The Dolphins have six starting-level offensive linemen and just five spots, which is a good problem to have but presents a situation to navigate, including what to do with veteran OL Jesse Davis who would prefer to start but is open to what the coaching staff wants: “Obviously I want to be here. I want to be starting. I am figuring out my role as well.” (Barry Jackson)
In addition to Davis, who can play either guard or tackle, the Dolphins have C Ted Karras, G Ereck Flowers and rookie LT Austin Jackson, OL Robert Hunt and G Solomon Kindley. Miami has done a ton of shifting with the group, including this past week when HC Brian Flores says they elected to move Kindley, previously a starter, into a rotation: “What happened last week or six weeks ago doesn’t matter.” (Armando Salguero)
SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano writes a lot of people in NFL circles have highlighted the Jets as a potential destination for Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster this offseason. Smith-Schuster is in the final year of his contract and Pittsburgh has a tight salary situation plus a history of letting receivers leave. There’s also a feeling Smith-Schuster would welcome the spotlight in New York’s high-profile media market.
Breer could see Belichick stepping into a role with the Patriots similar to former NFL HC Bill Parcells had with the Dolphins from 2008-2010, where Belichick would “set the agenda” and hire people he trusts to run the organization.
Breer also writes that Bears’ impending free-agent QB Mitch Trubisky could be a “reclamation project” for the Patriots and Colts QB Jacoby Brissett being another option.
NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero expects Patriots ILB coach Jerod Mayoto still draw head coaching interest this year after being on his list of young, up-and-coming coaches who could get interest for a head coaching job last offseason.