Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin: 'Right now, it's about getting healthy'
Benjamin, who was turning heads at OTA's this time last year, is concerned with getting back to the field 100 percent healthy.
"I'm getting a lot of mental reps right now," Benjamin said. "Right now, it's about getting healthy and getting back on the field.
The Panthers want to be careful with their second-year player.
"Kelvin tweaked it a couple of weeks ago. Coming out of a break, he slipped a little bit on the wet turf and strained it," coach Ron Rivera said. "We're being a little bit cautious, but the unintended consequence that's been a plus has been getting [Devin Funchess]snaps."
Benjamin set a rookie record with 1,008 yards receiving last season.
Jets announce release of quarterback Matt Simms
Simms, who was buried in the depth chart with the Jets, has played in four career games, completing 19 of 39 passes for 195 yards a touchdown and an interception.
Game slowing down already for Steelers rookie LB Bud Dupree
The game is already slowing down.
"The first day was kind of fast for me and the rest of the rookies, but I feel like we are adjusting well and learning the plays on the go," he told the team website. "I think I am adjusting fast to the playbook. I know a lot of it right now, but I want to keep on learning."
Much has changed since rookie minicamp. The game definitely speeds up when the veterans arrive.
"All the vets already know where they are going, know their assignments already," Dupree said. "They have been through a lot of game experience so they know what to expect. Me and the rest of the rookies are just going on what we see right now."
Dupree is especially tuned in to what his fellow linebackers are doing. He is taking their advice in adjusting to a new defense.
"All the fundamental things you need to learn playing football and learning the plays more precise so you don't have to think about it while you're on the field. Just small things like that."
WR Lance Moore hopes to revive his career with the Lions
He went undrafted in 2005, he was signed and cut by the Browns, the Saints signed him but thought so little of him they sent him over to NFL Europe. Moore overcame all of that to enjoy nine seasons with the Saints, which included a pivotal role in the team's Super Bowl championship in 2009.
Moore is now trying to revive his career after finding himself on his third team in as many seasons, per ESPN.com.
Moore signed with the Steelers after the Saints released him, but after not being able to establish a role within the Steelers' offense he was released. The
“At this point in the game, I just want to play,” Moore said. “I’m not really exactly looking for the biggest pay day. I’m looking for an opportunity to go in and play and help the team win. Detroit made sense for me for numerous reasons."
Moore has 360 career catches for 4,479 yards and 40 touchdowns in his 10-year career.
Packers' Mike McCarthy wants Matthews to play multiple positions
"Clay Matthews is a great pass rusher. He's going to continue to play as many different positions as we can get out of him," McCarthy said. "We need to utilize him as much as we can. Talked to Clay a couple times early in off-season program and meetings he's been through. He's moving around."
Matthews spent a lot of time playing on the inside of the defense last season and in his exit interviews he said the coaching staff discussed keeping him at multiple spots.
Matthews recorded 61 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles for the Packers last season.
Broncos go with rookie Ty Sambrailo at LT on Thursday
With Ryan Clady sustaining a torn ACL on Wednesday, the
Sambrailo was selected in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft out of Colorado State. If he's the guy the Broncos have to go to with, he will need to not play like a rookie immediately.
"He's not a rookie anymore," Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said after practice. "As of today he's about a four-year veteran."
Michael Schofield, a 2014 third-round pick, still remains an option for the Broncos at left tackle. For now, it appears Chris Clark will stay at right tackle.
Giants WR Odell Beckham: Double teams 'not going to work'
In a PSA to NFL defenses,
"I definitely expect to receive a lot more attention," Beckham said. "But it's just not going to work."
The 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns last season, despite playing in just 12 games.
Beckham said that the receiving corp next season will be much improved and it will be harder for teams to gameplan against just him.
"You know you have [Victor Cruz] and [Reuben Randle], it's going to be hard to double or have a safety over the top with the stuff that we have going on," Beckham said. "I don't think it's going to be beneficial for them."
Browns DL Ismaa'ily Kitchen signs tender
Kitchen is now under contract through the 2015 season. He's been with the Browns for the past three years and has played in 40 games, earning three starts in 2014.
Free agent QB Michael Vick: 'Last year was a wake-up call'
Vick hit rock-bottom with a 7-for-19 effort for the Jets in a loss to Buffalo last November. But he's working to prove that he'd be a worthy addition.
"I still feel like I can help a football team win a couple of games," he told the Virginian-Pilot.
Vick, who has been working out at a facility owned by former Dolphins standout receiver Chris Chambers, questioned his drive after last season. He said he went "back to the drawing board" and sought to gain five pounds while maintaining his speed and quickness against linemen and linebackers who have gained a step on him over the years.
"At the end of the day, football is what I love to do," he said. "When you have passion for it, you have to sacrifice and put the hard work in. ... Sometimes, it takes certain things to wake you up and (last year) was certainly a wake-up call for me."
Jaguars LB Paul Posluszny working on being a more vocal leader
Posluszny has been one of the leaders on the defensive side of the ball, though he hasn't necessarily been someone to scream or yell at his teammates. What he's trying to change, however, is being someone that anyone can turn to on or off the field.
"Just having more conversations, making sure I’m available to guys," Posluszny said. "Say, ‘Hey, you know you can ask me anything if there’s anything I can help you with.’ That’s the way I’d like to do it, more on a one-on-one basis, just so they know I’ll be there for them to help them with anything they need."
Filter By Position