Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:57:28 GMTYahoo Sports' Frank Schwab, Eric Edholm and Tank Williams take their best shots at predicting what could be a wild first round on Thursday night.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:48:04 GMTOne of ESPN’s most experienced NFL reporters is out, effective immediately. Ed Werder, who has a strong reputation for covering football and particularly the Cowboys, has been let go, he said on Twitter this morning. “After 17 years reporting on NFL, I’ve been informed that I’m being laid off by ESPN effective immediately. I have no plans to retire,” Werder wrote. ESPN is expected to lay off around 100 employees this week, as the network tries to reduce costs as it deals with declining revenues thanks to cord cutting. At least one other NFL reporter, longtime Titans beat writer Paul Kuharsky, has also been let go, and it’s likely that several notable names in the NFL media world will be without
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:34:54 GMTAs casually as they came up, the Seahawks sort of dismissed the Richard Sherman trade rumors yesterday. All of which makes it an extraordinary piece of non-business in the NFL, with both sides openly acknowledging a potential divorce, while vowing to stay together for the kids if that’s what it takes. They seem to shrug as if either outcome is fine, even though it’s unlike just about anything we’ve ever seen. “Richard may see it as a fresh start for him and we may see it as a way to clear some cap room and get younger, but neither side is super urgent about it,” Seahawks General Manager John Schneider said, via Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com. Schneider said that once the rumors got out there
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:19:26 GMTMartavis Bryant was conditionally reinstated by the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ biggest addition this week happened a couple days before the NFL draft kicks off. The Steelers announced receiver Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:08:44 GMTThe Lions made an early splash in free agency when they signed guard T.J. Lang away from the Packers to assist them in their quest to finish above Green Bay in the NFC North. Their desire to add Lang wasn’t slowed by the fact that he needed a pair of surgeries after the Packers’ season ended with a playoff loss to the Falcons. Lang had operations on his foot and hip and provided an update on his recovery Tuesday. Lang will be an observer as the Lions go through their offseason workouts and organized team activities, but said that he is a little ahead of the initial recovery schedule. That leaves Lang on track to be ready to go for training camp this summer and for the start of his first season
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:39:23 GMTGREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Former Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields will pay a $500 fine after pleading no contest to marijuana possession. The 29-year-old Shields changed his plea Monday after earlier pleading not guilty. USA Today Network-Wisconsin reports that a charge of possessing drug paraphernalia stemming from the Oct. 19 incident at his Green Bay-area home was dropped. Shields had faced up to six months in jail. A criminal complaint says officers went to Shields' home after he received a package from Colorado, where recreational use of marijuana is legal. The complaint says Shields acknowledged having marijuana in his home. Shields suffered his fourth concussion in the 2016 regular-season
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:20:11 GMTAaron Hernandez's family and friends bid farewell to the former NFL star at a private funeral Monday, and a judge ordered that three suicide notes he left be turned over to his fiancee by the time he is buried. Dozens of mourners turned out for the invitation-only service in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, including his mother and fiancee, several of his defense attorneys, and friends from his playing days with the University of Florida and the New England Patriots. Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, hanged himself in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts on April 19.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:23:30 GMTThe Redskins are part of the way through the process of retooling their 2017 roster. While the major part of free agency is over, they still can add a few veterans all the way through training camp. They have 10 picks in the draft that starts on Thursday. In this series, we’re going to take a look at what has changed on the Redskins roster since the season ended and what they need to add to remain competitive in the revived NFC East. This series started on defense and you can see all those posts here. On offense we’ve put the wide receivers, running backs, offensive line, and tight ends, under the microscope. Today the focus turns to quarterback. 2016 final game starter: Kirk Cousins Has started
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:00:16 GMTSteve Smith is underwhelmed by Jimmy Garoppolo. While making an appearance on NFL Media’s “Good Morning Football,” Smith, a former Baltimore Ravens receiver turned NFL analyst, dispelled the notion the Cleveland Browns should trade a first-round pick for the New England Patriots tight end. Here’s Smith’s argument. “He was not a first round draft pick. What was he drafted at?” Smith asked. Garoppolo was a second-round pick. “Okay. What has he done? The one or two games I watched he didn’t wow me,” Smith said. In those games, Garoppolo had 496 passing yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The quarterback left his second game in the third quarter after suffering a shoulder injury. So teams
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:02:20 GMTDallas Cowboys owner/general manager/head honcho Jerry Jones held his customary pre-draft news conference on Monday, and much of the talk focused not on the future, but on the recent past … specifically, one rather well-known guy who’s no longer with the team. It’s impossible to look at Dallas right now and not think about where this team was this time a year ago. Tony Romo was the presumptive quarterback, expecting to play another four or five years.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTESPN’s Todd McShay posted some buzz that he’s hearing last night and he had quite a bit to say about the Titans. First things first, McShay said what we’ve all said — the Titans are likely to make a trade. He said the Titans are the “most likely team” to trade down in the top ten. This goes right along with what we’ve said all along. Jon Robinson is making no bones about it. He wants to move and get another day two selection. McShay mentions being in front of the Jets as an asset. Personally, I think all the quarterback action goes to pick two, but maybe not. McShay goes on to mention Jamal Adams and Marshon Lattimore as the likely picks if a deal can’t be reached. We’ve talked at length about
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:55:15 GMTTom Rathman’s 23-year run with the 49ers ended earlier this year. He’ll now permanently be part of the organization. The 49ers will induct Rathman into the franchise’s Hall of Fame. “Tom Rathman embodies everything this organization wants in its players, coaches and staff,” 49ers CEO Jed York said in a statement. “Throughout his more than two decades with our team, Tom set a tone for the 49ers both on and off the field. As a player, he was selfless, hard-working and dedicated to bringing his best every single day. Tom coached very much the same way. It was his mission to help every man he coached realize his full potential, as both a player and a man. Tom is family and we are so thrilled to induct
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:39:00 GMTGo ahead. Try telling former University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya that his critics say he gets frazzled in the pocket, can’t take the pressure and should have stayed for his senior season instead of entering the NFL Draft. He’ll eagerly whip out his cell phone and show you proof to the contrary. “Go back to 2015 Florida State, first drive, first play,’’ Kaaya said in a sit-down interview with the Miami Herald. “I scramble out and make a 22-yard completion to Stacy Coley. “Look. We’re in the red zone, safety Trey Marshall comes free, in my face, I get blasted, he gets a targeting call and I complete a first down to Braxton Berrios for 14 yards. Here. I’ll go even slower. Same game: that’s
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:15:05 GMTAdrian Peterson will be playing in the Minnesota Vikings season opener this September. He’ll just be doing so for the team on the opposite sidelines. Peterson reportedly told Josina Anderson of ESPN.com that he has agreed to a two-year deal with the New Orleans Saints worth a total of $7 million. Peterson also gave the full details of the contract as well. The deal is a one-year contract to start with an option for a second year for New Orleans. Peterson will earn $3.5 million in fully guaranteed money this season with a $2.5 million signing bonus and $1 million in guaranteed base salary. His 2018 option would carry $3.5 million in non-guaranteed money with $2.4 million in roster bonuses. The
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:06:00 GMTConner though is a perfect fit. At times in the past things just didn't line up to draft a guy from Pitt, but this year, there really is nothing that should stop it. With all the good pitt players in the league it is amazing to me the steelers haven't drafted one since hank poteat.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMTBOSTON – How much money and property did former NFL star Aaron Hernandez leave behind, and who has a rightful claim to those assets? Legal battles have been brewing for years over who should get Hernandez's money, but his suicide in prison last week ramped up those questions and more. Here's a look at the various legal claims and the key players: THE PLAYER Hernandez, who grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, and played football at the University of Florida, was considered an up-and-coming star during his three seasons as a tight end for the New England Patriots (2010-2012). He was cut from the team hours after his arrest in June 2013 in the killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:15:00 GMTChargers defensive end Joey Bosa was asked about his draft preparation a year ago, a process that ended with him being selected No. 3 overall. He trained for the drills, the shuttle runs and the sprints. He trained for the weight lifting, and he even took a practice Wonderlic test, the timed aptitude test used by NFL evaluators. “Did pretty well,” Bosa said, pausing to smirk. “I’m not as dumb as I may sound or look.” Bosa certainly didn’t sound dumb Tuesday as he defended his decision to skip portions of the Chargers’ offseason program. After injuring his hamstring last season, Bosa began working with an anonymous trainer (Bosa said the trainer has asked him not to mention his name). Something
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 11:00:27 GMTThe first rule of Bill Belichick’s war room: You do not talk about what round it is. The second rule of Belichick’s war room: You do not talk about what round it is. The third rule of Belichick’s war room: Someone yells stop, goes limp, taps out, the draft is over. OK, so maybe that third rule isn’t true. But when Belichick ran personnel decisions as the Cleveland Browns coach, the first two rules were in effect. Michael Lombardi, a former member of the New England Patriots and Browns front office, detailed what to do and what definitely not to do in Belichick’s war room. Here’s what Lombardi wrote for The Ringer: When Bill joined the Browns in 1991, the two of us spent the better part of his
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:58:48 GMTThe Rams opted to apply the franchise tag to cornerback Trumaine Johnson for a second time, despite the 20-percent raise over last year’s eight-figure salary. Since then, mixed signals have emerged as to whether the Rams will keep him under the one-year, $16.74 million tender (which he has signed), trade him, or sign him to a long-term deal. As the first minicamp of the Sean McVay era began on Tuesday, the mixed signals continued. “Today he’s a Ram,” G.M. Les Snead told reporters regarding Johnson. “First walk-through [practice on Tuesday], and then we’ll get this minicamp going and it’ll go through OTAs, and the plan I mentioned is still the same. It’s not necessarily going to affect the draft
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:12:29 GMTIn going over the hoards of mock drafts that are all over the internet, there are certainly some trends when it comes to the prospects that the pundits are looking at for the Pittsburgh Steelers. But do the fans agree with the writers? The news that Steelers’ wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been conditionally reinstated could definitely drop Washington wide receiver John Ross off of the Steelers first-round radar, but what about the rest? Does anyone care about Jabrill Peppers’ positive test for a diluted sample or is it his lack of position that hurts him more? Be sure to cast your vote for which of these four prospects you’d want to see the Steelers pick? As I said, these are the most common
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:30:55 GMTRalph Vacchiano | Facebook | Twitter | Archive After not doing a Mock Draft in about a decade, I've now done two versions in less than three weeks - with a third (and final) version still to come. So with eight days to go until the draft, here's my SNY Mock Draft, version 2.0. The information comes from NFL sources, draft experts, and in some cases my own mind: 1. Cleveland Browns - Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M There are rumors and reports that they're considering QB Mitch Trubisky here, which would be a shocker and probably foolish. Garrett is the best player in the draft. (Mock 1.0 pick: Garrett) 2. San Francisco 49ers - Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford They apparently want to trade down, perhaps
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 23:33:14 GMTFor free agents and incoming draft picks, the Madden game provides a way to get a look at how the player will look in a variety of NFL uniforms. For quarterback Deshaun Watson, he particularly liked how he looked in one specific uniform. Appearing on PFT Live, Watson said he likes how he looks in Cardinals attire, specifically with the black jerseys. (The photo accompanying this post is an image of virtual Larry Fitzgerald wearing the 2016 Color Rush uniforms.) The Cardinals are in the market for a successor to Carson Palmer, and Palmer has embraced the possibility of mentoring a youngster. Watson likewise said he’d welcome the chance to learn from a veteran, even if it means sitting for a year
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:32:04 GMTThe Bears are expected to add a quarterback this week, possibly as soon as the third overall pick. But the starting quarterback the team already has in place is beginning to take control of the Bears' offense. With the Bears' nine-week offseason program getting underway last week, Mike Glennon has had his first opportunity to work with coaches and teammates here at Halas Hall, largely in conditioning drills. And the early evaluations of the 27-year-old have been positive. "(What) I've seen from Mike is just him taking command," receiver Josh Bellamy, this year's veteran recipient of the Piccolo Award, said. "He's taking command and he's willing to take all responsibility of what's going on,
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 15:07:26 GMTWith last week’s release of the 2017 NFL regular season schedule, Tony Iosso and I each decided to do game-by-game predictions before this Thursday’s draft. Let’s take a look at what Dallas will be up against and how we believe they will fare. Week 1
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:52:53 GMTTitans running back Derrick Henry has not spoken to coach Mike Mularkey since declining to report for the team’s voluntary offseason workouts, which began April 17, the coach said Tuesday during a pre-draft press conference at Saint Thomas Sports Park. The 2015 Heisman Trophy winner is the only player on the team who hasn’t reported to the facility. Henry is enrolled in classes at Alabama, the registrar’s office confirmed to The Tennessean. Finals run through the first week in May. Mularkey said he’d prefer to hear from Henry, but hasn’t picked up the phone himself since saying last week that he’d probably look into why the player wasn’t in Nashville. “I didn’t reach out to Derrick,” Mularkey
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:55:09 GMTAfter months of debates, analysis, arguments and more, the 2017 NFL draft is just days away. Since the college football season ended, analysts and experts have been plugging away at mock drafts to predict where the top prospects will land. The Buffalo Bills hold the No. 10 overall pick, so we decided to look around the internet and see which players the top NFL draft analysts see suiting up in the red, white and blue for the next four-to-five years. Due to the plethora of needs throughout the Bills roster, coupled with a completely new coaching staff has led to quite a bit of discrepancy with these predictions.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:49:31 GMTYou do not always get what you want in the NFL draft, but it sure feels as if the Giants prefer to come out of this week’s three-day talent grab with a new quarterback they can groom as Eli Manning moves ever closer to the big 4-0. Manning, 36, is under contract for three more years. The Giants do not want to go through a reprise of the dark days after Phil Simms retired following the 1993 season, when they wandered through the desert with Dave Brown, Kent Graham and Danny Kanell until finding a temporary oasis with Kerry Collins before taking a one-year flier on Kurt Warner as a babysitter to the rookie Manning. Sure, the Giants last month signed Jets castoff Geno Smith, who is coming off knee
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:45:33 GMTThe Jets used a second-round pick on quarterback Christian Hackenberg last year, but that decision doesn’t appear to have taken quarterbacks off the table for an early pick in this year’s draft. The Jets have spent time with the top prospects in this year’s class and the sixth pick in the draft leaves them in prime position to add one of them to the roster on Thursday night. General Manager Mike Maccagnan wasn’t tipping his hand in any direction during a press conference on Monday, but he did say that the time the Jets were spending with quarterbacks over the last month was not a sign that they were writing off Hackenberg. “I know it’s like: If this happens, then this must be the case,” Maccagnan
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:55:00 GMTA year ago this week, Rams quarterback Jared Goff was a few days from learning his fate in the NFL draft. Sean McVay was a Washington Redskins assistant. On Tuesday, McVay oversaw his first full-team workout as coach of the Rams, closely monitoring Goff’s grasp of a new playbook and system. “It went a lot better than, maybe, a lot of us thought it would,” Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, said after the first day of a three-day minicamp in Thousand Oaks. “There weren’t many hiccups.” The Rams, like all NFL teams, have completed a few weeks of voluntary offseason workouts, which are strictly limited. Offensive players, for example, cannot work against defensive players for several weeks.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMTEzekiel Elliott's immediate impact last season, along with one of the strongest classes in years, have made running backs popular again heading into this week's NFL draft. After running backs failed to go in the first round in 2013 and '14, LSU's Leonard Fournette, Stanford's Christian McCaffrey and Florida State's Dalvin Cook could be selected on Thursday. That would mark the first time since 2012 that three backs are selected on the first day. "It was a good thing for us coming in right now," Cook said. "Zeke did a great job of catching the ball out of the backfield, protecting Dak (Prescott) at quarterback, and running very well behind a good offensive line." Elliott ran for 1,631 yards and
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:24:46 GMTBrowns Pro Bowl lineman Joe Thomas spent Monday arguing against the NFL’s drug testing policy when it comes to diluted test samples. NFL prospects Jabrill Peppers and Reuben Foster both failed drug tests at the NFL combine and pointed to diluted urine samples as the cause. Thomas went off on the NFL in a series of tweets, claiming that prospects shouldn’t be penalized for diluted samples. Thomas then said he’s had to give another sample in the past after his initial urine was diluted. Former NFL kicker Jay Feely had a similar experience. Rather than calling diluted samples a failed test at the combine, Thomas would like to see the testers simply ask for a new sample. He also called the NFL anti-water.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:55:00 GMTYou are Ryan Pace, the NFL's youngest general manager, and all the ineptness and apathy a once-proud organization has endured since you arrived two years ago has gotten old. You exude confidence, energy and initiative for the league's charter franchise that has exhibited none of those traits lately as it teeters toward irrelevance in a football city no longer obsessed with the Bears. You remember the image of an empty Soldier Field in December and the late-season pall in a Bears locker room where hope was just as hard to find. You say all the right things about fixing the quarterback position but — as they say in your home state of Texas — risk becoming all hat and no cattle unless you do something bigger than sign a stopgap free agent.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:32:00 GMTPolice spokeswoman Jennifer Ciaccia says investigators are making arrangements to interview Conley, one of the top defensive prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. Conley's attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told Cleveland.com that the accusations are "ridiculous and ludicrous." He says the woman who made the claims is "an opportunist." He did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press. Conley started at cornerback for Ohio State for two years and was a captain for the team last season. The 21-year-old player was expected to be chosen in the first round of the NFL draft that begins Thursday. Spellacy told Cleveland.com that he made arrangements with police for Conley to be questioned after
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:24 GMTGoing into his third season at the NFL level, Miami Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi should be able to prove that last season was not a fluke and that he is the Dolphins future for the running back position. If he stays on the field and the Dolphins can draft an offensive lineman to complete the starting offensive line, Miami will show the league that have their franchise back in Ajayi. Based on last season, we all saw Ajayi break through to be one of the top backs in the league.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:18 GMTThe process leading up to the NFL Draft is way too long. Fans have had nearly every argument in the book on Twitter. Inspired by an article written by our cover32 Raiders page, I decided to look at a few ways that Bears fans can enjoy the draft.
Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:07:32 GMTAlex Smith has seen the young quarterbacks walking through the doors of the Chiefs' facility the last few weeks, each wanting nothing more than to one day take his job. The veteran quarterback is firmly entrenched as the starter in Kansas City, despite constant debate over whether he can lead his team to the Super Bowl. General manager John Dorsey and coach Andy Reid are firmly in his corner, and ultimately those voices are the only ones that matter.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:52:12 GMTIf comfort is any factor in the Denver Broncos' ''50-50'' quarterback competition, Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch were, appropriately, tied after Day 1. The QBs split the snaps Tuesday at new coach Vance Joseph's first minicamp practice. Both were sharp and steady during the 20-minute open period.
Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:33:10 GMTCurtis Samuel didn’t care about the long odds or how unlikely his NFL dream was as a running back from Brooklyn. The Crown Heights native made reaching the ultimate level of football a goal when he was 12. “He always said my plan is to make it to the NFL and take care of my family,” said Roy Armstead, Samuel’s stepfather and president of the Brooklyn Saints youth football organization, where Curtis played until high school. Samuel matched that big talk with a relentless work ethic and focus to match. He latched on to the family and coaches who shared his vision and insulated him from the issues that could derail his rise. With their help, he became a star player and stellar student, realizing
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:08:04 GMTAfter months of preparation, interview, work out and, of course, mock drafts, it is finally the week of the 2017 NFL draft. If you’ve been following these mock draft since December, you’ve seen the first round meld into shape. In recent weeks the draft position for running backs, cornerback, and pass rusher has particularly become apparent.
Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:13:00 GMTThe 2017 NFL offseason is far from over, and Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis is still over 10 months away. While most people like to discuss the odds each individual team has at winning a Super Bowl title, the oddsmakers in Las Vegas took it a step further and put together a list of the most likely matchups for Super Bowl 52. The fact that this potential matchup carries the odds of an extreme longshot is telling of what the Vegas oddsmakers think of the Chiefs’ chance at representing the AFC in Super Bowl 52.