverman are considered to be on the bubble. WRs Tanner Gentry, Rueben Randle and Titus Davis are viewed as long shots for the final roster.
  • WR Kevin White (leg, ankle) is practicing at full speed and working on expanding his route tree, and he said he has to show what he can do this season.
  • WR Cameron Meredith (thumb) will be ready for the start of training camp after suffering ligament damage in his thumb.
  • RB Jordan Howard expects a larger role in the passing game this year after converting only 29-of-50 targets for 298 yards and one touchdown as a rookie. He also has slimmed down some since the end of last season.
  • TE Zach Miller (foot) may not be ready when the team starts its training camp July 26, according to head coach John Fox.
  • WR Markus Wheaton (shoulder) is almost fully recovered from his shoulder injury. 'I'm waiting for them to let me loose,' Wheaton said. 'I feel great, though.
  • QB Mitchell Trubisky has been running the second-team offense since QB Mark Sanchez (knee) injured his knee last week. With Sanchez not expected back until training camp.
  • Rookie RB Tarik Cohen has impressed at OTAs and minicamp, according to ESPN Bears reported Jeff Dickerson.
  • RG Kyle Long (ankle) is expected open camp on the active/PUP list.

Cincinnati Bengals 

  • Rookie RB Joe Mixon has dropped 10 pounds since the rookie minicamp and currently weighs 228 pounds. Mixon intends to spend at least two weeks training with New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson in Houston following the conclusion of Cincinnati's minicamp.
  • RB Gio Bernard (ACL) could be held out of the first couple games of the season, according to Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson. He expects Gio to avoid the reserve/PUP list
  • Rookie WR John Ross (shoulder) said his surgically repaired shoulder is feeling great and expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
  • TE Tyler Kroft has received a lot of work with the first-team offense during offseason workouts because TEs Tyler Eifert (back) and C.J. Uzomah (undisclosed) has been sidelined with injuries.
  • Fourth-round WR Joshua Malone is not expected to be a big contributor right away, but new teammate A.J. Green says the rookie reminds him of a young Marvin Jones.

Cleveland Browns   

  • WR Ricardo Louis is more confident and comfortable in the offense this year, according to ESPN.com's Pat McManamon, and McManamon believes Cleveland's lack of depth at the receiver position could lead to Louis playing an important role.
  • WR Corey Coleman (hamstring) is nearing his return from a hamstring injury. Coleman has improved this offseason and put in the work to become an impact player for the offense, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
  • TE Seth DeValve has been performing well during offseason workouts and hopes to receive a bigger role in the passing game in 2017.
  • QB Brock Osweiler has impressed in organized team activities, and one player privately predicted Osweiler would be the starter heading into camp in July. He said he’s been working hard on his fundamentals this off-season.
  • QB DeShone Kizer has received some snaps with the first-team offense during organized team activities because the coaching staff needs to see more of him on the field than the other quarterbacks, according to head coach Hue Jackson.
  • QB Cody Kessler has seen an inordinate number of passes batted down at the line of scrimmage in minicamp.
  • RB Isaiah Crowell could receive more carries in 2017 because head coach Hue Jackson said the Browns have to run the ball more this upcoming season than they did in 2016.

Dallas Cowboys      

  • RB Ezekiel Elliott's domestic violence case could be resolved soon as phone records and other documents were recently turned over to investigators, according to sources. Closure to the case could come before the regular season commences, but the NFL has simply stated that its investigation is ongoing.
  • RB coach Gary Brown said Zeke will “absolutely see more work in the passing game this season.
  • WR Dez Bryant said the way that he's feeling right now has led him to believe that he's 'not dealing with really anything.' He added: 'I feel damn good. I know once I'm 100 (percent), I'm hard to deal with. That confidence is just steady expanding. I'll tell you this, I've never been (more) ready for training camp.'
  • QB Dak Prescott has emerged as a more vocal leader entering his second season, and quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson recently said he’s seen nothing from Prescott that should worry anyone about the reigning rookie of the year taking his foot off the gas. 'There has been no complacency at all. Nothing is too big for that kid. He’s improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise, so he’s not resting on anything that went on last year,' Wilson said.
  • RB Rod Smith worked ahead of RB Alfred Morris during minicamp, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Unlike Morris, Smith has the versatility to play fullback and can also help on special teams.
  • WR Cole Beasley (hamstring) said he has been dealing with his hamstring injury since Week 10 of the 2016 season. He said he would be able to play in a game now if needed and believes rest will heal the injury. Rookie Ryan Switzer has seen some extra run with Beasley out, and HC Jason Garrett said they could use both player on the field at the same time.
  • OT Chaz Green worked with the first-team offense at left guard during practice June 7. Green said the team asked him about moving to guard last week.

Denver Broncos

  • QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder) said he has not had any problems with his surgically repaired shoulder during practice. QB Paxton Lynch 'remains a work in progress, according to beat writer Mike Klis. Siemian has had more good days overall than Lynch during organized team activity sessions, but Denver Post columnist believes Lynch will the Week 1 starter.
  • RB Jamaal Charles (knee) did not participate in team drills during the Broncos' three-day minicamp. Head coach Vance Joseph is planning on using a running-back-by-committee system in the upcoming season.
  • TE Jeff Heuerman - a third-round pick in 2015 - is not assured a roster spot, according to general manager John Elway.
  • WR Carlos Henderson is 'swimming' when it comes to learning the offensive schemes, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy said on May 25.
  • WR Demaryius Thomas said he's feeling the best he's felt in his entire career.

Detroit Lions  

  • OT Taylor Decker (shoulder) suffered a torn labrum and will be sidelined for four to six months. He may begin the regular season on the PUP list.
  • OT Greg Robinson was acquired by the Detroit Lions on June 15, for a sixth-round pick in 2018. They also signed OT Cyrus Kouandjio in response to Decker’s injury. OTs Joe Dahl and Cornelius Lucas split snaps at left tackle with the first-team offense during OTAs. OT Tony Hills and OT Corey Robinson (foot) could also be options at left tackle while Decker is sidelined.
  • HC Jim Caldwell called RB Ameer Abdullah the starter. He makes the offense noticeably better and is 'the best two-way back' on the roster, in the opinion of Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com. It also came out that his foot injury was a Lisfranc tear.
  • The Lions have been bringing RB Theo Riddick along slowly off his wrist injury, but he’s expected back for training camp.
  • The Lions signed RB/FB Matt Asiata. He’ll compete with Zach Zenner and Dwayne Washington for a roster spot, and he could steal some short-yardage work.
  • WR T.J. Jones and WR Jace Billingsley currently have a leg up in the battle for the remaining receiver spots behind WR Marvin Jones, WR Golden Tate and WR Kenny Golladay, according to Tim Twentyman of DetroitLions.com.
  • WR Golden Tate addressed reporters that he believes he is 'underpaid', but the veteran wideout is unlikely to seek a contract extension during the 2017 season. Tate told reporters he is 'eyeing a new deal' within the next couple years but is not demanding one.
  • WR T.J. Jones has spent time as the slot receiver for the first-team offense during OTAs, and he has also been used on the punt team as a returner, gunner and jammer.
  • Rookie WR Kenny Golladay was called one of the standouts during OTAs.
  • WR Jared Abbrederis has caught the eye of head coach Jim Caldwell for his ability to run routes. “(Abbrederis is) a really good route runner, very, very good just in terms of his ability to find open areas. He has good spatial awareness. … He’s really coming along and really doing well, so he’s just got to keep progressing,” Caldwell said.

Green Bay Packers  

  • RB Ty Montgomery is now weighing in at 220 pounds, which is by design to better suit him as a full-time starting running back. He was lifting more over the offseason to gain more muscle.
  • Montgomery admits he was running on instincts for most of last year following his position change from wide receiver, but he feels much more comfortable after a full offseason at his new position. “I knew where I was supposed to be going, but it was instinct. Now, I know techniques. I know rotations and linebacker positions, and fronts and understanding gap rules and what the defense is supposed to be doing. Now when I get out there, I know my reads and my aiming points and I can just add that to my instincts. I’m excited to do that.”
  • TE Martellus Bennett has made it a priority to get to know QB Aaron Rodgers this offseason. Bennett said he's had a lot of conversations with his new quarterback and has really made an effort to simply befriend Rodgers. “I'm just trying to do my job, make sure I can keep up with [my teammates], Bennett said. 'They've been doing a good job for so long, I'm just trying to get in where I fit in right now.”
  • WR Randall Cobb will receive more touches this season if head coach Mike McCarthy gets his way. Wide receivers coach Luke Getsy agrees. 'When you have a guy like him that's so dynamic with the football in his hands. you've got to get him the football,' Getsy said.
  • WR DeAngelo Yancey and WR Malachi Dupre will likely be limited to special teams duties as rookies because of how much is expected of receivers in Green Bay's offense, according to beat writer Aaron Nagler. Dupre has worked ahead of Yancey in the early part of the off-season, despite being drafted two rounds later.
  • QB Aaron Rodgers said his impending contract will take care of itself, adding that he's not worried about not being the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. Rodgers said he's going to continue to make himself an 'indispensable' part of the Packers' roster.
  • C Corey Linsley (ankle surgery) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Mike McCarthy.

Houston Texans 

  • QB Tom Savage said taking reps with the first-team offense has been a great opportunity to work on his timing and communication with WR DeAndre Hopkins and the other starters. Hopkins did praise rookie QB Deshaun Watson for where he’s at mentally already.
  • WR Braxton Miller has reached out to former veteran NFL wide receiver and Houston Texans offensive assistant coach Wes Welker. Miller is trying to glean what he can from Welker in order to be a better slot receiver. Miller said Welker corrects what he does wrong and then Miller tries to fix it on the next play.
  • WR Will Fuller said he focused on “catching the ball consistently' this offseason. 'Wherever the ball is coming from, you catch it with your hands and catch it with your eyes,” Fuller said. He also added some weight to get up to 190, the most he’s ever weighed.
  • LT Duane Brown skipped mandatory minicamp because he’s unhappy with his current contract.

Indianapolis Colts   

  • QB Andrew Luck (shoulder) doesn't know if he'll be ready for training camp, and he’s yet to start throwing.
  • WR T.Y. Hilton (hamstring) didn’t do much at minicamp because of a hamstring strain. The injury didn't appear to be a long-term concern.
  • WR Phillip Dorsett missed minicamp with a hamstring injury. WR Chester Rogers had a strong showing at OTAs and could challenge Kamar Aiken and Dorsett for the #3 WR role.
  • The Colts signed free-agent RB Troymaine Pope on June 15, and they placed Christine Michael (undisclosed) on the reserve/IR list.
  • RB Frank Gore is still expected to remain the 'workhorse' back this season and see around 16 to 18 carries per game, according to Mike Chappell of CBS 4 Indianapolis. RB Robert Turbin is expected to have a big role as well.
  • TE Erik Swoope said he believes the coaching staff is expecting a lot from him this season, and Kevin Bowen of Colts.com believes the decision not to draft a tight end indicates the Colts are comfortable with Swoope as their No. 2 tight end.
  • HC Chuck Pagano said TE Jack Doyle is reliable option and has earned the trust of Luck.

Jacksonville Jaguars

  • WR Allen Hurns said he knows he has to play better than he did in 2016 and has been working to improve during the offseason. Hurns has added some weight but has cut his body fat. He has also worked on improving his change of direction during routes and has been strengthening his legs to help avoid hamstring injuries.
  • RB Leonard Fournette impressed head coach Doug Marrone with his ability to catch the ball during OTAs
  • Rookie WR Dede Westbrook (undisclosed) returned to minicamp practice after missing most of OTAs.
  • QB Blake Bortles will work with QB coach Tom House this summer after spending time with him in the spring. They are working to quicken up his release and to clean up his mechanics.
  • TE Mychal Rivera has been seeing starter-level snaps during OTAs, and head coach Doug Marrone praised Rivera for his dependability. He’ll be competing with Marcedes Lewis for the starting job.
  • OG Brandon Linder has been playing right guard during OTAs to allow the coaching staff to experiment with different offensive line combinations
  • OT Branden Albert said he will be with the team at the start of training camp and will not hold out.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • The Chiefs surprisingly cut WR Jeremy Maclin in June. Tyreek Hill will get the first crack at taking over Maclin’s old Z receiver spot, while Chris Conley will continue to play his X receiver spot, which is a possession receiver role in Reid’s offense. WRs Demarcus Robinson and Albert Wilson are also in the mix to play in 3-WR sets. Right now, it looks like Conley could very well see the most snaps as the X receiver, with the other three WRs rotating in the other two spots.
  • Hill will not be returning kickoffs this season. The Chiefs view Hill as too valuable of a wide receiver in light of Maclin’s release. Hill will remain the Chiefs' punt returner. Head coach Andy Reid has already said that managing Hill's workload won't be an issue. Reid has managed similar players in former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook and Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson.
  • TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) has a 'pretty good chance' of being ready for training camp, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and it was originally believed that he would not be healthy enough for training camp.
  • RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) suffered a minor hamstring injury during practice on June 13.
  • The Chiefs are “throwing everything” at third-round RB Kareem Hunt to get him ready for the season. RB coach Eric Bieniemy also praised Hunt’s work as a receiver.
  • LG Parker Ehinger (knee) is not expected to be ready for training camp. He tore his ACL in Week 8 last season.

Los Angeles Chargers

  • QB Philip Rivers said he believes he can play a few more seasons before he considers retirement.
  • WR Keenan Allen (knee) is already running routes at full speed in practice, and he said on May 16, that he surprised himself with how well he is able to compete.
  • WR Mike Williams (back) will be held out for the remainder of the offseason program as he recovers from a disc injury in his back, according to a source.
  • WR Dontrelle Inman underwent core muscle surgery on May 19. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers and will keep Inman sidelined for six weeks, according to a source.
  • TE Hunter Henry is expected to move into the role of team's main tight end, while veteran TE Antonio Gates will transition into more of a third-down, red zone role, according to ESPN's Eric D Williams. Gates said he’s completely fine with playing a secondary role.
  • RB Branden Oliver has caught the attention of QB Philip Rivers this spring. “He looks good. He looks explosive. I think he really is a great complement to Melvin (Gordon). Their styles are different, but similar. (We) have two backs who can run all the same plays, but it’s a little different. Their movements are different. I think BO can be a heck of a changeup for us.”
  • The Chargers plan to use WR Travis Benjamin as a punt returner in 2017.

Los Angeles Rams  

  • WR Tavon Austin is recovering from wrist surgery, but he’s expected to be ready for training camp. HC Sean McVay believes he’ll be a big part of the offense, and they’ll reportedly use him more as a deep threat.
  • WR Robert Woods is determined to be a 'No. 1 receiver,' according to the Los Angeles Times' Gary Klein.
  • WR Mike Thomas saw most of the first-team reps in place of WR Tavon Austin (wrist) during OTAs, and Thomas said he believes the coaching staff understands the potential he brings to the offense.
  • ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez expects rookie WR Cooper Kupp to be Jared Goff’s “security blanket” out of the slot.
  • QB Jared Goff said he’s muscled up to 220 pounds after being listed at 215 pounds last year.
  • RB Todd Gurley may not be counted on as much in the passing game this year with the addition of RB Lance Dunbar, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Alden Gonzalez. The Rams want Gurley's focus to be on the running game. He was the focus of opposing defenses last year while only averaging 3.2 yards per carry.

Miami Dolphins

  • C Mike Pouncey (hip) is on a good track and improving well in his recovery from hip surgery, although it's unclear at this point if he will be able to participate in training camp. Pouncey's goal is to be available 'for the duration' of training camp, according to head coach Adam Gase.
  • WR DeVante Parker has been making things look easy during offseason workouts and will be a big part of the offense in 2017. He’s also been showing more consistency, an are where he’s struggled, and he’s taken better care of his body.
  • WR Jarvis Landry reported for the start of minicamp, even though he is looking for a new contract. Landry would like to sign an extension before the start of training camp.
  • RB Jay Ajayi is ready to receive more touches this season. 'I'll be ready to carry the ball however many times I have to,' Ajayi said. 'I feel like I'm a workhorse and I get better as the game keeps going and I continue to be a part of the game.' Head coach Adam Gase admitted that Ajayi is Miami's bell cow running back. Ajayi has been working on his route running with Ryan Tannehill and the WRs since March.
  • Gase wants RB Kenyan Drake to become a true every-down backup rather than a change-of-pace option like he was last season.
  • TE Julius Thomas has the chance to be a 10-touchdown player if he can stay healthy, according to offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen.

Minnesota Vikings   

  • Rookie RB Dalvin Cook has a chance to be a special player, according to head coach Mike Zimmer. “Now, he's got some things he's got to work on, like all young backs, but I've been very impressed with him this spring.”
  • RB Latavius Murray (ankle) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. He had a similar foot surgery earlier in his career.
  • RB Jerick McKinnon trained with former teammate Adrian Peterson in Houston during the offseason and weighs 211 pounds, up from 200 a season ago. McKinnon is reportedly not only stronger, but faster as well.
  • QB Teddy Bridgewater's (knee) return is still unknown at this point due to the severity of his injuries.
  • WR Stefon Diggs stated he was 'never the same' after sustaining a groin injury in Week 4 last season. 'Stuff like that is on me, staying healthy,' he admitted.
  • WR Laquon Treadwell has pronounced himself fully healed and 'looks healthy' according to CB Xavier Rhodes, one season after Treadwell battled foot, hamstring and finger injuries. “He looks healthy. (He's) coming out of his breaks good, moving his weight really well, turning his hips when he needs to turn his hips. Breaking down, not taking too many steps in his break. He’s turned around tremendously,” Rhodes said.
  • WR Adam Thielen said he is dedicated in proving his breakout performance this past season wasn't a fluke. “I'm waiting until I'm done playing to reflect. I've got too much to work on, too many big goals, to reflect on anything. I'm just going to come out here every day and try to get better and bring the same mindset I've brought since I got to the league.”
  • WR Michael Floyd signed a one-year contract with no guaranteed money.

New England Patriots

  • TE Rob Gronkowski (back) has been a full participant in practice and hasn't missed a practice this offseason.
  • WR Brandin Cooks is lining up everywhere on the field for the team, and he caught a team-high eight passes during a three-day minicamp this week. Cooks finishes every single route, regardless of how quickly the ball is delivered, and he flashes his hands at the end of the route to simulate the timing of the throw, according to S Devin McCourty.
  • WR Chris Hogan has been lining up with WR Brandin Cooks and WR Julian Edelman in three-wide receiver sets.
  • WR Julian Edelman agreed to a multi-year contract extension on June 8.
  • WR Danny Amendola is expected to battle Andrew Hawkins for the sixth and likely final receiver spot in camp, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
  • RB Mike Gillislee appears to be the frontrunner for the Patriots' starting running back job, according to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe, although he is expected to be part of a committee. RB James White has firmly entrenched himself as the passing-down back for the club. RB Dion Lewis still has a spot on the club despite the additions of Gillislee and Rex Burkhead this offseason, likely as a kickoff returner and reserve running back who will play 15 to 20 snaps per game, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

New Orleans Saints 

  • WR Willie Snead is optimistic that he'll have a long-term deal with the club before the new season begins. “I think the guys upstairs are working on it. I'm hopeful, and I just have to keep worrying about myself and staying healthy and doing all the right things. I know it's going to be handled, it's going to take time, but I feel like we'll get it done sooner or later.”
  • RB Adrian Peterson has his teammates 'gushing' over his burst and stride length that he's exhibited during organized team activities thus far. He thinks playing with Drew Brees will give him a chance to showcase his receiving skills.
  • The Saints are looking into the possibility of trading RB Travaris Cadet before training camp, according to a source.
  • WR Michael Thomas has added some extra weight this offseason, increasing from 210 pounds to 220 pounds.
  • TE Coby Fleener said already understanding the terminology of the offense will be a big advantage in his second season with the Saints. “So being able to revamp and feel comfortable going out there and not having to worry about what play call is gonna come up is a huge benefit.”
  • WR Ted Ginn impressed Drew Brees at OTAs, with the QB saying he can still “fly.”
  • C Max Unger (foot) said he is targeting Week 1 for his return from offseason foot surgery.

New York Giants 

  • RB Orleans Darkwa worked extensively with the first-team offense during minicamp. Paul Perkins is the favorite to lead the backfield, but this is an open competition. Shane Vereen (triceps) is taking a slower approach this off-season after returning to quick last season, and rookie Wayne Gallman is also in the mix.
  • WR Sterling Shepard caught everything thrown at him in practice, and he caught two touchdowns in team drills on June 13. He believes he needs to improve after the catch this year. “I feel like I could have gotten a lot more [yards after catch] last year,' Shepard said. 'That's something that I looked at on film and I want to get better on.”
  • Rookie TE Evan Engram is generating excitement with his performance at OTAs, according to head coach Ben McAdoo, and the Giants have been using more sets that feature two tight ends.
  • TE Will Tye, an 18-game starter the last two seasons, could be the odd man out at TE. He’s in competition with Matt LaCosse and Jerell Adams for a spot(s) behind Engram and Rhett Ellison.

New York Jets 

  • WR Quincy Enunwa is expected to be the #1 WR after the team released veteran Eric Decker. WR Robby Anderson has a leg up on the #2 job on the outside, with ArDarius Stewart looking like the #3 WR out of the slot.
  • QBs Josh McCown, Christian Hackenberg, and Bryce Petty are in a genuine quarterback competition, according to head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles said so far there is no frontrunner for the starting position and that the quarterback battle will be sorted out during training camp.
  • OC John Morton said the plan is to use a committee with RBs Bilal Powell and Matt Forte, but it was clear that Powell was the more dynamic option last season.
  • Rookie WR ArDarius Stewart recently underwent surgeries to repair his groin and thumb injuries. Stewart is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
  • WRs Quincy Enunwa (neck) didn’t participate in minicamp and rookie WR Chad Hansen missed action with a minor knee injury.
  • WR Quinton Patton (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
  • WR Devin Smith (shoulder) went through waivers unclaimed and reverted to the Reserve/Injured list
  • TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins is down to 260 pounds, after being in the mid-280s for much of the 2016 season. He has been an active participant in the team's off-season conditioning program and has been working out with a fitness guru in Las Vegas. He’s impressed during workouts and the Jets actually plan on using a TE this season. Meanwhile, rookie TE Jordan Leggett has struggled out of the gate.

Oakland Raiders 

  • WR Amari Cooper said he can have 'a lot more production' and is working to be 'dominant' this season. QB Derek Carr said Cooper has been more dominant in minicamp as well.
  • WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been a 'revelation' as a receiver thus far, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, who indicated Patterson has displayed his playmaking ability throughout OTAs and minicamp.
  • TE Jared Cook will be a matchup problem over the middle and help create space for the rest of the offensive playmakers, according to quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. “He's a matchup nightmare for linebackers and most safeties. He really brings a sense in the passing game of a mismatch that we can count on week in and week out.”
  • QB EJ Manuel is working ahead of Connor Cook in minicamp.

Philadelphia Eagles  

  • QB Carson Wentz is noticeably stronger and appears to be throwing the ball better than he did as a rookie, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane.
  • Rookie WR Shelton Gibson has struggled with dropping passes throughout spring practices, and he has dropped passes during individual drills with no defenders guarding him.
  • WR Nelson Agholor has benefited from the offseason additions to the receiving corps, according to head coach Doug Pederson. “As I've said all along, competition, man, sharpens you.And that's what I've seen from Nelson. He's done a great job already this spring.” Agholor spent time in the slot filling in for Jordan Matthews (knee).
  • WR Jordan Matthews (knee) expects to be ready for training camp despite dealing with knee tendinitis.
  • RB LeGarrette Blount agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $2.8 million.
  • RB Wendell Smallwood has seen noticeably fewer reps than RB Donnel Pumphrey during minicamp practices.
  • WR Dorial Green-Beckham has been taking a majority of his snaps with the second-team during OTAs, and he said he knows he is fighting for a spot on the roster but believes the Eagles still haven't seen the best he has to offer.

Pittsburgh Steelers  

  • RB Le'Veon Bell's workload has been a topic of conversation for the coaching staff, according to offensive coordinator Todd Haley. 'He's a guy who gets stronger every game,' Haley said. 'He does not want to come out of the game. He's a year older. We've got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will and do as a staff.'
  • TE Jesse James is back to being the starting TE after the team cut Ladarius Green in May.
  • WR Martavis Bryant said he knows that it will take time for him to rebuild chemistry with QB Ben Roethlisberger and become more comfortable with the plays.
  • Rookie WR JuJu Smith-Schuster has been practicing in the slot at organized team activities. The Post Gazette’s Ed Bouchette believes Eli Rogers will remain the top option out of the slot.
  • Rookie RB James Conner (hamstring) has been nursing a pulled hamstring.
  • Exclusive Rights FA LT Alejandro Villanueva reported for minicamp but is still unhappy with his contract situation.

San Francisco 49ers

  • Fourth-round pick RB Joe Williams has a 'legitimate chance' to 'immediately unseat' RB Carlos Hyde as the team's top running back this season, according to CSN Bay Area's Matt Maiocco. UDFA Matt Breida had more highlight runs than Williams, according to the Sacramento Bee. Hyde did handle the first-team reps at minicamp and OTAs, but this backfield remains a bit unsettled heading to training camp.
  • QB Brian Hoyer is confident heading into his second stint with head coach Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan was the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator in 2014 when Hoyer quarterbacked the Browns. Hoyer said his familiarity with Shanahan's offense makes it easier for him to call plays, adding that it comes naturally to him now.
  • Rookie TE George Kittle received the most first-team reps of any rookie during OTAs and has 'really good football awareness,' according to quarterback Brian Hoyer.
  • TE Vance McDonald could be on the roster bubble in training camp.
  • WR Trent Taylor has been 'very good at separating' from defenders, according to head coach Mike Shanahan, and Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee believes Taylor could return punts and eventually challenge WR Jeremy Kerley for the slot receiver role.

Seattle Seahawks

  • Pete Carroll said the Seahawks will run the ball more often this season. The team added Eddie Lacy to a backfield that already had a pair of injury-prone players in C.J. Prosise and Thomas Rawls. “We lost 100-something runs last year. And that was basically the story. That was basically the tale of why everything came about as it did. With the quarterback being a mess and the running back situation, everybody being banged up, we were just unable to find it. So I think we'll come roaring right back at it.”
  • RB Eddie Lacy received his $55,000 bonus for weighing in at 250 pounds or less on June 12.
  • RB C.J. Prosise (shoulder) has been a full participant during OTAs.
  • WR Jermaine Kearse may be a potential cap casualty in 2018, but ESPN's Sheil Kapadia considers the possibility of him being released this off-season 'slim' as the team seems to value him more than people on the outside.
  • WR Tyler Lockett (leg) was limited to a few early drills during OTAs. Carroll said Lockett could be full speed by training camp.
  • QB Russell Wilson has looked great throwing the ball and 'great moving around' during OTAs, according to head coach Pete Carroll.
  • QB Austin Davis signed an undisclosed contract.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

  • Suspended RB Doug Martin has looked “quicker” and “bulkier” in recent weeks, and GM Jason Licht said Martin looks like the “Doug Martin of 2015.” Martin said he came out of drug treatment as a “stronger person.”
  • TE Cameron Brate and QB Jameis Winston have a chemistry that is 'going to be tough to dethrone,' according to Trevor Sikkema of PetwerReport.com, and Sikkema believes Brate could make it difficult for TE O.J. Howard to be the No. 1 option at the position. Winston has the fifth-best passer rating when targeting tight ends since he entered the league three years ago, according to Pro Football Focus. However, he is third-worst in the league when targeting other positions.
  • WR Chris Godwin has been one of the most consistent players during OTAs, according to head coach Dirk Koetter. Koetter said Godwin has the ability to play outside or from the slot, and his hands and physicality have stood out. He compared him to his former WR Roddy White because of his size and competitiveness for passes.
  • PK Roberto Aguayo continues to struggle this off-season, opening the door for Nick Folk to potentially take his job.
  • HC Dirk Koetter made Ali Marpet’s move to center official.
  • QB Ryan Fitzpatrick received a one-year, $3 million deal.

Tennessee Titans 

  • WR Corey Davis (ankle) said his ankle is at full health after participating fully during minicamp.
  • WR Tajae Sharpe suffered a foot injury and underwent surgery in early June. By the end of minicamp, the cast on his foot was removed and he was in a boot.
  • RB DeMarco Murray (finger) said had surgery to repair a lingering issue in with his right ring finger. Murray will miss the rest of off-season workouts but said he would be able to play if there were a game.
  • RB Derrick Henry has looked great in OTAs, according to head coach Mike Mularkey, and offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie said he will find a way to use both Henry and Murray.
  • QB Marcus Mariota (leg) is not expected to be limited once training camp begins. He participated in full team snaps at OTAs. He said the final step for him is to in his leg, which he broke at the end of last season.

Washington Redskins

  • WR Jamison Crowder will play on the outside in two-receiver sets and inside in three-wide sets. He'll also return punts. Terrelle Pryor will play the X while Crowder will man the Z in 2-WR sets, with Josh Doctson entering and playing the Z in 3-WR sets with Crowder kicking inside.
  • WR Josh Doctson has been impressing the coaching staff with his catch radius during OTAs.
  • WR Terrelle Pryor is already impressing QB Kirk Cousins in his first offseason with the Redskins. Specifically, Cousins has been impressed with Pryor's knowledge of the game, work ethic and positive attitude. He’s been most impressed by his downfield ability, specifically his long strides.
  • “Fat Rob Kelley” is now just “Big-Boned Bob” after dropping his body fat from 18% to 13% this off-season. He said he’s quicker and more explosive, which he’ll need to be to hold off rookie Samaje Perine.
  • RB Matt Jones’ agent has asked the team to release Jones. Jones is close with new Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams, who told him to put his head down and compete.
  • TE Niles Paul is likely fighting for a roster spot after TE Jeremy Sprinkle was drafted in April.
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