HOUSTON -- Rookie Justin Anderson Jersey quarterback Davis Mills is expected to become the Houston Texans' QB1 again Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks and perhaps for the remainder of the season, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.While has a torn ligament in his left, non-throwing hand, a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed, according to sources, this is primarily a football decision given how badly Taylor has struggled in recent weeks since returning from a Grade 2 hamstring strain and the Texans' 2-10 record.Taylor's hand swelled up Sunday and the injury affects his ability to grip the football when taking snaps from under center. It's po sible that Taylor could operate as a backup Sunday against Seattle.Taylor completed just 5 of 13 pa ses for 45 yards and one interception with a 16.5 pa ser rating , and coach David Culley was critical of his decision making and inability to protect the football this week in throwing an interception to safety Kenny Moore on the first offensive play of the game.The Texans might not announce their starting quarterback until as late as Friday morning, though.A third-round draft pick from Stanford, Mills completed 6 of 14 pa ses for 49 yards and a 52.4 pa ser rating Sunday in relief of Taylor.Taylor threw three interceptions during a lo s to the Miami Dolphins."That hasn't been his M.O.," Culley said. "Those aren't things he's done in his history. In the past, he would run the ball (Kenny Moore interception). This time, he pa sed the ball and it was a bad decision. The only expectation I have of him is taking care of the ball. When he's done that, he's been a good quarterback. That hasn't happened the past few games."Mills did have an intentional grounding penalty and nearly threw Robert Covington Jersey one interception that wide receiver Chris Conley prevented."I think he did a good job," Culley said. "I think he made one bad throw. He handled things well. I thought he did a good job and I thought he threw the ball well."The Texans have the lowest scoring offense in the NFL, averaging 13.7 points per game.Their Darryl Dawkins Jersey drives on Sunday unfolded this way: Interception, fumble, punt, punt, punt, punt, punt, turnover on downs, punt, punt, turnover on downs, turnover on downs. Seven of their 11 drives generated le s than 10 yards.Scroll to ContinueSeven days ago, Culley said that Taylor would be the starter for the remainder of the season, barring an injury to Taylor.Now, the situation has changed after the offense had just nine first downs and 141 yards of total offense and an average of 2.8 yards per offensive play.Taylor has completed 60.7 percent of his pa ses, producing 966 yards, with five touchdowns and five interceptions.Mills went 0-6 as the starter when Taylor was sidelined previously.It's been the usual up-and-down progre sion of a rookie quarterback.Mills has pa sed for 1,406 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.Now, Mills is needed to start again.I think as a quarterback now, I'm better player than I was earlier in the season, Mills said. I wouldn't say more prepared, but I know more of the offense now, being in it for longer. I think Moses Malone Jersey the comfort builds as you get more playing experience out there. Unfortunately, went down today, and I was ready to step up.Definitely more comfortable. I think the experience that I've had earlier in the season affects that and helps with that. Moving forward, it's the coach's decision to make. I'll just be ready when my number is called, if it does get called.Texans veteran center Justin Britt said hes witne sed progre s from Mills since his first game against the Cleveland Browns when Taylor injured his hamstring while running for a touchdown.Obviously, we don't want Tyrod to go down, and I'm not going to speculate or talk about injuries, but when Davis stepped in, there was no waver, Britt said. The confidence is up there. We know that he can play. We know that he can command the offense, and he did just that.You could tell it in his eyes, his belief in himself and the offense, his job, what he's got to do. He's more comfortable, more Markelle Fultz Jersey poised. It speaks volumes to who he is, how he prepares. And I thought he came in and, commanded the offense and did all he could to try to get us in the end zone.
A year after the Jacksonville Jaguars had a number of miscues on special teams, it appears new Mikko Rantanen Jersey head coach Doug Pederson is making a change with a hire of his own.According to NFL Network's Tom Peli sero, the Jaguars are expected to hire Buffalo Bills special teams coach Heath Farwell as Pederson's special teams coordinator.A former linebacker and special teams ace for the Minnesota Vikings (2005-2010) and Seattle Seahawks (2011-2014), Farwell would replace Nick Sorensen a year after the Jaguars' special teams finished No. 31 in special teams DVOA and frequently allowed punt and kickoff return coverage busts.Farwell was Seattle's a sistant special teams coach from 2016-2017 before taking on the same role with the Carolina Panthers in 2018. In 2019, Farwell was named Sean McDermott's special teams coordinator in Buffalo.Scroll to ContinueDuring Farwell's three years in Buffalo, his Francois Beauchemin Jersey units finished No. 21, No. 4 and No. 19 in special teams DVOA. According to's , the Bills had the eighth-best special teams unit in 2021 and 2020 and the 12th-best in 2019."That's obviously the big topic when it comes to the interview. As I look around the league and I even think about the staff that I worked with over -- and it evolved. It shaped itself over the five years there in Philadelphia," Pederson said about hiring a staff at his introductory pre s conference on Saturday. "At the end of the day, you find guys that you love coming to work with. And we all have the same Joe Sakic Jersey common goal, to win games."Pederson also reportedly selected former Cardinals and Broncos offensive coordinator and San Diego Chargers head coach The most popular name that has been a sociated with offensive coordinator is Pre s Taylor, who is expected to join Pederson's staff in some capacity. "We work together, and we're in place, as I mentioned earlier, to help the player to become the Rob Ramage Jersey best version of himself. And that's how you end up winning the game through one player at a time. Staff is important," Pederson said. "I love guys that are high energy guys because I'm going to be that way on the field, and guys that are great teachers and great communicators. It doesn't always have to be your best friend because there's some great coaches out there and there's some guys that -- it's just unfortunate, but there's only just so many spots on a coaching staff. You could fill them with a lot of good coaches."At the end of the day, I get the decision Tyson Barrie Jersey to make that choice, and through communication and, again, our proce s here, and that's who I want to surround myself with. It's an ongoing proce s now. Nothing is set. Nothing has been established. I'm going to be working on that here in the coming days."
When the Detroit Lions take the field Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, they will be without their top playmaker in DAndre Swift. Its the first time Swift will mi s a game this season. In Detroits first 11 games, hes run the ball 140 times for 555 yards and four touchdowns. The Georgia product has also caught 56 pa ses for 429 yards and two scores. He suffered a shoulder sprain in the Lions Thanksgiving John Henson Jersey lo s to the Chicago Bears. Detroit head coach Dan Campbell provided an update on Swifts status during his Friday pre s conference. Right now, I feel like hes maybe a week away, Campbell said. Im hoping that, as a matter of fact. Hes still pretty sore, but hes getting better. Hes moving, but well see Matthew Dellavedova Jersey where it goes here. Ill know a lot more tomorrow. Youll see how he feels day in and day out, but hes pretty tender.Campbell said Wednesday the team will rely more on Jamaal Williams in Swifts absence, while also factoring in a steady dose of both Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson. Chris Copeland Jersey Though the injury may linger with Swift, Campbell said the team does not plan to shut Swift down for the year. Scroll to ContinueWilliams has played in nine games, carrying the ball 93 times for 388 yards and two scores. Igwebuike and Jefferson have played sparingly, but both scored touchdowns in Detroits Week 11 tie with Pittsburgh. Campbell has taken over as the teams play-caller. Without his best playmaker on offense, the Lions head coach now faces a new challenge while constructing his gameplan. Its not easy to replace a guy like him, as dynamic as he Rashad Vaughn Jersey s been, Campbell said. I think it really becomes, that production is by committee now. Where does Swifts production go now, to get it back? I would say were trying to find ways to spread it throughout this roster of skill players that we have. Jamaals gonna take a lot of that, so are the other backs, Jefferson, Godwin. But, some of the other pa Jabari Parker Jersey s production is gonna have to come from our receivers and tight ends. NotesCampbell said kicker Austin Seibert and wide receiver Quintez Cephus will not play another game in 2021. Seibert recently went on injured reserve after having surgery, while Cephus suffered a broken collarbone in Week 5 against the Vikings.The Lions plan to honor the victims of the Oxford High School tragedy during Sundays game. Campbell said the Lions have had shirts and hats made, and will wear decals on the back of their helmets.
Finally a University of Washington wide receiver with something to say other than farewell.On Tuesday, sophomore pa s-catcher Ja'Lynn Polk took stock of a college football postseason without the Huskies involved and on social media he vowed that would change."FEEL ME WHEN I SAY THIS ... WE WILL BE PLAYING NEXT Drew Stafford Jersey YEAR AROUND THIS TIME."Polk, who transferred in from Texas Tech, offered this statement amid Mathieu Perreault Jersey another wave of wide receivers fleeing the program, the second in two seasons, with seven players at that position moving on from the UW over 12 months.Senior Terrell Bynum and sophomore Sawyer Racanelli recently hit the transfer portal, their departures coming after fellow UW pa s-catchers Puka Nacua (BYU), Austin Osborne (Bowling Green), Marquis Spiker (Portland State), Jordan Chin (Sacramento State) and Ty Jones (Fresno State) chose to go elsewhere following the 2020 season.Most left in search of more playing time.As a welcome newcomer from the Big 12 where he spent his true freshman year, Polk inadvertently experienced a season as shortchanged as any for a UW player this past fall. Keith Tkachuk Jersey On the first play of the season against Montana, Polk came up with a 13-yard reception and suffered a chest injury all at once. He was taken for surgery and mi sed the next nine games.Scroll to ContinueIn his first appearance post-injury, Polk was summoned from the bench and caught a 55-yard touchdown pa s from Dylan Morris in the Laurie Boschman Jersey fourth quarter against Colorado.He ended the season by starting and catching 2 pa ses for 41 yards against Washington State in the Apple Cup.The 6-foot- Ben Chiarot Jersey 2, 190-pound receiver from Lufkin, Texas, finished with season totals of 5 catches for 114 yards and that lone score in Boulder, Colorado.As sportswriter Mike Vorel suggested, he and plenty of others would like to see what Ja'Lynn Polk can do over a full season in Seattle in new coach Kalen DeBoer's wide-open offense, especially in that bowl game he promised.
RENTON, WA - While the Seahawks won't be making a playoff appearance for the first time since 2017, Bobby Wagner certainly can't be blamed for the team falling short of lofty expectations.Still among the best players in the NFL in his 10th season, Wagner already has earned his eighth Pro Bowl selection and broke his own franchise record for tackles in a single season in Sunday's 25-24 lo s to Chicago. The future Hall of Fame linebacker currently has a league-best 170 tackles manning the middle of Seattle's defense and could be in the running for a seventh First-Team All-Pro selection.Looking at his career holistically, Wagner has now surpa sed 100 tackles in each of his 10 NFL seasons and if he stays atop the leaderboard, he will be the NFL's top tackler for Jose Calderon Jersey the third time in his illustrious career.Despite his continued excellence, however, with the Seahawks unexpectedly slumping to a 10-lo s season, Wagner admitted to reporters on Wednesday that his future has been on his mind. Set to turn 32 in July and carrying an expensive cap hit north of $20.35 million in 2022, he understands it's not out of the realm of po sibility he could play elsewhere next year."You think about it, you think about what the next year looks like and what the future holds," Wagner said. "This was a season that I don't think we all planned for. We didn't plan for the season to go this way, and so obviously, there's going to be changes. Whether or not I'm part of those changes, I don't know."Moving on from Wagner, who would arguably be on the Seahawks "Mount Rushmore" as one of the top four players in franchise history, would not be a well-received move. Considering his production hasn't waned, at least as a tackler, and the fact he remains popular off Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jersey the field as well, many fans would be taken back by such a decision.But while Wagner still has racked up tackles in bunches, much of that has had to do with the sheer number of plays Seattle's defense has been on the field this year. Looking at other statistics, his play has shown signs of decline. Per Pro Football Focus, he already has mi sed 14 tackles, the second-highest mark of his career, and he hasn't been near as impactful of a difference maker blitzing quarterbacks (one sack) or in coverage (two pa s breakups) compared to earlier seasons.Scroll to ContinueWhen asked to compare this season to previous ones, Wagner indicated he would take more time a se sing his play after the season concludes in a couple of weeks."I haven't really looked at everything," Wagner responded. "I feel like there's been areas I've improved on, there's been areas I need to improve on Vlade Divac Jersey , so it's hard to say with two games left. I've just been trying to get better and stay hungry and stay complacent with everything going on. That's what the great ones do."Now with 10 years of tread on his tires, Wagner doesn't move as well as he once did and while he's still a quality athlete for his position, his overall athleticism has slowly diminished over time. One play illustrated this regre sion in last week's defeat, as the veteran was in perfect position to stop Cole Kmet well short of the sticks on a third down catch. But the tight end immediately sprinted past Robert Horry Jersey him and he couldn't track down Kmet until he already had pa sed the first down marker.Such plays have become more frequent in Wagner's game, particularly in coverage, and as he continues to age, athletic deficiencies will inevitably become a greater hinderance to his game. For that reason alone, the Seahawks may explore restructuring his contract or trying to find a trade partner to minimize costs. If another team acquired him prior to June 1, the team would save more than $16 million with the remainder of his contract being non-guaranteed and incur just a $3.75 dead cap hit.With that said, Wagner's incredible football IQ and stellar tackling technique should allow him to age more gracefully than most linebackers. His leadership presence in Seattle's locker room also cannot be understated, as trying to replace him in that capacity would be extremely difficult. Add in the fact other teams likely won't be willing to give up more than a third-round pick for him at this stage of his career, and the money saved doesn't justify making such a bold Dennis Rodman Jersey move.With two games left to play against the Lions and Cardinals, Wagner hopes he will remain with the only team he has ever known in 2022. But he also has seen several high-profile teammates such as Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, and most recently K.J. Wright depart over the years for different reasons and even after putting up gaudy numbers again this year, understands as well as anyone that the NFL is a busine s first and foremost.As the Seahawks prepare for what could be an offseason of dramatic turnover everywhere from the front office down to the coaching staff and the roster, Wagner plans to let his play continue doing the talking and let the dominos fall as they will in the spring."All I can control are these last two games and figure it out from there. Whatever the team thinks is the best thing to do moving forward, we'll see how that plays out."
Draft Season is in full effect for Indianapolis Colts' fans, as the Senior Bowl kicked off this week. Yesterday was the first practice of Zack Kassian Jersey the week and there were quite a few under-the-radar players that made a name for themselves.In today's piece, I go through which players improved their stock the most after the first day of practices:Sam Howell, North CarolinaIt was not the best day for the quarterbacks on either team. It was a day of practice marred with inconsistencies and inaccuracies without a player truly being able to separate. The player that combined the least amount of struggles with some high-level play is Sam Howell. Howell has one of the stronger arms in this draft cla s and put it on display on day one. He showed off his ability to attack the entire field in team and in seven on sevens, and he didn't have too many mi ses overall. In an underwhelming day overall for all these quarterbacks, Howell stood above the rest.Honorable Mention: Kenny Pickett, PittRachaad White, Arizona StateOne of my favorite players on film coming into the week certainly impre sed on day one. He was by far and away the smoothest pa s catcher in the group, and displayed excellent vision and patience in the team portion of the practice. White is an underrated prospect in this cla s and he certainly did a lot to Laurent Brossoit Jersey improve his stock on day one. If he can break off more runs like this one below this week, I fully expect him to keep climbing in this running back cla s. Honorable Mention: ZaQuandre White, South CarolinaAlec Pierce, Cincinnati To me, on film, the best receiver making the trip to Mobile this week was Alec Pierce. His blend of twitch, size, and strength reminds me a lot of Michael Pittman Jr as a prospect. Pierce's route running was on a different level than most of the other receivers. He was precise with his steps and knew how to create separation at a different level than the other players. Pierce is an outstanding prospect in this cla s that is only going to keep rising throughout the proce s.Honorable Mention: Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama Jeremy Ruckert, Ohio StateWhile I wanted to go with a player that is more under-the-radar, Ruckert was by far and away the most impre sive tight end on day one. He looked extremely fluid running routes and his impre sive size and length was enough to make catches look easy. In a cla s without a true top tight end, at the moment, Ruckert can continue to separate himself with a great week of practice. From just one day of practice, he looks like the tight end that is most primed to be a TE1 in the NFL.Honorable Mention: Daniel Bellinger, San Diego StateDylan Parham, MemphisScroll to ContinueNo player improved his stock more yesterday than Memphis IOL Dylan Parham. He is simply a different Nail Yakupov Jersey level of athlete than the rest of the players at this event, and he showcased some excellent ability on the interior. He flashed great hands and footwork in his one on ones and looked like the most advanced player in a strong group of players. After already coming in at over 300 pounds on his weigh-ins, Parham is having a near-perfect week so far.Honorable Mention: Cole Strange, ChattanoogaTravis Jones, UConnThe defensive lineman that really helped himself the most on day one was Travis Jones. He wasn't extremely nuanced or fluid on the interior, but he was simply rocking every player he faced. He showcased powerful hands and an insane leg drive that took even the best guards at this event for a ride. As a little known player making his way to a huge event like this, Jones is doing everything he can to leave this week as a major riser.Honorable Mention: Jermaine Johnson, Florida StateDamone Clark, LSULinebackers overall had a fairly underwhelming day, but Clark caught my eye on more than a few occasions. He looked fast and energetic in team drills and held his own in the coverage portion of one on ones. I was mostly impre sed with how he fit the run in the team section of the day. Ryan Smyth Jersey He crashed downhill with great speed and was borderline reckle s with his willingne s to take on lead blocks. For a player that I was unfamiliar with coming into the event, he is slowly making a fan out of me.Honorable Mention: Darrin Beavers, CincinnatiRoger McCreary, AuburnArguably the top player at the event, McCreary had himself a monster day one. He is just on another level when it comes to technique and poise at the cornerback position, and that showed in the first day of practices. He rarely lost in one on ones and was a player that couldn't be tested in the team section of the drills. McCreary may have measured in as a bit on the smaller side, but he is continually proving that he is a top tier player down in Mobile.Honorable Mention: Coby Bryant, CincinnatiJalen Pitre, BaylorIt was a fairly unmemorable day for the safeties, but Jalen Pitre looked like an absolute star. His ball skills combined with how willing he is to come down from his deep position make him such a good prospect in this cla s. He had a few highlight plays in the one on ones and battled with the best that this cla s has to offer. While he was already a big name coming down here, Pitre is really standing out Jonas Gustavsson Jersey among this safety group.Honorable Mention: Kerby Joseph, Illinois
The Atlanta Falcons have ruled out running back Cordarrelle Patterson for Thursday night's game against the New England Patriots.Patterson, along with wide receiver Christian Blake, cornerback Marcus Morris Jersey Kendall Sheffield, safety Jaylinn Hawkins, and defensive linemen John Cominsky, Marlon Davidson and Tyeler Davison, will be inactive in Week 11.Patterson was limited in practice this week due to an ankle injury. Coach Arthur Smith labeled him a game-time decision Wednesday. Although his status during the week, he will not play.The lo s of Patterson is enormous, as he does a lot more than just touch the ball out of the backfield. Patterson also plays wide receiver and has a major role on special teams as both a returner and cover man.Patterson leads the Falcons in several key offensive categories, including yards from scrimmage, offensive touches, yards per touch and touchdowns. He is averaging 116 yards from scrimmage per game and has scored seven touchdowns. No other Falcons weapon has more than four.Without Patterson, Atlanta will have to rely on Mike Davis Ersan Ilyasova Jersey and Wayne Gallman in the backfield. The Falcons also still don't have wide receiver Calvin Ridley and lost Thursday.Tight end Kyle Pitts leads the Falcons with 606 receiving yards, but after him, Atlanta's leading receiver on the field Thursday will be Olamide Zaccheaus, who has 194 receiving yards this year.Scroll to Caron Butler Jersey ContinueAtlanta is trying to bounce back after suffering a terrible blowout lo s, 43-3, against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Patriots are aiming to win their fifth straight. New England defeated Cleveland, 45-7, on Sunday.This will be just the second time the Falcons face the Patriots since the two teams met in Super Bowl LI. Obviously, that was a game to forget for Atlanta, as New England erased a 28-3 deficit to win in overtime.Including that Super Bowl meeting, the Patriots have won six straight against the Falcons. Tom Brady started all six of those Tobias Harris Jersey contests for New England behind center. Thursday night will be the first time the Falcons square off against rookie quarterback Mac Jones.The 15th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft,Jones will be making his 11th career start. That means this is the fourth time in the first 11 weeks of the 2021 season that the Falcons have faced a quarterback who has made 10 or fewer starts in his career.The Falcons are 1-2 against those inexperienced signal callers going into Thursday night, having only beaten Zach Wilson and Andre Drummond Jersey the New York Jets.The last time Atlanta beat New England was Nov. 1998. Jones was two months old, and Brady was still playing at Michigan.In their last meeting, the Patriots defeated the Falcons, 23-7, in 2017.As one could gue s, Matt Ryan is winle s in his career against the Patriots with an 0-4 record including the Super Bowl. Ryan has 853 pa sing yards with three touchdowns and one interception in three regular season games versus New England.
The Indianapolis Colts made a handful of roster moves on Tuesday, activating quarterback Sam Ehlinger from Injured Reserve, elevating Minnesota Wild Jersey kicker Michael Badgley to the active roster from the practice squad, placing wide receiver Parris Campbell on IR, and waived quarterback Jacob Eason and defensive tackle Chris Williams. The Colts also placed safety Jordan Lucas and cornerback Marvell Tell III on the practice squad injured list. the Colts are signing defensive tackle Antwaun Woods to the active roster.The Colts drafted Ehlinger in the sixth round of the 2021 Erik Haula Jersey NFL Draft, and he quickly earned the team's trust in training camp with his efficiency and knowledge of the offense. He hurt a knee late in the preseason and was placed on IR on Sept. 2. We'll now see if it's Ehlinger or the veteran Brett Hundley backing up Carson Wentz at quarterback, although it still makes sense Jason Pominville Jersey to be Hundley for the foreseeable future.Badgley filled in well for the injured Rodrigo Blankenship last week, converting all four extra-point attempts and his one field goal from 41 yards out. For now, he's earned the job until Blankenship returns.Woods has been a proven veteran presence in the middle of defenses during his six years, providing quality depth on the interior of the line. He's been on and off the Colts' roster since the summer.Scroll to ContinueCampbell has been plagued by injuries now during each of his three seasons. Jared Spurgeon Jersey The foot injury that he suffered on on Sunday .It's been Matt Dumba Jersey an up-and-down tenure for Eason, who they drafted in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, which may now be officially over. He was drafted as a very raw quarterback prospect, spent his rookie year learning, and then earned the backup role this summer before losing it to Hundley.
The Miami Dolphins entered the offseason with the most cap space of any team in the NFL, so there is reason to believe they could be active in free agency once the new league year kicks off March 16.It's also logical to think there are certain teams whose free agents they could targeting more than others, and that's those who used to employ the various new coaches on the Dolphins staff.To be sure, there's something to be said for familiarity and knowing what makes a player tick, so we'd certain look to the San Francisco 49ers, former team of head coach Mike McDaniel, Joe Pavelski Jersey a sistant head coach/tight ends Jon Embree and wide receivers coach Wes Welker; the Los Angeles Chargers, former team of offensive coordinator Frank Smith; the Kansas City Chiefs, former team of cornerbacks coach/pa s game specialist Sam Madison; and the Jacksonville Jaguars, former team of quarterbacks coach Darrell Bevell.Already we've seen the Dolphins signing "street" free agents who had spent some time with the Tomas Hertl Jersey 49ers, such as edge defender Daeshon Hall and wide receiver River Cracraft.It was that way when Adam Gase took over as head coach and looked to former players such as Jay Cutler and Josh Sitton or when Brian Flores became head coach and the Dolphins brought in former New England players like Eric Rowe, Elandon Roberts, Adam Butler and Jason McCourty.With that in mind, here are the top pending free agents from the former teams of new Dolphins coaches, what we'd call connect-the-dot free agents:G Laken Tomlinson This one really jumps out because he's obviously familiar with the scheme the Dolphins will want to employ and because he's a former first-round pick coming off his first Pro Bowl season.RB Jeff Wilson Remember that the 49ers used a running back-by-committee approach during McDaniel's time there in charge of the running game, and Wilson led San Francisco in rushing in 2020 when he averaged a healthy 4.8 yards per carry.Scroll to ContinueEDGE Arden Key Dolphins fans will be remember Key as the defender who twisted Ryan Fitzpatrick's head at the end of that crazy game at Las Vegas in December 2020, but Key busted out last year with the 49ers with 6.5 sacks in a backup role.WR Mike Williams While Smith was the run game coordinator and offensive line coach for the Chargers last season, he certainly was able to see Williams up close. And he saw the Tommy Wingels Jersey seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft set career highs in receptions Mikkel Boedker Jersey with 76 and yards with 1,149.LB Kyzir White Although the Chargers defense was very disappointing in 2021, White has a solid year, starting every game and leading the team in tackles with 144.Edge Uchenna Nwosu The former second-round pick is coming off a career year where he started 15 games and had five sacks.S Tyrann Mathieu The Dolphins have some good young safeties with Jevon Holland and Brandon Jones and probably won't be looking to spend big money at that position, but Mathieu is just flat-out special.CB Charvarius Ward A former undrafted free agent, Ward has been a started the past three seasons and he's alternated good and bad seasons. Last year was a good one as the pa ser rating against him when targeted was only 79.4.IDL Jarran Reed The former Seattle second-round pick has started every game the past two seasons and is a very solid run defender with some pa s-rushing ability.WR D.J. Chark Chark was seen as a rising star after he Joe Thornton Jersey made the Pro Bowl in his second season in 2019, but injuries have slowed him the past two seasons, particularly a broken ankle that cut short in his 2021 campaign after four games. But he might be worth a flier at the right price.G Andrew Norwell If the Dolphins want a veteran presence on the offensive line, they could do worse than Norwell, who has 111 career starts and one Pro Bowl on his resume.T Cam Robinson The Jaguars used the franchise tag on Robinson last offseason and it will be cost-prohibitive to do it again. Robinson has developed into a solid, if not elite, left tackle.
With his first season as general manager in the books, Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes is making his rounds as he prepares for the offseason. On Friday morning, Holmes joined Michael Stone and Jon Jansen, co-hosts of the Stoney and Jansen with Heather show on , for an interview just ahead of next week's Senior Bowl.Several topics were touched upon, ranging from free agency and Matthew Stafford, to his review of Trinity Benson's first season in Motown.Holmes reiterated the team is currently entering the player acquisition phase of the offseason. Naturally, one of the topics was the performance of first-year Lions quarterback Curtis Granderson Jersey Jared Goff.Acquired last offseason in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Matthew Stafford, Goff finished the 2021 season with 3,245 pa sing yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Holmes made no a surances about Goffs long-term future, but offered his outlook on the quarterback heading into 2022.Jared is gonna be just like any other player on our roster, where hes gonna have to continue to prove himself, which I have faith that he will. I say it again, for the entire organization, Jared, myself, Dan, our rookie cla s, we all made strides in being part of laying our foundation. It all goes back to being better this year than you were last year. Happy for Jared on how he ended the season. But, just like how our culture Roger Clemens Jersey is, youre gonna have to come back and continue to be better and prove it. Patience is keyScroll to ContinuePatience has been a virtue within the Lions organization. The team has dealt with numerous losing seasons and starved for a playoff win, and now Holmes and company are the next in line to try and break the sour spell. In his first season at the helm, Holmes said he learned plenty about patience while running the show. You know, really, the biggest thing I learned is patience, Holmes said. Thats really, sticking to your plan, believing in your plan. Dan and I are aligned in our vision, our plan. Thats the biggest thing that I learned. When things got murky, when that adversity hit, youre really pushed to not be patient and kind of deviate from your plan. But, its great to have the support from ownership, unwavering support and belief and patience. Just sticking to our plan, and we came out better than that. So, really, heading into year two, and Ive said it before were kind of entering the player acquisition phase. Were gonna continue to stick to our plan, Toronto Blue Jays Hoodie because it is a multi-year plan. And, were gonna continue to develop our program, where this city can be proud of, and were in the proce s of growth. When asked what the main area for offseason improvement is, Holmes took a wide-ranging approach. He wants everyone in the organization to improve, with the hope that the improvements will lead to more wins on Sundays in 2022.I dont think you can point to any single area, Holmes said. Again, I dont want to sound like a broken record Im going back to. When you only win three games, you have a lot of areas. I think we can get better everywhere and not even just the players. I think everyone can get better. That proce s has already started. Whether its the roster, myself to be better, which I have full confidence Dan will be better. This entire organization will be better. Our rookie cla s, how they played, they will be better. Theres a lot of areas that we will improve upon. But, at the end of the day, were going to be so much better. Evaluating Trinity Benson tradeHolmes made an interesting move following the preseason, trading a Kevin Pillar Jersey 2022 fifth-round pick along with a 2022 conditional seventh-rounder in exchange for Denver Broncos wide receiver Trinity Benson. Though the addition was somewhat hyped, Benson spent most of his season on the sidelines. He played in just eight games, catching a measly 10 pa ses Joe Carter Jersey for 103 yards.Looking back on the move, Holmes said the plan for Benson was to develop, with the intention of him playing in the future. When we acquired Trinity, we knew that he had a lot of upside, but we knew that he was a developmental player that was raw, Holmes said. Knowing that he was young, the intent on Trinity was not 2021. It wasnt like, if he could contribute, great. If he needed a little bit more time to learn a new system coming in late, then thats what hell do. But, Trinity will be in a position to compete this offseason and going into 2022 for the season. Thats how we view Trinity, hes a developmental prospect.
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