- While Dez Bryant made an attempt to recruit free agent CB Darrelle Revis to join the Cowboys, Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk mentions that she doesn’t expect Dallas to have interest in signing Revis.
- Dallas signed veteran Nolan Carroll to a contract during free agency and used draft picks on Chidobe Awuzie (second round), Jourdan Lewis (third round) and Marquez White (sixth round), so it hard to say that they would have a lot of interest in an aging veteran like Revis.
- Tim Twentyman mentions that Lions first-round pick Jarrad Davis has been working as the team’s middle linebacker and calling the defense. Twentyman adds that Davis’ speed and coverage ability look to be an early upgrade at the position.
- According to Twentyman, the first thing that stands out about second-round CB Teez Tabor is his size.
- While he is working his way back from a hamstring injury, Twentyman says that his speed hasn’t appeared to be an issue up to this point.
- Twentyman notes that rookie WR Kenny Golladay has been one of the young players to stand out in offseason workouts up to this point and has shown a knack for getting open.
- The Lions had Joe Dahl taking most of the first-team reps at left tackle last week following the injury to Taylor Decker.
- Twentyman expects there to be a lot of competition at cornerback, receiver, and linebacker this summer.
Mike Reiss of ESPN mentions that after speaking with Julian Edelman‘s father, Frank, it was clear that Edelman pushed hard to get his recent contract extension done with the Patriots.
“Boston loves their athletes, and if you’re in, you’re in. Boston is also all about what Julian is; you just go to work and grind it out,” Frank Edelman said. “He loves Boston and everything about the Patriots. There are also a lot of off-field opportunities if you stay in Boston. We’d love to be a Patriot for life.”
Frank Edelman added that there was actually a point in contract talks where it appeared as though a deal may not get done.
“For a time, you’re thinking maybe it won’t happen,” he said. “So it’s always nice when it does, even when you get a feeling that it might have been hard for them to do it.”
Bills DT Marcell Dareus said that new HC Sean McDermott has been very detail orientated thus far in teaching them the new defensive scheme.
“I mean, the structure, alone, is pretty detailed,” Dareus said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “I don’t want to say he micro-manages, but he makes sure we’re very sharp on what we’re doing.” The coaches “are really on us and they’re paying a lot of attention to a lot of small details, making sure we’re doing the right things.
“Hey, man, I’m happy for him to be here and just really excited to see what we can do.”
Dareus was asked how this new defensive system fit him, but he explained that they won’t really know until they had some padded practices.
“Realistically, I really can’t say until we get to camp and get some pads on,” Dareus said. “Right now, we’re just going over a real basic, vanilla form of our playbook so we can get communication down. I’m just really excited for camp so we can really see what we’ve got going on.
“It’ll” provide “a better understanding of what I will be doing.”
- Sheil Kapadia reports that Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy‘s next weigh-in is scheduled for Monday.
- According to Kapadia, Lacy needs to be down to 250 pounds tomorrow in order to earn a $55,000 bonus in his contract.
- Lacy made the first of seven weigh-ins a month ago when he came in at 253 pounds.
Cardinals GM Steve Keim mentioned during an interview with Doug and Wolf Thursday that he and team president Michael Bidwill have talked around six to eight available free agents that could potentially help them.
“I won’t get into any specific names, but Michael (Bidwill) and I talked about six-to-eight players who are guys that are still out on the street, who could come in and potentially help us at a number of different positions,” Keim said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
“As we know from the past, it’s not all about just whether that player fits schematically. It’s when does his value come down, when do we feel comfortable about making the addition. But we’ll continue to be aggressive — we’ll leave no stone unturned. Our pro department does a phenomenal job, led by Quentin Harris and Terry McDonough. Those guys are as good as it gets in the business, in my opinion.”
Chargers QB Philip Rivers explained in an interview with Xtra 1360 Fox Sports Radio that it’s been good to go against Gus Bradley’s defense on a daily basis.
“It got to the point where we almost needed earmuffs out there,” Rivers said, via ESPN.com. “So that’s been different because this defense is different. And yes, we’ve played this scheme against Atlanta, Jacksonville, and Seattle, but not going against it daily.
“So we’re running our install, as you would. We’re putting our stuff in for the season, but we also tweak stuff day by day. And I think it’s good both ways, because it’s going to help our defense out having to defend ways we would continue to attack them, and then it’s helping us come up with different ways to attack this defense.”
1.While No. 6 overall pick S Jamal Adams has been talk of the Jets’ draft class, Rich Cimini mentions second-round S Marcus Maye as the player who really jumped out during OTAs.
- Adams mainly worked as a free safety and impressed with his ability to digest the defense and limit his mental mistakes on the practice field.
- In regards to Eric Decker, who the Jets are expected to either trade or released at some point in the near future, Cimini believes it’s a mistake for the Jets, considering that not having Decker will make it much harder for them to develop Christian Hackenberg and Bryce Petty.
- According to Cimini, the best-case scenario for the Jets would be for the Bills to sign Jeremy Maclin, as this could increase the likely of them securing a late-round pick from the Ravens in return for Decker.
- As for a possible Sheldon Richardson trade, Cimini says there’s “nothing cooking” and the Jets are prepared to enter the season with him on their roster and hope he increases his value before the trade deadline.
2.Connor Hughes of NJ.com writes that while the early return for the Jets in regards to QB Christian Hackenberg hasn’t been great, they can’t give up on him just yet.
- While many are talking about the Jets’ recent moves being a clear indication of their plans to tank the 2017 season and take a top quarterback prospect such as USC’s Sam Darnold, Hughes points out that things don’t generally play out as many expect them to in June and there’s no guarantee that Darnold will be there for New York.
- Hughes mentions that Hackenberg struggled “a ton” in individual drills, and nearly threw six interceptions on top of the two he threw in team work. Even so, Hackenberg has apparently looked better than Bryce Petty so far and improved from his rookie year.
- As for the receiver position, Hughes could see rookie ArDarius Stewart handling the No. 3 role for the Jets in 2017.
49ers GM John Lynch mentioned that they’re hoping to get “the old Elvis” after signing DE Elvis Dumervil to a two-year contract last week.
“We kind of unraveled the story,” Lynch said, via the Sacramento Bee. “Martin Mayhew on my staff did a great job of saying, ‘John, I think you ought to look at this.’ Because early in the year, (the Achilles) wasn’t great. But then he took a break. And when he came back after that, it looked like the old Elvis.”
Lynch did, however, admit that it’s a gamble to sign a veteran pass rush who has dealt with some injuries in recent years.
“Is there a little gamble with the health and the age?” Lynch said. “There is. But we feel like it’s worth it because he gives us something. First of all, he gives us a great role model for these young guys. … Plus, he feels like he’s in a real healthy spot right now. And if that’s the case, we think he can bring a lot of production for us.”
1.Art Stapleton of the Record writes that Giants LB B.J. Goodson has embraced the opportunity to take over as the team’s starting middle linebacker in just his second year in the NFL.
“The way that I carry myself, everything’s always 100 percent,” Goodson said. “I feel like the battle’s always won in your mind before it’s actually taken into action, so the mental preparation is very, very important for me. I’ve gotten very, very comfortable calling the defense and my teammates, they do a great job of rallying around me.”
“I’ve still got to work,” Goodson added. “Nothing’s changed. I still have got to get the job.”
2.According to James Kratch of NJ.com, Giants third-round QB Davis Webb has looked “pretty solid” during offseason workouts. However, Kratch tempers expectations for the young quarterback by saying that growing pains will come and it’s still unlikely he’ll win the backup quarterback job this summer.
- Giants HC Ben McAdoo said that OT Ereck Flowers is in “tremendous condition” and they’re hopeful this will lead to better technique from him.
- The Giants have been moving TE Evan Engram around the field and it appears as though they plan to use him as a true mismatch weapon.
- Kratch believes Geno Smith is a serious contender to Josh Johnson to win the backup quarterback job.
- Kratch considers it unlikely that the Giants will release WR Roger Lewis, who was recently arrested for driving while impaired, anytime soon.
Former Bears QB Jay Cutler mentioned during an appearance on Adam Schefter’s “Know Them From Adam” podcast that he expects Alshon Jeffery to do well for the Eagles this year.
“He’ll do well,” Cutler said of Jeffery, via ESPN.com. “Mike Groh is there, the wide receivers coach. He had Al in Chicago when we were all there. Mike knows him really well, can get the most out of him.
“And I think that Al knows this is a huge year for him. You know, it’s another one-year deal for him. I mean, if he stays healthy and he works hard, I mean, the guy is unbelievable. He’s just had some bad luck with some injuries that have kind of plagued him. You know, one injury will lead to another injury to another injury. It’s hard at that position to battle back and get healthy again and be productive.”
Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star writes that the Chiefs need WR Tyreek Hill to be more like Steve Smith than Devin Hester in 2017 now that they’ve moved on from Jeremy Maclin.
Hill is a smaller receiver, but he believes he can have a similar impact as Smith did for the Panthers and Ravens.
“It’s all about what’s in your heart, man,” Hill said. “Steve Smith, he’s the same height as me and he’s a dog on the field.”
Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub admits that it isn’t the easy for dynamic kick returners to have a big impact on offensive.
“It’s very tough (to do),” Toub said. “I mean, with some guys, their limit might be a great returner, you know?”
Even so, Toub added that Hill is “just scratching the surface as a wide receiver.”
“He’s really just scratching the surface as a wide receiver — (he) just keeps better and better,” Toub said. “The offense just keeps throwing more and more stuff at him, and he just keeps improving. It’s really amazing.”