PDante Fowler DL JAC 3 days ago

Fowler Jr. is set to take the field in a team setting for the first time since suffering a torn ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp last offseason, per ESPN's Mike DiRocco.

Competitive Edge Analysis

This will mark the first time in 380 days since the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft last took the field with his team. These practices only allow teams to adorn players in helmets, without any other pads, though. Thus, without live contact, it will be difficult to thoroughly assess Fowler Jr.'s progress from the injury. Nonetheless, these practices remain open to the media, which may, at least in some capacity, reveal how the Jaguars plan to use Fowler Jr. as a LEO linebacker in 2016.

PCameron Wake DL MIA 3 days ago

Wake (Achilles) is progressing ahead of schedule as he continues to rehab a torn Achilles he suffered last season, according to Dolphins' Executive Vice President Mike Tannenbaum, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Tannenbaum said in an interview on Friday, "He's (Wake) really exceeded expectations, in terms of where he is and where our doctors thought he would be when he got hurt." Once healthy, the 34-year-old Wake will compete with new additions Mario Williams, Andre Branch, and Jason Jones for playing time, as he is expected to have a smaller role in 2016 compared to past seasons.

QJalen Ramsey DB JAC 3 days ago

Ramsey (knee) signed a contract with the Jaguars on Sunday, Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The deal is reported to be worth $23.35 million, although the team has yet to release the specifics. Ramsey suffered a small tear in his meniscus earlier in the week, but the Jaguars are waiting to get a second opinion later in the week before announcing a timetable for returning to the field.

PVirgil Green TE DEN 4 days ago

Green believes that it's time for him to "be the guy" in Denver, the team's official site reports

Competitive Edge Analysis

Green was one of Colin Kaepernick's favorite targets in college, but has been mostly used as blocker in Denver. He had an opportunity to become more of a receiving threat in 2015 with the departure of Julius Thomas, but Denver then signed Owen Daniels and drafted Jeff Heuerman in the third round. Daniels is now gone, but Green's role is not any more defined. Heuerman returns from a knee injury and while Andy Janovich was drafted to be an in-line blocker, Garrett Graham comes aboard to provide a veteran pass-catcher.

PDevontae Booker RB DEN 4 days ago4 Comments

Booker claims that he is coming to Denver to "take someone's job," The Salt Lake City Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

It's not entirely clear how Booker's remark will fly in the locker room, but starter C.J. Anderson has said that he was unbothered by it. Fantasy owners should like the chip on Booker's shoulder, though. Booker obviously has the skills Denver's front office like in a back, he was supposedly on their first-round shortlist, and a bevy of backs have succeeded in head coach Gary Kubiak's one-cut system. The team's investment in Anderson indicates that it might be hard for Booker to unseat him atop the depth chart in the short term, but the fact of the matter is that he will likel take someone's job this summer - if not Anderson, Ronnie Hillman or Juwan Thompson.

QSammy Watkins WR BUF 5 days ago9 Comments

Watkins has a Jones fracture in his foot, which typically takes about 8-12 weeks to heal, BuffaloBills.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

That would mean, at worst, Watkins should be ready to play during the preseason. The injury may affect the development of his rapport with Tyrod Taylor, who's only entering his second season as a starter. We wouldn't knock Watkins down too much from his previous preseason value, but both his foot injury and overall ability to stay healthy merit watching.

PCharles Clay TE BUF 5 days ago

Offensive coordinator Greg Roman expects Clay (back) to be more productive this season as quarterback Tyrod Taylor continues to develop, The Buffalo News reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Working against this theory is that the Bills are a run-based team, while Clay has never had more than six touchdowns or 759 receiving yards in a season. On the positive side, Roman is known for having productive tight ends, and Clay certainly has the skill set to thrive in this system. The thought also says that Clay was open quite a bit last season, but a green Taylor either didn't notice or was afraid to chuck it over the middle. The Bills plan to have Taylor do that more this season. Finally, the team's only real receiving threat, Sammy Watkins, is far from a picture of model health.

Terrance Williams WR DAL 5 days ago1 Comment

Williams intends to let his play speak for itself as he enters the final year of his rookie contract this season, ESPN.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Williams has developed into a good second-choice wideout opposite Dez Bryant since joining the Cowboys as a third-round pick in 2013. In fact, with Bryant out for much of last season, Williams went on to post career-highs in catches (52) and yards (840), scoring three times as well. That being said, given the Cowboys' bevy of highly-paid offensive players, it remains to be seen whether Williams is regarded as a future investment as well. Regardless, the 26-year-old plans to prove his worth on the field this season, his last with the Cowboys under his current contract.

Jordan Matthews WR PHI 5 days ago

Matthews spent a week working out with quarterback Sam Bradford earlier this offseason, Philly.com reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Matthews flew to Oklahoma back in March to work out with Bradford in hopes of continuing to build their quarterback-receiver chemistry ahead of the upcoming season. Although Bradford's recent trade request, which was later rescinded, briefly made matters contentious between Bradford and the Eagles, Matthews holds no ill-will toward Bradford, and clearly is determined to build on the duo's strong second half of last season. After finishing with 85 catches for 997 yards and eight touchdowns last year, Matthews is expected to start at an unfamiliar outside position this season, so his offseason work with Bradford should make for a smoother transition.

Jeremy Langford RB CHI 5 days ago

Langford enters next week's OTAs as the Bears' projected starting running back, but the team is ultimately expected to deploy a committee rushing approach centered around whoever develops the hot hand in a given game, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Langford rushed for 537 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie last season, but his 3.6 yards per carry marks a concern as the Bears plan to replace long-time standout Matt Forte this year. While Langford, who also struggled after contact and had numerous drops, goes into OTAs as Chicago's first-string tailback, teammates Ka'Deem Carey, Jacquizz Rodgers and enticing rookie Jordan Horward are expected to push him for touches. In the end, coach John Fox says the team will divide the workload until someone gets in a rhythm, at which point that player will see the greatest involvement.