Ryan Mallett
QB BAL (8)
1 week ago

Mallett's play was erratic during the offseason program, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Mallett joined the Ravens in December and ended up starting the final two games, with his performance decent enough to make him the clear favorite for the backup job this season. Despite his reported struggles during OTAs and minicamp, the former third-round selection (2011) remains a heavy favorite to serve as Joe Flacco's top backup, as the Ravens didn't put much effort into finding competition. Jerrod Johnson and Josh Johnson will also get some reps during training camp.

Jerraud Powers
DB BAL (8)
1 week ago

Powers has the inside track for the slot corner role, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Powers impressed teammates during OTAs and minicamp, reportedly showing a knack for interceptions, of which he has just 11 in 87 career regular-season games (82 starts). Although he was known as the weak link in Arizona's secondary the past few years, Powers should actually represent an upgrade for a Baltimore team that has struggled with poor cornerback play for the last half-decade. Though he only signed a one-year contract, Powers could even push Shareece Wright for a starting job on the outside across from Jimmy Smith (foot). In such a scenario, Powers might still shift inside in nickel and dime packages, which could make him an interesting IDP option in leagues that use specific positions. It's still speculative at this point, as Wright will enter training camp as the favorite to start.

QDennis Pitta
TE BAL (8)
1 week ago

Pitta (hip) was one of the Ravens' more active offensive players during the offseason program, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

Attempting to bounce back from a second dislocation of his right hip, the 30-year-old Pitta apparently looked good at OTAs and minicamp. He was once a leading target for close friend Joe Flacco, but even if Pitta proves to be much the same as he once was, the Ravens have a ton of competition for snaps at tight end, with Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams also in the mix. Pitta hasn't played in a game since Sept. 2014, and he will always be at added risk for suffering another severe hip injury, which would almost certainly spell the end of his career. He already considered retiring, but instead decided to give it one last shot after sitting out the entire 2015 season.

Arthur Brown
LB BAL (8)
1 week ago

Brown is expected to competed with Zachary Orr for the starting job vacated by Daryl Smith, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

A 2013 second-round selection, Brown has mostly worked on special teams thus far, recording just 17 tackles in 30 career games, with 15 of those tackles coming in his rookie year. Zachary Orr, a 2014 undrafted free agent, mostly worked ahead of Brown throughout the offseason program, after serving as the top backup to C.J. Mosley and Daryl Smith last year. Orr is the clear favorite to start Week 1, but Brown still has time to make a push during training camp.

Zach Orr
LB BAL (8)
1 week ago

Orr worked with the first-team defense during the Ravens' offseason program, The Baltimore Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

A 2014 UDFA, Orr has a leg up on 2013 second-rounder Arthur Brown in a competition for the starting inside linebacker job next to C.J. Mosley. Already a core special teamer, Orr worked ahead of Brown last season, serving as the top backup to Mosley and Daryl Smith, both of whom topped 115 tackles while occupying three-down roles. With Smith released in the offseason despite recording 120+ tackles in both of this seasons with the Ravens, Orr has a real shot to reach triple digits, putting him on the radar in deeper IDP leagues. However, Brown is likely the superior athlete and could therefore make a push for the job during training camp.

PFrank Gore
RB IND (10)
1 week ago

Gore said he is still upset about falling shy of 1,000 rushing yards last season, the Indianapolis Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Gore finished his first year in Indianapolis with 967 rushing yards, extending the Colts' streak to eight consecutive seasons without a 1,000-yard rusher. Furthermore, the team has played 50 regular-season games since it last had a 100-yard rusher, as Gore didn't top the century mark despite playing all 16 games last season. Though now 33 years old, Gore could find that the yards come a bit easier in 2016, after the Colts used four of their eight draft picks (including a first-rounder) on offensive linemen. The team also brought in veterans Robert Turbin and Jordan Todman to provide depth at running back, but neither seems like a serious threat to Gore's workload. If Gore does reach 1,000 rushing yards, he'll be the oldest running back to do so since John Riggins had 1,239 in 1984 at the age of 35.

PDannell Ellerbe
LB NO (5)
1 week ago

Ellerbe (undisclosed) said he will be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp in late July, The Times-Picayune reports.

EDGE Analysis

Traded from Miami to New Orleans last year, Ellerbe had 39 tackles (34 solo) in six games, after playing just one game in his final season with the Dolphins. His injury struggles forced him to accept a pay cut in the offseason, even though he could still have a three-down role if he's able to stay healthy. There's been no indication he's dealing with anything serious, but he did miss some practices during OTAs and minicamp while nursing a couple of minor issues. If healthy, Ellerbe will likely join Stephone Anthony and James Laurinaitis in the base defense, but it's unclear which player would get most of the snaps next to Anthony in nickel packages.

PLeGarrette Blount
RB NE (9)
1 week ago

Blount (hip) didn't participate in any of the Patriots' spring practices, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Blount's status will thus be worth monitoring as training camp approaches, but in the absence of any setbacks with his hip, we'd expect him to move toward the end of reclaiming the Patriots' "big back" role this coming season. Barring any additional moves by the team to address the running back position, Blount's primary competition for the role should come from Joey Iosefa and Tyler Gaffney. Meanwhile, Donald Brown, James White, Brandon Bolden and undrafted rookie DJ Foster figure to jostle for slotting on the team's depth chart, with the only secure spot on that front belonging to Dion Lewis, who will serve as the team's top pass-catching back, provided he fully recovers from the knee injury that ended his 2015 season early.

QDonte Moncrief
WR IND (10)
2 weeks ago

Moncrief (toe) has started running routes, according to his Twitter account.

EDGE Analysis

Moncrief aggravated a toe injury late last season and ended up having surgery on it earlier this offseason. He's missed Indy's offseason practices, but is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Josh Ferguson
RB IND (10)
2 weeks ago

Ferguson has made a strong impression in offseason workouts, the Indianapolis Star reports "[He's] not just a third-down back," head coach Chuck Pagano said. "He's a good runner. He's explosive and twitchy and he's got a jump cut that's really, really good."

EDGE Analysis

The Star also reports the Colts considered taking Ferguson in the fourth round of the draft but passed on him each round due to other needs. He'll compete for the backup role to Frank Gore in training camp, competing against Robert Turbin, Jordan Todman and Tyler Varga. Ferguson was a productive receiver in college, so he has upside if he can find a regular role.