Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins thriving with team-first attitude

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sammy Watkins was supposed to be a game-changing star when the Buffalo Bills drafted him fourth overall in 2014, the kind of speedy wide receiver that could make plays all over the field.

It never worked out that way.

Watkins had a 1,000-yard season and was reasonably productive, but he never quite hit the stardom that was expected of him. And along the way, he gained a reputation for being demanding, difficult and at times downright sulky as the number of passes that went his way reached a nadir.

“I was young and kind of ego-tripping,” Watkins said, quite matter-of-factly, after helping the Kansas City Chiefs beat the Denver Broncos 30-23 on Sunday to complete a season sweep.

The 25-year-old Watkins played a big part in the win, too. He caught eight passes for 107 yards and two scores, and drew some of the attention from the rest of the Chiefs’ stars, who all seemed to produce at crucial times as Kansas City continued its dominance of the AFC West.

So what changed between Watkins in Buffalo and Watkins in Kansas City? What has enabled a guy with blazing speed, strong hands and physical size to finally become a breakout star?

Well, mostly maturity.

“I kind of went to the Rams last year and I was in the same situation with a lot of other weapons. I learned a lot,” Watkins said. “It’s not about me or any one guy on this team.”

The Chiefs’ decision to sign Watkins in free agency raised some eyebrows, not only because they had pressing needs elsewhere but because their offense was already quite potent. They had a star-in-the-making in Tyreek Hill, the reigning NFL rushing champion in Kareem Hunt and one of the best tight ends in the game in Travis Kelce, so adding Watkins to the mix seemed to be superfluous.

But they wound up signing him to a $48 million, three-year deal anyway, then listened as all the pundits criticized the move throughout the summer and right into training camp.

Nobody is criticizing it much these days.

“His approach has been unbelievable,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “He just comes out, works hard. He’s not concerned with how many catches he has or any of that. For a big-time receiver, that’s unique. He knows there’s only one ball and we have a bunch of pretty good players, and when you have an opportunity, be a part of that. He’s done that. He’s done a nice job of that.”

Watkins was relatively quiet in an opening win over the Chargers, but he had six catches for 100 yards the following week at Pittsburgh. He had his first TD catch in a win over the 49ers at Arrowhead Stadium, then had his best game to date against the Broncos on Sunday.

One was a crafty buttonhook route, where Watkins found a soft spot in the middle of the Denver defense and ran untouched 10 yards for the score. The other was a 13-yard touchdown reception.

The fact that both came in the red zone is hardly a surprise: That’s where Watkins is dangerous.

“It feels great,” he said, “not just to score two times but to get the win. To do it at a high level and just go out there and play my style of game, running around, having fun, throwing some good blocks and have everybody catch a lot of balls.”

Sounds like a team-first player, rather than the me-first guy Watkins used to be.

“It’s always good to see Sammy go off,” Kelce said. “He brings such a confidence in everything he does. You’re happy for the guy because of the type of person he is and how hard he works during the week. It’s awesome to see him have a day like he had.”

Notes: Reid said Monday he hadn’t heard the comments made by the Broncos claiming that the Chiefs stretch the rules offensively by getting their offensive linemen too far downfield on their run-pass option plays. “I always ask officials beforehand if there is anything I need to tell my guys and that’s never been an issue,” Reid said. … Reid did not have any injury updates Monday, though he did say LB Frank Zombo (hamstring) was probably the most serious of them. LB Anthony Hitchens (ribs) and WR Tyreek Hill (groin) also left Sunday’s game against the Broncos.

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2019 NFL Draft: Top 250 prospects (with comments)

2019 NFL Draft: Top 250 prospects (with comments)

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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.

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Report: Son of Chiefs’ Hill removed from parents’ custody

Report: Son of Chiefs' Hill removed from parents' custody

Report: Son of Chiefs’ Hill removed from parents’ custody

The son of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill was recently removed from the custody of Hill and the boy’s mother, The Kansas City Star reported Thursday evening, amid an investigation into two March incidents.

According to The Star, the Kansas Department for Children and Families would not confirm the child’s removal from custody. The report adds that Hill and the boy’s mother — Crystal Espinal, Hill’s fiancee — are in a family court process called a “child in need of care” case, which evaluates a child’s safety and care and can result in removal from parental custody.

Authorities have been investigating incidents — one on March 5 for child abuse and neglect, and one on March 14 for battery — at Hill’s home in Overland Park, Kan. Both police reports indicated a juvenile was involved.

Hill, 25, has not been charged with any crimes. He reported to the first day of the Chiefs’ offseason workouts earlier this week.

“I don’t want to make judgment on anything other than he is here and he is working,” head coach Andy Reid said when asked about Hill’s situation. “If there is anything to comment on, we will always put it out there for you. We are not hiding it.”

Added general manager Brett Veach on Thursday: “I think it’s going to work itself out here, and we’ll deal with the information as it comes. Like I said, there’s nothing I’d probably be in a position to say right now on that.”

The NFL requested documents from Overland Park Police on March 12, before the second incident, according to The Star. Hill could be subject to discipline from the NFL, whether or not he is charged with a crime, and the league could consider his domestic violence history.

Hill reportedly choked and punched Espinal, then his girlfriend, when she was pregnant in December 2014. Hill was arrested and dismissed from the Oklahoma State football team. He later pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and received three years’ probation.

Hill and Espinal are listed on the March 5 police report as “others involved.” On the March 14 report, Espinal is listed as “others involved,” with a juvenile listed as the victim. The Star reported previously that Hill’s 3-year-old victim suffered a broken arm in the incident.

Hill told the Star in January that Espinal is pregnant with twins.

Hill is three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro through three seasons with the Chiefs.

He has 223 catches for 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also has returned four kickoffs and one punt for scores.

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NFL notebook: Rosen calls life in limbo ‘annoying’

NFL notebook: Rosen calls life in limbo 'annoying'

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen spoke publicly

NFL notebook: Rosen calls life in limbo ‘annoying’

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about the limbo he finds himself in with the team that drafted him last year, telling SI TV that it’s “annoying” but that he “definitely understands the situation.”

The Cardinals hold the No. 1 pick in next week’s NFL draft and speculation is rampant that the team, with new coach Kliff Kingsbury at the helm, will select former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.

“I definitely understand the situation,” Rosen told SI TV. “I mean, it’s annoying but, like, it is what it is. Football’s a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions. … Whatever decisions are made, it’s my duty to prove them right if they keep me, and prove them wrong if they ship me off.”

The Cardinals went 3-13 last year under former coach Steve Wilks. Rosen started 13 games and passed for 2,278 yards, throwing for 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in his rookie season. Rosen was conspicuous in his omission from the Cardinals’ hype video — save for a brief shot of him 56 seconds in — released earlier Thursday along with a 2019 promotional calendar.

–The Carolina Panthers restructured the contract of star linebacker Luke Kuechly to free up more than $7 million in cap space, ESPN reported.

The Panthers converted $9.05 million of Kuechly’s 2019 salary into a bonus, a move that gives the cap-strapped club an additional $7.24 million to play with one week ahead of the draft, according to the report. The Panthers had just $1.34 million in cap space prior to the restructure.

It’s the second consecutive year the Panthers have given Kuechly upfront money. The 28-year-old linebacker is coming off his fifth first-team All-Pro bid. Kuechly posted 130 tackles — including a career-high 20 for loss — last year to go with two sacks and an interception in 16 games.

–Speaking during the Jacksonville Jaguars’ annual state of the franchise address, team executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin spoke about team attendance at this week’s organized team activities and criticized those not in attendance.

“We’re very close to 100 percent attendance, and quite frankly, our players should be here building the concept of team, working hard side by side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals,” Coughlin said, via ESPN.

The players not in attendance are All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey — who also missed last offseason’s program to train at his father’s facility in Nashville, Tenn. — and starting linebacker Telvin Smith. Following Coughlin’s comments, the NFLPA tweeted a statement from president Eric Winston reiterating that such activities are voluntary and that coaches and executives are prohibited “from threatening players to participate in voluntary workouts.”

–Washington Redskins defensive end Matt Ioannidis agreed to a three-year extension worth $21.75 million, NFL Network reported.

Ioannidis was drafted 152nd overall in 2016 out of Temple and was entering the final year of his rookie contract. In 38 career games, Ioannidis has 19 starts and 12.0 sacks, including 7.5 last season.

–The Houston Texans expect wide receiver Will Fuller to be on the field for their season-opening Monday night game against the Saints at New Orleans, team general manager Brian Gaine told the team’s website.

Fuller emerged as a dangerous deep threat in his third season in 2018, catching 32 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns through seven games but suffered a torn ACL in Week 8 against Miami.

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Texans WR Fuller (ACL) on track for Week 1 return

Texans WR Fuller (ACL) on track for Week 1 return

Texans WR Fuller (ACL) on track for Week 1 return

The Houston Texans expect wide receiver Will Fuller to be on the field for their season-opening Monday night game at New Orleans.

Fuller is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in October and is on pace to return by Week 1, Texans general manager Brian Gaine said Thursday.

“Everything is going well with Will,” Gaine told the team’s website. “I won’t speak to specifics but I anticipate when we kick off vs. New Orleans that he’ll be ready to go and he’ll be at full speed by then. I’m sure through the preseason we’ll be smart and efficient as it relates to getting him right, but everything has gone well, no setbacks, been very positive.”

Fuller emerged as a dangerous deep threat in his third season in 2018, catching 32 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns through seven games.

Fuller, who turned 25 on Tuesday, was a first-round pick (21st overall) in 2016. He has 107 catches for 1,561 yards and 13 touchdowns in 31 games.

“Everything is trending in the right direction,” Gaine said. “He’s been here the whole offseason. He’s looking good: mind, spirit, body. Everything is going well for Will and we’re excited to see him get back to the field.”

–Field Level Media

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Coughlin criticizes absent players, drawing NFLPA response

Coughlin criticizes absent players, drawing NFLPA response

Coughlin criticizes absent players, drawing NFLPA response

Just like last offseason, cornerback Jalen Ramsey is skipping Jacksonville’s voluntary workouts. This time, however, the Jaguars are voicing their displeasure.

And that has led to a war of words with the players’ union.

With players in town for the start of the offseason program, the Jaguars held their annual state of the franchise address Thursday. During his four-minute turn at the podium, team executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin spoke about team attendance — or lack thereof.

“We’re very close to 100 percent attendance, and quite frankly, our players should be here building the concept of team, working hard side by side, constructing our bond of togetherness, formulating our collective priorities and goals,” Coughlin said, per ESPN. “Success in the NFL demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish and insensitive to the real values of team. The hard work that many try to avoid is the major building block for the development of an outstanding football team.

“It’s not about rights and privileges. It’s about obligations and responsibility, and the question is: Can we count on you?”

According to multiple reports, the specific players Coughlin was criticizing for not being in attendance are Ramsey and starting linebacker Telvin Smith.

Last offseason, Ramsey worked out on his own at his father’s training facility in Nashville, Tenn. The All-Pro also stayed away from the team’s mandatory minicamp last June.

“How do I put this the nicest way possible?” Ramsey said at the time last season. “I don’t think any of my teammates had an issue because they know I was going to come back ready. But at the same time, if they did, I don’t think I would care because once I get out here I know what I was doing was the right thing for me.”

As for Smith, he has reportedly been at every team offseason workout since the club drafted him in 2014. Head coach Doug Marrone told reporters Tuesday that he had yet to hear from either player after reaching out to them to ask if they would attend.

Following Coughlin’s comments, the NFLPA tweeted out a statement from president Eric Winston, not specifically addressed to Coughlin or referencing Coughlin’s comments, but with the message, “Since there seems to [be] some confusion over what a voluntary workout actually means…#NFLPA President @ericwinston.”

Winston’s statement read:

“Our CBA definition of voluntary is the same as the actual definition and prohibits anyone from threatening players to participate in voluntary workouts. This is precisely the reason players negotiated strict work rules and bright lines when it comes to offseason activities. We know, from experience, that not all coaches and executives will adhere to them and we always pursue any violations to protect our rules.”

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Ireland’s Lowry leads by one at RBC Heritage

Ireland's Lowry leads by one at RBC Heritage

Ireland’s Lowry leads by one at RBC Heritage

Ireland’s Shane Lowry shot a bogey-free round of 6-under-par 65 on Thursday to claim a one-shot lead after the first round of the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C.

Playing in the morning wave, Lowry birdied four holes during a seven-hole stretch at Harbour Town GL and no one was able to catch him.

Americans Daniel Berger, Luke List, Ryan Moore, Trey Mullinax and Ryan Palmer are one shot back at 5 under, with another group of eight players that includes 18th-ranked Patrick Cantlay another shot off the pace.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is tied for 15th at 3-under par, with his 68 on Thursday his lowest career opening round in the event. Johnson said he drove the ball well all day in posting four birdies, with his lone blemish a three-putt bogey on the par-3 seventh hole.

“It was a really solid day,” Johnson, who reclaimed the No. 1 spot after tying for second at last week’s Masters, told reporters. “I was in position all day. I drove it nicely, hit some good iron shots. The wind is always a little tricky around here.

“The only bogey I made I missed a short putt there on 7. Other than that, I felt like I gave myself a chance all day.”

FedEx Cup leader Matt Kuchar is tie for 27th at 2 under, along with Zach Johnson and a host of others. They are a shot ahead of Bryson DeChambeau and England’s Ian Poulter, and two shots better than Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele, who was part of that tie for second at the Masters.

Italy’s Francesco Molinari, coming off his disappointing final round at Augusta National, struggled to a 3-over 74 and is tied for 111th.

Dustin Johnson will go out in the morning wave on Friday, when winds are expected to blow between 25-35 mph with rain also in the forecast as the day progresses.

“The weather is going to be here in the morning,” he told reporters. “It’s supposed to blow all day tomorrow. So, yeah, it’s going to be difficult. This golf course is tough enough as it is. Just add wind blowing 30 – it’s going to make it a little bit tougher.

“Just shooting a decent score tomorrow is going to be really, really important.”

NOTES: Five-time event champion Davis Love III withdrew after leaving Wednesday’s pro-am for the birth of his third grandchild. He was replaced by Scott Langley, who is 3 under. … England’s Luke Donald, a five-time runner-up at Harbour Town, is tied for 39th at 1 under. … Defending champion Satoshi Kodaira of Japan is tied for 93rd after shooting a 2-over 73, same as South Korea’s Si Woo Kim, whom Kodaira defeated in a playoff last year.

–Field Level Media

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Cards QB Rosen calls situation ‘annoying’ but respects ‘higher-ups’

Cards QB Rosen calls situation 'annoying' but respects 'higher-ups'

Arizona Cardinals quarterback

Cards QB Rosen calls situation ‘annoying’ but respects ‘higher-ups’

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen spoke publicly for the first time about the limbo he finds himself in with the team that drafted him last year, telling SI TV that it’s “annoying” but that he “definitely understands the situation.”

The Cardinals hold the No. 1 pick in next week’s NFL Draft and speculation is rampant that the team, with new coach Kliff Kingsbury at the helm, will select former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray.

“I definitely understand the situation,” Rosen told SI TV. “I mean, it’s annoying but, like, it is what it is. Football’s a business, and I definitely respect the higher-ups and their decisions. … Whatever decisions are made, it’s my duty to prove them right if they keep me, and prove them wrong if they ship me off.”

The Cardinals went 3-13 last year under former coach Steve Wilks. Rosen started 13 games and passed for 2,278 yards, throwing for 11 touchdowns against 14 interceptions in his rookie season.

“I think the season went as poorly as it could possibly go,” Rosen said in the clip provided by SI. “We won three games and each one of those wins, to me, it felt like we won the Super Bowl. That feeling is so intoxicating and that’s why I want nothing more than to be a part of a team next year and have the same opportunities to go out and compete.”

Rosen was conspicuous in his omission from the Cardinals’ hype video — save for a brief shot of him 56 seconds in — released Thursday along with a 2019 promotional calendar.

–Field Level Media

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Johnson, Fowler commit to inaugural Detroit tourney

Johnson, Fowler commit to inaugural Detroit tourney

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Johnson, Fowler commit to inaugural Detroit tourney

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Rickie Fowler both committed Thursday to play in the first ever PGA Tour event in Detroit this June.

Johnson and Fowler, currently ranked 10th in the world, join a field that includes two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and 2016 PGA Championship winner Jimmy Walker.

The Rocket Mortgage Classic will be held at the Detroit Golf Club from June 27-30. The course was designed by Donald Ross and has been a fixture in Detroit for more than 100 years.

In other PGA Tour news, viral sensation Hosung Choi has received a sponsor’s exemption and will play in the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill., on July 10-14. Choi was invited to the Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year but missed the cut.

–Field Level Media

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Redskins, Ioannidis agree to $21.75M extension

Redskins, Ioannidis agree to $21.75M extension

Redskins, Ioannidis agree to $21.75M extension

Washington Redskins defensive end Matt Ioannidis agreed to a three-year extension worth $21.75 million on Thursday, NFL Network reported.

Ioannidis was drafted 152nd overall in 2016 out of Temple and was entering the final year of his rookie contract.

In 38 career games, Ioannidis has 19 starts and 12.0 sacks, including 7.5 last season.

–Field Level Media

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Report: Panthers restructure Kuechly’s contract, create $7M in cap space

Report: Panthers restructure Kuechly’s contract, create $7M in cap space

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Report: Panthers restructure Kuechly’s contract, create $7M in cap space

The Carolina Panthers restructured the contract of star linebacker Luke Kuechly to free up more than $7 million in cap space, ESPN reported Thursday.

The Panthers converted $9.05 million of Kuechly’s 2019 salary into a bonus, a move that gives the cap-strapped club an additional $7.24 million to play with one week ahead of the NFL Draft, according to the report. The Panthers had just $1.34 million in cap space prior to the restructure.

It’s the second consecutive year the Panthers have given Kuechly upfront money. The 28-year-old linebacker is coming off his fifth first team All-Pro bid.

Kuechly posted 130 tackles – including a career-high 20 for loss – last year to go with two sacks and an interception in 16 games.

Kuechly has made the Pro Bowl the past six seasons.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Defending champion Patriots open against Steelers

NFL notebook: Defending champion Patriots open against Steelers

The New England Patriots will

NFL notebook: Defending champion Patriots open against Steelers

The New England Patriots will open the defense of their Super Bowl LIII title against the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 1, the NFL announced in its unveiling of the 2019 schedule.

The league announced in late March that the opening game of the season would pit the Green Bay Packers at the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5. The defending Super Bowl champion normally opens the season with a home game on Thursday night, but the NFL wanted to feature its oldest rivalry to open its 100th season, which bumped New England to Sunday night, Sept. 8.

The Patriots will also be in prime time on Oct. 10 vs. the New York Giants (Thursday night), Oct. 21 at the New York Jets (Monday night), Nov. 3 at the Baltimore Ravens (Sunday night) and Dec. 1 at the Houston Texans (Sunday night), with a Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 home meeting with the Buffalo Bills as a possible flex option to Saturday night in prime time.

Joining the Patriots with five scheduled prime-time games are the Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, who have three in a row from Nov. 24-Dec. 8. The Cleveland Browns have four, plus several games that could be flexed later in the season, as do the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.

–Fresh off receiving the richest deal in NFL history, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson declared he wants to “be a Seahawk for life.”

“My goal is to play 20 years, so I would be 43ish around then,” said Wilson, who was born in 1988. “So, that would be my goal to be honest with you, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

The next five years are taken care of after Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million extension on Tuesday afternoon. He received a $65 million signing bonus and is signed with the Seahawks through the 2023 season.

–A Florida judge issued a temporary protective order Wednesday halting the impending release of videos allegedly showing Patriots owner Robert Kraft soliciting prostitution at a massage parlor.

Judge Joseph Marx scheduled a hearing for April 29 to rule on whether police surveillance videos of Kraft and 24 other men from the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla., will be released.

Kraft has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution following two January visits to the spa. He has pleaded not guilty and is requesting a jury trial.

–Recently retired Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dented the team’s newest Lombardi Trophy by “bunting” a pitch from teammate Julian Edelman before the Boston Red Sox’s Opening Day game at Fenway Park last week.

As detailed in a story and video on the team’s website, the incident happened as a portion of the team was preparing to throw out the first pitch on April 9, a little over two months after the Patriots’ triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

As a warm-up pitch approached, Gronkowski squared and used the “bat” to bunt, making square contact with the back of the football shape atop the trophy. A loud clank can be heard on the video as the ball hits and bounces back toward the mound, followed by a bunch of players howling — some in laughter, others in surprise.

–The Miami Dolphins do not plan to trade safety Reshad Jones, general manager Chris Grier said.

Jones skipped the first two days of the Dolphins’ volunteer workouts, which prompted speculation that he might be moved. He is due to earn $13 million, including $11 million in guarantees, with Miami this season.

“I haven’t given him permission to seek a trade,” Grier said in comments published by the Miami Herald. “He doesn’t want a trade. At least he has not informed me. Yeah, Reshad is going to be here.”

–The Seattle Seahawks hosted former Los Angeles Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget and former Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Al Woods on a visit to the team facility, according to a report from ESPN.

The Seahawks also hosted Allen Bailey, a free-agent defensive end who last played for the Kansas City Chiefs.

–Field Level Media

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Patriots’ Gronkowski dented Lombardi by ‘bunting’ baseball

Patriots' Gronkowski dented Lombardi by 'bunting' baseball

Patriots’ Gronkowski dented Lombardi by ‘bunting’ baseball

Recently retired New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dented the team’s newest Lombardi Trophy by “bunting” a pitch from teammate Julian Edelman before the Boston Red Sox’s Opening Day game at Fenway Park last week.

As detailed in a story and video on the team’s website, the incident happened as a portion of the team was preparing to throw out the first pitch on April 9, a little over two months after the Patriots’ triumph over the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII.

A few players, including Edelman and Gronkowski, were throwing warm-up pitches in a tented area before the game when Gronkowski grabbed the trophy like a bat and stood with it in a batters’ stance, waiting on a pitch from Edelman.

“I say to myself, ‘Certainly that’s just Rob having some fun. He would never hit the ball with that,'” Patriots special teams ace Matthew Slater recalled to the team’s website.

As the pitch approached, Gronkowski squared and used the “bat” to bunt, making square contact with the back of the football shape atop the trophy. A loud clank can be heard on the video as the ball hits and bounces back toward the mound, followed by a bunch of players howling — some in laughter, others in surprise.

“It sounded exactly what you think a baseball hitting the Lombardi Trophy would sound like,” offensive lineman Ted Karras said.

Executive vice president of media relations Stacey James told ESPN that the team will “keep the dent and tell the story” for now, although it could be fixed in the future.

The trophy is the sixth in franchise history, all of which have been won since February 2002. Many Super Bowl-winning teams have replica trophies for use at public events while keeping the originals under lock and key, but the dented trophy is apparently the original from Super Bowl LIII.

Long known for his rambunctious personality, the 29-year-old Gronkowski announced his retirement in late March after nine NFL seasons.

–Field Level Media

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Seahawks QB Wilson plans on playing 20 seasons

Seahawks QB Wilson plans on playing 20 seasons

Seahawks QB Wilson plans on playing 20 seasons

Fresh off receiving the richest deal in NFL history, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson declared that he wants to “be a Seahawk for life.”

He also vowed at Wednesday’s press conference that he wants to play through the 2031 season.

“My goal is to play 20 years, so I would be 43ish around then,” said Wilson, who was born in 1988. “So, that would be my goal to be honest with you, and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”

The next five years are taken care of after Wilson signed a four-year, $140 million extension on Tuesday afternoon. He received a $65 million signing bonus and is signed with the Seahawks through the 2023 season.

Though Wilson placed an April 15 deadline for getting a deal done, he said he never wanted to play anywhere other than Seattle.

“For me, for my family, we love Seattle, and it’s the place I want to be,” Wilson said. “I’ve always wanted to be here. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever. This helps solidify that. I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do — we’ve got more Super Bowls to win. I’m excited about that.”

The 30-year-old Wilson has passed for 25,624 yards, 196 touchdowns and only 63 interceptions in 112 NFL games, never missing a start. The five-time Pro Bowler threw a franchise-best 35 touchdown passes last season against just seven interceptions, matching his career low.

Wilson has guided Seattle to the playoffs in six of his seven seasons. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII following the 2013 season and lost to the New England Patriots in the big game the next season.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll is well aware of the team’s 75-36-1 regular-season record during the Wilson era and is pleased to see it continue.

“Russ has been a huge factor in everything that has happened, and this allows us to stay on track with continuing to push to find that consistency,” Carroll said. “Russell is a unique player, a unique competitor. It’s rare the way he’s just so consistently connected to competing and battling. To keep that factor as part of the program is just a real positive for our fans and for everyone. We’re all fortunate to see this happen.”

The former third-round pick still feels plenty of motivation … partly because of that “third-round pick” label.

Wilson has never forgotten that 74 players were chosen before him in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the sixth quarterback selected behind Andrew Luck (No. 1 overall), Robert Griffin III (No. 2), Ryan Tannehill (No. 8), Brandon Weeden (No. 22) and Brock Osweiler (No. 57).

“I was going to make the 31 other teams regret it, and that was my mentality, and still is today,” Wilson said. “I’ve just been fortunate — been very, very fortunate — and blessed to be with great teammates, a great culture here, a great organization. There’s no better place than here, and obviously a great city with amazing fans. The best fans in the world, so it’s a special thing.”

–Field Level Media

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Take 5: Can’t-miss NFL games in 2019

Take 5: Can't-miss NFL games in 2019

Take 5: Can’t-miss NFL games in 2019

The NFL’s schedule release is like Christmas morning — that is, if after unwrapping all of your gifts, you sat and stared at them for 4 1/2 months before unboxing the goods.

With Wednesday night’s unveiling, we can finally start circling the calendar, counting the days and drooling over the best 2019 battles to come.

You don’t need me to tell you to watch the rematches of last season’s conference championships — Saints at Rams in Week 2, Chiefs at Patriots in Week 14 — but here are a few others you absolutely should not miss.

1. Patriots at Eagles — Week 11, Sunday, Nov. 17

Not only is this a rematch of Super Bowl LII, a battle of the last two Super Bowl winners and the first meeting between Tom Brady and Carson Wentz, but it’s also the next installment of a very strange head-to-head history.

These teams have faced each other just 14 times total, with two of those coming in the Super Bowl. The five meetings since 2003 have pitted Brady against five different quarterbacks, with very odd results.

Brady outlasted Donovan McNabb in Super Bowl XXXIX but needed a fourth-quarter rally to keep 2007’s perfect season alive against A.J. Feeley, of all people. The Patriots rallied from a 10-0 deficit to beat Vince Young (!) and the “Dream Team” Eagles in 2011, then blew a 14-0 lead at home to Sam Bradford, Chip Kelly & Co. in 2015, as Philadelphia scored three non-offensive touchdowns.

Of course, Nick Foles & Co. won Super Bowl LII — which featured the most combined yards (1,151) in a game in NFL history — despite Brady throwing for 505 yards and the Patriots never punting.

The star power at quarterback is reason enough to watch. The possibility of something strange happening only makes it more fascinating.

2. Colts at Chiefs — Week 5, Sunday night, Oct. 6

This game is a rematch from January’s divisional playoffs. Let’s also hope it’s the second of many installments in a Patrick Mahomes vs. Andrew Luck rivalry.

When Father Time eventually ousts Brady in a 12-round split decision, not only will there be a superstar vacuum to fill, but the battle for AFC supremacy will be more open than it’s been in two decades. These two quarterbacks (ahem … Baker Mayfield and Deshaun Watson also would like a word) are the most likely future rulers of the conference. We can only hope Mahomes vs. Luck becomes a rivalry half as historic as Manning vs. Brady.

As for meeting No. 2, the Colts should be awfully dangerous. Luck is further removed from his lost 2017 season, and a coaching staff that was duct-taped together on the fly last January (thanks, Josh McDaniels) has had another year to jell after an outstanding debut season. With former Chiefs pass rusher Justin Houston aboard and Chris Ballard’s war chest of draft picks, Indy’s defense should make major strides under rising coordinator Matt Eberflus.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, have a ton to prove despite an excellent 2018 campaign. Almost no offense that reached the level they did last season has been able to sustain it year after year, while the defense lost Dee Ford and Eric Berry in addition to Houston.

3. Rams at Browns — Week 3, Sunday night, Sept. 22

This will be the Browns’ first time hosting a non-Thursday night prime-time game since 2015, and their first time hosting a Sunday night game since — amazingly — 2008.

It’s easy to forget because they’ve had so little to cheer for in ages, but Cleveland fans are among the most devoted in football. With the Browns’ expectations suddenly pointing skyward, FirstEnergy Stadium will be electric when the reigning NFC champions come to town.

Freddie Kitchens and Mayfield will try to break down Wade Phillips’ scheme while hoping Joel Bitonio & Co. can hold up long enough against reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. On the back end, the team that tried to trade for Odell Beckham Jr. last offseason will be tasked with slowing him down, likely with heavy doses of Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters.

Meanwhile, Steve Wilks’ defense faces one of its toughest tests of the season against Sean McVay, as freakish young star Myles Garrett battles crafty veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth to get to Jared Goff.

4. Cowboys at Saints — Week 4, Sunday night, Sept. 29

This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but last year’s Thursday night meeting in Week 13 at Dallas was like a bar-room brawl you couldn’t turn away from. The Cowboys’ defense, led by blossoming star linebackers Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch, battered the previously red-hot Saints offense and delivered the first major blow to Drew Brees’ MVP candidacy.

New Orleans getting robbed of a Super Bowl LIII appearance overshadowed a suspect finishing stretch from Brees, who averaged just 6.7 yards per attempt with seven touchdowns and five interceptions from Week 13 through the postseason. No one is arguing he’s washed up, but when the end arrives for quarterbacks, it does so swiftly and with little warning.

Jared Cook gives Brees his most dynamic tight end since Jimmy Graham was traded in 2015, but trusted center Max Unger retired, and Mark Ingram is also gone. The Week 4 rematch with Dallas’ defense should be an excellent barometer for where Brees stands early in his 19th NFL season.

5. Vikings at Chiefs — Week 9, Sunday, Nov. 3

It’s easy to overlook Minnesota after 2018 went sideways, but the Vikings still have one of the NFL’s best rosters. If they can piece together a respectable offensive line, they could be a juggernaut.

Most fascinating in this battle is the clash of Andy Reid’s offense and Mike Zimmer’s defense. Zimmer’s unit dictates terms to opposing offenses more than any other NFL defense, using a terrifying front four, finely tuned coverage rotations and a litany of blitzes to punish opposing quarterbacks.

But trying to dictate to the Chiefs’ offense is dangerous because Reid has so many answers. He routinely creates six- and even five-man boxes to run against through spread formations and packaged plays. He also feasts on zone coverage by getting Tyreek Hill inside against linebackers and safeties.

There should be fireworks against Zimmer’s aggressive, flat-footed zones, but Harrison Smith & Co. should also force Mahomes into a few turnovers.

–David DeChant, Field Level Media

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NFL schedule release: Pats open on SNF vs. Steelers

NFL schedule release: Pats open on SNF vs. Steelers

NFL schedule release: Pats open on SNF vs. Steelers

The New England Patriots will open the defense of their Super Bowl LIII title against the Pittsburgh Steelers on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 1, the NFL announced in its unveiling of the 2019 schedule.

The league announced in late March that the opening game of the season would pit the Green Bay Packers at the Chicago Bears on Thursday, Sept. 5. The defending Super Bowl champion normally opens the season with a home game on Thursday night, but the NFL wanted to feature its oldest rivalry to open its 100th season, which bumped New England to Sunday night, Sept. 8.

The Patriots will also be in prime time on Oct. 10 vs. the New York Giants (Thursday night), Oct. 21 at the New York Jets (Monday night), Nov. 3 at the Baltimore Ravens (Sunday night) and Dec. 1 at the Houston Texans (Sunday night), with a Dec. 21 or Dec. 22 home meeting with the Buffalo Bills as a possible flex option to Saturday night in prime time.

The other prime-time games in Week 1 will be the Texans at the New Orleans Saints and the Denver Broncos at the Oakland Raiders in a “Monday Night Football” doubleheader on Sept. 9.

Joining the Patriots with five scheduled prime-time games are the Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, who have three in a row from Nov. 24-Dec. 8. The Cleveland Browns have four, plus several games that could be flexed later in the season, as do the Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans.

The Thanksgiving Day games, Nov. 28, will feature the Bears at the Detroit Lions, the Bills at the Cowboys and the Saints at the Atlanta Falcons, the third straight year the NFC South rivals will meet on the night of Thanksgiving. With Christmas Day falling on a Wednesday, there will be no Dec. 24 or Dec. 25 games this season, but the Packers will visit the Vikings on “Monday Night Football” on Dec. 23.

Among the most prominent “revenge” games on the slate: Le’Veon Bell and the Jets will host the Steelers on Dec. 22; Kirk Cousins and the Vikings will host the Washington Redskins on “Thursday Night Football” on Oct. 24; and Earl Thomas and the Ravens will visit the Seahawks on Oct. 20.

–Field Level Media

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Full 2019 NFL schedule by week

Full 2019 NFL schedule by week

Full 2019 NFL schedule by week

Full 2019 NFL schedule by week (all times local)

WEEK 1

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears (Thu)# 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Buffalo Bills at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Detroit Lions at Arizona Cardinals 1:25p (MST) 4:25p FOX

New York Giants at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 09, 2019

Houston Texans at New Orleans Saints (Mon) 6:10p (CT) 7:10p ESPN

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders (Mon) 7:20p (PT) 10:20p ESPN

WEEK 2

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Arizona Cardinals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Chicago Bears at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 16, 2019

Cleveland Browns at New York Jets (Mon)# 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 3

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NFLN

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at Dallas Cowboys# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Oakland Raiders at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

New York Giants at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Houston Texans at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 23, 2019

Chicago Bears at Washington Redskins (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 4

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Philadelphia Eagles at Green Bay Packers (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Tennessee Titans at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Miami Dolphins# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears 3:25p (CT) 4:25p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 5

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Seahawks (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Chicago Bears at Oakland Raiders (London) 6:00p (BST) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 07, 2019

Cleveland Browns at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 6

Thursday, October 10, 2019

New York Giants at New England Patriots (Thu)# 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN

Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New Orleans Saints at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Los Angeles Rams 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New York Jets 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 14, 2019

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 7

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos (Thu) 6:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Los Angeles Rams at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Tennessee Titans 3:05p (CT) 4:05p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Chicago Bears 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 21, 2019

New England Patriots at New York Jets (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 8

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Washington Redskins at Minnesota Vikings (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Seattle Seahawks at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Philadelphia Eagles at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Giants at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Los Angeles Rams (London) 5:00p (BST) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Denver Broncos at Indianapolis Colts 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Cleveland Browns at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs# 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, October 28, 2019

Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 9

Thursday, October 31, 2019

San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MST) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 03, 2019

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars (London) 2:30p (BST) 9:30a NFLN

Washington Redskins at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Indianapolis Colts at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Oakland Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Green Bay Packers at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 04, 2019

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 10

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders (Thu) 5:20p (PT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Detroit Lions at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Baltimore Ravens at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at New Orleans Saints# 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Giants at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at Indianapolis Colts 4:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 11, 2019

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 11

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Houston Texans at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Denver Broncos at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New York Jets at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Philadelphia Eagles# 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 18, 2019

Kansas City Chiefs at Los Angeles Chargers (Mexico) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 12

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Giants at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at New York Jets# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars at Tennessee Titans 3:05p (ET) 4:05p CBS

Dallas Cowboys at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, November 25, 2019

Baltimore Ravens at Los Angeles Rams (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 13

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions (Thanksgiving) 12:30p (ET) 12:30p FOX

Buffalo Bills at Dallas Cowboys (Thanksgiving) 3:30p (CT) 4:30p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons (Thanksgiving) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Sunday, December 01, 2019

San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MST) 4:05p FOX

Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

New England Patriots at Houston Texans 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 02, 2019

Minnesota Vikings at Seattle Seahawks (Mon) 5:15p (PT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 14

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears (Thu) 7:20p (CT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns# 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals 2:25p (MST) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots 4:25p (ET) 4:25p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Oakland Raiders 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 09, 2019

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles (Mon) 8:15p (ET) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 15

Thursday, December 12, 2019

New York Jets at Baltimore Ravens (Thu) 8:20p (ET) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/Amazon*

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Miami Dolphins at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals 2:05p (MST) 4:05p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Oakland Raiders 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Dallas Cowboys 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at San Francisco 49ers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers 5:20p (PT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 16, 2019

Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints (Mon)# 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 16

Saturday, December 21, 2019

FLEX 1:00p NFLN

FLEX 4:30p NFLN

FLEX 8:15p NFLN

Network, Date (Saturday or Sunday) & Time TBD

Detroit Lions at Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders at Los Angeles Chargers#

Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots

Los Angeles Rams at San Francisco 49ers

Houston Texans at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Jacksonville Jaguars at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Tennessee Titans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

New York Giants at Washington Redskins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25p (ET) 4:25p FOX

Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC

Monday, December 23, 2019

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

WEEK 17

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New York Jets at Buffalo Bills 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Indianapolis Colts at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs 12:00p (CT) 1:00p CBS

Chicago Bears at Minnesota Vikings 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at New York Giants 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Oakland Raiders at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p CBS

Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p FOX

* NFL Network and Amazon simulcast subject to change

#NFL 100 Game of the Week (Week 17 TBD)

–Field Level Media

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AAF files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

AAF files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The Alliance of

AAF files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

The Alliance of American Football filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Wednesday, 15 days after the folding of the eight-team league.

The AAF filed the bankruptcy paperwork with the Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio.

Filings show the league listed $11.4 million in assets and $48.4 million in liabilities.

“The AAF is committed to ensuring that our bankruptcy proceeds in an efficient and orderly manner,” the league said in a statement. “Pursuant to the bankruptcy laws, a trustee will be empowered to resolve all matters related to the AAF’s remaining assets and liabilities, including ongoing matters related to player contracts.”

The AAF suspended operations eight weeks into a 10-game schedule. AAF majority owner Tom Dundon, who also owns the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes, made the call despite the protests of league co-founder Bill Polian. Television/film producer Charlie Ebersol was the other co-founder.

“We are deeply disappointed to be taking this action,” the league said in Wednesday’s bankruptcy statement. “The AAF was created to be a dynamic, developmental professional football league powered by an unprecedented alliance between players, fans and the game. The AAF strove to create new opportunities for talented players, coaches, executives and officials while providing an exciting experience for fans. We are proud of the fact that our teams and players delivered on that goal.”

The AAF’s teams were the Atlanta Legends, Birmingham Iron, Memphis Express, Orlando Apollos, Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders and San Diego Fleet.

–Field Level Media

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Florida prosecutors say they’ll release Kraft videos

Florida prosecutors say they'll release Kraft videos

Florida prosecutors say they’ll release Kraft videos

Florida prosecutors on Wednesday said they intend to release videos that allegedly show New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and other men engaged in sexual acts at a massage parlor because they are required to by state law.

In court documents filed by the Palm Beach County state’s attorney’s office, which were obtained by The Boston Globe, prosecutors said they “cannot delay the release of records to allow a person to raise a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents. The Public Records Act does not allow a custodian to delay the production of records to allow the resolution of a constitutional challenge to the release of the documents.”

No timetable was given for the release.

Kraft has been charged with two counts of soliciting prostitution following two January visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla.

The 77-year-old billionaire’s defense team has argued in court against the release of the videos.

“It’s basically pornography,” William Burck, one of Kraft’s attorneys, said in court Friday. Burck said release of the videos would result in “catastrophic” harm for Kraft and that “the public’s interest in seeing this video is all about prurient interest.”

Kraft’s lawyers filed an emergency motion Wednesday to “oppose the State’s intended disclosure” of the videos, CNBC reported.

Several media groups also have requested the videos’ release.

“The public now has a right of access to them,” Diane Schulman, an attorney for the media groups said, adding concerns about embarrassment and publicity are not justifiable reasons to seal the videos under Florida law.

–Field Level Media

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Boom or bust? QB Murray leads list of 10 risky picks

Boom or bust? QB Murray leads list of 10 risky picks

Boom or bust? QB Murray leads list of 10 risky picks

NFL scouting departments fight to find hidden gems in the late rounds and undrafted free agency. But striking out on top picks often determines whether a team succeeds or fails.

Teams cannot avoid risky players entirely.

Obviously, every player comes with some degree of risk. Going from college to pro is a projection game for scouts and general managers. No player is going to be asked to mirror the role he played in college and the leap in competition is incredibly steep. As informative as the athletic, psychological and medical testing performed at the Combine can be, there is no exact, scientific predictor which players will work even harder after depositing their first NFL paycheck.

This top 10 list of the biggest boom-or-bust prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft zeroes in on a handful of prominent prospects, but the rundown could be all-encompassing.

In each case, the prospect could blossom into the coveted All-Pro who makes an immediate impact and turns your favorite team into a Super Bowl contender. Or, in many cases, the same players could be colossal busts, the kind of failure that results in a reset at the position in just a few years – quite possibly a new general manager, too.

Players are listed in their projected order of selection.

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma, first round: There is no greater boom-or-bust prospect in the 2019 draft. His talent is undeniable and at no time in NFL history has the league been more accommodating to a dual-threat quarterback. Yet, I’ve always been leery of quarterbacks who were only successful for one year at the major college level, were protected by a phenomenal offensive line, threw to future NFL star wide receivers and were aided by an innovative play-caller. Murray checks every one of those boxes.

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU, first round: Williams is an exceptional athletic talent worthy of being selected in the top 10 – so was Justin Gilbert (Oklahoma State, Cleveland Browns). The problem? Williams didn’t show NFL production and very little in terms of technical progress in his two starting seasons at LSU. His lack of competitiveness in run support last season is troubling. Talent is there, but it would not shock me to see Williams fall out of the first round entirely.

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson, first round: Full disclosure, I’m higher on Ferrell than most. His size, physicality and use of hands all translate well to the next level. But edge rushers get drafted in the top 10 or earn Pro Bowl nods based on their ability to affect the quarterback and Ferrell simply does not possess the quick-twitch explosiveness to consistently threaten NFL offensive tackles with his speed. I have a hard time imagining a player with his size, competitiveness and production falling too far on draft day. Some wonder if he’s a bit of a “parasite player,” who fed off attention opponents gave Clemson’s stud defensive tackles.

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi, first round: The team that hits on Metcalf could have the second coming of Calvin Johnson, who some forget was also very much a boom-bust prospect when he left Georgia Tech’s triple option offense. Of course, Johnson became one of the most dominant forces in NFL history. For all of Metcalf’s exceptional abilities, his lack of the most important one – durability – is frightening.

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington, first round: Murphy, too, struggled with durability over his short college career, a fact made more disconcerting given his physical playing style. Scouts are aware that recent former Washington cornerbacks have largely struggled to play with the same effectiveness in the NFL after leaving DB guru Jimmy Lake and the Huskies. And as any redshirt sophomore, Murphy has to convince scouts that he has the maturity to handle the responsibilities of the NFL – a concern only enflamed with his post-Combine decision to switch agents.

Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State, first round: Dillard is an easy first-round talent from an athletic perspective. He possesses the best feet of any offensive lineman in this draft, which translates beautifully to a pass blocking offense, like the one he played in with the Cougars. Few NFL teams rely on passing the ball as much as Mike Leach; I was stunned Dillard labored significantly during a relatively easy positional workout at his Pro Day. He looked out of shape, raising questions about how seriously he is taking this process.

Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama, first-second round: Despite his exciting range and ball skills, no player has dropped further on my board than Thompson since the end of the college football regular season and that includes recently injured prospects Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State) and Kendall Sheffield (Ohio State). Thompson struggled on the field during the playoffs, especially the national championship game loss to Clemson. Thompson raised some eyebrows at the Combine by opting not to run or jump at the Combine due to a right wrist injury and two Pro Days later, he still has not run the 40-yard dash for scouts, leaving some questioning his competitiveness and true athleticism. Thompson comes with character red-flags following an April 25, 2017 charge of felony aggravated assault in which he and three former high school teammates allegedly beat a man severely.

Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State, second round: I am as intrigued by Butler’s exceptional height-weight-speed combination (6-5 3/8, 227, 4.48) as anyone and he does have some phenomenal one-handed catches to ascend to highlight reel royalty. Unfortunately, there are a fair number of two-handed drops that show up on the real tape, a significant counterbalance in the overall evaluation.

Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State, second-third round: There is no denying that in this below-average running back crop, Sanders’ prototypical 5-11, 211-pound frame, lateral agility and proven 4.4 speed stands out. Just as catching the ball is the single-most important component to playing wide receiver, hanging on to the ball is most important at running back. Given that he was only Penn State’s one season after backing up Saquon Barkley, the fact that Sanders fumbled the ball 10 times over his career (losing seven) is alarming.

Jachai Polite, DE/OLB, Florida, second-third round: Disappointing 40-yard dash times at the Combine (4.84) and his subsequent Pro Day (4.88-4.95) have generated a ton of negative publicity for Polite since the end of the season, when he notably led the country with seven forced fumbles. I believe 40-yard dash times for defensive linemen mean very little, especially for a player with Polite’s exceptional initial burst off the line. I am concerned that Polite’s slow times could mean that the poor conditioning which plagued his early career at Florida may be a lasting worry, raising plenty of questions about how hard he will work once those NFL game checks starting coming in.

–By Rob Rang, Field Level Media

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NFL puts dates on International Series games

NFL puts dates on International Series games

Five International Series games

NFL puts dates on International Series games

Five International Series games on the 2019 NFL schedule were assigned dates on Wednesday, including a primetime AFC West rivalry game in Mexico pitting the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers at Azteca Stadium.

The matchups for all five games, four of which are scheduled to be played in London, were announced by the NFL on Jan. 21.

The Chiefs-Chargers game is the final date on the International Series schedule, which opens Oct. 6 with the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders in a 1 p.m. ET game at Tottenham Stadium.

NFC South division foes are at Tottenham the following Sunday, when the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers square off in a 9:30 a.m. ET game (Oct. 13).

Play shifts to Wembley Stadium on Oct. 27 as the Cincinnati Bengals and NFC champion Los Angeles Rams meet (1 p.m. ET), and AFC South opponents — Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars — play Nov. 3 in a 9:30 a.m. ET contest.

The Rams were scheduled to play the Chiefs at Azteca Stadium last season, but that “Monday Night Football” game was moved to Los Angeles due to field conditions.

Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the Super Bowl in February that NFL officials are confident the game will be played in Mexico City this year.

–Field Level Media

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