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    Getty Derion Kendrick and Cobie Durant celebrate an interception on December 25, 2022. As the Los Angeles Rams aim to figure out who stays or goes with the 2023 free agency cycle set to begin in seven weeks, they do have a young talent to get excited about for the future — who was named an “early breakout candidate” for 2023. Pro Football Focus unveiled its lists of potential breakout candidates on each team for 2023 on Tuesday, January 24. And the Rams’ selection? Their $4.1 million rookie cornerback Cobie Durant. “It was a rough season for the Rams, with injuries taking out almost every player of consequence, but rookie fourth-rounder Cobie Durant flashed some potential in limited snaps,” wrote PFF’s Sam Monson. “Durant had three interceptions and two pass breakups from 25 targets, allowing a 76.3 passer rating into his coverage.” It’s the first stat Monson mentions that got the 2022 rookie to lead the Rams in that category. And that includes the two he snatched on Christmas Day versus the Denver Broncos. Durant & Rams...
    Getty One analyst predicted that head coach Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers would target a two-time national champion in 2023. The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to target a cornerback early in the 2023 NFL Draft. The organization may even draft a cornerback in the first round. That’s what former NFL general manager and CBS sports analyst Rick Spielman predicted in a new mock draft on January 20. The mock draft was a joint effort between several CBS draft experts. Spielman made the Steelers selection at No. 17 overall, projecting Pittsburgh to draft Georgia cornerback Kelee Ringo. “Mike Tomlin has a history of adding guys with this much talent who maybe didn’t play as well, and he has a tendency to bring the best out of players,” Spielman wrote. “And I think if he got a hold of Ringo, that he is going to be an excellent corner in that defense, especially if Mike Tomlin gets his hands on him.” In the CBS mock draft, the Steelers were part of a run on cornerbacks midway through the first...
    Getty Brandon Aiyuk catches the ball in Arlington, Texas on January 16, 2022. With one day left before the next installment of the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys playoff rivalry, the latter wound up making one abrupt change on Saturday, January 21, involving a former $7 million cornerback they signed during December. First reported by Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are waiving Trayvon Mullen, who was originally brought in on December 14. Gehlken included the waive was made to clear room for an offensive lineman elevation for the NFC Divisional contest. “Cowboys are signing G/T Aviante Collins to the 53-man roster, a person familiar with the decision said. He earned opportunity on practice squad. CB Trayvon Mullen waived in a corresponding move,” Gehlken reported. Gehlken adds that veteran Xavier Rhodes is being elevated to the active roster before the 49ers game, which points to Dallas throwing in the former All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection to counter Brock Purdy, Deebo Samuel, Christian McCaffrey, George Kittle and company. Mullen Struggled in...
    Getty Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson expressed his desire to return to Minnesota next season. Despite a first-round exit from the NFL postseason, Minnesota Vikings cornerback Patrick Peterson is optimistic about the team’s future and hopes he’ll be a part of it. A pending free agent, Peterson addressed the upcoming offseason and his desire to stay in Minnesota on the All Things Covered podcast. “No doubt about it. I would love to be in that purple and gold again and give it a run again,” he said. “It’s just amazing, man. I truly believe, it felt like home to me. It felt like it was a place that I belong.” An eight-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer, Peterson has maintained he’d like to play for at least four more years and win a ring — a prospect he sees in Minnesota after head coach Kevin O’Connell and general Kwesi Adofo-Mensah won 13 games in their first season with the Vikings. “I feel like the future is very bright,” Peterson said. “Those guys were able to build and...
    Getty Marcus Peters on the field for the Ravens in a 2022 game. The Detroit Lions are thinking about how to improve their fortunes moving forward this offseason, and a big way to do that would be to make improvements on the defensive side. Defensively, the team left a lot to be desired, finishing 32nd overall, dead last in the league in total defense. A big reason that was the case was troubles on the back end at cornerback. Analysts see this as the biggest issue for the Lions, and as a result, the biggest missing piece for the future is a cornerback. Bleacher Report took a look at picking out some names for the team, and Gary Davenport singled out a few names led by Marcus Peters. As he wrote, the aging Peters isn’t quite the player that was a two-time First-Team NFL all-pro, nor is he the guy who was the former Defensive Rookie of the Year. Still, he’s a player that has 32 interceptions and could provide some veteran savvy for a cheaper cost. “At...
    Getty Philadelphia Eagles CB James Bradberry. Much of the Las Vegas Raiders‘ offseason focus will be on finding a replacement for quarterback Derek Carr. However, there are some major needs all over the roster. Upgrading the secondary should be high on the priorities list for the team. When James Bradberry was cut by the New York Giants before the 2022 season, the Raiders seemed like a logical fit. The team hired defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who had coached the cornerback the previous two seasons. Instead, Bradberry ended up with the Philadelphia Eagles and has formed one of the best cornerback duos in the NFL with Darius Slay. Bradberry will be a free agent this offseason and should have many suitors considering he was named to an All-Pro team for the first time in his career. Pro Football Focus is urging the Raiders to pursue the cornerback: A reunion with defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who coached Bradberry on the Giants from 2020-21, makes a lot of sense here for a team in need of major help at outside cornerback....
    Getty Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is speaking up about mental health issues, including depression and anxiety. Wednesday’s session was the most intense practice of the week for the Philadelphia Eagles as they prepare for their NFC divisional playoff game. All eyes were on two injured players heading into it: quarterback Jalen Hurts (shoulder) and right tackle Lane Johnson (groin). Well, Hurts walked away with no injury designation on the second practice report of the week. That marks two straight days of full participation counting Wednesday’s walk-through estimation. That’s the good news. While Johnson was listed as a “limited participant” on Wednesday, reporters on the scene indicated that the Pro Bowler looked fine in his recovery from an abductor injury. Apparently, Johnson lifted rookie tackle Josh Sills off the ground during a blocking drill (via The Inquirer’s Josh Tolentino). For perspective: Johnson and Sills share the same measurables at 6-foot-6, 325 pounds. Quite the one-man lift. So maybe it’s safe to say that Johnson will suit up on Saturday night. Today is the biggest test day for Johnson....
    Getty Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey. Las Vegas Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler hasn’t been in the position for a long time but he’s already proven he’s willing to make big moves. That was clear when he traded for star wide receiver Davante Adams last offseason. Following a 6-11 season, he’ll need to make a few big moves to get the team back in playoff contention. Many of the Raiders’ biggest needs are on the defensive side of the ball. The team hasn’t had an elite cornerback since Nnamdi Asomugha left the team in 2010. There’s a strong chance the team will draft a cornerback early in the 2023 NFL Draft but they may want to go after a sure thing. That’s where Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey comes in. The five-time Pro Bowler missed the Pro Bowl for the first time since 2017 and may not be regarded as the best cornerback in the league anymore. The Rams won the Super Bowl less than a year ago but they were a mess in 2022 and...
    Getty The Cowboys will be without CB Trayvon Mullen against the Buccaneers. The Dallas Cowboys have ruled out a key veteran ahead of their playoff opener versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As the Cowboys prepare for their wild card playoff game versus the Buccaneers on Monday night, one player won’t be suiting up. As reported by Michael Gehlken of Dallas Morning News, cornerback Trayvon Mullen has been ruled out for the game due to an illness. “Cowboys ruled out CB Trayvon Mullen (illness) for Monday’s game at Buccaneers,” said Gehlken on Saturday, January 14. “LB Micah Parsons missed today’s walkthrough for personal reason. He and all others on 53-man roster are available Monday.”Trayvon Mullen Made Cowboys Debut in Regular Season Finale The two-time national champion was claimed off waivers by the Cowboys following his release from the Arizona Cardinals in December. He made his debut with Dallas during the regular season finale versus the Washington Commanders, appearing in 35 defensive snaps — which was 53 percent of snaps for the defense. He made three tackles in the game....
    Getty The Pittsburgh Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin should consider looking into acquiring another big defensive playmaker this offseason. With a little roster maneuvering, the Pittsburgh Steelers could have some salary cap space to play with in free agency. Free agency might not be where he’s available, but cornerback Jalen Ramsey hinted with a Twitter post on January 13 that he might have played his final game with the Los Angeles Rams. It is what it is! It was what it was! If that’s the end, I went out wit a BANG! Still THAT! ???????? pic.twitter.com/dEM63EFa4u — Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) January 13, 2023 If that’s the case, could Ramsey and the Steelers be a match this offseason? It’s a long shot, but the Steelers should perform their due diligence and explore the possibility of adding the 3-time All Pro.How Ramsey Potential Fits With the Steelers Read More From Heavy Cash in on NFL Wild Card Weekend: Bet $5, Get $150 in Free Bets Last offseason, the Steelers re-signed cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and added fellow cornerback Levi Wallace...
    Getty One writer predicted the Pittsburgh Steelers and head coach Mike Tomlin to cut a former first-round pick this offseason. The Pittsburgh Steelers took a flier on former first-round cornerback William Jackson III at the NFL trade deadline, acquiring him and a conditional seventh-round pick for a sixth-rounder. Both of those selection will be in the 2025 NFL Draft. But the move didn’t exactly pan out. Jackson didn’t play a down for the Steelers during the 2022 season, and despite being under contract for next season, it’s possible that he never will play a snap in Pittsburgh. NFL writer Curt Popejoy of USA Today predicted Jackson to be 1 of 5 potential cuts this offseason for the Steelers to save money toward the salary cap. “Trading for William Jackson III sounded good on paper but a back injury kept him off the field for his full tenure with the team,” Popejoy wrote. “Now the Steelers have a chance to right that wrong by cutting him loose and saving $12.75 million.”Pros & Cons to Steelers Bringing Back JacksonIt’s almost...
    Getty New York Jets cornerback Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner in 2022. The NFLPA unveiled the “Players’ All-Pro First Team” on January 11, and the New York Jets only earned one selection in 2022. NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero shared the results on Twitter. The NFLPA has unveiled the 2022 Players’ All-Pro First Team, voted on by players themselves. pic.twitter.com/RVw2lr2SE6 — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 11, 2023 Core special teamer Justin Hardee was the only Jets player mentioned, which caused an immediate uproar from fans in support of cornerback Sauce Gardner and defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Veteran teammate D.J. Reed Jr. joined in, calling out his fellow NFL athletes for the way they voted. “How was Sauce not a first team all pro lol?” Reed questioned. “He is #1 in dam near every category..” He’s not wrong. Gardner either led or finished top two for starting cornerbacks in many key metrics. Seeing all this on Twitter, the Jets star rookie voiced his opinion as to why he wasn’t voted in by his peers.Sauce Gardner Comments on NFL All-Pro Snub Read...
    Getty The Green Bay Packers made an international move, signing a cornerback from the CFL. The Green Bay Packers and general manager Brian Gutekunst have been creative over the years in finding hidden gems, and the organization is hoping to strike gold once again by signing an intriguing defender out of the CFL. Following their 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions, head coach Matt LaFleur had to answer all kinds of questions from the future of his coaching staff to the ejection from rookie linebacker Quay Walker. Meanwhile, Gutekunst didn’t waste any time tinkering with the roster heading into the offseason watching the playoffs from home. In their first signing after the season, the Packers signed CFL cornerback Tyrell Ford according to Aaron Wilson with Pro Football Network. While the Packers already have established starters in Jaire Alexander, Rasul Douglas, and Eric Stokes once he’s healthy, Ford will likely be competing for a spot during the team’s training camp. It’s not the flashiest move to kick Green Bay’s offseason off, but there are bound to be plenty of...
    Getty Jaquan Brisker wasn't happy about the disrespect that Duke Shelley showed the Chicago Bears in Week 18. Chicago Bears rookie safety Jaquan Brisker could have beef with cornerback Duke Shelley if the two ever set foot on the same field again. According to Bears sideline reporter Mark Grote of 670 The Score, Brisker was none too happy with the Vikings cornerback in the aftermath of Sunday’s season-ending loss, taking issue with the “disrespect” that Shelley showed for the Bears franchise after snagging his first-career interception late in the fourth quarter. After picking off Bears fourth-string quarterback Tim Boyle late in the fourth quarter, Shelley added insult to injury and slammed the ball directly on the “C” logo at midfield, an obvious slight toward his former team that cut him prior to the 2022 season. “That’s disrespectful,” Brisker said following the Bears’ 29-13 loss in Week 18, via Grote. “You don’t do that. You don’t disrespect our logo.” Shelley, however, has no intention of apologizing for his actions. He made that much clear in a quote-tweeted response to Brisker...
    Getty Former Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes (left) was cut by the Bills on January 4, 2023. The Dallas Cowboys are gearing up for the playoffs by grabbing a veteran cornerback released earlier this week by the Buffalo Bills. Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reported on January 7 that the Cowboys grabbed Xavier Rhodes after his release from Buffalo. “The #Cowboys are signing veteran CB Xavier Rhodes to their practice squad, source says. Waived by the #Bills the other day, Rhodes joins another playoff-bound team with a chance to contribute in the postseason,” Garafolo tweeted. Rhodes’ released came as a surprise to some Bills insiders, as he had been elevated from the practice squad to play in two games, starting one.Cowboys Bolster Thin SecondaryAdding Rhodes to the practice squad will give the Cowboys depth for a secondary that has been hit hard by injuries to Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis. Rhodes, a former first-round pick, has played in 135 games in his career, starting 127. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, including an All-Pro season. Read More From...
    Getty The Cowboys are signing CB Xavier Rhodes. The Dallas Cowboys are signing a former three-time Pro Bowler for their playoff run. As reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network on Saturday, January 7, the Cowboys are signing cornerback Xavier Rhodes to the practice squad. The 32-year-old was waived by the Buffalo Bills earlier in the week. “The #Cowboys are signing veteran CB Xavier Rhodes to their practice squad, source says,” says Garafolo. “Waived by the #Bills the other day, Rhodes joins another playoff-bound team with a chance to contribute in the postseason.” With the Cowboys’ cornerback depth thin following injuries to cornerbacks Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis, it’s of no surprise that Dallas is signing a veteran cornerback just prior to the start of the playoffs. The former first-round draft pick appeared in two games and started one of them for the Bills, appearing in 87 percent of the defensive snaps in Week 13 versus the New England Patriots. However, he hadn’t appeared in a game since then and was eventually released just three days prior. Read...
    Getty Taron Johnson looks on before a Buffalo Bills game against the Baltimore Ravens. A beleaguered Buffalo Bills defense will get an important boost for their final game after starting cornerback Taron Johnson cleared concussion protocol and returned to practice in full. The team’s nickel cornerback was injured in the first quarter of the team’s Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals on January 2, which was suspended and later canceled after teammate Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field with 5:58 remaining in the quarter. Johnson had been listed with a concussion this week, but now appears in line to play in the team’s Week 18 game against the New England Patriots.Taron Johnson, Buffalo Bills Healthier Leading Into Season FinaleJohnson had been hurt early in Monday’s game, a potentially significant injury that was overshadowed by Hamlin’s collapse just a few minutes later. He was listed as a limited participant in the team’s first two practices of the week, a walkthrough on Wednesday and practice on Thursday, but was listed as a full participant in Friday’s practice. Johnson...
    Getty The Vikings signed cornerback Duke Shelley to the active roster in place of starter Cam Dantzler, who will miss at least the next four games with an ankle injury. One former member of the Chicago Bears defense says he’s been waiting for a shot at his old team all season. He will get one in Week 18 as a starter for the Minnesota Vikings. It was on August 31, 2022, the final day of preseason cuts, that cornerback Duke Shelley’s time in Chicago ended. A member of the team for three seasons, Shelley had appeared in 30 career games for the Bears and garnered six starts. He now returns to Soldier Field for the first time just over four months later as a starting cornerback in a banged up Vikings secondary with a chance for revenge. The four-year NFL veteran admitted the opportunity has been on his mind ever since Minnesota added him to its active roster in mid-November. #Vikings CB Duke Shelley on facing Bears after being released by them: “I’ve been thinking about (this game)...
    Getty CB Duke Shelley of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates after knocking a pass away in the end zone during overtime of a game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium on November 13, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Isaiah Vazquez/Getty Images) The Minnesota Vikings are looking to get back on track against the Chicago Bears in Week 18, but one defensive starter is looking for a little more. It was on August 31, 2022, the final day of preseason cuts, that cornerback Duke Shelley’s time in Chicago ended. A member of the team for three seasons, Shelley had appeared in 30 career games for the Bears and garnered six starts. He now returns to Soldier Field for the first time just over four months later as a starting cornerback in a banged up Vikings secondary with a chance for revenge. The four-year NFL veteran admitted the opportunity has been on his mind ever since Minnesota added him to its active roster in mid-November. #Vikings CB Duke Shelley on facing Bears after being released by them:...
    The Ravens seem to be moving closer to ending the regular season against the Cincinnati Bengals with little certainty about the identity of their starting quarterback. Usual starter Lamar Jackson was missing again from the portion of Friday’s practice open to the media. Jackson sat out his 14th straight practice Thursday after injuring in his left knee in the first quarter of a 10-9 win against the Denver Broncos on Dec. 4. Although Tyler Huntley and Anthony Brown were both present Friday, Huntley did not attempt any passes. His lack of activity was a repeat of Thursday’s session, and he was limited by injuries to his right wrist and right throwing shoulder on Wednesday and Thursday. If Huntley — who has made four consecutive starts in Jackson’s absence — can’t go, Brown, an undrafted rookie, would make his first career start. While the Ravens can’t overtake Cincinnati for the AFC North title, Sunday’s game looms in importance. A win would help the Ravens complete a season sweep of the Bengals and put the site of a potential first-round playoff game...
    Getty Joey Porter Jr. celebrates a Penn State win over Auburn in 2021. The Detroit Lions are enjoying a strong finish to the 2022 season, but with a new year on the horizon, a focus has already been cast toward the impending offseason. When the time for change arrives, what will the Lions be looking to do? Shopping for defense is an expectation, and specifically at the cornerback spot. It just so happens a perfect match could be had in the draft when the time comes in cornerback Joey Porter Jr. Recently, Bleacher Report and writer Alex Kay was identifying some of the top fits for players in the draft that could turn franchises around next season. Detroit cracked the list as a match with Porter, a prospect out of Penn State. Why? Not only is Porter a fit thanks to his NFL-ready 6’2″ size according to Kay, but the team’s roster has a major deficiency at his position that could leave the door open for someone new coming in. “Both starting cornerbacks in the Motor City—Jeffrey Okudah...
    Getty The Vikings are predicted to select South Carolina cornerback Cam Smith in ESPN's latest mock draft. The Minnesota Vikings are facing an exodus in the cornerback room. Starters Patrick Peterson, Duke Shelley and Chandon Sullivan are all playing on expiring contracts along with Kris Boyd. Meanwhile, 2020 third-round pick Cameron Dantzler enters the final year of his deal next season. That doesn’t leave much experience in the Vikings secondary after second-round rookie Andrew Booth Jr. struggled with injury throughout his rookie season, playing in just two games. It’s unanimous among draft experts that the Vikings need to improve their defense, particularly against the pass. In its latest mock draft, ESPN projected the Vikings to land South Carolina cornerback Cam Smith, who has hovered inside the top 10 of the upcoming draft but could fall to the Vikings this spring. Read More From Heavy Back the Browns & Cavaliers With $200 in Bonus Bets “General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah showed in his first draft in Minnesota that he values initial quickness, and after the Vikings struggled mightily in pass...
    Fox Sports hosts Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe gave credit to Green Bay Packers star cornerback Jaire Alexander after he called out the Undisputed hosts following his strongperformance on Sunday. The war of words began after Alexander’s Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 41-17 Sunday. Alexander held Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson to just one reception for 15 yards. In week 1 of the NFL season in September, Jefferson dominated Alexander with 184 yards and two touchdown receptions. Heading into Sunday’s game, Alexander and Jefferson continued their trash talk with each other, which led to Bayless and Sharpe predicting that Alexander would regret his words. Following the win Sunday, Alexander called out the Undisputed hosts at his locker — while donning some… unusual headgear. “Tell Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to watch what they say when they talk about me, you feel me?” Alexander said while wearing a comically large Packers hat on his head. “They need to watch what they put out. Talking about ‘he’s a great corner.'” Jaire Alexander: “Tell Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless they need to...
    The Hotline is delighted to provide Pac-12 fans with a weekly dive into the recruiting process through the eyes and ears of Brandon Huffman, the Seattle-based national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. The following information, in his words, was provided to the Hotline on Dec. 30 … It has been a slow stretch since the early-signing window, when most schools solidified the bulk of their 2022-23 recruiting classes. And the holidays added to the lack of news. The main exception was Colorado, which continued to pick up transfers under new coach Deion Sanders. The latest to join his program is cornerback Tayvion Beasley, a former three-star prospect out of Southern California who played for Sanders at Jackson State and is, like several of his teammates, headed to Boulder. But the high school recruiting cycle gets busy this week with the Under Armour All-America Game on Tuesday and the All-American Bowl next weekend. Pac-12 recruits will factor heavily into both events. The two highest-profile uncommitted players on the West Coast will participate in the Under Armour game in Orlando (ESPN at 8...
    Getty The Eagles could sign Steelers CB Cameron Sutton. The Philadelphia Eagles could land a Pittsburgh Steelers playmaker. As the Eagles enter the 2023 offseason, Philadelphia will see seven starters on defense hit free agency, including starting cornerback James Bradberry. With Bradberry having a strong season, the Eagles may be forced to find a new starting cornerback. As The Athletic’s Bo Wulf points out, Philadelphia could sign Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton. “Darius Slay and James Bradberry have been perhaps the league’s best cornerback tandem,” says Wulf. “But Bradberry is scheduled for free agency and might want to cash in on the full benefits of open bidding after the Giants did him dirty last offseason by waiting until May to release him. Slay will be 32 in January, so Philadelphia will presumably be in the market for someone a touch younger to pair him with. Sutton will be 28 in the offseason and has been more dependably healthy than other pending cornerback free agents such as Jamel Dean and Emmanuel Moseley.”Why the Eagles Would Pursue SuttonAs Wulf points out,...
    Getty the Vikings signed Baylor cornerback Kaylon Barnes off the Dolphins practice squad on December 14, 2022. The Minnesota Vikings made a late addition to their stable of cornerbacks, signing a super speedy rookie off the Miami Dolphins roster. Kalon Barnes, a 2022 seventh-round pick, was signed off the Dolphins practice squad on December 14 and was activated to the Vikings’ 53-man roster the same day, per a team report. The Baylor product was coveted coming out of the 2022 draft class for a blazing 4.23 40-time which is the second-fastest in combine history since 2003. KSTP’s Darren Wolfson said the Vikings did look at him throughout the pre-draft process. Hear that the #Vikings are expected to add cornerback Kalon Barnes to their 53-man roster. He will be plucked off of Miami’s practice squad. Contract will run through 2024. Barnes was a #Skol pre-draft visit, ran a blazing 4.22 at the Combine. pic.twitter.com/NelLe8PVpl — Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) December 14, 2022 Barnes enters a cornerbacks room that is depleted due to injury. Second-round rookie cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. is...
    Getty Jerry Jacobs on the field for the Lions in 2022. The Detroit Lions endured a painful 2021 season which was punctuated by a lot of injuries, and perhaps the biggest came when cornerback Jerry Jacobs went down in December with an ACL injury. Jacobs was lost in a game against the Denver Broncos, and the setback was tough because even as an undrafted free agent, he was playing some of the best football of anyone on the team last year. All offseason long, Jacobs had to rehab himself to get ready for 2022. Nobody knew when he would come back or how he would look even as motivated as he was, but since returning in November just a month ahead of when the injury occurred, Todays make a year out from tearing my acl wow can’t believe it thank god for allowing me to be able to play the game I love the most and to be back out there on that field is a blessing !!!???????????????????????? — Jerry Jacobs (@_luhjerry) December 13, 2022 “Today makes...
    Getty New England Patriots CB Jalen Mills. While the playoffs are still possible for the Las Vegas Raiders, they are highly unlikely. The team would be wise to start thinking about next season and what their plans are to fix the roster. The first order of business has to be fixing the defense. Once again, the Raiders have fielded one of the worst defenses in the NFL. They are tied with the Minnesota Vikings for 24th in scoring defense and have the fourth-worst passing defense in the league. The Raiders have been banged up in the secondary all season with Nate Hobbs and Anthony Averett missing multiple games. Now Rock Ya-Sin is injured and could miss time. Even when all three were healthy, the team didn’t have a great secondary. This offseason, cornerback is going to be one of the biggest positions of need. Alex Ballentine of Bleacher Report pitched an offseason trade that sees the Raiders send a fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots for cornerback Jalen Mills: Sam Webb has shown some promise as a...
    Getty Former Las Vegas Raiders CB Trayvon Mullen. The Las Vegas Raiders‘ 2020 draft class has been a talking point this week with former fourth-round pick John Simpson getting released. While that was one of the worst draft classes any team has ever put together, the team made some really bad picks throughout the entire Jon Gruden tenure. The 2019 draft was supposed to turn the franchise around as the team had three first-round picks and a high second-round pick. If it wasn’t for the Raiders finding late-round gems in Maxx Crosby and Hunter Renfrow, it would’ve been an all-time bad draft class. This offseason, the team traded away cornerback Trayvon Mullen to the Arizona Cardinals, who was drafted in the second round in 2019. Injuries have kept Mullen limited this season and didn’t show Arizona much when he was healthy. If he had played two more games, the team would’ve had to give a sixth-round pick to the Raiders. Instead of letting Mullen finish the season to see what they have in him, the Cardinals have released...
    Getty Images Giants head coach Brian Daboll looks on during a 2022 NFL game. The New York Giants could add much-needed cornerback help in the near future. Josh Edwards of CBS Sports predicts that the Giants will draft South Carolina cornerback Cam Smith with the 23rd overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft. Edwards notes that the Giants should use the pick on Smith due to their less-than-ideal situation defensive back situation. “New York’s cornerback room leaves a lot to be desired following the departure of James Bradberry,” Edwards wrote on December 9. “The Giants need wide receiver help, but Smith is one of the best prospects available.” If the 2022 season ended today, the Giants would be the No. 7 seed in the NFC playoff chase. However, the Giants have been winless in their last four games and are 7-5-1. If Big Blue continues on the losing path, head coach Brian Daboll and company will have their eyes set on 2023.Profile on Smith Smith is regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in this year’s draft. In...
    Getty One analyst is calling for head coach Mike Tomlin and the Pittsburgh Steelers to explore a "perfect" scenario for 2023. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a few different needs they could address in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft. But there’s one move the team could make that would be a lot more fitting than all the others — drafting Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. NFL draft expert Luke Easterling of USA Today projected the Steelers to do exactly that in his latest NFL 2023 mock draft entering Week 14. “This [drafting Porter] would just be too perfect, right? The Steelers have other needs they could address here, but the value points them to the corner spot, where they could take the son of their former star linebacker,” Easterling wrote. “Porter plays his position with the same confidence, physicality and competitiveness that made his dad a Pro Bowler.” Porter is the son of former Steelers All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter, who posted 60.0 sacks in eight years with Pittsburgh and helped the Steelers win the Super...
    Injured Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is not expected to play in Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after missing the week of practice. Jackson, who hurt his knee in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos, was not present for the open portion of practice Friday. He also sat out practice Wednesday and Thursday. Backup Tyler Huntley is expected to start in his place. Right guard Kevin Zeitler (knee) returned to practice Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday’s sessions. He’s started all 13 games for the Ravens this season and hasn’t missed a snap on offense. Center Trystan Colon (personal) and cornerback Marcus Peters (rest) were also back after missing the week’s first two practices. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley, a full participant Wednesday and limited participant Thursday, missed practice Friday. He hasn’t played since injuring his ankle in a Week 11 win over the Carolina Panthers. Outside linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul and cornerback Daryl Worley (hamstring) were also missing Friday. This story will be updated. ()
    Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson took a minute to consider the question: Does he believe he has had a Pro Bowl-level season in 2022? As a starting cornerback with zero interceptions on a 3-10 team with a defense that ranks 31st in passing yards allowed per play, 20th in total yards and tied for 12th in takeaways, Johnson doesn’t have a momentum-surging campaign strong enough to solicit an invite to Las Vegas for the newfangled Pro Bowl week in February. But the query wasn’t without merit. On Sunday, after the Green Bay Packers beat the Bears 28-19 at Soldier Field, Aaron Rodgers labeled Johnson “a premier player,” echoing praise he had given to the third-year cornerback in the week leading up to the game. That’s a significant and sincere endorsement from a four-time MVP who now has faced Johnson six times. “I would just say it’s confirmation of what I believe in myself,” Johnson said. “(Having) somebody else being a believer in that, I feel like that’s not something gets thrown around lightly from him.” Johnson believes he has earned...
    Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media Wednesday, three days after he hurt his knee in a 10-9 win over the Denver Broncos. Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Jackson is week to week, with him “probably less likely” to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tyler Huntley, who played the last three quarters against Denver and engineered a 91-yard, game-winning drive, would start if Jackson cannot go. The Ravens were short on offensive linemen, with starting right tackle Morgan Moses, starting right guard Kevin Zeitler, tackle Patrick Mekari and center Trystan Colon all missing from the open portion of practice. Mekari played through a foot injury against Denver. Other players missing included starting wide receiver Devin Duvernay and cornerback Daryl Worley. Defensive end Calais Campbell, outside linebacker Justin Houston and cornerback Marcus Peters were also absent, though all three veterans generally take rest days on Wednesday. The Ravens added a cornerback, three-year veteran BoPete Keyes, to their practice squad and re-signed wide receiver Binjimen Victor, whom they released to make room...
    Getty Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey. The Las Vegas Raiders are the clear favorites over the Los Angeles Rams for Thursday Night Football. The latter doesn’t even know who their starting quarterback is. However, the Raiders would be foolish to overlook the Rams. Los Angeles still has star players on the roster who can take over the game. One player who is certainly going to be on the field is cornerback Jalen Ramsey. He’s been considered the best cornerback in the NFL for a few years now and likely circled this matchup on his calendar. He’ll be facing Davante Adams, who many consider the best wide receiver in the league. The matchup between Ramsey and Adams will be the top one to watch on Thursday. The Raiders star thinks that their matchup always gets overhyped but he’s excited to battle the cornerback. “We’ve played against each other a couple of times,” Adams said, via Raiders.com. “It never ends up panning out like the heavyweight bout everybody hypes it up to be going into the week, just based...
    Getty The Cowboys have signed CB Mackensie Alexander to the practice squad. The Dallas Cowboys have added a new defender. Just hours after losing starting cornerback Anthony Brown to a season-ending Achilles injury during their win over the Indianapolis Colts, the Cowboys have signed former Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander to their practice squad. Via Michael Gehlken of Dallas Morning News: “Cowboys added CB depth, signing Mackensie Alexander to practice squad, person familiar with move said,” said Gehlken. “The 2016 Vikings second-round pick spent part of summer in Miami before groin surgery. Healthy now. Has nickel experience. Dallas lost Anthony Brown, Jourdan Lewis for season.”Alexander Was Highly-Rated CB in High School and CollegeAlexander played five of his six seasons with the Vikings along with one year spent with the Cincinnati Bengals. He last appeared on the Miami Dolphins’ roster during the preseason before a groin injury resulted in the end of his tenure there. The 29-year-old cornerback has started 25 of his 84 career appearances. The former second-round draft pick was a highly touted player coming out of...
    Miami Hurricanes standout cornerback DJ Ivey will try his luck in the professional ranks next season. Ivey, a fifth-year senior, declared for the NFL draft on Tuesday, announcing the move on his Instagram account. “Very grateful for the opportunity to play at the University of Miami,” Ivey wrote. “It was an experience! I was blessed to meet and create bonds that’ll never be broken. I want to give thanks to my mom for being in my corner every step of the way, no matter how the circumstances looked. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, training staff, weight room staff and whoever else I had an encounter with at the University of Miami. I truly appreciate you guys. “It’s been a dream since peewee football to go do what I love at the highest level possible and it’s time for me to take that next step.” Ivey, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback, is a Florida City native, and he arrived at UM as a four-star prospect out of South Dade High. He became a starter in his sophomore season and was a...
    Hurricanes cornerback DJ Ivey will try his luck in the professional ranks next season. Ivey, a fifth-year senior, declared for the NFL draft on Tuesday, announcing the move on his Instagram account. “Very grateful for the opportunity to play at the University of Miami,” Ivey wrote. “It was an experience! I was blessed to meet and create bonds that’ll never be broken. I want to give thanks to my mom for being in my corner every step of the way, no matter how the circumstances looked. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, training staff, weight room staff and whoever else I had an encounter with at the University of Miami. I truly appreciate you guys. “It’s been a dream since peewee football to go do what I love at the highest level possible and it’s time for me to take that next step.” Ivey, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback, is a Florida City native, and he arrived at UM as a four-star prospect out of South Dade High. He became a starter in his sophomore season and was a key cornerback...
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders WR Davante Adams. After Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason, there was speculation that his production would fall off now that he’s not playing with Aaron Rodgers. That hasn’t been the case whatsoever as he’s proving once again to be among the NFL’s best wide receivers. His 1,176 receiving yards on the season are currently fourth in the league and his 12 touchdowns catches are tied for the top spot. Adams gets an extraordinary about of attention from opposing defenses every week but is still managing to get open. There has been debate about whether or not he is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Players like Justin Jefferson, Tyreek Hill and Stefon Diggs have certainly made it a difficult debate. However, five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman believes the debate has already been settled. During the Week 13 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, Adams made cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. look silly on a route that caused him to hit the grass. Sherman posted the clip and...
    Getty The Dallas Cowboys could be without CB Anthony Brown for the rest of the season. The Dallas Cowboys could be without one of their key starters for the remainder of the season. During the Cowboys’ 54-19 victory over the Indianapolis Colts in Week 13, starting cornerback Anthony Brown was carted off the field due to an injury suffered in the third quarter. According to team owner Jerry Jones, Brown may have suffered a torn Achilles — which would mean it’s a season-ending injury. Via ESPN’s Todd Archer: “I’m sick for him,” Jones said after the win. “He’s had an outstanding career. Boy, he’s brought it up by the boot strap, and he, to me, is what a young player working hard, really having the right stuff, can become who’s not a No. 1 draft pick. I’m sick for him and sick for us.”Prescott Addresses Impact of Brown’s InjuryBrown has served as the team’s starting cornerback since his rookie season back in 2016. During his seven seasons in the league, he’s started 68 of his 93 career games....
    Getty Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson celebrating after a huge play. A New York Jets cornerback got put on blast after a 27-22 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. DJ Reed was speaking with the media after the game and was asked how he thought he did against superstar wide receiver Justin Jefferson. “I was in his s*** all game. He got that one route on me. I’m frustrated. I feel like I did a great job containing him, but it’s frustrating because I don’t want to give up a touchdown. I don’t want to be the reason my team loses.” DJ Reed on covering Justin Jefferson: “I was in his shit all game. He got that one route on me.” #Jets pic.twitter.com/oFj7d9eqrZ — Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) December 4, 2022 The former LSU star caught seven receptions for 45 yards and hauled in a critical touchdown in the fourth quarter with Reed in coverage. The easiest play in football, throw it to Justin Jefferson for the touchdown.pic.twitter.com/sCNDgbbbAv — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) December 4, 2022 Vikings WR Justin Jefferson...
    A day after leaving practice early with a quadriceps injury, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was back in action Thursday. Jackson was limited in practice Wednesday, and he arrived at practice Thursday just before the start of team drills. He didn’t appear to be in any discomfort while walking around the locker room after practice Wednesday or while throwing Thursday. He hasn’t missed an offensive snap this season for the Ravens, who face the Denver Broncos in Baltimore on Sunday. Jackson, who’s been on the Ravens’ injury report for three weeks with an illness, a hip injury and now a quad injury, did not speak to reporters Wednesday, as he’s normally scheduled to. He’s also not scheduled to speak Thursday. Elsewhere, offensive lineman Patrick Mekari (illness) and cornerback Marlon Humphrey (ankle) returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session. Tight end Nick Boyle (illness), offensive tackle Daniel Faalele (illness) and cornerback Marcus Peters missed their second straight day. Guard Ben Cleveland and inside linebacker Del’Shawn Phillips were also absent, while wide receiver Tylan Wallace left practice early, walking off the field...
    Getty Indianapolis Colts have reportedly made their final call on whether cornerback Kenny Moore will play against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. The Indianapolis Colts have yet to make it official, but The Athletic’s Zak Keefer reported that the team will be without 2021 Pro Bowl cornerback Kenny Moore II in Week 13. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Moore misses more than one game. Colts will be without Pro Bowl cornerback Kenny Moore II Sunday night in Dallas, source said, and it could be longer. Moore left Monday's game against Pittsburgh with a shin injury and was on a scooter in the locker room today. — Zak Keefer (@zkeefer) November 30, 2022 In addition to Keefer, multiple other reporters tweeted that they saw Moore on a scooter in the locker room after Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Moore left the contest in the second half with a shin injury. Kenny Moore II is on a scooter following his shin injury on Monday night. — Nate Atkins (@NateAtkins_) November 30, 2022 Saw #Colts CB Kenny Moore...
    SANTA CLARA — What attracted veteran cornerback Jackrabbit Jenkins to the 49ers? “Well, they have a nice defense, to be honest,” Jenkins said Wednesday as he settled into his new locker, a day after joining their practice squad. Jenkings, who prefers going by his college nickname, rather than his given name of “Janoris,” said he made some calls around the league to ask about the 49ers’ reputation, and the feedback he got was players “love it” here. “They were calling me for a minute, but it was just on me, like ‘I’m not ready, and I’ll let you know when I am,’ ” Jenkins said. Forgive him for not paying too much attention to their 7-4 start, their four-game win streak, or their depth chart that’s seen Emmanuel Moseley and Jason Verrett exit with season-ending injuries. Jenkins, 34, had been rehabilitating from arthroscopic ankle surgery and training in Atlanta before the 49ers finally closed the courtship for him. “I’ll tell you the truth, I haven’t been watching football. I wasn’t focused on football,” Jenkins said. “I had (arthroscopic ankle) surgery...
    Getty Tyler Hall with Maxx Crosby. Josh McDaniels has taken a lot of hits for the Las Vegas Raiders having a bad season but there’s also the fact that they’ve dealt with a litany of injuries. Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller have missed large portions of the season and they’ve missed some starters on defense. Starting cornerback Anthony Averett was placed on. Injured Reserve after Week 1 but was able to return. Unfortunately for the veteran cornerback, his return was short-lived. The Raiders announced that Averett is headed back to the Injured Reserve with an injured toe. We have signed CB Tyler Hall to the active roster from the practice squad » https://t.co/UJvMzczCXn pic.twitter.com/Q4ZwFimBvR — Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) November 29, 2022 Averett will be eligible to return again in four weeks but it remains to be seen if the team will bring him back. He was one of the key free agent additions to the defense but hasn’t played well. He’s currently Pro Football Focus‘ 98th-ranked cornerback. He was only handed a one-year deal by the Raiders...
    The Minnesota Vikings have had many reasons to worry about their defense this season, and there’s yet another one with Andrew Booth Jr. out for the season. The Minnesota Vikings have recently been in some tricky situations because of their defense, most notably a massive 40-3 loss against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 11. While they did secure a 33-26 win in their most recent game against the New England Patriots, their defense remained a point of concern as they allowed a whopping 382 opponent passing yards. News on the defense just keeps getting worse, too, with the most recent update of cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. being out for the rest of the season. #Vikings CB Andrew Booth Jr. is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery Monday, per source. Losing Booth, the second-round pick from Clemson, is a blow to depth in Minnesotas beat-up secondary, though Kevin OConnell said hes hopeful Cam Dantzler comes off IR soon. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 29, 2022 Booth underwent knee surgery for a meniscus tear stemming from the Week 11...
    Getty Dane Jackson warms up before a Buffalo Bills game. With the long-awaited return of Tre’Davious White finally here, the Buffalo Bills are being urged to bench his veteran counterpart after some high-profile struggles. Buffalo’s All-Pro cornerback returned for the Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions after spending a full year rehabbing a torn ACL, but was limited to just two series as head coach Sean McDermott has opted for a gradual return to his duties. With White expected to continue increasing his workload, some insiders believe it might be time to bench Dane Jackson and allow the team’s pair of rookies and a longtime veteran to continue playing a bigger role.Troubles for Jackson in CoverageJackson has struggled in recent games, giving up a number of key receptions in losses to the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns. He was also in coverage on Lions receiver DJ Chark when he scored the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter of the November 24 game. Dane Jackson Previous Two Games – Amari Cooper▪️3/4, 48 yards, 2 first downs...
    Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert is officially out for the team’s 1 p.m. kickoff against the Houston Texans after entering doubtful with a knee injury. Mostert and backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater were among the five Dolphins inactives announced 90 minutes before kickoff. With Mostert out, Jeff Wilson Jr. will likely receive a heavier workload in the Miami backfield. Either Myles Gaskin or Salvon Ahmed should get their most touches of the season. Both have four carries on in 2022. Mostert, who has been oft-injured throughout his career, misses his first game with Miami this season. He, Wilson and coach Mike McDaniel have a reunion on tap next week, visiting their former team, the San Francisco 49ers. With Bridgewater also unable to play due to a knee injury, rookie Skylar Thompson is in line to back up Tua Tagovailoa. Healthy Dolphins inactives were cornerback Noah Igbinoghene, wide receiver Erik Ezukanma and tight end Hunter Long. Igbinoghene is inactive for his birthday, turning 23 on Sunday. Ezukanma is yet to be active for a game in his rookie season. Texans inactives...
    Getty Christian Benford #47 of the Buffalo Bills takes part in a drill on August 05, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. The Buffalo Bills will likely be without a key member of the secondary as they enter what will be their most important stretch of the regular season. Bills head coach Sean McDermott announced on November 25 that rookie cornerback Christian Benford suffered an oblique injury in the team’s Thanksgiving Day win over the Detroit Lions. The sixth-round pick has been having a breakout season, jumping into the starting lineup as the team was awaiting the return of Tre’Davious White as he completed rehab for a torn ACL. Now, as White is ready to rejoin the team and work his way back into a starting role, Benford will likely be headed to the sidelines.Bills Give Details on Benford’s InjuryAs The Athletic’s Joe Buscaglia reported on Twitter, Benford suffered an oblique injury in Thursday’s 28-25 win over the Lions and is listed as week-to-week. Benford began Thursday’s game on the bench as White made his long-awaited return after...