Mathieu wasn’t alone, with star Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins telling reporters: I love Dez. I looked up to him in college. I watched him a lot in college and high school. I’ve always been a fan of his. Why not reach out to a guy who can help a team win? He’s a great receiver.
The Texans have yet to be officially linked to Bryant, but the pairing makes as much sense as the other whispered-about landing spots. Hopkins is the unquestioned, do-everything leader of the pack ahead of Will Fuller, Braxton Miller and Bruce Ellington. The competition wouldn’t hurt any of those younger supporting players.
Bryant’s youthful speed is a memory, but he would give second-year quarterback Deshaun Watson a super-juicy red-zone target and one of the game’s more physically imposing specimens — one who sounds motivated to shine, too, based on Bryant’s interview last week with NFL Network’s Jane Slater.
If Wentz’s rehab doesn’t allow for preseason action, the window of opportunity for a late-summer Foles trade might slam shut before it opens more than just a sliver.
Barring an accelerated timetable for Wentz or another team growing desperate enough to send a windfall of draft capital Roseman’s way, Foles is set to remain in Philadelphia until his contract expires after the 2018 season.
Albert Breer of The MMQB was told that the uncertainty surrounding Brady is more than a non-issue for the team, but no one expects the 40-year-old quarterback to make a formal announcement if he’s going to keep playing. If Patriots fans want to be worried about something, it should be that Brady is reportedly focusing less on football this offseason than he has in recent years.
Definitely a big thing for me, he said. It’s something that really stood out a lot last year, and something that I have to shore up. Playing defense, you have to be able to defend the pass. You can stop the run all day, but if you can’t stop the pass then it’s a guessing game and then you’re playing on your heels.
Davis believes new position coach Al Golden, who moves to the defensive side of the ball after working with the tight ends last year, could play a key role.
Playing tight end in his playing days and coaching TEs last year, it’s going to help us out a lot in that pass coverage area, Davis said. He’s going to be able to tell us what the tight ends are thinking, why they’re trying to run these routes, what they’re trying to do on certain downs and distances, really help us out a lot in those specific areas, knowing and anticipating what’s coming.
The Lions announced the signing of cornerback Raysean Pringle.