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Jeff Diamond is the former president of the Titans and the former vice president/general manager of the Vikings

Mixon and his agent will be forced to negotiate a contract with major financial penalties in the event of any off-field incidents.

The pressure, then, will be on Mixon to prove he’s a changed man.

If not, his NFL career will be short.

Jeff Diamond is the former president of the Titans and the former vice president/general manager of the Vikings. He was selected NFL Executive of the Year in 1998. Diamond is currently a business and sports consultant who also does broadcast and online media work. He is the former chairman and CEO of The Ingram Group. Follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffdiamondNFL.

Garrett and Adams are the top two players on our draft board, and more than a few NFL teams agree. The Browns can get both thanks to their possession of the first overall pick and the fact that safeties rarely are drafted high. Cleveland can get its quarterback later, and a trade for one is unlikely.

The Browns are a bad overall team, and they need the best possible talent to start turning things around. Garrett is a transcendent edge rusher and the clear-cut top prospect in the 2017 class, regardless of whether he’s considered an end or an outside linebacker.

Don’t believe rumors about the Browns weighing whether to instead draft North Carolina QB Mitchell Trubisky or LSU RB Leonard Fournette. Those are smokescreens for teams picking right after them. Barring an unlikely, great offer for the Browns to trade down, the former Texas A&M stud — with a higher ceiling than Von Miller — is headed to Cleveland.

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Rey is standing on Volcanic Rock Island looking out at the sea.

A mans voice kind of whispers, What do you see? as the camera pans over the back of an old woman or mans head. Well, sir, now I see a smoldering pile of rubbish, because thats what the camera zooms in on next. Now I see more darkness. Now a light is shining on a map and it looks like Mordor but I know it isnt because this is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, not Lord of the Rings: The Fifth Million Film.

Were back on Geology 101 Island, where Rey, in her Bill Belichick-sleeve sweater, is practicing her lightsaber skills on a cliff overlooking the sea. It looks pretty dope, if a little lonely.

Still here? Welp, lets enter this free-fall together, then.

Im not going to give you any context other than to just describe what is going on so that you can really feel like youre watching it, too.
We begin in darkness. Ominous music plays. All of a sudden, we cut to Rey, who appears to have just landed on a rock from a fall. Shes wearing gray sweater sleeves that do not appear to be connected to the sweater itself, her hair is kind of messed up (but, like, sexy messed up), and shes breathing hard.

Now we are soaring over what looks like an ocean, approaching what Im pretty sure is an island made of rock, because most islands are, and also Rey fell onto a rock moments ago. I took Geology 101 junior year of college to fulfill the science requirement, so Im basically an expert: Please believe me when I tell you this rock is definitely volcanic.

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Many have basked in Davis’ MAC greatness since his junior season

It sounds good on its face, but digging deeper, you can see how high school coaches specifically get screwed.

You can see how the rule would hamper a distinct advantage a particular former high school would have, and therefore make someone a less desirable hire for a college job.

But the problem is some of these non-coaching positions aren’t shams. There are analyst jobs, quality control posts, and grad assistant roles that are on-ramps to the college coaching profession but will no longer be available to some people.

Some high school coaches aren’t qualified enough yet to be on the field at the college level, and now the NCAA has cut off a simple way for them to work their way into one of those positions.

2015 had more action than the year prior, but the parties involved weren’t much more exciting. New England traded back twice, getting an array of picks that included offensive guard Tre’ Jackson and long snapper Joe Cardona. A.J. Derby looked like he’d be a solid pickup as well, but the tight end lasted just four games before being traded to the Broncos.

Many have basked in Davis’ MAC greatness since his junior season, and the rush to crown him as the top receiver in the draft has guided some astray on what Davis can really be in the NFL.

He’s an impressive late-breaking route separator. He’s balanced throughout his routes and post-catch movements. He ran a wide variety of routes that will translate. But Davis doesn’t have the freakish size, length, speed or ball skills needed to be a top 10-worthy prospect. Some NFL teams have Davis graded as a second-round prospect.

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New Orleans looking to continue NFC South dominance

The New Orleans Saints are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC South matchup that has surprisingly little divisional relevance. That’s due to the wide disparity in record between the two teams. New Orleans is 8-2, with losses to the New England Patriots and New York Jets, while the Falcons are 2-8, well out of the playoff race.

From Cam Newton to Luke Kuechly to “Riverboat Ron,” there’s so much to like about the Panthers, except for one person. That and more in Matt Ufford’s Fumblr.
Atlanta has lost to some poor teams, including the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Arizona Cardinals. It’s been a rough season in many ways, but all that matters at the end of the day is the fact that they aren’t winning. The Falcons have lost four consecutive games heading into this matchup, and already lost to the Saints in the Superdome in Week 1.

Arizona’s running game could be looking better and better as we go through the season. Rashard Mendenhall was the starter to begin the season, but he’s been below average, carrying 105 times for 323 yards and three touchdowns. Andre Ellington has been another thing entirely, though. He’s carried 54 times for 388 yards and two touchdowns.

Ellington has a per-carry average of 7.2 yards, but the Cardinals have been hesitant to put the ball in his hands more than 10 times per game. If they let him loose, he could really gouge the Jaguars for big yardage. Carson Palmer has been so-so this season, with 15 interceptions against his 12 touchdowns. Clearly, letting Ellington run free is the biggest thing for the Cardinals this week.

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The Jets took a risk last year by taking quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round.

We’re only through six picks in this year’s version of the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft and we’ve already had a couple surprise picks. Rest assured, there will be plenty more as bloggers from each team site make the pick for their team.

We start our third day of selections with another interesting choice. This one comes via Richard Wade of Bolts From the Blue, who is making the No. 7 pick for the Los Angeles Chargers.

The Jets took a risk last year by taking quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the second round. The early consensus is that it was a risk poorly taken. But is it too soon to give up on the risk, or should the Jets make another one with a quarterback in the first round this year? Or should they go after a sure thing? David Wyatt of Gang Green Nation is here to answer those questions with the sixth pick in the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft.

Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore was placed on injured reserve on Tuesday. Moore was placed with the return designation, meaning he’d actually be able to return for the AFC Championship game if the Broncos made it that far. Moore underwent surgery on his leg to stop bleeding in a muscle, and a timetable for his recovery is currently not available. The team signed Michael Huff as a potential replacement.

A.J. Klein, Linebacker, Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have quickly assembled arguably the best front-seven in all of football. Rookie linebacker A.J. Klein, a fifth round pick out of Iowa State, has made strides in his game since Week 1. Playing alongside Luke Kuechly, one of the top linebackers in the NFL, Klein has become a plus run stopper for the Panthers. He was especially proficient in run defense against the 49ers in Week 10. Keep an eye on this young linebacker moving forward.

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The good feelings from that goal didn’t last long, though.

The NFL has protocol in place to prevent players from returning to the field after suffering a concussion, but it wasn’t effective in Denver on Sunday. Wes Welker returned to the field, despite being concussed. Welker suffered a head injury early in the fourth quarter. He was evaluated for a neck injury and the concussion was not initially apparent. He returned to the field on the next drive, before being pulled after concussion symptoms became more noticeable.

The good feelings from that goal didn’t last long, though. Just four minutes later and after multiple scares for the US defense, Panama scored off a long throw from Adolfo Machado. The USMNT’s set-piece defense was thrown for a loop by the ball, before Gabriel Gomez tapped it easily through Tim Ream and Bradley to equalize just before halftime, a hammer blow to a US side that was just been starting to build confidence in the match.

The tape was so good that Bennett’s former teammate Julian Edelman was listening to it and throwing him support on Instagram:

In the description of the tape, Marty B gave us the purpose of it:

“I am not a rapper but some of my friends are..” is exactly what the title says it it is. It was just me and some of my friends hanging out in the studio making music for fun and this is what came out of it. Pretty cool to have so many talented friends and be able to create with them at a high level. I am on a mission to express my creativity in as many ways as possible in 2017, this is a part of my creative journey. Enjoy.
Keep doing you, Marty B. We’re all here for it.

Those woes weren’t helped when, instead of taking off one of his struggling veterans, Bruce Arena waited until almost the 70th minute to take out the one midfield player who had been doing well with ball retention (Darlington Nagbe) and replaced him with Alejandro Bedoya. Jones would eventually get lifted for Kellyn Acosta, but that had the feeling of a sub that was too little, too late.


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Chiefs vs. Broncos 2017 odds, Week 11: Betting odds, trends & pick

The Carolina Panthers defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 on Monday Night Football, with one of the stranger endings you will ever see.

The Lions pulled back from a 14-0 deficit in the second quarter when Stafford hit Johnson for a 79-yard touchdown to make it 17-10. The touchdown pass was not only the 100th of Stafford’s career, but moved him into first place on the Lions’ all-time career passing yards list.

The Lions would score 27 points in the second quarter to fire back for a seven-point lead heading into the half. Johnson caught his second touchdown of the game on a 19-yard strike from Stafford with just under four minutes remaining before intermission.

The Kansas City Chiefs head to Denver to face the Broncos on Sunday Night Football. They aim to prove this team is real as they try to hold onto control in the AFC West. Kansas City hasn’t lost a game this season, but there’s not a lot of faith in the Chiefs being able to outlast Peyton Manning.

Only one game in Week 11 has a larger margin, with Denver favored by 7.5 points on Sunday, an astonishing buffer given the potential of the Chiefs’ pass rush to pressure Peyton Manning.