Around the NFC West: Back to other OTAs

ST. LOUIS -- Good morning, NFC West. I'll be heading over to St. Louis Rams headquarters shortly as players transition from organized Twitter activities to organized team activities, also known as OTAs.

Around the NFC West: June 13, 2013

First, though, let's take a quick look around the division.

  • Cards' OL moves: Through injuries, misfortune and questionable planning, the Arizona Cardinals finished last season with offensive linemen D'Anthony Batiste and Pat McQuistan in their lineup. Neither is employed in the NFL at present even though each team is allowed to carry on its roster 90 players, 37 more than during the regular season. It's refreshing to see recent draft choices Nate Potter, Bobby Massie and Jonathan Cooper factoring along with 2007 first-rounder Levi Brown as coaches experiment with various combinations.

  • Big names, small injuries: Reports suggest there's no reason to worry about seemingly minor injuries that recently sidelined Seattle Seahawks tight end Zach Miller and San Francisco 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin during practice. Those are two valuable veterans, however, so any time they miss practice, it's at least a note around here.

  • Mangini watch: 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio told reporters he hasn't talked football with new senior offensive consultant Eric Mangini, who built his reputation on the defensive side of the ball. Fangio: "We haven’t to this point, and right now he's knee-deep into the offensive side trying to learn our offense. So, it's nothing that’s been planned that that would happen. But, just sitting around the table eating lunch or something one day, you might have a conversation. But, that's not the intent."