Dave Hyde: Why Tua won't 'fail' physical and how players get medically graded — an ex-Dolphins doctor's talk
Let’s start here: NFL team doctors don’t “fail” players in a medical physical like coaches say and reporters write. Not really. Not unless there’s some life-threatening issue, like a kidney or heart problem that needs medical treatment immediately.In 17 years as the Miami Dolphins team doctor, George Caldwell helped spot such problems to save the life and temporarily stop the football career of the rare player during the NFL combine’s physicals of draft prospects. Such a player indeed got a “5” grade on the Dolphins’ scale. A fail.And, yes, there is a scale based on a player’s physical conditi...
Marcus Hayes: A 7th playoff team would've saved Chip Kelly, and cost Eagles and Andy Reid their Super Bowl wins
PHILADELPHIA — The announcement Tuesday that NFL owners voted to add a wild card team to the league’s annual title tournament after the 2020 season spurred the release of several lists ranking past would-be No. 7 seeds that might have benefited most: the 2012 Bears and their dominant defense, the 1991 49ers who got Steve Young back late, etc.How might Philadelphia have been affected?By association, Andy Reid, who finally got his ring with the Chiefs in February, might’ve had to wait another year.More directly: The Eagles would have never won their Super Bowl. That’s right: Saint Nick would’ve ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Dallas Cowboys taking a chance on suspended DE Aldon Smith, agreeing to one-year deal
The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance that suspended defensive end Aldon Smith can help fill their need for an edge rusher.The team has agreed to terms with Smith for the 2020 season, a source confirmed a report from Jay Glazer of Fox Sports.It’s a one-year deal worth up to $4 million if he hits some incentives, per source.It’s been chronicled that the Cowboys are hoping the possible return of suspended defensive end Randy Gregory will help at the position.Gregory has not played since 2018 but is applying for reinstatement after being indefinitely for repeated violations of the substance abus...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Seahawks bring back Benson Mayowa to revive pass rush while Clowney watch continues
While the Jadeveon Clowney watch continued into its third week Wednesday, the Seahawks made another move to shore up their ailing pass rush, while maybe showing Clowney they are getting tired of waiting for him to make a decision.And they did so by again calling back a member of their 2013 Super Bowl team — Benson Mayowa.Mayowa, 28, agreed to terms on a contract with Seattle Wednesday afternoon, as confirmed by his agent, David Canter. The NFL Network reported Mayowa agreed to a one-year deal that includes $3 million fully guaranteed and could go over $4 million with incentives.Seattle two wee...
The Seattle Times
Tua Tagovailoa says he's 100% healthy, will be 'discreet' about sharing interest from NFL teams
Tua Tagovailoa, the Alabama quarterback recovering from a severe hip injury ahead of the 2020 NFL draft, says he’s now 100% healthy.He also believes he could perform like the dynamic player he was in college.“I’d say I’m 100 percent right now,” Tagovailoa said on ESPN’s SportsCenter Wednesday afternoon. “I’d say I’m ready to play.”Tagovailoa’s hip recovery remains the biggest storyline ahead of the draft, scheduled for April 23-25, where the Miami Dolphins own the No. 5 pick among 14 total selections.The Dolphins tried to arrange a pre-draft visit with Tagovailoa to assess his health and follo...
Barry Jackson: Where the Miami Dolphins stand on defense, what's ahead and who's at risk of being cut
MIAMI — A look at where the Miami Dolphins’ defensive depth chart stands after the heavy lifting of free agency and three weeks from the NFL Draft:———DEFENSIVE LINE— Under contract (11): Davon Godchaux, Christian Wilkins, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Zach Sieler, Gerald Willis, Charles Harris, Jonathan Ledbetter, Avery Moss, Taco Charlton, Durval Queiroz-Neto.— What’s ahead: Expect the Dolphins to add at least one defensive tackle and another edge player in the draft — whether it’s a defensive end or outside linebacker.There figures to be one or two additions to the likely defensive line rotat...
Jeff Gordon: Chase Daniel carves out lucrative career in his role as NFL understudy
Former Mizzou quarterback Chase Daniel has enjoyed one of the more astounding careers in NFL history.He has started five regular season NFL games and won two of them since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2009. Yet he has grossed more than $34 million in career earnings, not counting his latest deal: $13.05 million for three years with the Detroit Lions.Why does Daniel, 33, keep getting paid huge money?He has mastered the role of understudy, learning offenses inside and out while supporting the guy starting ahead of him.A really good backup quarterback is like a player-coach. He helps impleme...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
General manager Joe Douglas says Jets looked into adding pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney
Joe Douglas’ desire to improve the Jets’ pedestrian pass rush prompted him to look into adding three-time Pro Bowler Jadeveon Clowney, who remains unsigned two weeks after the start of free agency.Clowney, who’s looking for monster payday, would instantly improve Gregg Williams’ defense.The Jets GM said he had spoken with Clowney’s agents.“We’re going to do our due diligence on everybody that’s out there … especially at the edge rushing position,” Douglas said on a conference call Wednesday. “I’m not going to get into the specifics or the details of the conversations we’ve had.”The Seahawks wo...
New York Daily News
Even without live sports, Jared Allen's plan is to dodge NFL draft
When your COVID-19 era to-do list has dwindled to making sure your normally hyperactive teenager doesn’t sleep 23 hours a day, you improvise.You maybe, I don’t know, talk to Jared Allen. See how the four-time NFL All-Pro defensive lineman, who calf-roped 136 quarterbacks in his potential Hall of Fame career, is doing down in Nashville chasing after daughters Brinley Noelle, 8, and Lakelyn, 5.“Just hanging out at the house doing home-schooling and all that good stuff,” the former Vikings star said. “We have a pretty big yard. When it’s not raining, we get out there and hang out. My wife (Amy) a...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Michael Rand: Will the Vikings pick a QB in first three rounds of NFL Draft?
It’s now April 1, and this is no joke: After a horrendous month of March, we can at least start to try to think about warmer weather, better times ahead and actual things on the sports calendar.Chief among them: The NFL Draft, which is going on as scheduled April 23-25 — albeit in a different form, with prospects and their families not in attendance and everything being handled virtually. (You can still boo Roger Goodell from a safe distance, however).On the most recent Access Vikings podcast, we talked about the Vikings’ draft strategy — and whether they might pick a quarterback with a meanin...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)