Jadeveon Clowney LB HOU 1 week ago

Clowney (knee), who is progressing well from microfracture surgery, hopes to be on the field for the start of training camp, the Houston Chronicle reports.

All along, Clowney has been aiming to be ready for the start the 2015 regular season, and this nugget supports that notion. Assuming he can re-establish his health, Clowney -- the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft -- has the potential to be a dominant pass rusher down the road, despite recording just seven tackles in four games during his frustrating rookie campaign last year. With an eye toward the long haul though, the Texans will likely ease the linebacker back into the mix throughout August in order to help guard against re-injury.

LaMarr Woodley LB ARI 1 week ago

Woodley was among the rotation of outside linebackers used in the Cardinals' first-team defense during OTAs and minicamp, ESPN.com reports.

Alex Okafor is all but penciled in as the three-down strong-side linebacker, which leaves Woodley and Lorenzo Alexander to man the weak side. Because Alexander is a special-teams maven, his role on defense is expected to be situational. Thus, Woodley will likely be afforded a workload significant enough to show off his wares as a pass rusher. In eight professional season, he's tallied double-digit sacks three times on his way to 57 in 100 career games.

Jason Verrett DB SD 1 week ago

Verrett's rehabilitation from season-ending shoulder surgery is ahead of schedule, and he has been taking first team reps with the team this spring, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Despite missing 10 games as a rookie, everyone around the Chargers believes that Verrett will be an elite player. "He has the potential to be one of the top few corners in this league," said Philip Rivers of Verrett. "That's not to put added pressure on him, but he has been probably for me the most impressive guy on the field this offseason." Verrett had 19 tackles and one game-saving interception in the six games he played as a rookie, and more is exptected in 2015.

Eric Weddle DB SD 1 week ago

Weddle was back with the Chargers for a mandatory three-day minicamp on Tuesday, and he announced that while he will be giving 100% effort to the team this year, this will almost certainly be his last season with the Chargers, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Weddle had skipped all voluntary workouts this offseason as he attempted to open a dialogue with the team about a contract extension, but it appears that the time for negotiation has passed. "Contrary to what has recently been said by upper management, there has never been any financial numbers discussed and the Chargers have never put an offer on the table for us to consider," Weddle said after practice. "It is obvious to me I am not part of this organization's long-term plans." Weddle is said to be in tremendous shape, and nobody doubts that he will give maximum effort for the Bolts this season, but this is looking like a rather ugly end to his eight-year run in San Diego.

Eddie Royal WR CHI 1 week ago

Royal said he and Jay Cutler have been doing all the little things that led to their joint success with the Broncos in 2008, ESPN.com reports. "It didn't come easy," Royal said. "It wasn't like we just got on the field and everything just happened. We put in the work, the extra time in the film room, doing all the little things so that it would pay off on Sundays. That hasn't changed so far. We're putting in the same amount of work -- if not more -- right now."

Royal's 2008 rookie campaign in Denver coincided with Cutler's final season with the Broncos. Royal has never come close to matching the 91 receptions and 980 receiving yards he piled up as a rookie, although he did emerge as a valuable slot target for Philip Rivers the last two years, averaging 54.5 catches for 704.5 yards and 7.5 touchdowns on 79 targets (8.9 YPT). After signing a three-year, $15 million contract that includes $10 million in guaranteed money, Royal is locked in as the Bears' slot man for three-wide formations. He should be a key piece in the offense, but Cutler also needs to spread targets to Alshon Jeffery, Kevin White, Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte. Royal is unlikely to reach seven touchdowns for a third straight season, but he could match or surpass his other receiving numbers, especially if White doesn't develop quickly.

Tevin Coleman RB ATL 1 week ago

Coleman will likely enter training camp behind Devonta Freeman on the depth chart, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to Orlando D. Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Devonta Freeman is the favorite to earn the starting running back job, as Coleman still needs to learn the offense, and Freeman looked excellent as a pass-catcher during offseason practices. Coleman also missed the last day of minicamp with a mild groin strain, but it doesn't sound like anything that will impede his bid to earn a significant role. Although Freeman has the early leg up to start, it's still quite possible both running backs will be important parts of the offense.

Marquise Goodwin WR BUF 1 week ago

Goodwin will compete in the long jump at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, which may eventually present a conflict with training camp, WGR 500 reports.

If Goodwin finishes in the top three and meets the IAAF qualification mark of 8.10 meters, he'll be eligible for the World Championships in Beijing, scheduled for Aug. 22-30. Given that he could be on the roster bubble, Goodwin may have a tough decision to make. He's a better long jumper than football player, but from a financial perspective it probably makes sense to do whatever is necessary to stay on an NFL roster. Regardless of how this shakes out, Goodwin is highly unlikely to have a key role in the Buffalo offense this year.

Joseph Randle RB DAL 1 week ago

The Cowboys' lead running back job is likely Randle's to lose, according to Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News.

Randle took most of the first-team reps during the offseason, and his competition for the starting job is less than impressive. It's been a long time since Darren McFadden was effective, even when healthy. Ryan Williams (knee) also has health concerns and a shaky track record, while the Cowboys seemingly view Lance Dunbar as more of a change-of-pace/passing-down option. If he does lock down a role as the Cowboys' lead running back, Randle will get to run behind a top-notch offensive line for a team that won 12 games last year. He wouldn't necessarily stay on the field in obvious passing situations, as DeMarco Murray typically did the past few seasons, but it's at least a possibility.

Ricardo Allen DB ATL 1 week ago

Allen finished offseason practices working with the first-team defense at free safety, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

A fifth-round draft pick last year, Allen has yet to make his first NFL appearance. He's only 5-9 and ran a 4.61 40 coming out of college, so a transition from cornerback to safety gives him the best chance to earn a significant role. Allen had 13 interceptions during his college career at Purdue, returning four of those for touchdowns. His instincts and ball skills could make up for a lack of size and speed, but he'll still have to compete with Charles Godfrey and Kemal Ishmael for the starting job next to William Moore.

Patrick Murray K TB 1 week ago

Murray's job is safe, The Tampa Tribune reports.

Murray connected on 20-of-24 field-goal attempts as a rookie, going 5-of-6 from 50+ yards and 6-of-7 from 40-49. It thus comes as no surprise that he won't have to fend off any real competition, and he could become a decent option in his second season, with the Tampa Bay offense likely to improve. The extent of that improvement remains to be seen, as the play of rookie QB Jameis Winston is the biggest variable.