I’m still working on my notes from the last few days …
• I don’t know how much of the equation will play this in Packers’ decision making, but I can say I’m not convinced, based on a few things I’ve heard, Packers believe Jordan Love is ready to be at the helm of championship team. Remember that in all this noise, Green Bay was in a better fourth quarter than the Super Bowl in January, and I think that when you have a team like that, if you’re a CEO like Brian Gutekunst or a coach like Matt LaFleur, it’s your responsibility to protect the ability to the said team to compete for the title. And at the moment I don’t have the feeling that throwing Love there would do it.
• I think it’s fair to say now that the class of players most affected by this year’s funky pre-rafting process is the player with medical problems. Tennessee G Trey Smith’s blood clot problem a few years ago, which nearly ended his football career, proved difficult for the team’s doctors to give up the cleanup – so a man with a big football character and a lot of field production who might otherwise if he had chosen Day 2, he slipped all the way to the sixth round. (One of the questions was that his play slipped a little, which may be due in part to the fact that the drugs he was taking against blood clots limited how much he could practice during the week.) Alabama LB Dylan Moses is another example. Now, the once highly publicized play of Moses is leveling off after a promising first year, so that was a factor. But just as great was the fact that he had to kill his knee before every game just to be able to play last year. He graduated without development and signed with Jaguars as a free agent at the college. Now, if there were “30” visits this year during which players could meet with team doctors, would it matter? It is difficult to know for sure in individual cases. But what we can say is that we missed the opportunity to go on these trips certainly didn’t help boys like Smith and Moses.
• What it’s worth – and we talked about earlier this season about the Patriots’ more collaborative approach – the circle remained very small in the quarterback decision (the decision itself, not the process). And in the end, Bill Belichik was, as you would expect, the man with the trigger. To that end, although I think New England likes Justin Fields of Ohio, only Belichik really knows if he took Fields with the 15th pick if the circumstances involved in the selection are different (and both Fields and Jones are available, or only fields are available). But what about the rest of the draft? A veteran performer pointed out to me that for the first time in a long time, New England didn’t throw any wild curves in rounds 2 to 7, which was an indication to him that Belichik might be listening more to the people around him.
• One interesting thing that the Bears liked about Justin Fields was almost exactly what the Jaguars liked about Trevor Lawrence: He’s used to incinerating the spotlight that comes with being first-class because he’s actually lived under one since he was a teenager. “One of the things I like to look for is knowing Ryan [Pace] also looking for it with a quarterback, how do they rise when everyone is watching when that moment is just huge? “Nagy said. ‘Justin’s been doing this all his life. You go back to high school and all those Elite 11 camps he was in, and he always had a camera watching him. And that’s probably one of the things,’ when we were able to get it back here after we put it together, the next day you could really feel it, as nothing is too big for this kid, and everything Ryan and I saw on tape, you can see it in person. , which passed when he was in our building, you can just feel his presence.You could just feel his quiet confidence.On his shoulder you can feel a little chip that I love.But you can also feel his humility and you can feel, that this kid is so eager to learn how to grow up and how to be a great NFL defender. ”And all of these things will be important in a market like Chicago.
• While we’re there, and given Rodgers’ news and the role of last year’s Jordan Love bomb in it, I think it’s interesting how the communication teams with their veteran quarterbacks are in who they can or can’t acquire. The Patriots’ take of Mac Jones came as no surprise to Cam Newton, and Bill Belichick then emphasized, “Kam is our defender.” Meanwhile, the Jets handled Sam Darnold carefully as they checked on Zack Wilson and others before sending Darnold to The Panthers. And the Niners were in front with Jimmy Garopolo, who gives him heads before making a deal for the third choice. In the same way, Nagy made sure nothing came as a surprise to Andy Dalton on Thursday. “I talked to him earlier in the day on Thursday and we just caught up with him,” Nagy said. “And at the same time I said, ‘Hey, listen man, I have no idea how this thing can go, you never know, but all positions are open and we can do a lot of different things, including quarterback. So I just want you to understand this and be aware of it. But at the moment I can’t predict anything. It’s just too hard. You know Andy, he’s a professional and he understands. That’s right. After it finally happened and we got Justin, the rest of the night went on, the rest of the project went on, and then I called Andy and talked to him. I explained to him that we were here, and again, without entering into our personal conversation, which was fair only to Andy and me, he handled it as an absolute professional. He understands. “And I’m sure it helped that the Bears at least told him where they were ahead of their time.
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• One story that went into preparation for the project was Trey Lance, who worked with John Beck, a former NFL quarterback who now trains quarterback with Tom House and Adam Dedo at 3DQB and plays for Kyle Shanahan in Washington. There were rumors in April that Lance had gone to Beck on the orders of the Niners, but after I turned stones on that, I got more context. Because he had an early professional day, Lance spent a week on professional development near Los Angeles in March, and his former NMSU teammate Easton Stick took him to work with Beck. About a week later the trade took place, Lance went up to organize a second professional day for the Niners and it only made sense for him to return to Beck (he had done his early work with coach QB Quincy Avery) as Beck could give him say exactly what Shanahan will look for. And when I asked the 49ers John Lynch on Saturday about the team directing Lance to throw there, he replied, “Yes, it wasn’t. So, there are some things out there. I went to high school with Tom House’s daughter. Kyle got to know Tom well through Matt Ryan because Matt saw him and Kyle took the time to go out there as a coach and he met John Beck. But it’s not our job to tell people, “Hey, come here.” And I know it was a great story. Sometimes people say, “Hey, what are you going to do?” But I can tell you that John’s opinion was very important to us, as it was to Quincy. I talked to Quincy and he was a huge resource – he was very much around Trey. So I appreciate both. ”
• At the end of the weekend, the transformation of the Chiefs offensive line is complete and there is a very realistic scenario, which may be the ideal scenario in which there is not a single starter on the Kansas City roster in 2020:
LT: Orlando Brown
LG: Joe Tuni
In: Creed Humphrey
RG: Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff
RT: Kyle Long
Austin Blythe is another newcomer who will be in the mix (center), as well as Trey Smith (mentioned above), while Mike Remers is really the one who is a restraint from last year. Lend to Andy Reed, Brett Weach and the staff there. They certainly did not sit on their hands after watching Patrick Mohammes take him in the teeth in Tampa on February 7.
• With 21 fifth-year options taken first in 2018, and Raiders OT Kolton Miller signed an extension to stay ahead of the option, 22 of the 32 boys were taken care of. And that fails what was expected – that because the expectation that the limit will not increase much in 2022, and because these options are fully guaranteed for the first time in the CBA, teams will be wiser to exercise them. They really weren’t. In fact, the number of options taken plus extended players is the second largest of the eight draft cycles since the rookie salary scale went into effect under the 2011 CBA.
Class of 2018: 22
Class of 2017: 18
Class of 2016: 17
Class 2015: 20
Class 2014: 23
Class 2013: 18
Class 2012: 20
Class of 2011: 21
So what does it give? Two things. The first round was quite strong in 2018. And the teams took the logistics of injury guarantees (not full guarantees) seriously to get started. “It probably just reflects the class of the project, as well as the fact that the injury / damage guarantee element is the only change,” one contractor sent a text message. “Yes, you can get away with these deals, but you lost when choosing a computer if you did, so it was a great deterrent. I think people mainly look at the price of the fifth year more than the warranty, and it’s still favorable to the franchise label. “
• JC Tretter made it clear during an NFLPA conference Monday afternoon that the union’s goal is to change the season once and for all – and eliminate much, if not all, of spring work, which is pretty much part of the rhythm on the NFL calendar. I think the league will fight this one. Why? Well, some coaches, like John Harbau and Urban Meyer, were vocal to the league about the importance of getting the job done in the spring. But there is the following: The NFL aspires to be a year-round sport, and May and June would be almost completely dead in professional football without OTA and minicamp. Which I think Park Avenue would see as counterproductive to their cause, for obvious reasons.
• I really like what Washington, after its revised Scout Service, led by Martin Mayhew and Marty Hearney, did in the project, mostly because the football team allowed the project to come. Linebacker and left wrestling were big needs, probably the team’s two main needs, and WFT scored well with two senior Kentucky boys LB Jamin Davis and Texas OT Sam Cosmy, both tough, gifted athletes with plenty of room to develop. I don’t know if either of them will hit – I’m not a scout – but I know how the league treated these two and that they were chosen exactly where most teams expected them to be, which for me is always a good indication that the team is taking advantage. maximum of your situation.
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