2012 NFL OTA News and Updates: 5/24/2012
There are always some interesting things happening at OTAs (organized team activities), and we’re going to stick our heads in your business from time to time to see if anything that’s happening (or not happening?) could be worth noting for fantasy purposes.
I think he main thing to watch is what rookies are doing, as well as how injured players are faring early. Here’s a look around the league for Thursday:
- The Chiefs have already inserted rookie defensive tackle Dontari Poe into the starting lineup of their 3-4 scheme. He’ll hold down the line with Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey on either side of him – if his raw ability doesn’t hold him back, that is.
- Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill is already in the starting lineup for the Jets, working opposite of number one receiver Santonio Holmes. New York could still look at bringing back Braylon Edwards, but if Hill can show he has the goods early, thay may not be necessary.
- The Miami Dolphins aren’t rushing rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill into a starting job. In fact, they may take their time and hold off on announcing their 2012 starter until the third week of the preseason. Matt Moore remains the favorite for the job.
- Sticking with Miami, linebacker Karlos Dansby is expected to man the middle of the defense, according to the Palm Beach Post.
- Arizona Cardinals running back Chris “Beanie” Wells’s offseason knee surgery was apparently “more complicated” than just a meniscus clean up. Whatever that means. Wells is still not ready to practice, and may not be for some time. Keep an eye on second-year back Ryan Williams, who is recovering from an injury of his own.
- Panthers linebackers Jon Beason and Thomas Davis are still not taking part in OTAs, according to the Charlotte Observer. Beason and Davis are recovering from achilles and acl injuries, respectively.
- Titans rookie wide receiver Kendall Wright has been running in Kenny Britt’s “X” position, per John Glennon via Twitter. Britt is still recovering from a torn acl.
- New England Patriots stud tight end Rob Gronkowski (ankle) is still not participating in the team’s OTAs. He should be fine for the new year, but needs to be monitored.