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That logic still seems to be lost on the authorities in South Beach, but Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate offers some additional details about the incident.
Per Underhill, police say Dixon was driving a moped. A police officer pulled him over. Dixon then questioned the officer. And the officer arrested Dixon.
Without knowing what Dixon said, it’s hard to know whether the arrest was justified. It’s nevertheless odd that Dixon was arrested for resisting an arrest that still has not been specified.
The Packers wanted Eddie Lacy to show he could be an effective three-down running back in 2014 and Lacy was successful in that effort.
Lacy averaged over 10 yards a catch on 42 receptions and did a solid job as a pass blocker in his second NFL season, leaving coach Mike McCarthy without too much to tell Lacy about where to improve heading into the 2015 season. The conversation will instead be about continuing to use Lacy in a way that he can be an effective offensive force without putting him at risk of overuse over the course of the season.
McCarthy said he thought the team was “really smart” in how they used Lacy last season. He ran the ball 246 times in the regular season, good for 13th in the league, and it sounds like McCarthy would be happy with a similar total next season.
“I go back to past experience,” McCarthy said, via the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I went through this, really. Ricky Williams [who was with the Saints when McCarthy was on New Orleans’s staff] was the first running back that I went through the how-many-attempts, how-many-runs [discussion]. It’s a learning experience. I’m conscientious of how many times each guy touches the ball, how much each guy plays, especially the running back. I think you have to be smart there.”
Lacy added 40 more carries while continuing to run well in the postseason, which makes it tough to argue with the contention that the team came up with a good plan for their top running back. As long as Lacy is healthy, they should be able to find the same formula this time around.
The NFL still hasn’t said a word about a law that passed last week in Indiana. Last year, when a similar law nearly passed in Arizona, the league said plenty publicly — and reportedly was privately considering moving Super Bowl XLIX, with Tampa Bay being the first option.
The league has remained silent regarding the Indiana law even as hundreds rallied Saturday against the law that prohibits the placement of a “substantial burden” on the ability of a person, an institution, a business, or an association’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The provision has been interpreted as permitting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence says a bill clarifying the new law is now in the works.
“I just can’t account for the hostility that’s been directed at our state,” Pence said, via the Associated Press. “I’ve been taken aback by the mischaracterizations from outside the state of Indiana about what is in this bill.”
However it plays out, the NFL’s silence in 2015 makes little sense, given the noise it made in 2014 when Arizona was poised to do the same thing.
Meanwhile, the Colts have said nothing, either. Which seems a little odd, given the fairly high profile owner Jim Irsay has assumed on Twitter. Though he recently has been tweeting about roster moves and the league meetings, Irsay hasn’t said a word via Twitter for the last six days.
If the league had said nothing a year ago regarding Arizona, saying nothing now wouldn’t be so glaring. But if the league were indeed planning in 2014 to pull the plug on a Super Bowl due to be played in a matter of months, complete silence in 2015 makes no sense.
Erin Henderson’s search for a chance to resume his NFL career will be heading to New Jersey.
Henderson met with the 49ers last week after sitting out the entire 2014 season following his release in Minnesota, but didn’t sign a contract with the team. The Niners have moved on to a scheduled meeting with Lance Briggs and Henderson’s agent says his client is moving on to a meeting with the Jets.
Jim Chapman told Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee that Henderson has scheduled a visit with the AFC East club. The Jets re-signed David Harris as free agency opened and have Demario Davis back as well, which leaves Henderson as a depth option at inside linebacker.
The Vikings dropped Henderson last February after a pair of arrests for drunk driving. He started 33 games during his final three seasons with the Vikings and was a fairly effective player before his off-field trouble led to his on-field hiatus.
Saints cornerback Brian Dixon has been arrested in Miami Beach for resisting arrest without violence. Per multiple sources, the arrest occurred early this morning.
It’s unclear why Dixon was being arrested in the first place. He’s charged only with resisting arrest.
The Saints will now have to decide whether to resist the temptation to sever ties with Dixon, who was undrafted in 2014 coming out of Northwest Missouri State.
UPDATE 12:24 p.m. ET: Dixon reportedly was arrested after being pulled over while driving a moped.
The Steelers averaged 27.2 points per game last season, which was good enough for seventh place in the NFL and a first place finish in the AFC North.
Things looked even better once wide receiver Martavis Bryant was plugged into the lineup after missing the first six games. The Steelers jumped to 31.2 points per game, a number that would have ranked first in the league if they’d done it over the course of all 16 contests. With Bryant set for a bigger role from the outset in 2015 and the likes of Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger also on hand, coach Mike Tomlin thinks the stage is set for the Steelers to be the league’s top offense.
“My expectation is they’re capable of being the very best because we’ve got the goods,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’ve got guys that are capable. We’ve got guys that know what they’re doing. We’ve got guys that played together for an extended period of time now. So that’s a reasonable expectation.”
If the Steelers can’t get their defense on a better track, they’ll need their offense to be at least as good as it was in 2014 to book another trip to the postseason. That’s a change from the familiar balance in Pittsburgh, but it’s one that the Steelers will continue to embrace as long it represents their best path to success.
The Patriots played most of last season without defensive tackle Sealver Siliga in the lineup, but they made good use of him once he returned from injured reserve late in the year.
Siliga started the final three games of the regular season and all three New England postseason victories, recording 31 tackles and a pair of sacks on the way to a Super Bowl title. Siliga seems likely to remain in that spot come next season as long as he’s healthy.
Right now, Siliga isn’t quite there. The foot injury that kept Siliga out for nine games wasn’t totally healed, though, and he had surgery after the season to set things right. Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports Siliga is still using a walking boot as he recovers from the operation. There’s no word on whether he’ll continue to be wearing it when the team starts OTAs, but it seems a good bet that Siliga will be somewhat limited during offseason work.
With Vince Wilfork now in Houston, Siliga and Alan Branch are the biggest bodies on the interior of the defensive line in New England. They could add another option in the draft and may have to look for more help if Siliga’s foot issue continues to linger.
When the Cardinals lost Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton for the season with injuries last year, they briefly considered starting Logan Thomas in the regular season finale before opting to stick with Ryan Lindley for that game and in their playoff loss to the Panthers.
Arians said at the time that he didn’t think Thomas, who was drafted in the fourth round last year, was ready for action and he repeated the point at last week’s league meetings. Arians said he wasn’t going to let Thomas fail because “once you fail those scars never go away” and that part of the plan this offseason is to make sure Thomas won’t fail if he’s forced into action in 2015.
“He’s going to get a ton of work and those reps are invaluable,” Arians said, via the team’s website. “Just in decision-making, how fast you’re getting it out of your hand, where you’re going with it, where you’re going when ‘one’ and ‘two’ are still covered. Are you still scrambling around or are you going to find your outlets? That growth process comes strictly from reps.”
Arians indicated that most of Thomas’s reps would come on Field Two with younger members of the squad, but there should be opportunities with the first team as well with Palmer and Stanton coming off of injuries. If Thomas shows well during those chances, he may start making a case to be Palmer’s backup and/or possible successor in the Cardinals lineup while also allowing the team to avoid any further dips into the Lindley bucket.
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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is setting up visits and workouts with the teams at the top of the draft, including a stop in Virginia next month.
Mariota will be at the Redskins’ headquarters in April, a little more than a month after General Manager Scot McCloughan took in the Heisman Trophy winner’s pro day workout. The Redskins already have a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback, of course, although the team isn’t going farther than saying that Robert Griffin III is the starter “right now.” That suggests an open mind about using the fifth pick on Mariota and coach Jay Gruden didn’t suggest otherwise when asked about the quarterback’s visit on Saturday.
“There’s a lot of people that will be available with the fifth pick,” Gruden said, via CSNWashington.com. “We’re gonna look at ‘em all and make a good Redskins decision. Whoever that is will be a big help for us.”
Whether Washington is considering Mariota or not, it makes sense for them to make the rest of the league think he’s a consideration in order to keep open the possibility of a trade come draft day. As the Redskins well know, desire to land a quarterback in the first round can make teams offer handsome sums in trade compensation and they might be able to get on the receiving end this time around.
Free agent running back Stevan Ridley is healing from a torn ACL and looking for work.
Ridley has his first free agent visits of the offseason scheduled this week, Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports.
A 2011 third-round pick of the Patriots who has spent his entire career in New England, Ridley had 94 carries for 340 yards and two touchdowns in the first six games before a season-ending injury last year. He is now about six weeks away from being cleared medically.
Given the injury and the fact that Ridley has spent most of the last two years as a backup, it’s unlikely that Ridley can get much more than a minimum contract. But as a 26-year-old who’s a couple of years removed from a 1,263-yard season, Ridley will probably draw interest from a few teams. And if he’s fully healthy, he may turn out to be a bargain.
Two years ago, the Texans gave $5 million in guaranteed money to an 11-year veteran defender who had just won a Super Bowl. It didn’t work out.
This year, the Texans once again gave $5 million in guaranteed money to an 11-year veteran defender who had just won a Super Bowl. Some wonder whether it will work out.
Obviously, owner Bob McNair believes Vince Wilfork won’t be another Ed Reed. Otherwise, the Texans wouldn’t have taken a chance on a player that Patriots coach Bill Belichick opted to not keep around. So what’s the difference between Reed and Wilfork?
“I think the difference is when you have someone at a position where they have to be able to run, then age is more of a consideration,” McNair said at the league meetings, via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “We thought Ed was in good shape and was going to be able to come down and play and he was a big disappointment. At nose tackle, you don’t have to run that much. He’s got to be strong. So there’s some positions you can play for more years and you aren’t taking as much risk.”
The notion that old guys are more likely to lose speed than strength seems a little simplistic. Plenty of fast guys retain their speed well into their 30s. Plenty of strong guys lose their strength well before turning 40.
The biggest difference between Reed and Wilfork is that Reed was damaged goods when he signed with the Texans. The Texans didn’t notice that Reed needed hip surgery when giving him a passing grade on his physical.
So it’s less embarrassing for the Texans to distinguish Reed and Wilfork based on the speed vs. strength of older players, and not to remind everyone that whoever gave Reed a clean bill of health in 2013 made a major mistake. Ultimately, Reed’s short stay in Houston had a lot more to do with the hip problem the team didn’t spot than an age-related reduction in his speed.
Last year, Donald Stephenson was expected to start at right tackle for the Chiefs. A four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy derailed that plan.
Entering 2015, G.M. John Dorsey says Stephenson gets a fresh shot at becoming the starting right tackle.
“There’s some things that occurred last year, but it’s a clean slate,” Dorsey said at the league meetings, via Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star. “So what he has to do is set the little things into motion that professionals do in terms of obtaining that starting position.
“So what you do is take little steps, ultimately building toward bigger goals that you set for yourself. And I think you go in and challenge yourself on a daily basis. You go in and do the little things it takes to be truly professional — do not take this game for granted.”
The Chiefs have overhauled their line this offseason, adding guards Ben Grubbs and Paul Fanaika and letting center Rodney Hudson leave via free agency. Stephenson ultimately started no games in 2014, but he appeared in each of the 12 that followed his suspension.
Stephenson and Jeff Allen most likely will be the primary competitors for the starting job at right tackle.
A rash of unpredictable offseason moves has caused many Eagles fans to question the acumen and/or sanity of coach Chip Kelly. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes they shouldn’t worry. Instead, Carroll thinks they should be the opposite of worried.
“I think the people in Philadelphia should be very excited about the changes that are coming,” Carroll said at the league meetings in Arizona, via CSNPhilly.com. “Maybe they can’t see it — the vision is not clear to them. Chip knows what he’s doing. It’s going to be interesting to see.”
It’s definitely going to be interesting. It could be interesting, however, and disastrous. Carroll is far more optimistic.
“His record and his history has proven that he knows what he’s doing and that he has his act together,” Carroll said of Kelly. “I know he’s really excited to have the opportunity to be in the position to mold the team. I wouldn’t doubt for a second that he’s not on it. He knows what he wants and what he needs. He’s proven that.”
Kelly took the Eagles to the playoffs in his first season with the team, but failed to return in 2014 — despite finishing with a 10-6 record. Another failure to qualify for the postseason will place even more pressure on Kelly for what could be a make-or-break season in 2016.
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Bishop spent time with the Cardinals in 2014 after one season with the Vikings and five with the Packers.
A member of Green Bay’s Super Bowl XLV championship team, the 29-year-old Bishop has 27 career regular-season starts.