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Titans receivers can thrive in YAC with Marcus Mariota's accuracy


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) The Titans wide receiving corps could gain more yards after the catch this season because of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and his accurate throws, per ESPN.com.

The Titans were 24th in the league in yards after the catch last season, but with Mariota under center that can all change.

“If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,” wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “And that’s one thing that makes a receiver dynamic -- first being able to catch the ball and then being able to do some things with it after you catch it. I feel like [to this point] Marcus has done everything he needs to do to get the ball to his receivers.”


Chiefs' Jeremy Maclin off to best start ever with Alex Smith


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) New Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin has hit it off with quarterback Alex Smith during the offseason. 

Maclin came to Kansas City from Philadelphia in the offseason, and his communication with Smith has been more than either player expected. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever been off to a better start with a particular quarterback in my life,” Maclin said, per KCChiefs.com.

Offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, like head coach Andy Reid, brought the Philadelphia offense to Kansas City, which has helped Maclin's transition. 

“He’s only a couple years removed from our system,” Pederson said. “We’ve changed some things since he’s been in the offense, but he’s such a smart, savvy, veteran guy that he’s picked up on what we’re doing really fast. He and Alex have sort of developed that continuity right away.”


QB Russell Wilson reiterates desire to stay with Seahawks


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/29/2015) Quarterback Russell Wilson, whose contract status has developed into one of the offseason's major storylines, said that despite the issue with his deal, he still wants to remain with the Seahawks. 

"The rest will work out. The contract will work itself out. I'm excited about it and excited to hopefully be a Seattle Seahawk for a really, really long time," Wilson said during a football camp. "So, that's the goal."

Wilson is slated to play out the final year of his rookie contract in 2015, making $1.54 million, a figure wildly below market value for a player who has been to back-to-back Super Bowls. 


Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston aims to lose weight


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/26/2015) Buccaneers rookie quarterback Jameis Winston wants to use the offseason as an opportunity to lose weight and get into better shape, per NFL.com.

Winston will have a few weeks off as he prepares for training camp, so he will use that time to study his playbook and get into shape.

"Trying to lose some weight, try to get back skinny," Winston said, per NFL.com. "Right now I'm 238 (pounds), I'm trying to be my redshirt freshman year (weight), about 230. I mean, learn that playbook too, man, you can never go wrong with that."

Winston also added that he doesn't feel any extra pressure on himself because he was the top pick in the draft, or because of his previous off the field problems.

"I have nothing to prove," Winston said. "I believe that people make mistakes, but I also believe that you bounce back from those and I'm just moving forward."


Titans QB Marcus Mariota not concerned about unsigned status


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, the only unsigned 2015 first-rounder, is apparently not concerned about the possibility of missing time in training camp.

"It's the furthest thing from my mind," he told NFL.com. "My agent is going to do his job. He's going to do whatever it takes. It's a business deal (and) it takes some time. ... I'm sure it will work out."

There is plenty of time to negotiate a deal. Training camp does not begin for more than a month.


Bengals sign free agent QB Keith Wenning


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) The Bengals have signed free agent quarterback Keith Wenning, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The 2014 sixth-round pick of Baltimore spent all of his rookie season on its practice squad before he was released in May.

Wenning was a four-year starter at Ball State.


Tom Brady appeal hearing ends after nearly 11 hours


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The appeal hearing for Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady over his "deflate-gate" suspension ended on Tuesday after nearly 11 hours. 

NFL executive Greg Aiello tweeted, "The Tom Brady appeal hearing concluded tonight after 10 hours of testimony. No further hearings are scheduled."

NFL Players Association attorney Jeffrey Kessler said that the union presented a "compelling case" and that Brady was present until "the bitter end," per CNN's Rachel Nichols

Brady didn't speak or testify at the hearing, per the New York Post

There is no timetable for Roger Goodell to make a ruling on the appeal. Greg Hardy's appeal was heard on May 28, and no ruling has been released on that case yet. 


Broncos deny reports of attempted Peyton Manning trade


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) The Broncos denied a report by Denver's 94.1 FM that the team attempted to trade quarterback Peyton Manning to the Texans over the offseason. 

The report cited two official sources, but a pair of denials were quickly issued, refuting the report. 

“The speculation is false, and your report is inaccurate,” Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth told 94.1 on Twitter. 

Manning's agent, Tom Condon also denied the report, telling Pro Football Talk, "Neither the Texans, the Broncos, or Peyton Manning ever talked to me about a trade anywhere."

Manning added a no-trade clause to his contact recently, covering the 2015 season. 


Caldwell sees more accurate Lions QB Matthew Stafford in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) One of only a few knocks against Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has been occasional inaccuracy. His penchant for throwing deep and taking chances on the field often results in incompletions.

But Stafford hit on 60.3 percent of his passes a year ago, the second-best rate of his career. And Jim Caldwell believes that will improve this year. His work in offseason practices have provided encouragement.

"He's improved," Caldwell told MLive.com. "He has a better feel for the system. You can see our timing's better, receivers have a better sense of the routes that they're running. All around I think we've made some improvement."

Caldwell added that he anticipates Stafford will improve his completion percentage in 2015.


Cardinals' Phillip Sims to get corrective lenses


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Cardinals rookie quarterback Phillip Sims didn't impress the team in OTAs, but he's still in the running for the team's third-string job. 

It turned out he had a reason for the struggles. Tests showed that he had 20/50 vision in one eye and 20/100 vision in the other. 

“The doctor actually said, ‘It’s amazing that you’re here, with your eyesight that bad and playing quarterback on top of it,’ ” Sims said, per AZCardinals.com.

Sims is being fitted with corrective lenses which will help ... they think. 

“The doctor was like, ‘Two things can happen: You can do the corrective lenses and it can make you that much better, or it can freak you out because you’re not used to seeing so much stuff,’ ” Sims said. “They want to test me out to see how I respond to it.”


Titans GM Ruston Webster doesn't think signing Mariota to be issue


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/19/2015) Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota remains the only unsigned first-round pick from this year's draft, but general manager Ruston Webster doesn't see a problem in getting the deal donw, per ESPN.com.

"It's going like most contract situations go about this time of year," Webster said on "The Midday 180" on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone. "We have had good conversations. We'll continue to have good conversations. Looking forward to getting that done and him being in here for camp.

"I personally don't see there being a major issue. ... I don't concern myself too much with it if a guy misses a few days. We've had good talks. We're motivated. Marcus is motivated. So I would expect that we would be able to get something done. As you said, we have plenty of time right now, so we'll just see where it all goes."

The Titans selected Mariota with the second pick in the draft.


Seahawks QB Russell Wilson insured against injury this year


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2015) Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson hopes he plays this season under a new, more lucrative contract. But caution has trumped hope.

Wilson confirmed that he has taken out an insurance policy in case he gets badly hurt during the final year of his rookie deal that will pay him a comparatively meager $1.5 million.

"That's just being smart," Wilson told the Tacoma News Tribune. "If I do have to play this season (without a new contract), that's just being smart. That's all that is, really. I think that's the right thing to do."

Wilson added that negotiations that extend into the season will not distract him from maximizing his performance. Pete Carroll can certainly see the possibility of talks taking place during the year.

"I don't care how long we keep working," he said. "Whatever it takes, to do the right thing. ... That's why we are working."


Bears waive Detmer, Devlin, Maxwell


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) The Bears parted ways with kicker Jeremiah Detmer, quarterback Pat Devlin and tight end Jacob Maxwell on Thursday, the team announced.

Browns OC: Josh McCown has edge over Johnny Manziel for Week 1


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) While the Browns are nearly three months away from their regular-season opener, offensive coordinator John DeFilippo said the team would start quarterback Josh McCown over Johnny Manziel if the season opened Thursday, reports Cleveland.com.

"I'm gonna echo coach [Mike] Pettine's words, because he and I are on the exact same page about this," DeFilippo said. "I don't see a change for right now going into training camp. I just don't. I think Josh is playing at a high level right now. I think Josh is doing the things we want him to do. There's a long time before we kick off against the Jets. There's four preseason games to play."

Although McCown is ahead of Manziel on the depth chart after the team's offseason program, DeFilippo said a lot could change before the season starts.

"Last year I was at a place where we were sold on a starter, too [in Matt Schaub], and then a rookie [Dererk Carr] came in and outplayed him in the preseason," he said. "I think coach said [Thursday] there were 86 days or something like that until we kick off against the Jets. So 86 days in the NFL world is an eternity. For right now, if we were lining up against the Jets tomorrow, which we're not, I wouldn't see that changing, no."


Report: Eagles begin contract talks with Sam Bradford


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) The Eagles have begun preliminary contract negotiations with quarterback Sam Bradford, sources told the NFL Network.

While the two sides have met a few times, no significant progress has been made. Bradford is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract and he can become a free agent after the 2015 season if no deal is reached. 


No more money sign for Browns QB Johnny Manziel


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) In attempt to quiet critics and focus more on his on-field issues, Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel said he will forego using his 'money' sign this season, reports NBCSports.com.

"The money sign will not be back," Manziel said Wednesday.

Manziel spent part of his offseason in rehab to curb his off-field activities. Along with improving his play, Manziel said he would like to limit distractions away from the field.

He called his rookie season a disaster and admitted his 'Johnny Football' persona became too much to handle.

"Last year is last year, it was what it was and it was not very good," Manziel said. "So for me, I'm trying to close that chapter and just build on what I've done so far this year and just move forward, and try to close that chapter in my life. Not one that I'm very proud of, not one that I want to look back on very much and dwell on, that's for sure."


Saints' Drew Brees ends glove experiment


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Saints quarterback Drew Brees wore a glove on his left (non-throwing) hand during OTAs last week. 

The experiment was short-lived, as the glove was gone at Tuesday's practice. 

"I just experimented with it just kind of for fun when it came to just grip," Brees said, per NOLA.com. "I'm really just a bare hand guy but I think there are times when it can be necessary.So at least just having a feel for it in case that time does come it's not the first time I've ever done it."


Police: Saints QB Ryan Griffin hit in head with champagne bottle


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Saints backup quarterback Ryan Griffin needed 50 stitches to sew up wounds sustained after getting hit in the head with a champagne bottle, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Griffin and some friends went to the Apres Lounge on June 7, the night of the the incident. Griffin told police that he possibly "bumped into" another group of people. Griffin said he believed words were exchanged before he was hit in the head with the bottle. 

Griffin was taken to the emergency room at Tulane Hospital. The Times-Picayune notes that Griffin was not present for an offseason practice on June 10 but was at the facility for Tuesday's session. 


Seahawks make Tarvaris Jackson signing official


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The Seahawks announced that backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has signed his contract with the organization. 

Jackson will once again back up Russell Wilson. In his second stint with Seattle, Jackson will enter his fourth season with the team. Over the past nine years, Jackson has totaled 7,226 yards, 39 touchdowns and 35 interceptions with the Vikings, Seahawks and Bills. 


Rams begin contract talks with QB Nick Foles


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Jeff Fisher has revealed that the Rams have begun negotiations with new quarterback Nick Foles on a long-term contract.

"We've had some discussions," Fisher told ESPN. "I think what Nick has done early in his career, he has proven that he can get the job done on the field. He's carried things on here so we are going to continue to talk and see if we can something that's good for both sides."

Foles was acquired in a March 10 trade with Philadelphia.


Bears QB Jay Cutler claims to be working well with new OC


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) It seems every year Jay Cutler is learning a new offense. For those who lost count, 2015 will make it five since the controversial quarterback joined the Bears in 2009.

The latest is courtesy of new coach John Fox and new offensive coordinator Adam Gase. But Cutler is not complaining.

"[My relationship with Gase] has been good," Cutler told ESPN. "A lot of communication because we are trying to hit the fast-forward button in this a little bit. I've been reaching out to him, and he's been reaching out to me. Just trying to go through reps on the field and talk about it as much as we can off the field so that we can play the play a few times and then move on to the next one."

Cutler, who signed a seven-year, $126.7 million contract with $54 million guaranteed early last year, is coming off an up-and-down year. He finished with his second-highest passer rating of his career at 88.6, yet was benched for the final game due to poor performance while his team was closing out with a 5-11 record.


Eagles' Sam Bradford says he'll do team drills in training camp


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford, who is still recovering from a torn ACL sustained last preseason with the Rams, remains hopeful he'll be ready for team drills by the time training camp starts. 

If Bradford is not ready, then that would signal a disaster as far as he's concerned. 

"I think if I'm not ready for 11-on-11 by training camp, then I think something has gone terribly wrong," Bradford said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. "That's the plan."

Bradford has been unable to operate in team drills during OTAs and minicamp. He has done some 7-on-7 work with reports indicating that Bradford has done fine when throwing the football. 

Bradford last took an NFL snap in 2013 when he tore his left ACL, the same one he tore again last preseason. 


Patriots new QB Matt Flynn not focusing on competition


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Perhaps Matt Flynn was signed by the Patriots as a veteran who can take over for Tom Brady if the latter fails to overturn his four-game suspension. Perhaps he was merely signed to provide depth.

Flynn doesn't want to talk about either of those possibilities. He's too busy learning.

"It's always tough going to a different team," he told NESN. "You have this huge task of learning the new offense, and that's what I'm in the middle of right now - just trying to cram as much information as I can right now and forget about the old offense."

Flynn isn't concerned at the moment with competing against Jimmy Garoppolo, who had been deemed the starter in Brady's potential absence.

"I don't look at it as anything," Flynn said. "Right now I have a big task ahead of me and that's learning the playbook. That's the only thing I'm thinking of right now, and that's the only thing they're telling me to do right now is learn."


Brian Hoyer, Ryan Mallett neck-and-neck in Texans QB derby


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) The notion that one of the candidates for the starting quarterback job with the Texans would play himself out of the running this early has turned out to be a little far-fetched.

Both Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett have impressed Bill O'Brien, who is now hedging on his earlier claim that he might name a starter soon. He might be forced to wait beyond the beginning of training camp.

"These two guys are competing really well; they're very bright guys," O'Brien told the team website. "I think they've both had really good springs. ... [The starter] might be named next week. He might be named after the Redskins three days of practice. It might be after the San Francisco preseason game."

Without pads or contact drills, the evaluation process at quarterback is more difficult. O'Brien must rely on other qualities, such as grasping concepts at meetings, practice performance, leadership qualities, picking up the offense and decision-making. So far, it appears to be a dead-heat.

"I don't think there's a situation here where one guy has just been that much better on any given day than the other guy," O'Brien said. "They both practice very well. These guys command at the line of scrimmage. Both these guys know how to run an offensive huddle in pro football. They're leaders, so I think it's helped our team."


Report: QB Jason Campbell set to retire


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Quarterback Jason Campbell is planning to retire, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The 10-year veteran has yet to make his decision official, however.

Campbell spent the 2014 season as the backup with Cincinnati, but he last earned significant playing time with Cleveland the previous year.

If he indeed calls it a career, he will finish it with 16,771 yards, 87 touchdowns and 60 interceptions. He served as a full-time starter only with Washington from 2006-2009 and with Oakland in 2010.


 
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