“Look at the year Julio had,” Green said, via Bengals.com. “He was coming off an 1,800-yard season and he had what last year? (1,409). That’s because they put all the weapons around him. He still made the same plays he made when he had the 1,800 yards, but when they double-teamed him they had [Mohamed Sanu] and [Taylor] Gabriel. They’ve got to respect those guys. They went to the Super Bowl and Julio had [1,409] yards. It’s all about what you want. That’s the ultimate goal … to win the championship.”
Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill mentioned that they have the pieces to be one of the great offenses in the NFL if they can live up to their ability this year.
“Honestly, I can say it’s definitely the most talent we’ve had with the receiving corps, bringing everyone back, having a second year together in the same offense,” Tannehill said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “That’s going to be huge for us. Adding [tight ends] Julius Thomas and Anthony Fasano, veterans who have played a lot of football, is [big]. Bringing back [running backs] Jay [Ajayi], Kenyan Drake.
“Keeping most of the offensive line together, adding a few pieces. Putting Laremy Tunsil back at his natural position. That’s going to be huge for us. You start to stack all those pieces together and we have a good unit. Now it’s a matter of being able to elevate our play throughout the season. Just because you have good pieces doesn’t mean you’re going to perform. That’s what the onus was on all spring. That’s what it’s on throughout the summer. As we hit training camp, it’s pushing each other each and every day to go out and be great. Not just be good, but really be great.”
- Ryan O’Halloran writes that the new five-year, $56 million extension signed by Raiders G Gabe Jackson that included $26 million guaranteed is likely good news for Jaguars C Brandon Linder and his representatives.
- Linder is in the final year of his rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $702,000 for the 2017 season.