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Quarterback

QB | Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning already feels like he has some chemistry with WR Wes Welker. "There's certain guys you just feel like you have timing with right away," Manning said. "He's a guy that has a great feel for how to get open, and understands route concepts and, of course, he played in such a sophisticated offense there in New England, so he's a smart player." The Broncos used three-receiver sets 64 percent of the time last year, but expect that to increase dramatically as they look to create mismatches in the opposing defenses.

QB | Brian Hoyer | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner has downplayed the team's signing of QB Brian Hoyer, and Turner also has praised QB Brandon Weeden for his relentless work ethic. "I think there have been more stories written about Brian Hoyer being a Brown over the last four months than probably any player in history," Turner said. "He was released. He was available. He's a guy that has been with some good teams in backup situations. He's played very little football, but I do think we like his skill set."

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) said he will be ready for training camp in July after having minor surgery to remove a cyst on his back that will keep him out of organized team activities for the next three weeks. "If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could," Romo said. "This is just about being smart. That's why I did it now. This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there's a good chance I'm on the field for minicamp." The team does not fear that this will be a long-term injury, but they'll be cautious with him. Romo said the cyst was causing a constant ache in his back. QB Kyle Orton will work with the first-team offense with Romo out.

QB | Russell Wilson | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said QB Russell Wilson is a million miles ahead of where he was last year. "He threw a couple of balls today, things that we talked about over the offseason that he'd like to take a shot at, and he did it today just to see what would happen with full awareness of why he was doing it," Carroll said.

QB | Josh Portis | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Seattle Seahawks QB Josh Portis was not arrested for anything at all, according to a tweet from his agent.

QB | Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said he is not sure if QB Robert Griffin III (knee) will be ready to participate once training camp begins. "It's too early to tell right now. He is doing everything that the doctors want him to do. He's a great worker. I think that's why there's so much optimism that he'll be ready at the beginning. But it's really too premature to speculate on where his medical condition is until we give him a physical when training camp starts July 25," Allen said.

QB | Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano cleared things up by saying that QB Josh Freeman is the team's starting quarterback Monday, May 20. Schiano said that QB Mike Glennon could "play quickly" if necessary Sunday, May 19.

QB | Nick Foles | Philadelphia Eagles | Fantasy
Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles received 21 snaps with the first-team offense during organized team activities Monday, May 20, while QB Michael Vick received 15 snaps.

QB | Alex Smith | Kansas City Chiefs | Fantasy
The Kansas City Chiefs have practiced some plays from the pistol formation during organized team activities. QB Alex Smith likely would have to use his legs and arm in the formation since it includes the option in the plays.

QB | EJ Manuel | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel said it has been easy to pick up the team's offense, which he said is less complicated than the system he learned at Florida State. "The funny thing is it's easier to learn than the offense I had at Florida State," he said. "It's a true West Coast-type progression offense. That's really what I wanted when I was coming through the pre-draft process. I wanted something that I could just go in and say 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, check it down and run it. That's it, it's that simple. I love it." Manuel has spent extensive time working with offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.


Running Back

RB | Robert Turbin | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring) and CB Tharold Simon (foot) were limited in organized team activities Monday, May 20. RB Robert Turbin had the chance to take first-team repetitions with RB Marshawn Lynch a no-show.

RB | Christine Michael | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks RB Christine Michael (hamstring) and CB Tharold Simon (foot) were limited in organized team activities Monday, May 20. RB Robert Turbin had the chance to take first-team repetitions with RB Marshawn Lynch a no-show.

RB | LeSean McCoy | Philadelphia Eagles | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy (knee) is OK after leaving workouts Monday, May 20, with knee discomfort.

RB | Reggie Bush | Detroit Lions | Transaction, Fantasy
Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson is excited RB Reggie Bush signed with the Lions, because it means teams will have to defend the Lions offense differently. "It's going to force them to bring another man down, more than we had last year," Johnson said on Monday. "You know, if you don't, Reggie can make you look foolish in the open field."

RB | Ronnie Hillman | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning said RB Ronnie Hillman will be counted on to have an increased role in the offense this year, and offensive coordinator Adam Gase is expected to utilize him more in the game plan. Manning has high expectations for Hillman this season.

RB | Tim Hightower | Free Agent | Free Agents
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen did not rule out the possibility of the team re-signing free-agent RB Tim Hightower (Redskins) but said any signing of Hightower will not happen any time soon.

RB | Montell Owens | Free Agent | Free Agents
Free-agent RB Montell Owens (Jaguars) has left his meeting with the Buffalo Bills without a contract and plans to explore other opportunities.

RB | Mike Goodson | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets RB Mike Goodson was in attendance at the team's first OTA practice Monday, May 20, but only to meet with team officials following his arrest on drug and weapons charges last week. Goodson didn't participate or watch the team's workouts, and his future with the team is uncertain. If Goodson pleads guilty or is convicted of unlawful possession of a handgun, he'll be subject to the Graves Act, which is a New Jersey law that carries a minimum of three years in jail.

RB | Daniel Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee), TE Charles Clay (knee), OT Lance Louis (knee) and CB Richard Marshall (back) have received medical clearance to participate in organized team activities.


Wide Receiver

WR | Wes Welker | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning already feels like he has some chemistry with WR Wes Welker. "There's certain guys you just feel like you have timing with right away," Manning said. "He's a guy that has a great feel for how to get open, and understands route concepts and, of course, he played in such a sophisticated offense there in New England, so he's a smart player." The Broncos used three-receiver sets 64 percent of the time last year, but expect that to increase dramatically as they look to create mismatches in the opposing defenses.

WR | Robert Woods | Buffalo Bills | Depth Chart Tidbit
Buffalo Bills WR Robert Woods is penciled in as the No. 2 receiver.

WR | Dwayne Harris | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dwayne Harris is considered the team's No. 3 receiver. WR Terrance Williams is expected to see some action, though, and could push him.

WR | Doug Baldwin | Seattle Seahawks | Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin looks quick and explosive in OTAs. He looks to be fully healthy after a disappointing sophomore season.

WR | Deonte Thompson | Baltimore Ravens | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Ravens WR Deonte Thompson has the inside track to be the No. 2 receiver.

WR | Joshua Cribbs | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders TE Nick Kasa (hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (calf), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee) and LB Miles Burris (knee) were either unable to participate in organized team activities Monday, May 20, or unable to finish the workout.

WR | Vincent Brown | San Diego Chargers | Injury
The San Diego Chargers are taking things slowly with WR Vincent Brown (ankle) during organized team activities because he is working his way back from a serious ankle injury. He said he is completely recovered from the injury but understands why the team is being cautious. He expects to be ready for the start of training camp.


Tight End

TE | Anthony McCoy | Seattle Seahawks | Injury
Seattle Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy (ankle) was carted off the field Monday, May 20, with an ankle injury.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) plans to meet with a doctor in California in about three to four weeks to decide whether he will need to undergo back surgery.

TE | Zach Potter | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams have signed free-agent TE Zach Potter (Jaguars). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

TE | Darren Fells | Seattle Seahawks | Transaction
The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed TE Darren Fells to a multi-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. The team also released LS Adam Steiner.


Place Kicker

PK | Robbie Gould | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears PK Robbie Gould (leg) is on-track to be medically cleared to resume kicking duties Thursday, May 23.


Offensive Tackle

OT | Winston Justice | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans met with free-agent OT Winston Justice (Colts) and OG Antoine Caldwell (Texans) Monday, May 20.

OT | Dallas Thomas | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins OT Dallas Thomas (shoulder) likely will be held out of contact drills during organized team activities because of offseason shoulder surgery.


Guard

OG | Lance Louis | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins OG Lance Louis (knee) is doing rehab work on the side in his recover from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November.

OG | Davin Joseph | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG's Davin Joseph (knee) and Carl Nicks (foot) are not back for organized team activities, but could be cleared in the coming weeks. Head coach Greg Schiano said neither is expected to be unavailable for training camp.

OG | Carl Nicks | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG's Davin Joseph (knee) and Carl Nicks (foot) are not back for organized team activities, but could be cleared in the coming weeks. Head coach Greg Schiano said neither is expected to be unavailable for training camp.

OG | Antoine Caldwell | Free Agent | Free Agents
The Tennessee Titans met with free-agent OT Winston Justice (Colts) and OG Antoine Caldwell (Texans) Monday, May 20.

OG | Ryan Lilja | Retired | Injury
Retired OG Ryan Lilja (knee, toe) will not consider a comeback until he recovers from knee and toe surgeries he underwent this offseason. General manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid have asked Lilja to reconsider his retirement decision.


Defensive Line

DL | Cliff Avril | Seattle Seahawks | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Seahawks DL Cliff Avril (foot) is expected to start running later this week, but head coach Pete Carroll said Avril is hurting. Carroll said Avril won't be able to practice for "another couple weeks at least."

DL | Adrian Clayborn | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn (knee) took part in all individual drills during organized team activities Monday, May 20, but will not take part in full-team drills.

DL | Akeem Spence | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DL Akeem Spence is possibly on track to win the starting job at nose tackle. Spence got the majority of the snaps with the starters Monday, May 20. Spence also got praise from head coach Greg Schiano, who said he was possibly one of the NFL's strongest players.

DL | Andre Fluellen | Free Agent | Transaction
The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of DT Andre Fluellen.

DL | Mario Williams | Buffalo Bills | Fantasy
Buffalo Bills DL Mario Williams is currently involved in a legal battle over an engagement ring worth more than $780,000, and Williams allegedly had "dramatic mood swings" last year during the couple's engagement. "No money in the world should leave me with suicidal thoughts," Williams said in a text to his ex wife last November. Williams had an inconsistent year in 2012, but he still led the team with 10.5 sacks.


Linebacker

LB | Will Smith | New Orleans Saints | Fantasy
New Orleans Saints LB Will Smith lined up at outside linebacker for the first time as the team transitions to a 3-4 defense during OTAs Monday, May 20. "That's where we'll start him," head coach Sean Payton said, noting that outside linebackers often play pass-rushing roles in a 3-4 scheme. "We can play him right and left, but I think initially that right outside position would be very similar to what he's played for us in the past." LB Jonathan Vilma is expected to be one of the two middle linebackers in their new defense.

LB | Jon Beason | Carolina Panthers | Depth Chart Tidbit
Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason's roster spot is safe.

LB | Miles Burris | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders TE Nick Kasa (hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (calf), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee) and LB Miles Burris (knee) were either unable to participate in organized team activities Monday, May 20, or unable to finish the workout.

LB | Brian Orakpo | Washington Redskins | Injury
Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said LB Brian Orakpo (pectoral) participated in the organized team activities Monday, May 20.

LB | Brooks Reed | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said LB Brooks Reed received some reps at inside linebacker during organized team activities Monday, May 20, which allowed LBs Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams to work at outside linebacker with the first- and second-team defense.

LB | Brian Cushing | Houston Texans | Injury
Houston Texans LB Brian Cushing (knee) said he will definitely be ready for the start of the regular season and is pretty sure he will be ready for the start of training camp.

LB | Manti Te'o | San Diego Chargers | Depth Chart Tidbit
San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o is working with the first-team defensive during organized team activities Monday, May 20.


Cornerback

CB | Morris Claiborne | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne said the team's new defensive scheme under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin isn't a true Cover 2 in the secondary. "It's not quite what everybody thinks it is a true Cover 2. We mix in a lot of different things and we play a lot of man-to-man as well, so it's not what everybody thinks it is (where) we're just going to be sitting back playing Cover 2 the whole game. So I think it's going to fit in with the personnel that we have with the team and the guys we have on the team. I think it's going to work out."

CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (thumb) will miss some OTA action due to a torn thumb ligament. He suffered the injury while lifting weights, but should be back sometime during OTAs.

CB | Charles Woodson | Free Agent | Free Agents
Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning praised free-agent CB Charles Woodson, saying he would like to have him join the team. "We're always looking to add great players," Manning said. "That has been pretty evident since the time I've been here that management is always looking to add excellent football players through the draft or via free agency. I had a chance to visit with Charles when he was here last week and certainly, that'd be a great addition to our team. I know there is the business side of it that comes into play, but there's no question that any time you can add good football players at any position, I think that's always a good thing."

CB | Tracy Porter | Oakland Raiders | Injury
Oakland Raiders TE Nick Kasa (hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (calf), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee) and LB Miles Burris (knee) were either unable to participate in organized team activities Monday, May 20, or unable to finish the workout.

CB | Darrelle Revis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis (knee) is on schedule in his rehab and has been able to cut and change direction in drills. The Buccaneers will continue to build Revis' strength and conditioning though June.

CB | Brent Grimes | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (Achilles') could be limited during organized team activities because he is still recovering from an Achilles' tendon injury.

CB | Richard Marshall | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins RB Daniel Thomas (knee), TE Charles Clay (knee), OT Lance Louis (knee) and CB Richard Marshall (back) have received medical clearance to participate in organized team activities.


Strong Safety

SS | Reshad Jones | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins SS Reshad Jones has changed his mind and will attend organized team activities Tuesday, May 21, after originally planning to sit out this week in an effort to convince the team to start contract negotiations with him. General manager Jeff Ireland said the two sides will "eventually" discuss an extension if Jones showed up.

SS | Troy Polamalu | Pittsburgh Steelers | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Steelers SS Troy Polamalu will attend the team's organized team activities that start Tuesday, May 21. Polamalu is in the best shape of his NFL career.


Free Safety

FS | Ed Reed | Houston Texans | Injury
Updating a previous report, Houston Texans FS Ed Reed (hip) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, or midway through it.


Offensive Coordinator

OC | Norv Turner | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Norv Turner praised QB Brandon Weeden, calling him the hardest working player on the team.



 


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