Tre BostonDB CAR (7) 2 days ago
Boston will likely have a starting job, the Panthers' official site reports.
With Roman Harper departing in free agency, Boston is the projected starter alongside Kurt Coleman, who makes for the superior IDP option. A 2014 fourth-round selection, Boston does have six career starts to his name, with two of his three interceptions coming in the playoffs.
Shilique CalhounDL OAK (10) 2 days ago
Calhoun will primarily play outside linebacker, CSN Bay Area reports.
Calhoun enjoyed a prolific college career as a defensive end at Michigan State, piling up 26 sacks and 41.5 TFLs in his final three seasons. The shift to outside linebacker was to be expected, as he checked in at just 6-4, 251 pounds at the Combine, putting him on the smaller side for even a 4-3 defensive end. With the Raiders mostly expected to deploy a 3-4 scheme, their third-round draft pick (75th overall) will provide depth behind Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin, with Aldon Smith also in the mix. Calhoun thus faces a difficult path to regular snaps as a rookie, though he could be used as a hand-down rusher on obvious passing downs.
PD.J. FosterRB NE (9) 2 days ago
Foster (leg) saw his share of time on special teams during the Patriots' spring practices.
At this stage, Foster's versatility (he was both a running back and receiver in college) gives him a shot at securing a roster spot with the Patriots, though a slot on the practice squad could be his destiny to start the 2016 season. Of course, Foster's chances of securing a role in the team's backfield would increase if Dion Lewis, who is bouncing back from an ACL injury, ends up on the PUP list to begin the upcoming campaign.
Nate WashingtonWR NE (9) 2 days ago
Washington could be on the Patriots' roster bubble.
At this stage, health permitting, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell top the Patriots' wideout depth chart, with Washington slated to battle for depth slotting with Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper. Whether the quartet ends up battling for just one spot (or more) depends on the team's injury situation, but for now, Washington has yet to gain much traction in the competition, after reportedly seeming to struggle to get on the same page as QB Tom Brady during OTAs and minicamp. When he's on, Washington still has the ability to serve as a deep threat, but the veteran wideout will need to impress in training camp to land a roster spot with New England.
Dan SkutaLB JAC (5) 3 days ago
Skuta was arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor battery earlier this month, NFL.com reports.
Skuta's arrest reportedly occurred in Orlando on June 19, and the Jaguars are aware of the situation but gathering more information at the moment. Although whether Skuta's situation will impact his availability in unknown right now, the 30-year-old is expected to battle rookie Myles Jack for a starting outside linebacker role this season.
William JacksonDB CIN (9) 3 days ago
Jackson is expected to compete with Dre Kirkpatrick for one of the Bengals' starting cornerback positions early on this season, NFL.com reports.
Jackson was selected in the first round of this year's draft and excelled playing on the outside during his time at Houston. With great length and speed, Jackson is an immediate threat to Kirkpatrick's job, as Pro-Bowler Adam Jones occupies Cincinnati's other starting role and Darqueze Dennard is best at an inside position. Furthermore, with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther declaring Jackson will play early on, it seems the rookie's fantasy stock could rise as the regular season approaches.
Devin FunchessWR CAR (7) 3 days ago
Funchess is "light years ahead" of where he was as a rookie, according to coach Ron Rivera, and is a candidate for a breakout season this year.
Funchess showed great progress over the course of his rookie season, scoring five touchdowns over his final nine games. In fact, he ended the regular season with seven catches for 120 yards and a score against the Buccaneers in Week 17. Now heading into his second season, the towering target should command significantly more looks in Carolina's offense, even as Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin figure to be the Panthers' top two options in the passing game.
Tyler LockettWR SEA (5) 3 days ago
Lockett is an integral part of the Seahawks' planning on offense going into this season, ESPN.com reports.
Lockett proved to be a dynamic weapon during his rookie season, making the Pro Bowl as a returner thanks to two touchdowns, while also tying for the rookie lead with six receiving scores as well. On the whole, Lockett caught 51 passes for 664 yards, but those totals could reach the next level this season, as he figures to be an invaluable member of the Seahawks' offense. With an uncanny ability to get open, Lockett is expected to line up all over the field in 2016, and reports of his continued development this offseason make him someone to target in drafts ahead of a potential breakout sophomore season.
C.J. FiedorowiczTE HOU (9) 3 days ago
Fiedorowicz has impressed Houston tight ends coach John Perry, who told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, "He's a little underrated as a pass-catcher just because maybe all the stats aren't there. One of the things I always point out he very rarely doesn't catch the ball. He's got a great catch radius. He's an effective guy that way."
While Fiedorowicz improved from four catches (seven targets) in his rookie season to catching 17 of his 24 targets in 2015, it's hard to envision him gaining a bigger receiving role going forward, particularly with the offseason makeover the Texans' offense underwent. Ryan Griffin, who was limited to nine games last season, is the leading threat as a receiver from the position. If Griffin's healthy, Fiedorowicz's targets will likely decrease in 2016.
PPerry RileyLB WAS (9) 3 days ago
Even if he is healthy, Riley (foot) won't necessarily work with the first-team defense at the start of training camp, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Riley missed the final six games of last season, opening up a starting spot for Mason Foster alongside Will Compton. The Redskins went with that same duo during the offseason program, with Riley unavailable while rehabbing from November surgery. Riley is expected to be healthy for the start of camp, but while previously reports suggested he'd likely slot in as a starter, it now seems he'll have to compete with Compton and/or Foster. Entering the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal, Riley may find his roster spot in jeopardy if he doesn't win a starting job, as the Redskins can save approximately $4 million by releasing him.