Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas believes he has a “couple good years” left in him, as his hip is no longer a nagging issue.
“I got longer than 30 [years],” Thomas said, via DenverBroncos.com. “I think I’ve got a couple good years [left]. Like I’ve been saying before, this is the best I’ve felt my whole career. I haven’t had the problems I usually have with my hip, because that was one of the things that held me back.
“I wake up now and I don’t feel it, and that’s a good sign, because usually I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘OK, my hip’s tight. I’ve got to loosen it up to get it going.’ But now it’s totally different.”
Broncos HC Vance Joseph expects all of their players, not just the quarterbacks, to be learning the system while they’re away on summer break.
“As I’ve said to all the players, not just [the quarterbacks]: Learn the system. That’s the most important,” Joseph said, via Jeff Legwold. “I consistently say, ‘When you leave this office, you have to study.’ Everybody has talent; the key is learning [the plays] and knowing what to do. Everybody, including [the quarterbacks], has to put themselves in a position to come back here for camp ready to compete for a job.”
According to Legwold, Siemian plans to put in more time in the weight room to help him get back to 100 percent after an offseason shoulder surgery while Lynch plans to work on his footwork and throwing mechanics with CFL coach Charlie Taaffe.
“Competition is good for everybody,” Siemian said. “...We want to be back and forth. … We’re pushing each other.”
“We struggled last year with [protecting the quarterback and putting playmakers around him],” Rivera said. “The first one being able to protect him. Our left tackle Michael Oher gets hurt and we got to reshuffle our offensive line and move guys around. That wasn’t the best thing for us. We went out and made some moves in free agency to help sure-up the offensive line. Then we go out and feel like we have to continue to put playmakers around him. We went out and found a very versatile, explosive running back who had a tremendous college career, and hopefully that translates to the NFL, in Christian McCaffrey. We went out and got Curtis Samuel out of Ohio State, a very explosive vertical attack.
“That’s something we want to continue to do. And yes, there are some things we want to do in terms of getting the ball out of Cam’s hands and putting it the in hands of the playmakers. And those two young guys, they’re not going to be just the primary targets. We’ve got a tremendous slew of targets on our team, starting with Jonathan Stewart, and being able to run the ball. One thing we found in 2013, 2014 and 2015, we went around and looked at what we did running the football, and how much that translated to victories for us.
“Then we look at what our tight end can do. Greg Olsen, getting vertical and making plays for us. Finding the seams in the defenses. Then Kelvin Benjamin, with his size, and Devin Funchess. We’ve got what we feel like has the potential to be an explosive offense. And yes, a lot of the idea is to take the pressure off our quarterback, and take some of the hits off of him as well.”
- Mike Reiss of ESPN considers receivers Danny Amendola, Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, and Matthew Slater to be roster locks.
- Reiss considers it unlikely that the Patriots will keep more than six receivers on their active roster, which is why Austin Carr, Andrew Hawkins, Cody Hollister and Devin Lucien are all likely to be on the roster bubble.
- Kevin Dillon of MassLive.com takes a look at some potential surprise cuts to watch for from the Patriots this summer.
- Dillon’s list includes TE James O’Shaughnessy, DE Kony Ealy, LB David Harris, DB Patrick Chung, DB Eric Rowe, DB Cyrus Jones, LB Shea McClellin, WR Danny Amendola, DE Rob Ninkovich and RB Dion Lewis.
Chiefs CB Terrance Mitchell says he’s thankful for the opportunity Kansas City gave him last year to show what he could do after bouncing around with a number of teams to begin his NFL career.
“The more reps and the more experience you can get, it definitely makes you more and more confident,” Mitchell said, via Chiefs.com. “Just being out there gives me more confidence. I thank the coaches for just giving me the opportunity.
“With all the places I’ve been in my career, going up against all the different kinds of receivers I’ve faced, I always knew I could play; I just had to wait for my opportunity.”
- While Robby Anderson is set to enter training camp as the Jets’ No. 2 receiver, Brian Costellowrites that he could lose the job as suddenly as he got it.
- Anderson was arrested a few months ago for resisting a police officer with violence and could receive a suspension from the NFL.
- Costello adds that Anderson needs to become more of a complete receiver for the Jets and a better route runner.
“I hope he gets the deal he deserves,” Johnson told Andy Benoit of TheMMQB.com. “I hope it’s going to be the type of deal that cornerbacks get and quarterbacks get.”
Johnson added that he believes the young running backs will help to change the perception regarding the value of the position with their next deals.
“I feel like, especially now, with the running backs we have in this league, we’re going to definitely change the mentality of the running back and those contract deals,” Johnson said. “We’re going to definitely make it [understood] that running backs are more important than you’d think. Everyone thinks it’s a passing league, but I think running backs are starting to show up and show out and prove that you need a good one to be a capable team.”
- According to Kevin Bowen of Colts.com, “we still do not know if Andrew Luck has already started the throwing portion of his shoulder rehab, or if that timeline still has not been reached.“
- Bowen adds that it’s a “virtual must” that Luck ramp up his throwing regimen throughout the month of August if he’s going to be ready in time for the start of the season.
- If there’s still no update regarding Luck by the start of August, Bowen says there should be legitimate concern regarding whether he’ll be ready for Week 1.
- A source tells Will Carroll that Luck has not yet thrown overhand but “could. Not time yet.” Carroll adds that Luck’s rehab work is focused on shoulder stability.
- New Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery is working out with QB Carson Wentz in North Dakota along with fellow receivers/tight ends Jordan Matthews, Torrey Smith, Zach Ertz, Nelson Agholor, Trey Burton, Bryce Treggs, and Shelton Gibson. (Jeff Kerr)
- Les Bowen points out that the Eagles will reevaluate RB Ryan Mathews‘ neck fusion once veterans report in time for the start of training camp.
- Bowen adds that Mathews will have to pass the evaluation in order for the Eagles to release him.
- According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Mathews will free up $4 million of available cap space while creating $1 million in dead money.
- Lions TE Eric Ebron tells Sirius XM NFL Radio that the way the team plans to use him this year has him “overly excited” for the 2017 season: “The way they are going to go about using me this year has me ‘overly excited.’ It’s going to be fun for me.”
- Ebron added that the Lions are clearly confident in what he can do for their offense this season, which is evident from their decision to pick up his fifth-year option: “Just picking up my fifth-year option it just showed they have confidence and faith in me to continue to excel like I have.” (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
- Ebron also said he’s hoping QB Matthew Stafford “gets paid what he deserves.” (Sirius XM NFL Radio)
Redskins franchise QB Kirk Cousins told WAVY.com during his football camp thinking about contract situation while playing football isn’t something he ever wants to do.
“I never want to play football thinking about money,” Cousins said, via the Washington Post. “I think that you get in trouble doing that. I put my confidence in the Lord, in my faith. If I’m gonna build my life [based] on money shame on me. That’s not where I draw my security from, never should be. My parents didn’t raise me that way.”
Cousins reiterated that he’s leaving contract negotiations up to his agent and plans to focus on playing to the best of his ability in 2017.
“I hired my agent to do his job,” Cousins said. “I gotta go play football and throw touchdown passes and help our team win. I’ve got plenty to work on there so I’ll let my agent do his job. I’ll do mine and the good news is I’m under contract for this season and in a good place.”
“[I]f you don’t take a deal that’s fair to you, then you’re also taking a deal that’s not fair to them and you’re setting them back as well,” Cousins said.
Giants DT Damon Harrison believes many take QB Eli Manning and his production for granted much like they do in the NBA with LeBron James.
“Eli, when you look at Eli, it’s kind of like when you look at LeBron,” Harrison said, via NFL.com. “I’m not saying they’re the same, but look at Eli’s numbers. Any other quarterback would have those numbers it would be an amazing year, but, it being Eli, no one is respecting it much like we do LeBron. LeBron could average 30 [points], 15 rebounds and 12 assists and it’s like ‘he didn’t do enough.’ I don’t know what’s the deal.”
In 2016, Manning threw for 4,027 yards while completing 63 percent of his passes to go along with 26 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. If there’s any notable dropoff in his production it’s that his touchdowns were down from 35 in 2015.