Why switching Detroit Lions CB Jamal Agnew to WR this fall makes sense
Jamal Agnew has done a little bit of everything in his NFL career.He has been the Detroit Lions’ regular kick and punt returner since he entered the league in 2017. He has seen time as a gadget running back and offensive weapon. He has played some as a backup cornerback and on special teams.And when training camp opens this summer, the Lions hope to make him a wide receiver full time.Peter King dropped an interesting nugget in his weekly Football Morning in America column Monday, when he wrote that Agnew, the Lions’ fourth-year cornerback and return man, took part in a virtual wide receiver po...
Detroit Free Press
Ex-Chiefs coach Herm Edwards calls NFL incentive for minority hires 'bad for football'
NFL owners last week tabled a proposal to reward teams that hire minority coaches by giving them a better third-round draft pick.However, teams will be required to interview at least two minority candiate from outside their organization for a head coaching opening and at least one for an open defensive or special-teams coordinator job. One minority candidate must be interviewed for a vacant general manager’s job, too.“Perhaps if the new rules work, they will become known as the ‘Bieniemy Amendments’ to the Rooney Rule,” columnist John Feinstein of the Washington Post wrote. “Eric Bieniemy, the...
The Kansas City Star
Dolphins owner Steve Ross says NFL will 'definitely' play this season, 'planning to have fans in the stadium'
The NFL will play this season, Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross said Tuesday morning, and fans being in stadiums are part of those plans for now.“I think definitely there will be a football season this year,” Ross said on CNBC. “The real question is will there be fans in the stadium? Right now, today, we’re planning to have fans in the stadium. But I think the NFL is looking at, and is very flexible, so that we will be able to start on time and bring that entertainment that is so needed for all of us in this country.“I think the one thing we all miss is our sports. I don’t think a lot of people...
NFL analyst ranks Dolphins' Tua Tagovailoa last among top-40 quarterbacks
In a top-40 countdown of NFL quarterbacks, one analyst has ranked Miami Dolphins rookie Tua Tagovailoa dead last.Former NFL quarterback Chris Simms has Tagovailoa, Miami’s fifth pick in April’s NFL draft, as his 40th-best quarterback heading into the 2020 season.Simms credits Tagovailoa’s talent and charisma, but is concerned about his injury history and the perceived talent disparity between his teammates at Alabama and his new Dolphins teammates.“Do I have my concerns if he will be worthy of that top-five pick, and be a guy that can carry a football team on his shoulders and make plays when ...
49ers will count on D.J. Jones to fill the hole left by Buckner's departure
The 49ers won’t replace DeForest Buckner with just one player along the defensive line in 2020. Buckner was too productive and durable to have a single replacement.Buckner missed just one game the past four seasons while recording 28.5 sacks, earning a contract worth up to $84 million following a trade to the Indianapolis Colts. Arik Armstead and No. 14 overall draft pick Javon Kinlaw will be tasked with picking up the slack in the middle.So will nose tackle D.J. Jones, who might be sliding under the radar on San Francisco’s talented, star-laden defensive line. Jones showed flashes of dominanc...
The Sacramento Bee
Florida lands QB Jalen Kitna, son of longtime NFL signal caller Jon Kitna
Quarterback Jalen Kitna, son of longtime NFL signal caller Jon Kitna, has committed to the Florida Gators’ 2021 class.The younger Kitna announced his decision on Twitter Tuesday, becoming the second quarterback and 17th overall commitment in a class ranked seventh by 247Sports.com.The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Kitna hails from Reedy High School in Frisco, Texas, and is the nation’s 27th-rated pro style quarterback. If Jalen Kitna follows a similar path as his father, he could be a late bloomer and blossom under UF coach Dan Mullen.Jon Kitna attended Central Washington University without a scholarshi...
No offseason practice means Eagles rookies will struggle to play key roles in team's plans this season
Doug Pederson wasted little time bracing Eagles fans for the very real possibility that this year’s rookie class might not be making much of a contribution to the team’s NFL war effort.“Personally, I feel we’re going to have to lean on our veterans players,” he said less than two hours after the Eagles had made the last of the their 10 draft selections late last month.“We’re going to have to lean on DeSean Jackson and Greg Ward, guys like that. And now Marquise Goodwin, a veteran player who understands the game, until we can get these young guys caught up.”Under normal circumstances, this isn’...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Bob Condotta: With the roster just about complete, have the Seahawks made themselves better?
There’s only one real offseason goal for any NFL team, such as the Seahawks — get better.Whether the Seahawks or any NFL has done that obviously can’t be known until games are played.Also, the offseason never really ends.While we’re past the draft and the bulk of free agency, there’s still lots of talent that can be acquired between now and the first game of the season.A partial list of players the Seahawks have acquired in May or after just since 2017 includes offensive linemen J.R. Sweezy and Duane Brown, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney, Ziggy Ansah and Sheldo...
The Seattle Times
Barry Jackson: What Dolphins are planning with Tagovailoa. And pundits square off on playing-time issue.
A six-pack of Tua Tagovailoa notes on a Monday:— Should the Dolphins slow-play it with Tua Tagovailoa during his rookie season or should he play as soon as he begins to perform as well as — or better than — Ryan Fitzpatrick in practice? That’s as important as any on-field question the Dolphins will face this season.One person who spoke to the Dolphins’ front office came away with the impression that while it’s likely Fitzpatrick will begin the season as the starter, Miami isn’t opposed to playing Tagovailoa as a rookie if he earns the opportunity at some point this season.The expectation of Fi...
Steve Hummer: We're reminded again of NFL's shameful lack of blacks in high places
That there is an intrinsic insanity to the coaching profession is clear in the case of the Falcons’ Raheem Morris.Morris began last season working with the Falcons’ receivers. He ended it calling third-down plays for the defense, sharing play-calling with Jeff Ulbrich in a strange synthesis that nonetheless led to some better work for the defense. Entering a sixth season with a team on which he has twice shuttled between offensive and defensive meeting rooms, he now owns the hard-won title of defensive coordinator.And equally clear is that the path Morris has chosen, as an African-American coa...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution