Month: February 2018

Teams will be eager to trade down and obtain additional picks, draft analysts say.

The group getting hosed here, though, are the Bengals coaches, who currently do not have contracts and who must decide if they should seek employment elsewhere or if they should wait and see if Lewis gets extended.

But the deals still could come once the draft begins Thursday night.

“Beyond [No.] 10 or 12 in this draft, about 40 guys all look alike,” said former Dallas Cowboys executive Gil Brandt. “And if there’s any possibility that you can move down and pick up an extra choice by moving down and still probably get a player from the same plateau, I’m not sure why you wouldn’t consider doing it.”

Of course, this requires finding a team willing to trade up. That’s the tricky part.

Late Sunday night, as he prepared to retreat to the sanctuary of his dressing room, where several family members were gathered, Pederson proudly broke down Foles’ final touchdown pass — the third-and-goal strike to Jeffery in the back of the end zone on the second play of the fourth quarter.

“He’s now getting into that rhythm,” Pederson said. “That throw he made to Alshon — in the back of the end zone, high, above the facemask — he couldn’t have put that any other place. And that comes from repetition with his guys; that’s Nick repping that route every single day in practice.”

These days, an Eagles’ practice might feature a quarterback and his receivers gelling and a chagrined coach yelling — all part of a dream the Eagles are selling to a growing legion of believers, with only Brady and Belichick left to spoil it.

When the world first got a glimpse of the year 2018, things were supposed to get wild in the NFL coaching circles, with one of the bloodiest Black Mondays in recent years coming down the pipe. Instead we were treated to a totally different situation, as only six jobs opened up over the course of the first 24 hours. jaguars_114

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Ateman did his thing against the Hokies.

He showed off his rebounding ability on a deep ball and was a safety valve for Rudolph as he scanned through his progressions. Ateman obviously doesn’t win with separation. His body and length provide him the requisite separation as the ball arrives.

Adams’ ability to win quickly in the short area bodes well for his fit in likely a zone-blocking scheme in the NFL. Playing with toughness as well as composure speaks to his tenacity as a blocker.

Scales is an All-American linebacker who has been a centerpiece to the Hoosier defense for the last four seasons. He is a good overall athlete who possesses solid speed and lateral agility. He has quickness as a blitzer and can get a good jump to put himself in position to provide pressure on opposing QBs. He is solid as a run defender, displaying good gap discipline, and he keeps his shoulders square when he’s filling at the point of attack.

The Dallas Cowboys learned that running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension was upheld by arbitrator Harold Henderson on Tuesday night, but because of the timing of the announcement, Elliott will be allowed to play against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2016, plus caught 32 of 39 targets for 363 yards and a touchdown in the passing game, earning him the fourth-highest player rating at the position by the game charters at Pro Football Focus.

The Giants were the second-best team against the run last season per Football Outsiders, yet they struggled stopping the rusher at or behind the line of scrimmage (17 percent stuff rate, 20th in the league). Elliott, meanwhile, averaged close to three yards per carry after contact.

Coach Bill Belichick did little to tamp the speculation Tuesday, when he praised Rowe and had little to say about Butler, as Stephen Hewitt writes. Last year, the Patriots dealt linebacker Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns after it became clear he wanted a new deal. jaguars_076

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Rubio averages 11.3 points per game on 50.1 percent true shooting, making 29.7 percent of his 3-pointers.

Though these differences are stark, their shot-types can be broken down further to really tease out how they score. Let’s break down the primary perimeter options each year in this way, per Second Spectrum:

Hayward made 59.5 effective field goal percent (eFG%, field goal percentage factoring in 3-pointers made) of his 178 driving-layup attempts (out of 1,339 total shots), but most of his work was from the perimeter. He was outstanding in catch-and-shoot situations, making 74.4 eFG% of his 125 shots, and he was fine on the move as well, making 48.0 eFG% of his 122 catch-and-shoot-relocating shots. He was also relatively strong as a scorer off the dribble, taking 334 pull-up jumpers at a 44.9 eFG% clip and also took 155 shots over screens, hitting them at 52.3 eFG%.

“I was the one telling Zak if there was still some seat available for the Daytona 24, and in 10 minutes, we managed to finish everything [to do it].”

Alonso has one other non-F1 event on his radar: LeMans remains a possibility for this year.

“It is one thing I would like to do,” Alonso said. “I would like to compete in the best races in the world, and LeMans is one of the top races. One day I would like to do it. If that day will be this year or not, it’s to be discussed.”

Early in the second quarter, the Eagles went up 14-7 on an 11-yard run by LeGarrette Blount. Shortly before halftime, Foles, his play seemingly improving with every drive, hit Alshon Jeffery on a third-and-10, 53-yard pass play for a 21-7 lead. To top it off, they added a field goal for a 24-7 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Foles, who turned 29 on Saturday, found Torrey Smith for a 41-yard touchdown pass that made it 31-7 and stunned the Vikings’ defense. It looked for a brief bit as if Keenum had found Thielen for a touchdown that would have narrowed the score to 31-13, but the ball clearly bounced off the ground on the fourth-down play.

The offense was unproductive Sunday in Atlanta, as QB Cam Newton was off target in a 14-for-34, three-interception performance. That won’t be nearly good enough against the Saints, who will demand the Panthers put forth a decent scoring performance to keep pace. TE Greg Olsen and RB Christian McCaffrey must be major factors. The defense is good enough. It’s all about whether Newton and the offense will come around.jaguars_039

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When it comes to the injuries, those within the league can’t believe the amount of misfortune.

Griffin turned it over again on an out-of-bounds pass before Rivers was tossed out after assistant Sam Cassell drew a technical on the Clippers’ bench. Woodson got a technical and then was booted.

“I literally got thrown out for saying, `You guys gave us some tough calls tonight,” Rivers said. “That was it. No swear words, nothing. … Just like players can lose their composure, officials can lose their composure as well. Sam got a technical for saying, `Three seconds.’ Blake said, `Over my back’ and got a technical.”

Obviously, Senior Bowl week is important for every player invited to the marquee college football all-star game. But these 10 future pros have the most riding on their week in Mobile. Each of these players is fighting a negative perception — whether it’s based on their level of competition in college or their overall game. The Senior Bowl is really their last shot in a true football atmosphere to change those perceptions.

Lee is seen as a “tools” prospect who didn’t put up great numbers during his collegiate career. He started the majority of two seasons at Tulane before transferring to Lincoln, but has struggled with interceptions, throwing 37 during his career against 46 touchdowns. Lee has a pro arm and good mobility, looking the part of a potential starter in the league. He needs to rely less on his arm and more on good decision-making during his time in Mobile, however, for scouts and coaches to convince their general manager that he is worthy of a selection in top 100 picks.

“I don’t think that’s going to affect people from saying, ‘I’m going to do what’s in the best interest of my football team and give my team the best chance to win,’” the commissioner said, “because that’s what every team wants to do.”

Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck hasn’t played all season, and Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill’s season ended with a knee injury in the preseason. The Dallas Cowboys are about to play their sixth straight game without suspended running back Ezekiel Elliott.

“Well, it’s certainly been frustrating to us,” Packers President Mark Murphy said this week at the NFL owners’ meetings in Dallas.

But Murphy, a former safety for the Washington Redskins, knows it’s about more than his own team. It’s about the entire league.jaguars_024

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