The NFL is formally on trip and which means college’s out for summer time. Pencils down, we have discovered all we are able to from organized group actions and obligatory minicamps, which got here to an finish this week. We cannot get one other dwell have a look at groups till coaching camps open across the league on the finish of July.

We have heard a lot from large names similar to Odell Beckham Jr. and Tom Brady, however what concerning the less-heralded gamers?

We requested our NFL Nation reporters to select a shock standout from every of the 32 groups and here is what they mentioned:

AFC East: BUF | MIA | NE | NYJ
AFC North: BAL | CIN | CLE | PIT
AFC South: HOU | IND | JAX | TEN
AFC West: DEN | KC | LAC | OAK
NFC North: CHI | DET | GB | MIN
NFC South: ATL | CAR | NO | TB
NFC West: ARI | LAR | SF | SEA


CB Kevin Johnson

The No. 16 general choose in 2015 was a disappointment in Houston, lacking 29 video games due to harm over his remaining three seasons (2016-18). The Payments signed him to a one-year, $three million deal in March. He has participated in OTAs with the second-team protection however is predicted to compete with Levi Wallace and E.J. Gaines for a beginning function. Johnson had an interception in an OTA open to reporters and has impressed coach Sean McDermott. “He is gotten his palms on some footballs this spring so far, which is essential for us by way of taking the ball away,” McDermott mentioned. — Mike Rodak

WR DeVante Parker

He has often appeared just like the Dolphins’ greatest offensive participant this spring, making spotlight grabs alongside the sideline and persistently being a menace within the crimson zone and in the midst of the sphere. This is not the primary time Parker has opened eyes within the spring (solely to disappoint within the fall), however it’s an excellent signal after how dangerous 2018 went for him. In a shock, the Dolphins introduced again Parker this offseason on a one-year take care of hopes {that a} recent begin beneath a brand new teaching workers and a brand new quarterback (proper now, Ryan Fitzpatrick) that appears to understand him extra will assist. He could have an opportunity to earn a beginning function in 2019 alongside Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson (when wholesome) if he retains up this play. He is additionally being pushed by promising undrafted free agent Preston Williams, who has flashed all through the spring. — Cameron Wolfe

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LB Jamie Collins

Signed to a modest one-year deal in Might, Collins flashed pace and playmaking potential on protection whereas being inserted right into a high spot on the punt-protection unit. The preliminary projection was that Collins would add depth on protection and probably should battle for a roster spot based mostly on the way in which his first stint in New England resulted in 2016, however now he seems to be as if he will likely be a key cog alongside returning off-the-line linebackers Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Elandon Roberts. — Mike Reiss

TE Daniel Brown

Often known as a blocking tight finish and special-teams participant, Brown has impressed together with his potential as a receiver. Nobody anticipated a lot from him within the passing recreation as a result of he performed solely 23 offensive snaps final season with the Bears (221 on particular groups), however he has displayed extra downfield pace than anticipated. That is essential to notice as a result of beginning tight finish Chris Herndon is dealing with the chance of a two-game suspension for pleading responsible in January to driving whereas intoxicated. — Wealthy Cimini


S DeShon Elliott

The 2018 sixth-round choose made the play of the offseason when he raced practically midway throughout the sphere to make a diving interception after which added one other choose throughout obligatory minicamp. Baltimore has a loaded secondary, however it seems to be as if the Ravens are going to wish to discover a solution to get Elliott on the sphere this season. After lacking all of final season due to a fractured forearm, he has proven a knack for being across the ball. “He will make a mark,” coach John Harbaugh mentioned. — Jamison Hensley

CB B.W. Webb

Webb was presumed to take over Darqueze Dennard’s slot nook spot when Dennard remained unsigned earlier within the offseason, then appeared to return to the No. 2 spot as soon as Dennard’s deal was accomplished. Now that is not fairly so clear. Dennard has been sidelined from apply throughout OTAs and the primary a part of minicamp, and coach Zac Taylor particularly identified Webb as one of many offseason standouts to this point. This might come all the way down to a contest for the beginning spot throughout coaching camp. — Katherine Terrell



Josina Anderson particulars Duke Johnson Jr.’s frustrations with the Browns crowded backfield and the way he nonetheless wishes a commerce out of Cleveland.

RB Dontrell Hilliard

With Duke Johnson Jr. nonetheless asking to be traded, Hilliard has made probably the most of his alternatives at operating again this offseason behind Nick Chubb. Hilliard’s functionality out of the backfield as a receiver and within the return recreation might translate right into a pivotal function for the previous undrafted free agent, particularly till Kareem Hunt returns from suspension. — Jake Trotter

RB Trey Edmunds

The Steelers’ tailback room is full with James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and draft choose Benny Snell Jr., however Edmunds has been arduous to overlook throughout offseason work. He received a number of drills towards linebackers within the open area and appears comfy within the system as a two-year NFL veteran who additionally has performed for New Orleans. The massive brother of Steelers security Terrell Edmunds will likely be troublesome to chop. Different candidates are rookie receiver Diontae Johnson — quarterback Mason Rudolph says Johnson has caught each ball Rudolph has thrown — former CFL star receiver Diontae Spencer and maligned cornerback Artie Burns. — Jeremy Fowler


RB D’Onta Foreman

The 2017 third-round choose had a disappointing 2018 season after lacking nearly all of it whereas rehabbing an Achilles harm. Foreman mentioned after final 12 months that he feels as if he is “principally beginning throughout” and “coming in with one thing to show to all people.” The teaching workers instructed Foreman to “have an awesome offseason,” and coach Invoice O’Brien mentioned he thought the operating again did simply that. “I believe he is had a extremely good time away from us,” O’Brien mentioned, “and that has parlayed into an excellent spring.” — Sarah Barshop

TE Mo Alie-Cox

The previous school basketball participant at VCU has taken benefit of Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, the group’s high two tight ends, being out or restricted this offseason whereas rehabbing accidents. Alie-Cox, who arguably had the catch of the 12 months at Oakland final season, has made himself the front-runner because the group’s third tight finish subsequent season. He had seven receptions for 133 yards and two touchdowns in 2018. “I actually suppose he’s actually beginning to develop as a route runner,” coach Frank Reich mentioned. “I imply we all know he has obtained good palms, however final 12 months I assumed he struggled a bit bit in his route operating and he was simply very common. I’ve already seen … some actually key indicators to me. I imply, very tangible indicators that he can grow to be an excellent route runner as properly. He’s so lengthy and large and so they do not wish to sort out him.” — Mike Wells

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WR Chris Conley

He may change into top-of-the-line under-the-radar free-agent signings this 12 months. Signing QB Nick Foles was clearly large, however the Jaguars added Conley three days later and he has been one of the best receiver throughout OTAs and minicamp. He has beforehand been teammates with Foles, who made a quick cease in Kansas Metropolis, and Foles could be very comfy with Conley. The Jaguars haven’t got a transparent No. 1 receiver, however with Marqise Lee not anticipated to return from a knee harm till a number of weeks into coaching camp it could possibly be Conley. — Mike DiRocco

WR Tajae Sharpe

Sharpe welcomes the competitors from free agent Adam Humphries and second-round choose A.J. Brown. He continues to exhibit exact route-running abilities, resulting in frequent targets from Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill. Sharpe has hauled in just about every little thing thrown his means. The fifth-year veteran stood out particularly in crimson zone 7-on-7 intervals. Sharpe figures to be within the combine for the No. three wideout spot and is exhibiting his versatility by lining up in a number of WR spots. — Turron Davenport


TE Troy Fumagalli

“Shock” won’t be one of the best phrase, however Fumagalli, a second-year participant who spent final season on injured reserve whereas recovering from sports activities hernia surgical procedure, has actually waited for his probability. He was a fifth-round choose by the Broncos within the 2018 draft and is certainly one of 4 tight ends the group has chosen within the final 5 drafts mixed, together with Noah Fant with the group’s No. 1 choose this 12 months. It figures to be a hotly-contested place in coaching camp. Fumagalli persistently made performs in OTAs and minicamp, exhibiting two-way blocker/receiver potential. The Broncos determine to make use of their share of two-tight-end units of their new-look offense, so there’s room for a number of to have a job within the offense, and Fumagalli has given the brand new teaching workers a top quality glimpse of his potential. — Jeff Legwold

WR Byron Pringle

He was on the verge of creating the group final 12 months as an undrafted rookie earlier than an harm within the remaining preseason recreation ended his season. Pringle continued to make performs after returning this offseason. The truth that he performed properly at camp and within the preseason final 12 months is a sign Pringle is not simply an offseason phenomenon however certainly has endurance. — Adam Teicher

CB Trevor Williams

Hampered by a nagging knee harm, the Penn State product misplaced his beginning job to Michael Davis final season after beginning 15 video games in 2017. Now wholesome, Williams is transferring like his previous self and is battling Davis to win his beginning job again. “He is earned that chance,” Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley mentioned. “It will be an awesome, aggressive scenario come coaching camp.” Williams’ reemergence is a crucial improvement for the Chargers, who need to construct extra depth within the secondary. — Eric D. Williams



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TE Darren Waller

He joined the Raiders as a late-November signee after serving a pair of NFL-mandated suspensions with the Ravens, lacking 4 video games in 2016 and the complete 2017 season, for violating the league’s substance abuse coverage. And after Oakland allowed Jared Cook dinner to depart in free company, Waller finds himself as Oakland’s TE1. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder with all of 18 profession catches for 178 yards and two TDs has accomplished greater than flash within the offseason program with a number of sideline grabs in addition to catches in visitors. Waller mentioned “staying clear” was his No. 1 goal this offseason. “I really feel like folks have at all times had religion in me, however it was like I did not actually place confidence in myself,” he mentioned. “… Now it is like I get up and I am doing what I am imagined to be doing in my life and representing my household in a constructive means.” — Paul Gutierrez


Randall Cobb leads a listing of eye-opening performances from under-the-radar gamers this offseason. Tim Heitman/USA TODAY Sports activities

WR Randall Cobb

Usually a participant with Cobb’s résumé — 470 catches for five,524 yards and 41 touchdowns throughout his profession — wouldn’t be thought-about for a class like this. However accidents restricted him to solely 9 video games and 38 catches for Inexperienced Bay in 2018, and it was arduous to know what the Cowboys had been getting within the veteran receiver. If the offseason work is any indication, they’ve discovered a alternative for Cole Beasley. Cobb’s versatility can develop the offense for others, similar to Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Cobb appeared fast out and in of his breaks and quick sufficient to make performs down the sphere. Will he put up the 1,287 yards he had in 2014? No, however he offers Dak Prescott a safety blanket within the slot who can flip a small achieve into a giant one. — Todd Archer

WR Darius Slayton

The fifth-round choose’s first impression was downright scary. He had the yips on the primary day of rookie minicamp, dropping 5 passes. However he did greater than bounce again. He impressed significantly, particularly together with his potential to get open and make performs downfield. It appeared as if Slayton was catching a deep ball on daily basis when training with the veterans. It prompted coach Pat Shurmur to name Slayton the “most improved” participant he noticed this spring. Slayton has an opportunity to make an impression this season. The Giants are on the lookout for a down-the-field menace to enrich Sterling Shepard and Golden Tate. — Jordan Raanan

WR Marken Michel

The brother of Patriots RB Sony Michel, Marken, a former CFL participant, has managed to snag some highlight in a talent-rich setting by developing with a handful of spectacular downfield catches. He has gotten some work with the primary group and has had fairly good chemistry with quarterback Carson Wentz. It will be an uphill climb for Michel with the likes of DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and JJ Arcega-Whiteside main a deep receivers group, however he is placing his greatest foot ahead heading into coaching camp. — Tim McManus

CB Jimmy Moreland

Moreland intercepted 5 passes throughout spring exercises, a end result that stems from his instincts and understanding the place to be and when. Moreland, a seventh-round choose in April, will likely be a participant to look at this summer time as a slot nook. He is fast and hard however should present he can deal with all of the obligations within the slot — together with taking part in the run. There’s lots to be taught. For now he is somebody who ought to make the roster and will develop right into a stable starter sooner or later. However for a late-round choose from a smaller college (James Madison), he is off to a terrific begin. — John Keim


At 6-foot-7 and 312 kilos, Bears tight finish Bradley Sowell ought to give defenders a lot to deal with. Joe Robbins/Getty Photos

TE Bradley Sowell

Previously an offensive sort out, Sowell transformed to tight finish within the offseason to enhance the Bears’ depth. Regardless of being listed at 6-foot-7, 312 kilos, Sowell is a reasonably agile route runner with above-average palms. Sowell caught a 2-yard landing final 12 months on a trick play, however the large man is predicted to be utilized rather more in 2019. This isn’t a gimmick. Sowell is a reliable contender for taking part in time on offense. — Jeff Dickerson

WR Chris Lacy

The Lions have a gap at broad receiver — or not less than had a much bigger one earlier than signing Jermaine Kearse final week — and Lacy appeared to make performs nearly each apply throughout the open spring exercises. It could be a tricky solution to a roster spot for the second-year professional out of Oklahoma State, however he has a dimension/pace element that almost all of Detroit’s receivers do not. He beat the Lions’ secondary a number of occasions on deep passes. Detroit is aware of its beginning receiver group — Marvin Jones, Kenny Golladay and Danny Amendola — however Lacy might find yourself discovering his means onto the roster as a depth receiver. — Michael Rothstein

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WRs Jake Kumerow and Marquez Valdes-Scantling

OK, that is two, however it’s arduous to distinguish between them. Not if you see Kumerow with landing after landing from Aaron Rodgers, and Valdes-Scantling rapidly climbing the depth chart into the highest three. It has helped that Packers GM Brian Gutekunst did not add a receiver in free company — the place he misplaced slot man Randall Cobb — or through the draft. Most essential for Kumerow is that he has earned the belief of Rodgers, who not too long ago listed off all of the issues he likes about Kumerow after which added, “Clearly, I am a giant fan of him. I might preserve going.” And of Valdes-Scantling, Rodgers mentioned: “MVS is taking part in lots nearer to his 40 time pace, which is saying lots as a result of he is fairly damned quick.” — Rob Demovsky

WR Chad Beebe

All aboard the Chad Beebe categorical. Beebe’s “Little Engine That Might” story — from profitable a spot with the Vikings through a rookie tryout to being elevated to the 53-man roster halfway by the 2018 season — is inspiring. He has gone from an unknown participant — generally referred to easily as “Don Beebe’s son” — to a attainable front-runner for the Vikings’ No. three receiver place. “I believe he is confirmed, he is performed in some video games and you then see him out right here making some performs,” offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski mentioned. “I believe he is making a reputation for himself and I believe he is doing a pleasant job.” If Beebe can keep wholesome and string collectively a handful of fine preseason performances, he may be capable of carve out a job for himself in an offense that wishes to unfold the ball round. — Courtney Cronin


WR Russell Gage

The second-year broad receiver has acquired extra apply reps on the X receiver spot this offseason with Julio Jones (foot) observing. Gage, a possible special-teams ace, seems to be comfy operating routes and has proven good focus on catches. “He can play multiple spot,” coach Dan Quinn mentioned. “He can now add into a few of these roles as Julio’s backup. He can play X and inside. He is obtained motion for a slot. … As soon as you possibly can be taught multiple place, clearly the extra opps you possibly can [get] to go play.” — Vaughn McClure

WR Curtis Samuel

Accidents have slowed him his first two seasons out of Ohio State, and the arrival of 2018 first-round choose DJ Moore has made Samuel an afterthought among the many receivers. To not point out he performs quite a lot of slot, the place Christian McCaffrey usually traces up. However Samuel is wholesome, making strikes and catches in apply that even he says he could not have a 12 months in the past. Now, because the No. 2 receiver, he has a stable probability to high the 54 catches he has mixed for in his first two seasons. — David Newton

S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

The rookie fourth-round choose has made a rapid impression this spring. Not solely has he made a couple of flash performs in each rookie camp and OTAs, however the Saints clearly like his versatility as each a security and slot nook within the nickel. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder from Florida has combined in at occasions with the first-string nickel protection — and coach Sean Payton talked about him as being in that blend for taking part in time with veteran nickel backs similar to Patrick Robinson and P.J. Williams. — Mike Triplett

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Bucs rookie DBs

The Bucs used a second-round draft choose on cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting and third-round picks on cornerback Jamel Dean and security Mike Edwards, and all three gamers have notched interceptions towards first-teamers in exercises. These three are dealing with the transition from school to the professionals very properly. “I do not give a s— in the event that they’re rookies, these guys can play. They’re getting their palms on quite a lot of balls. They’re doing issues that veterans do, as a result of they hear and so they’re sensible,” coach Bruce Arians mentioned. The group truly feels that cornerback is now a place of depth, which it has not had in a really very long time. “I do not fear about our younger corners,” Arians mentioned. “Anyone requested me about Julio Jones — properly, they should cowl Mike Evans on daily basis. That is a reasonably good cost. If they’ll cowl him a bit bit, we’ll be OK.” — Jenna Laine


WR Kevin White

The seventh general choose within the 2015 NFL draft has been trying extra just like the receiver that Kliff Kingsbury coached towards within the Massive 12 than the one who has performed in solely 14 video games over 4 professional seasons. White has been given an opportunity by Kingsbury to resurrect a disappointing profession and is profiting from it in a crowded broad receiver room. He has a lot to show and has began the method of doing simply that by OTAs and minicamp. “He is large, quick, you possibly can see all of the attributes that made him a top-10 choose,” Kingsbury mentioned. “[He] had some unlucky accidents there in Chicago and [he’s] attempting to type of reestablish himself. [This is] actually type of like his rookie 12 months.”— Josh Weinfuss

TE Gerald Everett

A second-round choose in 2017, Everett has had a couple of standout moments in his younger profession, together with a 39-yard catch within the NFC Championship Recreation, however he has not been persistently known as upon in coach Sean McVay’s offense. By way of the offseason program, Everett was a transparent standout as a goal for quarterback Jared Goff. “The sport is slowing down for him,” McVay mentioned. “He is simply persevering with to progress and take steps.” Everett will compete in a bunch that additionally consists of fourth-year tight finish Tyler Higbee. — Lindsey Thiry

WR Trent Taylor

Possibly it should not be regarded as a shock contemplating the success Taylor had with QB Jimmy Garoppolo on the finish of 2017, when he caught 17 of the ultimate 20 passes thrown his means. However a again harm slowed Taylor in 2018 and his manufacturing was lower in half. Now he is one other 12 months faraway from the again subject and appears wholesome, however he faces extra competitors for the slot receiver job. With new receivers coach Wes Welker exhibiting him the ropes, do not be shocked if Taylor regains his rookie type and takes a step ahead into an expanded function in 2019. — Nick Wagoner

LB Cody Barton

The rookie third-round choose from Utah has benefited from Bobby Wagner’s contract scenario. Wagner has been current for offseason work however is not training, which has allowed Barton to take beneficial first-team reps whereas additionally absorbing data from an All-Professional. The ebook on Barton is that he has a excessive soccer IQ and he has been exhibiting it. Veteran Ok.J. Wright mentioned he hasn’t seen rookie linebackers stand up to hurry in Seattle’s protection as rapidly as Barton and fifth-round choose Ben Burr-Kirven have. — Brady Henderson