NFC Notes: Cowboys, Lions & Vikings
- Todd Archer doesn’t see WR Brice Butler winning the No. 2 receiver job, especially after WRs coach Derek Dooley talked up Terrance Williams this week.
- Archer doesn’t think the Cowboys will lock up Williams to an extension right now, considering commitments they have made elsewhere on offense.
- In the end, Archer expects Williams to open the year as the Cowboys’ No. 2 receiver and eventually land a decent contract from someone.
- While there has been some talk of the Cowboys potentially trading OL Ronald Leary and RBs Darren McFadden or Alfred Morris, Archer can’t see a deal happening until later in training camp.
- Archer adds that Dallas will want a quality pick in return for Leary, and may prefer to wait for a compensatory pick in 2018 than settle for a fifth- or sixth-rounder now.
- As for McFadden and Morris, Archer seems to think Morris’ job is safer, considering that the Cowboys signed him a few months ago.
- Michael Rothstein of ESPN mentions that second-round DL A’Shawn Robinson has looked good in OTAs and has seen some time with the first-team defense.
- Rothstein believes Zach Zenner has the early edge over Stevan Ridley for the between-the-tackles running back job, due in large part to the fact that Ridley has sat out of OTAs for the most part.
- According to Rothstein, it’s still possible that Dwayne Washington could work his way into the discussion.
- Rothstein writes that Quandre Diggs appears to be the Lions’ long-term answer at the slot.
- Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said this week that the safety competition remains wide open for the job next to Harrison Smith.
- Ben Goessling expects the job to be decided in training camp, and could see veteran Michael Griffin winning the job if he performs well this summer.
- Goessling writes that Emmanuel Lamur is the favorite among the players currently on the roster to take over for veteran Chad Greenway at weak-side linebacker. According to
- Goessling, it’s possible Lamur could beat out Greenway for the job this year, which could result in Greenway seeing some time in sub packages.
- While Goessling isn’t ruling out Taylor Heinicke beating out veteran Shaun Hill for the backup quarterback job, he still expects Hill to be their No. 2 option to open the year.
Tags Alfred Morris A’Shawn Robinson Brice Butler Chad Greenway Darren McFadden Dwayne Washington Emmanuel Lamur Harrison Smith Mike Zimmer Quandre Diggs Ronald Leary Shaun Hill Stevan Ridley Taylor Heinicke Terrance Williams Zach Zenner