March 2020

From 2012 to 2019, Ebner built chemistry with New England's long-time special teams staple Matthew Slater. As an eight-time Pro-Bowler and five-time first-team All-Pro on special teams, Slater set a standard for the unit's work ethic, giving Ebner an example for Ebner to follow when he first came into the league. "I learned a lot from Matt coming in as a rookie," Ebner said.

The Giants have sent him an iPad with videotapes of the games from last year's 4-12 season. He has no idea when he will get a new playbook. It normally happens at the start of offseason training, so that makes it even tougher for a player switching teams.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Rams re-signed defensive back Donte Deayon to a one-year contract Tuesday.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Rams re-signed defensive back Donte Deayon to a one-year contract Tuesday.

NFL team owners voted to expand the playoffs by one team in each conference for next season. During a conference call to discuss league business after the annual meetings were canceled because of the new coronavirus pandemic, the owners also awarded one of those extra games to CBS and one to NBC. Only the teams with the best record in the AFC and NFC will get a bye under the new format; the top two teams skipped wild-card weekend in the past.

I wanted to be back and we got a deal before free agency, so I’m happy I didn’t have to deal with that. Most importantly I’m just happy to be back with the Giants. I’m excited for the upcoming season,” Mayo told Big Blue View, adding that he “just loved” everything about the organization.

Ebner called plays in the kicking game “a one-play series. You don’t get four downs,” he said. You don’t have a bunch of opportunities.

Lovie Smith's coaching tenure in Chicago might not have ended had the Bears made the playoffs his final three seasons instead of missing out by one spot his last two years. Playoff droughts in Cleveland and Tampa Bay wouldn't be nearly as long or painful had the Browns and Bucs sneaked their way into the postseason as the third wild card in 2007 and '16, respectively. The last two Super Bowl champions could have had a tougher time winning titles if Kansas City (2019) and New England (2018) had to play games on wild-card weekend instead of earning byes.

Last year, I went 54-29 (+17.7 units) on draft props. There’s no guarantee I’ll have similar success this year, but I do like a lot of the props out there, including the one for the player to be the first draft pick of the New York Giants.

Five things to know about safety and special teams ace Nate Ebner: 1. Originally drafted by New England in the sixth round (197th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Ebner played for the Patriots from 2012-19, the same eight years Giants coach Joe Judge was either a Patriots special teams assistant or coordinator. The 6-foot, 215-pounder has played in 111 regular-season games and 16 postseason contests (including three Super Bowls).

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