Around The League: NFL News & Notes 3.1.19
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Todd Gurley Considering Stem Cell Treatment for Injured Knee
The Los Angeles Rams' star running back will reportedly consider undergoing stem cell treatment for his injured knee this offseason. The MVP candidate was visibly injured towards the end of last season and saw CJ Anderson outperform him as the Rams went to the Super Bowl. Previous NFL running backs have undergone similar treatments but those were after ACL tears. There's plenty of time for Gurley to get healthy before the NFL season kicks off but it would be wise of the Rams to add some depth in free agency or the NFL Draft.
New York Giants Shopping Olivier Vernon
ESPN's Jordan Raanan reported that the Giants are looking to move edge rusher Olivier Vernon. He's currently making $17 million a year, third most behind edge rushers Khalil Mack & Vonn Miller, and hasn't lived up to lofty expectations since signing a massive contract with the Giants. Ideally, the team would like to make a trade but the G-Men can clear $11.5 million by releasing him.
Olivier Vernon is one of just four players with 6.5 sacks in 6 straight seasons. He’s 28, dude $15.25M over each of the next two seasons. A trade would create $11.5M in cap space for the G-Men.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 1, 2019
Alex Collins Involved in Car Crash, Gets Released Hours Later
In a story that is still evolving, Alex Collins was involved in a car crash early Friday morning and taken into police custody, per the Baltimore Sun. Later in the day, the Baltimore Ravens made the decision to release Collins. Details are still unclear but it is clear that the Ravens are ready to move on from Collins after a disappointing 2018 campaign.
Jay Gruden Has Confidence in Colt McCoy as the Washington Redskins Starting QB
In news that all Washington Redskins fans should look away from, head coach Jay Gruden said he's confident with having Colt McCoy under center next year.
"I could be really ignorant," Gruden said. "I've just seen him throw the ball for five years in the offseason, in training camp. ... I have total confidence. He's got a great knowledge of the system, he's comfortable with the guys we have, he's a great leader, he's a competitor."
Maybe this is simply coach-talk but it would be shocking to see the Redskins not address the quarterback position in free agency or the NFL Draft. Alex Smith is still on the mend from a devastating leg injury and McCoy himself is coming back from a broken leg.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano Reports "Many NFL Sources" Believe Kyler Murray Goes to the Arizona Cardinals
As customary during the pre-draft buildup, rumors about teams drafting payers is rampant. Still, where there's smoke, there's usually fire. The Kyler Murray to Arizona Cardinals rumors will continue to build until draft night. The Cardinals have voiced their commitment to Josh Rosen but it has seemingly wained in recent weeks looking at comments from Cardinals staff. Vacchiano's sources believe "Murray fix exactly what Kingsbury wants to do" and another added, "it's a perfect match."
NFL Combine Updates
Offensive linemen, running backs and special teams players kicked off the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine earlier today. North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury put up a 4.93 sec 40-yard dash and 34 bench press reps. Former VP of player personnel for the Dallas Cowboys Gil Brandt believes Bradbury is a "plug and play center for a decade."
Garrett Bradbury may have just punched a ticket to first round with a sub-5 40 st 306 lbs. I had him at 4.97. Had 34 bench reps yesterday. Plug and play at center for a decade. #NFLCombine pic.twitter.com/YMewjwWjuH— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) March 1, 2019
Running backs Miles Sanders and Justice Hill both improved their draft stocks on Friday as well. Hill ran a 4.40 sec 40-yard dash while Sanders ran a 4.45 sec 40-yard dash and impressed with his other measurables as well.
Miles Sanders vs Saquon Barkley at the combine. pic.twitter.com/8o9lNj8wZW— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) March 1, 2019
Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf continued to wow NFL scouts and fans by posting 27 reps on the bench press. At 6-foot 3-inches and 228 pounds, Metcalf has looked like an athletic freak leading up to the draft. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Metcalf is sitting at just 1.6-percent body fat.
(Cover photo via Todd Gurley's Instagram account)