Bishop Sankey RB TEN 1 week ago
Tennessee Titans running back Bishop Sankey is the favorite to begin the season as the starter in the backfield, according to The Tennesseean. Sankey, who compiled 695 yards from scrimmage as a rookie last season, faces competition from the likes of Dexter McCluster and rookie David Cobb for playing time.
Carson Palmer QB ARI 2 weeks ago
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer expects to be healthy heading into the season after playing just six games last season because of a torn ACL, according to the team's official website. Palmer said he is not limited in any way as the preseason approaches, but he is continuing a rehab schedule as a precautionary measure to ensure he will be ready to play in Week 1. “I’m not even thinking about my knee,” Palmer said. “I’m still rehabbing just to be on the safe side of things but I don’t need to be at rehab. I’m full go in the weight room, full go on the field, and until it’s brought up, I haven’t thought about what I’m not doing because I’m doing everything I was doing.” Palmer tallied 11 touchdowns and three interceptions prior to sustaining the injury against the St. Louis Rams in November.
Dan Connolly NE 2 weeks ago
Connolly has decided to retire from the NFL, ESPN reports.
Connolly indicated he could have played another year or two, but multiple factors ultimately assisted in his decision to retire, with the "biggest factor" being health (he's suffered four concussions in his lifetime). Famous for his 71-yard kickoff return against the Packers, the veteran showed versatility in playing left guard, center and right guard at various times with the Patriots. He will end his career a three-time AFC Champion and a Super Bowl champion (XLIX), spending most of his career with the Patriots after a brief stint with the Jaguars.
Paul Richardson WR SEA 2 weeks ago
Richardson (knee) is unlikely to participate in the early stages of training camp, although Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said it is possible, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Carroll has mentioned Richardson on a few occasions this offseason, each time relaying what seems to be an overly optimistic outlook. The 2014 second-round draft pick tore his ACL during the Seahawks' playoff run, leaving his status in question for both training camp and the start of the season. Richardson will almost certainly be placed on the PUP list to start camp, and it won't be surprising if he remains there into the regular season, which would rule him out for the first six games. Once healthy, he'll have to compete for snaps and targets with a group that includes Jermaine Kearse, Chris Matthews and Ricardo Lockette. In addition to the dual rushing threat presented by Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch, the Seattle offense will focus on Jimmy Graham and Doug Baldwin, potentially leaving everyone else to fight for scraps.
Barkevious Mingo LB CLE 2 weeks ago
Mingo (shoulder) will be a full go for the start of training camp, despite missing 11-on-11 drills this spring, the Browns' official website reports.
Mingo had surgery in January to address a shoulder injury that bothered him for most of the 2014 season. The expectation all along was that he'll be fine for training camp, and there's no reason to change that prognosis. The former No. 6 overall draft pick hasn't lived up to expectations through two seasons, but last year's two-sack showing understates the quality of his overall performance. He's a strong breakout candidate for 2015, with a three-down role all but assured now that Jabaal Sheard is in New England.
Colin Kaepernick QB SF 2 weeks ago
Kaepernick said he believes the 49ers' offseason changes are for the good, the Nevada Appeal reports.
The changes are numerous. Wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Stevie Johnson were swapped out for Torrey Smith, with 2014 fourth-round pick Bruce Ellington the favorite to work as the No. 3 wideout. Running back Frank Gore departed for Indianapolis, leaving Carlos Hyde and offseason acquisition Reggie Bush as the main threats in the backfield. On the offensive line, RT Anthony Davis decided to take some time away from football, and LG Mike Iupati signed with the Cardinals. As for the coaching staff, Jim Tomsula is replacing Jim Harbaugh as head coach, with former quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst taking over as offensive coordinator. The degree of turnover might be viewed as problematic, but the 49ers clearly needed some changes in the wake of last season's middling (to be generous) offensive performance. The skill-position talent doesn't really appear to have changed for the better or worse, and the offensive line should be fine if someone emerges as a decent center. The major coaching promotions came from within the organization, but there's been some talk that Tomsula and Chryst want Kaepernick to run more often this season. There's obviously a lot to process, and it makes Kaepernick one of the tougher quarterbacks to get a read on.
Marcus Mariota QB TEN 2 weeks ago
Mariota still has not signed a contract with the Titans, ESPN.com reports.
The second overall pick is the last 2015 first-rounder left unsigned, but the Titans are hopeful that a deal will be reached before the team opens camp on July 30. Team president Steve Underwood has stated that the final roadblock to a deal is a disagreement over offset language, but it looks like Mariota will remain without a contract until he gives in to Tennessee's demands on this issue.
Demaryius Thomas WR DEN 2 weeks ago
Thomas agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with the Broncos on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Dez Bryant got most of the headlines, but Thomas and the Broncos took things even closer to Wednesday's 4 PM ET deadline before reaching an agreement. The two wideouts both signed 5-year, $70 million deals, though Bryant's reportedly contains $45 million guaranteed, whereas Thomas' contains $43.5 million. Coming off three straight seasons with 92+ receptions, 1,400+ yards and 10+ touchdowns, Thomas shouldn't suffer too much from the Broncos' more run-oriented offense, as there's also less competition for targets than in past years.
Dez Bryant WR DAL 2 weeks ago
Bryant signed a five-year, $70 million contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill reports.
The average annual value of $14 million pales in comparison to what Bryant might eventually have gotten as a free agent in 2016 or 2017, but with 64.3 percent ($45 million) of the contract guaranteed, he undoubtedly has the long-term security he was seeking. Coming off three straight seasons with 88+ catches, 1,233+ yards and 12+ touchdowns, Bryant is one of the top wide receivers -- and a likely first-round selection -- in any format. He did his damage on a modest 138 targets last season, and with DeMarco Murray now in Philadelphia, Bryant could be quite a bit busier this season.
Marcus Harris WR NYG 2 weeks ago
Harris (knee) was released by the Giants on Wednesday, NJ.com's Jordan Raanan reports.
According to NJ.com's Jordan Raanan, Harris had a knee procedure after minicamp and was recently seen on crutches. He impressed during training camp and the preseason as an undrafted free agent last year, leading the Giants to place him on injured reserve, rather than releasing him, when he came down with shoulder and hip injuries in late August. The Giants may eventually look into re-signing Harris.