Bills second-round WR Zay Jones said he was excited to hear about the team’s interest in free agent WR Jeremy Maclin and believes he would be a great influence on him if Buffalo were to get a deal done.
“I was excited,” Jones said, via the Buffalo News. “I thought he was already here. He’s a great person and a great player. I talked to him for a little bit (during Maclin’s recent visit to One Bills Drive). To learn from him and (Sammy Watkins) would be a dream come true for me.”
Jones, unfortunately, suffered a knee injury during the team’s rookie minicamp last month, but he says that he wasn’t “hurt too badly” and the plan is for him to be careful moving forward.
“Just being smart,” Jones said. “You know, it’s OTAs, just trying to protect my body, just trying to keep me safe. (The knee) felt great (Thursday), though. I felt like I was back to my normal self and I enjoyed it.”
Browns HC Hue Jackson singled out second-year TE Seth DeValve as an emerging player for them.
“This is not the same Seth as a year ago. He came out and was banged up and learning his way in the National Football League,” Jackson said, via Patrick Maks of the Browns’ official site. “I’m sure he’d probably tell you he felt a little overmatched. But I think he’s worked extremely hard, and I think it shows in what he’s done this offseason to give himself a chance to compete and I think he’s done a good job.”
Redskins OC Matt Cavanaugh mentioned that they plan to ride whoever has the hot hand at running back this year.
“I think really it’s a game-to-game evaluation, an in-game evaluation of how well he’s doing and how winded he is — ‘Does he need a blow,‘” Cavanaugh said, via CSN Mid-Atlantic. “We just feel like we’ve got depth at that position now with a lot of similar-type players: stocky, quick-footed, strong, smart guys that can sub in for each other.
“I wouldn’t put a pitch count on any of them, but obviously if a guy’s got a hot hand and he’s feeling good and he’s not gassed, we’ll keep him on the field. Ideally, maybe have some third-down reps too.”
Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls said he is embracing the competition at his position this offseason.
“If there was a depth chart with three selective players, I look at it as Thomas Rawls, Thomas Rawls and Thomas Rawls,” Rawls said, via Pro Football Talk. “I’ve always been in competition with myself. I just believe that this program, this whole organization has a mindset of competition. We believe that as long as people compete they will earn whatever they deserve in the end, it’ll work itself out.”