Nelson is apparently confident that his surgically-repaired knee is ready to go, but it is more than understandable that the Packers' staff will take no risks with their star receiver this far out from the regular season. After combining for 183 receptions, 2,833 yards and 21 touchdowns between 2013-'14, Nelson missed all of last season. He is looking for a major comeback in 2016.
Coach Payton and company seem to feel that much of Spiller's struggles last season were mainly due to never fully getting recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery last August. The coaching staff in New Orleans believes he can bounce back in 2016 and be a integral part of the offensive attack.
Though Galette has been steadily progressing from the torn Achilles that kept him out all of last season, the Redskins are understandably taking no unnecessary risks with the talented pass rusher. Galette racked up a combined 22.0 sacks for the Saints between 2013-'14 and hopes to return to that form in 2016.
Leary has not shown up for some non-mandatory team activities in recent days, as he has requested a trade. The Cowboys seem reluctant to make a deal for the the four-year guard.
A punter obviously has little relevance in the fantasy football world, but Weatherford does deserve some props on a solid NFL career. If the 33 year old does indeed hang it up, he will finish with 143 games under his belt and a Super Bowl ring (XLVI).
Riley (who finished with 43 tackles and two interceptions in nine games last season) injured his foot late last season and was initially slapped with a 3-6 week timetable after requiring surgery to put a pin in his fifth metatarsal. Six months later, the foot is still giving him pain and discomfort. Riley expects to be ready for camp, but is due for a second opinion on his foot soon.
Infamously, Tannehill wasn't allowed to audible in Bill Lazor's offense. "In this offense, you're not really locked in on what the play call is," Gase said. "For (Tannehill) to have the ability to know what to get to — that kind of flexibility — being able to do that as a quarterback is very valuable." Gase went on to say Tannehill's intelligence is "off the charts." Coming off a season where he revived Jay Cutler's career, Gase has the capability to put Tannehill's in motion. Tannehill finished with an 88.7 QBRat, 4,208 Pass Yds, 24 TD Pass and 12 Int last season.
Misi allegedly struck someone in the head before struggling to be subdued by police. He was released without being arrested after the alleged victim declined to press charges. It's a silly, regrettable incident, but it doesn't sound like much in the way of legal problems is going to come from it. Misi had 78 tackles last season in 13 games for Miami.
The Jets' tight end depth is in a sorry state. Along with Amaro, Kellen Davis and Zach Sudfeld round out the top three. The Jets received a league-low 10 catches from their tight ends last season. It's possible they simply don't plan on using the position, instead opting for an extra tackle in blocking situations or using for receivers. Amaro missed all of 2015 with a torn labrum.
Linebacker Levy was back on the field Thursday, participating almost fully in the Detroit Lions' organized team activities after missing all but a half of one game of last season with a hip injury. He was running around, hitting sleds and even participating in some team drills, though there is no hitting allowed in OTAs. "That's the next step," Levy said. He was back on the field for OTAs Thursday after missing all but one half of one game of last season with a hip injury. Levy said he is still rehabbing but expects to be cleared to fully hit by the time training camp begins and should be ready for the season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 11. After being one of the leading tacklers in the league in 2014 with 151 and signing a four-year, $33 million extension in training camp last season, he couldn't play in 2015, had surgery and spent the rest of the time trying to get back to his old form. He said he had no concerns about how his body will hold up and that he is ready to go. He said the biggest thing is getting reps again.