Month: May 2018

Starting Tyrod Taylor would be Browns’ best QB decision in 20 years

The Browns will go into the 2018 NFL season with their 29th starting quarterback in 20 years. For now, given coach Hue Jackson has said it at least three times, Tyrod Taylor is likely to start in Week 1 over Baker Mayfield, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
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If so, Cleveland finally will go into a season without being clueless at the most important position.

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Boehringer lobbied the Vikings for a chance, and they spent the sixth-round pick on him, then signed him to a four-year deal worth $2.49 million. He became one of the big stories of the preseason.
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But Boehringer struggled in camp and didn’t make the roster. After spending a year on the Vikings’ practice squad, the team waived him in September 2017.

Boehringer, who says he’d never seen an American football game until age 17 when he watched some Adrian Peterson highlights on YouTube, is still only 24. Maybe he can make an impression in Bengals camp and make the team. He’s listed on the roster now as a tight end, which might help.

Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ voice blasts off the walls of the indoor facility, relaying signals during a team drill. Ward, wearing a white No. 12 jersey, has been down this road before. Williams’ volume is not all that different than that of former Ohio State defensive backs coach Kerry Coombs, who is now with the Titans.

Ward takes the high-energy direction but plays with an even flow. He’s the latest model from Ohio State’s Cornerback U assembly line. Bradley Roby (2014), Eli Apple (2015), Gareon Conley (2016) and Marshon Lattimore (2016) all were first-round picks before him.

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Arthur Blank on Julio Jones’ absence: A process we have to go through

According to a report last week, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was expected to skip at least the start of the team’s OTAs as he looks for a contract adjustment that would bump up his take-home pay in 2018.

Jones has indeed been a no-show on the first two days of voluntary practice this week and that led to a question for team owner Arthur Blank at Tuesday’s league meetings in Atlanta.

“It will be fine. It’s just a process we have to go through,” Blank said, via Vaughn McClure of

These teams either punched above their weight last year or did not make significant moves this offseason to change the path they were on in 2017.

Despite that, people still trust the brand of football these teams play entering 2018. We’ll take a look at these squads closely and pick apart why their perception doesn’t match the on-field reality.

Said Rovell on Twitter: “The NFLPA told at least one rookie that if he turned down today’s Rookie Premiere, where they take photos in their new team gear, they would not be let into their practice facility to work out.”

Said NFLPA spokesman George Atallah in response, also on Twitter: “NFLPA’s Rookie Premiere is more than a photo in the new team gear. You either don’t know that (which is hard to believe since you’re so smart) or you’re just being obtuse. 2. The CBA has dictated this rule since our union has had Rookie Premiere.”

Teams are required to allow the players to attend the Rookie Premiere if they want, and it makes sense that the players can’t choose both to not attend and to stay behind and work out at the team facility. Such a “voluntary” act would be every bit as “voluntary” as the “voluntary” offseason workouts.

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John Dorsey tries to make the best of being forced to do Hard Knocks

Browns General Manager John Dorsey made clear that he didn’t want to be on Hard Knocks, didn’t see anything good about being on Hard Knocks, and didn’t think the NFL would force him into being on Hard Knocks. Now the Browns are on Hard Knocks.
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The addition of center Mike Pouncey filled a hole that had been gaping since Nick Hardwick suffered a serious neck injury and eventually retired. The Chargers didn’t have many deficiencies on defense… and then they received an absolute gift from the Draft Gods when chess piece playmaker Derwin James fell into their laps. This roster is brimming with talent. All the Chargers need is a little injury luck. Or can they at least avoid a full-blown injury bug infestation??

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The Browns have never had a normal quarterback competition, just a generation’s worth of abnormal ones. This offseason may be no exception, as Hue Jackson keeps insisting that Tyrod Taylor is the unqualified, unchallenged starter and that Baker Mayfield’s career is on the slow-cooking rack.

We’ll believe it when we see it. Mayfield will get some opportunity to lead the starters against a live opponent during the preseason. The second preseason game is as likely a time as any. And if Mayfield makes a strong bid to earn the opening day starting job, Jackson may be forced to give it to him…or risk giving way to a coach who will.

In the meantime, Mayfield should make the most of the fact that all of the pressure is on Jackson and Taylor. He can take a few rookie lumps without setting back Cleveland another five years. Few other Browns rookie quarterbacks have ever had that luxury.

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Steven Jackson ranks himself as the Rams’ greatest running back

The Rams have a long history of great running backs. Todd Gurley, the 2017 NFL offensive player of the year, is the latest to carry the torch while carrying the ball for the Rams.
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I’m a history freak, former Rams running back Steven Jackson said, via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. And when it comes to the Rams’ organization, if there’s one thing we do, we pick running backs well.

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He becomes Hall eligible in 2021 but doesn’t appear a first-ballot guy.

Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis spent three of his 13 seasons with the Rams, rushing for 3,091 yards with them.

Seattle now leads all of baseball with 29 batters hit by pitches this season.

The team also is playing without Dee Gordon, who is on the DL with a fractured toe, and second baseman Robinson Cano, who is serving an 80-game suspension after testing positive for a banned substance.

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It’s May. There’s a lot of baseball, a lot of things could happen, Hamels said. So it’s just a matter of just going out there and playing baseball. I have a job to do, and it’s to win here. This is where I’ve wanted to be.

Profar’s three-run homer in the first that just cleared the wall in center put Texas ahead to stay. Guzman started the fourth with a liner into the right-field seats, making it 6-1 only a few batters before starter Domingo German (0-2) came out.

Texas had provided only one run of support for Hamels in four of his previous five starts and five of the last seven. Opponents hit just .206 in his last six starts before the Yankees went 4 for 25 (.160) against him.

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NFL community celebrates Mother’s Day

Get out the pancake batter, fresh-squeezed juice and flowers — we have mothers to thank.
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The NFL community, comprised of stars past and present, did its part Sunday, using social media to publicly thank the mothers who have long been vital parts of their lives. We collected some of the best below.

Now, sports betting will聽provide another new segment to help the city, Pandit said.
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Former state Sen. Raymond Lesniak said it will attract a younger generation to the city who will stick around not just to play slots.

They’ll dine there, they’ll rent rooms there, and shop there, the Union County Democrat said.

It has recently come to light that Patricia was one of two men arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault in 1996. The case was dismissed after the woman chose not to testify, and Tate wants to know why the story has resurfaced 22 years later.

I don’t know the full details, but I know inside of our locker room, we support coach Patricia to the max, the Detroit Lions receiver said to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

Kids Adam Thielen Jersey Al Horford scored 20 points for the Celtics, who ran off 17 consecutive points in the first quarter and never allowed the Cavaliers within single digits again. Boston led by 28 when Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue pulled LeBron James for good with 7:09 left.

That is why the Panthers grabbed Maryland product D.J. Moore. The former Terrapin has a good combination of size (6’0, 210 lbs) and speed (4.42); plus he is a dangerous option after the catch.

Last season, Moore produced 1,033 yards and Anthony Rendon Jersey eight touchdowns while averaging 12.2 yards per reception.

With Carolina also adding speedy wideout Torrey Smith this offseason, Moore will likely start the season as Newton’s No. 3 wideout. Smith will be used to stretch the field. Possession receiver Devin Funchess will be Newton’s go-to guy, along with tight end Greg Olsen.

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Broncos not ready to give up on Paxton Lynch

Many expected the Broncos to use their first-round pick on a quarterback, with Denver even contemplating a move to No. 2 overall. But the Broncos didn’t draft a quarterback in any round during the three days.

(In a statement to The MMQB, a team spokesperson for the Dolphins said:Ms. Ware brought some things to our attention when she was a cheerleader and they were addressed at that time. Some of her recent statements are new information to us and in some cases we believe they are misunderstandings. For example, SI Swimsuit and Victoria’s Secret was referenced in terms of the artistic vision of our cheer brand. We wanted to take it to another level of photography and quality, but this wasn’t a factor in our cheerleader selection process. ) Says Davis:Some of the best dancers I know don’t want to be NFL cheerleaders because it is degrading and it’s not an actual dance job.

The emphasis needs to be on what it is in college and high school, where dance team is a sport. Part of changing that emphasis is changing the outfits. Bedazzled push-bras and spandex booty shorts doesn’t portray the image of a serious athlete. At the risk of sounding like a cranky old lady: These women need to wear more clothes.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that O’Korn will try out for the Lions during their three-day rookie minicamp. O’Korn tweeted on Sunday night that he is “grateful for the opportunity.”

O’Korn transferred to Michigan after two years at Houston and took over as the starter after Wilton Speight was injured in each of the last two seasons. He completed 104-of-191 passes for 1,146 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions while playing in 17 games. Jake Rudock and Matt Cassel are on the Detroit roster as backups to Matthew Stafford.

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Baker Mayfield believed Jets wanted to draft him, according to agent

Baker Mayfield’s agent said on a podcast that the Jets wanted to select the Oklahoma quarterback with the No. 3 pick in last week’s NFL Draft.
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Jack Mills, who is Mayfield’s agent, also revealed that the Patriots were interested in trading up to No. 2 to select Mayfield if he were available. Mills made his comments on The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt podcast.

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According to Mills, Mayfield told him that he believed the Jets wanted to draft him.

Michael Griffin says his 10-year NFL career was a blessing that lasted far longer than some of his former teammates at the University of Texas. The two-time Pro Bowl safety officially ended that career Monday by signing a one-day contract with the Tennessee Titans and retiring with the franchise that drafted him with the 19th pick overall in 2007. Griffin, who wore No. 33 in his career, retired at the age of 33.

He hasn’t talked to me about it. He just worked on it, Bowles said. I’ve learned about it after that fact.

According to sources, though, the Jets were fully aware of the changes Hackenberg made to his throwing motion. He did not go rogue and keep it from the team; he just never spoke directly with Bowles.

Can Mike Gesicki be a fantasy asset? What about Allen Hurns? Jesse Pantuosco discusses in a mailbag edition of Bump and Run More I wear a lot of hats here at Rotoworld, especially during football season. One day, I’m Power Rankings Guy, the next I’m Roundtable Guy. But of all the hats I wear, I think the label I enjoy most is Live Chat Guy. I always look forward to the hour (well usually an hour and a half) that I spend answering your fantasy questions each week. I live for solving your start/sit conundrums, but it’s been almost five whole months since the end of the regular season and I’m starting to get Live Chat withdrawals. So let’s scratch that itch and get to a few reader questions.

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Courtney Upshaw visited Eagles

On one hand, it seemed as if Acuna had proven everything there was to prove. He soared through the minors last season as if the learning curve somehow didn’t apply to him, his average spiking at each level. He went to the Arizona Fall League, where he continued to mash (1.053 OPS) and became the youngest player ever to win the MVP. Then came his ridiculous spring training performance. Plus, it’s not like the Braves didn’t need outfield help: Although they had veteran Nick Markakis in right and 2017 All-Star Ender Inciarte in center, there was a glaring hole in left, where Preston Tucker and Lane Adams — a pair of reserves in their late 20s — were Atlanta’s next best options.
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Denver agreed to terms with second-round receiver Courtland Sutton, fourth-round linebacker Josey Jewell, fourth-round receiver DaeSean Hamilton, fifth-round tight end Troy Fumagalli, sixth-round guard Sam Jones, fifth-round linebacker Keishawn Bierria and seventh-round running back David Williams.
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Sutton was the 40th overall choice.
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The Buccaneers should have known Bo better. They didn’t have the franchise pull to convince him to choose the NFL over baseball. He held his ground and refused to sign with them, but when they gave up his rights a year later, the Los Angeles Raiders made him the NFL offer he couldn’t refuse.

Off-field concerns related to a fight in college were there before the draft. He kept getting in trouble in Nashville before his rookie season began. Drug possession charges plagued him in 2006. A shooting incident in’07 got him suspended for all of ’08. At least he found some kind of stability with the Bengals.

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Patriots talked to Bengals about third-round trade

The Patriots drafted Duke Dawson with the 56th overall pick. They didn鈥檛 select again until choice No. 143.
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New England, though, tried to trade into the third round.

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My son sent (the Eagles) a letter after we found out, Michael said, according to the book Weirdest Moments in Sports. I think he wanted to see if the Eagles owed me a signing bonus. Think of the interest I could have (accumulated on the money). Fifty-seven years worth.

The Eagles at the time were unaware that Michael had joined the Army.

However, the Bengals still have optimism that Ross will find his footing better in year two. One of those pieces that believes Ross will make a stride forward is A.J. Green.

He鈥檚 got his confidence back, Green said of Ross, via Alex Marvez of the Sporting News. The way he鈥檚 working this offseason is unbelievable. He鈥檚 healthy and explosive again.

Ross battled injuries during his time in college at the University of Washington as well. But once he was fully healthy as a senior, Ross shined. He caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and eight touchdowns, which helped make him a top ten pick last season.

Ross certainly wouldn鈥檛 be the only player to scuffle through a rookie season to make a leap in subsequent years. Being healthy again and feeling comfortable could go a long way to making those strides in 2018.

In sending a pair of second-round picks to move up only five spots, they set a massive valuation on their quarterback of the future. By the Stuart chart, the Bills valued Allen as being worth more than the No. 1 overall pick, while the Johnson chart pegged Allen as somewhere between the third and fourth overall pick in a typical draft.
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Matt Patricia reiterates his innocence during press conference

Lions coach Matt Patricia met with reporters on Thursday, as part of a previously-scheduled press conference. He opened by making a statement regarding the story that surfaced on Wednesday evening of an indictment from 1996 on a charge of aggravated sexual assault. After his statement ended, he took roughly 13 questions.

“I lived with the mental torture of a situation where facts can be completely ignored or misrepresented with disregard to the consequence and pain that it would create for another person. I find it unfair and upsetting that someone would bring up this claim over two decades later for the sole purpose of hurting my family, my friends, and this organization, with the intention of trying to damage my character and credibility. I was innocent then, and am innocent now.

“Let me be clear, my priorities remain the same. To move forward and strive to be the best teacher, coach, and man that I can possibly be.”

Patricia first was asked whether he thought the issue would never come up, especially in the wake of the #MeToo movement. He explained that he began interviewing for jobs not long after the incident was resolved, and that “it never was an issue.”

Next came the question of what happened on the night in question, which resulted in Patricia and a college football teammate/fraternity brother being accused of entering a woman’s hotel room and sexually assaulting her while on spring break.

“Again, I think what’s important here is what happened 22 years ago is what didn’t happen,” Patricia said. “As I said, I was innocent then, I am innocent now. I was falsely accused of something I did not do.”

A picture recently making the rounds on social media shows Jason Witten, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray sitting in the locker room after a victory over the Colts on December 21, 2014. The players are all smiles, having clinched the NFC East.

It seems like only yesterday that Witten, Romo, Bryant and Murray were teammates on the Cowboys.

Romo and Witten’s departures in particular have left a hole in Jones’ heart and a leadership void on the team.

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