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lamberts-lost-tooth
06-24-2008, 09:14 AM
ProFootballWeekly
Whispers
June 22, 2008




After playing an average of 10-12 snaps on offense last season, we hear the Bears expect Devin Hester to at least triple his workload as a receiver this season. In offensive duty during 2007, Hester made 20 receptions for 299 yards and two touchdowns, to go along with his six return TDs while playing on special teams.

Word is Packers third-year CB Will Blackmon might miss the start of training camp because of his chronic foot injury, whereas veteran DE Kabeer-Gbaja Biamila has a much better shot at being fully recovered from his offseason knee surgery.

Our Packers sources tell us Donald Driver thoroughly relished his role as the host of the teamís annual charity softball game ó a role previously filled for what seemed forever by the retired Brett Favre ó and that the veteran receiver appears to be more than willing to accept perhaps the teamís biggest leadership role in Favreís absence.

The Vikings feel that WR Aundrae Allison can improve enough as a receiver to be another deep threat along with Bernard Berrian. Allison has caught the ball extremely well in organized training activities and appears to have improved following his rookie season.

Our sources tell us that there has been far less friction in Redskins Park so far this offseason since Jim Zorn has taken over. The root of the earlier stress, we are told, was Gregg Williams, who at times seemed to undermine the authority of Joe Gibbs, creating an awkward work environment at times. Zorn, we are told, has earned the respect of the veterans and is being treated as a nice guy who is not a pushover and is both competitive and intense.

The Eagles have signed seven of their 10 draft picks and appear very confident that theyíll have everyone signed and in camp on time. Of course, the team traded out of Round One and had two second-rounders ó DT Trevor Laws and WR-PR DeSean Jackson.

The Giants will have great competition at corner with Aaron Ross, Sam Madison, Corey Webster, R.W. McQuarters, Kevin Dockery, Geoffrey Pope and rookie Terrell Thomas. Itís possible, though, that one of them may move to safety. The most likely candidate would be McQuarters, who has taken a few snaps there previously and appears capable of handling the duty.

On the Cardinalsí contract front, we hear that QB Kurt Warner has jumped to the head of the line for a new deal ahead of both ILB Karlos Dansby, the teamís franchise player, and WR Anquan Boldin, who recently told the team Web site that he hasnít decided whether or not he will show up at training camp because of his contract concerns.

We hear the Cardinals believe fifth-round rookie RB Tim Hightower, the teamís first 2008 rookie to sign a contract, could end up being a pretty decent player at the pro level. Hightowerís thick frame reminds some team insiders of Steven Jackson, although heís not nearly as big or fast as the Ramsí featured back. Word is, though, that Hightower is looking at least good enough to put the roster spot of J.J. Arrington, who was arrested on a disorderly-conduct charge earlier this week, in serious jeopardy.

The Rams selected Idaho LB David Vobora with the last selection in this yearís 252-player draft, but with depth at linebacker in short supply in St. Louis, we hear Vobora will be far from irreverent, as both he and fellow seventh-round pick Chris Chamberlain appear to have an excellent shot at making the roster, especially due to their special-teams experience.

With Niners starting FS Mark Roman missing time after recently undergoing shoulder surgery, we hear second-year pro Dashon Goldson took good advantage of the extra practice time afforded him. Head coach Mike Nolan has been particularly impressed by Goldsonís range, which he believes might be the best among the teamís safeties.

Daily observers of the Seahawks couldnít help but notice the increased size of Rob Simsí biceps at the teamís recently concluded OTAs. The teamís projected starting right guard changed his diet and workout routine to add 10 pounds (up to 320) that he believes will make him stronger at the point of attack this coming season.

We hear Seahawks seventh-round RB Justin Forsett, the first Seatttle rookie to sign on the dotted line, has reminded more than a few onlookers of similarly undersized Niners featured back Frank Gore with his impressive burst and quickness. We also hear first-year OG Pat Murray ďcan lift the gymĒ in the weight room and has many observers whispering about his brute strength.

Word out of San Diego is that rookie Jacob Hester has spent the offseason program not only learning RB and FB duties, but has even seen reps lining up in the slot. Itís not so much a surprise that heís been featured at both running back and fullback, but the fact that the Chargers are so deep at receiver makes his slot appearances a bit perplexing.

A source close to the Chiefs tells us the team will frequent the twin-TE look for a couple of reasons. (1) They love the potential of rookie Brad Cottam lining up opposite Tony Gonzalez. (2) Their lack of a suitable fullback makes it a priority to get better run blocking out of their front line.

The way we hear it, Bengals second-year SS Chinedum Ndukwe is favored to hold off veteran Dexter Jackson for a starting job. But that doesnít mean Jackson wonít have an important role in the defense. Even if Jackson doesnít start, heís likely to get consistent work in the teamís ďsubĒ packages. And he is also an important resource for Ndukwe and fellow second-year S Marvin White.

Hereís something to file away: Word from Baltimore is that the Ravens were putting in some work on trick plays in their offseason workouts.

A source close to the Bengals came away impressed with CB Johnathan Josephís play at the clubís minicamp. The sense is Joseph, who may have regressed slightly after a promising rookie season in 2006, is poised to bounce back in a big way this season.

The way we hear it, Browns WR Travis Wilson has had a strong offseason to date. Wilson, a 2006 third-round pick, is likely in a fight for a roster spot.

The Texans are going to have to make a decision on OG Charles Spencerís future before training camp. Spencer, attempting to make it back after missing the last 30 regular-season games with a knee injury, has yet to practice. If he is not ready for training camp, his future with the club could be in doubt. The Texans would rather not put him on the physically-unable-to-perform list, as that would leave them with one fewer training-camp roster spot. And a third stint on injured reserve is also unlikely to be an option.

The release of Texans QB Quinn Gray did not come as a major surprise, the way we hear it, as Grayís play in his short stint with the club had left something to be desired. Rookie Alex Brink and Shane Boyd, who has yet to play a regular-season down, will compete to be the No. 3 quarterback behind starter Matt Schaub and backup Sage Rosenfels.

There appears to be a lot of misinformation regarding the severity of Dolphins CB Michael Lehanís injured ankle. Not only is there a question of whether itís a severe sprain or a dislocation, but the timetable for his return is also a bit of a mystery. Coach Tony Sparano has said Lehan should be ready to go full speed in a couple of weeks, but a team insider who saw the injury occur and has been monitoring Lehanís progress said it would be fortuitous if he could even make it back for training camp. Nonetheless, Lehan remains in the mix for a starting job.

WRs Derek Hagan and Davone Bess impressed Dolphins coaches during minicamp. Bess, an undrafted rookie out of pass-happy Hawaii, has the best set of hands on the team, according to one club source.

Bills OLB Angelo Crowell has to be commended for his dedication to the offseason program. Despite getting married in North Carolina on May 31, Crowell missed a mere two voluntary practices. Alongside Paul Posluszny and Kawika Mitchell, Crowell rounds out a LB corps that suddenly doesnít look quite so suspect.

Despite a recent reshuffling of the Jetsí front office, word weíre hearing is that for all intents and purposes, coach Eric Mangini and GM Mike Tannenbaum will remain as the final voices when it comes to player personnel.

TackleMeBen
06-24-2008, 09:25 AM
On the Cardinals’ contract front, we hear that QB Kurt Warner has jumped to the head of the line for a new deal ahead of both ILB Karlos Dansby, the team’s franchise player, and WR Anquan Boldin, who recently told the team Web site that he hasn’t decided whether or not he will show up at training camp because of his contract concerns

what does that say about the coaching staff faith in good old matt???

RoethlisBURGHer
06-24-2008, 11:51 AM
what does that say about the coaching staff faith in good old matt???

Well, if he doesn't step it up this year he's in big trouble. He needs top quit partying and start focusing on football.

Bills OLB Angelo Crowell has to be commended for his dedication to the offseason program. Despite getting married in North Carolina on May 31, Crowell missed a mere two voluntary practices. Alongside Paul Posluszny and Kawika Mitchell, Crowell rounds out a LB corps that suddenly doesnít look quite so suspect.

I think the Bills are going to have a surprisingly good defense this year.

Jeremy
06-24-2008, 12:02 PM
what does that say about the coaching staff faith in good old matt???

Arizona is a train wreck. The Bidwells are some of the worst football people in the NFL. They're enamored with Kurt Warner, not because of his talent, but because he's a better fit for the city and the image they want to portray.

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-24-2008, 12:22 PM
what does that say about the coaching staff faith in good old matt???

During that draft there were quite a few of us who when faced with:

1) The pretty boy
2) the running QB
3) the Gunslinger...

...predicted that Cutler would be a better QB than Lienhart or Young. If making that decision today, there is no doubt in my mind that Cutler is the best of the three.

Dino 6 Rings
06-24-2008, 12:28 PM
I think the Bills are going to have a surprisingly good defense this year.

Isn't that said every single year about the Bills? Really.

When the Bills can actually get more than 8 wins in a year, then maybe I'll recognize their existance again, until then, they are a garbage team with zero hope of ever being great. 4 straight SB losses, ha. Punks.

Also I noted there are some really big muscles being built in Seattle. Maybe the NFL should send a Rep and a Cup up there to see what their putting in their "vitamin" water in Seattle.

CanadianSteel
06-24-2008, 12:36 PM
Hereís something to file away: Word from Baltimore is that the Ravens were putting in some work on trick plays in their offseason workouts.


Well there going to need some trick plays this year with that offence.......

tony hipchest
06-24-2008, 12:37 PM
Arizona is a train wreck. The Bidwells are some of the worst football people in the NFL. They're enamored with Kurt Warner, not because of his talent, but because he's a better fit for the city and the image they want to portray.i think theyre more enamored with 27td, 17int, 3400+ yds in 13 starts, as opposed to leinarts 647 yds, 2 td, 4 int.

warner is pretty much top 10 in all statistical categories and his 17 int is fewer than "greats" such as c. palmer, d. brees, e. manning, t. romo, and only 2 more than favre, rivers, and bulger.

Jeremy
06-24-2008, 01:17 PM
i think theyre more enamored with 27td, 17int, 3400+ yds in 13 starts, as opposed to leinarts 647 yds, 2 td, 4 int.

warner is pretty much top 10 in all statistical categories and his 17 int is fewer than "greats" such as c. palmer, d. brees, e. manning, t. romo, and only 2 more than favre, rivers, and bulger.

Which makes him a good fantasy football player.

But that seems to be the way they're running that team these days.

fansince'76
06-24-2008, 02:22 PM
It might also be a gentle little reminder by team management to Leinart that he isn't a frat boy at USC anymore and he needs to grow the hell up.

lamberts-lost-tooth
06-24-2008, 02:28 PM
Which makes him a good fantasy football player.

But that seems to be the way they're running that team these days.

Riiiiiggght....without fantasy football....everyone would see what monster numbers Matt has produces with his 647 yds, 2 td, 4 int...:noidea:

TackleMeBen
06-24-2008, 03:00 PM
It might also be a gentle little reminder by team management to Leinart that he isn't a frat boy at USC anymore and he needs to grow the hell up.

being that close to L.A. though, i doubt matt is going to grow up anytime soon

Jeremy
06-24-2008, 03:09 PM
Riiiiiggght....without fantasy football....everyone would see what monster numbers Matt has produces with his 647 yds, 2 td, 4 int...:noidea:

You're right.....Kurt Warner led them to the playoffs.

:thumbsup:

Oh that's right :doh: they didn't make the playoffs.

CantStop85
06-24-2008, 03:39 PM
Oh that's right :doh: they didn't make the playoffs.

Nope. But Kurt Warner certainly wasn't the reason they didn't.

millwalldavey
06-24-2008, 09:43 PM
Arizona is a train wreck. The Bidwells are some of the worst football people in the NFL. They're enamored with Kurt Warner, not because of his talent, but because he's a better fit for the city and the image they want to portray.

Yes... it does seem to be a destination for elderly retirees...

Atlanta Dan
06-24-2008, 10:13 PM
ProFootballWeekly
Whispers
June 22, 2008

Hereís something to file away: Word from Baltimore is that the Ravens were putting in some work on trick plays in their offseason workouts.

.

Such as completed passes?

fansince'76
06-24-2008, 10:42 PM
ProFootballWeekly
Whispers
June 22, 2008

Hereís something to file away: Word from Baltimore is that the Ravens were putting in some work on trick plays in their offseason workouts.

Such as completed passes?

cur_3DSpOH4

:toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny:

Preacher
06-24-2008, 11:13 PM
Such as completed passes?

:chuckle:

That would be start now, wouldn't it.