Redskins third-round TE Jordan Reed (thigh) ended up missing all of OTAs and minicamp.
Reed's injury was more severe than a standard muscle pull. "I had a [thigh] contusion in college and that caused my quad to shutdown and stop working, which caused my kneecap to start moving around and banging into my bone, and that caused a bone bruise," he said. "As long as I get that quad back firing right, my kneecap will stay in place and I'll be normal again." The Redskins are expecting Reed to be behind in training camp.
Coach Ron Rivera said first-round DT Star Lotulelei has already "come a long way" with his pass rushing.
One of the reasons Lotulelei fell to 14th overall in the draft was because he earned a strict run defender label. The Panthers are teaching him to use his hands to shed blockers and are happy with the progress so far. They already know that Lotulelei is going to be an asset when asked to plug up running lanes.
Julio Jones has cut out beef and pork in an effort to improve his nutrition.
Jones has been influenced by the diet and work ethic of new teammate Steven Jackson. "I feel l much better," he said. "Especially playing football, I feel that stuff sits on you." Still just 24 years old, Jones has already established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. If he didn't have to share targets with Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez and Jackson, he'd push Calvin Johnson for the title of top fantasy wideout. Last year, Julio ranked 20th in targets but was 11th in yards (1198) and tied for seventh in touchdowns (10).
Bucs signed CB Michael Adams and waived G Jeremy Lewis.
Adams spent six seasons with the Cardinals, starting seven of the 75 games he appeared in. He can help in the slot and act as a deep reserve while Darrelle Revis (ACL) eases his way back into action. Adams was also a productive special teamer in Arizona.
Falcons rookie CBs Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford both got "long looks" with the starters during minicamp.
Perhaps the biggest question mark on the Falcons' roster is at right corner. With Brent Grimes gone, they're counting on Trufant to step right in as a starter and deal with the likes of Vincent Jackson, Steve Smith and Marques Colston. Left corner Asante Samuel does not shadow No. 1 wideouts. It's likely that both Trufant and Alford will be on the field in nickel packages.
ESPN Dallas suggests Lance Dunbar could still win the No. 2 running back job.
Fifth-round rookie and presumed backup Joseph Randle (thumb surgery) missed all of OTAs and minicamp. Meanwhile, Dunbar reportedly had a "terrific" offseason and has the trust of Tony Romo. It's something to keep an eye on given DeMarco Murray's checkered injury history.
Jake Locker has not missed a single offseason practice.
Shoulder problems have plagued Locker during his two-year NFL career, but that won't be an excuse anymore. He's 100 percent healthy, is locked in as the starter, is out of former OC Chris Palmer's ineffective scheme and will play behind a vastly improved offensive line. He will also have a healthy Kenny Britt along with Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter as weapons. Locker's accuracy is a major concern, but his running ability does give him some upside as a QB2.
Vikings TE John Carlson admitted that his 2012 season was a "debacle."
Carlson signed a five-year, $25 million last offseason. He sustained a knee injury in camp and never got going, catching just eight balls in 14 games. Now he's accepted a pay cut and is healthy. Carlson will enter camp as the clear No. 2 tight end behind Kyle Rudolph.