There is some off-field baggage with him, and the shoulder problems as well. You've got to go into the situation realizing that running backs are going to have a short shelf life anyway. Plan on having him for five years. But I really like him as a back, like his vision and running style. Unless you have real concern about the off-field stuff, I think you take him at No. 19. He's reunited with Jameis Winston, and I don't think you can count on Doug Martin at this point.
The o-line was pretty good in 2015 _ the Rams allowed only 18 sacks, and Gurley averaged nearly 5 yards a carry and was rookie of the year. Whitworth will be an upgrade at LT. Unless he suddenly breaks down or loses it at age 35, that is. You're fine with Saffold at LG, but I'm not sure about the rest of the line. Will GRob work out at RT? That's problematical. Will Havenstein work as a 6-8 RG _ that's pretty tall for the interior? And don't know what to expect from the new center, John Sullivan.
I think it has everything to do with the proliferation of spread offenses at the college level. Most college QBs have no experience operating under center, calling plays in the huddle, making reads and going through progressions. How many spread QBs have come into the NFL and really tore it up? Not many. Makes you wonder what will happen when all these older QBs move on _ Brady, Brees, Roethlisberger, Rivers, Eli Manning, Even Rodgers turns 34 next season.
Interesting that we've had no QB trades so far. Two last year, as you know, before the draft. Does that mean this QB class isn't as highly regarded as last year's? Has the lack of success by Goff scared some teams away from trading the farm to move up to No. 1? Or is it merely a case of having three or four pretty good options at the position. If you don't get the top guy, you have other options, so maybe you don't have to trade up. The new CBA makes it easier to trade in the first round, because the talent at the top off the draft comes cheaper. I think sooner or later, we will see trades to move up for the QBs. How soon, I can't tell you.
You know, I liked Petty a lot coming out. Not sure what happened there. Was not big on Hackenberg _ he's just not accurate enough as a passer. I'd feel a lot better if Trubisky had another year in college _ you know 12 or 13 more starts. So to answer you're question, no, I don't automatically see Trubisky as an upgrade.
It takes an entire organizational effort to be this bad for this long. And those in LA who think firing Fisher cures all, you may be in for a rude awakening in the coming years. I agree with you. There are holes on the defense but it remains all about the offense. They've got to get at least average. Finishing 32nd every year doesn't cut it. Maybe they'd draft a center, if the right guy's there. But I think they role with Sullivan, have Rhaney as the backup, ad try to fill holes at other positions.
To be honest, haven't really paid much attention to what's been said or written about the lawsuit in LA.
How about WR Zay Jones, East Carolina at No 37 overall?
This is certainly the make or break year for Bortles I would think. It's Year 4. Now does that mean he has a short leash entering the season? I don't know.
I'm not exactly an expert on these things. I don't think anything new has been filed by either side at this point. I would think sooner rather than later, we'd get some sort of framework of a schedule.
No doubt. A key to a good GM-head coach relationship is finding out the kind of players a coach likes, ones that fit his system, and then coming up with them for the coach. It sounds simple, but egos get in the way a lot of the time. One of the best things about Charley Armey as a GM is that he'd ask the coach what are you looking for, and then go out and find it.
OK, on my medal stand in no particular order: Friday Night Lights, Waterboy, Remember the Titans. Runners-up: Invincible, We Are Marshall, Jerry Maguire. Honorable mention: Horse Feathers (the old Marx Bros. movie), Draft Day, Blind Side, and for some reason I always enjoy watching the Replacements.
Patrick, I also forgot in the honorable mention category: Air Bud, Golden Receiver.
I've heard a few things about the final weeks, but nothing like that.
158 catches for Jones. Not in his college career. But last season. How is that possible?
If Goff isn't much better than he was last season, why wouldn't you consider a change at some point in the season. It doesn't mean you're giving up on Goff. I know it was just preseason, but Mannion looked much improved last year in exhibition play.
Glad you brought that up. I really didn't get to write much about the rules changes at the owners meeting due to the Raiders' move, and stories I did on KC's presence in St. Louis, and Jonathan Kraft and the MLS in St. Louis. Three rules changes, or points of emphasis come to mind. 1.) Centralized replay review. Replays now handled entirely by the New York office, taken out of the hands of the on-site referee. Will this speed up the process? Lengthen the process? And what happens if there's like 3 reviews at once during the noon games? No. 2: Point of emphasis made on "very egregious" hits. This takes the NFL closer to the college targeting rule. Will we see more players kicked out of games or suspended for the following game? As ESPN's Kevin Seifert pointed out in an earlier article, points of emphasis usually are most rigorously enforced early in the season. Keep an eye on this in September. 3.) Leaping over the defense has been banned. Won't see this any more on FGs and PATs _ at least not legally.
I've heard the theory. It wouldn't shock me given the way the Rams operate. (For example, who fires four scouts a month before the draft? Quick aside, I've had a couple of Rams employees from last year tell me they thought 3 of the 4 fired scouts were pretty good.) But I say 70-30 Snead stays.
You've got to be pretty close to the sideline. Try a 50-yard line seat, in the first 10 rows behind the visitor's bench. Will be expensive.
No. 25-ranked WR by Dane Brugler's NFL Draft Guide. Always a thorough publication, by the way, for any of you draftniks. Williams is a shade under 6-1, 204 pounds, ran a 4.40 in the 40. (Was not invited to the combine.) Had 90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 TDs last year for Grambling which went 11-1 last season. Has some off-field baggage, including possession of firearms charge (one of the 3 guns allegedly was an AK-47).