The 2014 Senior Bowl gets ready to kick-off tomorrow morning as player weigh-ins start at 8:30AM followed by successive practices in the afternoon. Yet even before the players put on the pads there’s plenty of news floating around the Renaissance Plaza Hotel where the players are staying.
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– For three weeks now I’ve reported several sources on the outside confiding to me that Blake Bortles is the perfect fit for the Houston Texans. I can now say coaches on the Houston staff have expressed how much the team is enamored with the Central Florida quarterback. During conversations at the player hotel they said the feeling around the organization is Bortles has the complete package and will only get better in time. Could it be a smoke screen?? Maybe- yet where there’s smoke there’s usually fire and there has been plenty of smoke around this coupling.
– For his part Bortles is on the West Coast training for the combine. I’m told he’s working daily on his mechanics under the tutelage of Jordan Palmer, the former UTEP signal caller and younger brother to Carson Palmer. Bortles has also been working and learning the white board under former NFL offensive coordinator Ted Tollner.
– As well as three days of intense practice the Senior Bowl is also the place free agency is initially broached. The rumors around Mobile center on Alex Mack potentially finding a new home in 2014. Sources say its far from a given the All Pro center will be resigned by the Cleveland Browns and early speculation has Tampa Bay as Mack’s new home.
– I can tell fans of the Oakland Raiders their general manager, Reggie McKenzie, is at the players hotel working his butt off. McKenzie has interviewed a number of players throughout the afternoon. Sunday is usually more of a settling in day for upper management of teams around the league.