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NFL Notes: Colts, Cowboys & Panthers

Colts

Mike Chappell of CBS 4 writes that the Colts’ 2016 draft class could have a long-term impact on their offensive line.

Indianapolis elected to use four draft picks on offensive lineman, including their first- and third-round picks.

Colts owner Jim Irsay mentioned a few weeks ago that their offensive line had been “strengthened majorly,” due in large part to their rookies — Ryan Kelly, Le’Raven Clark, Joe Haeg and Austin Blythe.

Chappell wouldn’t be surprised if the Colts end up keeping three or all four of their draft picks on their 53-man roster, which leave around four or five roster spots for their other offensive lineman.

As of now, Chappell mentions that four of the five sports appear to be set with Anthony Castonzo at left tackle, Jack Mewhort at left guard, Kelly at center and Joe Reitz at right tackle.

Cowboys

Cowboys WRs coach Derek Dooley believes the team’s current group of receivers is the deepest group “top-to-bottom” they’ve had since he joined their staff a few years ago.

“We’ve had some good groups, but this one has been a really good one, just as far as obviously talent, but guys knowing what to do and really studying and taking it upon themselves to learn everything,” Beasley said, via the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas’ receiving corps currently consists of Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Brice Butler, Vince Mayle, Lucky Whitehead and Devin Street.

Panthers

Panthers offseason acquisition DT Paul Soliai mentioned that he’s enjoying being in Carolina and getting to know a new team.

“It’s been really good. I’m happy to be back on the field again playing the game I love,” Soliai said, via Panthers.com. “Good teammates here – the first day I came in they welcomed me with open arms. They went somewhere last year where I want to be. They still have that momentum and want to get back to the Super Bowl.

Soliai also had some positive things to say about his new teammates.

“It’s crazy. I played against these guys for a couple years. It’s a competitive group, and now being here with them, I can see why they were always such a tough team,” said Soliai.

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