It's almost certain McClain will be cut before the start of the season. He was slapped with a 10 game ban for violating the league's substance-abuse policy last month and it appears the Cowboys are just looking to find a way to get some of the signing bonus they gave him. Injury prone and likely to make a bad decision, McClain's days in Dallas are over. He won't be allowed to play until Week 12 at the earliest but someone will probably take a flier on his talent. That hasn't been questioned since the Raiders made him their first-round pick (8th overall) in 2010.
On Wednesday, Head Coach Sean Payton said that Keenan Lewis was close to being fully healthy, and it seems like he'll be on the field within the next day or two. After suffering a multitude of injuries last season, the Saints would love if Lewis could stay healthy so he can pair up with Delvin Breaux to form a formidable CB combo.
It's widely expected that Robert Griffin III will be named the starting QB for the Browns. He was reportedly outplayed by Josh McCown during their offseason program, but RG3 is still expected to receive the bulk of the teams first-team reps. It's possible the Browns look to trade McCown, but given Griffin's extensive injury history and poor play, it may not be wise to do that. We're talking about the Browns, though. So, who knows.
Naylor was the Marlins first-round pick (12th overall) in 2015. It's a really nice get for Padres as they look to continue building towards the future. In his first full-season, Naylor's shown a lot to like. He's hit to a .269/.317/.430 slash line, with 9 HR, 54 RBI, and 10 steals across 370 plate appearances for Low-A Greensboro. He's still a ways away, but at 19, the deal was worth it already.
And why not? The lefty owns a career high 5.23 ERA in 2016 but has pitched a little better in last two, notching quality starts in both outings. His ERA has gone up in each of the last five seasons, but was an All-Star in 2012. That doesn't mean that much, but hey, having an All-Star appearance on a resume never hurt. He's signed through the 2017 season with a team option for 2018.
Nothing to be alarmed about. Dixon tweaked his knee and should be back soon, and Perriman should be expected to return at some point during camp. Smith, on the other hand, doesn't need many practice reps, and will likely miss all of the preseason too. He's coming off an Achilles' tear, and at age 37, it'll be difficult to expect much despite the fire in Smith's heart always burning. In the seven games before going down last season, Smith had 46 receptions and 670 yards with 3 touchdowns. It'll be interesting to see how much he has left in the tank.
Scratch that. The Marlins are getting two starters, Rea and Andrew Cashner. It's still not confirmed what will be coming back to the Padres, but it sounds like last year's first-round pick Josh Naylor will be involved in the deal. Rea isn't much, but he's another okay arm for the Marlins to add. He has a 4.98 ERA and 1.46 WHIP and a 76/44 K/BB ratio in 99.1 IP for the Padres. He'll also provide some depth help if the Marlins decide to limit Jose Fernandez's innings.
Although there was no reason given, Belichick said "He's here. No issues." in regard to Collins being excused from camp and it appears he should get back on the field relatively soon.