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Minnesota offensive coordinator Norv Turner raved about Laquon Treadwell's instincts and fluidity running routes in spring practices, and he could be a focal point with the offense using him in skinny post routes similar to how he was used in college, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "That was our offense - quick routes and running across the middle," Treadwell said. "Drags. Slants. Bang 8s. Comeback routes. It's similar."

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Treadwell may be utilized in the skinny post, or in the middle-of-the-field routes in front of a safety that have been a hallmark of Turner's successful offenses in the past. Turner doesn't go into many specifics about his plans, but the article talks to those who know his offense well and who opine that Treadwell could have a featured role that brings a new dynamic to the Minnesota offense. However he's used, the first-round draft pick seems to have made a strong impression in spring practices.

DeAngelo Williams reiterated Tuesday that he is past the foot injury that sidelined him at the end of last season, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

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With that in mind, Williams – who turned 33 in April – declared Tuesday that "I am in the best shape I have ever been in my entire life." Williams – who recorded 200 carries for 907 yards and 11 TDs in 16 games (including 10 starts) for the Steelers in 2015 – appears destined to work in a complementary role this coming season, with top back Le'Veon Bell (knee) slated to return to the mix. That said, given the success Williams enjoyed in a Steelers' uniform last year, we'd expect the team to keep him involved in the offense, with an eye toward keeping Bell fresh. Per Bell, "there are definitely going to be packages where me and (DeAngelo) are going to be out there at the same time…I'm ready for that."

As training camp approaches, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that LeGarrette Blount (hip) "bears watching as it relates to his roster status."

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Blount, who didn't practice with his teammates this spring as he bounces back from hip woes, is back with the Patriots on a team-friendly one-year deal, so as long as he is able to re-prove his health in camp, we suspect that he'll have a solid shot to reclaim his role as the team's top "big back." If Blount ends up being slowed at all, or injuries impact the Patriots' backfield depth in general as the summer rolls along, it remains possible that the team could elect to add further competition to the mix, thus making Blount's status worth monitoring in the coming weeks.

Kolby Listenbee, the team's sixth-round pick in April who missed most of the team's spring work due to pelvic inflammation following double sports hernia surgery in March, is hoping to be cleared for upcoming training camp practices, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Rehab is going pretty good," said the rookie. "We're playing it by ear so every day is a different day. Hopefully I get better soon and I can practice the first day, but we'll see how it goes."

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Listenbee is an absolute burner, but given the team's plethora of wideouts in camp, he's still going to need to make a good impression on coach Rex Ryan in order to land a spot on the team.

The Browns may still have interest in retaining Josh Gordon if he is eventually reinstated from his league suspension, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

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Previously suspended by the NFL for two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014 and then the entire 2015 season, Gordon was denied reinstatement in April amidst reports of a failed drug test due to a diluted sample that also contained traces of marijuana. His repeated violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy might make it a tough sell when he's eligible to apply for reinstatement again on Aug. 1, but Gordon does at least have a few factors working in his favor, namely that his latest failed drug test actually came up short of the league's required threshold for a marijuana sample. He's also passed dozens of drug tests since entering the league, and he hasn't had any reported legal issues since entering rehab in the aftermath of a July 2014 DWI. Although the Browns have made it clear they aren't banking on Gordon's presence for 2016, the franchise's new regime might be willing to give him a shot if the NFL signs off on it. Even if things eventually work out in his favor, Gordon could miss games at the beginning of the season, as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell often takes weeks (or even months) to decide such matters. In the meantime, Gordon still can't participate in team activities.

Although he may start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Khiry Robinson (leg) should be available at some point during the preseason, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.

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Robinson is still making his way back from the broken tibia he suffered Nov. 1 in what would ultimately be the final game of his three-year stint with the Saints. The 220-pound former UDFA isn't known for his quickness or pass-catching skills, but he did display a powerful running style in New Orleans when he was healthy, even drawing occasional comparisons to former Saint (and Jet) Chris Ivory. The Jets added Robinson in March on a one-year, $1.175 million deal to help offset the loss of Jacksonville-bound Ivory, but the team also gave much larger contracts to fellow running backs Matt Forte (three years, $12 million) and Bilal Powell (three years, $11.25 million). Both known for their receiving skills, Forte and Powell are better fits than Robinson in OC Chan Gailey's spread-heavy offense, and yet it isn't out of the question that Robinson could still earn a role. Should he prove his health by the end of the preseason, the 26-year-old power back might emerge as a serious threat to poach goal-line and short-yardage work.

Jasper Brinkley is currently considered the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker despite the offseason addition of Keenan Robinson, the Giants' official site reports.

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Last season, Brinkley assumed the starting MLB role in early November after Jon Beason landed on IR, and ultimately finished third on the team in tackles (67) and first in forced fumbles (4). However, the Giants signed fellow MLB Keenan Robinson to a richer contract than that of Brinkley in March, which left many to quickly assume the starting MLB job was all Robinson's. However, the Giants rotated first team linebackers throughout their offseason program, but, unlike Robinson, Brinkley was the player who aligned exclusively at middle linebacker. Meanwhile, Robinson was moved around and experimented with at OLB. Training camp will further illuminate the Giants' plans for their new-look defensive front.

The team expects Brown to be a main defensive playmaker this season as the staring middle linebacker who should see the field almost every play, BuffaloBills.com reports. "This Preston Brown is going to be a star," new defensive assistant Rob Ryan said. "He's been fantastic. He's a vocal guy, he's extremely smart. He knows the defense. He knows the ins and outs now, so he's really going to grow in this system."

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The Bills expect to bounce back from a disappointing season on defense - Brown, like many of his teammates struggled with Rex Ryan's scheme - now that everyone has a better understanding of the system and players won't be pulling in so many different directions. Brown actually had 120 tackles last season after putting up 109 as a rookie, so if he can "get it" just a little more after being out of position on occasion at times last season, it could make for a very nice IDP season.

Marcus Easley, who shattered his knee cap in three places during Week 16, is mostly recovered and is hoping to be on the field for at least part of training camp, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Based on the original prognosis they said six to nine months, so we're getting close to that point," said Easley. "So it'll be interesting to see where I stand in a couple of weeks. I feel that will determine where things go."

Impact

As bad as the injury was, doctors are saying Easley's repaired knee is structurally sound. He's arguably the team's best special teams player, so if he can prove just a hint of receiving value in camp he's got a shot to land the final receiver spot. We'll note that the team will have a slew of candidates in camp, however.

While Sammy Watkins (foot) says he's "feeling great," he's still unsure as to when he'll be able to return to the practice field, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports. "I don't know how much I'm gonna be doing or when I'm gonna be on the field, but I'm definitely going to be active and engaged," Watkins said Tuesday. "I don't know what the schedule is like with me being on the field competing-wise, but I'm right where I need to be at – feeling good, healthy. Nothing is bothering me. Just really prepare for whatever they do."

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No one around the team expects Watkins to come in at 100 percent when camp opens up in a couple of weeks, but it sounds like so far, so good on the healing front. He'll be such a high pick in leagues, though, that his status should be monitored regularly during the end of the summer so it's known if the high-upside (yet injury-prone) third-year wideout is full-go for Week 1. With the Bills' running back situation all of a sudden being a question mark, you can bet the team would love to see much of the offense flow through Watkins and Tyrod Taylor.

Mike Jenkins signed a contract with the Cardinals on Tuesday.

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Jenkins, an eight-year veteran cornerback, heads to Arizona after spending the past two seasons in Tampa Bay. Last year with the Buccaneers, Jenkins totaled 14 tackles and five passes defended as he started in five games. The Cardinals have made it clear they are open to competition for the starting cornerback position opposite Patrick Peterson. While many expect Justin Bethel to be the starter in Week 1, Jenkins, along with rookies Brandon Williams and Harlan Miller, could make a run for the spot.

Lance Dunbar continues to make good progress in his rehab from knee surgery, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "He's worked so hard and he's come so far so fast - a lot faster than anyone ever dreamed that he could come," executive VP Stephen Jones said Monday. "But we've also got to do what's in his best interest and certainly not jeopardize any of the hard work that he has put into this."

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While it's encouraging news, Jones stopped short of suggesting that Dunbar would be ready to play by Week 1, something Jones did do with tight end Gavin Escobar (Achilles). It still seems likely that Dunbar will begin the season on the PUP list.

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said Monday that Gavin Escobar (Achilles) could be recovered in time to play in Week 1 against the Giants, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports. "I think Gavin will be ready to start the season," Jones said.

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Escobar tore his Achilles tendon in December, but he appears to be well ahead of schedule in his rehab. Even if he is in the lineup to begin the regular season, though, he's still stuck behind Jason Witten on the depth chart and would be little more than an occasional red-zone option in a stacked passing game.

Braxton Miller refers to himself as a "playmaker" and said he'll play slot receiver, wide receiver or running back. "Whatever's in the game plan," he said. "I'm capable of playing any position."

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While Miller is up for any role that comes his way, position coach Sean Ryan was less expansive. "I think Braxton is coming along great," Ryan said. "Another good inside-and-outside guy. Great skill set, change of direction, catching the ball well. I've been really happy with him." Miller's eventual role will be determined during training camp, but he's still relatively new to the wide receiver position, and that's where the Texans will initially focus. If he develops quickly and engenders the confidence of coaches, Miller could emerge as the starting slot receiver. We also expect he'll get a chance to contribute on special teams as a return man.

Jerick McKinnon could see an increased role in the passing game during 2016, the Vikings' official site reports.

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The third-year tailback recorded just 27 and 21 receptions during his first and second seasons, respectively, but was noticeably more involved in Minnesota's offensive attack during the final five weeks of 2015. Across said stretch, McKinnon corralled at least three balls on three separate occasions. Prior to that, McKinnon had gathered just eight receptions across 11 total games. With fellow RB Adrian Peterson the unquestioned centerpiece of this offense, McKinnon may not see many more opportunities on the ground than he did last year (52), but if he can remain as involved in the passing game as he was to end the 2015 campaign, McKinnon could conceivably surpass 100 total touches in 2016, should he stay healthy.

Dion Jordan is still waiting to hear word from the NFL about his application for reinstatement, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

Jordan was suspended for the entire 2015 NFL season for violating the substance abuse policy. His suspension could be lifted at anytime, and with training camp starting on July 29, the Dolphins are hoping it's lifted sooner rather than later. Jordan is said to be in the best shape of his short career, and if he can get his head on straight, he'd be a quality addition to what could be a stacked defensive line in Miami.

Charles Tillman has decided to retire from the NFL, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.

Impact

Tillman expressed a desire to remain with the Panthers for the upcoming season, but after coming off a torn ACL, the team likely didn't want to take the risk of rostering the 13-year veteran. Instead, he'll hang up his cleats and end his career playing 12 seasons with the Bears and one with the Panthers. Tillman will be best known as a two-time Pro Bowler (2011, 2012), a one-time First-Team All-Pro (2012) and a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2013).

Joining Kenyan Drake (hamstring) and Jay Ajayi in the Miami backfield is veteran Arian Foster (Achilles), who signed with the team Monday, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Impact

Drake, who the report describes as "a talented pass-catcher but unproven downhill runner," now faces added competition for touches in the Miami offense, with his fantasy upside taking a hit due to the fact that a (presumably) healthy Foster is a candidate to earn a good chunk of both carries and catches in the Dolphins' 2016 backfield.

Joining Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake in the Dolphins' backfield is newcomer Arian Foster (Achilles), who signed with the team Monday, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Impact

Prior to the signing, Ajayi had topped the Dolphins' running back depth chart following the departure of Lamar Miller, with Drake a candidate to see change-of-pace duty. Now that Foster is in the fold, Ajayi will now face legitimate competition for the team's starting job, though the highly accomplished Foster has much to prove, health-wise, given that he is bouncing back from a ruptured Achilles. In any case, Ajayi's fantasy stock takes a hit due to the addition of Foster and the possibility that some form of a timeshare could be on tap. Meanwhile, the odds of the likes of Damien Williams, Daniel Thomas or Isaiah Pead making a significant impact for Miami this season appear diminished by Monday's roster move.

The Dolphins and Arian Foster (Achilles) agreed to a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Impact

After getting a baseline on Foster's recovery from a torn Achilles in late March, the Dolphins' medical staff must have been impressed enough with his recovery on his second go-around Monday to give the front office the thumb's up. Considering his age (30 next month) and the fact he's nine months removed from the devastating injury, he'll more than likely ease into training camp. However, his competition includes two unproven products – second-year back Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake (hamstring) – which provides a path to relevance for Foster. On the other hand, the final stages of Foster's rehab will ultimately dictate when he'll be able to make an impact.