Dezmin Lewis WR BUF 1 day ago1 Comment
The Bills selected Lewis in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 234th overall.
Lewis is a big target (6-foot-4, 214 pounds) who was widely expected to go as early as the third round, so this looks like a nice value for the Bills. He showed good athletic upside at his pro day, posting a 4.46-second 40-yard dash and 37-inch vertical. The Bills have a lot of receiver depth, however, so Lewis will struggle to see the field even if he makes the team.
Ben Koyack TE JAC 1 day ago2 Comments
The Jaguars selected Koyack in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 229th overall.
Koyack has good tight end size at 6-foot-5, 255 pounds, but he seems like an unremarkable athlete and didn't make much of an impact in his four years at Notre Dame. In an offense that threw for 3,711 yards and 30 touchdowns in 2014, Koyack emerged with just 30 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns.
Austin Shepherd MIN 1 day ago
The Vikings selected Shepherd in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, 228th overall.
Shepherd has a background as a tackle, but at 6-foot-4 with 32 and 7/8-inch arms, the interior line seems like his NFL spot.
Zac Stacy RB NYJ 2 days ago7 Comments
Stacy was traded from the Rams to the Jets in exchange for the 224th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports.
Stacy requested a trade following the Rams' first-round selection of Todd Gurley on Thursday, so it's not a big surprise that the deal was made. However, he'll move to a team in the Jets that boasts the likes of Chris Ivory and Stevan Ridley in the backfield as well, leaving Stacy's role up in the air once again. He should be given a fair shake with his new club, so a strong training camp could lead to some regular season carries, but there's no guarantees at this point.
Sean Lee LB DAL 2 days ago1 Comment
Lee (knee) has looked "fantastic" in offseason workouts, Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News reports. Cowboys Director of Player Personnel Stephen Jones added, "As you might expect, he's ready to go."
Lee is nearly a year removed from surgery to repair the ACL and meniscus tears in his left knee, which clearly wiped away the 2014 campaign. With Rolando McClain back in the linebacker mix, a healthy Lee will be free to move to outside linebacker this fall. After posting 22 tackles as a rookie in 2010, Lee averaged 8.1 tackles per game from 2011-13, which were occasionally injury-plagued.
Jaelen Strong WR HOU 2 days ago
Strong, who was selected by the Texans in the third round (70th overall) of the NFL Draft, said his wrist is fine, the Houston Chronicle reports. "The Houston Texans tested my wrist when I was down there and they thought that everything was OK," said Strong.
Strong fell to the third round amid concerns about the wrist, but tried to allay any apprehension over it. Wideout was an obvious area of need for Houston after it released Andre Johnson, but it's facile to think Strong will replace Johnson. The Texans added veteran wideouts Cecil Shorts and Nate Washington in free agency, and as a team that finished on the cusp of the postseason in 2014, they'll be seeking some experience at the position this coming season.
Anthony Barr LB MIN 2 days ago
Barr, who missed the final two games of last season due to surgery for a meniscus tear in his knee, is back in Minnesota for the team's offseason workout program and that his knee feels fine, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Barr was a candidate for NFL defensive rookie of the year before his knee injury. He was a disruptive force in the passing game, and had 70 tackles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries in 12 games. This injury doesn't sound like a major worry, but watch his status in offseason workouts.
Josh Cribbs WR NYJ 3 days ago
Cribbs was released by the Colts on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Cribbs appeared in six games last season but the Colts are expected to utilize rookie Phillip Dorsett as their new returner who was selected in the first round of the draft Thursday. It would be hard to imagine Cribbs not finding a spot on another roster at a later date, but as for now, the 31-year-old is in search of a job.
Ronnie Wingo RB ATL 3 days ago
Wingo was released by the Falcons on Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.
Wingo spent the last five months on Atlanta's practice squad and will likely be looking for a similar gig on another team ahead of training camp.
Branden Oliver RB SD 3 days ago
With the Chargers having selected Melvin Gordon in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft, Oliver's chances of heading the team's post-Ryan Mathews backfield have greatly diminished.
While the Chargers predictably suggested that Gordon will have to earn his role in the teams' 2015 backfield, the team traded up to select him 15th overall on Thursday, which sets the stage for Oilver, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown to work in complementary roles for the team this coming season.