Derek Carr QB OAK 1 day ago
Carr's agent, Tim Younger, refutes reports suggesting that the quarterback may need surgery on his right ring finger, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I don't know where this idea came up that he's going to be having surgery," Younger noted. "The situation, I don't even want to call it an injury, is very minor, and we're just being cautious."
Younger relayed that Carr is "probably going to be throwing before the end" of the Raiders' offseason workouts, which end June 4. In any case, he expects the second-year signal-caller to be 100 percent for the team's mandatory minicamp, which begins on June 9. Since Carr's rookie season ended, the Raiders have made a point of adding viable pass-catching options to mix, signing Michael Crabtree as a free agenct and then drafting highly-promising receiver Amari Cooper fourth overall and subsequently selecting tight end Clive Walford in the third round.
Will Beatty NYG 2 days ago
Beatty, who tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights, could miss five-to-six months of action, nj.com reports.
The Giants' left tackle underwent surgery to repair the issue and based on that timetable it's clear that he'll miss time at the start of the coming season. His injury is a blow to the team's offensive line and presumably puts top draft pick Ereck Flowers (who had been penciled in to work at right tackle) in a position where he must fill in for Beatty out of the gate.
Ben Tate RB PIT 2 days ago
Tate is slated to work out for the Cowboys on Thursday, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
Tate's 2014 campaign was largely forgettable, as he opened the season with a frustrating eight-game stint with Cleveland, before seeing work in three games with the Vikings and then the Steelers (in the playoffs) as well. In the wake of the departure of DeMarco Murray, the Cowboys curiously declined to select a running back in 2015 NFL draft, leaving the team with a backfield headed by Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams. Whereas Tate was a highly sought-after free agent last year, at this stage, it looks as though he's simply hoping to catch on somewhere as a depth option, with an eye toward re-establishing his on-field value.
Vince Mayle WR CLE 2 days ago
Mayle (thumb) is expected to be "100 percent" by late-July, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Mayle is currently wearing a soft cast that was put in place following last week's surgery on his right thumb, but is expected to have that cast removed within two weeks. It's been an ongoing issue for Mayle since suffering the injury during a Senior Bowl practice, and the team decided surgery would be the course of action that gets him back on the field the quickest. Despite the inability to grip the football during the first few days of rookie camp, head coach Mike Pettine stated that "It should not be an issue in the fall."
Randall Telfer TE CLE 2 days ago
Telfer could miss a couple of weeks of the regular season while recovering from a Lisfranc injury, Cleveland.com reports.
Telfer was picked in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns in 2015 NFL draft. In four years at USC, Telfer only caught 65 passes, but was drafted to be a blocking tight end for the Browns. Telfer underwent surgery in February. It is unknown exactly how many weeks he may miss after sustaining the injury in late December.
Ryan Mundy DB CHI 2 days ago6 Comments
Mundy isn't expected to challenge for a starting role this season at one of the Bears' two safety spots, ESPN.com reports.
Though Mundy led the Bears with 103 tackles and tied for the top honors on the team in interceptions (four), it was mostly a product of circumstance than pure skill. After veteran Antrel Rolle was signed in the offseason to play strong safety, it appears Mundy won't be given a legitimate chance at competing for the free safety role, where Brock Vereen and rookie Adrian Amos are the top candidates for those duties. Instead, Mundy is expected to see most of his work as part of sub packages, where his lower expected snap count will make tackle opportunities more scarce.
Jay Cutler QB CHI 2 days ago
New Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase has been expressed enthusiasm after the Bears recent rookie minicamp about working with Cutler this season, ESPN Chicago's Jeff Dickerson reports. "I feel comfortable with [Cutler]. I mean, we have a good relationship so far and we're just going to keep working to get better," Gase said.
Gase is Cutler's fifth offensive coordinator in seven years, but the preexisting familiarity between the two could lead to a fruitful partnership. Cutler's stint with the Broncos partially overlapped with Gase's time as the team's receivers coach, and though the quarterback left Denver on poor terms, it doesn't appear he had any discontent with Gase. Since Cutler's departure from Denver, Gase's reputation as an offensive savant only grew, as he oversaw record-setting production by Peyton Manning the last few seasons. While Cutler won't be held to the same high standard as Manning, his strong arm and mobility provides Gase with a nice canvas with which to work. And for all the drama that surrounded Cutler during the Bears' 5-11 season, he still established career-best marks in touchdown passes (28) and completion percentage (66.0%).
Geno Smith QB NYJ 2 days ago18 Comments
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relayed Wednesday that Smith is on track to remain the Jets' starting quarterback, ESPN's Rich Cimini reports.
Per the report, Gailey notes that it was "never a thought" for the team to have a quarterback competition between Smith and veteran addition Ryan Fitzpatrick in training camp. In any case, despite throwing 34 interceptions over his first two pro seasons, Smith will remain the Jets' presumed top QB in the absence of an injury. In an effort to provide Smith with added pass-catching weapons this coming season, the Jets traded for veteran wideout Brandon Marshall and drafted the speedy Devin Smith in the second round of the NFL draft. The newcomers will bolster a pass-catching corps that returns wideouts Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley, as well as a pair of capable tight ends in Jeff Cumberland and Jace Amaro.
Matt Shaughnessy DL ARI 2 days ago
Shaughnessy has moved from outside linebacker to defensive end this offseason, the Cardinals' official site reports. "We can always stand him up in run defense if we want to do that," coach Bruce Arians said. "He gives us such good position flexibility. Get him inside and let him get back to his natural stuff."
Before a knee injury limited Shaughnessy to eight games in a sack-free 2014 season, he racked up 18.5 across 67 contests in his first five professional seasons, shedding light on his pass-rushing prowess. Because he's struggled to keep his weight in relation to playing linebacker, according to Arians, the switch in positions appears logical and could push Shaughnessy into the fringes of the IDP landscape in the upcoming campaign.
Ty Montgomery WR GB 2 days ago
The Packers have signed Montgomery to a four-year deal that is expected to be worth nearly $2.9 million,Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.
As a rookie, Montgomery will provide the Packers with added wideout depth behind Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Davante Adams, with the third-rounder initially having his best chance to make an impact out of the gate as a returner.