Extra Points: NFLPA, Houston, Lions, Saints

We have yet another candidate entering the field to become the NFLPA’s executive director. According to Albert Breer of NFL.com (Twitter links), NFLPA president Eric Winston sent an email to player reps today presenting five candidates for the job with Andrew Smith being added to the previous group of DeMaurice Smith, Sean Gilbert, James Acho, and John Stufflebeem. Andrew Smith took to Twitter earlier today to boast his credentials: “Next Exec Dir of the NFLPA? They had a former player, then a lawyer NOW they need the Players’ lawyer!!!” Here’s tonight’s look around the NFL..

  • Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap takes a closer look at this year’s crop of free agent pass rushers in a piece for The Sporting News, placing four players in his top tier: Justin Houston, Greg Hardy, Jason Pierre-Paul, and Jerry Hughes.
  • The Lions still haven’t revealed what they plan to do with Reggie Bush and the rest of their running back rotation this fall, but Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press wonders if Justin Forsett could be the answer for them. Forsett, who finished sixth in the NFL in rushing yards last year, will become an unrestricted free agent in March. The Lions are unlikely to splurge on a tailback, but coach Jim Caldwell pointed to the running game as an area that needs to improve in 2015. Forsett could be a quality addition for Detroit that won’t break the bank.
  • Kicker Shayne Graham is far from standing on solid footing with the Saints despite his new deal, Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune writes. Graham will still have to duke it out with Dustin Hopkins, who was added to the taxi squad late season. Graham was pretty solid through week 13 of the 2014 campaign, nailing 17 of 18 attempts. However, he missed a kick in each of the next two games, prompting the signing of Hopkins.

Luke Adams contributed to this post.

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