PLe'Veon Bell RB PIT 1 day ago

Bell (knee) said Tuesday he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Bell is already doing individual work, including running and cutting, at the first round of OTAs. Although the Steelers will likely take things slow, Bell is nearly seven months removed from tearing his MCL, which should give him more than enough to get ready for camp. Despite suffering season-ending injuries the past two years, he has a strong argument to the first running back drafted, offering an unparalleled combination of running ability, receiving skills and team context.

QTyler Eifert TE CIN 1 day ago

Eifert will soon have a minor procedure on his ankle, with a three-month recovery anticipated, the Cincinnati Inquirer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although the surgery isn't considered overly serious, Eifert will presumably miss all or most of training camp, with his Week 1 status now in serious question. He suffered the injury at the Pro Bowl on Jan. 31, but the Bengals initially believed it would heal with rest. Tyler Kroft is the leading candidate to take Eifert's first-team snaps during camp, with Ryan Hewitt and C.J. Uzomah possibly also in the mix. Coming off a 2015 receiving line of 52-615-13 in 13 games, Eifert may still be able to improve on last season's total of 72 targets, as the Bengals lost both Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones during the offseason. If Eifert isn't ready by Week 1, the Cincinnati receiving corps will look quite thin behind A.J. Green, which could be good news for Brandon LaFell and/or rookie Tyler Boyd.

Dwight Freeney LB ARI 1 day ago

Freeney is scheduled to workout with the Bengals, Coley Harvey of ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The veteran pass-rusher and longtime Colt said earlier in the offseason he would like to play in 2016 as long as he finds "the right situation". It appears that situation could emerge in Cincinnati after the team lost Wallace Gilberry in free agency, leaving a lack of depth at defensive end. Freeney recorded eight sacks and three forced fumbles in 11 games with the Cardinals last season.

PRueben Randle WR PHI 1 day ago

Randle missed Tuesday's OTAs after undergoing gallbladder surgery.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The procedure may require a week or two of recovery, but it shouldn't threaten Randall's availability for training camp. After signing a modest one-year contract in the offseason, he'll compete for snaps against Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, Chris Givens and others. Jordan Matthews is locked in as the top receiver, and Agholor's draft status (2015 first-rounder) would seem to give him an edge for the No. 2 role.

QJalen Ramsey DB JAC 1 day ago

Ramsey (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp, as his torn meniscus merely needed to be trimmed, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ramsey's partially-torn meniscus turned out to be an easy fix, and while he may be limited for the start of camp, he'll likely have plenty of time to prepare for Week 1. It's unclear how Jacksonville plans to use the No. 5 overall draft pick, but it's safe to assume he'll have a key role, if healthy. Ramsey is capable of playing both safety and corner -- the former seems to be a bigger area of need in Jacksonville. If he were to work as an every-down safety, Ramsey would likely be a useful IDP from the get-go.

PMelvin Gordon RB SD 1 day ago

Gordon (knee) is participating in individual drills at the start of OTAs, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ahead of schedule in his recovery from January microfracture surgery, Gordon may be limited during OTAs, but he hopes to be a full participant at June minicamp. He's a clear favorite to handle most of the early-down workload, but both Danny Woodhead and Branden Oliver represent serious competition for snaps and touches. The San Diego offense operated best last season when it abandoned the run and used Woodhead over Gordon. This may have partially been due to questionable running by the rookie, but a slew of injuries on the offensive line was likely the bigger factor. Improved health up front would at least give Gordon the opportunity to break out, though he still needs to prove that he brings more than straight-line speed to the table.

PDante Fowler DL JAC 1 day ago

Fowler Jr. is looking healthy through the first few days of OTAs, Hays Carlyon of the Florida-Times Union reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fowler Jr. is taking the field for the first time in over a year after he tore his ACL in rookie minicamp last May. Fowler Jr. said after Monday's session, "I can turn it loose. I felt pretty good, especially turning and thing like that. That was my biggest concern. It felt good getting back out there and being able to showcase some stuff...It's been a whole year, so I feel back. I still have to get stronger in certain areas and that will come back."

QSammy Watkins WR BUF 1 day ago

Bills GM Doug Whaley expects Watkins to be ready for Week 1, Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Watkins recently suffered a Jones fracture, which typically requires 8-12 weeks to heal. Dez Bryant returned to the field seven weeks after suffering a similar injury in Week 1 last season, but he never looked like his usual self over the final two months of the campaign. Atlanta's Julio Jones has dealt with the injury twice, and while his recoveries took much longer than Bryant's, he returned in top form both times. Watkins will be 16-17 weeks removed from the injury by the time Week 1 rolls around, so the Bills' optimism isn't without cause. It's even possible he could return for a preseason game or two, though he'll likely miss most (or all) of training camp.

QDennis Pitta TE BAL 1 day ago

Pitta (hip) will participate in OTAs and hopes to be available for Week 1, the Ravens' official website reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Pitta hasn't played in an NFL game since Sept. 21, 2014 when he dislocated his right hip for the second time in two years. He'll be at additional risk of suffering the same injury a third time, but he's already acknowledged that he'll likely need a hip replacement at some point in his life, regardless of whether he keeps playing football. It will be interesting to see where Pitta fits in at OTAs and training camp, as he was the Ravens' top tight end from 2012 through the first few weeks of 2014. The team has since added 2014 third-rounder Crockett Gillmore, 2015 second-rounder Maxx Williams and recent free-agent acquisition Ben Watson. Given that Gillmore and Watson are both superior blockers, Pitta will likely just compete for a slot/move role on passing downs. The Ravens might consider trading either Gillmore or Williams.

QDion Lewis RB NE 1 day ago

Although the Patriots continue to take a cautious approach, Lewis (knee) is progressing well in his recovery form a torn ACL, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With training camp still two months away, the Patriots have no incentive to rush Lewis' progress. Having suffered his torn ACL in early November, Lewis will be 10 months removed from the incident by Week 1. If healthy, he figures to again work in tandem with LeGarrette Blount in the New England backfield. Lewis is believed to be on track for Week 1.