Meanwhile, around the league some key moves have been made. First off, The Texans lost Arian Foster to a groin injury that will require surgery. With this surgery Foster could miss up to 6-8 weeks which means that is half the NFL season. So the Texans plan to sign Pierre Thomas, but will not sign with Texans despite great workout. Thomas and Texans could not agree to terms. Thomas would have gotten solid carries on all 3 downs, but was most likely expected to split carries with Alfred Blue and Chris Polk.
Next, Panthers waived former 2nd round pick Stephen Hill. Hill has been injured through out his whole NFL career and is labeled a bust. Sad because he has the height and size that you want in a wide receiver nowadays. Hill went unclaimed and is now on the Panthers IR. Hill tore his ACL. Also, The Dolphins claimed Kevin Cone from the Browns and Cowboys signed tight end Brandon Barden. 49ers cut cornerback Chris Cook. Cook was a second round pick back in 2010 by the Vikings. Cook did not play much for the Niners. Cook had some okay years in Minnesota.
Futhermore, the Patriots cut 6th round pick A.J. Derby. Derby is a tight end that can play some fullback. Derby was waived due to a injury. Most likely its a season ending injury and if he goes unclaimed he will revert to the IR. Pats signed linebacker L.J. Fort.
In addition, to the latest transactions, the traded between the Eagles and Steelers is making sense right now. More for the Steelers though. It makes sense because the 2015 2nd round pick Senquez Golson will most likely miss his rookie season with a injury that can end his season. He is looking at getting season ending shoulder surgery. Golson would of had played a lot this season, but will not now. So the Steelers acquired cornerback Brandon Boykin. Boykin is a solid corner who will add experience to a depleted defense and especially the secondary area.
Boykin had a good 2014 year and was most likely the one good secondary player the Eagles had last season. The Eagles had the worst secondary last year. Boykin has 7 career ints with 6 of them coming in 2013, which has been his best season so far as a pro.
Next, The Chiefs signed former Missouri standout L’Damian Washington. They waived defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. Worthy was claimed by the Lions who needed defensive line help and were looking at recently cut Tony McDaniel, veteran Barry Cofield and Mike Patterson. McDaniel would be the best fit.
In the mean time, Colts are getting closer to reaching new deals with left tackle Anthony Castonzo and star receiver T.Y. Hilton. Both have out played their current contracts. Hilton is Luck’s best and favorite target. Hilton last season set career highs in receiving yards and tied his touchdowns. He had 7 touchdowns and 1345 yards.
Next, Sam Bradford and the high flying Eagles are working on a small extension. Also, the Eagles waived outside linebacker Travis Long. He was waived because he tore his ACL and went unclaimed. So he is heading to the IR. The Eagles are looking now for outside linebacker help. Eagles are thinking on moving Alonso outside, but he is much suited for the middle.
Finally, Doug Martin seems like he is for sure the number 1 running back in Tampa. Martin had a great rookie year and never got near those numbers again. He has been injured the past 2 seasons and also the oline has been one of the league’s worst. Now, Martin entered the 2015 OTAs and training camp in shape and coaches have said he has looked the best in any camp he was been in. Martin will not produce his rookie season, but he will come close. Why? well you have 3 other running backs who will take some carries away. Those others include Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Mike James. Well Martin is leading the group in camp. Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith confirmed that Doug Martin will remain the team’s No. 1 running back. Smith spoke to the media and said “We talked about being able to establish the run,” Smith said via the Tampa Bay Times. “Doug will be the lead guy doing that, so it’s very important that we open up some holes and let him do his thing.” Doug Martin will prove everybody wrong.