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    Getty Kayvon Thibodeaux looks to be an impact player from day one The 2022 defensive rookie class is a group full of talent, but when looking at who might be the best, it is nearly impossible to not bring up New York Giants edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux. As training camp heads into week two, first impressions are being made by young players across the NFL. As the season quickly approaches, expectations will be sky-high for several of them. But playing in New York, Thibodeaux may be the one under the biggest spotlight. When the Giants added Thibodeaux with the fifth overall pick, they expected to gain a generational talent. During his time at the University of Oregon, Thibodeaux was one of the most dynamic pass rushers in college football. He appeared in 30 total games. He produced at a high level, recording 126 total tackles, 35.5 tackles for loss, and 19.0 sacks.  His performance in 2021 was arguably the best of his collegiate career. On his way to being a top-five pick, he recorded 49 total tackles, 12...
    Getty Images Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett addresses the media in 2022. The Denver Broncos are without a first and second-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft due to the trade for Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson. That still doesn’t mean the team can’t find value in the ensuing rounds. Pro Football Focus’s Mike Renner wrote a list of 2023 NFL Draft prospects that each NFL team should be monitoring. He mentioned how the Broncos won’t be able to get a high-end talent with their first pick being a third-round pick. However, Renner believes N.C. State linebacker Payton Wilson is a perfect match for the Broncos. “With Payton Wilson’s extensive injury history, his draft stock can only go so high, which means he’ll firmly be in the Broncos’ range. With linebacker arguably the weakest position group for the team on paper, Wilson could come in and start right away. He’s a big, physical presence at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds and allowed only 21 catches from 32 targets for 160 yards in his last full season.” The linebacker position has...
    The 2022 NFL Draft came and went, with Kaiir Elam headlining the next wave of local talents looking to make an impact as professional football players. More than a half-dozen prospects who competed on the gridiron in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties during their high school years were selected over the course of the three-day draft in Las Vegas this week. Elam led the way after the Buffalo Bills chose him with the 23rd pick, but Tyquan Thornton, Nik Bonitto, and James Houston IV were among the other products from the greater South Florida area that were drafted. Here is a closer look at the seven local players who were taken in the 2022 NFL Draft in order of how they were selected: Kaiir Elam, Cornerback, Florida, Benjamin, No. 23, Buffalo Bills Elam is coming off three seasons with the Gators in which he made 35 appearances, six interceptions, 79 total tackles, 26 passes defended, and one fumble recovery. The former Benjamin star who is listed at 6 feet 1 1/2 and 191 pounds earned All-SEC First Team honors...
    A look at players with local ties selected in the NFL Draft: Thomas Booker, DT, Stanford, fifth round, No. 150 overall (Houston Texans) Booker (6-3, 301) was a three-year captain for David Shaw after being a four-star recruit out of Ellicott City, Maryland. Was second-team All-Pac-12 with 59 tackles, including 1 1/2 sacks, five tackles for losses and six hurries. Cameron Goode, LB, Cal, seventh round, No. 224 overall (Miami Dolphins) Goode (6-2, 240) finished his collegiate career with 171 tackles, 36.5 tackles for loss (183 yards), 21 1/2 sacks (132 yards), two interceptions that he returned for 70 yards and a pair of touchdowns, 10 pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 13 quarterback hurries. Elijah Hicks, S, Cal, seventh round, No, 254 overall (Chicago Bears) Hicks (5-11, 200) Played in all 54 games possible with 46 starts over five seasons and finished his career with 213 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss (40 yards), 3.0 sacks (15 yards), five interceptions that he returned for 66 yards and one touchdown, 14 pass breakups and six forced fumbles. Graded...
    Jonathan Ford has spent his football career in South Florida. Now he’s heading to the frozen tundra. The Green Bay Packers selected the Dillard High alumnus and former Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman in the seventh round of the NFL draft on Saturday, using the 234th pick. If there had been no UM players picked in the 260-selection draft, it would have marked the first Coral Gables shutout since 1974. “I’m just proud of going through this whole process, this journey,” Ford said at UM’s Pro Day. “As a kid growing up, a lot of people don’t get this chance just to be able to go to the combine and come to Pro Day and showcase your talent with your brothers for one last time.” Ford also did 24 bench-press reps during the Hurricanes’ Pro Day. He said at Miami’s Pro Day that he was 6-5 and 338 pounds. “Teams just love my size, teams love the way I move,” Ford said. “A lot of teams tell me my power and everything is there. One thing I like about myself is...
    Overcoming any injury is difficult enough but having to convince your future employer that you’ll be back to your former self post-recovery is another challenge. That’s what UCF defensive tackle Kalia Davis had to do and one NFL team believed in him. The San Francisco 49ers selected Davis with the 220th overall pick of the draft in the sixth round Saturday. Davis is the first Knight selected in this year’s draft and the 48th in program history. The 49ers had their eye on Davis prior to the draft hosting him for a prospect visit earlier this month. With the selection of Davis, UCF’s streak of having players drafted in the NFL has extended to six years. A first-team all-conference pick in 2019, Davis sat out the next season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking to bounce back after a year off, he returned to UCF for coach Gus Malzahn’s first season in Orlando. Then, five games in, Davis suffered a season-ending knee injury in October. Fortunately for Davis, he is well on his way to recovery. Davis said at UCF...
    After sitting out the first round of the NFL draft, Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles made his first selections Friday night from Halas Hall. The Bears started the night with three picks on Day 2 — at Nos. 39 and 48 in the second round and 71 in the third round. They also have three picks on Day 3 — Nos. 148 and 150 in the fifth round and 186 in the sixth round. Here’s a quick look at each of the Bears new players. Everything you need to know about the 2022 NFL draft Bears have 3 picks on Day 2. Who are the best players still available? 12 intriguing wide receiver options for the Bears Ryan Poles’ remodeling project is about to take a big step forward. Here’s how he prepared for his 1st draft as Bears GM. Full draft coverage here Kyler Gordon, cornerback, Washington No. 39, second round Height, weight: 5-11, 194 Why the Bears picked him The Bears had a major need for a starter at cornerback opposite Jaylon Johnson and someone...
    Jermaine Johnson II spent much of his adolescence dreaming about playing in the NFL. That dream became a reality when the New York Jets selected the Florida State defensive end with the No. 26 pick of the NFL Draft Thursday in Las Vegas. He becomes the first Seminole chosen in the first round since defensive end Brian Burns (2019) and the first selected by the Jets since defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen (2021). The Minnesota native is the highest-ranked player drafted in the three years under coach Mike Norvell. Johnson capped a wild year, one in which the graduate transfer from Georgia earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with 12 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He became the first player to earn POY honors in his first season with an ACC program. His performance also earned him a spot as a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Lombardi awards and a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award. But after being projected by many as a top 15 pick, Johnson slipped down the draft board. He joins...
    Jermaine Johnson II spent much of his adolescence dreaming about playing football in the NFL. That dream became a reality when the New York Jets selected the Florida State defensive end with the No. 26 pick of the 2022 NFL Draft Thursday in Las Vegas. He becomes the first Seminole chosen in the first round since defensive end Brian Burns (2019) and the first selected by the Jets since defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen (2021). The Minnesota native is the highest-ranked player drafted in the three years under coach Mike Norvell. Johnson capped off a wild year, one in which the graduate transfer from Georgia earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the league with 12 sacks and 18 tackles for loss. He became the first player to earn POY honors in his first season with an ACC program. His performance also earned him a spot as a semifinalist for the Bednarik and Lombardi awards and a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award. But after being projected by many as a top 15 pick, Johnson slipped down the...
    The Jacksonville Jaguars hold the first overall pick when the 2022 NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night in Las Vegas. Over the next three days, hundreds of college players will realize their childhood dreams of a professional football career. Among those are players from the seven Football Bowl Subdivision college programs in Florida. Here is a look at what to expect from some of the schools not named UF or UCF: FLORIDA STATE Edge rusher Jermaine Johnson II is expected to be a first-round pick, becoming the 11th Seminoles player chosen in the first round since 2010. Johnson could become the first Seminole selected in the top 10 since safety Jalen Ramsey (2016). While fellow defensive lineman Keir Thomas didn’t receive an invite to the NFL Combine, a strong showing at FSU’s Pro Day has some projecting the former South Carolina transfer as a Day 3 selection. Running back Jashaun Corbin, quarterback McKenzie Milton, receiver Andrew Parchment and linebacker Emmett Rice could be late-round options or free-agent signees. MIAMI The Hurricanes have had at least one player selected in the...
    Miami Hurricanes fans waiting to hear their favorite players’ names called during this week’s NFL draft will likely have to wait a little while. UM has several players hoping to get picked in the draft, which starts Thursday at 8 p.m., but they are projected to be selected in the later rounds — if they’re chosen at all. The Hurricanes have had a player selected in every draft since 1974. They have had more than one player selected in every draft since 2009. UM was 13th among colleges with 25 players in the NFL last season, according to the NCAA. Here are the players looking to join them. All draft projections are from The Athletic. Bubba Bolden, DB Bolden spent three seasons at Miami and certainly made his mark. The hard-hitting safety played in 23 games for the Hurricanes, making 127 total tackles with 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, six pass deflections and two interceptions. In 2020, he was an All-ACC second-team pick. His last season was cut short due to a shoulder injury, limiting him to seven games,...
    With defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah re-signing with the Miami Dolphins, the critical component of the team’s defensive front that was potentially in flux this offseason was instead solidified. The Dolphins, like they’re set to do in the secondary, are returning their defensive linemen from a defense that anchored the team’s midseason turnaround to rebound from 1-7 with eight wins in their last nine games of 2021. The defensive front returns its sack leader in Ogbah (nine). Versatile defensive lineman Christian Wilkins is back after a breakthrough third NFL season in 2021, as are defensive tackle Zach Sieler and nose tackle Raekwon Davis. Outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips, entering his second season, also can flip between standing up and putting his hand in the ground, which is what he did best at the University of Miami in 2020 to make him a first-round pick. While virtually set with a rotation up front that will also incorporate Adam Butler, the Dolphins could figure to possibly add another defensive lineman on Day 3 of the draft, especially given the need for another pass rusher....
    Former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher had a successful career in the NFL, and his son appears to be following the same path to stardom. Although college is still several years away for Kennedy Urlacher, he is already being expected to uphold the mantle that his Hall of Fame father, Brian Urlacher, created as a legendary Chicago Bears linebacker. Kennedy is expected to graduate high school in 2024, but the 6-foot, 185-pound player is already being noticed by college recruiters and professional recruiting analysts. Currently a sophomore in high school, Kennedy has already received offers from three different colleges in Arizona and New Mexico. Kennedy was also noticed by CBS Sports recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who described him as a “student of the game with good range and instincts.” Kennedy Urlacher 6 185 Chandler HS is the son of NFL HOF Brian Urlacher and Kennedy is starting to make a name for himself. Physical, sure tackler and explosive at FS. Student of the game with good range and instincts. 4.2 [email protected]_urlacher11 I love his attitude and work ethic. pic.twitter.com/EnA7STYqRI —...
    Getty Tavon Young is signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears are adding some much-needed help in the secondary. As first reported by Pro Football Focus’ Ari Meirov, the Bears are inking former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Tavon Young to a one-year contract. Young, who remains well-respected in Baltimore, was released in a cap-saving move in March. Source: Former #Ravens DB Tavon Young is signing a 1-year deal with the #Bears. — Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) April 8, 2022 Third-year starter Jaylon Johnson is Chicago’s top corner, but behind him, the depth gets murky. Thomas Graham Jr. showed flashes in 2021 in limited opportunities, but after that, there’s a bunch of unproven players at the position: Duke Shelley, Kindle Vildor, Michael Joseph and BoPete Keyes. The Bears let veteran Artie Burns walk, and now, they’ll replace him with Young — a definite upgrade and a solid contributor when healthy. ALL the latest Bears news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Bears newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bears! Young: Background & StatsA fourth-round pick (104th...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The New England Patriots are in the market for a linebacker or two this offseason. So it should come as no surprise that the Pats are among the many teams interested in signing veteran Bobby Wagner. The Patriots are one of the 11 teams that reportedly have interest in adding Wagner to their defense, according to Jordan Schutlz. In addition to New England, the Miami Dolphins, Baltimore Ravens, L.A. Chargers, Denver Broncos, L.A. Rams, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Jets and Detroit Lions are part of the linebacker’s developing market. READ MORE: Mayor Wu Announces New Plan To Make Rent More Affordable In BostonThat is a lot of competition to add Wagner, who is a free agent for the first time in his career following his release by Seattle earlier this week. READ MORE: Playing Your Favorite Music Can Ease Your Anxiety, New Study SuggestsWhile Wagner will turn 32 during training camp, the veteran still has plenty left in the tank based on his 2021 production. He recorded a career-high 170 tackles over...
    One of the biggest events on the NFL calendar is underway this week in Indianapolis, with more than 300 draft prospects participating at the annual NFL scouting combine. For those looking to catch a glimpse at a prospect with Maryland ties or check out a potential Ravens target, here’s what you need to know. Schedule of events and TV info Thursday Drills: Quarterbacks, tight ends, wide receivers (4 p.m. on NFL Network) Media session: Offensive linemen, running backs, specialists Friday Drills: Offensive linemen, running backs, specialists (4 p.m. on NFL Network) Media session: Defensive linemen, linebackers Saturday Drills: Defensive linemen, linebackers (4 p.m. on NFL Network) Media session: Defensive backs Sunday Drills: Defensive backs (2 p.m. on NFL Network) Prospects with Maryland ties to watch Maryland safety Nick Cross: The Bowie native and former DeMatha star is coming off a junior season in which he led the Terps with three interceptions and two forced fumbles while ranking second with 66 tackles. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Cross, a former four-star prospect, was a three-time...
    GETTY Lewis Cine #16 of the Georgia Bulldogs tackles Slade Bolden #18 of the Alabama Crimson Tide in the first quarter of the game during the 2022 CFP National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The San Francisco 49ers are fully locked in on beating the Green Bay Packers this Saturday, but there’s no question the front office has eyes on the draft. After all, the 2022 NFL Draft is just three months away and the Niners will look to keep improving their current squad, whether that’s after the team loses or ends up winning the Super Bowl. While most of the attention around the upcoming offseason is around the quarterback situation in Santa Clara, California, the draft itself sets up for the 49ers to focus elsewhere. The trade-up to take Trey Lance at the No. 3 pick of the 2021 NFL Draft leaves the Niners without a first-round selection, but they will get to draft a name in Round 2. In The Athletic’s new mock draft, the 49ers are taking Georgia safety Lewis Cine. Dane Brugler runs...
    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — As the beginning of his 10th season neared, Bobby Wagner decided he was going to take a stand. If he was going to be mandated to speak weekly about the state of the Seattle Seahawks, he was going to use some of that time to focus on things he cares about. “I know I come up here and just answer your guys’ questions and talk about the things you want to talk about, but I’ve decided to switch it up,” Wagner said on Sept. 8. “This year, before we start, I’m going to talk about something that I want to talk about.” Every week for the past three months, Wagner has taken a few minutes to talk about businesses he supports or has invested in, authors he admires, philanthropic endeavors away from the field, the importance of mental health. His goal was to create a different type of dialogue. Even his dislike of mayonnaise became a topic and somehow went viral. “I’ve talked about a lot of stuff so far up here this year. Financial literacy,...
    There’s a pyramid of power on every sports team’s roster, a hierarchy that brings influence and respect to those that sit at the top. Even though Xavien Howard is the Miami Dolphins’ only Pro Bowl selection for the 2021 season, there’s quite a few players on the roster who are having outstanding seasons — and many of them are first or second-year players. Here’s a look at the top 10 Dolphins players based on contributions made to the team this season. 1. Cornerback Xavien Howard: The three-time Pro Bowl player takes on the toughest assignment just about every week, covering the opposition’s best receiver. While he’s not exactly a lock-down cornerback — and has allowed his share of touchdowns this season — his knack for delivering turnovers (four interceptions, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and one returned for a touchdown) makes him one of the NFL’s elite defenders, a playmaker quarterbacks try to avoid. Since entering the NFL in 2016, Howard leads the NFL with 26 interceptions. While this season might not have him in the...
    Compiled from NFL.com via game books, with jersey number, position, name (connections): NFC Atlanta Falcons: 17 WR Olamide Zaccheaus (U.Va.): Reserve; targeted once; 1 catch for 13 yards; 1 punt return for 17 yards; 1 fair catch of a punt; 1 tackle (on a punt). Carolina Panthers: 97 DE Yetur Gross-Matos (Chancellor High, Penn State): Reserve; 3 tackles. Chicago Bears: 24 RB/KR Khalil Herbert (Va. Tech): Started; 18 carries for 100 yards; targeted 5 times; 5 catches for 33 yards; recovered a fumble. 36 DB DeAndre Houston-Carson (Massaponax High, William & Mary): Started at safety; 11 tackles; recovered 1 fumble for a takeaway; defended 1 pass. Dallas Cowboys: 31 CB Maurice Canady (Varina High, U.Va.): Bye week. 95 DL Brent Urban (U.Va.): Bye week. Detroit Lions: 31 SS Dean Marlowe (James Madison): Not active. 47 DB Bobby Price (Catholic High, Norfolk State): Reserve; targeted once as a receiver (on a fake punt); 1 catch for 17 yards. Green Bay Packers: 73 OT Yosh Nijman (Va. Tech): Reserve; no stats. Los Angeles Rams: 16 QB Bryce Perkins (U.Va.): Not active. Minnesota...
    Getty Sebastian Joseph-Day pummels David Montgomery during the Rams' season opening victory on September 12. The host of “Dine-N-Bash” on You Tube has dished out punishment in the trenches through five games, bashing on opposing centers and racking up the tackles from his nose tackle spot for the Los Angeles Rams. And Sebastian Joseph-Day is a current league leader in two stats. According to ESPN Stats, he’s the only interior defensive lineman with 30 combined tackles as of Week 5 — making him the league leader in the tackles category among nose tackles and defensive tackles. He’s the NFL leader in one more category: Solo stops. “Bash” sits at 19 there which makes him tops among defenders at his position. Not only is he the leading NT through five games in tackles, he’s on pace for a career year — especially during a contract year.Joseph-Day’s Current DealIn 2018, the former Rutgers Scarlet Knight signed a four-year deal. Per Over the Cap, the sixth rounder (No. 195 overall) was set to have a base salary of $480,000. His numbers...
    Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was charged with indecency with a child-sexual contact last week and details behind his arrest surfaced Sunday. Mingo allegedly pulled at the underwear of a teenage boy in a Texas hotel room in 2019, according to Sports Illustrated, citing an Arlington police warrant. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Police said Mingo took a teenage family member and the alleged victim to an amusement park and go-cart track during the Fourth of July weekend. Mingo allegedly also brought the boys to a steakhouse and bought them clothes at a Nike store before returning to a hotel room where he was staying. Police said the pro football player tugged at the victim’s underwear and became more aggressive. "The victim advised that when this was occurring, he was scared and pretended to be asleep," the warrant said. He then is alleged to have tried to have sex with the victim. Mingo was still a part of the Seattle Seahawks at the time and was traded to the Houston Texans later that September. FALCONS DROP...
    Former first-round pick Barkevious Mingo was arrested earlier in the week for "indecency with a child", TMZ Sports reported on Saturday afternoon. Mingo, who currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons, was reportedly arrested on Thursday by the Arlington Police Department, and he was booked into the Tarrant County jail for "indecency with a child, sexual contact," TMZ Sports reported citing court records and law enforcement officials. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM According to the website, Mingo potentially faces a second-degree felony. If he is indeed convicted, Mingo could face up to 20 years in jail in the state of Texas. Mingo was released from jail the next morning. His bond was set at $25,000. CHIEFS' FRANK CLARK COULD FACE UP TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON WITH POSSESSION OF ASSAULT WEAPON: REPORTS As of right now, there are no further details surrounding the arrest, per TMZ. Mingo, the sixth overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2013 NFL Draft, played college football at LSU. During his junior season with the Tigers, Mingo played in all 13 games...
    The New York Giants have one of the best, yet most underrated linebackers in the NFL Anthony Rivardo June 3, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants had a top-ten defense in the NFL last season. The team made a couple of key moves in the 2020 offseason to propel their defense into being one of the league’s best units. The Giants allowed only 22.3 points per game defensively, which ranked ninth-best in the NFL. Two key free agency additions made their marks and revamped the Giants’ defense: cornerback James Bradberry and linebacker Blake Martinez. The Giants saw their newly-acquired cornerback, Bradberry, make his first career Pro Bowl in a season where he led the NFL in forced incompletions (PFF). Blake Martinez, however, did not receive any recognition for a stellar 2020 campaign. Martinez has never made a Pro Bowl in his NFL career. He was listed as the sixteenth-best linebacker in the league by PFF this offseason, but Giants fans feel Blake Martinez deserves more credit. Blake Martinez stats and highlights The...
    Getty Alim McNeill celebrates a big play for N.C. State. The Detroit Lions came into the 2021 NFL Draft with needs everywhere, and yet still many were surprised to see the team target the trenches for a move. Still, Detroit stepped up and managed to find a few players in the early rounds to help solve their problems. The Lions managed to improve their fortunes in a big way by drafting Levi Onwuzurike and Alim McNeill so much that their interior is amongst the most improved in the league according to PFF. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Writer Seth Galina picked out some of the most improved spots on rosters across the league, and the Lions’ defensive line made the cut thanks to what they added early in the 2021 draft. Galina wrote: “They lost Danny Shelton and added Michael Brockers this offseason, but that wasn’t going to move the needle much. In the draft, the Lions added both a nose tackle...
    The Giants didn’t need the No. 2-overall pick or three first-rounders to make a splash in the 2021 NFL Draft. Unlike the past three drafts of general manager Dave Gettleman’s tenure, the Giants didn’t act over-aggressive or defy the scouting consensus with bold picks. This felt very much like a “let the board come to us” philosophy — and the Giants could be rewarded for it this upcoming season and in the future, after adding three extra picks in the 2022 draft. Round 1, No. 20 overall: Kadarius Toney (WR, Florida) The trade back from No. 11 to pick up a 2022 first-rounder plus two other picks is an A+. The player? More of a B+ because of questions of whether he fits a playbook light on pre-snap motion, whether WR was the right fit after signing free agent Kenny Golladay, and some character and injury concerns. Grade: A- Kadarius ToneyAP Round 2, No. 50 overall: Azeez Ojulari (OLB, Georgia) Another trade down from No. 42 netted a third-rounder in 2022. The Giants filled their biggest need with a pass-rusher...
    LSU linebacker Jabril Cox. (John Reed-USA TODAY Sports) The Dallas Cowboys went all-in on addressing their defensive woes in the 2021 NFL Draft, making some terrific picks to turn it around. The Cowboys may have been thwarted at every turn in their pursuit for defensive backs, but Dallas still managed to make the most of their picks in 2021. Jerry Jones and company targeted key areas of need with their 11 selections. Which moves warrant the most praise?Picking great linebackersWhen life hands you lemons, make lemonades. Or if you’re the Cowboys, recover from having your top cornerback targets taken ahead of you by hitting home runs at linebacker instead. Dallas salvaged their first round in a huge way by trading back and then landing Micah Parsons at No. 12. The linebacker was arguably a Top 5 talent, so getting him where they did was a steal, especially since they picked up a third-rounder in the process. Parsons could come in straight away and replace Sean Lee, who just retired, while providing some insurance for injury-prone linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton...
    More On: dallas cowboys PGA Tour player’s Masters run no surprise to Tony Romo Cowboys are ‘infatuated’ with ultra-talented NFL Draft weapon Jerry Jones on Dak Prescott contract: I’ve ‘overpaid’ for special things Dak Prescott ‘insulted’ by charge surrounding Cowboys contract Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee is hanging up his cleats for good after 11 seasons with the storied franchise. “I was privileged to wear the Cowboys star. We want to play forever. But today, it’s my time to walk away,” Lee, 34, said in a letter announcing his retirement on Monday. The two-time Pro Bowler (2015, 2016), who was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2016, was a pivotal piece of the Cowboys’ defensive identity. He led the team in tackles in 2011, and from 2015-17. While speaking with ESPN, Lee cited injuries that ultimately contributed to his decision to retire. Throughout his career, Lee has been sidelined with a number of injuries, including his right big toe, left wrist, hamstring and multiple concussions. He missed the entire 2014 season due to a torn ACL — an injury he suffered...
    The Jets reached their first deal of free agency on Monday afternoon, agreeing to a one-year deal with linebacker Jarrad Davis. The deal is worth up to $7 million, according to multiple reports. Davis, 26, spent the past four seasons with the Lions, who drafted him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft (21st overall) out of Florida.  Jarrad Davis signed with the Jets on March 15, 2021 Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Linebacker is a position of need for the Jets as they convert to new coach Robert Saleh’s 4-3 defense after years of playing 3-4 as their base. Davis was a three-year starter in Detroit, but lost his starting job in 2020. He only started four games last year and had 46 tackles and a ½ sack. Davis’ best season was in 2018 when he had 100 tackles and six sacks. 
    The Jets reached their first deal of free agency on Monday afternoon, agreeing to a one-year deal with linebacker Jarrad Davis. The deal is worth up to $7 million, according to multiple reports. Davis, 26, spent the past four seasons with the Lions, who drafted him in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft (21st overall) out of Florida.  Jarrad Davis signed with the Jets on March 15, 2021Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Linebacker is a position of need for the Jets as they convert to new coach Robert Saleh’s 4-3 defense after years of playing 3-4 as their base. Davis was a three-year starter in Detroit, but lost his starting job in 2020. He only started four games last year and had 46 tackles and a ½ sack. Davis’ best season was in 2018 when he had 100 tackles and six sacks.  Filed under jarrad davis ,  new york jets ,  nfl free agency ,  nfl free agency 2021 ,  3/15/21
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse Bud Dupree’s free-agent market has the potential to be among the more fascinating in the NFL. Dupree, 28, when healthy is widely viewed among the premier pass-rushers in the NFL. But, a torn ACL suffered last December could depress Dupree’s market in free agency, and there is a feeling among league sources that he might need to follow Jadeveon Clowney’s path with a one-year prove it deal. “Bud Dupree is someone that is a real question mark for me,” a current head coach recently told FanSided, on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak publicly about players on other teams. “If he was healthy, he’s easily the top pass-rusher hitting the open market, and teams would pay a king’s ransom to sign him. But, with him coming off a torn ACL, what exactly are you committing to? Does he want to go back to Pittsburgh? Who knows, but he’s someone that I think will wind up having to wait a while to sign.” In his first...
    3 New York Giants players primed to make big jumps in 2021 By: Alexander Wilson February 23, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants’ defense surprised everybody in 2020, ranking ninth in points allowed per game with 22.3. In rushing yards allowed, they were a top 10 unit but struggled in defending the pass until the second half of the year, ending up average, allowing 237.9 yards. The injection of essential free agents completely overhauled the unit, along with Leonard Williams, who produced 11.5 sacks. Cornerback James Bradberry, formerly of the Carolina Panthers, had his best season to date, allowing 50+ yards just twice over the course of the entire season. He allowed three touchdowns, two of which came in week one against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, it was some of the rookies and youngsters that played a significant part, and some fresh faces are primed to take a significant jump in 2021. Three New York Giants players primed to take big jumps in 2021: 1.) Dexter Lawrence Lawrence is going into his...
    NFL teams are lining up for veteran defensive end J.J. Watt shortly after he announced that the Houston Texans granted his request to be released. League sources told ESPN on Friday that around 12 teams have expressed interest in the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, including the Pittsburgh Steelers where Watt’s two brothers, T.J. and Derek, already play.  TOM BRADY’S KNEE SURGERY ‘MORE THAN JUST A LITTLE CLEAN-UP’: REPORT T.J. Watt, a linebacker for the Steelers, tweeted immediately after his brother released a video statement, seemingly recruiting him to come play in Pittsburgh.  Other teams interested in signing Watt included the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills and Tennesse Titans.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM But the deciding factor for Watt, who is set to turn 32 next month, will be choosing a team he believes can make it to a Super Bowl, sources added. Watt hinted at this mindset back in November when the Texans fired head coach and general manager Bill O'Brien.  "I don't think it's any secret that I don't have 10 years left...
    Why the New York Giants should do everything in their power to retain Dalvin Tomlinson By: Alexander Wilson February 12, 2021 ShareTweetFlipRedditThis off-season presents a number of challenges for the New York Giants and teams across the NFL. With the projected salary cap expected to drop a minimum of $15 million, teams will be shedding players to get underneath the cap. The reality is, the Giants are $3 million over the cap right now, so we should expect them to cut several players, including wide receiver Golden Tate and left tackle Nate Solder. There’s only so much money they can open up before they are forced to renegotiate contracts to lower the amount of dead money they have to pay out in 2021. There are a few players they could look to extend this off-season, including guard Kevin Zeitler, linebacker Blake Martinez, and corner James Bradberry. By extending them, they can push their cap hits down the road, lowering their price tag for this upcoming season and allowing them a bit...
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead will play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV, but he’s dealing with a significant injury that could impact the way he plays. According to NFL Network, Whitehead is going to play with a fully torn labrum and a shoulder injury that includes additional damage. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Thursday but he practiced fully on Friday. There’s no doubt about it that Whitehead will be playing in pain on Sunday night. He suffered the injury during the NFC Championship against the Green Bay Packers. Whitehead forced a key fumble during the game but came away with the injury. BUCS' RYAN JENSEN WEARS SHIRT SPORTING TOM BRADY'S NFL COMBINE PHOTO Whitehead finished the 2020 NFL season fourth on the team in total tackles (74). He also had two sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, four passes defended, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Whitehead will help anchor the Buccaneers’ secondary with fellow safety Antoine Winfield Jr.,...
    Getty Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott looks over the field during their matchup with the Denver Broncos. The Buffalo Bills need to improve in several areas if they want to make another run to the AFC Championship next season and one of those areas is finding a way to get pressure on the opposing quarterback. The Bills only recorded 38 sacks this season, which allowed them to finish in the middle of the pack as the 15th most during the regular season. Then, in the postseason, the Bills only racked up five sacks, and three of those came from veteran defensive end Jerry Hughes, who tallied three sacks, two against the Baltimore Ravens and one against the Kansas City Chiefs. Improvements could come in several different ways. The Bills could come up with a new scheme, or a new approach to bring better pressure, but they are getting older at the defensive end position and might need an injection of youth this offseason. Hughes is trending towards playing his 12th year in the NFL as he approaches 33...
    Mega Millions Jackpot Reaches $1 Billion, Third-Largest Lotto Game Ever Pittsburgh official goes viral by rebuking Ted Cruz – and looking like Jeff Daniels Buccaneers activate DT Vita Vea to face Aaron Rodgers, Packers in NFC championship The Tampa Bay Buccaneers activated Vita Vea from injured reserve and will have one of the league’s best defensive tackles back for the NFC championship game, the team announced Friday. Vea will be available for Sunday’s game at the Green Bay Packers. He is coming off an ankle fracture suffered against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 8 that initially ruled him out for the season. He returned to practice earlier this week and it was expected he would be activated for the conference title game. He made “significant progress” in December, the Buccaneers team writer Scott Smith said, and was able to return as the Buccaneers kept extending their season. Vea one of best defensive players in NFLVea, 25, is the No. 2 ranked interior defender in the NFL behind Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald, per Pro Football Focus. ...
    HOUSTON (AP) — Riding high from their shocking victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night, the Cincinnati Bengals will attempt to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they visit the Houston Texans on Sunday. The Bengals (3-10-1) were 14-point underdogs and had lost five in a row before toppling playoff-bound Pittsburgh 27-17 in prime time to snap a streak of 11 straight losses to the Steelers. Now they’ll try to keep that momentum going as they look for their first road win against the struggling Texans (4-10), losers of three straight. “Monday night was just a huge moment for all of us and our spirits,” Cincinnati defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “It was what we needed, to say the least. To come away with a win against a division rival on prime time just shows the world and gives us the confidence that we can play anybody and do what we need to do to get wins.” Monday was Cincinnati’s first win since quarterback Joe Burrow, the first overall pick in this...
    Getty Bills safety Jordan Poyer tackles Los Angeles Chargers running back Joshua Kelley. It looks like Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs, return man Andre Roberts and safety Jordan Poyer could all be heading to the Pro Bowl this season. As of Thursday morning, all three Bills players led their respective positions for AFC players. Diggs has garnered 149,739 votes for wide receivers, Roberts leads the return specialist category in the AFC with 77,609 votes, and Poyer leads the AFC’s strong safety category with 102,525 votes. Roberts has made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, but Poyer and Diggs, who have been two of the top players at their positions the past few years, are in search of their first pro bowl appearance. Since voting started in November, Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes (206,525), Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (203,444), Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook (188,767), Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry (185,494), and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (185,218) are the top five player vote-getters in the NFL. The Buffalo Bills have also...
    (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Emmanuel Acho is making his most impactful tackle six years after playing his last game in the NFL. The former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and Texas Longhorns standout has enjoyed a spectacular rise off the field, beginning with his desire to take on racism. Acho celebrated his 30th birthday this week with the official release of his book: “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” His YouTube series with the same name has already amassed over 65 million views in five months. “I hope very simply that people realize they actually have the ability and it is up to them to change the world at a minimum, change their world,” Acho said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. “My goal for this book, you don’t need to change the mind of the person in a neighboring state to ease the mind of your neighbor. Change the mind of the person in the neighboring bedroom. Let’s do that and let’s see the ripple effect.” Emmanuel Acho on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Randy Holmes via Getty Images) Acho...
    Emmanuel Acho is making his most impactful tackle six years after playing his last game in the NFL. The former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker has enjoyed a spectacular rise off the field, beginning with his desire to take on racism. Acho celebrated his 30th birthday this week with the official release of his book: “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man.” His YouTube series with the same name has already amassed over 65 million views in five months. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “I hope very simply that people realize they actually have the ability and it is up to them to change the world at a minimum, change their world,” Acho said on the AP Pro Football Podcast. “My goal for this book, you don’t need to change the mind of the person in a neighboring state to ease the mind of your neighbor. Change the mind of the person in the neighboring bedroom. Let’s do that and let’s see the ripple effect.” Acho launched his video series in response to the death of George Floyd. His guests have...
    We interrupt the Serby Says NFL Midseason Awards to applaud all the infection-control teams and anyone and everyone who have made this pandemic NFL season necessary (thanks, Yogi). “Resilience and fortitude was on display, man,” ESPN “Monday Night Football” analyst Louis Riddick told Serby Says. Few fans, if any. The unrelenting virus everywhere they turn. Orwellian protocols. The added stress of keeping their families safe. “These players and coaches deserve a lot of respect for what they’re trying to do under circumstances that are not easy,” Riddick said. Amen. The envelope, please: Coach of the year 1. Brian Flores (Dolphins): Tua Time following Fitz Time was a bold decision from a fearless leader. Beware the Fish. “When you look at the three pillars of leadership that I put a lot of stock into as far as being credible — which is synonymous with being trustworthy and competent … being good at your job and positively impacting other people, whether it be on the field or on your coaching staff and the building … it sounds like Brian’s got all of...
    Joe Sargent/Getty Images T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers celebrates after a sack against the Houston Texans on September 27, 2020. In 2019 Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt finished third in the voting for NFL Defensive Player of the Year. This season he’s one of the early favorites to win that honor, this in the wake of being named Defensive Player of the Week (after Pittsburgh’s second game of the season) and Defensive Player of the Month for September. It’s the second time in his young career that he has won Defensive Player of the Month, the last time coming in November 2019. He has also won Defensive Player of the Week honors on three different occasions, the first two times coming in 2018. T.J. Watt: ‘Game Wrecker’It’s not a surprise that Watt is taking his game to the next level. During training camp he made it known that he wasn’t satisfied with being a runner-up in Defensive Player of the Year voting. “I want to be able to be a ‘game wrecker,’ a guy teams scheme...
    Al Bello/Getty Images James Conner of the Pittsburgh Steelers eludes Jordan Jenkins of the New York Jets during a game in 2019. CBS Sports Network’s Adam Schein loves that Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said he’s still motivated to win multiple Super Bowls before he retires. But he finds the offensive talent surrounding Big Ben decidedly lacking. James Conner & Co.“You can make the case—and I will say it again—that James Conner is the worst starting running back in the NFL,” said Schein in the following video segment. [email protected] couldn't be happier to see Ben Roethlisberger in shape and ready to roll for the 2020 season… BUT! He still has questions regarding the Steelers roster after failing to address the backup QB and RB positions.#SteelerNation | #NFL | #T2S pic.twitter.com/KnlVfFudZD — CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) August 4, 2020 Moreover, he doesn’t like any of the other Steelers running backs, saying, “This is as bad as a running back room as you have in the National Football League.” That’s an exceptionally harsh assessment of Conner—not to mention...
    Getty Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt. Reviews point out that the Cleveland Browns have signed Myles Garrett to a brand new five-year contract extension value $125 million, binding him to the staff by way of the 2026 season. It may be argued that the Browns: signed Garrett to an extension a yr too early, and likewise overpaid for his providers. However contemplating the group’s atrocious observe document with regards to first-round picks, maybe they have been determined to show they may preserve him within the fold long-term. However being that Myles Garrett and T.J. Watt play the identical place—and have been drafted in the identical spherical of the identical draft—it’s an applicable time to check how Watt’s profession with the Pittsburgh Steelers has in comparison with that of Garrett.Myles Garrett vs. T.J. WattMyles Garrett was chosen first total within the 2017 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. To this point he’s performed in 37 video games with a complete of 30.5 sacks, plus 65 quarterback hits and 32 tackles for loss. He’s...
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