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There is an eighty percent chance that Cedric Benson remains with the Cincinnati Bengals for another season. He showed up at player workouts, he likes Andy Dalton, and he is happy that the playbook contains more running plays than last year. The Bengals passed it way too much last season, and that just doesn't make sense for a team with a running back who is easily better than the quarterback.

"I've been very passive the last three years, almost because I've had to," Benson said to the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I'm not saying I'm a totally different person or I'd be crazy vocal or anything like that. I would be a little bit more expressive. I work hard and am passionate about it. I want the guys I'm playing with to be the same way."

Scouts are saying that Terrelle Pryor is only worth a sixth or seventh round pick in the supplemental draft. I think a team will take him in the fourth round, because I know that teams that want to develop a young QB will take him when they can. He was also great at OSU as a player, so I don't think he'll go that low in the supplemental draft. He seems like a career backup to me. He has upside, but he's just so raw and doesn't seem like a good enough player. Pryor is no Bernie Kosar guys. The people that say that don't even know the whole Kosar story anyway.

Kerry Collins wants to stay with the Titans and wants to groom Jake Locker. I would keep him for that reason, and you never know what happens in the NFL. I love Locker, but he could hit a rookie wall and Collins would be a nice stopgap for a year. He's better than what they have, and the Titans don't even have a real backup right now. Collins should be re-signed to a cheap one-year deal. I bet he'll take it.

"When we came to Nashville [in 2006] I told my wife, 'We are going to ride this thing out here as long as it goes and that is going to be it,'" said Collins, the Tennessean reports. "I know I am getting near the end, but I still have good football left in me. If it makes sense on both sides to do it, I'd be good for coming back. Physically, I definitely have a couple of years left in me, no doubt. But I want to see where the Titans are at, too."

Ronde Barber says he won't retire yet. I think he's a subpar corner at this stage of his career, but there's really no reason for him to retire. The Bucs need to keep their leader on defense, and he means a lot to them with uncertainty looming over Aqib Talib's future in Tampa. The Bucs are a pretty good team, and Barber wants to see the playoffs again. Ronde is also making sure that he retires when he has to. He saw what happened to his brother Tiki, and he knows that he still needs football.

"I'll play until I can't do it anymore," Barber told "I'm fortunate to be in a good situation. I have a coach who I'm comfortable with, and he's comfortable with me. I have a GM who understands me and wants me around. We'll play it year by year. I think all parties involved will know when it's time for me to be done."

Jerry Reese is one of the best general managers in the game, and he says that the Giants will re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw and keep Brandon Jacobs. Bradshaw is very important to the Giants, and Jacobs is also vital to the team's success. They are a dynamic duo who play well off of eachother. Bradshaw is the all-around guy, and Jacobs is the bruising back who grinds out yardage. Jacobs thought he was the odd man out and that the Giants wouldn't be able to keep him around and re-sign Bradshaw. Reese and most of us know that the Giants will gladly keep both of them around.

"I guess you have to consider the source when Brandon starts talking," Reese said on ESPN radio. "You can't read a lot into what Brandon is saying sometimes. We do expect Brandon to be part of the football team this fall. He is under contract. Brandon does talk a lot and like I said, sometimes you got to tune some of that stuff out that he is talking about."
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6/2011 Team Scope: New York Giants

June 17th 2011 13:47
The New York Giants fell apart at the end of what should have been a promising 2010 season. There's quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding this team with Osi Umenyiora not happy again, and there is a laundry list of free agents. Barry Cofield, Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, and Keith Bulluck are the key players among the many that the Giants will have to make a decision on once the lockout is lifted.

Kevin Boss and Steve Smith are the Giants' only true possession receivers, and the Giants would be starved of talent at tight end if Boss were to leave. Smith is the best possession receiver in the NFL, and he's probably going to walk. If the Giants want to avoid a lack of depth at receiver, they will have to bring back either Derek Hagan or Dominik Hixon. I would choose the latter over the former.

Ahmad Bradshaw is one of the best all-around backs in the league, and he is a priority for the Giants to re-sign. Brandon Jacobs makes a nice tandem with Bradshaw, but he is the number two back on this roster. Kareem McKenzie is one of the best right tackles in the league, and Rich Seubert is a very good veteran guard. The Giants can live with Shaun O'Hara and Chris Snee, but left tackle David Diehl has become a horrible player. They need to find a new left tackle, but it doesn't seem like he will be replaced this season. That's a key weakness to watch out for in pass pro.

If Osi does leave and Matthias Kiwanuka walks as expected, then Jason Pierre-Paul will be able to start at right end. Justin Tuck is a force on his own, and Pierre-Paul is a physical specimen and was great as a rookie last season. Barry Cofield is a key player for the Giants, and he should be brought back even though the Giants drafted the promising Marvin Austin. Chris Canty is a solid and underrated defensive tackle. The Giants have a monstrous defensive line, and they will still be very good there if Osi leaves.

Jonathan Goff is one of the best linebackers in the NFL against the run but poor in pass coverage. Michael Boley is the exact opposite, so he's mainly used as a nickel corner. Clint Sintim is a talented linebacker who is best suited for the 3-4 and also struggles to stay healthy. The Giants don't have much depth at linebacker, and I think they need to try to bring back Keith Bulluck at a low price.

Terrell Thomas is a good corner because of how physical he is, but he isn't a good corner in coverage. The Giants have a lot of question marks at corner, and they desperately need Prince Amukamara to produce as a rookie. I think he will, but I still don't like their group of corners.

Antrel Rolle is one of the most overrated players in the NFL. He can tackle and make plays, but he is horrible in coverage. Kenny Phillips is talented, but we don't know how explosive he will be after an injury. Michael Johnson is set to become a free agent, so that hurts their depth. Deon Grant is gone, and he was key in their three-safety sets. I think they are alright at safety, and the real upgrades in the secondary need to come at corner.
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