"Carr wrote his headline Sunday night when he said he and the Cowboys are ready to 'take over the league.'"
-- Charean Williams relaying the sentiments from Brandon Carr.
If you were playing NFL offseason bingo, a player saying a team is going to be a contender and saying he is in the best shape of his life would definitely be two of the squares. Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr checked off both boxes when he said Dallas was ready to "take over the league" while also saying he lost 10 pounds and is in the best shape of his career.
Carr is entering the third year of his contract and is coming off a disappointing season. He signed a lucrative five-year contract two offseasons ago and was supposed to be a shutdown corner for the Cowboys. It hasn't happened yet, but Carr is aiming for an improved season.
"I'm trying to take over the league," Carr said. "I get emotional when I say that because I'm dead serious, man. I've been playing this game for six years now, and I'm just ready to make that jump and become that shutdown corner."
Carr previously said last season was a learning experience for him. He survived offseason cuts, but with his pricey salary and Dallas' salary cap issues, he might not get many more learning experiences.
"They believe he's smart enough to quarterback the secondary as a rookie. Rex Ryan always talks up his rookies, but he's particularly smitten with Pryor."
-- Rich Cimini on the Jets and first-round pick Calvin Pryor.
New York was reportedly ecstatic to have Calvin Pryor fall to them in the first round, so it should be no surprise the team is high on him. From the sound of it, however, Pryor won't have much time to transition to the NFL. Safety is a key position in Rex Ryan's defense and the Jets have a major void. Pryor should help to fill that void and might take over some major responsibilities as a rookie.
With Antonio Cromartie now in Arizona and Ed Reed apparently not in the plans for another season, New York is going to rely on youth in the back end. Pryor along with 2013 first-round pick Dee Milliner are two of the keys to the group. They are currently penciled in to start along side free agent acquisitions Dawan Landry and Dimitri Patterson. If things hold, the Jets will break three new pieces in the secondary in Week 1 and Pryor could be the one to orchestrate it all. No pressure, rookie.
"Carroll said fifth-round pick Jimmy Staten lost about 10 pounds during the weekend and needs to get in better shape."
-- Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times on Seattle fifth-round pick Jimmy Staten.
Defensive tackle Jimmy Staten apparently got his welcome to the NFL moment early. Players are usually in peak shape leading up to the draft in order to produce impressive workout numbers. While Staten may have been in good shape, he apparently wasn't in good enough shape. Dropping 10 pounds during a three-day mini camp proved that.
Staten is making a considerable jump, going from Middle Tennessee State to the defending Super Bowl champions. He'll have some work to do in the weight room, according to Carroll, but the Seattle head coach has high hopes for Staten.
"We'd like to play him inside, at the three-technique, and give us some good big-man play there," Carroll said following the draft, via Seahawks.com. "We think he can play some at the five-technique (end spot) as a swing position for him, but we'd really like for him to really solidify a spot inside. We're looking for a big-body guy, so that's why we're happy to have him."