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NFL Notes: Cowboys, Giants, Panthers, Patriots, & Steelers
- Todd Archer of ESPN gives a nine-year, $117 million contract as a starting point for WR Dez Bryant‘s extension, with a possible $36-to-$38 million in guaranteed money.
- Archer expects the Cowboys to at least match their sack total of 28 last season, but believe they have a better pass-rushing unit than last season.
- Archer is unsure whether FB Tyler Clutts will make the active roster, but knows that he is liked from the coaches.
- Archer is not confident that RB Lache Seastrunk will make the active roster.
- Dan Graziano of ESPN views first-round rookie OT Ereck Flowers and second-round rookie S Landon Collins as likely first day starters.
- As a more unexpected prediction, Graziano could see fifth-round rookie Mykkele Thompson winning the free safety job, while third-round rookie DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa to be a “key” contributor.
- David Newton of ESPN believes there is “no question” that WR Kelvin Benjamin will be the team’s No. 1 receiver for 2015, barring a major injury.
- Newton labeled first-round rookie LB Shaq Thompson, second-round rookie TE Devin Funchess, or LT Michael Oher as new players that could make a large impact in 2015.
- Newton mentions WR Jerricho Cochery as a player that could be “on the bubble” to make the active roster.
- According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, the next item of business for the Patriots is likely to be a long-term extension for franchise K Stephen Gostkowski.
- Reiss mentions that the Patriots recent decision to cut veteran TE Fred Davis “further fuels speculation” that there was more to their decision to waive TE Tim Wright.
- Steelers OT Kelvin Beachum tells Alex Marvez that the team has yet to speak to him about a contract extension.
- Beachum mentioned that he’s not sweating the situation, even though he’s in the final year of his contract, and is instead focused on his level of play.
Tags Devin Funchess Dez Bryant Ereck Flowers Fred Davis Jerricho Cochery Kelvin Benjamin Lache Seastrunk Landon Collins Michael Oher Mykkele Thompson Owamagbe Odighizuwa Shaq Thompson Stephen Gostkowski Tim Wright Tyler Clutts