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Posted on: March 6, 2012 12:24 am
Edited on: March 6, 2012 2:14 am
 

Report: Randy Moss to work out for Saints

Is Moss headed back to the NFL? (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

It was exactly three weeks ago Monday that Randy Moss took to UStream to tell his fans that "I wanna play football." Of course, Moss also spoke authoritatively about professional wrestling and pulled out a brown paper bag filled with his hair. It wasn't clear if he was serious. Then he added, "Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I'm really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life."

The media ran with it, Moss made several more UStream appearances, and now, according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, Moss has his first scheduled workout with an NFL team on Tuesday.

JayGlazer
Randy Moss working out for Saints tomorrow. Former Packers QB Brian Brohm also coming in to throw to him
3/5/12 10:13 PM

The Saints have had a forgettable few days, starting with stalled contract negotiations with franchise quarterback Drew Brees (that led to the franchise tag and a reportedly "livid" Brees) and ending with charges that former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was behind a bounty scheme that rewarded players for injuring opponents

Now that the Saints have franchised instead of re-signed Brees, that means they can't use the tag on guard Carl Nicks or wide receiver Marques Colston -- two of the offense's best players. And if Colston leaves via free agency New Orleans will be looking for his replacement. We're not sure Moss is that guy (he's not interested in playing in the middle of the field and he's admitted as much) but the Saints still think he's worth taking a look at. 

Moss' career seemed to stall back in 2005 when the Vikings traded him to the Raiders. After a pedestrian 2006 season, the Patriots acquired him for a fourth-rounder in 2007 and he went on to have one of the most productive years in NFL history. Put differently: in the right system, with the right support system, and an elite future Hall of Famer at quarterback, Moss can be special.

At least that was the case with the old Moss. The Pats eventually shipped him back to the Vikings in 2010, and after a four-game stopover he ended the year with the Titans where he caught just six balls in eight games.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves; the Saints appear to be kicking the tires on Moss, which may or may not have happened last September after the Week 1 loss to the Packers. Either way, this could be the first of many workouts for Moss. (The Jets and Eagles were reportedly interested last month -- while New England and Dallas probably won't be entering the Straight Cash Homey Sweepstakes.)

And if the NFL doesn't work out, there's always the IFL.

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Posted on: August 17, 2011 5:15 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Merril Hoge still unimpressed with Tim Tebow



Posted by Ryan Wilson

Two weeks ago, ESPN analyst Merril Hoge took to Twitter to elucidate all the reasons that Tim Tebow was in no shape, form or fashion an NFL quarterback. Hoge's string of tweets ranged from belligerent to unhinged, and while his delivery lacked diplomacy and nuance, the message was pretty much spot on: Tebow isn't better than Broncos incumbent Kyle Orton -- at least not right now -- and Orton gives Denver the best chance to win in 2011.

Hoge followed his Twitter tirade with appearances on ESPN to defend his position, and Tebow was left to answer the same questions that have plagued him since the moment he left the University of Florida: is he an NFL QB? Should he play TE or H-back or even LB? 

After a stellar college career that included Heisman Trophies and national titles, Tebow has had a rough few weeks. This summer it seemed like the organization was set to trade Orton and install Tebow as the starter, but those plans were scrapped early in training camp.

Even after Tebow's preseason performance against the Cowboys (he was 6 of 7 for 91 yards and a TD), head coach John Fox called him "a work in progress."

Hoge has had a week to evaluate Tebow's efforts in Dallas, and much like his insistence that Vince Young would never be a legit NFL quarterback, Hoge is sticking to his guns on Tebow, too.

“You’ve got to look at a couple flaws that Tim Tebow had at Florida and still has in the National Football League that I don’t believe ever get better,” Hoge said, according to PFT. “First of all, his delivery is such an elongated motion that you have to have a complete, clear pocket for him to be successful down the field. If you don’t have that, you’re going to struggle.”

But what about the 43-yard Tebow-to-Matt Willis connection? It was as good a throw as you're going to see in the NFL, right, Merril?


Not so much, it turns out.

“Yes, he completes it, but that’s a perfect setting,” Hoge said. “In the National Football League, almost 50 percent of all throws are under duress. So you’re not going to have that every time.”

Hoge also reiterates that Tebow's long throwing motion is so ingrained at this point that it will be impossible to alter.

“That will never change — that will always be there,” Hoge said. “If they start Tim Tebow, players are not stupid. That coaching staff will have no respect from the players.”

Can Tebow make it as an NFL QB?

So, yes, Tebow remains a lightning rod for criticism, most notably from Hoge (which is saying something).

CBSSports.com's Clark Judge was at Broncos training camp this week and saw Tebow on the field working on his mechanics an hour after practice had ended. His instructor: John Elway.

"We kind of did everything in that period," Tebow told Judge. "Every type of drop. But more than anything, it was working on footwork and having the same footwork on every single drop. If you have the footwork, you have the same base. And when you have the same base every time, you can have the same throw every time."

While Tebow has heard Hoge's assessment of his abilities, he's not taking them to heart.

"I believe I can play at this level," he said. "I just have to go out there and show it and get consistently better. Every single day I try to get better and work as hard as I can on improving, and not worry about everything else, like what people are saying or what's happening."

Which, admittedly, must be hard to do. If Tebow is looking for a good laugh -- and evidence that Hoge doesn't always know what he's talking about -- he'll enjoy this clip from the 2008 NFL Draft. Hoge tells us that Brian Brohm, the Packers' second-round pick that year, would be better than Aaron Rodgers.

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Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:44 pm
Edited on: April 20, 2011 1:45 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Buffalo Bills

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

S. Johnson had some good moments last year for Buffalo (US Presswire).

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Although the Bills went 4-12 last season and were never in contention for any kind of postseason berth, there was reason for optimism at the end of last year. Against all previous indications, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn’t half-bad, young faces like RB C.J. Spiller and WR Steve Johnson showed potential, and the team took the Steelers, Chiefs and Ravens into overtime before eventually losing.

The head coaching abilities of Chan Gailey – in college or in the NFL – have never been that impressive to me, but I’d be an idiot if I didn’t say that he is making progress in Buffalo. Progress enough to compete with the rest of the AFC East? Not yet. But any kind of progress is good.




Very little elite talent

This obviously is a problem, because, aside from NT Kyle Williams – who’s a top-five interior defensive lineman – the Bills don’t feature any elite players (maybe S Jairus Byrd can get there at some point). With the No. 3 pick in this year’s draft, that should change (you’d like to think so at least, if you’re a Bills fan). But remember, Buffalo went with Aaron Maybin with the No. 11 pick in 2009 and Leodis McKelvin with the No. 11 pick in 2008. Apparently, this franchise doesn’t always know how to pick the elite guys.



1. QUARTERBACK
While Fitzpatrick did a decent enough job at the starting spot last year, after Trent Edwards thoroughly failed at it and Brian Brohm didn’t do enough to win it, Fitzpatrick doesn’t scream, “FUTURE FRANCHISE QB.” Since the Bills have the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft, it makes sense for them to take somebody who could make that claim. Considering GM Buddy Nix said that now is the perfect time to draft a QB, Buffalo might just do it.

2. LINEBACKERS
Buffalo needs to shore up its 3-4 defense in a big way and procure players who can figure out how to get to the opposing quarterback. The Bills – who were tied for 27th in sacks last year – already have Shawne Merriman and Aaron Maybin at OLB, but it’s unclear if the former can stay healthy and the latter has been a big draft bust thus far in his career. Von Miller’s elite speed certainly would help in the linebacker corps.

3. DEFENSIVE LINE
The Bills were the worst team in football at stopping the run, so this spot obviously is in need of an upgrade. The line itself seems to be OK with Kyle Williams and Dwan Edwards, but a Da’Quan Bowers pick wouldn’t be shocking (though many experts are predicting Miller).




The Bills are still nowhere near making a bid for the playoffs, but there’s no reason they can’t improve on last year’s record. I think 8-8 would be a stretch – especially if Fitzpatrick is back at the QB spot – but 6-10 or 7-9 wouldn’t be out of the question. And it would be a sign of more progress.

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Posted on: January 1, 2011 10:53 pm
 

Brohm likely to get the nod for Bills this Sunday

Posted by Andy Benoit

Originally, Chan Gailey said that Ryan Fitzpatrick would remain the Bills’ starting quarterback in Week 17. But that was before he knew that Fitzpatrick would miss practice the entire week with a knee injury. Thus, Brian Brohm is slated to get his second career start for the Bills. Let’s hope it goes better than his first career start: a meaningless Week 16 game last year against the Falcons in which the Bills took half the game to cross midfield (seriously).

Brohm is an interesting story. At Louisville, he was at one point considered a first-round prospect. His reputation declined, though, and he wound up being taken by the Packers in Round Two of the 2008 draft.

The Packers, of course, already had their young quarterback of the future in Aaron Rodgers. Few people asked at the time why in the world they would select a quarterback in the second round. Sure enough, Brohm was never relevant there and got shipped out after one season. (This isn’t to say he didn’t get a chance; Matt Flynn, who was Green Bay’s seventh-round pick in ’08, beat him out for the No. 2 job.)

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Posted on: October 2, 2010 11:19 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 11:20 pm
 

Kelly changes mind about Trent Edwards - again

Jim Kelly wrote that Buffalo's move to release T. Edwards was the right move (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You’ve got to love Jim Kelly’s ability to flip-flop-flip when it comes to talking about the Bills starting quarterback.

In July, Kelly talked about how he wanted Trent Edwards to beat out Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm to grab the Buffalo starting job. Which would have been fine, except for eight months earlier when Kelly told USA Today, "I like Trent personally. He works hard. But he's had three years. It's time to find somebody who is the future of the Buffalo Bills. If I'm the owner, that's what I'm thinking."

So the Jim Kelly of 2009 was in complete disagreement with the Jim Kelly of 2010 about whether Edwards was the right fit for the Bills. Until, rather predictably the Kelly of 2009 reemerged today and said the decision to replace Edwards with Fitzpatrick – and I assume the decision the Bills made to release Edwards entirely – was the move that had to be made.

Writing for the Bills official site, Kelly pens the following in his lede paragraph:

“They had given Trent (Edwards) many, many opportunities and it just didn’t work. I tip my hat to Chan Gailey for doing it and not waiting until later on. Trent is a good guy and a friend and unfortunately it just didn’t work out for him. I wish him nothing but the best of luck, but sometimes players need a fresh start and a different atmosphere. Hopefully this is something that will benefit Trent moving on to another team.”

Kelly continues by praising Fitzpatrick, though he admits he doesn’t know if the Bills new starter is the team’s quarterback of the future. Then, by complimenting Fitzpatrick he manages to insult Edwards – who’s now in Jacksonville.

“I definitely saw positive things that I wasn’t seeing from Trent. The good thing is Ryan is not afraid to throw the ball in there and take chances. Unfortunately two of those chances he took at New England didn’t work out for him and they resulted in turnovers. But at least it’s the right approach where he’s not afraid to stick the ball in there and take a chance to make a big play. You have to get defenses to respect you arm and respect your passing game before you can even be successful.

"Any time defensive backs are hunkered down and they don’t have to worry about the deep throw, they’re going to be right on the ball every time. They’re going to be making breaks on the ball and defensive backs won’t be in their full backpedal. Unfortunately for the Bills the opposing defensive backs weren’t worried about the deep throw much. They were making quick breaks on the ball and taking advantage of it.”

And just in case Kelly changes his mind, he hedges his bets later in his post by writing that it wouldn’t be a terrible idea to get Brohm some playing time as well.

Now we wait for the Jim Kelly of 2011 to dismiss Fitzpatrick and endorse Brohm as the starter. 

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 12:11 am
 

Edwards and then Fitzpatrick; where's Brohm?

B. Brohm will not be Buffalo's next starting QB. That honor goes to R. Fitzpatrick (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When the Bills announced Ryan Fitzpatrick would take over the Buffalo starting quarterback duties away from Trent Edwards, I wondered why they hadn’t turned to the youngest quarterback on the roster. The one we know the least about. The one who, for all we know, could be the best of the bunch.

I wondered why coach Chan Gailey hasn’t given Brian Brohm a shot.

We know what Edwards can do – a 60.9 career completion percentage to go with 25 TDs and 27 INTs and a guy who’s closer to a .500 record as a starter than you might think (14-18). We also know he’s been utterly unreliable this season. In effect, a disaster.

We know what Fitzpatrick can do – a 57.8 career completion percentage to go with 21 TDs and 27 INTs and a guy who’s not very close at all to a .500 record as a starter (8-14-1).

Neither has been a great NFL quarterback. Neither gives Buffalo fans much hope. So, I wondered, why not just start Brohm?

I talked with Bills Rapid Reporter Mark Ludwiczak about this, and here’s what we determined.

Edwards is struggling mentally right now – yep, that’s what happens when you lose your first two games by a combined score of 49-17 – and he’s not throwing the ball vertically down the field, settling for checkdown after checkdown. Fitzpatrick sees the field better than Edwards, but he’s got less arm strength. Still, at this point, Gailey wants at least to try to get the ball to receivers down the field, and Fitzpatrick’s athleticism and smarts give him two other checkmarks.

Basically, it’s come down to the lesser of two evils. And for now, that’s Fitzpatrick.

But what about Brohm? Well, basically, it comes down to this: Brohm hasn’t performed well enough to win the coaching staff’s confidence. He wasn’t consistent enough at training camp – against the second- and third-string defenses, no less – and though we might see Brohm eventually (especially if Fitzpatrick plays like he’s played his entire career), he’s not ready to take over quite yet.

So for now, Buffalo gets Fitzpatrick. Maybe, we’ll see Brohm later in the year. Maybe, Edwards will regain the staff’s trust.

Either way, Buffalo will be experimenting in the basement of the AFC East.

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Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: September 12, 2010 12:18 pm
 

Today's key inactive players (AFC)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Channing Crowder, LB, Dolphins:
This, of course, is not a surprise, but Miami will miss him on the inside of its 3-4 defense. Look for Tim Dobbins to get his playing time, but he's also gotten plenty of work in the preseason with Crowder's absence.

Michael Bush, RB, Raiders:
Darren McFadden will start, and that actually might not be the worst thing in the world for QB Jason Campbell. You have to like McFadden's veteran leadership, and he might actually provide some relief for Campbell.

Julian Edelman, WR, Patriots:
He was questionable coming into today's game, and with no one sure how Wes Welker will perform for a full game, losing your No. 3 WR is a tough blow against a Bengals secondary that will be tough. But look for rookie TE Aaron Hernandez to benefit.

Brian Leonard, RB, Bengals:
Unless you watch Cincinnati every week, you won't understand how big a blow this is for the Bengals. You'll be hard-pressed to find a better RB in the league at converting on third downs.

Brady Quinn, QB, Broncos: He's the emergency No. 3 QB, and though this move is relatively insignificant, it just confirms that Tim Tebow is officially the backup to Kyle Orton.

Matt Leinart, QB, Texans:
You surprised?

Ikaika Alama-Francis , LB, Dolphins: This is a bit of a surprise, because he had been battling with rookie Koa Misi for the starting spot. There had been some concerns about Misi's ability to hold the corner on running plays.

Brian Brohm, QB, Bills:
After a preseason QB battle with Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brohm is officially the No. 3 behind starter Edwards and backup Fitzpatrick.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Broncos: Thomas is battling a foot injury, but this is disappointing for the first of Denver's first-round picks. Thomas practiced all week, but apparently, he's not ready to play.

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 9:35 am
 

Hot Routes 8.20.10: Positivity everywhere

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

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-Bills QB Brian Brohm, vying for that backup spot behind Trent Edwards, thinks his performance against the Colts on Thursday night went “pretty well.” Coach Chan Gailey counters that by saying Brohm was just OK.

-Despite the 13-point loss toe Bills, Indy Star columnist Bob Kravitz finds some reasons to be positive . Their names are QB Curtis Painter and KR Devin Moore.

-I didn’t watch much of the Patriots-Falcons game beyond looking for how Patriots WR Wes Welker would perform – he did quite well – but I did notice Falcons DE Kroy Biermann. So did coach Mike Smith .

-Something seems a little off about this picture . I actually have some friends who are field turf management guys (albeit for baseball). This would never happen under their watch.

-The Eagles say it’s a different training camp feel with Kevin Kolb as the starting QB instead of Donovan McNabb.

-Dolphins QB Pat White is quickly becoming an afterthought . And man, he was so good at West Virginia.

-Cowboys C Kyle Kosier, who suffered a sprained MCL, is hoping to get back by season opener.

-Joe Haden is pushing Eric Wright for a starting spot in the Cleveland secondary . Wright says he’s fine with the competition. It probably helps that he’s coming off the best season of his career.

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