8 Things We Learned From Day 1 At NFL Combine


The first day at the combine is in the books.

Coaches and general managers from across the league talked with the national media, and the first round of college prospects made their way through the interview rooms.

Here are eight takeaways from Day 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium:

  1. The Chicago Bears were non-committal about the status of veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall. There have been rumors that Marshall could get cut this offseason, and Chicago's Head Coach John Fox and General Manager Ryan Pace gave no indication as to whether they plan to keep him. "We've met with him, like a lot of individual players. And that's kind of going to be a slow process as we go forward evaluating that," Pace said. If the Bears released Marshall, the Ravens have been mentioned by media as a potential landing spot for Marshall because of his connection with Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman.
  2. The Bears met with free agent quarterback Josh McCown, who was recently released by the Tampa Bay Bucs. Pace said that he believes the 35-year-old quarterback could be a starter or a backup in the NFL at this point of his career. The Ravens have also been rumored as a destination for McCown because he thrived under Trestman in Chicago two years ago.
  3. The Steelers are in the midst of negotiations with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to extend his contract that expires after the 2015 season. The 12-year veteran signed an eight-year deal in 2008, and General Manager Kevin Colbert said there is "no timetable" on when the team wants to work out an extension.  Colbert described the negotiations as "progressing" and the Steelers "hope to get something done sooner rather than later."
  4. Colbert has no regrets about cutting running back LeGarrette Blount even knowing that the Steelers were shorthanded at running back in the playoffs against Baltimore because of the injury to starter Le'Veon Bell. When asked if has regrets about the move, Colbert simply responded, "None, whatsoever."
  5. The indication from the analysts and general managers is that this year's draft class isn't quite as strong as last year's group, but it's close. The 2014 draft was stacked across the board, particularly at wide receiver. "I am not sure it will have quite the impact of last year's class but in all honesty not many will going forward, because that was a special group of players," Colbert said.
  6. Brian Hoyer could be back in Cleveland next year. The quarterback is an unrestricted free agent, but the Browns may try to bring him back given all the uncertainty at that position. Johnny Manziel is currently going through treatment from substance abuse, and the Browns may spend another high pick on a quarterback. Browns Head Coach Mike Pettine said, "The door hasn't closed [on Hoyer]. We're open to him coming back."
  7. John Harbaugh made sure to attend Ash Wednesday Mass before getting to work at the first day of the combine. He also shared that he's giving up chocolate and bread for Lent.
  8. Gary Kubiak has no doubt that Joe Flacco is elite.
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