As might be expected during non-contact workouts, the Stars of the Week at OTAs and minicamps were mostly the so-called skilled players -- meaning those whose job description includes touching the ball if they can.

Or to look at it from the other angle, only one offensive lineman was nominated this week by Sports Xchange correspondents at each camp as the Star of the Week -- Dallas Cowboys' first round pick Zack Martin, whose versatility was at least noticeable even without hitting.

Otherwise, the SOW honors were mostly bestowed upon those who either throw, catch or try to defend the pass -- 10 wide receivers and tight ends, eight defensive backs and four quarterbacks.

At the always-topical quarterback position, notable workouts were turned in by:

--Oakland Raiders' Matt Schaub, who wants to keep rookie Derek Carr on the bench.

--New England Patriots rookie Jimmy Garoppolo, who is making the most of backup Ryan Mallett's absence by showing off his quick release and accuracy.

--The New Orleans Saints' 2013 undrafted free agent, Ryan Griffin, as a surprise camper for the second straight year.

--Houston's strong-armed rookie Tom Savage, who is throwing his way into a pile of passers vying for a job with the Texans.

So from correspondents on the scene, here is a closer look at the players selected to be TSX's Stars of this week (On Monday, TSX takes a look at the weakest positions on each team as the NFL wraps up OTAs and minicamps next week):


--Safety Tony Jefferson: The second-year player has stood out all spring. He made the team as an undrafted rookie a year ago and contributed on special teams. On defense, however, he was too quiet, probably because he was often unsure of his duties.

Jefferson has changed. He is more vocal this year, and even when on the sideline, he helps others make adjustments.

The Cardinals took safety Deione Bucannon in the first round, but Jefferson has an early lead in the competition for a starting job.


--Wide receiver Roddy White: After missing most of the OTA sessions because of the shooting death of his brother, White was back at work this week. On his first day back, he chatted briefly with head coach Mike Smith before heading to the practice field. Several players came over to welcome him back.

"It's was nice to see Roddy back out," Falcons coach Mike Smith said. "He's been through a lot through the last three or four weeks. He and has family. It was good for him to be with his football family today. He looked great.

"You have to practice and work on your timing and getting Roddy back out there is going to be huge for these next six practices."


--Wide receiver Steve Smith: Putting put on a show at organized team activities this week, Smith made several acrobatic catches, including some one-handed. The five-time Pro Bowl selection brought a lot of intensity to spring workouts. The 35-year-old approaches the game with a lot of enthusiasm.


--Running back Anthony Dixon: The Bills signed Dixon away from the San Francisco 49ers with the thought that he could be a change of pace type player who could also get key yards in the short yardage situations. With no one trying to tackle him in the OTA sessions, Dixon has looked great, mainly because he has brought an infectious enthusiasm to the somewhat mundane practices.

"I'm a high-energy guy, that's what I do," Dixon said. "I bring the noise. I also bring the pain. I'm just trying to set the tone. I'm definitely trying to make plays and just mesh with my teammates, get the chemistry going so we can win games."

Dixon is a 233-pounder who will also play a key role on special teams. With C.J. Spiller, Fred Jackson, Bryce Brown (who was acquired in a trade from the Philadelphia Eagles) and Dixon, the Bills have a quality group at the position.


--Cornerback Josh Norman: He was the most noticeable player at Wednesday's practice. With Melvin White sitting out team drills with a sore hip, Norman played a majority of snaps with the ones. He took advantage of the opportunity with multiple pass breakups and a one-handed, falling down interception that stood out as the play of the day.