Falcons signed OG Chris Chester, formerly of the Redskins.
He'll slide into Prince Shembo's roster spot. Chester, 32, started every game for the Redskins over the past four seasons, and has experience at all three interior positions. Coached by Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan in Washington 2011-2013, Chester is a fit for Atlanta's new zone-blocking scheme. Last year, Chester fared well as a pass blocker but had run-game struggles as the Redskins implemented a power-rushing attack. He becomes the favorite to start at left guard in Atlanta, with Jake Matthews at left tackle, Joe Hawley at center, Jon Asamoah at right guard, and Ryan Shraeder or Tyler Polumbus at right tackle.
The Eagles have informed Darren Sproles that his role won't change in 2015.
32 years old now, Sproles started 2014 off like gangbusters in the first two weeks, but averaged just five touches per game in the second half of the season. Sproles is primarily a special teams player in Philly. His backfield usage could even dip further following the additions of DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
Although 49ers ILB Navorro Bowman is participating in OTA practices, he acknowledges his surgically repaired knee still gives him problems.
He's wearing a bulky brace after missing all of 2014 with multiple knee ligament tears. "The knee will get to where it needs to be, maybe not as fast as you guys expect," Bowman told reporters. "... It hasn’t been consistent. I go out there some days and I feel great and some days I have to fight through it. That’s part of the process. I understand that. But mentally, it messes with me sometimes." The 49ers can't count on Bowman to rediscover All-Pro form in his first season back.
ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi describes Johnny Manziel as a "fish out of water" in the Browns' new offense.
The job of Cleveland's quarterback under new OC John DeFilippo is to manage games and "play within the structure of a conservative game plan." Manziel's strength -- at Texas A&M, at least -- was improvisation. Manziel has reportedly struggled in OTAs practices, and Grossi writes that Johnny Football's "skills don’t coincide with what the Browns are asking of their quarterback." It's looking less and less likely that Manziel will give Josh McCown a serious Week 1 run.
The Broncos will use Von Miller at strong-side outside linebacker in new DC Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense.
Miller has been a strong-side player since he entered the league, so there shouldn't be much of an adjustment. "It's a position where, if a guy can rush, he can match up well. That's why we kept him there," Phillips said. "You'd think he'd be a Will linebacker who rushes almost every play, but you can rush the Sam linebacker too, so that's what we'll do." Whereas ex-Broncos DC Jack Del Rio rarely blitzed last season, Phillips is expected to run a far more aggressive scheme, which could help Miller's sack total.
Broncos DC Wade Phillips confirmed Bradley Roby will see time at safety.
"We have a package coming in where he'll play some safety, and we'll work that in the next couple of weeks," Phillips said. The Broncos are intent on making Roby a full-time player after limiting him to nickel duties last year. Roby projects to start over FS Darian Stewart in base sets and remain at corner in sub packages.
Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady are splitting first-team quarterback reps 50-50 at Patriots OTAs.
Normally, Brady would handle nearly all of the first-team reps in these practices. With Brady tentatively facing a four-game suspension, Garoppolo's reps have increased because he is being prepared to start. Although preseason isn't always indicative of real-game performance, Garoppolo shined last August with a 5:1 TD-to-INT ratio and 7.8 YPA on 79 exhibition-game attempts.
Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) has been limited to individual drills at OTAs.
"He’s done an excellent job in his rehab," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's done a lot of work on the field, and he's moving around better." The Cowboys are expected to move Claiborne along slowly in an effort to get him ready for training camp. Claiborne has made good progress coming off one of the most serious injuries a player can have and is locked into a 2015 roster spot.