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NFL Notes: Jack Conklin, Draft, Dolphins, Seahawks & Steelers

Jack Conklin

  • Michigan State OL Jack Conklin has a formal interview with the Lions on Wednesday night. (Kyle Meinke)
  • Conklin said that many teams have asked him about playing right tackle. (Kyle Meinke)
  • Conklin also said he met with Giants OL coach Mike Solari on Tuesday and will have a formal interview with the team at some point this week. (Art Stapleton)
  • In addition, Conklin said he will meet with the Colts and has scheduled 24 formal interviews in total. (Steve Andress)
  • Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area believes Conklin will be an option for the Raiders at No. 14 overall.


  • Harvard OL Cole Toner says he has a formal interview with the Lions on Wednesday. (Kyle Meinke)
  • Toner also said he has met with Patriots OL coach Dante Scarnecchia twice, but has not scheduled a formal interview with the team. (Ryan Hannable)
  • Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald thinks the Patriots will be “all in” on Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams.
  • According to Dane Brugler, Williams will only perform the bench reps portion of the NFL Combine and will wait until his Pro Day to do a full workout.
  • Brugler reports that Indiana RB Jordan Howard will only do position drills at the combine and save his 40-yard dash and other drills for his April 1 Pro Day.


  • James Walker of ESPN mentions Bengals’ impending free agent S Reggie Nelson as a potential target for the Dolphins.
  • According to Walker, the Dolphins would have to restructure contracts and make significant roster cuts to create the necessary cap space to sign Nelson.
  • Walker believes Nelson would be a good fit with Miami due to his familiarity with DC Vance Joseph, who coached with Cincinnati for the past two seasons.
  • Armando Salguero reports that while the Dolphins would like to retain impending free agent WR Rishard Matthews, they are only like to do so if he signs a contract that pays under $5 million annually.
  • Dolphins HC Adam Gase said he has not received an update on suspended DE Dion Jordan and did not say whether he would like him back. (Andrew Abrahmson)
  • Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill will be given the opportunity to check plays and audible at the line, if that is something the team can handle. (Kevin Patra)
  • Gase said the issue on offense is the running back spot, while he feels comfortable with the current receivers and tight ends on the team. (Armando Salguero)
  • Gase went on to say that the team is looking to improve at the guard position. (Armando Salguero)


  • Seahawks GM John Schneider said TE Jimmy Graham is “on track” in his recovery from patella surgery, but it is too early to tell if he will be back for the start of training camp or the season. (Gregg Bell)
  • Schneider said he has yet to speak with RB Marshawn Lynch regarding his retirement.
  • Schneider said of the picture that Lynch posted on social media where cleats hung from a wire: “That was a helluva throw.” (Mike Garafolo)
  • Schnieder went on to say the team will look to add depth at running back, as they do with all other position at this point in time. (Bob Condotta)


Steelers GM Kevin Colbert said the team will not place a timetable on RB Le’Veon Bell‘s return from the torn MCL he sustained during Week 8.

We can’t even say he’ll be ready for the regular season because we won’t know that until he goes through the whole process,” Colbert said, via Jeremy Fowler. “His health and his ability to return at 100 percent is the most important.”

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