Cover Two Podcast: Rattling some feathers

NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks got some feathers rattled recently in a column he wrote suggesting that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shouldn’t be crowned among the league’s elite quarterbacks (Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady) yet. Some of those emotions might get stirred up again as we broached the subject in the Cover Two podcast with Brooks and NFL.com senior writer Steve Wyche.

Cover Two Podcast: Kickin’ it with Cooley, Ware

There’s a whole lot of NFC East chatter on this week’s “Cover Two podcast” with myself and Bucky Brooks, in large part because of our guests: Redskins TE Chris Cooley and Cowboys OLB DeMarcus Ware.

Jones’ 40, vertical on par with combine’s best

Eastern Washington’s Taiwan Jones ran 40-yard dash times in the 4.3- to 4.35-second range and had vertical jumps of 39.5 and 40 inches, according to a source who attended the running back’s pro day Thursday.

Wyche: Jackson opening door

I just got out of a production meeting with Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, who will be on “NFL Total Access” Monday night. With this being the middle of draft season I asked the 5-foot-10, 175-pound game-breaker what it’s like to be a player that so many smaller draft prospects at the position — like Boise State’s Titus Young and Troy’s Jerrel Jernigan — are compared to.

OSU’s Heyward pleased with elbow, pro day

Ohio State defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, a projected first-round draft pick, felt good not only about the way he performed in front of dozens of NFL scouts at his pro day Wednesday, but about the fact that he simply performed period.

Heyward holds makeup workout, runs slow 40

Defensive end Cam Heyward, who had Tommy John surgery in January, had his makeup workout at Ohio State on Wednesday in front of an NFL contingent that included representatives from 3-4 defensive schemers Pittsburgh and San Diego.

Georgia WR Green excels at awkward workout

Georgia WR A.J. Green breezed through his scripted 28 plays at an odd pro day that NFL scouts couldn’t watch in person. The scouts viewed the workout from television monitors inside the Bulldogs’ training complex because there were questions regarding the status of QB Justin Roper, who lives 46 miles away — outside of the school’s radius. Roper played collegiately at Montana.

Matthews can’t do drills after injuring shoulder

Oregon LB Casey Matthews won’t work out Monday at the NFL Scouting Combine after injuring his shoulder during the bench press the previous day.

Colts turn to Brown at RB with Addai, Hart hurt

The Colts will start Donald Brown at running back Sunday against the Bengals since Joseph Addai (neck) and Mike Hart (ankle) are inactive.

Bucs ramp up intensity in preparation for season

If the Tampa Bay Buccaneers struggle this year, it won’t be for a lack of preparation.

The Bucs, who have packed this month with Organized Team Activities (OTAs) and a minicamp, went through a pretty lengthy and intense session monday, which I am told is par for the course.

Owners table vote to extend overtime rule

NFL owners decided not to vote Tuesday at the NFL Spring Meeting on extending the new overtime rule changes to the regular season.

More to meetings than 2014 Super Bowl

The awarding of the 2014 Super Bowl is the major issue for the NFL League Meetings on Tuesday (watch the announcement live on NFL Network and NFL.com), but there are some side agendas that will be discussed.

South Florida, Tampa face long odds

Despite the seemingly long odds to be named the host city for Super Bowl XLVIII, the bid committees for South Florida and Tampa have been diligently rehearsing their presentations that they will deliver to owners for a vote on Tuesday.

NYC/N.J. has support to host Super Bowl XLVIII

There seems to be pretty widespread support at the NFL Spring Meeting for NY/N.J. to play host for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Growing sense is owners won’t vote on overtime rule

When NFL owners voted in March to change overtime rules for the playoffs beginning in 2011, and there was tremendous momentum to go ahead and apply those changes to the regular season. That push seems to have lost a lot of steam.

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