Sam Darnold says not throwing at combine was best decision for me

Scouts may or may not learn something new about the quarterbacks who are throwing today. They will learn nothing new about Sam Darnold because he’s not throwing.

The USC quarterback, who drew criticism from NFL Network’s Mike Mayock for his decision, explained it as the best decision for him.

I just felt it was the best decision for me, Darnold said. Obviously I’m going to throw at my Pro Day. I think that’s a good opportunity for teams to be able to look at how I can spin it. I’m going to be throwing to guys I’ve played with. I think given all the information I had, I thought that was the best decision.

If that is indeed the case, it sounds like Bridgewater will field some calls from outside Minnesota. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that a handful of teams showed interest in Bridgewater as a potential starting quarterback. Bridgewater said in January that he definitely thinks he can start in 2018.

The potential part of that equation suggests no one is going to hand Bridgewater a starting job, which makes sense given he’s spent two years (save a handful of snaps in garbage time last season) out of action after a serious knee injury.

The Cardinals, Jets and Broncos are reportedly the teams that have joined the Vikings in the running for Kirk Cousins and those that don’t land him could turn to Bridgewater, especially if they see him as a well-named bridge option until a rookie selected in this year’s draft is ready to start. With Case Keenum, Josh McCown, Sam Bradford and AJ McCarron also hitting the market, it should be a spirited game of musical chairs once teams are free to start making moves.

I think the important thing is Drew wants to be a New Orleans Saint, Loomis said, via Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. We want him to be a New Orleans Saint, so he’s going to be a New Orleans Saint. That’s what my expectation is and we’ll see about the timing of that.

Loomis met with Brees’ agent Tom Condon Thursday night, but he didn’t want to discuss anything that was said.

I don’t want to talk about that because look, in part, if I talk about it then they’re going to feel like they need to talk about it, Loomis said. I don’t want to put them in that position.

If the 39-year-old Brees wanted to, he’d find an eager market for his services, but every indication through this process has been that a deal will get done.

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