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  Raiders | Will cut Terrelle Pryor if no trade    Sat Apr 19, 12:54 PM

The Oakland Raiders will release QB Terrelle Pryor if they are not able to trade him by Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. We can't imagine anyone out there incredibly interested in Pryor. He's big, athletic, and has a strong arm. Accuracy and decision-making problems have plagued his pro career.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel working out    Sat Apr 19, 12:38 PM

The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel Saturday, April 19. The team are also scheduled to meet with Manziel this upcoming week.

Footballguys view: Manziel would be a good fit with the Browns because of new OC Kyle Shanahan. He could craft an offense built around Manziel's unique skill set. Shanahan worked well with Robert Griffin III in Washington, and he could help Manziel transition to the pros.

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  Colts | Matt Hasselbeck entering final season    Sat Apr 19, 12:14 PM

Indianapolis Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck plans to retire after the 2014 season.

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  Jets | Will have QB competition    Sat Apr 19, 12:08 PM

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson said the team told him QBs Michael Vick and Geno Smith will compete for the starting quarterback job during offseason workouts and training camp.

Footballguys view: Vick has the experience and may be considered the frontrunner at this time. Smith is entering his second year after an up-and-down rookie season. This will be a battle to watch closely in camp.

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  Patriots | Talk with Seth Lobato    Sat Apr 19, 11:07 AM

Northern Colorado QB Seth Lobato spoke at length with a representative with the New England Patriots during his Pro Day last month.

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  49ers | Colin Kaepernick not at scene of suspicious incident    Sat Apr 19, 10:41 AM

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick was not believed to be at the scene of a suspicious incident when Miami police arrived earlier this month.

Footballguys view: The legal process is still sorting things out. At this time, it looks like Kaepernick may avoid any sort of legal trouble.

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  Bears | Could target a quarterback    Sat Apr 19, 09:47 AM

The Chicago Bears could target a quarterback in the late rounds of the NFL Draft or in free agency to provide competition for backup QB Jordan Palmer.

Footballguys view: The Bears need a young quarterback to groom behind Jay Cutler. This draft is top heavy at quarterback, but there are a few mid- to late-round options that would work. We think Brett Smith (Wyoming) would be a great fit with Bears head coach (and noted quarterback guru) Marc Trestman.

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  Panthers | Cam Newton still in walking boot    Sat Apr 19, 09:23 AM

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) remains in a walking boot about a month after ankle surgery.

Footballguys view: The team is hopeful Newton will be ready to go for training camp. We should see him begin camp in a limited fashion as they get Newton ready for the start of the regular season.

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  NFL | Keith Wenning generating significant interest    Sat Apr 19, 02:44 AM

Ball State QB Keith Wenning is generating significant interest from NFL teams, as he has had eight visits and eight additional workouts.

Footballguys view: Wenning is a pure passer who can make quick decisions after the snap. He throws accurately deep even though he doesn't have the strongest arm. Wenning is not that athletic, but he does a good job of staying mechanically sound when throwing on the run. He'll be picked on the final day of the draft as a developmental prospect.

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  Rams | Get look at Tajh Boyd    Fri Apr 18, 08:46 PM

The St. Louis Rams got a look at Clemson QB Tajh Boyd Friday, April 18, since he was throwing to WR Sammy Watkins during his private workout with the team.

Footballguys view: Boyd is a late-round developmental prospect. He's athletic and has a strong arm, but he's inaccurate and makes poor decisions under pressure. The Rams added Shaun Hill, but they could use a third-string guy with upside.

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  NFL | Jimmy Clausen expects to be ready for workouts    Fri Apr 18, 08:19 PM

Updating a previous report, free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) said his arm is about 95 percent at this time and believes he would be ready for the start of offseason workouts if he signs with a team.

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  Dolphins | Interested in Stephen Morris    Fri Apr 18, 07:52 PM

The Miami Dolphins have expressed interest in Miami QB Stephen Morris leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Morris played college football at the "U" and has interesting upside. His mechanics are sound but his accuracy needs improvement.

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  NFL | Derek Carr thinks he has chance to go in first round    Fri Apr 18, 07:22 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he believes there is a good chance that he will be selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft based on what coaches and general managers have told him.

Footballguys view: Carr certainly has a chance to be a late first- or early second-round pick. He'll interest teams that pass on a quarterback in the top 10. Carr has a strong arm and is athletic enough to make plays with his feet.

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  Vikings | Met with four QB prospects this week    Fri Apr 18, 07:04 PM

The Minnesota Vikings met with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater, Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage, North Carolina QB Bryn Renner and Ball State QB Keith Wenning this week.

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  NFL | Jimmy Clausen looking for another opportunity    Fri Apr 18, 05:34 PM

Free-agent QB Jimmy Clausen (shoulder) (Panthers) wants to compete for an NFL backup job. Clausen had right shoulder surgery Sept. 11, 2013 and spent the entire season on injured reserve.

Footballguys view: We're not certain there will be much if any interest in Clausen. He was a bust as a starter with the Panthers, and he may not even be able to stick around in the league as a backup.

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  Giants | Eli Manning has had procedures in the past no one knew about    Fri Apr 18, 05:09 PM

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said on SiriusXM NFL Radio QB Eli Manning has recovered from minor procedures no one knew about in the past.

Footballguys view: Not a surprise here. Several players across the league are likely going under the knife without many knowing about it. Manning is going to try to bounce back from a down season, but this year he'll be without Gilbride. That offense was boring and predictable. We'll see what kind of new wrinkles new OC Ben McAdoo can give the Giants on offense.

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  Saints | Try out Rusty Smith    Fri Apr 18, 04:10 PM

The New Orleans Saints tried out free-agent QB Rusty Smith (Titans) earlier this week.

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  Browns | Blake Bortles to visit    Fri Apr 18, 01:27 PM

Central Florida QB Blake Bortles is scheduled to visit the Cleveland Browns Monday April 21, and Tuesday, April 22.

Footballguys view: The Browns are likely to select a quarterback in the first round, and Bortles could be that guy. He's a big pocket passer who has a little Ben Roethlisberger to his game. Bortles can make all the throws in the NFL and he can pick up yards with his feet if the play breaks down.

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  Jaguars | Schedule second visit with Teddy Bridgewater    Fri Apr 18, 01:20 PM

The Jacksonville Jaguars have scheduled a second visit and workout with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater.

Footballguys view: His draft stock has been declining ever since his pro day, but Bridgewater is still our number one quarterback this year. It's simple really; he's incredibly accurate and he has high football intelligence. The Jaguars are considering quarterbacks in the first and second round. Bridgewater should be high on their list.

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  Texans | Will meet with Teddy Bridgewater    Fri Apr 18, 01:20 PM

The Houston Texans will meet with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater next week.

Footballguys view: Bridgewater is still an option for the Texans at number one overall. He's incredibly accurate, has high football intelligence and he does a good job of distributing the football evenly around the field.

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  49ers | Contract talks with Colin Kaepernick stop for now    Thu Apr 17, 11:42 PM

The San Francisco 49ers have stopped contract extension talks with QB Colin Kaepernick for now while the Miami police investigate an incident involving Kaepernick earlier this month.

Footballguys view: No surprise here. The team could resume contract talks once the legal process has been exhausted.

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  NFL | Aaron Murray receiving interest    Thu Apr 17, 09:15 PM

Georgia QB Aaron Murray has met with the Cleveland Browns, Tennessee Titans, Detroit Lions and St. Louis Rams.

Footballguys view: Murray is a solid quarterback prospect and one we think some teams would do well to wait for in the third round. His quick setup, tight spiral, good accuracy and experience with pro-style offense are all things teams should focus on rather than his recent ACL injury.

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  NFL | Tom Savage invited to draft    Thu Apr 17, 07:05 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage has been invited to attend the 2014 NFL Draft, but he has not decided if he will accept the invitation.

Footballguys view: Interesting. The divide between what the draftnicks think of Savage and what the media-and perhaps the NFL-think of him seems to be pretty wide. Savage has a huge arm but stares his targets down, lacks touch on is throw and ran from competition twice (from Rutgers and Arizona). Savage isn't sure about it himself it seems as he is unsure whether to attend the draft.

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  NFL | Donovan McNabb arrested    Thu Apr 17, 04:53 PM

Former NFL QB Donovan McNabb's mugshot from a January arrest was released Thursday, April 17. He was arrested for an unspecified traffic citation Jan. 6 and has a court date set for May 16.

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  NFL | No limitations for Aaron Murray    Wed Apr 16, 07:10 PM

Georgia QB Aaron Murray (knee) said he didn't have any limitations with his surgically repaired knee during his pro day Wednesday, April 16, despite wearing a brace on his left knee. His workout Wednesday included 54 passes to several receivers. 'We did a lot of throws on the run, left and right, to demonstrate my ability to cut off my leg and show everyone that I'm healthy,' he said. 'That way these teams don't have to worry about if they draft me that I'm going to have to sit out or anything like that.'

Footballguys view: Good news for Murray here. He's a mid- to late-round quarterback with some upside. Murray is 6' tall and has drawn comparisons to Drew Brees or Russell Wilson because of his accuracy within the pocket. He's not as athletic as those two, and his accuracy suffers when throwing off platform.

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  Broncos | Will work out two prospects    Wed Apr 16, 04:29 PM

The Denver Broncos are scheduled to work out Miami QB Stephen Morris and Mississippi WR Donte Moncrief before the 2014 NFL Draft.

Footballguys view: Moncrief is a big-bodied wide receiver who can adjust to poorly thrown passes. He is not a burner, but he does track the ball well over his shoulder. Moncrief is a value pick for some team out there after a statistically disappointing 2013.

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  Raiders | Hope to trade Terrelle Pryor     Wed Apr 16, 04:24 PM

The Oakland Raiders hope to trade QB Terrelle Pryor before the start of the offseason program Monday, April 21.

Footballguys view: Good luck with that. Pryor is big, athletic and has a strong arm. Accuracy and decision-making skills are still a huge problem. If they can't trade him, then the Raiders should release Pryor.

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  Patriots | Visit with Jimmy Garoppolo     Wed Apr 16, 04:20 PM

The New England Patriots visited with Eastern Illinois QB Jimmy Garoppolo earlier this week.

Footballguys view: We're cooler than most on Garoppolo. He's got a quick release, but his offense (against poor competition) was incredibly simple. At Eastern Illinois he was asked to basically catch the snap and throw immediately to a predetermined target. If the Patriots added him it would be interesting to say the least. Wherever he goes, Garoppolo needs to sit and learn.

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  Dolphins | Will meet with Aaron Murray    Wed Apr 16, 03:12 PM

The Miami Dolphins are scheduled to meet with Georgia QB Aaron Murray Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: Murray would be an interesting fit with Joe Philbin. He has some Matt Flynn (Packers) to his game; smart, able to hit underneath routes accurately. Murray has higher upside than Flynn if he stays healthy and plays up to his potential.

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  Chiefs | Meet with Aaron Murray    Wed Apr 16, 03:11 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs met with Georgia QB Aaron Murray Tuesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: Murray would be a fine developmental quarterback for the Chiefs behind Alex Smith. They need a young player to groom at the position with the hopes of one day being a future starter. Kansas City has not won a game with a quarterback they drafted since 1987 (Todd Blackledge).

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  Rams | Watch Aaron Murray pro day    Wed Apr 16, 02:54 PM

St. Louis Rams director of player personnel Taylor Morton was present at Georgia QB Aaron Murray's pro day Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: The Rams could use a developmental quarterback like Murray on the roster. He's tough, competitive, accurate and known as a leader. His arm isn't a rocket, but he can make every throw required in the NFL.

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  Jaguars | General manager and coach watch Aaron Murray    Wed Apr 16, 02:48 PM

Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley watched Georgia QB Aaron Murray participate in his pro day Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: If the Jaguars add a quarterback early in the draft, then they could still add a guy like Murray on the third day. Murray suffered an ACL injury that will likely keep him from contributing in 2014. However, when healthy this kid has the toughness and accuracy to be a borderline starter. Think of him in the same way you do Kirk Cousins (Washington).

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  Browns | A.J. McCarron to visit    Wed Apr 16, 02:17 PM

The Cleveland Browns are scheduled to meet with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron at some point next week. The team worked out McCarron Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: McCarron would be an option for the team if they passed on quarterback in the first round. We'll see if any team is willing to take McCarron early in the second round. We'd grade him more as a final day pick because (in our eyes) he's a backup-caliber quarterback.

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  Packers | Had interest in Josh Freeman    Wed Apr 16, 12:53 PM

The Green Bay Packers would have had interest in New York Giants QB Josh Freeman if QB Matt Flynn did not re-sign with the team.

Footballguys view: Why? Backup quarterbacks need to be ready to start when the opportunity arises. Freeman didn't prepare enough when he was cemented as the starter with the Buccaneers. He certainly didn't look good during his brief time with the Vikings either.

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  Cardinals | Carson Palmer would understand drafting QB    Wed Apr 16, 12:30 PM

Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said he would understand if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he knows the team has to think about its future. 'If you are in a position to draft the best player on your board, and that's the best position to be in as an organization, and (a quarterback) is the best player on the board, you are not only making your team better by creating competition but you are helping out the future,' Palmer said.

Footballguys view: Palmer knows the score. He's in the twilight of his career, and the Cardinals need to find the next quarterback to groom behind him. There's a few big-armed quarterbacks who could interest the Cardinals in the draft. Players like Derek Carr, Zach Mettenberger or Tom Savage may be on their radar.

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  Rams | Attending Aaron Murray's pro day    Wed Apr 16, 12:26 PM

St. Louis Rams director of player personnel Taylor Morton is attending the pro day of Georgia QB Aaron Murray Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: Murray is an interesting quarterback to watch at the pro level. He's a tough leader who can stand in the pocket, deliver the ball, and take a hit. Murray doesn't have a rocket arm, but it's strong enough to make all the throws required in the NFL. A torn ACL could keep him from contributing in 2014, but he has the upside to be a good backup with starting capability.

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  Giants | One-year deal for Josh Freeman    Wed Apr 16, 12:25 PM

Updating a previous item, the New York Giants agreed to an undisclosed one-year deal with QB Josh Freeman. He could receive extra snaps this summer as QB Eli Manning (ankle) recovers from ankle surgery.

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  Giants | Josh Freeman agrees to terms    Wed Apr 16, 12:10 PM

The New York Giants have agreed to terms with free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Granpa Coughlin throwing us a curveball here. Freeman is not what you'd call disciplined, which is exact opposite of what you expect from Coughlin's players. We'll see if he can turn things around on his third chance in the NFL. Freeman will compete with second-year pro Ryan Nassib to be the backup behind Eli Manning.

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  Giants | Working on deal with Josh Freeman    Wed Apr 16, 11:59 AM

The New York Giants are working on a contract with free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings) and an agreement is expected in the next day or two.

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  Browns | A.J. McCarron working out    Wed Apr 16, 10:24 AM

The Cleveland Browns are conducting a private workout with Alabama QB A.J. McCarron Wednesday, April 16.

Footballguys view: McCarron is hated because he's a winner--at least that's what he thinks. He comes off as a curmudgeon at the podium, and his performance on tape is poor as well. McCarron is getting hype because he was a winner at Alabama, surrounded by the nation's best. An honest assessment of his skill set reveals a backup-caliber quarterback with a weak arm.

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  Browns | Johnny Manziel to visit this weekend    Tue Apr 15, 05:30 PM

The Cleveland Browns will visit with Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel this weekend.

Footballguys view: Manziel could certainly be an option for the Browns in the first round. He would be a good fit for the Kyle Shanahan system. Any team that adds Manziel can't force him into a traditional offense. Instead, a franchise must be willing to think outside the box. Shanahan's offense can accentuate Manziel's athletic gifts the way it did Robert Griffin III in Washington.

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  Packers | Matt Flynn to compete for backup job    Tue Apr 15, 03:17 PM

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Flynn is expected to compete with QB Scott Tolzien for the backup quarterback job, but head coach Mike McCarthy anticipates keeping three QBs on the roster to open the season.

Footballguys view: Flynn should be able to hold off Tolzien for the primary backup job behind Aaron Rodgers.

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  Packers | Matt Flynn re-signs    Tue Apr 15, 02:15 PM

The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms on an undisclosed deal to re-sign QB Matt Flynn Tuesday, April 15, according to a source.

Footballguys view: It's a smart move for both sides. The Packers needed a quality backup behind Aaron Rodgers, and Flynn knows the system well. Flynn needed a new job as he's clearly a backup-caliber player who wasn't going to get a starting opportunity elsewhere.

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  NFL | Derek Carr says he's best QB available    Tue Apr 15, 01:32 PM

Fresno State QB Derek Carr said he's 'absolutely' the best quarterback available in this year's draft class. He is seen as a potential first-round pick next month.

Footballguys view: We respectfully disagree, but we do appreciate the confidence that Carr has shown with this statement. Every QB should feel like he's the best, but Carr has flaws to his game that might hold him back early as a pro. He has a strong arm and can fit passes into tight windows. Carr is athletic enough to keep plays alive with his feet if necessary. However, Carr's game falls apart under pressure. Even when he's not in danger, Carr will feel pressure and react negatively. We'll see if his NFL team can help him overcome "seeing ghosts" on the football field.

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  Vikings | Getting extended look at Teddy Bridgewater    Tue Apr 15, 01:18 PM

The Minnesota Vikings visited with Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater Monday, April 14, and he remains with the team Tuesday, April 15. He also worked out for the team over the weekend.

Footballguys view: The thought of Bridgewater falling to the end of the first round just doesn't make sense. He's this year's most accurate quarterback who knows how to run a pro-style offense. The Vikings would be wise to add Bridgewater in the first round if he's available when they pick at 8th overall.

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  Giants | Former OC refutes Eli Manning is in decline    Tue Apr 15, 10:22 AM

Former New York Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said it's 'ludicrous' to think that Giants QB Eli Manning is in decline. 'There's been no deterioration of his arm strength, there's been no lack of preparation and effort,' Gilbride said. 'I think he's going to be fine as soon as they solidify the offensive line.'

Footballguys view: "It's not him it's me" is what Gilbride should have said. The offense grew stale under Gildbride, and defenses knew how predictable the playcalling and formations were. We should see a refreshed Eli under new OC Ben McAdoo.

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  Raiders | Meeting with Blake Bortles    Mon Apr 14, 03:53 PM

The Oakland Raiders are meeting with Central Florida QB Blake Bortles Monday, April 14.

Footballguys view: Adding Bortles with the 5th overall pick would make a lot of sense. Bortles is a big, strong pocket passer like current starter Matt Schaub. The rookie is more athletic than Schaub and has the arm strength to attack the edges of the field.

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  NFL | Tom Savage receiving significant interest    Mon Apr 14, 02:36 PM

Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage will have either worked out for or met with 24 or 25 teams by the time the deadline passes for teams to meet with prospects. Neil Schwartz, agent for Savage, has told two teams interested in meeting with Savage that there are no days free for Savage to visit.

Footballguys view: There are some who think Savage will be a second-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. He's a big pocket passer who can fire passes all over the field. The problem is, he couldn't hang onto the job at Rutgers and had to transfer to two different schools before finding a home at PITT. Savage has a big arm, but he lacks the ability to extend plays and his accuracy struggles when he has to move.

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  Giants | Josh Freeman working out Tuesday    Mon Apr 14, 02:01 PM

Updating a previous report, the New York Giants will work out free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Vikings) Tuesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: Why? Freeman lacks the discipline to work on a Tom Coughlin team. The Giants are looking for quarterback help behind Eli Manning. Freeman doesn't seem like the right fit.

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  Giants | Matt Flynn to work out    Mon Apr 14, 12:36 PM

The New York Giants will work out free-agent QB Matt Flynn (Packers) Tuesday, April 15.

Footballguys view: The Giants are looking for a veteran backup behind Eli Manning. Flynn could certainly fit the bill. If added, he would compete with second-year quarterback Ryan Nassib for the primary backup job.

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