Phillip Dorsett WR IND 1 day ago1 Comment
Dorsett made a strong impression in his first OTA practices as he's playing every receiver spot and is said to be picking up the offense quickly, the Indianapolis Star reports. "It's definitely not too big for him," said quarterback Andrew Luck.
Dorsett was Indy's 2015 first-round draft pick and reports said he also showed off his outstanding speed in the practice (4.33 speed in the 40-yard dash). However, he may have a hard time getting on the field for a significant number of snaps with T.Y. Hilton, Andre Johnson and Donte Moncrief all ahead of him on the depth chart.
Andre Johnson WR IND 1 day ago
Johnson was featured extensively in the slot in Wednesday's OTA practice and looks to have a large role in the offense this season, the Indianapolis Star reports.
The Colts have a crowded competition at wide receiver, but this report indicates Johnson will be viewed as a starter and used in multiple spots in wide receiver formations. If he can stay healthy at age 34, Johnson should get significant opportunities in a better passing offense than he had with the Texans.
Le'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 day ago
Bell, who is slated to serve a three-game suspension to start the coming season, relays that the knee he hyperextended in the Steelers' regular-season finale is "close to 100 percent again," ESPN.com reports.
With that in mind, Bell indicates that he will be ready to play as soon as the league permits him to do so. The running back -- who ran for 1,361 yards last season -- has appealed his suspension, but until a determination is made by the NFL on that front, we'll continue to operate under the assumption that free agent acquisition DeAngelo Williams will fill in for Bell out of the gate this season.
Derek Carr QB OAK 1 day ago
Carr's agent, Tim Younger, refutes reports suggesting that the quarterback may need surgery on his right ring finger, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I don't know where this idea came up that he's going to be having surgery," Younger noted. "The situation, I don't even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we're just being cautious."
Younger relayed that Carr is "probably going to be throwing before the end" of the Raiders' offseason workouts, which end June 4. In any case, he expects the second-year signal-caller to be 100 percent for the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins on June 9. Since Carr's rookie season ended, the Raiders have made a point of adding viable pass-catching options to mix, signing Michael Crabtree as a free agenct and then drafting highly-promising receiver Amari Cooper fourth overall and subsequently selecting tight end Clive Walford in the third round.
Will Beatty NYG 1 day ago
Beatty, who tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights, could miss five-to-six months of action, nj.com reports.
The Giants' left tackle underwent surgery to repair the issue and based on that timetable it's clear that he'll miss time at the start of the coming season. His injury is a blow to the team's offensive line and presumably puts top draft pick Ereck Flowers (who had been penciled in to work at right tackle) in a position where he must fill in for Beatty out of the gate.
Ben Tate RB PIT 1 day ago
Tate is slated to work out for the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
Tate's 2014 campaign was largely forgettable, as he opened the season with a frustrating eight-game stint with Cleveland, before seeing work in three games with the Vikings and then the Steelers (in the playoffs) as well. In the wake of the departure of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys curiously declined to select a running back in 2015 NFL draft, leaving the team with a backfield headed by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. Whereas Tate was a highly sought-after free agent last year, at this stage, it looks as though he's simply hoping to catch on somewhere as a depth option, with an eye toward re-establishing his on-field value.
Vince Mayle WR CLE 1 day ago
Mayle (thumb) is expected to be "100 percent" by late-July, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Mayle is currently wearing a soft cast that was put in place following last week's surgery on his right thumb, but is expected to have that cast removed within two weeks. It's been an ongoing issue for Mayle since suffering the injury during a Senior Bowl practice, and the team decided surgery would be the course of action that gets him back on the field the quickest. Despite the inability to grip the football during the first few days of rookie camp, head coach Mike Pettine stated that "It should not be an issue in the fall."
Randall Telfer TE CLE 2 days ago
Telfer could miss a couple of weeks of the regular season while recovering from a Lisfranc injury, Cleveland.com reports.
Telfer was picked in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns in 2015 NFL draft. In four years at USC, Telfer only caught 65 passes, but was drafted to be a blocking tight end for the Browns. Telfer underwent surgery in February. It is unknown exactly how many weeks he may miss after sustaining the injury in late December.
Ryan Mundy DB CHI 2 days ago6 Comments
Mundy isn't expected to challenge for a starting role this season at one of the Bears' two safety spots, ESPN.com reports.
Though Mundy led the Bears with 103 tackles and tied for the top honors on the team in interceptions (four), it was mostly a product of circumstance than pure skill. After veteran Antrel Rolle was signed in the offseason to play strong safety, it appears Mundy won't be given a legitimate chance at competing for the free safety role, where Brock Vereen and rookie Adrian Amos are the top candidates for those duties. Instead, Mundy is expected to see most of his work as part of sub packages, where his lower expected snap count will make tackle opportunities more scarce.
Jay Cutler QB CHI 2 days ago
New Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been expressed enthusiasm after the Bears recent rookie minicamp about working with Cutler this season, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. "I feel comfortable with [Cutler]. I mean, we have a good relationship so far and we're just going to keep working to get better," Gase said.
Gase is Cutler's fifth offensive coordinator in seven years, but the preexisting familiarity between the two could lead to a fruitful partnership. Cutler's stint with the Broncos partially overlapped with Gase's time as the team's receivers coach, and though the quarterback left Denver on poor terms, it doesn't appear he had any discontent with Gase. Since Cutler's departure from Denver, Gase's reputation as an offensive savant only grew, as he oversaw record-setting production by Peyton Manning the last few seasons. While Cutler won't be held to the same high standard as Manning, his strong arm and mobility provides Gase with a nice canvas with which to work. And for all the drama that surrounded Cutler during the Bears' 5-11 season, he still established career-best marks in touchdown passes (28) and completion percentage (66.0%).