|Thu May 28||07:09||Mallett took snaps with first-team offense Wednesday||Ryan Mallett||QB||Patriots||Free Agent|
Mallett took snaps with the first-team offense Wednesday, but only after Brian Hoyer did so, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Mallett, who is coming back after a recovery from pectoral surgery, and Hoyer will be competing for the Texans' starting quarterback job throughout the summer.
|Thu May 28||07:07||Hoyer began Wednesday's practice session with first-team offense||Brian Hoyer||QB||Patriots||Free Agent|
Hoyer began Wednesday's practice session with the first-team offense, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Hoyer later sat and watched Ryan Mallett take snaps with the first-teamers. This quarterback battle will play out all summer long.
|Thu May 28||06:40||Clemons not attending Jacksonville's organized team activities||Chris Clemons||DE||Seahawks||Free Agent|
Clemons is not attending Jacksonville's organized team activities, the Florida Times-Union reports.
Clemons is an habitual no-show at voluntary OTAs, going back to his days in Seattle. The 33-year-old's job appeared to be in jeopardy when the Jaguars selected Dante Fowler with the third overall pick in the draft, but he tore the ACL in his left knee during the rookie minicamp and will miss the 2015 season. So, Clemons will probably retain his starting job, but head coach Gus Bradley is expecting him for mandatory minicamp that kicks off June 16.
|Thu May 28||01:39||Graham moved to safety for foreseeable future||Corey Graham||CB||Ravens||Free Agent|
Graham has been moved to safety for the foreseeable future, The Buffalo News reports,
Graham spent some time at safety last season, but the Buffalo native has been a CB most of his career. Supposedly, he'll compete with Duke Williams for the starting free safety spot opposite Aaron Williams, though worst case the veteran Graham would likely land as a super utility type in Rex Ryan's defense.
|Wed May 27||22:29||Brown present for this week's OTA's||Bryce Brown||RB||Eagles||Free Agent|
Brown, who did not participate in previous offseason workouts, has been present for this week's OTA's, The Buffalo News reports.
The coaching staff didn't seem too pleased with Brown a couple of weeks ago while coach Rex Ryan has also made comments about his past fumbling issues. At least he'll have a chance now to stake his claim for a spot in the pecking order behind LeSean McCoy, the clear-cut starter. Brown will spend the summer competing with veterans Fred Jackson and Anthony Dixon, as well as rookie Karlos Williams.
|Wed May 27||21:46||Peterson, through statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson said Wedne...||Adrian Peterson||RB||Vikings||Diddlee Poo|
Peterson, through a statement to ESPN's Josina Anderson said Wednesday that he does not want a trade, instead suggesting that his recent holdout is about "securing my future with the Vikings."
Peterson continues to be absent from this week's OTAs, leaving many to question his motives, considering that it will cost him a $250,000 bonus for not attending. The tension between the star running back and the organization appears poised to continue until the start of mandatory minicamp June 16-18. The Vikings have insisted that they have no plans to trade Peterson, but it remains to be seen whether or not they will be open to restructuring his contract.
|Wed May 27||21:14||McDonald arrested Wednesday evening for violating his restrainin...||Ray McDonald||DT||49ers||Free Agent|
McDonald was arrested Wednesday evening for violating his restraining order, Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area reports.
Just two days after being released by the Bears, McDonald was arrested for the second time in a three-day span. Something clearly isn't clicking with the veteran defensive lineman, as his NFL days are quite possibly over following the recent run-in with the law.
|Wed May 27||15:44||Powers working with first-team defense in OTAs opposite cornerba...||Jerraud Powers||DB||Colts||Free Agent|
Powers has been working with the first-team defense in OTAs opposite cornerback Patrick Peterson, the Cardinals' official site reports.
Powers worked as the slot corner for the entirety of the 2014 season due to the presence of Antonio Cromartie in the secondary. However, Cromartie bolted to the Jets in free agency this offseason, leaving the No. 2 CB gig up in the air. While Powers may be better suited to operate in the slot due to his 5-foot-10, 187-pound frame, he'll aim to fend off Justin Bethel for the opening as training camp and the regular season approach. In two season in the Arizona desert, Powers has so far accumulated 118 tackles (108 solo), 28 passes defended, four interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack in 32 games.
|Wed May 27||15:00||Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer re-affirmed that Minnesota will n...||Adrian Peterson||RB||Vikings||Diddlee Poo|
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer re-affirmed that Minnesota will not trade Peterson despite his absence from this week's OTAs. "He's really got two choices. He can either play for us or he can not play. He's not going to play for anybody else, and that's just the way it's going to be," Zimmer told Fox Sports North.
Peterson isn't required to attend this week's OTAs, but it is in his benefit because he gets a $250,000 bonus if he takes part in 90 percent of OTAs and minicamp. We won't really know if Peterson plans to hold out for a new contract or trade until a mandatory minicamp takes place June 16-18.
|Wed May 27||13:49||Both Cassel and EJ Manuel took snaps with starting offense at Tu...||Matt Cassel||QB||Chiefs||Edgar's Kids|
Both Cassel and EJ Manuel took snaps with the starting offense at Tuesday's organized team activities, The Buffalo News reports.
With a number of NFL teams, you can look at snap counts during OTAs to determine who's ahead in the position races. However, the Bills are using a concept where they run two offenses huddling simultaneously on separate fields, then depend more on film later. The team did say Tyrod Taylor would get some looks with the starters this week as well, though it does seem clear that Cassel and Manuel are the two frontrunners.
|Wed May 27||13:43||Ayers forced to leave Wednesday OTA's due to apparent leg injury||Robert Ayers||LB||Broncos||Free Agent|
Ayers was forced to leave Wednesday OTA's due to an apparent leg injury, NJ.com reports.
The injury is presumably unrelated to the torn pectoral muscle that forced Ayers to miss the last four games of the 2014 season. The defensive end recorded 22 tackles and five sacks in 12 games last season and is a candidate to start at left defensive end for the Giants, assuming the injury he sustained Wednesday is not serious.
|Wed May 27||13:23||The Redskins have released Porter||Tracy Porter||CB||Broncos||Free Agent|
The Redskins have released Porter, the Washington Post reports.
The release of Porter, who was limited to three games for Washington last season due to hamstring and shoulder injuries, saves the team $2.2 million against the salary cap. Porter became expendable due to the emergence of 2014 fourth-rounder Bashaud Breeland as well as the free agent addition of Chris Culliver.
|Wed May 27||13:19||The Redskins have released Chester||Chris Chester||C||Redskins||Free Agent|
The Redskins have released Chester, the Washington Post reports.
The release of Chester, who started every game for Washington over the last four seasons, saves the team $4 million against this year's salary cap. In Chester's absence, look for 2014 third-rounder Spencer Long to fill the open spot at right guard for the team.
|Wed May 27||12:45||McClain recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right kn...||Rolando McClain||LB||Raiders||Free Agent|
McClain recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, ESPN.com reports.
As a result, McClain is not participating in the Cowboys' current OTAs and he could be held out until training camp. That said, McClain underwent the procedure with an eye toward being 100 percent when the regular season begins and remains on track to start at middle linebacker for Dallas this coming season. In 13 games last year, McClain recorded 81 tackles for the Cowboys.
|Wed May 27||12:34||Bell (knee/Achilles) didn't participate in Wednesday's OTAs||Joique Bell||RB||Lions||Free Agent|
Bell (knee/Achilles) didn't participate in Wednesday's OTAs, Tim Twentyman of Detroitlions.com reports.
Bell underwent minor surgery to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon in January, so his absence from Wednesday's OTA session could well be maintenance-related. With Reggie Bush no longer in the mix, Bell currently slots in as the Lions' No. 1 running back, with Ameer Abdullah, the 54th overall pick in the NFL draft, a candidate to push him for the starting job at some point down the road, the Detroit Free Press reports. Meanwhile, Theo Riddick is also on hand and appears poised to contribute as a pass-catcher out of the Detroit backfield.
|Wed May 27||12:15||As Bills proceed with their OTAs, McCoy dealing with what Joe B...||LeSean McCoy||RB||Eagles||The Porn Pirates|
As the Bills proceed with their OTAs, McCoy is dealing with what Joe Buscaglia of wkbw.com refers to as a slight neck ailment.
Meanwhile, ESPN's Mike Rodak confirmed via coach Rex Ryan that McCoy's neck issue isn't anything serious. The running back, who was acquired from the Eagles back in March, is slated to head a Buffalo backfield that also rosters Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown, Anthony Dixon and Karlos Williams.
|Wed May 27||11:58||Fitzpatrick (leg) participated in team drills during Wednesday's...||Ryan Fitzpatrick||QB||Bills||HPO|
Fitzpatrick (leg) participated in team drills during Wednesday's OTAs, Manish Mehta of the Daily News reports.
Meanwhile, fellow QB Geno Smith took the majority of the Jets' first-team reps in 11-on-11 work Wednesday. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey relayed last week that Smith is on track to remain the Jets' starting quarterback, with Fitzpatrick -- who now appears past the fractured leg that ended his 2014 season -- in line to provide the team with a veteran backup/insurance policy at the position.
|Wed May 27||09:16||As expected||Dez Bryant||WR||Cowboys||The Papageorgios|
As expected, Bryant is not participating in the Cowboys' OTAs, the Dallas Morning News reports.
He has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender while his agent attempts to work out a long-term deal with the Cowboys, so until his name is on a contract Bryant won't be joining his teammates. Devin Street will get extra first-team reps in his absence.
|Tue May 26||21:45||Greene absent from first day of Tennessee's organized team activ...||Shonn Greene||RB||Jets||The Carpet Pissers|
Greene was absent from the first day of Tennessee's organized team activities Tuesday, The Tennessean reports. OTAs are voluntary, so the veteran is well within his rights not to show up.
Green told team officials he was absent because he is the primary caretaker of a child. He's facing a tough battle this summer just to hold onto a job, so it behooves him to get on the field. Bishop Sankey sits atop the depth chart while the Titans selected running back David Cobb in the fifth round of the draft.
|Tue May 26||21:39||Hill suffered knee injury during Tuesday's practice session at T...||Sammie Hill||DT||Lions||Free Agent|
Hill suffered a knee injury during Tuesday's practice session at Tennessee's organized team activities, The Tennessean reports.
Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said the knee was a "little sore," but didn't feel the injury was serious. Hill is expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.