QCharles TillmanDB CAR (7) 4 days ago
Tillman (knee) is hopeful to resign with the Panthers but won't be ready for a few more months after undergoing knee surgery in January, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
In an interview over the weekend at former Bears' teammate Matt Forte's football camp, Tillman told reporters, "I just want to play for Carolina." However head coach Ron Rivera has consistently reiterated throughout the offseason that the team feels no urgency to sign a veteran cornerback. Once fully healthy, Tillman seems like a favorable to bring back if the Panthers are looking to add more depth at corner but until then it appears the 35-year-old will be waiting in the wings.
Lorenzo TaliaferroRB BAL (8) 4 days ago
Taliaferro mostly worked behind Terrance West throughout the Ravens' offseason program, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
A 2014 fourth-round selection, Taliaferro has often served as Baltimore's goal-line/short-yardage back when healthy, but a foot injury limited him to just three games last season. He now finds himself on the roster bubble, with Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon all locks to make the team. Taliaferro's chances got a slight bump when it was announced that Trent Richardson (knee) needs arthroscopic surgery, but it appears West might be the real winner from that development. In any case, the two are likely just competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, which means the battle could be determined on special teams.
Terrance WestRB BAL (8) 4 days ago
West worked ahead of Lorenzo Taliaferro during the offseason program, ESPN.com's Jamison Hensley reports.
West, Taliaferro and Trent Richardson (knee) were expected to compete for (possibly) one roster spot, but it appears the latter may have fallen out of the competition after having arthroscopic surgery. It's actually a bit surprising that West worked ahead of 2014 fourth-rounder Taliaferro, who often served as the Ravens' short-yardage/goal-line back when healthy his first two seasons. Granted, foot/ankle injuries have limited Taliaferro to just 16 appearances, and West is reportedly in the best shape of his career. This isn't a high priority battle, as fellow running backs Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and rookie Kenneth Dixon are all considered locks for the final roster. The competition between West and Taliaferro might ultimately be decided on special teams.
Ryan MallettQB BAL (8) 4 days ago
Mallett's play was erratic during the offseason program, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Mallett joined the Ravens in December and ended up starting the final two games, with his performance decent enough to make him the clear favorite for the backup job this season. Despite his reported struggles during OTAs and minicamp, the former third-round selection (2011) remains a heavy favorite to serve as Joe Flacco's top backup, as the Ravens didn't put much effort into finding competition. Jerrod Johnson and Josh Johnson will also get some reps during training camp.
Jerraud PowersDB BAL (8) 4 days ago
Powers has the inside track for the slot corner role, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Powers impressed teammates during OTAs and minicamp, reportedly showing a knack for interceptions, of which he has just 11 in 87 career regular-season games (82 starts). Although he was known as the weak link in Arizona's secondary the past few years, Powers should actually represent an upgrade for a Baltimore team that has struggled with poor cornerback play for the last half-decade. Though he only signed a one-year contract, Powers could even push Shareece Wright for a starting job on the outside across from Jimmy Smith (foot). In such a scenario, Powers might still shift inside in nickel and dime packages, which could make him an interesting IDP option in leagues that use specific positions. It's still speculative at this point, as Wright will enter training camp as the favorite to start.
QDennis PittaTE BAL (8) 4 days ago
Pitta (hip) was one of the Ravens' more active offensive players during the offseason program, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Attempting to bounce back from a second dislocation of his right hip, the 30-year-old Pitta apparently looked good at OTAs and minicamp. He was once a leading target for close friend Joe Flacco, but even if Pitta proves to be much the same as he once was, the Ravens have a ton of competition for snaps at tight end, with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams also in the mix. Pitta hasn't played in a game since Sept. 2014, and he will always be at added risk for suffering another severe hip injury, which would almost certainly spell the end of his career. He already considered retiring, but instead decided to give it one last shot after sitting out the entire 2015 season.
Arthur BrownLB BAL (8) 4 days ago
Brown is expected to competed with Zachary Orr for the starting job vacated by Daryl Smith, The Baltimore Sun reports.
A 2013 second-round selection, Brown has mostly worked on special teams thus far, recording just 17 tackles in 30 career games, with 15 of those tackles coming in his rookie year. Zachary Orr, a 2014 undrafted free agent, mostly worked ahead of Brown throughout the offseason program, after serving as the top backup to C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith last year. Orr is the clear favorite to start Week 1, but Brown still has time to make a push during training camp.
Zach OrrLB BAL (8) 4 days ago
Orr worked with the first-team defense during the Ravens' offseason program, The Baltimore Sun reports.
A 2014 UDFA, Orr has a leg up on 2013 second-rounder Arthur Brown in a competition for the starting inside linebacker job next to C.J. Mosley. Already a core special teamer, Orr worked ahead of Brown last season, serving as the top backup to Mosley and Daryl Smith, both of whom topped 115 tackles while occupying three-down roles. With Smith released in the offseason despite recording 120+ tackles in both of this seasons with the Ravens, Orr has a real shot to reach triple digits, putting him on the radar in deeper IDP leagues. However, Brown is likely the superior athlete and could therefore make a push for the job during training camp.
PFrank GoreRB IND (10) 4 days ago
Gore said he is still upset about falling shy of 1,000 rushing yards last season, the Indianapolis Star reports.
Gore finished his first year in Indianapolis with 967 rushing yards, extending the Colts' streak to eight consecutive seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher. Furthermore, the team has played 50 regular-season games since it last had a 100-yard rusher, as Gore didn't top the century mark despite playing all 16 games last season. Though now 33 years old, Gore could find that the yards come a bit easier in 2016, after the Colts used four of their eight draft picks (including a first-rounder) on offensive linemen. The team also brought in veterans Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman to provide depth at running back, but neither seems like a serious threat to Gore's workload. If Gore does reach 1,000 rushing yards, he'll be the oldest running back to do so since John Riggins had 1,239 in 1984 at the age of 35.
PDannell EllerbeLB NO (5) 4 days ago
Ellerbe (undisclosed) said he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp in late July, The Times-Picayune reports.
Traded from Miami to New Orleans last year, Ellerbe had 39 tackles (34 solo) in six games, after playing just one game in his final season with the Dolphins. His injury struggles forced him to accept a pay cut in the offseason, even though he could still have a three-down role if he's able to stay healthy. There's been no indication he's dealing with anything serious, but he did miss some practices during OTAs and minicamp while nursing a couple of minor issues. If healthy, Ellerbe will likely join Stephone Anthony and James Laurinaitis in the base defense, but it's unclear which player would get most of the snaps next to Anthony in nickel packages.