Quarterback Colin Kaepernick finally arrived at the Ravens’ facility. But he wasn’t there to sign a contract. He was there to witness a stream of questions arising from the fact that he was never offered one.
“With just those players alone, we’re going to have more than enough to get going and have bona fide players who played high-level collegiate football.”
Polian also acknowledged potential talent streams like eligible Canadian Football League free agents, including those from the U.S. “who may want to come back home and play.” Another is high school or junior college standouts who were unable to advance enough academically to continue pursuing the game at a higher collegiate level. There are also those who could emerge based on measurable athletic talent in tryout camps that Polian said would be scheduled “in every big city.”
“There will be plenty of kids who have perhaps dropped out of school who didn’t make it all the way to Division I for one reason or past junior college,” he said. “There are guys that maybe play semipro football somewhere who have talent.”
Winston took note of the article and responded on Twitter by writing that he will “personally will make sure we show how valuable” Jackson is during the 2018 season. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter added himself to the list of people who need to do a better job of getting Jackson chances to show off his skills.
“DeSean was where he was supposed to be,” Koetter said. “He was either behind the defense, in between the corner and safety, or he was in position to make explosive plays, and we didn’t get the ball to him. That’s on myself, it’s on Jameis to do better. I think DeSean and Jameis have said they need to spend more time working together, and I think they’re addressing that.”
Plenty of things went wrong for the Buccaneers in 2017 and a bigger offensive role for Jackson would be a way to turn one of them around as they try for better results in 2018.
The Browns are the one team that can almost match what the Rams have done with their bold offseason moves, led by the trades for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Offensively, the Browns also signed running back Carlos Hyde and right tackle Chris Hubbard. And they still have a ton of cap room going forward.