Bengals won’t pick up Cedric Ogbuehi’s option

While initial fears were that Nelson’s tear would require a full surgical repair, doctors delivered good news after surgery. Nelson’s meniscus only needed to be trimmed and cleaned out, which cuts down the recovery time and left Nelson with a timeline of weeks rather than months before he’d be good to go again.

That was enough to keep Nelson right where he was on many draft boards before the injury. The Raiders took Nelson with the 110th overall pick during the fourth round of the draft on Sunday.

Nelson began his college career at Hawaii and transferred to Wisconsin, where he started every game and finished third in the country in pass breakups. His is the latest addition at cornerback in Oakland in an offseason that’s seen Rashaan Melvin, Daryl Worley, Shareece Wright, Leon Hall and Senquez Golson join the team.

He always found a way to play well against teams I was on. I have great respect for guys who’ve taken their teams to the Super Bowl and won them, really that’s what they’re measured by as quarterbacks. And he’s done it. Twice. Not a lot of people can say that. So I felt like I knew him.Confidence in his own ability. Since Shurmur’s first shot at being a head coach, he’s worked with a diverse set of quarterbacks—Mike Vick, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez and Sam Bradford in Philly, then Teddy Bridgewater, Bradford again and Case Keenum in Minnesota. And through the experience, he was able to make his offense work for different guys in different ways. So that’s the plan here.

“That’s a huge lift, for not only him, but for us,” General Manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “To see where he’s come from to where he is and knowing where he might be able to go, it’s beyond inspirational. It’s just exciting. It’s really exciting for him.”

The Steelers took safety Terrell Edmunds with that pick and are expected to use him in a variety of roles that could include some of what Shazier did on defense when he was healthy.

The Patriots are currently in Phase Two of the offseason program. Phase Two began on May 1 and lasts three weeks. In Phase Two, coaches are allowed on the field with players, and individual drills are allowed. Teams are allowed a max of 90 minutes on the field. Contact is not allowed. Offense-versus-defense and one-on-one drills are not permitted, either. Helmets are also banned during Phase Two.broncos_098_9683d62603426b79-180x180

Tuesday’s #PFTPM has a visit with A.J. Green and much more

If you’re on your way home (or anywhere) and you have an hour or so to kill, here’s a way to kill it good.

The show includes a visit with Bengals receiver A.J. Green, plus plenty more.

Actually, the whole thing is more than an hour, which should cover you for the commute home and then some.

So enjoy the show, and join us tomorrow, when the guests include Jets G.M. Mike Maccagnan and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

In the process, Morhinweg and Urban were able to pivot and push forward with adjustments that highlighted Vick’s otherworldly talents.

Two years later, Roman pulled off a similar trick when an Alex Smith concussion led to the revelation of Colin Kaepernick’s potential out of a retrofitted pistol offense.

General Manager Ryan Pace said on Friday night that the plan is for Daniels to start his Bears career at left guard. Chicago has an opening at that spot after declining Josh Sitton‘s option this offseason and Cody Whitehair returns after 32 straight starts the last two seasons.

Pace also said the team thinks Daniels, who turns 21 in September, will grow as a player in the coming years.

“We feel there’s still a lot of upside ahead, as young as he is,” Pace said, via the Chicago Tribune. “You see these offensive linemen kind of get caught in awkward positions. He has the ability to recover and maintain his balance. Some guys awkwardly go down in those moments, he doesn’t do that.”

Daniels was one of two offensive players drafted on Friday with wide receiver Anthony Miller coming 12 picks later in the second round. That continues an offseason devoted to fleshing out the lineup around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who once beat Daniels’ team in a high school playoff game, in his second season.

This plan will help to change that, starting today.broncos_001_80192e557a8429c8-180x180

Pete Carroll not happy with having to release Cliff Avril

The Seahawks have released veteran defensive end Cliff Avril with a failed physical designation, the team announced Friday.

Avril’s football future had been in serious doubt since he suffered a career-threatening neck/spine injury last October, causing him to miss the final 12 games of the season. Avril, 32, said earlier in the offseason that he would sit down with his family and discuss his football future sometime in the spring, by which point he would have been roughly six months removed from surgery.

Either way, he’s another longtime Seahawk to part ways with the team during an offseason of big-name departures. Seattle released cornerback Richard Sherman, traded defensive end Michael Bennett and lost tight end Jimmy Graham in free agency. Kam Chancellor’s football future is also up in the air because of a neck/spine injury of his own.

Callaway was seen by many as a talented enough player to be drafted in the early rounds, but he fell to the fourth because of significant off-field concerns. He was suspended from the Florida Gators football team for all of 2017 for allegedly using stolen credit card information to fund bookstore accounts. He was cited after a traffic stop in May 2017 for misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of drug equipment. And he was cleared of sexual assault allegations by a Title IX hearing officer in August 2016 after his accuser and her witnesses boycotted the hearing because the hearing officer was a Gators football booster.

I was young, that’s all. Immature, Callaway said of his list of transgressions. I was just living in the moment. I knew I had to grow and learn from my mistakes. When I got suspended, I didn’t think it would cost me the NFL. I just knew that it would hurt. Because I know my talent. I’m pretty good at football.tigers_001-115x115

Panthers GM: Team considered Ridley before drafting Moore

With their first-round pick, the Panthers ended up selecting Maryland wideout D.J. Moore. However, General Manager Marty Hurney told SiriusXM’s Bruce Murray and Brady Quinn that his team was considering several players with the pick, including Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley.

Mark Walton, RB, Miami Grade: A Gio Bernard clone. Small, super-shifty. YAC machine as a receiver. 113. DaeSean Hamilton, WR, Penn State Grade: A- Similar style to Emmanuel Sanders. Crafty route-runner who can really separate. 114. Da’Shawn Hand, DE, Alabama Grade: C. Two-gapper. Strong. Very limited as a pass rusher. 115. Joel Iyiegbuniwe, LB, Western Kentucky Grade: B+ More speed at the LB spot.

Brady was also asked about another mystery during his 60-minute interview and that one had to do with why NFL ratings have been in a steady decline over the past two seasons. Although some people have theorized that player protests have hurt ratings, Brady doesn’t agree with that. The Patriots quarterback also doesn’t buy the theory that the NFL is oversaturating itself by putting too many games on too many days.

Thoughts: The Lions don’t need a wide receiver in 2018, but could look at slot options who are good at making things happen after the catch if they are thinking about letting Golden Tate walk in free agency. This trio fits the bill.

Thoughts: Detroit has passed up a number of edge rushers in this draft, but there are some intriguing speed options who could be on the board in the fifth round in Sweat and Armstrong. The reason Sweat is dropping is reportedly because of a knee injury. Mata’afa offers a powerful outside option with flexibility and experience playing inside. Sieler, a local product, is a wild card talent. He’s massive, at 6-foot-6, 290 pounds, and put up monster numbers against low-level competition.

That might be the most remarkable thing about their wide receivers, whose post-draft depth we examine today as part of a series covering each position group.

There’s not a diva in the bunch.

In fact, it was never about anything other than wins with this group which despite having replaced Torrey Smith, who was traded to Carolina, with free agent Mike Wallace, expects to have the same mindset in 2018.

Actually, from the moment he arrived as a free agent a year ago, Jeffery started talking Super Bowl smack, ostensibly guaranteeing it.tigers_135-115x115

Ravens ‘in the laboratory’ devising Lamar Jackson plan

We’re only two days into minicamp season, but it’s already fair to wonder in Baltimore: How do the Ravens plan to use Lamar Jackson, their dangerously mobile rookie quarterback, this season with such an inert signal-caller in Joe Flacco starting under center?

The thing I was really impressed with is I thought he was accurate. You read the reports and stuff like that, but he’s a naturally talented thrower. He’s got natural arm talent, Harbaugh gushed Saturday. That’s something that people were questioning. To see him out here throwing the ball naturally, very accurately, I thought it was a big plus.

Jackson and Flacco’s styles are so diametrically opposed that Baltimore’s late-first-round selection of the former prompted NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock to conclude that the Ravens philosophically and schematically committed to a new offense. But with Flacco under contract through 2021 with a potential out following the 2019 season the Ravens will have to slow-play their transition to Jackson.

Celtics forward Jaylen Brown (strained hamstring) came off the bench again on Saturday. Brown played 29 minutes and scored 16 points.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles rang the Sixers’ ceremonial Liberty Bell pre-game.

Among the celebrities in the crowd at Wells Fargo Center: rapper Meek Mill, film director M. Night Shyamalan, The Roots bandmember Questlove and Eagles tight end Zach Ertz.

Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 21/2 lengths on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.

The colt that began his racing career in February improved to 4-0 and gave Bob Baffert his fifth Derby victory. That snapped a tie and left the 65-year-old trainer trailing only Ben Jones with six.

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Big Ben on Rudolph pick: How does it help us win now?

One year after seriously contemplating retirement, Ben Roethlisberger is struggling with the Steelers ‘ decision to draft Mason Rudolph as his heir apparent.

A generous assessment of Roethlisberger’s reaction would concede that he’s simply being overprotective of his mates in the 2017 quarterback room, Jones and Dobbs.

Those two guys are who I feel the worst for, Roethlisberger offered. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t worried about [Rudolph] coming and taking my job. I feel confident that I can go out and beat whoever I need to beat out for my job…. I do feel bad for those guys.

I don’t know what’s going to happen. I assume Landry’s still the two, I don’t really know. And Josh, same thing. Last year you take him in the fourth round, so does that mean the Steelers screwed up in that pick? Like do they think that he wasn’t the one that they thought, or has he not developed the way they thought? Why else would you take a quarterback in the third round the next year?

We’re fortunate now that Jenny Vrentas, Robert Klemko, Andy Benoit, Albert Breer, Conor Orr, Jonathan Jones, Tim Rohan, Jacob Feldman and Kalyn Kahler—average age: 30—have grown into an excellent team, with a group of superb editors. It’s time for them to have the opportunities I’ve had over the years, and to do some of the stories and projects I’ve done that they’re more than ready to do. They’re ready.

I just felt it was time to move ogiants_349n from the 24/7-ness of football coverage and try something a little bit different. My 29 years at Sports Illustrated have been, collectively, a dream come true. I’ll always be grateful to Mark Mulvoy for hiring a green 31-year-old kid in 1989, just as I’m grateful to my current boss, Chris Stone, for the opportunities and support he’s given me in recent years. For three decades, I’ve had the job of a lifetime in the sports media business, and I will be forever grateful to SI. I leave at the end of May with immense gratitude to my editors over the years and to my staff at The MMQB since 2013. Thanks, from the bottom of my heart.

Derrick Johnson will put on a Raiders jersey in 2018.

The former Kansas City Chiefs great agreed to terms with Oakland on Friday, NFL Network’s Mike Silver reported.

The agreement comes a day after Johnson visited his former rival.

Prescott, meanwhile, took a step back last year. His completion percentage dropped from 67 percent to 62 percent, his yards dropped from 3,667 to 3,324, his touchdowns flatlined and his interceptions spiked from four to 13. None of it was unreasonable considering the rookie year he had, but he definitely was not as good as he was in 2016, even if there is a little bit more hand-wringing being done over his season than perhaps necessary.

The Seattle Seahawks have lost three of their main contributors in the passing game this offseason. Paul Richardson, Jimmy Graham and Luke Willson are gone after successful stints with the team. Richardson finally had a breakout year, Graham scored a bunch of touchdowns and Willson has been quietly consistent his entire Seattle career. These guys will be missed by more than just the fans, the QB will miss them on the field too. So, who will Russ be throwing to this year?

Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Marcus Johnson, Jaron Brown, Amara Darboh, Tanner McEvoy, David Moore and Cyril Grayson Jr.

Doug Baldwin- Has some of the best hands the NFL has seen in years. This guy can also beat you cold with his route running ability. Baldwin has morphed from undrafted free agent into one of the best all-round receivers in the league.

Tyler Lockett- This guy has speed, and he looks so smooth when he’s running away from people. Lockett has also shown reliable hands throughout his time as a Seahawk. The production isn’t necessarily what you would want from your number two receiver, but he has unique traits and room to grow.

Jaron Brown- He has nine touchdowns in five seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Brown also has prototypical size for a receiver at 6’2 and 205 lbs., couple that with his above average speed and he could be a good weapon for Russell Wilson this year.nike_jets_1624

NFL says Dez Bryant, Jesse James plays would be catches under new rule

Two of the most controversial plays in recent NFL history would have gone the other way if the proposed new catch rule had been in effect.

NFL head of officiating Al Riveron tweeted that the infamous Dez Bryant non-catch against the Packers in the 2014 playoffs, and the infamous Jesse James non-catch against the Patriots in the 2017 season, both would have been complete under the new catch rule.

II I do believe there is another frontier for me beyond television. —Troy Aikman, to The Doomsday Podcast , hosted by Ed Werder and Matt Mosley. Aikman, the former quarterback turned Fox analyst, is covering the draft for Fox for the first time, analyzing the quarterbacks. He went to pro days for Darnold and Allen, and said on the podcast that experience has amplified his continued interest in potentially running an NFL team in the future. III My dearest Darcy, I can’t tell you how much joy and pride I have in the way you are living.

Eagles quarterback Nick Foles understands that when Carson Wentz comes back healthy, Wentz will be the starter again.

But Nick Foles is still human, so he can admit being a little torn.

I know there was some stuff going around, a possible trade, and I would love the opportunity to be a starter again. I know my spot in Philly. I think I’ve shown what I can do. Foles said during an interview with KVUE in Texas, via Philly.com. I’m signed for one more year and I love the team, I love the city. I’m excited for Carson [Wentz] to get back on his feet. I’ll be ready to go whenever they need me. But we’ll see.dolphins_098 dolphins_097

Patriots in a good position to find QB in upcoming NFL Draft

On Friday, Bill Belichick wouldn’t say whether he expects Tom Brady to play until he’s 45. He also wouldn’t say whether he expects the Patriots to draft a quarterback in the upcoming 2018 NFL Draft.

If one thing is certain, however, it’s that the Patriots have put themselves in position to draft an heir apparent to their future Hall of Famer. Armed with five picks in the first three rounds this year, this draft is an important one for a Patriots team searching for help and potentially, someone to be the future of their franchise.

When asked if the Pats will take a quarterback in two weeks, Belichick said, “We’ll do what’s best for the football team. We’ll look at our opportunities and do what’s best.”

When asked if he knew how long Brady would play, Belichick responded, “I’m happy to answer the draft questions. I’m not going get into everything else here.”

This offseason, however, the Patriots are connected with a laundry list of quarterbacks.

NFL Competition Committee Chair Rich McKay said he’d like to see assistant coaches allowed to sign their contracts to become head coaches with new teams, and then turn their attention back to their current teams in the playoffs, rather than being constantly distracted by questions about their new teams.

“Every year it’s become harder as the media pays more focus to those coaches and who may be going where,” McKay said. “For too many years we’ve tried to hold that line on you can’t sign a contract but you can have an understanding. We just felt like we need to get over that hurdle and say you can sign a contract. It doesn’t mean you can work, but you can sign the contract.”

Although the league is officially denying that this is a “Josh McDaniels Rule,” the reality is that’s exactly what it is: A rule to ensure that in the future, teams like the Colts aren’t left holding the bag.dolphins_001

Steelers’ 2018 draft picks: Projecting first-rounder, late-round sleepers

The Steelers have the No. 28 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. That said, this isn’t a luxury draft for a franchise that finished 13-3 before its loss to Jacksonville in the AFC divisional playoffs.

Veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is inching closer to retirement, and there is uncertainty around running back Le’Veon Bell’s contract situation. The defense has a few holes to fill, too.

He’s an all-around linebacker who totaled 141 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks and two interceptions last season for the Broncos. He also tests comparable to Shazier, especially in the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle. That’s exactly what Pittsburgh needs in this draft. Alabama’s Rashaan Evans would be the other option at No. 28.

What if those top linebackers are gone by the time the Steelers are on the clock? This could be the spot where Pittsburgh takes a quarterback. Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph should be available, but if Louisville’s Lamar Jackson is there, too, that’s a pick the Steelers should entertain.

Below is a breakdown of the Redskins’ 2018 schedule. Details of Washington’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be added when the NFL makes them available.

Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans

Toughest tests: Nobody likes having to play in the Superdome, where the Saints will be difficult to beat. The Redskins have to play another road game in a dome when they face the Cardinals in Arizona, not to mention their annual trip to Dallas to face the Cowboys. Seven of the 10 non-divisional opponents on Washington’s schedule are strong playoff contenders. And the Colts, Cardinals and Buccaneers won’t be push-overs.seahawks_053