Progress reports for all 32 NFL first-round picks
Jonah Williams: It’s too early to tell how Williams will fare since the team won’t put pads on for a while, but the Bengals aren’t treating him with kid gloves. He’s already playing with the first string at left tackle, causing the Bengals to move Cordy Glenn, the left tackle they traded for just a year ago, to guard. If taking Williams in the first round didn’t show how how highly the Bengals think of him, then this move certainly does.
NFL free agency: Best available Bengals should target
But with speculation about interest in Gerald McCoy flowing, it might be time to rethink the views about Zac Taylor’s Bengals. If the front office is buying, these guys make some sense at this point in the offseason.
Bengals sound locked in with Bobby Hart at RT
Zac Taylor and the Cincinnati Bengals have gone out of their way to stress the drafting of Jonah Williams gives them the opportunity to put their best five players on the offensive line next year.
Around the league
Rob Gronkowski: ‘You can put [comeback talk] to rest’
“Whatever I say it doesn’t matter. It’ll always be crazy out there. You can put ’em to rest,” said Gronkowski in regards to scuttlebutt regarding him returning to the playing field. “I’m feeling good, [I’m in] a good place.”
Jimmy Graham: ‘Gonna go prove a lot of people wrong’
“Obviously last year was disappointing for everybody. I’m not used to losing. I don’t think anybody here is, you know?” Graham told Kelly Price of NBC 26 Green Bay Sunday at his charity cornhole tournament. “And for me, it was not a good year. I’m completely focused on putting my best foot forward and being the player that I am: Scoring in the red zone and being that big threat on third down. I mean, I gotta get back to that. And I take it serious. It’s something that eats at me every single day, not making the playoffs and sometimes not making the plays that I should have. So you better believe I’m gonna be ready.”
Safety Johnathan Cyprien working out for Colts
The Colts could be sniffing around the safety market as starter Clayton Geathers sits out OTAs after undergoing a knee cleanup procedure this offseason.
Bills’ Josh Allen taking reins, ‘developing that trust’
“Last year, I don’t think I did enough, with everything going on — first year in the NFL and a lot of people pulling you in different directions,” Allen said, via the team’s official website. “This year, I sat down with ‘Dabs’ (Brian Daboll) and went over what I like, what I didn’t like. And he’s trusting me in that mindset. If there’s a play that he wants to call, and I don’t like it, he’s not going to call it. So, it’s developing that trust.”
QB Blake Bortles soaking up lessons from McVay
After five seasons working mostly as a starting quarterback in Jacksonville, Blake Bortles is now an understudy in Los Angeles. The maligned signal-caller is reveling in his new experience.