Around SB Nation: What Other NFL Blogs Are Discussing

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Weekly, we take a look around the SB Nation family of NFL blogs. Here are the news stories and analysis they are discussing.

AFC EAST:

New England Patriots (via Pats Pulpit)

Brandon Spikes Absent From Patriots OTAs - Pats Pulpit
According to Jeff Howe over at the Boston Herald, linebacker Brandon Spikes was not present at Patriots OTAs on Monday. There was no specific reason given for his absence. Spikes is reportedly...

New York Jets (via Gang Green Nation)

New York Jets: Not Fair to Judge John Idzik on David Garrard and Mike Goodson - Gang Green Nation
It's silly to jump on John Idzik because two low ticket signings had a bad week.

Buffalo Bills (via Buffalo Rumblings)

Buffalo Bills, Robert Woods agree to four-year deal, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo's likely No. 2 wide receiver will likely sign a deal of similar value to last year's No. 41 overall pick, starting left tackle Cordy Glenn.

AFC NORTH:

Baltimore Ravens (via Baltimore Beatdown)

Why Ravens fans believe they have the best team in the AFC! - Baltimore Beat Down
A breakdown of why we believe we have the best team in the AFC, and you should too!

Pittsburgh Steelers (via Behind the Steel Curtain)

It's tough to believe Troy Polamalu is 'in best shape since college' - Behind the Steel Curtain
Like that old grill you fire up each spring, hoping it's miraculously transformed back into his immediate post-purchase condition, reports suggesting Troy Polamalu is in the best shape he's been in since college puts a hyperbolic slant on reality.

Cincinnati Bengals (via Cincy Jungle)

Bengals CB Leon Hall Out With A "Torn Thumb Ligament" - Cincy Jungle
The Cincinnati Bengals will be without their best cornerback when the team kicks off OTA practices on Tuesday.

Cleveland Browns (via Dawgs By Nature)

Silva Ranks the Browns as Having the 6th Best Offensive Line in the NFL - Dawgs By Nature
Last week, Evan Silva of NBC Sports compiled his own offensive line rankings and gave the Browns almost just as high of a ranking as PFF at No. 6 in the NFL. Besides Pinkston's scare last year, Cleveland's offensive line was very healthy in 2012.

AFC SOUTH:

Houston Texans (via Battle Red Blog)

Houston Texans OTAs: All Eyes Should Be On The Defense - Battle Red Blog
With Organized Team Activities set to begin on Monday, what should Houston Texans fans focus on most? One Battle Red Blogger begins it starts with the six men around J.J. Watt.

Tennessee Titans (via Music City Miracles)

Quick Shot: Are we all underestimating Jake Locker? - Music City Miracles
Jake Locker's career hasn't started out with a flashy winning streak or an easy trip to the playoffs, but those that think Locker is a bust already are really missing the devil in the details. F...

Jacksonville Jaguars (via Big Cat Country)

Jaguars OTAs 2013: Jonathan Cyprien in Dwight Lowery's ear - Big Cat Country
Jaguars second-round pick Jonathan Cyprien is constantly trying to learn on the field in practice, always in the ear of veteran Dwight Lowery.

Indianapolis Colts (via Stampede Blue)

2013 Colts Free Agent Profile: LB Erik Walden - Stampede Blue
Stampede Blue’s Josh Wilson takes a look at each of the Colts’ free agent signings this offseason, giving a basic profile of each and looking at how they each will impact the team. Today we look at outside linebacker Erik Walden.

AFC WEST:

Denver Broncos (via Mile High Report)

Peyton Manning: Over/Under - Mile High Report
Step right up gamblers and degenerates, place your bets! Seriously though, come predict the statistical output of your Denver Broncos!

San Diego Chargers (via Bolts from the Blue)

San Diego Chargers sign OLB/DE Dwight Freeney - Bolts From The Blue
Tom Telesco got his man today as the Chargers agreed to terms with the veteran pass rusher.

Oakland Raiders (via Silver and Black Pride)

Taiwan Jones flips over to cornerback exclusively - Silver And Black Pride
Former running back Taiwan Jones has officially made the switch to cornerback for the Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs (via Arrowhead Pride)

NFL QB rankings: Where does the Kansas City Chiefs' Alex Smith land? - Arrowhead Pride
32 teams, 32 quarterbacks. Where do you rank the KC Chiefs Alex Smith?

NFC EAST:

New York Giants (via Big Blue View)

How good can the Giants running game be? - Big Blue View
The Giants might be set up for their best rushing team since 2008.

Philadelphia Eagles (via Bleeding Green Nation)

LeSean McCoy leaves practice after tweaking knee - Bleeding Green Nation
Really the only negative thing that could possibly come out of an OTA would be an injury... and it seems the Eagles may have avoided what would have been a very costly one.

Dallas Cowboys (via Blogging the Boys)

Memories Of Max Unger May Have Played A Role In Selecting Travis Frederick - Blogging The Boys
Back in 2009, the Dallas Cowboys had their eye on Oregon center Max Unger. They missed out on that center, but this year they made sure they acquired the man they wanted to snap the football for them.

Washington Redskins (via Hogs Haven)

The Redskins are one Trent Williams injury away from irrelevance unless they sign Eric Winston - Hogs Haven
For the first season in a long time, one player can make all the difference between contending for a Super Bowl and not qualifying for the playoffs, and the Redskins need to be prepared for that possibility.

NFC NORTH:

Green Bay Packers (via Acme Packing Company)

Packers 2013 Projections: Randall Cobb - Acme Packing Company
In the wake of Randall Cobb’s breakout sophomore campaign, the Packers let Greg Jennings and Donald Driver depart. Now the question is how much added burden will Cobb have to carry?

Detroit Lions (via Pride of Detroit)

Calvin Johnson sets sights on 2,000 yards, more wins - Pride Of Detroit
Calvin Johnson wants to improve his own stats in 2013, but more than anything he wants the Detroit Lions to be more successful.

Chicago Bears (via Windy City Gridiron)

Bears players' optimism sounds familiar - Windy City Gridiron
The optimism is at an all-time high this time of year before the upcoming season. Let's take a look back at what players and coaches were saying in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Minnesota Vikings (via Daily Norseman)

Should the Vikings switch to the Wide-9? - Daily Norseman
With the addition of Sharrif Floyd and Everett Dawkins, the Vikings find themselves with a plethora of pass-rushing tackles and still needs to answer questions at its nose tackle. With that in mind, is a scheme change in order?

NFC SOUTH:

New Orleans Saints (via Canal Street Chronicles)

Saints Defensive End Will Smith Switching to Outside Linebacker - Canal Street Chronicles
The veteran defensive lineman will be giving a new position a shot when OTAs start tomorrow.

Atlanta Falcons (via The Falcoholic)

Falcons FS Thomas DeCoud To Participate In Strikes 4 Kids Bowling Event - The Falcoholic
This is a story about a charitable event. Thomas DeCoud has always been active in area charities. I have to think bowling is one of the most fun things he could be doing. Strikes 4 Kids is...

Carolina Panthers (via Cat Scratch Reader)

Captain Munnerlyn is the Carolina Panthers 'secret superstar' - Cat Scratch Reader
Pro Football Focus has a lot of faith in the oft-criticized Panthers cornerback.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Bucs Nation)

Greg Schiano says the Buccaneers are Josh Freeman's team - Bucs Nation
The quarterback controversy continues, with Schiano coming out and supporting Freeman this time.

NFC WEST:

San Francisco 49ers (via Niners Nation)

Which 49ers could be due for regression in 2013-14? - Niners Nation
The San Francisco 49ers sure are talented, but amid all of the good news, there's bound to be some disappointments next year. Who might regress?

Arizona Cardinals (via Revenge of the Birds)

Is Patrick Peterson an elite cornerback? - Revenge of the Birds
After a look at the tape, you might be surprised.

Seattle Seahawks (via Field Gulls)

Josh Portis arrested for DUI - Field Gulls
Seahawks' backup QB Josh Portis was arrested for DUI on May 5th.

St. Louis Rams (via Turf Show Times)

The Rams Sign TE Zach Potter - Turf Show Times
The St. Louis Rams signed veteran tight end Zach Potter

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