Saints pass rusher Victor Butler tore his ACL at practice on Tuesday and is expected to miss the 2013 season according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Butler was expected to start opposite Will Smith.
NotedSports Illustrated NFL writer Peter King reports that he's hearing the Jags have some very interesting offensive wrinkles set to try with fourth-round pick Ace Sanders. King said Sanders could be a lesser Tavon Austin, who is a fellow rookie with the Rams.
The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys could have interest in free agent receiver Laurent Robinson. The report says Dallas hoped to keep Robinson after his breakout season in 2011 but could not come close to the 5-year, $32.5 million contract he received from Jacksonville. Robinson caught 24 passes for 252 yards and no touchdowns for the Jaguars in 2012 but suffered four concussions. He caught 54 passes for 858 yards and 11 touchdowns in his only season with the Cowboys. Robinsons health is a concern, but he developed a strong rapport with quarterback Tony Romo, especially in the red zone, that he remains an option to return. Obviously, he played lights out and we tried to sign him last year and his price got more than we could handle under our cap, executive vice president Stephen Jones said. But obviously things change from year-to-year. Weve got to look at the big picture with Laurent. He had some injuries that were going to be doing our homework on and be going from there.
The Florida Times-Union reports that Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is on top of the depth chart heading into training camp ahead of Chad Henne for the starting job. The report says that "barring a horrific August, Gabbert will be the starter against Kansas City on Sept. 8."
CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist Pete Prisco believes Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts will break out in 2013. Shorts revealed he's put on seven pounds of muscle this offseason to help shed defensive backs that jam him on the line of scrimmage. He said he feels stronger and more explosive. He's also headed to Larry Fitzgerald's workouts in Minneapolis this summer for the second year in a row. "Fitzgerald is the ideal pro," Shorts said. "He's an extremely hard worker, extremely humble. He's the professional of all professionals. He gets it. You can see why he's one of the best. I want to work to get there."
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew said his foot is healed following offseason surgery and rehab for a Lisfranc injury. He's now focused on strengthening his ankle and running. By doing these things he can lose any excess weight he put on during the offseason.