2020 NFL mock draft: Four-round projections
Every mock draft since December has essentially had quarterback Joe Burrow and edge rusher Chase Young locked in as the first two picks.I figured I’d mix it up in honor of April Fools’ Day, especially since the next three weeks it’s go time.This version will be the last one of the season to feature what I believe should happen (spoiler alert: the Bengals pass on Burrow). From here on out, it’s all about what I believe will happen.Please accept this alternative mix as a weekly distraction from the crazy world we inhabit.———THE PREAMBLEThe NFL draft has become a nice appetizer before our main co...
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2020 NFL draft: Updated team needs
There are three ways a team can improve in the off-season: a trade, through free agency or during the draft.The trade and free agent markets are wide open. We are less than a month from the draft.The NFL landscape is shifting as I type, with major moves over the past two weeks especially. It’s time to update needs for all 32 teams:———1. Cincinnati BengalsBiggest needs: QB, OL, LB, S, TENote: The Andy Dalton era in Cincinnati is over. It’s essentially a given at this point “Tiger King” Joe Burrow will be selected first overall by the Bengals. Upgrading a poor offensive line with “Joe Exotic” un...
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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...
Bryce Miller: Baseball book explores lives of former Padres Garry Templeton, Randy Ready
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Huddled in a coffee shop back when such things happened, a Bay Area college biology professor explained how a PhD on insects in Tahiti lives in the same brain as a book about the unbridled joy of baseball cards.Thoughts about the 18 species of creepers, crawlers and flyers found solely in one corner of French Polynesia share space in Brad Balukjian’s noodle with the early-1980s comings and goings of former Padres shortstop Garry Templeton.As Balukjian peeled back the process behind “The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife,” the 39-year-old detailed ...
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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 ...
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Paul Sullivan: Sports equipment manufacturers do right thing by helping ensure safety of health care workers on frontline of coronavirus crisis
Imagine representing your favorite baseball team — be it the Cubs or White Sox — by wearing a blue or black pinstriped face mask at the ballpark this summer.We’re not there yet, of course, because we don’t even know if there will be a baseball season. And there’s still a debate over whether those who haven’t tested positive for the coronavirus should be wearing face masks in public.But it’s something I’ve been thinking about since learning of the collaboration between Major League Baseball and its official jersey manufacturer, Fanatics, to address the shortage of protective masks and gowns for...
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
Reworked MLB deal can affect Red Sox in many ways
Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brandon Workman might have played their final games as members of the Red Sox.Kevin Pillar might never appear in one.Resetting the penalties accumulated through the Collective Balance Tax, something Boston prioritized entering the 2020 season, might not happen.The deal struck by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association on Friday was a complicated one. Owners secured short-term financial security while players protected their long-term interests, and the Red Sox are one of 30 franchises left considering how it will affect them specifically. The coronavirus pa...
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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...