Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said that in addition to the goal of repeating as Super Bowl champions, they have a number of players in contract years that should provide extra motivation. The list includes WR Chris Godwin, OLB Jason Pierre-Paul, C Ryan Jensen, CB Carlton Davis, RB Leonard Fournette, DT Ndamukong Suh, TE O.J. Howard, RB Ronald Jones, TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Antonio Brown.
“Now they’re hungry. These guys are really, really hungry to do it again,” Arians said via NFL Media. “We’ve got a lot of guys where… You know, money talks too now. We’ve got a lot of guys working on contracts this year.”
- According to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein, the Falcons are taking things slow with WR Calvin Ridley due to his foot injury last year.
- PFF’s Doug Kyed reports Panthers CB A.J. Bouye is day-to-day after he “pulled something” in practice on Monday.
- According to Darin Gantt of the team website, WR Keith Kirkwood was released from the hospital and diagnosed with a concussion after being stretchered out of practice. He appeared to avoid a more serious injury.