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Jets set to take a QB at No. 3 in NFL draft _ but which one?

12 November 2018 - 02:04 AM

 Jets set to take a QB at No. 3 in NFL draft _ but which one?
Sam Darnold? Baker Mayfield? Josh Rosen? Josh Allen?"You just want to get it right," general manager Mike Maccagnan https://www.robgronk...-sale-1_64.html
 said.And, the pressure is certainly on.After all, this is a team that has been starving for a franchise quarterback since the days of Broadway Joe. The likes of Richard Todd, Ken O'Brien, Chad Pennington and Mark Sanchez had some good moments as homegrown QBs, but none had the type of impact or sustained success of Joe Namath.Since Namath's last game with the Jets in 1976, the team has had 30 players make at least one start under center. On Thursday night, New York has the opportunity to add a quarterback who might stop the revolving door.That's why the Jets were willing to deal the No. 6 overall pick to Indianapolis along with two second-round selections this year and a second-rounder next year to move up three spots."It's all about opportunity," Maccagnan said. "We felt good about where we were originally picking and then we made the trade and moved ourselves to position <h2>Jimmy Garoppolo Authentic Jersey</h2>
 ourselves, in our mind, to be in a position to have a good option and a good choice with that spot."New York's ultimate decision, however, will be contingent upon <h2>Devin McCourty Authentic Jersey</h2>
 what Cleveland — which also needs a quarterback — does at No. 1 overall, and if the Giants stay put at No. 2 and pick a successor to Eli Manning or target another position.That dynamic at the top of the <h2>Chris Hogan Authentic Jersey</h2>
 draft, along with the lack of a consensus order among the top QBs, has created lots of intrigue and made mock drafts an always-changing mix-and-match mess."When they made that move (the trade), that was before the owners' meeting, which is very unusual," said former Dallas VP of player personnel Gil Brandt, currently a draft analyst for and SiriusXM NFL Radio."That led me to believe that he and his staff were ready to roll in terms of these quarterbacks in the middle of March, regardless of which one winds up at No. 3."Maccagnan wouldn't tip his hand on how the Jets are leaning — and wouldn't even acknowledge that quarterback will be the way they'll go with their first pick.But it seems clear that either USC's Darnold, Oklahoma's Mayfield, UCLA's Rosen or Wyoming's Allen will be wearing green and white sometime Thursday night."I know everybody seems to be locked in on that, I don't know why," a smiling Maccagnan said of the QB-to-Jets speculation. "We actually may take a safety this year. ... I think like everything else, the quarterback is such an important position that it's always going to be a focal point of that this may be a position of interest, especially for us."But, yeah, we'll see how it plays itself out."CROWDED QB ROOMOnce the Jets make their selection, they'll have five <h2>Lawrence Guy Authentic Jersey</h2>
 quarterbacks on their roster. They re-signed Josh McCown, the starter last year, in the offseason; signed Teddy Bridgewater, who's still coming back from a severe knee injury nearly two years ago; and have holdovers Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg.Petty was a fourth-rounder in 2015, while Hackenberg went in the second round in 2016. Both players' spots on the roster are tenuous, at best.BUSY OFFSEASONMaccagnan went into free agency armed with about $90 million in salary cap space and he certainly made use of it while revamping the Jets' roster.New York signed 16 players in free agency, including cornerback Trumaine Johnson (five years, $72.5 million), running back Isaiah Crowell (three years, $12 million), linebacker Avery Williamson (three years, $22.5 million) and wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (one year, $4.5 million).The Jets also re-signed seven of their unrestricted free agents, including McCown (one year, $10 million), cornerback Morris Claiborne (one year, $7 million) and defensive lineman Mike Pennel (three years, $12 million).MOVES TO MAKENew York doesn't have a second-round selection this year, but has one pick in each of the five remaining rounds.A pass-rushing outside linebacker or defensive end could be near the top of the draft board, particularly after cutting Muhammad Wilkerson.Depth on both the defensive and offensive lines figure to be targets for New York in the later rounds, as well as possibly tight end, running back and cornerback.HITS, MISSES AND BARGAINSThe Jets considered themselves fortunate when defensive end Leonard Williams fell to them at No. 6 in 2015, and again two years later when they landed safety Jamal Adams at the same spot. Both are considered cornerstone players for New York's defense, as is safety Marcus Maye, who went in the second round last year.The top of the draft hasn't been as kind in recent years, though. Oft-injured cornerback Dee Milliner, No. 9 overall in 2013, is considered one of the franchise's biggest busts. Safety Calvin Pryor, the Jets' top pick in 2014, also never panned out. New York had 12 picks that year and only two remain on the roster: offensive lineman Dakota Dozier and wide receiver Quincy Enunwa, a sixth-rounder who has become a solid contributor.___James White White Elite Jersey


NFL Today, Week 17

12 November 2018 - 02:04 AM

 NFL Today, Week 17
Tennessee at Kansas City, 4:35 <h2>Christian McCaffrey Authentic Jersey</h2>
 p.m. EST. The Titans (9-7) ended an eight-season playoff drought as quarterback Marcus Mariota helped them to the franchise's first back-to-back winning seasons since 2007 and 2008. Andy Reid's Chiefs (10-6) are in the postseason for the third straight year and the fourth time in five years.___Atlanta at Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. EST. Matt Ryan and the defending NFC champion Falcons (10-6) clinched a playoff spot on the last day of the regular season with a 22-10 win over division rival Carolina. Todd Gurley and Jared Goff led the Rams (11-5) to their first postseason appearance since the 2004 season.___STARSPassing— Andy Dalton, Bengals, threw three touchdown passes, including a 49-yarder to Tyler Boyd with 44 seconds left, giving Cincinnati a 31-27 victory at Baltimore.— Philip Rivers, Chargers, passed for 387 yards and three touchdowns in Los Angeles' 30-10 victory over Oakland.— Matthew Stafford, Lions, threw three touchdown passes and finished with 323 yards passing, and also caught a 2-point conversion pass from Golden Tate, in Detroit's 35-11 win over Green Bay.— Matt Ryan, Falcons, completed 28 of 45 passes for 317 yards and a touchdown in playoff-bound Atlanta's 22-10 win over Carolina.— Jimmy Garoppolo, 49ers, threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns to lead San Francisco to its fifth straight victory, 34-13 against a Los Angeles Rams team that rested its big stars.___Rushing— Orleans Darkwa, Giants, rushed for a career-high 154 yards, including a 75-yarder on the second play from scrimmage, in New York's 18-10 win over Washington.— Latavius Murray, Vikings, rushed for https://www.mccaffre...-sale-1_20.html
 yards and two touchdowns in Minnesota's 23-10 victory over Chicago.— Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys, ran for 103 yards in Dallas' 6-0 win at Philadelphia.— Frank Gore, Colts, rushed for 100 yards on 24 carries in Indianapolis' 22-13 win over Houston, falling 39 yards short of his second straight 1,000-yard season.— Dion Lewis, Patriots, had a season-high 26 carries for 93 yards and a touchdown and also caught six passes for 40 yards and a TD in New England's 26-6 win over the New York Jets.— Carlos Hyde, 49ers, ran 15 times for 90 yards, scoring on runs of 8 and 5 yards in San Francisco's 34-13 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.___Receiving— JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers, caught nine passes for 143 yards and a score in Pittsburgh's 28-24 win over Cleveland.— Keenan Allen, Chargers, scored on a 27-yard fumble recovery and a 6-yard TD catch, and finished with nine receptions for 133 yards in Los Angeles' <h2>Devin Funchess Authentic Jersey</h2>
 30-10 win over Oakland.— Golden Tate, Lions, caught seven passes for 104 https://www.mccaffre...-sale-1_38.html
 yards and a touchdown, and also tossed a 2-point conversion pass to quarterback Matthew Stafford in Detroit's 35-11 win over Green Bay.— Josh Gordon, Browns, had four receptions for 115 yards in Cleveland's 28-24 loss at Pittsburgh.— Albert Wilson, Chiefs, caught 10 passes for 147 yards in Kansas City's 27-24 win at Denver.— Amari Cooper, Raiders, had 115 yards receiving and a touchdown on three catches in Oakland's 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.___Special Teams— Alvin Kamara, Saints, scored on a 106-yard kickoff return in New Orleans' 31-24 loss to Tampa Bay.— JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers, returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown to help lead Pittsburgh to a 28-24 victory over winless Cleveland.— Matt Bryant, Falcons, kicked five field goals, including a 56-yarder, for all of Atlanta's second-half points in a 22-10 win over Carolina that clinched a playoff spot.— Phil Dawson, Cardinals, booted four field goals, the last from 42 yards with 2:21 left, to lead Arizona past Seattle 26-24.— Tyler Lockett, Seahawks, scored a touchdown on a 99-yard kickoff return in Seattle's 26-24 loss to Arizona.___Defense— Darqueze Dennard, Bengals, returned an interception 89 yards for a TD in Cincinnati's 31-27 victory at Baltimore.— Yannick Ngakoue, Jaguars, returned a fumble 67 yards for a touchdown in Jacksonville's 15-10 loss to Tennessee.— Ezekiel Ansah, Lions, had three sacks for the second straight week, helping Detroit top Green Bay 35-11.— Jordan Poyer, Bills, sealed a 22-16 victory for playoff-bound Buffalo with an interception in the closing moments at Miami.— Marcus Williams, Saints, intercepted two passes in New Orleans' 31-24 loss at Tampa Bay.— James Harrison, Patriots, had two sacks — on consecutive plays to end the game — and finished with five total tackles and a forced fumble in his first game since being cut by Pittsburgh, a 26-6 win over the New York Jets.___STREAKS & STATSNew England finished the regular season with three players with 1,000-plus yards from scrimmage in the same year for the first time in franchise history: running back Dion Lewis, tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Brandin Cooks. ... Gronkowski was not targeted in a game for the first time in his career. ... The Giants snapped a five-game losing streak with an 18-10 win over Washington and gave interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo his first victory since taking over from the fired Ben McAdoo on Dec. 4. New York finished 3-13, the most losses in team history. ... Detroit  (9-7) failed to make the playoffs, but finished with a winning record in consecutive seasons for the first time since doing it three years in a row from 1993-95. ... Green Bay (7-9) finished with a losing record for the first time since 2008, which is also the last time the Packers didn't earn a spot in the playoffs.___MILESTONESNew England's 26-6 victory over the New York Jets was Bill Belichick's 250th career regular-season win, moving him into a tie with Tom Landry for third all-time among head coaches. ... The Patriots haven't lost to the Jets at home during the regular season with Tom Brady starting since 2006. Brady's 13th win as a starter this season tied him with Brett Favre for the most by a starting quarterback at age 40 or older. Brady, who turned 40 earlier this year,  finished with 4,577 yards passing to become the oldest player in NFL history to lead the league in that category. ... Stefon Diggs became the fastest player in Vikings history to reach 200 receptions, doing it in 40 games. ... Arizona's Chandler Jones finished with two sacks in a season-ending win over Seattle, surpassing Simeon Rice and setting a franchise record with 17 sacks. ... Kansas City's Alex Smith finished the regular season with 4,042 yards passing and five interceptions, becoming the first QB in NFL history to pass for at least 3,000 yards and throw fewer than 10 interceptions in five consecutive seasons. ... Pittsburgh's JuJu Smith-Schuster, who turned 21 in November, had 1,157 all-purpose yards (917 receiving, 240 kickoff returns) to become https://www.mccaffre...-sale-1_20.html
 the youngest player to gain 1,000 all-purpose yards in a season.___PLAYOFF REGULARSThe New England Patriots clinched home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs with a 26-6 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday. The win clinched the seventh 13-win season for the Patriots (13-3), which is second in NFL history to San Francisco's nine seasons.___DROUGHT OVERThe Buffalo Bills snapped the longest current non-playoff streak in North American pro sports with a 22-16 victory at Miami and Cincinnati's victory at Baltimore. The Bills hadn't made the postseason since 1999. Buffalo (9-7) will travel to Jacksonville next weekend in a wild-card game.___WOE AND 16The Cleveland Browns joined the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go winless during a 16-game season when they lost 28-24 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Owner Jimmy Haslam reiterated Hue Jackson will return in 2018 as coach despite a 1-31 record through two seasons. Cleveland is 4-48 since Week 12 of the 2014 season, has dropped 21 straight road games and 17 straight games to AFC North opponents. "You can say a lot of things about us this year, but down to the last minute or two minutes, our guys played hard," Haslam said.___COACHING CAROUSELThe Indianapolis Colts fired coach Chuck Pagano less than two hours after they ended a 4-12 season with a 22-13 victory over Houston. Team owner Jim Irsay made the announcement in a statement, wishing Pagano and his wife well in the future. The move comes after Indy missed the playoffs for the third straight year, the team's longest postseason drought <h2>Thomas Davis Sr Authentic Jersey</h2>
 since a seven-season absence from 1988-94. ... Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio was fired after his third year when the impressive turnaround job he engineered for his hometown team collapsed with a disappointing six-win season. Del Rio said owner Mark Davis told him after the team's season-ending 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers that he would not be retained as coach. Del Rio had signed a four-year contract extension last February after Oakland ended a 13-year playoff drought with a 12-win season.___RARE TERRITORYMinnesota reached 13 wins for only the second time in the history of the 57-year-old franchise, holding a second straight opponent without an offensive touchdown in a 23-10 win over the Chicago Bears. The Vikings finished 12-2 four times with a 14-game schedule (in 1969, 1970, 1973 and 1975), but the only other time they've topped 12 victories was their 15-1 record in 1998. The Vikings also clinched a first-round bye in the playoffs.___FEELING THE DRAFTThe top of the NFL draft is set, with the winless Cleveland Browns getting the No. 1 spot, along with the fourth pick (from Houston). The New York Giants have the No. 2 selection, followed by Indianapolis at No. 3. Denver rounds out the top five selections.___RUSHING CHAMPKansas City's Kareem Hunt had a 35-yard touchdown run on his only carry in the Chiefs' 27-24 win at Denver. But it gave Hunt 1,327 yards, making him the second rookie not selected in the first round of the draft to lead his league since 1967. Hunt, who was a third-rounder, joins Cincinnati's Paul Robinson, who led the AFL with 1,023 yards rushing in 1968.___SNOOZERDallas' 6-0 win at Philadelphia marked the first NFL game to be 0-0 at halftime since Chicago and Denver played in Week 14 of 2011. Denver won 13-10 in overtime.It was the first time in a Cowboys-Eagles game since the series began in 1960 to go 0-0 at the half.___THAT'S COLD!It was 13 degrees at kickoff of New England's 26-6 win over the New York Jets, and the Patriots wanted to make sure their visitors knew it. A thermometer was hung in the Jets' tunnel, which New York players filed past on their way to and from the field before the game. It was the coldest regular-season home game in Patriots history. They had a playoff game that was colder — a divisional-round game against the Tennessee Titans on Jan. 10, 2004, when it was 4 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel like minus 10. Jets safety Jamal Adams went out pregame without a shirt to test the weather. He soon got a text from his mother. "I put my shirt on, real quick," he said.___DOUBLE TROUBLENew Orleans' Alvin Kamara (1,554 yards) and Mark Ingram (1,540) became the first running back teammates in NFL history to each get at least 1,500 yards from scrimmage in the same season. Kamara, who returned a kickoff 106 yards for a TD in the Saints' loss at Tampa Bay, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer Gale Sayers as the only rookies in league history to have at least five rushing TDs, five TD catches and a kickoff return for a score.___FLYING FALCONSAtlanta's Matt Ryan has 41,796 career yards passing and passed Peyton Manning (41,626) for the most by a player in his first 10 seasons. Falcons teammate Julio Jones has 9,054 career yards receiving, reaching the 9,000-yard mark in his 95th game — the fastest in NFL history to accomplish the feat.___BROWN DELIVERSPittsburgh's Antonio Brown finished the regular season with an NFL-best 1,533 yards receiving, becoming the first player in franchise history to lead the league in receiving yards multiple times. He has 582 receptions and 7,848 yards receiving over the past five seasons, the most in NFL history over any five-year span for both categories.___SIDELINEDBuffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy was carted off the field with a right ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday's 22-16 victory at Miami. After being tackled, he pounded the turf with his fist as trainers attended to him. He had 10 yards on 11 carries, giving him 1,138 yards rushing on the season. ... Arizona tight end Jermaine Gresham tore his right Achilles tendon against Seattle, creating doubt about his ability to return in time for the start of the 2018 season. ... San Francisco receiver Marquise Goodwin sustained a concussion on a vicious hit by Los Angeles Rams safety Blake Countess, who likely will be fined. ... Jacksonville safety Barry Church (hamstring) left the loss at Tennessee in the second half and did not return. ... Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins (calf) missed the first game of his NFL career, leaving four catches short of his second 100-reception season. Houston took another hit when receiver Will Fuller departed with a left knee injury on the first offensive series.___SPEAKING"Everybody went crazy. I've been a wreck for 10 to 15 minutes." — Buffalo's Kyle Williams after the Bills clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 1999.___"Our biggest games are ahead of us. We're 13-3, that's the best in the AFC, that's what we're playing for, so that's pretty good." — New England's Tom Brady after the Patriots clinched home-field advantage in the playoffs with a 26-6 win over the New York Jets.___"It's probably been my toughest year of football, I would say, with the losses, the injuries, the benching and coming back and everything going on, the losses more than anything." — Giants quarterback Eli Manning after New York finished 3-13, a franchise-worst for losses.___Scott Simonson Jersey


NFL: Titans Luke Falk has plans for camp to honor dead WSU teammate

12 November 2018 - 02:04 AM

 NFL:  Titans Luke Falk has plans for camp to honor dead WSU teammate
 to wear Hilinski's jersey number at the Senior Bowl before ultimately pulling out entirely to attend the funeral.While the details still have to be hashed out, Falk said there's a vision for a football camp in Hilinski's memory."My plan is for next year to do a camp up in Pullman, see if we can get all the guys that I played with and he played with to come out and work it," Falk said. "I'd like to do something like that."All proceeds from the camp would go to the Hilinski's Hope foundation, which aims to "educate, advocate and destigmatize mental illness.""We'll be selling some memorabilia, so hopefully some Cougar fans get it," Falk said.But first, Falk has his rookie season in the NFL."It's been good," Falk said of training camp. "It's been a big learning process, but we've got a good QB room that's helped me out a lot," Falk said. "Good (offensive coordinator) and a great quarterback coach. Just a lot of learning."Falk threw for 3,593 yards and 30 touchdowns his senior season at Washington State. He broke Titans teammate Marcus Mariota's Pac-12 career record for total offense with 14,806 yards, before being drafted No. 199 overall in this year's draft.While Falk put up impressive numbers in college, the former walk-on figures to be the third-string quarterback for the Titans. The two in front of him are Mariota, the starter, and NFL veteran Blaine Gabbert, who was
 signed as a back-up.Thus far in training camp, Falk has seen those third-team reps. He's had some bright moments with well-thrown balls, coupled with some miscues here and there."He's just trying to learn," Gabbert said of Falk. "There's such a steep learning curve coming from https://www.odellbec...-sale-1_83.html
 college to the NFL, there's always an adjustment period. But he's been all ears. Really focusing on the details and trying to learn the system as fast as possible."In a pleasant surprise, Falk already had Nashville ties when he was drafted. His two sisters, Natalee and Alexa, are pursuing individual country music careers. While he said they've had dinner together once or twice, he, too, is a bit busy pursuing his own career in the <h2>Jason Pierre-Paul Authentic Jersey</h2>
 NFL.The daily grind of training camp is Falk's reality now, and the signal-caller is looking to soak everything in like a "sponge.""At the end of the day, it's football," Falk said. "You <h2>Eli Manning Authentic Jersey</h2>
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NFL Week 8: 32 things we learned from all the games

12 November 2018 - 02:04 AM

NFL Week 8: 32 things we learned from all the games
2. Week 8 has so far been devoid of overtime ... and we sure don't expect it in Buffalo on Monday. This is the first season to feature OT in each of the first seven weeks.3. Speaking of OT, the Browns may be hitting the wall. They've played bonus football in half of their eight games but avoided it in Sunday's 33-18 loss at Pittsburgh. Cleveland's first two losses this year were each by three points. But they're succumbing by an average of 14 points in their current three-game skid, and that's despite a three-point OT defeat in Week 7.4. Move over, Franco. Move over, Bus. Move over ... never mind, Le'Veon, you already made way. After finding the end zone twice against Cleveland, James Conner became the first Pittsburgh player with three consecutive games scoring at least two TDs. Conner now has nine total, two shy of Bell's high-water mark for a season.5. Despite trailing by double digits for the first time this season, the Rams survived the Packers to improve to 8-0 for the first time 1969.6. Sunday's matchup between Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and L.A.'s Jared Goff was the first NFL battle of Cal Bear quarterbacks since ... well, if you said Steve Bartkowski vs. Vince Ferragamo in 1983, you win our admiration.7. The Chiefs failed to score on their opening drive for the first time this season, causing panic in the streets of Kansas City ... but only briefly. QB Patrick Mahomes burnished his MVP case with four more TD passes against Denver. He now has a league-high 26 (matching Alex Smith's 2017 total for K.C.), which also happens to be a record for a player's first nine NFL games.8. Speaking of the MVP, the Rams' Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald could cannibalize the other's case for league honors even if both repeat as offensive and defensive player of the year, respectively. Gurley scored his 15th TD on Sunday but showed what a team guy he is by forgoing a 16th in the final minute, going to the ground rather than scoring so his team could kill the clock. Donald, meanwhile, collected two more sacks — he has 10 in his past five games, giving him the NFL lead — and could make a prophet of teammate Aqib Talib, who predicted
 Donald will finish with 22.9. We understand it was a frenetic weekend for Los Angeles sports ... but couldn't the Coliseum grounds crew have avoided the "USC Rams" look? (Or did former Trojans LB Clay Matthews, who exhorted a heavily pro-Packers crowd Sunday, grease a few palms?)10. NBC's pretty spiffy "Sunday Night Football" field goal “tracer” > NBC's still terrible "Green Zone."11. Drew Brees' first INT of the season > Kirk Cousins' first pick-six of the season.12. Vikings WR Adam Thielen tied Calvin Johnson's record by surpassing 100 receiving yards for the eighth consecutive game (Thielen also set the mark for most 100-plus-yard games to start a season). Does this dude get sufficient credit? Or are we thinking this remarkable run is more a byproduct of a pass-happy NFL?13. It only took four games and 10 interceptions, including four Sunday at Cincinnati, for Tampa Bay QB Jameis Winston to go from the bench to the starting lineup and then back to the bench. He has at least two INTs in his past five starts and 17 turnovers in his last six appearances. The Buccaneers could have the most difficult quarterback decision to navigate next offseason. The contracts of backups Ryan Fitzpatrick and Ryan Griffin will expire. The Bucs have already picked up Winston's $21 million option for 2019, but he could be cut without any salary cap ramifications — as long as he's not injured — if the franchise decides to reboot at the position.14. Denver's Case Keenum is working on an INT streak himself. He has at least one in every game this season (10 in all, matching Winston and Sam Darnold for the most in 2018) and, going back to last season's playoffs with Minnesota, has been picked off in 10 straight games.15. Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky has 15 TD passes so far, tying the career high of one-time beloved Chicago passer Jim McMahon, after adding two more in Sunday's defeat of the Jets. But Trubisky probably did a far better job of burrowing into the hearts of the Windy City faithful with that "Coach Mitchka" pre-game sweater.16. Panthers QB Cam Newton, deemed a "fast dinosaur" by Baltimore S Eric Weddle last <h2>John Riggins Authentic Jersey</h2>
 week (it was meant as a compliment), went Jurassic on the Ravens — descendants of dinosaurs, right, William Hayes? — for three TDs in Carolina's convincing 36-21 win.17. Speaking of dinosaurs, it's the Ravens who are suddenly flirting with extinction. They've now dropped three of four and currently reside outside the AFC playoff field. 18. Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson threw his first career TD pass to fellow 2018 first rounder https://www.jamalada...-sale-1_63.html
 Hayden Hurst, the first time he found an NFL end zone. So who gets that ball in their trophy case? Considering it came in garbage time of an ugly loss, does anyone even want it?19. Adrian Peterson won't forget Sunday's win over the Giants. The Redskins' veteran back rushed for a season-high 149 yards, passing Tony Dorsett for ninth on the all-time list. "AD" also scored twice, including a 64-yard run. His next TD run of at least 50 yards will give Peterson 16 and break his tie with Barry Sanders for most in league history.20. When experience playing in London matters: The Jaguars definitely know were to go clubbing in the UK (even if they're not so good at keeping track of their bar tab).21. When experience playing in London doesn't matter: The Eagles, playing their first regular-season game abroad, beat Jacksonville 24-18. This was the sixth consecutive year the Jags have played a "home" game at Wembley Stadium.22. The Eagles may have finally found a solution to their running back conundrum. Rookie Josh Adams — the 6-2, 225-pounder began the year on the practice squad — piled up 61 yards on just nine carries Sunday after totaling 46 yards in his first five appearances.23. Jaguars K Josh Lambo's career-best 57-yard field goal was also the longest ever at Wembley. Leave it to a former soccer player (Lambo was drafted by MLS' FC Dallas in 2008) to shine on a soccer pitch.24. Houston, we have no problem. After losing their first three games, the Texans suddenly have two more victories than anyone else in the AFC South after running their winning streak to five. They only have one opponent left on their schedule, Washington, that currently sports a winning record.25. After watching them outclass Brock Osweiler and the Dolphins on Thursday, let's give the Texans renewed credit for a gutsy decision. They surrendered a second rounder last year to Cleveland in a salary dump to admit Osweiler was a $72 million mistake — and that was before Deshaun Watson was on Houston's roster. Clearly it was the right move, especially after Watson matched his career high with five TD passes while becoming the third player in league history (joining Hall of Famers Kurt Warner and Dan Marino) with at least 30 in his first 15 games.26. Newly acquired run stuffer Damon Harrison made his Lions debut and had a nice stat line (7 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack). Unfortunately, he couldn't do what his new team really needed as Seattle bowled over Detroit for 176 rushing yards.27. Russell Wilson (14-for-17, 248 yards, 3 TDs) finished with a perfect 158.3 QB rating for the first time in his seven-year career as the Seahawks downed Detroit for their fourth win in their last five outings. (What? We predicted Seattle would win four games after all ... )28. Congrats to the Colts, who won their third game. (Sigh ... we predicted they'd only get two ... )29. Congrats to Indianapolis K Adam Vinatieri. Despite a groin injury, he managed to overtake Morten Andersen as the NFL's all-time leading scorer. Vinatieri (2,550 points) will eventually join Andersen and Jan Stenerud as the only pure placekickers in the Hall of Fame.30. Congrats to Raiders QB <h2>Bilal Powell Authentic Jersey</h2>
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18 incredible facts you didn't know about the NFL draft

12 November 2018 - 02:03 AM

18 incredible facts you didn't know about the NFL draft
In the 1930s, team owner Bert Bell (who would later become NFL commissioner) was sick of his team losing and pitched an idea that would theoretically spread the wealth in the NFL: a draft of college players in which teams would pick based on the reverse order of finish from the year before. Said Bell:"Gentlemen, I've always had the theory that pro football is like a chain. The league is no stronger than its weakest link and I've been a weak link for so long that I should know. Every year the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Four teams control the championships, the Giants and Redskins in the East, and the Bears and Packers in the West. Because they are successful, they keep attracting the best college players in the open market - which makes them successful. I propose a change."From there, the NFL draft was born. Granted, it didn't initially help the Eagles - they'd finish last or second-to-last in the next seven seasons and every title was won by the Giants, Redskins, Bears or Packers.The franchise signed none of the nine. Philly wasn't alone though. Only 27 of the 81 picks from the '36 draft played an NFL game. Among those who didn't, a No. 3 pick named Bill Shakespeare and Bear Bryant, an end from Alabama who decided to get into coaching.Teams still selected in reverse order of finish but one team got an additional selection at the top. The team was https://www.rodgersf...-sale-1_98.html
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 Bradshaw), four of the others made the Pro Bowl and the last one, Jim Plunkett, quarterbacked two teams to a Super Bowl title and was the game's MVP once. The worst stretch? Probably from 1990-1995 when there were two major busts (Steve Emtman, Ki-Jana Carter), three major disappointments (Jeff George, Russell Maryland, Dan Wilkinson) and Drew Bledsoe.AP ImagesObviously we're not counting recent drafts.The 1984 draft gets a huge asterisk though. In June of that year, the NFL held a special supplemental draft for players who'd already signed with the USFL or CFL. From that draft, Steve Young, Gary Zimmeman and Reggie White were selected. The regular draft featured Irving Fryar, Dean Steinkuhler, Carl Banks, Kenny Jackson and Bill Maas as the top five picks, respectively.The 1992 draft has no such excuses: The top five picks were Steve Emtman, Quentin Coryatt, Sean Gilbert, Desmond Howard and Terrell Buckley. The most productive players taken at any part of the draft were Jimmy Smith, Troy Vincent, Levon Kirkland, Darren Woodson and Brad Johnson.No quarterback was selected in the first <h2>Davante Adams Authentic Jersey</h2>
 round, one of only five times that's happened in the common draft. There wasn't a QB taken in the second round either. It took 68 picks for the first one to be selected, the latest in history. With that selection (the 13th of the third round), the Cardinals took Tom Tupa. He'd later make an All-Pro team. As a punter.Robert Deutsch, USA TODAYThey were: Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Plunkett, Troy Aikman, John Elway, Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. (Steve Young was the first player taken in the aforementioned 1984 supplemental draft.) The lowest drafted quarterback to win a Super Bowl is Bart Starr, who was taken No. 200 in 1956. That's one spot lower than Tom Brady, who went No. 199 in the 2000 draft. Then there's Kurt Warner, who wasn't taken at all in 1994 and went on to win a Super Bowl six years later.The top three QBs that year were Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger. Less successful were the next 14, which included J.P. Losman, Craig Krenzel, Jim Sorgi, Jeff Smoker, John Navarre and Bradlee Van Pelt. The fewest quarterbacks taken in a draft is seven, which
 happened in 2015, a year in which the top two overall picks were both quarterbacks.That dark time was 1998.Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty ImagesShaun Ellis, John Abraham, Chad Pennington and Anthony Becht were actually a respectable haul that year, serving as the backbone of all the sort-of-okay Jets teams of the aughts.It wasn't until 55 years later, when he was flipping through his local paper, that an elderly Michael saw a list of every Syracuse player selected by the NFL and learned he'd once been drafted.The scheduling went unappreciated by the NCAA - which is enough of a reason to consider doing it again. Later on, the AFL moved its draft to the same day as the NFL's.One excursion had 27 players staying in a hotel, unknown to AFL officials. NFL historian Michael MacCambridge called the program "equal parts auction, fraternity rush and velvet-gloved kidnapping."Astronaut and Houston native Frank Borman actually beamed a message from space during the Gemini 7 mission imploring a top prospect to sign with the AFL's Oilers. (He didn't.)NASAAfter a number of back-and-forths, Pete Rozelle ordered Los Angeles to make their second-to-last pick and instituted the "Salata Rule," (named after the Mr. Irrelevant founder) which dictated that a team with the last pick must use it.The team was debating between Booker Reese (a pass rusher from Bethune-Cookman) and Sean Farrell (a Penn State offensive lineman). Tampa Bay executive Ken Herock explained the situation to Sports Illustrated years later:"We thought we needed both of those players, but after we mulled it over and discussed it, the selection was to go with Booker Reese. So I told Pat, I said, 'Listen, Pat, you've got two names there.' I said 'We're not going with Sean Farrell, we're going with Booker Reese. Turn it in.' But he didn't hear the Booker Reese part of it because of the noise. He took it that we were going with Sean Farrell and turned it in.''Well, that just seems intentionally confusing.Two of those - Art Monk and Darrell Green - became Hall of Famers. The team liked to wheel and deal so much that coach George Allen was once fined $5,000 for trading the same pick to two different teams. The NFL didn't learn about it for a year.MORE:Lindsey Vonn <h2>Clay Matthews Authentic Jersey</h2>
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