Lions QB Matthew Stafford to take more chances through the air
“In his second year (in the offense) he’s going to be that much more comfortable,” Lombardi said.
“We’ll be able to tailor the offense a little bit more to what he likes and what he’s good at. I thought he played smart football and sometimes to a fault. We’ll look for him to maybe take a few more chances this year with the football.”
Although Stafford didn't take many shots down the field, he did throw a career-low 12 interceptions in 2014.
The former first overall draft pick has thrown for 21,714 yards with 131 touchdowns and 85 interceptions during his six-year career.
Colts OLB Robert Mathis plans to be ready for training camp
Mathis was suspended for the first four games of last season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy. He then suffered a torn achilles, forcing him to miss all 16 games of the 2014 season.
During his 11-year career with the Colts, Mathis has collected 487 total tackles, 111.0 sacks, 15 passes defensed and 48 forced fumbles.
Lions TE Eric Ebron has been working out with Matthew Stafford
Ebron, 21, finished his rookie season with 25 catches for 248 yards and one touchdown.
Cardinals' Arians: The 'goal is to win the Super Bowl'
“No, because we talk about it in the first meeting and then we don’t talk about it anymore,” Arians said when asked about being targeted by the rest of the league. “That’s the goal every year. Last year (the Super Bowl) just happened to be in our stadium. It was easy to look a guy in the eye and say, ‘Who’s dressing in your locker?’ We don’t have that so I have to come up with a new line this year.
“The goal is to win the Super Bowl. We won’t shy away. We talk about it the first day and then we talk about the process, every day the process.”
Cowboys' Tony Romo: DeMarco Murray asked me to take a pay cut
Eagles running back
"DeMarco ended up asking me, 'Why don't you take a pay cut?' I said, 'I will. I would take a pay cut to go do this,'" Romo said. "I was like, 'They're going to restructure me.' That's the same thing in some ways, just for the salary cap purposes. He was like, 'OK, now we're back to being friends again.' I would take $5 million less if meant getting him back.
"He knew that. It was just funny how he was literally worried about that part of it for a week. I'm like, 'That's not the reason.' I'm like, 'Obviously I'll restructure. I would even take a pay cut.' He was like, 'OK, we can be friends again.' It's amazing what you think about in those moments."
Giants QB Eli Manning wants to take offense 'to another level'
““This year will be a much easier transition, knowing that we have been through so much of it already,” said Manning, who recently had been working out at Ole Miss with some of their receivers and alumni. “It’s definitely a different starting point. I feel good about it. I feel that I have a good understanding of it.
“But there is still room to grow and that is why I try to keep it as fresh in my mind as possible. Looking at old game-plan sheets and calling plays in my head – throwing routes with receivers trying to call out plays to myself, so you don’t let it slip away. It was new last year and it wasn’t something I have been doing for 10 years, so you want to keep it fresh and go through your reminders and all your checks. So when we come back I haven’t taken a step backwards and have to re-learn things. It is still all there. There will be new stuff and we will be taking it to another level.”
Manning has started all 16 games in each season since 2005, throwing for 39,755 yards with 259 touchdowns and 185 interceptions.
Saints TE Josh Hill wants to grow into new role
After trading trading Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks, tight end
“I think it might open a few opportunities for me as I continue to grow in my role and just do everything they ask me to do,” Hill said when asked about the trade of Graham to the Seahawks.
Hill recognized that Graham helped him transition from college to the professional level.
“It’s a big difference, especially coming from a smaller school and a smaller city," Hill said. "He was always there for me. We became pretty good friends over the past few years so it will definitely be different without him.”
Head coach Sean Payton believes that Hill is ready to step up.
“Josh Hill is a player that we value a lot," Payton said last week at the NFL annual meeting. "He’s not on anyone’s fantasy first three rounds, I promise you, but he’s a real good tight end. He’s versatile in the running game, in the pass receiving game, a special teams player.”
Hill, heading into his third year in the NFL, has recorded 20 receptions for 220 yards and six touchdowns.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo excited about this offseason
“This is the first offseason where I’ve been able to kind of get after it this early and be able to kind of improve in a lot of different areas that I think you aren’t able to until you get healthy enough to attack it,” Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “I’m just excited about that, really.”
Romo, 34, is encouraged by the fact that he is able to do a lot of different things during the offseason process while working out.
“Now I’m able to do that while actually doing functional strength training through different versions of squats,” Romo said. “I’m not putting anything on my back and doing stuff like that but you are doing a lot of single-leg stuff and different things that I started getting into during the season that helped a lot. Now it’s nice to be able to do that in the offseason.”
Romo has thrown for 33,270 yards with 242 touchdowns and 110 interceptions in his 12-year career.
Report: Browns to host DT Danny Shelton for predraft visit
Shelton, ranked No. 2 overall at the defensive tackle position by NFLDraftScout.com, worked hard during his time in college to improve on all of the facets of his game.
"It's a demand for our defense to be able to compete and be able to stay out onthe field,'' Shelton said. "So I challenge myself every day to practice running to the ball, stripping the ball, working on turnovers. It's just a mindset we have at the University of Washington to be prepared.''
If selected by the Browns, Shelton would compete with Phil Taylor and Ishmaa'ily Kitchen for the starting role.
WR Dwayne Bowe looks to revitalize himself with Browns
"I have a chance to revitalize myself," Bowe, 30, told ESPN.com via telephone Tuesday. "Just sit back and watch."
Browns general manager Ray Farmer has familiarity with Bowe from their time with the Chiefs. The two sat down and watched tape from the 2010 season when he racked up 15 touchdown receptions.
"Him knowing what I can do, seeing me in practice, making crazy plays, splitting the safeties, he knows I still can do that," Bowe said. "I couldn't showcase that last year. He was pulling up old plays, saying, 'We are going to use you just like that.' Moving around, going on motion, trying to hit the deep ball, trying to break plays."
The 30-year-old wideout appreciated his time with the Chiefs and he has no regrets.
"It's been up and down, but it's been fun," Bowe said. "I don't regret nothing. People can talk about the NFL and playing wide receiver -- I feel I still have a good four more years in me."
Over his eight-year career, he has totaled 532 receptions for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns.
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