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NFL Notes: Replay Changes, 49ers, Broncos & Colts

Replay Changes

  • Mark Maske reports the Ravens will make a proposal to NFL owners next week to review illegal hits on defenseless players.
  • According to Maske, the competition committee’s replay proposal attempts to “clean up and simplify” the replay rules.

49ers

  • 49ers CB Jimmie Ward took first team duties during Tuesday’s practice as an outside corner and moved to the nickel spot on passing downs. (Matt Barrows)
  • As for the other cornerback spots, Tramaine Brock was the other first-team cornerback, while Dontae Johnson played on the outside during nickel packages.
  • Barrows believes OT Erik Pears is currently starting above second-year OT Trent Brown because Brown still needs to improve his conditioning, which was also an issue with him during college.
  • However, Barrows expects the composition of the starting offensive line to change throughout the offseason.

Broncos

Broncos TE Virgil Green said he looks to gain a larger role in the offense this season now that he has a good shot for the No. 1 role after Owen Daniels‘ release.

With O.D. (tight end Owen Daniels) being gone, there is a better chance,” Green said, via Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post. “I really want to, in training camp, show that I can be not just the pass guy, but just the every-down tight end guy.”

Broncos HC Gary Kubiak also implied that Green could have an expanded role, saying: “We are counting on him a great deal (this season).”

Colts

  • Colts QB Andrew Luck was a full participant during Tuesday’s practice without any limitations from the lacerated kidney he sustained last season. (Kevin Bowen)
  • Colts linebackers Sio Moore and Nate Irvin both received first-team duties at Tuesday’s practice, while HC Chuck Pagano said they are getting reps at the Mike and Will linebacker positions. (Kevin Bowen)