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The Steelers plan to "supplement" their power-rushing attack with zone-blocking concepts in 2013.

It's one of the changes Ben Roethlisberger was hinting at. Per reporter Mark Kaboly, the Steelers are trying to take advantage of their "all-of-a-sudden big, nimble and young offensive line." The Steelers' rushing attack was ineffective under power plodders Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman last season, wheezing to 3.7 yards per carry and 96.1 yards per game. Pittsburgh has made no secret of its efforts to get more athletic up front, but new feature runner Le'Veon Bell is a better fit for a power offense on paper. That being said, Bell sometimes struggled to get more than what was blocked in college, so perhaps the ZBS will be an asset an outside runs.
Fri, May 24, 2013 09:15:00 AM

Bills fired GM Doug Whaley.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports had reported that all Bills scouts and personnel were required for a meeting at team headquarters on Sunday morning. Now we know what that meeting was about. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi noted before the draft that new coach Sean McDermott is "making all the moves in Buffalo." With Whaley losing the power struggle to McDermott and his coaching staff, it was only a matter of time until the Bills showed him the door. "We have enjoyed working with Doug," said owner Terry Pegula in a statement. "We want to thank him for his work and commitment to our football team. It was not an easy decision but I believe it's the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills." Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane is considered the leading candidate to replace Whaley in Buffalo.
Apr 30 - 8:39 AM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, it's "very possible if not probable" the Bills will replace GM Doug Whaley.

As detailed in a report by Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo, La Canfora is hearing that Whaley is on thin ice and could soon be replaced by Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane. The Ringer's Michael Lombardi made a similar claim earlier this week when he said that new coach Sean McDermott "is making all the moves in Buffalo." Per La Canfora, a decision on Whaley's future in Buffalo could come as soon as Sunday morning. Stay tuned.
Source: WKBW.com
Apr 29 - 9:56 PM

Raiders signed Baylor WR Ishmael Zamora.

Zamora (6’4/224) was an impact receiver for only one season at Baylor, posting a 63-809-8 (12.8 YPR) receiving line in 2016 as the 1b to K.D. Cannon’s 1a, and the 1c to Corey Coleman’s 1a before that. Zamora was not invited to February’s Combine due to a past incident where he was videotaped beating his dog with a belt. On a less-disturbing note, Zamora showed plus athleticism at Baylor’s 2016 Pro Day with a 4.53 forty, 34-inch vertical, and 10-foot broad jump. Zamora is essentially all projection, minimal production, but he has NFL talent and therefore will be worth monitoring.
Apr 29 - 7:55 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Kelvin Benjamin is a "little heavy."

Rivera said he's concerned about the weight gain but in the same breath acknowledged that Benjamin is "working hard." Benjamin's conditioning has been questioned before and it may have been a factor in 2016 when he wore down late in the year. KB has the look of a risky WR3 heading into his age-26 season.
Apr 29 - 7:50 PM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy insisted Saturday that Ty Montgomery is still the team's starting running back.

This comes after the Packers added three running backs in the draft including fourth-rounder Jamaal Williams from BYU. Montgomery made a surprisingly smooth transition from receiver to running back last year, averaging a robust 5.9 yards per carry while leading the Packers with 457 rushing yards. Despite this, Montgomery only topped 10 carries in a game once and will probably work in tandem with Christine Michael and some combination of the running backs Green Bay just drafted.
Apr 29 - 7:40 PM

Ryan Mathews (neck surgery) has been cleared to resume working out.

Mathews has been considered a candidate for release, but the Eagles weren't overly aggressive at running back in the draft, adding only fourth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey. Mathews' roster spot appears safe for the time being. The oft-injured back will be babied through the offseason program, but seems like he will be ready for camp.
Apr 29 - 7:39 PM

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets are still shopping DE Sheldon Richardson.

The Jets had discussions with the Cowboys and Redskins during the draft but both teams balked at having to pay Richardson's fully guaranteed $8.1 million salary. Per Mehta, the Jets have lowered their asking price and will continue to entertain trade offers for Richardson as he enters his walk year. Mehta is hearing there's a "50-50" chance he'll be dealt this summer.
Apr 29 - 7:13 PM

Broncos selected Ole Miss QB Chad Kelly with the No. 253 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

This year's Mr. Irrelevant, Kelly (6’2/224) arrived at Clemson as a top-five quarterback recruit only to tear his left ACL as a freshman and clash with coaches, resulting in his ouster from the program. Kelly paid his dues at JUCO, then started for two years at Ole Miss, posting a 50:21 TD-to-INT ratio, 63.9% completion rate, and 8.5 YPA across 22 games, adding 15 rushing scores. As a Rebel, Kelly encountered several more off-field issues and tore his right ACL last November, then underwent surgery on his throwing wrist before the draft. Kelly will redshirt his rookie season. Still an intriguing long-term prospect, Kelly has drawn Brett Favre comparisons for his elite arm talent, toughness, and playmaking ability. While very much a project, Kelly has starter upside if he can get his head on straight.
Apr 29 - 6:43 PM

Devin Smith will miss the 2017 season after suffering a torn ACL.

Sigh. A tantalizing prospect coming out of Ohio State, Smith has so far been limited to just 14 games in two seasons and has rarely taken the field at full strength. This is Smith's second ACL tear since arriving as a second-round pick in 2015. With Smith unavailable, Josh McCown will open the season throwing to Eric Decker (who is coming off shoulder and hip surgeries), Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. It could be a long year for Gang Green.
Apr 29 - 6:31 PM

Lions selected Miami QB Brad Kaaya with the No. 215 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Kaaya (6’4/214) turned pro as a true junior after making 38 starts at The U, compiling a 19-19 career record with a pedestrian 60.6% completion rate, 8.15 YPA, and 69:24 TD-to-INT ratio. A timing-and-rhythm passer who played in a pro-style offense at Miami, Kaaya’s tape reveals sub-par arm strength and ball location. Kaaya also showed a tendency to panic under duress, persistently falling into back-foot throws. A mechanical pocket passer lacking standout physical traits, Kaaya’s plus smarts (34 Wonderlic score), football IQ, and intangibles are his calling cards. He’s an NFL backup.
Apr 29 - 5:17 PM

Vikings selected Virginia Tech WR/TE Bucky Hodges with the No. 201 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Hodges (6’6/257) turned pro as a redshirt junior after starting 37 games at Virginia Tech, amassing a career 133-1,747-20 (13.1 YPR) receiving line. Recruited as a quarterback, Hodges has caught passes for only three years. He is a freaky athlete, compiling a 21-89-1 (4.2 YPC) rushing line in college and posting 95th-percentile SPARQ results at the Combine with 4.57 speed and incredible vertical (39") and broad (11’2") jumps. More wideout than traditional tight end, Hodges has a long way to go as an in-line player. Still learning the position, Hodges will struggle to earn early NFL snaps.
Apr 29 - 4:38 PM




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