There could be a pitch to keep Pugh, who will not cost what Norwell did but could command a contract averaging $8 million-$10 million per year, as he has started games at guard and tackle but missed eight games last season with a back injury. Fluker played well after moving into the starting lineup at right guard until a toe injury landed him on injured reserve.
Potentially interested teams include the Jets, Texans, 49ers, Raiders, and Colts. As many as six or seven teams are expected to pursue Lewis.
A fifth-round pick of the Eagles in 2011, he arrived in New England after stints in Philly, Cleveland, and Indy. His best year by far came in 2017, with 896 rushing yards (an average of five yards per attempt) and 214 receiving yards. He had six rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns.
Stewart, who spent 10 years with the Panthers, visited the Giants on Tuesday and did not leave without a contract agreement. He saw familiar faces in Mike Shula, the Giants’ new offensive coordinator, who filled that role for the Panthers, and Gettleman, the general manager in Carolina for four years.
Stewart, released Feb. 28 by the Panthers, turns 31 next Wednesday and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per carry; he should not be considered the No. 1 back and he is not a pass-catching threat, something head coach Pat Shurmur prefers with his running backs.
It happens. It’s football, Guice said. . . . This past season, injuries sucked. But you have to fight through it and keep going.
Guice reminds scouts of Marshawn Lynch. The Raiders list Lynch at 5-11, 215 pounds. Guice measured 5-11 and weighed 224, 6 pounds heavier than he played last season.
Guice sees himself when he watches Lynch.
Beastmode. Skittle Man, Guice said when asked whose style he tries to duplicate. I see anger, man. I see somebody who refuses to go down. When I run, I really think about him every time. And when I go back and watch him, I’m like, ‘Man, I really run like this dude, man. It’s crazy.’
Growing up, my favorite running back was Reggie Bush, and as I got older and started really studying running backs, I was like, ‘Man, Beastmode reminds me a lot of myself.’ So that’s who I like to watch a lot nowadays.