Jamar Taylor DB CLE 2 days ago

The Browns traded a seventh-round draft pick (223rd overall) to the Dolphins in exchange for Taylor and the 250th pick in the draft, NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Taylor, who was taken by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2013 draft, will look to re-boot his NFL career after ending up a healthy scratch for three of Miami's last five games this past season. At the very least, he provides the Browns with a player with some untapped ability to boost the team's depth at cornerback.

Cody Kessler QB CLE 2 days ago

Browns head of football operations Sashi Brown suggests that Kessler has a chance to compete for the team's starting QB job, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In response to the notion that Kessler isn't in the mix to make a run at the assignment, Brown noted, "I beg to differ with that. I do think Cody is a guy that I would not want to sleep on at all if I wanted to be the starting quarterback of the Browns." With that in mind, Kessler joins a QB depth chart that currently also rosters presumed starter Robert Griffin, as well as Josh McCown, Austin Davis and Connor Shaw. While it would be a big upset to see Kessler overtake Griffin in the short-term, Brown's comments indicate that the team's plans for Kessler are not limited to grooming him for backup duties at the NFL level. Meanwhile, when it comes time to thin out the team's crowded QB situation, it continues to appear likely that the 36-year-old McCown is a candidate to land elsewhere.

Mike Scifres K SD 2 days ago

Scifres was released by the Chargers on Saturday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the Chargers selecting Drew Kaser in the sixth of the 2016 NFL Draft and Scifres set to count $3.6 million against the cap, this move doesn't come as much of a surprise. While Scifres has suggested he would like to continue his career, it will be interesting to see if anyone would be willing to bring on the 35-year-old punter, as his play has dipped considerably following a 2014 surgery that repaired a fractured clavicle.

Charles Johnson WR MIN 2 days ago

Johnson will enter training camp with increased competition for a top-three receiver role with the Vikings taking Laquon Treadwell in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With Stefon Diggs likely to enter training camp as the No. 1 receiver and Jarius Wright expected to retain the slot receive role, Johnson may continue to be relegated in the offense if Treadwell wins the No. 2 receiver role. Johnson emerged in the second half of the 2014 campaign, accruing 25 receptions (on 46 targets) for 415 yards and two touchdowns across the final seven games, but Johnson struggled last season with injuries and was phased out of the offense and went without a catch after Week 9. The drafting of Treadwell will likely relegate Johnson to a minimal role again in 2016.

D.J. Foster WR NE 2 days ago

Foster has signed with the Patriots, NESN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Foster, who played running back over his first three seasons at Arizona State before moving to wideout, offers the sort of versatility that the Patriots covet. While securing a roster spot with the team figures to be a challenge for the 5-foot-10, 193-pounder, a number of undrafted free agents have fared well for New England over the years, and a strong training camp/preseason could put Foster on a similar path.

PSean Lee LB DAL 2 days ago

Lee underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday, but is expected to recover from the procedure within two weeks and participate in OTAs in late May, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Injuries have been a constant throughout Lee's six-year career, but it sounds like this latest operation is more of a cleanup procedure that shouldn't dim the linebacker's outlook heading into 2016. He's expected to start on the weak side again for the Cowboys after accruing 128 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 14 games last season while earning his first Pro Bowl nod.

Kalan Reed DB TEN 2 days ago

The Titans selected Reed in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 253rd overall.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With 4.4 speed and a 41.5-inch vertical, Reed at a glance has the athleticism to project as an eventual NFL starter candidate at corner. That he played on a middle-of-the-road pass defense implies he has work to do to stick in the NFL, however.

Paul Perkins RB NYG 2 days ago

With Rashad Jennings likely to see work on early downs and Shane Vereen on third down, Perkins will likely compete for a backup role with Orleans Darkwa, Andre Williams and Bobby Rainey.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Given Jennings age and injury history, the winner of that competition could have significant value this year. Perkins is a rookie, but he has to be better than the plodding and stone-handed Williams, while Darkwa is a career backup and Rainey a journeyman.

POrleans Darkwa RB NYG 2 days ago

Darkwa (leg) might have been a dark horse for carries this year, but he'll have added competition in fifth-round draft pick Paul Perkins.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Rashad Jennings is the likely starter, and Shane Vereen should handle third downs, but beyond those two it's likely to be an open competition between Darkwa, Andre Williams, Perkins and Bobby Rainey. Given Jennings' age and injury history the winner of that competition could have significant value.

Sterling Shepard WR NYG 2 days ago

Even if Victor Cruz (calf) is able to get back up to speed, Shepard should have a significant role out of the gate.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Shepard actually profiles as a younger version of Cruz with his speed, quickness and ability to play the slot. He also has a large catch radius for a 5-11 receiver and a 41-inch vertical leap so he plays bigger than his size. Should Cruz not be able to recover from the injuries that have kept him out since October of 2014, Shepard would start opposite Odell Beckham and often see single coverage.