Friday was a relatively quiet day in the world of NFL OTAs but we went around and found the things worth noting from the around SB Nation's network of NFL blogs on the 32 squads going through offseason workouts.
We've got a bummer of an injury for the Seahawks, a quarterback battle that may or may not actually be even in Philadelphia, a punter battle(!) and some teams messing with new schemes.
The Seahawks lose a tight end, possibly for the season. McCoy had 18 catches for 291 yards and three touchdowns last year -- a bit of a deep ball specialist -- and was expected to back up Zach Miller, although that backup position was a pretty significant role in an offense led by Russell Wilson. As SB Nation's Field Gulls notes, its unfortunate for McCoy, who was heading into a contract season and could miss the entire year. The beneficiary, if there is one, is Luke Willson, the fifth-round draft pick out of Rice who will try to prove his NFL worth.
No surprise here, as there will be lots of changes under Chip Kelly and new defensive coordinator Bill Davis. Davis says -- like every other defensive coordinator of all time -- that his team hopes to be multiple, and that they'll play to the strengths of their players rather than a set scheme. Trent Cole and Brandon Graham project to be the outside linebackers in the new set.
49ers fans had eagerly awaited practice reports on a big offseason acquisition, and the first news is good news: Asomugha reportedly looked good, if easily fatigued, at the team's OTA's. Chris Culliver appeared to be working with the team's second-string behind Asomugha and Rogers.
Mike Goodson sat out Jets' OTAs this past week after picking up drugs and weapons charges, but after pleading not guilty, he'll rejoin the squad going forward. He'll hope to beat the charges and make an impact in the Jets' backfield, competing with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight for snaps in a New York rushing attack that was dismal in 2012.
The Colts' addition of Greg Toler in their defensive backfield looks to be providing more value than initially thought: Stampede Blue writes that the former Arizona Cardinal is showing as one of the best players in OTAs in Indianapolis. After watching his play last year, they seem to think the strong production in May is likely to carry over into September.
The Giants' fullback suffered a knee injury in practice Wednesday, but SB Nation's Big Blue View writes that the Rhino could be back for Week 1.
With Ed Reed coming in, one might think the Houston Texans would go out of their way to play into the strengths of the future Hall of Fame free safety. But Danieal Manning says that although he's the strong safety and Reed is the free safety, they will switch roles more often than not under Wade Phillips' defense -- and that it doesn't particularly bother him or Reed.
Stephen Nicholas and Sean Weatherspoon won't be participating for Atlanta, as they recover from already known surgeries. SB Nation's The Falcoholic didn't seem too concerned, although both are important factors on the squad's defense.
It's between him and Drew Butler, and pretty much everybody seems to think the two-time Pro Bowler is going to win the job.
Good to hear!