The Browns hold the top spot, and the No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, and their fan base wants to know who will head to Cleveland.
Many expect the Browns to take a quarterback, considering the position held them back last season. Robert Griffin III didn’t show a whole lot as a starter, and Cody Kessler is still pretty unknown.
The second, more likely option is that the Yankees will keep running him out there in hopes that he figures out what’s wrong, which is something Girardi has reinforced several times. On the surface, Tanaka’s issues are pretty simple: As a pitcher who doesn’t rely on pure power stuff, has been living in the upper half of the zone in ’17. His velocity hasn’t changed much from 2014 to now, according to Fangraphs.
But there’s still a third option that may seem farfetched. But given the Yankees’ recent selling spree, it might not be.
Let’s say that Tanaka goes on an absolute tear from this point. With the way Yankees GM Brian Cashman has been dealing these past 365 days, maybe Tanaka could be a trade option. A risky, high-priced trade option for other teams, but if there’s a team really looking to hammer down its contender status, looking for depth, and would be willing to take the risk of future years of Tanaka, it could be on the table.
Eric Berry and the Chiefs are back to square one with the franchise tag, according to various local and national news reports. Which makes this as good a time as any to remind everybody of how much the franchise tag should be abolished.
Face it. All sorts of speculation connect Cousins with his former coordinator in D.C., Kyle Shanahan, in San Francisco. If Cousins wants no part of the 49ers, he hasn’t let on in any way. That should tell you plenty — the promise of Shanahan’s regime or not, that carnival act in Santa Clara hasn’t been ruled out.
What’s out there that’s flakier than what’s going on where he already is? Does everybody out there know who’s calling the shots, who has the final say? Not completely. Guess what. They do in Washington — at least now, two years after the fact, after McCloughan was presented as the team builder, then was abruptly sent to an undisclosed location this offseason.
Also, no talk show host/game analyst on the 49ers’ flagship radio station is dropping random, unverified observations about anybody’s fitness for the job, or about major addiction relapses. Unlike what’s happened in Washington recently.
“That’s a hard one in the locker room,” Quinn said afterward. “No place to put that one mentally for us.”
Falcons owner Arthur Blank then came into the interview area to hear his head coach speak (which is customary postgame). Blank’s face was anything but. It displayed all the emotion of someone who had watched Atlanta’s 28-3 lead midway through the third quarter gradually get chipped away through a combination of Patriots perseverance and self-inflicted wounds.
Former Eagles receiver Riley Cooper was admittedly surprised and humbled when teams didn’t immediately call him to see if he’d be interested in joining after he was cut by Philadelphia in February of 2016.
So when the Buccaneers offered the six-year NFL veteran a chance to attend their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis this weekend — his first football action since he left the Eagles — he jumped at the opportunity.
“I was in Philly for six years. I got cut,” Cooper said (via ESPN). “I was expecting to get picked up somewhere and I didn’t. It was hard to keep training and stay ready without seeing that light at the end of the tunnel. I just kept grinding and grinding. The opportunity is finally here, and you’ve got to make the best of it.”
WKNR announced Wednesday night it had terminated Parr’s employment.
“He’s on the lean and the molly,” Parr said on “The Really Big Show” on ESPN 850. “The guy’s not going to make it. He’s not going to make it through the season.
“He’s another Josh Gordon … I’ve seen it first-hand from a different vantage point, and it’s the same thing all over again. How are you already high out of your mind, and you’ve only been here for a week.”
Even after show hosts Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer tried to get Parr to walk back her statements, she doubled down and even joked that 10-time Pro Bowler Joe Thomas was “on the lean,” which is also known as “purple drink” or “sizzurp.”
“I guess I can’t say certain things,” Parr said before she was interrupted by one of her co-hosts with, “No. You can’t.” “Josh is living with me and is in the best place mentally that he has been in dating back years before entering the NFL. He has taken the proper steps to treat his issues and has followed a very strict protocol that the league and our team here has laid out for him. He’s also in the best shape of his life and feels even better than he did when he had his breakout year in 2013.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The New York Giants will host the Dallas Cowboys in the Meadowlands in Week 12. New York has won four straight games and is looking to make an amazing turnaround to make the playoffs and win the NFC East. The Cowboys are coming off a bye week and trail the Philadelphia Eagles for the lead in the division. With a win for either team, the NFC East title picture will get a bit more interesting.
The folks in Vegas are surprisingly in favor of the home team, as the Giants are considered 2.5-point favorites in this matchup, according to OddsShark. Both teams are expected to score quite a bit, as the over/under for the game is 47.5 points. With two horrible defenses, this game has the makings of a shootout.
If New York wins, it will be tied with Dallas for second place in the division at 5-6. If the Cowboys comes out on top, they will be tied for the lead with the Eagles.
Babers did see The Lion King and Jersey Boys with his family. In the latter, he saw the future of his program.
The thing that cracked me up was the opening line of Jersey Boys. Now I’m sitting here, first and second Broadway show, never been to one live, Babers said, and in the Jersey Boys, the opening line says — they’re singing — but the first time the guy talks, he goes, ‘Hi, my name’s Tommy DeVito, and I put New Jersey on the map.’
Our partners with SB Nation College Football spoke to QB recruit Tommy DeVito, who is all-in with the Syracuse Orange. He explains why and what his future plans are in this video.
That moment was close to the vision he’d promised. In his introductory press conference, Babers asked those in attendance — even the media — to close their eyes and envision a team that could win in all three phases and bring a din to the Carrier Dome.