Posted: 4/11/2014 3:09pm et
Free-agent C Alex Mack (Browns) has signed his five-year, $42 million offer sheet from the Jacksonville Jaguars that includes $26 million in guarantees. He can void the final three years of the team with the promise that he won't be tagged again, and the contract also includes a no-trade clause. The Cleveland Browns now have five days to match the offer sheet.
Huddle Up: Mack has said he'd prefer to exit Cleveland, but the transition tag allows the Browns to match Jacksonville's front-loaded offer if they so desire. If not, Toby Gerhart and Chad Henne upgrade the line in front of them while Brian Hoyer and Ben Tate take a hit.
Posted: 4/10/2014 12:37am et
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns transition free-agent C Alex Mack has agreed to terms of an offer sheet with the Jacksonville Jaguars Wednesday, April 9. The actual offer sheet is not yet drawn up, but will be shortly and then submitted. The Browns have the opportunity to match the offer to retain Mack.
Huddle Up: Tough to see the Browns letting one of the better centers in the league walk, but then again they've had ample opportunity to lock him up with an offer and failed to do so. Now we'll see how good the Jaguars' contract people are at coming up with an unmatchable deal.
Posted: 4/2/2014 5:45pm et
The Miami Dolphins signed WR Mike Rios (Cardinals) Wednesday, April 2. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: No reason to think Rios is anything more than a depth guy in Miami.
Posted: 3/21/2014 12:28pm et
Fresno State QB Derek Carr (illness) fought through an illness and completed 56 of 63 passes during his pro day Thursday, March 20. At least 23 teams were on hand to scout Carr. Among those attending were Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie and head coach Dennis Allen and Jacksonville Jaguars offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch. Carr was scheduled to meet with the Vikings and Raiders following his workout. Scouts were not voicing concerns over Carr's arm strength after his throws. 'Obviously, he was very impressive today,' said Turner, whose Vikings have the eighth overall pick. 'He came out and showed he has a strong arm, very accurate, he made all the throws. He had a heck of a workout.'
Huddle Up: You'd like to think teams have a pretty good read on a prospect well in advance of watching him run his own scripted workout against no defenders, but maybe teams were impressed by how Carr toughed it out and threw well despite the adversity. Carr remains a fringe option in the first round, not likely to crack the top 10 but definitely on the radar later in the round or on Day 2.
Posted: 3/18/2014 11:05am et
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater said he believes he could have done better throwing the ball at his Pro Day Monday, March 17. 'Me being a perfectionist, it was nowhere near where I wanted it to be,' Bridgewater said. 'It's a learning process. I was able to take away something from those throws and just tell myself that, 'Hey, keep hitting the guy in the left shoulder.' Or, 'Keep hitting the guy in stride.' But, overall, I just felt I had a great day.' Bridgewater ran the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds during his workout. Bridgewater did not throw with gloves on during the workout even though he played with gloves on this season. At least 10 of Bridgewater's passes were either drops or overthrown.
Huddle Up: Certainly not a deal breaker but the less than stellar showing under optimal conditions won't make teams feel like reaching for him. His stock wasn't hurt too much by the performance but certainly wasn't helped.
Posted: 3/3/2014 2:21pm et
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles is often being compared to Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck by NFL personnel people as the NFL Draft approaches. Bortles measured 6-foot-5 1/2, 232 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine, and Luck measured 6-foot-4, 234 pounds.
Huddle Up: It's that time of year when the predraft smoke is pretty thick, so take the Bortles/Luck comparisons with a grain of salt. The Central Florida QB is likely a top-10 pick; if he's truly Luck-like, he should be the first player off the board.
Posted: 2/19/2014 8:21pm et
Fresno State QB Derek Carr will not throw during the NFL Scouting Combine but will participate in other drills.
Huddle Up: It's not unusual for top prospects to opt out of various drills at the Combine, choosing instead to showcase their talents at personal or school pro days where the player has more control over the environment. Carr, however, isn't necessarily a top prospect and will draw plenty of scrutiny for his decision.
Posted: 2/15/2014 8:47pm et
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles said he currently plans to throw at the NFL Scouting Combine. He said he probably will participate in every drill except the bench press.
Huddle Up: Nice to see one of the marquee names and a probably top-10 pick stepping up to throw in the Underwear Olympics.
Posted: 1/24/2014 11:21pm et
University of Wisconsin WR Jared Abbrederis (hamstring) has left the Senior Bowl early because of a hamstring injury. He is expected to be ready for the NFL Scouting Combine.
Huddle Up: Abbrederis was impressive prior to the injury, solidifying his status as a reliable NFL-ready target. He should be able to run at the Combine, so his draft status shouldn't be negatively impacted by the injury.
Posted: 1/15/2014 10:32pm et
Several NFL teams do not view Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater as a first-round talent in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: With the draft fast approaching it's time for the misinformation and smokescreens to begin. Bridgewater could very well be the first overall pick in the draft... but then again, several teams apparently don't even think he's among the 30 best players available. With so many QB-needy teams in the NFL, it would be shocking if Bridgewater fell out of the top 10. But feel free to speculate amongst yourselves until draft day rolls around this May.
Posted: 1/11/2014 12:55pm et
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles could be the top pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, according to one scout. 'Bortles is a stud,' said one NFL team scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity. 'This guy may end up being the No. 1 overall pick. Big, tough, athletic, strong-armed, intelligent.'
Huddle Up: Perhaps most importantly, Bortles fits the mold of what new Texans' coach Bill O'Brien appears to like in a quarterback. And with Houston having a need at quarterback and the first overall pick, expect to hear plenty of Bortles vs. Teddy Bridgewater discussion coming out of Houston.
Posted: 12/31/2013 4:01pm et
Texas Tech junior TE Jace Amaro announced he'll enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Amaro is widely considered to be the top two tight ends in this year's draft class, an athletic pass-catcher in the mold of the current crop of productive fantasy tight ends. Fantasy owners will certainly want to note where he lands on draft day.
Posted: 12/31/2013 11:08am et
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans will enter the 2014 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Evans will be a highly sought-after wideout in the upcoming draft, and with 20 teams not participating in the playoffs it's time to turn a good portion of the football world's attention to the draft process.
Posted: 12/15/2013 10:38pm et
New England Patriots OT Nate Solder (head) left the Week 15 game and will not return.
Huddle Up: This would be huge for the Patriots if it's lingering. That offense has been hit by a ton of injuries, and they could have more trouble moving the ball if Solder misses time.
Posted: 11/25/2013 1:09am et
San Diego Chargers OT D.J. Fluker (undisclosed) was helped off the field late in the fourth quarter of the Week 12 game against the Kansas City Chiefs due to an apparent undisclosed lower-body injury.
Huddle Up: This could be a big issue for the Chargers offense. Hopefully the injury isn't too bad.
Posted: 11/22/2013 12:24pm et
Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan (concussion) has not been cleared to practice at this point. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Sullivan likely will be ruled out for Week 12 if he is not able to practice Friday, Nov. 22.
Huddle Up: At this point you've likely bailed on all Vikings other than Adrian Peterson. This week All Day might not only be battling a groin injury but also without the signal-caller on his offensive line, making him that much less likely to hit the 275 yards per game he needs to live up to his preseason projection of 2,500.
Posted: 11/21/2013 11:58am et
Oakland Raiders OT Jared Veldheer (triceps) is expected to make his regular season debut in Week 13 against the Dallas Cowboys Thursday, Nov. 28, head coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Huddle Up: Good news for the Raiders on getting their top tackle back on the field. Veldheer's return not only helps Rashad Jennings and/or Darren McFadden in the ground game but is also a boon to Oakland's pass protection and passing game as well.
Posted: 11/16/2013 6:11pm et
The Seattle Seahawks activated OT Russell Okung (toe) from Injured Reserve and waived QB B.J. Daniels.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks could have Okung, C Max Unger and RT Breno Giacomini all back for Sunday's game against Minnesota. It's good news for Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch owners that Seattle's offensive line is finally getting healthy.
Posted: 11/4/2013 10:49am et
Miami Dolphins OG Richie Incognito allegedly sent OT Jonathan Martin text messages and left him voicemails that were both threatening and racially charged in nature. The case could turn from harassment to a hate crime.
Huddle Up: The Dolphins have suspended Incognito indefinitely as the league sorts through the situation, which sounds worse and worse with each bit of additional information that's uncovered.
Posted: 11/4/2013 10:49am et
Minnesota Vikings OT Phil Loadholt (concussion) suffered a concussion before halftime in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. Head coach Leslie Frazier said Sunday, Nov. 3, that Loadholt might have a difficult time returning for the Week 10 game against the Washington Redskins Thursday, Nov. 7.
Huddle Up: J'Marcus Webb is the only backup tackle currently on the Vikings' roster; you may have noticed him whiffing on a block that resulted in Christian Ponder being sacked, leading to a fumble and a Dallas touchdown. If Loadholt is out on Thursday, the Vikings will be forced to roll with Webb.
Posted: 10/29/2013 10:12am et
Updating previous reports, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said OG Brian Waters (triceps, rib, knee) will likely miss the rest of the season.
Huddle Up: The former Chiefs Pro Bowler has come out of retirement twice, previously with the Patriots and this year with the Cowboys. The trifecta of injuries likely means he won't be coming out of retirement again next year.
Posted: 10/28/2013 2:55pm et
New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (leg) is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday, Oct. 28, to repair a broken bone in his right leg.
Huddle Up: His primal screams of pain were brutal to hear when the injury happened. We wish him a speedy recovery. In the meantime, this could be a big blow to that offense if Marcus Cannon can't hold down the fort.
Posted: 10/21/2013 2:55pm et
The Miami Dolphins have acquired OT Bryant McKinnie from the Baltimore Ravens. It is not known what the Ravens will receive in the trade.
Huddle Up: McKinnie wasn't exactly good with the Ravens, so it remains to be seen what kind of upgrade this provides for Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins. Any small help he could get would be a huge relief.
Posted: 10/2/2013 1:17pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars OT Luke Joeckel will move from right tackle to left tackle after the trade of OT Eugene Monroe to the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: This was the plan all along, and with the Jags going nowhere fast they might as well get Joeckel some on the job training on the left side.
Posted: 8/22/2013 9:40am et
Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said OT Jonathan Martin has quietly improved throughout camp after struggling early. "I think the timing on his punch is getting better, his footwork is getting better," Philbin said. "Again his continual work, he's working hard at it he's very detailed with his preparation."
Huddle Up: Martin led the NFL in quarterback hurries allowed playing primarily on the right side last season; now he's protecting Ryan Tannehill's blind side, so how he handles elite pass rushers will be key to how effective the Dolphins and their fantasy weapons--Tannehill, Mike Wallace, Lamar Miller--can be.
Posted: 8/16/2013 10:07am et
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns OG Jason Pinkston suffered a high ankle sprain Thursday, Aug. 15, and X-rays were negative. He'll have an MRI as well.
Huddle Up: Pinkston provides valuable depth for the Browns' offensive line, stepping in while Shaun Lauvao has been sidelined. Now Cleveland will have to dig a big further on the depth chart.
Posted: 7/26/2013 6:13pm et
Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy indicated OT Derek Sherrod could be cleared to practice in the near future. "Actually, I had a chance to watch his post-practice workout, and he's definitely much further along than he was when he was able to go through some of the drill work in the OTAs," McCarthy said. "So unfortunately with the procedures in place as far as pass or no pass on the physicals, you can't really get him out there to do drill work with the other offensive linemen. He looks much better. I'm interested to get feedback from the trainers and really see how he feels tomorrow." Sherrod started training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Packers are not surprised by the recovery time for Sherrod because they expected he would need at least 18 months to recover from the broken leg he suffered in 2011.
Huddle Up: The Packers would love for the athletic Sherrod to get healthy and provide at minimum depth along their offensive line.
Posted: 7/10/2013 10:49pm et
The Miami Dolphins are confident in OT Jonathan Martin's ability to play left tackle. He is bigger and stronger than a year ago, he wants to play on the left side, and he's smart and makes adjustments so that he's not beaten by the same move twice.
Huddle Up: Martin also led the league in QB hurries allowed last season, playing most of it on the right side. He certainly has the tools to play left tackle, but we'd prefer less discussion about it and more proving it on the playing field.