- Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union writes that the new four-year, $45 million extension signed by Panthers G Trai Turner could impact negotiations between the Jaguars and C Brandon Linder.
- O’Halloran points out that there’s a question of whether the Jaguars will attempt to Linder as a guard or center, which is likely to have an impact on his next contract as there are five guards who recently secured at least $17 million guaranteed in their contracts as opposed to two centers.
- Mike Reiss of ESPN considers Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Eric Rowe, and Jonathan Jones to be the four locks to make the Patriots’ 53-man roster at cornerback.
- This leaves Cyrus Jones, Justin Coleman, D.J. Killings, Kenny Moore II, Dwayne Thomas, and Will Likely all competing for jobs this summer.
- Reiss points out that Rowe’s playing time will ultimately impact the draft pick they’ll send to the Eagles as part of their prior trade agreement. Should Rowe play more than 50 percent of the team’s snaps, the Eagles would get a third-round pick in 2018. Otherwise, they’ll get a fourth-round selection from New England.
Texans first-round QB Deshaun Watson says he plans to “keep an open mind and an open book” as he reports to his first training camp in the NFL next week.
“I just listen to all the veteran guys,” Watson said Saturday, via Scott Keepfer of the Greenville (S.C.) News. “I’ll keep an open mind and an open book. . . .
“I’ve been wishing I could do this for a long time, and now it’s finally here, So I’ll be enjoying every moment, cherishing every moment and taking it one thing at a time.”