Week One Pregame Insider Notes

Get the inside scoop on who's impressing their coaches, who's falling short and much more in this week's Pregame Insider Notes!

Wilson Could Become a Sought-After Free Agent

Kansas City Chiefs TE/FB Kris Wilson could be an interesting free agent if the team doesn't re-sign him before this coming March. Wilson was seen as one of the better pass catchers at his position coming out of the 2004 draft. He was moved to fullback last season out of necessity due to injury at the position.

The former University of Pittsburgh product has become a solid blocker and he's showing scouts that he can be a complete player.

Mills Could Stick Around

When former University of Tulsa TE Garrett Mills was selected in the fourth round of the 2006 draft by the New England Patriots, it was believed he could eventually have a significant role with the team.

Mills wound up spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve and then spent most of this year's training camp on the sidelines due to injury. He was then later waived and claimed by the Minnesota Vikings.

What he lacks in height he more than makes up for with very good athleticism and good movement skills while also possessing solid pass catching skills.

Look for Mills to be used not only as a tight end but as a move (in-motion) fullback. That's what we saw during Senior Bowl practices in 2006.

Jones Continues His Climb to the Top

The way things are looking, Houston Texans third-round pick WR Jacoby Jones could be the second rookie from their 2007 draft class to start. According to a league source, Jones is getting around 35-40 snaps in the No. 2 receiver spot as it is and has been pushing veteran WR Kevin Walter for playing time since training camp began in early August.

Rookie Impresses Coaches

While many fans haven't heard much about him, the Philadelphia Eagles have been very pleased with rookie TE Brent Celek's development thus far. The former University of Cincinnati Bearcat is seen as a solid fit for the West Coast offense.

Celek is very athletic and runs very well and has shown improvement as a blocker. With starting TE L.J. Smith set to become an unrestricted free agent next year, Celek's role could grow larger over time.

Williams Not Impressing Anyone?

Atlanta Falcons second-year pro Jimmy Williams will be starting for FS Chris Crocker this weekend. But a league source points out that Williams hasn't progressed as fast as the coaches would like. In fact, there have been whispers that Williams may never be a full-time starter for the team.

Williams surprisingly fell out of the first round of the 2006 draft, yet he had first-round talent. But he hasn't been a productive practice player for either of his two coaching staffs.

Wire Moves Up

Some scoffed at the Buffalo Bills when they moved safety Coy Wire to outside linebacker. But Wire has put on a little weight and will take over the weakside linebacker job for Keith Ellison who is out for a while with a high ankle sprain. Wire, who moved up to the first day of the 2002 draft after a solid showing during Senior Bowl week, fits the mold of a Cover-2 weak side player -- small but fast.

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