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Brian Hoyer is expected to share first-team reps with Ryan Mallett when the Texans kick off organized team activities later this month, the Texans' official site reports.

Impact

Hoyer has spent the last three weeks working with Houston receivers to build chemistry while also re-acclimating himself to head coach Bill O'Brien's offense. He and O'Brien share history when both were in the New England Patriots organization.

The Bills have high hopes for Nick O'Leary after he slipped to the sixth round, The Buffalo News reports.

Impact

No one is going to unseat free agent signee Charles Clay, but the 2015 John Mackey Award winner probably has the best pass-catching abilities among the team's tight ends after Clay. If he can make the team and land the No. 2 job, he does have the set of hands and ability to get open that at least puts him on the radar longer term. Little known fact: O'Leary is the grandson of golfer Jack Nicklaus.

Kain Colter was released by Minnesota, Fox Sports North reports.

Impact

Colter, an undrafted free agent from Northwestern, spent last season on the practice squad. Colter played mostly quarterback in college and switched to receiver with the Vikings.

Ahmad Bradshaw pleaded no contest and paid a $351 fine to settle a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession in Preble County, Ohio, the Associated Press reports. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that Bradshaw's case will be reviewed "under our policies."

Impact

It's not clear if Bradshaw will face a suspension since his status in the league's drug program is unknown. Bradshaw was effective in the Indianapolis offense last season and took over as the starting running back before missing six games with a fractured fibula. It was the second consecutive season he looked like an impact player with the Colts only to suffer a season-ending injury. He's missed 21 games the last three seasons due to injuries, but some team will likely take a chance on him given his production last year when healthy.

With Tom Brady having been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season, Jimmy Garoppolo is in line to start at QB for the Patriots early on.

Impact

It's plausible that Brady's suspension could be reduced on an appeal, but as it stands now, Garoppolo is line to start the team's first four games, with Brady eligible to return to action in Week 6, given that the team's bye is in Week 4. Garoppolo will thus have a chance to accrue some NFL starting experience out of the gate this season, while gaining a degree of early-season fantasy utility while helming the New England offense.

Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 NFL season for "violations of the NFL Policy on Integrity of the Game," according to NFL.com.

Impact

Monday's ruling follows the release of independent investigator Ted Wells' report, which noted that it was "more probable than not" that Brady was "at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities" pertaining to the reported deflation of Patriots' game balls during the AFC Championship Game. The report further relays that the team will also be fined $1 million and will lose a 2016 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2017 fourth-round choice. It remains to be seen if an appeal could result in a reduction of Brady's suspension, but as it stands, Jimmy Garoppolo is now in line to start at QB for the first quarter of the Patriots' 2015 regular season slate.

The Texans have waived D.J. Swearinger, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Impact

Swearinger, the 57th overall pick in the 2013 draft, is a candidate to be scooped up on waivers, on the heels of a 2014 season in which he recorded 73 tackles and two picks for the Texans.

The Bucs have waived Solomon Patton, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Impact

Along with Patton, the Bucs waived fellow wideouts Chandler Jones and Josh Reese, while Donteea Dye and Adam Humphries were cycled into the team's depth mix at the position.

Ryan Kerrigan and the Redskins are discussing a long-term contract extension, NFL.com reports.

Impact

Kerrigan is fresh off a breakout 2014 campaign that included a career-high 13.5 sacks to go with 64 tackles. Additionally, Kerrigan finished second among 3-4 outside linebackers league-wide with 51 quarterback hurries. At 26 years old, the former first round pick has not missed a game during his four-year career and has totaled at least 7.5 sacks each season. With former teammate Brian Orakpo elsewhere, Kerrigan's new contract could make him the center piece of the Redskins' linebacking corp for years to come.

Khaseem Greene was waived by the Bears on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Impact

Greene managed just 45 tackles over his first two NFL seasons and faced stiff competition to make the Bears' roster at inside linebacker this season. Upon being waived, Greene will now aim to sign elsewhere ahead of training camp this offseason.

Anthony Levine will move back to safety, after working as a cornerback for much of 2014, the The Baltimore Sun reports.

Impact

Levine hasn't received many opportunities at either position on defense, but as a key special-teams player, he stands a pretty good chance to make the final roster. Will Hill is expected to start at one safety spot, with Kendrick Lewis, Matt Elam, and possibly Terrence Brooks (knee) likely competing for the other.

The Giants have terminated Chris Ogbonnaya's contract, the team's official site reports.

Impact

Following Ogbonnaya's release, the Giants' backfield is now headed by Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa.

The Bengals have released Kevin Brock, NFL.com reports.

Impact

The Bengals' recent selections of fellow TES Tyler Kroft and C.J. Uzomah in the NFl Draft squeezed Brock out of the mix, following a 2014 campaign in which he caught just five passes for 21 yards in 14 games.

The Browns have waived Garrett Hartley, the team's official site reports.

Impact

With the move, the team now rosters kickers Travis Coons and Carey Spear, with Marvin Kloss set to try out during the Browns' rookie minicamp, Ohio.com reports. "That position is wide open," special teams coordinator Chris Tabor has noted. "That's a heavy competition right there right now…Hopefully someone takes the lead, and then when they do they'll be our guy."

The Texans plan to part ways with D.J. Swearinger, NFL.com reports.

Impact

The Texans have been trying to move Swearinger, with the 2013 second-rounder coming off a season in which he recorded 73 tackles and two picks. While the report does not clarify whether he will be traded or released, the safety is in any case, not in the team's 2015 plans.

Kyle Arrington was released by the Patriots on Monday, csnne.com reports.

Impact

Arrington played in 14 games for the Patriots in 2014, accumulating 39 tackles, two forced fumbles and one sack. The report notes that it's still possible that the slot corner – who was scheduled to make $3 million in 2015 – could potentially rejoin the team down the road at a reduced rate. With Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner no longer in the mix and Arrington having been cut, the Patriots have now parted ways with their top three cornerbacks in 2014.

Fred Davis agreed to a one-year contract with the Patriots on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Impact

Davis – who is coming off a year-long NFL suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy, joins a New England TE corps that already includes Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler, Tim Wright, Michael Hoomanawanui and sixth-round pick A.J. Derby. While Davis has displayed some upside as a pass-catcher in the past, he'll need to look sharp this summer in order to secure a roster spot with the Patriots.

Tommy Streeter was released by the Jaguars on Monday, Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Streeter appeared in just two games for the Jaguars in 2014, but failed to record a reception in either. He'll now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth wideout.

Marcel Jensen was released by the Jaguars on Monday, Hays Carlyon of the Florida Times-Union reports.

Impact

Jensen played in just one game with the Jaguars in 2014, catching one pass for eight yards before landing on IR with a leg injury.

Andre Ellington's recent activity level has included cutting during offseason workouts, the Arizona Republic reports. "It's like night and day," he said. "During the season I was limited on some cuts going to the right, pushing off my left foot. I'm close to doing a lot of things I've done in the past. Just [this week] I was able to do all my cuts and put a lot more pressure on my foot."

Impact

After Ellington endured an injury-laden season that concluded with hernia surgery on Dec. 8, his health concerns appear to be a thing of the past. As he continues to immerse himself in the offseason program, the pressure to handle the bulk of the running back reps in 2015 may have been alleviated with the selection of David Johnson in the third round of this year's draft. If the Cardinals employ a similar breakdown of work to Ellington's rookie year in 2013, when he split RB reps with Rashard Mendenhall, Ellington could be in line for a return to form, especially following the addition of left guard Muke Iupati in free agency.