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  • Rams' Trumaine Johnson: No deal in sight

    Johnson is not expected to reach a long-term deal with the Rams before the July 17 franchise tag deadline, Vincent Bonsignore of The Orange County Register reports.

    Johnson was given the franchise tag designation earlier this offseason and it appears the Rams are willing to pay the 27-year-old the $16.7 million in 2017 -- making it a prove-it type season for the cornerback. The team would rather play the waiting game and see how Johnson performs in new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' defense before signing him to a long-term deal. After a breakout 2015 campaign, Johnson slipped a bit in production last season, racking up 57 tackles, 11 passes defensed and one interception across 14 games.

  • Andrew Luck QB | IND

    Colts' Andrew Luck: Not yet throwing

    Luck (shoulder) has yet to begin throwing as of Tuesday, Brody Miller of The Indianapolis Star reports.

    Luck spoke with the media during a break in Tuesday's Change The Play camp, noting his rehabilitation is "going well," despite the lack of throwing to date. The Colts don't require veterans to report to training camp until July 29, so a month remains before his first potential reps since undergoing surgery on a "slightly torn labrum" in his throwing shoulder in January. A full recovery from such a procedure typically requires six months, which he surpassed during the waning days of the offseason program. Whether or not he begins to toss the pigskin before camp, it's in the Colts' best interest to hold off until Luck's health is pristine, keeping his status up in the air for at least the next month.

  • Daniel Brown TE | CHI

    Bears' Daniel Brown: Could challenge for receiving tight end role

    With Zach Miller (foot) trying to prove himself to be a healthy and reliable option during training camp, Brown could compete for a role as the Bears' receiving tight end, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Brown had an audition for this role during the last six games of 2016 when Miller was sidelined with a foot injury. Despite his opportunity, Brown averaged just 20 yards per game, and he'd need to make a tremendous leap this year to profile as a significant contributor. In addition, should Brown move ahead of Miller on the depth chart, he'll still have to compete for targets with Dion Sims and Adam Shaheen. This situation won't have much clarity until training camp begins.

  • Kirk Cousins QB | WAS

    Redskins' Kirk Cousins: Talks continue

    Cousins and the Redskins remain apart on a long-term deal, but both sides have described the talks as positive, Mike Jones of The Washington Post reports.

    It appears as if the Redskins are making a push to get Cousins a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline, but the two sides are still a ways apart. The quarterback's camp believes all offers thus far have been under market value, a benchmark that has been made much clearer after Derek Carr signed a $125 million extension last week. With Matthew Stafford also in talks for a new deal, it appears Cousins' best option at the moment is to remain patient. Both sides have made public their confidence in a new deal being reached, but with only 20 days until the deadline, there's a real chance Cousins will once again be stuck with the franchise tag.

  • Colts' Darell Daniels: Vying for roster spot

    Daniels will compete for a reserve spot on the Colts' 53-man roster, Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official site reports.

    Daniels was scooped up by the Colts after he went undrafted this spring, and the rookie now has a chance to secure a spot on the depth chart behind Erik Swoope and Jack Doyle. He'll have to beat out the likes of Brandon Williams (concussion), Mo Alie-Cox and Colin Jeter during training camp and the preseason.

  • Michael Floyd WR | MIN

    Vikings' Michael Floyd: Likely to report to hometown club

    Vikings GM Rick Spielman said he expects Floyd to be with the team for the start of training camp.

    Released by the Cardinals in December after a DUI arrest, Floyd spent 24 days in an Arizona jail in February and was granted permission to finish out his house arrest in Minnesota after signing with his hometown team. His violation of the house arrest led to speculation he'd be released, but it seems the Vikings still plan on giving him a shot, even though his argument in the recent legal case -- blaming his significant kombucha consumption for positive alcohol tests -- seems flimsy at best. While he should be available at the start of training camp, Floyd may find himself merely competing for the No. 4 spot on the depth chart, as 2016 first-round selection Laquon Treadwell got most of the first-team work alongside Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen when the Vikings used three-wide sets during their offseason program. Given that he has no real history of contributing on special teams, Floyd may have to battle just to make the Week 1 roster.

  • Braxton Miller WR | HOU

    Texans' Braxton Miller: May stay in slot for 2017

    Texans receivers coach John Perry believes Miller has enough quickness and speed to continue playing the slot, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "The thing that's really intriguing is that [Miller]'s generally a larger guy than most slot receivers," said Perry. "But he does have that quickness and speed to go along with that. That's something that's really valuable and gives him options to play on the outside and do those things, too. He's fighting to try to get on the field in a lot of different ways."

    After running a 4.50 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 201 pounds, the former Ohio State quarterback seemed to profile as an outside receiver. Still, he also displayed excellent agility and quickness by posting top-three marks among wideouts in the three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle at the 2016 Combine. The Texans tried to take advantage of that quickness last season by using Miller from the slot in three-wide sets, but his lack of polish was on clear display as he caught only 15 of 28 targets for 99 yards and a score in 10 games. He served as the No. 3 receiver whenever he was healthy, missing two games in September with a hamstring injury and later sitting out the final four weeks with a shoulder sprain. Miller received a clean bill of health in January, giving him a full offseason to solidify his role as the slot receiver in three-wide formations. He doesn't seem to have much competition, if any, and he could eventually push Will Fuller for the No. 2 spot if last year's first-round pick can't bounce back from a rookie campaign which featured minimal production after Week 5.

  • Dion Jordan DE | SEA

    Seahawks' Dion Jordan: Undergoes knee clean-up procedure

    Jordan underwent offseason knee surgery, Geoffrey C. Arnold of The Oregonian reports. "He had to get a knee cleaned up," coach Pete Carroll said. "He had some loose bodies that were getting in the way and causing some real discomfort."

    The knee surgery prevented Jordan, who signed with the Seahawks in April, from taking part in any offseason practices. It isn't clear if he'll be ready to go in time for training camp.

  • Eagles' Patrick Robinson: Participates in offseason program

    Robinson (groin) participated in the Eagles' offseason program, Aaron Kasinitz of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports. "It feels great to be healthy," Robinson said. "Just being able to do the things I've done over the years and trying to do everything I can to help this team."

    Robinson missed nine games in 2016 due to a groin injury and finished the season with one of the worst stat lines of his career. Now healthy again, the 29-year-old is primed to open the 2017 campaign in a starting role.

  • Sean Smith CB | OAK

    Raiders' Sean Smith: Healthy after shoulder surgery

    Smith has recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

    Smith tore his labrum last October when diving for a pass in a game against the Buccaneers and underwent corrective surgery in January. Now healthy, Smith should open training camp without limitations.

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