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Offseason Extra: Our first draft of 2013

Senior Fantasy Writer
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As the NFL has evolved into a year-round competition, so too has studying for Fantasy Football drafts.

League play has ended, champions have been crowned and our minds have already moved forward to 2013. When it comes to mock drafts, it's never too early.

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What's the point of doing mock drafts now? Free agency is months away as is the NFL Draft, so the landscape is sure to change and players will move up and down our rankings. But the concepts we'll share with you when it comes to drafting are formed now. Draft Day trends will be found and scarcity among positions will materialize. The sooner you learn about them, the better you'll be prepared for your real drafts seven and eight months from now. Plus, it's fun to draft.

With that in mind, we rounded up 12 people to draft as if we were running a real Fantasy Football league. The scoring system is standard (six points for all touchdowns, no PPR, one point for every 10 yards rushing/receiving and 25 yards passing) and the draft runs 15 rounds. We feature a starting lineup of one quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, a tight end, a kicker, a DST and a Flex (RB/WR/TE). There will also be six reserve spots.

And as we'll always do, we encourage you to share your thoughts on this draft via our Fantasy Football Twitter feed (@CBSFantasyFB) and post your comments there, or share your thoughts on our Fantasy Football Facebook page. Remember, it's good to get out there and discuss this stuff now so that you're prepared when the picks really count.

Our draft order is as follows:
1. Dave Richard, Senior Fantasy Writer
2. Jamey Eisenberg, Senior Fantasy Writer
3. Peter Madden, Editorial Director, Fantasy Sports
4. Nathan Zegura, Senior Fantasy Writer
5. Will Brinson, Eye on Football Blogger
6. Michael Hurcomb, Fantasy Writer
7. Brent Stover, Fantasy Football Today Host
8. Al Melchior, Data Analyst
9. Chris Towers, Fantasy Writer
10. Jeff Tobin, Associate Managing Editor
11. Adam Aizer, Podcast/Video Host
12. Nando Di Fino, Senior Fantasy Writer

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Richard Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2 Eisenberg Arian Foster, RB, HOU
3 Madden Ray Rice, RB, BAL
4 Zegura Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
5 Brinson C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
6 Hurcomb Doug Martin, RB, TB
7 Stover Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
8 Melchior Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
9 Towers Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
10 Tobin Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
11 Aizer LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
12 Di Fino Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Di Fino DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
14 Aizer Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
15 Tobin Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
16 Towers Drew Brees, QB, NO
17 Melchior Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
18 Stover Julio Jones, WR, ATL
19 Hurcomb Matt Forte, RB, CHI
20 Brinson Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
21 Zegura Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
22 Madden Tom Brady, QB, NE
23 Eisenberg Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
24 Richard A.J. Green, WR, CIN
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Richard Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
26 Eisenberg Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
27 Madden Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
28 Zegura Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
29 Brinson Roddy White, WR, ATL
30 Hurcomb Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
31 Stover Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
32 Melchior Frank Gore, RB, SF
33 Towers BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
34 Tobin Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
35 Aizer Eric Decker, WR, DEN
36 Di Fino Wes Welker, WR, NE
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Di Fino Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
38 Aizer Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
39 Tobin Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
40 Towers Marques Colston, WR, NO
41 Melchior Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
42 Stover Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
43 Hurcomb Cam Newton, QB, CAR
44 Brinson Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
45 Zegura Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
46 Madden Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
47 Eisenberg Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
48 Richard Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Richard Darren Sproles, RB, NO
50 Eisenberg Vick Ballard, RB, IND
51 Madden Steven Jackson, RB, STL
52 Zegura Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
53 Brinson Randall Cobb, WR, GB
54 Hurcomb Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
55 Stover Steve Smith, WR, CAR
56 Melchior Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
57 Towers Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
58 Tobin Greg Jennings, WR, GB
59 Aizer Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
60 Di Fino Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Di Fino Andrew Luck, QB, IND
62 Aizer Jason Witten, TE, DAL
63 Tobin Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
64 Towers Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
65 Melchior Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
66 Stover Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
67 Hurcomb Danario Alexander, WR, SD
68 Brinson Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
69 Zegura Tony Romo, QB, DAL
70 Madden Antonio Gates, TE, SD
71 Eisenberg David Wilson, RB, NYG
72 Richard Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Richard Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
74 Eisenberg Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
75 Madden James Jones, WR, GB
76 Zegura Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
77 Brinson Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
78 Hurcomb Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
79 Stover DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
80 Melchior Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
81 Towers Mike Williams, WR, TB
82 Tobin Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
83 Aizer Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
84 Di Fino DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Di Fino Michael Turner, RB, ATL
86 Aizer Mark Ingram, RB, NO
87 Tobin Danny Woodhead, RB, NE
88 Towers Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
89 Melchior T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
90 Stover Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
91 Hurcomb Danny Amendola, WR, STL
92 Brinson Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
93 Zegura Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
94 Madden Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
95 Eisenberg Ben Tate, RB, HOU
96 Richard Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Richard Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
98 Eisenberg Eli Manning, QB, NYG
99 Madden Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
100 Zegura Lance Moore, WR, NO
101 Brinson Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
102 Hurcomb Miles Austin, WR, DAL
103 Stover Vernon Davis, TE, SF
104 Melchior Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
105 Towers Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
106 Tobin Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
107 Aizer Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
108 Di Fino Donald Brown, RB, IND
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Di Fino Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
110 Aizer Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
111 Tobin Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
112 Towers Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
113 Melchior Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
114 Stover Shane Vereen, RB, NE
115 Hurcomb Cedric Benson, RB, GB
116 Brinson DuJuan Harris, RB, GB
117 Zegura Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT
118 Madden LaMichael James, RB, SF
119 Eisenberg Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
120 Richard Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Richard Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
122 Eisenberg Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
123 Madden Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
124 Zegura Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
125 Brinson Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
126 Hurcomb Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
127 Stover Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
128 Melchior Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
129 Towers Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
130 Tobin Felix Jones, RB, DAL
131 Aizer Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
132 Di Fino Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Di Fino Michael Vick, QB, PHI
134 Aizer Roy Helu, RB, WAS
135 Tobin Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
136 Towers Josh Freeman, QB, TB
137 Melchior Andre Brown, RB, NYG
138 Stover Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
139 Hurcomb Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
140 Brinson Philip Rivers, QB, SD
141 Zegura Broncos DST
142 Madden Seahawks DST
143 Eisenberg Joique Bell, RB, DET
144 Richard Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Richard Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
146 Eisenberg Golden Tate, WR, SEA
147 Madden Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
148 Zegura Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
149 Brinson 49ers DST
150 Hurcomb Bears DST
151 Stover Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
152 Melchior Bengals DST
153 Towers Jahvid Best, RB, DET
154 Tobin Patriots DST
155 Aizer Greg Little, WR, CLE
156 Di Fino Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
Round 14
Pick Team Player
157 Di Fino Texans DST
158 Aizer Packers DST
159 Tobin Blair Walsh, K, MIN
160 Towers Steelers DST
161 Melchior Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
162 Stover Chargers DST
163 Hurcomb Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
164 Brinson Marcel Reece, RB, OAK
165 Zegura Tim Tebow, QB, NYJ
166 Madden Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
167 Eisenberg Falcons DST
168 Richard Rams DST
Round 15
Pick Team Player
169 Richard Matt Bryant, K, ATL
170 Eisenberg Matt Prater, K, DEN
171 Madden Chris Ivory, RB, NO
172 Zegura Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK
173 Brinson Justin Tucker, K, BAL
174 Hurcomb Connor Barth, K, TB
175 Stover Dan Bailey, K, DAL
176 Melchior Lawrence Tynes, K, NYG
177 Towers David Akers, K, SF
178 Tobin Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
179 Aizer Shayne Graham, K, HOU
180 Di Fino Greg Zuerlein, K, STL
 
Team by Team
Adam Aizer
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 LeSean McCoy, RB, PHI
2.2 Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
3.11 Eric Decker, WR, DEN
4.2 Peyton Manning, QB, DEN
5.11 Cecil Shorts, WR, JAC
6.2 Jason Witten, TE, DAL
7.11 Ryan Williams, RB, ARI
8.2 Mark Ingram, RB, NO
9.11 Brandon Lloyd, WR, NE
10.2 Lamar Miller, RB, MIA
11.11 Jon Baldwin, WR, KC
12.2 Roy Helu, RB, WAS
13.11 Greg Little, WR, CLE
14.2 Packers DST
15.11 Shayne Graham, K, HOU
Will Brinson
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF
2.8 Chris Johnson, RB, TEN
3.5 Roddy White, WR, ATL
4.8 Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS
5.5 Randall Cobb, WR, GB
6.8 Jonathan Stewart, RB, CAR
7.5 Dwayne Bowe, WR, KC
8.8 Josh Gordon, WR, CLE
9.5 Greg Olsen, TE, CAR
10.8 DuJuan Harris, RB, GB
11.5 Bryce Brown, RB, PHI
12.8 Philip Rivers, QB, SD
13.5 49ers DST
14.8 Marcel Reece, RB, OAK
15.5 Justin Tucker, K, BAL
Nando Di Fino
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 Calvin Johnson, WR, DET
2.1 DeMarco Murray, RB, DAL
3.12 Wes Welker, WR, NE
4.1 Darren McFadden, RB, OAK
5.12 Pierre Garcon, WR, WAS
6.1 Andrew Luck, QB, IND
7.12 DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI
8.1 Michael Turner, RB, ATL
9.12 Donald Brown, RB, IND
10.1 Daniel Thomas, RB, MIA
11.12 Brandon LaFell, WR, CAR
12.1 Michael Vick, QB, PHI
13.12 Brandon Pettigrew, TE, DET
14.1 Texans DST
15.12 Greg Zuerlein, K, STL
Jamey Eisenberg
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Arian Foster, RB, HOU
2.11 Dez Bryant, WR, DAL
3.2 Jimmy Graham, TE, NO
4.11 Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG
5.2 Vick Ballard, RB, IND
6.11 David Wilson, RB, NYG
7.2 Justin Blackmon, WR, JAC
8.11 Ben Tate, RB, HOU
9.2 Eli Manning, QB, NYG
10.11 Denarius Moore, WR, OAK
11.2 Kendall Wright, WR, TEN
12.11 Joique Bell, RB, DET
13.2 Golden Tate, WR, SEA
14.11 Falcons DST
15.2 Matt Prater, K, DEN
Michael Hurcomb
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Doug Martin, RB, TB
2.7 Matt Forte, RB, CHI
3.6 Victor Cruz, WR, NYG
4.7 Cam Newton, QB, CAR
5.6 Michael Crabtree, WR, SF
6.7 Danario Alexander, WR, SD
7.6 Fred Jackson, RB, BUF
8.7 Danny Amendola, WR, STL
9.6 Miles Austin, WR, DAL
10.7 Cedric Benson, RB, GB
11.6 Colin Kaepernick, QB, SF
12.7 Bernard Pierce, RB, BAL
13.6 Bears DST
14.7 Owen Daniels, TE, HOU
15.6 Connor Barth, K, TB
Peter Madden
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Ray Rice, RB, BAL
2.10 Tom Brady, QB, NE
3.3 Andre Johnson, WR, HOU
4.10 Hakeem Nicks, WR, NYG
5.3 Steven Jackson, RB, STL
6.10 Antonio Gates, TE, SD
7.3 James Jones, WR, GB
8.10 Kendall Hunter, RB, SF
9.3 Daryl Richardson, RB, STL
10.10 LaMichael James, RB, SF
11.3 Rueben Randle, WR, NYG
12.10 Seahawks DST
13.3 Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
14.10 Stephen Gostkowski, K, NE
15.3 Chris Ivory, RB, NO
Al Melchior
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 Jamaal Charles, RB, KC
2.5 Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
3.8 Frank Gore, RB, SF
4.5 Matt Ryan, QB, ATL
5.8 Torrey Smith, WR, BAL
6.5 Antonio Brown, WR, PIT
7.8 Tony Gonzalez, TE, ATL
8.5 T.Y. Hilton, WR, IND
9.8 Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, ATL
10.5 Brian Hartline, WR, MIA
11.8 Andy Dalton, QB, CIN
12.5 Andre Brown, RB, NYG
13.8 Bengals DST
14.5 Pierre Thomas, RB, NO
15.8 Lawrence Tynes, K, NYG
Dave Richard
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN
2.12 A.J. Green, WR, CIN
3.1 Brandon Marshall, WR, CHI
4.12 Reggie Bush, RB, MIA
5.1 Darren Sproles, RB, NO
6.12 Willis McGahee, RB, DEN
7.1 Knowshon Moreno, RB, DEN
8.12 Russell Wilson, QB, SEA
9.1 Ronnie Hillman, RB, DEN
10.12 Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT
11.1 Sidney Rice, WR, SEA
12.12 Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
13.1 Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN
14.12 Rams DST
15.1 Matt Bryant, K, ATL
Brent Stover
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB
2.6 Julio Jones, WR, ATL
3.7 Ryan Mathews, RB, SD
4.6 Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI
5.7 Steve Smith, WR, CAR
6.6 Jeremy Maclin, WR, PHI
7.7 DeAngelo Williams, RB, CAR
8.6 Rashard Mendenhall, RB, PIT
9.7 Vernon Davis, TE, SF
10.6 Shane Vereen, RB, NE
11.7 Isaiah Pead, RB, STL
12.6 Ryan Broyles, WR, DET
13.7 Mike Tolbert, RB, CAR
14.6 Chargers DST
15.7 Dan Bailey, K, DAL
Jeff Tobin
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Stevan Ridley, RB, NE
2.3 Rob Gronkowski, TE, NE
3.10 Percy Harvin, WR, MIN
4.3 Mikel Leshoure, RB, DET
5.10 Greg Jennings, WR, GB
6.3 Matthew Stafford, QB, DET
7.10 Mike Wallace, WR, PIT
8.3 Danny Woodhead, RB, NE
9.10 Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, OAK
10.3 Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI
11.10 Felix Jones, RB, DAL
12.3 Isaac Redman, RB, PIT
13.10 Patriots DST
14.3 Blair Walsh, K, MIN
15.10 Anquan Boldin, WR, BAL
Chris Towers
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Trent Richardson, RB, CLE
2.4 Drew Brees, QB, NO
3.9 BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN
4.4 Marques Colston, WR, NO
5.9 Reggie Wayne, WR, IND
6.4 Shonn Greene, RB, NYJ
7.9 Mike Williams, WR, TB
8.4 Steve Johnson, WR, BUF
9.9 Jermichael Finley, TE, GB
10.4 Bilal Powell, RB, NYJ
11.9 Kyle Rudolph, TE, MIN
12.4 Josh Freeman, QB, TB
13.9 Jahvid Best, RB, DET
14.4 Steelers DST
15.9 David Akers, K, SF
Nathan Zegura
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 Marshawn Lynch, RB, SEA
2.9 Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC
3.4 Vincent Jackson, WR, TB
4.9 Aaron Hernandez, TE, NE
5.4 Jordy Nelson, WR, GB
6.9 Tony Romo, QB, DAL
7.4 Kenny Britt, WR, TEN
8.9 Beanie Wells, RB, ARI
9.4 Lance Moore, WR, NO
10.9 Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT
11.4 Robert Turbin, RB, SEA
12.9 Broncos DST
13.4 Santonio Holmes, WR, NYJ
14.9 Tim Tebow, QB, NYJ
15.4 Sebastian Janikowski, K, OAK

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Texans' Louis Nix 'trying to move forward' in sophomore season
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Texans nose tackle Louis Nix spoke about his lost rookie season this week in OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"A lot went on my first year here. It was a lot to deal with," said Nix, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery during the preseason and eventually was placed on season-ending injured reserve. "It was difficult to maintain it with all the issues. But I'm happy about now, and that's what I'm worried about. I'm just trying to move forward and do the best I can."

Coach Bill O'Brien expressed frustration with Nix earlier this offseason.

"Bill is Bill. He challenges everybody," Nix said. "Sometimes you guys make it more than what it is. … He wants guys to be better. I take no offense to it. I know he just wants me to be the best player that I can be. He sees potential, and I see it in myself. I'm starting to get back in a groove of things. I'm just going to keep trying to do the best I can."

Nix is finally healthy and working his way into game shape.

"Make it through a practice, man," Nix said. "That's my goal."


Eagles' Earl Wolff, Marcus Smith limited in OTAs with injuries
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Eagles safety Earl Wolff and linebacker Marcus Smith were limited in OTAs with injuries, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Wolff is recovering from knee surgery. Coach Chip Kelly said the safety has been cleared to return, and the team is waiting for him to reach full participation in OTAs. Smith has been dealing with a pulled leg muscle.


Packers' Casey Hayward dealing with foot injury
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Packers cornerback Casey Hayward is dealing with a foot injury and doesn't expect to return to action until training camp, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

"I’ll probably take it easy into camp right now," Hayward said. "I have a minor foot thing right now. We’ll probably take it easy into camp."

Hayward said the foot "flared up" on him earlier in the offseason. He finished with 42 tackles and three interceptions last season.


Ravens' Terrence Brooks running, 'doing really well'
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Ravens free safety Terrence Brooks is running after suffering ACL and MCL tears in his right knee in December, the Baltimore Sun reports.

"Terrence Brooks is doing really well," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "No predictions right now, but he looks good. He has worked hard."

Brooks is expected to open the season on the PUP list and could make his return this season.

"We're just hoping for the best, trying to get back as soon as possible," Brooks said. "We're taking precautious. We definitely don't want to rush back too fast. If you do get cleared, playing this year is definitely a goal. You don't want to rush it. For the most part, you have to be cautious and take it easy. After we get off of the PUP list, we'll see where we're at. I definitely want to get back into it, but we're taking our time. I have high hopes of being ready."


Report: OT Jake Long visits Giants Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Free-agent offensive tackle Jake Long visited the Giants on Thursday, ESPN reports.

The Giants are having to shuffle their offensive line with Will Beatty expected to miss the first part of the season with a pec injury. Long was scheduled to make $9.25 million in 2015 but was released by the Rams in March.


Saints CB Brandon Browner impressing teammates, coach
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) New Saints cornerback Brandon Browner is having a positive impact on not just the secondary, but the entire defense. At least that's the view of defensive backfield mate Kenny Vaccaro.

"Browner's a good dude, leads by example, talks when he needs to talk," Vaccaro told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "He's real serious, kind of keeps everybody level headed and knows what we've got to work for. He's won two Super Bowls, so he knows what to do."

Sean Payton echoed those sentiments.

"He's competitive," he said. "He's driven and certainly one of the things we talked about this offseason through the draft, through the acquisition of players is the makeup and making sure that this is something we felt like was a plus and certainly with him we feel that that is a strength of his."

The Saints are Browner's fourth team in six seasons in the NFL.


Eagles LB DeMeco Ryans working way back from injury
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) There was a bit of a discrepancy Thursday in regard to the practice participation of Eagles inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

Chip Kelly said before the session that Ryans would be a full-go despite him being just seven months removed from rupturing his Achilles tendon. Ryans did practice, but he told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was not a full participant.

Ryans missed half of the 2014 season with the injury, but contributed to 45 tackles in eight games before going down.


Eagles QB Mark Sanchez optimistic as offseason rolls on
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) A stronger arm, greater familiarity with the offense and more confidence has Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez feeling quite good these days.

Sanchez underwent shoulder surgery two years ago that affected him early last season. He expects to be better in 2015, especially if given an opportunity to play over newcomer Sam Bradford.

"First thing, physically, I feel so much better," he told the team website. "The farther it gets away from surgery and all the reps I've had, all the rehab on through, it can only get better and stronger. So this is definitely the best I've ever felt. And then as far as the scheme, every rep, every time we sit down and watch film, every meeting, that can only help with my growth as well."

The chance to play is one reason why Sanchez chose to return this offseason to the Eagles.

"Were there other opportunitites? Absolutely," he said. "Did they look potentially good, better, similar, maybe worse? Potentially, yeah, there was some stuff out there. But when I factored it all in, I just felt this was the best spot for me. I enjoy playing for coach Kelly, I love this system, I love the tempo, I love the pace."

Sanchez also expressed a desire to remain on the team for which he threw his highest completition percentage of his career in 2014. He hit on 64.1 percent, by far a personal best.

Chip Kelly has seen a difference in Sanchez.

"I think you can see it in how he's performing out there now," he said. "He's also not learning an offense again. ... He is really comfortable in terms of the scheme."


Ravens waive/injured Julian Wilson
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) The Ravens waived/injured cornerback Julian Wilson on Thursday, the Baltimore Sun reports. Wilson suffered a broken leg on the first day of rookie camp and will miss the season.

Saints' Anthony Spencer works ahead of Junior Galette Thursday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/28/2015) Saints linebacker Anthony Spencer worked ahead of Junior Galette in the team's base 4-3 defense, a run-heavy look that featured just three linebackers, ESPN.com reports.

"However it came out, we’re not worried about depth chart now," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "We’re putting in a defense, we’re all working hard together and getting to know each other, our teammates and what we got. But I know both those guys can play, so we’re excited about 'em."

Spencer had a career-high 11 sacks in 2012 but has managed just 24 total tackles and a half-sack in 14 games over the last two years while dealing with a major knee injury.

"I think sometimes there are tougher positions to evaluate at this time of year," coach Sean Payton said, when asked to give his early thoughts on Spencer. "But I think, No. 1, he can affect the passer. ... He’s an edge player, I think he’s very good at fitting the run, and I think he can affect the passer."


 
 
 
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