Marcus Lattimore RB SF 3 Hrs
49ers RB Marcus Lattimore said he's "ready" to compete for playing time.
Lattimore hasn't played since sustaining a gruesome right knee injury at the end of the 2012 season while at South Carolina. He's expected to be a full participant in the entire offseason program and legitimately battle for snaps come training camp. Lattimore's progress will be worth watching closely as he flashed serious first-round talent when 100 percent. He'll start off behind Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart.
Kirk Cousins QB WAS 10 Hrs3 Comments
The Cleveland Plain Dealer suggests the Browns could target Kirk Cousins in a draft-day trade.
"It's all on the table and it should be an exciting three days. It might even include trade discussions for Kirk Cousins," writes beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot. The Browns have ten picks in the upcoming draft, while the Redskins are without a first-rounder and may be looking for additional selections in what is widely considered the deepest draft in recent memory. The Redskins are reportedly seeking a second-round pick for Cousins. That's not going to happen. We bet they'd take a third-rounder.
Tyrone Crawford DL DAL 22 Hrs
Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready for OTAs.
Crawford missed all of 2013 on injured reserve. He's eight months removed from his torn Achilles' tendon and on track to participate in offseason workouts. As long as he stays healthy, Crawford should see regular snaps as part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 23 Hrs
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.
Because of his experience in OC Greg Olson's system, McFadden is the favorite to start Week 1 over Maurice Jones-Drew. McFadden was reduced to a backup role for the final two games of last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season in his career and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
David Wilson RB NYG 1 Day
ESPN New York reports the Giants are "hearing good things" about David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery.
Wilson has made good progress this offseason, but there's still some uncertainty regarding his 2014 status. If he gains clearance, Wilson could benefit from a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings that allows him to stay healthy and do less blocking. A 2012 first-round pick, Wilson was averaging 4.4 yards-per-attempt on 115 carries in two seasons prior to his neck injury.
Brian Hartline WR MIA 1 Day
Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.
Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Brandon Gibson WR MIA 1 Day
Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be ready for minicamp.
Gibson is still recovering from knee surgery and will sit out the majority of OTAs. He should gain medical clearance by early June and return as the Dolphins' slot receiver as long as he's healthy. Gibson is due $2.7 million this season and signed through 2015.
Rishard Matthews WR MIA 1 Day
The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.
This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts should be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
LaMichael James RB SF 1 Day
ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could have interest in LaMichael James.
James is currently being shopped by the 49ers and may eventually be released. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could be an option to help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.
Mason Foster LB TB 1 Day
Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.
"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier recently expressed concern over whether Foster has the coverage skills to remain at middle linebacker, but he showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster should also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use less dime packages.