Brooks' mobility will buy Moss more time
With mobile QB Aaron Brooks now leading the Raiders' offense, WR Randy Moss figures to catch more deep balls.
• Value plus: The Giants drafted Sinorice Moss to give Eli Manning a speedy, deep threat. However, Moss' real value to Manning could be the quick, short pass. Moss' quickness into routes convinced coach Tom Coughlin to add hitch passes and wide receiver screens into the offense during minicamp. Manning's biggest mission is to improve his 52.8 completion percentage.
• Great timing: Linebacker Ahmad Brooks, dismissed from the University of Virginia football team in late March, has raised his stock for Thursday's supplemental draft by losing 32 pounds and increasing workouts. In 10 weeks, Brooks went on a diet to drop from 292 to 260 pounds. Then, in the past two weeks, Brooks worked out four hours a day at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. Once projected as a possible first-round pick in the regular draft, Brooks is hopeful he'll go in the first three rounds of the supplemental draft.
• Short-term goals: Broncos running back Tatum Bell is hitting the weights after coach Mike Shanahan told him he didn't run hard enough on short-yardage and goal-line plays. Bell averaged 5.3 yards a carry in each of his first two seasons, but his average in short-yardage runs has been only slightly more than 2 yards a carry. By improving his short-yardage runs, Bell can satisfy his long-term mission of beating out Ron Dayne as Shanahan's go-to back.
John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
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