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Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett is the latest first-round pick to sign his rookie contract.
The Colts announced Wednesday that Dorsett has agreed to the standard four-year deal with the team. As a first-round pick, Dorsett’s contract also comes with a team option for a fifth season at a salary equal to the 3rd-25th best-paid players at the position.
Dorsett’s selection raised some eyebrows since the Colts’ biggest needs were perceived to be on defense and the offensive line, but General Manager Ryan Grigson said the selection was made because the team wanted to take the best available player on their board. He has a good chance to contribute immediately as a returner in the kicking game and will compete with Donte Moncrief and Duron Carter for snaps behind T.Y. Hilton and Andre Johnson on offense.
At some point, the term “drone” became inherently sinister. At some point, the term “drone” became attached to all remotely-controlled devices that fly.
Which has caused plenty of people to assume that any and all drones are evil and capable of mass mayhem. Which likely has delayed many reasonable innovations relating to the use of drones.
In the NFL, one team is embracing the use of drones. Via Todd Archer of ESPN.com, the Cowboys are using drones to film practice during OTAs.
“We pride ourselves on coaching and teaching our players as well as we can and film has been a big part of the game for a long time,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Typically you have an end zone shot and a sideline shot. We use a lot of hand-held cameras on the ground. . . . One of our coaches went down to SMU for their spring practices and saw they were using it. They liked the angle. We got a chance to see it, so we decided to take a look at it.”
Last year, NFL Media considered using drones as part of the Inside Training Camp series. It’s unclear why the technology wasn’t used. Maybe it’s just the stigma of equating an innocent RC helicopter to an anonymous death machine.
Then again, maybe they are.
Bears owner George McCaskey said the decision to sign Ray McDonald this offseason was his.
So when he says he’s second-guessing that decision, he means he’s second-guessing his own process.
Via Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, McCaskey told reporters that even though he initially said no and was talked into adding the troubled defensive lineman, that the decision to bring him aboard was “my decision, ultimately, alone.”
So it follows that he didn’t blame General Manager Ryan Pace for the embarrassing addition.
“Not at all. We have complete confidence in Ryan,” McCaskey said.
At the same time, he said he didn’t have any input on Monday’s decision to cut him when McDonald was again arrested for a domestic violence charge.
“I wasn’t involved because I didn’t need to be,” he said. “They knew what needed to be done and did it.”
McCaskey talked to McDonald prior to agreeing to sign him, warning him that his behavior had to improve. When it did not, McCaskey’s doubts crept in.
When asked why he didn’t talk to any of McDonald’s accusers prior to signing him, McCaskey said: “One of my concerns was the bias anybody has in that situation.”
Yet he didn’t consider that McDonald or his family might carry a bias themselves, which put him in the uncomfortable spot of answering questions today.
If the Vikings are wavering from their plan to have Adrian Peterson in their backfield in 2015, they are doing a very good job of keeping it under wraps.
Peterson isn’t with the Vikings for their organized team activities this week, something that was expected as Peterson has yet to report for any work with the team since having his suspension lifted in April. Coach Mike Zimmer made it clear on Wednesday that his decision not to take part in practice hasn’t changed the team’s position, however.
“He’s got two choices. He can play for us or not play,” Zimmer said, via Ben Goessling of ESPN.com.
Not playing would keep Peterson from earning the $12.75 million that the Vikings are set to pay him this season. There have been reports that Peterson still wants to be traded and suggestions from his camp that his willingness to rejoin the team might improve with some adjustments to the amount of guaranteed money in the remaining years of his contract, but the former appears to be off the table and the latter may be unless Peterson decides to come to work.
The Ravens re-signed undrafted rookie linebacker Andrew Bose on Wednesday, the team said on its website.
In a corresponding roster move, the club waived rookie linebacker Trey DePriest, who played collegiately at Alabama.
A Rhode Island product, the 6-foot-2, 232-pound Bose was credited with 125 tackles (48 solo) in his final collegiate season in 2014. He also recorded 4.5 sacks and one interception.
The 21-year-old Bose signed with Baltimore on May 8 before being waived six days later.
The Ravens have filled all 90 roster spots. The club is holding organized team practice activities this week.
As it turns out, his absence won’t even extend to the end of voluntary work. According to multiple reports from media members covering the Bears, Forte was at Halas Hall on Wednesday and took part in practice with his teammates.
Forte is in the final year of the four-year contract he signed with the Bears in 2012 and he’ll turn 30 in December, so his desire to shore up his future is understandable. Given the history of runners on the wrong side of 30, it is just as understandable that the Bears might prefer to let things play out this season before making any calls about Forte.
For now, though, it look alike the Bears plan to keep Forte front and center in the offense. Offensive coordinator Adam Gase used running back committees in Denver, but said this month that Forte’s presence makes for an “unusual situation” since he can play all three downs.
While Forte is back in the fold, tight end Martellus Bennett continues to stay away from the team’s voluntary work.
Perhaps Chan Gailey spoke too soon.
Or just too honestly.
After his offensive coordinator said Geno Smith was pegged as the starter and there would be no competition for the quarterback job, Jets head coach Todd Bowles said that wasn’t necessarily the case.
“Chan’s very matter-of-fact,” Bowles said, via Dom Cosentino of NJ.com. “Come camp time, there will be competition at the spot. . . . That doesn’t mean it’s going to stay like that.”
In jamming the toothpaste back in the tube, Bowles explained that Gailey’s reference was largely because Fitzpatrick is coming off a broken leg, and that means that today, there’s not necessarily a competition because there can’t be an even distribution of reps (though Fitzpatrick did some work in OTAs).
“You don’t start out having two or three games getting first-team reps,” Bowles said. “I view it as open competition. It’s [Smith’s] to lose.”
Based on his track record, there’s a decent chance he will.
Smith has 41 turnovers in two seasons, while Fitzpatrick has the benefit of background with Gailey in Buffalo and a resume of solid if unspectacular play.
If Smith continues to play as he has, the competition will likely fire up again.
The Cowboys re-signed Rolando McClain to be in the middle of a linebacking group they hope will be improved this season with the return of Sean Lee from a torn ACL that cost him all of last season, but they’ll have to wait a bit before seeing how the defense looks with both of those guys in the lineup.
Coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that McClain is missing organized team activities while rehabbing from recent arthroscopic surgery on his knee. McClain has had knee problems in the past and will be working out in Alabama while the rest of the team continues the offseason program. Garrett didn’t express much concern about McClain’s long-term outlook.
“He just had his knee swell up a bit but we think he’s OK,” Garrett said, via Patrick Claybon of NFL Media.
McClain’s absence will have the Cowboys reshuffling their linebackers. Lee is expected to start on the weak side of the defense across from Anthony Hitchens and the team signed Jasper Brinkley, Andrew Gachkar and Keith Rivers as free agents to go with draft picks Damien Wilson and Mark Nzeocha.
A rookie who could have a major role in the Jacksonville offense in Year One has signed with the club.
The No. 36 overall selection, Yeldon (6-1, 226) is likely to push for regular playing time in the Jaguars’ backfield, with Denard Robinson and Toby Gerhart the primary veteran competitors for carries.
Yeldon had a sparkling three-season run for the Crimson Tide, racking up 3,322 yards and 37 touchdowns on 576 carries. One of the few knocks on him is his straight-line speed; he was timed at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine.
With Yeldon now under contract, the Jaguars’ lone unsigned pick is offensive guard A.J. Cann, a third-round selection from South Carolina.
The pectoral injury suffered by Giants left tackle Will Beatty last week will keep him out of the lineup into the fall, which means the Giants will have to find someone else to hold down the spot on Eli Manning’s blind side.
First-round pick Ereck Flowers is getting the first crack at the job during organized team activities. According to multiple reports from Giants headquarters, Flowers is lined up at left tackle as the Giants do their first team work of the offseason.
Flowers hasn’t drawn rave reviews from scouts — one told Greg Bedard of TheMMQB.com that Flowers has “some of the worst technique I’ve ever seen in a player drafted that high” — which was part of the reason why most people had him ticketed for a right tackle competition with Justin Pugh to kick off his NFL career.
The Giants appear open to moving Pugh, who didn’t have a good 2014 season and is at left guard in OTAs with Marshall Newhouse at right tackle, but they may need to make a bet that Flowers will adapt quickly to the NFL in order to lock down an important position on a line that has to improve on last year’s production.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thinks he has a quarterback who can lead his team to a Super Bowl, and he doesn’t want that opportunity to slip away.
That’s why, Jones told USA Today, he’s trying hard to be aggressive and build a championship-caliber team around Tony Romo.
“Let’s be real aggressive,” Jones said. “At this juncture, that has everything to do with where Romo is, and the level of players we have.”
Among the aggressive moves the Cowboys have made this offseason were signing Greg Hardy, drafting Randy Gregory and making a big push to bring in La’El Collins as an undrafted free agent. But the Cowboys also had a big loss in the form of running back DeMarco Murray, who left for Philadelphia. Jones said losing Murray was just part of the cost of doing business.
“We’d love to have Murray,” Jones said. “We had to take a little step back to go forward. We needed that cap room. That’s risky. Yet it freed up the cap room that we could use to make other moves.”
Jones thinks the Cowboys can win a championship without Murray. As long as they have enough other pieces around Romo.
The Dolphins liked what they saw from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and wide receiver DeVante Parker at Tuesday’s organized team activity, which is a good development since they were two of the team’s biggest acquisitions this offseason.
On Wednesday’s PFT Live, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald will join Mike Florio for a closer look at which other players have also opened some eyes during the offseason program. From there, we’ll check in with three other teams for an OTA update.
Florio will talk Browns with Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland, 49ers with Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area and Bills with Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News during the program.
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It sounded like it was just a delay and a long layover.
But Tracy Porter’s plane to Washington was apparently canceled, as the team released the veteran cornerback today.
According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, the decision to part ways with Porter saves $2.2 million in cap space. He was signed to a two-year, $6 million deal last year, but appeared in just two games.
Here’s hoping Porter packed a parachute.
Teams usually want every player available to show up for OTAs.
But obviously for the Broncos, Antonio Smith is a special case.
According to Mike Klis of KUSA, Smith will not participate in OTAs because of “personal reasons.”
That’s another way of saying “the Broncos don’t want him on their field wearing their or their sponsors’ logos while he’s part of an investigation in a child sexual abuse case in Texas.”
According to the report, Broncos General Manager John Elway met with coach Gary Kubiak and team president Joe Ellis about the matter, and had “several discussions” with Smith.
Smith hasn’t been charged, but the complaint is still being looked at by the Fort Bend County (Texas) District Attorney’s Office.
The Broncos signed the veteran defensive end to a one-year deal in April, saying they were unaware of the investigation at the time.
Washington is parting ways with its starting right guard.
The 32-year-old Chester has started 64 straight regular season games for Washington. Overall, he has started 111-of-137 contests since entering the NFL with Baltimore in 2006.
Chester was set to make $3.5 million in salary in 2015, per NFLPA data.
Second-year pro Spencer Long could be among the options to replace Chester at right guard. A Nebraska product, Long was a third-round pick of Washington in 2014, and he was listed as the top backup to Chester as a rookie.