Land rush for undrafted free agents started earlier than usual

Nearly every year, we hear complaints about the land rush for undrafted free agents, which reaches a fever pitch when the draft ends. Teams push for quick decisions, and players and agents don’t always have time to think things through before teams move on to the next option.

This year, the complaints have subsided, for one very good reason. Teams have started the process of talking to potential UDFAs earlier than usual.

Nick Nelson started his college career at Hawaii but transferred to Wisconsin. If I had a scholarship at Hawaii, no force on earth could get me to leave. Well, except maybe a volcano. Anyway, Nelson commits too many penalties and, despite return experience, rarely intercepts a pass. A case of the grabbies can be cured, but it’s hard to project Nelson as much more than a nickel or dime player. Another high-risk selection for Retro Riverboat Gruden, though at least this one is at a position of need. Grade: C-plus.

He’s perhaps best known this offseason for helping his brother through a weird naked bloody incident in Los Angeles.

Cayleb Jones will be eligible to participate in the offseason program and preseason games, but not the first four weeks of the regular season.

Lorenzo Carter, OLB, Georgia: At 6-5, 250 pounds, he’s built like another former Bulldog, Justin Houston. However that’s where the similarity ends as Carter hasn’t been nearly as productive a player as Houston. Still, he should plug in nicely on a new-look 3-4 front that will feature Olivier Vernon on the other side.

Chad Thomas, DE, Miami (Fla.): He bolsters the defensive line rotation beyond Myles Garrett and Emmanuel Ogbah, though Thomas only managed nine sacks over the last two years.

Justin Reid, S, Stanford: The brother of former 49ers S Eric Reid, he bolsters a pass defense that finished 24th in 2017. This is Houston’s first pick of this draft. Justin Reid is a versatile and savvy defender who is comfortable both up high and in the box.
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While the idea of this is amazingly fun, it’s crazy to think Warner, plagued by concussions late in his career, could actually do it now. Warner hasn’t played in a professional game since the 2009 season. We’re talking about nearly a decade outside of the sport.
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During an appearance on NFL Network on Tuesday, Warner tried to squash the rumor he started.

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I said it last year, at the beginning: Who wouldn’t want to manage this team? It’s a really good team and it’s young, and it’s very enjoyable to be around. But that’s not the reality of what’s going on [since Girardi was let go], and I’m OK with that.

You develop relationships, so yeah, you pull for people. I want to see the guys do well. When you’re not part of a team and you’re not there on an everyday basis, your rooting interest is different. But yeah, I pull for them. These guys were a big part of my life the last 10 years.

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Thirteen months ago, Tony Romo retired from the NFL after 14 seasons, all spent with the Cowboys. Tight end Jason Witten, who came into the league with Romo in 2003, was also one of Romo’s best friends on the team. And days after Romo announced that he had played his last game and would join CBS Sports’ NFL coverage, Witten penned a heartfelt letter about their time together.

Remember, Darnold doesn’t even turn 21 until next month, and McCown was an above-average passer before a broken left hand ended his 2017 season in early December. Darnold is the future of the Jets and also represents something of a fresh start for the eternally star-crossed franchise. Don’t rush this baby.

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Elite Kids T.J. Oshie Jersey The Browns and Chiefs agreed to a trade earlier this week that would send tight end Randall Telfer to Kansas City in exchange for linebacker Dadi Nicolas, but it won’t be going through.
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So Ryan has set a new bar. And it won’t be easy for the Packers and Aaron Rodgers to overcome it. We’ll explain that in further detail in a separate post.

For now, the point is this: Ryan has gotten a record-setting deal, and he’ll likely be a Falcons for the next six years, and probably beyond.

Francis captioned a photo of himself laughing, writing, When the team you were on didn’t appreciate you but the team you played against actually pays attention to the film. He added several hashtags, including the dates of the Giants’ games against Washington as well as #AndYourLogoIsRacist.

Francis hosts a weekly wrestling podcast, and his Wednesday segment of Jobbing Out included more shots at his former team.
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Last Thursday, the day the draft was going to start, I had a meeting with Jim Tomsula, who is one of the best D-line coaches in the history of the league, Francis said on his podcast, via the Washington Post. He told me that going into OTAs, that he thought I should be the starting nose [tackle]. I balled out.

. . . That whole situation was bungled. That whole situation was terrible. I am so grateful that I’m out of there, because they don’t care about the film. They don’t care about who can actually play football. They only care about themselves.

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When Derwin James slipped to the Chargers at No. 17 overall, the Florida State safety was widely acclaimed as one of the draft’s early-round steals.

If the Ravens hadn’t traded out of the No. 16 spot, however, James wouldn’t have landed in Los Angeles as a godsend for Gus Bradley’s defense.

In a Thursday interview with BaltimoreRavens.com’s podcast, The Lounge, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta revealed that he and Ozzie Newsome would have drafted James had Baltimore kept the pick.

His selection drew the loudest cheers of the night at AT&T Stadium, in contrast to how the locals greeted Dallas’ first-rounder, Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch, whose reception was cool at best. I was watching my phone and it got down to two minutes and I thought it had passed, Williams said. My phone starts with 972 so I knew it was a Dallas area code, and I thought this can’t be. I got on the phone and it was Cloud 9. It was definitely a roller coaster and it was up and down.

The only positive for the streaky Davidson’s fantasy value — mostly in deeper-than-12-team mixed and AL-only formats — is that he has balanced career splits (.317 wOBA versus left-handers, .316 versus right-handers), and most of the Minnesota Twins’ starters are as susceptible to righties as lefties, resulting in a better rating for White Sox right- than left-handed hitters despite facing opponents that have entirely right-handed rotations.

Coupling those games at that hitting-friendly venue with three games at home against the below-average Pittsburgh Pirates pitching staff at the team’s own hitting-friendly ballpark, all Brewers hitters enjoy a matchups boost.The speedy Brewers are the ones who enjoy the biggest bump, as the team has been giving the green light at a greater-than-league-average rate thus far.

The Reds should give weak-armed Devin Mesoraco at least one start, and the Pirates have been regularly using Francisco Cervelli, one of the worst catchers in the game at managing the running game, behind the plate. Jonathan Villar, a .297 hitter with a .328 on-base percentage against righties this season who has begun to earn starts as the team’s No. 6 hitter against right-handers, particularly stands out.orioles_015

Bucs looking into tweet during draft threatening general manager Jason Licht

Buccaneers team security is investigating a threatening tweet directed at general manager Jason Licht.
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But the man responsible for the Twitter Josh Harrison Youth jersey post and who identified himself as Mike Rogers, 38, of Houston said he was upset with the Bucs’ selections in the NFL draft this past week and meant no harm.

Thanks to their improvements this offseason, they should be vastly more competitive in 2018.

At quarterback, Cleveland traded for Tyrod Taylor, who at worst was average in Buffalo, and spent the No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield, who had the two highest passer ratings ever for a Power Five quarterback. At running back, traditional runners Carlos Hyde, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, and Nick Chubb, a second-round pick out of Georgia, join pass-catcher Duke Johnson.
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At receiver, Josh Gordon is slated to play a 16-game season, and former first-round pick Corey Coleman is healthy. The Browns also traded for slot receiver Jarvis Landry and spent a fourth-round pick on high-upside Florida wideout Antonio Callaway.聽

There is a sizable gap between the top two options and the rest of the class, mostly based on expectations of playing time.

As the top pick, Mayfield has a chance to get on the field quickly for the Browns, even with Tyrod Taylor currently holding the top spot on the depth chart. Meanwhile, Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen might all need some more time before earning starts.

Lamar Jackson might have to play backup an entire year behind Joe Flacco with the Ravens.

Meanwhile, the players at other skill positions could have to share a role with veteran players and might not be featured parts of the offense.

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The Browns got some protection for top overall pick Baker Mayfield by grabbing a clean prospect in Corbett.

Cleveland already has a solid defense, and just added the top corner in the draft in Ohio State’s Denzel Ward last night, so I’d expect them to go heavy on the offense for the duration of this draft.
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Good size, very athletic, play-making ball skills, toughness, tackling, speed, general manager Bob Quinn said. When he played against the highest level of competition on his schedule, I’d say go watch the Texas A&M game. That’s a good game for him.

As a senior, the 6-foot-1, 206-pound Walker led the Rajin’ Cajuns with 94 tackles, earning third-team all-conference honors. For his four-year college career, he finished with 276 tackles, eight interceptions and 26 passes defended.

Etling, who transferred to LSU after two seasons at Purdue, experienced his share of ups and down on his collegiate career.

After sitting out the 2015 season because of NCAA transfer rules, Etling completed 325 of 544 passes for a 59.7 completion percentage in two seasons in Baton Rouge (2016-17). He threw for 4,586 yards and 27 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

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Frank Ragnow, the center who never allowed a sack during his career at Arkansas, was a surprise pick by the Lions 鈥?which caught many of their fans off-guard, as well as many analysts.

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Two players who unexpectedly fall out of the first round: Washington DT Vita Vea and Georgia OL Isaiah Wynn. Michigan DT Mo Hurst could be a third. 8. Louisville OT Geron Christian will be on Mel Kiper’s top five available talents for two full rounds. Given where Mel has him ranked, it probably should be even longer.

Ridley may not be a great wide receiver. But he’s almost guaranteed to be a good one, and with Jones occupying the defense’s attention and Matt Ryan getting him the ball, he’s going to be a blast to watch.
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Report: Browns GM decided on top pick 6 weeks ago

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey has known which player he’ll draft first overall for about six weeks, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Thursday, according to Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
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Dorsey reportedly informed Browns ownership of the decision approximately a month ago but kept his choice a secret from head coach Hue Jackson until two days ago.

Broncos 鈥?Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State: He racked up eye-popping numbers for his position in 2016 (92 catches for 1,293 yards and 11 TDs). He could be a perfect alternative for new QB Case Keenum while diversifying a passing attack that’s been too reliant on WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Redskins 鈥?James Daniels, C, Iowa: Another accomplished Hawkeye technician, he’d offer a nice boost to a line that lost C Spencer Long to the Jets in free agency and could also use help at guard.

Packers 鈥?Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M: His 4.47 speed could soften the loss of Jordy Nelson, and his ability to thrive from the slot could allow the Pack to move on from Randall Cobb a year from now. Kirk’s six punt returns for TDs with the Aggies also foreshadow his game-breaking skills on special teams.

Bengals 鈥?Connor Williams, OL, Texas: Yes, Cincinnati took Billy Price in Round 1. But if any team should realize the folly of neglecting its front five, it should be this one. If Williams proves he can’t handle the rigors of playing right tackle, he’d still be an upgrade at right guard.

Mary Jo White, an independent attorney who headed the Bountygate investigation into the New Orleans Saints, is heading the investigation into Richardson. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said at the owners meetings that there is no timetable for a conclusion to the investigation.

Richardson is soon expected to announce his candidate to purchase the Panthers, with South Carolina billionaire Ben Navarro appearing to be the front-runner.

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Toughest tests: The Niners face a brutal road schedule outside of the NFC West, as the Chiefs and Chargers, as well as the Packers and Vikings, figure to be the two best teams in their respective divisions. Tampa Bay also makes for a long trip from San Francisco Bay. The degree of difficulty will Mark Gastineau Jersey be raised for Garoppolo, who’s 7-0 in the NFL as a starter, with duels against Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Kirk Cousins.

ESPN picks NFL teams to win 289 of a possible 256 games

Now that the NFL schedule is out, people are going through and making game-by-game predictions for each team. That is an impossible task: No one can tell you with any degree of certainty today who’s going to win a game six months from now.
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But if you’re going to try it at all, you ought to at least start from the premise that every game that one team wins, another team has to lose. Which means that, assuming there are no ties, NFL teams will go a combined 256-256 this season.
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Eli Manning is one of the most liked and respected players in the NFL. I like and respect him. But if a jury finds that he perpetrated a fraud regarding game-used helmets that weren’t actually game-used, those two portions of the Personal Conduct Policy can’t be ignored.

The league may, if Eli eventually is found to have committed fraud under New Jersey civil laws, contend that there’s a difference between civil and criminal fraud. However, fraud is fraud.

Under New Jersey civil law, fraud happens when someone lies about an important factual matter (this helmet I’m selling was game used), when the person knows or believes he’s lying (this helmet I’m selling was never actually game used), when the person wants someone else to rely on the lie (I hope they accept this helmet as game used even though it isn’t), when someone else relies on it (I’ve pulled it off), and when the person who relies on it experiences a loss of money or other tangible harm. Under federal law, fraud becomes a crime when the means to perpetrate it are the mail (mail fraud) or electronic communications (wire fraud).

NFL free agent news: Browns sign QB Drew Stanton to 2-year deal

The Browns and quarterback Drew Stanton have agreed to a contract, the team announced Sunday.

The team did not release details of the deal, but Stanton’s agent, Mike McCartney, disclosed the quarterback received a two-year contract.

Five of Minnesota Duluth’s top six defensemen are freshmen, and Shepard, a sophomore, recorded a sub-2.00 goals against average with eight shutouts.

“We felt our forward group was pretty good. We were replacing scoring, but we had some good depth,” Minnesota Duluth coach Scott Sandelin said. “The job that young group back there did, I think it really moved forward when Shep grabbed the net and played the way he did. It gave our whole team confidence.”

UMD has played 11 consecutive one-goal games in NCAA tournament play, winning eight of them.

How things go at the annual meeting in Orlando next week will determine how these rules are adopted/enforced.

The Cardinals took a 3-2 in the third with all the runs coming after there were two outs. Fowler hit an RBI single and after Jhoulys Chacin walked the bases loaded, Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run single.

Milwaukee scored twice in the second on a single by Domingo Santana and a two-out double by Arcia.

Milwaukee outfielders cut down two runners attempting to take an extra base. In the first, Fowler tried to stretch a single to right center into a double and was thrown out by center fielder Cain. In the second, Ozuna was thrown out at third after hitting a double down the third-base line by left fielder Ryan Braun.

Brewers: OF Brett Phillips was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday. He replaces OF Christian Yelich (right oblique injury). Phillips, who was 1 for 7 with a triple and seven walks, at Colorado Springs, takes the spot of reliever Adrian Houser, who was optioned Sunday to Double-A Biloxi.
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