Player Notes

  • Brock Osweiler 'like a student' this spring
    Texans WR Cecil Shorts said new QB Brock Osweiler has been "like a student" this offseason.

    Advice: "Very professional," Shorts continued. "I can see what he learned from 18 [Peyton Manning]." In a deep look at his first offseason with the Texans (linked below), Osweiler said he is excited for the "challenge" of learning a new offense and integrating himself with a new organization. If comments from his coaches and teammates are to be believed, he appears to be doing well on both fronts. Houston should remain a run-first attack, but Osweiler could potentially add an important edge in the passing game. 32 minutes ago
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  • Schefter: Cousins deal 'too difficult to do'
    ESPN's Adam Schefter does not believe the Redskins and franchise-tagged QB Kirk Cousins will reach a long-term deal before the July 15 deadline.

    Advice: Schefter thinks it will be "too difficult" to find the right value. "I think there would be teams willing to pay him if he were on the open market today more than Washington feels like it needs to pay him," Schefter said. "I think a team like the Cleveland Browns would’ve given him $20 million a year, maybe more." Already set to earn $19.95 million guaranteed this season, there is little reason for Cousins to take less than $20 million per year on a new deal, and the Redskins might want to see another season before shelling out that kind of cash. These deals tend to get done on deadline day, but it is certainly possible Cousins plays out the season under the tag. Today, 7:06 am
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  • Hue Jackson 'all in' on Robert Griffin III
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot believes the "odds are very, very high" Robert Griffin III opens the season as the Browns' starting quarterback.

    Advice: Cabot added coach Hue Jackson is "all in" on Griffin and is "riding him hard" during practice. Despite what has reportedly been a lackluster spring for Griffin, it sounds like the coaching staff is still squarely in his corner. It would be surprising if he is not the starter Week 1. Today, 6:28 am
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  • Seattle unlikely to re-sign Tarvaris Jackson
    The Seahawks aren’t expected to re-sign free agent Tarvaris Jackson.

    Advice: Seattle is moving on after Jackson’s recent legal troubles. Jackson is doubtful to sign anywhere until his off-field issues are resolved. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
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  • Colts make QB Luck highest-paid player ever
    Updating a previous item, Andrew Luck's new six-year, $140 million contract makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

    Advice: Prior to Luck signing, Joe Flacco paced the market at $22.1 million per year. Luck blows that out of the water. With the salary cap rising each of the past couple years and continuing to swell, it made it easy for the Colts to get this done. T.Y. Hilton is also under contract for the next five years through 2020. Yesterday, 12:35 pm
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  • QB Boykin officially charged with assault
    Seahawks UDFA QB Trevone Boykin has been charged with assault in Texas in relation to the December incident that got him suspended from the Alamo Bowl.

    Advice: An intoxicated Boykin allegedly assaulted a police officer. The Seahawks obviously knew of the incident when they signed Boykin in May. Both coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider have compared Boykin to Russell Wilson, and insist he has a chance to earn No. 2 duties in camp. Tuesday, 3:00 pm
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  • Mariota will hand it off '40 times' to win
    Marcus Mariota told coach Mike Mularkey he would "hand the ball off 40 times" if that's what it took to win games.

    Advice: "That's what's important to me, to giving us an opportunity to win," Mariota continued. "Having those two workhorses back there should help us out." The two workhorses Mariota references are DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry, the likely focal points of Tennessee's #ExoticSmashmouth attack. There is literally no chance the Titans run the ball 40 times a game, but the scheme should limit Mariota's passing attempts and upside if the defense can hold up their end of the bargain. Luckily for Mariota, that is a big if. Tuesday, 8:01 am
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  • Bryce Petty left off 53-man roster projection
    The New York Daily News' Seth Walder left 2015 fourth-round QB Bryce Petty off his 53-man roster projection.

    Advice: If (when) Ryan Fitzpatrick re-signs, the Jets will be faced with the option of keeping four quarterbacks or cutting either Geno Smith or Petty. Smith would be an easy cut if Petty or second-round rookie Christian Hackenberg showed well enough to earn the backup job, but that has not happened to this point and is extremely unlikely. Even if he does not get cut this year, Petty looks like he will go down as a wasted pick. Sunday, 5:39 pm
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  • Wentz behind Daniel on Eagles depth chart?
    Jimmy Kempski of believes Carson Wentz will watch his rookie year from the sidelines.

    Advice: Sam Bradford will open the season as the starter, while Kempski sees the Eagles going with Chase Daniel as the backup. Taking a redshirt year used to be commonplace for rookie signal-callers but lately we've seen more of them get thrown into the fire. However, the Eagles seem to be taking a more patient approach with Wentz. Daniel is a favorite of new coach Doug Pederson and is making $7 million per year to serve as Philly's No. 2. Sunday, 8:46 am
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  • Tom Brady decision could be coming this week
    A decision from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension could be coming in the next week.

    Advice: Legal experts predicted it would take the court between 3-6 weeks to make a ruling and Monday will mark five weeks from when the appeal was filed. Brady asked for an en banc hearing after the court upheld his suspension by a 2-1 vote on April 25. It's been 17 months since this ordeal began and we're still no closer to reaching the finish line. Sunday, 5:26 am
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  • Phins 'pretty happy' with Tannehill's spring
    MMQB's Albert Breer reports the Dolphins are "pretty happy" with Ryan Tannehill's performance in the offseason program.

    Advice: New coach Adam Gase said he tried to push Tannehill to the "breaking point" this offseason, but the fifth-year quarterback apparently responded well. Gase has coaxed above-career-average seasons out of both Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler in his last two stops, and Tannehill is working with the best pass-catching weapons of his career. He is a solid upside pick late in drafts. Friday, 6:13 am
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  • Decker wants Fitz issue resolved before camp
    Eric Decker said he wants the Jets to resolve the Ryan Fitzpatrick issue before training camp.

    Advice: It's the resounding sentiment around Jets camp. "I hope something gets worked out, one way or the other, so we cannot have distractions going into training camp," Decker said. "I think for any team to have success, you have to have some kind of direction. And, with training camp, that’s where you get the timing, that’s where you kind of build the team and build your identity. And if it’s still in question marks and you don’t know what’s going on, you’re going to create some kind of issues that we don’t need to have." Things should heat up on this front in the next few weeks. Thursday, 9:45 am
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  • Matt Ryan working on footwork in front of a mirror
    Matt Ryan has tried to improve his footwork this offseason by practicing in front of a mirror.

    Advice: Ryan has used the mirror to work on his timing after a career-worst 2015 season that included just 21 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. The 31-year-old still completed over 66 percent of his passes, so he doesn't need to overhaul his approach. The Falcons remain thin at wide receiver behind Julio Jones, though offseason signing Mohamed Sanu should be an improvement on Roddy White, who had nothing left last year. Wednesday, 2:21 pm
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  • Carroll says Wilson has had 'great offseason'
    Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Russell Wilson has "made a clear step ahead" this offseason.

    Advice: "His command is all-time," said Carroll. "We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason and he's been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff. He has had a great offseason." Wilson let it rip last year, setting new career-highs in attempts (483), completions (329), touchdowns (34) and passing yards (4,024). He's a top-five QB1 pick for 2016. Wednesday, 2:03 pm
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  • Bills, TyGod open to in-season extension
    WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports both the Bills and contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor are open to an in-season extension.

    Advice: The two sides continue to negotiate and could still strike a deal ahead of Week 1, but the Bills likely want to see if Taylor can carry his 2015 over into a second-straight season to prove it wasn't an outlier year. By all accounts, the Bills are preparing to loosen up the offense and Taylor looked improved in the spring. If he starts the season on fire, Taylor's price tag will only rise. Wednesday, 6:34 am
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  • Bucs want Winston to 'test the boundaries'
    Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said he wants Jameis Winston to "test the boundaries" of the offense.

    Advice: "Jameis is a really smart guy," said Koetter. "It’s just (that) we chose as coaches not to put him in too many positions that we did not think he was ready for, and, yes, we have … even as the season went on last year … we gave him more and more." Winston was much better when allowed to play a limited role as a rookie, but Koetter has been clear about his intention to put more on Winston's plate in year two. Even with Winston taking more command, the offense should still lean on the backfield combo of Doug Martin and Charles Sims. Tuesday, 9:51 am
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  • Stafford expects to 'spread the ball around'
    With Calvin Johnson retired, Matthew Stafford expects to "spread the ball around a bunch" this season.

    Advice: Stafford thinks the absence of a clear No. 1 option like Johnson could actually make things more difficult for opposing defenses. "It’s gonna, I think, be tougher for defenses in a certain way that they don’t know who we’re going to," Stafford said. "A bunch of guys are gonna get a ton of catches and we’re gonna be alright." Free-agent addition Marvin Jones and Golden Tate should take on the majority of Johnson's targets, but the Lions will need people like Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick, and T.J. Jones to step up. Tuesday, 8:00 am
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  • Brett Hundley can be a 'solid starter'?
    Packers QBs coach Alex Van Pelt believes Brett Hundley can be a "solid starter" in the league.

    Advice: Part of Van Pelt's job is to build the confidence of players at the position he oversees, but this was notable nonetheless. Teammates and coaches rave about Hundley's competitiveness, and his physical tools were never in doubt. Van Pelt did acknowledge Hundley has room for growth with understanding "hot routes and protection assignments." Hundley ripped up last year's preseason with a 7:1 TD-to-INT ratio. Green Bay plays five preseason games this year. Monday, 8:44 pm
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  • Fox expects 'good things again' from Cutler
    Bears coach John Fox said he is "expecting good things again" from Jay Cutler.

    Advice: Cutler posted a career-best 92.3 quarterback rating last season, but the Bears finished bottom-12 in both points scored and total offense. Fox does not put those offensive struggles entirely on Cutler's plate. "Alshon [Jeffery] wasn’t healthy the whole season. Kevin White did not play," Fox said. "I’m not knocking any of the guys that did play, but a lot is always made of the quarterback, and his supporting cast is critical." Even with Martellus Bennett and Matt Forte gone, Cutler's weapons will be better this year if both Alshon and White can stay healthy. Basically going undrafted, Cutler carries some underappreciated upside. Jun 20, 6:26 am
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