- The NFL has formally created a new “chairmen’s committee” to work with commissioner Roger Goodell. The committee is comprised of Clark Hunt, Robert Kraft, Bob McNair, John Mara and Art Rooney II. (Tom Pelissero)
- The new chairmen’s committee won’t vote on anything, but will work with Goodell to identify league priorities and coordinate standing committees. (Tom Pelissero)
- The NFL also announced some new competition committee members including Bruce Arians, Tom Coughlin and John Elway. (Tom Pelissero)
- Jaguars owner Shad Khan was also named business ventures chair. (Tom Pelissero)
Broncos executive VP John Elway explained that their approach with first-round QB Paxton Lynch is to not overwhelm him until he’s able to handle everything and still be the same player on the field.
“It’s just a matter of how much he can take and still be the natural guy he is in how he plays the position,” said Elway, via USA Today. “If you overload him and all of a sudden you shut him down, now he’s thinking and not reacting.
“So, until he can spit things out – he’s comfortable doing that, but still, when he gets to the line of scrimmage, can he go on and play and let his natural ability take over? Because that’s what you have to do playing quarterback. If you’re thinking too much or other things are controlling you other than your natural play, you’re not ready to go.”
Elway added that they believe Lynch has “tremendous” upside.
“We’re really excited about Paxton. We think his upside’s tremendous,” Elway said. “But like you said, he’s just got to get used to the verbiage – and that’s just with reps and reps and reps, and he’s getting plenty of reps.”
- Adam Schefter reports that Falcons first-round S Keanu Neal told teammates after their preseason game last night that he doesn’t think his knee injury is serious, and he still expects to be ready for the season opener.
- Falcons DE Adrian Clayborn will have an MRI on his left shoulder today. (Vaughn McClure)
- Steelers TE Ladarius Green tells Jeremy Fowler that he’s holding out hope to be available for Week 1’s game, but acknowledged that his ankle rehab has been “very slow.”