The Dallas Morning News expects fourth-round CB B.W. Webb to "make an impact" this season.
Webb wasn't drafted to be a starter, but he should see immediate playing time in nickel and dime packages. The Cowboys view Webb as the eventual replacement for current slot corner Orlando Scandrick. Webb has generated a ton of buzz since minicamp and shouldn't have any trouble finding his way on the field as a rookie.
The Union-Tribune San Diego confirms OLB Larry English is a candidate for an expanded role.
The Chargers are desperate for linebackers with Melvin Ingram (ACL surgery) out for the year. Dwight Freeney was signed on Saturday and will replace Ingram in a pass-rushing role, but English is still expected to see an increase in defensive snaps. The 16th overall pick in 2009, English has been a massive bust to this point. He had a career-low 1.5 sacks in 14 games last season.
ESPN Cleveland expects third-round CB Leon McFadden to be the Browns' Week 1 starter at right cornerback.
McFadden was viewed by most teams as a slot corner during the pre-draft process, but the Browns plan start him opposite Joe Haden in their 3-4 defense. With only Buster Skrine currently ahead of him on the depth chart, he'll be forced into significant playing time as a rookie. McFadden is undersized and will likely struggle in coverage against bigger receivers.
ESPN Cleveland "wouldn’t rule out" Brian Hoyer winning the Browns' backup quarterback job.
Hoyer's two-year deal contains just $250,000 in guaranteed money, so he still needs to compete for a roster spot. But with the support of GM Mike Lombardi, it's not impossible he could make Jason Campbell expendable if the Browns decide not to carry three quarterbacks. ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes the Browns will keep both Hoyer and Campbell.
Bills DL Alex Carrington averaged a pressure every 10 pass rushes last season.
Carrington was an underrated force as a rotational lineman behind Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus in the Bills' 4-3 defense, but his role in new DC Mike Pettine's system remains unclear with the addition of Alan Branch. He previously played both defensive end and outside linebacker in Buffalo's 3-4 scheme.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel confirms Kelcie McCray is "in the mix" for the Dolphins' free safety job.
McCray went undrafted in 2012 and spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve, but the Dolphins are counting on him to take a big step forward now that he's finally healthy. There isn't much in the way of other current options after Miami didn't address free safety in the draft. McCray will compete for a starting role with Chris Clemons and Jimmy Wilson in training camp.
The Chargers could save $1.5 million against the cap by releasing Eddie Royal.
Royal and Robert Meachem were signed to multi-year contracts last spring, and both were colossal busts in 2012. Royal was always battling a hamstring injury, and he finished the season with just 23 grabs for 234 yards and a touchdown in ten games played. The Chargers have depth at receiver, and the team could use some money to go get a free agent left tackle like Max Starks.
Profootballtalk reports that contract extension talks between the Giants and restricted free agent Victor Cruz are "moving slowly."
Talks are expected to resume this week, a source tells PFT's Mike Florio. Cruz has yet to sign his one-year, $2.879 million tender, and he has reportedly lowered his contract demands "much closer" to $8 million annually after previously seeking $10-11 million per year. Cruz hasn't shown up for OTAs.