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NFL Notes: Broncos, Lions, Packers, Panthers, & Ravens



  • Even with the recent release of Reggie Bush, Michael Rothstein doesn’t see the Lions using their first-round pick on a running back.
  • Instead, Rothstein suggests an either offensive or defensive lineman would make sense in round one.
  • Rothstein can see Detroit looking for a running back in the middle rounds of the draft and suggests Boise State’s Jay Ajayi, Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Minnesota’s David Cobb as guys to keep an eye on.
  • Rothstein writes that the Lions have a lot of the pieces necessary to move to a 3-4 defense in 2015, but their preference appears to be to remain a 4-3 unit.


  • According to Rob Demovsky, no deal is imminent between the Packers and WR Randall Cobb, but they are still focused on re-signing him.
  • Demovsky doesn’t see any way the Packers re-signing ILB A.J. Hawk now that they’ve released him.
  • Green Bay hasn’t closed the door on re-signing FB John Kuhn.
  • Demovsky writes that there is a chance the Packers could retain both CBs Tramon Williams and Davon House, but it’s an unlikely scenario.


  • David Newton believes the panthers need to target some fast receivers in free agency such as Eddie Royal, Michael Crabtree or Ted Ginn Jr.
  • Newton expects the Panthers to consider drafting an offensive tackle in round one, even in the event they sign Michael Oher, who recently visited with the team.
  • Newton can’t see the Panthers working on a long-term contract for ILB Luke Kuechly until after the season given that QB Cam Newton is their top priority right now.
  • Newton mentions that Panthers GM Dave Gettleman has a tendency to wait until after the first wave of free agency to begin shopping around for upgrades. Newton can see them going this route again in 2015.


  • Rich Cimini of ESPN writes that Michael Vick‘sbest bet” in free agency could be the Baltimore Ravens given that they could use a decent backup quarterback and former Jets OC Marty Mornhinweg is now their QBs coach.

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