David Murphy: Eagles draft needs begin with wide receiver, but history demands they consider others in first round
PHILADELPHIA — There are lots of words that NFL fans dread hearing from their favorite team on draft day.Measureables.High character.Dave Gettleman is on the clock.Here in Philadelphia, I’m getting the sense that, this year, the center of the bingo square is, “Best Player Available.” Part of that might have to do with past psychological trauma.There was a stretch where the best player available always seemed to be a defensive end who we would later learn was not, in fact, the best player available. Mike Mamula, Jon Harris, Jerome McDougle, Marcus Smith — if they gave out Lombardi Trophies for ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Falcons GM Dimitroff homeschools for a most important draft
Now that it is mandated that he work from home, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has not cleared out such luxuries as a bed or a kitchen sink to make room for the oversized draft board. He hasn’t broken any neighborhood covenants by parking a CIA-surplus satellite truck in the driveway as a backup in case the internet goes out. Not yet anyway.Earlier this week Dimitroff uprooted his laptop during a media video conference and conducted a quick tour of where he’ll help mold the Falcons’ future come April 23-25.Draft Central appeared to be a room off his home office that consisted of a co...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tua Tagovailoa's agent challenges reports about QB's health
Tua Tagovailoa has told the world he’s totally healthy, and will be ready to play football in 2020.He’s training in Nashville, working to ensure that’s true, and has shown NFL teams video of those workouts, which are being conducted nearly five months after he had his hip dislocation and fracture surgically repaired.However, rumors have started swirling that the former Alabama standout recently failed at least one NFL team’s physical at the NFL Combine, and concerns about his health and durability could result in his stock falling in the upcoming draft.His agent Leigh Steinberg went on the def...
Armando Salguero: Oregon coach Mario Cristobal discusses QB Justin Herbert's makeup and personality
On a cross-country phone call from Eugene, Oregon, to South Florida, my conversation with Oregon football coach Mario Cristobal eventually leads us to talking about Cuban food.Because I have no clue where he finds it. And I ask how he can live without occasional doses — which he doesn’t because his wife cooks and he informs me there are a couple of Cuban restaurants in Portland.Then we get down to business because this isn’t about jamo’n (ham). This is about Herbert.Justin Herbert.Cristobal has been Herbert’s coach the past three years, including 2019 when the Ducks won the Rose Bowl and Crist...
Super Bowl-champion Chiefs agree to one-year deal with cornerback Bashaud Breeland
The Chiefs are bringing back a key piece to the defensive secondary that helped them win Super Bowl LIV.The Chiefs agreed to terms a one-year deal with cornerback Bashaud Breeland, sources confirmed Thursday with The Star. While financial details were not disclosed, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports the deal is worth $4.5 million.Breeland, 28, originally joined the Chiefs on a one-year deal in March 2019 and helped a remarkable turnaround against the pass on the team’s march to a Super Bowl championship. With Breeland and Charvarius Ward manning the outside cornerback positions, the Chiefs finished ...
The Kansas City Star
If Detroit Lions want to trade down in NFL draft, Tua Tagovailoa's injury concern may help
Concerns about Tua Tagovailoa’s injury history could be heating up two weeks before the NFL draft, and that might help the Detroit Lions’ chances of trading out of the No. 3 pick.Former NFL general manager Michael Lombardi, who worked with both Lions general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia with the New England Patriots, said in his “GM Shuffle” podcast that he knows of two teams who flunked Tagovailoa on his combine physical, including one in the top 10.“It’s not just his hip,” Lombardi said. “It’s his ankle. It’s his wrist. He broke his wrist the first day of spring ball one year. A...
Detroit Free Press
Sid Hartman: Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman faces unique draft challenges this year
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced this week that the draft will go on as planned between April 23-25, but teams will make their selections from remote locations. This will present challenges for every franchise and make for one of the most fascinating drafts in modern league history.In the modern era, each club has scouts working throughout the year at all levels of college football to try and gain an edge.For Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman, the draft is where he has made his name — not only by finding contributing players in every round, but also by making draft-day deals to try...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Oddsmakers like Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes to win MVP, but big money is on another QB
Assuming the 2020 NFL season begins on time, Thursday marked 154 days until the first game would kick off.Although a lot can happen between now and Sept. 10, oddsmakers in Las Vegas have handicapped the NFL MVP race.According to WilliamHill Sports Book, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes has the best odds to win the MVP award. He’s listed at 9-2, followed by the current MVP, Baltimore’s Lamar Jackson, at 7-1.Seattle’s Russell Wilson has 10-1 odds, while Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is at 18-1. The top 10 players listed are all quarterbacks.A trio of Chiefs make the list as long shots: runn...
The Kansas City Star
Dave Hyde: A growing chorus of NFL insiders detail the too-risky medical story of Tua Tagovailoa
One former NFL coach, Rex Ryan, says Tua Tagovailoa didn’t have three surgeries as widely reported. The Alabama quarterback actually had five surgeries in his college career.“Do you pass on him?” Ryan said on ESPN. “I tell you what, if I only have one first-round pick, it’s too risky.”Another former NFL executive, Mike Lombardi, detailed the litany of Tua’s broken anatomy.“It’s not just his hip,” Lombardi said on his “GM Shuffle” podcast. “It’s his ankle. It’s his wrist. He broke his wrist the first day of spring ball one year. … He’s brittle. He is brittle. You can’t deny it.”There’s a growin...
Matt Rhule gave us a lot of info on the Panthers' approach to 2020. Let's break it down.
Time is not an issue for Panthers head coach Matt Rhule. He’s going on more walks than he ever has in his life, is eating dinner with his wife and three kids, watching tape on a variety of players and growing out his beard.Similar to the impacts felt by everyone around the country, the measures put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have put restrictions and a unique twist on Rhule’s first season with the Panthers. The offseason training program was scheduled to start this week for the five teams with new head coaches, however, that is on pause as the NFL and NFLPA search for a virtual...
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