|04-30-2006, 11:57 PM||#1|
KFFL Writer/Fantasy Scout
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: The OC
Broncos Draftee Reports (Marshall, Hixon, Dumervil, Sheffler, Cutler)
Patriots | Flutie set to retire
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 20:12:33 -0700
Steve Burton, of CBS4 Boston, reports New England Patriots QB Doug Flutie plans to inform Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick Monday, May 1, he is retiring from the NFL. Unless Belichick talks him out of it, Flutie is headed to the broadcast booth.
Eagles | Reid discusses defensive line
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:50:06 -0700
Ashley Fox, of the Philadelphia Inquirer, reports Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid discussed the team's new defensive line. Reid said, "We have attempted to solidify (the defensive line) and give ourselves the opportunity to get a little more pass rush than what we had last year. We can mix players in there that can rotate. . . . As long as they all stay healthy and work as hard as they need to work, it's a win-win situation." The team added DL Darren Howard during free agency and drafted DL Brodrick Bunkley in the first-round of the NFL Draft.
Steelers | Trade talks for Duckett off
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:46:46 -0700
Ed Bouchette and Gerry Dulac, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports the Pittsburgh Steelers broke off trade talks for Atlanta Falcons RB T.J. Duckett. The Steelers offered a 2006 fifth-round draft pick, but the Falcons wanted a third-round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
Vikings | K. Robinson changes to No. 81
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:41:37 -0700
Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings WR Koren Robinson has changed his number from 18 to 81.
Eagles | Justice thinks he'll contribute in 2006 season
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:34:06 -0700
Larry O'Rourke, of the Morning Call, reports Philadelphia Eagles OT Winston Justice was asked if he could handle waiting at least one season to play if OT Tra Thomas and OT Jon Runyan were healthy during the 2006 season. Justice responded, "I don't think it'll take a year to get me on the field, even if they're healthy. I'm confident in my ability. I believe I'll contribute to the team." Head coach Andy Reid added, "He's going to come in and compete. He's got a couple of good players ahead of him. They're not going to lay down. But it'll create competition."
Dolphins | R. Williams offered a book deal?
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:31:21 -0700
Barry Jackson, of the Miami Herald, reports an associate of Miami Dolphins RB Ricky Williams said Williams has been offered close to $500,000 on a book deal but hasn't given an answer.
Lions | Team had Sims rated higher than Huff
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 19:20:17 -0700
Nicholas J. Cotsonika, of the Detroit Free Press, reports Detroit Lions president Matt Millen said the team had LB Ernie Sims, the team's first-round pick taken No. 9 overall, rated as the fourth- or fifth-best prospect in the whole draft. Millen added the team had him rated higher than DB Michael Huff, who was taken by the Oakland Raiders No. 7 overall.
Broncos | Shanahan discusses B. Marshall's role
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 18:19:44 -0700
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan discussed the flexibility in roles WR Brandon Marshall can play with the team. Shanahan said, "Brandon Marshall is 6-foot-4 and a half, almost 6-foot-5, 230 pounds. We think he has the flexibility to play on the outside and inside. He could be an H-back tight end, wide receiver." Shanahan added, "We think he's a good athlete, and he has played defensive back one year and he led the team in tackles when one of his safeties went down. We feel like he has a lot of value."
Broncos | Hixon brought in to compete
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 17:57:22 -0700
Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan said fourth-round draft pick WR Domenik Hixon was not selected purely for special teams play. Shanahan added, "He's a punt returner and kickoff returner, so it's always a plus. But we brought him in here not strictly for special teams. We brought him in to compete with our wide receivers because we thought with his speed and some of the plays he made that there was a lot of value there at that pick."
Broncos | Kuper working on long snapping
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 15:52:41 -0700
Denver Broncos rookie OG Chris Kuper said that he has been working on long snapping the past couple of years. "I didn't start as a long snapper here (at North Dakota), but it's going to be something that I'm going to work on just to try to make myself a little more versatile."
Broncos | Scheffler to contribute wherever he is needed
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 13:42:59 -0700
Denver Broncos rookie TE Tony Scheffler feels his blocking is suitable for the next level, but he said he needs to work on it. "It's something that I like to do, I love to do," said Scheffler. "I love to get my nose in there, and it's not going to be an issue here. Like you said, a lot of the people (said) that was a knock on me, and that's something I will come in and hope to put to rest and be a consistent blocker on the next level." Scheffler said he has some experience as a long snapper as well, but said he will contribute wherever needed - tight end, long snapping or even special teams.
Broncos | Hixon feels return game is a strength
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 12:19:37 -0700
Denver Broncos rookie WR Domenik Hixon said he feels he can make an impact right away for the team as a returner, either on punts or kickoffs. "Hopefully I can get an opportunity to do that," said Hixon. "It's something else you can do, so if you are not playing receiver you can also help on special teams in the return game. Teams can kind of utilize you as needed."
Broncos | Dumervil discusses where he sees himself with team
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:50:55 -0700
Denver Broncos DL Elvis Dumervil discussed during his teleconference how he sees himself fitting in with the team. Dumervil said, "I'll play whatever the team asks me to play, but I think my position is rushing the passer, getting off the edge and creating some turnovers. I'm just a big momentum guy. That is such a great defense that Denver has already, and if I can help in any way, that's just my goal."
Broncos | B. Marshall discusses playing in Denver
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 11:00:33 -0700
Denver Broncos WR Brandon Marshall talked about playing with WR Rod Smith and learning from wide receivers coach Steve Watson and head coach Mike Shanahan during his teleconference. Marshall said, "I was just talking to my advisor and my high school coach. Just to be able to play behind (Broncos WR) Rod Smith and just learn from him, I mean that is always a blessing. It will be a much easier transition for me because I have a veteran, a guy who hasn't missed one workout in the offseason throughout his years in Denver. So to be there seeing his work ethic and learn from him and (Wide Receivers) Coach (Steve) Watson and (Head) Coach (Mike) Shanahan and the great organization of the Denver Broncos is a blessing. It can't be better. Everything happens for a reason."
Broncos | Cutler discusses strengths and weaknesses
Sun, 30 Apr 2006 10:42:02 -0700
Denver Broncos rookie QB Jay Cutler discussed his strengths and weaknesses at a press conference Sunday, April 30. "I think my strengths are I can move in the pocket, I've got a strong arm and have played against some very good defenses. I think playing in the SEC for four years is going to help me in the NFL. I've overcome a lot of adversity playing at Vanderbilt. We took some tough losses and had to bounce back week after week. Everyone wants to talk about me throwing off my back and how poor my footwork is. I think that has to be addressed, but I think that getting into this system and this offensive line and having the protection and the pocket there, that stuff is all going to come naturally."