IRJamarca SanfordDB NO (5) 7 days ago
Sanford has been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, ESPN.com reports.
Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.
Kevin WhiteWR CHI (9) 1 week ago2 Comments
Despite being fast and imposing, White struggled with drops during the offseason, reports Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.
Although White displayed his exceptional athleticism during the Bears' offseason practices, he had struggles with drops, especially when Alshon Jeffery was away from the team. It's important to remember that White is basically a rookie after losing the entire 2015 season to a shin injury. During the season, he'll have the advantage of lining up across the field from Jeffery, which will often provide him with single coverage against the opponent's second-best cornerback. He'll be a player to watch during training camp to see how well he functions in the Bears' offense.
Leonard FloydLB CHI (9) 1 week ago
On occasion during minicamp, some of the Bears more experienced offensive linemen had trouble slowing down Floyd, reports Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun Times.
With the Bears having spent the ninth pick of the 2016 draft to select Floyd, the team has the expectation that he'll contribute immediately as a pass rusher. His performance in minicamp indicates that the rookie could flourish in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's defense, especially since Fangio had success getting production out of fast, but undersized pass rushers, while he was coaching the 49ers. He'll be a player to watch closely when training camp opens for the Bears next month, especially in terms of his potential role for the upcoming season.
Logan ThomasQB NYG (8) 1 week ago
Thomas was claimed off of waivers by the Giants on Friday, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.
Thomas was cut by the Dolphins on Thursday after spending the 2015-16 season on their practice squad. He now heads to New York, where he will likely be the number three quarterback behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib. The Giants waived fellow quarterback B.J. Daniels to make room for Thomas on the roster.
B.J. DanielsWR NYG (8) 1 week ago3 Comments
Daniels was waived by the Giants on Friday, Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports.
Daniels signed on with the Giants in early May, hoping to secure a third-string spot behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib on the depth chart. With training camp approaching, the Giants decided to instead sign 24-year-old Logan Thomas, leaving Daniels as the odd man out.
Robert WoodsWR BUF (10) 1 week ago
Woods appears to have taken his game up a notch throughout offseason work so far and was the best receiver during this week's minicamp, BuffaloBills.com reports.
While offseason minicamp stories should always get taken with a grain of salt, the takeaway here is that Woods will enter the season a lot healthier than last year. Of course, Sammy Watkins will get most of the targets, but with Watkins not proving he can stay healthy and with no clear No. 3 or No. 4 receiver behind him, Woods could see a lot of single coverage and secondary targets. A step up from his 47/552/3 season a year ago (14 games) is not out of the question.
QChris Watt SD (11) 1 week ago
Watt underwent arthroscopic knee surgery earlier in June and could miss the start of the regular season, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
While the recovery timetable doesn't appear to be strenuous, it's yet another setback for the third-year pro, who has been stifled by a litany of injuries throughout much of his career. Considering the Chargers added two centers, free agent Matt Slauson and 2016 third-round pick Max Tuerk, during the offseason, Watt could become a roster spot causality should he not take the field during training camp.
PTrent RichardsonRB BAL (8) 1 week ago
Richardson (knee) will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss several weeks, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
The former third overall pick of the 2012 is hoping to resurrect his disappointing career in Baltimore but now may not be ready for the start training camp, which could hurt his chances of making the final 53-man roster. The 25-year-old is competing with Terrance West and Lorenzo Taliaferro for a spot in the Ravens' backfield.
Vernon HargreavesDB TB (6) 1 week ago
Hargreaves will play a pivotal role in the defense during his rookie season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He's going to play,'' coach Dirk Koetter said Thursday as the team wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp. "The guy has made plays every single day. Vernon is the football player we thought when we drafted him. He's going to play. It will all fall in place. We're very confident Vernon can either play inside in the nickel or outside.''
The 2016 first-round pick has been highly impressive throughout the offseason, even adapting seamlessly to playing inside at slot corner. Hargreaves snagged an inteception late in Wednesday's mini-camp session, and came back Thursday to knock down multiple passes in a red-zone drill. To date, incumbent Alterraun Verner and offseason acquisition Brent Grimes have run with the first-team defense, but Hargreaves' increasingly strong play could certainly enable him to force the issue with respect to a starting role before the start of the regular season. Regardless of where he lines up, the University of Florida product is savoring every aspect of his pro experience so far, and embracing the move inside for now. "I'm fairly comfortable. Not all the way comfortable because I'm used to playing outside. It's a new position. There's new techniques and things I need to learn. It's a learning process, but I'm enjoying it. The closer you are to the ball, the more times you can touch the ball. So I'm happy about moving inside, of course.''
Cameron BrateTE TB (6) 1 week ago
Brate is expected to be a valuable red-zone weapon this coming season, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The Harvard product was one of last season's pleasant surprises, hauling in 23 of 30 targets for 288 yards and three touchdowns. Brate was a primary beneficiary of starter Austin Seferian-Jenkins' shoulder injury, as the latter's ailment prompted the Bucs to re-sign Brate from the Saints practice squad, where he'd landed after being released by Tampa shortly before the start of the regular season. His sure hands and routes rendered him an effective safety valve for Jameis Winston during the quarterback's rookie campaign. Brate even displayed some proficiency down the field, notching four receptions of over 20 yards, including a career-high 46-yard grab. His work in close quarters near the goal line also has his head coach excited, and Brate gave him more reason for optimism with a sliding, one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone during Thursday's final mini-camp session. "Cam has got an uncanny ability to show up in the red zone and we saw that again today,'' coach Dirk Koetter said.