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QB | Case Keenum | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit
Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said QB Case Keenum could unseat QB T.J. Yates for the backup quarterback spot.

QB | Colin Kaepernick | San Francisco 49ers | Fantasy
San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and WRs A.J. Jenkins and Ricardo Lockette lived together for two months in Atlanta during the offseason, working together at a nearby training facility. And since the opening of the team's offseason program, WR Anquan Boldin has served as a mentor, helping the two receivers on route running after practice.

QB | Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) said he didn't know about the cyst on his back when he signed a six-year, $108 million extension in March. Romo said he didn't have any pain in his back until mid-April. Romo expects to be ready for training camp, and he could even be ready for a minicamp in June. He said he's already fully healed after having surgery to remove his cyst.

QB | Josh Portis | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Seattle Seahawks released QB Josh Portis Tuesday, May 21, following his arrest for driving under the influence earlier this month.

QB | Ryan Tannehill | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill was sharp during organized team activities Tuesday, May 21. Tannehill had big passes to WRs Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace. TE Dustin Keller was impressed with Tannehill's first practice. "You would think a guy who used to play wide receiver the best thing he does is run the ball," Keller said. "But he puts the ball right on the money and he's a good decision maker, as well."

QB | Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets QBs Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith are expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this offseason, but the quarterback competition could be settled well before the team even heads to training camp in July. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg wants one of the two QBs to separate himself from the other, and if that happens this week, the team isn't against naming their starter early. "Common sense tells you that you hope it's quick, but this is going to be a full blown competition. Period," Mornhinweg said.

Sanchez, because of his experience, has the advantage to take control of the early competition. Smith, who spent much of his college days in shotgun, is spending a ton of time taking snaps from under center during OTAs with quarterbacks coach David Lee. Mornhinweg knows that the longer their QB competition lasts, the less time the winner will have to work with the first-team offense. The team also won't just name a starter to name a starter, they want a clear winner in the competition.

QB | Brandon Weeden | 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 | Kyle Orton | 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.

Running Back

RB | Alvester Alexander | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans signed RB Alvester Alexander to a two-year deal worth $900,000. He has salaries of $405,000 and $495,000 with no signing bonus.

RB | Mario Fannin | Free Agent | Transaction
The Denver Broncos waived RB Mario Fannin and placed S Blake Gideon on the reserve-retired list.

RB | Lamar Miller | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller worked predominantly with the first-team offense, but RBs Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee and Marcus Thigpen also saw carries Tuesday, May 21, in organized team activities (OTAs).

RB | Kahlil Bell | Chicago Bears | Free Agents
Free-agent RB Kahlil Bell (Bears) is scheduled to work out with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, May 21.

RB | Miguel Maysonet | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns were awarded RB Miguel Maysonet (Eagles) off waivers from the Eagles and waived RB Jamaine Cook Tuesday, May 21.

RB | Matt Forte | Chicago Bears | Fantasy
Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte did not participate in practice Tuesday, May 21. Forte is taking part in a two-day USO tour and is visiting troops in Germany.

RB | DeMarco Murray | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
The Dallas Cowboys are taking a cautious approach with RB DeMarco Murray (hamstring) as he deals with a slight hamstring tweak, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

RB | Mike Goodson | New York Jets | Fantasy
New York Jets RB Mike Goodson will plead not guilty to all charges, with the most serious being a second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. If convicted, Goodson would face a minimum three-year prison sentence under the Graves Act. Goodson's defense is confident they will show that he was not in possession of the gun. Goodson also faces a third-degree possession of a loaded handgun and marijuana and paraphernalia charges.

RB | Robbie Rouse | Free Agent | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns waived S Eric Hagg, LB Ryan Rau and RB Robbie Rouse Tuesday, May 21.

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.


FB | Lawrence Vickers | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys FB Lawrence Vickers (back) did not participate in organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 21, as he continues to recover from offseason back surgery.

Wide Receiver

WR | Gerrard Sheppard | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction, Free Agents
The Baltimore Ravens re-signed free-agent WR Gerrard Sheppard.

WR | DeAndre Hopkins | Houston Texans | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins is running with the first team in OTAs.

WR | Charles Hawkins | Arizona Cardinals | Injury, Transaction, Free Agents
The Arizona Cardinals signed undrafted free-agent WR Charles Hawkins (Southern) Tuesday, May 21, and waived WR Javone Lawson (Achilles') in a corresponding move.

WR | Dez Bryant | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant said he found himself, and that has led to a quiet offseason with no off-field issues. "I found myself," Bryant said Tuesday after the Cowboys' first organized team activity. "I'm comfortable with my life. I'm enjoying being in the NFL. I wish it could've been a couple years back, but I had to go through a couple of things to figure it out. I think I got it and I'm just more focused on my job and doing what I love to do and that's playing football."

WR | Danny Amendola | New England Patriots | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola is working on getting on the same page with QB Tom Brady. The two worked out together earlier in the offseason in California and are now taking part in organized team activities. "I said it today; he darted me in the chest with one ball, and inside my head I was like, 'Wow, this guy can really wing it,'" Amendola said after Tuesday's practice. "That's why he's Tom Brady."

WR | Brian Hartline | Miami Dolphins | Fantasy
Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline is getting a look at returning punts at organized team activities. Hartline has never returned punts and will compete with RB Marcus Thigpen. "Possibly, but in what situations, I couldn't tell you," Hartline said of potentially returning kicks. "But they [coaching staff] made a point to tell me to go and catch punts every day."

WR | Stevie Johnson | Buffalo Bills | Injury, Fantasy
Buffalo Bills WR Stevie Johnson (back) was back on the field for voluntary offseason workouts after resting because of a lower-back injury. He was running routes during individual drills. "It definitely feels good to just be out there on the field, even through the little pains I have," Johnson said. "It's getting better every week," he said of the back malady. "They gave me a six- to eight-week thing to even get on the field, and it's only been about three, so I feel good."

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 | Demaryius Thomas | Denver Broncos | Fantasy
Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker knows that with WRs Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker in the picture on his new team, he won't be catching as many passes like he did in his career with the New England Patriots. "If I have to catch 112 balls, that probably means we're in trouble," Welker said. During organized team activities Monday, May 20, QB Peyton Manning showed excellent chemistry with Thomas and Decker, but he also involved Welker some. Welker is on board with having a smaller workload, but Manning knows the benefit of adding Welker to the offense. "He's just been an extremely difficult guy to cover one-on-one, and then you can tell by watching him on film - he's an extremely smart player," Manning said. "He has an excellent feel for zone coverage. This is just the beginning stages of him getting comfortable in this offense, and he and I getting on the same page."

Tight End

TE | Michael Egnew | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins TE Michael Egnew began team drills in organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 21, ahead of TE Dustin Keller. Head coach Joe Philbin said Egnew earned the reps after a strong offseason.

TE | Jeff King | Arizona Cardinals | Injury
Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals TE Jeff King (knee) underwent knee surgery early in the offseason. The coaching staff hopes King can return to practice in early June.

TE | Jordan Cameron | Cleveland Browns | Fantasy
The Cleveland Browns really like TE Jordan Cameron as their starting tight end and have been targeting him a lot in organized team activities.

TE | Rob Gronkowski | New England Patriots | Injury, Fantasy
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said that the prognosis following arm surgery for TE Rob Gronkowski (forearm, back) was "as good a report as we could hope for."

Offensive Tackle

OT | Terrell Brown | St. Louis Rams | Transaction, Free Agents
The St. Louis Rams signed undrafted free-agent OT Terrell Brown (Mississippi) to an undisclosed deal.

OT | Doug Free | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys OTs Doug Free and Jermey Parnell split time at right tackle during the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 21.

OT | Max Starks | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers OT Max Starks, who was signed to an undisclosed one-year deal Tuesday, May 21, is likely to become the team's starting left guard this year. Starks will likely replace OT King Dunlap at the position, with OT D.J. Fluker, the team's first-round pick, starting at right tackle.

OT | Mark X. Jackson | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The Minnesota Vikings waived OT Mark X. Jackson Tuesday, May 21.

OT | Kevin Haslam | Free Agent | Transaction, Free Agents
The San Diego Chargers released OT Kevin Haslam Tuesday, May 21.

OT | JC Tretter | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers OL JC Tretter (ankle) broke his ankle during practice Monday, May 20, according to his agent. Tretter is expected to miss six months.

OT | Andre Smith | Cincinnati Bengals | Fantasy
Cincinnati Bengals T Andre Smith is absent from organized team activities because he "has to deal with some stuff he has to take care of," per head coach Marvin Lewis. It's not related to his conditioning, though.


OG | Edmund Kugbila | Carolina Panthers | Transaction
The Carolina Panthers signed fourth-round pick OG Edmund Kugbila to a four-year deal.

OG | Nate Garner | Miami Dolphins | Depth Chart Tidbit
Miami Dolphins OG Nate Garner rotated in at left guard and center during organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 21. He was the team's backup right tackle last season.

OG | David Arkin | Dallas Cowboys | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys OG David Arkin and OL Ronald Leary split time at right guard during organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 21, with OG Mackenzy Bernadeau (shoulder) still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Defensive Line

DL | Jay Ratliff | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys DT Jay Ratliff and DE DeMarcus Ware did not participate in team drills Tuesday, May 21, during the first day of organized team activities (OTAs).

DL | Sean Lissemore | Dallas Cowboys | Injury
Dallas Cowboys DL Sean Lissemore did not participate in team drills during organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 21, although he was able to work off to the side.

DL | Malliciah Goodman | Atlanta Falcons | Transaction
The Atlanta Falcons signed DL Malliciah Goodman to a $2.557 million deal that includes a $397,088 bonus.

DL | Jerel Worthy | Green Bay Packers | Injury
Green Bay Packers DT Jerel Worthy (knee) said he is going to play again at some point in 2013 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in Week 17.

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."


LB | Brian Urlacher | Retired | Transaction, Free Agents
Free-agent MLB Brian Urlacher (Bears) retired after 13 seasons.

LB | Greg M. Jones | Tennessee Titans | Transaction
The Tennessee Titans signed LB Greg M. Jones to a two-year deal worth $1.2 million. He has salaries of $555,000 and $645,000 with no signing bonus.

LB | John Simon | Baltimore Ravens | Transaction
The Baltimore Ravens signed fourth-round pick LB John Simon to a four-year, $2.545 million deal.

LB | Aldon Smith | San Francisco 49ers | Injury
San Francisco 49ers LB Aldon Smith (shoulder) is still recovering from labrum surgery during the offseason. He has been doing a "little bit" of work at the start of organized team activities (OTAs).

LB | Emmanuel Lamur | Cincinnati Bengals | Depth Chart Tidbit
Cincinnati Bengals LB Emmanuel Lamur could have a breakout season in 2013. Lamur has added weight in the offseason while maintaining his speed.

LB | Manti Te'o | San Diego Chargers | Fantasy
San Diego Chargers LB Manti Te'o has been looking good during the team's organized team activities this week, but the team hasn't been in pads yet. Te'o displayed good balance and looked faster than on film while staying low. He looked smooth in pass coverage but not very fluid in his retreat. He lined up next to LB Donald Butler as the "mike" linebacker in 11-on-11 drills. In rookie drills, he worked at both inside spots. Te'o said the team's 3-4 scheme is similar to what he played in at Notre Dame.

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 inside linebackers in their new defense.

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


CB | Charles Woodson | Oakland Raiders | Transaction, Free Agents
The Oakland Raiders agreed to terms with free-agent CB Charles Woodson (Packers) on a one-year, $1.8 million contract Tuesday, May 21.

CB | Jamar Taylor | Miami Dolphins | Injury
Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor (hernia) was in Philadelphia Tuesday, May 21, undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia. The recovery time is three to six weeks, and he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

CB | Darrelle Revis | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Injury
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrelle Revis (knee) has been cleared to cut and change directions. "I feel very confident," Revis said Tuesday, May 21.

CB | Morris Claiborne | Dallas Cowboys | Fantasy
Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne has bulked up from 185 pounds to 193 pounds during the offseason. He said Tuesday, May 21, that he is getting used to the added weight, but is happy it's there. "Anytime you're out there playing corner you have to be ready, you have to be ready to tackle when the opportunity presents itself, so with me putting on a couple of pounds and getting more physical and being in the weight room I think is going to help out a lot," Clairborne said.

CB | Leon Hall | Cincinnati Bengals | Injury
Updating a previous report, Cincinnati Bengals CB Leon Hall (thumb) worked in individual drills, but not the one-on-one drills or team work.

CB | Tim Jennings | Chicago Bears | Injury
Chicago Bears CB Tim Jennings (undisclosed) did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 21.

CB | Brent Grimes | Miami Dolphins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (Achilles') shined in organized team activities practice Tuesday, May 21. Grimes looked healthy after coming off Achilles' surgery, batting down multiple passes in practice.

Strong Safety

SS | Will Allen | Dallas Cowboys | Depth Chart Tidbit
Dallas Cowboys SS Will Allen rotated with FS Matt Johnson Tuesday, May 21, during organized team activities (OTAs), working opposite SS Barry Church.

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.

Free Safety

FS | Malcolm Bronson | Kansas City Chiefs | Transaction, Free Agents
The Kansas City Chiefs signed undrafted free-agent FS Malcolm Bronson (McNeese State) to an undisclosed deal.

FS | Jamoris Slaughter | Cleveland Browns | Transaction
The Cleveland Browns signed FS Jamoris Slaughter Tuesday, May 21. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


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