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    Getty Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy looks on during an NFL game. The Dallas Cowboys released rookie defensive tackle John Ridgeway as part of the team’s roster gymnastics prior to the Week 2 matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Cowboys made the move to open up a spot for quarterback Will Grier to move up to the active roster in hopes that the team would be able to re-sign the defender after he passed through waivers. Not only did Dallas strike out, but the team’s rival in Washington claimed Ridgeway. The Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken reported that the Commanders were just one of several teams to put in a claim for the rookie. “Cowboys hoped to re-sign NT John Ridgeway to practice squad this afternoon. But they lost him. Commanders were awarded Ridgeway on waivers,” Gehlken tweeted on September 19. “They weren’t the only team to submit a claim on the rookie fifth-round pick from Arkansas either, a person close to situation said.”Quinn on Ridgeway: ‘Has All the Traits of a Really Good Nose...
    Dominique Robinson was bummed after the 2019 MAC championship game. The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks won the game, upsetting Central Michigan, but playing time was becoming increasingly inconsistent for the junior wide receiver. He figured it was time to ask about switching positions. After all, pretty much every position coach in the program had asked him multiple times to come join their room. Robinson was going to wait until after the season, but the RedHawks landed in the LendingTree Bowl on Jan. 6, a full month later, so he texted coach Chuck Martin and wide receivers coach Israel Woolfork and asked for a meeting. I really want to try playing defensive end. Robinson sensed instant relief on the face of Martin when he made the request. He hadn’t told the coaches what he wanted to talk about and figured they might wonder if he was fixing to transfer. “I said, ‘I was thinking H-back but I love the idea of defensive end,’ ” Martin recalled. “We had told him all along, you can basically go wherever you want.” The group decided...
    Getty Lester Quinones looks to make a play in a Golden State Warriors Summer League game. The Golden State Warriors will be holding an open competition for their final roster spots, and one insider believes they could have a dark horse candidate — undrafted rookie Lester Quinones. The former University of Memphis star signed a two-way contract with the Warriors in July, giving him a ticket to training camp and what San Francisco Chronicle writer C.J. Holmes believes will be the chance to prove his reputation as one of the best pure shooters in this year’s draft class.Warriors Rookie Fighting for Roster SpotIn a training camp preview, Holmes called Quinones a potential “hidden gem” and noted that he had a strong showing at the Chase Center’s California Classic this summer. Quinones averaged 9.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in three games. Quinones was a deep threat at Memphis, shooting 39.4% from 3-point range over his last two seasons. Welcome to #DubNation The team has signed guard Lester Quiñones to a two-way contract. pic.twitter.com/EIDniZmzkw — Golden State Warriors (@warriors)...
    Getty Ravens TE Isaiah Likely in pregame warmups before a preseason game on August 27, 2022. The Baltimore Ravens‘ talent and depth at the wide receiver position behind second-year breakout candidate Rashod Bateman have been questioned and much maligned since the team traded Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown to the Arizona Cardinals. However, coming off a sensational preseason, rookie Isaiah Likely has proved without a doubt that the tight end position which has already been the strength and focal point of their passing game is even stronger with him in the fold. He wasn’t the team’s first pick or even the first tight end they selected in the fourth round of this year’s NFL Draft. Nevertheless, the former Coastal Carolina Chanticleer looks like one of, if not the biggest steal in this year’s class. Is 8 catches for 100 receiving yards good? Likely.@DaGorilla4 | @Ravens pic.twitter.com/9d5MnHjH77 — NFL (@NFL) August 22, 2022 Likely sat out the third and final week of the preseason not because he was dealing with soft tissue or any minor injury but rather due to the...
    Getty Chicago Bears head coach Matt Eberflus has just lost another young player to injury. The Chicago Bears fear rookie center Doug Kramer has suffered a season-ending Lisfranc injury, per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. The Bears selected Kramer out of the University of Illinois with the 207th pick in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL draft, and with starting center Lucas Patrick out indefinitely, the rookie had been serving as the team’s backup at the position. A Hinsdale, Illinois native, Kramer played more snaps in the Bears’ preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs than any other offensive player (he played 48, which was 73% of the team’s offensive snaps). Sam Mustipher will fill in as the starter for Patrick, but the team’s depth at center just took a significant hit. If he does wind up missing his rookie season, it would be a huge blow for Kramer, who grew up a fan of the team. #Bears are concerned rookie center Doug Kramer suffered a Lisfranc injury. If so, would almost certainly be season ending....
    Harry Engels/Getty Images Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. We’re less than a week into a Pittsburgh Steelers training camp in which the lion’s share of the attention has surrounded the offense — with the competition to replace Ben Roethlisberger and “eye-opening” practices on the part of rookie wide receivers George Pickens and Calvin Austin III overshadowing other potential storylines. Meanwhile, rookie defensive lineman Demarvin Leal has quietly had a strong start to training camp, and one former scout — Bucky Brooks of NFL.com — has named Leal as the rookie defensive lineman he’s “most excited to track over the next month.” The latest Steelers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Steelers newsletter here!Demarvin Leal Has the Potential to ‘Drive Guards and Tackles Crazy’“The ultra-talented Leal could enjoy a banner rookie season in a defense that will enable him to play fast and free at the line of scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder is a long, rangy interior defender with the strength and athleticism to drive guards and tackles crazy at the point of attack,”...
    Giants.com Wan'Dale Robinson and Dane Belton have yet to sign their rookie contracts with the New York Giants. Rookie tight end Daniel Bellinger, a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, officially signed his contract with the New York Giants on Monday. While Bellinger is now on the books, the Giants still have two draft picks who remain unsigned (per the team’s official website): second-round wide receiver Wan’Dale Robinson and fourth-round safety Dane Belton. ALL the latest Giants news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Giants newsletter here! The Giants have had over two months to negotiate with these rookies, but the delay in signings is part of a larger, league-wide trend. Last month, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network tweeted a chart and explained why second- and fourth-round picks have been slow to ink rookie deals this year. Fourth-round picks have been the slowest to agree to deals, in large part because the #Texans have RB Dameone Pierce (second pick in the round) an extra $25k over the minimum, so now every agent behind him...
    The Miami Dolphins signed rookie wide receiver Erik Ezukanma on Friday to get the team’s entire four-member draft class under contract. Linebacker and third-round pick Channing Tindall was signed on May 25, and on May 13, the Dolphins inked outside linebacker Cameron Goode and quarterback Skylar Thompson, their two seventh-round picks. Last offseason, Miami went right up against the start of training camp before signing its final drafted 2021 rookie, second-round pick Liam Eichenberg on July 27, 2021. Fourth-round picks were the slowest to agree to rookie deals this cycle, largely because the Houston Texans gave running back Dameon Pierce, the second selection of the round, an extra $25,000 over his minimum. Agents for several of the picks that followed were asking for a similar deal. Ezukanma was taken 18 picks later, No. 125 overall, as the Dolphins’ top Day 3 selection. It was a mild surprise given that Miami had already added multiple receivers in the offseason, including six-time Pro Bowler Tyreek Hill and free-agent slot Cedrick Wilson, and the team went without selecting an offensive lineman in the...
    Here’s the latest installment of our Miami Dolphins Q&A, where South Florida Sun Sentinel writers David Furones and Omar Kelly answer questions from readers. Q: If you had to guess, which rookie would you say will make the biggest contributions to the team this year? — @ayopyr on Twitter A: Channing Tindall seems like the easy, obvious choice — and there aren’t many rookies to choose from. He was the Dolphins’ top-drafted rookie, albeit at pick No. 102 in the compensatory portion of the third round, and he filled a position of need at inside linebacker. The Dolphins still have Jerome Baker, Elandon Roberts and Duke Riley there — Roberts and Riley who were free agents this offseason and re-signed — but it was a position many figured Miami would look to upgrade, yet the team went with continuity instead of an outside free agent. This could open up an opportunity for Tindall if he picks up the defense quickly, especially with how the Dolphins enjoy the flexibility of Baker, being able to shift him to outside linebacker for certain...
    Getty NFL Films producer Greg Cosell sees some similarities between Tyreek Hill and Wan'Dale Robinson. The New York Giants drafted an intriguing playmaker in Wan’Dale Robinson earlier this month. The wide receiver out of Kentucky is only 5-foot-8 and 178 pounds, but in college he displayed blazing fast speed and game-breaking ability with the ball in his hands. With the Giants, NFL Films analyst and senior producer Greg Cosell predicts Robinson will have a “Tyreek Hill” package. While Cosell tried to avoid drawing a direct comparison to the All-Pro wide receiver, he described the similarities between Hill and Robinson during a recent appearance on the Ross Tucker Podcast. Did the Giants draft Wan’Dale Robinson to give him the “Tyreek Hill” package?@GregCosell makes the Kafka connection on latest @RossTuckerPod ???? https://t.co/4VOnUVyzym pic.twitter.com/K49RINazOd — Ross Tucker Podcast (@RossTuckerPod) May 12, 2022 “Mike Kafka is now [the Giants] offensive coordinator,” Cosell said. “He came from the Chiefs. I think Robinson fits that mold of a player you can move around your offensive formation. He’s a motion player, he’s a jet sweep...
    Getty NFL senior writer Nick Baumgardner writes head coach Frank Reich and the Indianapolis Colts have one of the top undrafted rookie running backs to watch. Many analysts like the 2022 draft class for the Indianapolis Colts. The experts also like the undrafted rookie free agents Colts general manager Chris Ballard has signed since the draft ended. But NFL senior writer Nick Baumgardner of The Athletic clearly likes Washington State running back Max Borghi the most of all the undrafted rookies the Colts have signed. Baumgardner labeled Borghi as the undrafted rookie to watch for Indianapolis. “A 5-9, 210-pound bowling ball who rushed for 2,158 yards and had 156 catches as a four-year contributor (including 86 as a sophomore),” Baumgardner wrote about Borghi. “Hello.” ALL the latest Colts news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Colts newsletter here! Join Heavy on Colts! How Max Borghi Fits with the Colts2021 All-Pro running back Jonathan Taylor should be Indianapolis’ starter in the backfield for the next several years. The Colts also have running back Nyheim Hines, who is expecting...
    The Cleveland Guardians have started their season strong, and their rookie player Steven Kwan has made himself known.  Cleveland Guardians rookie Steven Kwan made history already in his short MLB career. Throughout just four games this season, he has been on base 15 times. He is the first player to accomplish this since 1901. Kwan is quickly making himself known in MLB, and he is giving himself a great reputation. The Guardians may have an underdog in their hands who could quickly become one of the best players in MLB. Kwan has proven to be an incredible hitter with so much precision. He has not missed a hit, which is extremely difficult to achieve as a batter. Kwan could easily become the Guardians’ best hitter this season, and he could become a generally sought-after player pretty quickly. Cant. Stop. Kwan.@CleGuardians rookie Steven Kwan has now reached base 15 TIMES in his first 4 @MLB games — the most since at least 1901. He also has still not swung and missed. pic.twitter.com/pAkXFEIbSr — MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) April 11, 2022 Kwan...
    A troubling update from All-Star Weekend indicates that rising Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu may have injured his thumb during the Rising Stars game.  Ayo Dosunmu has been described as “a revelation for the Bulls since Jan. 1”, and the rookie has yet to disappoint. Even though Dosunmu was the lowest-drafted 2021 rookie in the Rising Stars event, he has impressed everyone watching—including teammates Zach LaVine and DeMar DeRozan. ???? THAT MAN IS A RISING STAR (???? @chicagobulls) pic.twitter.com/OloSRoquUg — Bleacher Nation Bulls (@BN_Bulls) February 19, 2022 But there is one troubling development that could spell trouble for the underrated Bulls rookie: his thumb was injured during the Rising Stars game, which Dosunmu and his team ultimately lost. Ayo Dosunmu was favoring his right thumb after Rising Stars game. Said he was going for a chasedown block, banged it on the rim and it bent back — Rob Schaefer (@rob_schaef) February 19, 2022 Bulls rookie Ayo Dosunmu may have endured thumb injury during Rising Stars gameIf Dosunmu is injured, it’s a saddening development for a rookie that has stunned...
    New York City's new mayor on Monday vowed to end the scourge of gun violence plaguing his city - reviving a disbanded police unit, injecting cash into community projects, and vowing to dismantle weapons trafficking networks. On Friday a 22-year-old police officer, Jason Rivera, was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in Harlem - the first officer killed by gunfire in the city since July 2017. Eric Adams, a former captain in the NYPD, who took over as mayor on January 1, said that Rivera's murder should act as a catalyst.  'We are going to do a lot more than pray. We are going to turn our pain into purpose,' he said in a City Hall press conference.  'We will not surrender our city to the violent few.' There have been 73 shootings so far this year in the city - an increase of 23.7 percent on last year. A total of 82 people have been shot, up from 67 in the first three weeks of 2021.  Eric Adams, the mayor of New York, on Monday...
    BOSTON (CBS) — An incredibly confident Evan McPherson trotted onto the field in Nashville on Saturday evening and delivered the first road playoff win in the history of the Cincinnati Bengals. It was a moment authored by McPherson, obviously, but it came with an assist from the New England Patriots. Peter King detailed that tidbit in his Monday morning column, explaining that the Bengals wanted to draft McPherson out of Florida but didn’t have enough selections in the draft to make all the picks they wanted to make. Yet when the Bengals were on the clock in the second round at No. 38 overall, they got on the phone with the Patriots, who had their eye on Christian Barmore. The Alabama defensive tackle was the top-ranked player at his position, and he had gone unpicked for the entire first round. Bill Belichick’s knack for identifying talent for interior D-lineman inspired Belichick to make a trade. The teams swapped positions in the second round, and the Patriots gave two fourth-round picks to Cincinnati. The Bengals used their second-round pick on an...
    Joe Douglas moved aggressively last spring to acquire Alijah Vera-Tucker, and the early results indicate that the deal is paying off. The Jets traded the No. 23, 66 and 86 overall picks to the Vikings to secure the No. 14 overall pick to select Vera-Tucker in the 2021 draft. After his rookie season, it looks like it could be a slam dunk move. “I feel like it went well. Obviously, there were some ups and downs from a personal standpoint,” Vera-Tucker said after he met with reporters after the season finale against the Bills. “I feel like this rookie year took some time to evaluate this NFL life, it was a great opportunity for me.” Vera-Tucker wasn’t always perfect, but the Jets couldn’t expect greatness in year one. But there were plenty of plays where Vera-Tucker looked like a seasoned pro. The former USC standout showed signs of becoming a force in the run blocking game. And while it wasn’t always consistent, Vera-Tucker’s showed impressive athleticism. He can pull across the line of scrimmage, or...
    Getty Mac Jones There is no race for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. With his 13 sacks, league-leading 20 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles, Dallas Cowboys man-child Micah Parsons might not only be the best defensive rookie in the NFL, he might be the best on his side of the ball period. The run for NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year is far more contentious. It’s a two-horse race between the New England Patriots‘ Mac Jones and the Cincinnati Bengals’ Ja’Marr Chase. There are some very strong opinions for both men. ALL the latest Patriots news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Patriots newsletter here! Join Heavy on Patriots! ESPN Analyst is Team Mac Jones for Rookie of the YearAt one point in the year–especially during the Patriots’ seven-game win streak–it appeared Jones was running away with the award. However, a massive close to the season has many changing their tunes in favor of Chase. The Bengals dynamic young receiver has 79 receptions, 1,429 yards and 13 TDs on the season. He...
    The rookie New York Police officer, who was seen in viral video giving her lieutenant a raunchy lap dance at the 44th’s precinct’s Christmas party, says she feels “it would have stayed in house” if a man had given the dance. “I feel like just because mainly, I’m a female dressed the way I was, being a rookie, things were different,” Vera Mekuli, 26, told TMZ of her seductive tango with married Lt. Nick McGarry. “Had it been a man doing it, I feel like it would have been more of a joking matter, and it would have stayed in house versus go public the way it did with me.” The December 16 incident took place at Rory Dolan’s Restaurant and Bar in Yonkers where Mekuli gyrated on McGarry’s lap, Breitbart News previously reported. McGarry was reassigned to a Transit District 12 after the video came to light.  Warning: Explicit Content. Watch Below:  The rookie officer apologized to McGarry’s wife in an interview with TMZ.  “I do want to apologize to the Lieutenants wife, you know, I am sorry. Truly I...
    BUFFALO (8-6) at NEW ENGLAND (9-5) Saturday, 1 p.m. EST, CBS BETTING LINE: Patriots by 2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. AGAINST THE SPREAD: Bills 8-6; New England 9-5. SERIES RECORD: Patriots lead 77-45-1. LAST MEETING: Patriots beat Bills 14-10 on Dec. 6, 2021 in Orchard Park, New York. LAST WEEK: Bills beat Panthers 31-14 on Dec. 19; Patriots lost 27-147 to Colts on Dec. 18. BILLS OFFENSE: OVERALL (7), RUSH (12), PASS (7), SCORING (4) BILLS DEFENSE: OVERALL (1), RUSH (16), PASS (1), SCORING (2) PATRIOTS OFFENSE: OVERALL (16), RUSH (14), PASS (17), SCORING (10). PATRIOTS DEFENSE: OVERALL (3), RUSH (24), PASS (3), SCORING (1). TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: Bills plus-8; Colts plus-9. BILLS PLAYER TO WATCH: WR Gabriel Davis. Even if Emmanuel Sanders returns after missing one game with a knee injury, Davis has earned additional playing time, especially with slot receiver Cole Beasley on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Minus Sanders, Davis took advantage of an uptick in playing time in leading the Bills with five catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers. PATRIOTS PLAYER TO WATCH: QB Mac...
    Getty New York Jets cornerback Javelin Guidry knocks a pass away from Houston Texans wide receiver Danny Ammendola. We recently discussed how the New York Jets’ next few weeks could determine the future of the cornerback position. Bryce Hall and nickel Michael Carter II appear to be locked in as starters for the foreseeable future but the third and fourth (dime package) starting jobs are still up for grabs. Brandin Echols became the secondary corner on the outside after Bless Austin was released but the rookie put together a mixed performance before his Week 10 injury. Over a nine-game span, Pro Football Focus credited the Kentucky product with a poor 42.2 grade overall and a 46.7 in coverage. Based on the eye test, Echols was better than that most weeks but he still may not be the answer. Now in his absence, we get a chance to see whether any of these other youngsters are. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Early Returns...
    Getty New York Jets kicker Matt Ammendola lining up for a pivotal field goal during an NFL contest. Mistakes happen, no one is perfect, but when things continue to go wrong something has to be done. That is very much the case with the New York Jets in the midst of their 2021 season. They’re 2-8 after another tough loss on Sunday versus the Miami Dolphins and insanity is doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. Well if it was up to one insider there would be changes sooner rather than later. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Life Comes at You Pretty Fast Play VideoVideo related to insider predicts jets rookie ‘doesn’t have much longer’ on roster2021-11-22T06:00:38-05:00 There are a lot of reasons the Jets lost versus the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, one of the biggest factors was the points Gang Green left on the field. In an epic postgame rant, Jets head coach Robert Saleh...
    The Giants might have something special in rookie outside linebacker Alexander Wilson October 25, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The New York Giants emerged victorious over the Carolina Panthers in a surprising turn of events in Week 7. After being demolished by the Los Angeles Rams in Week 6 at home, the Giants bounced back in a strong way, holding the Panthers to just three points. Despite starting off slow, the Giants pulled away in the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of their 25 points, courtesy of two field goals by Graham Gano and a touchdown run by Devontae Booker to put the game out of arms reach for Carolina. However, the performance of the defense stood out as a catalyst in the victory, holding quarterback Sam Darnold to just 111 passing yards and 56 total rushing yards on the afternoon. Finally, Patrick Graham and his defense stood their ground, despite Carolina struggling the past few weeks. The Panthers have lost four consecutive games, but...
    An Alabama teen was fatally shot while in his room playing on his iPad The story of sugar: Black suffering, white windfall Call him "Easy Mac," because the Patriots QB has made it look that way this season. The Patriots opened eyes when they released Cam Newton and handed the keys of the franchise over to 2021 first-round pick Mac Jones just before the start of the NFL season. While there are many reasons for the hand off, among them was Jones' reported mastery of the playbook and the offense. While it's true that Jones has looked in control of the offense the Patriots offense early on, there are still some warts that he has to work out. But hey, he is a rookie after all.  Here's why it's worked out for Mac Jones so far this season: MORE: Ranking the NFL's best rookies so far from 2021 draft Why has Mac Jones been good? Back in the glory days of the Patriots dynasty, the offense was predicated on working the middle of the field, specifically targeting tight ends...
    Woody Harrelson Gets in Physical Altercation After a Man Tries to Take a Photo of Him and His Daughter Texas abortion provider resumes procedures after sixth week of pregnancy following judges ruling The Warriors are trying to bridge eras. © Provided by NBC Sports On one side, Golden State has ready-to-win veterans – primarily Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson (once he gets healthy). On the other side, Golden State has raw young players – primarily James Wiseman (last year’s No. 2 pick), Jonathan Kuminga (this year’s No. 7 pick) and Moses Moody (this year’s No. 14 pick). Green, via Alex Didion of NBC Sports Bay Area: “I mean I think that’s the plan, so regardless of what I may think about it or what anyone may think about it, that’s kind of the route we’re taking and in the position I’m in, you just have to do all you can to make it a success,” Green told reporters Thursday. “Historically we have not seen that work where you’ve kind of got a mix of old, I wouldn’t...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — Here in New England, folks are obviously going to be giving their full attention to the young man known as Michael McCorkle Jones, analyzing and scrutinizing every single thing he does on the football field for the Patriots. That’s what everybody does with quarterbacks, especially when that quarterback is a first-round pick with a high-profile collegiate career in his recent past. And on Sunday, Mac Jones had what will go down as the first bad start of his career. While Jones once again faced significant pressure throughout the afternoon, the bottom line is that Jones had a rough day of work against the Saints. Aided by 50 passing yards in a late, garbage-time drive, Jones finished the game 30-for-51 for 270 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions. The first interception came when he got hit while throwing, the second came off a bobble by tight end Jonnu Smith, and the third came on a fourth-and-10 desperation heave on the aforementioned garbage time drive. After avoiding throwing an interception for his first two games, Jones...
    Knicks’ Miles McBride could have a bigger impact than expected in rookie season Alexander Wilson September 21, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit If there’s any specific factor that New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau prefers in his players, it is defensive proficiency. In the most recent draft class, the Knicks targeted players like Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride, both known for their defensive attributes but high ceiling regarding their scoring abilities. Grimes was once ignorant of the benefits of playing high-level defense, but during his time with Houston, he learned the ways which caught the eye of Thibodeau. McBride, who played with West Virginia, has always been an aggressive player guarding the perimeter, utilizing his extraordinarily long wingspan and massive hands to help cut passing lanes and poke the ball free from handlers. Despite McBride being a second-round selection, the Knicks are confident he will develop into a potential starter down the road. During Summer League play, McBride looked fantastic over 27.7 minutes per...
    By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — You’re sure to hear it quite a bit between now and Sunday afternoon: Bill Belichick is 21-6 with the Patriots when facing rookie quarterbacks. It’s relevant, of course, with the Patriots set to face No. 2 overall pick Zach Wilson and the New York Jets this weekend. The general idea behind the constant repetition of this statistic is the suggestion that Belichick — the best football mind of his generation, and maybe ever — toys with inexperienced opposing passers so badly that only the best of the best can pass the test of beating Belichick early in their careers. Yet a closer look at the six QBs who achieved this rare feat shows … that’s not really the case. At all. Let’s take a quick trip down memory lane, looking at those six rookies who have defeated Belichick’s Patriots. We’ll ease into this exercise by starting with the least surprising names and slowly work from there. BEN ROETHLISBERGER — 2004 Ben Roethlisberger celebrates the Steelers’ 34-20 victory over the Patriots in 2004. (Photo by...
    Tom Brady will have a new receiver to throw to during the 2021 season, and getting him assimilated into the offense as quickly and cleanly as possible is one of the many tasks for him and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Tampa Bay selected wide receiver Jaelon Darden out of North Texas in the fourth round. Brady told NFL writer Peter King in his "Football Morning in America" column on Monday he knows how difficult it is for a rookie receiver to come into the league. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM "It’s really hard for a rookie receiver in the NFL. Everything is new. You have a play, then I change the play, then I look at you and I change the route, then I see a defense that we didn’t necessarily talk about. Every play I’m like, hey this is what I’m thinking. And you gotta have someone who can take the critique," he told King. "No one can fix it except the quarterback and receiver. Doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. I’m throwing the ball. You’re...
    COSTA MESA — Nick Bosa has the least body fat among his 49ers’ teammates, and he’s not afraid to show it. To get ready for next week’s entry into full-team drills, this is the tale of how he’s looked in workouts on the side, typically with a trainer after defensive line drills at training camp: — His abdominal muscles line up like soldiers. They’re an eight-pack glistening in sweat among his bare midriff, below his No. 97 jersey that’s tucked into his shoulder pads. — His gold, uniform pants are cut-offs, sheered midway up his super-sized quadriceps. — His hands, covered by red gloves. His feet, adorned with metallic-gold Jordan cleats. His hair, perfectly barbered. His look is not to resemble a professional model. But, if you’re looking for a lean, mean, pass-rushing machine, he’s made himself into a state-of-the-art prototype for 2021. This is Bosa’s comeback season, starting Sept. 12 when the 49ers open at Detroit. “On the side, it looks really good,” defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans said after Friday’s practice against...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears offensive tackle Teven Jenkins will have back surgery on Wednesday, but head coach Matt Nagy said he’s hopeful the rookie will be back with the team this season. Jenkens was projected to be the Bears’ starting left tackle after the team traded up to draft him in the second round of the NFL Draft, and promptly cut veteran left tackle Charles Leno Jr. to save salary cap space. READ MORE: Man Charged With Striking Two Officers With His Vehicle During Englewood Traffic Stop However, Jenkens has not been able to practice with the Bears throughout training camp, as the team rehabbed his back injury. Nagy said the team was aware of previous back issues while Jenkins was playing for Oklahoma State, but the symptoms he’s been experiencing are new. “We tried to hope to avoid the surgery with him, and we tried several treatments, but the goal is to get him back this season,” Nagy said. “For him, it’s important that now we put a plan in place, we attack it.” To summarize the Teven Jenkins news....
    More On: new york jets Jets receiver shows positive signs after dreadful start to camp Here are the best Giants-Jets Snoopy Bowl moments What Jets phenom want to be remembered for after career ‘Relentless’ Carl Lawson is unstoppable at Jets training camp Hamsah Nasirildeen’s first NFL game will include a strangely familiar – and not entirely pleasant – coincidence. He will be on one side of an in-state rivalry, likely as a starting outside linebacker for the Jets on Saturday. Fellow rookie Kadarius Toney will be on the opposite side for the Giants when the two teams open their preseason schedules. Just like on Nov. 30, 2019, when Nasirildeen, playing for Florida State, tore the ACL in his left knee over-pursuing a tackle on Toney as the Florida receiver cut back across the field. Enough similarity to create nerves about a repeat scenario? “Nah, I don’t think like that,” Nasirildeen said. “I honestly just think he’s a good player and I like the way he plays the game, but I don’t concern myself with stuff like that. I’ve got...
    BOSTON (CBS) — The signing of the 2021 rookie class for the New England Patriots is finally complete. That task was achieved on Wednesday, when second-round pick Christian Barmore put pen to paper on his rookie deal. The defensive tackle had been the final unsigned rookie remaining, after third-round pick Ronnie Perkins signed his deal on Tuesday, when rookies reported to Foxboro for training camp. Congrats @chris_barmore on signing your rookie contract today! @Patriots #KlutchSports pic.twitter.com/HMf1w8Ehof — Nicole Lynn (@AgentNicoleLynn) July 21, 2021 The Patriots’ top three picks were the last to remain unsigned. Mac Jones — selected 15th overall in the first round — signed his deal on July 6, leaving only Perkins and Barmore unsigned until this week. The Patriots traded up in the draft to take Barmore. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Barmore is the first defensive tackle off the board. He was the Defensive MVP of the National Championship Game, when he made five tackles and a sack for the Crimson Tide. He recorded 37 total tackles last year — his redshirt sophomore season — in 11...
    New York Giants: Can Andrew Thomas have a career similar to All-Pro OT Lane Johnson? Anthony Rivardo July 20, 2021 Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on reddit Reddit The New York Giants spent the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft on left tackle Andrew Thomas. Last offseason, the Giants made it a point of emphasis to upgrade their offensive line. They drafted Thomas in the first round, offensive tackle Matt Peart in the third round, and offensive guard Shane Lemieux in the fifth round. Despite this, the Giants still 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. New York’s hefty investments in their offensive line did not pay off in year one. High expectations were set for Andrew Thomas after the Giants made him a top-five draft pick last year. Unfortunately, Thomas...
    At 5-feet-3-inches, 57-year-old Kathy Jacobs is proudly the "oldest and shortest" Sports Illustrated Swimsuit rookie in the brand’s history. Jacobs, who was a petite model in the ‘80s, came to an open casting call for SI Swimsuit at age 56. She went on to make her debut as part of the 2020 model search. The star will be part of this year’s sizzling issue, which will hit newsstands on July 19. On Saturday, Jacobs will join several SI Swimsuit stars for PARAISO Miami Beach Swim Week 2021 where they will make a splash on the runway at Mondrian Hotel South Beach’s Baia Beach Club. Jacobs spoke to Fox News about appearing in this year’s issue, how she physically prepared for her close-up, as well as some of the most memorable messages she has received from men and women. SI SWIMSUIT’S HUNTER MCGRADY REFLECTS ON HER SUCCESS AS A CURVY MODEL: I WANT WOMEN TO ‘FEEL SEEN AND HEARD’ Model Kathy Jacobs poses for a portrait at her home in Calabasas, Calif. on Friday, July 17, 2020. The star...
    Reality TV star plastic surgery before-and-after photos: Fillers, nose jobs, implants, tummy tucks and more Stocks tumble as Delta variant fears grip Wall Street © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad The Chargers appear to have struck gold in drafting Justin Herbert last year at No. 6 overall, with the quarterback setting several rookie passing records en route to winning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. But as good as Herbert was, his former head coach Anthony Lynn was still fired following the conclusion of the season. Lynn is now the Lions’ offensive coordinator. But during an appearance on the Compas on the Beat podcast, Lynn explained to Gilbert Manzano and Fernando Ramirez how he didn’t want to set up Herbert to fail by playing him too early as a rookie. “I loved Justin coming out. He was our guy and [G.M.] Tom Telesco loved him, but we did a lot of work on Justin,” Lynn said. “I did not want to expose him too soon. I’ve seen what that has...
    Ursula Burns hired to lead embattled consulting firm Teneo 20 tips for a more organized home renovation Young talent is incredibly important when it comes to finding success in the NFL. Some claim that the salary cap is a myth, but it does indeed still exist -- even though teams have gotten creative when it comes to signing free agents and restructuring current contracts. Having a star quarterback or wide receiver on a rookie contract magnifies your Super Bowl window even more, because one day you're going to have to break the bank to retain them. © Provided by CBS Sports This week at CBSSports.com, we will be examining some of the best young players in the NFL by creating our All Under 25 Offensive and Defensive teams. We have already discussed the top 25 NFL players under 25-years-old, but here, we will get to dive into individual players a bit more. For the All Under 25 Offensive First and Second Teams, we will take into consideration how these players performed during their first few seasons in the league, Sports...
    Getty Jeff Okudah before a Lions game against Washington. The Detroit Lions don’t often develop star players in the defensive backfield, but it’s possible that they can have such a player on their roster right now. While Jeff Okudah didn’t make many positive headlines for his rookie play in 2020, that could all be set to change this coming season when things get going on the field. Okudah struggled in his adjustment to the league, but while that’s true, it’s also true that he has plenty of talent and potential. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Already, many have thrown the bust label on Okudah, but that could be premature at least in the mind of one analyst. Bleacher Report writer Brent Sobleski ▪️ Daniel Jones, QB (Giants)▪️ Baker Mayfield, QB (Browns)▪️ Corey Davis, WR (Jets)▪️ Noah Fant, TE (Broncos)▪️ Marcus Davenport, DE (Saints)▪️ Rashan Gary, LB (Packers)▪️ Jeff Okudah, CB (Lions) pic.twitter.com/g2dFA5owNB — B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) July 3, 2021 Obviously, Okudah...
    Getty Kyle Pitts #84 of the Florida Gators. When the Atlanta Falcons drafted tight end, Kyle Pitts, in the first round this past April, it raised a lot of eyebrows. The move was brushed off thinking the Falcons would take a signal-caller in a later round, but they never ended up doing that. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith was a guest on “The Chris Collinsworth Podcast featuring Richard Sherman” and explained why the Falcons decided to pass on taking Matt Ryan’s successor. “Everything was on the table,” Smith said. “So, we did our due diligence with all of the quarterbacks and everybody who we thought would be available at No. 4, and it is a big decision. It was a very unusual year and there were a lot of quarterbacks, and who knows how the future plays out for all those guys, but just because you’re picking in the top five doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the right quarterback. … We feel really good about Kyle Pitts and what that does for the future.” The Falcons went into the...
    Getty Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers. The San Francisco 49ers are set at the quarterback position between veteran Jimmy Garoppolo as their projected starter and rookie Trey Lance right behind him. But how do they plan to make the transition from the college level to the NFL run smoothly for Lance? On Sunday’s morning episode of SportsCenter, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler answered that question: “I’m told San Fran spent much of the OTAs and minicamp working on Trey Lance’s mechanics, making sure things were compact,” Fowler said via Riley Gates of 247Sports. And the reason is they wanted to get that down so that in training camp they can unleash the full arsenal. They can show him off as a runner.” While Lance played just one game during the 2020 COVID-19 season, he made a name for himself in 2019 which kept him in the QB rankings. That year, he threw for 2,786 yards, 28 touchdowns and no interceptions, while also rushing for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. His athleticism and ability to...
    Getty BYU quarterback Zach Wilson looking ready for battle. If we’re being honest with ourselves, sometimes New York Jets fans can go a little over the top around this time of year. Everyone is undefeated at 0-0 and hope is normally at an all-time high. This offseason in particular has a lot of fans on the edge of their seats with overflowing amounts of optimism. They have a brand new head coach in Robert Saleh who is highly thought of. The Jets invested over $75 million in guaranteed dollars during free agency to improve several facets of the roster. Although the acquisition that moved the needle more than anything else was the selection of Zach Wilson with the second overall pick out of BYU in the 2021 NFL draft. Expectations are super high heading into this year, especially after seeing Wilson’s projected numbers for the upcoming season by ESPN.I’m Sorry Come Again? Play VideoVideo related to zach wilson projects to have historic rookie season for jets2021-06-13T08:00:18-04:00 ESPN recently shared their projections for every NFL player...
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    Mick Schumacher questioned whether his team-mate Nikita Mazepin was trying to 'kill us' in the closing metres of Sunday's Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Schumacher, the son of seven-time world champion Michael, moved into Mazepin's slipstream as they approached speeds of 200mph on the start-finish straight in Baku. But in defending 13th place, Russian Mazepin suddenly jinked to the right in a move to prevent his Haas team-mate from getting by and squeezing him against the concrete wall. Mick Schumacher was livid with Haas team-mate Nikita Mazepin at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Mazepin suddenly jinked to the right to prevent Schumacher (pictured) from getting by RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Humbled Lewis Hamilton apologises to his Mercedes team after... Formula One season in TURMOIL as Singapore GP is cancelled... Lance Stroll smashes into concrete wall at 200MPH following... Max Verstappen 'frustrated' after tyre blowout costs him... Share this article Share Schumacher, in only his sixth Formula One race, responded in time to avoid a devastating accident. As he passed...
    Getty Alijah Vera-Tucker (75) celebrates a touchdown with Drake London (15) on November 2, 2019. According to Brian Baldinger of the NFL Network, one New York Jets rookie has a chance to provide the highest non-QB impact in year one. Just a season ago in 2020, we saw Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson take the league by storm. Although he lost out on the Offensive Rookie of the Year award to quarterback Justin Herbert, some believe Jefferson was snubbed after putting up 1,400 yards receiving. This year, five quarterbacks were selected in the first round of the NFL draft, but the focus shouldn’t lie solely on the signal-callers. In a panel selection, Baldinger featured Jets rookie left guard Alijah Vera-Tucker as his number one non-QB rookie to watch this season. General manager Joe Douglas saw the value in “AVT,” trading two third-round picks (with a fourth back in return) to snag the bruiser of an offensive lineman. Jets trade up with Vikings to No. 14 ???? USC's Alijah Vera-Tucker is headed to the Meadowlands. #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/ijRf4Iun7x —...
    Getty Ernest Jones #53 of the South Carolina Gamecocks breaks up a pass to Carl Tucker #86 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during a 2019 game. Ernest Jones has called the defensive shots at his last two football stops, becoming a Southeastern Conference recruit and NFL draft pick in the process. He is now one of the younger defenders on his newest team, but the Los Angeles Rams have the vision of allowing him to eventually take over the play-calling reins. The rookie linebacker Jones is anticipated to call the schemes on a defense featuring Pro Bowlers Aaron Donald, Leonard Floyd, Jalen Ramsey and the league’s best defensive unit from a year ago, all before his first official Sunday tackle is made. Jones himself acknowledged during a video conference with reporters on Wednesday that his new team will want to see his vocal leadership. “That’s what I was kind of brought in here for: To be vocal and continue to do what I’ve done in college,” Jones told reporters. “Just being that middle linebacker, you’re the one...
    CBS Drops ‘Bull’ Showrunner Following Workplace Investigation Apple Judge Presses Cook Hard in Final Minutes of Epic Trial The NFL voted this offseason to relax its restrictions on what number positional players can wear and folks are wasting no time calling dibs on a new look heading into 2021. So far, there are has been a wide array of veterans (and rookies) electing to take advantage of this new rule. Before we get into the full list of which players are making the change, let's take a quick look at what numbers are now available to specific positions.  © Provided by CBS Sports Quarterback: 1-19  Running back: 1-49, 80-89  Wide receiver/tight end: 1-49, 80-89  Offensive line: 50-79  Defensive line: 50-79, 90-99  Linebacker: 1-59, 90-99 Defensive backs: 1-49 Kicker/punter: 1-19 Alright, let's get into who is set to sport a new number!   (Note: This list only reflects players taking advantage of the new rule change and not a number swap that would have previously been permitted)  Player (Team)Old numberNew number CB Patrick Peterson (Vikings) 21 7 ...
    More On: new york jets A Zach Wilson Super Bowl win would be first of its kind Jets claim running back from 49ers Zach Wilson’s mom isn’t loving her newfound fame The complete NFL 2021 schedule The Jets begin on-field instruction this week as they enter Phase Two of their offseason program. And with the on-field coaching begins the real evaluation for the new coaching staff, and there are plenty of young players with something to prove to their new coaches. The coaches can begin drills this week with the team. Organized team activity practices begin next week, when more traditional work begins. Jets general manager Joe Douglas added a lot of new pieces to the roster this offseason, but there are some returning players who have something to prove this spring and then in training camp. Players such as Mekhi Becton and Denzel Mims are penciled in as starters right now, but these young players will be fighting for playing time: La’Mical Perine, RB The 2020 fourth-round pick had a hard time staying on the field last year....
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