Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger‘s response to the team’s decision to draft Mason Rudolph in the third round drew attention on Tuesday, particularly when Roethlisberger said he plans to play 3-5 more years after musing about retirement not so long ago.
Between last year’s trade request and reports just before the draft of a possible trade, Roethlisberger may have been the only one caught off guard when the Steelers shipped Bryant to Oakland. Roethlisberger said he’s heard comparisons between Washington and JuJu Smith-Schuster, who made a strong impact as a rookie in 2017.
If those comparisons continue, the Steelers offense should be in fine shape.
“We had another team which is going to surprise you. Another team had said, ‘You may get a big surprise on draft day, at No. 2, if he’s available.’ And it was the Patriots,” Mills said. “They had 23 and they had 31 and they had two seconds. We thought, ‘That’s gonna be a heck of a move, to get up that high from where they are.’ And of course he wasn’t available so we never knew if that was reality or not.”
There was talk before the draft of the Patriots trading up for a quarterback, but trading all the way up to No. 2 would have been incredibly hard to pull off. Given that Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman scoffed at trading down from No. 2, he surely would have demanded even more than the Patriots’ two first-round picks and two second-round picks. Would Bill Belichick, who has traditionally preferred trading down over trading up, really have pulled the trigger on a trade like that?
Then there’s the question of how Brady would have reacted: He’s already refusing to say if he feels the Patriots appreciate him. How would he feel if the Patriots used a bounty of draft picks to take the next franchise quarterback, rather than using those picks on players who can help Brady win another Super Bowl this season?
Colts running back Marlon Mack played his rookie season with a torn labrum, General Manager Chris Ballard told SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Mack underwent offseason shoulder surgery to repair the tear.
Ballard said he expects Mack to return fully healthy by training camp.
With Frank Gore‘s departure, Mack should get more work this season. A fourth-round pick in 2017, he ran 93 times for 358 yards and three touchdowns.
The report also quotes Lions team president Rod Wood, who told the outlet that he didn’t know about the incident, but later made this statement to the Detroit News:
“I am very comfortable with the process of interviewing and employing Matt,” Wood said. “I will tell you with 1,000-percent certainty that everything I’ve learned confirmed what I already knew about the man and would have no way changed our decision to make him our head coach.”
Starter Carson Wentz continues his rehab from the ACL and LCL he tore in his left knee. He was injured in a December game against the Rams, and recovery time typically takes 9-12 months. While Wentz has set the season opener as his target for a return, the Eagles will have plenty of reps available in training camp and the preseason, not wanting to overtax Nick Foles.
Philadelphia also has Nate Sudfeld on its roster.
In Perkins’ absence, Stewart was the primary ballcarrier during the three voluntary practices of the Giants’ pre-NFL Draft minicamp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center, as Perkins watched from the sideline with his arm in a sling while recovering from his injury.
This weekend’s rookie minicamp and upcoming OTAs should offer a more definitive glimpse of the Giants’ running back rotation behind Barkley and Stewart.
Last season, Perkins appeared in 11 games, making four starts, finishing 2017 with 41 carries for 90 yards and eight catches for 46 yards.
Former Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has taken a television job in retirement.
CBS announced today that Arians will work in a three-man booth with Greg Gumbel and Trent Green this season. Jamie Erdahl will be the sideline reporter on the broadcasts.
“I always hoped that broadcasting would be an option after I retired from coaching as a way to stay involved with this great game,” Arians said in a statement. “I am thrilled to have that opportunity with such a class organization as CBS Sports.”
That’s the wrong idea—eliminating a role for women in the predominantly male world of professional football is the opposite of empowering them.
When a cheerleader complains, the organization will say, fine, let’s just get rid of the cheerleaders, Ware says.
They must pass an arduous audition process that often includes a test about the organization’s history and the game of football, and an interview segment where hopefuls dress in business attire and answer questions from local professionals to prove they can handle the responsibility of representing the organization in the community and abroad.
The play of their defense in that game was a major reason why the Vikings didn’t return home to play in Super Bowl LII. They gave up season-highs in both points and yards as the Eagles rolled to a 38-7 win. As the team prepares for the 2018 season, linebacker Ben Gedeon said they need to use the loss as “fuel” and safety Harrison Smith wants the loss to be an educational tool.
“We didn’t deliver, so that’s something we can learn from this offseason, and hopefully we will use it in the future,” Smith said, via the Pioneer Press. “If we just throw the film away, that’s doing yourself a disservice. We want to learn from the good and from the bad, and use it all to get better for the season.”
The Vikings defense had its worst day at the worst possible time. Getting a chance to reverse that this season will take the same kind of effort from the unit every week.
Former WR Ryan Switzer thinks Cowboys may have miscast him on offense More When the Dallas Cowboys traded for Tavon Austin of the Rams, it appeared the club was continuing an evolution to small ball.
The veteran will turn 29 in 2018, which isn’t old for most positions but it’s where many running backs slow down. With Ingram set to reach free agency in 2019 and Kamara stepping in as an instant star in 2017, there may not have been much more of a future with the Saints for Ingram.
Warner isn’t breaking new ground here. There’s a natural human tendency to rage against the dying of the light.
Just a few years ago, former NFL and USFL star Herschel Walker insisted he could still play at age 52. Nearly 20 years after he left the gridiron for the silver screen, Hall of Fame power back Jim Brown sported a Raiders jersey for a Sports Illustrated cover story on the fanciful notion of an age-47 comeback.
The rare confidence which enables a supreme athlete to erase reasonable doubts doesn’t vanish after retirement. Seven years removed from his last NFL snap, former Bengals wideout T.J. Houshmandzadeh firmly believes he could return as a No. 3 receiver with a few month’s worth of work.
Maybe I’m wrong, Houshmandzadeh told the Bengals ‘ website last month, but that’s what I think and I believe it wholeheartedly. In my heart of hearts, I believe I can still play football.
Warner has authored one of the most unlikely, storybook careers in American professional sports history.
On Monday, the NFLPA announced their decision, writing in their release that they told agents of free agents who had participated in the protests during the national anthem to collect, memorialize and report any relevant information about potential violations of the Collective Bargaining Agreement by teams. The NFLPA went on to write that a club appears to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a club’s policy prohibiting demonstration and that at least one club owner has asked preemployment interview questions about a player’s intent to demonstrate.
He has been a strong supporter of former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 became the first player to kneel during the anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Kaepernick wasn’t signed for the 2017 season following his release in San Francisco. Reid continued the quarterback’s protests. Reid last week filed a collusion claim similar to one filed by Kaepernick last year.
Gina Haspel, nominee to head CIA, sought to withdraw over questions about her role in agency interrogation program
Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to become the next CIA director, sought to withdraw her nomination Friday after some White House officials worried that her role in the interrogation of terrorist suspects could prevent her confirmation by the Senate, according to four senior U.S. officials.
Trump learned of the drama Friday, calling officials from his trip to Dallas. He decided to push for Haspel to remain as the nominee after initially signaling he would support whatever decision was taken, administration officials said.
That group is comprised of the most recent draft’s first five quarterbacks selected: Oklahoma’s Baker Bayfield (Cleveland Browns), USC’s Sam Darnold (New York Jets), Wyoming’s Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills), UCLA’s Josh Rosen (Arizona Cardinals) and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens). Kizer, who turned 22 years old in January, very well could have been one of the first selected from that group had he stayed in college another year.
Instead, the Toledo, Ohio, native left Notre Dame early and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the second round of the 2017 draft. What ensued was largely a crash course on how to botch a rookie’s introduction to the professional game, with head coach Hue Jackson starting Kizer in 15 of 16 possible games but often keeping him on a short leash. Jackson twice gave Kizer the hook in games in which he was struggling (though he explained one was to avoid Kizer getting hit repeatedly in a lost game), and benched him entirely for Cleveland’s 33-17 Week 6 loss to Houston.
He was on the taxi squad for the 2006 U.S. Olympic team that placed eighth in Turin. He was named to the 2010 Olympic team, but broke his forearm early in the season. A doctor initially suggested it could heal on its own. After about eight weeks, Martin saw a specialist in New York.
Thoughts: The Lions loaded up on linebacker in free agency, but there’s still room to get better. Avery is an outstanding athlete who can cover a lot of ground in a hurry, including rush the passer. The Lions met with the productive Jewell during the pre-draft process, implying a level of interest. And Griffin, one of the draft’s great stories, is more than that. The one-handed linebacker can be a productive special-team and sub-package player.