Kelvin Benjamin (ACL) participated in OTAs on Thursday.
This was Benjamin's first organized practice since tearing the ACL in his left knee last August. He will likely be eased through the offseason program, but Benjamin should be 100 percent for training camp. Even with his target share likely to decline after a stellar rookie campaign, Benjamin has the touchdown upside to remain in the WR2 conversation.
Kyle Van Noy was working as the first-team strongside linebacker at Lions OTAs.
A 2014 second-round pick, Van Noy's career has been stuck in neutral thus far. He should be given every chance to win the strongside job this year, but nothing in his NFL career suggests he will run away with the opportunity. DeAndre Levy and Tahir Whitehead also worked with the first-team on Thursday.
Lions first-round pick Taylor Decker opened OTAs as the first-team left tackle.
Riley Reiff was expected remain on the left side in the final year of his rookie deal, but he was playing right tackle on Thursday. This is just one offseason practice, but the Lions have been fairly open about their desire to move Reiff to the right side. Decker was not seen as the player who would facilitate that switch by people outside the organization, but it seems Detroit has other ideas.
Ameer Abdullah underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in January.
Abdullah originally suffered the injury in December, but he was able to play through it over the final two weeks. He is expected to miss the rest of the offseason program, but he should be ready for training camp. Even though his Week 1 status is not in doubt, this is a poor development for a player trying to establish himself as the clear lead back in Detroit. Theo Riddick, Stevan Ridley and Zach Zenner will pick up extra practice reps while Abdullah is sidelined.
49ers DC Jim O'Neil said there will be a three-way competition at linebacker.
Gerald Hodges got the first-team reps on Wednesday, but O'Neil said Hodges, Ray-Ray Armstrong and Michael Wilhoite will see equal time with the first-team throughout OTAs. Wilhoite started the first 12 games last year, but a late-season ankle injury opened the door for Hodges, who was acquired via trade in October. Armstrong will get his shot, but the competition will likely come down to Hodges and Wilhoite.
Chiefs RB Knile Davis said he did not request to be traded this offseason.
It was reported Davis requested a trade after Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West landed long-term extensions, but he denies those reports. Either way, it is clear the Chiefs are interested in moving their No. 4 back, and Davis seems open to the idea of a fresh start. "At this point, I can pretty much do it all. I just haven’t had the opportunity to show it," Davis said. "But one day I will get the opportunity to show what I can do and I’m looking forward to that day." Davis has fumbled eight times on 260 career carries including the playoffs and owns a career 3.41 yards-per-carry average. Opportunity is not the issue.
Third-year TE Eric Ebron lost 10 pounds this offseason.
Ebron was listed at 255 pounds last season. Getting in better shape certainly will not hurt as he attempts to carve out a bigger role following the retirement of Calvin Johnson. Ebron posted a 47-537-5 line in 14 games as a sophomore.
Redskins LG Shawn Lauvao (ankle) said he will be ready for training camp.
This is an extremely optimistic outlook from Lauvao, who required five surgeries on his legs after landing on injured reserve with a serious ankle injury last season. CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Tandler speculated earlier this month Lauvao could open the season on the reserve/PUP list. Lauvao will compete for the left guard job if he is healthy, but that is a big if at this point.