FBG Daily Email - Volume 13, Issue 62
By Joe Bryant
June 24th, 2012

Hi Folks.

Good Monday to you. Hope you're headed for a great week - we've got tons of stuff heading your way plus the news and notes so let's get to it.

J

SITE NEWS

A. Footballguy Podcast - The Audible: Interview with Tom Pellisero, Vikings insider from ESPN 1500.
In This Episode: The 2012 Beat Writer Tour continues with a discussion about the Vikings with Tom Pellisero from ESPN 1500. Topics Include - trouble with Percy Harvin, when will Adrian Peterson return at 100 percent, how good can Jerome Simpson be, plus more!

B. Footballguy Podcast - The Audible: Interview with Matt Maiocco, 49ers beat writer from CSN Bay Area.
In This Episode: The 2012 Beat Writer Tour continues with a discussion about the 49ers with Matt Maiocco from CSN Bay Area. Topics Include - how will the touches in the RB corps be split, is Randy Moss looking like the Moss of old, the future prospects of A.J. Jenkins, plus more!

C. Footballguy Podcast - The Audible: Interview with Kent Somers, Cardinals beat writer from the Arizona Republic
In This Episode: The 2012 Beat Writer Tour continues with a discussion about the Cardinals with Kent Somers from the Arizona Republic. Topics Include - is there a favorite in the QB competition, the role of rookie WR Michael Floyd, can Ryan Williams emerge as the lead RB, plus more!

D. Footballguy Podcast - The Audible: Interview with Jim Thomas, Rams beat writer from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
In This Episode: The 2012 Beat Writer Tour continues with a discussion about the Rams with Jim Thomas from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Topics Include - can Sam Bradford bounce back this year, how much does Steven Jackson have left in the tank, how much will they rely on rookie WR Brian Quick this year, plus more!

E. Footballguy Podcast - The Audible: Interview with Travelle Gaines, Athletes Performance Institute trainer
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey interviews Travelle Gaines, football trainer from API. Topics Include - how did Andrew Luck prepare before the draft, the redemption story of Brian Banks, what it takes to be a special RB, plus more!

F. 2012 Rookie QBs: Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
Our Matt Waldman with a deeper look at QB Brandon Weeden.

G. 2012 Rookie RBs: LaMichael James, San Francisco 49ers
Our Cecil Lammey with a deep look at RB LaMichael James.

H. 2012 Rookie TEs: Taylor Thompson, Tennessee Titans
Our Matt Waldman with a deep look at TE Taylor Thompson.

I. 2012 Rookie DLs: Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks
Our Jene Bramel with a deep look at Bruce Irvin.

J. 2012 Rookie DBs: Mark Barron, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Our Jene Bramel with a deep look at Mark Barron.

K. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - David Dodds
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to my Footballguys partner, David Dodds @fbg_dodds

L. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Matthew Berry
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Matthew Berry @MatthewBerryTMR

M. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Will Carroll
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Will Carroll @injuryexpert

N. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Joe Everett
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Joe Everett @RookieDraft

O. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Bob Henry
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Bob Henry @bobhenry

P. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Tom Kessenich
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Tom Kessenich @TomKessenich

Q. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Zach Law
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Zach Law @zach_law

R. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Andy Miley
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Andy Miley @AndrewMiley

S. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Sam Monson
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Sam Monson @Sammonson

T. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Brian Quinlan
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Brian Quinlan @BNQuinlan

U. Footballguys Twitter Interview Series - Matt Waldman
We continue our Footballguys Twitter Interview Series bringing you the must follow people from the Twitterverse. In this one, we talk to Matt Waldman @MattWaldman

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. SEA - QB Tarvaris Jackson to open camp as starter
2. PIT - Teammate expects WR Mike Wallace to get new deal
3. TB - Coach impressed with Doug Martin's blocking
4. NE - WR Chad Ochocinco struggled with playbook
5. CLE - Not interested in WR James Jones
6. CLE - Unlikely would have interest in WR Percy Harvin
7. NE - Unlikely to sign RB Sammy Morris
8. BUF - Stephon Gilmore impressive during workouts

SEA - QB Tarvaris Jackson to open camp as starter

Source: SI.com

Seattle Seahawks QB Tarvaris Jackson will enter training camp as the team's starting quarterback, not offseason acquisition QB Matt Flynn.

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It'll be interesting to see how long this lasts...

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PIT - Teammate expects WR Mike Wallace to get new deal

Source: The New Orleans Times-Picayune - Albert Burford

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor said he expects the Steelers and restricted free-agent WR Mike Wallace to reach an agreement on a new contract and for Wallace to report to training camp on time.

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The two sides don't seem close to a new deal, and Wallace may have to play this year under his $2.7MM restricted free agent tender. Wallace doesn't have much leverage in the situation, and the Steelers are not known to overpay players.

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TB - Coach impressed with Doug Martin's blocking

Source: PewterReport.com - Scott Reynolds

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running backs coach Earnest Byner said he has been impressed with how RB Doug Martin has performed as a pass blocker during offseason workouts. 'The thing that they struggle with most of the time is pass protection and especially nickel pass protection, but I don't think that's going to be an issue with him,' Byner said. 'He has done some good things. He has some quickness. Doug is really smart, and eager to grab some of the concepts that we are teaching. He is excited to come out here and play for the Buccaneers.'

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Pass protection is key to a young RB who wants to get on the playing field. Martin was a good pass protector in college, so picking up pro concepts shouldn't be a problem for him. He's competing with LeGarrette Blount to be the Buccaneers lead RB in their ground heavy offense.

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NE - WR Chad Ochocinco struggled with playbook

Source: The Boston Globe - Greg A. Bedard

Miami Dolphins WR Chad Ochocinco told the team before they sign him that he has problems learning the New England Patriots playbook.

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At least Ochocinco was honest with his new team. The Patriots seemed to go out of their way to accommodate the veteran WR but in the end it didn't work out. The Dolphins have a poorly talented WR corps, so Ochocinco has a real chance to produce as one of their top WRs. He's coming off the board at WR53 in the early 12th round in standard 12-team leagues.

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CLE - Not interested in WR James Jones

Source: The Cleveland Plain Dealer - Mary Kay Cabot

The Cleveland Browns are not interested in acquiring Green Bay Packers WR James Jones at this point.

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The Browns are moving forward with Greg Little and Mohammed Massoquoi as their top 2 WRs. We feel Jones would be an upgrade over Massoquoi, but apparently the Browns feel differently. Jones is buried on the depth chart in Green Bay behind Greg Jennings, Jordy Nelson, and Randall Cobb.

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CLE - Unlikely would have interest in WR Percy Harvin

Source: ESPNCleveland.com - Tony Grossi

The Cleveland Browns likely would not be interested in Minnesota Vikings WR Percy Harvin if he became available in a trade.

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The Browns SHOULD be interested in a guy like Harvin if he were to become available on the trade block. Cleveland has one of the most questionable WR corps in the entire league, and Harvin would be a huge upgrade at the position. Second-year WR Greg Little should be their lead WR this year. He struggled as a rookie last season, but reminds us of a younger Anquan Boldin if he can play up to his potential.

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NE - Unlikely to sign RB Sammy Morris

Source: ESPNBoston.com - Mike Reiss

The New England Patriots are not expected to sign free-agent RB Sammy Morris (Cowboys) unless they have an injury at the position.

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The Patriots added Joseph Addai earlier this year in free agency, and now their RB corps is jam packed with talent. Second-year RBs Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley will compete for the lead spot on the depth chart. Veterans Danny Woodhead and Addai will compete to be the lead change of pace RB.

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BUF - Stephon Gilmore impressive during workouts

Source: BuffaloBills.com

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said he was impressed with how CB Stephon Gilmore looked during offseason workouts. 'He has done really an excellent job. Everything that we have asked him to do, to pick up, to adjust to—he has handled it so well. He is very mature beyond his years. He really is. He has done an excellent job. I think he has a chance to be a very good player if the same things show up in pads that showed up in shorts,' Gailey said.

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Gilmore isn't the biggest CB but plays bigger than his size. He's got good straight line speed and transitions smoothly out of his backpedal.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and thanks for being a part of Footballguys. We'll see you tomorrow with the update.

Peace,

J

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