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Jaye Howard (hip) expects to be fully cleared before the start of training camp, Brad Biggs of The Chicago Tribune reports.


Howard underwent offseason surgery to remove bone spurs in his hip, which was the injury that sidelined him for the final eight games of the 2016 season. Since he was healthy enough to participate in OTAs in May and June, it is completely believable that he'll be ready for training camp in late July.

Eddie Goldman is doing extra work to strengthen his ankle this offseason in an effort to avoid another injury, Mark Potash of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.


Goldman hurt his ankle in Week 2 and then missed the next six games before returning in Week 10. He then missed out on Week 11 with the same ankle problem but then played the next three games only to land on injured reserve in Week 15 with a repeat injury. The 2015 second-rounder ultimately missed a total of 10 games in 2016, after losing out on three during his rookie season. While it's encouraging that he's going the extra mile to avoid further setbacks, injuries are simply a matter of chance and there's no guarantee he'll log his first 16-game season in 2017.

Kyle Fuller (knee) is back to full strength, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.


A routine preseason arthroscopic knee surgery ultimately kept Fuller on the sidelines for the entire 2016 season and likely factored into the team's decision to decline his fifth-year option as well. Despite returning to full health, the 2014 first-rounder is not considered a "lock" to make the final roster ahead of Week 1 and is reportedly behind both Prince Amukamara and Marcus Cooper on the depth chart.

Lamarr Houston (knee - ACL) is on schedule in his recovery, Patrick Finley of The Chicago Sun-Times reports.


Houston lasted until Week 2 last season before tearing his ACL for the second time in three years – but this time it was in his left knee and not his right. Despite participating in the Bears' OTAs this spring, the 2010 second-rounder hesitated to say whether he's returned to full strength. Thus, it seems like he's not quite there yet, but it doesn't seem like it will take much longer either.

Pernell McPhee lost weight in the offseason in an attempt to take some pressure off his knees, ESPN's Jeff Dickerson reports.


McPhee spent the first six weeks of the 2016 season on the physically unable to perform list due to a knee injury, and when he returned he appeared to be playing at a heavier weight than when he first arrived in Chicago the year before. It isn't clear if McPhee simply returned to somewhere around his roster weight of 273 pounds or if he was able to get even lighter, but any weight loss in general should mean good things for McPhee in terms of staying healthy and improving upon his 2016 numbers of 16 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble.

Dean Marlowe (hamstring) participated in the entirety of the Panthers' OTAs, Bryan Strickland of the team's official site reports. "This is the first time I actually put on a helmet since September," Marlowe said. "But adversity can be key – you just have to bounce back and keep pushing. I'm so happy to be out here healthy and performing on the field."


Marlowe spent nearly his entire rookie season on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury, but he now appears to be back to 100 percent. The second-year James Madison product picked off a few passes in front of reporters during OTAs and seems to be making a strong case for the No. 2 strong safety job behind Kurt Coleman.

Deshaun Watson impressed in offseason practices but still has a lot of ground to gain in the team's quarterback competition, NFL.com's Max Meyer reports. "We put a lot on [Watson's] plate during the spring, and he handled it very well," coach Bill O'Brien said. "He made mistakes, and he corrected them. You don't see him make the same mistake twice. He can do a lot of things. He can operate our running game and in our passing game. He's got a lot of athleticism. I don't think we'll have to limit him. Training camp and preseason games will be a big test."


Although the Texans coaching staff has been singing the praises of fellow QB Tom Savage this offseason, Watson appears to be impressing as well. O'Brien qualified the Clemson product as being "wise beyond his years" and also said he's adjusting nicely to the challenges that have been put on Watson's plate, which is a very encouraging sign given the complexity of the O'Brien's offensive system. However, the coach admitted that Watson is "not nearly where he needs to be to be a full-time starter in this league," so it seems the rookie will need to make significant strides in advance of Week 1 in order to earn the starting gig.

A'Shawn Robinson could see increased playing time in 2017, Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press reports. "I think he's really doing some good things. He is again, another big, strong, powerful man who has got good bend. So, he does a lot of things inside in the run game,'' defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said. "He's going to be really good. Like always, we think we've got to just continue to try to accelerate him in the pass game and work on his pass rush so that he can be a three-down player for us and give us some inside pass rush."


As a rookie, Robinson played on 39.7 percent of the defensive snaps, second only to veteran Haloti Ngata. The 2016 second-rounder responded with 30 tackles and two sacks with seven passes defended, which was good for third among all defensive linemen in the league. An increased level of playing time usually leads to improved counting stats, especially if Robinson is on the field more on third downs, which would presumably present him more quality opportunities to up his sack total.

Defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said Antwione Williams is "a ton, ton better" so far this offseason compared to Williams' rookie year, Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press reports."[Williams is] much more urgent in terms of how he's attacking the game, really is seeing and understands the scheme better, so he's reacting faster and he's a big man that can run,'' Austin said. "So, he's really done some good things throughout this offseason, really like where he's going right now."


After being taken in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, Williams was thrown into the fire his rookie season after the Lions' linebacking corps suffered a slew of injuries. His performance had its ups and downs, but it seems a full offseason in the pros is really helping him understand his role on defense. Although he's in the mix for a starting job in 2017, it seems more likely than not he opens the season rotating in behind Paul Worrilow and Tahir Whitehead. However, given his offseason reviews, Williams seems like a good bet to improve upon his 204 defensive snaps from 2016. In turn, the Georiga Southern product also appears to have favorable odds of topping his first-year totals of 27 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Shea McClellin could see his playing time take a hit this season due to the addition of David Harris, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.


McClellin played 34.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, and tallied 41 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the Patriots. It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.

Bronson Kaufusi (ankle) is eager to make his NFL debut after being sidelined for his rookie season.


Kaufusi is reportedly back to full health after breaking his ankle prior to the 2016 season. The third-round pick is expected to compete for a starting job on the Ravens' defense. He figures to compete with Brent Urban and rookie Chris Wormley for a starting defensive end role. Even if he does not get the starting nod, the BYU product will presumably see playing time in a rotational role regardless. Barring any setbacks, he should enter training camp healthy and hungry.

Darren Waller (undisclosed) was a participant at the Ravens' minicamp after sitting out voluntary workouts, Luke Jones of wnst.net reports.


Waller was one of three tight ends on the team dealing with an injury, but it does not appear to have been a serious issue. His participation in minicamp seems to indicate he will be healthy entering training camp. He figures to compete to make the final roster and provide depth at tight end.

The Browns expect a breakout season for Seth DeValve in 2017, Nate Ulrich of The Akron Beacon-Journal reports. "Most of his development in the offseason was that [DeValve] put on a little weight, he is noticeably stronger, he is faster and he is healthier," tight ends coach Greg Seamon said. "His ability to run routes, catch the ball, leave his feet, catch the ball away from his body and he has a big catch radius, I think those things are showing up out here. I'm pleased with what he has done developing as a blocker from a technical and footwork standpoint. The proof will be obvious when we put the pads on, but he is ahead of where he was a year ago. I see Seth as a guy who is important to us."


DeValve, the Browns' 2016 fourth-rounder, caught 10 passes for 127 yards and two spikes in limited snaps last season. Although he's beginning to prove himself as a receiver, the fact of the matter is that Cleveland selected Miami tight end David Njoku in the first round of this year's draft to serve as the team's primary receiving threat from the tight end position while Randall Telfer, the likely No. 2 on the depth chart, stands apart as the best blocker. That leaves DeValve as nothing more than No. 3. It usually all comes down to opportunity, and that simply might not be there for DeValve to significantly improve upon his 2016 numbers.

Sharrif Floyd (knee) is expected to start the 2017 season on the physically unable to perform list, Matt Vensel of The Star Tribune reports.


Floyd – who's making slow and steady progress in his recovery from nerve damage suffered during September knee surgery – missed out on the entirety of the Vikings' offseason program and seemingly has little to no chance of making it back for any point of training camp or preseason. Although him landing on the PUP list is currently the expectation, he could ultimately land on injured reserve if Minnesota management isn't optimistic about his progress after the season's first six weeks.

Younghoe Koo is in competition with incumbent starter Josh Lambo for the Chargers' starting kicker job, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.


Head coach Anthony Lynn said the kicker job is an open competition, which doesn't come as much surprise after Lambo finished 19th in the league in terms of field-goal accuracy as well as 0-for-3 from beyond 50 yards. What's more, Lambo excruciatingly sent three kickoffs out of bounds. In all likelihood, the winner will likely be decided by who fares better in preseason action.

Elie Bouka (hamstring) is healthy after spending the 2016 season on injured reserve, Adam Green of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.


Bouka originally landed on IR after suffering a hamstring injury in training camp last season. Finally healthy, he'll likely need to carve out a role on special teams to make the team ahead of Week 1.

Ishaq Williams (undisclosed) reverted to the Giants' injured reserve, NJ.com's Dan Duggan reports.


Williams was released by the Giants earlier in the offseason after suffering an unspecified injury but has since cleared waivers and, in turn, landed on the Giants' IR. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the team or becomes one of the team's two injured-reserve activations this season, Williams is stuck there.

Elijah McGuire is expected to carve out a role on offense behind Matt Forte and Bilal Powell this season, NJ.com reports.


McGuire, a sixth-round pick in this year's draft, could be used as a pass catcher out of the backfield, though with Forte and Powell expected to get a vast majority of the touches, it's tough to see the rookie making a meaningful fantasy impact if the incumbents stay healthy.

Bilal Powell (R, NYJ)

Bilal Powell could play a complementary role to starter Matt Forte this season, NJ.com reports.


Powell took over the backfield at the end of last season when Forte was out injured, and while he played well enough for many to think he could win the starting job this year, he's still expected to be used regularly as the No. 2. Whether Powell wins the starting job or not, the two veterans figure to split touches, with rookie Elijah McGuire factoring in, which obviously limits their respective upsides.

Matt Forte (R, NYJ)

Matt Forte (knee) is expected to be the Jets' primary running back this season, with Bilal Powell playing a complementary role, NJ.com reports.


Powell took over the Jets' backfield toward the end of last year in place of the injured Forte, and while many expect that Powell could win the starting job, that's not currently the plan. Nevertheless, Forte's upside will certainly be capped due to Powell's presence as well as that of rookie Elijah McGuire, who figures to get increasing work as the season unfolds.