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Hindsight - Tracking the 2014 Draft Class Around the League

Posted: 6/20/2014 5:38 PM

Hindsight - Tracking the 2014 Draft Class Around the League 

What role will Lions LB Palmer have? 

June, 19, 2014
JUN 19
By  Tom Carpenter  |
The writing was on the wall for linebacker  Ashlee Palmer as soon as the  Detroit Lions traded up to draft linebacker  Kyle Van Noy in the second round: the rookie is going to replace the veteran as a starter sooner than later. 
To his credit, Palmer has looked good during OTAs and minicamp.  "Palmer had a fine offseason, by all accounts,"  noted Dave Birkett  of the Detroit Free Press. "He devoured his new playbook, did everything coaches asked and heads into the summer comfortable with whatever the future holds."  And, not surprisingly, Palmer isn't going to give up his job without a fight.  “Van Noy, they brought him in as a linebacker, rush guy, whatever they want to bring him in as,” Palmer said at minicamp last week. “He’s our teammate, he’s our brother. I’m going to help him, but all I can do is work, get better.”  Van Noy beginning the season as a starter over Palmer seems an inevitability, though, and Palmer may have to hold off others just to maintain a regular role:  Michael Rothstein Post-minicamp roster prediction: Defense "The starters are pretty set here with the two veterans ( DeAndre Levy  and  Stephen Tulloch ) and the rookie, Van Noy. Palmer will end up playing his way onto the team, but watch for  Tahir Whitehead  here. He is a potential candidate to push for playing time or at least be a stable backup in the middle."

Derek Carr will enter training camp as the Raiders' No. 2 quarterback.

There won't be a manufactured "competition" with 2013 UDFA Matt McGloin. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported earlier this month there's "internal belief" in Oakland that Carr could push Matt Schaub for the starting job, but he'd have to have a perfect preseason to unseat the Raiders' prized trade acquisition. Carr could very easily make starts this season, but it probably won't be before October.
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Posted: 6/20/2014 5:41 PM

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WR Cooks key to replacing RB Sproles? 

June, 19, 2014
JUN 19
By  Tom Carpenter  |
There has been plenty of talk about whether the Philadelphia Eagles will turn to running back Darren Sproles to help replace wide receiver DeSean Jacksonthis season. Coincidentally, the New Orleans Saints may turn to a wide receiver to help replace their departed running back. 
QB  Drew Brees  said this week that rookie WR  Brandin Cooks  could be the key.  “Even though Darren Sproles played the running back position, we were creative with him,” Brees told  USA Today Sports . “We did a lot of things with him out of the backfield. We’d split him out. We’d throw him screens. We’d do all kinds of stuff with him. So, that role can be filled by maybe even a receiver.  “Hey, we go out in the draft and get a guy in Brandin Cooks out of Oregon State – an explosive player, great speed, great talent, tremendous young man, loves to learn, loves the game of football. … From all indications, this guy can do a lot of things for us, and he’s eager to fill a role that we need him to on offense.”  The buzz surrounding Cooks' fantasy value likely will continue to increase if we see the Saints follow through and use him as both a wide receiver and running back during the preseason.  Khiry Robinson  has his own buzz, too, and may end up being the first Saints running back to come off of draft boards:  Eric Karabell Summer Snapshot: New Orleans Saints "Cooks will likely be selected in all leagues, but late. His summer progress could make him a top-100 player on draft day, in theory. Pick an order for the running backs based on how touches are divided this summer, but that’s admittedly a poor way to try to guess fantasy repercussions. Still, with three and perhaps more running backs on the proverbial table, one could surely emerge by mid-August. Robinson seems to have the best chance there, and it wouldn’t be stunning if he bursts into the top-75 overall."
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Posted: 6/20/2014 5:43 PM

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Jarvis Landry WR LSU looking good at the Phins camp:

Mack OLB/DE Raiders getting fans and teammates excited at Raiders camp:

Eric Ebron TE UNC struggling at Lions camp and remains on the second team.

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Posted: 6/20/2014 5:45 PM

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This is already a mess -

Jadeveon Clowney unsure if he’ll be ready when training camp starts

Posted by Josh Alper on June 19, 2014, 1:47 PM EDT
Jadeveon ClowneyAP

Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Thursday that linebacker Jadeveon Clowney will be healthy at training camp in July after having sports hernia surgery last week, but Clowney wasn’t willing to say he’d be ready on day one.

Clowney said, via Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, that he is feeling better after having the surgery, but that he’s taking the recovery day by day and wasn’t willing to declare that he’d be ready to go when camp opens. Clowney, who is learning a new position and a new scheme, will also be studying up while he rehabs.

“I’m still learning,” Clowney said. “That’s a big transition here.”

Clowney also said that the injury that led to surgery did not occur before he was drafted in May, although there were reports that Clowney had a slight groin pull at his pro day. Clowney said “there was a little pain” and that the Texans told him to take care of it now so that he’d be ready to go in time for the season.

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Posted: 6/20/2014 5:47 PM

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Cam Newton, Kelvin Benjamin working together before training camp

Posted by Josh Alper on June 19, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT
Kelvin BenjaminAP

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton hasn’t expressed much concern about what the team’s new-look receiving corps will be able to achieve on the field this season, but the fact that he’s been rehabbing from ankle surgery this spring has meant that he’s had less time to work with those receivers on developing the chemistry they’ll need come the fall.

Newton is still recovering from the surgery, but he’ll be able to mix in some work with one of those receivers between now and training camp. Newton and first-round pick Kelvin Benjamin will both be in Charlotte for four weeks heading into training camp this summer and coach Ron Rivera says that the two of them will be working together during that time.

“The nice thing is Cam will be around,” Rivera said, via the Charlotte Observer. “I know the two of those guys will be working on developing that rapport, which I think is important.”

Benjamin specifically mentioned working on the timing for fade routes with Newton, a play that could be a big one for the 6-5 wideout when the Panthers get into the red zone this season. One play alone won’t make a passing offense, of course, but the Panthers need to start somewhere and getting their quarterback and most promising wideout on the same page seems like a pretty good place to do it.

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Posted: 6/20/2014 5:49 PM

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Anthony Barr swimming a little at Vikings camp:

Jordan Matthews gets first-team reps in Philly

Posted by Mike Florio on June 18, 2014, 9:21 PM EDT
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He may not be the next Terrell Owens, but the first Jordan Matthews seems to be progressing well in his rookie offseason with the Eagles.

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer (via Rotoworld), Matthews took “a number of reps” with the first-team offense on Tuesday.

Matthews, a second-round pick last month, previously had been working almost exclusively with the No. 2 offense, developing great chemistry with veteran backup quarterback Mark Sanchez.

If Matthews can contribute as a rookie, he’ll beef up considerably a depth chart that hopes to thrive without DeSean Jackson.  Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclinboth re-signed prior to become free agents, but Maclin is under contract only for a year.  Matthews could make Maclin a luxury that the Eagles don’t need.

That said, there’s a long way to go until Matthews lines up across from an NFL-caliber defensive back in a game that counts.  When that happens, we’ll all know whether Matthews or any other rookie receivers can become the exception to the rule that it takes at least a year or two to find a groove at the wideout position.

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Posted: 6/20/2014 8:59 PM

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Eric Ebron - TE - Lions

No. 10 overall pick Eric Ebron spent most of spring practices running with the Lions' second-team offense.

Ebron "struggled with drops" in OTAs, but finished minicamp with a bang. "He's super athletic and can get in and out of cuts," Matthew Stafford said. "He's raw, he's young, he's got to learn the NFL game like every rookie does. But there's definitely flashes of big-time talent." Ebron won't make much re-draft noise as a 21-year-old rookie, but his long-term ceiling is through the roof.

The Palm Beach Post suggests second-round pick Jarvis Landry could earn playing time early in his rookie year.

Per beat writer Andrew Abramson, Landry is "progressing quickly," and "could be a real player from the start." Ryan Tannehill previously told Abramson Landry "has some of the strongest hands he's ever seen." Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace are entrenched on the outside, but there is opportunity for Landry in the slot. The slot position was heavily targeted by Ryan Tannehill in 2013.

Colin Kaepernick praised fourth-round WR Bruce Ellington on Thursday.

"Bruce has been amazing out here," Kaep said. "He’s picked things up very quickly. Good route runner. Very good feel for the game and he’s made plays when we’ve given him the opportunity." According to ESPN 49ers reporter Bill Williamson, there has been "lots of minicamp love" for the South Carolina product. Ellington is making a play for slot duties. Even if he wins, however, he'd have a tough time carving out re-draft relevance behind Michael Crabtree, Anquan Boldin and Stevie Johnson.

Colts third-round WR Donte Moncrief spent "considerable time" with the first-team offense Wednesday.

Moncrief reportedly had a "spectacular practice." It's an excellent sign that he's showing well early, but we'd expect the athletic freak to perform in non-contact work. He's still going to need some time to learn the NFL game, which he'll get while operating behind Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks and T.Y. Hilton this season. Dynasty owners should note that both Wayne and Nicks are on one-year deals. Young for a rookie, Moncrief is still only 21.

Vikings OC Norv Turner said Wednesday rookie Teddy Bridgewater has been "outstanding throwing the deep ball" in spring practices.

"Which some people thought would be an issue," conceded Norv, who later said Bridgewater "can make all the throws he needs to make." Throwing the deep ball is critical in Turner's vertical offense. Matt Cassel will open training camp as the Vikings' starter, but Bridgewater should give him a serious run.

The Arizona Republic says fourth-round QB Logan Thomas has been "as advertised" during OTAs and minicamp.

Thomas has flashed the powerful arm and unique athleticism that made him an intriguing flier pick, but "doesn't always know where the ball is going." Those accuracy woes are why Thomas' stock slipped so sharply his final years at Virginia Tech. Getting them ironed out will be mandatory if he's going to succeed 34-year-old Carson Palmer, whom the Cardinals can keep at $10 million in 2015.
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Posted: 6/21/2014 10:18 AM

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For the Jets, I really think this draft will come down to whether Jace Amaro is a hit or miss. If he's a bust and Marquse Lee becomes the next Marvin Harrison in Jacksonville, there will be a lot of criticism for Idzik not getting that trade done with Tampa to move up in round 2 to select him.
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Posted: 6/22/2014 9:55 AM

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At the time: I would have been happy with Dennard with our first rd pick
Now: I am happy with McDougle rd 3 over Dennard rd 1

Thoughts: Dennard is going to start the season on the Bengals as the #3 or 4 CB, just like McDougle, and be brought along slowly.   If we're taking that approach with McDougle and they are with Dennard, might as well like a 3rd rd pick work his way into the line-up, not a #1.  I look forward to comparing these two over time.  I think Dennard is truly a special talent, but I think McDougle may have been a 2nd rd pick if not for the injury.  This will be a story to watch unfold.    

Lessons from Bengals’ veteran corners have been “helpful” for Dennard

Posted by Mike Wilkening on June 21, 2014, 7:08 PM EDT
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At some point, rookie cornerback Darqueze Dennard is likely to have a major role in the Bengals’ secondary. Such is the probability when a first-round pick like Dennard enters any position group.

And as Dennard learns the NFL game, it appears his veteran teammates are helping him along.

In a recent interview with, Dennard noted that the Bengals’ more experienced cornerbacks — a group that includes four former first-round picks — have been sharing pointers with him.

“Me having them to talk to after you make a mistake on the field, you plant wrong or do this wrong instead of doing this, having guys watching and critiquing you is really helpful for me,” said Dennard, according to Mike Wilson on

Three Bengals cornerbacks — Leon Hall, Adam Jones and Terence Newman — have at least seven prior seasons of NFL play to their credit. Like Dennard, all three cornerbacks came into the league as first-rounders. In short, it’s a unique learning environment for Dennard — and a potentially rich one, especially if the veterans are willing to teach their lessons learned.

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Posted: 6/22/2014 10:12 AM

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Eagles rookie WR Jordan Matthews is "likely to emerge as the No. 1 slot guy this summer."

Most of Matthews' offseason snaps have come with the second team, but the reality is he is the most talented option the Eagles have. Matthews will begin the season as the slot option in three-receiver sets, and could start stealing outside snaps from Riley Cooper as the season progresses. Matthews is worth a flier in redraft formats and is a first-round rookie pick in Dynasty leagues.

The Nashville Tennessean believes first-round pick Taylor Lewan is "going to need an impressive training camp" to become a starter.

Michael Roos isn't going anywhere at left tackle, and the Titans invested in RT Michael Oher in free agency. One of the most surprising, and ultimately head-scratching picks in May's draft, Lewan may wind up as the Titans' swing tackle in 2014. Roos' contract expires in 2015, when Lewan should replace him.
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Posted: 6/23/2014 8:51 AM

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Then - Cooks is a player I definitely would have been happy with taking rd 1.

Now - Even if we took Cooks rd 1, he likely would have started the year as a KR, PR, and a guy we only played in certain passing packages until he got adjusted to the NFL.  Based on this being similar to how the Saints are using him, and how we're using Saunders, I am happy with us waiting for Saunders (who they obviously liked a lot) and seeing how this plays out.  I think Saunders is better value for how he is going to be used.  Will be interesting to see how this plays out over time also.

First-round WR Brandin Cooks has earned the nickname "lightning" from his teammates.

"A (defensive back) might be in his back pocket and the next thing you know he's 50, 60 yards down the field," said CB Keenan Lewis. Cooks ran a 4.33 at the Combine, the second-fastest time behind Dri Archer (4.26). He's going to be incredibly fast on the Superdome turf. Cooks, who missed OTAs while finishing up at Oregon State but returned for minicamp, said he'll visit Drew Brees in San Diego to learn more about the offense before training camp.

Per the Indy Star's Stephen Holder, rookie WR Donte Moncrief "look(ed) good) during OTAs and minicamp, and the Colts' coaching staff is "excited" about the third-round pick.

Holder cautions to "not get carried away" after pad-less practices, but OTA praise is always more positive than negative. A prototypical "X" receiver at 6-foot-2, 221, Moncrief is likely viewed as the heir apparent to short-term stopgap Hakeem Nicks. Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton are Indy's other top wideouts.

Coach Mike Zimmer reiterated that he's not afraid to start first-round QB Teddy Bridgewater in Week 1.

Matt Cassel took the majority of first-team reps at minicamp and will enter camp as the solid favorite to start on Opening Day. But there's going to be a real competition. "The one thing we never want to do is hold back progress here," Zimmer said. "We want to keep progressing, whether it’s playing younger guys or getting better out on the field." Zimmer was in Cincy when they started Andy Dalton as a second-round rookie.
Related: Matt Cassel

"The Two that Got Away" - so far, not off to great starts...

Jaguars second-round WR Marqise Lee is missing time at OTAs with a right ankle injury and is in a walking boot.

It's a day-to-day injury, but worth noting nonetheless. Lee has been working as the starting Z receiver opposite X receiver Cecil Shorts. It's Justin Blackmon's old position. Ace Sanders is the early favorite for slot duties, while rookie Allen Robinson is the No. 4 man. Lee should be full go for camp.
Jun 3 - 11:30 AM

Jaguars second-round WR Allen Robinson will miss "a few weeks" with a hamstring injury.

We presume he'll be fine by training camp in seven weeks, although hamstring injuries can linger. It's a setback for the promising rookie, who is trying to earn playing time in three-receiver packages behind Cecil Shorts, Marqise Lee, and Ace Sanders. We love Robinson's long-term ceiling, but don't have high expectations for his performance in re-draft fantasy football leagues.

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Posted: 6/23/2014 8:55 AM

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edskins excited about Trent Murphy fitting in their 3-4:

When the Redskins drafted Trent Murphy in the second round this year they did not have an immediate starting job for him. The outside linebacker spots are capably handled by Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. It appears that Murphy’s role will be that of a role player and super sub.

“Trent's done a great job,” said Jay Gruden. “He's played both sides, he's played in nickel situations, he's played with the three technique, he's stood up and moved around. So Trent's done an outstanding job and I see him all the time in the film room watching practice. He's very aware of what his role is and what it's going to be and he wants to study it and be the best at it.”

Murphy’s ability to move around in the defense shows that he is flexible in that sense of the word. According to outside linebackers coach Brian Baker, he also is flexible in another way.

RELATED: [Ben Kotwica brings new approach to Redskins special teams]

“For a tall guy, he has a unique ability to bend,” said Baker. “As we look at players through the draft, at least since I’ve been in the league, I think that’s probably the most common denominator, and I’ve been blessed to be around a lot of good players, the ability to bend.

“Height, weight, speed—I’ve seen slow guys hit the quarterback. It’s their ability to bend, to change their angle, their body to adjust to what the offense is giving them in a split second, that ability flex, to be flexible. And that’s what he has for a big man that’s is really unique, more so than we’ve even seen on film. And he knows how to use those things, which is good.”

Murphy certainly is smart enough to learn the particulars of each of the roles he is being asked to fill. He received his degree from Stanford last December. But he still has a lot of work to do.

“So he's got a long way to go, there's no question about it, but the amount of work that he puts into practice and in the games, I think he's going to get there a lot quicker than a normal person,” said Gruden.

The 3-13 Redskins drew fire from some fans and analysts for using their second-round pick on a player who plays a position of relative strength for the team and is unlikely to start in 2014. Even if he doesn’t start it is important for Murphy to make a contribution this season. It looks like he is off to a good start.

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Posted: 6/23/2014 2:16 PM

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Second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins missed all of Bucs OTAs and minicamp due to the University of Washington's late graduation.

Seferian-Jenkins will therefore be behind Brandon Myers and Tim Wright when training camp starts, though we'd expect him to push for early-season snaps, even if he isn't an every-down player when the season opens. We'll find out more about ASJ's rookie-year outlook in August. For now, he's a lower-end fantasy TE2. Seferian-Jenkins' long-term projection remains as a high-scoring TE1.

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Posted: 6/23/2014 3:48 PM

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Ellington's rookie role in San Francisco 

June, 23, 2014
JUN 23
By  Joe Kaiser  |
San Francisco's 2014 draft class was widely regarded among the best in the NFL, and fourth-round receiver Bruce Ellington is one of the many reasons why.

The short and speedy Ellington was regarded as one of the top players available heading into Day 3 of the draft, and after an impressive showing during offseason workouts it's looking like the South Carolina product could be a steal for the 49ers. 

But will there be room for the rookie in San Francisco's crowded receiving corps? And what can we expect from the 5-foot-9 receiver as a rookie? 
49ers reporter Bill Williamson of ESPN's NFL Nation addressed this today.  Bill Williamson Expert early returns, literally, from Ellington "The speedy receiver from South Carolina was a star of the offseason. Quarterback  Colin Kaepernick  called his minicamp play 'amazing.' I think the 49ers find a role for him as a receiver and as a punt returner early."
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Posted: 6/23/2014 5:35 PM

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ESPN NFC West reporter Bill Williamson anticipates second-round pick Carlos Hyde getting "a chance at big playing time right away."

The 49ers' backfield seems crowded at first glance, but isn't. Frank Gore is 31, Kendall Hunter is a change-of-pace back, and Marcus Lattimore is a health question mark. Per Williamson, Hyde "has shined out of the backfield as a runner and receiver," during offseason practices, and is "looking like" a "steal." Hyde is a borderline first-round Dynasty pick, and worth a late re-draft flier.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 10:03 AM

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Count me as one who believes in Dee Ford (and the Houston hold out should get him more reps).  He may be a situation pass rusher initially, but I think he'll be a player.  So far, looks like part time duties for him according to reports:

Rookie review: LB Dee Ford

June, 23, 2014
JUN 23
By  Adam Teicher  |
Today we’re starting a series looking at the six 2014 draft picks of the Kansas City Chiefs. We’ll look at how they fared in offseason practice and what the Chiefs can reasonably expect from them as rookies. 

First round: OLB Dee Ford 

Offseason: The Chiefs were quietly encouraged with what they saw in Ford. He showed that quick first step that many of the great pass-rushers have. He also showed the ability to fight off blocks with his upper body while continuing to make progress toward the quarterback. Though one of the starters at his position, Justin Houston, stayed away from offseason practice, Ford didn’t get a lot of snaps with the starting base defense. Houston was instead replaced by veteran Frank Zombo. But Ford was a regular in passing situations. 

Expectations: Ford is learning a new position. He was a defensive end in college at Auburn, so it could take him a while to master the nuances of his new position. Even if Houston continues his holdout into the season, it might be much to expect Ford to assume his spot in the regular defense anytime soon. But Zombo can handle that. Ford should be a major component in the rush in passing situations. 

Quote: “I’m learning maturity. The pass rush is all about mentality [more than] just straight pass rush because at some point they’re going to figure out what you can and can’t do. So it’s all about changing it up and deception. We talk about deception all of the time. We want to deceive the offense. It’s just another level of mental training that I’m learning fromTamba [Hali].” – Ford.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 11:34 AM

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Eric Ebron thinks NFL needs a hybrid tight end-receiver designation

Posted by Michael David Smith on June 24, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

As Jimmy Graham awaits an arbitrator’s ruling about whether he’s a tight end or a wide receiver, a young player who is expected to play a Graham like role says the answer is really both. Or neither.

Lions rookie tight end Eric Ebron, who is expected to do many of the same things in Detroit’s offense that Graham does in New Orleans, told Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News that he thinks it’s time for the NFL to create a new position to encompass hybrid players who don’t really fit the traditional mold of a wide receiver or a tight end.

Ebron’s idea makes sense: As football strategies change, football terminology changes, and right now we don’t have a good term for the players like Graham who are listed at tight end but run pass routes on most plays and rarely line up next to the offensive tackle. Ebron noted that in many offenses, “joker” is the term used for hybrid players.

Of course, Ebron may want to wait until he sees if Graham wins his grievance before he goes making that proposal. If an arbitrator declares Graham a wide receiver, the Saints will have to pay him about $5 million more on the 2014 franchise tag than they’d have to pay him if he’s a tight end. And if Ebron ever finds himself in the same situation, he and his agent will surely argue that he’s a wide receiver. Furthermore, creating a new hybrid position would have to be negotiated between the owners and the players’ union, as the Collective Bargaining Agreement recognizes the distinct positions of tight end and wide receiver and declares that a player will be classified at the position at which he lined up most in the previous season.

So even if Ebron’s way of thinking makes sense, it probably won’t gain any traction any time soon. Graham is about to be declared either a tight end or a wide receiver, and that determination will have ramifications around the league.

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Posted: 6/24/2014 11:35 AM

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Lions sixth-round wideout T.J. Jones recovering from shoulder surgery

Posted by Josh Alper on June 24, 2014, 10:25 AM EDT
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The Lions didn’t have sixth-round wide receiverT.J. Jones on the field during their recent minicamp and a lingering shoulder injury from his college days is to blame for the absence.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Jones had arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder during minicamp and that his arm is currently in a sling as he recovers from the procedure. Jones said that he sprained his right AC joint during Notre Dame’s bowl game and that the continued presence of the injury led him to have surgery at this point.

Jones told Birkett that he expects to be ready for the start of training camp, although that date could get pushed back a little bit if Jones suffers even minimal setbacks during his recovery over the next month. When he does get back on the field, Jones will have to show that the missed time didn’t leave him too far behind to be a contributor on offense during his rookie season.

If Jones does contribute, it is likely to be as a slot receiver alongside Calvin Johnson and Golden TateRyan Broyles, who is recovering from last year’s torn Achilles, would seem to be his top competition for that role.

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Posted: 6/24/2014 4:00 PM

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A lot of people predicting Cooks to be OROY (the good thing is a lot of people are picking Pryor to be DROY):

Saints first-round WR Brandin Cooks will spend two weeks working out with Drew Brees in San Diego prior to training camp.

Cooks missed much of the offseason program due to Oregon State's late graduation date. He didn't return to the Saints until partway through minicamp. Cooks and Brees will use the two weeks to make up for lost time before the pads come on in late July. Replacing Lance Moore and Darren Sproles, Cooks is a do-it-all offensive gadget piece and Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate.
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Posted: 6/24/2014 8:46 PM

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Bridgewater says his comments about not wanting to play for the Browns were misinterpreted

Posted by Mike Florio on June 24, 2014, 7:54 PM EDT

After the draft, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater told Dan Patrick that the former Louisville quarterback didn’t want to play for the Browns.  Bridgewater is now backpedaling like the player Cleveland picked after an eight-nine flip-flop with Minnesota.

I think it was misinterpreted,” Bridgewater said Tuesday at the Rookie Symposium, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  “What I was saying was I had a strong feeling about the Minnesota Vikings.  I was able to meet with them five or six times in the pre-draft visits.  I just had a pretty solid feeling about the Minnesota Vikings, but, you know, I try to put the pre-draft stuff behind and try to just focus on my career with the Minnesota Vikings.”

Bridgewater doesn’t deny saying what he said to Patrick about Cleveland:  “I actually told my agent that’s not the place where I wanted to be.”

“I said it on the air, but like I say, it was misinterpreted,” Bridgewater said.  “I think I was just saying I had a solid feeling about the Minnesota Vikings and that was it.”

It wasn’t misinterpreted.  It was interpreted correctly.  It was misstated by Bridgewater.

Or maybe he meant exactly what he said, and then he realized it didn’t sound so good — especially since he’ll eventually play in Cleveland if he stays with the Vikings.  Under the current scheduling formula, the Browns will host Minnesota in 2017.


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