NFL Organized Team Activities: Team-by-Team Updates Pt. Two
So far, it has been a busy offseason for all 32 teams in the NFL when it comes to organized team activities. Last week, I decided to start a four-part series for each of the 32 teams, breaking down four teams each time.
Click here to view part one of the four-part series with reports from the first eight teams.
Here is part two of the four-part series regarding organized team activities from all 32 teams in the NFL.
Quarterback Tony Romo appears to becoming more of a leader each day for the Cowboys. All eyes will be on Romo this season to see how he performs now that wide receiver Terrell Owens is with the Buffalo Bills.
Romo has been criticized in the past for his workout approach, and is taking a different approach to conditioning this offseason in hopes that he can stay in good shape through an entire season.
The offseason drama continues for the Broncos as wide receiver Brandon Marshall continues to holdout from minicamp until the team requests his trade. The unhappy wide receiver is requesting a pay raise but the team is hesitant to grant his wish because of hip surgery he received in April.
Marshall is expected to make $2.2 million this season.
As minicamp is set to start, it's still unclear whether veteran Daunte Culpepper or Matthew Stafford will be the starting quarterback for the Lions when the season starts in September. Many expected Culpepper do be the starter this season, allowing the rookie to adjust to the transition from college to pro.
However, Stafford has surprised reporters and his teammates with his impressive play during organized team activities and may give Culpepper competition for the starting job. Whether he starts this season or not, one thing is certain: Stafford will be the leader for the Lions when he is ready to handle the job.
Green Bay Packers
It may have taken four weeks, but Packers safety Nick Collins finally ended his holdout and showed up for the final week of organized team activities. Reports indicated that Collins was looking for a contract extension after a breakout season in 2008, in which he recorded 72 total tackles, seven interceptions, three touchdowns, and one forced fumble. Collins is entering the final season on his rookie contract for the Packers.
Three seasons ago, Rex Grossman helped lead the Chicago Bears to Super Bowl XLI against the Indianapolis Colts. Now, the 28-year-old quarterback is competing for the No. 3 spot on a Texans team that is looking to have a breakout season.
According to The Sports Xchange, head coach Gary Kubiak has explained the situation about how he will be playing behind quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Dan Orlovsky; Grossman completely understands, as he anxious just to get back on the field. Grossman has started just eight games the last two seasons.
Now that former wide receiver Marvin Harrison's career has come to an end, there is an open spot in the Colts' three-wide receiver set next to Reggie Wayne and Anthony Gonzalez. Second-year wide receiver Pierre Garcon has been impressive during organized team activities and minicamp with the Colts.
Garcon appears to be ahead of the rest of the competition for the No. 3 wide receiver. He was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Division III Mount Union.
After a disappointing campaign last season, the Jaguars hope the return of offensive lineman Vince Manuwai will help the team improve from their 5-11 mark in 2008. He returned to the team last week and hopes to have an immediate impact on the offensive line.
Last season, Manuwai suffered an ACL injury in the opening week against the Tennessee Titans that kept him out for the entire season. This marked the first time in his career that he missed more than two games in a season.
Kansas City Chiefs
One thing is certain for Chiefs' players: Todd Haley has a different approach than former head coach Herm Edwards does. Haley hopes his new abrasive style will help turn around a franchise that finished 2-14 last season.
It has been one busy offseason for the first-year head coach Haley with his new team after the acquisition of Matt Cassell and Mike Vrabel from the Patriots. The busy offseason continued on Friday when the Chiefs released long snapper Thomas Gafford, wide receiver C.J. Jones, defensive tackle T.J. Jackson, and linebacker Darrell Robertson.
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