NFL Scouting Combine: What we learned from Day 1
- By Gregg Rosenthal
- Updated: Feb. 21, 2013 at 09:27 p.m.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Thursday and Friday at the NFL Scouting Combine is always a whirlwind. The action on the field hasn't started, but the majority of the NFL's head coaches and general managers speak to the media over the two-day span.
It's a lot to take in. We've been cranking all day at Around the League, and here's what we learned Thursday on Day 1:
» The buzzword in New York around quarterback Mark Sanchez is "competition". The Jets are desperate to bring in someone who can challenge Sanchez. They are less desperate to discuss a potential trade for Darrelle Revis. Despite all the hot air about how much they value Revis, the team will not rule out a deal.
» The NFL came out hard against the NFL Players Association on the matter of HGH testing. This is a topic that isn't going away.
» You can't believe everything that you hear at the combine, but my gut says quarterback Nick Foles likely will remain with the Philadelphia Eagles. Both the Eagles and Chiefs' representatives pointed in that direction.
» Awkward hug of the day: Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and his former coach Andy Reid.
» Nnamdi Asomugha appears to be all but done in Philadelphia. But at least he has the skills to play football. Linebacker DeMeco Ryans isn't going anywhere.
» Reid, meanwhile, put a sale sign on the Kansas City Chiefs' No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. Expect a lot of teams to look into moving down in this deep draft. Few teams will want to move up.
» Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland all but said the team will use the franchise tag. It's probably going to defensive tackle Randy Starks, although cornerback Sean Smith is a possibility.
» The Carolina Panthers sure sound like they want to de-emphasize the read-option as part of their offense. New Panthers general manager David Gettleman imagined a vertical offense that didn't look too different from the one run in New York with his old team the Giants. Gettleman also gave hope to Panthers fans that their DeAngelo Williams jerseys won't go out of fashion.
» It no longer seems certain that veteran wide receiver Randy Moss has a spot with the San Francisco 49ers. Quarterback Alex Smith also figures to be playing elsewhere this season, although the 49ers surely don't want it to be with the Arizona Cardinals.
» The Buffalo Bills won't commit to quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick as being part of their team in 2013. The new Chicago
» Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman won't commit to trying to sign Jay Cutler to a long-term extension.