Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee does not anticipate the 49ers showing interest in Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor. He thinks Pryor would have to play receiver for the team to have even remote interest. Barrows: "But the 49ers have several younger prospects, including Ronald Johnson, a sixth-round pick in April, and Kyle Williams, a sixth-round pick last year. Furthermore, the supplemental draft likely will occur in early to mid July, which could coincide with the start of free agency. That is, the team could be adding other wide receivers -- especially undrafted college players -- just as the supplemental draft is occurring. Pryor may not be a priority."
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com explains why Anthony Dixon does not project to fullback for the 49ers even though he has apparently bulked up to 250 pounds and said he would like to play the position some. Maiocco: "It's not difficult to envision a scenario in which the 49ers try to get Frank Gore and Dixon on the field at the same time in a split-back formation. But a full-time switch to fullback for Dixon is not a good fit. Veteran Moran Norris is under contract and set to return for his 11th NFL season. And the 49ers selected Central Florida defensive end Bruce Miller to convert to fullback. (Miller did not attend the get-together of offensive players last week at San Jose State.) The 49ers also plan to use tight ends Delanie Walker and Nate Byham occasionally out of the backfield."
Taylor Price of 49ers.com profiles quality control coach Peter Hansen. As a player at Arizona, Hansen blocked seven field goal tries. Price: "At 6-foot-8 with a 39.5-inch vertical leap, Hansen offered his services as a field goal block specialist. The selfless act would pay huge dividends. Hansen would go on to block a combined seven field goals and extra point attempts for the Wildcats. For his efforts, Hansen was named second-team all-conference as a special-teams performer in 2000."
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com says Shaun Alexander was an easy choice for the 35th anniversary team after scoring at least 15 touchdowns in five consecutive seasons. Farnsworth: "After being the 19th pick overall in the 2000 NFL Draft, Alexander grew into his role. He split time with Ricky Watters as a rookie and again in 2001. But in ’01, Alexander began a run that would see him become the only player in league history to score 15 or more touchdowns in five consecutive seasons: 16 in 2001; 18 in 2002; 16 in 2003; 20 in 2004; and 28 in ’05." As Jim Brown once said: "He’s a mystery man to me. I cannot see what he possesses that allows him to do what he does. I look at his results; I just can’t look at the methodology."
Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times offers thoughts on why the Seahawks selected receiver Kris Durham in the fourth round. They wanted a big receiver.
Brock Huard and Mike Salk of 710ESPN Seattle project what the Seahawks might do once the lockout ends. Huard points to Robert Gallery, Deuce Lutui, Johnathan Joseph, Sidney Rice and Manny Lawson as players the Seahawks could logically target during the signing period. The team would have to be selective, however, if forced to proceed under Final Eight rules limiting free-agent options for the final eight playoff teams.
Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic catches up with former Cardinals linebacker Garth Jax, whose career highlight stemmed from the time he beat Cowboys guard Nate Newton into the backfield and drilled Emmitt Smith in a Christmas game. Jax remains best known for another tackle he made, however. That one was on a fan who ran onto the field. Jax: "That was Buddy Ryan's first home game. I'll never forget it. . . . I was so dehydrated they must have had five IVs in my veins. I was miserable, we were losing, it was not fun, and I was trying to do everything I could to keep a job. There was a lot of anger and frustration -- and out comes a drunk fan and I was like, 'No you don't.' I laid him out. I remember after the game Buddy said we didn't do very much good that night, but the one good thing was the form tackle Garth Jax laid out on the drunk fan. It's funny. When people recognize me or find out who I am and Google my name, that's the one thing that pops up."
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reflects on the game when then-Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica suffered a knee injury during a celebration. Turns out there was quite a bit more to the story.
Also from Urban: O'Brien Schofield and Daryl Washington are among the young players Arizona is counting on in 2011. Schofield has impressed the coaching staff with his diligence in returning from a serious injury.
ESPN's John Clayton thinks the Rams should sign Randy Moss once the signing period opens. Clayton: "Why Randy Moss? The answer is speed. Moss may have a reputation of taking a few plays off when things get tough, but he can still get off the line of scrimmage and get downfield. Moss admittedly made the mistake of talking himself off the New England Patriots' roster, but there are still enough big plays left in his 6-foot-4 body to help an offense." I see the question as one of whether the payoff is great enough to justify whatever negatives might come with such an investment. Were three teams wrong on Moss last season, or was Moss the one without enough to offer them? I do think signing Moss under the right terms would make sense. The ability to release Moss without significant financial ramifications would be key if the situation did not work out.