49ers GM John Lynch mentioned that they’re hoping to get “the old Elvis” after signing DE Elvis Dumervil to a two-year contract last week.
“We kind of unraveled the story,” Lynch said, via the Sacramento Bee. “Martin Mayhew on my staff did a great job of saying, ‘John, I think you ought to look at this.’ Because early in the year, (the Achilles) wasn’t great. But then he took a break. And when he came back after that, it looked like the old Elvis.”
Lynch did, however, admit that it’s a gamble to sign a veteran pass rush who has dealt with some injuries in recent years.
“Is there a little gamble with the health and the age?” Lynch said. “There is. But we feel like it’s worth it because he gives us something. First of all, he gives us a great role model for these young guys. … Plus, he feels like he’s in a real healthy spot right now. And if that’s the case, we think he can bring a lot of production for us.”
Art Stapleton of the Record writes that Giants LB B.J. Goodson has embraced the opportunity to take over as the team’s starting middle linebacker in just his second year in the NFL.
“The way that I carry myself, everything’s always 100 percent,” Goodson said. “I feel like the battle’s always won in your mind before it’s actually taken into action, so the mental preparation is very, very important for me. I’ve gotten very, very comfortable calling the defense and my teammates, they do a great job of rallying around me.”
“I’ve still got to work,” Goodson added. “Nothing’s changed. I still have got to get the job.”
- Connor Hughes of NJ.com writes that while the early return for the Jets in regards to QB Christian Hackenberg hasn’t been great, they can’t give up on him just yet.
- While many are talking about the Jets’ recent moves being a clear indication of their plans to tank the 2017 season and take a top quarterback prospect such as USC’s Sam Darnold, Hughes points out that things don’t generally play out as many expect them to in June and there’s no guarantee that Darnold will be there for New York.
- Hughes mentions that Hackenberg struggled “a ton” in individual drills, and nearly threw six interceptions on top of the two he threw in team work. Even so, Hackenberg has apparently looked better than Bryce Petty so far and improved from his rookie year.
- As for the receiver position, Hughes could see rookie ArDarius Stewart handling the No. 3 role for the Jets in 2017.