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NFL Notes: Draft, Bills, Cowboys & Patriots


An NFL scout mentioned that some believe USC CB Adoree’ Jackson could end up playing receiver in the NFL, as opposed to cornerback. The scout added that he views Jackson as a second-round pick.

“He’s an instant-impact guy in the NFL as a kick returner, and I’ve even heard some scouts talk about him as a receiver, which I can see,” the scout said, via the Los Angeles Times. “I wouldn’t be shocked if he went in the first round, but he’s more of a second-round player.

NFL Media’s Daniel Jeremiah can see why some believe he could play receiver in the NFL, but Jeremiah tossed out an Asante Samuel comp for him as a cornerback.

“He’s electric with the ball in his hands. I can understand some teams seeing him as (a receiver), but I’d keep him on the defensive side of the ball and use him in the return game. He’s an Asante Samuel-type player at the next level,” Jeremiah said. “He won’t be a physical press corner, that’s not what he is, but Samuel got his hands on a lot of footballs and made a lot of money playing off coverage.


  • Mike Rodak mentions that all indications from Bills HC Rex Ryan are that WR Marcus Easley (PUP/knee) and WR Kolby Listenbee (NFI/hernia) will remain on their respective lists for the remainder of the season.
  • Ryan said that “he’s hoping” DT Marcell Dareus could return this season, and barring a setback, he believes Dareus could be ready to play on Sunday. (Joe Buscaglia)


  • Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Thursday that there isn’t any consideration for not having Tony Romo on their roster after this season. (Todd Archer)
  • Jones added that it’s “tenable” to have Romo and Dak Prescott as their top-two quarterbacks in 2017 and believes Romo can compete at a high level for five more years and be a Super Bowl winning quarterback.


  • Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski missed practice for the second straight day on Thursday, which has cast doubt on his availability for Sunday’s game against the 49ers. (Adam Schefter)
  • Reports from earlier in the week said that it was possible Gronkowski could miss at least one week after he suffered a lung injury against the Seahawks.

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