Doug BaldwinWR SEA (5) 2 days ago
The Seahawks and Baldwin agreed to a four-year contract extension Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Baldwin's calm demeanor throughout the process was noteworthy, and he'll now be paid handsomely to the tune of at least $11 million per season. The extension comes on the heels of a breakout in which he churned out 78 catches (on 103 targets) for 1,069 yards and 14 touchdowns. However, the majority of that production (47-724-12) was accumulated in the final eight games, as coordinator Darrell Bevell opened up the offense in the wake of a sieve-like O-line and injuries to Marshawn Lynch and Jimmy Graham (knee). Baldwin will be hard-pressed to replicate those numbers moving forward due to a lack of big plays (just three receptions of 40-plus yards) and 17 red-zone targets to his name in 2015. The rapport between Baldwin and Russell Wilson can't be denied, though, so another fruitful campaign isn't out of the question.
PDanny AmendolaWR NE (9) 2 days ago
Amendola, who underwent an offseason procedure on his left knee, as well as a procedure to remove bone spurs from his ankle, relayed Tuesday that he feels "really good" at this stage, ESPN.com reports.
The wideout noted that he "had a couple minor procedures done after the season," with an eye toward heading into the upcoming season "feeling as fresh and ready as (he) can." Amendola's latest comments seem to reinforce the notion previously put forth that his injuries were "minor" and "not a long-term" concern. Though he didn't participate in the Patriots spring practices, and his status for the start of training camp is unclear, Amendola's Week 1 availability does not seem to be in danger at this time.
PJustin HunterWR TEN (13) 3 days ago
Hunter (ankle) may have to compete for a roster spot, The Tennessean reports.
The 34th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Hunter enters the final year of his rookie contract with just 68 catches in 35 career games (13 starts), coming off an injury-shortened season in which he posted a 22-264-1 receiving line on 31 targets over nine appearances. The Titans probably hope to keep the physically-gifted Hunter around for at least one more season, but it's possible he could fall on the wrong side of the bubble if all the team's key wideouts make it through camp uninjured. Hunter may have already fallen behind during the offseason program, as he was limited while recovering from the mid-November ankle fracture that ended his 2015 campaign. Meanwhile, fifth-round rookie Tajae Sharpe was one of the stars of the offseason program, seemingly cementing himself alongside Dorial Green-Beckham, Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews as locks for the final roster. Harry Douglas also figures to stick, as he's the veteran leader of the group and doesn't carry a cumbersome cap hit until 2017. That being said, Hunter could still push for a significant role if he's healthy for the start of camp, as first-team wideout reps should be up for grabs.
Tre BostonDB CAR (7) 3 days ago
Boston will likely have a starting job, the Panthers' official site reports.
With Roman Harper departing in free agency, Boston is the projected starter alongside Kurt Coleman, who makes for the superior IDP option. A 2014 fourth-round selection, Boston does have six career starts to his name, with two of his three interceptions coming in the playoffs.
Shilique CalhounDL OAK (10) 3 days ago
Calhoun will primarily play outside linebacker, CSN Bay Area reports.
Calhoun enjoyed a prolific college career as a defensive end at Michigan State, piling up 26 sacks and 41.5 TFLs in his final three seasons. The shift to outside linebacker was to be expected, as he checked in at just 6-4, 251 pounds at the Combine, putting him on the smaller side for even a 4-3 defensive end. With the Raiders mostly expected to deploy a 3-4 scheme, their third-round draft pick (75th overall) will provide depth behind Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin, with Aldon Smith also in the mix. Calhoun thus faces a difficult path to regular snaps as a rookie, though he could be used as a hand-down rusher on obvious passing downs.
PD.J. FosterRB NE (9) 3 days ago
Foster (leg) saw his share of time on special teams during the Patriots' spring practices.
At this stage, Foster's versatility (he was both a running back and receiver in college) gives him a shot at securing a roster spot with the Patriots, though a slot on the practice squad could be his destiny to start the 2016 season. Of course, Foster's chances of securing a role in the team's backfield would increase if Dion Lewis, who is bouncing back from an ACL injury, ends up on the PUP list to begin the upcoming campaign.
Nate WashingtonWR NE (9) 3 days ago
Washington could be on the Patriots' roster bubble.
At this stage, health permitting, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell top the Patriots' wideout depth chart, with Washington slated to battle for depth slotting with Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper. Whether the quartet ends up battling for just one spot (or more) depends on the team's injury situation, but for now, Washington has yet to gain much traction in the competition, after reportedly seeming to struggle to get on the same page as QB Tom Brady during OTAs and minicamp. When he's on, Washington still has the ability to serve as a deep threat, but the veteran wideout will need to impress in training camp to land a roster spot with New England.
Dan SkutaLB JAC (5) 4 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) 4 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) 4 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.