DeAndre Hopkins WR HOU 3 days ago

Hopkins could see fewer double team coverage as rookies Will Fuller and Braxton Miller develop over the course of the upcoming season, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Hopkins was routinely bracketed by multiple defenders last season, when the Texans lacked playmakers opposite him in their passing game. While Hopkins still broke out with a whopping 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns, the draft additions of Fuller and Miller could allow him more freedom this season. Fuller ran the fastest 40-yard dash among receivers at the combine and Miller wasn't far behind him, so after they learn the nuances of Houston's offense, coach Bill O'Brien hopes opposing defenses will key less on rolling coverage toward Hopkins.

DeMarco Murray RB TEN 3 days ago

Murray will still be the primary piece of Tennessee's 2016 rushing attack despite the team's second-round selection of Heisman-winning running back Derrick Henryin the draft, the Titans official site reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Murray was assured by coach Mike Mularkey in the wake of the pick that he will still be the team's workhorse running back, and it's tough not to believe him considering the Titans just traded for the 28-year-old and his $6,000,000 salary this offseason. Henry put up gaudy rushing totals playing behind an overpowering Alabama offensive line last season, but it looks like he'll have to settle for a secondary role as a rookie unless Murray slips up.

Josh Ferguson RB IND 3 days ago

Ferguson has agreed to a contract with the Colts as an undrafted free agent, the Daily Illini reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ferguson had a productive college career that was limited by injuries. He had 708 yards rushing as a senior with 5.5 yards per carry. He thrived as a receiver with 37 receptions and had eight receiving touchdowns in three years. If not for a shoulder injury that sidelined him for three games, Ferguson could have reached the 50-reception mark for the third consecutive year in 2015. With a Colts backfield that features Frank Gore (age 32) and Robert Turbin (26), it's not hard to envision a scenario where Ferguson gets an opportunity.

Roberto Aguayo K TB 3 days ago1 Comment

Aguayo has the potential to make an immediate impact in the coming season according to former Bucs special-teams assistant Billy Miller, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Miller's role as the kicker's trainer at the esteemed IMG Academy in nearby Bradenton, Florida is what makes his opinion particularly informed in Aguayo's case. One of the more talked-about selections of the draft considering the round that he was selected and his position, the Florida State product received rave reviews from Miller for his work ethic. "I couldn't be happier for the kid. He put the work in...He's a great student. He wants to be the best. He's very deserving of this opportunity." Despite the considerable criticism that's been levied at Tampa for the pick, the former Bucs assistant believes that the fact that 59 NFL regular-season games were decided by three points or less last year-- as well as the new rule that moves touchbacks to the 25-yard line-- justifies the investment in the former Seminole. Aguayo was successful on 90 percent of his college field-goal attempts, and was perfect on all 108 extra-point tries, making him the most accurate kicker in NCAA history.

Dan Vitale RB TB 3 days ago

Vitale, the Bucs' sixth-round pick, is expected to fill multiple roles in 2016, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The versatile back started 49 games for the Northwestern Wildcats at the "superback" position- a fullback/tight end hybrid. The diverse skill set that allowed him to fill that position capably was a considerable part of his appeal to the Bucs, who had no fullback on the roster going into the draft. Head coach Dirk Koetter has already indicated that his plans for Vitale include fullback, tight end and special teams in the coming season, and the 22-year-old is looking forward to the full workload. "I think I'll be able to do a lot for the team, which I'm excited about..." Vitale said. "I think an H-back is kind of what I'm looking at. I'm excited to contribute". The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder's Combine numbers-- which included a 38.5-inch vertical jump, 30 bench-press reps of 225 pounds and a 4.12-second 20-yard shuttle-- indicate that he could bring a new dimension to Tampa's attack.

Keenan Reynolds RB BAL 3 days ago

Reynolds, a sixth-round selection out of Navy, will try to stick with the Ravens as a receiver and return man, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The all-time FBS leader in touchdowns (88) and rushing yards by a quarterback (4,559), Reynolds was well aware that he'd need to play another position in the NFL. He's already done some work returning kicks with Brian Mitchell, the league's all-time leader in combined return yards. Reynolds ran a sub 4.6 40-yard dash at his pro day, demonstrating explosiveness with a 37-inch vertical and 120-inch broad jump. However, he checked in at just 5-10, 190 pounds, making him a likely candidate for slot and return duties in the NFL. Assuming he's able to work around his five-year Navy service commitment, Reynolds will compete for a roster spot against Michael Campanaro and Kaelin Cray, among others.

Bruce Gradkowski QB PIT 3 days ago

Gradkowski is re-signing with the Steelers to compete against Landry Jones for the backup job, Alex Marvez of FOX Sports reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Gradkowski and Jones went through the same thing last year, but the competition ended early when the former needed surgery on his non-throwing hand at the end of the preseason. Jones and Mike Vick both ended up making starts during Ben Roethlisberger's four-game absence, with Jones at least managing to hold his own. It thus seems Gradkowski will enter the competition as an underdog, though he should be back to full health.

PAntrel Rolle DB CHI 3 days ago

The Bears have released Rolle, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Releasing Rolle saves the Bears $3 million against their 2016 salary cap, with the move made more feasible after the team took safeties Deon Bush and DeAndre Houston-Carson in the recently-completed NFL Draft. The 33-year-old Rolle was limited to seven games and 35 tackles in his one and only season with the Bears in 2015.

Neiron Ball LB OAK 3 days ago

Ball (knee) is "doing everything" and expected to be "ready to roll" for the offseason program by Raiders' GM Reggie McKenzie.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Ball emerged in Week 5 of last season by holding Denver TE Owen Daniels without a catch on five targets. The performance earned him his first career start versus San Diego in Week 6, but shortly into the game he suffered a knee sprain and was ruled out by halftime. Ball will serve as depth for an imposing Raiders' outside linebacking corps in 2016 behind Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin, Malcolm Smith and perhaps Aldon Smith (suspension), should he return in November.

Jake Coker QB ARI 4 days ago

The Cardinals have reportedly signed undrafted free agent Jake Coker, Mike Jurecki of FOX Sports 910 Phoenix reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Originally a Florida State commit, Coker required a transfer to Alabama in order to land his first regular starting gig last fall. Upon doing so with AJ McCarron out of the picture, Coker completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,110 yards and 21 touchdowns versus eight interceptions across 15 games en route to the national championship. With Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton embedded in the top two spots with the Cardinals, he'll be hard-pressed to land a gig on the 53-man roster out of training camp. However, Coker will provide competition for Matt Barkley as the organization attempts to develop the quarterback of the future.