Feb 11, 2011
Happy Friday to everyone out there from all of us at FantasyGuru. Despite the Super Bowl taking place just five days ago, the off-season is already in full swing with lots of news from around the league.
Bronco WR Demaryius Thomas ruptured his Achilles … while working out in Atlanta and could miss up to eight months. This is the fourth different injury Thomas has suffered in the last year. He broke a bone in his foot while training for the Combine and re-injured the foot in the preseason, which kept him out until Week Two. A concussion and ankle injury suffered during the season limited him to just 10 games in his rookie year, in which he finished with 22 receptions, 283 yards, and 2 TDs. This is the second major injury issue for Bronco WRs, as Eddie Royal underwent hip surgery recently and is hoping to return in time for mini-camp (if it takes place).
Cam Newton impresses … at his workout for the media in San Diego. The 2010 Heisman Trophy winner went through a variety of passing and agility drills in the 45-minute session held at a local high school. Newton has been working with QB coach George Whitfield Jr., who helped Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger early in the 2010 season. Newton has also been getting advice from Hall of Famer Warren Moon, who was present in San Diego on Thursday. Newton has not decided what drills he will participate in at the Combine, which takes place at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis from February 23-March 1.
The Browns will not hire an offensive coordinator … according to new HC Pat Shurmur, who spent the last two seasons as the OC in St. Louis. Shurmur confirmed he would be calling plays and running the offense in addition to his responsibilities as the team’s head coach. The Browns appear to have their staff set after bringing in Mark Whipple to coach the QBs and Mike Wilson to work with the receiving corps. QB Colt McCoy said during Super Bowl week that he expects to be the team’s starter in 2011 and Shurmur said that’s a “logical assumption.”
o The Patriots are expected to franchise OG Logan Mankins. Mankins sat out the first seven games of the 2010 season in protest of the Patriots not giving him a long-term deal, but started the final nine games of the season and was selected to his second straight Pro Bowl.
o The Jets denied the Titans’ request to interview OL coach Bill Callahan for the open offensive coordinator position in Tennessee.
o Titan WR Kenny Britt faces a reduced theft charge after not paying bail for a friend despite making a pledge to do so in court in January 2010. He didn’t appear in court on Thursday and is out of the country.