Maurice Jones-Drew hoping to get back to 208
Maurice Jones-Drew | OAK
(April 23, 2014 8:31 AM EDT)
Maurice Jones-Drew said his goal is to play at 208 pounds this season.
Jones-Drew played at 205 during his time at UCLA. His desire to get back around that mark shows an understanding that he wasn't explosive enough last season while averaging a paltry 3.43 YPC. Aging running backs cutting weight is one of the best ways to put a little juice back in the tank. Jones-Drew has a realistic shot to beat out Darren McFadden for the starting title in training camp.
San Francisco Chronicle
Kelechi Osemele recovering well from surgery
Kelechi Osemele | BAL
(April 23, 2014 8:25 AM EDT)
Ravens G/T Kelechi Osemele (back surgery) remains on track with his rehab.
Osemele went under the knife in November and was slapped with a three-month timetable before he could resume real physical activity. Now he's building his body back up. Osemele's return, likely as the starting left guard, will be a nice boost to an offensive line that projects to be vastly improved in 2014.
Costa blames physical rigor for retirement
Phil Costa | IND
(April 23, 2014 8:14 AM EDT)
C Phil Costa said physical concerns are the reason he decided to retire at age 26.
Costa signed a two-year, $2.7 million contract with the Colts in March. He abruptly and surprisingly left that on the table by retiring Monday. "Unfortunately, the day-to-day physical rigor of the NFL season has taken a toll on my body and has been a driving force behind my decision," Costa said in a statement. He lasted only three games in each of the last two seasons, battling ankle woes.
Dallas Morning News
Terrelle Pryor could play slash role for SEA
Terrelle Pryor | SEA
(April 23, 2014 8:08 AM EDT)
GM John Schneider didn't rule out using Terrelle Pryor in a "slash" role.
The Seahawks gave up a mere seventh-round pick to acquire an athletic specimen that goes 6'4/233 and ran a 4.38 at his 2011 Pro Day. It'll be up to the coaches to figure out how to use Pryor. They know he's not going to climb any higher than third on the quarterback depth chart.
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Doug Marrone has cancerous mole removed
Doug Marrone | BUF
(April 22, 2014 11:07 PM EDT)
Bills coach Doug Marrone had a cancerous mole removed.
An odd story was posted on the Bills' official website stating Marrone had been diagnosed with "BLANK cancer" which was "very treatable." The story spread through social media, prompting its removal from the website and an official statement from the Bills. In the statement, Marrone revealed the procedure, assured fans it went well, and stated it "will have no effect on [his] ability to coach the team moving forward."
Jeff Russo on Twitter
Gil Brandt: 'Good chance' Texans trade No. 1
Jadeveon Clowney | CLG
(April 22, 2014 9:59 PM EDT)'s Gil Brandt believes there is a "good chance" the Texans trade down from the No. 1 overall pick.
Brandt believes it could be a similar situation to the 2004 Eli Manning-Philip Rivers trade in which the Texans would select Jadeveon Clowney in a predetermined deal with another team. Brandt is not the only one suggesting the Texans could trade down. Both the Bills and the Falcons have been linked as possible trading partners for Houston.
Gil Brandt on Twitter
Doug Baldwin has yet to sign RFA tender
Doug Baldwin | SEA
(April 22, 2014 9:18 PM EDT)
Doug Baldwin has yet to sign the second-round tender the Seahawks offered him in March.
Because he is only a restricted free agent, Baldwin does have the opportunity to negotiate and sign a deal with another team, but that does not appear to be his intention. Baldwin worked out with a group of Seahawk players last week and signed a waiver to participate in voluntary workouts this week. He also said he is interested in working out a long-term deal with Seattle. Baldwin will be a Seahawk in 2014 and has some upside as their No. 2 receiver.
Seattle Times
Jimmy Garoppolo attending draft in person
Jimmy Garoppolo | CLG
(April 22, 2014 7:53 PM EDT)
Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo is among the 30 players who will attend next month's draft in person.
It's a record number of prospects. The league typically only invites players viewed as first-round picks, but this year's higher number guarantees multiple players will linger into Friday. Garoppolo is perhaps the most-surprising name on the list, but is a first-round dark horse.
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Dion Jordan reported well before workouts
Dion Jordan | MIA
(April 22, 2014 7:34 PM EDT)
Dion Jordan has been working out at the Dolphins' team facility for a "couple of weeks."
Voluntary workouts just began on Monday, but coming off a disappointing rookie season, Jordan decided to report early. "Growth and development are two words I think of when I think of (Jordan)," were the words of coach Joe Philbin. "We’ve got to get him up to speed on the fundamentals at his position, which were new last season for him." Jordan is 100 percent healthy after shoulder surgery cost him much of last offseason.
Miami Herald
Philbin praises Knowshon Moreno's versatility
Knowshon Moreno | MIA
(April 22, 2014 6:57 PM EDT)
Speaking Tuesday, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin praised Knowshon Moreno's "versatility and multiple skill-set."
Moreno has averaged just 4.1 yards per carry for his career, but is indeed versatile. He has 157 career receptions across 60 games, and is an able pass protector. Moreno's fantasy value figures to plummet without Peyton Manning at the controls, but he'll be a fungible part of Miami's running-back committee.
Miami Herald