Tony Pauline of Sports Illustrated offers his risers and fallers from Saturday’s Senior Bowl game. Pauline liked the performance of Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, whom the Seahawks talked to this week, while pointing out Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson struggled to make plays from inside the pocket.
I’ll talk with Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com and get his thoughts on the Senior Bowl later on today.
Pauline: Kirk Cousins/QB/Michigan State: Cousins completed 5 of 11 passes for 115 yards, yet the stats tell a fraction of the story. Cousins made all the NFL throws from the pocket, displaying great speed on the ball while also putting touch on passes when required. His timing and accuracy was right on the mark as Cousins always gave his targets a good opportunity to make the reception. When he did miss on throws more times than not it was due to receiver error. It was important for Cousins to have a good game, as scouts questioned his judgment under center. At the Senior Bowl, decision-making was right on the money.
Russ Lande of the Sporting News says North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples shined defensively.
Brady Henderson of ESPN 710 Seattle writes that Seattle’s Red Bryant wants to develop into more of a complete player.
Seahawks running back Michael Robinson talks about his exhausting week, flying from Hawaii to Penn State to say goodbye to his former college coach Joe Paterno, and then returning to Hawaii on Friday.
Dan Pompei of the National Football Post talks to new Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, who says Sam Bradford was a major reason he took the job in St. Louis. Pompei also offers a nice run down of the top players at the Senior Bowl according to front office executives he talked to – Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden, Wilson and Coples appears on the list.
ESPN’s Mike Sando takes a closer look at how injuries affected teams in the NFC West, noting that San Francisco had just five players finished on the injured reserve list, while Seattle had 15.
Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has an interesting story on former Bears’ linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, who’s in the middle of a fight with the NFL to receiver $900,000 due him according to the collective bargaining agreement after two doctors, one the independent neurological consultant for the Bears, recommended he no longer play football.