Nate Irving LB IND 6 days ago

Irving (wrist) has received first-team reps at inside linebacker during the Colts' first week of OTAs, the Colts' official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Colts are currently searching for Jerrell Freeman's successor at inside linebacker next to D'Qwell Jackson, and, if OTAs are any indication, the frontrunners for the gig include Irving and fellow LB Sio Moore. Both of whom have seen the most first-team reps while Jackson receives rest. However, Irving is coming off of two injury-marred seasons; his 2014 season as a Bronco ended with an ACL tear, and a wrist injury ended his most previous campaign with the Colts. Fortunately, head coach Chuck Pagano reports that Irving finally looks like he is completely over his blown-out knee from two seasons ago. If this is true, Irving should be viewed as the favorite to win this competition. 

Vic Beasley DL ATL 7 days ago

Beasley will be moving from defensive end to strongside linebacker in 2016, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Beasley set the Falcons' team record for sacks by a rookie with four last season in his 16 games at defensive end, but the team wants to move him to better utilize his skill set and improve the defense. Though he's moving positions he'll remain a pass rusher, with the team playing him in a hybrid role that could see him play defensive end in obvious passing situations. Brooks Reed and O'Brien Schofield were the team's strongside linebackers last season, but the pair combined for just 47 tackles and two sacks, low production that may be the reason for Beasley's move.

Jimmie Ward DB SF 7 days ago

Ward has been lining up at outside corner with the first-team defense during OTAs, CSN Bay Area reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Last season Ward - who was drafted as a safety - was used primarily as San Francisco's nickel corner. During Tuesday's OTAs, he was spotted lining up on the outside with the team's first unit. Despite being 24-years-old, Ward is one of the more experienced defensive backs on the roster after the 49ers drafted three corners in the 2016 NFL Draft. If he were to win a starting job, his IDP value would receive a boost with increased playing time and his ability to gain out-of-position tackles.

QJalen Ramsey DB JAC 7 days ago3 Comments

Ramsey suffered a small meniscus tear in his right knee during on-field workouts on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Jaguars will look to get a second opinion on the injury sometime later next week. The tear doesn't appear to be too serious as the first-round draft pick should be ready for the beginning of training camp. This marks the second straight year the Jaguars' first overall pick has suffered a knee injury in practice, as Dante Fowler tore his ACL last May.

QJamaal Charles RB KC 7 days ago7 Comments

Coach Andy Reid confirmed that Charles (knee) will participate in the Chiefs' upcoming OTAs in a limited capacity.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's not surprising that the Chiefs plan to limit Charles in OTAs, given that he is bouncing back from a torn right ACL that he sustained back in in Week 5 of last season. Still, that he will be working in any capacity is a great sign with regard to his chances of amping things up in training camp. Assuming no setbacks as Charles recovers, the 29-year-old -- who tore the ACL in his left knee in September of 2011 -- remains clearly atop Kansas City's RB depth chart as the 2016 season approaches. That said, the team made a point to re-sign the backs that filled in for Charles so capably last season -- namely Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware -- plus former No. 2 back Knile Davis remains on the team's roster. When evaluating Charles from a fantasy perspective, it's worth noting how smoothly he returned from his first ACL injury, but with the big picture in mind, we wouldn't be surprised to see West and Ware see their share of touches this coming season in order to help keep Charles fresh.

PTaylor Gabriel WR CLE 7 days ago

Gabriel was held out of the Brown's first two OTA practices, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

There wasn't a reason cited for Gabriel's lack of participation in practice, but the fractured orbital he suffered in Week 17 against the Steelers could have something to do with it. Despite not fully partaking in the session, the fact that he was able to work out on the side and the team hasn't expressed much concern indicates that whatever is keeping him out isn't all too serious.

QKelvin Beachum JAC 7 days ago

Beachum (knee) has no clear timetable for a return although general manager Dave Caldwell estimates the he'll be back by early August, Ryan O'Halloran of the the Florida Times Union reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Beachum said after a promotional event on Wednesday, "I'm doing everything I can to put myself in the best position to play football. There's a number of tests and a number of metrics I have to meet via the training staff and the strength and conditioning staff and I'm in the process of getting those done." The left tackle tore his anterior cruciate ligament last October playing for the Steelers. Once healthy, he is expected to compete with former No. 2 overall draft pick Luke Joeckel for a starting position.

QJulian Edelman WR NE 7 days ago

The Patriots are highly optimistic Edelman (foot) will be ready for training camp, CSN New England reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Edelman broke his left foot Nov. 15 and missed the rest of the regular season, but he returned for New England's two playoff games, catching 17 passes for 153 yards on a whopping 29 targets. He then had a minor clean-up procedure on his foot during the offseason, and while he was recently spotted wearing a protective boot, the Patriots reportedly aren't too concerned. Assuming he recovers as expected, Edelman could spend a good portion of camp working with Jimmy Garoppolo, who's in line to replace Tom Brady (suspension) for the first four games of the season. Though facing long odds, Brady may file further appeals in an effort to have his suspension overturned or delayed.

Robert Griffin QB CLE 7 days ago

Griffin has consistently been taking first-team snaps at OTAs, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Although Griffin is the clear favorite to win a competition against Josh McCown and third-round rookie Cody Kessler, the battle will likely continue throughout training camp and the preseason. Griffin is the only one of the trio possessing long-term upside, but McCown was actually decent when healthy last season, completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 7.2 yards per attempt, with 12 touchdowns and just four interceptions in eight games (all starts). Granted, Cleveland won just one of those eight games, needing overtime to do so.

PBranden Oliver RB SD 7 days ago

Chargers running backs coach Ollie Wilson expects Oliver (turf toe) to have a big role in 2016, the Chargers' official website reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Oliver, a 2014 UDFA, seems to have made a full recovery from the toe injury that landed him on IR after eight games. Melvin Gordon (knee) and Danny Woodhead figure to get most of the snaps, but Oliver could also mix in. His roster spot appears secure, and he might eventually challenge for a leading role if Gordon isn't up to the task. It's also worth noting that Gordon is still recovering from January microfracture surgery, though he is expected to be ready for training camp.