QBrian Randolph DB LA (8) 3 days ago
Randolph (knee) was waived by the Rams on Wednesday, Nate Bain of the Rams' official site reports.
Randolph missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in the first preseason game. The undrafted free agent will now look to find his way onto another roster in time for training camp -- if he can prove he is healthy.
Todd Gurley RB LA (8) 3 days ago
Gurley has shown improved communication and decision making during the offseason, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.
Gurley had a down year in 2016 -- 885 yards and six touchdowns on 278 carries --
after a promising rookie campaign, as the back often failed to hit the hole when given the ball. The blame isn't Gurley's alone, as a subpar offensive line and a non-threatening passing attack certainly didn't help his cause. With the season behind him, the 22-year-old has shown new found maturity in all aspects of his game this offseason. "He knows what were trying to do on the offensive line as far as front side and back side," starting left guard Rodger Saffold noted. "So, he knows where the play is going. Inside, with our wide zones and our inside zones, I think he's attacking where we want the ball to go a lot better. And I think he's letting things develop, too." Gurley will have to bounce back if the Rams hope to improve a 4-12 campaign last year, as he provides the main spark on offense, and it's clear everyone in the locker room believes it will happen. "How hard he's taken everything, and how serious he's taken everything, has been awesome," Jared Goff noted. "I expect him to have a great year."
Lorenzo Mauldin LB NYJ (11) 3 days ago
Mauldin was arrested on Wednesday and charged with a misdemeanor assault stemming from a nightclub altercation in April, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.
Mauldin turned himself in Wednesday morning after allegedly attacking a man in nightclub almost two months ago. "We have been monitoring the developments and this matter is under review of personal conduct policy," NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said. Mauldin has been competing for a starting linebacker role throughout minicamp.
SUSLetroy Guion DL GB (8) 3 days ago
Guion (suspension) was charged with driving under the influence on Wednesday morning in Hawaii, ESPN.com reports.
The DUI is the latest in a string of off-the-field issues surrounding the defensive tackle. Guion has already been suspended for the first four games of the season after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. As a result, the Packers restructured the final two years of his contract, but this now may be the final straw for Green Bay, who has yet to comment on the matter. If he remains on the roster, there's a solid chance his suspension will be lengthened.
Demetrius Rhaney JAC (8) 3 days ago
Rhaney was claimed off waivers by the Jaguars on Wednesday, Adam Caplan of ESPN.com reports.
It didn't take long for the the center to find a new home after he was waived by the Rams on Tuesday. The 2014 seventh-round selection will now compete for a reserve spot on the offensive line.
Matt Breida RB SF (11) 3 days ago
Breida's quickness stood out during the 49ers' offseason program, Kevin Lynch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Lynch was quick to point out Breida's lack of size (5-9, 180) as a potential knock, but the his speed was impressive enough to warrant a fair amount of praise for an undrafted free agent. The Sacramento Bee added that Breida showed strong pass catching ability as well, which is interesting given that Breida came from an option offense at Georgia State. Even if Breida is on the smaller side, his production in college is impressive. He averaged a whopping 8.3 yards per carry in his first two seasons at Georgia Southern over a span of 374 carries. Breida is no threat to challenge for a starting spot, but he will be a player to watch throughout camp as he looks to ascend the depth chart.
QKam Chancellor DB SEA (6) 3 days ago
Chancellor (ankles) appeared close to full speed at June's mandatory minicamp, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. "You can tell right now he's got great burst," head coach Pete Carroll said. "He's changing direction, he's really hitting it, so he has made a great recovery."
Chancellor underwent cleanup procedures early this year to remove bone spurs from both of his ankles, limiting him during the majority of the offseason program. Although the charismatic Carroll generally focuses on the positive, Chancellor's activity level bodes well for full clearance once training camp kicks off in late July. Chancellor's health, along with Earl Thomas' (broken left tibia), will be key to reestablishing the the Legion of Boom, which tumbled out of the NFL's top-two most-staunch pass defenses last season for the first time since 2012.
David Harris LB NE (9) 3 days ago7 Comments
Harris is signing a two-year deal with the Patriots, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
Released in early June as part of the Jets' offseason purge, the 33-year-old Harris will stay in the AFC East and help his former team's chief rival fill a major need next to Dont'a Hightower in the linebacking corps. Harris had at least 75 tackles in each of his 10 seasons with the Jets, falling shy of the century mark last season (95 in 15 games) for the first time since 2011. His days as a valuable IDP likely are a thing of the past, but he should help the New England run defense while also providing an occasional pass-rushing threat (35.5 career sacks).
LeGarrette Blount RB PHI (10) 3 days ago
The Eagles hope Blount's presence will help them achieve balance on offense, ESPN.com's Tim McManus reports.
The 2016 Eagles had a rookie quarterback from a non-FBS school, an above-average defense and a poor group of pass catchers -- a trio that typically would beg for a run-heavy approach. Of course, the backfield wasn't all that much better than the receiving group, which led to a middle-of-the-pack ranking in pass-play percentage (16th, 59.4). The team's transactions during the free agency period and draft hinted at the possibility of a pass percentage above 60.0 in 2017, but the mid-May addition of Blount on a one-year, $1.25 million contract suggests the Eagles do still aspire toward some degree of balance. While he presumably won't have the opportunity to match last season's 299 carries, Blount projects as the primary early down runner and top goal-line option in what should be an improved offense. Once Ryan Mathews (neck) is released, Blount will be the team's only running back heavier than 210 pounds with any significant NFL experience.
Alfred Blue RB HOU (7) 3 days ago
The Texans expect rookie third-round selection D'Onta Foreman to challenge Blue for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.
Blue served as Lamar Miller's top backup last season, taking 100 carries for 420 yards and a touchdown but adding only 12 catches for 40 yards on 16 targets. It was only a matter of time before the Texans sought an upgrade, as Blue doesn't offer much in the passing game and isn't particularly explosive (career 3.6 YPC). Foreman only caught seven passes last season at The University of Texas, but he rushed for over 2,000 yards at a clip of 6.3 per carry, and then ran a 4.45 40-yard dash at 233 pounds at the Combine. Blue could fall all the way off the roster if he doesn't beat out Foreman for the No. 2 job, as the Texans presumably want to keep at least one running back besides Miller that can stay on the field for passing downs. Akeem Hunt, 2016 fourth-rounder Tyler Ervin and undrafted rookie Dare Ogunbowale are in the mix to earn roster spots.