PKhiry RobinsonRB NYJ (11) 5 days ago
Although he may start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Robinson (leg) should be available at some point during the preseason, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.
Robinson is still making his way back from the broken tibia he suffered Nov. 1 in what would ultimately be the final game of his three-year stint with the Saints. The 220-pound former UDFA isn't known for his quickness or pass-catching skills, but he did display a powerful running style in New Orleans when he was healthy, even drawing occasional comparisons to former Saint (and Jet) Chris Ivory. The Jets added Robinson in March on a one-year, $1.175 million deal to help offset the loss of Jacksonville-bound Ivory, but the team also gave much larger contracts to fellow running backs Matt Forte (three years, $12 million) and Bilal Powell (three years, $11.25 million). Both known for their receiving skills, Forte and Powell are better fits than Robinson in OC Chan Gailey's spread-heavy offense, and yet it isn't out of the question that Robinson could still earn a role. Should he prove his health by the end of the preseason, the 26-year-old power back might emerge as a serious threat to poach goal-line and short-yardage work.
Jasper BrinkleyLB NYG (8) 5 days ago
Brinkley is currently considered the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker despite the offseason addition of Keenan Robinson, the Giants' official site reports.
Last season, Brinkley assumed the starting MLB role in early November after Jon Beason landed on IR, and ultimately finished third on the team in tackles (67) and first in forced fumbles (4). However, the Giants signed fellow MLB Keenan Robinson to a richer contract than that of Brinkley in March, which left many to quickly assume the starting MLB job was all Robinson's. However, the Giants rotated first team linebackers throughout their offseason program, but, unlike Robinson, Brinkley was the player who aligned exclusively at middle linebacker. Meanwhile, Robinson was moved around and experimented with at OLB. Training camp will further illuminate the Giants' plans for their new-look defensive front.
Preston BrownLB BUF (10) 5 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."
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 EasleyWR BUF (10) 5 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."
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 WatkinsWR BUF (10) 6 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."
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 JenkinsDB ARI (9) 6 days ago
Jenkins signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday.
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 DunbarRB DAL (7) 6 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."
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 EscobarTE DAL (7) 6 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.
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 MillerWR HOU (9) 6 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."
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 McKinnonRB MIN (6) 6 days ago
McKinnon could see an increased role in the passing game during 2016, the Vikings' official site reports.
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.