1 » Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Louis Murphy is already enamored with his new quarterback, Jameis Winston. How much? Murphy said on a SiriusXM NFL Radio interview that Winston reminds him of his former signal caller with the Florida Gators, Tim Tebow. “I just saw how much of a competitor he is. He competes. he doesn’t like losing. He wants to win and that’s a guy I want to play with. He’s young, kind of similar to Tim Tebow in a way, he just wants to win. He’ll do anything it takes to win. But he’s young, everyone makes mistakes … I’m just really excited to be with a guy who is passionate about playing this game.”
2 » Early observations from Philadelphia Eagles camp, at least according to the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Jeff McLane, are that Tebow’s throwing motion is not as improved as everyone was led to believe by his throwing coach. Here’s the report:
There have been reports that Tebow’s throwing motion and release had improved after his work with Tom House, but there didn’t appear to be much difference than how he looked two years ago,” wrote McLane. “I haven’t watched Tebow up close for his entire career, but it still takes a long time for him to cock, load and throw. There’s an unnatural dip in his windup. Tebow has never been a good practice quarterback and he’s obviously still learning a completely new offense, so there shouldn’t be too much stock taken in how he threw on one non-contact day in May. But the guess here is that it will be difficult for Tebow to beat out [Matt] Barkley for the third spot, even if you include his intangibles. He struggled to throw the ball downfield. He was working with a bunch of young receivers, but he often held the ball too long or would check down with a short pass. At one point late in practice, he had a throw tipped at the line that fell into the arms of 6-foot-9 rookie defensive end Brian Mihalik.
Tebow currently weighs less than 250 pounds, an important change if he is truly going to only play quarterback this season (if he makes the roster, of course) as head coach Chip Kelly said last week. Tebow also spoke with the Philadelphia team website last week about playing for the team and Kelly. “I think you just go out and you compete and you try to earn whatever you can. It’s just about competing, trying to get better every day and that’s the goal,” Tebow said. “I’ve done some similar stuff in the past. I really enjoy it. It’s an offense that really keeps defenses on their heels in a lot of different ways – with tempo, with formations, playing fast. There’s a lot of different ways that you can take advantage of certain things in this offense.”
3 » McLane also noted in his column that former Gators defensive back Jaylen Watkins “appears to have made the shift to safety.” He barely played for the Eagles during his rookie campaign (due in some part to injury) and kept getting moved around, but it looks like his move to the back of the secondary is semi-permanent. Watkins will compete with Walter Thurmond (who also moved to safety), Malcom Jenkins, Earl Wolff and Chris Maragos for playing time.
4 » Yahoo! Sports‘ Eric Adelson recently penned a feature on former Florida defensive lineman Jeremy Mincey, explaining how his career has been resurrected with the Dallas Cowboys and he is now “one of the most important Cowboys in what has become a most important season.” It was also reported over the weekend that Mincey, a career defensive end, is working on his versatility and practicing some at defensive tackle for Dallas during organized team activities. “That’s one of my strong suites anyway. I love taking on guards one-on-one,” he said. “I mean, it’s less running than being at end anyway.”