Cowboys DL Crawford on track for OTAs
Tyrone Crawford | DAL
(April 19, 2014 10:42 PM EDT)
Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (Achilles) is expected to be ready for OTAs.
Crawford missed all of 2013 on injured reserve. He's eight months removed from his torn Achilles' tendon and on track for offseason workouts. As long as he stays healthy, Crawford should see regular snaps as part of the Cowboys' defensive line rotation.
Darren McFadden favorite to start Week 1
Darren McFadden | OAK
(April 19, 2014 9:50 PM EDT)
ESPN's Paul Gutierrez expects Darren McFadden to open the season as the Raiders' starting running back.
Because of his experience in OC Greg Olson's system, McFadden is the favorite to start Week 1 over Maurice Jones-Drew. McFadden was reduced to a backup role for his final two games of last season and won't have much job security playing on a one-year deal. Even if he manages to hold off Jones-Drew, McFadden has never played a full season and remains a huge injury risk. The Raiders may ultimately use McFadden as a change-of-pace back, with Jones-Drew getting the majority of work between the tackles.
Wilson making good progress from neck injury
David Wilson | NYG
(April 19, 2014 8:40 PM EDT)
ESPN New York reports the Giants are "hearing good things" about David Wilson's recovery from neck surgery.
Wilson has made good progress this offseason, but there's still some uncertainty on his 2014 status. If he gains clearance, Wilson could benefit from a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings that allows him to stay healthy and do less blocking. Wilson was averaging 4.4 yards-per-attempt on 115 carries in two seasons prior to his neck injury.
Brian Hartline (knee) ahead of schedule
Brian Hartline | MIA
(April 19, 2014 7:26 PM EDT)
Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to ready for minicamp.
Hartline suffered a torn PCL in Week 17, but managed to avoid surgery. He hasn't had any setbacks and is currently ahead of schedule in his rehab. The Dolphins can save $4 million by releasing Hartline next offseason, so he's entering a make-or-break year in 2014.
Palm Beach Post
Brandon Gibson (knee) on track for minicamp
Brandon Gibson | MIA
(April 19, 2014 7:14 PM EDT)
According to the Palm Beach Post, Brandon Gibson (knee) is expected to be ready for minicamp.
Gibson is still recovering from knee surgery. While it's nice to read optimistic injury projections, we're skeptical Gibson will be ready for pre-training camp activities. In fact, we'd be surprised if he were ready for training camp at all. Gibson is coming off a patellar tendon tear and only recently resumed light jogging. His Week 1 availability isn't guaranteed.
Palm Beach Post
Dolphins could replace Richard Matthews
Rishard Matthews | MIA
(April 19, 2014 6:38 PM EDT)
The Palm Beach Post reports the Dolphins have had discussions about replacing third-year WR Rishard Matthews.
This conflicts with earlier reports that the Dolphins view Matthews as a candidate for the slot receiver job over Brandon Gibson (knee surgery). Barring an upgrade in the draft, Miami's top four wideouts will be Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Gibson, and one of Matthews, Damian Williams, and Armon Binns.
Palm Beach Post
Chiefs could pursue LaMichael James
LaMichael James | SF
(April 19, 2014 6:10 PM EDT)
ESPN's Adam Teicher suggests the Chiefs could pursue RB LaMichael James.
The 49ers are currently shopping James and could eventually release him. Kansas City is unlikely to have much interest in James as a running back, but he could help replace Dexter McCluster's role on special teams. The 61st overall pick in 2012, James has appeared in just 14 games the last two seasons.
Bucs expect Foster to blitz more in Tampa-2
Mason Foster | TB
(April 19, 2014 5:37 PM EDT)
Bucs coach Lovie Smith anticipates MLB Mason Foster blitzing more in his version of the Tampa-2 this season.
"The position will blitz," Smith said. "Brian Urlacher will tell you that. Man coverage is also a part of what we ask. All those things, we feel like Mason can do." Bucs DC Leslie Frazier expressed concern over whether Foster has the cover-skills to remain at middle linebacker, but Foster showed some signs of improvement with three interceptions last year, including two that were returned for touchdowns. Foster could also see his snaps increase with the Bucs expected to use fewer dime packages.
Pewter Report
Chykie Brown currently listed as No. 3 corner
Chykie Brown | BAL
(April 19, 2014 4:58 PM EDT)
ESPN's Jamison Hensley considers Chykie Brown the current favorite for the Ravens' No. 3 cornerback job.
The Ravens lost Corey Graham to free agency, so Brown and Asa Jackson are the only two corners behind Ladarius Webb and Jimmy Smith. Brown was active for all 16 games last season, but played just 39 defensive snaps. Baltimore is highly likely to draft a cornerback with six picks in the first four rounds.
Ravens not interested in Eric Winston
Eric Winston | FA
(April 19, 2014 4:28 PM EDT)
Coach John Harbaugh confirmed the Ravens have not had any contract talks with free agent RT Eric Winston.
The Ravens have just Ricky Wagner as an in-house replacement for Michael Oher, but 30-year-old Winston wouldn't be much of an upgrade despite his ties to OC Gary Kubiak. ESPN's Jamison Hensley expects Baltimore to target a right tackle early in the draft.