NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Eagles, Rams


  • Scott Smith of considers Doug Martin, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jeremy McNichols and Peyton Barber, which could leave Charles Sims as a “long shot” to make the team’s 53-man roster.
  • Sims is returning from injury and was a decent compliment to Martin during the 2015 season.
  • However, Tampa Bay may look to McNichols to fill the passing-down role this year.
  • Russell Hansbrough and Quayvon Hicks could also be on the outside looking in this summer, writes Smith.


  • Jimmy Kempski of writes that if Eagles second-round CB Sidney Jones is healthy and able to play well for them this season, it should be a considered “a major surprise win.” Although, Kempski doesn’t get the impression that Philadelphia is in any rush to get Jones on the field.
  • Kempski mentions that the Eagles could have three free agents who could net them 2019 compensatory picks after departing next year including WR Alshon Jeffery, DT Timmy Jernigan, and possibly WR Jordan Matthews.
  • Even so, a strong season from Jeffery should lead to the Eagles making him a priority to sign long term, writes Kempski, and he could also see them getting something done with Jernigan as well.


Rams RB Todd Gurley mentioned during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio that he’s “definitely been loving” Sean McVay’s new offensive system that is focused on being a “situational master.”

According to Gurley, second-year QB Jared Goff has been much better this year.

“Oh, he’s been getting better. Obviously, he didn’t go No. 1 for no reason. He has the talent, and he’s just been getting better,” Gurley said. “He definitely had a great OTAs, great minicamp. Coaches have been doing a good job with him. Just his preparation, him being there all day, he’s been great so far, man, so I’m definitely looking forward to it.”

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