Posted: 3/7/2014 10:14am et
Cleveland Browns transition free-agent C Alex Mack said he still plans to test the free-agent market, even though the Browns placed the transition tag on him. 'It's an interesting position to be put into to,' Mack said. 'The transition tag will still allow me to see other teams, which is what we really wanted. The goal was really to feel out my options. We wanted to know what the Browns are now about, and what other teams are doing.' The Browns will have the ability to match any offer Mack receives this offseason.
Huddle Up: Mack is one of the better centers in the league, so don't expect the Browns to let him walk. There's the possibility, of course, that a team will offer a market-busting deal the Browns would be unwilling to match, but usually that sort of drama doesn't happen with a center.
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: 2/24/2014 2:06pm et
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said offensive coordinator Scott Linehan will be the brains behind the offense this year, assistant Bill Callahan will be in a running-game role and head coach Jason Garrett will be out of the offensive mix completely. Jones also said QB Tony Romo will be 'more involved' in the offense than he was last year.
Huddle Up: That's a lot of moving parts for a Cowboys offense that essentially boils down to "throw it to Dez Bryant", with a backup plan of "throw it to Jason Witten." Should be interesting.
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: 2/19/2014 8:21pm et
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said DE Jadeveon Clowney's work habits were "OK" and "pretty good." Spurrier also went on to say when the ball is snapped, Clowney has something no one else has and has an explosion that you have never seen before.
Huddle Up: Nothing like creating some drama about one of the projected top picks in this down time leading up to the NFL draft. You can bet we'll hear about Clowney's motor and work ethic when the Scouting Combine opens later this week.
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: 2/7/2014 12:21pm et
The Detroit Lions are interested in Denver Broncos assistant coach Jim Bob Cooter for their quarterbacks coach opening.
Huddle Up: No real news here; it's just fun to say Jim Bob Cooter. Any chance he can bring in Billy Joe Tolliver as an assistant?
Posted: 2/3/2014 8:17pm et
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent OT Branden Albert could be one of the Miami Dolphins' top targets once free agency begins.
Huddle Up: Miami has some offensive line issues, Albert wants to be paid like a left tackle, and the Chiefs drafted Eric Fisher first overall to play that position so Kansas City may not want to pay him as much. It certainly makes for a compelling reason the Dolphins would pursue Albert in free agency.
Posted: 2/3/2014 8:17pm et
With the Cleveland Browns hiring former Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, there is speculation that the Browns could make a play to trade for Redskins backup QB Kirk Cousins, after he expressed a desire to be traded in order to be a starter with a team. Shanahan has spent the last two years coaching Cousins in Washington.
Huddle Up: It doesn't take much to connect the dots: the Browns need a quarterback, Shanahan has worked with Cousins, and Cousins wants out. In fact, it makes so much sense it probably won't happen.
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: 1/22/2014 6:49pm et
New England Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia announced his retirement Wednesday, Jan. 22. The Patriots announced that Dave DeGuglielmo will be the new offensive line coach in 2014.
Huddle Up: Only recently has Scarnecchia started receiving much-deserved credit for New England's consistently effective offensive line play. DeGuglielmo has coached lines for the Dolphins, Giants, and Jets and last week was added to the University of Maryland staff before exiting that gig for the Patriots' opening.
Posted: 1/22/2014 11:03am et
The Atlanta Falcons hired former Kansas City Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli as their new assistant general manager.
Huddle Up: Pioli worked with Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff for six seasons in New England, where the two had a hand in developing some pretty good teams. Atlanta hopes they can do the same for the Falcons, who fell off dramatically last season and have some roster retooling to do this offseason.
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: 1/15/2014 10:25pm et
The Miami Dolphins have hired Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor as their new offensive coordinator.
Huddle Up: The hope is that Lazo can do for Ryan Tannehill what he did for Nick Foles in Philadelphia.
Posted: 1/15/2014 10:25pm et
The Minnesota Vikings named Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer their new head coach.
Huddle Up: A top job has been a long time coming for the highly-regarded former Bengals defensive coordinator. He'll bring a defensive mindset to the Vikings, and early indications are that Norv Turner is among his possible offensive coordinators.
Posted: 1/15/2014 10:20am et
Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton is considered a candidate for the vacant head coaching position at Vanderbilt University, according to multiple league sources Tuesday, Jan. 14.
Huddle Up: Those who hold Andrew Luck in dynasty leagues wouldn't mind seeing the run-happy Hamilton move on to bigger and better things, freeing up Luck for bigger fantasy numbers.
Posted: 1/13/2014 2:28pm et
Denver Broncos CB Chris X. Harris (knee) suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and is out for the rest of the year. Harris will undergo surgery on his knee when the swelling subsides, and he'll start a rehab period of six to nine months. Harris isn't expected to participate in the team's offseason programs and will likely miss at least some of training camp and preseason. CB Quentin Jammer replaced Harris in the third quarter in the team's divisional round win over the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: Tough to lose anyone at this juncture of the season, but from a Peyton Manning perspective maybe this means the Broncos will just have to score more points to compensate for the loss of a member of their secondary.
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: 1/10/2014 12:57pm et
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he will call the offensive plays next season.
Huddle Up: First-time head coaches often struggle when trying to call plays in addition to all the other obligations of the top job. But on the bright side we'll have a blueprint of what the Redskins want to do offensively by looking at what Gruden has done with the Bengals.
Posted: 1/6/2014 11:39am et
Four teams have requested permission to interview Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans are those teams.
Huddle Up: Looks like Gruden won't get dinged for the Bengals' 10-point showing in their playoff loss to San Diego. On the bright side, at least for Gruden, Cincy's early exit gets him into the interview process ahead of the coaching candidate coordinators in Seattle and Denver, among others.
Posted: 1/1/2014 12:29pm et
The Houston Texans reached an agreement late Tuesday, Dec. 31, with Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien to become head coach of the Texans, according to sources. O'Brien is expected to be announced as their head coach by Saturday, Jan. 4, according to the source.
Huddle Up: No surprise here, as O'Brien's name was linked to the Texans' job as soon as Gary Kubiak walked out the door. He's from the Bill Belichick coaching tree and inherits a talented team with quarterback questions--and the first overall pick in the upcoming draft.
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: 12/16/2013 1:43pm et
Jacksonville Jaguars S Jonathan Cyprien (thigh) said he hopes to practice Wednesday, Dec. 16.
Huddle Up: IDPers take note.
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.