Ryan Nassib QB NYG 24 Hrs8 Comments
The Star-Ledger suggests the Giants could asses Ryan Nassib's trade value ahead of the draft.
Nassib failed to move past Curtis Painter as a rookie and now the Giants have added Josh Freeman. They're not showing a ton of faith in his development. That said, if Ryan Mallett and Kirk Cousins can't fetch much on the trade market, the Giants will likely find crickets if they try to shop Nassib. Perhaps they'll carry three quarterbacks on the final roster for the first time in recent memory.
Peyton Manning QB DEN 1 Day2 Comments
ESPN Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold says Peyton Manning "might be asked to throw less so the offense can be more" this season.
We don't see it. The Broncos led the league by a wide margin in points per game (37.9), yards per game (457.3) and first downs (435) last season, earning the AFC's No. 1 seed for the second straight season. Why change what works? Manning projects to regress a bit off last year's record-setting campaign, but 4,600 yards and 35+ touchdowns on something around 600 attempts is the floor.
Tony Romo QB DAL 1 Day
Troy Aikman said he would be a bit concerned over Tony Romo's back woes.
Romo, who will turn 34 on Monday, has undergone two back surgeries within the last year. Aikman had his first back surgery at 26 years old and then faced more back issues just before his retirement age 34. Of course, medicine has come a long way in the last 15 years and the Cowboys have expressed no concern over Romo's health. His rehab remains on schedule.
Chris Ivory RB NYJ 1 Day
According to the New York Daily News, the Jets anticipate using Chris Johnson and Chris Ivory in a "1-2 punch."
Beat writer Manish Mehta believes Johnson "won't come close" to his career average of 290 carries per year, and could lose "35-40" percent off his 2013 total of 279. That would put Johnson at 167-181 rushing attempts. Should Johnson improve on his 2013 YPC average of 3.86 to, say, 4.20, that would give him 702-763 rushing yards. Ivory is the superior between-the-tackles runner, but Johnson's contract -- the biggest on the 2014 running back market and worth twice as much on a per-year basis as Ivory's three-year, $6 million deal -- suggests CJ?K will indeed be Gang Green's lead back. Ivory projects as a two-down change-of-pace bruiser off the bench.
Josh Samuda MIN 1 Day
Vikings G/C Josh Samuda will be sidelined 9-10 months after fracturing his ankle and fibula, and damaging a deltoid ligament during Minnesota's offseason conditioning program.
He's a lock to spend 2014 on an injured list of some sort, or simply be released with an injury settlement. Samuda is a 2013 UDFA out of Massachusetts.
Rueben Randle WR NYG 1 Day2 Comments
Ex-Giants OC Kevin Gilbride may have hinted on PFT Live Monday that he left the team not sold on Rueben Randle.
It's worth noting GM Jerry Reese stated at the Combine that the "jury is still out" on Randle, and that he's not sure whether Randle is a No. 1, 2, or 3-caliber receiver. Gilbride told PFT that the Giants need to "get somebody that's going to be productive for them as an outside receiver. Victor Cruz is terrific, but they need somebody that when they go match up, bump and run (and) go win." We'll find out more about the Giants' faith (or lack thereof) in Randle via the draft.
LaMichael James RB SF 1 Day
The Sacramento Bee reports the 49ers "have been shopping" third-year RB LaMichael James.
Taylor Mays DB CIN 1 Day
Bengals S/LB Taylor Mays is recovering from right shoulder surgery.
Doctors told Mays he couldn't do bicep curls after surgery. "As a guy with meathead tendencies, not being able to do curls - that was rough," he quipped. Mays' shoulder popped out of the socket on an October 27 tackle attempt of Bilal Powell, tearing the labrum in two places. Mays now considers himself "90 percent." The Bengals re-signed him to a one-year, $755,000 deal in March.
Sidney Rice WR SEA 2 Days
Seahawks re-signed WR Sidney Rice to a one-year contract.
Dwayne Bowe WR KC 2 Days
Dwayne Bowe pleaded guilty to defective equipment and littering charges and paid a $610 fine to resolve the marijuana possession matter against him.
Bowe was popped for marijuana possession back in November. Since it was his first arrest for possession, he was allowed to pay a fine. Bowe should avoid a suspension but could wind up being placed in the substance-abuse program.