Raiders LB Khalil Mack seeking more sacks this season
By any measure, that's a strong rookie season. But Mack is not satisfied with the four sacks he recorded. He is seeking to increase that total.
"I definitely want to get after the quarterback more this year," he told ESPN.com. "I got some hits [in 2014], but people didn't really see what I can do. Those sack numbers I had really weren't me. At the end of the day, you want people to see you at your best."
The Raiders are trying to help Mack, who piled up 40 hurries last year. They are reportedly going to give Mack fewer reps in pass coverage so he can concentrate on rushing the passer.
Titans sign TE Phillip Supernaw, waive DT Lucas Vincent
They have also waived defensive tackle
Supernaw played in eight games last season for Baltimore and Kansas City and managed three receptions.
Report: Saints DE Cameron Jordan signs five-year deal
No other details have been reported. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Jordan has started every game since arriving in New Orleans in 2011. He has 28 sacks over the last three seasons combined.
Giants new RB Shane Vereen showing versatility in OTAs
"So far, so good," he told ESPN. "I'm just trying to keep my feet on the ground and learn everything I can to stay on top of the playbook."
The free agent who signed after helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl is battling Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams for playing time out of the backfield. He has been used in practice as more than just a third-down back. And he has impressed Tom Coughlin.
"He's a vey positive young man who's happy to be here and looks forward to contributing," Coughlin said. "When we brought him in, we thought, 'Here's a guy that catches the ball out of the backfield and would be another obvious weapon that would have to be defended.'"
Vereen racked up 838 yards and five touchdowns combined rushing and receiving a year ago.
Rookie T.J. Yeldon nearly set as featured back this season
And his teammates are impressed.
"He looks really good in short-area change of direction," middle linebacker Paul Posluszny told the team website. "He looks really, really good there. It's, 'How does a guy move in space? How athletic is he?' That's what stands out. With him, he definitely has it."
The second-round selection exceeded 3,300 yards rushing and scored 37 career touchdowns at Alabama.
Free agent WR Wes Welker: 'I want to keep playing'
For a wideout with five 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, free agent
After all, he hasn't faded into oblivion statistically. He started eight games last year for Denver and caught 49 passes. He snagged a career-high 10 touchdowns in 2013.
"I want to keep playing," Welker told the Toucher and Rich radio show. He added that he would be open to rejoining the Patriots, for whom he had his finest seasons.
It remains to be seen how much he could produce at age 34 on a team without a premier quarterback. Welker has spent his nearly his entire career catching passes from Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.
Bills sign DE/LB Michael Buchanan
Buchanan has played in 18 NFL games (but only three last season) after being selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. He has recorded two sacks and five quarterbacks hits.
Jets LB Erin Henderson embracing second chance
For a guy not even guaranteed a roster spot out of training camp,
He wants to be in the running for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.
The seeds of his motivation were planted on New Year's Day of 2014 as he sat in a holding cell in suburban Minneapolis, where he had been arrested on suspicion of DUI and marijuana possession following a single-car crash. It was his second arrest in six weeks. And he had plenty of time as he fretted all alone to think about his life and the future.
"I'd never been to prison before," he told ESPN. "I sat there that night ... you're in there by yourself and you have a lot of time to think about things and figure out which direction you want to go. Coach [Leslie] Frazier always used to tell us, 'Tell me your vision, and I'll show your future.' That night, I decided to change my vision."
Henderson checked into rehab and eventually signed a one-year, minimum-salary contract with the Jets. Not a cent is guaranteed. He understands that his second chance could be his last chance. And he's driven.
"I have it in my mind to become one of the comeback players or at least be in the conversation," he said. "I think it's an interesting story and I think there are lot of people out there who are suffering from similar things and maybe I can be an inspiration to them."
Giants CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie bulks up
A more physical presence is expected this year from the cornerbacks under
Rodgers-Cromartie weighed in at 190 last year. But he arrived at OTAs at a more strapping 208. That was the result of his work in Florida, where he redefined his body.
"I know Spags' mentality," he told NJ.com. "So I had to bulk up a little bit. ... Every chance you get, it seems in every defense you have an opportunity to [use] press [coverage], he wants you to press. There is definitely going to be a lot more press."
Rodgers-Cromartie has been a full-time starter since entering the NFL with Arizona in 2008. In his only season with the Giants, he contrbibuted to 38 tackles and added two interceptions.
Humbled Lions tight end Eric Ebron seeking better second season
But he's not letting on.
"It is what it is," he told MLive.com. "It's one year. You can claim what you want to claim. Your opinions and your statements don't mean anything to me."
Those opinions and statements are based on a disappointing rookie season in which Ebron was held without a catch in two of his first three games, missed three others with a hamstring injury and never totaled more than 38 yards receiving in any game. He finished the year with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.
And considering the Lions had a chance to draft premier pass-catchers such as NFL Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham and Aaron Donald, one can understand the skepticism. After all, the team looked at Ebron as a Jimmy Graham clone who would thrive as a receiver out of the slot.
Ebron admits he has been changed as a person by the humbling experience.
"Absolutely," he said. "Totally different person. Just totally different person. Just more mature. Just continue to understand, and actually take advice. I was always standing out and always better than everyone else (growing up), as you would say. And I never really heeded advice. Now I do, from everybody."
Ebron can gain assurance by knowing that 49ers standout Vernon Davis, the last tight end chosen in the top 10 of the draft, recorded comparable numbers as a rookie. He caught20 passes for 265 yards in his first season before emerging as a Pro Bowler.
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