Shea McClellin LB CHI 2 weeks ago
McClellin appears to be entering training camp as the leading contender to serve as the Bears' "Mike" linebacker in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's 3-4 scheme, the Chicago Tribune reports.
McClellin has seemed to adapt well thus far to the position move to inside linebacker from the outside, where his lack of speed made him something of a liability in coverage. He'll still have to hold off free-agent signing Mason Foster for starting duties, but McClellin will likely retain the top designation on the depth chart for the time being.
Kevin White WR CHI 2 weeks ago
White missed the Bears' recently completed minicamp due to an undisclosed injury, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Though he didn't reveal the nature of White's injury, coach John Fox indicated the rookie receiver is expected to be ready to go for the start of training camp. The big, fast White is expected to serve as Jay Cutler's top vertical threat this season.
Jon Bostic LB CHI 2 weeks ago
Bostic has been sitting out the Bears' entire offseason program thus far due to a back issue, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Coach John Fox said he expects Bostic to be ready to go for training camp in July, so the injury probably shouldn't be viewed as anything especially serious. However, the missed action with the new coaching staff may put him behind Christian Jones in their competition for one of the starting spots at inside linebacker.
Pat Devlin QB CHI 2 weeks ago
Devlin has been waived by the Bears, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.
With four other quarterbacks already on the roster, Devlin needed a standout minicamp to stick around through the summer, and it appears he was unable to provide that. He'll look to latch on with another organization.
Terrelle Pryor WR CIN 2 weeks ago
Pryor has been claimed on waivers by the Browns, NFL Network's Albert Breer reports.
Pryor, who was waived Thursday by the Bengals, is in line to give it as a go as a wide receiver for the Browns after previously working as a quarterback. While we'd be surprised if he landed on the fantasy radar in the short term, Pryor does posses an intriguing blend of size and speed that could lend to a successful position switch.
Cam Newton QB CAR 2 weeks ago
Newton will continue to be a strong component in the Panthers' rushing attack, the Charlotte Observer reports.
Newton has emerged as arguably the NFL's best dual-threat quarterback through his first four seasons, but that ability has also caused Newton to take a considerable amount of hits since entering the league. Additionally, a number of injuries last season resulted in further concern over Newton's long-term durability. Nonetheless, Panthers' GM David Gettleman revealed in a recent interview that Carolina does not plan on restricting Newton's running opportunities, as such action could inhibit their best playmaker.
Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 2 weeks ago
Cotchery could have his role reduced somewhat this season, ESPN.com reports.
Cotchery embodied an underwhelming No. 2 wideout for the Panthers last season, but could slide back on the depth chart this term. Along with Carolina drafting Devin Funchess in the second round and signing veteran Ted Ginn, Corey Brown's late-season development gives the Panthers another decent receiving option. As a result, the aging Cotchery could be relegated to a more appropriate reserve role this season.
Jerod Mayo LB NE 2 weeks ago
Mayo -- who tore his patellar tendon last October -- is not yet 100 percent, ESPN.com reports.
Mayo, who recorded 53 tackles in six games for the Patriots last season, has yet to see the field through the team's OTAs and minicamp and it's unclear how much work he'll be able to see once training camp starts. Once Mayo reestablishes his health, however, the 29-year-old is in line start at linebacker for the Pats, along with Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.
Vincent Jackson WR TB 2 weeks ago2 Comments
Jackson could see more time as a slot receiver this season, The Tampa Times reports.
Jackson and fellow 6-5 wideout Mike Evans will provide rookie quarterback Jameis Winston with a towering pair of targets, but new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter could experiment with Jackson as a slot receiver as well this season. In that scenario, Jackson's blend of size and speed would figure to overwhelm most nickel cornerbacks, creating a unique mismatch for Winston to capitalize on.
Zach Ertz TE PHI 2 weeks ago
Ertz has diligently worked to improve his blocking and receiving skills this offseason, NJ.com reports.
Ertz has shown flashes of talent through his first two NFL seasons, but could be poised for a breakout in Year 3. Not only has the 2013 second-rounder focused on advancing his all-around ability this offseason, but he also improved his rookie totals by 18 catches, 30 targets and 233 yards last year.