Blips, Blurbs and Blasts: 32 Wham
LB Ray Lewis (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty)
LB Ray Lewis (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty)
Scout.com NFL Analyst
Posted May 13, 2011


Why should the Bills be in a hurry to replace Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback? Will Stefen Wisniewski get to don his uncle's number in Oakland? Is Julio Jones going to live up to the hype in Atlanta?


Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has been orchestrating workouts for the team during the lockout despite being the subject of trade rumors. (Christian Petersen/Getty)

AFC East

Buffalo Bills
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick averaged 230.8 yards passing per game in 2010, better than Joe Flacco (226.4) and Jay Cutler (218.3), and he's only 28 years old.

Miami Dolphins
Yes, second-round running back Daniel Thomas played quarterback in high school and ran some Wildcat at Kansas State, but Miami needs to turn the page already.

New England Patriots
BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 1,008 yards, averaged 4.4 yards per carry and scored 13 touchdowns last season, yet everyone keeps looking for his replacement.

New York Jets
With coach Rex Ryan guaranteeing the Jets will win the Super Bowl this season every chance he gets, is he doing it to motivate his team or sell his new book?

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens
Linebacker Ray Lewis turns 36 years old Sunday, so asking the future Hall of Famer to make his 13th Pro Bowl -- and sixth straight -- in 2011 seems unreasonable.

Cincinnati Bengals
Before the Bengals reward running back Cedric Benson with a hefty contract, they should call the Bears and see what he's like once he gets big money in his pocket.

Cleveland Browns
While the organization is putting a lot of faith in Colt McCoy, his final two starts -- both at home -- were the worst of his rookie year, posting passer ratings of 27.0 and 41.6.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Fresno State linebacker Chris Carter was one of the bargains of the draft in Round 5, so don't be surprised if he makes an impact as a rookie in pass-rushing situations.

AFC South

Houston Texans
It's refreshing that the Texans didn't try to outsmart themselves in the draft, simply going defense, defense and more defense at every opportunity in the early rounds.

Indianapolis Colts
Offensive coordinator Tom Moore is no longer listed at the team's official Web site as a part of the coaching staff, meaning his 13-year run in Indianapolis could be over.

Jacksonville Jaguars
Coach Jack Del Rio maintains that David Garrard is his starting quarterback, just like he did with Byron Leftwich in 2007 shortly before handing him a pink slip.

Tennessee Titans
Sure, quarterback Jake Locker didn't have a very impressive senior season, but if you take a look at his game tape, the young man had zero help at Washington.

AFC West

Denver Broncos
Now there is chatter in the Mile High City that Brady Quinn could be the starter under center, not Kyle Orton or Tim Tebow, which just seems preposterous at this point.

Kansas City Chiefs
Only two quarterbacks had a better touchdown-to-interception ratio this past year than Matt Cassel (27-to-7), and one of them was his mentor, MVP Tom Brady.

Oakland Raiders
Rookie center Stefen Wisnieski was issued No. 61 in Oakland, but his uncle's 76 will be available once guard Robert Gallery officially hits the road.

San Diego Chargers
Linebacker Antwan Applewhite is the latest NFL player given a little too much freedom during the lockout, as he was arrested early Friday on suspicion of DUI.

NFC East

Dallas Cowboys
If you're looking for a semi-sleeper at the quarterback position for your fantasy football draft, Tony Romo might be that guy this season.

New York Giants
It's more important for the G-Men to get a huge year on the ground from running back Ahmad Bradshaw than a huge year through the air from quarterback Eli Manning.

Philadelphia Eagles
When they finally trade quarterback Kevin Kolb, instead of asking for a first rounder in 2012, a pair of second rounders in '12 and '13 may turn out to be more valuable.

Washington Redskins
Something tells me the Shanahans can't be serious about a quarterback depth chart consisting of John Beck being backed up by Rex Grossman.

NFC North

Chicago Bears
Even though coach Lovie Smith hinted at the combine that Charles Tillman could move to safety in 2011, the team didn't address cornerback in the draft.

Detroit Lions
The defensive-tackle combination of Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley looks totally devastating on paper, but who's the three technique and who's the nose?

Green Bay Packers
Another five-technique D-tackle in the draft would have been nice, but 2010 second rounder Mike Neal only played two games before heading to injured reserve.

Minnesota Vikings
First rounder Christian Ponder was playing as well as any quarterback in the country as a junior before injuring his shoulder, but he was never quite right as a senior.

NFC South

Atlanta Falcons
Alabama's Julio Jones better be the complement that receiver Roddy White needs so desperately, because the team paid a hefty price to get him.

Carolina Panthers
It's interesting that the Panthers could have passed on Auburn's Cam Newton, taken Alabama's Marcell Dareus instead and still gotten Arkansas' Ryan Mallett in Round 3.

New Orleans Saints
Whether he realizes it or not, the best place for running back Reggie Bush to play is, well, New Orleans, so he needs to swallow his pride and take the pay cut.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Quarterback Josh Freeman and receiver Mike Williams both made NFL Network's list of "The Top 100: Players of 2011," voted on by the players themselves.

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NFC West

Arizona Cardinals
With rumors circling he could be trade bait, it's commendable that receiver Larry Fitzgerald is the one orchestrating workouts during the lockout.

San Francisco 49ers
Look for fourth-round running back Kendall Hunter to make an impact right away as a change of pace to Frank Gore, who can't keep taking so much punishment.

Seattle Seahawks
There still is no way coach Pete Carroll can justify taking Alabama's James Carpenter in the first round over Wisconsin's Gabe Carimi to play right tackle.

St. Louis Rams
Receiver Danny Amendola could morph into the second coming of Wes Welker with new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels calling the plays.


John Crist is an NFL analyst for Scout com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.



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