Gerald Hodges LB SF 4 days ago

Hodges lined up with the first-team defense at middle linebacker during San Francisco's organized team activities, CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hodges did an excellent job of filling in for Michael Wilhoite during the last four weeks of the season (39 tackles in four games). It was expected that the latter would reclaim his starting role in 2016, but early signs are pointing towards Hodges. Chip Kelly made an effort to point out that there were no definitive depth charts or position battles this early in the offseason program, but it is definitely a situation to monitor as whoever ends up winning the second starting middle linebacker spot will be a cheap source of tackles in IDP leagues.

QTyrann Mathieu DB ARI 4 days ago

Mathieu's (knee) availability in Week 1 against the Patriots will be dependent upon his health, the Arizona Republic reports. "If I'm 90 percent, then I don't necessarily want to go out there," he said Sunday. "But if I'm 100 percent, I definitely want to be out there."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Embedded within his second rehab effort from a torn ACL -- the other occurred near the end of his rookie year in 2013 -- Mathieu's reticence to take the field isn't a shock, especially after logging just 13 games in a generally subpar 2014 season. With an unimpeded offseason under his belt last fall, he was the centerpiece of the Cardinals' defense, accumulating 89 tackles (80 solo), five interceptions (one for a touchdown), one sack, and one forced fumble in 14 contests. The season-ending injury resulted in a less imposing unit that was ultimately embarrassed in the NFC championship game by the Panthers, which his representatives are likely pointing to during the ongoing conversation about a contract extension. No matter if the sides come to an agreement, Arizona could be without its starting slot corner to start the upcoming campaign, if he deems himself unready.

PMark Sanchez QB DEN 4 days ago

Sanchez (thumb), who is expected to miss the early part of OTAs with an injury to his non-throwing hand, will need plenty of work to build chemistry with his new receivers, the team's official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanchez threw with several of Denver's receivers earlier in the offseason and head coach Gary Kubiak has stated that the offense's verbiage is similar to what Sanchez played with at USC. The fact that he has a leg up on rookie Paxton Lynch in both familiarity with the offense and the receivers doesn't make missing the beginning of OTAs a non-issue, but it's more of a gain in experience for Lynch than loss for Sanchez. Lynch is the more physically talented player and will start once he closes the gap between the two on the mental aspects of the game. That will require big strides throughout the summer. If Lynch unseats Sanchez atop the depth chart sooner than later, it probably won't be because Sanchez missed a few practices in May.

QCooper Taylor DB NYG 4 days ago

Taylor has undergone sports hernia surgery and will be sidelined until training camp, NJ.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Taylor was working with the Giants' first-team defense at free safety earlier this spring, but will now be sidelined after his latest surgery. Typically, sports hernia surgery requires four-to-six weeks of recovery time, and the Giants open training camp in five weeks. That puts Taylor on the fringe of being ready once camp starts, but until then, teammates Nat Berhe, Bennett Jackson and rookie third-rounder Darian Thompson figure to benefit from extra practice reps.

Jadeveon Clowney LB HOU 4 days ago

Clowney says he is 100 percent healthy as the Texans begin OTAs, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Clowney missed Week 17 and the Texans' wild-card playoff loss after suffering a Lisfranc injury last season, but fortunately didn't require surgery over the offseason. As a result, Clowney is fully healthy going into the upcoming campaign and participated in Monday's start of OTAs. Still just 23 years old, the former No. 1 pick showed flashes while compiling 40 tackles and 4.5 sacks last year, and will look to build on that success this term.

PJ.J. Watt DL HOU 4 days ago

Watt (groin) did not participate in Monday's opening day of OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Watt is coming off surgery to repair several damaged core muscles, and although last month he stated he was approaching 100 percent health, the Texans are understandably erring on the safe side with their defensive behemoth. While Watt didn't participate in team drills Monday, he did go through individual work on the sideline as the Texans started OTAs, and should be good to go once needed later this summer.

PBrian Hartline WR CLE 4 days ago

Hartline has been released by the Browns, Cleveland.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hartline's release comes after the Browns added five wide receivers during last month's draft, including first-rounder Corey Coleman, whose development could prove vital for Cleveland's offense this season. At 29 years old, Hartline is coming off 46 catches (on 74 targets) for 523 yards and two touchdowns in his only season with the Browns last year, and should draw interest on the free agent market as an experienced wideout with two 1,000-plus yard campaigns in his career thus far.

Corey Coleman WR CLE 4 days ago

Coleman could quickly earn the Browns' No. 1 wideout position this season, Cleveland.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Coleman was the first wide receiver selected in last month's draft, addressing a glaring need on the Browns' roster as someone that projects as a future No. 1 wideout. Although coach Hue Jackson pointed out Coleman's room for improvement in his conditioning during rookie camp, the former Baylor standout is a dynamic athlete and could become a game-breaking target in Cleveland's passing game once acclimated. Early impressions from the Browns' workouts echo that sentiment, thus making Coleman an intriguing fantasy option, particularly in dynasty formats.

Clay Matthews LB GB 4 days ago

Matthews is expected to move back to his preferred outside linebacker position beginning in OTAs this week, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Matthews spent the past season-and-a-half filling in at inside linebacker quite successfully, but is expected to return to his usual edge-rushing position this season. That switch back to outside linebacker should begin in OTAs this week, when rookie Blake Martinez's presence gives the Packers another option to play inside. With projected starters Sam Barrington and Jake Ryan also around, Matthews should be able to play outside on a nearly full-time basis this season, which figures to boost his pass-rushing numbers after a reduced tally of 6.5 sacks last term.

PVictor Cruz WR NYG 4 days ago

Cruz did not participate in team drills during the Giants' first day of OTAs Monday, NJ.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Cruz was seen working with team trainers on the sideline during Monday's session, after which coach Ben McAdoo said the goal is to have Cruz back for training camp. Following a significant knee injury and subsequent calf strain, Cruz hasn't played since October of 2014, so the Giants are rightfully exercising caution and holding him out of team drills for the time being. While Cruz is limited to individual work, rookie second-rounder Sterling Shepard should continue to receive a thorough introduction to the Giants' offense.