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Unheralded Turenne could be Bears' third CB

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By PFW staff

We've been hearing the following whispers around the NFL:

• The feeling among many hangers-on at Halas Hall is that CB Woodny Turenne, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, warrants consideration for the No. 3 CB job. Said one team insider: "He's got really good size (6-0, 184) and is faster than people thought he would be. I think he's a better prospect than (2009 fourth-round pick) D.J. Moore."

• Buccaneers ORT Jeremy Trueblood wasn't charged with a crime and probably won't face a suspension after getting arrested for public intoxication July 6. Trueblood has been credited for having a designated driver — his mother, Wanda — that evening, and he disputed the police report that alleged he knocked things off counters in a gas station. Trueblood, who vowed to become more disciplined on the field this offseason after drawing personal-foul penalties at key moments last season, is playing on a one-year tender and will try to earn a future long-term deal with his play in 2010.

• The word out of the desert is that the Cardinals could have a very difficult time choosing between fifth-round draft pick John Skelton and undrafted rookie Max Hall for the team's No. 3 QB job. "I think Hall has a real shot at making the team," said one team insider of the local product, who enjoyed a record-setting career at Brigham Young. "He picks things up real quickly and comes from a sophisticated pass offense, while Skelton has good size and a big gun. (Head coach Ken) Whisenhunt has never kept four QBs."

• Daily Cardinals observers noticed the defense experimenting with a four-safety set on occasion during the team's OTAs.

• We hear the Rams are not ruling out undrafted rookie Thaddeus Lewis beating out Keith Null for the team's No. 3 QB spot behind Sam Bradford and A.J. Feeley.

• Our Niners sources tell us backup RB Glen Coffee has put on about 15 pounds of muscle and feels as though his legs have never been stronger.

• The Seahawks, we're told, could have a dilemma at tight end, behind John Carlson and Chris Baker, deciding whether to keep either Anthony McCoy, who has looked like a sixth-round steal, and Cameron Morrah, a seventh-round pick last year who has continued to display flashes.

• The Ravens' signing of CB Walt Harris increases competition for backup roles in the secondary, a source close to the team says. Harris, who turns 36 in August, officially signed a contract with the club last week after passing a physical. Harris figures to make the team, the way we hear it.

• A source close to the Browns suggests Evan Moore could become the Browns' No. 2 tight end behind ex-Patriot Benjamin Watson, ahead of veterans Alex Smith and Robert Royal. Moore caught 12 passes in five games with Cleveland last season.

• Although Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe reported for offseason workouts in much better shape than he did a year ago — when he had shown up well overweight — he recently drew some tough criticism from former star wideouts Cris Carter and Michael Irvin at Larry Fitzgerald's pro summer camp, according to reports. Bowe struggled with his conditioning immediately upon beginning work at the camp, later revealing that he had not worked out for 12 straight days.

 

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