Seniors of attention
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jacksonville coaching staff and scouting department have taken an interest in converted defensive end Tamba Hali from Penn State. The Jaguars like the potential Hali has displayed in his short time at the end position. Though somewhat undersized (6-2, 267 pounds), the Jaguars staff could look towards the Penn State product as a potential pass rushing end. New York Giants: Met with offensive tackle Eric Winston from Miami, Florida for a second time; talked with safety Pat Watkins of Florida State, DB Kelly Jennings, FB/TE Garrett Mills, DT Kyle Williams, DL Manny Lawson, LB Freddie Roach. Though the Giants have two established starters at the tackle positions along the offensive line, the team has shown an increasing interest in Winston. Winston is generally regarded as a first-round quality lineman, which poses some interesting questions if the Giants' organization is sincere in their discussions. It would be difficult to fathom the Giants would part with either of their starting tackles (Kareem McKenzie and Luke Petitgout) at this time, leaving a move on Winston as primarily for the future and immediate depth. The Giants interest in a safety at the Senior Bowl should not come as a surprise to those following the team. Ranked 27th in passing defense (24th overall) in the 2005 season, Tom Coughlin's defense needs an influx of athleticism in the defensive backfield. With Watkins and Jennings, the Giants have begun their initial series of discussions focusing on upgrading the defensive backfield with youth and athleticism. Depth has been an issue Coughlin has looked to address and his belief in physical, but athletic players along the defensive line is evident with the Giants interest in defensive tackle Kyle Williams and potential pass rusher Lawson. San Diego Chargers: Met with defensive back DeMario Minter of Georgia for a second time. The Chargers had their eye on several pass receivers, one interestingly enough being tight end T.J. Williams. After speaking about him during the afternoon practice session, Chargers' scouts then spoke with him at length on the field. Add to that list receiver Sinorice Moss. The Chargers also spoke with offensive tackle Eric Winston. Defensive back Demario Minter intrigues the Chargers' coaching staff, as he appears to be a solid fit in the Wade Phillips defensive scheme. Coming off knee surgery, Minter has not performed as well as expected, but the Chargers are one team not shying away from this potential talent. The Chargers' interest in Williams is somewhat questionable. Not the most physically gifted player at the position, Williams has struggled at the Senior Bowl and does not appear poised to improve his stock at this time. Winston is a well traveled player at the Senior Bowl. The interest in this offensive tackle has been significant and counts the Chargers in as a team which has Winston squarely in their sights. Projected as a starting offensive left tackle type, Winston would be a nice fit with San Diego, who fields aging veteran Roman Oben at left tackle. Sinorice Moss has garnered attention due to his speed and potential ability in the return game. At this time, San Diego is feeling out the water and covering all the bases. Baltimore Ravens: One rumor in league circles is one where Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley could be asked to play the wide receiver position at the professional level. While the Ravens have spent time talking with Shockley, we hear this was not part of the discussion. As a quarterback, Shockley is athletic and erratic, something the Ravens know about with Kyle Boller in the fold. The Ravens will continue to meet with quarterbacks at the Senior Bowl. The offensive line in Baltimore is close to being overhauled, with the Ravens interest at the Senior Bowl being a significant indicator as to the thoughts of the team. Max Jean-Gilles and Jonathan Scott sport the tools to play at the professional level and fit into the line blocking schemes in Baltimore. Linebackers Thomas Howard and Travis Williams are in the mold of Baltimore linebackers in recent years. Smart, physical, with the ability to play in space, the Ravens are preparing to add depth to the linebacker position, as well as securing their future. New York Jets: The Jets are one of many teams (Cleveland, Miami and New York Giants also are interested) that have kept tabs on linebacker Freddie Roach. Roach is a stout run-stopping type linebacker, which all the teams mentioned could utilize. Roach's stock is sure to climb following some impressive practice and interview sessions at the Senior Bowl. With a need for speed at the receiver position the Jets also spoke with Sinorice Moss, younger brother of the franchise's first-round pick in '02, Santana Moss. They also spent time with WR Skyler Green. The Jets discussions are all about speed, quickness, and depth. Heading into the offseason, New York is making it a point to improve its speed and athleticism on the offensive side of the ball. Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals' coaching and scouting staff has been on the prowl for linebackers and defensive tackles which can play the run. Gerris Wilkerson is a developing talent and a player head coach Marvin Lewis likes. While the play of the inside linebackers in Cincinnati was adequate in the 2005 season, the physically imposing Wilkerson could be the type of player to elevate the play of the Bengals defense. Kansas City Chiefs: Uncertain about the future availability of running back Priest Holmes, the Kansas City Chiefs have a keen interest in DeAngelo Williams. Williams was one player whose stock appeared to be dropping prior to the Senior Bowl, but the buzz around the practice sessions is Williams is playing larger than his size and impressing. Safety Greg Blue and DeMario Minter spent a good amount of time with the Chiefs, with Blue believed to have impressed the staff with his openness and desire to succeed. It also helps that the Chiefs are in the market for a safety. Chicago Bears: If there is one area the Chicago Bears must improve upon this offseason, it is along the offensive line. In Jonathan Scott, the Bears are looking at a player which they believe will improve with further coaching, as he is far from a refined prospect. Scott has been inconsistent at the Senior Bowl, which is has been the knock against this potential pro. Carolina Panthers: While the Carolina Panthers could be the busiest team at the Senior Bowl, some of the prospects they have spoken with should be a clear indicator as to the direction of this playoff organization. Age and injury issues along the defensive line will be addressed this off-season, with the Panthers wasting no time in corralling defensive tackle Kyle Williams and Orien Harris. Both players fit the Carolina scheme. The running back position continues to be a struggle for the Panthers. Both Stephen Davis and DeShaun Foster were injured during the 2005 season and depth is a concerning issue in Carolina. The team talked with Jerious Norwood and Andre Hall, the staff likes Hall and has an interview scheduled with DeAngelo Williams. Washington Redskins: The Redskins are looking to add depth and a speed-type, explosive presence at the linebacker position. Thomas Howard has natural football speed and instincts and the Redskins were impressed with his demeanor in talks.
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