PTrent Richardson RB BAL 1 day ago1 Comment

Richardson hurt his hamstring during the Ravens' offseason program last week.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Among the latest teams to hold its first OTA on Thursday, the Ravens were bound to reveal the news due to Richardson's lack of participation in front of assembled media. In his attempted NFL comeback, any reps missed puts him behind the eight ball, though plenty of time remains to continue making an impression on the fourth organization of his career. Helping his cause is a more toned physique, as he's whittled down his weight to 218 pounds from its reported maximum of 240 pounds, but a reserve gig is likely the best he can expect in a backfield led by Justin Forsett (arm) and Javorius Allen.

QKevin Dodd DL TEN 1 day ago

Dodd underwent foot surgery on Thursday morning and will miss the rest of OTAs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

According to Ian Rapoport, Dodd learned in rookie camp that he had a stress fracture in his foot. A screw was inserted during the surgery and the Titans are hopeful the rookie we'll be ready to return by training camp.

Michael Wilhoite LB SF 1 day ago

Wilhoite will get an opportunity to line up with the first-team defense during OTAs, CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gerald Hodges has been getting first-unit reps alongside NaVorro Bowman - as he did on Wednesday as well - but defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil said that Wilhoite will also get reps with the first-unit in an effort to create competition for the job during minicamp. Wilhoite was one of the 49ers' starting middle linebackers in 2015 before he went down with an ankle injury. He signed a one-year deal to stay with the club this offseason.

PAhmad Brooks LB SF 1 day ago

Brooks (undisclosed) has only been participating in walk-throughs during 49ers' OTAs, CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

49ers defensive coordinator Jim O'Neil wouldn't disclose the nature of Brooks' injury, but said that he is "hoping that we can get something out of him by the end of spring." It doesn't sound like the injury is serious, and we will update his status as soon as more information is provided by the team.

PKelvin Benjamin WR CAR 1 day ago

Benjamin (knee) was a limited participant during Thursday's OTA session, his first organized practice with the Panthers since suffering a torn left ACL during last year's training camp prior to the 2015 season.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Benjamin was held out of 11-on-11 activities as he won't rush the lengthy recovery process that results from an ACL injury, but the fact that he was on the field for individual drills is a good sign with training camp fast approaching. His Week 1 status is not currently up in the air, while he's expected to once again be a limited participant in OTAs when the team gets back on the practice field next Tuesday.

QAmeer Abdullah RB DET 1 day ago

Abdullah underwent shoulder surgery in January to repair a torn labrum and he could miss the remainder of the offseason as he continues to rehab, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Abdullah is coming off a rookie campaign with the Lions in which he led the team in rushing yards with 597 on 143 carries, while he played the final two games of the season with an injured shoulder that would eventually require surgery. The team has elected to proceed cautiously during their potential starting running back's rehab until training camp, but he appears to be ahead of schedule. Abdullah's Week 1 status isn't currently in doubt, while Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley, Zach Zenner, and incoming rookie Dwayne Washington should see additional opportunities this offseason with Abdullah sidelined.

Mike Evans WR TB 1 day ago

Evans had a beauty of a toe-tapping touchdown catch during Tuesday's opening OTA session, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The third-year receiver was back at full participation to start OTAs, after his voluntary mini-camp participation last month was cut short due to an undisclosed injury. Evans hauled in a short touchdown throw on the right edge of the end zone off a Mike Glennon rollout, tapping his toes on the green before heading out of bounds. The 22-year-old will try to rebound from a 2015 campaign that saw him lead the NFL in drops, despite the fact that he also totaled 1,206 yards on 74 catches.

DeSean Jackson WR WAS 1 day ago

Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he isn't worried about Jackson's spotty attendance at voluntary offseason workouts, reports. "He has been here, he has popped in and had a cup of coffee," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. "Last time I looked up the word 'voluntary,' that is his choice, and he has been in the league nine years. He knows what type of shape he has to come in. Obviously, last year he pulled his hamstring, and some people say it was because he was out of shape, but he wasn't really."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Whatever else his reputation might be, Jackson has never faced any serious questions regarding his conditioning, even after missing six games with hamstring injuries last season. Further alleviating any potential concern is the fact that he'll be playing in the same offensive scheme for a third straight season as he enters the final year of his contract. The Redskins did draft WR Josh Doctson at No. 22 overall, but GM Scot McCloughan said the team will retain both Jackson and Pierre Garcon, who is also entering the final year of his contract. Given Jackson's value as a top deep threat, Garcon is likely the one in real danger of losing snaps and/or targets to the rookie. Interestingly enough, the Redskins may actually be pleased with Jackson's lack of attendance, as he could've collected a $500,000 bonus if he'd shown up for 90 percent of the voluntary program.

Brent Grimes DB TB 1 day ago

Grimes grabbed an interception in the Bucs' opening day of OTAs on Tuesday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran free-agent signee got things off on the right foot during the opening OTA session, snatching an interception and also getting his hands on the ball on several other occasions. Grimes has extensive experience in new defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme, having played under the latter in Atlanta from 2008-2012. The 32-year-old will try to regain the form that allowed him to grab 13 picks over the last three seasons with the Dolphins.

QArian Foster RB HOU 1 day ago

Foster (Achilles) said he probably needs another month to get back into top shape, ABC 13 Houston reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster made it clear he expects to regain his top form, even though he'll turn 30 before the season and is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered in late October. He'll likely join a team before training camp, with Miami, Washington and New England among the potential fits. He visited the Dolphins at the end of March, but has repeatedly made it clear he's in no hurry to sign a contract.