QChris Culliver DB WAS 3 days ago

Culliver was released by the Redskins on Monday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Culliver signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Redskins just last offseason, but made only six appearances for Washington prior to suffering a torn ACL and MCL during a November practice. Not only is Culliver a high-priced veteran coming off an injury, but the Redskins also drafted cornerback Kendall Fuller in the third round, and made a huge splash by adding All-Pro corner Josh Norman recently as well. Given those considerations, the 27-year-old Culliver was made expendable and will now look to land elsewhere prior to the season.

Case Keenum QB LA 3 days ago

Keenum will likely serve as Jared Goff's safety net, the Orange County Register reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Los Angeles has a glut at quarterback, with the No. 1 overall draft pick joined by Keenum, Nick Foles and 2015 third-rounder Sean Mannion. It appears the team will trade or release Foles, and there don't seem to be any real plans for Mannion. After signing a first-round RFA tender (worth about $3.6 million), Keenum figures to compete with Goff for the starting job, though it may be a competition in name only. A three-year starter in college, the 21-year-old Goff figures to take the reins sooner rather than later. It will be a surprise if he isn't under center in Week 1.

Matthew Stafford QB DET 3 days ago

Stafford got some help in the 2016 NFL Draft, with Detroit selecting three offensive linemen in the first five rounds, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Addressing an obvious weakness from 2015, the Lions drafted OT Taylor Decker in the first round, center Graham Glasgow in the third and guard/tackle Joe Dahl in the fifth. Stafford won't have Calvin Johnson around to bail him out, yet it's still quite possible the Detroit offense will be improved from 2015. Stafford played much better last season after Jim Bob Cooter replaced Joe Lombardi as the offensive coordinator, making it an easy decision to stick with Cooter for 2016. Furthermore, the Lions signed WR Marvin Jones to a five-year, $40 million contract, and there's hope that 23-year-old TE Eric Ebron will take a big step forward in his third NFL season.

Danny Anthrop WR IND 3 days ago

Anthrop signed a contract with the Colts as an undrafted free agent from Purdue, the Indianapolis Star reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Anthrop looked set to be a potential impact player in the NFL before tearing an ACL in the middle of his junior season. It took some time for him to get back into form last year in his senior season, but had a career-high 57 receptions. He ran a 4.40 40-yard dash in his pro day to show he's back to full strength. He'll compete for a spot on the 53-man roster this summer.

Robert Griffin QB CLE 3 days ago

Griffin's new team waited until late in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft to select a quarterback, going with USC product Cody Kessler at No. 93 overall, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract in late March, it was widely reported that his addition wouldn't necessarily preclude the Browns from taking a quarterback early in the draft. Instead, the team traded down in the first round multiple times, eventually selecting Baylor WR Corey Coleman at No. 15 overall. A Baylor product himself, Griffin is likely thrilled about how the draft turned out, with Cleveland further bolstering its receiving corps by selecting WR Ricardo Louis (4th round), TE Seth Devalve (4th), WR Jordan Payton (5th) and WR Rashard Higgins (5th) in the middle rounds. Though he'll presumably have to compete for the job, Griffin is the favorite to start in Week 1 for a rebuilding Browns team, as he offers greater long-term potential than either Kessler or 36-year-old Josh McCown.

Latavius Murray RB OAK 3 days ago

Rookie fifth-round selection DeAndre Washington will likely compete to serve as Murray's top backup, NBC Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Despite being connected to an assortment of big-name free agents and rookies, the Raiders haven't done much to bolster their running back group, perhaps showing some faith in Murray. There is still some chance the team will add competition, but Murray's path to the starting job appears quite clear at the moment. DeAndre Washington, who checks in at 5-8, 200 pounds, will likely threaten Murray's receiving workload more so than his carries. Murray caught 41 of 53 targets in 2015, but he only managed 232 yards (5.7 YPR) and didn't have any receiving touchdowns.

Jay Ajayi RB MIA 3 days ago2 Comments

Ajayi will face competition from Kenyan Drake, who was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft at No. 73 overall, the Dolphins' official website reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Drake's selection can actually be taken as a positive development for Ajayi, who still figures to open training camp as the lead dog in a backfield that's utterly lacking in proven talent. Drake will likely compete for a role similar to the one he had at the University of Alabama, where he typically spelled T.J. Yeldon and then Derrick Henry, in addition to handling most of the passing-down work. The Dolphins could still make things interesting by adding a veteran from the free-agent market, though there isn't much of interest remaining besides a 29-year-old Arian Foster (Achilles).

Kenyan Drake RB MIA 3 days ago

Drake figures to get a lot of playing time on offense and will also be an option for the return game, the Dolphins' official website reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Though overshadowed by T.J. Yeldon and then Derrick Henry at Alabama, Drake is a promising prospect in his own right, offering a nice combination of quickness and receiving skills. He did quite well to land with the Dolphins in round 3, as Miami's depth chart at running back is among the weakest in the NFL. Drake figures to challenge 2015 fifth-rounder Jay Ajayi for playing time, with Damien Williams and some other low-ceiling veterans potentially also in the mix. That being said, the 220-pound Ajayi is still the clear favorite to start, as Drake profiles as more of a passing-down/change-of-pace guy. It's also quite possible the Dolphins will add veteran help, with Arian Foster (Achilles) the most notable name remaining on the free-agent market.

Andrew Luck QB IND 3 days ago

Colts owner Jim Irsay hopes to sign Luck to an extension before the start of training camp, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Even in the wake of a season marred by injuries and mediocre play, Luck has a rock-solid case to become one of the highest-paid players in league history. He recently declared himself healthy upon arriving at voluntary offseason workouts, and there haven't been any real signs of discord between the star quarterback and his employer. Luck will probably sign a mega-deal before the final season of his rookie contract begins, but either way, he'll be one of the top options at quarterback in 2016 drafts.

Eric Fisher KC 3 days ago

Fisher's fifth-year contract option has been picked up by the Chiefs, NFL.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Fisher, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, struggled through his first couple seasons, but finally appeared to develop into a high-level offensive lineman last term. The 25-year-old spent time at both tackle positions as well as left guard last season, making his versatility and recent improvement reasons for the Chiefs to maintain his services through 2017.