Greg Auman notes that the Buccaneers should have around $3 million in remaining cap space after signing first-round ILB Devin White to a four-year rookie contract.
According to Auman, the Buccaneers “will almost certainly” place veteran DE Jason Pierre-Paul on the NFI list at the start of training camp next week.
D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes to keep an eye on the battle for the backup running back position in training camp. Second-year RB Ito Smith has the lead, but the team likes rookie Qadree Ollison‘s size and physicality.
Ledbetter mentions that first-round G Chris Lindstrom will compete with veteran Jamon Brown to start at right guard while first-round OT Kaleb McGary will compete with OT Ty Sambrailo, who signed a three-year extension in Atlanta, for the right tackle spot.
Falcons S Ricardo Allen said he feels good entering training camp, though he left open how much he’ll participate early on as he’s recovering from an Achilles injury. (Kelsey Conway)
The Charlotte Observer’s Brendan Marks writes that free-agent signing C Matt Paradis is expected to make his debut at the start of training camp after breaking his leg last year.
Marks mentions that RB Cameron Artis-Payne has the lead for the backup running back job because of his experience, but fifth-round RB Jordan Scarlett and undrafted free agent RB Elijah Holyfield are competing for the third-string spot, with the Panthers likely trying to sneak the loser onto the practice squad.
Per Marks, the Panthers don’t have a history of contract holdouts and that shouldn’t change with first-round DE Brian Burns, who has yet to sign his rookie contract ahead of Wednesday’s training camp reporting date.