the Browns will depend on Denzel Ward to start as a boundary defender hence the decision to keep him out during rookie minicamp with a minor hip injury.

“He strained his hip flexor on the first day of rookie camp, and sat out the final two days, but only as a precaution. He would’ve practiced — and wanted to — if the Browns allowed. But Ward is slated to be the shutdown corner this season, and Jackson isn’t taking any chances.”

As mentioned, Gaines already has a history with soft-tissue ailments keeping him on the sidelines. Cleveland can’t rely solely on the veteran to elevate the pass defense. Expect Ward to have every opportunity to start over Jamar Taylor, who has become trade bait, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph has a good problem on his hands. How will he play all of his pass-rushers?

It’s difficult to find any negatives on Nelson. As the first offensive lineman taken in April’s draft, he fills a need and answers ongoing criticism about Andrew Luck’s pass protection—assuming the QB returns to the field for the upcoming season.

Here was the reasoning behind the pick:

The Knicks’ front office has already highlighted small forward as a position of need for the roster, so Mikal and Miles Bridges seem to make sense. Either selection would work, but the upside of Miles due to his youth may be slightly more attractive.

The New York Giants struggled mightily in 2017, but they spent the majority without Odell Beckham Jr. (who missed all but four games due to an ankle injury) and all of it without Saquon Barkley (who was starting his junior year at Penn State).

Beckham—who caught 90-plus passes for 1,300-plus yards and 10-plus touchdowns in each of his first three seasons—has been participating in individual drills at OTAs, according to ESPN.com’s Jordan Raanan.  bucks_239