Ever since David Wilson sustained a season-ending neck injury in Week 5 last year, his short- and long-term futures were in doubt. However, Wilson tweeted Monday that he has been given medical clearance to hit the gridiron.
It's no surprise that the ugly knee injury that NaVorro Bowman sustained in the NFC title game is expected to force him onto the PUP list when the San Francisco 49ers get their training camp underway this week. Although his recovery from surgery that repaired his torn ACL and MCL has been going well, he also is slated to remain on the PUP list when the regular season gets underway.

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Over the weekend, we examined one NFL writer's thoughts on whether Ben Tate will be able to hold off rookie third-rounder Terrance West to be the lead rusher in the Cleveland Browns backfield this season.

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The Detroit Lions finally added a legitimate No. 2 option to work off of Calvin Johnson when they signed free-agent WR Golden Tate during the offseason.

Tate, who caught 64 passes for 898 yards and 5 TDs last season with the Seahawks, said this offseason that he envisions himself working in a Lance Moore-type role as Lions OC Joe Lombardi installs his version of the New Orleans Saints offense. Moore's heaviest workloads with the Saints had him reeling in 79 passes in 2008 (16 games), 66 passes in '10 (16 games) and 65 passes in '12 (15 games).

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The NFL has allowed more types of referee calls to be challenged by coaches in recent years, but they still don't allow a coach to throw a red flag when he questions the validity of a pass-interference call made -- and not made -- by the refs.

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Injuries essentially nixed Julius Thomas' first two NFL campaigns, so after breaking out last season, the tight end is entering the final year of his rookie contract. Denver Broncos president John Elway has said he would like to sign Thomas to an extension, but does Thomas want to stick with the Broncos for the long term?

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Will Smith start over Vick? 

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In his annual ranking of NFL quarterbacks, ESPN's Ron Jaworski pegged New York Jets QB Geno Smith 30th as we head into training camp. Because he ranks only one quarterback from each NFL team, the presumption, then, is that he expects Smith to start over offseason addition Michael Vick.

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We saw Jay Gruden's use of his fullbacks diminish significantly during his final season as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator. FB Chris Pressey was on the field for 282 snaps in 2011. In 2012, Gruden's fullbacks took part in 314 snaps. Last season, Gruden used his fullbacks on only 83 snaps.

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We know that the Jacksonville Jaguars will lean on former Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart as their lead option out of the backfield. After all, his average annual salary of $3.5 million is more than all of the other Jaguars running backs combined. What we don't know is how many touches he will see.

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The ever-durable Greg Olsen is slated to be Carolina's starting tight end for a fourth-straight season in 2014. The 29-year-old has played in all 16 regular season games for six consecutive years, dating back to his time in Chicago, and should again be one of Cam Newton's primary targets.

After Olsen, though, there is much less certainty amongst the five other tight ends who will be in Panthers' camp. How will it shake out?

Joseph Person of The Charlotte Observer offered his take on Saturday:

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Even if San Francisco keeps five running backs on its roster as ESPN.com's Bill Williamson projects, there still may not be room to keep 2012 second-round pick LaMichael James.

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Jacksonville's struggles offensively have been well documented in recent years, and the team tried to address that in May by drafting Blake Bortles in the first round and a couple of prime targets for him in round two, receivers Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.

How fast these rookies are able to transition to the NFL will go a long ways in determining the future of the Jaguars, and Robinson in particular will be an interesting one to watch. What can we expect out of the Penn State product in his first year in the league?

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Look for some of these Cincinnati Bengals players to have a breakout season this fall.

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Most of you will probably say Jay Cutler is Chicago's most important player heading into 2014. Or possibly Brandon Marshall. According to one news outlet, it's actually someone on the other side of the ball.

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Veteran newcomer Ben Tate and rookie Terrance West will enter training camp later this month in what figures to be a serious battle for Cleveland's starting running back job. But who will come out on top?

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