"No, no. I think every year we are just constantly evaluating the players at positions," Payton said, per the team's official website. "I think it would be different if all of a sudden we are taking a quarterback in the first round and we had a different vision, but in our case it is pretty clear, we love our starter.
"It gives the young players behind him a chance to mature and develop. Look, nothing is given to any of these guys, you guys have been here long enough to see us operate as a staff. Garrett (Grayson) is going to have to come in and compete with Ryan (Griffin). He is going to have to compete with Luke (McCown), but no."Analysis:
"He wanted us to work hard. He wanted guys of high character," Cooper said of Saban, per the Mercury News. "He wanted us to be diligent in our approach to watching film, taking practice really serious. He believes if you practice well, you play well."
Quarterback Derek Carr saw the result of that work ethic when he watched film of his new receiver. "He's very good in and out of his breaks," Carr said on Oakland's 95.7. "You know he's going to create separation. He's going to make all the other receivers better. Everyone on this team should be happy to have him."Analysis:
"He’s a cool guy, laid back," White said, per ESPN. "He’s a man of the city who said if I needed anything I should let him know. I’m going to dinner tonight with the family, and he kind of set that up."
White wouldn't divulge the name of the restaurant. "Some fancy nice dinner, I guess," he said.Analysis:
Winston was the first overall pick in the 2015 Draft, Thursday night.
According to Ian Rapoport, citing a source, the contract is for four years, $25.35 million, and includes a $16.7 million signing bonus.
"I'm rich off happiness," Winston said, per the Tampa Tribune. "I'm not motivated by money, not at all."Analysis:
"A lot of moving parts and lots to think about," he told U-T San Diego. "Location, family, team ... All I can say at this point regarding an extension is I'm willing to listen to anything. I"m also willing to play it out. I'm just fired up to be the Chargers QB in 2015."
The pick of running back Melvin Gordon in the first round ended speculation that Rivers would be used as a bargaining chip in a trade. The quarterback added that he's eager to see him in action up close, but that he knows quite a bit about Gordon already.
"I watched Melvin on many Saturday night highlights," Rivers said. "...It's exciting. We have a great group of backs. We are at our best when 50-50 run/pass. This group gives us a great chance to be that."Analysis:
That is not expected to happen however. Mariota was probably not taken No. 2 overall to battle it out for the position.
The Titans had previously played up Metternberger as their potential franchise quarterback. General manager Ruston Webster has quashed rumors that he has asked to be traded.
"We talked to Zach, and that's not Zach in an any way," Webster said. "I think he'll embrace the sitatuon here and he won't be traded."
Mettenberger improved through the course of the 2014 season despite missing time with a shoulder injury. He finished the year with six starts and having completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 1,412 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions.Analysis:
"That’s such a huge honor to play for the Saints and block for Drew Brees," he told the media on Friday, per Saints.com. "I grew up watching the Saints and him, and it’s pretty special to be playing with them. I’m excited to come in, work, and just get better as a football player."Analysis:
"You know, 'until we find our quarterback' like I just want to make sure that just personally I'm clear on that," he said via ESPN. "We feel really good about our quarterback position. To be honest with you, I'm a little tired of hearing that."
The thought of the Texans addressing the situation in the first round seems a bit far-fetched when considering that premier talents Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were gone after two picks and no other top candidates were thought of that highly.
"These guys are in here competing," he said. "They're learning. They're doing a good job so far in the offseason workouts. We can't wait to get out there and start working with them."Analysis:
Kelly added that there was no truth to the rumors that the Eagles were seeking to unload Bradford to the highest bidder.
"We never discussed players," Kelly said.
Bradford is set to play out the final year of his rookie contract that will pay bim $12.9 million. Injuries have hampered his career. He missed all of last season after playing in just seven games in 2013.Analysis:
"I don't want to say it's a make-it-or-break-it year, but I know it's definitely a very important spring right now," Manuel said following a voluntary veterans minicamp session this week. "Obviously, the third year is where a lot of NFL quarterbacks that are starters really show that, 'Hey, this guy can be a longtime starter for this team.'"
Manuel is expected to be involved in a three-way quarterback battle during camp with Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. He said he'd be fine if the Bills add a fourth quarterback to the mix as well.
"Welcome to the team," Manuel said, when asked what his reaction might be. "Come in and be ready to work, and fall in line."
Coach Rex Ryan liked what he saw from Manuel during the team's first on-field session Tuesday.
"EJ was impressive to me today," Ryan said. "I'd still like to see it speeded up just a tad."
Running back Fred Jackson has noticed a change in the third-year quarterback.
"It's just about getting the mental part down. And that's where I think he's improved the most," Jackson said. "He knows the challenge in front of him. And it's one that he's willing to accept. That's all we can ask of him."Analysis: