Toby Gerhart to play some fullback in 2015?
Toby Gerhart | JAC
(March 31, 2015 11:39 AM EDT)
Toby Gerhart will reportedly line up at fullback some in 2015.
A year ago, the Jaguars signed Gerhart to a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the intent of making him their feature back. He completely face-planted, fighting a foot injury but also getting badly outplayed by Denard Robinson. Now the Jags are just looking for ways to get some kind of return on their investment. At best, Gerhart will fill a big back role in a committee and do some blocking.
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Bradie Ewing waived by Jaguars
Bradie Ewing | FA
(March 31, 2015 11:13 AM EDT)
Jaguars waived FB Bradie Ewing.
Ewing appeared in no games for the Jags last year. They now have no fullback on the roster.
Jacquizz Rodgers visiting with the Bears
Jacquizz Rodgers | FA
(March 31, 2015 11:10 AM EDT)
Free agent RB Jacquizz Rodgers is visiting the Bears.
Rodgers can't provide much as a runner (career 3.65 YPC on 305 carries), but can protect and catch the ball out of the backfield. The Bears are looking for some depth behind Matt Forte and Ka'Deem Carey.
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Zimmer excited for Teddy to play indoors
Teddy Bridgewater | MIN
(March 31, 2015 11:04 AM EDT)
Coach Mike Zimmer said he's excited to get Teddy Bridgewater into the Vikings' new indoor stadium in 2016.
Although Bridgewater performed well in his five cold-weather situations as a rookie, he has relatively small 9 1/4-inch hands. Playing more games under perfect conditions is a boost to all quarterbacks, not just Bridgewater. Note that QBs playing indoors since 2007 have a 64.1 completion percentage, 7.37 YPA and 60.0 QBR. QBs outdoors since 2007 have a 61.6 completion percentage, 7.18 YPA and 56.6 QBR. There's also a strong negative correlation between passing stats and declining temperatures.
Derrick Johnson appears safe for now
Derrick Johnson | KC
(March 31, 2015 10:14 AM EDT)
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said ILB Derrick Johnson's roster spot is safe.
Johnson is coming off a torn Achilles' tendon, is 32 years old and the cap-strapped Chiefs could free up $5.2 million by cutting him. But they're counting on his return (as well as Mike DeVito's) to correct a run defense that ranked 28th in the league last year. "In terms of the modern era of the Chiefs, it’s hard to think about the club without thinking about Derrick at inside linebacker. ... We’re looking forward to having him back this year, hopefully good as new," Hunt said.
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Andre Johnson to be a possession receiver
Andre Johnson | IND
(March 31, 2015 9:39 AM EDT)
Andre Johnson is expected to be an underneath receiver for the Colts.
Johnson is certainly an upgrade on Reggie Wayne, but don't get fooled into thinking he'll be resuscitated into early-career form. The 34-year-old (in July) was less productive on a per-target basis than DeAndre Hopkins and Damaris Johnson last year, and is clearly losing explosion. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief will be the lid-lifters for Andrew Luck, with the tight ends and Johnson working in possession roles.
Miles Austin not signed as Maclin replacement
Miles Austin | PHI
(March 31, 2015 9:19 AM EDT)
The Philadelphia Inquirer confirms Miles Austin was not signed as a Jeremy Maclin replacement.
Austin's one-year, $2.3 million contract is backup-type money. In fact, we wouldn't even consider him a stone lock to make the final roster. Austin projects as the No. 4 receiver right now and the Eagles are expected to use a priority draft pick on a wideout. It's hard to carry a No. 5 receiver that doesn't play on special teams.
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Tate wants to learn playbook a little better
Golden Tate | DET
(March 31, 2015 8:57 AM EDT)
Golden Tate said he's focusing on learning the playbook a little better this offseason.
Tate seemed to know the plays just fine in his first year as a Lion, ranking sixth in the league in catches (99), seventh in yards (1,331) and third in total YAC (691). It will be nearly impossible for him to improve on those numbers with Calvin Johnson shaking off his nagging injuries and Eric Ebron expected to come on as an NFL sophomore. Even if Tate does get more comfortable in Joe Lombardi's scheme, expect a volume regression.
Mychal Kendricks not getting an extension?
Mychal Kendricks | PHI
(March 31, 2015 8:45 AM EDT)
The Eagles have not approached ILB Mychal Kendricks about an extension as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.
Kendricks is just 24 years old, has difference-making sideline-to-sideline ability and can really cover from the inside linebacker spot. But the Eagles didn't like the way he rehabbed off a calf injury in 2014, and have since traded for Kiko Alonso and extended DeMeco Ryans. Now there's speculation Kendricks could be part of a draft day trade, something we can't rule out with hyper-aggressive Chip Kelly at the controls.
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Stevan Ridley (ACL) visiting Dolphins Tuesday
Stevan Ridley | FA
(March 31, 2015 8:25 AM EDT)
Free agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is visiting the Dolphins Tuesday.
Ridley underwent surgery to repair his torn ACL and MCL on Nov. 18, depressing his free agency pricetag toward a one year "prove it" kind of contract. A bunch of teams would be wise to poke around, even ones that have plus starters like Lamar Miller. When healthy and holding onto the football, the 220-pound Ridley is both powerful and quick in a complementary early-down/goal-line role. The Cowboys and Vikings (if they move Adrian Peterson) are other possible landing spots.
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