The start of the preseason is still months away, but there's still plenty of note going on in the NFL. The rate of news coming out is slowing down at a rapid clip, obviously, but teams are just starting to get acquainted with their rookies as minicamps kickoff around the NFL, and that's providing some news. Below, we'll take a look at some things of note from Saturday.
When the Jacksonville Jaguars took offensive tackle Luke Joeckel with the second overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, many were surprised. Eugene Monroe is a solid left tackle, so Joeckel seemed like a bit of overkill and a luxury at the time. On Saturday, CBS Sports took a look at Joeckel's adjustment to the right side, saying that he looks just fine and that he's been dominant through two days of rookie minicamps.
One interesting note that came out on Saturday was a positive slant on the Dallas Cowboys draft class from Blogging The Boys. Many have felt that the Cowboys reached for players and had an altogether poor draft, but they've noted that the Cowboys may have drafted several players for their future impact and potential salary cap relief, not necessarily their impact in 2013.
The numbers definitely add up, and if Gavin Escobar, Terrance Williams and B.W. Webb can really replace Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Orlando Scandrick down the line, it would be good for the Cowboys on the field and in the front office with their cap situation.
Free agent defensive end John Abraham took to Twitter on Saturday to express some frustrations regarding his unsigned status. He sent out two tweets, one of which read "Retiring 13," and the other of which simply said "Done." But Abraham isn't going to retire, at least according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who says a source confirmed that there is "nothing to" the tweets from the 13-year NFL veteran.
Abraham had a productive year in 2012 with 10 sacks, and figures to have enough left in the tank to produce for another season or two. You don't often see double-digit sack producers sit on the market for this long, so one has to wonder if his asking price is too high.
Rookie safety Jonathan Cyprien was compared to Kenny Vaccaro in the leadup to the draft, but he fell out of the first round and was eventually picked up by the Jaguars. That was likely due to the fact that he was coming out of Florida International and didn't have tape against top tier competition. Well, the word out of minicamp, again via Big Cat Country, is that Cyprien has been the most impressive player thus far. He could wind up being a steal for Jacksonville.
On Saturday, CBS Sports posted some quotes from Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, in which he lambasted Speaker of the House Will Weatherford for not bringing the issue of potential renovations to Sun Life Stadium up for vote. This decision effectively means that Super Bowl L will end up in Santa Clara at the new San Francisco 49ers' stadium, and 51 will be at the Houston Texans' Reliant Stadium, as noted by The Phinsider.