June 2016


Matt Jones finds it strange not to see Alfred Morris in the Washington Redskins' huddle. With Morris gone, the No. 1 running back job belongs to Jones, and he knows it. During his rookie year, Jones fumbled five times and lost four of them.
It's been almost a year since Jason Pierre-Paul mangled his right hand in a July 4 fireworks accident. ''Like I said, I overcame it, I had to play with a club last year, but I knew I wasn't going to play with it this year.
As Vance Joseph began to evaluate the Miami Dolphins' front four, linebackers and secondary in offseason drills, he felt a little uncomfortable about his own position. ''It's different,'' Joseph said Monday. Joseph typically starts with the defensive backs - the position he coached before this year - and then moves forward.
Green Bay Packers tight end Jared Cook underwent foot surgery this week and will miss the rest of the offseason program, according to reports Friday. The Packers hope Cook, the team's biggest offseason acquisition this year, will be back for training camp next month, multiple sources told ESPN. According to ESPN, the surgery was described as preventive and something both Cook and the Packers wanted to take care of now.
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) -- The wife of former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor has been arrested on a domestic violence charge after she admitted throwing an object that hit her husband in the head, causing a 3-inch cut.
Allen Hurns is a very good young receiver for the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his second season last year, Hurns had 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's big, explosive and just 24 years old. He was also in a unique spot as an undrafted player, able to negotiate an extension after just two seasons. Draftees aren't eligible for extensions until after their third season. The Jaguars and Hurns took advantage of that and signed a new deal this week. And that new contract was a bit surprising.
Should Brees experience a sudden Peyton Manning-like decline, he could essentially be uncuttable through the 2018 season.
Ezekiel Elliott ran with the first team in offseason practices for the Dallas Cowboys this week. As for how the depth chart will look at running back in three months going into the opener against the New York Giants, the Cowboys are tiptoeing around the question in an age when No. 4 overall picks are almost always walk-in starters, regardless of position. It's an interesting issue in Dallas because McFadden was fourth in the NFL in rushing last season with 1,089 yards even though he was the lead back for just 10 games.
Linebacker Keenan Robinson is one of many new faces on the New York Giants defense, and probably the one with the most to prove. While the Giants signed defensive end Olivier Vernon and defensive tackle Damon 'Snacks' Harrison to long-term, big dollar deals in an effort to improve the NFL's worst defense, Robinson got a one-year contract for $2.51 million. The 26-year-old has a good shot at replacing the retired Jon Beason at middle linebacker and also getting time at the weak-side spot if he can stay healthy.

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