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.
Colts linebacker Pat Angerer might be out until the start of training camp after undergoing a second surgery to fix a broken bone in his right foot. He said his foot feels better now than it did all last year, according to the Indianapolis Star.
When asked about his running backs Colts head coach Chuck Pagano conceded that Vick Ballard was the primary option but that Donald Brown would be in the mix. He even went as far as to call him a "home-run hitter" while expressing thankfulness for his health. "Donnies in great shape and healthy and looks fantastic to this point in the offseason program," Pagano said. "Can Vick be an every-down guy? Yeah. Can Donnie be an every-down guy? Yeah. They are different types of runners and are more than capable on third down, knowing the protections and picking up blitzers and being effective once they get out to catch the football and doing those things out of the backfield."
In an interesting interview with Sports Illustrated it was revealed that receiver Austin Collie might not run at full speed until October as he makes his way back from a ruptured right patellar tendon suffered in 2012. He's also upset with the stigma that he's concussion prone. "Honestly, it's getting to me. It's getting frustrating to deal with the perception, and this is like the first time I've admitted that," Collie said. "... Obviously from the public's view it's going to take a few years of not having anything go wrong, because if it does, people are going to be like, 'Oh, this kid's fragile again.' ... But when you really look at my career, for three of my four years in the league, I've had over 50 catches and 500 yards, and 2011 was the only year I suffered in the touchdown category, playing with three or four different quarterbacks. People think I've been gone the past three years because of concussions, or that all I've been doing is getting hurt. I can't do anything about the perception. All I'm looking for is a chance, because it's been kind of a perfect storm type of situation I've been dealing with. I'm ready for my luck to change."