Around the NFL: Saturday, May 25

Gregory Shamus

The redemption team. Jake Long has critics to silence, and so does Michael Vick. The bottom line: Have an off an year, earn the enmity of the media. Long had two straight years of nagging injuries before he signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Rams.

Broken bones in his hands, and he STILL catches everything thrown his way... Calvin Johnson revealed he spent much of last season with broke fingers. More remarkable, is how he broke Jerry Rice's single season receiving yards record with 1,964 yards on 133 receptions.

The tight end evolution continues unabated... Have a look at the chart of yardage by tight ends from 1992 to 2012. If only your 401k could experience THAT kind of growth.

Moving the NFL Draft to May isn't all they're thinking about... It's not just scheduling issues at Radio City Music Hall that has the NFL wondering about shifting the date of the NFL Draft to early May.

The Welker - Amendola debate is going to heat up as the season approaches. Go to 11:35 on the video to hear what they have to say about the dual between two Texas Tech alums.

Six minutes... NFL Films put together a video capsule for the 2012 season. Enjoy!

8 to 1 odds the Rams win the NFC West? There's little denying Seattle and San Francisco are leading candidates for one of them to make it to the Super Bowl this season. More interesting still, the Rams are getting some "spec-love" as a possible third NFC West team to make the playoffs.

Jaws doesn't know what to think of Chip Kelley's offense... Ron Jaworski has his doubt about the Eagles' new head coach and his high flying college offense translating to the NFL:

"I just don't see NFL passing concepts in this offense," Jaws continued. "It's a movement offense by the quarterback, off the run-action, off the read-action. A lot of short, quick passes, dart routes, bubble screens. Very few plays down the field with NFL passing concepts."

Jason Garrett isn't playing for his job? Really? Well Jerry Jones said so, so it must be true... Sorry, I'm not buying it. Garrett finishes the season under .500, he'll be hitting the unemployment line.

How will Michael Crabtree's injury effect the 49ers? The Achilles injury to the 49ers wide receiver could expose the team's vulnerability and lack of proven talent at WR. While I don't think it will hamper a team known for it's "Run First" reputation, it could limit total offensive output. With Manningham and Williams coming off injuries - hopefully by the time training camp starts - they'll be thin at best.

RGIII has come back from major knee surgery at a lightning fast pace. I know how he's doing it too. His doctors used Super Glue, right? I remember when a knee injury put you on the sidelines for a year, but not anymore.

How about some Stedman Bailey in the red zone? I have to admit, I never consider the West Virgina wide receiver as a red zone threat, but this video shows he has a nose for the ball in the end zone.

Skip Bayless says Tavon Austin is Barry Sanders... So it must be true, eh?

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