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  1. />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesDawgs EDTEvery mock draft site has its opinions on which players are rated as the top-flight athletes. And every one of these sites has a completely different viewpoint from the other sites. NFL.com writers Dan Parr and Gennaro Filice have only one job T. J. Carrie Color Rush Jersey , and that is to cover the NFL and the happenings of the league. Of course, the most recent event was the NFL college draft held April 25-27 in Nashville. The draft is where every club can infuse young talent and improve every aspect of their roster. And now that the draft has come and gone, Parr and Filice have tabulated their opinions on which clubs did themselves the most good, and which didn’t help themselves that much at all. The duo’s list has the Browns recorded at number 21 with a grade of “B”. That’s 21 out of 32 teams. Part of their reasoning is the lack of a first-round selection since their number 17 slot was part of the trade for All-World wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. Of course, the selection of all of these players won’t be revealed as boom or bust until at least three years from now. Which is also part of Parr’s and Filice’s evaluation. They assess that the Giants needed bodies to help their core right now https://www.brownsfanshop.com , not years down the road. They also assert that several blue-chip defensive players, such as DE Josh Allen, LB Devin Bush and DT Ed Oliver, were all sitting there waiting to hear their names called. Here is part of their take on the Browns draft: The two analysts seem ecstatic of how far CB Greedy Williams fell, especially since he was projected in the middle of the first-round and survived until the 46th pick. They like the Browns’ first fifth-round choice of LB Mack Wilson of Alabama, but aren’t sure he is a pass defender which is a pressing need for the Browns.Later Browns Customized Color Rush Jerseys , the duo added some thoughts on another need area for the Browns in the defensive backfield: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsThe Browns have two picks that could become starters in Week 1 with Williams and Redwine, plus added depth on the offensive line with OG Drew Forbes from Southeast Missouri. The analysts then closed out their assessment:Other AFC North teams ranked were the Bengals at number 10 (grade A-), the Ravens at number 12 with a “B+” grade, and the Steelers at number 26 (B-). Carlos Hyde is slated to serve as the backup to Damien Williams in the Chiefs backfield, but he’s not unhappy about that arrangement.Hyde signed with the Chiefs after being released by the Jaguars and has spent the offseason learning his role with his new team. That’s involved a lot of work as a pass catcher, which Hyde said is “like a dream come true” because of his affinity for that part of the game.“It’s not just a one-dimensional running back here Cleveland Browns T-Shirts ,” Hyde said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN.com. “You do it all. You line up at receiver. You actually run routes. You’re not just a decoy . . . You really get to showcase your ability. I didn’t know they used the running back so much in the passing game until I got here. It put a smile on my face.”Hyde only caught 10 passes while splitting last season between the Browns and Jaguars, but caught 59 passes for the 49ers in 2017 so he’s had some experience to draw on as he tries to make an impact in Kansas City this year.
  2. this week’s practices Jason Spriggs Jersey , but there is a hefty fine waiting for him if he does." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesAcme Packing Company homepageHorizontal - WhiteAcme Packing Companya Green Bay Packers communityFollow Acme Packing Company online:Follow Acme Packing Company on TwitterFollow Acme Packing Company on FacebookFollow Acme Packing Company on InstagramLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchAcme Packing Company main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsPackersOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections The APC PodcastPackers Film RoomFantasy Football Adviceif he does.CDTThe Green Bay Packers have yet to see third-year safety Josh Jones on the field for a practice this spring. Jones has elected to sit out the team’s voluntary practices during organized team activities, hoping to communicate his displeasure with his role and force a trade out of Green Bay. This week will demonstrate just how strongly Jones wants to force his way out of town and how much he is willing to sacrifice to make his point. The Packers host minicamp this week, running from Tuesday to Thursday, and this event is mandatory. Teams can elect to fine players who do not appear for minicamp, with an escalating fine schedule laid out clearly in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. For each day that a player skips, his potential fine increases. As NJ.com reports, missing one day will cost a player $14,775 this year; day two carries double that fine at $29 Mike Daniels Color Rush Jersey ,550, and skipping the third and final day is triple at $44,325. All told, choosing not to show up for the entire week would cost a player a total of $88,650.That would be a significant blow for a third-year player like Jones, representing over ten percent of the roughly $850,000 base salary he is set to earn in 2019. With no other bonuses in his contract, Jones would need to take that fine out of any reserved money left over from his previous years’ earnings — about $2.34 million covering his signing bonus and two years of base salary — and earn that back over a few games on the active roster.So far https://www.thepackersfanshop.com/Jamaal-Williams-Jersey , Jones has not sacrificed any money to make his point. OTA practices are entirely voluntary, so a team cannot fine or otherwise take action against a player who chooses not to appear. The Packers, of course, were one of the pioneers of the workout bonus clause in their players’ contracts, which ensures veterans’ appearance at OTAs. However, Jones is playing on a rookie deal, which has no such provision.The odds are that Jones will indeed appear this week, given the price tag that comes along with staying home. But if he feels that the differences between him and the Packers are irreconcilable Dean Lowry Jersey , he may feel it worthwhile to make a $90,000 statement. The Packers and Eagles will face off on Thursday night in Week Four and both teams are taking the same approach to their Wednesday practice in Week Three.The Eagles announced on Wednesday morning that the team would hold a walkthrough rather than the practice they’d typically have to kick off the week. Head coach Doug Pederson said at his press conference that a number of injured players wouldn’t be able to do the usual practice and the walkthrough “allows everybody to still practice and maintain their focus and get our work done that we need to get done today.”Packers head coach Matt LaFleur appears to feel the same way. He announced that the Packers will also be holding a walkthrough and said, via Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, that the team is “a little banged up right now.”LaFleur also made note of the short week that the team would have coming out of Sunday’s game against the Broncos as part of the reason why the Packers have joined the Eagles in taking a different approach to preparing for this week’s game.
  3. WESTFIELD https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Erik-Swoope-Jersey , Ind. (AP) — Last season, earned the Defensive Rookie of the Year award and was an All-Pro.Most players would consider it a spectacular start to an NFL career.The Indianapolis Colts linebacker views his rookie season another way — as a solid foundation to complete some unfinished business in 2019.“I wasn’t named MVP, I wasn’t a Super Bowl champion and I wasn’t a Pro Bowler,” Leonard has said repeatedly. “So, there are still goals I hadn’t reached last year. I just go in with the same mindset as proving everybody wrong and just outworking everybody on the field.”For Leonard and All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson, this year’s prime focus is proving 2018 was no fluke — and they’re willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.While Leonard flew around the field , piling up tackles and filling stat sheets, Nelson’s impact on Indy’s offense was equally impressive. The sixth overall pick in the 2018 draft teamed with rookie right tackle Braden Smith, a second-round pick, to fill two glaring holes on an offensive line that allowed a league-high 56 sacks in 2017.Together, Nelson and Smith helped the Colts go five straight games without yielding a sack, the league’s third-longest streak since 1982; gave up a league-low 18 sacks all season; and paved the way for the Colts to rush for 200 or more yards in back-to-back games for the first time in the same season since 1985.Nelson’s reward: a Pro Bowl selection and his own spot as an All-Pro.It’s only the second time in league history rookie teammates made the team. The only other players to achieve the feat were Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Dick Butkus of the Chicago Bears in 1965.Now Leonard and Nelson are chasing bigger objectives for their encore performances.“I would say more goals are more detailed on what I want to accomplish,” Nelson said after Thursday’s first training camp practice. “It’s really about cleaning up my technique. But the No. 1 goal is to win the Super Bowl.”Just how much better can this tag-team tandem get?Well, they excelled in spite of all the potential pitfalls rookie face: learning new teammates, new coaches and new systems.Consider, too, that because of the draft and pre-draft workouts, Nelson couldn’t participate in all of the Colts’ offseason practices, and an injury prevented Leonard from making it onto the field until the first day of training camp.Leonard also played most of last season with an ankle injury that forced him to miss one game and eventually prompted him to undergo minor surgery in May. Leonard pronounced himself fit and ready to go when the Colts reported to camp at Grand Park Sports Campus in suburban Indianapolis on Wednesday, weighing in at a trimmer 220 pounds and determined to increase his 163-tackle total after correcting the mistakes defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus outlined on a highlight reel of missed tackles.“Getting off blocks a lot faster,” Leonard said. “I tend to stay on blocks much longer than I expected. Talking with Floos, we saw some things that I needed to work on, kind of my plant, point and drive, making tackles inside-out. Sometimes I overshoot a lot of tackles and I just use my athleticism and long arms. So now I just want to work by pinning their hip and making plays from there.”Nelson also starts Year 2 with a new look. His neatly trimmed hair has grown out, he’s added a Fu Manchu and he appears more vocal than he was last season. He made a slight change to his offseason workouts while preparing to work with two new offensive line coaches, Chris Strausser and Howard Mudd, who emphasize technique. But at least Nelson knows the starting five is back, ready to keep Luck upright again and deliver on the goal of finishing with a top-five rushing offense.Nelson knows what he must do to make it work.“For me, it’s getting my hands inside Malik Hooker Jersey , keeping my elbows in in the run game and the pass game, and really trusting and believing in my technique,” he said.And if Nelson and Leonard hone their skills just a bit, they and their teammates know anything is possible.“It’s hard to imagine he could’ve had a better year than he did last year,” coach Frank Reich said when asked about Leonard. “As good as he was, it’s crazy to think that there are a million ways he can get better and he has to get better. I have heard him say that himself and we all know that that is the way great players think.” With the 2018 season wrapped up, it is time to take another look back at an incredible draft class. We did this exercise at the midpoint of the season, which you can find here. It is important to note that one season is not enough to adequately judge a draft. Some players take time to develop, while others never really take a step forward. It will take a couple years before we truly know how good this class is, but for now, we’ll look back through the lens of the 2018 season. 1st round, 6th overall: Quenton Nelson, G, Notre DamePhoto by Tim Warner/Getty ImagesDuring a time like the draft, everyone is full of hope and possibility. The term “generational talent” gets bandied about far too easily, and players are set up against colossal standards that most simply cannot live up to during their rookie seasons, if ever. Then there is Quenton Nelson. Nelson did some incredible things as a rookie. In his first year in the league, he was named Rookie of the Month for October, the first time the award was ever given to a guard. He was a key part of the offensive line’s turnaround which saw it yield the fewest sacks in football. Additionally, he was named to the Pro Bowl as well as being named a First-Team All-Pro. That is exactly the kind of impact you want your first round pick to have, and it is a huge win for the Colts that they were able to trade back to get more picks and still acquire such an incredible talent. Grade: A2nd round, 36th overall: Darius Leonard, LB, South Carolina StatePhoto by Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesSpeaking of First-Team All-Pros, how about the rookie year Darius Leonard had? No matter how good you thought Darius Leonard could be, no one thought he would be this good this quickly. 163 tackles, 7 sacks, 8 passes defensed, 2 interceptions and 4 forced fumbles. That is not a rookie stat line. It is an unreasonable wish list for a defensive coordinator to have for one player. Yet that is exactly what Darius Leonard delivered this season. Despite coming out of South Carolina State, Leonard came on the scene and let everyone know how good he was early and often. Week after week he made big plays and proved himself to be both a leader on the defense and a playmaker when it mattered. It is a little bit terrifying to think how great this guy could be after a couple years to get used to the NFL and get comfortable in a defensive scheme. For Chris Ballard’s part, drafting two players who would be named First-Team All-Pros in their rookie season just about makes the draft a win regardless of how the rest of the class looks. Fortunately Quincy Wilson Color Rush Jersey , though, we’re not done yet.Grade: A2nd round, 37th overall: Braden Smith, G, AuburnPhoto by Otto Greule Jr/Getty ImagesIf anyone has a right to be a bit rankled about all the glowing treatment of the two guys above, it is Braden Smith. All he did this season was switch from right guard to right tackle, and become one of the best right tackles in football as a rookie. While Nelson has deservedly gotten a ton of credit, Braden Smith has gone largely overlooked in terms of the accomplishments he has achieved this season. In Week 5, Smith was named the starter at right tackle and played out the season there. From Week 6 to Week 11, the Colts did not allow a single sack of Andrew Luck, and Smith was tasked with dealing with guys like Calais Campbell and Jurrell Casey. While on the whole Smith’s season wasn’t as spectacular as Quenton Nelson’s, his ability to switch to a new position and establish himself not just as a starter, but as a top-quality starter, was truly impressive, and will be a big help for this Colts offensive line going forward.Grade: A2nd round, 52nd overall: Kemoko Turay, DE, RutgersPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesKemoko Turay is at a major disadvantage in the grades, because he follows a really impressive trio of picks. Unfortunately, he did not perform as well as those three guys. Despite having an incredibly quick first step and the ability to get pressure on the quarterback, Turay finished the season with just 4 sacks and saw his playing time dwindle significantly on the back stretch of the season. This was in part, likely because he did not offer great run defense, and I remember seeing him get blown up by receivers and tight ends multiple times in plays. It also is likely based on statements made by DC Matt Eberflus, that Turay’s practice effort was limiting his playing time. Those are of course, not what you want to hear, but it is also something he can improve on next season. Turay undoubtedly has some serious gifts, and if he refocuses and hits 2019 hard, he could be a dangerous pass rusher. Grade: C+2nd round, 64th overall: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio StatePhoto by Michael Hickey/Getty ImagesPart of what damaged Turay’s playing time was the return from IR of Tyquan Lewis. Lewis proved Skai Moore Color Rush Jersey , upon his return, to be a more versatile playmaker, recording 2 sacks in his 8 games and providing solid production against the run as well. Unfortunately, Lewis gets dinged in his grade because we just didn’t get to see enough of him. Missing the first half of the season and then being out in both playoff games was a tough break, but until we’ve seen more of him, it is tough to grade him very effectively. Hopefully Lewis enters the 2019 season healthy and takes a step forward, because the Colts need a reliable pass rusher.Grade: B-4th round, 104th overall: Nyheim Hines, RB, NC StatePhoto by Joe Robbins/Getty ImagesMarlon Mack’s breakout year might have obscured another really impressive performance. Nyheim Hines had a really solid year and proved to be a valuable contributor for the offense. He is an aggressive runner despite his size, and his route running and catching are better than some of the receivers on the roster. He certainly found heavy usage in the passing game as a rookie, pulling in 63 receptions, which was good for third on the team behind T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron. Look for the Colts to use Hines more and more creatively going forward as he gets more comfortable in their offense.Grade: B+5th round, 159th overall: Reece Fountain, WR, Northern IowaThomas J. Russo-USA TODAY SportsIf making the roster counts for anything, that’s about all Fountain gets in terms of credit for this season. Always noted as a project who had the physical ability but needed time to develop, Fountain spent most of 2018 on the practice squad before being raised to the active roster late in the season. Despite a talent-poor receiver group, Fountain couldn’t establish himself, and his lone target of note was a dropped touchdown in the end zone during garbage time against the Chiefs when the game was already out of hand. It is hard to see Fountain being more than a practice squad guy next season, with the Colts likely to invest heavily into the receiver position. Even here though, missing on an athletic freak in the mid rounds isn’t a bad move. Sometimes you get lucky and get an incredible talent.Grade: D-5th round, 169th overall: Jordan Wilkins, RB, Ole MissPhoto by Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesJordan Wilkins had an interesting season. He did not see a ton of heavy usage, but when he got the ball, he averaged 5.6 yards per carry. One of the most impressive things about Wilkins is that he almost never takes negative yards and managed to consistently make something out of nothing when getting the ball. He doesn’t offer the same upside that someone like Mack does, because he simply doesn’t have the explosiveness to get big chunk plays, but when he got good blocking, he still had the ability to make things happen. He was a solid addition as a rotational back.Grade: B-6th round, 185th overall: Deon Cain https://www.coltsfanshop.com/Jack-Mewhort-Jersey , WR, ClemsonIf we graded based on training camp, Cain looked like a future star. Unfortunately, that just isn’t enough to tell us much. Cain’s torn ACL stopped his season before it started and robbed us of the chance to see whether he was as good as he was looking when the games started. All we can do now is hope his playmaking and flash is back and legitimate when he hits the field next year.Grade: N/A7th round, 221st and 235th overall: Matthew Adams, LB, Houston and Zaire Franklin, LB, SyracuseDouglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsThe Colts drafted two linebackers in the 7th round, and got almost exactly what you want from your 7th round picks, valuable special teams contributions and players who can play rotational or backup roles. Early in the season, it was Franklin who seemed to have the edge on playing time, but by the end, it was Matthew Adams who had established himself as the starting SAM backer, although that position is one that is used relatively infrequently in this Colts defense. Adams proved to be a hard hitter and was on the receiving end of some truly awful calls which negated great plays on his part. He really came on as the season progressed, and made himself a valuable part of the defense when called upon. Franklin saw his role relegated largely to special teams, but came in as a rotational player at times. You can’t be too difficult on these guys, because as 7th rounders, the odds are stacked against them that they see a second contract. However, if they continue to be valuable special teamers and progress, they could buck that trend. Grade: BOverall DraftHitting bit in the draft is tough. If a team is able to add 3 solid starters in one draft, it is viewed as a big success. The Colts added 2 First-Team All- Pros. With the exception of Reece Fountain and Deon Cain, every player drafted has played a role on this team and gotten meaningful snaps. The reality is that this class has been a complete home run, and if no one else breaks out from it, it will still be one of the best drafts in franchise history. The exciting thing is that there is every possibility that we haven’t seen the best from several of these players, and we could have some of them turning it up a level next season. When you add possible development in to this class, and the potential of a player like Deon Cain or Tyquan Lewis, guys who were limited by injury, this could truly be an incredible draft class for Chris Ballard.Overall Grade: A
  4. playoffs Frank Clark Color Rush Jersey , I noted that I have rooted for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees for quite some time, dating all the way back to his college days as a member of the Purdue Boilermakers. Multiple commenters noted that they’d love to hear the story behind that, and while many likely think it may have to do with actually meeting Brees in person or something of that nature, it is far less interesting. My Brees fanhood is extremely simple, and the story is extremely uninteresting. In any case, as I pointed out Monday, this dates back to the 1998 college bowl season. I am not much of a college football fan, but back in the 1990s I would regularly plant myself in front of the television to enjoy multiple games. I knew who Drew Brees was, simply because at that time ESPN regularly showed Big Ten matchups in the early time slot, and I had watched him lead Joe Tiller’s offense on multiple occasions. However, as many of you already know, I grew up in Big 8 country before the Big 8 swallowed up half of the Southwest Athletic Conference and became the Big 12. Specifically, I grew up the son of an alum of the University of Kansas, and from an early age we would regularly attend football games each fall. The first game I ever attended was on Halloween of 1987 when my beloved Jayhawks put up a great fight Dion Jordan Color Rush Jersey , but eventually lost to the number 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners 71-10. For those who are too young to remember the state of college football in the state of Kansas in the 1980s, it wasn’t always like it was now. While the Kansas State Wildcats have established themselves as a program of note over the last three decades, at that time things were much different. Well, they were different for the Wildcats at least. The week after the Jayhawks let Oklahoma off the hook with a 61 point victory, the Hawks and Wildcats faced off in what was jokingly dubbed the Toilet Bowl, a game that would determine who finished in last place in the Big 8 and who would finish in next to last place in the Big 8. Kansas State entered the game 0-8 with an average margin of defeat of more than 30 points a game. Kansas entered at 1-7, losing by an average of 27 points per game, with their lone victory coming in a 16-15 defeat of Southern Illinois, an FCS (then Div I-AA) opponent brought in to pad the record. The two teams were so bad that the Wichita Eagle-Beacon ran a story in the lead up to the game that the way to solve the football woes at the both the University of Kansas and Kansas State University was to abolish the football programs. Wichita State University had discontinued the football program for budgetary reasons after the 1986 season, and for a very brief period of time this became a very real possibility. The much anticipated matchup between the two programs went about how one would expect such a game to go, and as the game took place before college football adopted overtime for the 1996 season, it ended in a 17-17 tie. That led to the final standings for the 1987 Big 8 season looking like this (screengrab taken from WikiPedia). However, the futures of both football programs would improve over the coming years, with the Jayhawks hiring Glen Mason prior to the 1988 season and the Wildcats bringing Bill Snyder in for 1989. Mason managed a decent turnaround Tedric Thompson Color Rush Jersey , taking the team to a couple of bowl games in the early 90s, while Snyder pulled off one of the greatest turnarounds in NCAA football history. While the Wildcats never finished in the top five in either the AP or Coaches poll, they were on the brink of playing for a national championship towards the end of the 1998 season. After starting 11-0 behind a suffocating defense and a nearly unstoppable offense led by senior quarterback Michael Bishop and freshman wide receiver Aaron Lockett, K-State went into the Big 12 Championship Game simply needing to knock off the Texas A&M Aggies to likely earn a shot at the national title. For those who don’t know how that game went down, take the six minutes to watch this video, and you’ll understand why Michael Dickson has a lot of work to do to supplant Shane Lechler as my all time favorite punter. That loss by the Wildcats proved costly, as they not only fell out of national championship contention, but also dropped from the BCS picture to playing in the Alamo Bowl, a huge step down. Living in Kansas at that time, I heard all the complaints from Kansas State fans and supporters that they had been jobbed out of a BCS bowl, and that it was only the timing of their loss that led to the Mildcats missing out on a New Year’s Day bowl game. Personally, I had hoped that the Cats would play in a BCS bowl so that they would get destroyed, but I had to pin my hopes on the Boilermakers and their plucky young sophomore quarterback who played in a gimicky “spread” offense. I won’t bore all of you with the details of how myself and two of my best friends watched that game at Luke Air Force Base on a road trip out to San Diego (where we would stay at MCAS Miramar during our annual road trip out that way) to watch the Holiday Bowl the following day. Here’s the final drive of the game for the Boilermakers. And that is why I have a soft spot in my heart for Drew Brees against any opponent not named the Seattle Seahawks. Russell Wilson is officially under contract to the Seahawks for five more seasons, and he thinks he’s going to win not just one more Super Bowl Ethan Pocic Color Rush Jersey , but multiple Super Bowls.In comments published by the team, Wilson said he thinks he’ll win Super Bowls, plural, in Seattle.“For me, for my family and for [agent] Mark [Rodgers], we love Seattle, and it’s the place I want to be,” Wilson said. “I’ve always wanted to be. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever. This helps solidify that. I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do—we’ve got more Super Bowls to win. I’m excited about that.”Despite some talk that Wilson wanted out, coach Pete Carroll praised Wilson for being consistently committed to everything the team is trying to do.“We’re all really pleased that we were able to take the next step to stay together and keep this moving,” Carroll said. “Russ has been a huge factor in everything that has happened, and this allows us to stay on track with continuing to push to find that consistency. Russell is a unique player, a unique competitor. It’s rare the way he’s just so consistently connected to competing and battling. To keep that factor as part of the program is just a real positive for our fans and for everyone. We’re all fortunate to see this happen.”Wilson and Carroll have won one Super Bowl together and just missed a second. They may win another one together. Or more than one.
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