Dan SkutaLB JAC (5) 2 days ago
Skuta was arrested and charged with first-degree misdemeanor battery earlier this month, NFL.com reports.
Skuta's arrest reportedly occurred in Orlando on June 19, and the Jaguars are aware of the situation but gathering more information at the moment. Although whether Skuta's situation will impact his availability in unknown right now, the 30-year-old is expected to battle rookie Myles Jack for a starting outside linebacker role this season.
William JacksonDB CIN (9) 2 days ago
Jackson is expected to compete with Dre Kirkpatrick for one of the Bengals' starting cornerback positions early on this season, NFL.com reports.
Jackson was selected in the first round of this year's draft and excelled playing on the outside during his time at Houston. With great length and speed, Jackson is an immediate threat to Kirkpatrick's job, as Pro-Bowler Adam Jones occupies Cincinnati's other starting role and Darqueze Dennard is best at an inside position. Furthermore, with defensive coordinator Paul Guenther declaring Jackson will play early on, it seems the rookie's fantasy stock could rise as the regular season approaches.
Devin FunchessWR CAR (7) 3 days ago
Funchess is "light years ahead" of where he was as a rookie, according to coach Ron Rivera, and is a candidate for a breakout season this year.
Funchess showed great progress over the course of his rookie season, scoring five touchdowns over his final nine games. In fact, he ended the regular season with seven catches for 120 yards and a score against the Buccaneers in Week 17. Now heading into his second season, the towering target should command significantly more looks in Carolina's offense, even as Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin figure to be the Panthers' top two options in the passing game.
Tyler LockettWR SEA (5) 3 days ago
Lockett is an integral part of the Seahawks' planning on offense going into this season, ESPN.com reports.
Lockett proved to be a dynamic weapon during his rookie season, making the Pro Bowl as a returner thanks to two touchdowns, while also tying for the rookie lead with six receiving scores as well. On the whole, Lockett caught 51 passes for 664 yards, but those totals could reach the next level this season, as he figures to be an invaluable member of the Seahawks' offense. With an uncanny ability to get open, Lockett is expected to line up all over the field in 2016, and reports of his continued development this offseason make him someone to target in drafts ahead of a potential breakout sophomore season.
C.J. FiedorowiczTE HOU (9) 3 days ago
Fiedorowicz has impressed Houston tight ends coach John Perry, who told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, "He's a little underrated as a pass-catcher just because maybe all the stats aren't there. One of the things I always point out he very rarely doesn't catch the ball. He's got a great catch radius. He's an effective guy that way."
While Fiedorowicz improved from four catches (seven targets) in his rookie season to catching 17 of his 24 targets in 2015, it's hard to envision him gaining a bigger receiving role going forward, particularly with the offseason makeover the Texans' offense underwent. Ryan Griffin, who was limited to nine games last season, is the leading threat as a receiver from the position. If Griffin's healthy, Fiedorowicz's targets will likely decrease in 2016.
PPerry RileyLB WAS (9) 3 days ago
Even if he is healthy, Riley (foot) won't necessarily work with the first-team defense at the start of training camp, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
Riley missed the final six games of last season, opening up a starting spot for Mason Foster alongside Will Compton. The Redskins went with that same duo during the offseason program, with Riley unavailable while rehabbing from November surgery. Riley is expected to be healthy for the start of camp, but while previously reports suggested he'd likely slot in as a starter, it now seems he'll have to compete with Compton and/or Foster. Entering the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal, Riley may find his roster spot in jeopardy if he doesn't win a starting job, as the Redskins can save approximately $4 million by releasing him.
Darius PhilonDL SD (11) 3 days ago
Philon operated as San Diego's starting defensive end while Joey Bosa sat out offseason activities over a contract dispute, per ESPN.com.
The Chargers' sixth-round selection in 2015, Philon had been granted draft eligibility as an underclassmen, entering the league as a redshirt sophomore. He was appropriately deemed a very raw prospect, but after just one campaign in the pros, Philon has seemed to have worked himself into San Diego's rotation on the defensive line. Even with the addition of first-rounder Joey Bosa, Philon appears set to see an uptick in snaps during the upcoming 2016 season.
Roddy WhiteWR ATL (11) 3 days ago
White professed he will only sign with a Super Bowl contender, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
White claims several teams have reached out to him since his dismissal from Atlanta, but he will only sign with a team he believes can contend for a championship. Or else, he'll retire. The wide out patiently vowed: "I'll let it go into the season, maybe Week 4 of 5. If it doesn't happen, I'll be putting my cleats on a power line, just like Marshawn Lynch." White then detailed that his list of qualifying suitors only stretches as far as "maybe six teams", but failed to mention any organization in specific. However, at 34 years of age, it's fair to wonder whether White has anything left in the tank. He didn't appear completely gassed in his final campaign as a Falcon, but, comparatively, Andre Johnson (also 34 years old) logged 85 catches for 936 yards during his last hurrah in Houston before latching on with Indianapolis for a season that proved to be a forgettable stint in Johnson's illustrious career.
QSammy WatkinsWR BUF (10) 3 days ago
Though Watkins -- who is bouncing back from offseason foot surgery -- retains optimism that he will be able to practice during training camp, the wideout hints that such an outcome is not a lock, ESPN.com reports. "You never know," Watkins noted when asked if the Bills would allow him to practice early on in training camp. "Right now I feel good, but I got to go back and train and rehab. Hopefully it feels good when I run and everything like that. I haven't ran in three or four weeks. Hopefully I'll feel good about it and I'll be on the field in training camp."
Meanwhile, coach Rex Ryan said earlier this month that it was "too early to tell" when Watkins might return to the field, but at this stage Ryan believes that the wideout "is going to get some work [in camp]." Regardless of when Watkins is able to take the field, however, the expectation remains that he'll be ready for action in advance of the regular season, barring any setbacks.
Calvin JohnsonWR DET (10) 4 days ago
Johnson reiterated Saturday that he plans to remain retired as an NFL player, NFL.com reports. "No. I'm not coming back," noted Johnson, who announced his plans to call it a career after the 2015 season.
Obviously no one player can replace a talent like Johnson, and with that in mind the Lions approach training camp with a wideout corps headed by Golden Tate and free agent acquisition Marvin Jones, with T.J. Jones and Jeremy Kerley likely jostling for the team's No. 3 wideout role. In his final season with the Lions, Johnson -- who turns 31 in September -- caught 88 passes for 1,214 yard and nine TDs.