Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu looks forward to being healthy
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been healthy,” Mathieu said Monday. “Last year I felt like I took a back seat. I played well my rookie year and then last year it was kind of, eh, I was there but I wasn’t there. This (year) is more important for me because I really want to let everyone know I’m back and I can still make some plays.”
Mathieu tore his ACL and LCL toward the end of the 2013 season. He recently said that the comeback was "way harder than I thought."
Head coach Bruce Arians talked about how Mathieu was not himself last season.
“You saw him fight through it last year,” Arians said. “He was not the player he was used to (being) and it was very frustrating for him.”
Mathieu was aware of the chatter from the outside world and he is using that as motivation going forward.
“You hear people talk and I had time to listen to them talk, so it’s like … I hear it,” Mathieu said. “Like I said, I didn’t feel like I made enough plays last year to help our team. I am looking forward to this year because I know I can do it.”
The 22-year-old has registered 106 total tackles, one sack, three interceptions and one forced fumble in 26 games played during his two-year career.
Saints plan to rework Jahri Evans, Cameron Jordan contracts
Evans is scheduled to make $6.8 million salary in 2015 and cost $11 million against the cap.
The team might also extend defensive end
Rams have agreed to terms with OL Tim Barnes
Barnes recently visited had a visit with the Chiefs before signing with the Rams. The 26-year-old spent all three of his previous seasons with the Rams, starting four of the 45 games he appeared in.
Report: Brandon Tate visits Chiefs
Free agent wide receiver/kick returner
Tate had 17 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown for the Bengals last year. He also had a combined 571 yards in kick and punt returns.
Lions' Riley Reiff open to playing right tackle
Reiff has started 32 games at left tackle over the last two seasons. The Lions aren't sure that last year's right tackle
Reiff told the Daily Republic he doesn't care where he plays.
"I like playing, and wherever they want to put me, that's fine. I'll play," he said.
Broncos OL Michael Schofield looking to compete for starting job
After not dressing for a single game as a rookie, Schofield added weight and he looks forward to fighting for a starting job.
"I am going in there with that mentality. In the NFL everybody is competing," Schofield said during a road trip to see family in Illinois. "They are looking for someone to step up and take over. I want to make that jump."
The third-round draft pick of the Broncos in 2014 struggled with weight issues, but he is now up to 305 pounds. He also recognized that his pass protection needs improvement.
"Personally, I felt there were reasons I wasn't out there (for games). I wasn't consistent enough in pass pro (protection). And my weight was really fluctuating," Schofield said.
Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak believes that the team's zone-blocking scheme can help Schofield elevate his game, and Schofield agrees.
"We like the Schofield kid, so we'll see. We think he's got some flexibility (in where he can play)," Kubiak said. "It will be very competitive."
"I feel like I am better suited for this," Schofield said. "You have to be able to reach block, and I feel the steps required fit me better."
Cedric Ogbuehi makes pre-Draft visit to Lions
Texas A&M offensive lineman Cedric Ogbuehi made a pre-Draft visit to the
Ogbuehi has played multiple positions on the line and was considered a likely first rounder before tearing his ACL in the Liberty Bowl. He likely won't return to full football activities until August.
Report: Eagles have signed WR Miles Austin to one-year deal
After spending eight seasons with the Cowboys, Austin joined the Browns in 2014. In 12 games played last year, he hauled in 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns. Over his nine-year career, the 30-year-old has totaled 348 receptions for 5,049 yards and 36 touchdowns.
Bills to make contract extension with DL Marcell Dareus a priority
“In the near future,” Whaley said. “He will be priority No. 1 once the dust settles post-draft, maybe even before then, just to get the ball rolling.”
Dareus, 25, has only missed one game in his four-year career with the Bills, recording 202 total tackles, 28.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
The two-time Pro Bowler is playing in the last year of his rookie contract.
Raiders re-sign DL C.J. Wilson
Wilson appeared in a career-high 16 games last season for the team, starting seven contests. Over his career, he has tallied 137 total tackles, 5.5 sacks, one pass defensed and one fumble recovery.
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