|Fri May 24||15:11||Colts try out Dante Rosario||Dante Rosario||TE||Chargers||Free Agent|
The Colts tried out free agent TE Dante Rosario on Thursday.
Indy GM Ryan Grigson was likely just updating his "emergency list." A special teamer and situational tight end, Rosario is seemingly good for a fluky monster fantasy game once per year. He scored three TDs in Week 2 last season.
|Source: Aaron Wilson on Twitter|
|Fri May 24||15:03||Kirk Cousins leading Redskins workouts||Kirk Cousins||QB||Redskins||Free Agent|
Kirk Cousins is getting all of the Redskins first-team offseason reps as Robert Griffin III rehabs his ACL and LCL tears.
"With the extra added reps that he's getting," said Mike Shanahan, "you can see the progression in his game." It's a reminder that Cousins could inherit some fantasy value if Griffin encounters a setback or gets injured again. Cousins saw action in three games as a rookie, starting one. He completed 33-of-48 passes (68.8 percent) for 466 yards (9.7 YPA) and a 4:3 TD-to-INT ratio.
|Source: Washington Times|
|Fri May 24||14:56||FB Tolbert: Panthers will be run-heavy in '13||Mike Tolbert||FB||Panthers||The Squirts|
Panthers FB Mike Tolbert promises the team will take a more run-heavy approach under new offensive playcaller Mike Shula.
The Panthers ran a "deception" offense for the first half of 2012, basing their entire formula on shotgun plays and read-option. The offense took off in the second half when more base runs were incorporated, and Carolina won four of its final six games including a 30-20 victory over Atlanta in Week 14. "I can't wait," said Tolbert. "In the running back room, we rejoiced when (Shula) said we're going to run the ball. That's one thing we're gonna do."
|Fri May 24||14:45||Rivera: Steve Smith looks 25 years old again||Steve Smith||WR||Panthers||Edgar's Kids|
Panthers coach Ron Rivera observed at OTAs that Steve Smith "looks like he's 25 again."
The coaching staff isn't wild about Smith's penchant for diving for passes at Organized Team Activities, but they don't discourage competitiveness. As the clear-cut No. 1 pass-game option in new OC Mike Shula's offense, expect Smith to turn in a third straight 1,000-plus-yard season despite having turned 34 in May.
|Source: Charlotte Observer|
|Fri May 24||14:39||Derek Newton reports to Texans at 330 pounds||Derek Newton||OT||Texans||Free Agent|
Texans RT Derek Newton weighed in at 330 pounds at the outset of OTAs.
To be fair, Newton is recovering from patellar tendon surgery. 330 is still too heavy for a zone-blocking lineman in Houston's scheme, and Newton will have to shed weight before camp if he's to keep his starting job. Newton got pushed around in 2012, particularly in the run game. But it's not more weight that he needs.
|Source: Houston Chronicle|
|Fri May 24||14:26||Andre Branch working as Jason Babin's backup||Andre Branch||DE||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Jaguars 2012 second-round pick Andre Branch is working as the backup "Leo" to Jason Babin at OTAs.
"Leo" is the primary pass-rushing position in new coach Gus Bradley's defense. It's a weak-side edge rusher who can play in either a two- or three-point stance. Branch was a colossal bust as a rookie, managing one sack across 13 games.
|Source: Florida Times Union|
|Fri May 24||14:23||Jeremy Mincey says he wore down physically||Jeremy Mincey||DL||Jaguars||Free Agent|
Jaguars DE Jeremy Mincey attributes his disappointing 2012 production to playing too many snaps and consequently wearing down.
Jacksonville had zero depth. "When you're playing 80 snaps, no man to man [defense], can't score any points, that's what happens," said Mincey, whose sack total fell from eight in 2011 to three. "I think [the new staff] went back and watched the film, and you can't blame it all on me. I did what I could. I played hard." Mincey may still not return as a starter in 2013.
|Source: Florida Times Union|
|Fri May 24||14:13||Dennis Dixon working as 4th-team QB at OTAs||Dennis Dixon||QB||Steelers||Free Agent|
Eagles QB Dennis Dixon is working as a fourth-teamer at OTAs.
Nick Foles and Michael Vick are rotating first-team reps, and rookie Matt Barkley has already leapfrogged Dixon. The Eagles will likely bring four QBs to camp, but won't keep that many on their 53. Dixon is facing an uphill battle.
|Source: Philly Mag: Birds 24/7|
|Fri May 24||14:07||Brent Grimes working with first team at OTAs||Brent Grimes||CB||Falcons||Free Agent|
Dolphins CB Brent Grimes (Achilles' surgery) is working with the first-team defense at OTAs.
Per the Miami Herald, Grimes is "looking fully recovered," despite getting beat on a deep bomb by Armon Binns. He's manning left corner with Richard Marshall stationed on the right. Rookie Jamar Taylor will compete for nickel duties once he's recovered from sports hernia surgery. The Dolphins will have more talent in their secondary this year, but the group is littered with question marks.
|Source: Miami Herald|
|Fri May 24||14:05||Nick Perry (wrist) given the green light||Nick Perry||LB||Packers||Free Agent|
Packers OLB Nick Perry (wrist) has been fully cleared.
|Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette|
|Fri May 24||13:57||Roy Helu sitting out Redskins OTAs||Roy Helu||RB||Redskins||HPO|
Redskins RB Roy Helu (Achilles', toe) is sitting out OTAs.
He's doing rehab work on the side. Helu is in danger of losing his roster spot just two years after being a fourth-round pick. As a rookie, he rushed for 100-plus yards in three consecutive games late in the season. Ever since, Helu has been unable to say healthy, and Alfred Morris has seized the starting job.
|Source: Washington Post|
|Fri May 24||13:55||Adam Carriker still can't practice||Adam Carriker||DE||Redskins||Free Agent|
Redskins DE Adam Carriker is unable to practice at OTAs due to continued recovery from last year's torn quadriceps muscle.
Carriker suffered the injury in Week 2, then encountered an offseason setback. His status for training camp is uncertain. With Stephen Bowen entrenched as the Redskins' right end, Jarvis Jenkins has the early leg up to start on the left side. Carriker figures to be the swing end if he's healthy for Week 1.
|Source: Washington Post|
|Fri May 24||13:12||Fletcher didn't seriously consider retirement||London Fletcher||LB||Redskins||Free Agent|
Redskins ILB London Fletcher admits he never seriously considered retirement.
"I'm still playing at a high level, the team still wanted me to play," Fletcher said. "So, a lot of those things come into play." Despite Fletcher's assertion, his play has slipped in recent seasons. The Redskins seem to value his leadership above all else. There's a good chance 2013 will be the 38-year-old linebacker's final season.
|Source: Washington Post|
|Fri May 24||12:59||Seahawks lose TE McCoy to Achilles' tear||Anthony McCoy||TE||Seahawks||Free Agent|
USA Today reports Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy underwent surgery for a torn Achilles' tendon Thursday, and will be sidelined a minimum of six months.
McCoy went down with what was originally believed to be an ankle injury in Monday's practice. A 2010 sixth-rounder, McCoy has served as Zach Miller's backup the past two seasons, catching 31 passes for 437 yards. It's an extremely ill-timed injury, as the Seahawks used the No. 158 overall pick on freak-athlete TE Luke Willson. Willson generated buzz in both rookie minicamp and OTAs. McCoy is unlikely to take the field this season, and could even be waived/injured in camp.
|Source: USA Today|
|Fri May 24||12:56||Teammate: Time to end the Mark Sanchez era||Mark Sanchez||QB||Jets||DBTS|
An anonymous teammate tells CBS Sports he believes the Jets should move on from Mark Sanchez.
"Everyone on the team likes Mark personally but there's a general feeling among some of the players that maybe it's time to give someone else a chance," the teammate said. He estimates "80-90 percent of the team feels the same way he does." It only matters what new GM John Idzik thinks, but he appears to agree with his anonymous player.
|Fri May 24||12:31||Pats don't know extent of Gronk's back issue||Rob Gronkowski||TE||Patriots||The Papageorgios|
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots "(don't) know" how serious Rob Gronkowski's back injury is.
"I wish I knew as much as you'd like me to know," were the words of owner Robert Kraft. Rapoport believes the Pats should consider placing Gronk on the reserve/PUP list, which would hold him out for the first six games of the season. Depending on how Gronk's expected back operation goes, they may not have a choice.
|Fri May 24||12:22||Rodger Saffold at peace with position switch||Rodger Saffold||OT||Rams||Free Agent|
Rams OT Rodger Saffold has accepted his move to right tackle.
"This game is a business; that's just the way it is," Saffold said. "I talked to my coach and basically they told me that they had a lot of faith in me to play right tackle and try to use my versatility as an advantage for the team." Saffold has wisely adopted the good-soldier approach as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. He could make a difference at right tackle after being replacement-level on the blindside.
|Source: St Louis Post-Dispatch|
|Fri May 24||12:19||Report: Bears don't want to cut G/T Carimi||Gabe Carimi||OT||Bears||Free Agent|
The Chicago Tribune reports the Bears don't want to cut G/T Gabe Carimi.
Carimi's $1.016 million base salary is fully guaranteed, so the Bears would rather give him a chance to stick at guard than move on just two years after making him a first-round pick. Carimi has been skipping OTAs to train with former NFLer LeCharles Bentley in Arizona. He won't be competing for a starting job when he makes his way back to the Windy City for minicamp.
|Source: Dan Pompei on Twitter|
|Fri May 24||12:10||Panthers' RE Hardy drops whopping 14 pounds||Greg Hardy||DE||Panthers||Free Agent|
Panthers RE Greg Hardy has dropped 14 pounds this offseason in an effort to get more explosive off the edge.
The 6-foot-4 pass-rusher played at 297 pounds last season. He says he's down to 283. The third-year pro is coming off a breakout, 11-sack campaign. "I feel like I'm the best to ever live," Hardy said Thursday. "And if I'm not, I'll be here tomorrow and Monday fixing that problem." Going into the final year of his rookie contract, Hardy is going to get paid if his 2013 goes anything like this 2012.
|Source: Charlotte Observer|
|Fri May 24||11:49||'More and more' like Gilbert man blindside||Marcus Gilbert||OT||Steelers||Free Agent|
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes it "looks more and more as if" Marcus Gilbert will be the Steelers' left tackle this season.
Gilbert is competing with Mike Adams, but beat writer Ed Bouchette believes Adams' run-blocking prowess makes him a better fit on the right side. "Right now, I feel really confident with what I have to bring on the left side in protecting Ben (Roethlisberger's) blind side,'' Gilbert said. "I know he's highly confident in me, too."
|Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette|