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    Getty The Philadelphia Eagles could garner interest from defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, with the free agent looking to land with a Super Bowl contender. Five-time All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh remains a free agent, but has been contacted by three to five teams according to Heavy NFL insider Matt Lombardo. The 35-year-old last played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he earned his first Super Bowl ring. He’s open to a return to the league, but only if he views it as a good opportunity to pursue a second ring, according to Lombardo’s reporting. While they’re not the best fit, the Eagles crack the list of teams that would make sense for Suh, with the others being the Buccaneers, Rams, and Chiefs. The Eagles make the  list by virtue of catapulting themselves to contender status, but the move would probably only make sense if the Eagles suffer an injury to one of their key interior defensive lineman.Ndamukong Suh Remained Productive Last SeasonIt’s easy to write off a defensive lineman at the age of 35, but Suh still had...
    Getty Images Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns. Perrion Winfrey was a healthy scratch for the Cleveland Browns matchup against the New York Jets but is expected to be back on the field on Thursday. Winfrey felt the wrath of both his coaches and defensive star Myles Garrett last week for conduct that was deemed unprofessional. While the team never revealed the issue, Brad Stainbrook of the Orange and Brown Report said it had to do with Winfrey’s being late to practice repeatedly. Garrett took it upon himself to call out the rookie after he was held out of practice for disciplinary reasons. “I think we all have to step up and say something, but sometimes silence speaks louder than words,” Garrett said on September 16. “We’ve used our voice a couple of times, and at the end of the day, he’s got to learn how to be a pro. Kevin [Stefanski] took it into his own hands, and he felt like that was the right thing to do, and I’m behind my coach’s actions totally. “It was pretty...
    Getty Head coach Kevin Stefanski of the Cleveland Browns looks on during warmups before the game against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) Still reeling from a train wreck of a loss Sunday, and just three days shy of a pivotal showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Cleveland Browns can use all the help they can get. Luckily for the Browns, there is a great deal readily available to them in the form of a three-time All Pro defensive lineman who is clamoring for a contract in Cleveland. Unfortunately for Browns fans, the organization continues to appear uninterested in his services. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh remains a free agent as Week 2 of the NFL season draws to a close. The five-time Pro Bowl selection and recent Super Bowl champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has expressed interest in a handful of teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and the Las Vegas Raiders. Suh is also actively checking in with Cleveland’s front office to inquire as...
    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...
    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 Veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul remains a free agent, and could get a look from a team in need of some depth - like the Eagles. The Philadelphia Eagles could be on the market for a defensive end after losing Derek Barnett for the season due to a torn ACL. Former Eagles tight end Clay Harbor floated a possible replacement: free agent Jason Pierre-Paul. Jason Pierre Paul is a free agent and wants to play still. I think he is worth a look. #flyEaglesFly #Eagles — Clay Harbor (@clayharbs82) September 12, 2022 The former Giants defensive end is a three-time Pro Bowler, most recently earning that honor in 2020. He was an All-Pro in 2011 and won two Super Bowls – one with the Giants and one with the Buccaneers. Last season in Tampa Bay, the 33-year-old had 2.5 sacks in 12 games. His name was also floated for the Eagles by Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports. At his peak, Pierre-Paul was one of the best pass rushers in the league. In 2011, he racked up 16.5...
    Getty Eagles defensive end Derek Barnett suffered a season-ending ACL in the Eagles opener. It appeared yesterday that the Philadelphia Eagles escaped their opener with no major injuries, but that wasn’t the case. Today an MRI showed that defensive end Derek Barnett suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni confirmed the reports during his September 12 press conference. “I am a huge Derek Barnett fan and he’ll be missed, so that sucks,” Sirianni said. “I hate that for him and I hate that for this team.” Barnett only played 12 snaps in the Eagles season opening 38-35 win over the Lions before suffering the injury, but he was supposed to be a big part of the rotation at defensive end. Brandon Graham and Josh Sweat were listed as the starters, with Barnett and Tarron Jackson backing them up. Jackson was inactive yesterday, so it remains to be seen how big of a role he’ll now play. “We have some good options there, we have...
    (CNN)Do you ever sit and watch sports and think: "What on earth is going on?" Do you ever feel excluded from a conversation about sports because you don't understand what is being talked about? Learning a new sport is tough. Even knowing all the words and phrases in a sport you love is hard too -- let's not even bother getting started with a conversation on soccer's offside rule...So, with the 2022 NFL season kicking off, we've compiled a list of terms and words which are commonplace in the sport's parlance that we think you should know. With these in your armory, whether it be with family, friends or colleagues, you'll be able to understand what's going on and wow others -- or at least hold your own -- with your diverse knowledge of the US' favorite game. The basicsRead MoreBackfield: This is split into offensive and defensive sections. The offensive backfield is the area behind the offensive line where the quarterback and running back line up. The defensive backfield is the area behind the defensive line where linebackers and...
    Get ready to see Colin Kaepernick’s former No. 7 jersey back in use on the 49ers, all due respect to kicker Tristan Vizcaino’s 2020 cameo in it and quarterback Nate Sudfeld’s preseason auditions. Cornerback Charvarius Ward is switching his jersey number to No. 7, from the No. 35 he received upon his arrival in free agency after four years in that number on the Kansas City Chiefs. Sudfeld wore No. 7 in preseason action but was cut Tuesday, when the 49ers kept Jimmy Garoppolo and Brock Purdy as Trey Lance’s backups. Ward, by the way, prefers to be called by his family-given nickname of “Mooney” – or as he described last week, “It’s ‘Mooney,’ like ‘Money’ with two ‘O’s.’ ” Kaepernick’s No. 7 became the NFL’s best-selling jersey during the 2016 season, his last in the NFL, throughout which he knelt during the national anthem to protest social inequality and police misconduct. Vizcaino wore No. 7 during the 2020 season-finale loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was filling in for Robbie Gould, who was on the COVID reserve list. Related...
    Getty Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Matt Dickerson with UCLA in 2015. In the NFL community, the waiver wire always follows the 53-man roster cutdown. Every franchise had the opportunity to poach prospects that were waived on August 30 and fortunately, the Kansas City Chiefs only lost one player during the initial claiming process. On the flip side, they did lose a talented piece that made it to the final week of cuts. Arrowhead Pride shared the bittersweet news about defensive lineman Matt Dickerson. Former Chiefs DL Matt Dickerson to the Falcons https://t.co/WtabtTktpE — Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) August 31, 2022 Falcons Poach Dickerson off WaiversThe Chiefs only added Dickerson on August 8 after he spent the early portion of the offseason with the Arizona Cardinals. During training camp, the popular journeyman made enough plays to stick around but didn’t do anything overly impressive in the three preseason outings. Dickerson did finish with three total tackles but very little beyond that. For what it’s worth, Pro Football Focus gave him a positive overall preseason grade (73.3) and pass-rushing...
    The Miami Dolphins added veteran help on the edge after the preseason’s conclusion in the form of former Patriots and Lions defensive end Trey Flowers. Flowers, who figures to play more outside linebacker in Miami, and the Dolphins reached an agreement, according to ESPN, on Sunday after NFL Network reported this past week that he was at the team’s facility for a workout. The Dolphins then officially announced the signing on Monday afternoon. McDaniel offered his observations upon watching the veteran work out in his Sunday press conference. “What I saw was a guy that’s in shape that’s ready to play,” McDaniel said. “He’s a consummate professional with a lot of versatility to his game and length. His style of football is conducive to the style we play. His versatility is attractive.” Flowers is a seven-year NFL veteran with 64 starts among his 75 games played. He has 261 career regular-season tackles, 31 1/2 sacks, 10 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The 6-foot-2, 265-pound edge defender is a two-time Super Bowl champion from his first four seasons with the...
    The Miami Dolphins reportedly added veteran help on the edge after the preseason’s conclusion in the form of former Patriots and Lions defensive end Trey Flowers. Flowers and the Dolphins reached an agreement, according to ESPN, on Sunday after NFL Network reported this week that he was at team facilities for a workout. Flowers is a seven-year NFL veteran with 64 starts among his 75 games played. He has 261 career regular-season tackles, 31 ½ sacks, 10 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The 6-2, 265-pound edge defender is a two-time Super Bowl champion from his first four seasons with the Patriots. He has played the last three with the Detroit Lions, where he also played some outside linebacker in seven starts in 2021. The move comes as the Dolphins have outside linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel’s status in doubt for the start of the regular season after removal of his appendix. Fellow outside linebacker Brennan Scarlett, who has also received reps at defensive end this offseason, has also missed recent weeks of practice with an undisclosed injury. Scarlett could be...
    Getty Indianapolis Colts head coach Frank Reich saw one of his defenders leave on a cart with an ankle injury in Week 3 of the preseason. The Indianapolis Colts ended the the preseason schedule in much the same way that practice went for the team during the final full week of August — with a significant injury. On the opening kickoff against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on August 27, safety and special teams ace Armani Watts suffered an ankle injury. He spent a few minutes on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium before a cart came onto the turf to assist him. Cart coming out for Armani Watts. — Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) August 27, 2022 The Colts listed Watts as questionable to return, but less than 15 minutes later, Indianapolis downgraded his status to out for the game. After the 27-10 Colts win, head coach Frank Reich told the media Watts’ ankle injury will sideline him for the rest of the 2022 NFL season. #Colts safety Armani Watts suffered a significant ankle injury in tonight's preseason game...
    Getty Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye suffered a knee injury in practice on August 24. While he was on the field, Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye remained on the sideline and didn’t practice on August 25 after leaving a day earlier with a knee injury. But fortunately, Paye appears to have avoided a major injury. ESPN’s Stephen Holder reported Paye suffered a bone bruise and “should be fine.” Colts head coach Frank Reich confirmed Paye’s MRI showed nothing significantly wrong with his left knee. The coach also added when he expects the defensive end to return. “[Paye] should be hopefully good to go for the opener.” Reich expects Kwity Paye to be ready to go for season opener — Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAErickson) August 25, 2022 ALL the latest Colts news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Colts newsletter here! Join Heavy on Colts! Paye Leaves Practice With InjuryColts insider Joel A. Erickson of The Indianapolis Star reported Paye got tangled up in “a pile of players and was slow to get up” during...
    Getty Former Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Tim Ward is now available again. Sometimes fans disagree with a front office’s decision during roster cuts. For Chiefs Kingdom, that occurred to some extent last summer when defensive end Tim Ward ended up being waived after the final preseason game. The New York Jets promptly poached Ward off waivers and fans weren’t all too pleased to lose the promising pass rusher. At the time, KC Star beat reporter Sam McDowell tweeted that “the Chiefs wanted [Ward] back for the practice squad.” He added that the Jets claiming him “obviously nixes those plans.” The Colts have claimed cornerback BoPete Keyes, and the Jets have claimed edge rusher Tim Ward. The Chiefs wanted both back for the practice squad. This, obviously, nixes those plans. — Sam McDowell (@SamMcDowell11) September 1, 2021 Today on August 16, Ward was released by New York during the initial round of cuts. ALL the latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! Join Heavy on Chiefs! Ward Struggled Away From...
    Getty The Kansas City Chiefs have signed defensive end Matt Dickerson (pictured above). The Kansas City Chiefs started Monday morning with a new roster move, signing defensive end Matt Dickerson. “Chiefs Digest” beat reporter Matt Derrick tweeted out the news, noting that Dickerson was “wearing No. 96 this morning” at practice. He added that KC “waived DE [Shilique] Calhoun to make space.” Chiefs have signed DE Matt Dickerson, who is at practice wearing No. 96 this morning. Waived DE Shalique Calhoun to make space on the 90. — Matt Derrick (@mattderrick) August 8, 2022 ALL the latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! Join Heavy on Chiefs! Dickerson Began NFL Career With TitansA former four-star recruit and top-25 defensive end prospect, Dickerson committed to Notre Dame before deciding to stay closer to home at UCLA. NFL draft analyst Lance Zierlein described him ahead of the 2018 offseason: “Dickerson is a hard-charging defensive lineman who may be better suited to a role as a 3-4 end. He plays hard but may...
    Members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (x-old-timer/senior nominee; c-Centennial Class): Herb Adderley, defensive back Troy Aikman, quarterback x-George Allen, coach Larry Allen, guard/tackle Marcus Allen, running back Lance Alworth, wide receiver Morten Anderson, placekicker Doug Atkins, defensive end Steve Atwater, safety x-Morris “Red” Badgro, end Champ Bailey, cornerback Lem Barney, cornerback Cliff Battles, halfback Sammy Baugh, quarterback Bobby Beathard, general manager/personnel administrator Chuck Bednarik, center-linebacker Bert Bell, NFL commissioner-team owner Bobby Bell, linebacker Raymond Berry, end Elvin Bethea, defensive end Jerome Bettis, running back Charles W. Bidwell Sr., team owner Fred Biletnikoff, wide receiver George Blanda, quarterback-placekicker Mel Blount, cornerback Tony Boselli, offensive tackle Pat Bowlen, owner x-Cliff Branch, wide receiver Terry Bradshaw, quarterback Gil Brandt, vice president of player personnel x-Robert Brazile, linebacker Derrick Brooks, linebacker x-Bob Brown, offensive tackle Jim Brown, fullback Paul Brown, coach Roosevelt Brown, tackle Tim Brown, wide receiver-kick returner Willie Brown, cornerback Isaac Bruce, wide receiver Buck Buchanan, defensive tackle x-Jack Butler, defensive back LeRoy Butler, defensive back x-Nick Buoniconti, linebacker Dick Butkus, linebacker Earl Campbell, running back x-Tony Canadeo, halfback c-Harold...
    Ravens rookie safety Kyle Hamilton left Wednesday’s training camp practice with an apparent injury, an early end to a disappointing day for the first-round draft pick. Hamilton was slow to get to his feet after diving to the ground as he defended a pass to tight end Isaiah Likely in an 11-on-11 period. After walking gingerly over to the sideline, Hamilton lay on his back as athletic trainers tended to him. Hamilton appeared to be favoring his midsection as he got up, walked around and then returned to a supine position. He returned to action a couple of minutes later, getting one repetition in a seven-on-seven drill, but did not look comfortable. With about 20 minutes left in practice, Hamilton left the field and walked back to the team facility slowly with three trainers. Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Macdonald declined to comment on Hamilton, deferring to coach John Harbaugh, who’s set to speak again to reporters Thursday. Hamilton’s opening hour of practice was inauspicious. In a one-on-one period, rookie tight end Isaiah Likely caught all three passes in his matchups...
    Patrick Smith/Getty Images Defensive end Derek Wolfe during Baltimore Ravens training camp on August 18, 2020. As recently as March, former Baltimore Ravens and Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe was insisting he’d be “coming back” to play for the Ravens this season, despite having missed all of last year with hip and back injuries, not to mention a January 2022 hip surgery. A May 25 tweet showing him carrying a black bear on his back offered reason to be optimistic about the state of his health. But Wolfe sounded a lot less optimistic in June, when he revealed he had undergone a second hip surgery in hopes of making a full recovery and living a normal life. Derek Wolfe: ‘It’s Time to Step Away From the Game’Today, the 32-year-old Wolfe formally announced his retirement from the NFL in a video segment posted at the official site of the Denver Broncos, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2012. “After 10 seasons in the NFL, I have decided its time to step away from...
    Former Ravens defensive end Derek Wolfe announced Friday that he’s retiring from the NFL after signing a one-day contract with the Denver Broncos. Wolfe’s announcement comes a month after he reached an injury settlement with the Ravens, ending the defensive lineman’s tenure in Baltimore after just 14 games. Wolfe, who missed all of last season with hip and back injuries, said in June that he underwent his second hip surgery in five months. During Wolfe’s retirement video, which was posted by the Broncos, he did not mention his short tenure in Baltimore. Wolfe spent eight of his 10 seasons in Denver. “Time for a new beginning,” he said. Wolfe, 32, was drafted by the Broncos in the second round of the 2012 NFL draft. The former Cincinnati standout totaled 299 tackles and 33 sacks in 108 games for the Broncos while helping them win the Super Bowl in the 2015 season. Wolfe signed a one-year deal with the Ravens in 2020 and played eight games that season, recording 51 tackles, six tackles for loss and one sack while grading as...
    Getty Images Carlos Dunlap looks on during warmups in 2020. The Kansas City Chiefs are continuing their diligence in searching for defensive line talent. The Chiefs brought in free agent defensive end Carlos Dunlap for a visit on Wednesday, July 27, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Free-agent defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap is visiting the Chiefs tonight, per source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 27, 2022 The latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! Dunlap, 33, entered the league as a second-round draft pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010. He would go on to play 10 full seasons for the Bengals and earn two Pro Bowl nods in the process before Cincinnati traded Dunlap to the Seattle Seahawks on October 29 of 2020. He played the remainder of the 2020 season and the 2021 season as a member of the Seahawks. Entering his 13th season in the league, Dunlap has accumulated 96 sacks, 255 quarterback hits, and 117 tackles for loss during his NFL career, according to Pro Football Reference....
    Getty The Los Angeles Chargers have signed former Denver Broncos defensive end Carlo Kemp, according to his agent Mike McCartney. Pumped for #Michigan alum Carlo Kemp signing with the @chargers — Mike McCartney (@MikeMcCartney7) July 21, 2022 Kemp was signed to the Broncos practice squad on December 31, 2021, but he did not appear in any games. He is the nephew of former Broncos outside linebackers coach John Pagano and former Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. ALL the latest Broncos news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Broncos newsletter here! Join Heavy on Broncos! Kemp Was the Number 1 High School Recruit in ColoradoKemp attended Farview High School in Boulder, Colorado, where he became a heavily-coveted recruit. In 2016, 247 Sports Composite ranked Kemp as the top recruit in the state. Kemp received scholarship offers from 11 schools. He eventually committed to the University of Michigan. Kemp played four seasons for the Wolverines recording a total of 83 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, and one fumble recovery. Despite his high school...
    As President Joe Biden prepares to visit Saudi Arabia this week, peace and human rights campaigners on Monday decried a report that his administration is considering lifting its amorphous ban on the sale of "offensive" U.S. weaponry to the repressive monarchy. According to Reuters, the U.S. administration has come under pressure from Saudi officials to end its policy of selling only defensive arms to the kingdom, which Biden is scheduled to visit later this week as part of a wider Middle East tour with stops in Israel and the illegally occupied West Bank of Palestine. "Biden is headed to Israel and Saudi Arabia this week, where he will sing the praises of an apartheid government and a council of oil dictators," tweeted Sunjeev Bery, executive director of Freedom Forward, which seeks to end U.S. support for dictatorships. "And now, Biden is considering resuming offensive weapon sales to one of the most brutal dictators on the planet: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince MBS," he added, a reference to de facto Saudi ruler Mohammed bin Salman. Jasmine Krotkov, a Democratic candidate for the...
    Getty The Falcons' latest signing could see a 2nd-round draft pick cut. Eddie Goldman’s arrival finally gave the Atlanta Falcons a free-agent upgrade for a suspect defensive line. The former Chicago Bears starter will make an impact in Atlanta, but his arrival could spell the end for a second-round pick of the Falcons. That’s the view of one podcast host who has tipped this third-year defensive end to see a reduction in his playing time. The presence of Goldman and some other intriguing options could even lead to this once touted player being “flat out cut.” ALL the latest Falcons news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Falcons newsletter here!Goldman Arrival Bad News for One FalconThe Falcons gave Goldman a one-year deal on Wednesday, July 6, per Scott Bair of the team’s official site. It could be the end of the line for Marlon Davidson, drafted 47th overall by the Falcons in 2020. Goldman, who joins several former Bears on the roster, including Damiere Byrd, Nick Kwiatkoski and Damien Williams, can play end or nose tackle....
    Getty New York Jets edge rusher Bryce Huff during pregame warmups on September 19, 2021. It may be hard to believe but the New York Jets now have a surplus of talent in different areas of their roster. That makes for a challenging final cut and no position will be harder to determine than the defensive line — and more specifically, edge rusher. The Jets currently run 17 deep when combining both defensive end and tackle, and it’s difficult to imagine more than nine or 10 players making it to Week 1 considering there are only four starting roles to be had (8-man rotation on game day). Because of this unique situation, many Jets fans have tossed around the idea of a player like Bryce Huff switching to linebacker — where Gang Green has much less depth. One supporter even posed the question to a member of the NYJ beat on July 8. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Hot Take, Meet Wet...
    Getty The New York Jets defensive line combines to bring down Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen on November 14, 2021. Last summer, the New York Jets defensive line was praised by NFL analysts and reporters as the franchise’s greatest strength heading into the 2021 season. Unfortunately, that thought never truly came to fruition after injuries to Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry, as well as lackluster campaigns from Quinnen Williams and Sheldon Rankins among others. In the end, the Jets’ D-line was no better than the rest of the defense — poor. Well, here we are again in July and this NYJ defensive line is receiving some hype for the second-straight year. This time, it was a Jets teammate who provided the juice on social media. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Yeboah Touts Defensive LinePro Football Focus posted a graphic on July 7, highlighting the “top position group” in the NFL for each area of a football team (besides quarterback and tight end)....
    Getty Seattle Seahawks defensive end Carlos Dunlap. The Kansas City Chiefs pass rush unit wasn’t what it needed to be last season. During the 2021 season, the Chiefs defense tallied 31 total sacks, which ranked 29th in the entire NFL, per StatMuse. Defensive tackle Chris Jones (86.7) and defensive end Melvin Ingram (70.6) were the only pass rushers on Kansas City’s roster that graded out above a 70 for pass rush by PFF for the season. Defensive end Frank Clark, one of the highest-paid players in Kansas City, registered 4.5 sacks — his lowest sack total since his rookie season — and didn’t record his first sack until Week 8. That is why gaining help in the edge rush department was of the utmost importance this offseason for the Chiefs, especially with a young secondary in place. The latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! The team drafted defensive end George Karlaftis with the 30th overall pick this offseason. He will help off the edge in a big way in Kansas...
    ARIZONA CARDINALS defensive end JJ Watt has revealed his epic off-season gains. The five-time All Pro, 33, is preparing for a fresh campaign after recovering from major shoulder surgery. 4Watt made his name at the Texans before heading to Arizona last yearCredit: Getty - Contributor 4The defensive end, 33, needed shoulder surgery after an injury last seasonCredit: Getty Images - Getty 4But he showed off his incredible gains over the off-season Watt joined the Cardinals in March 2021, signing a bumper two-year contract worth a guaranteed $28million. But his first season at State Farm Stadium was cut short when he suffered a Week 7 shoulder injury against former team Houston Texans. JJ returned for the Cardinals short-lived playoff run - and now looks to have been hitting the gym hard. He uploaded a snap of his huge gains with the caption: "Dad bod loading". Read More On The SunGONE TOO SOON Beloved comedian dead as family announces 'devastating loss'CASE SHOCKER Petitos have 'strong case' after 'bombshell letter' claim about Brian's mom And fans were quick to praise the three-time Defensive...
    Getty Clemson edge rusher Myles Murphy was pegged to the Eagles in a 2023 NFL mock draft. The Philadelphia Eagles hold plenty of ammunition heading into the 2023 NFL draft. They’ll go into it with two first-rounders, including what could be a very high pick if the New Orleans Saints flounder as badly as many think they will without Sean Payton. Speculation was running rampant that the team might be loading up for a quarterback. Their offseason moves seem to indicate otherwise. Jalen Hurts is the guy. That could change, of course. But the early mock drafters are expecting the Eagles to invest in defense. ESPN’s Matt Miller released his first-round predictions for all 32 NFL teams. He has the Eagles picking at No. 16 and No. 19, highlighted by the selection of a “game-wrecking” defensive end out of Clemson. Myles Murphy could be the successor to Brandon Graham. Take a quick look at the Eagles’ defensive end depth chart and it’s easy to see the position becoming the top need next offseason. Murphy anchored the Clemson defensive...
    Getty The Seattle Seahawks parted ways with former Colorado defender Alex Tchangam. As Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider continues to tinker with the team’s 90-man roster heading towards training camp, a roster spot has been left open after releasing a developmental prospect. Per the NFL’s transaction wire, the Seahawks released defensive end Alex Tchangam, according to Gregg Bell from the Tacoma News Tribune. However, the Seahawks did not make a corresponding move, meaning that the current 90-man roster has just 89 players, leaving a roster spot open. The Seahawks still have plenty of time before training camp begins, so expect a move to fill the 90-man roster from Schneider in the near future.Alex Tchangam’s Fascinating Path to the NFLTchangam signed a futures contract with the Seahawks back in January, and although he’s never been able to get onto the field during an NFL game, his path to the league has been an amazing one. The 25-year-old defensive end was born in Cameroon, but moved to Georgia when he was in middle school. Tchangam grew up playing soccer and...
    Getty Team owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys. This part of the NFL season means its times for holdouts, and one name linked to the Dallas Cowboys is making waves with his latest decision. As teams start their mandatory practices, players looking for new contracts or a new destination are refusing to attend practice as a negotiating strategy. While Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz skipped optional practices, Dallas now has everyone in cooperation as mandatory sessions have started. But one name linked to the Cowboys has yet to turn up at his camp: Chicago Bears defensive end Robert Quinn. Of course, Quinn is a familiar name to Dallas fans after his 2019 season with the Cowboys and there’s a possibility for the three-time Pro Bowl pass-rusher to come back to Dallas. That’s if the Bears are actually open to trading him. “Sources: #Bears star pass-rusher Robert Quinn is not expected to be present for the team’s mandatory minicamp that begins today. Quinn is away from the team training on his own,” NFL media insider Ian Rapoport shared...
    Getty Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark at training camp on July 29, 2021. Two days of Kansas City Chiefs minicamp have gone by and one key jersey has been missing on the practice field — defensive end Frank Clark. After the first day of the mandatory spring meetings, the organization noted that Clark was an “excused” absence but did not go into detail beyond that. Today on June 15, NFL insider Ian Rapoport revealed the reason behind the pass rusher’s disappearance. The #Chiefs have excused Pro Bowl DE Frank Clark from mini-camp, as he’s expecting the birth of his child any day. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 15, 2022 “The Chiefs have excused Pro Bowl DE Frank Clark from mini-camp,” informed Rapoport, “as he’s expecting the birth of his child any day.” ALL the latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $250 on the NBA Finals or Any Other Event Join Heavy on Chiefs! Importance of ClarkOf course, this is absolutely...
    Getty Ex-Buccaneers defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul could sign with the Ravens. A long-time Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter could be itching to play for an AFC rival. Free agent defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul remains unsigned deep into the month of June. There has been little indication that Tampa Bay is looking for a reunion after Pierre-Paul started for the past four seasons with the Buccaneers. According to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero on Thursday, June 9, Pierre-Paul is visiting the Baltimore Ravens. “Three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher Jason Pierre-Paul is visiting the #Ravens today, per source,” said Pelissero.Pierre-Paul’s Play Declined Drastically in 2021Pierre-Paul played through an injury-plagued 2021 campaign that saw him notch just 2.5 sacks in 12 games. The 33-year-old Pierre-Paul posted a career-low 49.1 defensive grade and 44.8 run defensive grade last season, according to Pro Football Focus. In other words, with the Buccaneers having selected Joe Tryon-Shoyinka in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, it’s not hard to comprehend why Tampa Bay is allowing an aging pass-rushing specialist to walk. Pierre Paul’s...
    Getty DeMeco Ryans of the 49ers. The San Francisco 49ers have gotten an early glimpse of “The Freak” during this offseason OTA and minicamp period. “The Freak” being their first pick of the 2022 NFL Draft Drake Jackson — who goes by that name in his Instagram handle. Jackson was dubbed by NFL Draft experts as a potential first round talent for his ability to explode off the ball, attack the quarterback and alter opposing blocking schemes/offensive game plans during his USC years. However, in a loaded edge defender class that saw 11 edge/defensive end prospects get selected in the first 60 selections, Jackson fell to the 49ers at No. 61 overall. But the teams that held a selection during those picks could soon face the wrath of “The Freak” for passing over him. And already, one prominent member of the 49ers coaching staff not only likes what he’s seen so far at minicamp, but believes the “sky’s the limit” for the Trojans star. ALL the latest 49ers news straight to your inbox! Join the...
    SANTA CLARA — Smiles, sunshine and pseudo-perfect attendance accompanied the 49ers into their three-day minicamp that opened Tuesday. Here are the top sights and sounds, with more good than bad: DEEBO SAMUEL LOOKS UPBEAT After running sprints on the side in a 49ers-issued “Faithful” T-shirt, Deebo Samuel watched practice and looked as happy and as engaging as ever. He held the play-list script in his hand and interacted with fellow wide receivers, quarterbacks and close friends Trent Williams and Jason Verrett. More pertinent, Samuel did not look like a jaded All-Pro who was only there so he doesn’t get fined. “He’s grabbing the situation by the horns now and showing how mature he is by showing up, and I think that goes a long way,” said Williams, noting that he’s given Samuel advice when asked but otherwise, “It’s his business, his dream, his career.” Coach Kyle Shanahan painted a picture of a swell relationship, rather than one seemingly fractured amid Samuel’s April trade request. “It’s always been alright,” Shanahan said. “You go through the business part of the league, and...
    Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images Miami Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. It’s no secret the Philadelphia 76ers should be targeting 3-and-D wing players in free agency. They won’t have too much money to throw around, so they might have to get creative. Or take a flier on an injury-prone forward with upside. Derrick Jones Jr. fits the bill for a Sixers team that lacked physicality and mental toughness down the stretch. He could be had on a cheap prove-it contract, according to Spotrac’s Keith Smith. They can also be aggressive in targeting 3&D wings as well. Wesley Matthews could be a target and a good replacement for Green. Other veteran options that make sense to go after include Danuel House Jr. (assuming there are no residual bad feelings with Harden from their time in Houston), Derrick Jones Jr. or Kent Bazemore. Life really works in mysterious ways — Derrick Jones Jr. (@TheRea1DJones) June 28, 2021 Jones is only averaging 6.5 points per game in 280 career contests, but the 6-foot-5 playmaker has a knack for making his presence...
    Getty Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy celebrates a sack. A former Dallas Cowboys defensive end and one-time NFL Pro Bowler is taking his physicality to the boxing ring. It’s not unheard of for former NFL players to go into combat sports, with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Marcus Jones and Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Austen Lane going into mixed martial arts after their careers. However, no former NFL player has made more noise than Greg Hardy. Hardy played in the NFL from 2010 to 2015, spending his last season in Dallas. The controversial player’s arrest and conviction for domestic assault in May 2014 was the beginning of the end of his NFL career, and Hardy transitioned into MMA. His time in UFC, which will be explained more below, hasn’t gone to plan. Now, Hardy is transitioning to boxing and has a fight in October per the promotion he’s fighting under, Black Sheep Promotions. “GREG HARDY October 8th ‼️On Black Sheep Promotions” the company shared with an image of Hardy. View this post on Instagram ...
    Getty Clelin Ferrell with Marquel Lee. Through the early months of Dave Ziegler being the general manager of the Las Vegas Raiders, he’s shown a strong willingness to make trades. He’s dealt for players like Davante Adams and Rock Ya-Sin while sending away players like Yannick Ngakoue and Bryan Edwards. He’s clearly open to making the right trades when they are presented. Recently, Ziegler decided to decline the fifth-year options for all three 2019 first-round picks, including No. 4 overall pick Clelin Ferrell. The former Clemson defensive end hasn’t had notable success since entering the league. He was highly touted coming out of college, works hard and is coachable. Perhaps a change of scenery is what he needs to find success. Gary Davenport of Bleacher Report believes that Ferrell should request a trade soon and get on another roster before the season starts: With that said, it’s hard to imagine Ferrell doing any more for the Raiders in 2022 than he did the past three seasons. He’s all but buried on the depth chart, and with new defensive...
    Getty Daniel Joseph makes a sack in a game against Clemson. The Buffalo Bills are adding even more depth to the defensive line, signing a former NC State standout and No. 4 overall pick in the Canadian Football League. Jay Skurski of Buffalo News reported this week that the Bills signed defensive end Daniel Joseph as an undrafted free agent, a week after he had gotten a tryout at rookie minicamp. Joseph had a strong season as a fifth-year senior at NC State in 2021, racking up 46 total tackles including nine for a loss and five sacks. He also led the team the previous season with 6.5 sacks. While the signing secures Joseph a spot in training camp, it could be difficult for him to make a final roster among a group of edge rushers that includes two potential young stars and an eight-time Pro Bowler. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Joseph Joins BillsAs Skurski noted, Joseph impressed the Bills enough at...
    Getty Miami Heat star Bam Adebayo reacts during Game 5 of his team's first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks. Jimmy Butler may be the straw that stirs the Miami Heat‘s drink, but as the six-time All-Star puts it, Bam Adebayo has been the “engine” fueling the club’s fourth-ranked defense this season. As incredible as he has been in that regard, though, he fell well short of taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors. And he just drew the short stick with NBA awards voters once again. On Friday, the league announced its All-Defensive teams for the 2021-22 campaign. For the third straight year, Adebayo was relegated to Second-Team status. Not only that — Miami’s anchor finished just one point shy of beating out Grizzlies forward Jaren Jackson Jr. for a First-Team spot. The team selections and voting results shook out as follows: Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of Boston and runner-up Mikal Bridges of Phoenix received the most voting points in balloting for the 2021-22 Kia NBA All-Defensive Team. More ➡️ https://t.co/VpKETU9caP Voting...
    Getty Baltimore Ravens defensive end Brent Urban greets a fan after a November 2015 game. The Baltimore Ravens have reunited with defensive lineman Brent Urban, a 2014 fourth-round pick who appeared in 41 games over his first four-year stint in Baltimore. Urban hinted at the signing by posting a picture of himself when he was with the Ravens, with his wife, Kate Urban, confirming that he was returning to Baltimore. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/s7UhXkYZeh — Brent Urban (@urbanlegend96) May 20, 2022 Kate Urban even revealed that her husband would be signing a one-year deal with the Ravens after spending last season with the Dallas Cowboys. Sources: Former #Cowboys DL Brent Urban has agreed to terms with the #Ravens on a 1-year deal. ???? @AdamSchefter — Kate Urban (@Kate_KanSkate) May 20, 2022 Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic later confirmed that Urban would be signing a one-year contract for the veteran minimum, completing his reunion with the team that originally drafted him. Urban is an interior defensive lineman who has played both defensive tackle and defensive end in his career. While Michael...
    Getty Robert Williams and Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics were the best defensive team in the NBA during the regular season. They finished with a league-leading defensive rating of 106.2, and so far, they have maintained that pace throughout the playoffs. Outside of the Milwaukee Bucks, who Boston beat in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, they have the top defensive rating in the playoffs at 106.7. With Ime Udoka’s defensive system, the Celtics have thrived. Boston’s versatile defensive lineup allows them to switch everything, cutting off pick-and-rolls and preventing shooters from getting open looks on the perimeter. Boston was rewarded for their defensive efforts at the end of the season, as two of their players were named to the NBA All-Defensive Teams. Point guard Marcus Smart was voted onto the First Team, while big man Robert Williams III made the Second Team. Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of Boston and runner-up Mikal Bridges of Phoenix received the most voting points in balloting for the 2021-22 Kia NBA All-Defensive Team. More ➡️...
    Getty Kingsley Keke #96 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a sack against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 27, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A former defensive starter for the Green Bay Packers will line up for a conference rival beginning next season. Kingsley Keke signed a deal to join the Arizona Cardinals of the NFC West Division late last week, per a report from Jason Hirschhorn of SB Nation. The Cardinals have signed former Packers defensive lineman Kingsley Keke. — Jason B. Hirschhorn (@by_JBH) May 13, 2022 “The Cardinals have signed former Packers defensive lineman Kingsley Keke,” Hirschhorn tweeted on Friday, May 13. ALL the latest Packers news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Packers newsletter here!DE Keke’s Role Likely to Decrease as Member of Arizona Cardinals GettyDefensive end Kingsley Keke, formerly of the Green Bay Packers, stretches prior to a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 15, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Keke was afforded a prominent role in the...
    USA Today The Giants announced the signing of undrafted free agent Austin Allen as part of 13-man UDFA class With rookie training camp beginning on May 13th, the New York Giants announced a total of 13 undrafted free agent signings. The group features players in multiple positions, with areas of need on the team standing out. Rookie minicamp will be the first opportunity for these players to make an impression, before having a real opportunity to make the roster at OTAs and ultimately in the preseason. Speaking to reporters, head coach Brian Daboll assured the class that hard work and skill would pay off, saying “If there’s a guy that stands out, we’ll find him” One of New York’s glaring areas of need is the tight end position. Following the departure of Evan Engram, the club signed Jordin Akins and drafted Daniel Bellinger out of San Diego State. Heading into rookie minicamp, the team announced two more additions at tight end, most notably Austin Allen out of Nebraska. The 23-year-old spent four seasons with the Cornhuskers, becoming a...
    The Chicago Bears have had a lot of success with rookie defensive backs since drafting Mike Brown, one of the best safeties in team history, in the second round in 2000. Charles Tillman (2003), Nathan Vasher (2004), Chris Harris (2005), Kyle Fuller (2014), Adrian Amos (2015), Eddie Jackson (2017) and Jaylon Johnson (2020) all stepped in during their first seasons and began successful careers. But you have to go all the way back to 1971 to find a Bears draft that produced two Week 1 rookie starters in the secondary: cornerback Charlie Ford and free safety Jerry Moore. That’s the plan this year after first-year general manager Ryan Poles used two second-round picks on defensive backs: cornerback Kyler Gordon of Washington and strong safety Jaquan Brisker of Penn State. They’re getting indoctrinated in coach Matt Eberflus’ defense during rookie minicamp this weekend at Halas Hall, and the basics of the scheme will allow them to make a quick transition when the draft class joins veterans in the offseason program. Nothing will be handed to the draft picks, but the depth...
    Getty Former Notre Dame DE Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa. The Las Vegas Raiders are putting their finishing touches on the roster for offseason minicamps. The team will add some salary cap space next month but that money will mainly be used on signing draft picks. Outside of a couple of moves here and there, the roster will look largely the same as it does now throughout the offseason. The Raiders only made six draft picks this year and had no picks in the first two rounds. This could lead to some opportunities for undrafted free agents to make the roster. Perhaps the most notable signing the team has made in undrafted free agency was former Notre Dame defensive lineman Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa. Congrats, @myraaann! #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/kigC2mOT9t — Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) May 1, 2022 Tagovailoa-Amosa spent five years at Notre Dame and has spent time as a team captain. In those five seasons, he notched 5.5 sacks and 17.0 tackles for loss. He had some injuries early in his college career but became a key player for the Fighting Irish. Notably,...
    Getty Mario Addison warms up before a Buffalo Bills playoff game. After spending the last two seasons with the Buffalo Bills, Mario Addison has found a new home. The 34-year-old defensive end has reportedly signed a two-year deal with the Houston Texans, bringing some veteran leadership to a rebuilding defensive line. The Bills made significant upgrades to the defense this offseason while allowing Addison and another veteran defensive end, Jerry Hughes, to head to free agency. The latest Bills news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Bills newsletter here! Join Heavy on Bills! Addison’s New Home Addison joined the Bills in 2020 and had a total of 12 sacks through two seasons. As Anthony Wood of SI.com’s Fan Nation noted, he now has a chance to play a bigger role with a Houston team that has brought in some younger help at defensive line, drafting Thomas Booker in the fifth round and signing six other undrafted free agent linemen. “Having Addison available to step in at a moment’s notice, or even start off the...
    The Detroit Lions continued to make big investments on defense in the NFL draft and are hoping that they result in immediate rewards for a franchise that has struggled in recent seasons. “We definitely felt like we got better as an organization this week,” said Brad Holmes who completed his second draft as the Lions general manager. “We’ve got eight guys that we’re really, really excited about that can help us going forward. READ MORE: Motorcyclist Arrested After Speeding, Fleeing MSP On I-96 In Detroit LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 28: Aidan Hutchinson walks onstage after being selected second by the Detroit Lions during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) “The really good thing about all these guys that we got is they all have different flavors. They’re not all cut out of the same box.” After finishing among the worst defenses in the NFL for the second consecutive season, the Lions this year used six of their eight picks to rebuild the defense. Over...