Duke Williams DB BUF 2 days ago
Williams, who was previously thought to be the starting strong safety favorite following the offseason departure of Da'Norris Searcy, looks to have some new competition in Corey Graham, as Graham appears likely to be switched from cornerback to safety, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan of Graham, "You want to get your best 11 on the field. This provides him an opportunity. He's got that unique ability where he can do both things. So let's see what we have out there. This is no slam on Duke (Williams), or (Bacarri) Rambo, or (Jonathan) Meeks or any of those guys. This is us doing what's best for the team. If that means Corey, we feel good about him playing safety, that's where he will be."
This is certainly not a done deal yet, and Williams still could win the job while Graham gets used as a super-utility type of player. But Graham is coming off an excellent season and has much more experience than Williams, so Williams is now far from a sure thing to see the bulk of strong safety snaps.
Cassius Vaughn DB BAL 2 days ago
Vaughn agreed to terms with the Ravens on Thursday, BaltimoreRavens.com reports.
The 27-year-old appeared in 13 games for the Lions last season, making five starts and finishing with 18 tackles five passes defended and two picks. The unrestricted free agent has also spent time with the Broncos and Colts since entering the league out of Ole Miss in 2010. He'll primarily provide depth in the secondary, competing for backup snaps with the likes of Rashaan Melvin, Tray Walker, Asa Jackson and Kyle Arrington, among others.
DeMeco Ryans LB PHI 2 days ago
Ryans (Achilles) is a full go for OTA's on Thursday, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
As expected, the new addition will be ready to participate in drills from day one, and, barring a setback, he shouldn't be hampered as he attempts to carve out a role throughout offseason workouts. The 30-year-old has proven to be a dynamic player, at times, in the past, but he's now torn his Achilles twice and will battle with Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso for snaps at inside linebacker.
G. J. Kinne WR PHI 2 days ago
Kinne has switched positions to wide receiver, Geoff Mosher of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Kinne spent much of the last two years as a quarterback on the Philadelphia practice squad, but he'll now be tried out at receiver in hopes of elevating himself to the 53-man roster. Chances are, his only shot of making the cut will be on special teams, but it's too early to rule anything out. The Tulsa product has never appeared in an NFL game.
Sam Bradford QB PHI 2 days ago
Bradford (knee) has been limited to start Eagles' OTA's, NFL.com reports.
Bradford's workload has been monitored thus far, but coach Chip Kelly said the quarterback is "on schedule" to throw 7-on-7 drills beginning next week. Of course, Philadelphia won't rush him along in his recovery from a second ACL tear, but the hope is that he won't be limited when the 2015 season opens.
Tyler Gaffney RB NE 2 days ago
Gaffney (knee) has been on the practice field for this week's OTAs, ESPN.com reports.
Gaffney, who underwent surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee last year, thus appears close to 100 percent at this stage. The 6-0, 220-pounder, who the Panthers selected in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, was waived after he suffered his knee injury and subsequently claimed on waivers by the Patriots. He'll give the New England running back corps another power option to go along with fellow "big backs" LeGarrette Blount and Jonas Gray.
Travis Kelce TE KC 2 days ago3 Comments
Kelce is confident he'll be the Chiefs' No. 1 tight end this season, NFL.com reports. "I come in and take the role, it's as simple as that," Kelce said. "It's not like it's a hidden secret or anything. I'm probably the most comfortable in the offense for being on the field for an entire year."
Kelce enjoyed a mini-breakout season in 2014, bringing in 67 passes for 862 yards and five touchdowns while playing alongside Anthony Fasano. However, Kelce played just two-thirds of the team's snaps. That number figures to skyrocket this season with Fasano moving on to Tennessee, making Kelce the Chiefs' clear No. 1 tight end and possible No. 1 receiving option, with new addition Jeremy Maclin expected provide the stiffest competition for targets.
Clay Harbor TE JAC 2 days ago
Harbor s battling a calf injury and could miss two weeks of OTA's, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports.
Few details are known about the injury at this time, but it looks as though Harbor may need to be shut down in the short-term. Harbor appeared in 13 games last season, filling in at times for the injured Marcedes Lewis, but his opportunities will likely dwindle this season with Lewis back healthy and the team adding stud free agent Julius Thomas.
Rashad Greene WR JAC 2 days ago
Greene has been hindered by tendinitis in his knee during OTA's, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.
The rookie out of Florida State is expected to compete for regular playing time from the start, and he'll likely see most of his snaps out of the slot. While he may be limited in the short-term, the tendinitis doesn't look to be anything that should impact Greene long-term.
Randy Gregory DL DAL 2 days ago
Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith was impressed by Gregory during Wednesday's OTA session, the Dallas Morning News reports. "He got me by surprise," Smith said. "I didn't think he had that much speed. He's a physical player, long. He's going to be pretty good."
Gregory doesn't figure to be much more than a situational pass rusher as a rookie, especially if Greg Hardy's 10-game suspension gets significantly reduced, but he's quickly demonstrating that he may be able to make an impact even if his snaps are limited.