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Former Seahawks DC Kris Richard met with the Cowboys on Sunday.

Richard was let go earlier this offseason after Seattle missed the playoffs for the first time in six years. The Cowboys already have a defensive coordinator—Rod Marinell has held that position since 2014—so it's unclear what role Dallas would want him for. The 38-year-old has coached in the league since 2010.
Jan 22 - 1:28 PM

Impending free agent Jerick McKinnon said he'd prefer to be a featured back.

That makes a return to Minnesota unlikely as McKinnon would probably have to settle for a change-of-pace/passing-down role behind lead ball-carrier Dalvin Cook. McKinnon had his best year yet in 2017, setting career-highs in most categories including touchdowns (five) and yards from scrimmage (991). The Buccaneers, Giants, Jets, Lions and Raiders are all teams that could use help in the running game.
Jan 22 - 1:19 PM

Dalvin Cook (ACL) said he has resumed jogging.

Cook does not have a timeline to resume football activities, but this update suggests he is right on schedule in his recovery. It is unlikely he gets in any work during OTAs, but he has a shot to be ready for training camp. Cook had 444 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns in four games as a rookie.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 12:45 PM

Panthers promoted DL coach Eric Washington to defensive coordinator.

The news comes from the Charlotte Observer's Jourdan Rodrigue. Washington has coached Carolina's defensive line for the last seven seasons. He was reportedly out of contract following 2017, but the Panthers worked hard to re-sign him with ex-DC Steve Wilks expected to land a head coaching job, which he eventually did in Arizona.
Jan 22 - 12:35 PM

Cardinals hired ex-Panthers DC Steve Wilks as head coach.

The deal has yet to be announced, but there are enough reports to make it official. Wilks has just one season of coordinating experience, but he was the assistant head coach in Carolina before that and clearly wowed the Cardinals during the interview process. Panthers LBs coach Al Holcomb is expected to join Wilks in Arizona as his defensive coordinator, and Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo has been linked with the offensive coordinator job.
Jan 22 - 12:26 PM

Teddy Bridgewater said he "definitely" sees himself as a starter in 2018.

The Vikings have big decisions to make at quarterback with all three of Bridgewater, Case Keenum, and Sam Bradford headed to free agency. The best-case scenario for the Vikings would be to re-sign Bridgewater as a backup for either Keenum or Bradford, but it sounds like he wants a real shot at a No. 1 job. Of course, that opportunity may prove difficult to find considering he has attempted two passes since 2015 because of a serious knee injury. Bridgewater's market will be one of the more interesting to monitor this spring.
Jan 22 - 12:15 PM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports the Patriots are "optimistic" Rob Gronkowski (concussion) will be cleared for the Super Bowl.

Gronkowski suffered the concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Jaguars S Barry Church late in the first half of the AFC Championship Game win. With two weeks to gain clearance, it would be a surprise if he is not available for the Super Bowl, but clearing the protocol can be tricky. Gronkowski's health will be one of the major storylines over the next two weeks.
Jan 22 - 11:51 AM

The Arizona Republic's Kent Somers reports the Cardinals are "closing in on a deal" with Panthers DC Steve Wilks to be their next head coach.

This matches a report from Panthers.com's Bill Voth, who said Monday he would "be shocked" if Wilks does not land the job in Arizona. According to Somers, the Cardinals no longer plan to conduct a second interview with Patriots LBs coach Brian Flores or Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo, a sure sign they have made their decision. DeFilippo is expected to be a candidate for offensive coordinator if (when) Wilks lands the job.
Jan 22 - 11:42 AM

Jets promoted QBs coach Jeremy Bates to offensive coordinator.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports they are "expected" to promote Bates, which means it is going to happen. It is a quick turnaround for Bates, who spent several years out of the league after a rocky one-year stint as Seattle's coordinator in 2010. He clearly made an impression in his first year with the Jets, however, and reportedly "had a significant role" in game-planning under ex-OC John Morton. No matter how good of a coach he is, Bates' success will hinge on the Jets' ability to find a quarterback.
Jan 22 - 10:38 AM

The Tennessean reports the Titans will not retain DC Dick LeBeau.

It is not a surprise after the Titans hired ex-Texans DC Mike Vrabel to run the team. One of the best coordinators in NFL history, LeBeau did not coach elite units in his two years with the Titans, but the defense did show signs of improvement in 2017. LeBeau can clearly still coach, but it is possible the 80-year-old calls it a career.
Jan 22 - 10:29 AM

Chargers GM Tom Telesco is hopeful 2017 second-round OG Forrest Lamp (ACL) will be ready for OTAs.

Lamp suffered a torn ACL early in training camp. "The positive about him getting hurt early is he’ll be on the field early," Telesco said. "Hopefully at some point in OTAs he’ll work back in." The Chargers' offensive line took a step forward in 2017, and Lamp's healthy return will only help the situation.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 10:15 AM

Jamaal Williams said he will work on his explosiveness this offseason.

Williams led the Packers with 556 rushing yards, but he averaged 3.6 yards per carry and had just six runs of 10 yards or more. "I’ve got to get my feet quicker and just get a little more speed happening and make sure that my knees are up," Williams said. "I’m just going to be working on my lateral movements, speed, make sure I get my knees up, make sure my lower body’s a lot stronger." With Ty Montgomery and Aaron Jones returning from injury, Williams will have to improve to stay atop the depth chart.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 9:41 AM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Colts have requested a second interview with Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

McDaniels is fully expected to become the Colts' next head coach, but they cannot make it official until after the Super Bowl. This "interview" then will likely just be a planning session for that eventual transition. McDaniels has overseen a top-12 offense each of his nine seasons as a coordinator in New England.
Jan 22 - 9:05 AM

Tom Brady said he will get the stitches in his hand removed this week.

The gash did not end up affecting his play in the AFC Championship Game, but it sounds like he narrowly missed suffering a serious injury. "I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that," Brady said on the "Kirk and Callahan" radio show. "It turned out to be a lot good luck it wasn't more serious than it was." Brady should be 100 percent for the Super Bowl.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 9:02 AM

Bill Voth of Panthers.com said he would "be shocked" if Panthers DC Steve Wilks does not land the Cardinals' head coaching job.

The only true vacancy left, the Cardinals have cast a wide net, bringing in several candidates for second interviews, but it sounds like they are zeroing in on Wilks. If he gets the job, Wilks is expected to target Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo as his offensive coordinator.
Jan 22 - 8:53 AM



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