Report: Brady focusing less on football this offseason than in past

Until Tom Brady either shows up to a team-organized workout or publicly commits to playing in 2018, speculation will continue swirling that he is contemplating his football future. The latest report won’t help. An undrafted free agent out of Southern Utah, Pringle played running back and receiver in college — rushing for 1,130 yards and […]

Until Tom Brady either shows up to a team-organized workout or publicly commits to playing in 2018, speculation will continue swirling that he is contemplating his football future. The latest report won’t help.

An undrafted free agent out of Southern Utah, Pringle played running back and receiver in college — rushing for 1,130 yards and 14 touchdowns on 228 carries and catching 26 passes for 329 yards in 33 games — before converting to cornerback as a rookie last season.

Pringle had been an all-league player on both offense and defense in high school.

After flashing some serious speed at his pro day, running a 4.42 40-yard dash, Pringle spent portions of last season on Jacksonville and Green Bay’s practice squads.

Pringle is the third player from Southern Utah to spend time on the Lions’ roster in recent years, joining safety Miles Killebrew and cornerback Josh Thornton.

The veteran pass-catcher openly shared his desire to play in the NFC East — facing Dallas twice a year — but none of those teams have come forward to chase him.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport listed the Ravens as a distinct possibility, a move that would pair Bryant with free-agent addition Michael Crabtree.

The Saints also are a candidate, as is Buffalo, but neither has emerged as a favorite to land the former Cowboys star. The timing isn’t ideal for Bryant — with teams zooming toward the draft — but there’s no question he’ll ultimately find work.

General manager Howie Roseman doesn’t want to deal his backup quarterback because he has the luxury of the best security blanket imaginable. That stance isn’t going to change until or unless Wentz returns to full health in his recovery from surgery to repair his ACL as well as his LCL.

On that note, Wentz assured reporters Monday that he doesn’t need to play in the preseason to be ready for the regular-season opener.

UTSA’s Marcus Davenport and Boston College’s Harold Landry would top the wish list.

Comparing Davenport to Ansah wouldn’t be too wide of the mark. Entering the league, both offered prototypical builds, elite athleticism, but raw talent. It’s easy to forget, Ansah only had 4.5 sacks during his college career. Davenport racked up 21, including 15 the past two seasons, but against a lower level of competition. His technique will need refinement to port that success to the next level.

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