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Browns not on early list of Marcus Mariota pre-draft visits

Names of teams getting some private time with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota have begun to trickle out, via NFL Network's Albert Breer and others. The Bucs, Redskins and Jets reportedly are on the board with a Mariota one-on-one, with Tennessee already having worked out Mariota after his pro day. If you're counting at home, those teams comprise four of the top six picks. The Chargers also are reportedly involved. The Browns' predicament -- two first-round picks and the ritualistic quarterback concerns -- will fuel interest in how much digging is necessary on the player considered by most analysts as the draft's second-best quarterback.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:44:22 EDT

Lance Briggs to meet with 49ers on Monday

Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs told ESPN.com he has a Monday visit scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers. Briggs just completed his 12th and final season with the Chicago Bears. The Elk Grove, California, native grew up 1 ½ hours from Candlestick Park and was a 49ers fan. The 49ers are in desperate need of help at linebacker following the retirements of Patrick Willis and Chris Borland. The team only has three experienced inside linebackers on the roster.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:08:16 EDT

Tom Brady opens it up with dive

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady looks like he's having an enjoyable offseason. In a post on his personal Facebook page Saturday morning, Brady showed video of himself taking a big jump into the water during a recent trip to Costa Rica. He added the following comment: "Never doing that again! #AirBrady The jump is estimated at about 40 feet.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:30:47 EDT

Jeff Ireland's first suggestion to Saints: 'Keep me in mind'

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jeff Ireland knows a good fit when he sees one. So when the New Orleans Saints’ former player personnel director, Ryan Pace, was hired away as the Chicago Bears general manager, Ireland sent a text message to Saints GM Mickey Loomis: “Hey, keep me in mind.” That led to informal interviews with Loomis and Saints coach Sean Payton to “see if we were on the same page.” And it ultimately led to Ireland becoming the Saints’ assistant GM, heading up the team’s college scouting department.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 12:00:09 EDT

What's your plan for the PAT?

One message to come out of the NFL owners meetings this week in Phoenix is a likely change in extra points for the 2015 season. "Anytime a play is 99.3 percent successful, you need to look at what's going on with that," Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said at the meetings. "Everybody wants to better the game and we'll see what happens." Nothing has happened yet, but some type of change in the PAT could be announced in May. So here's your Sound-off Saturday question.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:00:52 EDT

Todd Bowles & Co. set for private workout with Marcus Mariota

The New York Jets' brass, headed by general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, will be in Eugene, Oregon, on Saturday for a private workout with quarterback Marcus Mariota -- another important step in the pre-draft evaluation process. Maccagnan attended Mariota's pro day earlier this month, but this time the Jets will have one-on-one time with the Heisman Trophy winner. It'll be the standard routine. There will be a workout on the field, along with a classroom session.

Sat, 28 Mar 2015 05:00:45 EDT

Despite injury, Jalen Collins could be first-rounder

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Jalen Collins was shocked to learn at the NFL scouting combine that he had a fractured right foot. For his sake, thankfully the combine medical staff still allowed Collins to participate, and he delivered one of the most impressive performances of any cornerback at the event despite the injury. The former LSU cornerback, whom some draft analysts project as a first-round pick, recently underwent surgery to repair an incomplete Jones fracture in his foot.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 20:10:13 EDT

Tackle? Guard? Question only adds to appeal of LSU's La'el Collins

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU's La'el Collins, who was a second-team All-American as a senior in 2014, said all the talk of him being moved to right tackle or guard in the NFL is just that for now -- "talk." "Every team, every scout, every coach, offensive line coach from teams that have worked me out has said "definitely" I'm a left tackle," said the 6-foot-4, 305-pounder, a likely first-round draft pick who boosted his stock even further by flashing his athleticism at last month's scouting combine.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:25 EDT

Bill O'Brien: DeAndre Hopkins can be one of the best

When the Texans released Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins posted a fantastic photo of the two of them on Instagram that perfectly represented their relationship. Hopkins spent his first two NFL seasons learning from Johnson. That tutelage really showed last season when Hopkins caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards, his first 1,000-yard season. Among players drafted in the past two seasons, Hopkins' production was better than everyone except the Giants' Odell Beckham.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:04:11 EDT

Jarrett Boykin sees opportunities with his hometown Panthers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The first NFL game Jarrett Boykin attended was the Carolina Panthers’ home opener against Jacksonville during their 2003 Super Bowl run. He grew up a fan of wide receiver Steve Smith, Carolina’s all-time leading receiver.  Now Boykin hopes to make a name for himself with the Panthers. Carolina signed the former Green Bay Packers wide receiver on Friday to a one-year deal. A former star at Charlotte’s Butler High School, Boykin hopes to resurrect an NFL career that took a down turn after he suffered a groin injury last season.

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:25:33 EDT