Preston Brown
LB BUF (10)
4 days ago

The team expects Brown to be a main defensive playmaker this season as the staring middle linebacker who should see the field almost every play, BuffaloBills.com reports. "This Preston Brown is going to be a star," new defensive assistant Rob Ryan said. "He's been fantastic. He's a vocal guy, he's extremely smart. He knows the defense. He knows the ins and outs now, so he's really going to grow in this system."

EDGE Analysis

The Bills expect to bounce back from a disappointing season on defense - Brown, like many of his teammates struggled with Rex Ryan's scheme - now that everyone has a better understanding of the system and players won't be pulling in so many different directions. Brown actually had 120 tackles last season after putting up 109 as a rookie, so if he can "get it" just a little more after being out of position on occasion at times last season, it could make for a very nice IDP season.

QMarcus Easley
WR BUF (10)
4 days ago

Easley, who shattered his knee cap in three places during Week 16, is mostly recovered and is hoping to be on the field for at least part of training camp, BuffaloBills.com reports.

"Based on the original prognosis they said six to nine months, so we're getting close to that point," said Easley. "So it'll be interesting to see where I stand in a couple of weeks. I feel that will determine where things go."

EDGE Analysis

As bad as the injury was, doctors are saying Easley's repaired knee is structurally sound. He's arguably the team's best special teams player, so if he can prove just a hint of receiving value in camp he's got a shot to land the final receiver spot. We'll note that the team will have a slew of candidates in camp, however.

QSammy Watkins
WR BUF (10)
4 days ago

While Watkins (foot) says he's "feeling great," he's still unsure as to when he'll be able to return to the practice field, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. "I don't know how much I'm gonna be doing or when I'm gonna be on the field, but I'm definitely going to be active and engaged," Watkins said Tuesday. "I don't know what the schedule is like with me being on the field competing-wise, but I'm right where I need to be at -- feeling good, healthy. Nothing is bothering me. Just really prepare for whatever they do."

EDGE Analysis

No one around the team expected Watkins to come in at 100 percent when camp opens up in a couple of weeks, but it sounds like so far, so good on the healing front. He'll be such a high pick in leagues, though, that his status should be monitored regularly during the end of the summer so it's known if the high-upside (yet injury prone) third-year wideout is full-go for Week 1. With the Bills' running back situation all of a sudden being a question mark, you can bet the team would love to see much of the offense flow through Watkins and Tyrod Taylor.

Mike Jenkins
DB ARI (9)
4 days ago

Jenkins signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Jenkins, an eight-year veteran cornerback, heads to Arizona after spending the past two seasons in Tampa Bay. Last year with the Buccaneers, Jenkins totaled 14 tackles and five passes defended as he started in five games. The Cardinals have made it clear they are open to competition for the starting cornerback position alongside Patrick Peterson. While many expect Justin Bethel to be the starter in Week 1, Jenkins, along with rookies Brandon Williams and Harlan Miller, could make a run for the spot.

QLance Dunbar
RB DAL (7)
4 days ago

Dunbar continues to make good progress in his rehab from knee surgery, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "He's worked so hard and he's come so far so fast - a lot faster than anyone ever dreamed that he could come," executive VP Stephen Jones said Monday. "But we've also got to do what's in his best interest and certainly not jeopardize any of the hard work that he has put into this."

EDGE Analysis

While it's encouraging news, Jones stopped short of suggesting that Dunbar would be ready to play by Week 1, something Jones did do with tight end Gavin Escobar (Achilles). It still seems likely that Dunbar will begin the season on the PUP list.

QGavin Escobar
TE DAL (7)
4 days ago

Cowboys executive VVP Stephen Jones said Monday that Escobar (Achilles) could be recovered in time to play Week 1 against the Giants, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "I think Gavin will be ready to start the season," Jones said.

EDGE Analysis

Escobar tore his Achilles tendon in mid-December last year, but he appears to be well ahead of schedule in his rehab. Even if he is in the lineup to begin the regular season though, he's still stuck behind Jason Witten on the depth chart and would be little more than an occasional red zone option in a stacked passing game.

Braxton Miller
WR HOU (9)
4 days ago

Miller refers to himself as a "playmaker" and said he'll play slot receiver, wide receiver or running back. "Whatever's in the game plan," he said. "I'm capable of playing any position."

EDGE Analysis

While Miller is up for any role that comes his way, position coach Sean Ryan was less expansive. "I think Braxton is coming along great," Ryan said. "Another good inside and outside guy. Great skill set, change of direction, catching the ball well. I've been really happy with him." Miller's eventual role will be determined during training camp, but he's still relatively new to the wide receiver position. If he develops quickly and engenders the confidence of coaches, Miller could emerge as the starting slot receiver. We also expect he'll get a chance to be a return man on special teams.

Jerick McKinnon
RB MIN (6)
5 days ago

McKinnon could see an increased role in the passing game during 2016, the Vikings' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

The third-year tailback recorded just 27 and 21 receptions during his first and second seasons, respectively, but was noticeably more involved in Minnesota's offensive attack during the final five weeks of 2015. Across said stretch, McKinnon corralled at least three balls on three separate occasions. Prior, McKinnon had gathered just eight receptions across 11 total games. With fellow RB Adrian Peterson the unquestioned centerpiece of this offense, McKinnon may not see many more opportunities on the ground than he did last year (52), but if he can remain as involved in the passing game as he was to end the 2015 campaign, McKinnon could conceivably surpass 100 total touches in 2016, should he stay healthy.

OUTDion Jordan
DL MIA (8)
5 days ago

Jordan is still waiting to hear word from the NFL about his application for reinstatement, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

EDGE Analysis

Jordan was suspended for the entire 2015 NFL season for violating the substance abuse policy. His suspension could be lifted at anytime and with training camp starting on July 29 the Dolphins are hoping it's lifted sooner rather than later. Jordan is said to be in the best shape of his short career and if he can get his head on straight, would be a quality addition to what could be a stacked defensive line in Miami.

Charles Tillman
DB CHI (9)
5 days ago

Tillman has decided to retire from the NFL, Jonathan Jones of the Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Tillman expressed a desire to remain with the Panthers for the upcoming season, but after coming off a torn ACL, the team likely didn't want to take the risk of rostering the 13-year veteran. Instead, he'll hang up his cleats and end his career playing 12 seasons with the Bears and one with the Panthers. Tillman will be best known as a two-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012), a one-time First-Team All-Pro (2012) and a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2013).