Chris Ivory's carries expected to drop
, RB, NYJ
With the Jets' addition of Chris Johnson, running back Chris Ivory
most likely will get "a decent number of carries, but not as many as he did last year," reports the New York Post
. Ivory averaged 12 carries per game last year while amassing 833 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
The paper said it will be interesting to see how Ivory reacts to a smaller workload. "One of the reasons he was unhappy in New Orleans was he was part of a crowded backfield and did not feel he was being used enough," the paper said. "Will he bite his tongue if he is riding the bench?"
Falcons 'certain' Julio Jones will be good as new
, WR, ATL
The Falcons are "certain" receiver Julio Jones
will "return to his old explosive self
," reports ESPN.com. Jones is coming off foot surgery and is waiting for doctors to clear him to go all out.
Jones says he's running routes and feels no pain in his foot.
Henry Melton won't be 'full go' to start camp
, DT, DAL
Cowboys defensive tackle Henry Melton
won't be "full go" at the start of training camp but is convinced he'll be ready for the season opener, reports ESPN. Melton continues to rehab from a torn ACL.
'Possibilities are endless' with Dwayne Allen's return
, TE, IND
Colts tight end Dwayne Allen
played just 32 snaps last season before suffering a season-ending hip injury. His loss took a lot of unique formations out of Indianapolis' playbook as they intended to use a lot of two-tight end sets and feature Allen, the official team website reports.
However, with Allen healed and ready to start training camp, the site says the "possibilities are endless" in how the Colts use Allen and teammate Coby Fleener this season.
"It makes us a better football team," tight ends coach Alfredo Roberts said of a healthy Allen. "Getting him back is like getting a brand new player."
The Colts expect to be more creative on offense with Allen back in the fold.
Mike Williams expected to be No. 3 receiver
, WR, BUF
Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods are projected as the Bills' top two receivers, with Mike Williams
expected to see the field in three-receiver sets, reports WGR550.com. Still, coaches view Williams "as a potential instant contributor and someone who could help EJ Manuel in both the red zone and as a player with high-pointing ability on all areas of the field," the report said.
Jermichael Finley still hoping to return to Packers
, TE, GB
Free agent tight end Jermichael Finley
told ESPN.com he's working as hard as he can
to return to the Packers. While Finley said this is the best he's felt "during this entire crazy process," he has yet to be cleared by team doctors.
Finley underwent neck fusion surgery last fall.
Brian Cushing can't put timetable on return to the field
, ILB, HOU
Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing
didn't practice this spring and hasn't put on pads in a game since Oct. 20. That's when he tore a knee ligament and broke his fibula.
While he vowed to be ready for the season opener, Cushing would not put a timetable on his return to the practice field. "I know when it’s go-time, and I need to ramp it up and get on the field, I’ll be there," he told the team's website.
"I’m still working out every day," he added. "I’m just trying to be the best I can possibly be, come time for the camp. Come time for the season. The training staff’s done an unbelievable job."
Aaron Dobson's foot 'getting better every day'
, WR, NE
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson
, who had foot surgery in March, sounds confident he'll be available during training camp, reports the Boston Herald
. "It’s doing better, man," he said. "It’s getting better every day. Every week it’s getting better, so we’re just going to see where it’s at by the time camp starts."
Dobson caught 37 passes for 519 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie. He's tried to stay mentally sharp despite missing offseason workouts.
"You’ve got to keep yourself focused on what your job is," he said. "I know I can’t go out there and physically do it, but mentally you’ve got to be there. That’s the biggest part is just being there mentally because it’s easy for yourself to slip. So you’ve just got to stay on top of yourself and be responsible, really, and do your job."
QB coach working on Eli Manning's mechanics
, QB, NYG
New Giants quarterback coach Danny Langsdorf is focusing on Eli Manning
's fundamentals and footwork.
"We’ve spent a lot of time fundamentally throughout the spring, both footwork and everything from ball fakes, ball handling to throwing accurately to dropping back," Langsdorf, the former Oregon State offensive coordinator, told The Star-Ledger.
"There’s a little bit different of footwork that we’re using, some of the routes that he’s used to, and we’re timing it up with the receivers so there’s a little bit of fundamental work but he’s a veteran guy and a pro that’s had success for a long time so we’re not doing anything, drastic changes, but just trying to fine-tune and tweak a few things."
Manning threw 18 touchdowns and a career-high 27 interceptions last season.
Josh Boyce, Kenbrell Thompkins likely vying for one spot
, WR, NE
Patriots second-year receivers Josh Boyce
and Kenbrell Thompkins
are on the roster bubble heading into training camp, with only one spot available, reports the team's website. Thompkins put up far better numbers as a rookie -- 32 catches, 466 yards, 4 TDs -- but he has inconsistent hands and Boyce is more explosive.