April 2017

If it had been a video game, the screen would have flashed “Game Over.”  The pro football powers-that-be might want to take a similar stance after three whirlwind days in Philadelphia last week for the annual primetime televised flesh market known as the NFL Draft. The NFL, whose first draft happened in Philly — where the league offices used to be located, where NFL Films was born, and where the first commissioner, Bert Bell resided — should not mess with a winning formula. Current Commissioner Roger Goodell — who was booed by most of the 100,000-plus fans jamming the Art Museum area every time he took the stage — and the lodge brothers known as the NFL owners should put the wannabe cities out of their misery.

New York is the largest media market in the NFL. Everyone knows this, and it’s common knowledge that all New York athletes have performed under heavy scrutiny, for better or worse. For their part, the New York Giants brought home NFL Championships in 1927, 1934, 1938, and 1956, prior to the NFL-AFL merger, and the advent of the Super Bowl.

The New York Giants used their final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft to select Pittsburgh offensive tackle Adam Bisnowaty. Giants’ fans thought Bisnowaty’s selection couldn’t come soon enough. The Giants didn’t address their offensive needs in the draft, much to the chagrin of those who think every draft pick should have been spent on the offensive line.

(STATS) - Feeling overlooked and undervalued has a way of fueling FCS players heading into the NFL - especially the many who go undrafted and become even longer shots. Past awards, honors and statistics don't matter, even for a player as highly decorated

The New York Giants have shied away from controversial draft picks for the most part. Their selection of Youngstown State defensive end Avery Moss in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft will raise more than a few eyebrows. AROUND COVER32 This Week

The 2017 NFL Draft featured 32 teams trying to do what the Cowboys did in 2016 — find the combination of players who can take you from worst to first. Dallas went from division bottom feeder to top seed in the NFC thanks to the arrivals of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, two rookies who each worked their way into last year’s MVP discussion. The Eagles didn’t do so shabby, either.

FOXBORO — The first opposing players named by Jamal Adams made perfect sense. Without question, they were the two reasons the New York Jets selected the safety out of LSU sixth overall in the NFL draft. “As soon as I got drafted, (Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski) was one of the first people I thought about, as well as ‘The GOAT,’ Tom Brady,” Adams said at his introductory press conference. “I have tremendous respect for those guys and that organization. All I can do is come in and work as hard as I can and listen to the coaching staff and hopefully, they’ll have me ready.” With both the Jets and Buffalo Bills, the goal was not just to find a way to slow down the Pats offense, but to tailor

The New York Giants added another weapon to their offense by selecting Clemson running back Wayne Gallman in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. AROUND COVER32 Draft Results: See who was taken on Day 2 – NFL Draft second and third Round Results 2017

GREENVILLE, S.C. — College football players who didn't hear their named called at the 2017 NFL Draft still have a path to professional football. Moments after the final pick of the draft, every NFL team starts signing undrafted players to free agent contracts. It is a fast paced hiring spree that allows undrafted players to sign with whichever NFL team they choose. Here are the latest free agent signings from our area: Clemson Tigers: Ben Boulware (Anderson) - Carolina Panthers Jadar Johnson - New York Giants Nick Schuessler - Pittsburgh Steelers Artavius Scott - Los Angeles Chargers South Carolina Gamecocks: Mason Zandy - Los Angeles Chargers Darius English - Atlanta Falcons Drew Williams -

Kudos to New York for thinking outside the box in Round 1. TE Evan Engram (pick No. 23) should avoid the typical early struggles that rookies at his position face, because he’s as much of a receiver as he is a tight end. He’ll thrive working the underneath

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