Handling the Hype Machine

Handling the Hype Machine
Tyler Lockett and Julius Thomas impressed at OTAs. Are they worth the hype? Jesse Pantuosco investigates in this week's Bump and Run.
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Third-round TE Austin Hooper has impressed OC Kyle Shanahan with his route running.

"He really comes off the ball hard," Shanahan said. "He's not the fastest guy, but he's fast enough. He’s got good cutting, so he can break off at the top." Atlanta expects Hooper to improve their red-zone offense after their 2015 struggles there. Hooper only has to beat out Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo for regular snaps.
Jun 29 - 5:06 PM

Orleans Darkwa missed OTAs with a leg injury.

The injury won't keep him out of training camp, but is a setback to his roster chances. Darkwa and Andre Williams are competing for one spot.
Jun 29 - 4:42 PM

Browns signed thrid-round DL Carl Nassib to a four-year contract.

Nassib is projected for rotational snaps to open the season. The Browns want him to add weight to play the interior in sub packages. With Nassib locked up, Cleveland has signed all 14 of its draft picks.
Jun 29 - 4:29 PM

Updating a previous item, Andrew Luck's new six-year, $140 million contract makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Prior to Luck signing, Joe Flacco paced the market at $22.1 million per year. Luck blows that out of the water. With the salary cap rising each of the past couple years and continuing to swell, it made it easy for the Colts to get this done. T.Y. Hilton is also under contract for the next five years through 2020.
Jun 29 - 3:35 PM

Colts signed QB Andrew Luck to a new six-year, $140 million contract through 2021.

This deal resets the top of the quarterback market and contains a record-setting $87 million guaranteed. Luck was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Despite missing half of last season and struggling for large chunks of the eight games he was in there, Luck deserves every penny. GM Ryan Grigson hasn't done anything to protect Luck during his now-four-year career, failing to get him any offensive linemen and subjecting "the franchise" to unnecessary hits. Now back to full health, Luck should be in for a big bounce-back year as a top-flight QB1. He's now signed through his age-32 season.
Jun 29 - 3:19 PM

Roy Cummings of Today's Pigskin believes Austin Seferian-Jenkins' attitude "has the potential to cost him his job."

"Seferian-Jenkins is a $10 million talent with a ten-cent head," Cummings wrote. "In just two seasons with the Buccaneers, he’s proved he has the uncanny ability to turn a molehill of a mistake into a mushroom cloud of trouble." The third-year tight end was kicked out of spring practice three weeks ago, and it wasn't the first time he's butted heads with his coaches. ASJ probably isn't in danger of being cut, but the Bucs would probably entertain trade offers for him. Coach Dirk Koetter has said Cameron Brate is in the mix to start ahead of Seferian-Jenkins.
Jun 29 - 1:58 PM

Dorial Green-Beckham said he's been "getting in my playbook a lot and studying" since Titans minicamp.

"So during camp I’ll be one of those guys that’s out there flying around making plays and just having fun and staying in that rhythm the whole year," he continued. DGB is saying all the right things, but maybe he's taken getting bumped from the first-team offense at minicamp to heart. Coach Mike Mularkey called the sophomore out for minor mental errors in the spring. DGB has all the physical tools in the world, but needs to put it all together consistently this summer.
Jun 29 - 1:52 PM

Ex-NFL QB Johnny Manziel said he's going "completely sober" starting this Friday, July 1.

"No booze, eating right and training like crazy." Those were apparently Manziel's words to TMZ Sports. JFF also said he's determined to make an NFL comeback and ready to get back to work. Only after two more days of binge drinking and partying. We'd be shocked if Manziel plays in 2016.
Source: TMZ Sports
Jun 29 - 1:18 PM
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