2019 NFL Draft: Top 250 prospects (with comments)

2019 NFL Draft: Top 250 prospects (with comments)

Field Level Media’s Top 250 prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, ranked overall by position.

Rank (Position Rank), Player (*=underclassman) Pos, Ht., Wt., 40, Proj., School, Comment

1. (1) Nick Bosa, DE, 6-3 3/4, 266, 4.79, 1, Ohio State: Power-packed, technically-refined edge rusher with similar production as brother Joey, the 3rd pick in ’16.

2. (1) Quinnen Williams, DT, 6-3, 303, 4.83, 1, Alabama: Most dominant player in this draft last season. Offers rare combination of explosive quickness and power.

3. (1) Ed Oliver, DT, 6-1 7/8, 287, N/A, 1, Houston: Exceptional agility for the position, projecting as an Aaron Donald/Geno Atkins-type interior penetrator.

4. (1) Josh Allen, OLB, 6-4 7/8, 262, 4.63, 1, Kentucky: Turned down NFL last year to polish game and it shows. Twitchy edge rusher with ideal length, athleticism.

5. (1) Devin White, ILB, 6-0, 237, 4.42, 1, LSU: Reigning Butkus Award winner. Ideal blend of instincts, grit, physicality and legit sideline to sideline speed.

6. (2) Rashan Gary, DE, 6-4 3/8, 277, 4.58, 1, Michigan: Size and athleticism scream top five pick but wasn’t as productive as traits suggest. May be better in NFL.

7. (3) Montez Sweat, DE, 6-5 3/4, 260, 4.41, 1, Mississippi State: Ideal new-age edge rusher with exceptional length and speed. Best player at Sr. Bowl & owned Combine.

8. (4) Clelin Ferrell, DE, 6-4 3/8, 264, N/A, 1, Clemson: Full-service DE who may prove better against the run than pass in NFL due to just average initial burst.

9. (1) Jonah Williams, OT, 6-4 1/2, 302, 5.12, 1, Alabama: Three-year starting OT at Alabama is as close as this draft gets to a plug-and-play blocker. A technician.

10. (1) Dwayne Haskins, QB, 6-3 3/8, 231, 5.04, 1, Ohio State: Classic drop-back passer with good vision, accuracy, arm. One-year starter with below-avg. athleticism

11. (1) Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB, 6-1 7/8, 185, 4.37, 1, LSU: Teases with exceptional height, fluidity & ballskills, but cover-corner mentality in run support is troubling.

12. (1) T.J. Hockenson, TE, 6-4 3/4, 251, 4.7, 1, Iowa: Best of a terrific TE class. Soft hands and speed to challenge the seam and blocks like a third OT.

13. (2) Brian Burns, OLB, 6-4 3/4, 249, 4.53, 1, Florida State: Twitchy edge rusher who played closer to 235 pounds at FSU but didn’t lose his burst or bend at this size.

14. (2) Kyler Murray, QB, 5-10 1/8, 207, N/A, 1, Oklahoma: World class athlete drafted 9th in MLB & won Heisman only season as starting QB. Size, scheme concerns.

15. (1) D.K. Metcalf, WR, 6-3 3/8, 228, 4.33, 1, Mississippi: Calvin Johnson-like size/speed. Grandfather, father, uncle played in NFL. Missed 15/36 games to injuries.

16. (2) Byron Murphy, CB, 5-10 3/4, 190, 4.55, 1, Washington: Lacks top-notch speed but buttery smooth hip turn, instincts and physicality for position. Ideal zone CB.

17. (3) Christian Wilkins, DT, 6-3 1/4, 315, 5.04, 1, Clemson: Excellent initial quickness, agility and awarenes for a DT of his size. Superb intangibles as well.

18. (1) Nasir Adderley, S, 5-11 3/4, 206, N/A, 1, Delaware: Dominant small schooler who stood out at Sr. Bowl. Classic FS with range, ballskills and reliable tackling.

19. (2) N’Keal Harry, WR, 6-2 3/8, 228, 4.53, 1, Arizona State: Cleanest WR prospect in this class. Lacks elite speed but polished routes, strong hands and highly physical.

20. (2) Jawaan Taylor, OT, 6-5, 312, N/A, 1, Florida: Earth-mover with the mass, power to spark an immediate upgrade in running game. Solid in pass pro too.

21. (4) Dexter Lawrence , DT, 6-4 1/2, 342, 5.05, 1, Clemson: Freakish combo of size and athleticism but isn’t as quick as 40-time suggests. Dominant run-stuffing NG.

22. (2) Devin Bush, ILB, 5-11, 234, 4.43, 1-2, Michigan: New-age ILB who makes up for lack of ideal size with exceptional speed, instincts and ferocity.

23. (2) Noah Fant, TE, 6-4 1/8, 249, 4.5, 1-2, Iowa: Jimmy Graham-like seam (and slot) threat whose height and 39.5″ vertical jump scream red zone monster.

24. (5) Jerry Tillery, DT, 6-6 1/2, 295, 4.93, 1-2, Notre Dame: Top 10 tools with inconsistent results. Size, athleticism suggest positional, schematic versatility.

25. (2) Johnathan Abram, S, 5-11 3/8, 205, 4.45, 1-2, Mississippi State: Heat-seeking missile in run support with the range, awareness and ballskills to handle either safety role.

26. (3) Deionte Thompson, S, 6-1, 195, N/A, 1-2, Alabama: Exciting size, range and ballskills but struggled in playoffs. Inability (or unwillingness) to work out since.

27. (3) Andre Dillard, OT, 6-5, 315, 4.96, 1-2, Washington State: Best pass-blocking OT in this class. Very light feet and good length. Passive rather than a puncher, though.

28. (3) Deandre Baker, CB, 5-11, 193, 4.52, 1-2, Georgia: Battle-tested, highly competitive corner who returned for senior season and won Thorpe Award.

29. (1) Cody Ford, OG, 6-3 3/4, 329, 5.21, 1-2, Oklahoma: Built like an OG but with the feet and length (34″) of an OT. Experienced at both for nation’s top OL.

30. (1) Josh Jacobs, RB, 5-10 , 220, N/A, 1-2, Alabama: Lacks preferred breakaway speed but has everything else, including plenty of tread left on his tires.

31. (3) Drew Lock, QB, 6-3 3/4, 228, 4.69, 1-2, Missouri: Broke SEC record for most passing TDs as a junior and opted to return. Plus arm, accuracy. Gets rattled.

32. (3) Marquise Brown, WR, 5-9 3/8, 166, N/A, 1-2, Oklahoma: Best vertical threat in the class due to exceptional speed. Spindly frame. Cousin to NFL’s Antonio Brown.

33. (4) Dalton Risner, OT, 6-4 3/4, 312, 5.3, 1-2, Kansas State: Blue-collar blocker who starred wherever KSU needed him. Impressive reps vs. Montez Sweat at Sr. Bowl.

34. (4) Amani Hooker, S, 5-11 3/8, 210, 4.48, 1-2, Iowa: Third consecutive Big Ten DB of the year for Iowa. Smart, agile and a slashing hitter. Proven at nickel too.

35. (5) Anthony Nelson, DE, 6-7, 271, 4.82, 1-2, Iowa: Overshadowed in this DL class. Long, strong and impressive athlete for size. Scheme/position versatile.

36. (4) A.J. Brown, WR, 6-0 1/2, 226, 4.49, 1-2, Mississippi: Alpha dog at Ole Miss rather than workout warrior like teammates. Anquan Boldin-like possession WR.

37. (4) Daniel Jones, QB, 6-5 1/8, 221, 4.81, 1-2, Duke: Game-manager with ideal smarts, size, release and accuracy. Just average arm strength, however.

38. (1) Garrett Bradbury, C, 6-2 7/8, 306, 4.92, 2, North Carolina State: Consensus top-rated C in this class. Exceptional athlete for the position with underrated strength/length.

39. (5) Kaleb McGary, OT, 6-7 1/8, 317, 5.05, 2, Washington: Top 10 talent who tore his ACL in pre-combine training and may require redshirt season. Powerful.

40. (7) Jeffery Simmons, DT, 6-3, 305, N/A, 2, Mississippi State: Morris Trophy winner as PAC-12’s top OL. Impressed at Sr Bowl. and Combine as well. Four-year starter.

41. (4) Lonnie Johnson, CB, 6-1 7/8, 213, 4.52, 2, Kentucky: Bigger than most WRs and uses it to his advantage, bullying them with his length and strength.

42. (5) Taylor Rapp, S, 5-11 3/4, 208, N/A, 2, Washington: Poor timed speed in the 40-yard (4.77 at Pro Day) but exceptional quickness, instincts and tackling.

43. (6) Trysten Hill, DT, 6-2 3/4, 308, 5.04, 2, Central Florida: Quick-twitch penetrating three-technique DT who clashed with UCF coaches and thus requires vetting.

44. (5) Deebo Samuel, WR, 5-11 1/4, 214, 4.48, 2, South Carolina: Golden Tate-like frame and physicality makes this dynamic WR and PR more of a RB after the catch.

45. (6) Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, 5-10 7/8, 210, 4.48, 2, Florida: Ideal frame, physicality and speed for safety. Reminiscent of former UF teammate Keanu Neal.

46. (6) Joe Jackson, DE, 6-4 1/4, 275, N/A, 2, Miami: Blue-collar base 4-3 DE who may lack elite initial quickness but possesses length, power and grit.

47. (2) Chris Lindstrom, OG, 6-3 3/4, 308, 4.91, 2, Boston College: Top-heavy but light-footed OG with NFL bloodlines and mentality. Best in a zone-blocking scheme.

48. (6) Greg Little, OT, 6-5 1/4, 310, 5.33, 2, Mississippi: Imposing LT with exciting tools who just needs to iron out some of the wrinkles to be a longtime starter.

49. (5) Kendall Sheffield, CB, 5-11 3/8, 193, N/A, 2, Ohio State: Forecasted to be fastest player at Combine before partially tearing pec during BP. Originally at Alabama.

50. (3) Mack Wilson, ILB, 6-1 1/8 , 240, N/A, 2, Alabama: Prototypically built MLB with the awareness and loose hips to handle coverage. Just avg. speed, though.

51. (7) Jachai Polite, DE, 6-2 5/8, 258, 4.84, 2, Florida: Explosive intitial burst to beat OTs with speed alone. Active hands. Forced NCAA-best 7 fumbles in 2018.

52. (6) Hakeem Butler, WR, 6-5 3/8, 227, 4.48, 2, Iowa State: Imposing split end with size to post-up CBs and the speed to beat them over the top. Too many drops.

53. (6) Amani Oruwariye, CB, 6-1 5/8, 205, 4.47, 2, Penn State: First-round tools but didn’t emerge as full-time starter until senior year. More athletic than aggressive.

54. (7) Darnell Savage, S, 5-10 3/4, 198, 4.36, 2, Maryland: Position versatile DB with experience at safety, nickel. Lacks ideal size but is a competitive hitter too.

55. (7) Parris Campbell, WR, 5-11 7/8, 205, 4.31, 2, Ohio State: Better football player than athlete. Tough to move and finds the ball. Ultra-productive and reliable.

56. (8) Zach Allen, DE, 6-4 1/8, 281, 5.0, 2, Boston College: Among most dynamic athletes in this class. Pigeonholed as underneath WR at OSU but could be more.

57. (8) JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, 6-2, 225, N/A, 2, Stanford: Former basketball player and plays like it, boxing out DBs to snatch passes with his hands. Big slot in NFL?

58. (3) Chase Winovich, OLB, 6-2 3/4, 256, 4.59, 2, Michigan: Tasmanian Devil-like intensity out of the 2- or 3-point stance. Stiff-hipped. Needs to rush, not cover.

59. (2) Elgton Jenkins, C, 6-4 1/2, 310, N/A, 2-3, Mississippi State: Powerful and battle-tested with experience all over OL. Solid now; should improve focusing on one role.

60. (4) Vosean Joseph, ILB, 6-1 1/2, 230, N/A, 2-3, Florida: Instinctive, athletic and highly combative, Joseph is a future starter if he can learn to control his emotions.

61. (7) Michael Jackson, CB, 6-0 5/8, 210, 4.45, 2-3, Miami: Ideal frame and speed but isn’t as fluid on the field as the track. Only 4 career INTs came in 2017.

62. (9) Charles Omenihu, DE, 6-5 3/8, 280, 4.92, 2-3, Texas: Looks like Superman but played like Clark Kent until his senior season. Powerful but lacks top burst, bend.

63. (3) Dru Samia, OG, 6-5 3/4, 305, 5.29, 2-3, Oklahoma: Powerful and aggressive. Most consistent blocker on an OL graded as the best in the country. Classic RG.

64. (5) Jarrett Stidham, QB, 6-2 3/8, 218, 4.81, 2-3, Auburn: Pro-style QB whose development was hampered in read-option offense. Potential future starter.

65. (8) Justin Layne, CB, 6-1 3/4, 192, 4.50, 2-3, Michigan State: Former WR who struggled to turn PBUs into INTs. Ideal size, athleticism speaks to his undeniable upside.

66. (2) Trayveon Williams, RB, 5-8 1/8, 206, 4.51, 2-3, Texas A&M: Undersized back with wiggle, burst to create chunk plays. Stronger than he looks. Devonta Freeman-like.

67. (10) L.J. Collier, DE, 6-2 1/4, 283, 4.91, 2-3, TCU: Short DE with disproportionately long arms (34″) and a varied pass rush arsenal. Powerful and combative.

68. (3) Foster Moreau, TE, 6-4 1/8, 253, 4.66, 2-3, LSU: Rarely used as a pass-catcher at LSU but has soft hands, good speed. Physical and competitive blocker.

69. (3) Erik McCoy, C, 6-3 7/8, 303, 4.89, 2-3, Texas A&M: Late-bloomer who developed into one of nation’s better, more athletic interior OL. Still improving.

70. (8) Khalen Saunders, DT, 6-0 3/8, 324, 5.01, 2-3, Western Illinois: Short, stubby DT who wowed scouts with his quickness, strength, focus (and backflip) at the Senior Bowl.

71. (7) Mitch Hyatt, OT, 6-5 3/8, 303, N/A, 2-3, Clemson: Four-year starting LT for Tigers who might project best at OG in NFL. More technician than total package.

72. (4) Dawson Knox, TE, 6-4 3/8, 254, N/A, 2-3, Mississippi: Exciting seam threat under-utilized at Ole Miss. Could be this classes’ George Kittle or Travis Kelce.

73. (3) Darrell Henderson, RB, 5-8 3/8, 208, 4.49, 2-3, Memphis: Big play “air back” who averaged 8.9 yards on his 214 carries in 2018, albeit against lower competition.

74. (4) Connor McGovern, OG, 6-5 3/8, 308, N/A, 2-3, Penn State: Imposing frame and physicality. A classic RG in the NFL who likes to bully opponents to create movement.

75. (8) Martez Ivey, OT, 6-5, 315, N/A, 2-3, Florida: Aptly-named tackle with vines for arms (36 1/4″). Can get lazy with footwork but has starting potential.

76. (8) Juan Thornhill, S, 6-0 1/4, 205, 4.42, 2-3, Virginia: Ultra-productive former CB turned safety with terrific ballskills. Ran faster than expected at Combine.

77. (4) Mike Weber, RB, 5-9 5/8, 211, 4.47, 3, Ohio State: Bowling ball of a runner with good vision, burst and balance through contact. Best suited to a committee.

78. (10) Joejuan Williams, CB, 6-3 5/8, 211, 4.64, 3, Vanderbilt: Signed with Vanderbilt over offers from more prominent schools. Bullies WRs with size, physicality.

79. (9) Terry Beckner, Jr. , DT, 6-3 5/8, 296, 5.19, 3, Missouri: Former highly regarded prep who fought through early knee injuries to become star. Best as a 3-tech DT.

80. (5) Kahale Warring, TE, 6-5 1/8, 252, 4.67, 3, San Diego State: Latecomer to football but possesses an ideal frame and all-around athleticism. Intruing potential.

81. (5) David Montgomery, RB, 5-10 1/8, 222, 4.63, 3, Iowa State: Balanced battering-ram of a back with good vision and better burst, elusiveness than 40-time suggests.

82. (5) Nate Davis, OG, 6-3 1/4, 316, 5.23, 3, Charlotte: Short, stubby blocker well-built to winning leverage battle. Powerful but needs a lot of technique work.

83. (5) Ben Banogu, OLB, 6-3 1/2, 250, 4.62, 3, TCU: UL-Monroe transfer who excelled at TCU and turned heads in workouts. Raw athlete who could surprise.

84. (9) Rock Ya-Sin, CB, 5-11 3/4, 192, 4.51, 3, Temple: FCS-transfer who dominated at Temple in 2018 and created a buzz at the Senior Bowl, Combine.

85. (11) Kris Boyd, CB, 5-11 1/2, 201, 4.45, 3, Texas: Well-built, physical CB just as likely to be scrapping with RBs in run support as harrassing WRs downfield.

86. (10) Isaiah Buggs, DT, 6-3 1/8, 306, 5.15, 3, Alabama: Versatile DL who led the Tide with 9.5 sacks in 2018 (1.5 in 2017). Short arms (31 1/4) will push him to DT.

87. (5) Bobby Okereke, ILB, 6-1 3/8, 239, 4.58, 3, Stanford: Not your typical Stanford LB. Boasts an ideal frame and athleticism but shows just average instincts.

88. (6) Drue Tranquill, OLB, 6-2, 234, 4.57, 3, Notre Dame: Former safety who kept growing. Size, speed and instincts are all starter-level but he may be tapped out.

89. (6) Josh Oliver, TE, 6-4 5/8, 249, 4.63, 3, San Jose State: Late-bloomer. Opponents’ defensive game-plans started with him. Raw but big upside as a seam threat.

90. (12) Trayvon Mullen, CB, 6-1 1/2, 199, 4.46, 3, Clemson: Defensive MVP of 2018-19 title game. Too reliant on raw talent but is gifted, like cousin Lamar Jackson.

91. (6) Damien Harris, RB, 5-10 1/8, 216, 4.57, 3, Alabama: Started the past two seasons over top-rated RB Josh Jacobs. Powerful, balanced, consistent. Safe backup.

92. (6) Michael Deiter, OG, 6-5 1/8, 309, 5.23, 3, Wisconsin: Four-year starter with experience at LT, LG and C for one of nation’s best producers of NFL blockers.

93. (7) Miles Sanders, RB, 5-10 5/8, 211, 4.49, 3, Penn State: Exploded in 2018 with Saquon Barkley gone. Legitmate starter potential. Fumbled 10 times over career.

94. (11) Dre’Mont Jones, DT, 6-2 3/4, 281, 5.12, 3, Ohio State: Ignore the poor 40-yard dash time. Jones has good quickness, flexibility as an interior pass rusher.

95. (9) Yodny Cajuste, OT, 6-4 7/8, 312, N/A, 3, West Virginia: Light-footed, long-armed LT who could prove an NFL starter. Last name pronounced “Ka-Just.”

96. (7) Justin Hollins, OLB, 6-5 1/4, 248, 4.50, 3, Oregon: Twitchy edge rusher with terrific timed speed. Earned Defensive MVP at Shrine Game as off-ball OLB.

97. (13) Sean Bunting, CB, 6-0 3/8, 195, 4.42, 3, Central Michigan: Self-made NFL prospect who talked his way onto roster. Left early for NFL as league Defensive MVP.

98. (6) Tyree Jackson, QB, 6-7, 249, 4.59, 3, Buffalo: Raw as sushi prospect with the size, speed and a howitzer for an arm every team is looking to develop.

99. (9) David Sills V, WR, 6-3 1/3, 211, 4.57, 3, West Virginia: Smooth route-runner with excellent size and body control to consistently win one-on-one matchups.

100. (11) Maxx Crosby, DE, 6-4 7/8, 255, 4.66, 3, Eastern Michigan: Dominant small schooler still just growing into his frame. Could be a monster a year from now.

101. (10) Kelvin Harmon, WR, 6-2 1/2, 221, 4.6, 3, North Carolina State: Classic possession receiver adept at bullying cornerbacks with his frame, physicality and body control.

102. (9) Will Harris, S, 6-1, 207, 4.41, 3, Boston College: Well-built, ultra-reliable defender with NFL bloodlines. Proved faster than expected at Sr. Bowl, Combine.

103. (11) Andy Isabella, WR, 5-8 3/4, 188, 4.31, 3, Massachusetts-Amherst: Short (but not small) speed demon and slot extraordinaire. Lit up Georgia in the 2018 season-opener.

104. (10) Marvell Tell III, S, 6-2, 198, N/A, 3, Southern California: Highly regarded prep with more intriguing traits than stats. Projected at CB by some due to slim build.

105. (12) Austin Bryant, DE, 6-3 7/8, 271, N/A, 3, Clemson: Highly productive but rarely faced double-teams due to opponents’ focus on Tigers’ other DL.

106. (4) Blake Cashman, OLB, 6-1 1/8, 237, 4.50, 3, Minnesota: Former walk-on who emerged as an All-Big Ten defender in 2018 before dazzling at the Combine.

107. (14) Isaiah Johnson, CB, 6-2 1/8, 208, 4.40, 3-4, Houston: Imposing press corner with an ideal blend of size and speed. Former WR who needs more seasoning.

108. (8) Devin Singletary, RB, 5-7 1/2, 203, 4.66, 3-4, Florida Atlantic: Short, thick jitterbug of a runner with underrated strength, grit. Dominated C-USA. 66 TDs scored 2016-18.

109. (13) Dontavius Russell, DT, 6-2 3/4, 319, 5.15, 3-4, Auburn: Prototypically built run-stuffing presence with the strength and girth to collapse interior rush lanes.

110. (8) Sione Takitaki, OLB, 6-1 1/8, 238, 4.63, 3-4, BYU: Speedy, instinctive outside linebacker who overcame early coaching clashes to become a team captain.

111. (13) Riley Ridley, WR, 6-1 1/4, 199, 4.58, 3-4, Georgia: Younger, bigger (but slower) brother of Falcons 2018 first round pick Calvin. Projects as a No. 2 or 3 WR.

112. (15) Julian Love, CB, 5-10 3/4, 195, 4.54, 3-4, Notre Dame: Classic cover corner with light feet and loose hips to shadow receivers. 32 PBUs over the past two years.

113. (12) Max Scharping, OT, 6-5 7/8, 327, N/A, 3-4, Northern Illinois: Started all 53 games of his career (49 at OT). More of a technician than a street fighter despite girth.

114. (14) Terry McLaurin, WR, 6-0 1/8, 208, 4.35, 3-4, Ohio State: Size-speed prospect who looked better at the Sr. Bowl than at Ohio State. Quality special teamer, too.

115. (9) Oshane Ximines, OLB, 6-3 1/2, 253, 4.78, 3-4, Old Dominion: Dominant small-schooler who didn’t look out of place at the Sr. Bowl. 32.5 sacks, 11 FF over career.

116. (10) Tytus Howard, OT, 6-5, 322, 5.05, 3-4, Alabama State: Former HS QB who started out at TE for the Hornets. Future starting OT but will need some work first.

117. (16) Jamel Dean, CB, 6-1, 206, 4.30, 3-4, Auburn: Exceptional size-speed prospect with troubling history of knee injuries. Originally signed with Ohio State.

118. (10) Jordan Brailford, OLB, 6-2 5/8, 252, 4.65, 3-4, Oklahoma State: Quick-twitch edge rusher with 27.5 TFL 2017-18 (including 9 sacks last year). East-West Shrine Game riser.

119. (12) Mecole Hardman, WR, 5-10 1/4, 187, 4.33, 3-4, Georgia: Former DT turned OT who projects best at OG. Combine star, including in BP with year’s most reps (39).

120. (7) Iosua Opeta , OG, 6-4 1/4, 301, 5.02, 4, Weber State: Former CB and special teams ace turned WR. Blazing speed but routes and hands need work. High upside.

121. (11) Isaiah Prince, OT, 6-6 1/2, 305, 5.09, 4, Ohio State: Broke Terrell Suggs’ career sacks record (45), albeit vs. lesser competition. So-so at Sr. Bowl, workouts.

122. (13) Jaylon Ferguson, DE, 6-4 6/8, 271, 4.82, 4, Louisiana Tech: Terrific size (including 35 1/2″ arms) and surprisingly agile when he has to be. Three-year starter at RT.

123. (13) Oli Udoh, OT, 6-5 1/2, 323, 5.05, 4, Elon: Massive OT with long arms (35 3/8″) who turned heads at the all-star games. Raw but has starter traits.

124. (8) Phil Haynes, OG, 6-3 5/8, 322, 5.20, 4, Wake Forest: Former basketball player who gained nearly 80 pounds at Wake to morph into legitimate people-mover.

125. (6) Cody Barton, ILB, 6-2 1/2, 237, 4.64, 4, Utah: Former safety who emerged as a star LB for the Utes in 2018, suggesting his best football still lies ahead.

126. (9) Myles Gaskin, RB, 5-9 1/4, 205, 4.58, 4, Washington: Only Pac-12 rusher to ever eclipe 1,000 yards four times. Average size/speed bely vision, burst, balance.

127. (11) Darius West, S, 5-10 7/8, 208, 4.39, 4, Kentucky: Hard-luck player with troubling history of injuries. Bounced back to star in 2017-18, including at Combine.

128. (9) Beau Benzschawel, OG, 6-6 1/4, 309, 5.24, 4, Wisconsin: Four-year starting RG for the Badgers but has a frame and game that might be better suited to RT in NFL.

129. (15) Keelan Doss, WR, 6-2 1/8, 211, N/A, 4, UC-Davis: Big-bodied possession receiver with eye-popping production. Crisp routes drew praise at Senior Bowl.

130. (14) John Cominsky, DE, 6-5 1/4, 286, 4.69, 4, Charleston: Self-made prospect who gained 65 pounds since playing QB as prep. Better at Combine than Senior Bowl.

131. (14) David Edwards, OT, 6-6 1/4, 308, 5.28, 4, Wisconsin: Former prep QB (and TE at UW) with the size, feet to remain at OT – but only with more strength, reps.

132. (16) Ryan Davis, WR, 5-9 7/8, 189, N/A, 4, Auburn: Classic slot prospect whose quickness and toughness generated big numbers in a run-based scheme.

133. (7) Cameron Smith, ILB, 6-2, 238, 4.69, 4, Southern California: Four-year standout whose grit in playing through injury (and quick recovery) match his instincts, stats.

134. (17) Saivion Smith, CB, 6-0 7/8, 199, 4.65, 4, Alabama: Imposing, long-armed CB with starter potential. Originally at LSU and signed with ‘Bama out of JUCO.

135. (12) Albert Huggins, DT, 6-2 7/8, 305, 5.12, 4, Clemson: Oft-used backup at Clemson took a starting (and starring) role in playoffs, cementing Day Three stock.

136. (7) Ryan Finley, QB, 6-4, 213, 4.73, 4, North Carolina State: Checks boxes with his size, anticipation, accuracy and competitiveness, making up for just an average arm.

137. (12) Khari Willis, S, 5-10 7/8, 213, 4.52, 4, Michigan State: Better player than athlete. Renowned for his smarts, toughness and consistency. Jack-of-all-trades safety.

138. (17) Gary Jennings, Jr. , WR, 6-1, 214, 4.42, 4, West Virginia: Overshadowed on his own team at times, but turned heads at the Senior Bowl and Combine. Late riser.

139. (10) Justice Hill, RB, 5-9 5/8, 198, 4.4, 4, Oklahoma State: Most explosive of Combine RBs. Same burst resulted in 3,539 yards (and 30 TDs) in just three years.

140. (14) Daylon Mack, DT, 6-1, 336, 5.10, 4, Texas A&M: Built like a fire hydrant and is just as tough to move at the point of attack. Classic run-stuffing NG.

141. (11) Kaden Elliss, OLB, 6-2 1/4, 238, 4.62, 4, Idaho: All-star game and Combine snub despite eye-popping production and NFL bloodlines. Saw time at TE too.

142. (4) Lamont Gaillard, C, 6-2 5/8, 305, N/A, 4-5, Georgia: Former DT and plays like it, bringing a street brawler mentality to the middle. Fits best in a power scheme.

143. (11) Benny Snell, RB, 5-10 3/8, 224, 4.66, 4-5, Kentucky: Bell-cow runner whose vision, balance and determination are all NFL-caliber – even if his speed is not.

144. (8) Clayton Thorson, QB, 6-4, 222, N/A, 4-5, Northwestern: Inspirational field general for the try-hard Wildcats. Good size and grit. Average strength and accuracy.

145. (7) Jace Sternberger, TE, 6-4, 251, 4.75, 4-5, Texas A&M: Played for three different programs from 2016-18. Exploded for 10 TDs (best among FBS TEs) last year.

146. (15) Chuma Edoga, OT, 6-3 1/2, 308, 5.19, 4-5, Southern California: Height suggests a move inside to OG but has the feet, length of an OT. Boosted stock at Senior Bowl.

147. (12) Terrill Hanks, OLB, 6-2, 242, 4.98, 4-5, New Mexico State: Possesses physique carved from granite. Unfortunately, he ran like it at the Combine. Plays fast.

148. (16) Michael Jordan, OT, 6-5 7/8, 312, 5.27, 4-5, Ohio State: Former OG turned C whose size could push him to OT in NFL. Moldable clay with the requisite work ethic.

149. (8) Drew Sample, TE, 6-4 3/4, 255, 4.71, 4-5, Washington: Full-service TE with the frame and strength to contribute as well as soft hands and underrated speed.

150. (13) Malik Gant, S, 5-11 5/8, 209, 4.63, 4-5, Marshall: Former walk-on who plays like it, showing the grit and awareness to overcome his lack of ideal speed.

151. (19) Myles Boykin, WR, 6-3 3/4, 220, 4.42, 4-5, Notre Dame: Workout star whose Combine performance ranked among the best at any position. 10 total TDs at ND.

152. (19) DaMarkus Lodge, WR, 6-1 7/8, 202, 4.55, 4-5, Mississippi: Started more games for Ole Miss 2017-18 than D.K. Metcalf. Average athlete and complementary threat.

153. (13) Christian Miller, OLB, 6-3 3/8, 247, N/A, 4-5, Alabama: Few opportunities due to stacked Alabama roster but showed intriguing burst, bend and power off edge.

154. (14) Marquise Blair, S, 6-1 1/4, 195, 4.48, 4-5, Utah: Lean but physical centerfielder whose lack of production at Utah belies his value. Good range, tackler.

155. (18) Jazz Ferguson, WR, 6-4 5/8, 227, 4.45, 4-5, Northwestern State (La.): Looks like a superhero but has too many villianous tendencies (on and off the field) for some.

156. (12) Jordan Scarlett, RB, 5-10 5/8, 208, 4.47, 4-5, Florida: Eye-catching size/speed combo. Originally signed with LSU. Brother, Jaylen, is fellow NFL prospect.

157. (15) Renell Wren, DT, 6-4 7/8, 318, 5.01, 4-5, Arizona State: Freakish combo of size and initial explosiveness. Consistently quickest off the ball, but is slow to find it.

158. (8) Germaine Pratt, ILB, 6-2 1/2, 240, 4.57, 4-5, North Carolina State: One of the first players you want coming off the bus, but needs to show greater awareness of the ball.

159. (18) Corey Ballentine, CB, 5-11, 196, 4.47, 4-5, Washburn: Cliff Harris winner as nation’s best small school defender. Didn’t look out of place at Sr. Bowl, Combine.

160. (13) Rodney Anderson, RB, 6-0 3/8, 224, N/A, 5, Oklahoma: Prototypically built bell-cow runner with a troubling history of injuries, including torn right ACL in 2018.

161. (9) Will Grier, QB, 6-2 1/2, 217, 4.84, 5, West Virginia: Highly productive at WVU (and previously at Florida). Average in pro-style scheme at Sr. Bowl, however.

162. (14) Chase Hansen, OLB, 6-2 7/8, 222, N/A, 5, Utah: Former S who grew into an OLB. Savvy with good speed but older and comes with medical concerns.

163. (9) Irv Smith, Jr. , TE, 6-2 3/8, 242, 4.63, 5, Alabama: H-back candidate with NFL bloodlines. Mismatch potential as a receiver but offers little as a blocker.

164. (14) Dexter Williams, RB, 5-11, 212, 4.57, 5, Notre Dame: Breakout star in 2018. Downhill runner with some wiggle and better play speed than 40-time suggets.

165. (16) Porter Gustin, OLB, 6-4 1/2, 255, 4.69, 5, Southern California: Parade All-American prep with NFL size, athleticism, work ethic and production – when he’s healthy.

166. (10) Alize Mack, TE, 6-4, 249, 4.7, 5, Notre Dame: Better athlete than football player to this point; four TDs scored at ND. Talented but needs to commit.

167. (15) Ryquell Armstead, RB, 5-11 1/4, 220, 4.45, 5, Temple: Well-built, determined runner who takes the fight to tacklers. Ran better than expected. Could surprise.

168. (1) Mitch Wishnowsky, P, 6-2 1/8, 218, 4.63, 5, Utah: Austrailian-rules punter and former Ray Guy Award winner. More accurate than a true boomer.

169. (9) Otaro Alaka, ILB, 6-3, 239, 4.82, 5, Texas A&M: Physically imposing, downhill run-stuffing ‘thumper of a linebacker with below-average speed.

170. (19) Iman Lewis-Marshall, CB, 6-0 5/8, 207, 4.53, 5, Southern California: Gifted. Plus size, agility and physicality. Never took the next step at USC. Six INTs in 2015-16. None since.

171. (10) Hjalte Froholdt, OG, 6-4 5/8, 306, 5.20, 5, Arkansas: Born in Denmark. Signed as a DT (10 games in 2015) before switching to OG. Might be moved to C in NFL.

172. (16) Bryce Love, RB, 5-8 7/8, 200, N/A, 5, Stanford: Average yards-per-carry dropped from 8.1 as 2017 Heisman finalist to 4.5 in 2018. Tore ACL in December.

173. (10) Ty Summers, ILB, 6-1 3/8, 241, 4.51, 5, TCU: Good looking ILB on the hoof with ideal size, speed. Instincts (especially vs. pass), durability are concerns.

174. (20) Dillon Mitchell, WR, 6-1 1/4, 197, 4.46, 5, Oregon: Undeniable talent but production was boosted by talented QB, pass-heavy offense. Too many drops.

175. (11) Caleb Wilson, TE, 6-4 1/4, 240, 4.56, 5, UCLA: Classic “move” TE with size, athleticism and hands to be a seam mismatch. Don’t ask him to block.

176. (15) Gerri Green, OLB, 6-4, 252, 4.63, 5, Mississippi State: Overshadowed on talented MSU defense. Intriguing size/speed with DE/OLB experience. Worthy gamble.

177. (15) Sheldrick Redwine, S, 6-0, 196, 4.44, 5, Miami: Former CB who ran like one at the Combine. Good size, physicality and awareness to play various roles.

178. (18) Tyler Roemer, OT, 6-6 3/8, 312, 5.21, 5, San Diego State: Massive and gifted LT who fell out of favor at SDSU and left the team, ultimately jumping into NFL early.

179. (15) Jonathan Ledbetter, DE, 6-3 3/4, 280, 5.14, 5, Georgia: Base DE who lacks the quick-twitch to provide much of a rush but has the size, strength to two-gap.

180. (20) Jordan Brown, CB, 6-0 3/8, 201, 4.51, 5, South Dakota State: Former WR and plays like it – showing good awareness and ballskills. Too often disappoints as a tackler.

181. (16) Greg Gaines, DT, 6-1, 312, 5.16, 5, Washington: Morris Trophy winner as Pac-12’s top DL. A stubborn stump in the middle who will outplay his draft slot.

182. (21) Jamal Peters, CB, 6-1 3/4, 218, 4.63, 5, Mississippi State: Former S who may need to move back. Built and plays like a bully. Looks for the PBU rather than INT.

183. (11) Derwin Gray, OG, 6-4 1/2, 320, 5.26, 5, Maryland: Two-time All-Big Ten pick at LT. Good feet and length to remain outside but has a “blocky” OG-like build.

184. (21) Darius Slayton, WR, 6-1, 190, 4.39, 5, Auburn: Terrific size/speed combo to stretch the field as an outside vertical threat. Too many drops, though.

185. (17) Bobby Evans, OT, 6-4 3/8, 312, 5.2, 5, Oklahoma: Long-armed OT whose squarish frame suggests a move inside could be coming. Has some brawler to him.

186. (16) Shareef Miller, DE, 6-4 1/2, 254, 4.69, 5, Penn State: Breakout 2018 with 15 TFL, 7.5 sacks. Still just a pup, physically-speaking, with potential to improve.

187. (22) Tyre Brady, WR, 6-2 7/8, 211, N/A, 5, Marshall: Physically-imposing split end with long arms. Can make the dazzling grab through contact. Average speed.

188. (17) Jalen Jelks, DE, 6-5 3/8, 256, N/A, 5, Oregon: Lanky edge rusher who may be seen as a ‘tweener by some. More powerful than he looks but not as fast.

189. (23) Lil’Jordan Humphrey, WR, 6-3 5/8, 210, 4.75, 5, Texas: Big-bodied split end who bullies DBs with the ball in the air, after the catch. Won’t run by many, though.

190. (24) Travis Fulgham, WR, 6-2 1/2, 215, 4.58, 5, Old Dominion: Former walk-on who earned an invitation (and solid reviews) at Sr. Bowl. Good body control, hands.

191. (25) Emanuel Hall, WR, 6-1 7/8, 201, 4.39, 5, Missouri: Workout warrior who can take the top off the defense. Better athlete than receiver with too many drops.

192. (26) Johnnie Dixon, WR, 5-10 3/8, 201, 4.41, 5, Ohio State: Short but well-built receiver with experience inside and out. Quick feet but inconsistent routes, hands.

193. (27) Jalen Hurd, WR, 6-4 3/4, 226, N/A, 5, Baylor: Former standout RB at Tennessee. Intriguing size, body control and hands as moveable chess piece.

194. (5) Ross Pierschbacher, C, 6-3 5/8, 307, 5.20, 5-6, Alabama: 56-game starter for Tide, including at C, both OG spots. Wins with technique rather than power, agility.

195. (12) Nate Herbig, OG, 6-3 1/2, 335, 5.41, 5-6, Stanford: Nicknamed “Big Island” and it’s easy to see why. Has talent but too often relies on girth, power.

196. (19) William Sweet, OT, 6-6, 313, 5.27, 5-6, North Carolina: Prototypically built OT with length, surprisingly light feet and heavy hands. Quality developmental type.

197. (17) Ugo Amadi, S, 5-9 3/8, 199, 4.51, 5-6, Oregon: Smaller than preferred but a legitimate NFL athlete with quickness, ballskills and aggression as a tackler.

198. (12) Dax Raymond, TE, 6-4 3/4, 255, 4.73, 5-6, Utah State: Intriguing athlete with good speed, body control and hands despite what meager stats suggest.

199. (1) Alec Ingold, FB, 6-0 3/4, 242, 4.89, 5-6, Wisconsin: Only draftworthy FB in the class. Powerfully-built lead blocker who is looking to steal souls.

200. (11) Jahlani Tavai, ILB, 6-2 3/8, 250, N/A, 5-6, Hawaii: Intriguing sleeper candidate likely to be available on Day Three due to shoulder injury. Classic ‘thumper.

201. (17) Byron Cowart, DT, 6-3, 298, 5.16, 5-6, Maryland: Originally at Auburn as top-rated prep but transferred as a “bust.” Matured and grew into powerful DT.

202. (18) Gerald Willis, DT, 6-1 3/4, 302, N/A, 5-6, Miami: Disruptive force in 2018 after previously teasing with talent. Slippery, powerful. Worthy Day 3 gamble.

203. (17) D’Andre Walker, OLB, 6-2 3/8, 251, N/A, 5-6, Georgia: Didn’t start until 2018 but shows intriguing burst, length and strength. Some untapped potential here.

204. (22) Derrick Baity, CB, 6-2 1/8, 197, N/A, 5-6, Kentucky: Three-year starting CB in a terrific UK secondary. Just average speed and production, however.

205. (16) Andrew Wingard, S, 6-0 1/8, 209, 4.56, 5-6, Wyoming: Ultra-productive (454 career tackles!) safety at his best attacking the line of scrimmage. 10 career INTs.

206. (28) Hunter Renfrow, WR, 5-10 1/4, 184, 4.59, 6, Clemson: Classic slot who sets up more athletic DBs with savvy routes. Among the most reliable hands in this class.

207. (17) Travis Homer, RB, 5-10 3/8, 201, 4.48, 6, Miami: Quality committee runner with better speed and grit (including in pass pro) than size or ball security.

208. (18) David Long, Jr. , OLB, 5-11 1/4, 227, 4.45, 6, West Virginia: Undersized but highly athletic chase linebacker well-suited to the WLB position in a 4-3.

209. (18) Mike Edwards, S, 5-10 1/2, 205, N/A, 6, Kentucky: Four-year starter eager to mix it up at the LOS. Average recovery speed. Broke his thumb at the Sr. Bowl.

210. (13) Ben Powers, OG, 6-4 , 307, N/A, 6, Oklahoma: Battle-tested (and eager for the next one) LG who lacks ideal athleticism but not grit or technique.

211. (13) Kaden Smith, TE, 6-5, 255, 4.92, 6, Stanford: Highly regarded with soft hands to be a security blanket, but ran like he was wearing one at the Combine.

212. (18) Alex Barnes, RB, 6-0 3/8, 226, 4.59, 6, Kansas State: Big, productive back who consistently falls forward and finishes his runs. Only average elusiveness, speed.

213. (19) Kingsley Keke, DT, 6-2 5/8, 288, 4.95, 6, Texas A&M: More athletic than 40-yard dash suggests, showing the quickness, agility to “get skinny” and harrass QBs.

214. (23) Jordan Miller, CB, 6-0 5/8, 186, 4.49, 6, Washington: Lanky press corner with the height, arm length and straight-line speed to make an NFL roster.

215. (29) Stanley Morgan Jr. , WR, 6-0, 202, 4.53, 6, Nebraska: Record-setting jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type of WR. Coaches will like him more than scouts.

216. (14) Fred Johnson, OG, 6-7 1/8, 326, N/A, 6, Florida: Massive Earth-mover whose lack of knee bend and agility can be mitigated in a power-based scheme.

217. (19) Lukas Denis, S, 5-11 1/4, 190, 4.64, 6, Boston College: Former WR and CB with plus ballskills, leading ACC with seven INTs in 2017. Below-average size, speed.

218. (31) Terry Godwin, WR, 5-11 3/8, 184, 4.55, 6, Georgia: Slot receiver candidate with better quickness than his average 40-yard dash time suggests. Soft hands.

219. (12) Te’Von Coney, ILB, 6-0 7/8, 234, N/A, 6, Notre Dame: Highly-touted prep LB with good size and production against top competition. Two-down LB in NFL.

220. (1) Matt Gay, K, 6-0 , 232, N/A, 6, Utah: Lou Groza Award winner as a walk-on in 2017. Made 35/36 FGs under 40 yards with the leg for 50+ yards.

221. (20) Yosh Nijman, OT, 6-6 7/8, 324, N/A, 6, Virginia Tech: Rare size with experience at LT and RT. Massive but needs to clean up sloppy technique to stick.

222. (13) Tre Lamar, ILB, 6-3 3/8, 253, 4.95, 6, Clemson: Old-school 3-4 ILB with the size, physicality to take on and shed blockers in the hole. Two-down LB in NFL.

223. (18) Darryl Johnson, DE, 6-6, 253, N/A, 6, North Carolina A&T: Looks good on the hoof with plus height and arm length (33 7/8″). MEAC DPOY in 2018 with 10.5 sacks.

224. (30) KeeSean Johnson, WR, 6-1 1/8, 201, 4.6, 6, Fresno State: Ultra-productive pass-catcher who beat up lesser competition with good size, body control, soft hands.

225. (24) David Long, CB, 5-10 5/8, 196, 4.45, 6, Michigan: Just average size but possesses the agility, speed and tenacity to stick, albeit likely at nickel.

226. (32) Jakobi Myers, WR, 6-1 5/8, 203, 4.63, 6, North Carolina State: Former QB whose steady development as a route-runner, hands-catcher deserve Day 3 consideration.

227. (10) Gardner Minshew II, QB, 6-0 7/8, 225, 4.97, 6, Washington State: Stepped into tough situation at WSU and starred. Average physical traits but a true field general.

228. (20) Jaquan Johnson, S, 5-10 1/8, 191, 4.69, 6-7, Miami: Below average size and speed but football is played on the field, where Johnson starred for The U.

229. (11) Trace McSorley, QB, 6-0 1/8, 202, 4.57, 6-7, Penn State: Gutty but limited dual-threat QB whose production tailed off in 2018 with top receivers off to NFL.

230. (25) Mark Fields, CB, 5-9 7/8, 192, 4.37, 6-7, Clemson: Started just seven games at Clemson due to injuries, talented roster. Wowed at Combine. NFL bloodlines.

231. (15) Ethan Greenidge, OG, 6-4 3/8, 327, N/A, 6-7, Villanova: Small school OT with good length but whose thick frame and average foot speed suggest a move to OG.

232. (12) Jake Browning, QB, 6-1 7/8, 211, 4.74, 6-7, Washington: Kellen Moore clone who gets by with anticipation and grit to overcome below-average physical traits.

233. (19) Jalin Moore, RB, 5-10, 212, N/A, 6-7, Appalachian State: Powerful runner and lifter (27 reps at Combine). Ankle injury that cut 2018 season short requires vetting.

234. (19) Sutton Smith, OLB, 6-0 3/8, 233, 4.69, 6-7, Northern Illinois: Undersized edge rusher with enough burst, lateral agility and maniacal effort to stick in a specialist role.

235. (21) Devon Johnson, OT, 6-7 1/4, 338, 5.16, 6-7, Ferris State: Mountain of a man with good overall weight distribution, surprising athleticism. Practice squad candidate.

236. (20) Karan Higdon, RB, 5-9 1/8, 206, 4.49, 6-7, Michigan : Productive, reliable back with better power than frame suggests. Projects best as a part of a rotation.

237. (33) Felton Davis III, WR, 6-3 1/2, 211, N/A, 6-7, Michigan State: Tall, long-armed split end with the body control and vertical to box-out CBs. Coming off torn Achilles.

238. (20) Demarcus Christmas, DT, 6-3 3/8, 294, 5.08, 7, Florida State: As dependable as the cold in December but “just” a run stuffer with only 3.5 sacks in 51 career games.

239. (14) T.J. Edwards, ILB, 6-0 230, , N/A, 7, Wisconsin: Lacks preferred size, speed but had outstanding production, including 366 tackles and 10 interceptions.

240. (21) Tony Pollard, RB, 5-11 5/8, 210, 4.52, 7, Memphis: Served as placekicker, punter and on kickoffs for OU, offering roster flexibility. Average size, leg strength.

241. (2) Austin Seibert, K, 5-9 1/4, 213, N/A, 7, Oklahoma: Jack-of-all-trades who starred at KR, receiver and (backup) RB. Seven TDs on kickoffs. 104 career catches.

242. (21) Ben Burr-Kirven, OLB, 6-0, 230, 4.56, 7, Washington: Tackle monster who proved bigger, faster than expected in workouts. Too reliant on avoiding blockers.

243. (22) Dre Greenlaw, OLB, 5-11 1/2, 237, N/A, 7, Arkansas: Undersized (and injury-prone) but speedy WILL ‘backer whose best fit initially may be on special teams.

244. (22) Ryan Pope, OT, 6-7, 320, N/A, 7, San Diego State: Battle-tested RT with the length and strength to project as a solid backup in a power-based scheme.

245. (24) Emeke Egbule, OLB, 6-2, 245, 4.65, 7, Houston: Raw but intriguing athlete who arrived as a TE. Shows some twitch as a rusher with agility for coverage.

246. (24) LJ Scott, RB, 6-0 3/8, 227, N/A, 7, Michigan State: Big, powerful runner with vision, balance and burst. Sleeper candidate after injury-shortened 2018 season.

247. (22) Qadree Ollison, RB, 6-0 5/8, 228, 4.58, 7, Pittsburgh: Thunder back with imposing size and power when he keeps his pads low. 29 career rushing TDs.

248. (23) James Williams, RB, 5-9 1/2, 197, 4.58, 7, Washington State: Quicker than his 40-yard dash suggests and a terrific receiver out of the backfield with 202 career grabs.

249. (14) Keenen Brown, TE, 6-2 1/2, 250, 4.75, 7, Texas State: Grad-transfer from Okla. St. who caught nearly as many TDs in 2018 (5) as passes (6) for Cowboys.

250. (13) Brett Rypien, QB, 6-1 5/8, 210, 4.91, 7, Boise State: Soft-tossing but savvy field general with good awareness, accuracy in the short to intermediate zones.

–Field Level Media

Saints QB Brees having surgery Wednesday

Saints QB Brees having surgery Wednesday

Saints QB Brees having surgery Wednesday

After seeing two specialists about his injured right thumb, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will have surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported Tuesday.

Werder cited a source saying the timeline for Brees’ return won’t be known until after surgery, which will be performed by Dr. Steven Shinn. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the current expectation is six weeks.

“I’m confident in the surgery that will take place and will dedicate myself to the rehab process to get back as quickly as I can,” Brees wrote in a text to Werder.

Multiple reports Monday said Brees would require surgery. Head coach Sean Payton did not confirm the information Monday, saying the quarterback was seeking a second opinion.

Brees hurt his thumb in Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams after hitting his hand on Aaron Donald’s hand during a follow through of a throw. Teddy Bridgewater replaced him, going 17 of 30 for 165 yards, and is expected to start Sunday’s game at Seattle.

Brees, 40, has missed just one game due to injury since joining the Saints in 2006, which came in 2015 due to a shoulder issue. He has missed just two other contests of a possible 210 with the Saints, both while resting in Week 17 with the team’s playoff position secure.

The league’s all-time leading passer needs 155 yards to become the first in NFL history to pass for 75,000 yards. He is 18 passing touchdowns shy of passing Peyton Manning (539) for most all-time, though New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is tied with Brees at 522.

–Field Level Media

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Allen rallies Bills past Jets

Allen rallies Bills past Jets

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Allen rallies Bills past Jets

Josh Allen overcame a four-turnover performance to rush for a touchdown and throw for another in the fourth quarter as the Buffalo Bills rallied to a 17-16 win over the New York Jets on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

Allen scored from 3 yards out to trim New York’s lead to 16-10 early in the fourth quarter before his underthrown ball was reeled in by John Brown for a 38-yard touchdown with 3 minutes to play. Allen finished 24 of 37 for 254 yards passing.

In his first game since the 2017 season, Le’Veon Bell reeled in a touchdown pass and a two-point conversion pass for the Jets, who were hurt by kicker Kaare Vedvik misfiring on both an extra-point attempt and a 45-yard field-goal attempt.

Four-time Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley returned an interception 17 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and joined defensive tackle Steve McLendon in recovering a fumble. Linebacker Neville Hewitt also had an interception and New York added a safety in its first game under new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Signed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets in offseason, Bell made a shoestring catch from Sam Darnold for a 9-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. Bell provided the exclamation point as he jumped to snare the two-point conversion attempt and give the Jets a 16-0 lead.

Bell, who rushed for 60 yards and had six catches for 32 more, became the fastest player in NFL history to reach 8,000 yards from scrimmage following a 5-yard gain on his first carry of the contest. The 27-year-old Bell was playing in his 63rd game, one fewer than Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson.

Darnold completed 28 of 41 passes for 175 yards, with Jamison Crowder emerging as a trusty outlet with a 14-catch, 99-yard performance.

The Jets seized the early lead as Mosley snared the ball after it caromed off the hands of wide receiver Cole Beasley before rumbling 17 yards for a touchdown.

New York extended its lead to 8-0 lead early in the third quarter after its swarming defense swallowed up veteran running back Frank Gore inside the end zone for a safety.

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Munoz fires 63, surges to Sanderson Farms lead

Munoz fires 63, surges to Sanderson Farms lead

Munoz fires 63, surges to Sanderson Farms lead

Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz blistered a 9-under-par 63 on Saturday to surge into the lead through three rounds of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.

The low round of the tournament thus far leaves Munoz at 16-under 200, one stroke ahead of third-round playing partner Carlos Ortiz of Mexico (65 on Saturday) at the Country Club of Jackson. The two were teammates at North Texas.

“It was pretty comfortable, I’ve played with him quite awhile,” Munoz said, per Golf Digest. “He made birdies, I made birdies. It was good vibes from the beginning.”

South Korea’s Byeong Hun An (70), the 36-hole leader, is another stroke back in third. Australia’s Cameron Percy (68) is alone in fourth at 13 under, completing a top four who are all seeking their first career PGA Tour victory. Five players are tied for fifth another stroke back.

Saturday’s action began with the final third of the 155 players finishing the second round, which was halted due to darkness after inclement weather prevented half of the field from finishing the first round on Thursday.

Munoz, 26, opened Saturday on fire, with birdies on the first three holes and another at the fifth. He gained another stroke at No. 8, finishing the front nine at 5-under 31, then added four more birdies on the back nine to complete a bogey-free round.

Munoz, who birdied all four par-5s, holds a 54-hole lead for the second time in his career. The previous time, he finished tied for third at A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier in 2017.

“I’m going to have a great opportunity tomorrow,” Munoz told PGATour.com. “Just one shot at a time.”

Ortiz also had a bogey-free round, making hay with two highlight-reel moments to start the back nine. First, he holed a 50-foot bunker shot for birdie at the par-3 10th. Then he put his 227-yard approach at the par-5 11th inside 20 feet and sunk the eagle putt. Ortiz added birdies at the 13th and 15th before parring out.

An was 1 under through 12 holes before a birdie spree from Nos. 13-15. But he dropped out of a share of the lead with back-to-back bogeys at 16 and 17.

Defending champion Cameron Champ is tied for 25th at 7 under after shooting a 69. No winner has ever defended his title in the event.

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Ex-NFL QB Lorenzen hospitalized

Ex-NFL QB Lorenzen hospitalized

Former NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit, battling an infection as well as heart and kidney issues.

His family released an update on his condition late Saturday through Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.

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Ex-NFL QB Lorenzen hospitalized

Former NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen remains hospitalized in the intensive care unit, battling an infection as well as heart and kidney issues.

His family released an update on his condition late Saturday through Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.

“On Friday, June 28th Jared began playing a bigger, more important game than he’s ever played before. Jared had not been feeling well for a few weeks and that finally caught up with him,” the statement began.

It continued: “He is fighting with every thing he has and his immediate family is by his side.”

Lorenzen, 38, played four seasons at Kentucky (2000-03) and led the SEC in passing yards (3,687) as a freshman. He still holds the Wildcats’ record for career passing yards with 10,354.

Despite his collegiate success, he was undrafted in 2004 and later signed with the New York Giants as a free agent, backing up Eli Manning in 2006-07. He appeared in four games, completing four passes for 28 yards.

Because of his weight, which was listed at 285 pounds in his NFL career, he was nicknamed “The Hefty Lefty.” Weight continued to be an issue for him after retirement and he said it climbed to more than 500 pounds.

In 2017, he launched The Jared Lorenzen Project, a videotaped weight-loss journey. He lost about 100 pounds within the first year.

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NFL notebook: Browns DE Garrett fined $42K for two hits

NFL notebook: Browns DE Garrett fined $42K for two hits

NFL notebook: Browns DE Garrett fined $42K for two hits

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was fined $42,112 by the NFL on Saturday for two hits he made on New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian during Monday night’s game.

Each hit cost Garrett a $21,056 fine in a game in which he was penalized four times, including twice for roughing the passer, while recording a career-best three sacks. Siemian suffered a season-ending ankle injury on the second roughing call, which occurred midway through the second quarter. The backup quarterback started in place of Sam Darnold, who was out with mononucleosis.

Also fined after the Jets-Browns game were Browns rookie linebacker Mack Wilson ($28,075), who was penalized for lowering his head and delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jets wide receiver Ty Montgomery, and Jets safety Jamal Adams ($21,056) for a roughing-the-passer penalty against Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

–Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out for Monday night’s game against the visiting Chicago Bears due to lingering effects from a concussion.

Reed has yet to play this season after being hurt in Washington’s third preseason game. The 29-year-old Reed sustained a concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Atlanta safety Keanu Neal on Aug. 22. The hit drew a penalty and later a $28,075 fine.

An NBC Sports Washington report Saturday cited a source saying Reed could still be “weeks” from a return. Reed has recorded 329 receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns in six seasons with the Redskins, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2016.

–Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said he expects Eddy Pineiro to play Monday night at Washington despite the kicker being listed as questionable on the Bears’ injury report.

Nagy told reporters Pineiro hurt his right (kicking) knee Friday in the weight room but termed the injury “minor.” Pineiro, 24, kicked Saturday and “felt like it was hurting him a little bit,” Nagy said. “I really do think that we’ll be OK.”

Also listed as questionable were tight end Trey Burton (groin), safety Eddie Jackson (shoulder/knee) and right guard Kyle Long (hip). Defensive end Bilal Nichols (broken hand) is out.

–The Cleveland Browns put linebacker and team captain Christian Kirksey on the injured reserve list with a chest injury.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that he was believed to have torn a pectoral muscle on Monday night in the Browns’ 23-3 win against the New York Jets. He’d be eligible to return on Nov. 24 against the Miami Dolphins but could be out for the season.

–The Philadelphia Eagles placed offensive tackle Jordan Mailata on injured reserve, further pushing back his eventual NFL debut.

Mailata, a seventh-round pick by the Eagles in 2018, has been dealing with a back injury since the preseason. He didn’t play at all last year and eventually was placed on IR in December. A former rugby player in Australia, the 6-foot-8, 346-pound Mailata made his way to the NFL via the International Pathway Program.

–The Green Bay Packers put starting left guard Lane Taylor on injured reserve with a biceps injury.

The 29-year-old suffered the injury in practice on Thursday. He will be eligible to be activated in eight weeks. Taylor started 45 of 48 games over the past three seasons.

–The New England Patriots promoted German running back Jakob Johnson to the 53-man roster after fullback James Develin (neck) was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Johnson takes the roster spot of receiver Antonio Brown, who was released Friday by the team. Johnson, who played his collegiate ball at Tennessee, played running back and linebacker for the Patriots in the preseason. He is a native of Stuttgart, Germany.

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Report: Kaepernick’s agent working the phones

Report: Kaepernick's agent working the phones

Report: Kaepernick’s agent working the phones

Colin Kaepernick’s agent has reportedly been working the phones during a rough week for NFL quarterbacks.

“Colin is literally in the best shape of his life,” a source close to Kaepernick told SNY on Tuesday. “He’s been working out five days a week at 5 a.m. for three years. He wants to play, and his agent has been contacting teams in need of a quarterback.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets are all dealing with injuries to their starters this week, and the Jacksonville Jaguars lost their starter in Week 1.

Kaepernick, 31, passed for 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 69 games for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-16.

Kaepernick reached an undisclosed settlement in February with the NFL after filing a lawsuit alleging collusion by NFL teams to keep him out of the league because of his activism, including kneeling during the national anthem before games while playing with the 49ers.

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Brown, Rams hold off Panthers’ rally

Brown, Rams hold off Panthers' rally

Brown, Rams hold off Panthers’ rally

Malcolm Brown scored on a pair of short touchdown runs, and the defending NFC champion Los Angeles Rams overcame some missed scoring chances to defeat the Carolina Panthers 30-27 in the season opener Sunday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 23 for 39 for 186 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton completed 25 of 39 passes for 239 yards and an interception.

Alex Armah’s 1-yard plunge allowed the Panthers to pull within 30-27 at the 1:58 mark. But with only one timeout remaining, Carolina didn’t get another possession after the Rams recovered an onside kick.

Running back Christian McCaffrey scored Carolina’s first touchdown of the season on an 8-yard run in the third quarter on a direct snap, cutting the Rams’ lead to 16-10.

The Rams countered with a 13-play drive, with Brown scoring from 1 yard out.

Panthers rookie kicker Joey Slye booted a 52-yard field goal to make it 23-13 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.

Momentum shifted when Carolina’s Jermaine Carter Jr. blocked a punt to give the Panthers the ball at the Los Angeles 5. McCaffrey ran in from 2 yards out two players later, and the Panthers were within 23-20 with 13:10 left.

Yet the Rams were in good shape at the 6:37 mark when Goff threw a 5-yard touchdown dart to tight end Tyler Higbee.

Slye’s first attempt was wide right from 53 yards out late in the first quarter.

Greg Zuerlein’s 49-yard field goal opened the scoring for the Rams. He added one from 56 yards late in the first half.

Two plays after taking over at the Carolina 10 following a turnover when Newton’s throw was deemed a backward pass, the Rams scored on Brown’s 5-yard run at 12:44 of the second.

Carolina finally scored on the last play of the first half on Slye’s 46-yarder, cutting the deficit to 13-3. It came after the Rams gambled on defense by calling a pair of timeouts, but the Panthers converted a third down and then went on to gain two more first downs and end up in field-goal position.

Los Angeles Rams safety Eric Weddle left with 5:23 remaining in the second quarter with a head laceration, with blood dripping off his head and down both sides of his jersey. Weddle, in his first season with Los Angeles, took a knee to a head as leaping McCaffrey tried to make a play. He was evaluated for a concussion and did not return.

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Bears K Pineiro (knee) expected to play vs. Redskins

Bears K Pineiro (knee) expected to play vs. Redskins

Chicago Bears coach

Bears K Pineiro (knee) expected to play vs. Redskins

Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy said he expected Eddy Pineiro to play Monday night at Washington despite the kicker being listed as questionable on the Bears’ injury report Saturday.

Nagy told reporters Pineiro hurt his right (kicking) knee Friday in the weight room but termed the injury “minor.”

Pineiro, 24, kicked Saturday and “felt like it was hurting him a little bit,” Nagy said. “I really do think that we’ll be OK.”

Pineiro was the last man standing after the Bears spent the offseason searching for a kicker to replace Cody Parkey. Pineiro has converted all four of his field-goal attempts, including a last-second 53-yarder to defeat the Denver Broncos last Sunday.

Also listed as questionable were tight end Trey Burton (groin), safety Eddie Jackson (shoulder/knee) and right guard Kyle Long (hip). Defensive end Bilal Nichols (broken hand) is out.

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Tiger to skip inaugural 3M, return for The Open

Tiger to skip inaugural 3M, return for The Open

Tiger to skip inaugural 3M, return for The Open

Tiger Woods confirmed that he will not play in next week’s 3M Open and will return to competition for The Open Championship in Northern Ireland beginning July 18.

Woods has not played since tying for 21st at the U.S. Open earlier this month. He wasn’t expected to play in next week’s inaugural event in Blaine, Minn., despite missing the cut at the PGA Championship last month after remaining out of competition following his win at the Masters in April.

Woods told ESPN that he plans to “enjoy some family time” and will prepare for the year’s final major at Royal Portrush by playing at home.

He is ranked No. 5 in the world and needs one win to tie Sam Snead’s record of 82 PGA Tour victories, but has acknowledged that at 43 years old, he needs to plan his schedule carefully — especially with the new schedule featuring six prominent events — including all four majors — over six consecutive months.

Woods has won 15 major championships, including three Opens (2000, 2005, 2006).

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Browns DE Garrett fined $42K for hits on Jets QB Siemian

Browns DE Garrett fined $42K for hits on Jets QB Siemian

Browns DE Garrett fined $42K for hits on Jets QB Siemian

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett was fined $42,112 by the NFL on Saturday for two hits he made on New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian during Monday night’s game.

Each hit cost Garrett a $21,056 fine in a game in which he was penalized four times, including twice for roughing the passer. Siemian suffered a season-ending ankle injury on the second roughing call, which occurred midway through the second quarter. The backup quarterback started in place of Sam Darnold, who was out with mononucleosis.

Earlier this week, Garrett sounded remorseful for ending Siemian’s season.

“You do not want to put anybody out for the season,” Garrett said. “That is their job. That is something that you do not do unless you love it, and you do not want to take that away from anybody. I hope [Siemian] comes back faster and stronger than he ever has. I wish the best for him.”

Yet that apparently isn’t going to change his style of play as Garrett has a league-leading five sacks this season, including a career-high three sacks against the Jets.

“It’s hurting now because you want to play aggressive, you want to play passionate and you just want to finish the play,” Garrett said. “I’m gonna keep on playing with the same aggression, just gotta be smarter, better in the strike zone and try and pull off so I don’t land on them with all my weight.

“That was the main point of emphasis when the refs talked to me, and I just gotta be better at that. … I’m not trying to do anything dirty. I’m not trying to injure anybody.”

In the season opener against the Tennessee Titans, Garrett received a $10,527 fine for his palm strike to tight end Delanie Walker’s face mask.

Also fined after the Jets-Browns game were Browns rookie linebacker Mack Wilson ($28,075), who was penalized for lowering his head and delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on Jets wide receiver Ty Montgomery, and Jets safety Jamal Adams ($21,056) for a roughing the passer penalty against Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

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Jets’ Siemian out for season; Darnold improving

Jets' Siemian out for season; Darnold improving

Jets’ Siemian out for season; Darnold improving

New York Jets quarterback Trevor Siemian is out for the season with a left ankle injury and likely will need surgery, coach Adam Gase announced Tuesday.

Siemian, filling in for ill starter Sam Darnold, was injured in the second quarter of Monday night’s loss to the Cleveland Browns. The New York Daily News reported he had ligament damage but did not break his ankle.

A somber Gase announced last Thursday that Darnold had mononucleosis and declared Siemian the starter. Now, he will turn to second-year player Luke Falk, who had been elevated from the practice squad after Darnold was sidelined. The Tennessee Titans selected Falk in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, but he was waived at final cuts and spent the 2018 season with Gase on the Dolphins.

Darnold won’t play on Sunday against the New England Patriots, and the Jets have a bye the following week. He is expected to miss three to seven weeks, depending on his recovery.

“He’s feeling better. … The doctors are letting us know how to proceed with him,” Gase said, per the Daily News.

Darnold, who was allowed back at the team’s facility on Tuesday, said on ESPN radio he is targeting Week 5 at Philadelphia.

He also said that he wasn’t 100 percent for the season opener, a 17-16 loss to the Buffalo Bills, after sleeping poorly and having cold sweats, estimating he played around 80-85 percent.

“After the game, my body decided to shut down,” Darnold added.

Gase told reporters on Tuesday that wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (knee/hamstring) and linebacker Jordan Jenkins (calf) are on a week-to-week basis. Linebacker C.J. Mosley is day-to-day with a groin injury.

The first-year Jets coach also addressed the status of cornerback Trumaine Johnson, who didn’t see action in Monday night’s 23-3 loss until late in the fourth quarter. In March 2018, Johnson signed a five-year $72.5 million contract with the Jets, $45 million of it guaranteed.

“We just decided not to play him,” Gase said, adding it wasn’t for disciplinary measures.

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Jaguars CB Ramsey to play Thursday vs. Titans

Jaguars CB Ramsey to play Thursday vs. Titans

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey plans to play

Jaguars CB Ramsey to play Thursday vs. Titans

Cornerback Jalen Ramsey plans to play as normal in Thursday night’s game at Tennessee — assuming he is still a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“Right now I’m still a part of the Jacksonville Jaguars, and I’m happy about that,” said Ramsey, whose agent confirmed Monday that the cornerback requested a trade. “I’m getting ready for the game as well. That’s where my focus is right now.”

Defensive coordinator Todd Wash also expects Ramsey to play as normal, saying the cornerback has been preparing like he does every week.

“He’s a competitor, so if he’s in our building and all that stuff, we anticipate he’s going to play and play well,” Wash said. “That’s just who Jalen is.”

Meeting reporters Tuesday, Ramsey declined to acknowledge his trade request directly or discuss the reasons behind it, citing a desire to avoid being a distraction to his teammates.

“I’m gonna let God do his work, let my agent do his work and everybody gonna work it out,” he said.

One thing Ramsey did address was how the trade request got out into the media, which he emphasized he was not responsible for.

“I didn’t leak that information,” Ramsey said. “Me and my agent, we are not the ones who leaked that information. And I was very strict about that, because I did not want it to get out, and I didn’t want to be a distraction.

“… Y’all need to ask the other side, or whoever.”

Pressed about his reasoning behind wanting out of Jacksonville, Ramsey mostly deflected questions, saying repeatedly that he had “nothing bad or negative to say at all about anybody in this building.” He also emphasized that he loves the city of Jacksonville and its fans.

“I want to f—ing win,” Ramsey said. “Straight up. Excuse my language, but s–it, everybody know that. That’s who I am, that passion, that fire, that heart. … I’m gonna continue giving that as long as I’m here.”

Asked if the lack of a contract extension was a factor, Ramsey replied, “Oh I don’t care about that. God gonna work that out.”

According to various reports, multiple teams have already offered the Jaguars packages including a first-round pick for the All-Pro cornerback, but it’s unclear how quickly a deal might materialize.

“Obviously we want the best for Jalen, but selfishly I want him to be a Jaguar forever,” Wash told reporters.

Head coach Doug Marrone, who got into a heated exchange with Ramsey on the sideline during Sunday’s 13-12 loss at Houston, will meet reporters later Tuesday. Ramsey said the two have not spoken.

Ramsey, 24, has started all 50 games since being drafted fifth overall in 2016. He has nine career interceptions and 202 tackles (178 solo) in his career.

Ramsey earns a base salary this season of $3.6 million, which jumps to $13.7 million next year.

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Patriots LT Wynn to IR; Benenoch added

Patriots LT Wynn to IR; Benenoch added

New England

Patriots LT Wynn to IR; Benenoch added

New England Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a toe injury, putting him out until at least mid-November.

Wynn cannot practice for six weeks or play for eight weeks, at which time he could be recalled from injured reserve if healthy. He is first eligible to play Nov. 17 at Philadelphia, after the Patriots’ Week 10 bye.

To take Wynn’s place on the active roster, the Patriots signed offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch.

Wynn reportedly had an MRI exam on Monday after leaving Sunday’s win against the Miami Dolphins in the first half. The 22-year-old was a first-round pick in 2018 out of Georgia but missed all of his rookie campaign with a torn Achilles before earning the starting job at left tackle this preseason.

Benenoch, 25, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, having played as a reserve in Week 1. He started all 16 games at right guard for the Bucs in 2018, allowing nine sacks and committing seven penalties, according to STATS LLC. He also played in 13 games, including five starts at right tackle, in 2017, allowing four sacks and committing two penalties.

According to NFL Network, Benenoch had nine teams request to work him out after his release from Tampa Bay, but he wanted to play for Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

The Patriots were already without right tackle Marcus Cannon (shoulder) entering Week 2’s game in Miami, which thrust recent signee Marshall Newhouse into the lineup. After Wynn was hurt, Newhouse moved to left tackle while Korey Cunningham — acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals during the preseason — entered at right tackle.

Left guard Joe Thuney was also banged up during the game, leaving for six snaps. The Patriots were already without longtime starting center David Andrews, who was ruled out for the season due to blood clots in his lungs.

“That group is a hardworking group,” head coach Bill Belichick said of his offensive line earlier Tuesday. “They’ve communicated well together, and the guys with more experience helping some of the guys with less experience, but overall we’ve just tried to take it day-by-day and do the things that we can do.”

Each NFL team can recall up to two players from injured reserve each season. The Patriots’ 2019 first-round pick, wideout N’Keal Harry, is already on injured reserve and expected to be recalled at some point this season.

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Reports: OT Wynn ‘week-to-week as Patriots sign Benenoch

Reports: OT Wynn 'week-to-week as Patriots sign Benenoch

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Reports: OT Wynn ‘week-to-week as Patriots sign Benenoch

New England Patriots left tackle Isaiah Wynn is “week-to-week” with turf toe, and the team is signing lineman Caleb Benenoch, according to two reports from NFL Network on Tuesday.

Wynn reportedly had an MRI exam on Monday after leaving Sunday’s win against the Miami Dolphins in the first half. He is now expected to miss some time, although it’s unclear how long.

Benenoch, 25, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week, having played as a reserve in Week 1. He started all 16 games at right guard for the Bucs in 2018, allowing nine sacks and committing seven penalties, according to STATS LLC. He also played in 13 games, including five starts at right tackle, in 2017, allowing four sacks and committing two penalties.

According to NFL Network, Benenoch had nine teams request to work him out after his release from Tampa Bay, but he wanted to play for Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia.

The Patriots were already without right tackle Marcus Cannon (shoulder) entering Week 2’s game in Miami, which thrust recent signee Marshall Newhouse into the lineup. After Wynn was hurt, Newhouse moved to left tackle while Korey Cunningham — acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals during the preseason — entered at right tackle.

Left guard Joe Thuney was also banged up during the game, leaving for six snaps. The Patriots were already without longtime starting center David Andrews, who was ruled out for the season due to blood clots in his lungs.

Wynn, 22, was a first-round pick in 2018 out of Georgia. He missed all of his rookie campaign with a torn Achilles before earning the starting job at left tackle this preseason.

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Cook carries Vikings to 28-12 victory over Falcons

Cook carries Vikings to 28-12 victory over Falcons

Cook carries Vikings to 28-12 victory over Falcons

Dalvin Cook ran for 111 yards with two touchdowns and safety Anthony Harris recorded two interceptions and recovered a fumble as the Minnesota Vikings rolled to a season-opening 28-12 victory over the visiting Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in Minneapolis.

Kirk Cousins (8 for 10, 98 yards) threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Vikings scored TDs on three of their first four possessions. Minnesota recorded all of its points off three Atlanta turnovers and a blocked punt.

Cook, limited to 15 games over his first two seasons because of injuries, ran the ball 21 times and had 40 yards on his first two carries. The Vikings, who averaged 93.3 rushing yards in 2018, had more than 100 on the ground in the first half and 172 for the game.

Atlanta’s Matt Ryan was 33 of 46 for 304 yards with fourth-quarter touchdown passes to Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones. However, Ryan was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Devonta Freeman was held to 19 yards on eight carries for the Falcons, who totaled 345 yards as Minnesota flexed its defensive muscle early and often.

Anthony Barr sacked Ryan on the first play and Eric Wilson blocked Matt Bosher’s punt to start the Vikings’ first possession at Atlanta’s 21-yard line. Three plays later, Cousins connected with Adam Thielen for a 23-yard touchdown pass.

After Harris’ interception at the Falcons’ 41-yard line, the Vikings were back in the end zone on Cook’s 19-yard scoring run around the left end for a 14-0 lead with 8:22 left in the first quarter. Harris was again in the right spot, thwarting a Falcons’ drive by recovering Freeman’s fumble at the Minnesota 21 early in the second quarter.

The Vikings made it 21-0 with a 10-play, 79-yard drive — aided by pass interference and holding penalties by the Atlanta defense — that was capped by Cousins’ 1-yard surge with 4:40 left in the half.

Atlanta was driving on its first possession of the second half, but Harris halted a 13-play drive by intercepting Ryan in the back of the end zone. The Vikings followed with a six-play drive, with Cook’s 7-yard TD run pushing the lead to 28-0.

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Jackson, Ravens eviscerate Dolphins in historic fashion

Jackson, Ravens eviscerate Dolphins in historic fashion

Lamar

Jackson, Ravens eviscerate Dolphins in historic fashion

Lamar Jackson tied a franchise record with five touchdown passes as his Baltimore Ravens routed the host Miami Dolphins 59-10 in Sunday’s season opener for both teams.

Jackson, who led all NFL quarterbacks last year with 695 rushing yards in just seven starts, spent the offseason working on his passing, and it was evident on Sunday. He completed 17 of 20 attempts for 324 yards with no interceptions.

Thanks in part to Jackson, the Ravens also set a franchise record for most points in one game. Baltimore tied for the second-most points ever in an NFL season opener, trailing the 1973 Atlanta Falcons (62).

There was also a record set on the Miami side, as Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick became the first player in NFL history to toss at least one touchdown pass for eight different teams.

Jackson, a second-year pro, and rookie wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown — both 22 years old — had successful homecomings. Both of them are from South Florida.

Brown, a first-round pick and the cousin of NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown, caught four passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns in his NFL debut.

Two other Ravens had 100-plus-yard games. Running back Mark Ingram rushed 14 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns. Tight end Mark Andrews caught eight passes for 108 yards and one score.

Baltimore scored touchdowns on its first four possessions and six of its first seven before a kneeldown entering halftime. The Ravens raced to a 42-3 second-quarter lead, and it was 42-10 at halftime.

The Ravens were dominant from the game’s first play from scrimmage — a 49-yard run by Ingram.

Several Miami mistakes led to Baltimore’s first-half assault, including a Fitzpatrick interception and a fumbled punt return by Jakeem Grant.

In addition, the Ravens — leading 35-10 at the time — faked a punt with a direct snap to safety Anthony Levine, who rumbled 60 yards on a fourth-and-1 play for a first down to Miami’s 10 late in the second quarter.

Miami’s only touchdown came on a 6-yard slant pattern run by Preston Williams, who scored with just 13 seconds left in the first half. He spun around to catch a throw that was behind him, doing an acrobatic job of keeping his feet in bounds toward the back of the end zone.

It was the first career touchdown for Williams, a 6-foot-4 undrafted rookie free agent who caught 96 passes for 1,345 yards and 14 touchdowns as a Colorado State senior and could be a Dolphins bright spot this year.

A second-half highlight was turned in by Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin, who tossed his first touchdown since 2016.

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Patriots promote German RB Johnson to active roster

Patriots promote German RB Johnson to active roster

Patriots promote German RB Johnson to active roster

The New England Patriots on Saturday promoted German running back Jakob Johnson to the 53-man roster after fullback James Develin was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.

Johnson takes the roster spot of Antonio Brown, who was released Friday by the team.

Johnson, 24, who played his collegiate ball at Tennessee, played running back and linebacker for the Patriots in the preseason. He is a native of Stuttgart, Germany.

Develin, out with a neck injury, will miss his first game with the team since 2015.

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49ers WR Goodwin wins ’40 Yards of Gold,’ $1M

49ers WR Goodwin wins '40 Yards of Gold,' $1M

San Francisco 49ers

49ers WR Goodwin wins ’40 Yards of Gold,’ $1M

San Francisco 49ers wideout and former Olympic long jumper Marquise Goodwin beat Carolina Panthers cornerback Donte Jackson by .05 seconds in the final Saturday night to win the “40 Yards of Gold” competition and claim the $1 million prize.

The pay-per-view event, hosted by former NFL wideout Chad Johnson and held in Sunrise, Fla., featured 16 players running 40-yard dashes against each other in a single-elimination bracket.

Goodwin, a four-time All-American in track and field in college at Texas and a participant at the 2012 London games, advanced through the “offense” side of the bracket with wins over Arizona Cardinals wideout Damiere Byrd, Atlanta Falcons wideout Christian Blake and Denver Broncos running back Khalfani Muhammad before beating Jackson.

Muhammad was a replacement for New Orleans Saints wideout Ted Ginn Jr., who inspired the event by claiming he would race any NFL player in a 40-yard dash for $10,000 but did not show for Saturday’s action.

Blake replaced New York Jets wideout Robby Anderson after the latter withdrew from the quarterfinals. Anderson had beaten Saints running back Alvin Kamara in the opening round.

Jackson beat Minnesota Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes and free agent corner Jalen Myrick in the first two rounds before clipping Chicago Bears cornerback John Franklin III by .01 seconds in the semifinals.

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Lashley shoots another 63, takes six-stroke lead in Detroit

Lashley shoots another 63, takes six-stroke lead in Detroit

Lashley shoots another 63, takes six-stroke lead in Detroit

DETROIT – The birdies came fast and furious during the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on Saturday, a theme that has been followed all week at the inaugural PGA Tour event.

No one, though, has enjoyed it more than Nate Lashley.

The longtime touring pro fired his second 9-under 63 of the week on Saturday to put him at 23-under for the tournament, six shots better than his closest competitor as he closes in on his first PGA Tour victory.

“It was just one of those days where really nothing could go wrong,” Lashley, 36, said. “When I hit bad shots, I really wasn’t in any trouble in the rough. I had shots at the green and those shots out of the rough came out nicely and landed in good spots and a lot of them rolled up by the pin. It was just one of those days all around.”

Lashley has been firing at the pins all week. He began the tournament on Thursday with a 63 and followed that in round two with a 67. He carded another bogey-free round on Saturday to take the commanding lead.

J.T. Poston sits six shots back at 17-under after a 66 in the third round. Cameron Tringale is seven behind at 16-under while 2018 Masters champions Patrick Reed moved to 15-under after his third-round 65, his best round of the week.

“If you’re in the final (group) you’re going to have a shot at winning the tournament no matter how far back you are,” Poston said. “Nate’s obviously playing some great golf, so I’m going to have to play really good tomorrow if I’m going to catch him.”

While many of the tournament’s big names failed to make the cut – world No. 2 Dustin Johnson, U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson were among those that missed the weekend – Lashley is gaining plenty of support around Detroit Golf Club. Playing this season with conditional status, Lashley entered the week ranked No. 353 in the world.

In fact, he played in the Monday qualifier and failed to make the field after a 4-under 68. However, he was still the third alternate, and after a group of withdrawals, he was the final player in the field.

At 132nd in the FedEx Cup standings, a win would be huge for Lashley. Not only would it be his first, but it would mean no more Monday qualifiers or waiting it out on the alternate list. And should he take home the $1.314 million winner’s share of the purse, he would just about equal his career earnings of $1.38 million since turning pro in 2005.

“I always felt like I had the talent and ability to play out here and it was just a matter of getting out here and getting comfortable,” Lashley said. “It’s not an easy thing to do, by no means, but take some time and I feel like I’m finally there and hopefully I can take advantage tomorrow.”

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Redskins TE Reed ruled out for MNF

Redskins TE Reed ruled out for MNF

Redskins TE Reed ruled out for MNF

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed on Saturday was ruled out for Monday night’s game against the visiting Chicago Bears due to lingering effects from a concussion.

Reed has yet to play this season after being hurt in Washington’s third preseason game. The 29-year-old Reed sustained a concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Atlanta safety Keanu Neal on Aug. 22. The hit drew a penalty and later a $28,075 fine.

Reed has recorded 329 receptions for 3,371 yards and 24 touchdowns in six seasons with the Redskins, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2016. He had 54 catches for 558 yards and two scores in 13 games (eight starts) last season.

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