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Stevie Brown is healthy and will likely compete for a starting job at strong safety, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

The Texans' strong safety battle may not draw a lot of headlines, but it could end up producing a strong IDP option. Brown and Eddie Pleasant are the leading candidates, with Terrance Parks and Lonnie Ballentine possibly in the mix. Although he has just 149 tackles in 55 career games, Brown is easily the most experienced of the bunch. He's also just two years removed from putting up 76 tackles (64 solo), eight interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed for the Giants.

Hakeem Nicks played with the first team at camp Friday, John Glennon of the Tennessean reports.

Impact

The 27-year-old receiver spent an ineffective 2014 season buried deep down the Colts depth chart, but he has edged out Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter for reps with rookie quarterback Mariota at the onset of camp. It remains to be seen whether Nicks can hold on to his edge over most of Tennessee's deep receiving corps, but he could return to fantasy-relevance in standard leagues if he develops into Mariota's favorite target.

Jared Abbrederis suffered a concussion Thursday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Impact

Abbrederis tore an ACL within the first few days of training camp last year, and while he seems to have made a full recovery, he's now got another issue to deal with. This is a bigger problem for Abbrederis than it would be for most players, as he dealt with concussion issues during his college career at Wisconsin, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. If healthy, Abbrederis will likely compete for a role as the Packers' fourth or fifth wideout.

Dorin Dickerson (Achilles) has been placed on IR, the Titans' official site reports.

Impact

The backup tight end was never expected to contribute much with at least three guys in front of him on the depth chart, but it's sad to see that Dickerson's season is essentially over before it started.

Sammie Lee Hill (knee) was placed on the PUP list Thursday, the Titans' official site reports.

Impact

Hill can be taken off the list at any time during camp, but he would have to miss the first six weeks of the season if he isn't removed by week 1. The starting nose tackle job should remain Hill's as long as he's healthy enough to play.

Dan Carpenter, who was placed on the active/non-football injury list Thursday, is recovering from a tweaked hamstring, WKBW's Joe Buscaglia reports.

Impact

Bills head coach Rex Ryan suggested the injury is only minor, so Carpenter should be ready within the first few weeks of training camp. The Bills haven't brought in any serious competition, as Carpenter was excellent in 2014.

Louis Murphy (ankle) won't practice when the Bucs start workouts Sunday, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Impact

Murphy, who is expected to compete with Kenny Bell for the No. 3 receiver role, finished last season on injured reserve due to an ankle injury. It's unclear whether this latest issue is related, but either way, there's no indication that Murphy is in danger of missing Week 1.

Junior Galette (chest) has agreed to a one-year contract with the Redskins, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Impact

Galette, who signed a four-year, $41.5 million extension last offseason, was recently released by the Saints after a tape emerged that allegedly showed him hitting a woman with a belt during a fight on a beach. He was also arrested in January for unrelated domestic violence accusations, although the charges were ultimately dropped. The videotape might have been a career-ending incident for a lesser player, but the Redskins are betting that Galette's talent will outweigh any public relations backlash. Coming off back-to-back seasons with double-digit sacks, Galette also suffered a pectoral injury during his extremely eventful offseason. Assuming he makes it back to full health for Week 1, he'll likely hold down the starting spot at outside linebacker across from Ryan Kerrigan. Prior to Galette's signing, second-round rookie Preston Smith was expected to compete with 2014 second-rounder Trent Murphy for the starting job.

Isaiah Crowell got the first rep with the first-team offense at training camp Friday, but there was plenty of rotating among the running backs, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal reports.

Impact

Crowell also got the first rep at OTAs, but he'll still have to hold off Duke Johnson and Terrance West. Crowell seems to be ahead of West for an early-down role, while Johnson, a third-round rookie, is likely to make more of an impact on passing downs. Although the situation is still worth keeping a close eye on, it's not hard to imagine a Crowell-Johnson combo, with Crowell getting most of the carries and Johnson most of the catches. West seems most likely to be the odd man out, but he still has all of training camp and the preseason to prove that he deserves a role.

Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said Friday that Jameis Winston will be the starting quarterback, Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune reports.

Impact

Not that there was ever any question, but it's still unusual to see a head coach commit to a rookie with more than five weeks to go before the start of the regular season. Winston will likely dominate the reps during training camp as he looks to build chemistry with his impressive group of pass-catchers. The Bucs have a ton of offensive talent for a team that went 2-14 the previous season, but there's still plenty to watch for during training camp and the preseason. The offensive line will likely have two rookie starters, TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins hopes to break out in his second season, and RBs Doug Martin and Charles Sims will compete for the starting job.

Jay Ajayi left Friday's practice with a shoulder injury, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports.

Impact

There hasn't been any indication that the injury is serious, but it's still worth keeping an eye on. Although concerns about the long-term health of his knee dropped him to to the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Ajayi could make a push to eat into some of Lamar Miller's workload. The competition behind Miller is otherwise unimpressive, primarily consisting of Damien Williams, LaMichael James and Mike Gillislee.

Greg Hardy suffered a minor rib strain Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports. "To be honest with you, with Greg right from the start, he was actually going too hard," coach Jason Garrett said. "He was going too hard in the weight room and too hard on the field early on in the offseason. So he's a guy that is really committed to being the best that he can be. And I think he wants to be a part of something special. And I think he wants to come to work every day and show his teammates what he's all about in terms of his work ethic and what he can bring to our football team."

Impact

Expect the club to take it easy on the defensive end until he's 100 percent healthy, but the Cowboys are committed to getting Hardy as many reps as they can in camp given that he's currently set to serve a four-game suspension to begin the season.

Rob Gronkowski looked sharp on the first day of training camp, while hauling in several impressive receptions in traffic.

Impact

The report further referred to the tight end as "the best player on the field" on Thursday, a positive assessment that provides a reminder that Gronkowski enters training camp in good health and poised be a major factor in the New England offense from the get-go. While starting QB Tom Brady is presently slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, we'd still expect presumed fill-in Jimmy Garoppolo to lean heavily on the key cogs such as Gronkowski and wideout Julian Edelman early on.

Doug Free (ankle) was on the field Thursday for the beginning of training camp.

Impact

He missed OTAs over the summer as he recovered from ankle surgery, but it looks like Free will be healthy and manning his usual right tackle position come Week 1.

Morris Claiborne (Achilles) was on the field for the first practices of training camp Thursday, seeing first-team reps in the nickel defense package, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Impact

The fourth-year cornerback has made impressive progress in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, but Claiborne still sits no better than third on the depth chart at the position and will need to fend off first-round pick Byron Jones to maintain his role.

Kyle Wilber saw first-team reps at strong-side linebacker to begin training camp, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Impact

Anthony Hitchens is expected to win the starting job at the SAM position, but with Rolando McClain set to serve a four-game suspension to begin the season, Hitchens is seeing some early reps at middle linebacker instead. Even if Wilber wins the starting spot on the strong-side, his IDP value would be limited due to the fact that he'd come off the field in passing situations.

Anthony Hitchens saw first-team reps at middle linebacker to begin training camp, Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

Impact

The Cowboys will need to replace Rolando McClain in the middle of the defense due to McClain's four-game suspension, and it looks like Hitchens is in the running. He could have some IDP value to begin the season if he wins the job, but Jaspar Brinkley should still be considered the favorite to eventually man the position, with Hitchens starting at strong-side linebacker instead.

Bashaud Breeland will be suspended for one game to start the season, NFL.com's Albert Breer reports.

Impact

The suspension stems from an incident last summer in which Breeland was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. He went on to start 15 games as a rookie but was often picked on by opposing quarterbacks. With offseason acquisition Chris Culliver locked into one starting job, Breeland will likely have to hold off David Amerson and DeAngelo Hall (Achilles) for the other spot. The Washington secondary, while addressed in the offseason, still appears to be a weakness.

Keith Rivers has been placed on the Reserved/Retired list.

Impact

It doesn't look like he'll be providing the Cowboys with linebacker depth after all this season. Expect the team to sign a veteran replacement to compete for a spot in training camp.

Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler saw a good share of the Patriots' first-team cornerback reps Thursday, the Providence Journal reports.

Impact

Opportunity knocks for Ryan, after the Patriots lost their top three cornerbacks from last season, namely Darrelle Revis, Brandon Browner and Kyle Arrington. At this stage, Ryan and Butler are the frontrunners to secure starting roles, and if such an outcome transpires, Ryan is bound to see an uptick in production in 2015 after recording 42 tackles and two picks in 2014, his second NFL campaign.