Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jan 2006

Latest NFL Buzz from the Senior Bowl

Scouts are already voicing some concerns about QB Jay Cutler: "While he physically has the makings of an NFL passer, his mental make-up is a little different. Several people we spoke with say Cutler can be surly at times. Teams aren't willing to invest a fortune in that type of person as the future leader of their franchise." Oooof. First chink in the armor, Teddy.

There is also some discussion about Drew Brees' shoulder, Denver's decision on Jeb Putzier, and why the Colts might re-sign oft-injured LB Rocky Calmus.

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 26 Jan 2006

21 comments, Last at 27 Jan 2006, 6:39pm by Kaveman


by Sophandros (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 12:40pm

If YOU got your ass kicked as much as he did at Vandy, wouldn't you be a little surly--and possibly slury?

by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 12:45pm

So a couple days ago Cutler is a better prospect than Young or Leinart... now, he's mentally unstable.

I am assuming the Broncos are in "Cap Heck"? Why else couldn't they pick up a $1.5 million option on Putzier?

Is San Diego comfortable starting Rivers next year?

by RH (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 1:01pm

Such differing reports on a guy like this in the draft smells of smokescreen from one or both directions..

by Michael David Smith :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 1:38pm

That's a good point, RH. It's hard to say for sure when you hear these things whether you're hearing a scout's actual opinion, or whether a guy whose team is really high on a player is trying to keep the rest of the team from finding out. I remember one year Paul Zimmerman correctly predicted a player to go to a team that no one else saw coming (now I forget the player and the team), and then after the draft, when he explained how he knew, he said that team always lies about its feelings on every prospect, so when he called the coach, he knew the one prospect that the coach never mentioned had to be the one they were going to take.

Still, it's lots of fun to speculate. I just wish I had watched more of Vanderbilt this season. Does anyone know if any of the cable channels are planning to show any Vandy games so we can get caught up?

by Sophandros (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 1:52pm

Comcast Sports South has SEC replays sometimes (but at random times, it seems).

Here's their website: http://csssports.com/index.cfm

by Vlad (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 2:25pm

Surly? Damn, I guess Peyton Manning is gonna get cut this year considering the guy looks like he's constipated when he attempts a smile.

by turbohappy (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 2:34pm

I swear, every single LB the Colts have is a free agent. June and Brackett are RFAs while Thornton, Morris, and Calmus are UFAs. That's their 5 top LBs (Okay, Kendyll Pope might be better than Calmus, but he spent the last year out for taking some sort of banned substance).

by Erasmus (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 3:08pm

Denver is supposedly right now set to be about 26 million over the cap going into the offseason. Only the Jets and Raiders are in worse shape right now. Of course after dead money and bonus money not paid out/counted against the cap it could be lowered.

by Erasmus (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 3:12pm

Click my name for JP link to SEC games, Vandy has 2, versus Ole Miss (24 for 41,314 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT) and versus Tennessee (27 for 39, 315 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs).

Every SEC team is on there at least once, yes even Kentucky and Mississippi State...

by Michael David Smith :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 4:03pm

Thanks for that link, Erasmus. I'm going to have to watch those.

And what's your source for salary cap info?

by Pat (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 4:32pm

AskTheCommish has salary cap info for 2006 on all the NFL teams. It's ... moderately okay.

Their info on Philly is wrong though, as Owens only had a $2.3M or so prorated signing bonus, so cutting him cost the Eagles... very little. (I'm not sure how signing bonus recovery affects salary caps, either, so it might be a bit higher). So Philly's actually got $19M in cap space right now.

Miguel's Patriot salary cap page has links to fan-tracked salary cap info for all teams, which tends to be more accurate.

by Erasmus (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 4:56pm

Yeah I got my info from Askthecommish.com. Its not the gospel for sure. Though he says the Bills numbers are accurate.

by RH (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 6:42pm

I've watched the Senior Bowl practices this week. My thoughts is that Jay Cutler is probably the second best QB available in the draft, and that the margin between him and Leinart is surprisingly small. Is he a top 5 talent? No, I don't think so. Top 10 is marginal. But if he falls to the Dolphins at 16, that'll be EXCEPTIONAL value.

by Theo (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 8:59pm

What is 'Surly' ?

by Kaveman (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 10:44pm

Denver newspapers report that the Broncos aren't too concerned about their cap. In fact, Shanahan expects to be able to re-sign some key free agents--Tom Nalen, Matt Lepsis, and Gerard Warren. However, I think they will be silent in the free agent market, T.O. rumors notwithstanding.

by Stevie (not verified) :: Thu, 01/26/2006 - 11:05pm

Gil Brandt was saying Cutler has a round 2 grade. Interesting discrepancies

by someone (not verified) :: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 12:35am

re.14. Its a word invented by NFL scouts after 1998 to help their assessment, after the drafting of a player named Ryan Leaf.

by Matthew Furtek (not verified) :: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 4:22am

Kaveman (or Kibbles or any resident Denver fan),
Are they really thinking about not picking up an option on Putzier? I know a certain coach in DC who would love to add a second TE, and Denver could probably get a 4th or 5th round draft pick for him, if willing to trade.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 12:23pm

I don't suppose Mr. Projection would have any qualms about bringing Putzier to Houston with him, either. Sod's law being what it is, trading for a pass-catching tight-end might be the only way to get Joppru to stay healthy into the second week of minicamps, just so he could beat out Putzier and make the trade a waste of a pick and cap space.

by Björn (not verified) :: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 6:30pm

As a Denver fan, getting rid of Putzier would be good and bad. Good because it would force Denver to get a real tight end instead of a glorified posession receiver, and bad because if they get rid of him, their best remaining tight end is Wesley Duke, who has just been sent to Europe.

by Kaveman (not verified) :: Fri, 01/27/2006 - 6:39pm

Dwayne Carswell is supposed to return to the team this year. He's an offensive lineman who used to be a tight end; a good blocker with nice hands. Stephen Alexander, from what I've seen of him in Denver games, has had a lot of drops; this implies that he's in there for his blocking skills.

If Carswell is back, I think he'll beat out Alexander for the extra blocker role, but Putzier clearly beats the both of them for receiving skills; he made a few really valuable 3rd down catches this season.

Basically, I don't think there's a simple answer to the tight end question in Denver. If Putzier's blocking improved, he'd start. But that's what they said before the season and he never started ahead of Alexander.

The coaching staff clearly thinks a lot of him; they did match the Jets offer, but if he hasn't developed to their satisfaction I could see them cutting/trading him. Still, the only place I've read that that might happen is that scout.com site though; there hasn't been a hint of it anywhere else.