Austin Seferian-JenkinsTE TB (6) 2 weeks 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.
Jonathan WilliamsRB BUF (10) 2 weeks ago
Williams' teammate Karlos Williams has shown up for minicamp overweight and out of shape, The Buffalo News reports.
Jonathan Williams will see plenty of reps during this week's practices while LeSean McCoy heals up from an ankle injury and Karlos Williams is off to the side working off a few two many late-night cheeseburgers. The Bills are high on Jonathan even though he wasn't selected until the fifth round in April. He missed his senior year due to a foot injury, but he's completely healed now and has made a good impression on the coaching staff, while his frame and athleticism would have yielded a much higher selection had he played as a senior.
Adam HumphriesWR TB (6) 2 weeks ago
Humphries, one of several players vying for the third-receiver role this summer, was impressive in Day 1 of Bucs mini-camp, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The second-year pro turned in what was labeled as the likely play of the day, using only one hand to snag a pass during individual drills. Humphries displayed similarly impressive pass-catching chops during his rookie campaign, and the invaluable experience he gained in 2015 in the wake of injuries to fellow wideouts Louis Murphy and Vincent Jackson figures to serve him well in this summer's competition for a roster spot.
Russell ShepardWR TB (6) 2 weeks ago
Shepard took advantage of increased reps during Tuesday's opening mini-camp practice, Joe Kania of the team's official site reports.
The 25-year-old special teams maven saw increased opportunity due to the Bucs being a bit short-handed at receiver, and maximized the extra reps. Shepard had three impressive receptions in traffic during the session, an encouraging sign considering he's only hauled in seven catches over his first two years in the league. The LSU product is one of several candidates vying for positions in the latter portion of the wide receiver depth chart, although his special-teams proficiency would figure to give him an added edge going in to the summer.
Willie SneadWR NO (5) 2 weeks ago
Snead, who caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees in OTAs on Tuesday, is expected to start at receiver for the Saints in 2016, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
One of the last players to make the Saints' final 53-man roster at the end of training camp last season, Snead was an unlikely breakout star, yet he quickly emerged as one of Drew Brees' favorite targets. Entering 2016, Snead is the Saints' presumed No. 2 wide receiver -- behind Brandin Cooks -- and there's an expectation for him to expand on his 69 receptions for 984 yards and three touchdowns in 2015. Snead's lack of size, however, hampers his scoring potential and the offseason additions of Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas mean additional competition for targets. As such, Snead is a decent PPR option, but his ceiling may be somewhat limited.
Rolando McClainLB DAL (7) 2 weeks ago
As expected, McClain is in attendance for this week's mandatory minicamp, Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas reports.
After skipping voluntary OTAs, McClain took part in some individual drills Tuesday. He's still expected to begin the season as the Cowboys' starting middle linebacker, a role that should give him solid IDP value -- at least on a per-game basis.
QGavin EscobarTE DAL (7) 2 weeks ago
Although he wasn't a participant during Tuesday's minincamp, Escobar (Achilles) was able to run routes on the side, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
That's encouraging news for Escobar, but even if he is able to make a quicker than expected recovery from last season's torn Achilles tendon, he'll still be stuck behind Jason Witten on the Cowboys' depth chart.
QLance DunbarRB DAL (7) 2 weeks ago
Although he wasn't a participant during Tuesday's minincamp, Dunbar (knee) was able to run routes on the side, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.
That's encouraging news for the scatback, but the Cowboys likely won't know until training camp begins whether Dunbar has a shot at being ready for Week 1. Even if he is far enough along in his recovery from a torn ACL to avoid the PUP list, his role could be a lot smaller this season with fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott expected to become the team's new three-down back, lessening the need for a passing-down specialist like Dunbar in the offense.
Ezekiel ElliottRB DAL (7) 2 weeks ago3 Comments
With Darren McFadden out due to elbow surgery, Elliott will take all the first-team reps during this week's minicamp, The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Whatever drama there might have been in the "battle" for the Cowboys' starting RB job was all but eliminated by McFadden's injury. The veteran could get back on the field some time during training camp, but by then Elliott should have the starting job sewn up. Expect the fourth overall pick to see significant snaps in all situations starting in Week 1.
Stephon GilmoreDB BUF (10) 2 weeks ago
Gilmore said Tuesday that he's got a clean bill of health following offseason shoulder surgery, The Buffalo News reports. "I am. I feel good. I was out there practicing after practice, I feel great," said the veteran cornerback. "Catching balls and I've been training just like every year, so I feel good."
The Bills are keeping Gilmore to individual work during this week's minicamp, but that has more to do with no one wanting to risk injury while the team continues to look at settling on a long-term deal with one of the league's best young corners. Gilmore says he'll show up for training camp in July even if the contract's not settled (he's in the final year of his rookie deal), but wouldn't commit to being there for the start of camp.