Former Ravens free agent LB Zach Orr said he has been training for the last month and that he is in “great shape.”
“Where I train at and work out at, my trainer, he’s actually a former football player, so we do a lot of football things,” said Orr, via SiriusXM NFL Radio. “And I had, about a month ago, an idea that I was going to do this, so (for) about a month straight I’ve been hitting football training hard. I’m in great shape.”
Orr adds that he is scheduling visits with NFL teams “pretty quickly” and wants to field as many offers as he can.
“They’re lining up pretty quickly,” Orr said. “I’m excited about it. I’m trying to knock out as many trips as I can and then come back and see what offers and go from there. It’s an exciting time just to get a chance to go and see other teams and see what other teams have to offer and see how other teams do things, and I’m just taking it all in, one at a time.”
Broncos seventh-round QB Chad Kelly (wrist) admitted he is “behind the curve” since he has not been able to throw this offseason, but adds that he must be prepared if he is called upon.
“You definitely are behind the curve not going through OTAs and minicamp but if my name is called I have to be prepared,” Kelly said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk. “If I have to hold field goals or get the defense going in practice every day I’ll do it.”
Kelly added that his hall of fame uncle, Jim Kelly, has been offering him advice on how to be a successful quarterback in the NFL.
“Shut your mouth, work extremely hard and be the first one in there, last one to leave,” Kelly said of his uncle’s advice.
Browns DE Nate Orchard, who is converting from outside linebacker, said he feels that he is entering the perfect system under DC Greg Williams.
“I told him I was the D-end for him and this is the perfect system. He agreed with me,” Orchard said. “I’ve just got to come out here and prove to these guys this is my home and that’s where I should be.”
Browns DL coach Clyde Simmons says Orchard has made “a lot of progress” and he is capable of lining up at multiple positions along the defensive line.
“Nate has made a lot of progress,” Simmons said. “He is like Emmanuel – I have been moving him around to a lot of different places just to see what he can do, and I think he has a lot of upside because he is back to a natural position for him playing defensive end.”
Orchard added that he is ready to contribute after landing on the injured reserve last season following a severe ankle injury in Week 3.
“It was the longest time ever,” Orchard said. “I really had some down time to think about myself, analyze my game and where I wanted to be and improvements I wanted to make going into next year.”
- Raiders QB Derek Carr’s brother, David Carr, mentioned recently that Derek actually took “less money” in his recent extension to help the team re-sign G Gabe Jackson. (Pro Football Talk)