NFL Offseason Roundup

The preseason begins officially on Saturday 8 August 2005 with the American Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.

Therefore, with the start of training camp less than a month away, here's a ten minute version of what the last four months of the NFL offseason has looked like:

  • Jarrett Payton capped a very impressive NFL Europe season by helping the Amsterdam Admirals to the World Bowl Championship. Payton gained 54 rushing yards in his team's 27-21 victory in the championship game. He's a property of the Titans and with Chris Brown still dealing with injuries, Payton will problably get a lot of opportunities during the preseason.

  • The Titans do think Tyrone Calico will be healthy and ready to start the season on time.

  • David Boston is back with the Dolphins, and he's playing for just $540,000- which is the league minimum for a player with his experience. Chances are, he'll be on a mission to prove his worth this season.

  • With Julius Jones, Anthony Thomas, and Marion Barber, the Cowboys' backfield is as good as it's been in a very long time. Also, Jones says (subsc) he's stonger now after fully recovering from his shoulder injury.

  • When you hear people talking about Randy Moss saying Collins is better than Culpepper, make sure you know the entirety of the point that Moss was actually saying (subsc):
    "When it comes to athleticism, Daunte has Kerry beat by a large margin," the controversial wide receiver said. "But Kerry has pocket presence and knows how to read defenses. So Kerry has a slight step over Daunte."
  • Duece McAllister, coming off a disappointing 2004 season, has looked good in early camps.

  • Rookie WR Chris Henry fell to the third round of this year's draft, but he's got first round talent. So far, his attitude in Cincinnati has been good but the Bengals are very deep at wide receiver. Nonetheless, Henry is a playmaker to watch out for.

  • Carson Palmer has taken charge of the Bengals offense.

  • Mike Martz had some interesting words to say about the 2005 roles of Marshall Faulk and Steven Jackson.
    I think it's important for Marshall more than for Steven to have Steven take over. Marshall's role will be very significant. It's not limited. It's what he wants it to be. But it's important for Marshall to get Steven in this role so that he can mentor him and they can kind of feed off each other.
  • Entering his third year in the NFL, Eagles' TE L.J. Smith believes he's ready to break out.

  • The Bears' new offensive coordinator feels that he'll be able to keep Thomas Jones and Cedric Benson involved in the offense.

  • David Carr and Andre Johnson are showing good chemistry this offseason. Johnson is entering his third year in the NFL- the magic year for WRs (*edit: or so it's said...). The Texans have added "an array of quick throws, timing routes and new pass-blocking schemes" to their offense and they intend to max protect more when throwing downfield.

  • After being arrested on DUI charges Koren Robinson was released by the Seahawks. There is still only speculation on where he will end up.

  • Bobby Engram has a lead on a starting WR job until someone beats him to it. He should keep his eye on Jerome Pathon.

  • Priest Holmes is said to be fully recovered and ready for 2005.

  • Bill Parcells still has high hopes for Quincy Morgan, but the former Brown is still struggling to stay healthy.

  • Miami's offensive line is coming into the season with a lot to prove and a good teacher to lead them to a successful season.

  • Ike Hilliard is getting a chance to succeed in Tampa Bay.

  • Denver's three starting linebackers are as good as any trio in the NFL.

  • Daunte Culpepper likes the new Vikings' defense. The additions of Pat Williams, Fred Smoot, and Darren Sharper are just a few reasons for all Vikings' fans to be excited.

  • The Titans defense, on the other hand, looks like a mess.

  • Dennis Green really likes J.J. Arrington. I do to, and I think he'll be the Cardinals starting RB for most of 2005.

  • Michael Bennett has looked good in non-contact drills. He's in his contract year and, reportedly, he has been working on his receiving skills. There's also this report (subsc) on how Bennett was clocked at 9.91 and 10.0 in the 100 meters.

  • Stephen Davis' comeback is going slowly.

  • Steve McNair will be allowed to give more input into the offense this season.

  • J.P. Losman has impressed his teammates this offseason.

  • Chris Perry is hoping to be 100% by camp, but he isn't sure if that's going to happen. Good thing the Bengals finally signed Rudi Johnson to a long term deal.

  • Chad Pennington will be ready and 100% for training camp.

  • The changes to Washington's offense are detailed here. The Redskins plan to use plays designed more around the strengths of Clinton Portis and Patrick Ramsey. Portis has also added 10 pounds.

  • Since Carnell Williams figures to get a good share of the carries in Tampa Bay, the Bucs have been working in Michael Pittman more as a receiver.

  • The Saints' offense this season will feature a smaller playbook and new ways to get to the line of scrimmage earlier, in order to help out QB Aaron Brooks.

  • Sammy Parker may end up the #2 WR in KC. After Az Hakim left the Chiefs looking silly when he decided to sign with New Orleans.

  • Kyle Boller has gotten a ton of press this offseason. This Fox Sports story has a lot to say about Boller and the Ravens' outlook on the 2005 season.

  • It was nice to see this note from Len Pasquarelli about undrafted TE Adam Bergen. Len writes that Bergen, who was a tightend at Div I-AA Lehigh, has been getting snaps with the Cardinals' first-team offense. I first saw Bergen at the Scouting Combine, were he was my favorite TE of the group that worked out. I hope he does well with the Cardinals.

  • Tatum Bell added 10 pounds during the off-season and he committed himself to learning the playbook. Also, in that same link is news that the Bears view WR Mark Bradley as a long-term project.

  • Jeff Garcia says the Lions' QB job is Harrington's to lose.

  • Two interesting articles from Fox Sports about assistant coaches under pressure to succeed.
    NFC - AFC.

  • Complete list of the free agent signings: AFC - NFC.

  • Rookie CB Carlos Rogers has a serious foot injury that is probably going to put an even bigger question mark on the Redskins secondary this season.

  • Finally, Todd McShay, of ESPN's Scouts, Inc., has a look ahead to next year's NFL draft.


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