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NFL Notes: Colts, Dolphins, Jets, & Vikings

Colts

  • Kevin Bowen of Colts.com expects veteran RB Frank Gore to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing in 2016 with Robert Turbin handling the No. 2 running back duties.
  • Bowen wonders if the Colts will use as many multiple tight end sets as Pep Hamilton did in the past now that Rob Chudzinski is in charge of the offense.
  • If Robert Mathis puts together another strong season, and is looking for a reasonable contract, Bowen can see him re-signing with the Colts next year.
  • Bowen mentions that the Colts’ cap situation would likely prevent them from considering a trade for Eagles RB Darren Sproles.
  • Bowen points out that the Colts have rarely kept more than two quarterbacks on their roster, which means Stephen Morris likely faces long odds of making the team coming out of the preseason.

Dolphins

Dolphins VP of football operations Mike Tannebaum said that DE Cameron Wake has “exceeded expectations” in regards to his recovery from a torn Achilles.

He’s really exceeded expectations, in terms of where he is and where our doctors thought he would be when he got hurt,” Tannebaum said, via the Miami Herald. “Cam is the consummate pro, the consummate Dolphin, and we’re lucky he’s here.

Tannebaum added that they’re “thrilled” that they were able to recently sign Wake to an extension.

“We’re thrilled we were able to do that,” Tannenbaum said. “Someone like Cam, he’s the epitome of what we want our program to be about, not only on the field, but off the field.

Jets

Bills HC Rex Ryan told Don Banks of SI.com that he was trying to trade for WR Odell Beckham Jr after he suffered a hamstring injury that cost him part of his rookie season a few years ago when he was still coaching the Jets.

“The Beckham kid came out the same year, and he missed how many games with a hamstring issue? Believe me, I was trying to trade for him when he had the hamstring,” Ryan said. “I was reading the [New York] papers, and I was like, ‘Well, hell, we’ll take him.’”

  • According to Rich Cimini, Geno Smith would be the Jets’ starting quarterback over second-round pick Christian Hackenberg and second-year QB Bryce Petty.
  • Cimini mentions that all of the Jets quarterbacks, including free agent Ryan Fitzpatrick, have a shot at being the team’s starter for the next two years.

Vikings

  • According to Darren Wolfson, Vikings RB Adrian Peterson is expected to be in attendance for start of OTAs on Tuesday, which probably isn’t a big surprising considering that he has a $250,000 bonus.