The Texans are exercising caution as Watt proceeds through the latter stages of his recovery from offseason surgery to repair a number of torn core muscles. Tuesday marked just the fourth OTA of the team's offseason program, which will be followed up by mandatory minicamp from June 14-16. There's always the potential that the star pass rusher doesn't take the field until training camp, but considering his comments, he should be his usual force of nature once Week 1 arrives.
On the first day of Colts OTAs on May 17, Dorsett was removed from practice early due to a hamstring concern, which has forced his absence from the subsequent five sessions. Seemingly past the ailment following his involvement Tuesday, he'll look to finish off the third and final week of OTAs, as the team gears up for mandatory minicamp (June 7-9). The 2015 first round pick has so far been injury-prone in his brief career, a label that he'll attempt to brush off in his first full offseason.
The Cowboys probably wouldn't be comfortable trading McFadden at the moment, as receiving specialist Lance Dunbar (torn ACL) is no lock to be ready for Week 1 and Alfred Morris isn't a real option for passing downs. However, the Cowboys might ultimately be comfortable with a backfield comprised of Ezekiel Elliott, Morris and Dunbar, if the latter is indeed available by the beginning of the season. It's unclear if a trade would help or hurt McFadden's fantasy stock, as the top backup job in Dallas could make him a valuable handcuff for Elliott owners. All of this, of course, assumes that Elliott will put together a competent camp and claim the lead role, as expected. If the No. 4 overall selection appears surprisingly out of his element, McFadden won't be going anywhere.
The competition may not even have a roster spot at the end of the line, as the Ravens typically carried just three running backs in recent seasons, and it seems Justin Forsett, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon are all locks for the final roster. Injuries might take a toll by the time the regular season rolls around, but it otherwise appears West will face a steep uphill battle, even though he's reportedly in much better shape than in past seasons. The same is true of Richardson, who's been sidelined at OTAs with a hamstring injury after losing approximately 20 pounds since training camp last year.
A 2014 seventh-round selection, Campanaro has mostly impressed when healthy -- especially during the preseason -- but lower-body injuries have limited him to just eight regular-season games in two years. He admitted in January that 2016 will be a make-or-break season, as he could establish himself as a key slot target for Joe Flacco, but might also find himself on the wrong end of the roster bubble. Campanaro isn't off to a great start, dealing with yet another soft-tissue injury in his lower body -- this time a calf strain. Granted, the Ravens just began OTAs and won't open training camp for another two months, giving him more than enough time to make a full recovery. In addition to fighting for a role on offense, Campanaro figures to battle Kaelin Clay and sixth-round rookie Keenan Reynolds for work in the return game.
A defensive end at Boise State, the 6-foot-3, 243-pound Correa is mostly expected to serve as a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Ravens, with his biggest contribution expected to come as a pass-rusher. However, with the team lacking depth at both inside and outside linebacker, it makes sense for Correa to be familiar with a bunch of different positions in the front seven, even if he mostly figures to serve as a sub-package rusher in his first season. He's unlikely to establish IDP relevance anytime soon.
With Kendall Wright presumably manning the slot and offseason acquisition Rishard Matthews expected to handle one starting job on the outside, Green-Beckham will likely compete with Harry Douglas and (maybe) Justin Hunter (ankle) for the other starting spot. The competition isn't exactly fierce, and Green-Beckham showed flashes of his immense talent late last season, topping 100 yards two times in a three-week span. While a clear favorite to start, DGB does have serious competition for touches/targets, as the Titans also have an impressive tight end in Delanie Walker, and they've made no secret of their desire to establish a power running game with DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry. With so many first or second-year players and new acquisitions, the Tennessee offense will bear close watching throughout training camp and the preseason.
Capable of playing throughout the defensive backfield, Thurmond teamed with Malcolm Jenkins to give the Eagles a top safety duo in 2015. Only 28 years old and arguably the top defensive free agent still available on the market, Thurmond is presumably retiring due to concerns about his long-term health. He played all 16 games last season, but made just 22 regular-season appearances from 2011 to 2014, primarily limited by a slew of lower-body injuries.
A 2015 fifth-round draft pick, Cobb had a shot to earn a significant role as a rookie, but he was ultimately derailed by injuries and perhaps poor conditioning. His skill set as a power runner now appears redundant on the Titans roster, after the team acquired DeMarco Murray and second-round rookie Derrick Henry in the offseason. Cobb is thus left to battle with Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey for what will likely be one roster spot, if that. Dexter McCluster, as a passing-down specialist, appears to be the best roster fit alongside Murray and Henry. If he doesn't make the team in Tennessee, Cobb could still draw interest from other organizations before the season begins. There's also always a shot injuries could open things up for him with the Titans.
Benjamin is more than ninth months removed from suffering the torn ACL that ended his 2015 season before it could begin. He's reportedly been a limited participant at OTAs, but it sounds as if he isn't showing any obvious effects from the injury. Benjamin expects to be a full participant in training camp, and he'll likely be re-incorporated into the offense as the No. 1 wideout, after watching Cam Newton enjoy a surprising degree of success while throwing to the likes of Ted Ginn, Philly Brown, Jerricho Cotchery and Devin Funchess last year. Ginn, Brown and Funchess still figure to be involved, but Benjamin and Greg Olsen are the clear favorites to lead Carolina in targets.