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“It’s not looking good for Tom Brady and the Patriots”by Jimmy Morris on February 27, 2020 at 2:27 pm
Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images There has been so much speculation about where Tom Brady will play in 2020. We have heard everything from the New England Patriots to the Tennessee Titans to the Las Vegas Raiders. Well, it appears that one of those teams is pretty much slamming the door shut: The Patriots still have not reached out to Tom Brady. According to a source, “it’s not looking good”— Karen Guregian (@kguregian) February 27, 2020 So it sounds like we are going to get the biggest free agency since Peyton Manning back in 2012...or maybe not.... For what it’s worth, one thing I heard this week was that Belichick doesn’t see much sense in talking to Brady about a possible deal until he knows what the CBA situation will be— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) February 27, 2020 I hope he hits the market just so we can track planes again. That was a really fun time! The other thing to keep an eye on today is the fact that the window for teams to tag players, franchise and transition, opens today. Will the Titans tag either Ryan Tannehill or Derrick Henry? Time will tell. I am excited to see what develops over the next few weeks. What we do know is that the Titans are right in the center of the biggest stories in the NFL right now. That is different and exciting.
Ian Rapoport says Titans will try to get a deal done with Ryan Tannehill before franchise tag window closesby Jimmy Morris on February 26, 2020 at 9:24 pm
Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images There is so much going on in the NFL right now without anything actually going on. The window for teams to tag players opens tomorrow. Currently there are two tags teams can use, the franchise tag and the transition tag. In the new CBA there will only be one tag- the franchise tag. There is some chatter that if the new deal is agreed to in the next little bit the transition tag will go away for 2020. That makes things a little bit more interesting for a team like the Titans that has 2 players they could potentially tag- Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry. Well after yesterday’s speculation that Jon Robinson’s comments on the contract situations of Tannehill and Henry meant that the Titans only want to keep Henry, we have this from the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport: From NFL Now: With clarification coming on the franchise tags, more players are likely to be free. Meanwhile, the #Titans will try to get a deal done with QB Ryan Tannehill before the window closes... if they can. pic.twitter.com/8e7RTkm2rc— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 26, 2020 Rapoprt says there that the Titans will want to work out a long-term deal with Tannehill before the tag window closes on March 12th. Does he have good information on that? Who knows, but it should at least slow the narrative that Tom Brady is already on his way to Nashville. Things will really start happening tomorrow!
2020 NFL draft: A cornerback in every round for Titansby Justin Melo on February 26, 2020 at 2:14 pm
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Titans enter the 2020 NFL draft with an intriguing need at the cornerback position. At the very least, they must strengthen the depth at the back-end of the position. Tramaine Brock and LeShaun Sims both played meaningful snaps at different times throughout the 2019 season and are both set to hit free agency as of now. Ah, how about Logan Ryan? Ryan has been the most consistent member of the Titans cornerback group over the past few years and is currently set to hit free agency as well. We’re all well aware of the huge decisions that loom (Henry, Tannehill, Conklin). Should the Titans decide to prioritize the other three and let Ryan walk, the need at cornerback suddenly becomes a lot larger. Tennessee will likely add at least one cornerback by the end of the Day 2. We decided to pick one out they could conceivably take in every round. Round 1 | Jeff Gladney | TCU Gladney may seem like a reach in the first round to some, but the tape and production say otherwise. His quickness and football I.Q. allow him to match his man step-for-step. Gladney plays the game with a ton of effort and does an excellent job competing as a tackler, something that seems to get more rare in cornerback prospects with each passing year. Gladney’s ball-skills were routinely on display throughout his time at TCU where he was credited with a whopping 38 pass break-ups across four seasons. We all know how much Job Robinson loves ball production. It was part of the reason he brought Kevin Byard and Malcolm Butler to Tennessee in the first place. Gladney would fit the bill. TCU's Jeff Gladney is a tough, physical cornerback prospect with legit speed and can recover when overly aggressive really well. pic.twitter.com/o6LkzquH2r— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) February 19, 2020 Round 2 | Noah Igbinoghene | Auburn You might be asking who? You’ll likely be plenty familiar with Igbinoghene after the NFL Scouting Combine. Igbinoghene comes from a family of track stars and has a great chance to really impress in the 40 yard dash next week. He’s an all-around terrific athlete who’s skill-set should be on display throughout the entire combine. Igbinoghene isn’t just an “athlete” however. He happens to be a damn good football player as well. Igbinoghene has the technique to turn-and-run with the best of them. His coverage skills were excellent throughout the 2019 season. He also happens to be an electric kick returner. The sky is the limit for Igbinoghene. WR/DB Noah Igbinoghene (Auburn, 5’ 11”, 210 lbs). Track star, WR turned DB and looks to have found his fit. Stats: (25 games) 67 Solo Tackles, 25 Asst Tackles, 92 Combined, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 18 PD & 1 FF. #NoahIgbinoghene #4EDraft2020 pic.twitter.com/xKXSEw0DZr— 49er_Edits (@49er_edits) February 16, 2020 Round 3 | Jaylon Johnson | Utah Johnson has the type of build that makes it look like he was made in a lab. Johnson is plenty long and does a great job utilizing his length to compete with the bigger, tougher receivers he squared off with. His technique in press-man is well advanced for a cornerback at this stage of his career. He’s also flashed exceptional ball skills in a variety of ways throughout his time at Utah. He totaled 11 pass deflections in 2019 and 4 interceptions in 2018. To summarize, Johnson is a long, physical cornerback with a lot of ball production on his resume. Jon Robinson will likely be intrigued. Round 4 | Alvin Green | Oklahoma State The Titans don’t currently have a fourth round pick but anything can happen on draft weekend so we’re going to make a selection for them anyway. Green leaves Oklahoma State as an experienced starting cover man that’s been exposed to a variety of coverage schemes throughout his time as a Cowboy. Currently listed at 6-1, 199 pounds, he possesses excellent size for the position. He’s a dynamic athlete on tape. His athleticism should be on display in Indianapolis all throughout the testing drills and during the on-field portion as well. He possesses the type of profile and experience that projects well to the next level. CB AJ Green (Oklahoma State, 6’ 1”, 190 lbs). Another good AJ Green but this time at CB. Stats: (40 games) 118 Solo Tackles, 29 Asst Tackles, 147 Combined Tackles, 5.5 TFL, 6 INT, 1 TD, 21 PD & 2 FF. #AJGreen #4EDraft2020 pic.twitter.com/te1C59DmQ8— 49er_Edits (@49er_edits) February 15, 2020 Round 5 | Troy Pride Jr. | Notre Dame Pride cemented himself as an intriguing prospect in this class with a terrific week at the Senior Bowl just a few weeks ago. He’s a highly instinctual cornerback that processes the game at an extremely high level. Pride has the size (5-11, 193 pounds) and length to make a living on the boundary at the next level. He didn’t have as good of a senior season as many expected him too, and that could push him down the board a little. He would represent excellent value on Day 3. Round 6 | Darnay Holmes | UCLA Holmes is an undersized corner that loves to compete. In fact, he’s one of the better wrap-up tacklers available in the entire class despite the size limitations. He played a variety of coverage styles at UCLA, but did his best work when operating in press man. The athleticism appears to be off the charts with Holmes. His technique is still a work in progress, and the tape can be rough at times (Washington State especially). Holmes’ physical tools and competitive nature suggests that he has a chance to be a productive defender in the slot. Going back and watching some of Darnay Holmes from 2018. Always good to see how a prospect fares vs. others who will be playing on Sundays. This one came vs. N'Keal Harry. Good patience then close on the ball to pick off the slant vs a bigger WR. He took it to the house too. pic.twitter.com/RxOXCyYxFS— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) February 17, 2020 Round 7 | Dane Jackson | Pittsburgh Jackson was another standout performer in Mobile. In fact, he may have been the best cornerback at the Senior Bowl. He played exclusively outside at Pittsburgh and projects to stay there in the NFL. The athleticism really pops on tape. He’s also an excellent tackler both on the boundary and in the run game. He’ll likely face an adjustment period in the NFL, as he needs to do a better job remaining calm when the ball is in the air. Jackson has all the tools to become a quality player at the next level.
Robinson on Tannehill being back: “We’ll see how it goes”by Jimmy Morris on February 25, 2020 at 4:21 pm
Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images Jon Robinson did his podium interview at the 2020 NFL Combine this morning. Of course he was asked if he anticipates Ryan Tannehill being the Titans quarterback in 2020: Is Tannehill the QB going forward? #Titans. pic.twitter.com/MTokaCmxbp— Paul Kuharsky (@PaulKuharskyNFL) February 25, 2020 We could have predicted this is what Robinson was going to say. My guess is that he has a pretty good idea of how it is going to go at this point, but he isn’t going to give any of that away here. He was also asked about Tom Brady but said that he wasn’t able to talk about players that are currently under contract with another team. Again, exactly what you would expect him to say on February 25th. Robinson was also asked about re-signing Derrick Henry: Jon Robinson on re-signing Derrick Henry #Titans pic.twitter.com/uKuQaqdUQk— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) February 25, 2020 Pretty easy to see there that Robinson really wants King Henry back with this team in 2020. That doesn’t mean that he absolutely will be because both sides are going to have to come up with something that works for them, but I would be shocked if they aren’t able to get something done even before free agency opens.
2020 NFL Mock Draft: Melo’s Combine editionby Justin Melo on February 25, 2020 at 2:39 pm
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images It felt like a good time to release another one of these. With the NFL Scouting Combine on the horizon, my next mock draft could look significantly different. Nothing can help or hurt your draft stock more than a good or bad combine performance. Without further ado, here we go: 1. Cincinnati Bengals | Joe Burrow | QB | LSU Unless something drastic happens, it’s unlikely that I mock anyone other than Burrow to the Bengals here. They have a clear need at the quarterback position and Burrow is coming off a historically excellent season that he capped off by winning the Heisman and a National Championship. Burrow is coming home, Ohio. 2. Washington Redskins | Chase Young | EDGE | Ohio State If the Redskins stay put here, Young is the guy. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of action they get on this pick. Young has all the tools to become one of the elite pass rushers in the NFL. 3. Detroit Lions | Jeffrey Okudah | CB | Ohio State Detroit is another team that may get some action on this pick. Unless they receive an offer that blows them away, they’re prime to land a special defensive play-maker here. Okudah is an elite cornerback prospect, the best I’ve scouted in years. Okudah has every tool to be elite in press coverage at the next level. 4. New York Giants | Jedrick Wills Jr. | OT | Alabama Daniel Jones had a stellar rookie season. The Giants need to continue to invest in the protection in front of him. Wills has been a bit of a riser throughout this process. He’s a tremendously powerful blocker that generates a ton of movement in the run game. 5. Miami Dolphins | Tua Tagovailoa | QB | Alabama If Tagovailoa’s medicals check out, the Dolphins may have to move up if they want to ensure that they land his services. I’m personally still incredibly high on Tua despite his disappointing campaign that unfortunately ended in injury. As long as he’s healthy, he has all the tools to become a franchise quarterback. 6. Los Angeles Chargers | Justin Herbert | QB | Oregon The Chargers recently confirmed that they’ll be moving on from Phillip Rivers. That makes them one of many teams that will be looking for a new signal caller heading into the 2020 season. Herbert helped himself with an excellent performance at the Senior Bowl. In fact, they may have to move up from here if they truly love him. He’s a dynamic athlete with the ability to create something out of nothing. 7. Carolina Panthers | Andrew Thomas | OT | Georgia The Panthers are entering a new era with head coach Matt Rhule and offensive coordinator Joe Brady. It’ll be interesting to see what they do with Cam Newton this off-season. Until we have a clearer picture of their quarterback plans, they should continue to invest in their offensive line. Thomas has the frame and athletic ability to be an elite pass protector at the next level. 8. Arizona Cardinals | Tristan Wirfs | OT | Iowa Cardinals fans have plenty to be excited about heading into the 2020 season. Pairing Kliff Kingsbury with Kyler Murray in 2019 was a risky move, but it’s one that appears set to pay off down the road. Murray was exceptional as a rookie, but the Cardinals need to do a better job protecting him going forward. Wirfs is a balanced offensive tackle prospect that’s just as effective in pass protection as he is in the run game. He would be an excellent fit in Arizona. 9. Jacksonville Jaguars | Derrick Brown | DT | Auburn The Jaguars defense will go through a bit of a makeover this off-season. Yannick Ngakoue may not be back, and Marcell Dareus likely won’t be around either. Brown is an immensely talented prospect who would immediately plug the hole that Dareus would leave behind. 10. Cleveland Browns | Mekhi Becton | OT | Louisville The Browns have a glaring need at offensive tackle and I expect Becton to be a huge riser throughout this process. This is a pick that I decided to keep the same from my last mock draft. Offensive tackles simply aren’t supposed to move as well at Becton does for his size. 11. New York Jets | Josh Jones | OT | Houston The Jets desperately need to do a better job of protecting Sam Darnold going forward if he’s going to have any chance of turning into the franchise quarterback they hope he is. Jones is a bit raw at this point in time, but he has the makings of a franchise tackle. 12. Oakland Raiders | Jerry Jeudy | WR | Alabama The Raiders are in desperate need of a No. 1 wide receiver. It’s safe to say that the Antonio Brown trade did not work out well for them. Jeudy is an exciting play-maker that can bring some game-breaking ability to Las Vegas. 13. Indianapolis Colts | Henry Ruggs III | WR | Alabama I fully expect the Colts to chase one of the many veteran quarterbacks that are set to be available in free agency because Jacoby Brissett is not the answer. Melvin Gordon recently shared his thoughts on why Phillip Rivers would be a good fit. If that’s the direction the Colts go in, they’ll need to improve their weapons in the vertical passing game. They don’t have a receiver that instills fear in the heart of the defense besides T.Y. Hilton. The addition of Ruggs’ game-breaking speed would change that. 14. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Isaiah Simmons | LB | Clemson While this may not be their biggest need, Simmons would certainly be the best player available here. I expect Jameis Winston to be back in Tampa Bay, and I think they’d like to improve the protection up front. With that said, we already have five offensive tackles off the board here. Simmons is a unicorn that can legitimately play all over the field. Find me a team that can’t use a guy like that on their defense. I dare you. 15. Denver Broncos | Javon Kinlaw | DT | South Carolina The Broncos may need to look a defensive linemen here with both Derek Wolfe and Shelby Harris currently set to hit free agency. Kinlaw is incredibly quick and has the ability to reset the line of scrimmage. He has all of the tools to become a lethal pass rusher at the next level. 16. Atlanta Falcons | A.J. Epenesa | EDGE | Iowa I’m keeping this pick the same from my last mock draft. It just makes too much sense to me. Vic Beasley won’t be back in Atlanta next season. The Falcons had the fourth fewest sacks in 2019. That’s simply unacceptable. Enter Epenesa, an overwhelmingly powerful edge prospect with the length and technical hands to become a big-time player at the next level. 17. Dallas Cowboys | Grant Delpit | SAF | LSU Dallas’ defense was pretty underwhelming in 2019. Both the interior of their defensive line and the secondary needs some work. Delpit is a swiss-army knife that can play both in the box and in a variety of coverage schemes. 18. Miami Dolphins | Josh Uche | EDGE | Michigan With the quarterback position already addressed with the first of their three first round picks, it’s time for the Dolphins to turn their attention to the defense. Uche is a bendy pass rusher with the speed to threaten the corner on a snap-by-snap basis. He’s going to be fascinating to watch at the combine. 19. Oakland Raiders | Kenneth Murray | LB | Oklahoma Having addressed the wide receiver position earlier with the selection of Jeudy, we turn our attention to the other side of the ball. The Raiders have to get better and faster up the middle of their defense if they hope to contend in the AFC West. Murray has the skill-set that the Raiders so desperately need. 20. Jacksonville Jaguars | Kristian Fulton | CB | LSU I mocked Fulton to Jacksonville in my last mock draft and I still like it. Losing Jalen Ramsey was devastating and replacing him has to be a priority for them this off-season. Fulton is a sticky corner with the length and ball-skills to excel at the next level. 21. Philadelphia Eagles | CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma Boy, the Eagles really need a wide receiver. Scratch that, wide receivers. Lamb is an exciting play-maker that’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He could drastically improve the Eagles passing attack in 2020. 22. Buffalo Bills | K’Lavon Chaisson | EDGE | LSU The Bills could look to a wide receiver like Laviska Shenault Jr. or Brandon Aiyuk here, but they also need to add an edge rusher to the fold and Chaisson certainly fits the bill. Chaisson played the 2019 season after coming off a torn ACL in 2018. He’s still getting his explosiveness back, but he’s a lengthy pass rusher with a dangerous first step in his arsenal. 23. New England Patriots | Cesar Ruiz | C | Michigan The interior of the Patriots offensive line may go through a bit of a makeover this off-season. Joe Thuney and Ted Karras are likely to depart via free agency and David Andrews’ status remains uncertain. Ruiz is a versatile player who’s seen time at both center and guard. 24. New Orleans Saints | Xavier McKinney | SAF | Alabama The Saints would love to add a wide receiver here, but with Jeudy, Ruggs and Lamb already off the board, they could look elsewhere. Vonn Bell and P.J. Williams are both set to hit free agency as of now. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is also in the fold here, but the Saints may need to address the position via the draft. McKinney has a versatile skill-set that can be used all over the defensive back-field. 25. Minnesota Vikings | C.J. Henderson | CB | Florida We’re keeping things the same here. As long as Trae Waynes and Mackensie Alexander are set to hit free agency, I will likely be mocking a corner to the Vikings. Henderson is a lengthy corner with the ability to disrupt the catch point. He’s an exceptional athlete that would would be a nice fit in Mike Zimmer’s aggressive defense. 26. Miami Dolphins | D’Andre Swift | RB | Georgia The running game in Miami is a mess. They traded (gave up on) Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals in the middle of the season. To add insult to injury, Drake looked great down the stretch in Arizona. Kalen Ballage has failed to assert himself a quality NFL player and Mark Walton was released after another run-in with the law. Enter Swift, a human highlight reel. Watching him and Tua together in Miami would be fun, and give the Dolphins a baseline for a potentially exciting offense going forward. 27. Seattle Seahawks | Yetur Gross-Matos | EDGE | Penn State Defense ends Ziggy Ansah, Jadeveon Clowney and Quinton Jefferson are set to free agency as of now. Clowney will obviously have a ton of suitors if he hits the open market, and the Seahawks may have to look towards the draft for a long-term replacement. Gross-Matos is a long-armed, powerful technician that understands how to win in a variety of ways. 28. Baltimore Ravens | Zack Baun | LB | Wisconsin The Ravens may need to re-load a little on defense this summer. Matthew Judon is their best edge defender and he’s set to hit the open market. Baun is more of an off-ball LB than he is EDGE rusher, but he’s a smart, quick player that’s been a steady riser throughout this process. 29. Tennessee Titans | Terrell Lewis | EDGE | Alabama The Titans are an interesting position. They have four huge decisions to make on the future of Jack Conklin, Logan Ryan, Derrick Henry and of course, Ryan Tannehill. Depending on what happens with those four, they could go in a number of directions with this pick — QB, RB, OL, EDGE or CB. They could also look to make a splash at the EDGE position via free agency. If some of the premium EDGE rushers available are too expensive for them, they could use this pick to pair Harold Landry with another young and exciting rusher. Lewis looks the part. He’s a smart, aggressive rusher that does his best work when rushing as an OLB in a 3-4 alignment. 30. Green Bay Packers | Patrick Queen | LB | LSU The Packers desperately need to add some speed to the middle of their defense. That lack of explosiveness was especially exposed against the 49ers in the playoffs. Queen is a super intriguing prospect that has the sideline-to-sideline speed the Packers so desperately need. 31. San Francisco 49ers | Damon Arnette | CB | Ohio State The 49ers represent hope for the rest of the NFL. From the No. 2 overall pick to the 31st overall pick in just a year is living proof of how quickly you can turn things around if you get it right. With that said, Richard Sherman isn’t getting younger and Ahkello Witherspoon hasn’t developed how they hoped he would. Arnette is an incredibly smart cover corner that does his best work in press coverage. 32. Kansas City Chiefs | Jeff Gladney | CB | TCU The Chiefs defense played much better down the stretch, but they’re still a little thin on the outside and you can never have too many cornerbacks. Gladney’s ball production screams first round talent.