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    Getty New England Patriots The New England Patriots have had some amazing offensive lineman, but one current player believes that he is the best to ever play the game. With the departures of Shaq Mason and Ted Karras, New England has few veterans on the offensive line. Along with David Andrews, Trent Brown is one of the more experienced players who will be protecting Mac Jones this season. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Brown will be a key part of the offensive line in 2022 and it’s clear that he believes that he can answer the challenge. “I still feel like I’m the best tackle to play this game, and I feel like I can be one of the best to ever play. I’m out to prove it,” Brown said, via Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. “So here we go. Day by day. Brick by brick.” “I approached each day of this offseason, wanting to come in and be the player I know I can be,” Brown added....
    The Miami Dolphins made a surprising change at the conclusion of the 2021 season, moving from Brian Flores to Mike McDaniel. Despite the new direction, it can’t be considered a rebuild after back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2003, both in which the Dolphins came up one win short of a postseason berth. McDaniel should immediately be compared to the standard that Flores set, so forget about a learning curve for the 38-year-old first-time head coach. Flores was fired, in large part, because of how he butted heads with owner Steve Ross and general manager Chris Grier. Ross pointed to a lack of communication and collaboration when he explained the decision. Flores countered by naming the Dolphins in a class-action lawsuit against the NFL, alleging racially biased hiring and retention practices against Black coaches for prominent roles. His most damning claim on Miami was that Ross offered financial incentive to tank and lose games in the 2019 season, which Ross has vehemently denied. Now, Ross and Grier hired a polar opposite in demeanor with McDaniel....
    Miami Herald hits DeSantis on vaccine claims: Profile in selfishness High school hockey player suffers paralyzing injury during tournament A year ago, Notre Dame returned all five starting offensive linemen. This year, the Irish replace four of them. © Provided by NBC Sports A year ago, Notre Dame struggled to run the ball effectively in the season opener against paltry Duke. This year, the Irish struggled to run the ball at all in the season opener against Florida State. The more things change, the more things stay the same, which is to say, offensive lines rarely get off to strong starts. “It’s one of those things, it’s the first game,” fifth-year left tackle Liam Eichenberg said last season. “I hate to say it, but it takes a couple drives to get up to game speed. … “One of the tough things is you practice something in practice or on scout team, and it shows up in the game as something completely different. It’s just one of those things, you have to adjust to personnel, to the players you’re playing...
    The New York Giants’ lack of OL depth could prove to be costly this season Anthony Rivardo July 29, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The New York Giants are only on their second day of practice in 2021’s training camp. Already, the Giants are dealing with some injury scares. Starting left guard Shane Lemieux was carted off of the practice field today. This injury scare once again sheds light on the Giants’ lack of depth on the offensive line and how it could cost them in a major way this season. The New York Giants offensive line is one of the worst in the NFL The Giants had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last season. In 2020, according to ESPN, the Giants’ pass-block win rate ranked dead-last in the NFL at 46%. Their run-block win rate ranked 18th at 70%, which is about average or slightly below. Despite this, the team made no major moves to upgrade their offensive line in the 2021...
    More from: Brian Costello Knicks, Islanders show Jets their turnaround blueprint can work Franchise-altering Jets decision has never looked better Plenty of blame to go around in Jets-Sam Darnold divorce Jets Joe Douglas cant afford to be wrong about Zach Wilson Jets sticking to free agency plan comes with Joe Douglas caveat Joe Douglas laid out his blueprint for the Jets on the day he was introduced as the team’s new general manager. “This is a game of wills, and we’re going to try to build a team that can impose their will on other teams,” Douglas said that day. “To do that, you have to be strong up front, not just the offensive line but the defensive line.” Two years later, Douglas is still searching for the right ingredients on that offensive line. His latest swing came Friday when the Jets agreed to a one-year deal with free-agent tackle Morgan Moses. That move drew praise from most people, as Moses is an upgrade over George Fant, last year’s starting right tackle. But Moses is 30 years old and...
    Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports Another team in the NFC North looks vulnerable amid some drama, and here are two reasons the Minnesota Vikings can win the Super Bowl this year. It’s 2021, which means it’s an odd-numbered year. It also means, the history of head coach Mike Zimmer’s tenure holds, the Minnesota Vikings will make the playoffs this season. Not matter how it looks, via a Wild Card spot or an NFC North title, money can be out on that with confidence. It also looks like a critical season for Zimmer, and general manager Rick Spielman. A non-playoff season might be enough to bring changes, and all bets would be off in regard to some key players on the roster (trading Kirk Cousins?). But for this year, the Vikings are all-in as currently constructed. Beyond being a hypothetical lock to make the playoffs, here are two reasons they can win the Super Bowl this season.2 reasons the Minnesota Vikings can win the Super Bowl this year2. The offensive line will automatically be betterThe offensive line has been...
    EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY – DECEMBER 22: Alex Lewis #71 of the New York Jets prepares for the play against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium on December 22, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) If Joe Douglas needs more cap relief, these three surprise cut candidates for the Jets. 3. Alex Lewis, OLOne of the areas where Douglas is most likely to spend most of his time retooling is the offensive line. For the Jets, and many other teams around the league, evaluating and finding pieces to fit on the offensive line has been a yearly occurrence. Before the 2019 season began, Alex Lewis was one of those players brought in to see what he could do for this unit. That season, he appeared in 15 games and started 12. He played primarily as a guard. This past season, he started and played in nine games. Now, the guard situation is one that will almost certainly be addressed this offseason in free agency. The final determination basically seems to be which guard on the...
    Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports The Indianapolis Colts will have a roster ready to rumble in 2021. If they add these players, they should be ready to go.  When Chris Ballard took over as the Indianapolis Colts’ general manager, things were not right with the franchise. Ryan Grigson nearly destroyed Andrew Luck and the team was without a clue in which direction to go. One year later, Indianapolis is in the divisional round of the postseason. Since Frank Reich’s tenure, the Colts have been in the middle of the pack. Philip Rivers was always a rental option for the future. Meanwhile, the offensive line has been their bread and butter, helping the team solidify their status as a ground and pound run offense. Unfortunately, they were halted by the Buffalo Bills in the Card Round. Things could be looking up for the future leaders of the AFC South, but it starts with a strong offseason. Will they look for another quarterback? Can they keep veteran talent? There’s multiple names that should be on the market to call Indianapolis home. These three...
    Credit: Getty Images After a rookie campaign that came off as disappointing, David Montgomery has transformed his body this offseason. When the Chicago Bears took David Montgomery in the third round of the 2019 draft, fantasy football managers saw a sleeper. On the surface he got plenty of carries (242), but with 20 or more carries just four times and little use in the passing game (25 catches on 35 targets) there’s an argument he was underused. Montgomery was among the league leaders in broken tackles last year, but behind a bad offensive line he was also near the bottom in yards after contact (1.9 yards per carry). A lack of explosive plays was noteworthy, with just five total gains (rushing and receiving) of 20-plus yards all season for him. Any talk about a player getting in better shape during an offseason has to be taken with a grain of salt until he can be seen. “Best shape of my life” narratives are particularly thick during baseball spring training. But a doctor that sees a lot of Bears’ players offered...
    HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 1: Joe Thuney #62, James Ferentz #66 and Shaq Mason #69 of the New England Patriots at the line of scrimmage during the second half of a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Texans defeated the Patriots 28-22. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) The reliable New England Patriots have won the AFC East the last 11 years. To use a boxing term, they looked like a shot fighter. After an 8-0 start a year ago, the New England Patriots wilted the second half of the year. They split their final eight regular-season contests and were then stifled at home by the Tennessee Titans in the wild card round. It marked the first time since 2010 that the club did not reach the AFC Championship Game. This offseason, quarterback Tom Brady and a slew of veterans are now elsewhere. More recently and significantly, the number of players opting out this year due to concerns over COVID-19 has reached eight (via Nicole Yang of Boston.com). Putting together a...
    Getty Trent Brown & Derek Carr of the Las Vegas Raiders. As soon as it became apparent that Tom Brady would consider leaving the New England Patriots, the Las Vegas Raiders popped up as a potential suitor for his talents. The offseason was full of rumors about the future Hall of Famer donning the silver and black. Up until he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, rumors connected Brady to the Raiders. However, after he signed, it came out that Las Vegas might not have had too much interest in his services. A number of players for the Raiders came out in support of the idea. Trent Brown was one of them and he recently revealed that he thought his team was going to try and make a move. “[The Buccaneers were] definitely a landing spot I didn’t think of beforehand,” Brown said on The Lefkoe Show. “I honestly thought we’d be going after him just because of all the stuff that was going on … after the fact, when you look at what they already had, it...
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