NFL Notes: Bengals, Colts, Jaguars, Ravens, Redskins


  • Coley Harvey writes that HC Marvin Lewis will likely find himself on the hot seat if the Bengals miss the playoffs completely or have another one-and-done playoff appearance.


  • David Wells doesn’t see the Colts releasing veteran WR Reggie Wayne, but instead expects them to allow Wayne to decide his future.


  • Michael DiRocco of ESPN doesn’t expect DT Ndamukong Suh to be one of the Jaguars top offseason targets.
  • DiRocco believes Jacksonville’s No. 1 need in next year’s draft is a pass-rusher.
  • DiRocco expects the Jaguars to shore up their defense first before addressing other roster needs, but he doesn’t rule out them targeting a running back, possibly in round two.
  • DiRocco adds that linebacker is another position where they need to find upgrades.
  • DiRocco can see the Jaguars taking Alabama WR Amari Cooper with their first-round pick if they believe he’s a legit No. 1 receiver. However, DiRocco spoke to someone inside the organization about this topic and they are reportedly not sure if Cooper a No. 1 receiver at this point in time.


  • ESPN’s Jamison Hensley mentions that OC Gary Kubiak‘s chances of leaving the Ravens for a head-coaching opportunity come down to: 1) the number of teams looking for head coaches, 2) how teams view Kubiak’s health.
  • Hensley points out that the Ravens tendency to sign cap casualties in free agency could leave CB Johnathan Joseph as a potential target if the Texans cut him.
  • Hensley expects the Ravens to re-sign WR Torrey Smith as long as another team doesn’t significantly overspend on him.


  • John Keim of ESPN expects the Redskins to have completely new set of starting safeties next year.
  • Keim doesn’t see Washington re-signing S Brandon Meriweather, but he could envision them keeping Ryan Clark and pairing him with a young safety.
  • Keim mentions that QB Kirk Cousins is someone the coaching staff remains “intrigued” by.
  • A source close to HC Jay Gruden told Keim that he didn’t think Gruden would have a hard time making tough calls like parting ways with DC Jim Haslett.

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