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NOTES : DOLPHINS, JETS, GIANTS, PACKERS, SAINTS, PANTHERS

Dolphins

  • James Walker says he expects WR DeVante Parker to have a “sizable impact” on the Dolphins’ offense this season. Walker projects Parker to total 70 receptions, 980 yards, and seven touchdowns.
  • As for WR Jarvis Landry, Walker expects him to catch 90 passes for 1,110 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
  • Walker seems to think Kenny Stills‘ production will drop off in 2017 and projects him to catch 35 passes for 575 yards receiving and six touchdowns, down from 42 receptions, 726 yards and nine touchdowns last year.

Jets

The New York Jets announced Thursday that President Donald Trump intends to nominate team owner Woody Johnson to serve as Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

The Jets plan to have Christopher Johnson, his brother and an owner, become Chairman and CEO of the team.

“The New York Jets have been an integral part of our family since 2000, but this is a unique opportunity for Woody. His patriotism and commitment to our country have always been a passion of his,” said Christopher Johnson. “Over the years, we have learned that ownership of the New York Jets is a special responsibility. Personally, if Woody is nominated and confirmed, I would be honored to oversee the organization, continuing to build a team on and off the field that our fans are proud of and deserve.” 

“On behalf of the entire organization, we would be extremely proud to see Woody nominated and confirmed as U.S. Ambassador. We could not be more excited for him and his family,” said New York Jets President Neil Glat.

Giants

Jordan Raanan of ESPN writes that DE Devin Taylor could prove to be a “great signing” for the Giants in the end after they signed him to a one-year, $850,000 contract. Taylor received just $40,000 guaranteed as part of this contract, according to Raanan, despite totaling 11.5 sacks the past two seasons.

The Giants are considering Taylor as an interior pass rusher.

He’s a proven veteran in this league,” defensive line coach Patrick Graham said. “He has to prove himself again but I think as a defensive end, he’s shown some great flexibility in the past. It’s a good piece to have and we will see how the competition plays out.”

Taylor will have to compete with Romeo Okwara, Avery Moss, Owa Odighizuwa, Evan Schwan, and Jordan Williams for a roster spot and playing time this summer.

Packers

  • Charles Robinson reports that after speaking with sources around the league, it sounds like the eventual successor for Packers GM Ted Thompson will likely be either Eliot Wolf, Russ Ball or Brian Gutekunst and not John Dorsey.

  • While there has been some speculation that Dorsey could be an option for the Packers, but Robinson mentions that bringing him back would likely ruffle some feathers within the team, as they have executives grinding away and this could be a “touchy” move for them to make.

  • For what it’s worth, Robinson adds that the Packers have been working with Russ Ball to broaden his knowledge base.

Saints

Sants S Kenny Vaccaro says he hasn’t lived up to his expectations since entering the NFL.

“I was a top-15 pick,” Vaccaro said, via Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I should be a Pro Bowler. That’s just the way it goes.

“I haven’t met any of my goals, and it pisses me off, really,” Vaccaro said. “I want to really, really, really work hard this summer and prepare for the season that I need to have because I feel like a lot of people know it’s in me. A lot of people know I’m good, but I haven’t earned the respect that I need and I want that.

Panthers

There was a lot made about Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin reporting to the team overweight this offseason, but GM Dave Gettleman doesn’t sound too worried about his conditioning.

This is what frustrates me with the media today,” Gettleman said, via Panthers.com. “They go to DEFCON 5 on everything.

“Kelvin Benjamin being overweight was not a big deal. It’s was April 17. Can we all get a grip?

Gettleman added that he isn’t concerned about Benjamin’s speed, as his ability to win contested passes makes up for it.

“Kelvin’s speed is vertical,” Gettleman said. “He makes it up in a different way.

“(His) ability to make people miss is to run through them.”

Gettleman added that they’re much faster on offense with the additions of Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel.

“Are we faster now? Yes, absolutely. When those two get in the open field, oh wow, here we go,” Gettleman said. “Those guys can break some ankles.”

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