Offensive linemen and running backs take the field in Indianapolis to performer their 40s and other athletic testing events. Pay close attention to the offensive linemen this evening, especially in the vertical and broad jump drills. These are some of the most translatable tests for OL as it portrays just how explosive these guys are out of their stances and when they are engaged with defenders.
Rumors are still swirling about Tom Brady to the Chargers and Philip Rivers to the Colts. This offseason is about the re-shape the very landscape of the NFL before everything is said and done.
Marcus Mariota to LA Chargers makes little sense
“The Chargers are in the market for a new quarterback to be sure, but with so many available options, why would Mariota be an option? Tyrod Taylor is already a bridge quarterback, so bringing in Mariota to muddy those waters even further makes no sense.”
At the combine, the search for the next Patrick Mahomes is in earnest — and in vain
“When you hear about Quarterback X in the 2020 draft class being the next Patrick Mahomes or Lamar Jackson, keep cargo cult science in mind. And watch out for bamboo antennas, because when it comes to finding the next Mahomes, they’re everywhere.”
2020 NFL combine: Draft needs, prospects to target for all 32 NFL teams
“The Chargers have not selected a quarterback in the first round since taking Eli Manning No. 1 overall in 2004 and trading him to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers. Of course, Rivers has been the team’s starter since 2006, so they haven’t had a reason to take a quarterback early. That changes this year, with the Bolts and Rivers mutually parting ways.”
2020 NFL franchise tag candidates and predictions: 21 teams that could use it before free agency
“The Arkansas product has been billed as the replacement for future Hall of Famer Antonio Gates, and on the field he has mostly lived up to those lofty expectations.”
Are the Broncos chasing J.K. Dobbins?
“Wednesday really is the hump day of the Combine week. At least for those without a team’s logo on their clothes: the excitement of Indianapolis is turning into the slog of measurements and interviews with nothing but quarterback and receiver bench reps at the end of the day. Still, there were some notable developments.”
Report: Chiefs will franchise tag defensive tackle Chris Jones
“The last time the Chiefs and Jones’ representatives were negotiating, they were reportedly around $20 million apart on guaranteed money. Back in April, NFL dot com projected that Jones could sign for somewhere in the range of $18-22 million per year.”
Colts Expected to Pursue Philip Rivers in Free Agency
“As the Los Angeles Chargers check out the rookie quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, their former starter could wind up in the same location sometime next month. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Indianapolis Colts plan to make a serious push to sign Philip Rivers once the free-agency period opens on March 18.”
5 small-school sleepers to watch at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine
“Every year we see a handful of small-school sleepers emerge at the NFL Scouting Combine. While many small-school prospects already have some hype going into the combine, a good performance in Indianapolis can confirm that they can hang with the best players in college football, and do wonders for their draft stock.”
Tom Brady Rumors: QB’s Reps Meeting with Raiders, Chargers, Colts at Combine
“According to ESPN’s Jeff Darlington, Brady is approaching the spring “under the belief that he will enter free agency to play somewhere other than New England next season.”
Matt Miller’s Scouting Notebook: Latest Buzz for Every NFL Team at 2020 Combine
“Deals will be done here. Rumors will circulate through the assembled NFL media as reporters talk to the league’s powerbrokers. And for the past three days, that has been my job—to stay out in the speakeasies and watering holes to find out information on as many teams and players as possible. My liver accepts your thoughts and prayers.”