NFL Draft 2018: Final thoughts on Giants’ class

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I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you can get some really good football players that can help this team now, Roethlisberger said on 97.3 FM in Pittsburgh, revealing he told the team pre-draft he plans to play 3-5 more years.

Once they drafted a quarterback in the third, I wasn’t sure if they believed me or not. But I’m committed to it.

Do Giants’ have best skill players of Eli Manning’s career?

Told of Roethlisberger’s reaction, Manning simply said of the Giants’ similar strategy: It’s fine.
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The new Wilson Connected Football System will also provide information based around play timing. That includes snap-to-release times and snap-to-target times, which will help perfect individual routes on offense. You look at this information and say, ‘Hey, based on my quarterback and what he can do, this is what my wide receiver needs to do in order to be in the right spot at the right time to get the ball fluidly,’ Hare said.

It’s no coincidence that Rivers’ aerial attack hit its stride once Henry replaced a declining Antonio Gates in the starting lineup. Heading into his third season, Henry has emerged as a top-five tight end. With Allen playing the lead role as the quintessential chain-mover, the collection of wideouts is deep, diverse and talented. Last year’s No. 7 overall pick, Mike Williams, is a breakout candidate after a back issue limited him to just 11 receptions as a rookie.
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The Chargers allowed the fewest sacks in the league last season, due in large part to Rivers’ pre-snap wizardry. If the pass protection was solid, the run blocking left a lot to be desired. The coaches expect that to change this year, with Pouncey solidifying the interior between promising second-year guards Feeney and Lamp.

The New York Giants spent the offseason bolstering Eli Manning ‘s prospects for prolonging his career.

Big Blue drafted three-down running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 2 overall pick, swiped guard Will Hernandez a round later, and made left tackle Nate Solder the highest paid left tackle in the NFL. Those upgrades give the Giants an intriguing offensive depth chart with Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram providing dynamic pass-catching ability.

Report: Booger McFarland joins MNF as field analyst

When ESPN first leaked to ESPN the news that Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was planning to retire and join ESPN, the specific language in the report 鈥?that Witten would be a lead analyst on Monday Night Football 鈥?suggested that the team could consist of more than Witten and play-by-play announcer Joe Tessitore. And indeed it will.
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While the approach will be different, the question remains whether it will be special. Many who grew up in the ’70s have fond memories of Frank Gifford, Don Meredith, and Howard Cosell. On the surface, the Tessitore-Witten-McFarland trio doesn’t suggest a significant sizzle factor. In time, we’ll see if they attract viewers who are planning to watch the game (or not) based not on who is calling the game but on who is playing in it.

After monitoring him, Manziel was released.

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On both PFT Live and Twitter in recent weeks, I’ve performed my annual embrace of Pittsburgh Penguins fandom. It goes back a very long time.

When I was nine, my dad took me to a Kings-Penguins game at the Civic Arena, a building that felt old even when Pat McAfee Jersey it was fairly new. (In a good way, if that makes any sense. And it probably doesn’t.) In 1991, when the Penguins made their first run at a Stanley Cup, I was all in, watching any games I could find on TV, listening to any others on the radio, and enjoying every moment of the first true success from a franchise that had been far more bad than good.

The following year I was living in Pittsburgh, and I ended up going to at least one game in every round of the playoffs: Devils (one game), Rangers (two), Bruins (one), Blackhawks (two). Even then, ticket prices stretched the average Yinzer household budget, but the place was packed every night.

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They took steps to alleviate that on Monday. The Cardinals have released quarterbacks Brandon Doughty and Alek Torgersen from their 90-man roster.

Wasn’t me, deadpans Reddick. Then he comes clean. You don’t know what you’re missing.

Springer pauses for a second and considers the benefits of deniability, of pretending that he, in fact, does now know what he’s missing. But he realizes that it would be a tough sell.

I like me some Katy Perry, he says.

But then she retracted those allegations, saying she was upset about a fight with Irving but that she had lied when she claimed their fight was physical.

Today Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that the police in Frisco, Texas, have made their investigation into the matter inactive, with no charges filed against Irving.

The NFL will likely conduct a separate investigation, regardless of the decision by the police to close the case.

Quality of education is stressed to parents, but it鈥檚 the pedigree of Saban and his well-regarded assistants with extensive college and/or pro backgrounds that usually carries more appeal to the high school athlete fostering NFL aspirations.

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Racism, misogyny earn Redskins’ Daniel Snyder title of NFL’s worst owner

Daniel Snyder is an embarrassment, the worst owner in the NFL.
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The issue was that management seemed to condone all of this, one cheerleader who was there told the Times.

And why wouldn’t it? After Snyder bought the team in 1999, the cheerleaders underwent a noticeable transformation. Or, as the Washington City Paper described it in 2010, bringing the craft closer to pole dancing with every season.

Because in the eyes of team owners like Snyder, cheerleaders are sex objects, with no other purpose than to titillate male fans and TV viewers. I know, it’s shocking to see this kind of mindset from someone who has been oh, so enlightened on confronting racism.

As soon as I walked into the locker room, everyone started cheering and clapping, Smart said. That just shows the camaraderie that we have as a team, as a group. We lean on each other, and that’s the characteristic of a great team. We have a ways to go, but we’re still pushing.

Terry Rozier noted how Smart Josh McCown Jersey makes teammates want to go to war and battle.

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There is still work to be done, and the Celtics’ first chance to close out this series is Thursday night in Milwaukee. Smart’s presence has provided a necessary jolt of energy, but Boston must find a way to harness that defensive intensity whether or not Smart is on the court.

Don’t rule out QB for Lions late in NFL Draft

Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL Draft, we’ll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions’ roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Quarterback
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It’s been nearly a decade since the Lions were searching for a franchise quarterback, and with Matthew Stafford entering the first season of a five-year extension, the team shouldn’t have to worry about selecting a passer in the early rounds of the next few drafts.

Other teams in the top 15 who could draft a quarterback include the Broncos, Bills, Dolphins and Cardinals.

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But on Saturday, the Cleveland Browns decided to take a chance on the 21-year-old Miami native and traded up to select him with the No. 105 pick 鈥?or the fifth pick of the fourth round.

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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said he at one point ranked Callaway among his top-20 players available.

Fellow analyst Todd McShay called Callaway the best receiver from a talent standpoint in this draft.

But 11 wide receivers were selected ahead of Callaway due to his off-the-field issues, including his suspension last season.

In those dark days after the Super Bowl, Belichick abandoned his values. He had typically found running backs in late rounds or by scouring the veteran free-agent market. But desperation led him to select a running back in the first round for the first time since Laurence Maroney in 2006. Michel fit the Patriots’ system, but what of the team’s critical needs elsewhere? What of the depth of the draft class? Whatever happened to plucking someone from the Bills or Jets practice squad and using that back to humiliate his AFC East foes?

NFL Draft 2018: First-round picks added to ‘Madden NFL 18’

Incoming rookies typically don’t make their debut in sports video games until the new editions release months after their respective drafts have taken place. Roster updates to games already on the market contractually come to an end once the league year concludes.
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But one can bet that when the smoke clears after a couple seasons 鈥?that’s usually the amount of time it takes to truly assess a team’s draft 鈥?this team and its underrated general manager will have had another excellent draft. That always seems to be the case for the Steelers and Kevin Colbert.

Pittsburgh has been a playoff team in 12 of Colbert’s 18 seasons running the Steelers’ player personnel department. It has been a Super Bowl team three times, winning the title after the 2005 and ’08 seasons. First as director of football operations for 10 years and then as the official GM, Colbert has been responsible for the Steelers’ draft picks during this period of great success.
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The mark of a great GM and an excellent scouting department is the ability to consistently draft Pro Bowl-caliber players when picking late in the first round; and then to identify future stars, starters and quality backups in the later rounds and with undrafted signees. That’s been the case for Colbert since he joined the Steelers in 2000.

Colbert has made 18 first-round picks, and nine of those players have been Pro Bowlers, most of them multiple times. Four 鈥?quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, safety Troy Polamalu, tight end Heath Miller and defensive tackle Casey Hampton 鈥?were key players on the two title teams.

You’re getting a competitor, you’re getting a real physical guy. You’re getting a guy who can run, catch and block 鈥?a three-down back, Guice told Sporting News. You’re getting a guy who’s a team leader, a teammate who’s going to push the guys Giovani Bernard Womens Jersey around him every single day to be their best. An all-around great guy with a lot of energy.

Maple Leafs’ Mike Babcock, Auston Matthews deny rift

Mike Babcock was at his daughter’s graduation when he received a text message from a friend about reports of a strained relationship with star center Auston Matthews.

“I’ll find out in the morning,” the Toronto coach replied. “I’ll meet him. I’ll ask him in the morning.”

As the Maple Leafs cleaned out their lockers Friday in the wake of a seven-game-series loss to the Boston Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, Babcock and Matthews addressed speculation the coach had “lost” his player during the series.

“Auston’s a young man trying to be the best player in the world,” Babcock said. “The hardest part in life is when you’re disappointed and you thought you maybe could have done more. I know that from me as a coach … it makes you sick, almost. He’s a good young man. We’re lucky to have him. I’m lucky to get to coach him, and we continue to grow our product here with him leading the way.”

A growing chorus of criticism over a recent spate of head-shot suspensions has been loud enough that George Parros, the NHL’s discipline czar, put out a video last week explaining the league’s exact reasoning for the suspensions.

Injuries will force Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin and forward Carl Hagelin to miss Game 1 against the Washington Capitals.

“I think when it’s not going very well, fans, they can get a little … start booing us and stuff. That’s when we try to do too much,” Giroux told reporters, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “On the road, we don’t really get that. We have our game plan at the start of the game, and we carry on for 60 minutes.

“I think sometimes — I’m not saying every game — but some games, at home, it wasn’t going our way. And sometimes it can happen like that. You can have a bad start. You can be down, 1- or 2-0. You [ideally would] keep going the same way you planned on playing the game. That wasn’t the case. We kind of changed our game. We tried to do a little too much. Trying to do somebody else’s job instead of going out there and playing the game.”dolphins_092

Lions G.M. ready to trade down, add more picks

At pre-draft press conferences across the league, every General Manager is considering all his options, plans to take the best player available, and is open for business.
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Lions G.M. Bob Quinn, in particular, is ready to sell.

No, there’s no desperation, Quinn said. Would I like to have a sixth-round pick? Absolutely. But we don’t, so we deal with what we have. If we acquire more, great. If not, what we’ll do is get ourselves organized for the Danton Heinen Jersey seventh round and post-draft.

The end of this week and the first half of next is when teams actively go through possible trade scenarios, so putting out word that he’s willing to move, Quinn may speed up the process of doing a deal.
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Perhaps now they can. If it can be done from Sunday to Saturday, it can be done from Sunday to Monday.

It’s a powerful signal for the league to send to all networks as the Monday Night Football contract creeps toward expiration. Raising the stakes in this regard is the reality that the Monday contract expires after the 2021 season, a year before all of the other broadcast deals terminate. So Monday night will be in play sooner, and a network that currently has one NFL package could try to land MNF, too. Having a flex component makes the property even more attractive.

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The 49ers are looking for some lean, mean, fighting machines on the offensive line.

It’s draft week, which means there will be plenty of news, analysis, etc. right here at ProFootballTalk.com. Including our first (and only) mock draft of the year.
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It’s also a huge week for the Womens Terrence Brooks Jersey official PFT radio/TV show and podcast, with a cornucopia of first-round prospects.

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UCLA’s Josh Rosen, at 6-foot-4 and just 226 pounds, had durability issues in college, playing in only six games as a sophomore before a shoulder injury ended his season, and missing two games this past season after suffering two concussions.

Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield is only slightly taller than 6-feet and his brash behavior is cause for concern.

Wyoming’s Josh Allen finished his college career with a mere 56 percent completion percentage and he didn’t face the top-level competition in college that the aforementioned three players did, and in his three games against Power Five teams he threw one touchdown and eight interceptions.

Should that result in a return to 2016 form, Beasley will be well-positioned for a lucrative second NFL contract in the near future.

We’re still battling on all fronts, on all guys. We’re still looking at guys and evaluating. There are still free agents we’re looking at and in that the process just continues, Carroll said. We’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It’s ongoing. We’re not done with that decision at all.
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Reports surfaced earlier this month that Seattle pulled out of a planned workout for Kaepernick, who has been without an NFL team since the end of the 2016 season. Seattle has been one of the few teams to show any interest in Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season with San Francisco.

Whether Seattle revisits Kaepernick may be answered during this week’s draft and if the Seahawks invest a draft pick in a quarterback for the first time since selecting Russell Wilson in the 2012 draft. Seattle has signed backups Stephen Morris and Austin Davis this offseason.Spend five minutes with Mike Maccagnan and you cannot help but like him.

Mark Richardson in support of Ben Navarro’s bid to buy Panthers

Out of the four candidates bidding for a chance to own the Carolina Panthers, team owner Jerry Richardson’s son, Mark, has his favorite out of the group.
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According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, Mark is pulling for South Carolina businessman Ben Navarro is his top choice to purchase the franchise.

I’m sure there are multiple people that could be the right next owner. I personally know Ben and I know what he stands for, Richardson said. I know where his heart and his head is, and what his commitments are. And I can’t imagine a better person being the next owner than him.

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As a result, the first round lasted 鈥?no lie 鈥?eight hours.

But Sherman didn’t care about the rest of the first round. He cared only about his pick. And he knew what his team badly needed: a quarterback. Tittle was going to Authentic Myles Turner Jersey retire at the end of the ’64 season. Gary Wood was the only other QB on the roster. And Namath was electrifying Saturdays in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with a personality Sherman knew would be an ideal fit for New York.

If Hue knows, the next question becomes whether Hue can keep it to himself, or whether he’ll leak it to one of the various people in the media who have resisted calling for a guy who has gone 1-31 in two seasons as Cleveland’s coach to be fired, and who specifically haven’t taken the position that anyone who goes 0-16 as an NFL head coach should never be an NFL head coach, ever again.

In other words, he won’t be leaking it to me.

There’s a growing belief that the first overall pick will be Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. Indeed, it’s Mayfield atop the one and only PFT mock draft, with the Browns actually making the first two picks in the process.

Twenty-four hours from now, we’ll all now the answer. Those 24 hours can’t come quickly enough.

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