Movers And Shakers

July 25, 2005
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Movers And Shakers

Lost track of who landed where during the off-season? Forget how the draft played out? Here's a team-by-team rundown of the most significant acquisitions among offensive skill-position players and kickers.

Key: D= Draft pick, FA= Free agent, T= Trade acquisition

This is an article from the July 25, 2005 issue


Buffalo Bills

WRRoscoe Parrish Miami (D)

QBKelly Holcomb Browns (FA)

RBReShard Lee Cowboys (FA)

A burner who impressed in minicamps, the 168-pound Parrish, a second-round selection, will return punts and is a candidate to be the third receiver.

Miami Dolphins

RBRonnie Brown Auburn (D)

QBGus Frerotte Vikings (FA)

RBHeath Evans Seahawks (FA)

Brown, who split time with Cadillac Williams at Auburn, will start--even after Ricky Williams is reinstated by the league.

New England Patriots

WRTim Dwight Chargers (FA)

RBChad Morton Redskins (FA)

WRDavid Terrell Bears (FA)

QBDoug Flutie Chargers (FA)

Two-time defending Super Bowl champions have the luxury of addressing backup and special-teams needs.

New York Jets

WRLaveranues Coles Redskins (T)

TEDoug Jolley Raiders (T)

RBDerrick Blaylock Chiefs (FA)

PKMike Nugent Ohio State (D)

QBJay Fiedler Dolphins (FA)

A conservative passing game gets a makeover with the return of Coles, plus the arrival of Jolley and coordinator Mike Heimerdinger.


Baltimore Ravens

WRDerrick Mason Titans (FA)

WRMark Clayton Oklahoma (D)

QBDerek Anderson Oregon State (D)

Mason, who averaged 86 catches a season over the past four

years, should make life easier for struggling QB Kyle Boller.

Cincinnati Bengals

WR Chris Henry West Virginia (D)

At 6'5", Henry has size, but catches could be hard to come by playing behind the Chad Johnson--led receiver corps.

Cleveland Browns

WRBraylon Edwards Michigan (D)

QBTrent Dilfer Seahawks (T)

RBReuben Droughns Broncos (T)

QBCharlie Frye Akron (D)

Some rated Edwards as the best player in the draft, but a run-first philosophy could limit his receptions.

Pittsburgh Steelers

TEHeath Miller Virginia (D)

WRCedrick Wilson 49ers (FA)

WRFred Gibson Georgia (D)

Miller, a first-round pick, and Wilson should get plenty of playing time, but don't expect the Steelers to get away from their grind-it-out, ball-control philosophy.


Houston Texans

RBVernand Morency Oklahoma St. (D)

WRJerome Mathis Hampton (D)

TEMarcellus Rivers Giants (FA)

WRReggie Swinton Lions (FA)

Morency provides insurance for nicked-up Domanick Davis; speedster Mathis should make defenses think twice about doubling Andre Johnson.

Indianapolis Colts

RBAnthony Davis Wisconsin (D)

The NFL's top-scoring offense didn't need fixing, so the Colts drafted a player who could take over for Edgerrin James in 2006.

Jacksonville Jaguars

WRMatt Jones Arkansas (D)

RBAlvin Pearman Virginia (D)

A 6'6" target with 4.37 speed, Jones, a quarterback in college, is expected to be the third receiver by midseason.

Tennessee Titans

RBTravis Henry Bills (T)

WRCourtney Roby Indiana (D)

WRBrandon Jones Oklahoma (D)

PKOla Kimrin Redskins (FA)

With the release of Derrick Mason, at least one of the rookie wideouts should see plenty of playing time.


Denver Broncos

WR Jerry Rice Seahawks (FA)

TEStephen Alexander Lions (FA)

RBRon Dayne Giants (FA)

RBMaurice Clarett Ohio State (D)

Rice will get a shot to be the third or fourth wideout, while Alexander could move into a starting role.

Kansas City Chiefs

WR Freddie Mitchell Eagles (FA)

WRCraphonso Thorpe Florida St. (D)

RBDee Brown Browns (FA)

The outspoken Mitchell, who wore out his welcome in Philadelphia, will fight with Samie Parker for playing time.

Oakland Raiders

WR Randy Moss Vikings (T)

RBLamont Jordan Jets (FA)

TEJosh Norman Chargers (FA)

QBAndrew Walter Arizona State (D)

Motivated by the trade, Moss is in top shape and could have a huge year; Jordan, who played behind Curtis Martin for four years, becomes a No. 1 back.

San Diego Chargers

RBDarren Sproles Kansas State (D)

WRVincent Jackson No. Colorado (D)

The 5'6", 181-pound Sproles had a big minicamp and is getting looks at returner and third-down back.


Dallas Cowboys

QBDrew Bledsoe Bills (FA)

RBAnthony Thomas Bears (FA)

RBMarion Barber III Minnesota (D)

Strong-armed but immobile Bledsoe is reunited with the man who drafted him in '93, Bill Parcells.

New York Giants

WR Plaxico Burress Steelers (FA)

PKJay Feely Falcons (FA)

QBTim Hasselbeck Redskins (FA)

The 6'5" Burress can give the passing game a lift, but only if the Giants improve the blocking up front for QB Eli Manning.

Philadelphia Eagles

WRReggie Brown Georgia (D)

RBRyan Moats Louisiana Tech (D)

QBMike McMahon Lions (FA)

With the status of disgruntled wideout Terrell Owens up in the air, Brown, a second-round pick, will get every opportunity to show what he can do.

Washington Redskins

WR Santana Moss Jets (T)

WR David Patten Patriots (FA)

WR Kevin Dyson Chargers (FA)

QBJason Campbell Auburn (D)

The receiving corps was overhauled, while Campbell, a late first-round pickup, is being groomed as the quarterback of the future.


Chicago Bears

RBCedric Benson Texas (D)

WRMuhsin Muhammad Panthers (FA)

WRMark Bradley Oklahoma (D)

PKDoug Brien Jets (FA)

QBKyle Orton Purdue (D)

A run-first philosophy is a perfect fit for the bruising Benson but not necessarily for Muhammad, who signed a lucrative free-agent deal.

Detroit Lions

WRMike Williams Southern Cal (D)

QBJeff Garcia Browns (FA)

TEMarcus Pollard Colts (FA)

WRKevin Johnson Ravens (FA)

A talented offense got even better; if QB Joey Harrington falters, Garcia is waiting in the wings.

Green Bay Packers

QBAaron Rodgers Cal (D)

WRTerrence Murphy Texas A&M (D)

With Brett Favre nearing retirement, the Packers couldn't pass up the chance to select Rodgers.

Minnesota Vikings

WR Troy Williamson So. Carolina (D)

WRTravis Taylor Ravens (FA)

RBCiatrick Fason Florida (D)

QBBrad Johnson Bucs (FA)

PKPaul Edinger Bears (FA)

Williamson can stretch the field, but with a slew of veterans he won't be rushed into the starting lineup.


Atlanta Falcons

WRRoddy White UAB (D)

PKTodd Peterson 49ers (FA)

On a team without a true No. 1 wide receiver, deep threat White will get a chance to contribute.

Carolina Panthers

TEFreddie Jones Cardinals (FA)

RBEric Shelton Louisville (D)

QBStefan LeFors Louisville (D)

Once a receiving threat, Jones is being converted into a blocking tight end; Shelton will compete for time in a crowded backfield.

New Orleans Saints

WRAz-Zahir Hakim Lions (FA)

RBAntowain Smith Titans (FA)

TEShad Meier Titans (FA)

Close to signing with the Chiefs, Hakim ended up in New Orleans, where he will bid to be the third receiver.

Tampa Bay Bucs

RBCadillac Williams Auburn (D)

TEAlex Smith Stanford (D)

TEAnthony Becht Jets (FA)

WRIke Hilliard Giants (FA)

Williams displaces Michael Pittman as the starter; Smith has the speed to beat linebackers down the middle and should be a nice complement to the 272-pound Becht.


Arizona Cardinals

QBKurt Warner Giants (FA)

RB J.J. Arrington Cal (D)

WRCharles Lee Bucs (FA)

Arrington should start immediately; three talented young receivers boost Warner's bid to rebound.

St. Louis Rams

TERoland Williams Raiders (FA)

WRDante Ridgeway Ball State (D)

Marc Bulger will throw often,

but not necessarily to this duo; Williams's last catch was in 2002, and Ridgeway is no lock to make the team.

San Francisco 49ers

QBAlex Smith Utah (D)

RBFrank Gore Miami (D)

WRJohnnie Morton Chiefs (FA)

PKJoe Nedney Titans (FA)

The QB job is Smith's to lose, but Gore, a third-round selection, could have the bigger impact as the feature back ahead of Kevan Barlow.

Seattle Seahawks

WRJoe Jurevicius Bucs (FA)

QBDavid Greene Georgia (D)

Jurevicius brings good hands to an offense that has been plagued by the drops.