Kendall Hunter RB SF 2 weeks ago
Hunter continues to progress in his recovery from an ACL injury, NFL.com reports.
The report notes that a video on the 49ers' official site shows Hunter running well during the team's offseason workouts. Assuming his health, Hunter will look to carve out a role in the 49ers' post-Frank Gore backfield, which is on track to be headed by Carlos Hyde and Reggie Bush.
Stevan Ridley RB NYJ 2 weeks ago1 Comment
ESPN.com's Rich Cimini relays that barring any setbacks, Ridley (knee) is expected to be ready when training camp opens.
Ridley, who signed a one-year deal with the Jets, tore his ACL while with the Patriots back on Oct. 12. Once he re-proves his health, look for him to jostle with Bilal Powell for work in the Jets' backfield along with projected starter Chris Ivory.
Allen Robinson WR JAC 2 weeks ago15 Comments
Robinson (foot) threw out the first pitch in the Detroit Tigers home opener, the Oakland Press reports.
Robinson, a native of nearby Southfield, is coming off a successful rookie season with Jacksonville that was cut short by a fracture in his right foot. He benefitted from additional playing time when other wideouts were injured and then developed some rapport with rookie quarterback Blake Bortles. With Cecil Shorts having moved on, it appears a healthy Robinson will gain a larger share of targets.
NaVorro Bowman LB SF 2 weeks ago15 Comments
Bowman is expected to be ready for on-field team activities at the end of April, CSN Bay Area reports.
Bowman spent the entire 2014 season rehabbing from a gruesome knee injury in the 2013 NFC Championship game, but it appears as though he is finally ready to make his comeback to the field. Coach Jim Tomsula said that he expects Bowman to participate in 49ers' mini-camp at the end of the month. With both Patrick Willis and Chris Borland retiring this offseason, Bowman will be asked to be the team's defensive leader from the middle linebacker position this season.
James Casey TE DEN 2 weeks ago
Casey agreed to a one-year deal with the Broncos on Saturday.
Casey was a disappointing and not particularly cheap free agent bust in Philadelphia, but the former Rice star has a lot of versatility both on offense and special teams, and he should provide cheap utility behind Owen Daniels and Virgil Green.
Johnny Manziel QB CLE 2 weeks ago7 Comments
Manziel was released from the rehabilitation facility he entered in January, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
The exact nature of Manziel's treatment isn't clear, but reporting on his 2014 behavior revealed a clear need to change the way he managed his life off the field. Hopefully his treatment gave him the means of making more productive choices going onward, and hopefully that will allow him to realize whatever NFL potential he might have. The Browns expected Manziel to be available when offseason training began April 20, and it appears that expectation was correct.
Quinton Coples LB NYJ 2 weeks ago
The Jets will pick up the fifth-year option on Coples' rookie contract, the New York Daily News reports.
Coples has always been a player more about potential than results, and that hasn't really changed in his three NFL seasons. He reached a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2014, but the Jets likely had finer results in mind when they selected him 16th overall in the 2012 draft. Still, Coples is an uncommon athletic talent and won't be 25 until June, so the Jets have reason to give him another year.
Will Allen DB PIT 2 weeks ago
Allen re-signed with the Steelers on Friday, ESPN reports.
Allen's return to Pittsburgh comes after former teammate and safety Troy Polamalu announced his retirement this week. Although his role will likely be a reserve one, Allen provides nice veteran experience to the Steelers' secondary.
Victor Butler LB NYG 2 weeks ago
Butler will be suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
This won't help Butler's odds of making the final roster, following a two-season stretch in which he only played in two games. Even if he does manage to stick, Butler is unlikely to have a starting role.
Anthony Spencer DL NO 2 weeks ago
Spencer signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Friday.
Spencer had a down season for the Cowboys in 2014, after missing nearly all of 2013 to undergo microfracture knee surgery. The former first-round draft pick is still only 31 years old, and he should provide the Saints with some added depth, at the very least. If he can somehow get back to his top form from his 2012 breakout season, Spencer could be one of the biggest steals of the free-agency period. He doesn't yet warrant IDP consideration.