Coach Todd Bowles thinks Geno Smith can be the Jets’ starter.
"I think Geno can be a good starter, but he’s got to prove it in training camp like everybody else," Bowles said. "He’s been in the system a year. We’ll see what he does." It’s not more than coachspeak, but the Jets have thrown support behind Smith all offseason. Despite a lack of progress in contract talks, Ryan Fitzpatrick remains likely to be the Week 1 starter.
ESPN Seahawks reporter Sheil Kapadia wouldn’t be surprised if Seattle adds a veteran quarterback.
The Seahawks like Trevone Boykin as Russell Wilson’s backup, but want to see how he does at training camp. Seattle hasn’t been connected to any quarterbacks since Tarvaris Jackson’s arrest. Outside of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Clausen, Charlie Whitehurst, T.J. Yates, and Michael Vick are the top free agents.
The Florida Times Union considers TE Nic Jacobs a lock for the 53-man roster.
Jacobs has been shut down since OTAs with a wrist injury. He’s fully expected to be ready for training camp. Jacobs is Jacksonville’s top inline blocker behind Marcedes Lewis.
Ravens CB Jimmy Smith (foot) avoided active/PUP to begin training camp.
Smith suffered a Lisfranc fracture in 2014. After struggling throughout 2015, Smith underwent another foot surgery this offseason, and will be ready for training camp. A declining Ravens defense badly needs Smith to recapture his previous shutdown form. A top-20 cover corner per Pro Football Focus' ratings in 2014, Smith slipped all the way to 89th among 118 qualified cornerbacks last season.
The Detroit Free Press believes UDFA TE Cole Wick could push to start.
Wick put on a show at offseason workouts, but this is more of a bold prediction. Eric Ebron has never been a full-time starter, and the Lions have snaps to fill with Brandon Pettigrew sidelined. Wick’s role is worth tracking this preseason.
Joe Flacco avoided the active/PUP list to begin training camp.
Just as expected. Flacco tore his ACL and MCL in Week 11 last year, but his recovery progressed ahead of schedule and he resumed throwing without restrictions after OTAs. "He looks 100 percent to me," Kamar Aiken observed earlier this month. "Looks the exact same." Flacco isn't a sexy fantasy pick, but he has a favorable early-season schedule and last year's Ravens led the NFL in pass attempts. Flacco is a sneaky bet to finish this year as a low-end QB1.
Bengals released S Taylor Mays.
Mays signed with the Bengals early in free agency, but failed to make it to training camp. He's suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Mays won't count against the Week 1 roster if he lands with another team.
Cardinals DT Red Bryant is on the roster bubble.
Bryant played only 135 snaps in a run-stopping role last year. He needs to hold off Rodney Gunter, Corey Peters, and Xavier Williams to keep his job. Arizona can save $625K from releasing Bryant.