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Maurice Jones-Drew getting in shape
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 11:04am
Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew is recovering from Lisfranc surgery on his left foot. He arrived for the team's offseason conditioning program out of shape -- he hasn't been able to run full speed since December -- but believed the extra weight would come off by training camp. He had hoped to be running by the end of May.
Last month, Jones-Drew got permission to leave organized team activities and start working out on his own in Miami.
"It sounds like he's making good progress and that his weight is coming down," Bradley said. "It feels like the workouts are going good down there."
The best evidence will be when he returns to Jacksonville for a mandatory, three-day minicamp next week. The trip might also include a talk with investigators and possibly a chat with teammates.
There are a few red flags with MJD this year -- the weight, the foot, the fight and the zone-blocking scheme the Jaguars are reportedly installing. He's a fantasy RB2 with upside, but is no sure thing in 2013. We're not concerned about his weight -- Jones-Drew is a professional and will get in shape -- but the other question marks are not things he can necessarily control. He is in a contract year so he will be highly motivated, but motivation has never been an issue for him. We're more concerned about his environment.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:43am
For the first time in years, Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald is studying at night in the off-season, although with new HC Bruce Arians, Fitzgerald is never sure what’s going to be on the test the next day. Fitzgerald might study his usual position, the “X,” then be asked to do something completely different, like play the “Z” (flanker), or the “F,” which is sort of a slot position.
Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 10:37am
Broncos TE Jacob Tamme has been out there with the first team. Besides the youthful competition at his position, Tamme may also be affected by the addition of slot receiver Wes Welker. Last season, there was a nice mix between Tamme and slot receiver Brandon Stokley. They ranked third and fourth on the team with 52 and 45 catches, respectively.
Even if in the interest of balance Welker's stats drop from his 112-catch average in six previous seasons with New England to around 80 this year with the Broncos, Tamme doesn't figure to have as many balls thrown his way.
Jamaal Charles to be featured in passing game
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 11:14am
"You've seen [RB Jamaal Charles] sprint out of the single receiver, and he'll come out of the backfield," Chiefs OC Doug Pederson continued. "He's a guy that needs to move around, and (one) you can put in different positions, motion out the back, shift him from the backfield. He catches the ball so well that you have to take advantage of that offensively."
Charles ranked 22nd among NFL tailbacks last season in terms of total targets (48) and was 13th in 2010 (61). Meanwhile, in Andy Reid's West Coast scheme, LeSean McCoy wound up eighth in targets in 2012 (67) and was first in 2010 (97).
"I think you can use (Charles) more in the passing game," Pederson said.
McCoy averaged 3.8 receptions in 27 games over the last two seasons. That projects to 61 catches over a full season. We currently have Charles projected to catch 57 passes for 465 yards. He is our #3 RB in PPR formats.
Trent Richardson (shin) out until August
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:14am
We knew missing June OTAs was a possibility, but now it's official. The bit about the injury developing into a stress fracture is new. It's not a great sign for Richardson, who has battled injuries since entering the NFL. More details should be coming soon.
Jason Pierre-Paul to have back surgery
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:08am
Giants pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul will undergo back surgery today, source says. Hopes to be ready for Week 1.
His absence would have a big impact on the Giants defense, especially the pass rush.
DeSean Jackson recovers from demotion
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:05am
“There were times when I was going with the threes, times when I was going with the twos, things like that,” said Eagles WR DeSean Jackson in a one-on-one conversation with Birds 24/7. “There was a point where I went into Chip Kelly’s office and talked to him face-to-face to see what was going on with that.”
Kelly told Jackson what he has stated publicly: that there is no depth chart, everyone on the roster will get a shot and nothing will be handed to you based purely on past performance.
“He just expects everyone to do things a certain way. He was asking everybody to do the same thing. For myself, I just had to really hear it from his mouth to get that rapport with him and be on the same page with him. When I went in there, he said he expects everybody to buy into the system and do everything the right way,” said Jackson. ”And if there is any little thing a player doesn’t want to do, that’s his way of reacting to it. The best thing I did was go talk to him instead of just sitting back and being mad.”
“I think one of the biggest reasons was the offense was kind of new to myself and I never really had to learn every position in the offense [under Andy Reid],” said Jackson. “At the beginning of the process I didn’t know the full offense and I didn’t know every play, so that probably had to do with why I was moved to different teams and things like that. Now I am all-in on the offense and I’m very familiar with the whole system. It’s a good thing that I am able to learn that and know what everyone is doing instead of one person.”
It's a good sign that Jackson has the maturity to deal with the situation the way he did, instead of letting things fester and possibly spin out of control. In 2012, Jackson had his worst season as a pro, catching just 45 passes for 700 yards and two TDs, and missed five games in the process. He is likely to be used in different ways in Kelly's new offense, but we're not expecting a big jump in carries. Expect a few more end-arounds and more quick-hitting WR screens.
Ryan Tannehill says Lamar Miller is the starter
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 10:01am
Appearing on NFL Network's "NFL Total Access" on Monday, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill stated without equivocation that RB Lamar Miller is well ahead of 2011 second-rounder Daniel Thomas and rookie Mike Gillislee.
Asked who the Dolphins' starting running back is, Tannehill replied without hesitation: "Lamar Miller right now. He's doing a great job this offseason, really has a great handle on the offense and he's doing a great job protecting. ... They can (all) run the ball but being able to understand the pass game, understand the checkdowns and where they're protecting really makes a big difference and makes me more comfortable."
Miller is expected to win the starting job and should be a fantasy RB2 in that role. He didn't play much as a rookie but showed promise, which is why the Dolphins let Bush walk.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013, 9:12am
We currently rank Floyd as our #42 WR in standard formats. He has been coming off the board in the later (10th-12th) rounds.
Vincent Brown rotating in with the starters
Monday, June 3, 2013, 8:04pm
The wide receiver mixed in with the starters Monday for the first time this offseason, rotating with Malcom Floyd opposite Danario Alexander. While too much can be made about a player's June practice reps, Brown is expected to see a pronounced role in his third season.
That role would have come in 2012 if not for an August broken ankle. The former third-round pick out of San Diego State missed the entire year with the preseason injury, but he is fully recovered now.
Coach Mike McCoy said he anticipates Brown will "without a doubt" be a big part of the team's offense.
"He's been great," McCoy said. "We laid out a plan for him early on, and he's one of those kids who want to go full speed, 100 miles per hour every play. So we were holding back a little bit when we first got on the field, and it's just a process we're going through to make sure we're doing the right thing with him. But he's on board 100 percent with us, and he's done a great job."
Monday, June 3, 2013, 11:52am
Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder, who was forced to miss the team's playoff loss to the Packers last season in Green Bay because of a deeply bruised throwing triceps, was throwing well and with plenty of velocity in team drills last week at Winter Park.
"It feels good; there are no aftereffects," Ponder said of his arm.
Monday, June 3, 2013, 10:48am
Eagles QB Michael Vick: “As crazy as it may sound, I never carried the football correctly. And that’s partly my fault because my coaches always got everybody in a circle and did a four-points-of-pressure drill, and I never paid attention, thought I was doing it right. Now I know how to hold it. It feels comfortable, it’s tight, so I’m just trying to challenge myself each and every day and that’s what I’m doing.”
Sunday, June 2, 2013, 11:41am
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Saturday, June 1, 2013, 11:14am
Cordarrelle Patterson’s role was a bit more defined this week, though neither piece of information we received comes as a huge surprise. Patterson said the Vikings want him to learn the split end position for now (Jerome Simpson's current position), and they’ll move him around in their formations once he’s mastered that. He also will be a kick returner instead of a punt returner, since the Vikings still have Marcus Sherels to do that.
Patterson still has quite a bit to learn from receivers coach George Stewart, but he’s already heard from Greg Jennings the importance of refining his route-running, and Stewart said he’s fine with where Patterson is right now.
“He’s learning football as expected,” Stewart said. “He’s not a guy that you look at that’s behind on things. He’s sharp. He always comes and talks through things. Jarius Wright does a good job of staying with him. He always comes to my ear and asks questions. He’s very inquisitive, which I like. He’s picking up things extremely well.”