Rams WR Reynolds recovering from torn labrum
Mon, May 21, 2018, 7:23 PMJoe Curley on Twitter
Rams second-year WR Josh Reynolds underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum.
Analysis: He suffered the injury on special teams in the fourth quarter of the Wild Card loss to the Falcons in January. It's fair to wonder if Reynolds will even be ready for the start of training camp. The sophomore was talked about as a potential fantasy sleeper after the Rams failed to re-sign Sammy Watkins, but L.A. later traded for Brandin Cooks. Reynolds will again be the No. 4 wideout.
Giants sign WR Russell Shepard
Mon, May 21, 2018, 6:57 PM
Giants signed WR Russell Shepard, formerly of the Panthers.
Analysis: Shepard links back up with GM Dave Gettleman, who handed Shepard a three-year, $10 million deal last offseason before he was fired by the Panthers. Shepard brought nothing to the table as a receiver in Carolina but remains an effective special teams player. He'll compete for a job this summer.
Le'Veon Bell not reporting to Steelers' OTAs
Mon, May 21, 2018, 5:48 PMESPN.com
Franchise player Le'Veon Bell will not report for the start of Steelers' OTAs on Tuesday.
Analysis: OTAs are voluntary, so Bell has every right not to attend. This also comes as no surprise whatsoever with Bell remaining without a long-term deal and franchise-tagged for the second consecutive year. Bell skipped all of OTAs, minicamp, and training camp last year while on the tag.
Alvin Kamara's carries will rise sans Ingram
Mon, May 21, 2018, 3:57 PMNew Orleans Advocate
The New Orleans Advocate expects Alvin Kamara to handle 14-15 carries per game during Mark Ingram's four-week suspension.
Analysis: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported after Ingram's ban was announced that the Saints planned to feature Kamara more this season, anyway. Kamara caught 81 passes as a rookie but averaged only 7.5 carries per game, a number that has lots of room for sophomore growth. Kamara is squarely in the conversation as a top-five overall re-draft pick. Ingram has lost quite a bit of fantasy luster.
Ex-Bills G Richie Incognito indeed unretiring
Mon, May 21, 2018, 3:41 PMAdam Schefter on Twitter
Free agent OG Richie Incognito informed the Bills he will not retire before they granted his release on Monday.
Analysis: Some teams in the Bills' position wouldn't budge after feeling a player turned his back on them, but Buffalo quickly allowed Incognito to move on and begin engaging other teams. Although he's a short-term fix going on age 35, Incognito is plenty capable of helping a team at guard. The Ravens with ex-Bills OC Greg Roman make sense. The Bengals could also use another upgrade inside.
Cardinals cut Marcus Williams
Mon, May 21, 2018, 3:15 PM
Cardinals released CB Marcus Williams.
Analysis: He lasted just a month on the roster, ostensibly becoming expendable when the Cardinals traded for Jamar Taylor. Williams, 27, intercepted six passes for the Jets in 2015, but his career has trended downward ever since. It's not a great sign that still-cornerback-needy Arizona gave up on him so quickly.
Bills release OG Incognito from retired list
Mon, May 21, 2018, 3:07 PM
Bills released OG Richie Incognito.
Analysis: Incognito was believed to have retired last month, but he reportedly flirted with the idea of reporting to the Bills' offseason program, and has now been granted his release. Incognito turns 35 before the season, but he has continued to play at a high level. He was PFF's No. 12 overall guard in 2017 and No. 7 in pass blocking. If his heart is still in it, Incognito should not struggle to land a starting job on the open market.
Raiders sign Brandon Parker to rookie deal
Mon, May 21, 2018, 2:42 PM
Raiders signed third-round OT Brandon Parker to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Third-rounder Arden Key is Oakland's lone remaining unsigned draft pick. The Raiders traded up for Parker at No. 65 overall and intend to mold him into their right tackle of the future under new OL coach Tom Cable. They hope No. 15 overall pick Kolton Miller can lock down Derek Carr's bind side long term.
Raiders ink CB Nick Nelson to four-year deal
Mon, May 21, 2018, 2:21 PMScott Bair on Twitter
Raiders signed fourth-round CB Nick Nelson to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Nelson (5'11/200) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting his first two years at Hawaii and final season in Madison, where Nelson led the nation in pass breakups (21) and earned first-team All-Big Ten. Nelson never posted an interception in his college career, however, and ran 4.52 at the Combine. He then tore his meniscus during a pre-draft private workout with the Lions. Nelson is a candidate to "redshirt" his rookie year.
Jags' website expects Donte Moncrief to start
Mon, May 21, 2018, 2:07 PMjaguars.com
The Jaguars' official website believes Donte Moncrief is penciled in as a starter.
Analysis: Moncrief's fully guaranteed $9.6 million salary for 2018 suggested as much, but the Jags' receiver corps is crowded. Marqise Lee will start, while Keelan Cole was impressive as a rookie and D.J. Chark is a second-round investment. Second-year pro Dede Westbrook also flashed promise as a rookie. Moncrief was something of an underachiever with the Colts. He could leave the door open for competition in camp.
Jets get TE Chris Herndon under contract
Mon, May 21, 2018, 1:23 PMManish Mehta on Twitter
Jets signed fourth-round TE Chris Herndon to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Per PFF College, Herndon caught 35-of-43 slot targets in 2017, leading all college tight ends with an 81.4% catch rate when targeted inside. Herndon tore his MCL in Miami's regular-season finale and was unable to test before the draft. An adequate blocker and good enough athlete for an H-back role, Herndon offers some Charles Clay-like traits as a catch-first tight end. The Jets have one of the weakest tight-end corps in the league, so Herndon could get a chance to contribute early. He's still completing his recovery from his college knee injury.
Bengals get first-rounder Billy Price signed
Mon, May 21, 2018, 12:30 PM
Bengals signed No. 21 overall pick C Billy Price to a four-year contract.
Analysis: Price moved from guard to center as a senior at Ohio State and dominated there, winning with strength and explosiveness off the snap. An intense competitor with four years of high-level performance on film, Price is about as "pro ready" with a "high floor" as college offensive linemen get. Price is currently recovering from a torn pec suffered at the Combine but is expected to be ready for Week 1.
Pats, Gronk working on contract restructure
Mon, May 21, 2018, 11:54 AMJames Palmer on Twitter
NFL Network's James Palmer reports the Patriots and Rob Gronkowski are working on a contract restructure.
Analysis: Gronk cannot officially do another restructure which includes incentives until May 24th, one year after his last restructure, which also happens to be the date of New England's third OTA workout. The fact that it has yet to happen suggests it will contain incentives like the ones Gronk used to boost his salary to $10.75 million last season. Gronkowski is currently owed $17 million in base salary over the final two years of his deal.
3rd-round WR Michael Gallup signs rookie deal
Mon, May 21, 2018, 10:50 AMTodd Archer on Twitter
Cowboys signed third-round WR Michael Gallup to a four-year contract.
Ereck Flowers lines up as first-team RT
Mon, May 21, 2018, 9:31 AMRyan Dunleavy on Twitter
Ereck Flowers worked as the first-team right tackle during OTAs.
Analysis: It is a sign of support by the coaching staff after Flowers skipped much of the offseason program and the team reportedly tried to move him during the draft. In addition to Flowers, the Giants had Nate Solder at left tackle, Patrick Omameh at left guard, Brett Jones at center, and John Greco at right guard to start OTAs. Second-round OG Will Hernandez worked with the second-team.
Ravens OG Nico Siragusa had another surgery
Mon, May 21, 2018, 9:05 AMBaltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec reports Ravens OG Nico Siragusa underwent a second surgery on his knee this offseason.
Analysis: A fourth-round pick last year, Siragusa tore his ACL, MCL, and PCL during training camp last season. It is a devastating injury which already had him questionable for training camp, and the second surgery adds another layer of doubt. If he can get back, Siragusa should compete for a backup job.
Josh McCown the favorite to start Week 1?
Mon, May 21, 2018, 8:58 AMESPN
ESPN's Rich Cimini predicts Josh McCown opens the season as the Jets' starting quarterback.
Analysis: Unless No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold dominates during training camp and the preseason, it makes sense for the Jets to give him some time to develop. Not even 21 yet, Darnold would be the second-youngest quarterback to start an NFL game since the merger if he is given the reins Week 1, and he turned the ball over 22 time his final season at USC. Darnold should take over the job at some point this season -- Cimini predicts by Halloween -- but he may have to sit for a month or two.
Looking for new deal, Aaron Donald skips OTAs
Mon, May 21, 2018, 8:40 AMAdam Schefter on Twitter
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Aaron Donald will not participate in OTAs.
Analysis: It is not a surprise considering he held out through training camp last year in search of a new deal, one which he has yet to be awarded despite earning Defensive Player of the Year honors last season. Donald is scheduled to make $6.892 million in the final year of his rookie deal.
Report: Njoku will be 'full-time starter'
Mon, May 21, 2018, 8:32 AMAkron Beacon-Journal
The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich writes the Browns "plan" to use sophomore TE David Njoku as a "full-time starter."
Analysis: A first-round pick last year, Njoku played just 46.8% of the offensive snaps as a rookie and ceded targets to Seth Devalve. While free-agent addition Darren Fells will have a role as a blocker, Njoku should get the bulk of the passing-game work this season. He faces stiff competition for targets from the likes of Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry, but Njoku has the talent to put up a TE1 season if he gets the looks.
Antonio Callaway could push Corey Coleman
Mon, May 21, 2018, 8:28 AMAkron Beacon-Journal
The Akron Beacon Journal's Nate Ulrich believes fourth-round WR Antonio Callaway will push Corey Coleman for the No. 3 receiver job.
Analysis: Clearly out of favor with the new front office, Coleman is reportedly on the trading block, and it would not be surprising if he is dealt this summer. Even if he sticks around, he will face stiff competition from Callaway, a talented receiver who fell in the draft because of off-field concerns. With Josh Gordon and Jarvis Landry atop the depth chart, Coleman's Dynasty owners should hope he gets moved.