– Bears OC Dowell Loggains believes that QB Jay Cutler can definitely be better this upcoming season.
– Former HC Tom Coughlin wants to get back into the NFL but knows it may be unlikely for him to secure a job.
“First, it starts up top in the organization and some moving pieces that have taken place the past couple of years,” Peterson said. “[General Manager] Rick Spielman is doing a great job when it comes to bringing quality guys that fit our system. Along with coach [Mike] Zimmer and his great staff I feel like we have that core system and guys in the right place to be able to accomplish great things.
“As far as players, I feel like we have a young group with some veteran guys mixed in and some young guys that really can play some good ball. What really excites me the most is our defense. Our defense jumped up the charts from the previous year to this past year and what those guys have accomplished just as a unit.
“Offensively just going off of what we were able to accomplish this year and we really weren’t the type of offense that we wanted to be. But you look at that and we were right there in the mix of really going on to play Arizona and end up in the NFC Championship game with what we had offensively. So with the moves we’ve made this offseason with [Alex] Boone and [Andre] Smith and then some of these young guys that really have a lot to prove, that we drafted. Then the veteran guys we have on the offensive side for us, receivers and things like that I feel like the sky is the limit for us. That’s why it’s going to be important when training camp do come around, even though I don’t like [training camp], to see how the chemistry and guys mesh together. So I’m pretty excited about it.”
– RB Jarryd Hayne will leave football to return to a career in rugby.
– WR Deandre Hopkins believes that the Texans are the team to beat in the AFC South. From watching Hard Knocks a year ago, I think HC Bill O’Brien makes coaching about himself and will ultimately drag his team down to the bottom of the AFC South standings starting this year. Book it.
– TE Jason Witten believes that the Cowboys are more motivated than they have ever been.
– The Bears have signed three rookies including Colorado State-Pueblo WR Kieren Duncan.
– QB Russell Wilson’s speech at the Wisconsin commencement irked many NC State fans after he supposedly painted HC Tom O’Brien in a bad light.
– The Rams insist that Hard Knocks won’t be a distraction and hope it helps in keeping player’s eyes on the ball.
– The Falcons DT Ra’Shede Hageman may switch to a DE.
– Peter King releases his MMQB.
– Michael David Smith brings up the point that Las Vegas would be the fifth-smallest TV market in the NFL with only 719,000 TV households.
– Mike Florio asks why is DE Dwight Freeney still unsigned even though he had eight sacks in 317 snaps last season?
– The PFF Analysis team predicts 10 players that will make the Top 101 in 2016.
– Pat McManamon reviews the Believeland documentary and argues it focuses too much on the despair of Cleveland rather than the hope the team provides.
– Here is the final part of Scott Kacsmar’s study on analyzing what the NFL draft really produces for teams. Parts I and II are attached via hyperlink in his introduction.
– Jeff Legwold argues that the Broncos need more cap space for LB Von Miller’s mega-deal.
– DE JJ Watt’s charity softball game outdrew 13 of the Houston Astros’ home games this year.
“You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” – Aristotle