The Eagles believe there’s more room for growth to come from LB Jordan Hicks.
“I would hope so,” Eagles LBs coach Ken Flajole said when asked about Hicks, via CSN Philly. “We’re all emotionally tied in with our guys. I think he’s done a great job for us. Is there room for improvement? No question. But he works at it. It’s important to him. I know it’s important for him that he puts the team success above himself.
“I would suspect that there’s more ceiling for him at linebacker. And I expect him to work at those things.”
- Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press points out that the Lions are on the hook for the final year of OT Greg Robinson‘s contract at a guaranteed price of $3.322 million. Robinson doesn’t have offset language included in his contract, which means Detroit would owe him this money, even if they cut him and he signs with another team.
- According to Birkett, Robinson is actually the No. 8 highest paid player for the 2017 season on the team’s roster. With this in mind, Birkett mentions that it’s not a leap to suggest the Lions expect Robinson to fill in for Taylor Decker for a good portion of the year.
Rob Demovsky of ESPN writes that former fifth-round WR Trevor Davis will need to stand out this summer to make the team, given that the Packers used two more draft picks on receivers and the position was already pretty deep before that.
Davis explained that he wasn’t able to utilize his speed last year because he was still learning the team’s offense.
“Last year was difficult for me because I was learning the playbook – I mean it’s difficult for everyone who comes in here – and you’re focusing more on the plays than anything else,” Davis said. “You want to run the right thing rather knowing why you’re running it, how to run it against the type of technique you’re running it against. Now I can think about those things and go into camp really knowing the offense better and just being able to make the right decisions.”
Packers WRs coach Luke Getsy expects Davis to have a “big August” for them.
“I think he’s going to have a really big August for us, and he’ll be one of those guys that are going to show up,” Getsy said. “And he’s shown that this spring. He’s made a ton of really, really impressive catches, and assignment wise he’s been so much better, so I’m excited to see him grow in August.”
Saints rookie RB Alvin Kamara thinks he ended up in a good situation in New Orleans where the team will utilize his receiving ability.
“I knew that was one of my strengths, and I think just ending up here was a good situation, a perfect situation, to be able to utilize that strength,” said Kamara, via ESPN.com.
Kamara wasn’t expecting to work out for the Saints leading up to the draft, but Sean Payton asked him to catch some passes and he went back and grabbed his shoes.
“He asked me to come and catch some balls, and I was just like, ‘Whatever,’ went and got my cleats. And it worked out,” Kamara said. “I felt good. And then on draft day when he called me, he was like, ‘That’s the best thing you could’ve done, caught those balls.’”
The New Orleans Saints announced Thursday that they’ve signed first-round OT Ryan Ramczyk to a four-year rookie contract.
According to OverTheCap.com, Ramczyk will receive a four-year contract worth $8,891,810, which includes a signing bonus of $4,606,772. The contract also has a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.
Ramczyk was selected with the No. 32 overall pick by the Saints after they elected to trade back into the first round with the Patriots. In total, New Orleans gave up WR Brandin Cooks and a fourth-round pick in this year’s draft for the right to select Ramczyk and also acquired a 2017 third-round pick.
During his two-year college career at Wisconsin, Ramczyk appeared in 12 games for the Badgers and received first-team All-Big 10 and first-team All-American honors last season.
Steelers third-year WR Sammie Coates says he’s getting closer to full health after he broken a few fingers last year and dealt with a groin injury.
“I’m getting there. It’s a process,” Coates said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. “That’s what this process is for, to get your body back so you can compete during camp.”
However, Coates is well aware of the fact that there’s going to be a competition for playing time and roster spots during training camp this summer.
“It’s going to be like that until we get to camp — it’s going to be a good fight,” said Coates. “It’s a great room, great guys. There will be competition all year.”