Chad Kelly QB DEN (10) 13 minutes ago
Kelly had impressive moments during spring workouts, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Seemingly recovered from the wrist injury he suffered during his final season in college, Kelly has resumed throwing in spring workouts and seems to be taking advantage of Paxton Lynch's continued struggles. While Lynch is currently slated to open the 2018 season in the No. 2 role behind starter Case Keenum, Kelly could realistically make a convincing case to become the top backup if Lynch can't turn things around.
Corey Clement RB PHI (9) 21 minutes ago
Clement expects a larger workload this season, though he acknowledged there's a lot of competition in the Philadelphia backfield, Paul Domowitch of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Clement caught on with the Eagles as an undrafted rookie last year and ended up with a surprising role as the team's third-down back late in the season, highlighted by four catches for 100 yards and a score in the Super Bowl. He only caught 29 passes in 39 college games while playing at around 225-230 pounds, but he developed a new skill set after losing 10-15 pounds last offseason. While he may cede the third-down role to Darren Sproles (knee, arm), the 23-year-old has a strong case to handle some of LeGarrette Blount's vacated rushing workload, after taking 74 carries for 321 yards (4.3 YPC) and four TDs as a rookie. Jay Ajayi is a superior athlete and thus figures to fill the lead role, but he has a history of issues with his right knee and hasn't done much as a pass catcher in the NFL. Between the concerns surrounding Ajayi and those surrounding Sproles' rehab and age (35), it won't be at all surprising if Clement sees a large increase from last year's regular-season total of 84 touches.
QTroy Fumagalli TE DEN (10) 24 minutes ago
Fumagalli (sports hernia) expects to be ready for training camp in late July, Ryan O'Halloran of the Denver Post reports. "I should be 100 percent, no question, for camp," Fumagalli said. "I was moving along [with the rehabilitation] when I got here but they wanted me to start over and that was a good thing. I've been working with the training staff and I trust them."
Fumagalli reportedly underwent sports hernia surgery before the draft to correct an injury that he sustained during his time at the University of Wisconsin. The tight end wound up missing all 13 of the Broncos' workouts during OTAs and minicamp this spring as the Cowboys wanted to restart Fumagalli's rehab program from scratch, which seemingly pushed back his recovery timeline. Expected to be fully recovered when training camp opens in late July, Fumagalli has the potential to carve out a meaningful offensive role during his first season in the pros.
Duke Thomas CB DAL (8) 35 minutes ago
Thomas is competing for a roster spot ahead of the 2018 season, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Thomas has yet to appear in a regular-season game since going undrafted out of Texas in 2015. With the Cowboys' top four roster spots at cornerback seemingly set in stone, he'll need to outperform the likes of Marquez White and Kam Kelly in training camp to secure a depth role. In all likelihood, whoever shows the most potential on special teams will stick around.
Giovani Bernard RB CIN (9) 51 minutes ago
Bengals offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is excited to use Bernard and Joe Mixon in the backfield, the team's official website reports.
Mixon is headed for the lead role and a majority of carries, but Bernard shouldn't have much competition for backup work with fourth-round rookie Mark Walton replacing Jeremy Hill (Patriots). The plan could change if Mixon gets off to a slow start, considering he averaged just 3.5 yards on 178 carries last season, while Bernard averaged 4.4 on 105 totes. Both backs were effective as pass catchers, with Mixon hauling in 30 of 34 targets for 287 yards and Bernard bringing in 43 of 60 for 389 yards and two touchdowns. The Bengals improved their woeful offensive line in the offseason, trading for LT Cordy Glenn and drafting C Billy Price at No. 21 overall. There's also reason to believe a healthy John Ross could help the running game, as opposing safeties will need to be cautious if Ross and A.J. Green are both on the field. Bernard seems to be enjoying a healthy offseason, after spending last spring/summer rehabbing from a torn ACL.
Chidobe Awuzie CB DAL (8) 59 minutes ago
Awuzie is holding down the starting job at left corner, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Despite speculation that Awuzie may be transitioning to safety, all indications from spring workouts point to the Colorado product opening the 2018 season at cornerback -- which isn't the greatest development for Awuzie's IDP value. However, Awuzie's versatility could come in handy down the line, should injuries ever force the Cowboys to rearrange the members of their secondary. On a different note, there's been no mention of Awuzie still being hampered by the shoulder injury that knocked him out of the 2017 season finale, so the second-year defensive back should be opening training camp at full strength.
Derrick Kindred S CLE (11) 1 hour ago
Head coach Hue Jackson said Kindred split first-team reps with 2017 first-round pick Jabrill Peppers during spring workouts, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports.
Kindred held down the starting job at strong safety throughout the 2017 season, but Peppers is expected to see an expanded role in his second year as a pro. Training camp and the preseason will likely decide which of the two opens the 2018 campaign with the first-team defense, but both figure to have a key role in the Gregg Williams' retooled defense this season.
QMychal Kendricks LB CLE (11) 2 hours ago
Kendricks (ankle) did not participate in mandatory minicamp but head coach Hue Jackson expects the linebacker to be on the field for training camp, Pat McManamon of ESPN reports.
Kendricks is likely in recovery from March ankle surgery, so his absence for minicamp was likely expected even before Kendricks signed with Cleveland this past April. When healthy, Kendricks will play a key role in a strong Browns linebacking corps that otherwise includes Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins at OLB.
Shawn Williams S CIN (9) 2 hours ago
Williams (back) didn't participate in team drills during spring workouts, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.
Williams has been seen running sprints on the sidelines, but it seems he's still rebounding from a back injury he sustained in the 2017 season finale. Jessie Bates has filled in with the starters in the veteran's absence, though there hasn't been any indication that Williams' starting job is in danger ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Bobby Hart CIN (9) 2 hours ago
Hart is expected to compete for the starting job at right tackle, Jay Morrison of the Dayton Daily News reports.
Seemingly recovered from the ankle injury that prematurely ended his 2017 season, Hart has reportedly been getting "a lot" of reps at right tackle this spring while his primary competition, Jake Fisher, has been getting rest in the wake of the heart issue that derailed Fishers' 2017 season. Their respective performances in training camp and the preseason will likely be the deciding factor in who is in the starting lineup come Week 1.