Shayne Graham K NO 5 days ago
Graham was released by the Saints on Tuesday.
The 37-year-old converted 19-of-22 field goal attempts last season, finishing as the Saints' leading scorer. Nonetheless, it looks like the franchise will go in another direction, with younger options Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker competing for the starting gig.
Arik Armstead DL SF 5 days ago
With the news of Justin Smith retiring Monday, Armstead is in the mix for starting at left defensive end this season, Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee reports.
The 49ers used their first round pick on the physical lineman in this year's draft in anticipation of Smith retiring. While Armstead is considered "raw" at this point, he could earn a starting spot in training camp if he can outplay Quinton Dial and Tony Jerod-Eddie.
David Cobb RB TEN 5 days ago20 Comments
Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt said Cobb appears to be a little bit out of shape, ESPN.com reports.
Cobb weighed in at 232 pounds, up from 229 at the NFL scouting combine. He wants to be around 225 at the start of the season, and he shouldn't have much trouble getting there. While he dropped to the fifth round of the NFL Draft, Cobb did manage to land in an ideal situation for making an impact as a rookie. 2014 second-round pick Bishop Sankey was unimpressive last season, while the plodding Shonn Greene may not even make the final roster.
Kendrick Lewis DB BAL 5 days ago
Lewis is expected to start at free safety, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Lewis has started 66 games through five NFL seasons, and while he won't be mistaken for a superstar, he should be a big help to the Baltimore secondary. With Lewis all but assured of the starting job at free safety, Will Hill is transitioning to strong safety, making him the more attractive IDP option.
Will Hill DB BAL 5 days ago
Hill is expected to shift from free safety to strong safety in 2015, The Baltimore Sun reports.
Hill will compete with former first-round draft pick Matt Elam for the starting job, but it would be a major upset if Elam actually emerges victorious. Hill was the most reliable member of the Baltimore secondary by the end of last season, and a shift to strong safety should lead to some added tackle opportunities. Offseason acquisition Kendrick Lewis is the favorite to start at free safety.
Steve Smith WR BAL 5 days ago
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh hopes to reduce Smith's snaps in 2015, ESPN.com reports.
The 36-year-old Smith is still expected to be a big part of the Baltimore offense, and while he'll likely hold on to a starting role, he may not play upwards of 75 percent of the offensive snaps again. It's possible the Ravens could change their minds by the time the season begins, as the team otherwise lacks other proven targets for Joe Flacco. As of right now, the Ravens are hoping some combination of Breshad Perriman, Marlon Brown, Michael Campanaro and Kamar Aiken can ease Smith's burden.
Devin Gardner WR PIT 5 days ago
The Patriots released Gardner, csnne.com reports.
Signed as an undrafted free agent by the Patriots, Gardner, who was a quarterback in college, is transitioning to wideout as a pro, but he'll now look to pursue that endeavor elsewhere.
Tyrod Taylor QB BUF 5 days ago6 Comments
Taylor continues to get reps with the first unit during offseason work, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said coach Rex Ryan, "Three guys for sure will be getting shots with the ones. We've been doing it each day. Let's say the first offense is running out there and it's Matt Cassel the first day, then it's EJ, then it's Tyrod. All three are getting opportunities to lead and to be with that first group ... Tyrod is getting as many shots with the ones as the other two."
Taylor still seems like the clear No. 3 in this race, but stranger things have happened than a new coach latching on to an outside candidate he gets hooked on. Manuel and Cassel aren't exactly the next coming of the Manning brothers, so the situation is at least worth keeping an eye on. That said, the Bills seem like a strong enough team elsewhere that they'll probably go with a more obviously choice or Manuel or Cassel. Stay tuned, however,
Shayne Graham K NO 5 days ago
The Saints re-signed Graham to a one-year deal in February, but have since signed two more kickers, making for a crowded competition this offseason.
It didn't appear the Saints were eager to replace Graham after re-signing him this offseason when he was an unrestricted free agent, but the addition of young contenders, Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker, may signal otherwise. Graham has spent time with 14 NFL teams in 15 seasons but, despite a brief struggle in the middle of the year, converted 19-of-22 field goal attempts for New Orleans last season. Keep an eye on this competition, as the winner, back by a Drew Brees-led offense, will likely be worth a roster spot in most leagues.
Justin Smith DL SF 6 days ago
Smith announced his intention to retire from the NFL on Monday.
Smith's decision to retire comes after a wildly productive 14-year career that included five Pro Bowl and two All-Pro selections. The fourth overall pick in 2001, Smith posted 880 tackles and 87 sacks while playing for the Bengals and 49ers over the course of his career. With Smith known to be strongly considering retirement, the 49ers went ahead and drafted defensive lineman Arik Armstead in the first round this offseason, offering a raw talent to help try and fill Smith's significant absence going forward.