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

After the first round of the draft Thursday, Browns GM Sashi Brown said about his team’s quarterback situation: “We won’t rest until we solidify that position.”

Well, Sashi, you still have work to do. Perhaps it’s time to call Belichick again and make another offer for Garoppolo.

Because, despite all those high draft grades, the Browns are not making inroads toward their first their first Super Bowl appearance in team history, or even their first playoff berth since 2002, without a franchise signal-caller.

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.

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“The music was so loud that nobody actually heard the gun discharge, but I knew that it had because I saw the flash of fire through my jeans.

Who is Mitchell Trubisky? See if you can pick the Bears’ new QB out of a lineup

North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky is the first quarterback off the board in the NFL draft, baffling college fans who saw Clemson’s Deshaun Watson tear apart Alabama’s defense and who have Reebok Cheap Jerseys few memories from Trubisky’s 13 career starts.

There’s no questioning his ability to pound the ball. Foreman ate up 323 carries last fall as the only real weapon in a disappointing Longhorn offense. Despite his massive workload and the fact Big 12 defenses where predicated on stopping him, he still managed to rip off more than 6 yards per touch.

But while he was a master of one trade, the remainder of his skills left plenty to be desired. Foreman was essentially limited to running duties only in Austin. He had only 13 receptions in his three seasons. He also wasn’t asked to do much as a blocker, so when NFL opponents throw blitzes, he’ll struggle to keep his quarterback upright.

Foreman also struggled with fumbles in the FBS, coughing the ball up seven times. He also tends to shy away from contact, which is understandable given his workload, but a waste of his biggest asset as a back, his size. Without top-level acceleration, he might struggle to blast through closing holes like he did with the Longhorns.

Foreman is a massive tailback. While he measured in at 6’ and 233 pounds at the NFL Combine, his playing weight rose all the way into the 250s during his time in Austin. Though he doesn’t always use that size well, a reduced workload should better prepare him to throw his weight around in NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys short-yardage situations.

Big 12 had an embarrassing NFL draft, and it’s not surprising at all

The Big 12 is one of college football’s power conferences. In the 2017 NFL draft, it had fewer players picked than the American Athletic Conference.

A running counter by every FBS conference, plus independents, FCS, and Division II programs, is right here.

That the Big 12 struggled to produce draft picks is not surprising.

The league doesn’t recruit as well as the other power conferences and hasn’t for years. It has one elite program these days, Oklahoma, with Oklahoma State a tier below that and Texas still trying to find itself. D’Onta Foreman was the only Texas player picked, which really hurts the league’s numbers. The Horns are making progress, at least.

In 1976, former NFL wide receiver Paul Salata invented Irrelevant Week, a one-week celebration of the final pick in the draft. After an arrival party, trip to Disneyland, and other festivities, Kelly will receive the Lowsman Trophy — a parody of the Heisman Trophy.

If Kelly actually makes an impact for the Broncos, it would buck a Cheap Giants Jerseys long trend of Mr. Irrelevant selections doing not much of anything. The last real contributor was Ryan Succop — the last selection in the 2009 NFL Draft — who started five seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and is now with the Tennessee Titans.

He has a strong chance at making the roster in Denver, where Cheap Baseball Jerseys there is no sure thing at quarterback and there is an impending battle between Paxton Lynch and Trevor Siemian.

Williams is an outstanding prospect who has the ability to instantly upgrade an NFL offense.

My favorite part of this video is when someone consciously decided to wing a piece of pizza at someone four seats away. One second there’s an innocuous foul ball drifting into the stands, no different from the dozens of foul balls in every game, and the next second there’s a soggy ninja star sailing through the air, too floppy to be aerodynamic, too ambitious to be earthbound.

The time elapsed from Garret Anderson not making the play to the decision to throw the pizza: 1.62 seconds. I almost want to give it extra credit for its immediacy, but that would be false. There was a beat. That’s enough time to make a conscious decision.

Williams is an outstanding prospect who has the ability to instantly upgrade an NFL offense. He’s a red-zone threat who excels at high-pointing the ball and dominating on contested catches. He’s a little too reliant on his physicality and needs to learn to run crisper routes and win with savvy. Once he fine-tunes his game, he will be a potent member of any passing attack.

Williams also can aid in the running game as a blocker on the edge. While Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap he does not possess elite speed, his “game speed” is as good as anybody in the draft. The good news for Cleveland is teams who have taken a pass rusher as one of their two first-round picks in recent years have typically gotten strong value from those selections. Terrell Suggs, DeMarcus Ware, Ndamukong Suh, Clay Matthews, Aaron Donald, Chandler Jones, Sheldon Richardson, Cameron Jordan, and Shawne Merriman are Kids Football Jerseys Cheap just some of the sack artists taken by teams with a pair of first-round choices.

New York and New England were both on bye weeks in Week 10 and both teams used the time off to get healthy.

The Jets and Patriots are in the thick of the playoff race in the AFC and both teams will be in better shape on the injury front after taking a week off. The Jets will get a pair of receivers back, while the Patriots could also get a key offensive weapon back soon.

“Although I’m eager to return to coaching, my No. 1 focus is my health. I believe in our players and have full confidence in Jack Del Rio and our staff.

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Fox will likely spend at least one more month recovering from surgery. Still, the fact that he no longer needs to be kept under the constant watch of doctors is encouraging.

While Fox is on the mend, defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will act as the Broncos’ interim head coach. Doctors have yet to clear Fox to return to Denver, so he may have to watch this weekend’s matchup between the Broncos and the San Diego Chargers in Charlotte.

Fox has compiled a 28-12 regular season with the Broncos since taking over as head coach in 2011. Health willing, he appears to be in line for an extension when his contract ends in 2015, given how well Denver has been playing. The team leads the NFL averaging 42.9 points per game. At that Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale pace, the Broncos will finish the 2017 season as the NFL’s highest scoring team of all time.

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There probably weren’t too many people who thought the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles would be a defensive battle before the Cowboys pulled off a 17-3 win over the Eagles on Sunday. The two teams averaged a combined 58.2 points and allowed a combined 55.2 points, yet after one half it was only 3-0.

Even with the Cowboys’ defensive unit nursing quite a few injuries, Dallas harried and hassled Eagles quarterback Nick Foles until he was knocked out with a head injury. Matt Barkley made his NFL debut one to forget, coming in to throw for 129 yards and three interceptions. It was the ninth straight home loss for the Eagles.

Dawn Macelli with Blogging the Boys points out Cheap Utah Jazz Jerseys the rest of the NFL could be in trouble if the Cowboys figure out how to put it all together at the same time.

Imagine a team that can run or pass with something approaching equal efficiency, while at the same time having a defense that shut down its opponents either both pressure and coverage while also limiting the run. Throw in some quality performances out the special teams, and you have a team that can go toe to toe with anyone in the game right now. At this point, that still is wishful thinking, but there is little doubt that the coaches will continue to work at pulling it all together.

Picture a world in which the Browns acquired Alex Smith instead of Brandon Weeden. A limited quarterback who can excel in a stripped-down offense with a great defense that can carry the team to wins. The Browns came close to achieving that dream with Brian Hoyer, but the Hoyer dream died because Cleveland can’t have nice things. They’re now turning to Jason Campbell after Weeden Cheap US Soccer Jerseys somehow got worse by the week.

the Redbirds got passed after Wichita State pounded them in their rubber match in the Arch Madness final.

The victory marked Enfield’s first win against a nationally ranked UCLA team, a moment he’s been building towards ever since infamously telling his players back in 2013, “If you want to play slow, go to UCLA.”

That comment was made just months after Enfield rose to fame at Florida Gulf Coast and Dunk City, leading the Eagles to a Sweet 16 trip before being hired away by the Trojans.

He took some criticism for the quote (that first USC team finished 11-21, while the Bruins went to the Sweet 16), but the reasoning behind it was sound. Enfield wanted the rivalry to be as competitive as it used to be, and after four years, it finally is.

The fourth-year coach has been a force on the recruiting trail, bringing in four-star prospects like Boatwright, Jordan McLaughlin, Elijah Stewart, and Chimezie Metu. He has also made the school an attractive place for high-profile transfers, welcoming in former Duke point guard Derryck Thornton Jr. and Louisville small forward Shaqquan Aaron.

As I expected, the Redbirds got passed after Wichita State pounded them in their rubber match in the Arch Madness final. Dan Muller’s squad still has just one Top-50 win in three tries and a 2-4 record against the Top 100. That simply might not be enough in a season where quality wins seem to be the Selection Committee’s currency. On the flip side, a 12-6 record away from Normal is a factor that will work in Illinois State’s favor.

But the Rams haven’t had one quarterback start an entire season since Sam Bradford was healthy enough to do so in 2012. Since then, the Rams have featured dynamos such as Kellen Clemens, Austin Davis and Shaun Hill behind center.12

Doug Martin has put just two full seasons together since entering the NFL

I told Nick Saban one time, I said, ‘Nick, you don’t have to stay there until midnight and your teams would be just as good and win just as many.’ He said, ‘If I could do it the way you do it, I would, but I don’t feel comfortable unless I try to cover every base, every angle, be totally prepared.’ I said, ‘Well, that’s probably why you do it.’ When I come out there, I feel comfortable we are ready to play. We have our game plan in, going to call this, call that and so forth. Everybody is different as far as when they feel they are totally prepared.

Hatin’-Ass Spurrier continued:

If he worked longer hours “would we be 12-1 instead of 11-2? Oh, you’re kidding,” Spurrier said. “I haven’t heard anybody say that really, but if you wanted to, you can find faults with anybody if they don’t win them all. How many SECs has (Saban) won there in eight years? He’s won two. He’s won three nationals, but he’s only won two SECs in eight years. Now, if you had the No. 1 recruiting class every year and so forth, I don’t know if he has maxed out potentially as well as he could.”
And in 2012, Spurrier, when asked about Saban’s accomplishments in Tuscaloosa, essentially said it’s not a very hard task to win at Alabama.

This one doesn’t seem to make sense on the surface. The Cowboys have the NFL’s leading rusher from 2016 in rookie Ezekiel Elliott and one of the best offensive lines in football, so they’re set. But having Peterson share carries would ideally extend Elliott’s career length, and make an already scary offense even more fearsome. Of course, there’s also the whole thing about Peterson being from Texas.

Doug Martin has put just two full seasons together since entering the NFL, and the Bucs could use some more stability at the position. Martin was suspended for violating the NFL’s PED policy, and just hasn’t been able to stay on the field. A bruising back like Peterson could help Jameis Winston and company in Tampa.

The Texans would seem like a good fit. Peterson is from Texas, and the team seems like a quarterback away from being a true contender. The only problem here is, Lamar Miller is under contract through 2019, and still relatively young as he turns 26 next season. Still, Peterson coupled with Miller wouldn’t be a terrible looking backfield by any means.12

Leonard Fournette ran a 4.51 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine

Former LSU running back Leonard Fournette ran a speedy 4.51, 40-yard dash at the NFL draft combine on Friday. He ran a 4.52 on his second attempt.

The 240-pound projected first-round pick was about as quick as we thought he’d be despite weighing in a bit heavier than anticipated.

Here it is again, from another angle.


The best part is Pat Connaughton standing there under the net, watching helplessly as the ball makes its way through the hoop to the floor, following it with his head.

It’s been a big week for full-court plays. Northwestern’s full court pass and buzzer beater is something we’ll remember for a long time.

Jared Sullinger: Phoenix waived Sullinger after getting him back as part of the P.J. Tucker deal. Obviously, the five-year veteran was just a fill-in for that deal, and there’s a good chance he’ll end up somewhere else. Sullinger proved he could score the basketball in Boston, but his career 27 percent three-point shooting might limit his usefulness for contending teams.

Mike Scott: Another player who briefly ended up with the Suns before being waived, Scott may be out of the league this year. However, if anyone wants to take a chance on the 28-year-old power forward who shot 29 percent from the field this season, he’s available.

As the Premier League became the hashtag Eee Pee Ell, Shearer became Shearer: surprise title-winner; serial snubber of Manchester United; and ultimately record-setter. The Sky Sportsification of English footballing history is annoying and at times vaguely sinister. But Shearer, despite his pleasantly old-fashioned playing style, is iconic not just of Blackburn and Newcastle but of the Premier League Years, and it’s futile to pretend otherwise.12

The Eagles wanted Broncos to pay an outrageous price for Sam Bradford

On the other hand, the Eagles’ need to get plenty in return is understandable. They were already on the hook for $11 million of the $22 million guaranteed they promised Bradford in the form of a signing bonus. Like, it was a already spent — they were trading Bradford and an $11 million coupon more than just the player.

This whole offseason for Denver was about Elway refusing to flinch at the quarterback market in the face of Peyton Manning’s retirement. He wouldn’t overpay for Brock Osweiler (who took $72 million from Houston and left in free agency) and he wouldn’t give up too much in a trade.

He was willing to be patiently bold and it paid off nicely when he landed Paxton Lynch in the first round. Everything isn’t solved, but the value Lynch provides with his tools and skills at his cost as opposed to the value of Bradford for a pair of second-round picks is a no brainer.

One of our favorite things to do as sports fans is compare the performance of our current athletes with those from the past to glean some sort of insight into who was better.

In the big picture it’s a bit silly because the game (especially football) has changed so much even over the past 15 years. Still, we can dig deeper into the numbers to analyze what a player with a certain profile may do in the future.

You know what else Aguayo has never done? Kick in cold weather.

Playing in Tampa certainly lessens the likelihood that he’ll now have to do it regularly, but playoff football has been known to take place in less-than-ideal environments. Having a kicker with some — even a little — experience would seem beneficial.

“The coldest I’ve ever kicked in I want to say is probably about 50 degrees,” Aguayo told PFTLive. “I mean to tell you the truth I haven’t really kicked in cold weather games . …I think I’m up for the task.

“That sucks,” Norman says. “I was looking forward to that.”

As someone who doesn’t actually host football camps, I’ve got no idea whether or not you could still manage to host a football camp in Charlotte while living in Washington, D.C. But as someone who has traveled from North Carolina to Washington fairly frequently, it’s not hard to imagine a situation where Norman could keep the football camp going even after switching teams.

We’re not going overboard with the umlaut here though, because it might break our website.

Anyway, it’s been a month of firsts for Boehringer. Not only was he the first-ever foreign-born player without any college football experience to get drafted, but he was also the first rookie to sign his contract following the NFL Draft.

On wild-card weekend in January 2014, the jig was up: Tampa’s SWAT team busted into Caldwell’s building. After the arrest, the former receiver seemed to regret putting his gambling ring next to an elementary school.

“I see now, yup, not the greatest location for that kind of thing,” Caldwell told ESPN. “Too big, too fast. I laugh at my stuff too. What else can you do? I have to laugh.”

The package from China got flagged by UPS and after that, an undercover cop was sent to deliver it. At that point, Caldwell didn’t really have an out: He couldn’t deny ordering the package because he had been tracking it on his cell phone.