Justin Bethel DB ARI 16 Hrs
Coach Bruce Arians said CB Justin Bethel "might have had the best spring of anybody."
Arians has been hyping Bethel for months, and even said as camp opened that Bethel could start this season "over [Patrick] Peterson or [Antonio] Cromartie" at times. Bethel (6-foot, 200) has the size DC Todd Bowles covets at corner, but he didn't play at all on defense last season, instead focusing on special teams and making the Pro Bowl. Cromartie and Peterson are locked-in starters.
DeMarco Murray RB DAL 16 Hrs
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones promised the team will "run the ball more" this year.
"We will be running the ball more," Jones promised. "Our offensive line is better than it was last year and I think we ran the ball pretty well last year. I think we'll run it better this year and I think there will be a bigger commitment to running it." We're skeptical Dallas' defense will allow them to stick with the run, and new playcaller Scott Linehan has a decidedly pass-happy background. We do expect DeMarco Murray to set a career high in receptions.
Cecil Shorts WR JAC 16 Hrs
Cecil Shorts (hamstring) had to leave Friday's training camp practice early with hamstring tightness.
We normally don't post injuries like this, but it's becoming a concern for Shorts. He missed most of OTAs and all of minicamp with a balky hamstring. The injuries have been piling up for Shorts the past season-and-a-half or so. It's something to monitor this summer. Shorts is expected to play in the slot more in 2014.
Andre Ellington RB ARI 17 Hrs
Cardinals GM Steve Keim estimated in a Thursday radio interview that Andre Ellington "appeared to add 8-10 pounds" in the offseason.
Ellington's Combine weigh-in was 5'9/199, so he presumably now stands in at 5-foot-9 and 207-209 pounds. The hope is that Ellington's weight gain doesn't sap burst, as it appeared to do with fellow smaller backs Felix Jones, Steve Slaton, and Ray Rice in recent years. Adrian Peterson, Ryan Mathews, Trent Richardson, and Bernard Pierce are other running backs who gained weight in recent offseasons, and later regretted it. Ellington bulked up in anticipation of a large workload spike. His current ADP is the mid-third round.
Andrew Hawkins WR CLE 17 Hrs
According to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala, Andrew Hawkins is the only receiver to "distinguish himself" in Browns camp, so far.
Similar to what we read in the spring. Baby Hawk is going to see snaps all over the Josh Gordon-less Browns offense this season as a jitterbug playmaker. Brian Hoyer compared Hawkins' work ethic in the spring to Wes Welker's. Hawkins has more value in PPR as a volume pass-catcher. He's currently going in the late 13th round in fantasy drafts. Hawkins has some deep sleeper appeal.
Greg Orton WR NE 17 Hrs
Patriots WR Greg Orton was carted off the practice field Friday with what appeared to be a "significant leg injury."
Orton went down with a non-contact injury, suggesting a possible torn knee ligament. The 27-year-old was just re-signed to the 90-man roster this week. If the injury is as severe as initially thought, Orton's career may be at the end of the line.
Derrick Shelby DL MIA 17 Hrs
Dolphins third-year DE Derrick Shelby underwent an offseason knee scope.
It's no longer an issue, but it's noteworthy. Shelby is a coaching-staff favorite and will handle third-end duties behind Olivier Vernon and Cameron Wake. He registered 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles across 446 snaps last season.
Mikel Leshoure RB DET 17 Hrs
MLive.com doesn't envision Mikel Leshoure "having any role" on offense for the Lions this season "unless there's an injury."
Reggie Bush, Joique Bell, and Theo Reddick are leaps and bounds ahead of Leshoure on the depth chart. The Lions have been saying Leshoure isn't being viewed as an afterthought, but we're not taking the bait. He's entering the final year of his rookie contract, and will likely ride the bench for much of it before entering free agency next spring. Leshoure just turned 24 in March.
Will Hill DB BAL 18 Hrs
Ravens signed S Will Hill.
Harvey Dahl STL 18 Hrs
Coach Jeff Fisher said the Rams "have left the door open" for free agent RG Harvey Dahl to return.
Dahl, 33, was released in March in a cap move. He underwent ankle and hip surgeries following the season, with the hip rehab being the most extensive. It sounds like Dahl still may not be recovered. For now, the Rams are going with Rodger Saffold at right guard. Davin Joseph and Barrett Jones are the backups.