ESPN’s Jon Gruden offered some high praise for North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz on Monday.
“I think he’s the most NFL-ready quarterback that we’ve had in the last couple of years,” Gruden said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Gruden isn’t the only draft analyst to offer high praise for Wentz. Mike Mayock of the NFL Network compared him to Colts QB Andrew Luck last month.
“When I look at him, I see a kid that’s as athletic or more athletic than Andrew Luck,” Mayock said on a conference call. “He’s bigger than Andrew Luck. He’s got arm strength comparable to Andrew Luck. He just doesn’t have the experience that Andrew Luck had at a high level that Andrew had coming out of college. So I see a ceiling for this kid similar to Andrew Luck. That’s why I believe in this kid so much. But it’s going to take a little bit of time.”
- Ben Volin reports that the NFL Competition Committee will discuss at least three player safety improvements next week including: more low-hit protection for quarterbacks, eliminating the chop block, and adding more protections to the horse collar tackle.
- The Bills announced that they have named John Blake the team’s defensive line coach.
The Bills also announced that Jason Rebrovich will coach defensive line and Jeff Weeks moves to OLBs coach.
- Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are meeting with free agent QB Matt Moore on Tuesday about possibly returning as Ryan Tannehill’s backup.
- Miami brought in Brandon Weeden for a visit in recent days, so he too could be an option for them.
- Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that one or two of the team’s safeties are likely gone now that they’ve signed S Eric Weddle to a three-year deal.
- Zrebiec mentions that while Will Hill was their best safety last year, his $4.8 million cap figure could leave him in jeopardy of being released.
- Two other candidate could be Matt Elam and Kendrick Lewis, according to Zrebiec.