Chris Givens WR STL 11 Hrs
Chris Givens said a nagging ankle injury bothered him for most of last season.
Aldon Smith LB SF 11 Hrs
Aldon Smith is participating with the 49ers at this week's offseason workouts.
Smith's immediate and distant future with the club is in doubt following his latest off-field incident. But the team isn't making any rash decisions, such as suspending him and telling him to stay away from the club. As PFT's Mike Florio points out, having Smith in a structured environment with an ability to evaluate him is a good thing. Especially with the deadline to decide on a fifth-year option looming on May 3.
Mike Wallace WR MIA 12 Hrs
Mike Wallace said the Dolphins' new offensive scheme is "my style."
Fired OC Mike Sherman believed in a quick-hitting, horizontal West Coast offense. Wallace was predictably a square peg in that scheme, simply lining up as a right-side clear-out receiver the majority of the time. He set career-lows in YPC (12.7) and touchdowns (5). New OC Bill Lazor is about chunk plays and moving his best players all over the formation. Wallace has bounce-back appeal.
Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT 12 Hrs
There's "nothing imminent" on extension negotiations between the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger.
Although Roethlisberger carries an $18.9 million cap hit this season, the Steelers aren't in desperate straights. They've already done their free-agent shopping and will get another $8 million in relief once their "post June 1" cuts go through. Both sides say they remain committed to having Big Ben, 32, retire as a Steeler.
Champ Bailey DB NO 12 Hrs
Champ Bailey is expected to compete for the No. 2 corner job.
Rueben Randle WR NYG 12 Hrs
New OC Ben McAdoo has been handed complete control of the Giants offense.
McAdoo is installing a West Coast scheme very similar to the one he learned and ran in Green Bay. It means a lot more quick-hitting, timing routes and less of the read-react, vertical stuff Kevin Gilbride preferred. The system change is good news for Rueben Randle, who has gobs of natural talent but has often struggled to get on the same page with Eli Manning. McAdoo's scheme features defined routes.
Rolando McClain LB BAL 13 Hrs
Ravens placed ILB Rolando McClain on the reserve/retired list.
Tony Romo QB DAL 13 Hrs
Tony Romo (back surgery) is doing light throwing and running this week.
It's confirmation that Romo's availability for training camp is not in doubt. In fact, he could very well be ready to go once the Cowboys move on from this conditioning week and onto OTAs. Dynasty owners should have more concerns on the 34-year-old Romo than re-draft speculators.
Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 13 Hrs
Maurice Jones-Drew said his goal is to play at 208 pounds this season.
Jones-Drew played at 205 during his time at UCLA. His desire to get back around that mark shows an understanding that he wasn't explosive enough last season while averaging a paltry 3.43 YPC. Aging running backs cutting weight is one of the best ways to put a little juice back in the tank. Jones-Drew has a realistic shot to beat out Darren McFadden for the starting title in training camp.
Kelechi Osemele BAL 13 Hrs
Ravens G/T Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) remains on track with his rehab.
Osemele went under the knife in November and was slapped with a three-month timetable before he could resume real physical activity. Now he's building his body back up. Osemele's return, likely as the starting left guard, will be a nice boost to an offensive line that projects to be vastly improved in 2014.