Dez Bryant doesn’t want to leave the NFC East after being released by the Cowboys Friday. He wants to take on Dallas as often as he can.
“Being in the division is a huge possibility, it’s something that I want,” Bryant told NFL Network. “It’s personal.”
Bryant repeatedly said during the offseason that he wanted to play for the Cowboys. He also said he didn’t want to take a pay cut, but wasn’t quite as strong expressing that point of view.
Kyle Rudolph continues to produce and has two years left on his contract, but he also is coming off ankle surgery and turns 29 in November. Minnesota lacks another athletic pass-catching option behind him, and new offensive coordinator John DeFilippo saw what the Zach Ertz-Trey Burton combination did for Philadelphia last season. Kirk Cousins already is loaded with targets on his new team, but in Washington, he thrived most when two tight ends (Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis) were key threats.
There’s some anticipation building that the Patriots, especially after the Cooks deal, might pull off another shocker and go after Odell Beckham Jr. But the extra first-rounder allows them to land Tom Brady’s successor however they want, even over QB-needy rivals like the Jets and Bills, if necessary. For now, if New England stays at this pick, Rudolph is an ideal prospect.
Moore has been getting more buzz as a first-round pick, and there’s a chance his stock rises even higher. Moore could help Philadelphia replace Torrey Smith with his ability to make big plays both before and after the catch.
We’re not prepared to be that specific, so here are 10 players, based on team needs, who we believe are first-round fits for the Lions.
Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan: After being held out of the combine due to an irregular EKG, it looks as if the interior lineman has been cleared of those concerns. Lean and explosive, he was one of the nation’s most consistent pass rushers from the inside last season and could provide the Lions with a much-needed boost in that area.
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU: If the Lions are going to take a running back in the first round, Guice is the most logical option. A violent runner with plus speed and good balance, he could round out the team’s current backfield rotation while providing a long-term replacement for LeGarrette Blount, who is operating on a one-year deal.