Marcas Grant | Tags: Three and out, Baltimore Ravens, Bernard Pierce, Christian Ponder, Detroit Lions, Mike Glennon, Minnesota Vikings, Ray Rice, Sam Bradford, Sammy Watkins, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Baltimore seeking RB options: While the status of Ray Rice is still up in the air, the Baltimore Ravens could be making contingency plans. Coach John Harbaugh says the team is seriously considering adding a running back in the draft, while NFL Media’s Albert Breer previously reported that the team could potentially start a rookie in the backfield. That news is ominous not only for Rice, but also for Bernard Pierce, who was formerly thought of as the heir to the gig. A few things have to happen in the draft and training camp before any of this becomes a reality, but it should add to the storylines to watch later this summer.
Lions looking to draft Watkins?: According to Sammy Watkins, the Lions have serious interest in moving up to draft the former Clemson star. He would be one more weapon to an already loaded passing game to go along with Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate and Reggie Bush out of the backfield. In most cases, it would be fair to wonder if there were enough targets to go around. But when you have a quarterback like Matthew Stafford, who has averaged 675 passing attempts over the past three seasons, that concern is significantly lessened.
QBs on the move?: As we get closer to the start of the draft, the trade rumors will continue to swirl. At the moment, quarterbacks seem to make up much of the grist for the mill. The Rams have denied interest in trading Sam Bradford, despite suspicions to the contrary. The same goes for the Vikings and Christian Ponder. Meanwhile, stories of the Buccaneers parting ways with Mike Glennon persist. It’s a head-scratching turn of events for a QB draft class that has been criticized as being heavy on flawed players. Then again, considering some of the quarterbacks potentially involved in the scuttlebutt, it could be that many teams are on the hunt for backup options.
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