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Marcus Gilchrist (shoulder) should be ready for the start of training camp, but is not expected to participate in any of the offseason workouts.

Marcus Gilchrist has played 62 games over four NFL seasons, and while it would be nice if he could participate in offseason workouts with his new team, it probably isn't necessary. Gilchrist should begin the season as the starting free safety for a Jets defense that should be much-improved from a season ago. Analysis: Steve Pimental

AJ McCarron has recovered from the shoulder soreness that bothered him last year.

Shoulder soreness should not be an issue this season, as he is unlikely to attempt enough passes for his shoulder to get sore. Andy Dalton has never missed a game in his NFL career, and even if he can beat out veteran Josh Johnson and the recently-signed Terrelle Pryor for the backup job, McCarron may never actually see the field. Analysis: Steve Pimental

Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Brooks Reed suffered a "minor" groin injury, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports citing multiple sources, but the injury could keep Reed sidelined for the start of organized team activities next week.

Reed tweaked his groin during voluntary mini-camp. In March, Reed signed a 5 year deal with the Falcons, worth $22 million. He had 41 tackles, three sacks and an interception while starting every game for the Texans last season.  Analysis: Kevin Luchansky

Tyrann Mathieu finally feels "free" after dealing with injuries the last two years.

Mathieu is no longer being effected by several severe injuries that he's dealt with in the past, such as major knee surgery and thumb surgery. He was constantly injured last season, missing the start of the year with the knee issue, and then being sidelined again with a broken thumb that caused him to miss two games. The former third rounder is finally back to peak physical condition and is primed for a breakout year. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Antone Smith began running during his rehabilitation from a fractured right leg.

Smith's rehab from surgery has progressed well, but Smith is still a ways off from returning to action. He'll miss all of OTAs and probably some of minicamp as well. He should be ready in time for full training camp. Analysis: Howard Bender

Sean Lee (knee) has been cleared to practice and is expected to participate in organized team activities.

Lee missed all of last season with the knee injury. He is expected to be back in full force this summer and is expected to lead the Cowboys defense from the middle. Analysis: Howard Bender

Albert Wilson will be given the first chance to win the starting wide receiver job opposite Jeremy Maclin.

The second-year wideout caught 16-of-28 targets for 260 yards in what was a lost season for Kansas City wide receivers. He'll get the chance because hye knows the system, but the undersized Wilson is going to really need to step up his game. Analysis: Howard Bender

Andre Johnson has a strong grasp of the playbook, according to head coach Chuck Pagano.

Johnson is looking to resurrect his career with the Colts and getting a good grasp of the playbook is the best place to start. Andrew Luck has the rapport with T.Y. Hilton and his tight ends, but could really use someone strong to replace veteran Reggie Wayne. Johnson has the ability to fill that void so he's going to do as much as he can to ensure a strong number of targets. Knowing the playbook backwards and forwards will certainly help that. Analysis: Howard Bender

Joplo Bartu was fined $50,000 for an alcohol-related offense after a two-game suspension was rescinded.

According to the report, Bartu pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and received a two-day suspended sentence and 12 months of probation, along with enrollment in a risk reduction class. Players had until Nov. 1, 2014 to resolve DUIs for them to be accepted under the old policy that did not require a suspension. Bartu did not go before a judge until after the deadline. He was issued a two-game suspension as a result. That was then reduced to the $50K fine because no one felt he needed to learn a lesson. Analysis: Howard Bender

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