NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports that Bengals RE Antwan Odom (Achilles’ surgery) returned to the practice field late last week.
La Canfora says Odom’s recovery has gone better than expected, and the Bengals are confident he’ll be a full-go for the start of training camp. The NFL sack leader through six games last season, Odom shouldn’t be in danger of losing snaps to rookie Carlos Dunlap. LE Robert Geathers should worry.
Antwan Odom, who ruptured his Achilles tendon in Week 6 last season, has finally been cleared to return to practice, according to NFL.com.
Our View: Great news for the Bengals, as this means he will likely be at or near 100 percent health by the time training camp rolls around this summer. What remains to be seen, however, is if he will be anywhere near as effective in 2010 as he was before going down during his breakout 2009 campaign.
Number two overall draft pick Ndamukong Suh is unlikely to sign with the Lions any time in June, according to the Detroit Free-Press. However, he is also not expected to hold out of training camp.
Our View: He wants to get paid, but he also doesn’t want to set himself behind by skipping any of his first training camp. Until further notice, consider his contract status a non-issue.
According to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, free agent running back Brian Westbrook is still deciding between the Rams, Redskins and Broncos. A decision is expected “soon.”
Our View: Westbrook is taking his sweet time in making a decision, but at age 30, he has earned that right. Expect neither money nor winning, but playing time, to be the main factor in where he decides to sign.
James Hardy has a good shot at being named the Bills’ number two wide receiver in 2010, according to the Buffalo News.
Our View: With Terrell Owens no longer in town, a path has opened up for the 2008 second round draft pick. He’ll have to have a strong showing this preseason, however, after being limited to just two games in 2009 due to injury.
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Ben Roethlisberger will indeed join the Steelers on Tuesday to participate in the team’s OTAs for the first time this offseason, according to Pro Football Talk.
Our View: Big Ben just recently received clearance from the NFL to return to action in the Steelers’ team activities. He’s still suspended for the first six games, and while that could potentially be reduced by a game or two, Byron Leftwich is expected to open the season as the starter.
Donte Stallworth was one of a handful of players taking punt returns at Baltimore’s OTAs last week, according to the Baltimore Sun.
Our View: We wouldn’t read much into this for now. Incumbent punt returner Chris Carr is still around, and Stallworth is expected to be the team’s No. 3 receiver, so Stallworth probably won’t be more than a backup option on special teams.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that with the addition of Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins feel they can get the ball more to tight end Anthony Fasano.
Our View: Fasano had a down year in 2009 with just 31 catches for 339 yards and two TDs, but he’s been optimistic in camp and is playing like someone who wants to be a big part of the offense. When asked about the addition of Marshall increasing offensive production Fasano replied, “I think (he will) a ton. He’s looked great so far from what I’ve seen of him. He’s going to be a big threat for our offense. I think he’ll help everybody: the running game and all the other receivers as well.”
The National Football Post reports that rookie outside linebacker Koa Misi has been practicing with the first team defense.
Our View: Misi, the 40th overall pick in this year’s draft, had 206 career tackles, 11 sacks and 26 tackles for losses as a three-year starter for Utah, so he’s an effective defensive presence. The team isn’t handing him a starting job. He still has to beat out Quentin Moses and Erik Walden, but he’s been improving against the top talent and could be an impact player in his first pro season.