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  • 49ers' Reuben Foster: Participating in OTAs

    Foster (shoulder) has been a limited participant in OTAs, ESPN's Nick Wagoner reports. "We've allowed him to participate in anything that there's no possibility of contact. So, if he's doing any of the individual drills and not going against people, then he's able to do everything because he can run and do it all," explained head coach Kyle Shanahan.

    Foster is still in rehabilitation from February shoulder surgery but it sounds like he's moving around well and remains on track to return in full capacity for training camp. Shanahan said his preparation to this point has been geared more to the weak side, so look for him to assume backup duties to Malcolm Smith when camp opens.

  • Jay Ajayi RB | MIA

    Dolphins' Jay Ajayi: To see more carries

    Ajayi could see as many as 350 rushing attempts in 2017, James Walker of ESPN.com reports. "I'm ready for it," Ajayi said Tuesday. "I prepare myself every season to take a huge workload and be able to carry the team, and I think I'm ready for that."

    The Dolphins will hope Ajayi can replicate his Pro Bowl 2016 campaign in which he rushed for 1,272 yards and eight touchdowns on 260 attempts in 15 games. The 23-year-old only started 12 games and didn't catch fire until Week 6, but if he's able to start the season off hot, expect the opportunities to rack up. Based on his yards per carry total from last season (4.9), Ajayi would have exceeded 1,700 yards rushing with a 350-carry workload. It will be up to the young back to prove last year was no fluke, but if he can do so, he'll be a top fantasy commodity.

  • Chris Thompson RB | WAS

    Redskins' Chris Thompson: Could see extended reps

    Thompson could be in line for extended reps this season, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. "I have a feeling I might get a little more this year," Thompson said. "I just see how the workouts and everything are going, when we're working together as a group."

    With a budding battle between Rob Kelley and rookie Samaje Perine for the top running back spot, Thompson will quietly assume the third-down responsibilities for the Redskins in 2017. Playing on a one-year contract, the veteran will have to prove his value this season, which won't be hard to do if he continues to see increased reps on offense. Thompson is clearly the best pass catcher in the backfield and was productive last season with his reps, averaging 7.1 yards per reception and 5.2 yards per rush. If either Kelley or Perine struggles, look for Washington to rely on Thompson as a security blanket.

  • Dion Lewis RB | NE

    Patriots' Dion Lewis: Looking good at OTAs

    Lewis (hamstring) looked explosive at OTAs and could still carve out a role as a reserve running back and kickoff returner, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

    While the offseason additions of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead might make him expendable, Lewis has a small enough contract that the Patriots presumably intend to keep him around. It isn't yet clear how snaps will be divided between the aforementioned trio and James White, but it at least seems Lewis is healthy enough to compete for a part-time role on offense after injuring his hamstring during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Gillislee is the best bet to fill a power role similar to LeGarrette Blount's from last season, while Lewis, White and Burkhead all are largely valued for their strong work on passing downs.

  • Jets' Austin Seferian-Jenkins: Down to 260 pounds

    Seferian-Jenkins (suspension) has lost about 25 pounds from his peak weight of 285 last season, checking in at 260 for OTAs, ESPN.com's Rich Cimini reports.

    The 2014 second-round selection was released by the Bucs in September after being charged with a DUI, and the Jets then claimed him off waivers and used him in a minor role throughout the rest of the season. Seferian-Jenkins caught 10 of 17 targets for 110 yards in seven games with his new team, also missing a few contests due to hamstring and ankle injuries, and thus failing to play double-digit games for a third time in as many NFL seasons. While he still needs to serve a two-game suspension for the DUI, it sounds as if Seferian-Jenkins has finally turned his full attention to football, undergoing what his agent referred to as a "mental and physical lifestyle change." He'll still need to prove himself in training camp and the preseason, but the Jets don't have much in the way of other talent at a position they hope to involve in the passing game for the first time since 2014. Seferian-Jenkins has a real shot at the lead role once he returns from suspension in Week 3.

  • Lions' Jared Abbrederis: Competing for No. 3 spot

    Abbrederis will compete for the No. 3 receiver job this preseason, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    After being released by the Packers due to his injury history, Abbrederis signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions in January. Having played the slot in Green Bay, the third-year wideout seems like a natural fit for the No. 3 spot behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate in Detroit. However, he'll have to fend off competition from TJ Jones, Jace Billingsley and rookie Kenny Golladay.

  • Patriots' Danny Amendola: Facing competition

    Amendola may be in danger of losing his roster spot this preseason, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

    Amendola is one of 12 wideouts on the Patriots' current roster, but it's believed only six or seven will make the final 53-man roster in September. There appears to be five "locks" at the position -- Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Matthew Slater -- leaving the other seven wideouts competing for a maximum of two spots. While Amendola, who took a pay cut earlier in the offseason, seems to be the most likely option to remain given his time spent with the club, new additions like Andrew Hawkins, Devin Street and Devin Lucien could give the veteran a run for his money. It's clearly way too early to tell what the final verdict will be considering potential injuries and preseason performances, but for the first time in New England, Amendola's status is in question.

  • Vikings' Jerick McKinnon: Puts on 11 pounds

    McKinnon put on weight while working with Adrian Peterson in the offseason, bulking up from 200 pounds to 211, Chris Tomasson of The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    McKinnon hopes to replace Peterson as the team's lead runner, but such a role probably isn't in the cards after Minnesota signed Latavius Murray (ankle) to a three-year, $15 million contract and then drafted Dalvin Cook in the second round. McKinnon has been getting first-team snaps at OTAs, benefitting from Murray's recovery from surgery and Cook's inexperience. While he'll likely still factor into the offense in some capacity due to his speed and receiving ability, McKinnon seems the least likely of the three to enter Week 1 in the lead role. He had a better opportunity last season, but ended up averaging a paltry 3.4 yards per carry and 4.7 yards per target while splitting work with Matt Asiata.

  • Joseph Fauria: Attempting comeback

    Fauria is attempting a comeback this season, Alex Marvez of SportingNews.com reports. "I'm trying my best," Fauria said. "Last year didn't go as planned. I didn't get any tryouts, but I have my head on straight now. I'm in good shape. I'm ready to go. I just want one more chance."

    The 27-year-old tight end who took the league by storm in 2013 for his creative touchdown celebrations will now look to find his way back onto a 53-man roster in 2017. Although he only totaled 18 receptions in 2013, seven of them were for scores, providing Fauria with some short-lived fantasy prominence. The 6-foot-7 target has the size and experience, but his three-year absence from the league may be too much to overcome.

  • Redskins' D.J. Swearinger: Likely to start at free safety

    Swearinger appears likely to start at free safety for the Redskins this season, John Keim of ESPN.com reports. "He just looks like a safety back there," head coach Jay Gruden noted. "He has got a lot of talent. We know that he's a physical guy, but as far as coverages and breaking up things, he's got a lot of confidence and he's going to really, really emerge as a top safety not only for this team but in this league."

    Swearinger signed a three-year deal with the Redskins this offseason. Washington has plenty of depth at safety, but with DeAngelo Hall coming off ACL surgery, it appears it will be Swearinger's job to lose. The 25-year-old is expected to line up alongside Su'a Cravens in the starting lineup, as the second-year man transitions from linebacker to strong safety this offseason.