Bills QB Tyrod Taylor mentioned during an interview with Pro Football Talk that their offense “definitely took some great strides this offseason.”
“I think we’ve definitely took some great strides this offseason,” Taylor said. “Still learning the receivers, getting some guys back out there that are healthy now. Just taking it day by day. I think this offense definitely allows our offense to go out there and capitalize on big plays. There’s times on this offense where we’re definitely going to take shots.”
Taylor added that bringing back a much of their nucleus from last year has made it easier for them.
“Having a bunch of the nucleus back from last year especially the offensive line definitely makes the job easier,” Taylor said. “Just taking it day by day and challenging each other to get better, it carried over to training camp.”
As for why Jeremy Maclin ultimately decided to pass on signing with the Bills, Taylor said he never really got a full explanation for what happened.
“I never really got a full description of why it didn’t work out,” Taylor said. “He made a decision that was best for him for his career. I wish him luck in that. It would’ve been great to have him here but, like I said, things didn’t work. We have to move past that. We have a bunch of capable guys, very capable guys at that wide receiver role and looking forward to getting on the field with those guys.”
- Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union would be surprised if CB Jalen Ramsey did not open training camp on the team’s PUP list after he recently underwent surgery to repair a core muscle.
- A league source tells O’Halloran that Ramsey could have a tough time staying healthy during his career due to his aggressive playing style: “My instincts say Ramsey’s body may be an issue in the future.”
- According to O’Halloran, nothing has materialized regarding a contract extension for WRs Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee.
- According to Mike Reiss, the Patriots have had WR Malcolm Mitchell working on the sidelines during offseason practices in what he refers to a “less is more” approach from the team.
- Reiss mentions that the Patriots were well aware of Mitchell’s extensive medical/injury history and are likely looking to find ways to help him sustain for the long haul.
While Eagles WR Nelson Agholor has yet to live up to his draft status since he was the team’s top pick a few years ago, WRs coach Mike Groh believes that he still has first-round talent.
“Nelson Agholor’s a first-round pick and he’s got first-round talent,” Groh said, via Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Groh added that despite his early struggles, it can take a player a few years to start showing the kind of potential people saw in him coming out of college.
“I think that two years is a fair timeline,” Groh said. “I used to hear Coach [Bill] Parcells talk about it all the time — by the third year, a guy ought to tell you who he’s exactly going to be at this level. Nelson is going into his third year, but a number of guys going into their third year – that’s where they really show who they’re going to be.”
Despite playing a big role for the Saints last year, LB Craig Robertson is well aware that this won’t guarantee him anything in 2017, especially now that New Orleans signed free agent LBs A.J. Klein and Manti Te’o and used a third-round pick on LB Alex Anzalone.
“It doesn’t matter; that’s last year,” said Robertson, via Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune. “It’s a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, and you got to show that you’re an even better player than what you were last year. So, you can’t look back at last year and be like oh I did this. None of that matters. It’s all about now.”
- Saints OT Zach Strief mentioned during an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio that teammate OT Terron Armstead sustained his torn shoulder labrum while hitting a bag during individual drills.
- According to Strief, the Saints’ candidates to replace Armstead include Ryan Ramczyk, Brice Harris, and Khalif Barnes, but specifically referred to Ramczyk as the “frontrunner.” (Alex Marvez)
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll said recently signed QB Austin Davis has done “very well” since joining the team.
“Austin did really well,” Carroll said, via Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “Amazingly bright football player. He blew us away with how fast he could pick stuff up. He brings more playtime experience, just in the meeting room that we treasure. He’s been there, he’s played games and all that. Trevone hasn’t had that and can’t have that yet. It’s been a good mix so far. So we brought him in and we’ll make these evaluations as we get back but I think Austin showed very well for himself. He’s got his own style. He’s a different style player than Trevone or Russell (Wilson) of course, but I kind of like what he brought us.”
Carroll added that second-year WR Tanner McEvoy had surgery to remove a little bone from his big toe which bothered him last season.
“He had to have a little bone removed in his big toe and it’s all healed and ready to go for now to get on course to get in shape again,” Carroll said. “So he had a big setback. It was a big setback for him. It bothered him some last year and it was just too aggravated and he had to get worked on.”
49ers RB Carlos Hyde admitted that there will be more competition to deal with this summer than in years past.
“I feel that there’s more competition in the room now,” said Hyde, via Keiana Martin of the 49ers’ official site. (Running backs coach) Bobby (Turner) stresses it every day that he wants guys in the room competing. Any one of those guys can go in and be a starter. That just pushes me to take my game to the next level, because I want to be the starter. Every guy in that room wants to be the starter. So, it’s going to help everybody out. It’s going to benefit all of us.”
49ers HC Kyle Shanahan mentioned that he wants to give each of their running backs an opportunity to gain the first-team role.
“All we have to go off of is watching tape from what they’ve had in the past,” Shanahan said. “We want to balance everyone out, give everyone opportunities at each position. We need to see for ourselves, doing what we’re asking them to do, the techniques and the schemes and find out what the best place is for guys.”
- Josh Weinfuss of ESPN doesn’t think the loss of DL Calais Campbell will have as big of an impact as it could for the Cardinals.
- According to Weinfuss, as long as the Cardinals can pressure opposing quarterbacks with edge rushers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden, it could open things up for their interior pass rushers like Robert Nkemdiche and others.
- The area where Weinfuss believes Campbell will be missed is in the locker room, as he was a steadying force and a leader for their defense.
Browns RBs coach Kirby Wilson believes RB Isaiah Crowell has “only scratched the surface” of his potential and is looking forward to him taking another step this season.
“That’s very accurate that he [only] scratched the surface,” Wilson said, via Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal. “He’s not even in his prime yet. He has to continue to work hard. He saw what happens from last year — when you work extremely hard, good things happen for you. I think he enjoyed that limited success, and he’s hungry and eager and looking for even more this season.”
Wilson added that the team also expects “big things” from RB Duke Johnson in 2017.
“He’s hungry,” Wilson said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He’s a great worker. He’s committed to being the best that he can be. He’s one of our better leaders and one of our better playmakers. So we expect big things from him starting in training camp.”
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill said his year of experience with HC Adam Gase has helped to slow the game down for him and allowed them to build a stronger rapport.
“I think throughout last year and throughout this offseason, we’ve kind of fallen into a groove with each other of understanding what he’s trying to get out of certain things,” Tannehill said, via Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post. “He knows what I want to do on certain plays. He knows how I like to run certain things. That makes the game happen a lot faster. It makes it slow down. It makes it easy for me to just go out and let it rip because I’m not trying to decipher what we’re trying to do. We have the reps together. And now it’s just a matter of making it happen.”
- Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline runs down six things that have stood out during the Titans’ minicamp.
- According to Wyatt, QB Marcus Mariota (fibula) looks like a “different player” from the guy he was during OTAs back in May.
- Wyatt says that first-round WR Corey Davis has “looked the part” since the day he arrived in Tennessee, and even took things to another level this past week.
- Titans HC Mike Mularkey expects OLB Kevin Dodd to be recovered from his second foot surgery in time for training camp.