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NFL Notes: Bills, Chiefs, Lions, Redskins, Bengals, Colts, Giants


  • Though Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News does not think the Bills will open up the passing game under OC Rick Dennison, he believes QB Tyrod Taylor is a better fit for this scheme than what he was for Greg Roman.
  • Carucci expects Dennison to use Taylor’s mobility to have him throw more on the perimeter than as a pocket passer.
  • Carucci writes that the team’s most obvious positions of need is wide receiver and tight end.
  • Regarding free agent WR Jeremy Maclin, Carucci believes he would only sign with the Bulls if he is willing to accept a “modest contract that would be heavy incentive laden.”
  • Carucci writes that the Bills “have no desire” to pay Maclin a large contract since he is aging, has had a number of injuries, and is only a one- or two-year option.
  • As for quarterbacks the Bills could target in the 2018 NFL Draft, Carucci mentions USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s John Rosen, and Wyoming’s Josh Allen.
  • Carucci could see Shaq Lawson performing better this season as a defensive end in the Bills’ new 4-3 defensive scheme than what he did as an outside linebacker in a 3-4.


Chiefs CB Steven Nelson said he is ready to take on a larger role this season.

Of course we all want interceptions, that’s the name of the game,” Nelson said, via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “I’m ready to take on a role a step higher than last year and just make more plays.”


  • Lions WR Golden Tate said he feels that he is underpaid but could see himself eventually retiring with Detroit.

  • Tate added that he still has time to get a deal done since he has two-years remaining on his contract.


  • According to John Keim of ESPN, there has not been “a lot of movement” from the previous five-year offer the Redskins made to QB Kirk Cousins back in March.
  • Though Keim writes that negotiations have taken a “positive tone” after Redskins owner Dan Snyder told Cousins that he wants to re-sign him, Keim does not think enough has changed to get a deal done.
  • Keim believes that “legitimate negotiations” could take place prior to the July 15 long-term deadline for franchised players to sign if the team makes a “big-time” offer.
  • Regardless, Keims adds that a “good deal” may not get a deal done, but it would at least foster more good will with the team and possibly lead to a contract following the 2017 season.
  • Keim is curious to see if the arrival of Cousins’ first child will impact his decision to stay with the Redskins, in addition to his wife being close to several other player’s wives.


  • Katherine Terrell of ESPN takes a look at whether the Bengals could be Super Bowl contenders this season and some of the things that could impact how far they could go.
  • Terrell mentions that the Bengals are clearly taking a lot of chances with the offensive line after they lost both LT Andrew Whitworth and G Kevin Zeitler in free agency.
  • Beyond that, it’s still possible that veteran CB Adam Jones could be suspended for another off-the-field incident.
  • With HC Marvin Lewis entering the final year of his contract, Terrell says that it could end up being a make-or-break season for him.


Colts owner Jim Irsay stressed that their offensive line issues from the past few years are now fixed earlier this week.

“Let me say this: The offensive line is fixed,” Irsay said, via ESPN.com. “I’m telling you guys, the offensive line is fixed. The reason I’ll tell you it’s fixed is because [former Colts offensive-line coach] Howard Mudd told me it’s fixed. If Howard Mudd tells you it’s fixed, trust me, it’s fixed.

“We’ve worked hard to bring in the right type of players [on the offensive line],” Irsay added. “We’re ready to run the football and protect Andrew.”


  • Ian Rapoport points out that there is actually some precedent for the Giants to sign WR Odell Beckham to a contract extension, despite the fact that he has two years remaining on his contract.
    Back in 2008, the Giants signed WR Plaxico Burress to an extension, even though he had three years still remaining on his contract.

  • Although, Rapoport adds that Burress had just helped the Giants win a Super Bowl, held out, and was fined for not practicing before he got his five-year, $35 million deal.

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