NFL Notebook: Concerns with Kolb?

Kevin Kolb could have several suitors pursuing a trade for him when the new league year starts, but does he fit the offense he's often connected to? Plus, two rookies could be starting on Oakland's offensive line, an update on Marques Colston's recovery from microfracture surgery and more.

If the pundits are correct, then Philadelphia backup Kevin Kolb is likely headed to Arizona once the moratorium on trades is lifted, probably for a couple of second-round draft choices. There are still some concerns about Kolb among Arizona coaches.

They note that Kolb, who has indicated that he would prefer to be dealt rather that sit behind Vick for another year — and for whom the Eagles need to net a return, rather than just allow him to depart in free agency in 2012 — has thrown more interceptions (14) than touchdown passes (11) in his brief playing time.

They wonder about his decision-making. But mostly the Cardinals' brass wonders if Kolb is the right fit for coach Ken Whisenhunt's offense.

Kolb averaged only 6.46 per pass attempt in his five starts in 2010. Until last season, when the Cardinals were forced to play quarterback roulette and started a pair of rookies at various times, the Arizona passing game averaged over 7.0 yards per attempt under Whisenhunt. The number dropped precipitously to a paltry 5.81 yards in 2010, but, again, there were mitigating circumstances.

In theory at least, the Arizona passing design is more vertical than that in Philadelphia, takes some pages from the Mike Martz passing game and expects quarterbacks to drive the ball into the intermediate and deep windows with accuracy.

At age 27 (in August), Kolb could solve the Cardinals' quarterback problem for a long time if he's the right guy. The Cards, who in a perfect world likely would pursue a veteran such as Marc Bulger, just have to convince themselves he's the right guy.

Line dance: Despite an 8-8 record in 2010, and a perfect 6-0 mark in the division, the Oakland Raiders almost certainly will have a revamped offensive line in 2011. And while there's only so much that can be discerned from the team's workouts last week in suburban Atlanta, where most of the work was devoted to conditioning under the watchful eye of trainer Chip Smith of Competitive Edge Sports, and to seven-on-seven drills, a couple of rookies could play key roles.

Center Stefan Wisniewski and tackle Joseph Barksdale, the Raiders' second- and third-round picks, respectively, were impressive from a football acumen standpoint, rarely being confused by play-calls, and mentally into things. Wisniewski, the nephew of new Oakland offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski, will have a tough time ousting incumbent starter Samson Satele (15 starts in 2010), but he'll probably be given the opportunity. And while there are no projected plans to do so right now, the Raiders could plug him in at guard, especially with Robert Gallery expected to depart in free agency.

Said Wisniewski: "There's only so much you can do physically in work like this, but you don't want to get (overwhelmed) mentally, and so far it seems like we're at least treading water."

Colston doing well: Despite microfracture surgery on his right knee this spring, which followed an earlier procedure to correct a wrist problem, word is that New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is working out twice a day and demonstrating no ill effects from the often tricky the operation. The twice-daily workouts apparently include days on which the Saints do not convene for their unsupervised practices.

A recovery is key for Colston, who will be entering the final year of his contract in 2011, provided there is a season, at a base salary of $3 million. Going into his sixth season, Colston will be an unrestricted free agent next spring, as long as there is any kind of season that allows games to be played.

Although Colston posted the worst yards-per-catch average of his career (12.2 yards), he still had 84 receptions for 1,023 yards and seven touchdowns. In five years, Colston, who turns 28 next month, has averaged 73.8 catches, 1,019.4 yards, and 8.0 scores. He also had microfracture surgery last spring, on his left, knee, and nonetheless appeared in 15 games in 2010, with 11 starts.

NOTES

  • Whether he retired or was fired — and there seems to be some disagreement as to exactly how he departed the Indianapolis Colts this week — pro personnel director Clyde Powers was always a class act and a stand-up guy. Way back in the darker days of an organization that wasn't always its current model of stability, Powers was even then a hard worker and diligent talent evaluator who did his job quietly and professionally.

  • Somewhat curious that, at a time when players' every words are analyzed, no one pointed out the inherent irony in the statements of Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who contended the crime rate will escalate if there is no football in 2011. Lewis pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor obstruction of justice in 2000, following two post-Super Bowl XXXIV deaths in Atlanta earlier that year, and was fined $250,000 by the league.

  • Even though Tennessee tailback Chris Johnson, perhaps the NFL's fastest player, has said he will pursue a temporary track career during the lockout, he has yet to compete in a meet and currently has no plans to do so.

  • Atlanta star wide receiver Roddy White was upset with local media when it was accurately reported this week that his cousin, Ali White, was arrested on robbery charges. White essentially brought his cousin to live with him four years ago and has done some admirable work with at-risk youngsters in general in the community. But it should also be noted that, before Falcons officials signed White to a six-year, $50 million contract extension in 2009, they demanded he cut ties with some old friends and hangers-on they felt were a negative influence on him.


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  • Even though Tennessee tailback Chris Johnson, perhaps the NFL's fastest player, has said he will pursue a temporary track career during the lockout, he has yet to compete in a meet and currently has no plans to do so.
  • Atlanta star wide receiver Roddy White was upset with local media when it was accurately reported this week that his cousin, Ali White, was arrested on robbery charges. White essentially brought his cousin to live with him four years ago and has done some admirable work with at-risk youngsters in general in the community. But it should also be noted that, before Falcons officials signed White to a six-year, $50 million contract extension in 2009, they demanded he cut ties with some old friends and hangers-on they felt were a negative influence on him.
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