- Cam Inman reports neither the 49ers nor new HC Chip Kelly reached out to QB Colin Kaepernick about Kelly taking over as the team’s head coach.
- According to Inman, Kaepernick is unsure how to react to Kelly’s hiring because he’s unsure whether Kelly sees him in the 49ers’ future.
- Ian Rapoport reports the Browns checked in with Patriots DC Matt Patricia to gauge his interest in their head-coaching vacancy before making the decision to hire Hue Jackson.
- Rapoport adds that the Browns would have hosted Patricia for a second interview if he had shown strong interest in the position.
“For short-yardage and goal-line situations, what you’re looking at your [fullback] to do, your other tight end [can possibly do],” Bradley said, via Mike DiRocco of ESPN. “What traits does he [the tight end] have and what can he bring to the table? I think as you look at that position, to have somebody like Clay Harbor will line up in the backfield some or at least off positions, so if you have a guy like that it allows you to get away from a [fullback].”
DiRocco points out that Jacksonville rated as one of the worst short-yardage teams in the league last season after converting just 16 first downs through 40 rushing attempts on downs third-and-2 or shorter. In fact, they fumbled three times on those plays.
- ESPN’s Michael Rothstein writes that DC Teryl Austin will likely return for 2016 if he is not hired by the Titans.
- While Rothstein is not sure that bringing back HC Jim Caldwell will convince Calvin Johnson to continue playing in 2016, he believes Caldwell’s ability to keep players healthy could be a key factor into getting Johnson to stay for another season.
- Th Lions could reasonably attempt to trade Johnson if they don’t place him on the reserve/retired list. However, Rothstein mentions that Johnson’s reluctance to play could be prohibitive for a potential trade.
- Rothstein views this offseason as a big opportunity for 2015 fourth-round pick DT Gabe Wright to earn a starting spot.
- Rothstein believes the Lions must upgrade both offensive tackle spots, while a move at center could also be a possibility.