Colts assistant director of college scouting Matt Terpening believes fourth-round TE Kylen Granson can be a “mismatch” at his position given his speed.
“A little bit undersized, but a total mismatch tight end,” said Terpening, via Kevin Bowen of 1075TheFan. “His main trait that drew him to us was his speed. He’s got big-time speed.”
Terpening praised Granson’s ability as a receiver, route-runner, and has proven he can “beat linebackers in coverage.”
“He’s got excellent hands and route feel. He had 15 touchdowns his last two years (at SMU). He can beat linebackers in coverage and that’s imperative of the ‘F’ tight end position. We may flex that guy out to the slot. He may be against a more athletic safety. He’s got to be able to win on third down and catch the ball, and he can definitely do that.”
Terpening added that Granson must prove he can play out of the three-point stance and learn how to block productively.
“(Granson’s) main issue with us is probably going to be having his hand down the whole time in a three-point stance and learning to block a little bit better,” Terpening says. “Now, he tries hard. He plays some fullback, some H-back, played some receiver, plays all these different spots, but that’s going to be his biggest hurdle, trying to learn how we want our tight ends to block.”
- ESPN’s Michael DiRocco points out new Jaguars DC Joe Cullen‘s scheme should be a better fit for OLB’s Josh Allen and K’Lavon Chaisson.
- However, he’s unsure where else the pass rush will come from. Cullen comes from a blitz-heavy Baltimore defensive system and DiRocco thinks he might have to blitz a fair amount in 2021 to create pressure.
- According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jaguars first-round QB Trevor Lawrence‘s rookie deal includes a signing bonus that will be paid within 15 business days, no offset language, and most money earned is roster bonus money between 2022 and 2024.
Titans LB Jayon Brown said he had a difficult time being away from the game as he recovered from a season-ending elbow injury he sustained in Week 11.
“It’s rough for anybody whose season gets cut short like that – you just want to be out there with your teammates,” Brown said, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site. “Playing football since a young age and up to now, I have a strong love for the game, and not being able to participate definitely wasn’t the best feeling.”
Brown added that he’s committed to improving after having 2020 cut short.
“Me personally, getting my season cut short last year, I am excited to get back and keep building on what I have displayed in the past. I just want to keep on getting better and having fun with my teammates and making plays and winning a lot of football games. … I am glad to be back and healthy now and ready to go out there and display my talents with this team and keep on building and growing.”
Titans ILBs coach Jim Haslett praised Brown for his work ethic while rehabbing through his injury and expects “big things” out of the linebacker.
“I saw him every day last year (even when he was on IR) – he would come in the meetings and you could tell he didn’t want to be in there because it was killing him not playing,” Haslett said. “It is amazing from a coaches perspective when he comes back and you think, ‘Boy, we missed him’ because he can do so many different things for you. He has great cover skills, he is really smart, he helps everybody get lined up. It is good to have him back, and we just have to keep him healthy. I expect big things from him.”
Brown said his overall goals are to become a “more complete player” and a leader for their defense.
“My goal for this season is always to improve on just my game overall, with covering and tackling and just overall being a more complete player,” Brown said. “I want to continue to be a playmaker for my team and a leader as well. Being in this system with these coaches, I know what is expected out of me. They know my talents and my strengths and I am looking forward to going out there and making plays, getting balls out, getting interceptions, tackles, TFLs (tackles for losses) and all that good stuff. Overall, I just want to be a leader and a playmaker for this team and keep on building on my strengths and weaknesses while helping my team win.”