Cecil ShortsWR HOU (9) 1 week ago
Shorts' base salary has been reduced to a non-guaranteed figure of $1.2 million for 2016, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Shorts' original deal called for $2.75 million non-guaranteed, but by re-working his contract with the Texans, he's presumably earned a degree of job security at the amended team-friendly terms. Shorts, who caught 42 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games last season, is thus slated to face competition for playing time opposite DeAndre Hopkins from the likes of fellow wideouts Jaelen Strong, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. In any case, Shorts' experience figures to be an asset to the team's passing game, now helmed by QB Brock Osweiler, and it's plausible that the 28-year-old wideout will carve out some PPR utility this season if he's able to mesh well with his new signal-caller.
QJustin HoustonLB KC (5) 1 week ago
Houston (knee) won't be ready for the start of next month's training camp, ESPN.com reports.
The Chiefs still do not have a concrete timetable outlined for Houston, who underwent ACL surgery in February, though GM John Dorsey maintains that the linebacker will play for the team at some point this coming season. With that in mind, Dorsey noted of Houston, "I don't know how much he's going to do in camp. But, listen, he's where he needs to be right now and he's a hard worker. He's bound and determined to get back. We'll just see how it works out. There is no timetable. It's just when he's right, he's right and we'll roll." Houston, who racked up 22 sacks in 2014, is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded 30 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 11 games.
PBene' BenwikereDB CAR (7) 1 week ago
Benwikere (lower leg) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Benwikere suffered a lower leg fracture in December, forcing him to miss the final three games of the regular season. He was most recently seen doing some sled pushing on Thursday during a rehab session, which indicates Benwikere has taken the next step in his recovery. While the PUP list is an option to the start the year if he sees any setbacks, Benwikere doesn't expect to take that route and he should be good to go by the start of training camp at the end up July. He'll look to solidify a starter's role after receiving four straight starts prior to the injury.
IRJamarca SanfordDB NO (5) 1 week ago
Sanford has been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, ESPN.com reports.
Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.
Kevin WhiteWR CHI (9) 1 week ago2 Comments
Despite being fast and imposing, White struggled with drops during the offseason, reports Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.
Although White displayed his exceptional athleticism during the Bears' offseason practices, he had struggles with drops, especially when Alshon Jeffery was away from the team. It's important to remember that White is basically a rookie after losing the entire 2015 season to a shin injury. During the season, he'll have the advantage of lining up across the field from Jeffery, which will often provide him with single coverage against the opponent's second-best cornerback. He'll be a player to watch during training camp to see how well he functions in the Bears' offense.
Leonard FloydLB CHI (9) 1 week ago
On occasion during minicamp, some of the Bears more experienced offensive linemen had trouble slowing down Floyd, reports Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.
With the Bears having spent the ninth pick of the 2016 draft to select Floyd, the team has the expectation that he'll contribute immediately as a pass rusher. His performance in minicamp indicates that the rookie could flourish in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's defense, especially since Fangio had success getting production out of fast, but undersized pass rushers, while he was coaching the 49ers. He'll be a player to watch closely when training camp opens for the Bears next month, especially in terms of his potential role for the upcoming season.
Logan ThomasQB NYG (8) 1 week ago
Thomas was claimed off of waivers by the Giants on Friday, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.
Thomas was cut by the Dolphins on Thursday after spending the 2015-16 season on their practice squad. He now heads to New York, where he will likely be the number three quarterback behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib. The Giants waived fellow quarterback B.J. Daniels to make room for Thomas on the roster.
B.J. DanielsWR NYG (8) 1 week ago3 Comments
Daniels was waived by the Giants on Friday, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.
Daniels signed on with the Giants in early May, hoping to secure a third-string spot behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib on the depth chart. With training camp approaching, the Giants decided to instead sign 24-year-old Logan Thomas, leaving Daniels as the odd man out.
Robert WoodsWR BUF (10) 1 week ago
Woods appears to have taken his game up a notch throughout offseason work so far and was the best receiver during this week's minicamp, BuffaloBills.com reports.
While offseason minicamp stories should always get taken with a grain of salt, the takeaway here is that Woods will enter the season a lot healthier than last year. Of course, Sammy Watkins will get most of the targets, but with Watkins not proving he can stay healthy and with no clear No. 3 or No. 4 receiver behind him, Woods could see a lot of single coverage and secondary targets. A step up from his 47/552/3 season a year ago (14 games) is not out of the question.
QChris Watt SD (11) 1 week ago
Watt underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in June and could miss the start of the regular season, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
While the recovery timetable doesn't appear to be strenuous, it's yet another setback for the third-year pro, who has been stifled by a litany of injuries throughout much of his career. Considering the Chargers added two centers, free agent Matt Slauson and 2016 third-round pick Max Tuerk, during the offseason, Watt could become a roster spot causality should he not take the field during training camp.