NFL Nation: Coye Francies

Running back Peyton Hillis signed with Tampa Bay on Tuesday. The 27-year-old spent last season with the Chiefs, but the new Kansas City regime had no interest in bringing him back. The Chiefs took running back Knile Davis (from Hillis’ alma mater, Arkansas) in the third round as a backup for star Jamaal Charles.

The previous regime brought Hillis to Kansas City on a one-year deal, with the idea of him being a dynamic backup to Charles. Hillis, a former standout in Cleveland, had 309 yards on 85 carries last season.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs suffered a blow on the first day of rookie training camp. The Kansas City Star reported that the team's fifth-round pick, defensive back Sanders Commings, fractured his left collarbone and will likely miss all of camp. He has a chance to help this season, but this is surely a setback. Commings had a strong offseason session.

In other AFC West notes:

The Raiders cut cornerback Coye Francies and linebacker Travis Goethel -- Francies because of a failure to disclose a physical condition. Both were backups last year. Goethel was once considered a promising prospect, but injuries derailed his Raiders career. He will most be remembered in Oakland for a disastrous night as a long-snapper in the opening loss to San Diego last season, after standout Jon Condo was hurt.

Buffalo cut pass-rusher Mark Anderson. He was injured last season. He had 10 sacks for the Patriots in 2011. Oakland needs a pass-rusher badly; perhaps it could show some interest in Anderson.

ESPN.com columnist Jeffri Chadiha thinks the Broncos can handle a four-game NFL suspension of star linebacker Von Miller.

AFC West notes

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CBSSports.com is reporting Kansas City is visiting with receiver Donnie Avery. He had 60 catches for the Colts last season.

Yahoo! Sports reports Oakland defensive tackle Richard Seymour may retire if he doesn’t get a big deal. Denver is reportedly interested. Seymour is 33, injury-prone and on the decline. I’m not sure he will command a big contract.

ESPN’s Andrew Brandt reports the Raiders are operating with more than $30 million in dead money, thus their actual salary cap is more in the $90 million range. Brutal.

The Raiders reportedly have re-signed cornerback Coye Francies. He is a bottom-of-the-roster type.

San Diego cornerback Antoine Cason may be out of the mix in Detroit now that the Lions have re-signed Chris Houston.

There were reports Tuesday that Kansas City running back Peyton Hillis was visiting the Packers. Now those reports are being disputed. I don’t think he’s much of a priority for the Chiefs.

The Giants are reportedly interested in defensive end Dave Tollefson. He was cut by Oakland on Tuesday. He left the Giants to sign with Oakland last year.
A look at the Raiders’ 21-3 road loss Thursday night:

It was a night for the backups for the Raiders and it looked like it.

The Raiders weren’t very good, but not many of these players will even be factors in the regular season. But it shows the biggest problem this team has -- depth.

Backup running back Mike Goodson had 26 yards on eight carries and Taiwan Jones added 12 yards on seven carries. I’ll say it once again: Oakland needs another backup running back behind Darren McFadden for depth purposes.

Terrelle Pryor wasn’t as dynamic against Seattle as he was against Detroit last week. After playing like a star late in that previous outing, Pryor wasn’t overly productive Thursday. That’s OK. He is a project. Sure, we might see some Pryor packages this season, but he is still a developing player.

Seattle ran and passed at will against an Oakland defense that was pretty strong in the preseason.

Rookie linebacker Nathan Stupar had a big night and should make the team when the roster is trimmed to 53 players Friday.

Newly signed punt returner Roscoe Parrish fumbled twice. I could see Parrish, cut by San Diego on Monday, getting the axe. Cornerback Coye Francies, claimed this week, also fumbled a punt. He could easily get cut Friday as well. If so, Oakland could look for a punt returner because of injuries. Punt returners are easy to find on the waiver wire. It could keep Bryan McCann as well. He had a nice game as a returner and a cornerback Thursday.

Browns, Steelers make early cuts

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The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns moved one step closer to trimming their final rosters down to 53 players Friday evening.

Pittsburgh announced 10 cuts. They included receiver Brandon London, running back Justin Vincent, linebacker Renauld Williams, defensive tackle Scott Paxson, long snapper Matt Stewart, safety Justin Thornton, offensive linemen Dorian Brooks and Kyle Jolly, and tight ends Sean McHugh and Eugene Bright.

The Browns released six players: cornerback Coye Francies, tight end Joel Gamble, offensive linemen Casey Bender and Joel Reinders, and receivers Syndric Steptoe and Jake Allen.

Final cuts have to be made by 6 p.m. Saturday.

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham


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 The Jets traded up with the Browns in this year's draft to select Mark Sanchez at No. 5.
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The New York Jets pulled off another trade with their former head coach's new team. The Browns have a general manager, George Kokinis, but Mangini most certainly was involved to a high degree in trading receiver Braylon Edwards to the Jets on Wednesday morning.

This, of course, isn't the first time the Jets and Browns brokered a major deal. The Jets made a five-for-one deal to acquire Cleveland's fifth overall draft pick for the purposes of selecting Southern California quarterback Mark Sanchez.

So the Jets have acquired the third overall pick from the 2005 draft and the fifth overall pick from this year. And what, really, have they parted with?

Cleveland, clearly in a rebuilding mode, is collecting draft picks for the future. New York is tweaking their roster to win this year.

What the Jets have gotten from dealing with the Browns
  • Mark Sanchez, quarterback: The Sanchise won the job in training camp and, despite some rookie mistakes, has the Jets 3-1 and tied for first place in the AFC East.
  • Braylon Edwards, receiver: He had off-the-field problems and was erratic in the Browns' offense, but he's the big-play receiver the Jets were lacking.
What the Browns have gotten from dealing with the Jets
  • Brett Ratliff, quarterback: He's third on the depth chart behind Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn.
  • Chansi Stuckey, receiver: Stuckey was the Jets' No. 2 receiver, but didn't seize the job out of camp as much as he was a better option than David Clowney.
  • Jason Trusnik, linebacker: A depth player and special-teamer, he was undrafted out of Division III Ohio Northern and has an injury history.
  • Abram Elam, safety: Elam starts for the Browns but would have been a backup for the Jets behind Kerry Rhodes and Jim Leonhard.
  • Kenyon Coleman, defensive end: Coleman starts for the Browns.
  • 17th overall draft pick (Sanchez trade): The Browns turned another trade, giving the pick to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who took quarterback Josh Freeman, for picks Nos. 19 and 191. The Browns then dealt No. 19 to the Philadelphia Eagles for Nos. 21 and 195.

    The Browns drafted starting center Alex Mack at No. 19, cornerback Coye Francies at No. 191 and running back James Davis at No. 195. Francies is a backup, while Davis is on injured reserve after a promising preseason.
  • 52nd overall draft pick (Sanchez trade): The Browns kept the pick and selected defensive end David Veikune, who now is a backup inside linebacker.
  • Two undisclosed draft picks (Edwards trade).

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree has come off as a prima donna during pre-draft interviews with teams. Thomas: "There are questions about Crabtree's foot and attitude. His diva attitude during pre-draft visits turned off the Rams and the Browns (who pick fifth overall) to the point where neither team is considering Crabtree for their first-round pick." Televised interviews with Crabtree have raised questions in my mind about how the Seahawks might view him as well. Would veteran receivers T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deion Branch and Nate Burleson be able to mentor him effectively? Might the prima donna tendencies grow worse with money in Crabtree's pockets and people around him telling him how great he is?

Bill Coats of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch looks at ways the Rams and other NFL teams process draft-related information. Former Rams coach Dick Vermeil says it's harder for teams to mislead one another.

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch expects action from Rams general manager Billy Devaney during the draft. Burwell: "Devaney has said that he'll be aggressive. He is not afraid to take chances, to make moves, to wheel and deal his way around the draft board. I'm still not sure he can pull off a trade to move down in the first round. The better bet is that Devaney will work hard once the draft begins to move up out of that second-round pick (No. 35 overall) into the lower half of the first round."

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic outlines what the Cardinals want in a running back to pair with Tim Hightower. Somers: "Hightower would seem to fit the role of the inside pounder, the gainer of tough yards. He proved adept last season at picking up first downs and scoring touchdowns. He struggled some when he was the featured back and ended up with more runs for negative yards than coaches found acceptable. Luckily for the Cardinals, the upcoming draft is deep in running backs. And it's possible that one of the top three -- Georgia's Knowshon Moreno, Ohio State's Chris Wells and Connecticut's Donald Brown -- will be there when the Cardinals pick at No. 31."

Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean says nothing appears imminent between Tennessee and Arizona even though the Titans have inquired about Anquan Boldin. My take, lifted from our Thursday chat: "Knowing [Titans GM] Mike Reinfeldt, I'm questioning whether he would want to give up picks for a player, then meet that player's very high demands on a long-term agreement."

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com also does not expect the Titans to move seriously for Boldin.

Also from Urban: Larry Fitzgerald is indeed sharing the cover on the 2010 version of John Madden's football video game.

More from Urban: Hightower has dropped 15 pounds and improved his conditioning. Scheduling issues had hurt his conditioning last offseason.

Eric D. Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune describes Aaron Curry as the "safe pick [Seahawks general manager Tim] Ruskell covets" in the draft.

Danny O'Neil of the Seattle Times says no 2009 NFL draft prospect has made him waffle more than Crabtree. O'Neil: "Dude is a playmaker, flat-out. ... I've worried that the spread offense inflated his numbers, too much. That he might be a product of a system, but then you watch how the man runs after the catch and you imagine what he would do in the Seahawks' offense with the new emphasis on the play-action pass."

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com says the Seahawks hope to put substance before hype in determining which players to draft. Farnsworth: "There has been talk, from Ruskell, among others, that this draft lacks the franchise-quality players who justify being selected -- and paid -- as Top 5 picks. It's a situation that has prompted the Seahawks to look at top of this draft class differently."

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle offers a first-round mock draft featuring the following NFC West selections: Jason Smith (Rams), Mark Sanchez (Seahawks), Knowshon Moreno (49ers) and Donald Brown (Cardinals). The Moreno pick would not shock me -- the 49ers would arguably be selecting the top back in the draft -- but it would probably shock Frank Gore.

Kevin Lynch of Niner Insider takes a round-by-round look at draft prospects who might help the 49ers on offense.

Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat lists the 49ers' top five needs in this order: pass-rusher, offensive tackle, receiver, running back and quarterback.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee lists seven players as possibilities for the 49ers with the 10th overall choice in the draft: Crabtree, Aaron Curry, Tyson Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Michael Oher, Brian Orakpo and B.J. Raji. Barrows: "No one knows for sure, but it's a safe bet the following players are gone before the 49ers are on the clock: quarterbacks Matt Stafford and Mark Sanchez, offensive tackles Jason Smith, Eugene Monroe and Andre Smith. (And, yes, A. Smith will be gone)."

Daniel Brown of the San Jose Mercury News says the 2009 draft could make or break Scot McCloughan's tenure as the 49ers' general manager.

Briandean of Niners Nation suggests which players the 49ers should draft in each round: Oher (1), Larry English (2), Ramses Barden (3), Coye Francies (4), James Davis (5), Devin Moore (5), Mike Reilly (6), Bear Pascoe (7) and
Michael Mitchell (7).

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- Will Jarron Gilbert be a solid NFL defensive lineman? Rated as a third or fourth rounder, it'll be a while before we know.

What we already know is the guy is an Internet sensation. There has been plenty of buzz about this clip at the combine, and most people who watch it will size up the shallow end of the pool next time they have occasion to take a dip, just to get a more specific feel for what it takes to do what he can do.

(AFC South tie-in, you ask? None here. The Jaguars, Texans, Colts and maybe the Titans will be looking for defensive line help in the draft, however. But mostly, I just wanted to link to the video.)

Here's the relevant section of his interview:

So, is the YouTube video of you jumping out of the shallow end of a swimming pool for real?

I've become a YouTube sensation. How it came about was, one day our strength coach said Adam Archuleta could jump out of a pool, and everybody was super amazed. I went out there one day -- it wasn't that big a deal to me -- and I just went and jumped out of the pool. I found out that I could do it, so I put it on film to make everybody else believe me.

Where did you do that?

I did it at one of my teammates' apartment [in San Jose].

And there is another video of you benching on YouTube?

Just working out. Squatting.

You're a YouTube sensation. Are you going to be an NFL sensation?

Definitely [laughter]. Jumping out of the pool is cool and everything,
but being a good player is a little more important than that.

Jarron moved from end to tackle during his junior year. He has been rated anywhere from the second to fourth round.

His teammate, cornerback Chris Owens, is rated as a fourth or fifth rounder.

"I'm impressed and if I didn't know him I'd say, 'Oh my God,'" Owens said. "...He's been a freak athlete for years and for him to do that on the YouTube level and then come here and do it at the combine, it's fantastic from the program, as well as myself and [corner] Coye Francies and [receiver] David Richmond."

Did it here, I asked? They didn't find a pool to put him in did they?

"Do it here meaning workouts and stuff," Owens said. "I think he's going to do really good if he hasn't already."

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