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Quotables: Chip Kelly disses NFL Draft hype

The Eagles head coach says the NFL's constant hype puts too much pressure on first-year players.

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"What’s the worst thing about the league? I said the draft. I mean, the hype that goes into the draft is insane."

-Chip Kelly, on the biggest surprise at the NFL level

Chip Kelly enjoyed a terrific first year in the NFL, jumping from the Oregon Ducks to the Philadelphia Eagles and earning an NFC East title in the process. After a year to figure out what surprised him most about coaching at the highest level, it's the constant hype of the NFL Draft that drew his ire, per Peter King.

"I think a lot of times the hype turns into really, really hard times for the individual who got picked, because there's so many expectations of everyone building them up to be Superman because they had three months to write about them and talk about them. Then when they get picked, they're a very, very good prospect, but there's a learning curve when you go from any job out of college into a company."

Kelly pointed out how rookies are now expected to be immediate contributors, something he believes overwhelms the young players. Maybe the second-year head coach was thinking of second-year tackle Lane Johnson, who will serve a four-game suspension to start the regular season for testing positive for a banned substance.

"Pinkston has not been medically cleared to participate."

-Browns statement on offensive lineman Jason Pinkston

There had been talk around Cleveland that Jason Pinkston was holding out, but that is not the case, according to Pro Football Talk. Pinkston is dealing with an unspecified injury that has kept him out of training camp and will continue to do so until doctors see fit.

Pinkston has had injury issues throughout his three-year career in Cleveland. After playing in all 16 games as a rookie in 2011, Pinkston has only suited up for nine games over the past two years.

"I don't believe I've done enough."

-Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, on a new extension

The Green Bay Packers handed receiver Jordy Nelson a four-year, $39 million extension last week, prompting some to wonder about the financial future of Randall Cobb in Titletown. Cobb answered those questions in somewhat surprising fashion, saying he has not done enough to warrant an extension, per ESPN's Rob Demovsky.

"I got injured in a way that there was nothing I could do about it," Cobb said. "I think my job is just to come out here every day, do what I'm supposed to, continue to work hard, and hopefully my time will come."

Since being drafted out of Kentucky in the second round of the 2011 draft, Cobb has been a solid contributor. In 2012, he put up his best season with 80 catches for 954 yards and eight touchdowns, along with 1,256 return yards. Last year, Cobb suffered a broken leg against the Baltimore Ravens, limiting him to just six games and 433 receiving yards.

"My duties are done, but I am completely okay with it."

-Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, on returning punts or playing offense

The Arizona Cardinals are making a preventative move, taking return duties away from cornerback Patrick Peterson. Despite being one of the more impressive athletes in the league, Arizona is not willing to risk an injury to its best defensive player on special teams. For his part, Peterson has no issues with the move, per Jess Root of SB Nation's Revenge of the Birds.

With Ted Ginn Jr. in the fold, Peterson can now focus solely on defense. The former LSU standout struggled last year as a return man, only averaging 6 yards per punt return. Head coach Bruce Arians also noted that Peterson will not be seeing snaps on offense.

"I think we’ll kind of see how his year goes and we’ll go from there."

- Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones, on not giving DeMarco Murray an extension

Despite entering the final season of his rookie contract, Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray is not a candidate for an extension, according to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Vice president Stephen Jones is willing to wait and see if Murray can produce another Pro Bowl season. In 2013, Murray made his first trip to Hawaii with 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns out of the backfield.

"I think we'll kind of see how his year goes and we'll go from there," Jones said. "He's the type of player we want on our team. He's young, and he had a good year last year, but I think he's betting that he's going to have a great year, and I hope he does."

Murray is slated to make $1.4 million this year and would certainly be a hot commodity on the free agent market should he have the opportunity. The big question for Murray is durability, as he has never played more than 14 games in any of his three NFL seasons.

"I'm very excited to get this extension done with Kyle."

-Vikings general manager Rick Spielman, on extending Kyle Rudolph

The Minnesota Vikings stepped up and kept one of their own, signing tight end Kyle Rudolph to a five-year extension worth $36.5 million, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rudolph, who was a second-round pick out of Notre Dame in 2011, has racked up 1,055 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career, including 313 yards and three scores last year.

With Teddy Bridgewater potentially starting as a rookie at quarterback, Rudolph will be instrumental in his development as a security blanket. Along with Cordarrelle Patterson and Greg Jennings on the outside, Rudolph gives Minnesota a third weapon to utilize in the passing game.

"I like confident quarterbacks. I like guys that are borderline cocky."

-Browns receiver Nate Burleson, on Cleveland's quarterback competition

Perhaps more than any other NFL team, the Cleveland Browns have an intense focus on their quarterback competition between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel. Receiver Nate Burleson, who came over via free agency this offseason, believes the team can't go wrong either way, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"I like getting in the huddle and seeing these quarterbacks,'' he said. "They should be saying, 'I'm the captain of this ship. Let's hit the seas, man. Let's go pillage and plunder what we want. That's exactly what these two guys have. We're going to follow their lead. This is an intense sport. We're not here to play around. We're here to make the city proud. We're working for that. We have a long way to go, but we have two guys competing for the same spot. We can't go wrong either way, so it's exciting."

The Browns have been steadfast in saying that Hoyer is the considerable favorite to win the job out of camp. Still, many can't fathom Manziel sitting for long after being taken with the 22nd pick in May's NFL Draft. Hoyer started three games for Cleveland last year, leading the team to an undefeated mark in those contests. The Browns were 1-12 otherwise.

"You're supposed to be aware of what you put in your body and take precautions."

-Eagles tackle Lane Johnson, on his suspension

After turning in a solid rookie season in 2013, Philadelphia Eagles tackle Lane Johnson will miss the first four games of 2014, serving a suspension for using a banned substance. Johnson's suspension puts Allen Barbre in position to start at right tackle, with Jason Peters manning his spot on the left side, per The Associated Press.

Barbre has started seven games during his seven-year NFL career, all coming in 2009 with the Green Bay Packers. Last year, Barbre spent his first year with the Eagles after bouncing around with the Packers, Seahawks and Dolphins.

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