OTA-related thoughts on a Monday in June
June, 3, 2013
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com
A look around the NFC West as organized team activities (OTAs) resumed around the NFL on Monday:
- Arizona Cardinals: Rookie receiver Ryan Swope did not participate Monday, several days after teammate Larry Fitzgerald suggested Swope was suffering from symptoms related to his concussion history. Coach Bruce Arians had no details when reporters asked about Swope. Arians did say he thought Swope would be fine. The Cardinals felt great about getting Swope in the sixth round. I'm guessing they still feel that way. The injury history was part of the deal. Meanwhile, the team is wasting no time in reconfiguring its offensive line, with rookie Jonathan Cooper at left guard and Daryn Colledge at right guard.
- St. Louis Rams: The Rams rescheduled their Monday session. The team now has OTAs scheduled for Tuesday through Friday. The Thursday and Friday sessions are open to media. I'm planning on attending the Rams' OTAs next week.
- San Francisco 49ers: Defensive back Raymond Ventrone's signing, announced by the team, reunites him with 49ers special-teams coach Brad Seely, new kicker Phil Dawson and new consultant Eric Mangini. Those four were together with the Browns for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. Cleveland led the NFL in expected points added (EPA) by special teams during those two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Having Josh Cribbs on those teams certainly helped.
- Seattle Seahawks: Seattle continues to emphasize versatility throughout its defensive front seven, making it tougher to project exactly where certain players will align within the scheme. John Boyle's report from OTAs caught my attention on this front. Note, also, that running back Marshawn Lynch was on a short list of no-shows for this session. There's no questioning Lynch's commitment based on how he runs the ball during the season. His absence does seem conspicuous relative to those players maximizing every chance to improve alongside teammates, however.