Eugene Monroe BAL (8) 2 days ago
Monroe announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday in a letter submitted through The Players' Tribune.
The 29-year-old Monroe was released earlier this summer by the Ravens. While he still received interest from several other teams due to his standing as one of the league's better tackles since he turned pro in 2009, Monroe cited the "traumatic injuries" he's suffered to his head and body during his football career as his main reason for stepping away. Monroe played in 93 career games with the Jaguars and Ravens in his seven NFL seasons, starting 90 of them.
PMuhammad WilkersonDL NYJ (11) 2 days ago
Wikerson said Wednesday that he expects to be fully recovered from his broken right leg in time to play in Week 1, the Associated Press reports.
Wilkerson, who suffered the injury in the last week of the 2015 season, didn't specify when he would be able to start participating in training camp, but that his rehab is progressing quickly. He recently signed a new five-year, $85 million contract and is expected to be a major focal point of the Jets' pass rush after picking up 12 sacks last year.
IRRichard LeonardDB HOU (9) 2 days ago
Leonard was waived-injured by the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Leonard is now exposed to the waiver process. If unclaimed by another team, Leonard will revert to Houston's injured reserve list. By placing the undrafted free agent cornerback on waived-injured, the Texans free up a spot on the 90-man training camp roster to sign another player, which they did by signing undrafted rookie defensive tackle Ra'Zahn Howard.
Frank GoreRB IND (10) 3 days ago
The Colts plan to reduce Gore's workload in 2016, ESPN's Mike Wells reports.
The 33-year-old logged 260 carries in 2015, but averaged an ineffective 3.7 yards per attempt. Previously, Gore hadn't dipped below 4.1 YPC throughout his entire career. A lighter load in 2016 could keep Gore fresh and more productive on a per-clip basis, so the narrative goes, but the real boon to Gore's prospects, and health, this upcoming season will be the Colts' newfound emphasis on their offensive line, while a decrease in Gore's touches may simply be an attempt to get more tailbacks involved in the offense so the team can take stock of their backfield talent if (when) Gore decides to hang up the cleats.
Phillip DorsettWR IND (10) 3 days ago
Dorsett is projected for an every-down role in 2016 with the Colts transitioning to what is "definitely going to be a three-wide-receiver offense", ESPN's Mike Wells reports.
Following an injury-marred rookie season in an offense that regularly featured two tight ends, the Colts have extensively operated out of three-wide receiver sets during their offseason program. With the departure of TE Coby Fleener (Saints), this trend is expected to continue into 2016. The main beneficiary in such a scenario would be Dorsett, who would consequently see every-down snaps on the outside, opposite Donte Moncrief (toe), with T.Y. Hilton manning the slot. Further working in Dorsett's favor are the losses of Andre Johnson (free agent) and Griff Whalen (Dolphins), both of whom, combined with the aforementioned Fleener, vacate 188 targets from 2015. Looking ahead, Dorsett's usage in 2016 could likely resemble his role during Week 17 when Dorsett logged 53 snaps and received nine targets split wide, as well as a tote out of the backfield.
PJustin BethelDB ARI (9) 3 days ago
Bethel (foot) is penciled in as one of the Cardinals' starting cornerbacks in advance of training camp, the team's official site reports. "Obviously Justin is the current starter, but it's always going to be an open competition," general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday. "Knowing [coach] Bruce Arians and his staff, we'll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed. But we have expectations for Justin."
Keim commented in the wake of the Cardinals making one of their classic veteran signings -- cornerback Mike Jenkins inked a deal Tuesday -- at least under his reign over the past three and a half years. Jenkins provides experience to a group of CBs lacking in that department outside of Patrick Peterson (ankle), but the vote of confidence in Bethel certainly bodes well for his prospects. Although Bethel enters camp in the latter stages of his recovery from a fractured foot, he put together a decent sample size as a starting corner late last season, racking up 25 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception in four games (including playoffs).
Eli HaroldLB SF (8) 3 days ago
Harold is expected to fill the void left by Aaron Lynch's four-game suspension to start the season.
Harold has a big opportunity to seize a starting role out of training camp with Lynch violating the league's substance abuse policy. He packed on a planned 30 pounds this past offseason, so he likely won't be used as a pass-rush specialist, but he could rack up some tackles against the run if he does end up winning the job.
Laquon TreadwellWR MIN (6) 3 days ago
Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner raved about Treadwell's instincts and fluidity running routes in spring practices, and he could be a focal point with the offense using him in skinny post routes similar to how he was used in college, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "That was our offense - quick routes and running across the middle," Treadwell said. "Drags. Slants. Bang 8s. Comeback routes. It's similar."
Treadwell may be utilized in the skinny post or routes to catch the ball over the middle with a safety lurking that has been a theme of Turner's successful offenses in the past. Turner doesn't go into many specifics about his plans, but the article talks to those who know his offense well and say Treadwell could have a featured role that brings a new dynamic to the Minnesota offense. However he's used, the first-round draft pick seems to have made a strong impression in spring practices.
DeAngelo WilliamsRB PIT (8) 3 days ago1 Comment
Williams reiterated Tuesday that he is past the foot injury that sidelined him at the end of last season, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
With that in mind, Williams -- who turned 33 in April -- declared Tuesday that "I am in the best shape I have ever been in my entire life." Williams -- who recorded 200 carries for 907 yards and 11 TDs in 16 games (including 10 starts) for the Steelers 2015 -- appears destined to work in a complementary role this coming season, with top back Le'Veon Bell (knee) slated to return to the mix. That said, given the success Williams enjoyed in a Steelers' uniform last year, we'd expect the team to keep him involved in the offense, with an eye toward keeping Bell fresh. Per Bell, "there are definitely going to be packages where me and (DeAngelo) are going to be out there at the same time...I'm ready for that."
PLeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 3 days ago
As training camp approaches, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Blount (hip) "bears watching as it relates to his roster status."
Blount, who didn't practice with his teammates this spring as he bounces back from hip woes, is back with the Patriots on a team-friendly one-year deal, so as long as he is able to re-prove his health in camp, we suspect that he'll have a solid shot to reclaim his role as the team's top "big back." If Blount ends up being slowed at all, or injuries impact the Patriots' backfield depth in general as the summer rolls along, it remains possible that team could elect to add further competition to the mix, thus making Blount's status worth monitoring in the coming weeks.