QKenyan DrakeRB MIA (8) 1 week ago
Drake departed Wednesday's minicamp session early due to concerns over a right leg ailment, Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Drake was reportedly participating in a punt blocking drill when he suddenly clutched the back of his right leg and immediately stumbled his way to the sidelines. Miami's third-round selection out of Alabama, Drake is believed to have encountered an issue with his hamstring. Assuming he isn't cleared to play in Miami's third and final day of minicamp on Thursday, the running back will have five weeks of rest before the commencement of training camp to get healthy. Drake will likely remain the heavy favorite to back up presumed started Jay Ajayi come Week 1.
Andy JonesWR DAL (7) 1 week ago
Jones ran with the first team during the team portion of minicamp, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Jones, an undrafted wideout from FCS-level Jacksonville University, received the highest signing bonus of all of Dallas' UDFA signings, and was reportedly just one of only a few signees the team had actually given a draftable grade. Looking ahead to 2016, Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley seem to be the only Cowboy wideouts entrenched atop the depth chart. Thus, leaving Jones to jockey with the likes of Devin Street, Brice Butler, and Lucky Whitehead, among others, for position behind the established triad. At the very least, for Jones, taking reps with the first team is a step in the right direction toward securing a roster spot.
DMarquess WilsonWR CHI (9) 1 week ago
Wilson suffered a fractured foot during Tuesday's minicamp, Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Wilson was observed leaving the practice early for undisclosed reasons, but now it appears he had re-fractured the same left foot he broke late into last season that forced him out of Chicago's final five contests. His status for Week 1 is up in the air, but Wilson will definitely be a candidate to begin the season on the PUP list. Joshua Bellamy, Marc Mariani, Cameron Meredith and seventh-round rookie Daniel Braverman all stand to see extended looks in Wilson's absence.
PLeSean McCoyRB BUF (10) 1 week ago
The Bills are going to limit McCoy (ankle) in training camp and may try to keep his preseason reps limited to one or two drives, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn said this is "by design," adding, "[to] keep him fresh, going into his eighth year, [there is] a lot of miles on those legs. So we'll do the same thing without training camp with him."
Hamstring and knee issues held McCoy back in his first season with the Bills, so given his experience and the fact that's he's already nicked up, this seems like a smart tact. Even though McCoy has been relatively healthy over the course of his career - he's played in 15 or 16 games during five of his seven NFL seasons - he'll carry some injury risk if you take him in the first two rounds of your draft. That said, his upside remains high, given his skill set (his cuts looked great when healthy last season), while the Bills have one of the league's better offensive lines and lean heavily toward the run.
PAaron DobsonWR NE (9) 1 week ago
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald suggests that Dobson "was the most productive receiver on the field" during the Patriots' recent minicamp.
Of course, that assessment must be absorbed with the knowledge that key wideouts Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have not been able to practice, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear that a healthy Dobson has made a good impression to date in advance of training camp. With newcomer Chris Hogan and draftee Malcolm Mitchell presumably locked into roles with the Patriots in 2016, Dobson will need to contend with the likes of Keshawn Martin, Nate Washington, Chris Harper, Devin Lucien and DeAndre Carter for slotting on the team's crowded wideout depth chart.
DeVante ParkerWR MIA (8) 1 week ago
Parker participated in team drills Wednesday, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
The Dolphins have been playing it cautious with the up and coming receiver all offseason. They want to make sure he won't have any problems with the foot injury he suffered last summer and all signs are a go for Parker to be a normal participant in training camp.
Josh RobinsonDB TB (6) 1 week ago
Robinson, an offseason acquistion most recently with the Vikings, practiced on both the second-team defense and special teams in Tuesday's mini-camp session, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The 25-year-old corner, a rather unheralded but potentially key component of the Bucs' offseason effort to revamp their beleaguered secondary, was seen working with the second-team defense Tuesday. Robinson also took reps as a gunner on the punt team, an area in which he has plenty of experience. The UCF product notably was in on 538 special-teams snaps over the first four years of his career with the Vikings, and the versatility will only serve to enhance his chances of sticking on the final roster come September.
Reshad JonesDB MIA (8) 1 week ago
Jones returned to practice Wednesday.
After skipping the first day of the Dolphins' mandatory minicamp Tuesday, with said absence accompanied by reports that Jones is looking to redo his contract, the safety rejoined his teammates Wednesday. In any case, Jones relayed to the Miami Herald that his brief holdout is behind him, while adding that he'll report for the start of training camp. He'll thus reprise his role as the Dolphins' starting strong safety this coming season, on the heels of recording 135 tackles and five picks in 2015.
Jameis WinstonQB TB (6) 1 week ago
Winston is being put through increased no-huddle and scramble drills during mini-camp as a means of improving his decision-making, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
The second-year quarterback heads into his sophomore campaign with considerable expectations due to his stellar rookie season, as well as his notable physical improvement this offseason. The benefit of working in head coach Dirk Koetter's offensive system for a second consecutive year is also reason for optimism, and the experience Winston gained while starting all 16 games in 2015 have coaches confident he's ready to take on a lot more this season. "Jameis can handle a lot and does handle a lot every day," said Koetter. "He can handle more than we're giving him. Compared to last year at this time, he knows way, way more than he did a year ago at this time. Also if you remember a year ago at this time, he was probably throwing three or four interceptions every single day and you saw even when things broke down today, Jameis pulled the ball down and ran. That's one thing we've been working hard on is our scramble drill." A new-look defense courtesy of coordinator Mike Smith is also helping the effectiveness of the drills, as the unfamiliarity of the scheme has helped test Winston's decision-making with respect to when to take off on the ground as opposed to forcing a throw. Winston is also enjoying the pace of the no-huddle drills, as he feels it accentuates his natural abilities, as well as those of his offensive teammates. "I think me playing fast-paced, the more you can cut out thinking, the better you are," said Winston. "Especially for the young guys that we have, we just get up there, you call a play and you go with it. Any time you can create rhythm and repetition of the same stuff it's good and it works, so I like no-huddle. Everyone likes no huddle."
Austin Seferian-JenkinsTE TB (6) 1 week ago
Seferian-Jenkins took full responsibility Tuesday for both being asked to leave last Thursday's OTA session, and for his social media communications with fans following the incident, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.
It was a tumultuous conclusion to OTAs last week for the third-year tight end to say the least, as he was banished to the locker room by head coach Dirk Koetter for a lack of preparation. Seferian-Jenkins' social media-based reactions to the ouster only served to exacerbate the situation, as he became belligerent in his digital exchanges with a number of fans who took the opportunity to levy criticism at him for his play over his first two seasons. The towering tight end was a full participant in the opening mini-camp practice Tuesday, and expressed regret-- as well as support for his head coach's decision to remove him from practice-- in meeting with reporters after the conclusion of the session. Seferian-Jenkins is once again set to be a focal point of the Bucs' offensive attack going in to 2016, but his ability to deliver on his massive potential will naturally hinge on whether he's able to remain healthy throughout the campaign.