QB | Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | Free Agents
The New Orleans Saints are expected to get a deal done with franchise free-agent QB Drew Brees prior to the July 16 deadline. It will be considered the biggest upset of the NFL season if they don't. The two sides will probably keep haggling over the details right up until the deadline; however, it will be stunning if Brees doesn't ultimately sign a contract worth somewhere between $19.2 million and $20 million per year, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
QB | David Garrard | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB David Garrard appears to be slightly ahead of QB Matt Moore and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill for the starting job, but head coach Joe Philbin characterizes the battle as "close." The starter will be determined on the field during training camp and into the preseason.
QB | Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger completed only 50 percent of his passes in the red zone last season which was down from his 64.7 percent completion percentage outside the red zone.
QB | Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles has plenty of arm strength, but he needs to perform with consistent mechanics. He reportedly made outstanding throws during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, but when he was lazy with his mechanics, throws went awry.
QB | Mike Kafka | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Mike Kafka has thrown with a widened stance and little power, but that appeared to have changed during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. He is well on his way to solidifying the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter QB Michael Vick.
QB | Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick was able to get the ball out of his left hand faster to his intended target during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.
QB | Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | Injury, Fantasy
The Houston Texans are expected to wait until after the 2012 season before starting contract extension talks with QB Matt Schaub because the team wants to make sure he can come back from his foot injury before making a financial investment in him.
RB | Montario Hardesty | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Chris Ogbonnaya might have a leg up in the battle for a roster spot with RB Montario Hardesty, as Ogbonnaya has also shown ability on special teams, especially on coverage. The Browns are adamant that they want their No. 3 running back to chip in on special teams. It's uncertain if Hardesty can, or is willing, to do so.
RB | Trent Richardson | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns ranked dead-last in the NFL with four rushing touchdowns last season, and their longest run of the year went for 40 yards. In two season as the offensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, head coach Pat Shurmur gave the ball to RB Steven Jackson enough for him to gain 2,657 yards and average 327 carries per season. New offensive coordinator Brad Childress also likes to run the ball, so look for RB Trent Richardson, as well as the other running backs, to see ample touches this year.
RB | Brandon Jackson | Cleveland Browns | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cleveland Browns RB Brandon Jackson is healthy, and he has reportedly established himself as the No. 2 back in the depth chart battle with RBs Montario Hardesty and Chris Ogbonnaya. Jackson showed solid blocking and catching skills, as well, which is what the coaches expect in the West Coast offense.
RB | Adrian Peterson | Minnesota Vikings | Transaction, Fantasy
Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson was arrested Saturday, July 7, in Houston around 2:30 a.m. CT. He was charged with resisting arrest. Around closing time, Peterson reportedly got into an argument with a police officer who was working at the club. Peterson spent eight hours in jail before being released on bail. He has a court date scheduled for July 13.
RB | Chris Johnson | Tennessee Titans | Fantasy
Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson is reportedly running harder than he did before his 2,000-yard campaign in 2009, according to a team source. Johnson has added bulk to his frame this offseason, and he also has been setting an example for the team's younger players.
RB | DeMarco Murray | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray had five games with 20 or more carries last season, the most for any running back since head coach Jason Garrett became offensive coordinator in 2007. Murray also became the first back under Garrett to have four consecutive games with 20 or more carries.
RB | Chris Polk | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles RBs Bryce Brown and Chris Polk will get their chance to show what they can do during training camp and the preseason. It's likely the team only keeps three running backs, and RBs LeSean McCoy and Dion Lewis are one-two on the depth chart.
RB | Delone Carter | Indianapolis Colts | Injury, Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Delone Carter (thumb) will have to show that the ball security issues he had as a rookie are fixed during training camp before he gets meaningful playing time. His offseason thumb injury could affect his ball security.
RB | Donald Brown | Indianapolis Colts | Fantasy
Indianapolis Colts RB Donald Brown appears to be the favorite for the most playing time among running backs this season but will not be guaranteed anything during training camp.
WR | Braylon Edwards | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Buffalo Bills could show interest in free-agent WR Braylon Edwards (49ers) if they want to add a veteran receiver to their team.
WR | Josh Gordon | NFL Draft Prospect | Draft
Baylor WR Josh Gordon could go as early as the second round of the 2012 NFL supplemental draft.
WR | T.J. Graham | Buffalo Bills | Transaction
The Buffalo Bills have signed third-round draft pick WR T.J. Graham to a four-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
WR | Dwayne Bowe | Kansas City Chiefs | Free Agents
Kansas City Chiefs franchise free-agent WR Dwayne Bowe is unlikely to sign a contract extension prior to the July 16 deadline.
WR | Wes Welker | New England Patriots | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New England Patriots want franchise free-agent WR Wes Welker to take less money in a long-term contract in order to continue playing with QB Tom Brady. Welker would like a deal that guarantees him just below the $21 million he would get paid playing two years under the franchise tag. Patriots owner Robert Kraft said both sides want to agree to a deal but it has to make sense financially for both sides.
WR | A.J. Jenkins | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers WR A.J. Jenkins was inconsistent during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. Jenkins needs to work on building up his upper-body strength in order to hold up against aggressive press cornerbacks at the pro level, according to sources.
WR | Jordan Shipley | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals WR Jordan Shipley (knee) is a candidate to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because they are being cautious with his recovery and have depth at wide receiver.
WR | Antwaan Randle El | Retired | Free Agents
Free-agent WR Antwaan Randle El (Steelers) will announce his retirement from the National Football League July 14 at his skills training academy, according to his brother.
WR | Mardy Gilyard | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles WR Mardy Gilyard, CB Cliff Harris and WR Damaris Johnson might get a chance to return kickoffs during training camp and the preseason. Johnson's biggest competition for a roster spot might come from WR Chad Hall.
WR | Ronald Johnson | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Ronald Johnson showed solid route running and hands during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, but he has an uphill battle if he is to make the team. The club might only keep four receivers.
WR | Riley Cooper | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Riley Cooper appears to have the No. 4 receiver job sewn up already, as he practiced with a lot of confidence during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. However, rookie WR Marvin McNutt didn't get much of a chance in minicamp, and he could emerge as a threat during training camp and the preseason.
WR | Jeremy Maclin | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin appears to be 100 percent during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp after dealing with health issues last season.
WR | Mike Wallace | Pittsburgh Steelers | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Steelers have not made any progress in contract talks with restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace and the two sides have not had a lot of negotiations lately.
TE | Aaron Hernandez | New England Patriots | Free Agents, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez is expected to look for the wide receiver designation if the Patriots place the franchise tag on him when he becomes a free agent. Hernandez would argue that he is more of a receiver than he is a tight end.
TE | Clay Harbor | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Clay Harbor moves well, and might be given the chance to stretch the field a bit. The Eagles have been missing a tight end who has the ability to move the ball down field in the air.
TE | Brent Celek | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles TE Brent Celek (hip, groin) appeared to move well during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp, looking fluid off the line.
PK | Alex Henery | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles PK Alex Henery showed plenty of power and height with his kicks during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp. He appears to be kicking with plenty of confidence.
PK | Ryan Longwell | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent PK Ryan Longwell (Vikings) has not received much interest this offseason but the interest could pick up during training camp.
OT | Bryant McKinnie | Baltimore Ravens | Draft
The Baltimore Ravens could enter the upcoming season with one of the NFL's oldest offensive lines. OT Bryant McKinnie turns 33 in September; OG Bobbie Williams turns 36 in September; C Matt Birk will turn 36 in July; OG Marshal Yanda turns 28 in September; OT Michael Oher is 26, giving the team a combined age of 159.
OT | King Dunlap | Philadelphia Eagles | Depth Chart Tidbit
Philadelphia Eagles OT King Dunlap looks to be the top backup offensive tackle heading into training camp and the preseason.
OG | Kelechi Osemele | Baltimore Ravens | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens rookie OLs Kelechi Osemele (quadriceps) and Gino Gradkowski have impressed Pro Bowl OG Marshal Yanda so far during offseason workouts. "They seem like good guys so far," Yanda said. "They seem like they want to work hard and they want to get in. In the classroom when we're going through plays, they seem very into it and professional for young guys."
OG | Bobbie Williams | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit
Baltimore Ravens OG Bobbie Williams has started 130 career games in 12 NFL seasons, and the team is banking on him as a starter at the left guard position. The team won't give him the job outright, but he was immediately plugged in with the first-team offense upon joining the team during the offseason.
DL | Cliff Avril | Detroit Lions | Transaction
The Detroit Lions and representatives for DL Cliff Avril continue to talk about a long-term contract, but he is working out on his own. Avril wants to be in training camp later this month. He has until July 16 to sign a tender with the Lions or sit out the season. He is expected to sign the tender because he wants to play. "I hope not but you never know," Avril said. "This is my first go-round. I am just waiting on the call saying I am coming back to work."
LB | Terrell Suggs | Baltimore Ravens | Injury
Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs (Achilles') remains optimistic that he will play at some point during the 2012 season after tearing his right Achilles' tendon in April. Suggs wouldn't pinpoint when he'll return to the field but would say fans should expect to see him out there at some point. "Just be optimistic that you all will see me playing this year," Suggs said. He is pleased with his progress since suffering the injury. "It's going great," Suggs said. "I'm in good spirits, and I like the progress that I'm making. I came out of the boot last week, so I'm just walking right now and doing muscle strength."
CB | Morris Claiborne | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (wrist) said he hopes to be cleared to practice by the time training camp begins. He was able to lift weights and attend meetings during offseason workouts but was not able to against receivers.
CB | Terrence McGee | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
There are four candidates for the nickel cornerback position for the Buffalo Bills. CB Justin Rogers is considered the favorite for the job, with CBs Ron Brooks, Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin giving chase heading into training camp and the preseason.
CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (Achilles') is not expected to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list because he should be ready to play during the preseason.
CB | Rashad Carmichael | Houston Texans | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans CB Rashad Carmichael (shoulder) suffered a shoulder injury in the first week of last year's training camp, and he spent his entire rookie season on Injured Reserve. "With Roc, what I've seen is a guy who's missed football," defensive backs coach Vance Joseph said Friday, July 6. "He's missed a year of football, but you can see the physical tools. He's got great explosion, great burst, he's got great quickness, great feet. He's got great ball skills, but he hasn't played, so he's playing a little slow right now."
CB | Brandon Harris | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph said Friday, July 6, that CB Brandon Harris was limited to just nine games as a rookie last season, mostly playing on special teams, because he wasn't ready to play a major role last season. "We had guys last year who were playing well for us to win. So, I wasn't down on Harris for not being ready to play last year," Joseph said. "And that's the thing about me. If a guy's ready to play, I'm gonna play him. If he's not ready, I'm not gonna play him."
CB | Ras-I Dowling | New England Patriots | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
New England Patriots CB Ras-I Dowling (hip) was able to participate fully in offseason activities, and he is on track to be on the field for the first day of training camp July 26.
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