Draft profile: Lattimore could be shutdown CB
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:38:31 GMT)
Ohio State's Marshon Lattimore has the tools to be an elite defender, but there is some concern after injuries limited him to just one year as a starter.
Aaron Hernandez once seemingly threatened reporter Ian Rapoport with murder
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:56:31 GMT)
The Aaron Hernandez story came to a tragic end earlier this week when the former star tight end of the New England Patriots was found hanging in his prison cell in what has since been ruled a suicide. Hernandez was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after he was convicted in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player and friend Odin Llyod. More details have been coming to light in the wake of Hernandez’s death, revealing just how troubled Hernandez may have been, and how he possibly posed a threat to everyone around him, including reporters. Just ask NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, who was a Patriots beat writer back in 2010 when Hernandez was drafted by the Pats.
Giants claim evidence was omitted to make Eli Manning look guilty
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:07:08 GMT)
The Giants consistently have said that the supposed smoking-gun email implicating quarterback Eli Manning in memorabilia fraud was taken out of context and does not show that he actually wanted to dupe purchasers of game-used helmets with helmets not actually used in a game. According to ESPN.com, lawyers representing the Giants and Manning have claimed in a court filing that the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in that case deliberately omitted “relevant evidence” to create the impression that Manning was complicit in a scheme to defraud. The claims were made in a formal request to ask the presiding judge to uphold an agreement that information regarded as confidential would not be disclosed publicly. The Giants’ lawyers also contend that the plaintiffs “cherry-picked” the email that seems to show Eli’s involvement, in order to make him look bad publicly.
Giants have 11 days to decide on Beckham's fifth-year option
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:00:49 GMT)
Ralph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive The Giants have 11 days to make a big decision about Odell Beckham, Jr.'s future -- whether they'll bring him back for 2018 or let him hit the open market. And yeah, that's really not much of a tough decision at all. There seems to be no doubt at all that the Giants will exercise their "fifth-year option" on Beckham's rookie contract before the May 3 deadline. It's a no-brainer decision for an all-pro receiver who's on a Hall of Fame pace through his first three NFL seasons and is still only 24 years old. Still, for whatever reason, Giants GM Jerry Reese wouldn't commit to that fifth-year option just yet (and neither, by the way, would co-owner John
Former 49ers third-round pick Glen Coffee comes out of retirement
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:47:20 GMT)
Glen Coffee, a running back who retired from the 49ers after just one year in the NFL, is trying to make a comeback. Coffee, the 49ers’ third-round draft pick in 2009, has filed the necessary paperwork to get back in the league. The 49ers placed him on waivers, meaning a team that wants to give him a look can claim him now. If no one claims him he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The 29-year-old Coffee initially said after retiring that he would go into the ministry, then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2013 and served for four years. Now he’s hoping for another chance. He’s a long shot, given how long he’s been away, but a player with the talent to be a third-round pick ought to at least get
Top 5 Most Loyal Fan Bases in the NFL
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 07:38:00 GMT)
What does it mean to be a great fan base for the National Football League? Is it showing up to every game? Is it buying tons and tons of merchandise? Is it single-minded devotion on social media? Is it stadium volume?
While there’s probably no way to
Tight end Julius Thomas set to ball for Miami Dolphins after 'best' offseason
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:00:28 GMT)
April 23 (UPI) -- New Miami Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas is reuniting with coach Adam Gase in 2017 and says it "feels like home." Thomas was traded to the Dolphins in February in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft from the Jacksonville Jaguars. After back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in 2013 and 2014, Thomas had 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons for the Jaguars. Gase was his offensive coordinator in his two best years when he had consecutive 12-touchdown seasons with the Denver Broncos. "This is probably the best I've ever felt," Thomas told the Dolphins website. "Luckily for me, none of my injuries [ankle/hand/back] have been really chronic things...[This] being
Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders is reportedly being held up by one big issue
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:46:18 GMT)
It looks like we finally know what's holding up Marshawn Lynch's potential deal with the Raiders, and surprise, surprise, it's the thing that holds up most deals in the NFL: money. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Beast Mode and the Raiders haven't agreed to terms on a contract because they can't agree on how much Lynch should be paid in 2017. Once Lynch officially comes out of retirement, he'll be scheduled to make $9 million in base salary for the upcoming season. Apparently, Beast Mode doesn't expect to make that full amount, but he does expect the Raiders to pay him at least half of that ($4.5 million). The problem for Lynch is that the Raiders don't want to pay him a dime more
Report: Packers coaches upset with GM Ted Thompson
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT)
The Packers are reportedly not thrilled with Ted Thompson. Mark Hoffman/via USA TODAY Sports The Green Bay Packers were more active in free agency this offseason than in the past. The team added two tight ends in Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks for Aaron Rodgers to toss the rock to. Though, Green Bay also lost a ton of veterans from last season’s NFC North championship roster. That includes the likes of Julius Peppers, Datone Jones and Micah Hyde on the defensive side of the ball. It also includes offensive linemen J.C. Tretter and T.J. Lang. It now looks like Packers coaches are not happy with general manager Ted Thompson after the team lost Lang to the division-rival Detroit Lions in
Buffalo Bills have Monday deadline for Mike Gillislee signing
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 14:12:09 GMT)
April 23 (UPI) -- If Mike Gillislee is to suit up for the Buffalo Bills in 2017, the decision will be made by Monday. The restricted free agent signed a $6.4 million offer sheet with the New England Patriots on April 18 after visiting with the team. Gillislee, 26, averaged 5.7 yards per carry last season, accumulating 577 yards and eight touchdowns on 101 carries. Originally, a source told the Boston Herald that they don't believe the Bills will match the two-year offer. If the Bills don't match the offer, it will get a fifth-rounder as compensation at Monday's deadline. ESPN reported Saturday that the Bills will take the decision up to that deadline, using Chris Hogan as an example. Last year,
Ex-Michigan CB Channing Stribling focused on graduation, then NFL draft
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 21:14:59 GMT)
The cornerback had one workout in Ann Arbor and went to a regional combine. Channing Stribling has big plans for this weekend. On Friday, the former Michigan cornerback has the athletic department graduation ceremony to attend. On Saturday morning, he’ll be back in Michigan Stadium with thousands of his fellow graduates. And the rest of Saturday, he’ll try to keep busy. Lunch with his family. Maybe head to downtown Detroit with them later in the day. The final day of the NFL draft will be ongoing, but he has no plans to sit in front of a television and stare for six hours. “The most important thing is to graduate from the University of Michigan,” he said, proud of his psychology major. “If I
Eli Manning: Brandon Marshall will be great leader, playmaker for Giants
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:29:46 GMT)
Shortly after the New York Giants signed veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall in March, quarterback Eli Manning expressed his excitement over the addition. In fact, Manning even likened Marshall to former Giants wideout Plaxico Burress. “I think Plaxico was kind of the last one similar to that size,” Manning told the New York Post. “They can be open when they’re not really open. You don’t want to get into a habit, it’s not a jump-ball but you can throw him open. “He’s been in lots of offenses and he gets open a lot of different ways, very disciplined in his route-running and understanding concepts. I think he’ll be good for that receiver room and in our locker room, having that veteran presence.”
Players recovering from injury can be draft steals
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:23:21 GMT)
Rehab is trending as an X-factor for the NFL draft. Consider the assortment of top prospects coming off of surgeries. Reuben Foster, the Alabama linebacker, is healing from shoulder surgery. Washington’s blazing receiver John Ross, is rehabbing a shoulder, too, while his college teammate, cornerback Sidney Jones, tore an Achilles tendon while working out on pro day. Another cornerback, Fabian Morceau, can relate. Morceau tore a pectoral muscle while trying to impress scouts with his bench-press at UCLA’s pro day. Corey Davis? The big Western Michigan product is considered one of the top three receivers in the draft, but after undergoing ankle surgery, he’s not run a lick for NFL teams. They will
Jerry Hughes: Defensive change lets us “play to our strength”
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:00:00 GMT)
When the Bills hired Sean McDermott as their new head coach earlier this year, it meant that their defense would be undergoing a schematic change. Rex Ryan’s 3-4 base defense was out and McDermott, with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s help, would be installing a 4-3 look. For many Bills veterans, the shift is a familiar one as they went from a 4-3 under coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014 to playing in Ryan’s system. Ryan’s system generated more than a few complaints from Bills defenders over the last two years with communication issues and the complexity of the former coach’s scheme at the top of the list. Jerry Hughes, who will move from outside linebacker back to defensive end, is happy
NFL Rumors: 10 Teams That Might Take a Chance on Johnny Manziel in 2017
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:14:00 GMT)
Over the last three years Johnny Manziel partied his way out of the NFL and onto the front page of nearly every tabloid media outlet in the country. Just when it looked like Manziel had played his last meaningful snap of football, reports surfaced at the 2017 NFL Combine that the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner has his sights set on reviving his pro football career. If Manziel does indeed sign with a team this offseason, he will have his work cut out to make a final roster.
Three reasons why the Philadelphia Eagles must draft Dalvin Cook
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:30:52 GMT)
Despite the fact that the Philadelphia Eagles need help on defense especially in their secondary, the defensive backs won’t be putting up points every possession. What Philly really needs is a running back. At number 14, if Cook is still on the board the Eagles better grab him if they want to improve their running game and help Carson Wentz improve his game from last season.
Sherman and Lynch Still Seahawks – But For Long?
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:08:24 GMT)
Yes, Richard Sherman is still a Seahawk and the team still owns the rights to Marshawn Lynch. Why are we still talking about Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch? Everyone concerned about the Seahawks is.
LOOK: The Rams don't seem to know where Jacksonville is located in Florida
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:21:18 GMT)
If the Rams have to forfeit their Week 6 game against the Jaguars this season, it's probably because they couldn't figure out how to get to Jacksonville. The day after the NFL schedule came out , the Rams decided to put together a snazzy little graphic to show how many miles they'll be traveling this year. Thanks to a home game in London, the Rams will be traveling more miles than any other team in 2017. Here's a look at the map that the Rams tweeted out on Friday. Now, the first thing you'll notice is that the tweet above isn't from the Rams, and that's because they deleted their tweet. So why would they delete their tweet? Because they put Jacksonville in the wrong spot. As you can see
Bears' defensive back needs spotlight three candidates for No. 3 pick
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:31:36 GMT)
The scriptwriters for the 2016 Bears season sure had a warped sense of humor. Before everything went so far off the rails, they penned such a perfect start. Those who haven't locked the memories away in a deep, dark place will recall the very first drive. The defense against Brock Osweiler and the Texans. Second-and-8 from the Bears' 34-yard line. Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter matched up with Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins in man-to-man. As Hopkins ran a 13-yard out to the left sideline, Porter stayed velcroed to his outside hip. When the ball arrived, Porter ripped it from Hopkins' hands. Interception. In that moment, it seemed the Bears' defense might return to its ball-hawking ways of
Westside Cubs to pros: Michigan trio on verge of living out NFL dream
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:06:28 GMT)
Malik McDowell, Desmond King and Jourdan Lewis won a PAL championship together 8 years ago. Now, they'e ready for NFL They were 13 and 14 years old, on top of the world after winning another Detroit PAL championship, and when they piled together for one last team picture that fall day in 2009, Malik McDowell, Desmond King and Jourdan Lewis sat right next to each other like the Three Musketeers of football. King, in a No. 20 jersey like Barry Sanders, sat in front, legs spread wide with his red and white helmet on the Ford Field turf. Lewis, laid back as always, was on one knee behind King and to his right. And McDowell, the largest kid in the league, knelt right beside Lewis with his big left
Patriots' Jimmy Garoppolo: Likely still staying in New England
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 23:02:18 GMT)
While the Browns and/or Texans might make a late push to trade for Garoppolo, it's still unlikely the Patriots will part ways with their backup quarterback this offseason, The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports. The Patriots clearly want a lot in return for Garoppolo, who is preparing for the final year of his rookie contract after thriving in his two starts last season. Cleveland has been the most frequently mentioned destination, but Houston might actually be a better fit, with the Texans boasting a playoff-caliber roster that doesn't have many weaknesses besides quarterback. Both teams are expected to select signal-callers in the early rounds of the draft, but one (or both) could make
ICYMI: Schedule released, Cowboys attempt to calm the draft beast
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:10:39 GMT)
It’s getting real. By this time next week, the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL draft will have been completed, and the Cowboys figure to have at least some roster questions answered. Will they go for pass rush or secondary help first? Hopefully those questions will be ironed out in the next few days. In the meantime, catch up on anything you may have missed from the world of the Dallas Cowboys. FRIDAY, APRIL 21 It’s been 13 years since the NFC East has seen a repeat champion, and if Dallas is going to break that streak, they’re truly going to have to earn it. Set to face one of the toughest schedules in the league, Dak Prescott and company is going to have their work cut out for them. Still,
Broncos on the hunt for new radio color analyst
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Good morning, Broncos Country! If you haven’t heard, Ed McCaffrey will no longer serve as color analyst for Denver Broncos radio. He made the announcement on Friday, and it’s so he could spend more time with his family. He missed two games in the 2016 season. Before we go any further, let’s all thank the former Broncos receiver for always being a trusted voice for the team and fans but also a tremendous representative of the franchise. The partnership he created with Dave Logan has been fun to listen to. McCaffrey was named the color analyst on 850 KOA in July of 2012. He was there for the Peyton Manning era and Super Bowl 50 win. So McCaffrey has been a part of all three Broncos Super Bowl wins.
What Traits Will The Falcons Look For During The Draft?
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:00:39 GMT)
The National Football League does a great job of keeping their sport talked about across all sports media outlets throughout the calendar year. What will we hear when the Falcons pick is brought to the podium on Thursday night? Since arriving in Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn has preached a clear message for how he wants his team to look– fast and physical.
Todd McShay’s latest Steelers Draft Needs doesn’t include the importance of adding a CB
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
The picture I chose for this article was chosen on purpose. The picture of Mike Mitchell and Artie Burns, both wondering who was supposed to cover Chris Hogan in the AFC Championship game, resonates to this day. The Steelers’ secondary improved in 2016, but is far from a strength of the franchise moving into the 2017 NFL Draft. With the draft process now just days away, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest positional needs for all 32 NFL teams, and was on point with the Pittsburgh Steelers needs, all but one. See what McShay said in his latest article: Pittsburgh Steelers Top needs: OLB, TE, ILB, CB, WR James Harrison, amazingly, led the Steelers with five sacks last season at age
Titans probably add a third down back
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:44:54 GMT)
In 2015, Dexter McCluster was the Titans only running back that showed breakaway ability. Last summer, Titans coach Mike Mularkey even complimented McCluster during one presser. The Titans went through last season without a third down back.
What should Ravens expect from OLB Matt Judon in 2017?
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:40:31 GMT)
After the productive rookie season that Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Matt Judon had, there is hope that he can continue his upward progression and become a starter. But what should he be able to do in 2017? After being selected in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Division II Grand Valley State, nobody predicted four sacks from Judon coming out of the gate to begin his rookie season. Judon accumulated 27 tackles, four sacks and one fumble recovery in 14 games. Coming off of the bench, he clearly outplayed fellow Ravens outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith, who had 20 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 13 games. Judon is an unfinished product, and the progress he made in
Name the one player you really want the Eagles to draft
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Welcome to this week’s edition of the Bleeding Green Nation mailbag! I'll be taking your Philadelphia Eagles questions and answering them here in this post. As always, thanks to everyone who sent in a question. We already answered some of your questions during the BGN Facebook Live session I hosted. (Shameless plug: please like on the BGN Facebook page and the BGN Radio Facebook page.) Watch the Q&A below: Now it's time for some of the questions I didn’t get a chance to answer (contact me: @BrandonGowton). Let's get started. @mfegs2 asks: Who is your (and rest of BGN crew’s) favorite player for the Eagles in this draft? A player that you absolutely want to have? BLG: Dalvin Cook John Barchard:
The hyped QB project and wild cards for Giants to draft
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:04:33 GMT)
Looking at quarterbacks and special-teamers for the Giants to target in the draft. It has reached the point that if the Giants do not take a quarterback in the first half of the draft, it would be an upset. They pulled a stunner in free agency by signing Geno Smith, coming off knee surgery, and it sounds as if Ben McAdoo is excited to work with the former Jets starter. Journeyman Josh Johnson was re-signed, and he will have his work cut out for him sticking on the roster. Given the way quarterbacks are over-drafted, the best bet for the Giants might be to take a second-round flier on DeShone Kizer of Notre Dame, who has nice skills but needs time to develop. He would have that waiting behind
Resetting The Minnesota Vikings’ Depth Chart: Defensive Tackle
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
We’re still looking through the Minnesota Vikings’ roster as we approach the 2017 NFL Draft, and we’re on to the defensive side of the ball. We’ll start with the defensive tackle position, which was once a position of strength for the purple but now has some serious question marks. Again, this depth chart is based on the players that the Vikings have listed on their current roster. The Known - Linval Joseph Joseph is on his way to becoming one of the best free agent signings the Vikings have made, in my opinion. After a bit of a down first year, he has been an absolute force in the middle over the past two seasons, and might only now be reaching his prime. We know how strong he is against the
Flight Connections 04/23/17
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Good morning, Gang Green Gangsters! Here are your daily New York Jets links for this Sunday... NY Jets: Social roundup as the players return. Brian Costello: What if the Jets don't trade? Connor Hughes: Could Reuben Foster be there for the Jets in the second round? Rich Cimini: The Jets desperately need a ball hawk in the secondary, and Malik Hooker is a top flight safety prospect. Ottawa Sun: Why NFL player Christo Bilukidi left the big show to come home to Ottawa. Cleveland Plain Dealer: Mitch Trubisky is still a serious candidate for the Cleveland Browns at number one. Daily News: Bill Parcells is happy that ex Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo retired. SB Nation: Every team's worst pick in the
Raiders must take look at former Chiefs DT Jaye Howard
(Mon, 24 Apr 2017 02:36:33 GMT)
As all of Raider Nation knows, the Oakland Raiders already needed help on the interior of the defensive line even before they lost defensive tackles Stacy McGee and Dan Williams. Luckily, the Kansas City Chiefs just released a solid player in defensive tackle Jaye Howard. The Raiders ranked no. 23 against the run giving up 117.6 yards per game in 2016. Howard is a player who would immediately help the defense, for he was rated as one of the best run defenders in 2016, per Pro Football Focus. Howard isn’t going to be a Pro Bowl player, but he would be a solid addition wherever he lands. He’s the type of player who would give depth and tangible valuable on early downs for Oakland, and his Pro Football