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  • Shaq Lawson DE | BUF

    Bills' Shaq Lawson: Cleared of injury

    Lawson is no longer slowed by the ankle injury that ended his season last December, Josh Reed of WIVB 4 Buffalo reports. "Since I got cleared with the ankle injury I'm doing everything right," Lawson said. "I took care of my body, I'm eating right and doing everything a pro does to be successful."

    It's a make-or-break year for Lawson as he enters his third NFL campaign. The defensive end, who was the 19th overall selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, has struggled to stay on the field the past two campaigns, missing 11 regular-season contests and one playoff game. With only six sacks in the 21 games he has played, Lawson hasn't been the edge-rushing terror the Bills envisioned when they selected him out of Clemson. With the Bills adding a proven pass rusher in Trent Murphy (knee) in free agency this offseason, Lawson's starting gig is in jeopardy, and he may be firmly on the roster bubble heading into training camp.

  • Tarell Basham LB | IND

    Colts' Tarell Basham: Opportunity to start this season

    Basham has performed well during the Colts' offseason program will have an opportunity to start opposite Jabaal Sheard in 2018, Kevin Bowen of 1070 The Fan Indianapolis reports.

    Basham, who is down 15 pounds from his rookie season, has been playing with the starting unit throughout the offseason and is beginning to separate himself from the rest of his competitors. The 24-year-old's physical transformation coupled with the Colts' change to a 4-3 defensive scheme -- which he thrived in during his collegiate career at Ohio -- may allow him to open camp atop the depth chart at the left end spot.

  • Tavon Young CB | BAL

    Ravens' Tavon Young: Near 100 percent healthy

    Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Young (knee) performed well during the team's minicamp last week, Mike Preston of The Baltimore Sun reports. "For the first time, it looked like, to me, [Young] really got past the trepidation coming back off the knee [injury] -- if that's the right word," Harbaugh said. "I thought he let it cut loose a little bit more and looked really good."

    Young is close to 100 percent healthy after tearing his ACL a little over a year ago. The cornerback went through drills last week against wideouts and it appears his burst and acceleration have returned, as well as his skills in press coverage. A healthy Young will be a huge boost to the Baltimore secondary, with the third-year player likely to compete for the starting nickelback role.

  • Brent Urban DE | BAL

    Ravens' Brent Urban: Returns to the field

    Urban (foot) practiced with the team during last week's minicamp.

    Urban has battled a series of injuries throughout his first four seasons, limiting the defensive lineman to just 25 career appearances. After re-signing with the Ravens on a one-year deal this offseason, Urban will have to stay on the field and perform effectively to put himself in the team's plans beyond 2018.

  • Jaylen Hill DB | BAL

    Ravens' Jaylen Hill: Could start season on PUP list

    Hill (knee) is a candidate to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, John Eisenberg of the Ravens' official site reports.

    Hill suffered a knee injury that included damage to his ACL and MCL in the Ravens' Week 16 win over the Colts. It seems highly unlikely the cornerback would be ready for training camp next month, so moving Hill to the PUP list would give the Ravens some temporary roster flexibility.

  • Bam Bradley LB | BAL

    Ravens' Bam Bradley: Still not fully healed

    Bradley (knee) hasn't been participating in team activities this offseason as he continues to recover from a torn ACL, Sarah Ellison of the Ravens' official site reports.

    Bradley tore his ACL back in mid-September, so he may remain sidelined when training camp opens in July, making him a candidate to land on the Physically Unable to Perform list. After going undrafted out of Pittsburgh last April and having yet to log an NFL snap, Bradley will face an uphill battle in his quest to win a 53-man roster spot with the Ravens.

  • Rudy Ford CB | ARI

    Cardinals' Rudy Ford: Impressive this offseason

    Ford (knee) has impressed the Cardinals' coaching staff so far this offseason, Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic reports.

    Ford landed on injured reserve last December due to a knee issue. The second-year safety has apparently made a full recovery from the injury and has been a standout in OTAs in minicamp, despite having not logged a single defensive snap as a rookie. With the competition wide open at safety entering training camp, there is a possibility Ford could see an expanded role in 2018.

  • Steelers' Tyler Matakevich: Favored for starting ILB job

    Matakevich (shoulder) is healthy and now the frontrunner to be starting ILB for the Steelers after OTAs, ESPN.com reports.

    The Steelers signed Jon Bostic, who had 97 tackles (57 solo) for the Colts last season, but Matakevich stole the show during offseason workouts. Matakevich played with an edge while showing off his football instincts, and that combination makes him the likely replacement for Ryan Shazier (spine). The 2016 seventh-round pick has never played more than 60 defensive snaps in a season, however, so he'll need a solid preseason to solidify his role.

  • Malik Hooker DB | IND

    Colts' Malik Hooker: Progressing through rehab

    Hooker (knee) was limited in offseason workouts, but the Colts feel good about his progress, Andrew Walker of Colts.com reports.

    Hooker played just seven games in his rookie season for the Colts and produced 22 tackles (16 solo), four pass breakups and three interceptions. The Ohio State product is expected to lock in the one of two starting safety spots along with Matthias Farley, while Clayton Geathers plays a rotational role. Still, Hooker's usage will depend on his health, and nothing is certain coming off late-October ACL and MCL tears.

  • Dee Ford LB | KC

    Chiefs' Dee Ford: Skips team drills in offseason workouts

    Ford (back) did not participate in team drills during offseason workouts, but Chiefs coach Andy Reid expects him to be healthy for the start of training camp, the Chiefs' official site reports.

    Following the release of veteran Tamba Hali this offseason, the Chiefs appear content to give Ford the reins to the starting role opposite Justin Houston. Ford totaled 13 tackles (11 solo) and two sacks during an injury-shortened 2017 season that saw him play just six contests. Only a season removed from a 10-sack campaign in 2016, he could be in line for another big output in 2018 if he can stay healthy.

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