The Colts drafted a pair of wide receivers and they’ll get a chance to learn from one of the best pass catchers in franchise history this offseason.
Reggie Wayne has joined the team as a volunteer coach working with wide receivers coach Kevin Patullo. He was on the field Monday as the Colts kicked off the second phase of their offseason program and head coach Frank Reich, who was once Wayne’s position coach in Indianapolis, thinks he’ll do well as a coach.
Perhaps the Eagles believe their defense can continue to function sans Kendricks with the help of linebackers like Bradham and Jordan Hicks. Perhaps they don’t like the lack of turnovers Kendricks creates. He has had zero interceptions since 2013 and hasn’t forced a fumble since 2015.
Perhaps they simply believe Kendricks is overpaid. He’s set to earn $7.6 million in 2018 and more than $16 million over the next two years.
The selection of linebacker Josh Sweat in the fourth round of the draft could give the Eagles their eventual replacement for Kendricks, too, so we can probably expect some of those trade rumors to re-emerge at some point this offseason.
“I was at an airport,” Highsmith said Monday at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, via the Canton Repository. “UCLA’s volleyball team was in front of me. You heard so much about Rosen. He’s this or that. We all know how people talk.
“So I asked one of the volleyball coaches, ‘What’s Rosen like?’ He said, ‘Aaaa, you should probably ask his girlfriend. She’s one of the players. She’s over there.’
“I’m like, ‘All right coach. That’s good enough.’ . . . I don’t know what all this means, but there was something about him that bothered me.”
Surely, Highsmith based his conclusion on more than an airport encounter with a volleyball coach. The bottom line is that, after Highsmith and the Browns did all the work they needed to do, one o the team’s top executives sensed “something about [Rosen] that bothered [him].”
Maybe, in time, more facts will emerge regarding the basis for Highsmith’s conclusion. For now, the candor regarding Rosen, who was taken 10th overall by the Cardinals, is definitely an eyebrow raiser.