Michael Thomas WR NO 11 hours ago

Thomas saw plenty of first-team snaps during Thursday's OTA, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thomas' promotion to first-team work came due to teammate Brandin Cooks missing practice for an undisclosed reason. While it's still early in this season's preparations, it's interesting to note that Thomas is already pushing Brandon Coleman and Willie Snead for snaps. At the very least, the rookie second-rounder should have plenty of chances to establish a role in the Saints' open offense, particularly if he impresses from his chances this summer.

Ryan Fitzpatrick QB NYJ 11 hours ago

Fitzpatrick and his representatives have not held discussions with the Jets over re-signing with the team in several weeks, the New York Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fitzpatrick and the Jets remain at an impasse over his requested contract terms, and despite OTAs kicking off this week, the two parties apparently still haven't talked recently. While Fitzpatrick's top two targets, Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall, were conspicuously absent from practice this week, possibly to show their solidarity for Fitzpatrick, it's still unclear whether to expect any developments in the quarterback's free agency anytime soon.

Eric Decker WR NYJ 12 hours ago

Decker skipped the Jets' OTAs this week to show his solidarity for unsigned quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, ESPN New York reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Decker and fellow wideout Brandon Marshall developed a strong rapport with Fitzpatrick during their first season together last year, and while Fitzpatrick remains an unsigned free agent, neither Decker nor Marshall were present for the Jets' voluntary practices this week. At the moment, negotiations between Fitzpatrick and the Jets appear to be at a standstill, but it remains to be seen whether the absences of Decker and Marshall could influence New York to close a deal sooner than later.

Tom Savage QB HOU 13 hours ago

Savage is fully healthy after missing all of last season due to a shoulder injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Savage reportedly threw the ball well during the Texans' OTAs this week, which marked his first team practices since landing on injured reserve with a severe shoulder sprain last year. While Brock Osweiler's four-year, $72 million contract signed with the Texans this offseason certainly make him Houston's starter this season, Savage's return to health figures to allow him to compete with Brandon Weeden for primary backup duties this season.

PMark Sanchez QB DEN 13 hours ago

Sanchez's experience figures to give him an edge in the Broncos' starting quarterback competition, The Denver Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanchez, who had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his non-throwing hand's thumb earlier this month, participated in seven-on-seven and positional drills along with rookie Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian during OTAs this week. Although those two were also able to go through team drills, something Sanchez was unable to do, Sanchez's previous experience as an NFL starter bodes well for him going into training camp. That's when the Broncos' quarterback competition is expected to heat up, and despite not having started a Week 1 game since 2012, Sanchez's veteran status gives him the early leg up on Lynch and Siemian.

QBreshad Perriman WR BAL 14 hours ago

Perriman (knee) returned to full speed during the Ravens' OTAs this week.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Perriman lost his rookie season due to a reoccurring PCL injury last year, but has now gotten to the point where he no longer thinks about his knee while running. At this week's OTAs, Perriman reportedly showed great burst and deep speed. The 2015 first-rounder also practiced with the Ravens' first-team offense on Thursday, and should compete with top wideouts Steve Smith (Achilles), Mike Wallace and Kamar Aiken for snaps during training camp.

QStephen Hill WR CAR 14 hours ago

Hill (knee) took part in some individual portions of the Panthers' OTAs this week.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hill is 10 months removed from suffering a torn ACL during last year's training camp, so his return to early practices is encouraging. Although Hill isn't participating in team drills just yet, he's seemingly on pace to be up to speed in time for this year's camp, when he figures to compete for a roster spot once again.

Keenan Reynolds RB BAL 15 hours ago

Reynolds' request to defer his military service to play in the NFL has been approved.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Reynolds became the NCAA's career leader in rushing touchdowns (88) while starring for Navy over the past four years, an accomplishment that contributed toward the Ravens selecting him the sixth round as a kick returner/receiver. However, in order to play in the NFL, Reynolds needed permission to defer his military service, which he was granted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Aston Carter during Navy's recent graduation ceremony. Now cleared to pursue his NFL dreams, Reynolds is expected to compete with Michael Campanaro and Kaelin Clay for pegging on the Ravens' roster during training camp.

Cameron Brate TE TB 18 hours ago

Brate enjoyed a particularly productive OTA session Thursday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The third-year Harvard product made a habit of exceeding expectations during his unexpected opportunity in 2015, and continued that trend in Thursday's OTA session. Brate made an eye-opening one-handed catch during the individual drills that kicked off practice, and also notched multiple receptions during team drills. The 24-year-old brought in 23 of 30 targets last season for 288 yards, while also notching the first three touchdowns of his career. The additional playing time largely came as a result of Austin Seferian-Jenkins' extended absence with a shoulder injury, but Brate played well enough to continue logging a decent amount of snaps after the starter's return in the latter part of the season. While he's currently listed behind Luke Stocker on the tight end depth chart, the latter's limited pass-catching ability renders Brate as the second-best offensive threat at tight end for the Bucs.

Mike Evans WR TB 19 hours ago

Evans continued his success hauling in the deep ball during Thursday's OTAs, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The third-year receiver continued his productive start to on-field work in 2016, as Kania reports he caught "a handful of deep balls" Thursday. That included a long-range missle from Jameis Winston down the right sideline on the first play of seven-on-seven drills. Evans' first week of OTAs has progressed much better than his injury-shortened voluntary mini-camp stint late last month.