Seven NFL teams are holding mandatory minicamps this week, which means actual news regarding injuries, player fits and personnel changes. Here's a quick look around at the teams who are actually conducting some on-field business before the final break of summer hits.
Sometimes minicamp yields little-to-no substantial information. Other times there are bombs dropped like the one in Cincinnati on Tuesday:
A source indicates the physical issue keeping Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham off the field right now is recovery from hernia surgery.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 10, 2014
The news is especially concerning for Gresham, who is in a contract year as he plays out the final season of his rookie deal. The tight end needs to bounce back in order to earn a bigger payday coming off career-lows in receptions (46), receiving yards (458) and touchdowns (4) in 2013.
"Between two guys, we want as many sacks as any one team," Ware said at Broncos minicamp Tuesday. "So that's a big goal that me and him have."
That means that they'll plant 20-30 signal-callers firmly into the turf between the two of them if all goes according to plan. Those are lofty goals, but who's going to tell them they can't reach them to their faces?
MarQueis Gray showed plenty of versatility last season as he went from playing a quarterback in college to tight end with Cleveland. Now the new coaching staff under head coach Mike Pettine is looking at the possibility of moving him to fullback full-time.
At 6'4, 250 pounds, Gray has worked with the starters this week during OTAs and could have to adapt to another position. It's a situation worth watching through the remainder of the week and into training camp.
Injured guard Carl Nicks missed all of OTAs since they weren't mandatory, and the former Pro Bowler still isn't on the field for minicamp as he deals with remnants from a foot infection that caused him to miss all but two games last season.
In speaking with the Tampa Bay Times, Nicks doesn't see any cause for concern about the missed time and still believes he'll be healthy to start the season:
"I’m not frustrated,'' Nicks said. "If it was Week 1 and I was in the same position I’m in, I’d be frustrated. But training camp hasn’t even started, so I’m good...I think I’ll have a modified schedule, but I think I’ll be able to play football. That’s what I’m trying to do.''
Nicks has largely been a disappointment for the Bucs after signing a lucrative free agent deal, so this will be a key season for him with a new head coach like Lovie Smith in place.
When wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald isn't on the field for any reason, it's a concern. Yet the Cardinals have no reason to take any chances with the star's hamstring injury.
According to SB Nation's own Revenge of the Birds, the Pro Bowl wideout was on the sideline watching instead of participating on Tuesday, and head coach Bruce Arians said it was a hamstring. Then again, it's not much of a concern for a dependable wide receiver who has only missed two starts in the last seven seasons.
Matthew Stafford has plenty of weapons around him in 2014 as he prepares to rebound from a difficult season, but two of them weren't at minicamp on Tuesday.
According to Pride of Detroit, Joique Bell and Golden Tate were both sidelined with knee and shoulder injuries. Both are precautionary in nature and geared toward getting the two ready and at full strength for the regular season.
Another surprise came out of New Orleans Saints minicamp on Tuesday, and it involved DT John Jenkins:
#Saints DT John Jenkins has missed offseason workouts after minor pectoral surgery, source says. Will be ready for training camp or sooner.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 10, 2014
The news sounds encouraging. As for the rest of the defense that was on the field:
Champ Bailey and Keenan Lewis worked with the starters on defense, though that could change.