Darrell Bevell likes Detroit Lions' new offensive linemen who 'like to hurt the opponent'
Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell hasn’t been able to see his new additions to the offensive line on the field yet, but from what he has seen from their game film and what he’s learned about them in the offseason, he’s encouraged that the unit’s attitude will be different this season.The Lions signed free-agent tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai to a five-year, $50-million deal in March. In April, they drafted Ohio State guard Jonah Jackson in the third round and Kentucky guard Logan Stenberg in the fourth round.All three players are regarded as very good run-blockers, and Bevell th...
Detroit Free Press
Dolphins' new center Ted Karras hopes to bring leadership to offensive line
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Having a wallflower at center is typically a bad idea because of all the communication responsibilities that come with that position.Centers are usually the conductors of an offensive line, making the protection calls and adjustments before the snap. But Ted Karras has embraced filling the leadership role on the Miami Dolphins’ rebuilt offensive line, which received a massive makeover this offseason because of last year’s struggles.Karras, who left the New England Patriots to sign a one-year, $3 million deal to join the Dolphins as a free agent, was signed to serve as D...
Seahawks re-sign offensive lineman Jordan Simmons
The Seahawks on Wednesday made a move that likely fills out their offensive line heading into the NFL draft later this month, re-signing three-year veteran Jordan Simmons. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.Simmons was an exclusive-rights free agent but was not tendered by the Seahawks, which made him an unrestricted free agent. The Seahawks apparently did that so that they could offer Simmons what is termed a “split” contract, which will decrease the team’s potential salary-cap hit if Simmons were to again go on Injured Reserve, as he did a year ago when he missed the entire sea...
The Seattle Times
The best returning Gamecock? Analytics point to name that might surprise.
The challenge of using any sort of analytics is splitting the difference when something surprises. Is there something wrong with the system, or is it showing something in a different light?South Carolina’s football team has a few of candidates for best returning player. Shi Smith is a four-year starter. Aaron Sterling did some damage on the defensive line last year. The offensive line has several returning starters, Jaycee Horn showed well for two seasons, and some of the younger players have the potential to take the mantle soon.The analytics outfit Pro Football Focus named the top returning ...
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