Player Notes

  • Browns hoping to 'fast-track' DeShone Kizer
    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports DeShone Kixer is "on the fast-track" to winning the Browns' starting job.

    Advice: Coach Hue Jackson said Kizer has been a "quick study." Kizer is being pushed to get up to speed as quickly as possible. Cody Kessler has been getting the majority of first-team reps, but it's starting to look like the Browns have no plans to slow play Kizer. Today, 3:14 pm
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  • Zimmer impressed with Bridgewater's progress
    Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Teddy Bridgewater (knee) is "progressing as well as anybody could expect."

    Advice: Zimmer, who is home recovering from eye surgery, has only seen practice tape of Bridgewater but likes what he's seen. "He’s throwing the ball well. He’s got good velocity, accurate," Zimmer said. "He’s working his rear end off. It just makes you proud for him." Despite the progress, Zimmer conceded Bridgewater still has a "long ways to go." Regardless of Bridgewater's availability, Sam Bradford is locked in as the Vikings' Week 1 starter. Today, 11:19 am
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  • Ryan Tannehill credits 'stem cell therapy'
    Ryan Tannehill credits stem cell therapy with healing his injured ACL.

    Advice: Tannehill has been practicing without restriction since March. Tannehill's injury was not a full tear. Avoiding surgery is often the same thing as merely delaying it, but that does not appear to be the case in this instance. Tannehill had never missed a game until he went down late last season. Yesterday, 10:59 am
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  • Report: Kaepernick 'wants to be a Seahawk'
    The Huffington Post's Jordan Schultz reports Colin Kaepernick "wants to be a Seahawk."

    Advice: Kaepernick visited with but did not work out for the Seahawks on Wednesday. Schultz reports the visit went "very well" and Kaepernick is willing to be a backup, but there is "no rush" to work out a deal. If the Seahawks share Kaepernick's enthusiasm, they will likely want him in the fold before minicamp begins in June. Yesterday, 8:08 am
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  • Bortles focused on limiting stupid turnovers
    Blake Bortles said he is focused on limiting "stupid" turnovers.

    Advice: "If you don’t turn the ball over, you’ll win football games," Bortles said. "Turnovers are going to happen. We get that. You have to make sure to minimize them as much as possible and stay away from the stupid ones." Bortles has thrown 51 interceptions in 46 career games, and the Jaguars had 29 turnovers as a team last season, fourth most in the league. Along with improved mechanics, Bortles will need to show improved decision-making for the team to take a step forward. Yesterday, 7:59 am
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  • Schefter thinks Pats keep Garoppolo past 2017
    ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Patriots will keep Jimmy Garoppolo beyond 2017.

    Advice: Schefter was adamant all offseason the Pats would not trade Garoppolo, and he was proven right (as usual). "They were never trading Garoppolo, period," Schefter reiterated. "My sense is ... they are going to figure out a way one way or another to keep him there." Garoppolo's contract expires after 2017, so the Pats would have to sign him to an extension or tag him next offseason. "I think the Patriots recognize they have what they believe is a commodity and a successor in the wings and they have developed him, put a lot of time in him," Schefter stated. "They don’t want to lose him. I don’t know how they work it out, but somehow some way something tells me they will find a way to get it done." Yesterday, 7:57 am
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  • Mariota (leg) is participating at Titans OTAs
    Marcus Mariota (leg) is participating at Titans OTAs and appears to be ahead of schedule.

    Advice: Mariota fractured his fibula and ankle last December. "Four months ago I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to participate in OTAs, and being able to do some of the drills ... I was very happy and very grateful," he said. "It was fun to be out there with the guys." Mariota isn't moving at full speed yet, but he is taking part in walkthroughs, individual drills, and 7-on-7s. He is one of this year's highest-ceiling late-round quarterback picks. Yesterday, 7:34 am
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  • Paxton Lynch worked with first-team Wednesday
    Paxton Lynch worked with the first-team during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: Trevor Siemian opened OTAs with the first-team, but the pair were always expected to alternate days. Denver7's Troy Renck added the Broncos "could not be happier" with Lynch's "work ethic, attitude and play," echoing 9 News Denver's Mike Klis rebuttal of a critical report earlier this offseason. Siemian is the slight favorite, but Lynch will get every opportunity to unseat him. Yesterday, 7:28 am
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  • Kessler thinks his arm strength has improved
    Cody Kessler believes he improved his arm strength this offseason.

    Advice: Coach Hue Jackson agrees, saying Kessler "is stronger" and his "ball has more zip on it." Arm strength is never going to be a calling card for Kessler, but being able to force the ball into tighter windows and throw a better deep ball certainly will not hurt. Kessler is the favorite in the Browns' quarterback battle. Yesterday, 5:46 am
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  • Cowboys don't fear sophomore slump for Dak
    Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson insisted Dak Prescott is in no danger of experiencing a sophomore slump.

    Advice: It is part of Wilson's job description to build Prescott up, keep in mind. "Nothing is too big for that kid," said Wilson, a former longtime NFL QB himself. "He’s improved strength-wise, flexibility-wise, speed-wise, quickness-wise, so he’s not resting on anything that went on last year." Prescott said he's taking on a more vocal leadership role after "just being quiet and trying to fit my way in" as a rookie. Prescott will again be a high-upside late-round quarterback target. Wednesday, 6:29 pm
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  • Brock Osweiler says he expects to start
    Brock Osweiler says he expects to be the Browns' starter.

    Advice: "My expectation is always to start," Osweiler said. "But once again that's not my decision. I want to play and I want to help this team win, but I know there's a lot of work that needs to go into that." Osweiler has been working with the second-team offense at OTAs, but rotated in with the starters. The Browns quarterback competition should carry deep into training camp. Wednesday, 3:11 pm
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  • 'No assurances' Luck will be ready for camp
    The Indianapolis Star reports "there are no assurances" Andrew Luck (shoulder) will be ready for the start of training camp.

    Advice: Owner Jim Irsay hinted at this back in March. Luck hasn't had any setbacks, but the Colts are committed to not rushing him back from January surgery. Even if Luck misses some camp time, there's no concern over his status for Week 1. Wednesday, 1:34 pm
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  • Bills sign fifth-round QB Nathan Peterman
    Bills signed fifth-round QB Nathan Peterman to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Peterman is considered more pro-ready than a typical fifth-round QB, and is battling with veteran T.J. Yates and Cardale Jones for the backup job behind Tyrod Taylor. Peterman should win a spot on the 53-man roster, and could be an option if the Bills move on from Taylor in the future. Wednesday, 10:52 am
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  • Eagles coaches mad Wentz worked with QB gurus
    The Philadelphia Inquirer's Marcus Hayes reports Eagles coaches were "not thrilled" Carson Wentz sought outside help with his mechanics over the winter.

    Advice: Only NFL coaches would be mad about a player trying to better himself. Coaches aren't allowed offseason contact with players, so Wentz hired 3DQB gurus Adam Dedeaux and Tom House. Coach Doug Pederson "sneered" when asked about it at the Eagles' first OTA. Wentz is now hesitant to return to 3DQB this summer. Wednesday, 5:55 am
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  • Mike Glennon: The Bears are my team in 2017
    Speaking Tuesday, Bears QB Mike Glennon said it's "his year," and that the Bears are "his team."

    Advice: He's tilting. Glennon admitted "surprise" at the Bears' trade up for Mitchell Trubisky, but has evidently pumped himself back up. Glennon is the favorite to be under center in Week 1, but the odds are high that Trubisky will make 2017 starts. That's the reality for any first-round quarterback, let alone a top-two pick. Glennon will have to be sensational to keep the wolves at bay. Tuesday, 10:58 am
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  • Siemian gets Broncos first team reps
    Trevor Siemian received the first snaps with the first-team Broncos offense at OTAs.

    Advice: Siemian is competing with Paxton Lynch for the starting job, but is shaping up as the favorite. The duo will apparently alternate days, but it's telling that Siemian got the first crack. 2016 first-rounder Lynch offers a theoretically higher ceiling, but looked nowhere close to being ready as a rookie. Lynch will probably end up making 2017 starts, but Siemian will begin the season managing games. Tuesday, 10:45 am
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  • Jets OC: Quarterbacks will get equal reps
    Jets OC John Morton said each quarterback will get equal reps with the first-team offense during OTAs.

    Advice: That was not the case on the first day of OTAs when Christian Hackenberg worked exclusively on the second field with Josh McCown running the ones and Bryce Petty switching between the two. Hackenberg will get his chance at some point, however, and Morton said all three have a "great opportunity." Tuesday, 10:04 am
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  • Redskins could tag Kirk Cousins a third time?
    Team president Bruce Allen said the Redskins would be willing to place the franchise tag on Kirk Cousins next offseason.

    Advice: "Yes," Allen said when asked directly about tagging Cousins for the third year in a row. "We really have one year and an option that we can do at the end of next season if we don’t get a contract." Tagging a player three years in a row is intentionally cost prohibitive, and Cousins would be due $34 million if Washington tags him again next spring. The Redskins do have other options, including the transition tag ($28 million) and non-exclusive franchise tag which would both offer the right of first refusal if Cousins signs an offer sheet somewhere else. Of course, all of this madness could be avoided if Washington matches Cousins' contract demands by the July 15 deadline, but that is unlikely at this point. Tuesday, 7:03 am
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  • Goff having 'easier time' with new offense
    Jared Goff said he is having an "easier time" learning the new offense under coach Sean McVay.

    Advice: "I don’t know whether that’s scheme or the way it’s taught or what not," Goff said, "but I’ve enjoyed spending time with the coaches and picking it up pretty quickly." New OC Matt LaFleur shared a similar sentiment earlier this month, saying Goff has "really grasped the offense surprisingly fast." Goff was bad enough last year to raise serious questions about his ability to develop into a quality starter, but McVay and company will give him his best chance. As Goff suggested, that was not the case last season. Tuesday, 5:26 am
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  • Josh Dobbs signs his four-year, rookie deal
    Steelers signed fourth-round QB Josh Dobbs to a four-year contract.

    Advice: Dobbs made 35 starts for Tennessee, finishing with a 23-12 record, 61.5% completion rate, 53:29 TD-to-INT ratio, and 7.1 yards-per-attempt average. Despite that success, Dobbs has issues with mechanics, accuracy, and decision making. He is something of a project, but he should get ample time to develop behind Ben Roethlisberger and possesses the tools to become a starter. Monday, 8:26 am
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