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10-09-2012, 11:00 AM
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10-09-2012, 11:30 AM
Season Recap: AFC North
Cleveland Browns - 2-14
- Few went into the 2012 NFL season expecting success from the Browns, but being so terrible as to end up with the #1 overall pick was not expected. The youth on offense flashed on occasion, but it wasn't enough to get out of the NFL basement. With an overhaul likely coming to the Browns power structure with new ownership in place, the direction they will go with the #1 overall pick will be watched closely by the the other teams at the top of the draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers - 9-7
- The day has finally come when the Steelers defense let them down. Age and injury to key defensive starters hamstrung the Steelers all season long. They hovered around .500 for much of the season and, in the end, they fell just short of making the playoffs. Look for the Steelers to spend several early picks on the defensive side of the ball.
Cincinnati Bengals - 10-6
- The Bengals young talent on both sides of the ball stepped up to the plate this season, allowing them to make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in years. In the end, the Bengals were simply no match for the Patriots in the Wildcard round of the playoffs, getting double up in a 34-17 loss in New England. This is a team with some developing left to do and could use another good draft's worth of young talent to fill out their roster.
Baltimore Ravens - 12-4
- Despite being without their top pass rusher for much of the year in Terrell Suggs, the Ravens put together a strong 2012 campaign. Joe Flacco and the receiving corps took a leap forward while the always strong defense continued its dominance. After getting some revenge against the Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs, winning 24-17, the Ravens were simply overmatched by the Texans in the AFC Championship game, losing 31-13. With stalwarts in Ray Lewis and Ed Reed basically year-to-year with retirement on the horizon, where will the Ravens go with their early picks?
10-09-2012, 11:45 AM
Season Recap: NFC North
Detroit Lions - 6-10
- The Lions were a team that many expected to be contenders in the NFC this season, but it wasn't meant to be. The defense was carved up all season long, the special teams struggled, and, perhaps most shockingly, Matt Stafford regressed badly. Many think back to the Lions passing on Janoris Jenkins in the first round last year, wondering if they'll finally do something to address that secondary this year.
Green Bay Packers - 10-6
- In one of the biggest surprises of the NFL season, the Green Bay Packers fell from a dominant 15-1 team to a 10-6 that just missed the playoff cut. Their defense improved somewhat, but their offense was uncharacteristically out of sync far too often in 2012. Defensive depth is the main area that draft gurus predict the Packers to address, particularly in the secondary where it is clear that Charles Woodson is likely done.
Minnesota Vikings - 10-6
- Just as shocking as the Packers fall was the Vikings rise. They were a team many thought would be drafting in the top 5 thanks to an injured Adrian Peterson, shaky defense, and lack of playmakers on offense. While the Vikings were far from a juggernaut, they picked up enough key wins to get into the playoffs where they were knocked off for a 3rd time this season by the division champion Chicago Bears in the Wildcard round, 24-16.
Chicago Bears - 11-5
- The Bears offense stepped up this season to go along with their always tough defense, rocketing the Bears to the top of the NFC North. The same questions about the offensive line and age on defense remain headed into the draft however. Those issues were present in the Bears' 31-10 loss to the 49ers in the divisional round, where Jay Cutler was sacked 9 times and the defense couldn't slow down the 49ers balanced attack.
10-09-2012, 11:59 AM
Season Recap: AFC East
Miami Dolphins - 5-11
- A 5-11 record may not look good to most teams, but for the Dolphins, who many thought were a #1 overall pick contender, it isn't that bad. Also consider the fact that the Dolphins were very close in several other games. Ryan Tannehill flashed potential and the pass catchers on offense stepped up more than anyone expected. Still, in order to keep progressing, there is much work to do for this Dolphins team and a good draft will be key.
Buffalo Bills - 5-11
- The Bills disappointed despite investing a lot of money in free agency, including on Mario Williams. The defense was still abysmal and offensively, Ryan Fitzpatrick proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that he isn't a franchise QB. Look for the Bills to blow up their power structure and make this draft the first under new leadership.
New York Jets - 6-10
- After losing Revis and Holmes early in the season, it was all downhill for the Jets after that. Even plugging in Tim Tebow couldn't save this train wreck of a season. The Jets need a new everything on the roster, and likely a new head coach as well.
New England Patriots - 11-5
- With a weak division and an improved defense over the one they made the Superbowl with in 2011, many expected the Pats to make another run this season. Though they made the playoffs, they just couldn't get it done once there. The playoff-veteran Patriots bested the Bengals at home easily 34-17, but fell to the revenge-seeking Ravens in the Divisional Round 24-17 when their improved-but-still-medicore defense couldn't get off the field when it needed to.
10-09-2012, 12:15 PM
Season Recap: NFC East
Dallas Cowboys - 6-10
- A year this disappointing will surely mean that big changes are in store for Dallas. Tony Romo didn't play well, but he didn't get much help either. The matchup didn't seem to matter as Dallas found new and inventive ways to lose each week. It's hard to tell where they'll go in the draft as they seem to have talent all across the board despite the fact that it didn't lead to wins.
Washington Redskins - 7-9
- The Redskins showed some signs of improvement this year and appear to be in good hands headed forward with Robert Griffin III at the helm. There are several areas where this team could use some help via the draft, including all around the defense and along the offensive line.
New York Giants - 9-7
- After winning the Superbowl last season to cap off a surprising playoff run, the Giants brutal schedule coupled with their bad habit of playing games close caused them to miss out on the playoffs this year. While no single area requires attention, the Giants could stand to add depth in several areas.
Philadelphia Eagles - 10-6
- The Eagles had an up-and-down year, plagued with turnovers and inconsistency. However, thanks to disappointing performances by the other contenders in the division, the Eagles were able to back into the playoffs as the winners of the NFC East. The stumbled to a 19-9 victory against the offensively-challenged Cardinals in a brutal game to watch before turning the ball over 7 times in a blowout 45-13 loss to the Falcons in the divisional round.
10-09-2012, 12:48 PM
Season Recap: AFC South
Jacksonville Jaguars - 3-13
- The Jaguars ended up right about where most people expected them to. Blaine Gabbert improved from his abysmal rookie season, but that really doesn't say much as he had a league low passing YPA. Even the defense, which most people expected to be solid, underperformed, leading the team to the #2 pick in the draft and a lot of possibilities of directions to go with it. I expect them to be a very likely trade down candidate if they decide to pass on the top QBs for another year with Gabbert.
Tennessee Titans - 3-13
- After a surprisingly solid 2011 season, the bottom fell out for the Titans. An injury to Jake Locker and complete lack of a running game kept this team down all season long. The coaching staff is on the hot seat for sure after such a terrible season and the Titans have a bevy of places to spend the 3rd overall pick on.
Indianapolis Colts - 5-11
- Andrew Luck proved every bit as good as advertised after the Colts spent last year's #1 overall pick on him. Though they improved by only 3 games in the win column, it is clear they have big potential for the future. Now though, they are still severely lacking in the talent department across the entire team and are a candidate to go BPA all the way.
Houston Texans - 13-3
- The Texans won their first Superbowl in franchise history in 2012 as the most balanced team in football. They bowled over the Chargers and the Ravens in the playoffs before clashing with Atlanta in a fantastic Superbowl matchup, winning 27-21 with JJ Watt taking home Superbowl MVP honors. Like any Superbowl winner, look for the Texans to look at the players who call to them as they look to bolster their depth for another run next year.
10-09-2012, 01:00 PM
Season Recap: NFC South
Tampa Bay Bucs - 4-12
- The Bucs showed flashes of potential at times during their first year under Greg Schiano, but it is clear they still have a long way to go before contending in the NFC. The Bucs find themselves picking 6th with a number of possible directions to go.
Carolina Panthers - 4-12
- The Panthers were a preseason favorite to break out in 2012 but instead, found themselves going backwards. Cam Newton regressed badly while the defense still proved to be lousy. Look for the Panthers to shore up that defense with the #7 pick.
New Orleans Saints - 5-11
- After one of the most surprising 0-4 starts in NFL history, the Saints managed to carve out a few wins as the season went on without head coach Sean Payton. Still, this is a team that should have been better than their #11 overall pick would show. Look for them to fill one of their defensive gaps with this pick.
Atlanta Falcons - 13-3
- The Falcons offense exploded in 2012 as Julio Jones broke out and Matt Ryan took the next step to being an upper echelon QB in the NFL. They got their first playoff wins in the Mike Smith/Matt Ryan era by crushing Philadelphia 45-13 then beating the 49ers 23-20 in overtime to advance to the Superbowl where they were bested by Houston 27-21.
10-09-2012, 01:31 PM
Season Recap: AFC West
Kansas City Chiefs - 3-13
- What an awful season for the Chiefs. The QBs on the roster proved that they don't belong in the NFL as the team hit rock bottom on all fronts. Major changes are expected in the front office and coaching staff, and it seems like the Chiefs will be in the market for one of the top QBs in this year's draft class.
Oakland Raiders - 4-12
- The Raiders were the same old Raiders we've come to expect in 2012, showing flashes here and there but for the most part, finding ways to lose. Like the Chiefs, expect the Raiders to be in the market for a top QB prospect after the failure of Carson Palmer.
Denver Broncos - 10-6
- The first year of the Peyton Manning era proved that he could still get it done, leading the Broncos to 10 wins and wildcard spot in the AFC. However, the team came up short at times, including in the playoffs against division rival San Diego who came away with the close win, 24-21.
San Diego Chargers - 11-5
- The Chargers avoided their annual disappointment in 2012, finally making the playoffs under Norv Turner. After a narrow victory against the Broncos in the Wildcard Round, the Chargers fell to the dominant Texans in the Divisional round.
10-09-2012, 02:20 PM
Season Recap: NFC West
St. Louis Rams - 7-9
- After spending several seasons on the bottom rung of the NFL ladder, the Rams made a decent bit of progress in year one of Jeff Fisher's tenure. They were more competitive than many expect but still have a number of weak areas to fill, especially at WR and on the o-line.
Seattle Seahawks 8-8
- The Seahawks defense surprised many in the NFL this year as one of the best units around. Offensively though, they struggled with rookie Russell Wilson at the helm. While he still has potential for the future, they will need additional playmakers on that side of the ball to continue to improve.
Arizona Cardinals - 10-6
- Like the Seahawks, the Cardinals defense cemented their spot as one of the best in the NFL. Unfortunately, turmoil at the QB spot and injuries to their running backs bogged Arizona down late in the year after a hot start. Their o-line was abysmal and Kevin Kolb showed he was a game manager at absolute best. After narrowly making the playoffs, the Cardinals couldn't muster any kind of offense, losing in the Wildcard round to the Eagles 19-9.
San Francisco 49ers - 12-4
- Another year, another season of the 49ers being the most balanced team in the NFC, and another season of going home after the NFC Championship game. It's hard to find a weak spot on the 49ers, but the Falcons managed to send them home during a 23-20 overtime loss to decide who represents the NFC in the Superbowl.
10-09-2012, 02:53 PM
The following underclassmen have declared as eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft:
QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
RB Marcus Lattimore, S. Carolina
RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan St.
RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
RB Michael Dyer, Arkansas Baptist
WR Keenan Allen, California
WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
WR Da’Rick Rodgers, Tennessee Tech
WR Kenny Stills, Oklahoma
WR Marquess Wilson, Washington St.
WR Robert Woods, Southern California
WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
TE Jordan Reed, Florida
TE Dion Sims, Michigan St.
OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse
OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
DE William Gholston, Michigan St.
DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
DE/OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
DE/OLB Corey Lemonier, Auburn
DE/OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
DT Dominique Easley, Florida
DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio St.
DT Bennie Logan, LSU
DT Akeem Spence, Illinois
LB CJ Mosely, Alabama
LB Jelani Jenkins, Florida
CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.
CB David Amerson, North Carolina St.
CB Carrington Byndom, Texas
CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St.
CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
CB Nickell Robey, USC
S Matt Elam, Florida
S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma
S Eric Reid, Louisiana St.
(This list will also go at the top of the draft thread and selected players will be removed from it.)
Notes on the underclassmen:
- Tennessee loses a good chunk of their offense as Tyler Bray and Justin Hunter's declarations cause Cordarrelle Patterson to declare as well.
- Speaking of Bray, he is the only underclassman QB to declare which has surprised some. A strong senior QB crop may be the cause there as the other underclassmen attempt to raise their stock for next season.
- Michael Dyer has chosen to enter the draft despite being out of football for the 2012 season. As has troubled LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu in leau of a potential return to LSU.
- The underclassman WR and TE crops are incredibly strong, with most of the underclassmen expected to go in the top 3 rounds.
- Texas A&M loses both starting OTs in Jake Matthews and Luke Joeckel, both expecting to be first round picks.
- Alvin Bailey is the only underclassmen interior o-lineman to declare as he jumps from the sinking ship that is the Arkansas football program.
- This is a great year to need pass rush help as the underclassmen ranks are swelling with great d-line talent.
- A large number of cornerbacks has also declared, with many expected to go in the first 3 rounds of the draft.
Shane P. Hallam
10-10-2012, 09:17 AM
Browns Clean House
New Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has immediately left his mark by firing Mike Holmgren, Pat Shurmur, and the whole staff of the Cleveland Browns.
Mike Holmgren is sad
10-10-2012, 09:53 AM
Eagles Announce Re-Signing of Pro Bowl CB
Sources close to the team have confirmed the Eagles have come to terms with Pro Bowl cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on a new 5 year deal, terms still to be disclosed. Rodgers-Cromartie led the Eagles with 7 interceptions en route to his second Pro Bow in 2012. It was imperative that the Eagles come to terms with the veteran CB as no suitable replacement appeared to be waiting in the wings. Brandon Boykin enjoyed a successful rookie season playing the nickel role but most believed he wouldn't be capable of stepping in to a starter's role so soon. Some writers who cover the team believe Rodgers-Cromartie surpassed the highly regarded Nnamdi Asomugha as the Eagles top corner this season and the numbers don't lie. Neither the player or the team were available for comment just yet.
In other news, the Eagles have also come to terms with two special teams players. Long snapper Jon Dorenbos and safety Colt Anderson inked new deals to stay in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future. Both players are coming off seasons that were shortened by injuries and will look to regain top form in 2013. The Eagles also announced they will not be re-signing free agent defensive end Daryl Tapp. Tapp has been a big part in making the Eagles rotation one of the best in the league over the last few seasons but he has opted to test the free agent market in hopes of latching on as a starter elsewhere.
10-10-2012, 10:28 AM
Chiefs Release Cassel
The Kansas City Chiefs have announced they have parted ways with QB Matt Cassel."We appreciate what Matt has done here in Kansas City," Owner Clark Hunt says "But we felt like it was time to make a change at QB."
10-10-2012, 11:47 AM
Jaguars Announce Roster Changes
- Gene Smith fired and replaced by Unbiased
- Rashad Jennings RB
- Eugene Monroe LT (1 yr left on contract)
- Terrance Knighton NT
- Daryl Smith SLB
- Derek Cox CB
- William Middleton CB
- Blaine Gabbert QB (cut)
- Greg Jones FB (FA)
- Mike Thomas WR (cut)
- Zach Miller TE (FA)
- Eben Britton LG (FA)
- Brad Meester C (FA/retired)
- Guy Whimper RT (cut)
- Clint Session WLB (retired)
- Rashean Mathis CB (FA)
10-10-2012, 11:56 AM
Top 5 Picks: Results and Reactions
The first 5 picks are in the books and we've got some early reactions:
1.) Cleveland Browns - DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
The talk leading up to the draft was whether or not the new Browns front office, led by new GM Shane P. Hallam, would use this pick on a new QB, such as West Virginia's Geno Smith, or if he would give the 29 year old Brandon Weeden a 2nd season after a mediocre rookie year. Right up to the announcement of the pick, no one had any idea which direction the Browns might go with this pick, making it one of the most mysterious first overall picks in years.
Well, the question was answered when the commissioner announced that the Browns would take pass rusher Barkevious Mingo out of LSU with the #1 overall pick. Though undersized at 240 pounds for a traditional 4-3 defensive end role, he has the athleticism needed to get after opposing passers in an era dominated by the passing attack. And with 3 quality QBs in the division, the Browns need all the help they can get there.
However, if Weeden doesn't pan out while Geno Smith goes onto a successful NFL career, look for this pick to be ridiculed down the line. Great QBs are must more difficult to come by than pass rushers so many will wonder if this was a pick well spent. We shall see...
2.) Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
When the Browns passed on record shattering, Heisman trophy winning West Virginia QB Geno Smith, the Jaguars sprinted to get their draft card into the hands of the commissioner.
Dissatisfied with the poor development former first round pick Blaine Gabbert has shown so far in the NFL, the Jaguars have decided to move onto Smith. Coming off a campaign in which he rewrote the NCAA record books, Smith was the top player on many people's boards. The Jaguars felt like Smith could inject some excitement into their dull team and help out their passing attack which ranked dead last in the NFL in 2012.
It is very difficult to find fault with this pick.
3.) Tennessee Titans - DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
After the division rival Jaguars took a QB with the 2nd pick, the Titans took a pass rusher who they hope will sack that QB many times over the next few years in Georgia's Jarvis Jones.
Jones is another undersized pass rusher at 243 pounds, but that is the direction the NFL is headed. The Titans had a bottom 5 overall defense in 2012 and were also a bottom 5 team in terms of sacks. Jones will certainly help address that issue.
4.) Kansas City Chiefs - QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
After a shockingly awful performance in the 2012 season, the Chiefs found themselves with a pick in the top 5. Arkansas didn't fare much better as a team at the college level, but QB Tyler Wilson managed to keep his draft stock high.
The Chiefs parted ways with veteran QB Matt Cassel after another down year in 2012, so Wilson will compete for the starting job from day 1. This is also the first time since taking Todd Blackledge in 1983 that the Chiefs have spent a first round pick on a QB. This is surely a welcome move for Chiefs fans who are sick and tired of years wasted with sub-par QB talent.
5.) Oakland Raiders - QB Matt Barkley, USC
The Carson Palmer experiment proved to be a huge bust for the Raiders and the team just didn't see enough in Terrelle Pryor to make him the QB headed forward.
Though Matt Barkley didn't win the National Champion or Heisman trophy he wanted by returning to USC, he still had a respectably good season and showed all the tools necessary to be a franchise QB at the NFL level. Oakland keeps him in California as they hope to have found their best QB since Rich Gannon with the 5th overall pick.
- Still a lot of high quality talent on the board, especially at WR.
- How far will Tyler Bray, the next highest rated QB fall? Barring a team trading up, the Buffalo Bills at #10 seem to be the most likely destination.
- When will the first o-lineman go off the board? Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews and Taylor Lewan could all make a team very happy.
10-10-2012, 02:04 PM
Texans looking to move
Texans GM ImBrotherCain is taking no time off after the Texans recent Super Bowl victory. Sources say that Cain has locked himself in his office with his brain trust and is hard at work for the upcoming draft. Cain is looking to build on his recent success through the draft by adding key pieces once again this spring. Rumors have it that he is looking to move but sources cannot confirm which direction he is looking at going.
10-10-2012, 02:37 PM
Packers trade Finley to Seattle
In the first major trade news of the day, the Green Bay Packers have traded TE Jermichael Finley to the Seattle Seahawks for 49th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft.
Finley is a supremely talented TE, but often has lapses in concentration that lead to drops and poor execution; two things that could not be afforded in Green Bay's precision offense.
Finley joins an offense in Seattle that is desperate for playmakers to aid 2nd year QB Russell Wilson. Seattle sports a stout defense that finished top 5 in the NFL last season, but struggled mightily at times to move the ball offensively.
10-10-2012, 05:14 PM
Chiefs agree to extensions with LT Branden Albert and WR Dwayne Bowe
The Kansas City Chiefs have reached an agreement to keep both Branden Albert & Dwayne Bowe in Kansas City for the forseeable future."Dwayne Bowe & Branden Albert are important pieces for the Kansas City Chiefs future," Chiefs GM T-Rich49 said."With Tyler Wilson on board we felt we had to make sure we gave him the best supporting cast as we can." As per team policy terms of the deals were not disclosed.
10-10-2012, 08:02 PM
Texans Shopping Tate
Recent rumors coming out of Houston are that the Texans are shopping Ben Tate. In his short time in the league Tate has show that he has the potential to be a featured back in the NFL but he is stuck behind league MVP Arian Foster.
10-10-2012, 08:08 PM
Bills cut Thigpen; sign Gabbert
Buddy Nix makes a move at QB by picking up recently cut QB Blaine Gabbert. The Jaguars cut Gabbert after drafting Geno Smith. Thigpen has not played well since being brought in by the Bills after playing for Miami. Blaine will fight for the starting QB job with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tarvaris Jackson.
-Chris Brown , buffalobills.com
10-11-2012, 11:53 AM
Dolphins Off-Season Overview
Despite finishing with a 5-11 record, the Miami Dolphins showed extremely well this season, finishing in the top 5 in both rushing offense and defense and improving every week. Ryan Tannehill had a promising rookie season and many other players had big years. In a somewhat surprising move, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has decided to retain Jeff Ireland. Ross noted that the selections of Tannehill and Jonathan Martin were big upgrades to their predecessors and the continued development of other Ireland draft picks, such as Mike Pouncey, John Jerry, Reshad Jones, and Koa Misi as reasons for retaining Ireland and allowing him to continue to build the team.
With more than $55 million in salaries and dead money coming off the cap, Miami started the off-season retaining core talent. With a number of starters performing well in contract years, Ireland and the Dolphins had to decide which players to bring back and which players to allow to test the free agent waters. The first player to sign was WR Brian Hartline, who thrived in the new offensive system, posting career highs in catches, yards, and TDs.
The next to join him was All-Pro left tackle Jake Long. Despite a down year, Ireland stated that he would have franchised the tackle had he not been locked up long term but Long had a mutual desire to return they got the deal done.
The next home-grown player Miami locked up is cornerback Sean Smith. After trading Vontae Davis, there was a lot of pressure on Smith to step up and be a legitimate number 1 corner. While he wasn't dominant, he rose to the occasion and played well enough to justify his promotion to number 1 corner. Upon seeing the re-signing, Omar Kelly tweeted "Great move by the #Dolphins. Sean Smith is the best corner in football. Why? Because I said so. Don't believe me? Have facts to disprove me? Pshht, blocked."
The final re-signing comes in the form of starting running back Reggie Bush. There were some questions whether he'd be brought back, largely due to the strong play from back-up Lamar Miller, but Bush had back-to-back big seasons that had him disproving all his doubters and established him as one of the league's premier tailbacks.
Some notable players Miami hasn't retained include starting DT Randy Starks, starting TE Anthony Fasano, starting FS Chris Clemons, top OL reserve Nate Garner, and top DL reserve Tony McDaniel. The Dolphins remain in contact with Fasano, Clemons, and Garner but it appears they want to see how they can fare in the draft before committing money to them. While Starks has played extremely well, his price was simply too high to retain after signing DT running mate Paul Soliai to a big contract last season so Miami decided to commit their money elsewhere. Miami also feels that 2010 1st round pick Jared Odrick will be more than capable of moving back to his more natural DT position, filling the void vacated by Starks.
Heavy rumors have Miami linked to multiple free agents, most notably is wide receiver Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers due to his history with Joe Philbin, strong fit in the scheme, and Miami's need at the WR position.
10-11-2012, 01:08 PM
Packers Offseason Review
After a hugely disappointing season, ending with the team just missing out on a playoff spot, the Packers have been busy over the last few months leading up to the draft. Do not mention this to coach McCarthy, but many have suggested that there is a rebuilding process going on in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
The Packers chose not to resign Greg Jennings, the 30 year old wide receiver. They will look to move forward with younger receivers, Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb, but could also be looking to bring in another through the draft. Jennings was not the only free agent allowed to walk, however. He was joined by long time favorite, Donald Driver, outside linebacker, Brad Jones, tight end, Tom Crabtree, inside linebacker, Robert Francois, and finally, Cedric Benson, who missed the majority of the year with an ankle injury.
As well as the players leaving through free agency, several players were cut. The big name from the group is defensive lineman, Ryan Pickett. With plenty of young talent available along the Packers defensive line, they saw Pickett as discardable due to his relatively big contract. Also gone is, Center Jeff Saturday and quarterback, Graham Harrell.
With all the players leaving, it was important for the Packers to keep everyone they wanted, and that is what they did. The Packers resigned offensive lineman, Evan Dietrich-Smith, long snapper, Brett Goode, young cornerback, Sam Shields and pass rushing linebacker, Erik Walden.
10-11-2012, 01:48 PM
The Dallas Cowboys 2012 season was a complete flop. Fans are upset, players are frustrated, and Jerry Jones could no longer ignore the obvious. Despite a caring relationship with the Garrett family, it was announced early this morning that Jason Garrett was fired as Head Coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
"It is with deep regret that the firing of Jason Garrett comes today. The direction of the Cowboys and especially the offense was simply not where we expected it to be. Jason joined us in 2007 as OC and took over as HC in 2010. Under his direction, the Cowboys have failed the fanbase. There's no easy way to sugar coat that. Jason talks about accountability all the time, and this time the accountability falls directly on his shoulders." -- Jerry Jones.
In 2012 the Cowboys offense was last in the league in points scored. Unacceptable for a team who's stars have been together as long as they have been in the same system for that long. Garrett's questionable playcalling and reluctancy to give it up even after taking on the role of HC certainly came into play in this decision. His quiet leadership style and stale reaction persona reflected the kind of team the Cowboys had turned into. The Cowboys have already begun their new coaching search and a finding a guy who can provide a new identity will certainly be at the top of the list.
10-11-2012, 02:16 PM
The search for a new identity commenced quickly and ended with a bang! The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a 5 year deal with the ever so energetic and deeply passionate Head Coach, Jon Gruden. Gruden joins the Cowboys after a break from the sidelines and up in the booth working for the Monday Night Football crew.
"We are SO excited about being able to announce the hiring of Jon Gruden as the new Head Coach of your Dallas Cowboys! Coach Gruden was the main guy we had in mind when we decided to let Jason Garrett go. It was our hope and prayer that he would accept this position and we are thrilled that he has accepted it. He is a guy who knows how to turn teams around into winners. He did it in Oakland and he did it in Tampa Bay where he won a Super Bowl Championship. His fire, his demeanor, his personality is an attribute that we want to carry over to the rest of our team. The attitude of the Cowboys has been too robotic over the years and we hope this addition of Coach Gruden will infuse new life and fire in their bellys." -- Jerry Jones
"This is a tremendous day for me and my family. We are so proud to be able to join the Dallas Cowboys family. This is one of the greatest teams in all sports and I'm here to restore it back to glory! WE'RE GONNA DO IT! I love the talent that's already here. I love being back into coaching. ...and I'm going to love being a part of making the decisions on who we're going to draft and sign out of free agency. This is something that I had little control in under Al Davis in Oakland and also in Tampa Bay. But Mr. Jones has assurred me that the reigns will be in my hands just like it was with Bill Parcells and Jason Garrett. So I'm ready to roll my sleeves up and get to work right away. HOW 'BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!"
10-11-2012, 02:29 PM
Lions Acquire CB Help
The Detroit Lions have acquired CB William G ay from the Arizona Cardinals. The two teams swapped 3rd rounds picks to complete the move, with Arizona getting the 78th pick and the Lions getting the 86th.
And rumor has it that the Lions aren't done upgrading their secondary yet, with an even higher profile DB possibly being brought in.
10-11-2012, 04:08 PM
Packers Delight for Patterson
The latest addition to Green Bay's offense
On the first day of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers decided that Cordarrelle Patterson was the man they wanted to replace Greg Jennings. At 6'3, he cannot be compared to the ex Packer, but he certainly has the ability to be just as good an possibly exceed what Jennings did in a Green Bay uniform.
General Manager, Super Packer was over the moon to have landed the youngster and had this to say about the selection, "Going into the draft, we had not specified wide receiver as one of our top needs, but with Cordarrelle still on the board, it was almost impossible to pass on him. We believe he is going to have a great future as a Green Bay Packer and we can't wait to bring him in."
For obvious reasons, Patterson was also delighted with being drafted by the Packers. "It is a great organisation and it 's going to be a pleasure playing there. Getting to play with one of the best quarterbacks in the league is going to be a great honor. I can't wait to get started." however, the ex Vol was quick to dismiss the talk of him replacing Greg Jennings. "Obviously Greg is a great player, but I don't think it is on me to be replacing him. I'm just going to work hard and do my job and hopefully reap the benefits."
Going into the draft, the Packers were not expected to grab a receiver in the first round, with bigger needs looking as though they would be filled early on. After releasing Jeff Saturday, many thought the Packers would look to draft a Center to replace him and with Alabama offensive lineman, Barrett Jones, still on the board when the Packers picked, there was surprise when the Packers passed on him. However, they are known for being true to their board and that is exactly what they did today.
10-11-2012, 09:13 PM
Jacksonville Jaguars receive: #25, #89
Philadelphia Eagles receive: #36, #67, 2014 4th
10-11-2012, 10:27 PM
Chicago Bears Pull a Shocker
While Mike Tice has done wonders turning the Chicago offensive line into a serviceable unit, most draft experts still believed that would be the position the Bears front office would address in the first round. But General Manager Phil Emery pulled a shocker, selecting Mississippi State cornerback Johnathan Banks.
In the days leading up to the draft, Emery expressed concerns about Texas A&M tackle Jeff Matthews' ability to transition to the left side, the most pressing need along the line. Most believed this was just a smoke screen, but in the end, it was the absolute truth.
"Matthews? He wasn't even on our minds." Emery remarked. "It was a tough decision between Banks and the Eifert kid from Notre Dame. But with the clock ticking down, we had to take the guy at the top of our board."
When asked if he worried about the pick backfiring, Emery replied, "We play against Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, and Aaron Rodger four times a year. You can never have enough defensive backs."
Fans in the auditorium were less enthused, as the boos drowned out the applause. Now they must hope Emery can persuade one of the top free agent tackles to the Windy City.
10-11-2012, 11:06 PM
Patriots lose 12 free agents, cut three
The New England Patriots will not tender new contracts to 12 of their current free agents: RB Danny Woodhead, FB Tony Fiammetta, WR Deion Branch, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, TE Visanthe Shiancoe, C Jamey Richard, DT Myron Pryor, DE Trevor Scott, LB Niko Koutouvides, CB Kyle Arrington, FS Will Allen, and SS Josh Barrett. They have also released TE Brad Herman, OT Kyle Hix, and C Matt Tennant.
Of the losses, Woodhead, Branch, and Arrington were considered the three biggest contributors; Woodhead was ultimately made expendable thanks to New England's stable of young talent at running back, Branch is expected to retire, and Arrington's struggles in 2012 pushed the Patriots towards the other cornerbacks on roster: Devin McCourty, Sterling Moore, Alfonzo Dennard, Ras-I Dowling, and Marquice Cole. The moves leave New England with 52 players on roster heading into the 2013 NFL Draft, where they hold five draft picks.
Anticipate more releases in the days to come as the Patriots attempt to clear roster space for their incoming rookies.
10-11-2012, 11:13 PM
Cardinals Draft Potential Franchise Signal Caller, Cut Ties With Kolb
After a brief discussion GM Rod Graves and company had decided that it was time to move on from the now former Cardinals' QB and select what many believe to be the future of the franchise, Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray. While the Volunteers struggled this season in SEC play, Tennessee's offense was hardly the problem. Tyler Bray finished the season with over 4000 yards passing and 30 touchdowns. Many believe that the QB will need time to develop due to his poor footwork and 3/4 release but no one doubts that this QB has all the tools necessary to one day be a franchise signal caller in the NFL. The Cardinals save a total of $21,000,000 over two years by releasing Kevin Kolb prior to July 1st.
10-12-2012, 10:32 AM
Lions Acquire Mike Jenkins
The Lions have acquired former pro bowl CB Mike Jenkins in a trade with Dallas, surrendering their 3rd round pick (#86 overall) in the process.
Jenkins joins William G ay, who the Lions acquired earlier from Arizona, in overhauling the team's secondary. It is a much needed move as the Lions had one of the league's worst pass defenses in 2012.
10-12-2012, 10:57 AM
STEELERS GRAB A HORN
-The Steelers drafted Texas DE Jackson Jeffcoat in the first round last night after a disappointing season along the defensive front. Jeffocat, who figures to move to OLB in the pros, was the second highest player on their board. The Steelers coaches love his athletic nature and the way he gets after the quarterback. With former All Pro LB James Harrison on the cusp of being released, Jeffcoat was the right player to fill in his void after Jason Worilds and Chris Carter failed to live up to expectations. The Steelers have a few more picks and are expected to pick more defensive help.
10-12-2012, 12:15 PM
Eagles Surprise Many, Select Tight End Eifert
The Eagles selection of Notre Dame TE, Tyler Eifert left many puzzled and questioning the pick. With Bent Celek enjoying a breakout year last season it seemed like the TE position was locked up for the foreseeable future. Andy Reid and co. were quick to point out however that the Eagles finished 25th in Red Zone offense last season and that Eifert 6'5 frame might be just the cure for what ails them. While at Notre Dame Eifert showed exceptional body control and concentration that made him a deadly target in short range scenarios. So what does this mean for Celek? "Brent's still our #1 guy. We'll be running a lot of 2 TE packages, especially close to the goal line this year. We've seen the success New England has had the past couple seasons running a similar system and until defenses can figure out an answer for that type of mismatch we will try our best to exploit it. When a guy's sitting there and he's so much higher on your board than anyone else, it's hard to pass up. It's just a bonus that this pick happens to fill somewhat of a need as well." Philadelphia's only other pass catcher other than Celek over 6 feet, Riley Cooper, missed most of last season with a broken arm. Many pointed to turnovers as the Eagles biggest problem last season but Reid was quick to point out the team's red zone deficiencies noting Philadelphia hasn't had a red zone offense in the top half of the league since 2006. With the selection of Eifert, the Eagles hope they have found the solution to that problem.
10-12-2012, 01:29 PM
Gruden keeps Callahan and Ryan
Jon Gruden has promoted Bill Callahan from Assistant HC/Offensive Line Coach to full time Offensive Coordinator and Rob Ryan will maintain his position as Defensive Coordinator.
"I know Bill from our days in Oakland where he served as my Offensive Coordinator then. We had a lot of success there and to be honest, the fact that he was already here in Dallas was one of the many reasons why I felt excited about taking this job. He's gonna put those headsets back on while on the sidelines again and we're gonna implement the West Coast Offense fullblown. I think that system suits the personnel on this team like a glove! Romo is a mobile QB in the pocket who throws with accuracy, especially on the run. We have WRs who are physical and can rip up the field for nice YAC off short passes, and we have the ability to go deep when we want to. Witten's game is tailor made for the WCO, and DeMarco Murray is going to love our running schemes. I'm STOKED just thinking about it".
"If there's one coach in the entire league that shares the passion for football that I have, it's Rob Ryan. I just LOVE his rage and passion for the game. He's one heck of a defensive coordinator and we're gonna work well together. I've always admired him from afar and he's going take this defense to another level with the drafting of LSU Safety Eric Reid. We're not done on that side of the ball yet either, so hang on to your horses!"
10-12-2012, 02:38 PM
First Round Analysis
6. Star Lotuleilei, Tampa Bay: Can you label a top 10 pick a steal? If so I think that's exactly what the Bucs got here. Lotuleilei may very well end up as the best player in this draft. He has the ability to be a game changing DT in the mold of a Haloti Ngata.
13. Manti Te'o, Detroit: The Lions most pressing need coming in seemed to be CB but with no true stud corner in this draft they opted to fill another position of need at LB. Te'o came back to school this year after some thought he might declare and he was the anchor of one of the country's top defenses. A leader both on and off the field, Te'o is exactly what the Lions need on the defensive side of the ball.
22. Robert Woods, Minnesota:
Many thought Minnesota might be looking to boost their secondary at this spot with lot's of options still on the board. Despite skepticism from the media, their defense was able to hold up this year which gave them the luxury of giving young gun Christian Ponder an extra weapon to work with. Last year Ponder seemed to establish himself as a legitimate starter in the league and despite having many pieces in place on the offensive side of the ball, the Vikings still seemed to lack a true #1 threat. They were hoping Jerome Simpson would be that guy but that never panned out and this selection should open up even more room for Pro Bowler Percy Harvin to work with(not that he needs much room at all). The Vikings now have all the key pieces in place on offense so look for them to address the other side of the ball in the later rounds.
24. Tyler Bray, Arizona: I haven't been the biggest fan of Kevin Kolb in the past but this year he did a good job of protecting the ball and letting Arizona's defense do what they do best. Bray is a player I felt could have benefited from returning for his senior season at Tennessee. When you watch him it's apparent he has the arm that will allow him to succeed at the next level but he has a lot of technical issues to work out and he struggled with decision making at times. I think Bray's situation is similar to what we saw with another highly touted gun slinger a few years ago in Ryan Mallett. I feel the best situation for Bray, similar to Mallett, is to go somewhere where he can sit for 2-3 years in a stable situation and work on those areas he needs to improve in. If John Skelton can't handle the starting duties, Bbray could be thrown into the fire early on which won't help his long term development.
20. Cordarelle Patterson, Green Bay: Tennessee fans are going to hate me after this one but this was another pick I had a hard time wrapping my head around. Patterson is only one year removed from JUCO and is still very raw.Like Bray, I feel like he also could have benefited from one more year at school. When you watch him on tape it becomes clear that he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball and I'm a big fan of his. I'm not so sure Robert Woods wouldn't have been the better selection at this spot though.
29. Dion Jordan, Baltimore: It isn't often you see Ozzie Newsome go off the board so early so this pick was a bit of a head scratcher to me. Jordan has some nice physical tools but I'm not so sure Baltimore couldnt' have traded down a little further and picked him up. With guys like Corey Lemonier still on the board this pick just becomes even more puzzling for me but I'll have to go back and watch a little more tape on this guy to try and see what the Ravens saw. I had him graded as a 2nd-3rd rounder.
10-12-2012, 06:28 PM
Chiefs discuss first 2 selections
The Kansas City Chiefs during a meeting with the media discussed their first two selections of QB Tyler Wilson & CB David Amerson.
"It was a tossup between Barkley & Wilson," Chiefs GM T-Rich49 said "But Wilson going up against those strong SEC defenses was the deciding factor. We feel Wilson can come in and start right away for us.and with the weapons we have around him should have success early on in his NFL career."
"David is a guy we had rated highly on our boards.We know his production this year is not there but when a talent like him falls to the second round it's hard to ignore.In a league that is more about the passing game you can never have enough quality DB's and we certainly like our DB group especially with the addition of Amerson."
10-12-2012, 07:28 PM
Dolphins Get Their Receiver, Bolster Pass Defense
Miami's main goal entering the off-season was to retain and improve Ryan Tannehill's weapons. The first step was bringing back Hartline and Bush. Next, with their first pick, 9th overall, Miami went out and got him another receiving option, drafting wide receiver Keenan Allen from the University of California. Allen is widely considered the top wide receiver in the class and appears to be a great fit in this Dolphins offense. Allen has sure hands, something Miami noted separated him from Robert Woods of USC, and is a crisp route runner. Allen has everything you want physically, with great size, speed, and athletic ability and can take the top off a defense. Expect Allen to compete with Brian Hartline and Davone Bess for a starting spot.
In the second round, Miami used their first pick on defensive end William Gholston from Michigan State. After allowing Randy Starks and Tony McDaniel to leave in free agency, there were questions as to who would fill the void left by Starks. The selection of Gholston made the plan a little more clear. Jared Odrick, 2010 first round pick, started last season at defensive end opposite Cameron Wake but he's expected to move back to his more natural position of defensive tackle. Gholston is expected to compete with 2012 4th round pick Olivier Vernon for the starting defensive end position. Miami is hoping that whoever wins the job can produce more sacks, as Miami failed to produce any pass rush opposite Cameron Wake. Gholston had a down year that had him sliding down boards but he possesses great size and Miami feels that he is already a strong run defender and hope he can finally fill the hole opposite Wake.
With the next pick, acquired from Indianapolis for Vontae Davis, Miami GM Jeff Ireland decided to take Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert. Richard Marshall had an injury plagued first season as a Dolphin and while Nolan Carroll has made significant strides, Miami had to move Jimmy Wilson back to corner last year to improve the depth and they would like to get enough CB depth to allow Wilson to make the full-time move to safety, as they still believe he can be a long-term solution at free safety.
In other news, the Dolphins decided to bring back free safety Chris Clemons on a two year deal after they failed to find a starter at the spot in the first two rounds. Clemons is a solid but unspectacular player and is expected to compete with Wilson for the starting job once again. Both players are excellent on special teams.
10-12-2012, 08:05 PM
Packers Switch Focus to Defense
After surprising many with their first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, by selecting underclassman receiver, Cordarrelle Patterson, the Green Bay Packers went into day two with several holes to fill. It was no surprise when the Packers drafted Georgia safety, Bacarri Rambo, with the 49th pick in the draft, the one the received in the Finley trade. Free safety was seen as a need by General Manager, Super Packer and so they pounced on the opportunity to land the talented defender.
3 picks later, in another huge shock, Green Bay selected athletic defensive lineman, Ezekiel Ansah. Nicknamed "Ziggy" the big man certainly has the ability and production to become an NFL star, however many question how he will fit into Dom Capers 3-4 defense. At 270 pounds, it would appear that he is too big to play outside linebacker and too small to play defensive tackle, although this was apparently not an issue with Capers himself. Another reason this pick will be heavily questioned is only a year ago the Packers drafted defensive end, Nick Perry and so getting another pass rusher was not seen as a priority.
10-13-2012, 03:31 PM
San Francisco receives: 58th pick
New England receives: 61st pick + 4th rounder
10-13-2012, 05:59 PM
Lions Bolster Defense In The First Three Rounds
DETROIT - The Lions had a mantre going into this off season defense defense defense. After three years of diminishing returns from the secondary The Lions thought this would be a major focal point in draft day moves. The Lions started the day going with what was presumably classic Detroit Lions draft day philosophy take the best player available and that is what they did picking up Notre Dame's Manti Te'o to secure the LB position the weather he or incumbent ILB Stephen Tulloch will be manning the SLB position is still in question the fact of the matter is that this truly solidifies the front seven. The Lions then traded for a pair of corners in former pro bowl CB Mike Jenkins and William G*ay coach Jim Schwartz said that there would be open competition for starting CB spots. When asked about the decision to trade for Jenkins GM Martin Mayhew stated. Jenkins is really what we like in a CB from a personality standpoint a jilted CB who wishes to prove himself as a starter in the NFL he and G*ay will compete with Houston and Bentley for time. In the second the they drafted Robert Lester a talented safety from Alabama who is slotted to start right away across from Lewis Delmas.
10-13-2012, 07:55 PM
Green Bay receives: #65
Cleveland receives: #84, 4th
10-13-2012, 09:39 PM
Thoughts Through Two Rounds
Two rounds are in the books now and there have been quite a few interesting developments to discuss.
1.) Only one running back has been chosen so far.
- In recent years, the argument that NFL teams have been devaluing the RB position has been prevalent when discussing RB prospects in the draft. It's no secret that the NFL has become a passing league, and the 2013 draft has so far shaped up to support that argument.
Only Marcus Lattimore, who went at #21 to the Broncos, has been selected. Lattimore is an elite talent at the position and will be able to make an instant impact for the Broncos offense next year.
After that, all of the other running backs are still waiting. Big Le'Veon Bell from Michigan State and Clemson speedster Andre Ellington are the next best available and were projected to go sometime in the 2nd round. Stanford's Stepfan Taylor is the best all-around back still available and should go by the end of the 3rd round here. Former National Championship MVP Michael Dyer is another intriguing prospect who was out of football last season.
2.) Tyler Bray's fall
- It was an unusual year at the top of the NFL Draft for QB prospects: the first three off the board (Geno Smith, Tyler Wilson, and Matt Barkley) were all seniors. The only underclassman QB to declare was Tyler Bray of Tennessee. Bray has all of the physical tools you look for, but is considered quite raw and in need of some development before he can contribute at the NFL level.
Still, it was surprising to see him fall into the 20s where he was finally snatched by Arizona at #24. Arizona struggled offensively last season but made the playoffs by virtue of their great defense. Many will tell you that Bray would be best served by sitting for a year, but as well know, that very rarely happens in the NFL anymore. Unless Bray plays extremely poorly next preseason (or an Arizona incumbent QB plays extremely well,) look for Bray to be the Arizona starting QB week 1 next season. In fact...
3.) Expect more rookie starting QBs next season.
- Until this past season, no more than two rookie QBs had ever started in week 1 of the NFL regular season. Last year there were five.
I expect that number to be approached again next season, with all four of the QBs selected in the first round having a great chance to start. Geno Smith has no real competition in Jacksonville, so I don't expect anything more than a "competition" in name only with Chad Henne before he's named starter in the preseason. The same goes for Tyler Wilson in Kansas City where none of the incumbent QBs should prove a threat to the starting job. And as I already discussed, Tyler Bray very well may be Arizona's starting QB in week 1 as well.
That leaves Matt Barkley in Oakland where veteran Carson Palmer remains on the team. Palmer will be the stiffest competition for any of the rookie QBs, but even then, I would not be surprised to see Barkley starting in week 1 as well.
4.) Florida underclassmen still waiting to hear their names.
Five Florida underclassmen declared for the draft this year, and, through two rounds, four are still waiting to be selected.
Matt Elam was selected at #56 by the Broncos, leaving TE Jordan Reed (3 other TEs have been selected,) DTs Dominique Easly and Sharrif Floyd (6 other DTs have been selected,) and LB Jelani Jenkins (2 other LBs have been selected) all waiting.
Maybe these guys should have gone back to school for another year.
5.) Best Available:
1.) WR Terrence Williams, Baylor
2.) DT Sylvester Williams, UNC
3.) DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
4.) QB EJ Manuel, Florida St.
5.) DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
6.) CB Nickell Robey, USC
7.) OT Brennan Williams, UNC
8.) OLB Arthur Brown, Kansas St.
9.) DE John Simon, Ohio St.
10.) OLB Chase Thomas, Stanford
11.) RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan St.
12.) RB Andre Ellington, Clemson
13.) LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
14.) QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma
15.) OLB Sean Porter, Texas A&M
16.) LB Nico Johnson, Alabama
17.) CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
18.) WR Aaron Dobson, Marshall
19.) DE Margus Hunt, SMU
20.) CB Carrington Byndom, Texas
21.) LB Michael Mauti, Penn St.
22.) QB Zac Dysert, Miami (OH)
23.) RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
24.) OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
25.) QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
10-14-2012, 12:29 AM
Rumors Wannstedt out?
Most people wanted to know why the DC was not in the draft room the past few days helping the Bills makes the selections of DE Bjoern Werner and LB Sean Porter. Well looks like GM Buddy Nix and HC Chan Gailey will talk to the press tomorrow morning. Word is Wannstedt will be let go and Bills will hire Texas A&M DC Mark Snyder.
-Chris Brown buffalobills.com
10-14-2012, 04:42 PM
STEELERS CUT HARRISON, KEISEL, TAYLOR, AMONG OTHERS
In developing news, we have heard that the Pittsburgh Steelers have released veterans James Harrison, Brett Keisel, and Ike Taylor this afternoon.
All three took major turns downward in terms of play and injuries. They've been on both Super Bowl winning teams.
Others who have been cut are Alameda Ta'amu and Weslye Saunders.
10-14-2012, 08:52 PM
Patriots coach Bill Belichick discusses draft's first two days
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick emerged from the Patriots' war room for a few minutes today in order to share his thoughts on the 2013 NFL Draft's first two rounds. Excerpts from his press conference are below:
On what motivated him to draft Alabama offensive lineman Barrett Jones in the first round:
Obviously I have a very strong relationship with [Alabama head coach] Nick [Saban]; we've drafted a couple of guys from there over the past few years: Dont'a Hightower, Brandon Deaderick. Jones is a smart guy, he's big, he's strong, played all along the line for them. On tape you can see him doing a lot of good things: moving around, making blocks at the next level. We felt comfortable with what we've seen from him, the medical, workouts, all that.
On where Jones will play and what the selection means for the rest of New England's offensive line:
We've got a lot of talent along the offensive line: [Logan] Mankins, [Nate] Solder, [Sebastian] Vollmer. We're just going to see where [Jones] fits in on the inside; obviously [offensive line coach] Dante [Scarnecchia] will have a lot of input there, whether it's [Ryan] Wendell, [Dan] Connolly, or Jones starting at those other interior spots. There should be some strong competition for those positions; we think it's a good problem to have.
On trading down in the second round and selecting Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine:
We just got an offer from San Francisco that we thought was a good value at that point; move down a few spots and add another fourth rounder. We started off a little bit short on picks this year [trading away fifth-and-sixth-round choices in deals for WR Chad Johnson and DT Albert Haynesworth]. We really like Carradine; reminded us a little bit of Chandler [Jones] physically, he's athletic, was able to get after the passer the past two years.
On the selection of Arkansas wide receiver Cobi Hamilton at the end of the third round:
[Hamilton] was more of a rotational player last year because of their other guys: [Jairus] Wright, [Greg] Childs, [Joe] Adams; this year he really stepped up and had a good season. He's the biggest wide receiver we've got right now, ran well, smart, competes for the ball. We thought the offense [Arkansas head coach] John [L. Smith] ran last year gave him a lot of opportunities to run pro-style routes and make some plays.
On whether or not New England will make any more moves over the rest of the draft:
I don't know. We're always looking for ways to get better, whether that's by staying put, trading around, getting some picks for next year. Obviously we've made some moves recently for veterans: we traded for [Deion] Branch, [Wes] Welker, Tracy [White], [Greg] Salas. Sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't. All I can say is that we'll be looking into every possibility, trying to keep in touch with the other teams out there.
10-14-2012, 08:55 PM
Dallas to let Felix Jones test Free Agency
With the addition of RB Andre Ellington from the University of Clemson, the Dallas Cowboys surprisingly have new hopes to finding a capable complement to DeMarco Murray. Former 1st round pick out of Arkansas, Felix Jones had a hot start to his career, but injuries have become an all too common reoccurrance with him and he never lived up to the expectations.
"Ellington is an EXPLOSIVE game breaker! I am just thrilled that we were able to land him in the 3rd round with our pick from Detroit. We were contemplating on taking him with our first 3rd rounder, but felt the kid from Alabama, Jesse Williams wouldn't have lasted on the board too much longer. We're happy it worked out. Andre is going to be put to work early and often as we try our darnedest to keep defenses honest. Together with DeMarco Murray we're hoping to have one heck of a Thunder and Lightning duo in Dallas," said new Head Coach Jon Gruden.
10-15-2012, 04:47 PM
Jets send: Pick 108
Jets receive: Pick 121, 2014 Jacksonville 4th round pick
10-15-2012, 08:01 PM
Rob Ryan speaks on the Cowboys new defensive additions
When asked about the Cowboys new defensive draft picks made today, Rob Ryan emphatically said, "I had good dreams last night, but not THIS GOOD! I wanted DOGS man...Mean, Nasty, Relentless Dogs that play my style of football... and I got 'em!" Indeed it does look like there's plenty to be excited about regarding this year's draft picks.
On Eric Reid:
We improved as a defense last year, but we simply did not create enough turnovers as I wanted...at least not enough to keep up with Tony. Ha ha ha. Reid is a guy who I have high hopes for to help us in that department. He's a playmaker man! He's gonna give me full confidence to call anything in my playbook cause I know if we send the blitz that he'll cover for us deep. Next season we will dominate our will on opponents! ...and those are MY words.
On Jesse Williams:
"I'm trying not to show my real excitement because you never really know until you really know, ya know?... but the guys we got are absolute MONSTERS. That Bama kid, Williams is a complete hoss. Everyone knows Bama's defense has been one of the top defenses in college football, and it starts up front for them. Deep in the trenches. That's where you'll find Jesse Williams wreaking havoc making things work for the rest of the D. We're real happy to have him."
On John Simon:
"If you ever hear Urban Meyer talk about this kid, you come away hoping he last to you in Round 1! I know the scouts look at his measurables and that's the reason why he was still available for us, but I know his coaches just LOVED him and all of us coaches are the same. Give me the guy who gives me everything he's got over the guy with the fancy measurables. Simon pushes everyone around him to be great because he plays each snap like it's his last. He's the definition of relentless and his motor never stops. He may not fit at one exact position, but we're gonna play him at MANY different positions because he can. We can play him anywhere in our front 7...he's that nasty."
Urban Meyer quote:
Are we doing enough for our team? That guy (Simon) what he just did in there
am I doing enough? When I say I as our coaching staff are we doing enough? Meyer asked. Are we doing as much as hes doing?
10-16-2012, 12:41 PM
10-16-2012, 03:06 PM
Chiefs discuss picks made in 2013 Draft
Kansas City Chiefs GM T-Rich49 held an press conferance to discuss all the selections made in the 2013 NFL Draft.
On QB Tyler Wilson:
"Tyler was a guy we'd liked going back to last year.Strong arm a guy who has everything you want in a Franchise QB.Going against those tough SEC defenses should help prepare him for what he'll see at the NFL level.I'd be stunned if he's not starting opening day."
On CB/S David Amerson:
"David is another guy we liked for sometime.We feel he's better suited to play S as opposed to CB but still adds an immense talent to our DB group.Kendrick Lewis's inability to stay healthy is another reason we're sticking Amerson at S."
On LB Shayne Skov:
"Shayne is an ideal fit to line up opposite Derrick Johnson.While we appreciate what Joban Belcher has done we feel his lack of speed hurts us in coverage.We feel putting Skov next to DJ give us a dynamic young LB core for many years to come."
On RB Le'Veon Bell
"Now I now RB was'nt really a need BUT this was simply a case of the value being to good to pass on.Bell brings that thumper to compliment Charles speed/outside game.We tried Peyton Hillis but did not work.We feel like Charles, Bell, Draughn & Gray gives us a nice group of RB's for the future."
10-16-2012, 03:37 PM
PITTSBURGH STEELERS GM HINES DISCUSSES 2013 NFL DRAFT CLASS
On first pick Jackson Jeffocat:
Quick, aggressive pass rusher. Was the number 2 player on our board. Excited to have Jackson join our defense. Believe he is a difference maker.
On second pick Shawn Williams:
Physical safety who can also play over the top. We like his body of work. Can play FS, but we are starting him at SS. We believe he's a Pro Bowl type talent and are excited to have him learn from Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu.
On third pick Montee Ball:
Was a Heisman finalist for a reason. We believe he has everything you want in a starting RB. We still have great backs like Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman, but as a whole, our running game needs improved. Ball brings that type of talent to our backfield and we are excited to have him.
On fourth pick Bruce Taylor:
We've like Bruce for quite some time now, dating back to when we were watching Jason Worilds. What stands out to us is that he's the total package. He can play the run, rush the passer, and fall back in coverage. With the possibility of losing Larry Foote and the uncertainty of Sean Spence's injury, we felt the need to improve our depth.
Overall draft thoughts:
Overall I feel we hit our biggest needs in this draft. We needed to get younger and better on the defensive side of the football and felt that Jackson, Shawn, and Bruce all do that. With a talent like Montee sitting there in the third, we had to take him. Overall we feel we became a lot better football team in this draft.
10-16-2012, 04:00 PM
Patriots draft QB Jones, WR Swope in fourth round
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Landry Jones was a surprising pick in the fourth round
The Patriots spent their duo of fourth-round picks today on offensive players, selecting Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope with the 123rd and 125th picks of the draft, respectively. Excerpts from Bill Belichick's press conference are below:
On selecting Landry Jones after drafting Ryan Mallett in the third round of the 2011 draft:
This decision was entirely unrelated to [Ryan Mallett]; we just thought Landry was a good value at that point. We carried two quarterbacks in 2012, but we've gone with three in the past. Obviously Jones has good size [6'4", 220], started up there for four years, has a strong arm. We'll see how he does; the first step will be coming in ready to work, ready to get in the film room and learn the playbook.
On Texas A&M wide receiver Ryan Swope and New England's rationale for selecting him:
He played inside and outside over there [at Texas A&M], ran a lot of different routes for them. He was productive in a couple of different schemes there, runs hard after the catch, contributes on special teams. We're pretty deep at wide receiver so he'll have to come in and compete for a spot. Obviously with him and [Cobi] Hamilton, we wanted to get a little bit younger over at receiver; they can do some different things.
On drafting four offensive players with their first five draft picks:
That's just how it ended up going this year; Last year we drafted six or seven guys on defense, so we have a lot of younger guys on that side of the ball. Offensively, we rely on a lot of our veterans: [Tom] Brady, [Logan] Mankins, [Wes] Welker and [Brandon] Lloyd. We're always looking to get better in any way possible and this year that just happened to involve drafting on offense.
10-16-2012, 11:38 PM
Cardinals Continue To Rebuild Offense, Release RB Wells
After the selection of Tennessee QB Tyler Bray in the late 1st both head coach Ken Whisenhunt and GM Rod Graves promised that the Cardinals were not done with that side of the football. In the 2nd round Arizona selected Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher who many scouts believed would go in the 1st round possibly even top 20. Fisher will be given every chance to earn a starting spot at LT sliding Levi Brown back to his more natural RT position, upgrading both spots at once.
Taking a detour from rebuilding the offense Graves jumped at the chance to snatch USC CB Nickell Robey. Robey has been simply a pure shutdown CB though out his collegiate career, while his size may potentially limit him the corners pure skills and athleticism are near unmatched. Due to the nature of the NFL today most teams run predominantly nickel defenses and this is where he should truly thrive.
Going back to the offensive side of the ball in the 4th the Cardinals surprised many by selecting RB Mike Gillislee out of Florida. The Cardinals had selected RB Ryan Williams in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft and Beanie Wells in the 1st back in 2009, who was released following the selection. While Gillislee is most known for his north-south running style, he is also an excellent pass protector, special teams player, and receiver.
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