PFW news on the Seahawks, Eagles, Ravens, Packers and Dolphins.
The Way We Hear It
True to form, new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp wasted no time indicating that the Seahawks will run the ball more frequently next season. But will there be the same RB-by-committee as there was in Mike Holmgren’s final season as head coach? The way we hear it, the most likely scenario is a featured “lightning/thunder” combination of Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett at the RB position that will be similar to the Warrick Dunn-Duckett combo new head coach Jim Mora and Knapp previously featured in Atlanta. “But don’t forget Leonard Weaver,” a longtime team insider told PFW. “He has developed into a pretty nice all-around fullback with decent playmaking ability, and according to Holmgren, he became the backfield’s best blocker.” As for holdover free agent Maurice Morris, word is his lack of durability and apparent inability to be a consistent 20-carry back probably will lead to his departure.
EAGLES: FS Brian Dawkins might be 35 years old, but his strong finish to the season and his desire to return to Philadelphia make it a strong likelihood he’ll be back. The Eagles probably would like to sign the free-agent-to-be to a one-year deal but might be willing to offer Dawkins two years. The team does not believe Quintin Demps, drafted as a possible long-term replacement for Dawkins, is ready to take over in that role.
PACKERS: The word in Green Bay is that the right-shoulder injury Packers QB Aaron Rodgers suffered in the Sept. 28 game against the Buccaneers will not require surgery, which had been rumored to be a real possibility.
RAVENS: The way we hear it, the Ravens could look to add another pass-catching tight end in the draft. Starter Todd Heap caught only 35 passes in 2008, 22 fewer than he had caught in any other season in which he played in all 16 games.
DOLPHINS: The Patriots aren’t the only AFC East club looking for size on the edge. The Dolphins are searching for girth, as well, although they are looking to address their size limitations on the offensive side. The club doesn’t have a big, move-the-sticks wide receiver they’re confident in, largely because Ernest Wilford has failed to pan out since coming over from Jacksonville.
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