Dennison, Bears to huddle

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Dennison, Bears to huddle

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall will likely be in touch Friday with buddies on the Houston Texans. Thats when Texans offensive coordinator Rick Dennison gets a visit and interview with Bears GM Phil Emery on the matter of becoming head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Dennison was Denver Broncos offensive coordinator from 2006-2008, the first three years of Cutlers career and the one (2008) in which Cutler was selected to the Pro Bowl after passing for 4,500 yards and being sacked just 11 times.

Dennison, in his third season as Houston O.C., has stayed on point with the Texans game Sunday night in New England with the Patriots, but obviously, its a great honor to have somebody inquire about a job of that type, he said on Wednesday via Dave Zangaro at CSNHouston.com. But Ill have to handle that at the end of the week because my big focus my only focus is getting this team ready to play the Patriots.

Dennison worked with Texans coach Gary Kubiak in Denver and Kubiak provided a full endorsement.

Obviously, I think the world of him, Kubiak said. I think his football background speaks for itself. I could sit up here all day long. Hes a leader. Hes a teacher. Hes a class act. I dont know what else to tell you.

Were real proud of him. Ive been with him a long, long time and proud of him when I was with him in Denver. Obviously, hes done a tremendous job here with the Texans. Anytime guys have an opportunity like that you should support them. We definitely support Rick.

Uphill for Lovie in Philly

The Philadelphia Eagles will interview Lovie Smith for their head-coaching vacancy but insiders tell CSNChicago.com that the former Bears coach has an uphill quest there.

The frontrunners appear to be offensive coordinators Mike McCoy from Denver and Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, although the Eagles arent expected to interview Bradley until Saturday in when the Seahawks are in Atlanta to play the Falcons.

With Michael Vicks future in doubt, the Eagles offense right now is built around quarterback Nick Foles, a third-round draft choice last year who ended the year on IR with a broken hand but is prominent in the Philadelphia plans.

Smiths difficulties with offense are considered a concern in some Philadelphia quarters.

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Pittsburgh QB Nathan Peterman

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh

6'2" | 226 lbs.

2016 stats:

2,885 YDS, 60.5 CMP%, 27 TD, 7 INT, 163.4 QBR | 72 CAR, 286 YDS, 3 TD

Projection:

Third/Fourth Round

Scouting Report:

"Peterman's experience in a pro-style passing attack gives him a head start headed into the league. His physical attributes are just average, but his accuracy, composure and anticipation are what sets him apart from some of the more physically gifted quarterbacks in this year's draft. Peterman's tape is sure to catch the eye of at least a few teams in need of a quarterback and he should come off the board by day two with a chance to become a solid starting quarterback in the future." — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

2017 NFL Draft Profile: Illinois OLB Dawuane Smoot

As part of our coverage leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft we will provide profiles of more than 100 prospects, including a scouting report and video interviews with each player.

Dawuane Smoot, OLB, Illinois

6'3" | 264 lbs.

2016 stats:

56 tackles, 15 TFL, 5 sacks

Projection:

Day 3

Scouting Report:

"Duck-footed, face-up rusher able to generate some power in his rush, Smoot failed to put together the breakout season many predicted after a strong junior showing. He lacks a track record of pass rush production to excite NFL teams as an early round pick, but his athleticism could create an opportunity for him as a 3-4 rush end if given the chance. " — Lance Zierlein, NFL.com

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