WR prospects at NFL combine rave about working with Carson Wentz

WR prospects at NFL combine rave about working with Carson Wentz

INDIANAPOLIS -- The day after he was spotted wearing a Carson Wentz "AO1" shirt during Senior Bowl week in January, wide receiver prospect Cooper Kupp said he was hoping he'd get a chance to meet and work out with the Eagles' quarterback. 

That chance came last month in California.

"It was awesome," the Eastern Washington wideout said during his media availability at the combine on Friday. "Any time you can spend time with a quarterback, a guy that's been through this thing. To play a year like he has and found some success. And he'll be the first one to tell you, they have a long way to go and he's excited about tackling that. It's very clear in his attitude and his mentality right now in the offseason. 

"Just to be around him, pick his brain and be a sponge was pretty special."

Rep1 Sports, which represents Kupp and Wentz, tweeted out a photo of the two of them and Cal receiver Chad Hansen on Feb. 17. While in California, Wentz also had a chance to work out with USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and North Carolina receiver Mack Hollins. 

There was a theory floated that the Eagles wanted Wentz to work out with several receivers they're interested in. BleedingGreenNation has a pretty good breakdown of that here.

It's pretty unclear if that's actually the case, but Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman did say on 94WIP that he wished there was a way to bring in receiver prospects so Wentz could work with them. This might be the next-best thing. 

The Eagles aren't allowed to talk football with Wentz until April 17, which is 10 days before the draft begins. By then, the draft board will either be completely set or just about, but they can still ask for his input. The Eagles and Wentz already met at the end of the season to discuss personnel and a plan going forward. 

But even if Wentz's working out with prospects isn't an elaborate and well-executed plan to gather intel, the workout sessions seemed to have a pretty positive effect on the prospects -- one for which they're really grateful. 

"It was a great experience, man," Smith-Schuster said. "For a quarterback like that, first round, great experience. Talked a lot of good football. I learned a lot from him not only on the field, but off of it. What to expect here."

Smith-Schuster would be excited about a possible reunion with his college teammate, Nelson Agholor, in Philly. 

"I could see myself [in Philly]," said Smith-Schuster, who had a formal interview scheduled with the Eagles for Friday night. "Carson Wentz, Nelson Agholor, former teammate, and me too."

Among the four prospects -- that we know of -- that worked out with Wentz, Kupp and Smith-Schuster are the better prospects. According to CBS Sports, both are projected to come off the board in the second- or third-round range. (While Smith-Schuster was planning on meeting with the Eagles, Kupp hadn't met with Philly as of Friday afternoon.) Meanwhile, Hansen has a chance to be a third-rounder, while Hollins will be either a late-round pick or go undrafted. 

"He's a great guy so he was really trying to help us out any way that he could," Hansen said. "It was really great experience to work with Carson."

None of the four prospects Wentz has worked out with are the absolute cream of the draft crop, but they've already found some chemistry with Wentz. 

And they certainly think an awful lot of the Eagles' quarterback. 

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replays will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.

The Bears announced the one-year contract Friday. Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North.

The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.

Sanchez played in two games last season with the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 93 yards on 10 of 18 attempts. He spent five of his eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before going to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Southern California star has appeared in six playoff games. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

Redskins: WR Brian Quick signs
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins have signed former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.

The team announced the deal Friday morning after agent Patrick Dye posted a photo of Quick signing his contract on SportsTrust Advisors' verified Twitter account.

The signing adds depth to the Redskins' receiving corps after they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.

Quick, 27, is 6-foot-5 and gives Washington another tall option along with recently signed receiver Terrelle Pryor. Quick had 41 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Rams.

The 33rd pick in the 2012 draft, Quick has 105 catches for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns in 67 games over five seasons with the Rams. He missed part of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury.

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart signs extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level."

Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Gettleman isn't worried about Stewart's durability, even though the team's former first-round draft pick has not played in a full 16-game season since 2011 and has missed 24 games the past five seasons with injuries.

Stewart, entering his 10th season, is Carolina's second all-time leading rusher with 6,638 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns rushing and six receivin

Colts: release veteran DT Arthur Jones
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Arthur Jones on Friday.

A six-year veteran, Jones was scheduled to cost the team $7.35 million next season. Indianapolis will save $5 million under the salary cap with the move.

Jones did his best work while with Baltimore from 2010-14. He then signed a five-year contract for a total value of $33 million with the Colts, but struggled in Indy. He appeared in 17 games and managed only 1 1-2 sacks and 53 tackles for the Colts.

He was plagued by a series of injuries and also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.

Jones, 30, did not play in 2015 because of an ankle injury. He played in eight games last season, with 15 tackles.