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Top 5 Headlines 4/16: What Would a Philip Rivers Trade do to AFC West?

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1. A Philip Rivers trade would alter balance in AFC West

By Adam Teicher - ESPN

"But if the Chargers trade Rivers, as speculation persists they will, then it isn't out of the question that Smith in 2015 is the best QB in the division and, more importantly, that his team is also the best of the bunch.

Ever since Manning, injured though he was, looked every bit his age down the stretch last season, the Broncos looked like they would be vulnerable in 2015. That looked more of a sure thing at the end of the season, when the Broncos fired coach John Fox."    READ MORE…

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2. Marcus Mariota reportedly scored 33 on Wonderlic; Jameis Winston had 27

By ESPN News Services - ESPN

"The Wonderlic scores for Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston won't be among the knocks against them when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose what to do with the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft -- if they haven't already.

Mariota scored a 33 out of 50 on the test and Winston a 27, Yahoo! Sports has reported, citing multiple league sources, later posting Mariota's score via Twitter.

That puts both in good company among NFL quarterbacks: Andrew Luck scored a 37, while Aaron Rodgers had a 35, Tom Brady a 33 and Philip Rivers a 30. Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Russell Wilson each scored a 28, while Joe Flacco had a 27 and Ben Roethlisberger recorded a 25."    READ MORE…

3. Jaelen Strong has broken bone in wrist, likely needs surgery

By Bryan Fisher -

"The medical rechecks for 2015 NFL Draft prospects are scheduled for this weekend in Indianapolis, and Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong is among the players that will be under examination.

The potential first-round pick has a broken bone in his wrist and likely will need surgery, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport."    READ MORE…

4. Rex: Amaro will see how happy he is when he plays us

By Kevin Patra -

"It didn't take long for Rex Ryan to fire back at Jace Amaro.

The New York Jets tight end, who played under Ryan as a rookie, said a little more than a week ago that Gang Green wasn't held "accountable" and had several instances of tardiness last season.

In a sprawling interview with The MMQB's Jenny Vrentas, the new Buffalo Bills coach took issue with Amaro's characterization and vowed retribution.

"He's full of (expletive), and I'll remind him of that when we play him," Ryan said. "Look, we weren't perfect, and I never said we were going to be perfect. But that's a (expletive) b.s. comment. But, hey, he's happy that he's got a different coach in place. We'll see how happy he is when I play against him.""    READ MORE…

5. Cosell: I'd take Titans' Zach Mettenberger over Jameis Winston

By Chase Goodbread -

"Count NFL Films executive producer Greg Cosell among those that don't believe the Tennessee Titans should draft a quarterback in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

But while some who agree with Cosell might cite a bigger need than quarterback or the "best-player-available" argument, which might lead the team to choose USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams, Cosell has a different explanation: The club already has a quarterback better than the best one available in the draft. Yes, as Cosell sees it, the Titans are better off with their sixth-round pick from 2014, Zach Mettenberger, than with the presumptive No. 1 overall pick this year, Florida State's Jameis Winston.

"You look for traits. When you do that with Jameis Winston ... he's a pocket quarterback for the most part. His strengths are anticipation. Zach Mettenberger, by the way, is a pocket quarterback who is very good at making anticipatory throws, arguably better than Jameis Winston at making anticipatory throws. Zach Mettenberger actually has a bigger arm than Jameis Winston," Cosell told Nashville radio station 104.5 The Zone. "They're both a little bit slow-twitch in the pocket. They're both a little bit heavy-footed, which of course are negatives, but they're very similar in that regard. In many of the traits, and I'm just scratching the surface by the way, but in many of the traits that you look for, you would say that they're similar and that Mettenberger is a little bit better."    READ MORE…

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