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Stew: Zach Attack
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In five-plus games as a rookie starter, Eagles RCB Eric Rowe earned Pro Football Focus' No. 94 coverage grade among 107 qualified cornerbacks.

Famously torched by Calvin Johnson on Thanksgiving, Rowe's play was uneven at best thereafter. From Week 12 (Thanksgiving) on, Rowe held his own against the Patriots and Bills before drawing negative PFF grades against Arizona, Washington, and the Giants in Philadelphia's final three games. A 2015 second-round pick, Rowe should face stiff competition to keep his starting job in 2016.
Feb 12 - 11:47 PM

A film study of Redskins ILB Will Compton by the Washington Post observed that Compton was a liability in run defense as a 2015 starter.

The Post's Mark Bullock did an extensive tape review of Compton, praising his communication skills but noting Compton was pedestrian in pass coverage and a big liability versus the run. Pro Football Focus agreed, giving Compton poor grades in pass rush, coverage, and especially run defense. An impending restricted free agent, Compton should return to the Redskins as a backup.
Feb 12 - 11:36 PM

The Denver Post suggests Todd Davis could take over at inside linebacker if ILB Danny Trevathan walks in free agency.

24-year-old (in May) Davis was used sparingly on defense in 2015, but did excel in two games in which he got extended run, and also piled up seven tackles on special teams. Davis is a slightly better athlete than Trevathan, running 4.87 with a 35-inch vertical at 6-foot, 242 at Sacramento State's 2014 Pro Day. Trevathan showed a 31 1/2-inch vert with 4.84 speed, but at only 6-foot, 237 in 2012.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 12 - 9:26 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck suggests the Raiders could have interest in free agent DL Malik Jackson.

Jackson is scheme-transcendent lineman, and Oakland has dabbled in both 4-3 and 3-4 alignments the past few years. The Raiders primarily fielded a 3-4 in 2015, and the Broncos also ran a 3-4. Only 26 years old, Jackson is coming off career bests in tackles (45), sacks (5), and pass breakups (7). Oakland is loaded with salary cap space and could certainly be Jackson's highest bid.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 12 - 9:20 PM

The Denver Post's Troy Renck believes Nick Foles' two-year, $24.5 million extension with the Rams "won't suffice" as a blueprint for free agent Brock Osweiler's pending contract with the Broncos.

Renck does see Foles' deal as a "jumping off point" in talks with Denver, but anticipates Osweiler asking for "more years," and obviously more money. Still only 25 years old even with his four-year rookie contract expiring, Osweiler could conceivably offer more upside than his 2015 game film suggests. Osweiler had sometimes-frenetic movement in the pocket and long stretches where he couldn't get the offense moving, especially in the second halves of games.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 12 - 8:57 PM

The Bills voided free agent WR Percy Harvin’s contract.

Harvin lasted five games before landing on I.R. His NFL status is up in the air after retirement rumors this past year. Harvin is only entering his age-28 season, but hasn’t been healthy since 2011.
Feb 12 - 8:54 PM

ESPN Cleveland's Tony Grossi believes the Browns will re-sign free agent Travis Benjamin.

Apparently sold on staying in Cleveland by new coach Hue Jackson, Benjamin has been openly hopeful of re-upping with the Browns. "Hopefully, I can lock up before March," Benjamin said early this month. Benjamin is 26 years old and coming off a career-best season. The Browns could potentially field a wideout duo of Benjamin and Josh Gordon in Jackson's first season as coach.
Feb 12 - 8:48 PM

After speaking to "a few NFL folks," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler believes free agent Matt Forte will be "lucky" to command more than $4 million per year on the open market.

"The life of a 30-year-old back," added Fowler. On February 5, Forte told NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes that "it ain't about the money ... I'm trying to get a Super Bowl." Forte's market shouldn't become overly pricey, and it sounds like he's satisfied with that. Forte is Rotoworld's No. 2 free agent running back, behind Doug Martin and just ahead of Lamar Miller.
Feb 12 - 8:30 PM
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