Marvin Lewis: John Ross 'was not a miss' by Bengals
The wayward debut served as a troubling start for Ross, but Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis refused to write off his young pass-catcher. "John Ross was not a miss, he got hurt," Lewis said Friday from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, per ESPN's Katherine Terrell.
Quick hits: Lewis focuses on offense, Bodine, Eifert, Coleman
During Friday morning’s media availability at the NFL scouting combine Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis reiterated he’s pinning much of his hopes of a turnaround on a renovated offense spearheaded by new permanent coordinator Bill Lazor. His ability to put the offense together. I felt really comfortable with that. Excited about,” Lewis said on why he tuned to Lazor after his interim role in 2017. “And to be able to have him do it from the onset.”
Austin scouting report as he begins to scout
During a week reserved for scouting NFL prospects, Teryl Austin showed enough of his hand to allow a cliff notes scouting report on the Bengals’ new defensive coordinator. Old school. An AFC North guy. Covets size. Cultivates turnovers. Caters to continuity. Culture wins, whether it’s emphasizing turnovers on the field or on the roster.
TDBH:Odom racks up first Bengals’ sack with club’s richest free-agent deal
With new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer seeking to shore up his front four, the Bengals virtually pull Titans pass rusher Antwan Odom off a plane headed to Arizona tonight and make him their richest free-agent ever with a reported five-year deal bordering on $30 million that pays $11 million guaranteed. By the time he would have got to Phoenix he’s already had a tour of homes with wife Brooke, has planned with strength coach Chip Morton how to bulk up to 270 pounds, and is penciled in to play right end replacing the departed Justin Smith. Smith, who starts the past 107 straight games, signs with San Francisco over the weekend. With his eight sacks last season in his first year as a starter, the 26-year-old Odom does what Smith hasn't done since 2004 and did twice in seven years.
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On the potential marriage of Sam Darnold and the Browns, who each know the painful price of turnovers
INDIANAPOLIS — The most logical No. 1 pick for a franchise that led the NFL in giveaways a season ago might be a quarterback who fumbled 21 times in 27...
Ed Bouchette: Steelers cornerbacks aren't a strength, but are they at least promising?
Here might be the strangest statement made over several years regarding the Steelers’ roster: The cornerback position may see no personnel changes in 2018. The annual rite of signing, drafting and shedding cornerbacks as the Steelers almost fruitlessly tried to improve their weakest position has apparently ended. No discussions to acquire Marcus Peters here.
Report: Kurt Coleman, Saints Agree to 3-Year Contract After Panthers Release
After three seasons with the Carolina Panthers, safety Kurt Coleman will reportedly join the NFC South rival New Orleans Saints. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Coleman will sign a three-year deal with the Saints. In 12 games with the Panthers last season, Coleman had 76 tackles and three pass deflections. It marked the first time since the 2013 campaign that he didn't record at least one interception. Carolina released the 29-year-old defensive end in February.
Robert Quinn Reportedly Will Be Traded from Rams to Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins and Los Angeles Rams have reportedly reached a deal involving defensive end Robert Quinn. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Dolphins will acquire Quinn from the Rams when the NFL year begins on March 14.
Jerry Jones to Testify Monday in Appeal over $2M Legal Fees from Roger Goodell
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Friday he'll testify under oath in a Monday appeal hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who wants Jones to cover legal fees the league incurred while finalizing the commish's new contract and defending the six-game suspension of Ezekiel Elliott. Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram provided the update. Todd Archer of ESPN.com reported earlier in the week the NFL wants Jones to pay more than $2 million.