Player Notes

  • Marcus Mariota bulks up from 210 lbs. to 225
    Marcus Mariota has added 15 pounds of muscle this offseason, going from 210 to 225.

    Advice: Mariota said he wants to be "sturdier." He's confident of maintaining his speed despite the added heft. Mariota suffered two MCL injuries as a rookie, and clearly believes he was too slight. Adding more weight adds more pressure to his joints, of course, but 225 pounds is far from crazy for a 6-foot-4 quarterback, even a running one. He was listed at 222 at the Combine. It shouldn't have an adverse effect on Mariota's play. Today, 10:46 am
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  • Paxton Lynch to see expanded 1st-team reps
    With Mark Sanchez (thumb surgery) not expected to participate in OTAs, Paxton Lynch will see expanded first-team reps.

    Advice: "Just watching him, I think he'll catch up pretty quick," said coach Gary Kubiak after rookie minicamp. The 26th overall pick in the draft, Lynch stands 6-foot-7, 244 and has dual-threat mobility, which will mesh well in Kubiak's bootleg-centric offense. Sanchez is a short-term placeholder at best. If Lynch practices and plays well in the preseason, he should be given a serious look to start in Week 1 against the Panthers. Yesterday, 3:10 pm
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  • Brady appeal asks judges to rehear his case
    Tom Brady's appeal in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that two judges who sided with the NFL to have Brady's suspension reinstated "got the law wrong."

    Advice: Brady's team is asking the three judges who heard his initial case (two voted nay, one yay) to "rehear their arguments." "The panel decision stands in stark contrast with fundamental rules of labor law and undermines the rights of union members and employers alike," Brady attorney Theodore Olson wrote. "This court should grant rehearing or rehearing en banc." According to the Boston Herald, Brady has "told friends since January 2015 that he'll go to his grave believing he did nothing wrong" in the so-called Deflategate. On a personal note, we CAN'T WAIT for this whole thing to go away. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
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  • Sanchez to miss Broncos OTAs
    Mark Sanchez (thumb surgery) is not expected to participate at Broncos OTAs.

    Advice: He'll be fine by training camp, but this is an opportunity for first-round pick Paxton Lynch to work with Denver's first-team offense. 2015 seventh-rounder Trevor Siemian will also get reps with the ones. Sanchez is penciled in very lightly as the Broncos' Week 1 starter. If Lynch performs capably in camp and the preseason, however, we'd expect the Broncos to roll with him. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
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  • Ryan Fitzpatrick has no plans to retire
    Free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick said he has no plans to retire.

    Advice: "I'm playing," Fitzpatrick said. "I'm playing football next year." The retirement idea was floated last month, but it was never really a realistic outcome, as ESPN's Adam Schefter said Fitz would rather hang up his cleats than play for the Jets' low-ball offer. Expect the two sides to hash it out before camp. Yesterday, 9:34 am
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  • Tyrod doesn't think offense should 'open up'
    Tyrod Taylor does not think the Bills need to "open up" the offense.

    Advice: He does think the offense can "grow" in OC Greg Roman's second season, but that does not necessarily mean Taylor will see a spike in passing attempts. Buffalo had the most successful running game in the league last season, and if anything they have a stronger running back group this year. Taylor played well off the ground game, so any "growth" in the offense would likely involve getting him more opportunities to push the ball downfield off play action. Taylor posted a top-five adjusted yards per attempt average last season and 14 of his 20 passing touchdowns came from outside the red zone. Saturday, 6:37 am
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  • Kirk Cousins excited by weapons around him
    Kirk Cousins said he "can't wait" to utilize the talented weapons surrounding him on offense.

    Advice: Not coincidentally, Cousins' big second-half surge correlated with the emergence of Jordan Reed and the healthy return of DeSean Jackson. With those two back and first-round WR Josh Doctson added to the mix, Cousins has an even better group of weapons to target this year. With all that talent around him, Cousins would make for an upside QB2 pick, but his affinity for the band Creed renders him nearly undraftable. Thursday, 9:04 am
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  • RG3 approaching offseason as if he is starter
    Robert Griffin III said he is approaching the Browns' quarterback competition as if it is his job to lose.

    Advice: "If they name you the starter, you’ve still got to go out there and work and beat out anybody that’s coming for your spot," Griffin said, "so the way I look at it is it is my spot and I have go out and defend that." Griffin's approach is probably not far from the reality of the situation. Although rookie Cody Kessler and Josh McCown should apply pressure all offseason, it would be surprising if Griffin is not the starter Week 1. Wednesday, 2:04 pm
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  • Giants, Bengals also tried to claim Mett Show
    The Giants and Bengals also put in waiver claims on QB Zach Mettenberger.

    Advice: The Chargers were awarded Mettenberger due to their worse 2015 record. The Bengals' claim is a bit surprising since they appear set with Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron. The Giants have Ryan Nassib backing up Eli Manning. Both McCarron and Nassib have been involved in trade rumors, but nothing substantial. Wednesday, 8:08 am
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  • Pederson reiterates Wentz will develop in '16
    Coach Doug Pederson reiterated 2016 will be a developmental year for first-rounder Carson Wentz.

    Advice: It's widely assumed Wentz will push Sam Bradford sooner than later, but Pederson cautioned to not forget about Chase Daniel, who is quietly making $7 million a year. If Bradford falters, Pederson says Daniel is the next man up. "Carson has a lot to learn," Pederson said. "Not only from the playbook, but just how to be a professional quarterback, how to handle the media, how to handle Philadelphia, his teammates." Publicly, at least, the Eagles' plan is to keep Wentz on the bench for most, if not all of 2016. Wednesday, 6:15 am
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  • Sam Bradford insists he's happy with Eagles
    Sam Bradford insists he's happy to remain in Philadelphia.

    Advice: "I just realized this is still the best place for me to be," Bradford claimed Tuesday. Bradford attempted to get philosophical when explaining why he skipped voluntary practices. "I just felt like I needed some time. I could have stayed here, could have continued to work here, but I’m not sure my head really would have been here those two weeks." It's probably the best answer he could have given. Bradford has been proclaimed "the guy" by coach Doug Pederson, who insists he doesn't want the veteran looking over his shoulder. That will be unavoidable with No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz in the fray. Tuesday, 11:51 am
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  • Chip: Kaepernick is not falling behind
    49ers coach Chip Kelly insists Colin Kaepernick isn't falling behind in the team's quarterback race as he rehabs his surgeries.

    Advice: "He’s great in the classroom," Kelly said of Kaepernick. "He’s got a great grasp of what we’re doing. ... There’s not a race. The first day we’re able to against defenses is today. We’re not naming the starting lineup for the Rams game today." For once, something Kelly says is indisputably true. May OTAs are molehills compared to the mountains of training camp and the preseason. That's where Kap's battle with Blaine Gabbert will truly be waged. Tuesday, 11:13 am
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  • Andrew Luck practicing fully at OTAs
    Andrew Luck is practicing fully at OTAs.

    Advice: Luck declared himself fully healthy last month, but it is nice to see him practicing without limits this early in the offseason program. He should be in line for a bounce-back season. Tuesday, 9:00 am
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  • Gailey praises Hackenberg's intelligence
    Jets OC Chan Gailey praised second-round QB Christian Hackenberg's "intelligence" and "decision-making."

    Advice: "When he played in a pro-style offense as a freshman, he handled that extremely well," Gailey said. "There were a lot of positives." Unfortunately for Hackenberg, there were also a lot of negatives, most notably his inability to consistently put the ball on target. Hackenberg is a project in every sense of the word, but New York's current situation at quarterback could force him to play sooner than he should. Tuesday, 6:47 am
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  • Bryce Petty claims he's made improvement
    Jets QB Bryce Petty believes he's made "night-and-day" improvement since being the No. 103 overall pick of last year's draft.

    Advice: "For me, it's a process," Petty said. "Just watching film, I'm seeing things. I played Madden the other day, and it's not just picking run plays anymore. It's like, 'Oh, they've got an under front (on defense).' You start picking up things differently. That's exciting for me." We wouldn't exactly consider it encouraging that Petty mentioned Madden when talking about his supposed improvement. All signs still point toward Petty being the odd man out if the Jets re-sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. GM Mike Maccagnan didn't even mention Petty when discussing his quarterbacks earlier this month. May 16, 11:00 am
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  • Ravens sign QB Josh Johnson
    Ravens signed QB Josh Johnson.

    Advice: A veteran journeyman now on his seventh team, Johnson will serve as a camp arm as Joe Flacco recovers from knee surgery. May 16, 9:04 am
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  • Del Rio: Cook 'outstanding' at rookie camp
    Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said fourth-round QB Connor Cook has been "outstanding" at rookie camp.

    Advice: "Obviously he is intelligent. He asks good questions. He’s got arm talent," said Del Rio. "I think he’s off to a great start." Cook didn't seem entirely satisfied with his performance but he did enough to stand out among the 50 players invited to Oakland's rookie camp. He's competing with Matt McGloin for the No. 2 job behind starter Derek Carr. May 15, 9:57 am
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  • Saints could let Brees play out his contract
    Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times Union expects the Saints to let Drew Brees play out the final year of his contract.

    Advice: The two sides have engaged in preliminary extension talks but it doesn't look like much progress has been made on that front. Brees will count an enormous $30 million against the cap this year but with the offseason pretty much over, there isn't much incentive to lower that number. There's little doubt Brees will remain with the Saints even if he hits free agency. The Saints have wisely recognized that extending Brees would only be a short-term cap fix. Starting his contract over from scratch looks like the way to go. May 15, 5:46 am
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  • Browns could keep McCown even if not starter
    Browns EVP Sashi Brown said the team may keep Josh McCown even if he does not win the starting job.

    Advice: The Browns want to keep up the impression there is a competition at quarterback, but Robert Griffin III is the odds-on favorite to start Week 1. Cleveland could keep three quarterbacks on the final roster, but McCown would lose his roster spot to third-round pick Cody Kessler if the Browns decide to carry just two signal callers. Cleveland would probably like to trade McCown before Week 1. May 14, 10:47 am
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  • Hue Jackson says Cody Kessler 'outstanding'
    Browns coach Hue Jackson said third-round QB Cody Kessler "did some outstanding things" at rookie minicamp.

    Advice: Jackson also kept up the appearance -- some might say charade -- Kessler has a chance to earn the starting job. "It's too soon to say that he can't," said Jackson. "It's too soon to say that he will." It would be surprising if Kessler emerged from training camp as the starter, but Jackson is clearly enamored with the young quarterback. May 14, 7:08 am
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