The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports "it’s doubtful" the Browns give suspended WR Josh Gordon another chance.
It falls in line with coach Hue Jackson's stance on Gordon. The Browns are expected to shop Gordon if he gets reinstated, but could ultimately release him. Gordon’s status should be known before OTAs.
Seahawks LB Michael Wilhoite is expected to compete for the starting strongside job.
Wilhoite has a chance to replace Michael Morgan, but isn't more than a short-term placeholder. He'll likely face competition from a draft pick in training camp. Wilhoite was as one of the worst run stoppers in the league on limited snaps last year, and is below average in coverage.
The Lions are a potential landing spot for free agent DT Johnathan Hankins.
The Lions haven’t been connected with Hankins, but he’s from Detroit and would give them a run-stopper next to Haloti Ngata. With just $10 million in cap space, it’s hard to see them fitting him on a short-term deal. Hankins is targeting $8M annually.
The Bengals want to get second-year LB Nick Vigil more snaps.
It's the second time the Bengals have talked up Vigil this offseason. Vigil had a mostly nondescript rookie year, but is expected to enter OTAs as the strong side starter. Vontaze Burfict and Kevin Minter should open the season in every-down roles.
Bengals released MLB Rey Maualuga.
The writing was on the wall after the Bengals signed Kevin Minter. Maualuga was a seven-year starter in Cincy, but injuries and ineffectiveness reduced him to a part-time role (326 snaps) in 2016. His release saves $3.75 million against the cap. Entering his age-30 season, Maualuga should resurface closer to the veteran minimum.
Rams coach Sean McVay expects to use Lance Dunbar as a third-down back.
Dunbar should have a role similar to Chris Thompson in Washington. It's a downgrade to Todd Gurley's outlook, with Dunbar likely to play in all pass situations. Dunbar was phased out in Dallas last year, but averaged five catches per game before going down in 2015.
Jonathan Stewart thinks it is a "good thing" if the Panthers draft a running back.
"You always want fresh legs. Fresh legs mean a lot, especially in the fourth quarter," Stewart said. "Definitely open arms to get somebody in here that wants to win and understands that." It is a team-first mindset from Stewart, who just signed a one-year extension through 2018. It will be a shock if the Panthers do not draft a running back, but unless that pick comes in the first couple rounds, Stewart should enter training camp as the lead back.
Cal QB Davis Webb claims he was told he is a "first-round guy" by "double-digit teams."
"Every meeting I've had, they've said I'm one of the best quarterbacks on the board," Webb added. Clemson's Deshaun Watson and UNC's Mitchell Trubisky are generally thought to be the top quarterbacks in the draft, but after that it is a bit of a mess. Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes, who Webb was not able to beat out for a starting job in Lubbock, usually round out the top four, but it will not be surprising if Webb jumps one or both on draft day.