- According to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the Buccaneers have “no interest” in WR Antonio Brown.
- There was some speculation on Tuesday the Buccaneers could be warming up to the idea of adding Brown, with some in the building lobbying HC Bruce Arians who publicly had shot down the move back in March. (NFLTR)
- Per NFL Media’s Michael Giardi, the speculation could be related to continued contact between Brown and Buccaneers QB Tom Brady.
- ESPN’s Vaughn McClure writes the Falcons are hoping to use a lineup of free-agent addition DE Dante Fowler and second-round DL Marlon Davidson with holdovers DT Grady Jarrett and DE Takkarist McKinley on pass-rushing downs.
- McClure adds Fowler will likely move to strongside linebacker in the team’s base defense, while Falcons LB Foyesade Oluokun replaces De’Vondre Campbell.
- McClure thinks the Falcons should explore adding a veteran cornerback like Logan Ryan or Aqib Talib, both who have ties to the coaching staff, as their starting trio of first-round rookie A.J. Terrell, Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield is young.
- Sheffield will likely start on the outside and move inside to the slot in nickel, while Terrell and Oliver battle for the second outside starting job.
- McClure also notes the Falcons will need to figure out how to get all three of their starting caliber safeties on the field, including Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee and Keanu Neal. Allen is one of the leaders of the defense, Kazee is a ballhawk and Neal is a hard-hitting enforcer type who could play dime linebacker.
Last year, Redskins WR Steven Sims finished off his rookie season strong. Over the final four games, Sims caught 20 passes for 230 yards and four touchdowns. The former undrafted free agent enters the tenure of HC Ron Rivera looking to impress his new boss by reminding him of another small but electric wideout he coached — Panthers legend Steve Smith.
“It wasn’t a bad talk,” Sims said via Sam Fortier of the Washington Post. “It was right after we signed [Cody] Latimer, right after the draft. It was like, “[Rivera] brought in bigger bodies. I was like, ‘Okay, that’s what he likes.’ I’m not saying I’m on the cut block. I’m just saying: ‘Be different. Be another Steve Smith.’ He started off the same guy. They only thought he was going to be a returner, and he’s a [potential] Hall of Famer. . . . He was a small guy who played big. He wasn’t going to limit himself to being 5-9.”