Kyle Wilson in danger of getting cut
Kyle Wilson | NO
(July 4, 2015 8:38 PM EDT)
Saints CB Kyle Wilson is "on the outside looking in" for a roster spot.
Wilson was outplayed by Delvin Breaux throughout OTAs. The Saints aren’t expected to give up on Stanley Jean-Baptiste after one season, and don’t want to risk stashing fifth-round CB Damian Swann on the practice squad. Signed for the veteran minimum, Wilson needs to win slot duties to avoid getting cut.
Josh Robinson could land on reserve/PUP
Josh Robinson | MIN
(July 4, 2015 6:08 PM EDT)
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune confirms CB Josh Robinson is a candidate for reserve/PUP.
Robinson would miss at least the first six weeks on PUP. The Vikings don’t consider his injury season-ending. Xavier Rhodes, Terence Newman, and Captain Munnerlyn are penciled in as Minnesota’s top three corners.
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Andre Williams expected to get goal-line carries
Andre Williams | NYG
(July 4, 2015 5:41 PM EDT)
Andre Williams is expected to be the Giants goal-line back.
Williams mostly struggled in his jump from the ACC last year, but was effective in the red-zone with seven touchdowns. After a nondescript OTAs, he’s projected to open training camp behind Rashad Jennings. The Giants want to use a three-man committee of Jennings, Williams, and passing-back Shane Vereen. An annual health risk, Jennings is coming off knee/ankle injuries and entering his age-30 season. Williams averaged 20 carries over the final month of 2014.
Browns taking wait-and-see approach with Gordon
Josh Gordon | CLE
(July 4, 2015 4:39 PM EDT)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports the Browns are "taking a wait-and-see approach" with suspended WR Josh Gordon.
The Browns have Gordon under team control if he gets reinstated next year, but are open to trading him after consecutive suspensions and a team-imposed ban. Gordon dealt with conditioning and playbook issues in five appearances last season, averaging 60 YPG. Cleveland’s front-office/coaching staff aren't counting on Gordon returning to his 2013 form.
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Redskins view OLB Preston Smith as eventual starter
Preston Smith | WAS
(July 4, 2015 3:27 PM EDT)
ESPN's John Keim expects second-round OLB Preston Smith to eventually be the starter opposite Ryan Kerrigan.
Trent Murphy is ahead of Smith for the Week 1 strong-side job, but isn't a full-time starter. The Redskins expect Smith to be a regular part of their nickel packages. Smith has the talent to play his way into base sets.
Josh Robinson suffers pectoral injury
Josh Robinson | MIN
(July 4, 2015 2:45 PM EDT)
Vikings CB Josh Robinson suffered a partially torn pectoral before minicamp.
Robinson is expected to be sidelined for training camp and could be a reserve/PUP candidate. It gives rookie Trae Waynes a clearer path to playing time behind Terence Newman and Captain Munnerlyn. Robinson is scheduled to make $1.55 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Marcus Mariota draws raves for accuracy
Marcus Mariota | TEN
(July 4, 2015 2:39 PM EDT)
Marcus Mariota drew raves for his accuracy in offseason workouts.
"Unbelievable accuracy," WR Harry Douglas said. "Marcus has done everything he needs to get the ball to his receivers." The Titans are expecting Mariota to improve their short passing game, where they ranked 24th in yards after the catch last year. Mariota's accuracy should be a big upgrade for slot WR Kendall Wright.
Matthews may struggle to find playing time
Chris Matthews | SEA
(July 4, 2015 1:59 PM EDT)'s John Boyle believes it will be a "tough challenge" for WR Chris Matthews to climb the depth chart.
Despite his Super Bowl heroics, Matthews is still clearly behind Jimmy Graham, Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin on the target totem pole, and he could find himself behind rookie Tyler Lockett as well. At 6-foot-5, Matthews could be a good fit for the outside receiver role occupied by Kearse, but he will need a very strong training camp to earn a significant role early in the season.
Amini Silatolu could win back left guard spot
Amini Silatolu | CAR
(July 4, 2015 1:05 PM EDT)
ESPN Panthers reporter David Newton believes Amini Silatolu could win the starting left guard job in camp.
Andrew Norwell played well down the stretch last season after taking over for an injured Silatolu, but Silatolu brings more experience. Before Silatolu can unseat Norwell, he will have to prove his health. He has played just 10 games total the last two seasons.
J'Marcus Webb favorite at RG heading to camp
J'Marcus Webb | OAK
(July 4, 2015 12:05 PM EDT)
ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson believes J'Marcus Webb is the favorite to start at right guard heading into camp.
Webb is trying to beat out journeyman Khalif Barnes and rookie Jon Feliciano for the starting gig. A failed left tackle in Chicago, Webb did not play an offensive snap for the Vikings last season.