NFL Notes: Broncos, Cowboys, Texans

Broncos

  • On Wednesday, the Broncos agreed to a trade with the Redskins for S Su’a Cravens. (NFLTR)
  • While Cravens played a hybrid for the Redskins a few years ago, Ian Rapoport says it’s his understanding that Cravens will be a safety and not a linebacker for the Broncos.
  • Tom Pelissero adds that Cravens should have a similar role to the one T.J. Ward played for Denver a few years ago.
  • Regarding the Broncos possibly targeting Oklahoma QB Baker MayfieldAndy Benoit says he’d be shocked if Denver took Mayfield after things didn’t go so smoothly for the coaching staff Senior Bowl when they were working with him.

Cowboys

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said there’s still no timeline to discuss Dez Bryant‘s contract. 

“We haven’t put that timeline on it,” Jones said, via DallasCowboys.com. “When we get ready on a decision with Dez, we’ll make it.”

Meanwhile, Cowboys WRs coach Sanjay Lal said he’s spoken to Bryant, who has made it clear that he’s unhappy with the kind of year he had last season.

My impressions are he’s a competitive guy,” Lal said, via Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk. “Obviously he’s not happy with what happened last year in terms of his game. I’m excited to work with him and help him as much as I can.

“I think together we can go good places.

Regarding their new additions at receiver — Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson — Lal said: “[Thompson] is a speed guy that can run routes and block. Then Allen, that’s the first time I met him, but the film sessions I had with him were off-the-charts. He’s extremely bright, knows football, hungry, so that’s what we’re trying to build in that receiver room.

Texans

According to NFL Network’s James Palmer, Texans HC Bill O’Brien indicated to him that the team plans to install a completely new offense that revolves around QB Deshaun Watson.

Why put in an entirely different offense? He really told me everybody saw what we did with Deshaun this past season,” Palmer said, via NFL.com. “They’re changing things and it’s not even completely put into place yet. They’re still putting it all together.”

Palmer adds that the offensive scheme will be “dramatically” different than last year’s, while the teaching portion of their plan could lead to some challenges.

And he said the teaching portion of this is going to be the challenge because of Deshaun’s specific skill set that is so different and so lethal at the same time. … But they are changing things up dramatically on the offensive side of the ball.”