NotedSports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King reports that he's hearing the Jags have some very interesting offensive wrinkles set to try with fourth-round pick Ace Sanders. King said Sanders could be a lesser Tavon Austin, who is a fellow rookie with the Rams.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys could have interest in free agent receiver Laurent Robinson. The report says Dallas hoped to keep Robinson after his breakout season in 2011 but could not come close to the 5-year, $32.5 million contract he received from Jacksonville. Robinson caught 24 passes for 252 yards and no touchdowns for the Jaguars in 2012 but suffered four concussions. He caught 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns in his only season with the Cowboys. Robinsons health is a concern, but he developed a strong rapport with quarterback Tony Romo, especially in the red zone, that he remains an option to return. Obviously, he played lights out and we tried to sign him last year and his price got more than we could handle under our cap, executive vice president Stephen Jones said. But obviously things change from year-to-year. Weve got to look at the big picture with Laurent. He had some injuries that were going to be doing our homework on and be going from there.
The Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is on top of the depth chart heading into training camp ahead of Chad Henne for the starting job. The report says that "barring a horrific August, Gabbert will be the starter against Kansas City on Sept. 8."
CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco believes Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts will break out in 2013. Shorts revealed he's put on seven pounds of muscle this offseason to help shed defensive backs that jam him on the line of scrimmage. He said he feels stronger and more explosive. He's also headed to Larry Fitzgerald's workouts in Minneapolis this summer for the second year in a row. "Fitzgerald is the ideal pro," Shorts said. "He's an extremely hard worker, extremely humble. He's the professional of all professionals. He gets it. You can see why he's one of the best. I want to work to get there."
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said his foot is healed following offseason surgery and rehab for a Lisfranc injury. He's now focused on strengthening his ankle and running. By doing these things he can lose any excess weight he put on during the offseason.
While visiting the President at the White House with his former Ravens teammates, new Texans safety Ed Reed admitted to the Ravens' official team website that he could miss some games thanks to his injured hip. He had surgery for it after signing with Houston and needs up to three months of recovery time. "I plan on being back for Week 1," Reed said. "But as you've known me for the longest time, Im going to be smart about my injuries and make sure Im there for the later part of the season when the team really needs me."
The Houston Chronicle reports that Texans receiver DeVier Posey is closer than hes ever been to returning to participation. Posey suffered a torn Achilles in January and had surgery four and a half months ago. I should be out on the field next week doing drills and getting acclimated to the heat and getting my foot on that solid ground again, Posey said. Posey has attended OTAs while only being able to watch from the sidelines. Were making a decision on him at the end of camp because of the PUP and those type of things, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. Hes doing everything he can. Hes going to come back and hes going to play for us next year. How early is the question.
Arian Foster told FOXSports.com he would "more than likely" be ready for training camp after straining his calf in late May. Its just a small calf strain," he said of the injury. "News is dry in the offseason, so it made headlines."
Texans linebacker Brooks Reed was present at the team's OTA workouts following offseason groin surgery. He's been lifting weights and running hard for the past three weeks without issue according to Comcast Sportsnet.
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing believes he'll be cleared to resume football activities on July 17 following a check-up with noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. Cushing is working his way back from a torn left ACL suffered last October.