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June 16, 2021 01:00 PM
Patriots' N'Keal Harry: Practices Wednesday
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Harry (calf) practiced Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Harry, who appeared to tweak his right calf Tuesday, was back on the field Wednesday, with no protective wrap on his lower leg. The 2019 first-rounder will now strive to maintain the momentum he'd recently been building at practice. At this stage, he's probably behind Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and Jakobi Meyers in the Patriots' wideout pecking order, but Harry's size (6-4, 225 pounds) and ability to make contested catches give him a degree of red-zone upside, and he'll look to cement a role in the team's offense with a strong showing this summer.

June 16, 2021 12:04 PM
Ravens' Rashod Bateman: Misses practice with stomach bug
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Bateman did not take part in practice Tuesday due to a stomach illness, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Bateman doesn't seem likely to miss a ton of time because of the bug, but he was unable to make the final mandatory minicamp session Wednesday because of it. The rookie will likely try to get in as much offseason work as possible to get acclimated to football's top level and it seems likely he'll get back at it in training camp next month.

June 16, 2021 08:24 AM
Browns' Nick Chubb: Wants to remain a Brown
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Chubb indicated he wants to remain a member of the Browns after his rookie contract expires in 2021, Jake Trotter of reports. "It would mean a lot," Chubb said. "Cleveland is where I want to be. Hopefully everything can work out in that direction."

Chubb added that his agent and the team have already discussed a potential extension this offseason. He's been a key component of Cleveland's offense since he arrived as a second-round pick in 2018, but it was the 2020 season behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL and as part of a run-heavy offense that solidified his desire to remain with Cleveland.

June 16, 2021 02:36 AM
Broncos' Natrez Patrick: Carted off Tuesday
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Patrick was carted off the practice field Tuesday at mandatory minicamp with an apparent leg injury, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

The specifics of the injury remain unclear, but any potential absence in training camp would be significant for Patrick. The 23-year-old totaled three tackles in 13 games with the Rams last year before being claimed off waivers by the Broncos in January.

June 16, 2021 02:28 AM
Jets' Mekhi Becton: Ready for training camp
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Becton (foot) is expected to be fully healthy for the start of training camp, Brian Costello of the New York Post reports.

The 2020 first-round pick has been battling a foot injury, but it's not expected to affect him for the start of camp. Becton started 13 games at left tackle as a rookie and will continue working there in 2021.

June 16, 2021 02:12 AM
49ers' Justin Skule: Reverts to IR
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Skule (knee) cleared waivers and reverted to the 49ers' injured reserve Monday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Skule was waived/injured by the 49ers over the weekend after suffering a torn ACL, and he'll now spend the 2021 season on injured reserve, unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team.

June 16, 2021 02:08 AM
Bears' Robert Quinn: Nursing lower back issue
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Quinn didn't practice at mandatory minicamp Tuesday due to a lower back injury, Jeff Dickerson of reports.

Coach Matt Nagy said the team is exercising caution, so Quinn's availability for the start of training camp shouldn't be in question. The 31-year-old struggled during his first season in Chicago with 20 tackles (14 solo), a career-low two sacks and three forced fumbles in 15 games.

June 16, 2021 01:56 AM
Bears' Eddie Goldman: Not at minicamp
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Goldman is absent for the start of mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Coach Matt Nagy expressed his displeasure and indicated it's not an excused absence for the defensive lineman, which could result in some fines. Goldman opted out of the 2020 campaign for health concerns related to COVID-19, so he's already more of an unknown after a year off.

June 16, 2021 01:52 AM
Chiefs' Chris Jones: Set for more edge work
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The Chiefs plan to utilize Jones more often as a defensive end in 2021 compared to previous seasons, Adam Teicher of reports.

The 26-year-old has 32 sacks over the the past three years while seeing most of his playing time at defensive tackle, but defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo plans to alter the pass rush and move him to the edge more this season. Jones has been a force at defensive tackle and should continue to see the bulk of his reps there, but a more flexible pass rush could lead to more opportunities to bring down the quarterback after Kansas City struggled to record sacks last season.

June 16, 2021 10:28 AM
Broncos' Bradley Chubb: On track for camp
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Chubb (ankle) is expected to be ready for the start of training camp, though his conditioning will be monitored early on, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

The 24-year-old missed OTAs after undergoing minor ankle surgery in May, and he's on track for the start of camp as previously expected. Chubb missed the final two games of 2020 due to an injury to the same ankle, so the Broncos will exercise caution early in camp.

June 16, 2021 10:28 AM
Broncos' Essang Bassey: Won't be 100 percent for camp
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Bassey (knee) will begin training camp with limitations, Zac Stevens of reports.

Bassey underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in December, so it's not too surprising he won't be fully cleared for the start of camp. The UDFA played well as a rookie in 12 games before the injury with 23 tackles (21 solo) and an interception, though he may not be ready for Week 1 while working through his rehab.

June 16, 2021 01:36 AM
Panthers' Troy Pride: Could miss start of camp
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Pride (undisclosed) may not be healthy for the start of training camp, Alaina Getzenberg of The Charlotte Observer reports.

The 2020 fourth-round pick landed on injured reserve with a hip injury ahead of Week 17, and it's unclear if he's still managing that injury or if he's dealing with a new issue. Regardless, the fact Pride might not be ready for the start of camp in late July indicates it's likely more than a minor injury.

June 16, 2021 12:36 AM
Ravens' Tavon Young: Practicing at minicamp
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Young (knee) participated at Tuesday's practice during mandatory minicamp, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The 27-year-old tore his ACL in Week 2 last year and missed the remainder of the season, but he appears to have recovered well and should be fully cleared entering training camp. Young has had trouble staying healthy, as he also missed the entirety of the 2017 and 2019 campaigns with knee and neck injuries, respectively

June 16, 2021 10:24 AM
Seahawks' D'Wayne Eskridge: Dealing with toe injury
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Eskridge is limited at mandatory minicamp this week while managing a toe injury, Brady Henderson of reports.

The rookie second-round pick has been able to catch passes while jogging, so he's still been able to work out in at least a small capacity. Eskridge will have more than a month to get healthy before the start of training camp in late July.

June 16, 2021 10:20 AM
Jets' Elijah Moore: Impressing in practice
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Moore has drawn rave reviews from coach Robert Saleh and has been the star of the Jets' offseason practices, Rich Cimini of reports.

Saleh described both Moore's work ethic and mindset as "off the charts." The 34th overall selection in this year's draft played predominantly in the slot in college but has been lining up both in the slot and on the outside in practice. Moore's outstanding route running ability and speed, coupled with the intangibles Saleh praised, have allowed him to excel despite his slight 5-10, 178-pound frame. Moore appears poised to join DK Metcalf and A.J. Brown as the latest wide receiver out of Ole Miss to turn into an impact player at the NFL level.

June 16, 2021 11:52 AM
Seahawks' Rashaad Penny: Recovering from cleanup procedure
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Penny isn't participating at mandatory minicamp this week after undergoing a cleanup procedure on his knee earlier in the offseason, Joe Fann of NBC Sports Northwest reports.

Penny was limited to three games in 2020 while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in late 2019, and the cleanup procedure was on the same knee. Coach Pete Carroll expects the 25-year-old to be ready for training camp at the end of July, but it's a worrying sign for a tailback that's struggled to stay healthy over the past couple years.

June 16, 2021 10:16 AM
Dolphins' Xavien Howard: Skipping minicamp
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Howard won't report to mandatory minicamp while attempting to secure a new contract, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.

The 27-year-old inked a five-year, $75 million extension in May 2019 and has four years remaining on that deal, but he's seeking a raise after earning All-Pro honors in 2020 while recording 10 interceptions and allowing a 53.0 passer rating when targeted. Teammate Byron Jones is one of five cornerbacks in the league with a higher average annual salary, and Howard wants to be higher up that list following a stellar season. He could be fined up to $93,000 if he sits out the full minicamp, though it seems likely Miami would excuse his absence to avoid exacerbating the situation.

June 16, 2021 10:16 AM
Patriots' Mac Jones: Follows Newton at practice
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Over the last two days of the Patriots' mandatory minicamp, Jones has been following 2020 starter Cam Newton in the team's QB rotation, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Also in the team's signal-caller mix are third-year player Jarrett Stidham, as well as veteran Brian Hoyer, but at this stage Newton remains atop the depth chart while Jones -- the No. 15 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft --gets acclimated to the Patriots' offensive system. Down the road, Jones figures to push Newton for the top job, but how quickly he'll be ready to supplant the incumbent remains to be seen.

June 15, 2021 04:12 PM
Falcons' Calvin Ridley: Expects to be ready for camp
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Ridley, who underwent what has been described as minor offseason foot surgery, is "pretty sure (he'll) be ready" for the start of training camp, Michael Rothstein of ESPN reports.

While Ridley is not practicing at this time, he has been present at the Falcons' facility rehabbing, working out and participating in walk-throughs. With Julio Jones no longer in the mix, Ridley profiles as the team's clear-cut top wideout, a context that solidifies his already high-volume role in Atlanta's offense.

June 16, 2021 12:52 AM
Patriots' N'Keal Harry: Tweaks calf Tuesday
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Harry appeared to tweak his right calf during Tuesday's practice, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

It remains to be seen if this is an issue that might hamper the wideout beyond Tuesday, but Harry, who reportedly had been building momentum this week per Howe, can ill afford a lengthy setback as he attempts to solidify his role in the Patriots offense following the team's offseason additions of Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. With returnee Jakobi Meyers also in the mix, Harry is currently competing for depth slotting with Gunner Olszewski, Marvin Hall, Isaiah Zuber, Kristian Wilkerson, Tre Nixon and Devin Smith. Since being taken in the first round of the 2019 draft, Harry has yet to establish himself as a consistent threat in the team's attack, and the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder may have to look sharp this summer just to retain his roster spot.

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