Mike Sielski: Aaron Rodgers once explained why Jalen Hurts will face so much pressure this season with the Eagles
PHILADELPHIA — Back in November 2016, back when Jalen Hurts was 18 years old and the first true freshman to start at quarterback for Alabama in more than three decades, back when nobody had to monitor Jeopardy! each night for tells and insights into what the NFL's most valuable player might be thinking, Aaron Rodgers said some interesting things, as he often does. They were so interesting, in fact, that they're relevant now, to Hurts and the Eagles, in ways that, quite obviously, no one could have foreseen then. On a conference call with some media members here before an Eagles-Packers game, R...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
John Niyo: Lions' Okudah gets second chance to make first impression
Aaron Glenn learned plenty over the years from Bill Parcells, his Hall of Fame mentor as a coach. But there’s one lesson that Glenn, the Lions’ new defensive coordinator, never had to learn the hard way in a decorated 15-year playing career in the NFL. It’s one he’ll occasionally remind the next generation of, though, now that he’s an NFL coach himself: This league will forget about you quickly. And remembering that is the best way to avoid finding out just how quickly. That’s not to suggest anybody has forgotten about Jeff Okudah here in Detroit. But with a new regime in charge of the Lions, ...
The Detroit News
Larry Stone: Tyler Lockett eager to see what speedy rookie D’Wayne Eskridge adds to Seahawks offense
One of Tyler Lockett’s favorite current projects with his “Light It Up” Foundation is to help youngsters from his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, learn about the business world by job shadowing. Wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge, the Seahawks’ second-round draft pick last week, won’t exactly be job shadowing with Lockett when the Seahawks eventually all gather together to prepare for the 2021 season. But Lockett, the elder statesman of Seattle’s receiving corps, no doubt has a lot to offer the speed-burning rookie out of Western Michigan in the way of wisdom, perspective and technique. And Lockett i...
The Seattle Times
Lions' Frank Ragnow signs 4-year extension, becomes highest-paid center in NFL
DETROIT — The Detroit Lions are serious about building one of the NFL's best offensive lines — and keeping it together for years to come. The Lions agreed to a four-year contract extension with center Frank Ragnow on Thursday that should keep him in Detroit through the 2026 NFL season. NFL Network reported the deal is worth $13.5 million per season, which makes Ragnow the highest-paid center in the NFL, and includes $42 million in guarantees. The Lions took Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell with the seventh pick of last week's draft, when general manager Brad Holmes told the Free Press he w...
Detroit Free Press
In Zach Wilson, the Jets are getting much more than a strong-armed QB
NEW YORK — Zach Wilson earned his place as the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft based on his ability on the field. The Jets’ new franchise quarterback wowed Jets brass with his strong arm, off-platform throws and exceptional athleticism. Wilson’s football personality also includes being a competitive workaholic. But when he wasn’t locked into throwing touchdowns at BYU, he also showed off his empathetic side. “Zach’s done so many videos where he sends people his love,” BYU head coach Kalani Sitake says of a program the team has called “True Blue Heroes” where players reach out to families i...
New York Daily News
Marcus Hayes: Howie Roseman and the Eagles win the NFC East's NFL draft
PHILADELPHIA — It's been well-documented that embattled general manager Howie Roseman slayed the 2021 NFL draft for the Eagles. What's gone unnoticed is how badly he bettered the rest of the NFC East. When your division finishes a season as the worst in NFL history, every team enters the next season rebuilding. It's sort of a slow-build arms race. The first four rounds of the draft are where the talent lies, and that area of the 2021 and 2022 drafts will probably determine which NFC East team reaches the playoffs for the next five or six years. With smart, valuable picks in last week's NFL dra...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
2022 NFL mock draft: Way-too-early projections
A completist is defined as "an obsessive, typically indiscriminate, collector or fan of something." I feel seen. I couldn't possibly leave you without a preview of college football's best players and next year's top draft prospects before I close the book on the 2020-2021 draft season. Obviously, a way-too-early mock draft isn't about accuracy, although, 20 of the 32 players I included last year were either drafted in the first or second round last week. All in all, 27 of 30 players who entered the draft were drafted (the other three signed as priority free agents). The draft order is based on...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The Kansas City Chiefs are adding a former Broncos safety to their defensive backfield
The Chiefs bypassed the chance to amplify their defensive backfield in the NFL Draft. So they did it days afterward. The Chiefs signed free agent safety Will Parks to a one-year contract, a source told The Star. Parks, 26, has played for the Broncos and Eagles. The Broncos drafted him in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent four full seasons in Denver before signing with the Eagles last offseason. After the Eagles waived him in December, the Broncos re-acquired him. In all, Parks as played 72 NFL games and recorded four interceptions, 13 passes defended, two forced fumbles, two sack...
The Kansas City Star
Richard Sherman says he’d be open to a Seahawks return. But does Seattle have a spot for him?
Richard Sherman reiterated Wednesday that he remains open to a reunion with the Seahawks. “It’s always in the cards,’’ Sherman said during an appearance on the ESPN show First Take. “I spend my entire offseason in Seattle. It’s where I live. It’s where my family is. So it’s always in the cards.’’ That backed up what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after the draft Saturday when Carroll said the two have had multiple conversations this offseason and the team would not close the door on a possible return by one of the franchise’s best and most famous players. The question now appears to be if Se...
The Seattle Times
Dan Wiederer: Aaron Rodgers is as good as gone from Packers. Suddenly Bears might have best QB situation in NFC North.
CHICAGO — Maybe the news didn’t fully compute Thursday afternoon. Aaron Rodgers discontent with management in Green Bay? OK. Sure. Stuff happens. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. There’s also usually an extinguisher nearby. But Aaron Rodgers fully committed to never taking another snap for the Packers? Come on! Really? Wow. It initially felt like juicy scuttlebutt and not much more, some of that junior high kind of drama that creates quite a stir but ultimately resolves itself before anything seismic occurs. Except this is not that. Far from it. The initial rumors of Rodger...