Keenan Reynolds RB BAL 22 hours ago

Reynolds' request to defer his military service to play in the NFL has been approved.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Reynolds became the NCAA's career leader in rushing touchdowns (88) while starring for Navy over the past four years, an accomplishment that contributed toward the Ravens selecting him the sixth round as a kick returner/receiver. However, in order to play in the NFL, Reynolds needed permission to defer his military service, which he was granted by U.S. Secretary of Defense Aston Carter during Navy's recent graduation ceremony. Now cleared to pursue his NFL dreams, Reynolds is expected to compete with Michael Campanaro and Kaelin Clay for pegging on the Ravens' roster during training camp.

Cameron Brate TE TB 1 day ago

Brate enjoyed a particularly productive OTA session Thursday, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The third-year Harvard product made a habit of exceeding expectations during his unexpected opportunity in 2015, and continued that trend in Thursday's OTA session. Brate made an eye-opening one-handed catch during the individual drills that kicked off practice, and also notched multiple receptions during team drills. The 24-year-old brought in 23 of 30 targets last season for 288 yards, while also notching the first three touchdowns of his career. The additional playing time largely came as a result of Austin Seferian-Jenkins' extended absence with a shoulder injury, but Brate played well enough to continue logging a decent amount of snaps after the starter's return in the latter part of the season. While he's currently listed behind Luke Stocker on the tight end depth chart, the latter's limited pass-catching ability renders Brate as the second-best offensive threat at tight end for the Bucs.

Mike Evans WR TB 1 day ago

Evans continued his success hauling in the deep ball during Thursday's OTAs, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The third-year receiver continued his productive start to on-field work in 2016, as Kania reports he caught "a handful of deep balls" Thursday. That included a long-range missle from Jameis Winston down the right sideline on the first play of seven-on-seven drills. Evans' first week of OTAs has progressed much better than his injury-shortened voluntary mini-camp stint late last month.

Braxton Miller WR HOU 2 days ago

Miller signed a four-year, $3.11 million contract with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports. The deal includes a signing bonus of $709,103.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Miller is one of two wideouts selected in the first three rounds of the 2016 draft. The converted quarterback has played one season as a wide receiver, catching 26 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns while playing mostly the slot for the Ohio State. The Texans plan to work him both inside and outside.

QJimmy Graham TE SEA 2 days ago

Although Graham (knee) is expected to "ease into training camp," head coach Pete Carroll believes that the tight end will be ready for the regular season, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Seahawks held their first batch of OTAs this week, which Graham was unable to participate in, as expected. However, he fit in some light running and caught some passes on the side Thursday, so he seems to have reached a good place in his recovery from a torn patellar tendon in his right knee. In the end, his ability to handle snaps during the preseason will forecast if he's on pace to be on the field in Week 1.

PThomas Rawls RB SEA 2 days ago

Although Rawls (ankle) is expected to "ease into training camp," head coach Pete Carroll is of the belief that the running back will be ready for the regular season, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio KJR reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

In yet another optimistic comment from one of the Seahawks' luminaries, Rawls appears on pace to complete his recovery from a season-ending broken ankle in time for Week 1. Ultimately, his health will be tested during the preseason slate, but if his rehab is at all delayed, reserve running backs Christine Michael and C.J. Prosise appear poised to receive ample reps in advance of the season.

PJeremy Maclin WR KC 2 days ago

Maclin was removed from Thursday's practice due to a minor ankle injury, Kansas City Star reports. "He just tweaked his ankle a little bit," head coach Andy Reid said. "He's OK. No problem."

Competitive Edge Analysis

After kicking off OTAs on Tuesday, the Chiefs were unable to emerge from the week without an ailment afflicting one of their offensive mainstays. For what it's worth, Maclin was able to walk off the field without assistance, so Reid's lack of concern is likely warranted. Nevertheless, Maclin did suffer a high right-ankle sprain in January's wild-card win against the Texans, yet still played in the divisional round against the Patriots, meaning his progress through the current issue will be of interest as the offseason program continues.

Robert Woods WR BUF 2 days ago

Woods is healthy and participating fully in OTAs following offseason groin surgery, The Buffalo News reports. "I'm healthy. I got my speed back. So other than that, it's all timing. Be open, stay open, said Woods. "I feel like I can run again."

Competitive Edge Analysis

Woods is also serving as the top receiver in practice while Sammy Watkins begins his recovery from foot surgery. There's a small chance that could carry over into the season if Watkins doesn't heal properly, though everyone seems to initially think Watkins will be back by Week 1. Woods is a very clear No. 2 entering the final season of his current contract, though we'll note once again the Bills lean extra heavy toward the run.

PEric Ebron TE DET 2 days ago

Ebron missed Thursday's OTA due to an unspecified injury, Tim Twentyman of reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ebron is expected to be one of the main receiving targets for quarterback Matthew Stafford this season now that Calvin Johnson has retired, but the team doesn't seem to be too worried that Ebron missed practice. Head coach Jim Caldwell said in reference to Ebron, "He's coming along, so we've got a few guys with some bumps and bruises and some issues, but he should be back." While it remains unclear why the tight end is out, it doesn't appear he'll be out for too much longer, and he should be considered day to day for a return to practice.

PBrandon Marshall LB DEN 2 days ago

Marshall has been limited in OTAs due to offseason surgery on his right index finger, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Marshall sustained the injury while causing Jamaal Charles to fumble during a Week 2 victory, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post. Brushing off the concern, Marshall proceeded to notch 100-plus tackles for the second season in a row, to which he added two forced fumbled, 1.5 sacks, and one interception in 16 games. Even if he remains limited through OTAs and mandatory minicamp, the minor procedure isn't expected to impact his activity level once training camp rolls around in late July.