NFL Notes: Luke Falk, Dolphins, Giants, Packers

Luke Falk

  • Daniel Jeremiah mentions that the Senior Bowl is going to be important for Washington State QB Luke Falk, who was forced to miss Holiday Bowl due to a left (non-throwing) wrist injury.
  • According to Jeremiah, the consensus around the NFL is that Falk is a third- or fourth-round guy right now. However, a good showing at the Senior Bowl could push into round two.
  • A couple of concerns regarding Falk from some evaluators is that he could be a system quarterback from the Air Raid offense and there will be a number of underclassmen in next year’s draft class.


  • Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that the Dolphins are well aware of the fact that they’ll need to add a new quarterback for next season.
  • According to Salguero, it’s possible the team could take a look at backup QB David Fales in Week 17’s game against the Bills to see if he could be an option for them next year.
  • Miami is reportedly set on turning to Ryan Tannehill as their starter next year, which means they’ll be in the market for backup quarterback help, barring another injury to Tannehill.
  • Salguero says Jay Cutler won’t return to the Dolphins next year as their backup and most likely won’t be Matt Moore either.
  • Ultimately, Salguero believes it’s in the Dolphins’ best interest to draft a quarterback, even in in round one if the right player is available to them. However, he also isn’t ruling out them taking a look at some of the available free agent options.


During his introductory press conference on Friday, new Giants GM Dave Gettleman indicated that they plan to have QB Eli Manning back next season.

“Eli and I are going to talk,” Gettleman said, per Andrew Siciliano. “If what I saw in Philadelphia was not a mirage, and I don’t believe it was, then we’ll keep moving.”

  • Gettleman said that “it makes a lot of sense” for WR Odell Beckham to be a part of their long-term future and referenced a line from Ernie Accorsi: “Don’t quit on talent.” (Dan Duggan)
  • Gettleman said of the team’s offensive line: “We’ve got to fix the offensive line, let’s be honest. Let’s not kid each other.” (Ralph Vacchiano)
  • According to Gettleman, mentioned that there are good coaches on this staff and plans to encourage their next head coach to speak to their staff, but they won’t force anyone on the new coach. (Dan Duggan)
  • Gettleman really stressed experience when discussing the team’s next head coach. If a candidate doesn’t have head-coaching experience, then he wants them to have significant experience as a coordinator. (Dan Duggan)


Packers DC Dom Capers says he isn’t spending any time worrying about whether he’ll be back in Green Bay next year.

My plans are from week-to-week in this business,” Capers said, via “You learn that after 32 years in the league. My plan right now is to try to get the guys ready to go win a game against the Lions. One thing I’ve learned through a long career is you don’t want to spend any time in this business concerning yourself with things that you don’t have any control over. You put the blinders on, you go to work, you try to be consistent in the way you do things and try to get guys ready to play.”

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