Minicamp Insider Notes 1.0

Get more analysis on where Alan Faneca stands with his team, the latest on Alex Brown, how the Buffalo Bills will use their linebackers, and much more.

More on Faneca

Has Pittsburgh Steelers G Alan Faneca really had a change of heart? Not exactly. 

On April 25th, reported Faneca had no plans to participate in any upcoming camps. So it was a mild surprise when he did show up to the team's mini-camp last week. But the realization on the part of Faneca that Pittsburgh was not going to trade him, something we also reported in that same article, made him change his mind. The present plan is for the All-Pro guard is to play the final season of his contract then pack up after the year. 

Faneca is still disgruntled about the situation.  He has told people close to him he does not want to remain captain of the offense, a position he's held the past two years. He still hopes to be traded and a number of teams, including the Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, and St. Louis Rams, could have serious interest in him.

Deep Sleeper Looking to Make Final Roster

A player the Philadelphia Eagles are excited about is converted DE Lee Vickers. After picking up the undrafted free agent off the waiver wire from the Pittsburgh Steelers last year, the team moved the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Vickers to tight end. As one source told us, the team is "crossing their fingers" on his ability to make the final roster this year.

Brown's Market May Not be Big

While Chicago Bears DE Alex Brown said he asked the team for permission to work out a trade, league sources say Brown might have a problem finding a suitor. Brown hasn't posted more than seven sacks in any of his five seasons of play. He also only has sacks in 16 out of his last 64 games.

Brown is probably better off being a third end not a starter, according to sources.

Was Hood Overpaid?

When the Arizona Cardinals signed free agent CB Rod Hood to a five-year, $15 million deal back in March, some believed they solved their problems at the position. But, as a league source points out, Hood didn't grade out well on tape for the Philadelphia Eagles last season and he should probably be a nickel back, not a starter. Hood still has to beat out third-year CB Eric Green for a starting job.

Moves Coming at Linebacker For Buffalo; More on Rayburn

The Buffalo Bills are expected to use second-round pick Paul Posluszny inside at MLB this season. League sources believe he's not a natural WLB and really should be used inside. Second-year LB Keith Ellison, who was a nice surprise being he was a sixth-round pick last year, will move to WLB with veteran LB Angelo Crowell moving to SLB. A team source points out that the SLB in Buffalo's defense doesn't line up over the tight end so Crowell still should be pretty active in their scheme.

The reason why the team has shown some interest in free agent DT Sam Rayburn is because DT Tim Anderson isn't a good fit for their scheme.

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