February 2014


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Not that anyone needed confirmation from New York Giants' management, but the offensive line will be a top priority in the coming months.
This is the best case scenario for Ken Whisenhunt's new team. The Texans are set on taking either the second or third best QB which should be fine with Titans fans. The Jaguars need a QB, and while I don't think Manziel is worth this pick, he fits what Gus Bradley wants if he is trying to replicate what the Seattle Seahawks are doing.
Defensive end retires
The scouting combine is a week away, and the medical, interview and workout results (in that order) will shake up teams' player grades, just as free agency — the start of which is still four weeks away — will change teams' needs and approaches to their first-round picks. But we'll take a crack at projecting Round 1 (and a little into Round 2) of how the NFL draft might shake up when we finally get to the weekend of May 8. 1. Houston Texans — Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel So many variables, so much to figure out. But I think in the end, the Texans will realize that Manziel is the best QB talent and that he possesses the work ethic to be the first pick. The Texans could try their hand at trading down, but for whom? With Manziel here, assuming he passes the team’s pre-draft tests, including some grilling from new head coach Bill O’Brien, who must determine if Manziel is gym-rat enough for him, the lightning-rod quarterback is the pick. Because he's the best playmaker in the draft.
The announcement that the Bears have added karate expert Joe Kim to their coaching staff as an assistant strength/skill development signals another sign of NFL players and coaches looking outside the football box for methods to improve their game.
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz wants Hakeem Nicks to be his teammate in 2014. It is hard to understand why. Nicks is slated to become a free agent in March, and his timing could not be worse. He did not catch one touchdown pass during 15 games in 2013. Nicks had 896 receiving yards, and had less than five receptions in 11 games. He struggled despite facing single coverage throughout the season. Despite Nicks’ futility, Cruz is optimistic his teammate will re-sign during the offseason. “I have (asked him to stay),” Cruz told NJ.com. “Selfishly, I would love for him to stay.” Realistically, it probably will not happen. As Nicks struggled, second-year receiver Rueben Randle flashed his potential last season. Randle caught at least one touchdown pass in five of six games for New York during the middle of last season. He finished with 41 receptions for 611 yards and six touchdowns. The Giants could replace Nicks during free agency or the draft. If Nicks does return, it will likely be on a short-term deal, with little money guaranteed. Nicks, a former first-round draft pick, was expected to become New York’s franchise receiver after he was drafted in 2009, but Cruz currently holds that mantle. Nicks has4,622 receiving yards and 27 touchdowns in his career. Unfortunately, for Nicks, Cruz does not have the power to influence the Giants’ decision-makers. - - - - - - - Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @AnwarRichardson
Feb 12 (The Sports Xchange) - While the reaction to college player Michael Sam's announcement that he is a gay football player has received mostly positive response around the NFL, New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas does not think Sam's acceptance will be come as easily in locker rooms as some might believe. "I think society is ready for it and America's ready for it, but I don't think the NFL is," Thomas said in an interview with ESPN on Tuesday night. But that could be difficult for some people, just the way our locker rooms work." Sam, an All-American defensive end at Missouri last season, went public on Sunday about his sexual orientation, which would make him the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is drafted in May. - - - John Elway picked up an additional title and a three-year contract extension from the Denver Broncos. - - - Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Richie Incognito went on Twitter with a message Wednesday directed at teammate Jonathan Martin regarding their high-profile bullying scandal.
While the reaction to Michael Sam's announcement that he is a gay football player has received mostly positive response around the NFL, New York Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas does not think Sam's acceptance will be come as easily in locker rooms as some might believe. "I think society is ready for it and America's ready for it, but I don't think the NFL is," Thomas said said in an interview with ESPN on Tuesday night. Sam told ESPN's Outside The Lines on Sunday in an interview about his sexual orientation, which would make him the first openly gay player in the NFL if he is drafted in May. Sam was an All-American defensive end at Missouri last season. ---John Elway picked up an additional title and a three-year contract extension from the Denver Broncos.
COMMENTARY | It was roughly one month ago that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam released a letter to Cleveland fans to address the team's search for a head coach. Yesterday, Haslam and the two men responsible for picking the right coach parted ways. There aren't many people in and around Cleveland mourning the departures of Mike Lombardi and Joe Banner from the club. It's that the Browns once again made national news because of a front office change that has some already assuming that new general manager Ray Farmer and new head coach Mike Pettine are about 11 months away from being terminated.
1. Houston Texans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M**With the first mock draft I made mid-season, I pegged Johnny Football going to the Texans with the top pick. At the time, it was an unrealistic scenario. I thought Manziel had the highest ceiling amongst quarterbacks, but his personality and size would ultimately keep him out of consideration this high.That said, NFL front offices are falling for Johnny Manziel and his stock couldn't be higher entering the early portion of the draft process. I still think Jadeveon Clowney is the best player, but Manziel will also be a star in the NFL. ...

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