Monthly Archives: May 2018

Packers GM confident Rodgers extension will be done ‘soon’

It sounds like Aaron Rodgers will soon be an even richer man.

The Green Bay Packers’ star quarterback used to hold the title of the NFL’s highest-paid player, but he has since been surpassed by a handful of fellow quarterbacks. However, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst believes a new deal is close, one that will likely push the two-time MVP back to the top of the pile.

Had Witten returned for a 16th season, he would have been the longest tenured player in franchise history. Instead he leaves tied with Ed Too Tall Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei.

The NFL has prohibited players from wearing certain helmet models that did not perform well in safety testing, and one of those models is the one Tom Brady has worn for years. But Brady isn’t giving his helmet up easily.

Brady says he’s going to take advantage of the NFL’s grandfather policy that will allow players who wore the Riddell VSR-4 helmet in 2017 to wear it again in 2018. He says he likes the helmet, he’s comfortable with it, and doesn’t want to give it up.

Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield became Cleveland’s latest attempt to find its franchise quarterback. Sam Darnold of Southern California is trying to revive the Jets, while in upstate New York — where the Bills gave up on Tyrod Taylor — the future belongs to Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Just after Buffalo traded up to grab Allen, Arizona moved up to get UCLA’s Josh Rosen, a potential replacement for the retired Carson Palmer.

Four quarterbacks in the first 10 selections. Never mind that the best players were considered Penn State running back Saquon Barkley (second overall to the Giants) and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb (fifth to Denver). The last pick of the first round was a fifth quarterback: 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, chosen by Baltimore.

In today’s NFL, it’s all about the QBs. Even though none of these is considered a sure success.

“They all had something, a knock on (them),” Bills general manager Brandon Beane Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys said. “We just think (Allen’s) makeup is going to help him work on his flaws. That’ll Cheap Infant Jerseys be part of our job here to accentuate his strengths.”

Jets GM: Sam Darnold will compete for starting QB gig

While Browns coach Hue Jackson has made it clear that top draft pick Baker Mayfield will start his career as Tyrod Taylor’s backup, the Jets are taking a different approach with their own first-round quarterback.

Appearing on Wednesday’s edition of The Rich Eisen Show, Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan confirmed that No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold will compete with veteran incumbent Josh McCown for the starting job.

McCown, 38, exceeded expectations in 13 games before a broken hand ended his first Jets season in December. When he re-signed in March, he was reportedly assured that he’s penciled in as the 2018 starter.

As with most situations in the NFL, however, this one is fluid. It’s not unusual for conservative coaching staffs to default to the trusty veteran throughout the offseason and into training camp.

Once the future of the franchise begins to flash promise in preseason action, though, it’s tough to resist the temptation to place the offense in the younger quarterback’s hands.

Baltimore hopes Flacco will improve under the guidance of last year’s coordinator, Marty Mornhinweg, with added talent. Receiver Willie Snead headed over and joined new faces Crabtree and John Brown. Alex Collins is a potential breakout star at running back, should the Ravens stick with him. 

But it’s here’s the catch time. Snead and Brown have had injury issues over the past few seasons, and Crabtree had issues in Oakland. Tight end will be interesting with Hayden Hurst, but Baltimore’s track record of drafting tight ends is terrible (Maxx Williams), and Flacco has shown an over-reliance on the position. 

It’s not a surefire sign of dysfunction, but it certainly doesn’t inspire confidence. Head coach Dirk Koetter will call the plays while Todd Monken serves as the coordinator after being promoted from receivers coach. When reporting on the change, the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud noted reports had suggested a divide between Koetter and Jameis Winston. 

Speaking of Winston, the NFL seemed fully adapted to what he Cheap Hockey Jerseys From China brings to the table in his third year last season, limiting him to 3,504 yards and 19 touchdowns Cheap Heat Jerseys against 11 interceptions despite an expected bump from the arrival of DeSean Jackson. 

2018 Offensive Coordinator: Todd Haley

It’s an annual thing—this is the year the Cleveland Browns turn quality talent into an effective offense. 

Anybody want to bet money on it? 

Right. The Browns scooped up quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who should start in 2018. He was 201 passing yards shy of 3,000 and threw 14 touchdowns in 15 games last year, and in Cleveland he’ll have to deal with constant chants for No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. 

Hence the arrival of Matt LaFleur, the most prized steal of all when the league ravaged the Rams for their offensive staff over the offseason. As coordinator, he got the most credit for Los Angeles’ turnaround and could pull off something similar in Tennessee. 

He has talent to work with. Spelling Henry will be prized free-agent add Dion Lewis. He had serious injury issues before last year, but a Lewis-Henry duo could be one of the NFL’s most dangerous. 

Effectiveness on the ground will mean more room for Walker and a possible big leap from second-year wideout Corey Davis. Rishard Matthews remains one of the league’s most criminally underrated receivers. 

With LaFleur at the controls, Mariota should get back to normal while leading a run-first attack. 

Anderson was set to be arraigned on a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving. But he did not show up for his court date Tuesday morning at 8:30, according to court records.

Anderson also faces four other traffic violations in connection with January incident.

He no longer faces a felony charge in connection with that incident, because felony charges were dropped last month.

Anderson initially faced nine charges in connection with the incident, including three felonies: fleeing and eluding police with lights and sirens active, threatening Cheap Football Practice Jerseys a public servant or family member, and speeding (third violation).

But the most serious charge he now faces is the misdemeanor Cheap Goalie Jerseys reckless driving charge.

New study: Kids who play tackle football before the age of 12 get CTE symptoms’much earlier’

Almost a year after she found that all but one of 111 examined brains of former NFL players contained the degenerative, contact-induced disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), neuropathologist Dr. Ann McKee has released another study that suggests even the youngest of football players are at risk for brain trauma. As reported by CBS News  Tuesday morning, a new study led by McKee and featured in the medical journal Annals of Neurology found that children who start playing tackle football before age 12 will, on average, develop cognitive and emotional symptoms associated with (CTE) much earlier than those who start later.

The study, which CBS News said shows that the dangers for children who play football could be worse than previously thought, involved an exam of 246 brains of deceased former football players both amateur and professional. McKee said that 211 of those brains were found to have CTE, while researchers found that kids who started playing the game before the age of 12 started experiencing CTE symptoms an average of 13 years earlier than those who started after 12.

With a new line, tight end Tyler Eifert re-signed and running back Joe Mixon trimmed down and ready to handle the full load as a sophomore, the Bengals shouldn’t have problems putting up consistent offensive numbers. 

No. 26 pick Breshad Perriman, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Another of the struggling first-round receivers is reportedly unlikely to have his option picked up. Perriman missed his entire rookie season due to injury and has just 43 receptions in 27 appearances, with just four career starts. The Ravens completely remade their receiving corps this offseason, signing Michael Crabtree, John Brown and Willie Snead before adding a pair of mid-round draft picks. Perriman could get squeezed out of the rotation even if he stays healthy this offseason.

No one should be shocked when Brady and Bill Belichick do it again. They’re the team to beat in the AFC until those two retire.

On paper, the Patriots should win 10 or 11 games easily. They’ve won at least 10 games in each of the past 15 seasons, and they had 11 or more victories in all but two of those Cheap European Soccer Jerseys years.

Never bet against the Patriots under any circumstances. All Cheap Elite Jerseys they do is beat expectations.

The NFC South projects to be one of the NFL’s most Cheap Echl Jerseys competitive divisions in 2018.

Reality of NFL Draft rooms is a blend of tension and trepidation

When TV cameras peek into NFL Draft rooms as teams are on the clock, things look calm and business-like. The reality is the polar opposite.

Trust me from my 20-plus years in draft rooms as a general manager and team president. Things are a lot more tense and active than they appear.

Dallas was rumored to be the team that would draft Moss at No. 8, but the Cowboys selected defensive end Greg Ellis. When Tennessee made Kevin Dyson the first wide receiver taken at No. 16, we thought there was a chance to get Moss.

The next four teams selected other players, and when Detroit picked corner Terry Fair, a loud cheer went up in our draft room. Moss had fallen to us.

We put in that card immediately. The pick, of course, became one of the Vikings’ best ever. Moss caught 17 touchdown passes in a Rookie of the Year season that launched a fantastic career.

“He was a big inspiration for me, especially coming from Canada. I think he was 6-foot-4, 315 pounds for his pro day, so I said, ‘you know what, I’m 6-foot-4, I’m going to be 315 pounds. I can be this guy.’ I tried to model myself off him as much as I could. All the guys coming out of Canada have been a really good frame of reference for me to try to get to that level.”

But whether it’s as a late-round pick, an undrafted free agent deal or even being a top pick in the CFL, Shepley will take what he can get to play the game of football.

He may not be the next big hockey star like he thought as a kid, but it appears the next Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff or T.J. Lang might just be in the cards.

Hmm. No mention of the first round, which could be a tell, or a simple oversight.

Or it could be further indication the Lions know the offensive line has to be stabilized, and coaching was a problem. Line coach Ron Prince was the first assistant fired along Cheap Paintball Jerseys with Jim Caldwell. In free-agency, the Lions added depth linemen Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys Kenny Wiggins and Wesley Johnson, who have been starters, although not good ones.

Saints to honor Tom Benson during NFL draft

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has plenty on his plate for final preparations ahead of Thursday night’s draft.

The Saints, however, enter the league’s annual three-day selection process with a heavy heart given the absence of owner Tom Benson, who passed away on March 15 at the age of 90.

I’ve tried not to think about that, but we miss him on a daily basis, Loomis told reporters during a Wednesday morning pre-draft news conference. The success of the Pelicans, his excitement level would’ve been off the charts, and having a horse in the Kentucky Derby and all these good things that have happened in the last few weeks.

We had five picks in the first three rounds last year, Loomis said. So, we don’t have that opportunity this year — we’ve got two — and we’re picking later.

The opportunity is different. I certainly appreciate how big an impact that class had a year ago, and yet I also would say this — that’s one year. Let’s not anoint that class as a big group of Hall of Famers or anything like that. They’ve had one good season and it’s a good season that we can build on, and we’re excited about them.

Denver is a prime candidate to pick a passer, leaving the Bills, Dolphins and Cardinals to ponder a hop-scotching scenario up the board.

If you’re the Browns, you’d happily listen to Arizona, sitting below Miami (at No. 11) and Buffalo (at No. 12) in the No. 15 spot. The Ravens and Bengals sit out there as dark-horse candidates to chase a quarterback, too, but dealing with the division-rival Browns could be expensive. Meanwhile, the Patriots have quietly worked out a handful of arms ahead of Tom Brady’s 41st birthday.

The first round promises plenty of fireworks. The presence of potentially five franchise-altering signal-callers has the league’s quarterback-needy clubs scrambling for position.

Holding two of the draft’s top four selections, the Browns are in perfect position to wheel-and-deal up and down the Best Place To Buy Cheap Jerseys board while accruing additional Buy Cheap Jerseys Online draft capital for the future.

Sound familiar? Someone find Sashi Brown and buy that man a beer.