Tuesday's NFL Blog

May 29th ... 2006 first-round pick Chad Greenway ready to try again in Minnesota ... training camp battle looming in San Diego ... AFC East free agency grades ... a closer look at what David Bowens brings to the Jets ... no joy for Giants fans ... Chicago's free agent situation goes from bad to worse ... and more in today's NFL Blog!

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Chad Greenway, Rookie Season, Take 2:  Former University of Iowa linebacker Chad Greenway came into the NFL as a highly regarded first-round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings. But a preseason game injury he suffered on a kickoff ended his rookie year before he got to play a regular season snap. Now Greenway heads into his second year with the Vikings slated as their starting weakside linebacker. "We want to find out what the limits are, if there are any, and right now we are letting him go," said defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier. "There is nothing so far that is saying pull back." Scout.com subscribers can read the full article at our Viking site.

What were they thinking?  Scout.com NFL Expert Tom Marino graded out the offseason free agent and trade moves for the four teams in the AFC East -- and he wasn't very impressed by Miami or Buffalo's performance. "Joey Porter should add stability and leadership, but is he the Joey Porter of '93, '94 or '95 or is he simply another addition to an aging defense?" Marino asks about Miami's big offseason acquisition. Scout.com subscribers can read his entire report at our NFL home page.

Nate Ilaoa (AP Photo)
"Nasti Nate":  Our latest edition of Scout Radio features Eagles rookie Nate Ilaoa, a 5-foot-9, 248-pound running back out of the University of Hawaii who has suprisingly quick feet and makes really nifty cuts for a man his size. But Ilaoa also has the ability to bulldoze through would-be tacklers. "I think that just plays in my favor, having the ability to do both pretty well," he says. "It puts defenders in kind of a limbo type of situation."

Buying some sacks:  Dan Leberfeld at our Jets site takes a look at what free agent David Bowens will add to New York's defense this year. And he points out that while some might think the team's three-year, $6.1 million deal plus $2 million in incentives was a lot to pay for Bowens, "[GM] Mike Tannenbaum wanted to make sure he didn't re-sign with the Dolphins, so he was willing to overpay a little. Also, the Jets were competing with New England and Carolina for his services," Leberfeld says. Scout.com subscribers can get the entire scoop on Bowens at our Jets site.

From bad to worse:  At our Chicago site, John Crist provides Scout.com subscribers with a look at which Bears players are going to be hitting free agency at the end of the 2007 season. "The entire [Lance] Briggs situation has been an unmitigated disaster for all parties involved, but the free agency fracas might be even more of a mess after 2007," he warns. Find out who might be available for your favorite team to sign from the defending NFC Champs' roster early next year.

Battle!  Over at our San Diego site, Michael Lombardo is getting Chargers fans excited about this year's training camp battles as he takes a look at the upcoming competition between Bhawoh Jue and rookie Eric Weddle for the starting strong safety spot. "Eric Weddle still has plenty to learn, but because of his high football IQ he has a chance to get up to speed by opening day," Lombardo says. "He was a turnover machine at Utah, finishing his four-year career with 18 interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries." Find out who Lombardo thinks will win the starter's role at our Chargers site.

Still available:  Scout.com NFL Expert Adam Caplan has updated his lists of the best available free agents. Check out the report on the defense here and on the offense here.

Aaron Ross at minicamp (AP Photo)
The G-Men Blues:  At our Giants site, Kevin Gleason says there's not much to be excited about beyond the addition of top draft pick Aaron Ross. "You know what's sad? The Giants aren't the team that finished 8-8 and crawled into the playoffs four months ago. And that team wasn't any good," he says. "The best player in team history is gone, even if his mouth is still active. The franchise defensive end is closer to the end of his career than the beginning of a Giants renaissance. The defense has more holes than a New York City street." Scout.com subscribers can read more about why Gleason doesn't see much hope for the G-men in 2007.

How about a "do-over"?  Ryan Wilson at our Steelers site points out that top pick Lawrence Timmons is off to a slow start after tweaking his hamstring halfway through his first minicamp practice -- "and has been taking mental reps ever since. Yep, the dreaded mental rep," he says. So Wilson took the opportunity to ask the question of what the Steelers would do if they had a "do-over" for the last two drafts. Scout.com subscribers can find out what conclusions he reached at our Steelers site.

Giving hope to fat guys all over America:  Texans DT Amobi Okoye was so focused on his academics that his parents encouraged him to get his nose out of the books a bit and get involved in some extra-curricular activities. "That's how I started playing football, my dad thought I was fat," the top pick of the Houston Texans said with a laugh earlier this year at the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Learn more about him in this feature, which includes selected audio highlights from his Combine press conference.

Today's Birthday Bunch:  Bucs kicker Matt Bryant (32), Broncos DE Ebenezer Ekuban (31) and Seahawks OT Sean Locklear (26)

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