PLeGarrette BlountRB NE (9) 2 weeks ago
Blount (hip) didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, ESPN.com reports.
Blount's status will thus be worth monitoring as training camp approaches, but in the absence of any setbacks with his hip, we'd expect him to move toward the end of reclaiming the Patriots' "big back" role this coming season. Barring any additional moves by the team to address the running back position, Blount's primary competition for the role should come from Joey Iosefa and Tyler Gaffney. Meanwhile, Donald Brown, James White, Brandon Bolden and undrafted rookie DJ Foster figure to jostle for slotting on the team's depth chart, with the only secure spot on that front belonging to Dion Lewis, who will serve as the team's top pass-catching back, provided he fully recovers from the knee injury that ended his 2015 season early.
QDonte MoncriefWR IND (10) 2 weeks ago
Moncrief (toe) has started running routes, according to his Twitter account.
Moncrief aggravated a toe injury late last season and ended up having surgery on it earlier this offseason. He's missed Indy's offseason practices, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
Josh FergusonRB IND (10) 2 weeks ago
Ferguson has made a strong impression in offseason workouts, the Indianapolis Star reports "[He's] not just a third-down back," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "He's a good runner. He's explosive and twitchy and he's got a jump cut that's really, really good."
The Star also reports the Colts considered taking Ferguson in the fourth round of the draft but passed on him each round due to other needs. He'll compete for the backup role to Frank Gore in training camp, competing against Robert Turbin, Jordan Todman and Tyler Varga. Ferguson was a productive receiver in college, so he has upside if he can find a regular role.
Jordan TaylorWR DEN (11) 2 weeks ago
Taylor could compete for a role behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, ESPN.com reports.
The Denver depth chart at receiver is wide open behind the two starters, with competitors including Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler, DeVier Posey and 2014 second-rounder Cody Latimer. A 2015 UDFA, Taylor spent much of last year on the Broncos' practice squad, after recording three straight seasons with 800+receiving yards at Rice University. Listed at 6-5, 210 pounds, Taylor presumably won't be a candidate for slot work, which significantly hurts his chances to earn a key role. However, he did receive praise from former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who suggested that Taylor could be a useful piece in the offense for 2016 and beyond.
Cody LatimerWR DEN (11) 2 weeks ago3 Comments
Latimer will likely compete with a slew of players for slotting on the depth chart behind Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, ESPN.com reports.
A 2014 second-round selection (56th overall), Latimer has just eight catches for 82 yards in 22 career appearances, having mostly lingered toward the bottom of Denver's depth chart. He was unable to beat out a washed-up Wes Welker as a rookie, and then found himself behind the likes of Jordan Norwood, Bennie Fowler and Andre Caldwell last season. Caldwell is now with the Lions, but Norwood and Fowler are still around, as are 2015 UDFA Jordan Taylor and former Texan DeVier Posey. Given their considerable draft investment, the Broncos presumably hope Latimer will emerge from the group and seize the No. 3 job for his own.
QSammy WatkinsWR BUF (10) 2 weeks ago
Watkins expects to be ready for the start of training camp July 30, TSN.ca reports. "For training camp, I think I'll definitely be available," Watkins said. "I might sit out two or three days. It's all about how I feel within those days. The goal is to come back and be prepared for training camp."
Watkins had surgery in April to address stress fractures in his left foot, with most reports suggesting he had a Jones fracture, which is a common injury that typically sidelines players for 8-12 weeks. The timetable puts him on track for training camp, and he's no longer wearing a walking boot or limping. Still, Watkins made it clear he'll take a cautious approach, even conceding that he'll need to test his foot out when the Bills open camp. Given the high rate of re-injury with foot fractures, the team may opt to be even more cautious than Watkins wants.
QJoe FlaccoQB BAL (8) 2 weeks ago
Flacco (knee) suggested he is more focused on his arm strength than his surgically-repaired left knee, ESPN reports.
Flacco seems to be making a quick recovery from Dec. 8 surgery to repair a torn ACL, as he's widely expected to be ready July 27 for the start of training camp, despite being a spectator for on-field activities throughout the offseason program. Though already able to sprint and make cuts, he's thrown far fewer passes than he typically would have at this point in the year, which could be cause to limit his reps during training camp. Flacco's arm strength has never been questioned and should quickly come back to him, but he did admit that there's some chance he'll feel hesitant when he has to face a live pass rush for the first time. While he's clearly on track for Week 1, his progress will be worth monitoring throughout camp and the preseason.
Cecil ShortsWR HOU (9) 2 weeks ago
Shorts' base salary has been reduced to a non-guaranteed figure of $1.2 million for 2016, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Shorts' original deal called for $2.75 million non-guaranteed, but by re-working his contract with the Texans, he's presumably earned a degree of job security at the amended team-friendly terms. Shorts, who caught 42 passes for 484 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games last season, is thus slated to face competition for playing time opposite DeAndre Hopkins from the likes of fellow wideouts Jaelen Strong, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller. In any case, Shorts' experience figures to be an asset to the team's passing game, now helmed by QB Brock Osweiler, and it's plausible that the 28-year-old wideout will carve out some PPR utility this season if he's able to mesh well with his new signal-caller.
QJustin HoustonLB KC (5) 2 weeks ago
Houston (knee) won't be ready for the start of next month's training camp, ESPN.com reports.
The Chiefs still do not have a concrete timetable outlined for Houston, who underwent ACL surgery in February, though GM John Dorsey maintains that the linebacker will play for the team at some point this coming season. With that in mind, Dorsey noted of Houston, "I don't know how much he's going to do in camp. But, listen, he's where he needs to be right now and he's a hard worker. He's bound and determined to get back. We'll just see how it works out. There is no timetable. It's just when he's right, he's right and we'll roll." Houston, who racked up 22 sacks in 2014, is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded 30 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 11 games.
PBene' BenwikereDB CAR (7) 2 weeks ago
Benwikere (lower leg) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Benwikere suffered a lower leg fracture in December, forcing him to miss the final three games of the regular season. He was most recently seen doing some sled pushing on Thursday during a rehab session, which indicates Benwikere has taken the next step in his recovery. While the PUP list is an option to the start the year if he sees any setbacks, Benwikere doesn't expect to take that route and he should be good to go by the start of training camp at the end up July. He'll look to solidify a starter's role after receiving four straight starts prior to the injury.