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Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - AFC East 2019 NFL Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2018 NFL draft. Topics Include - the Bills get one of the best players in the draft in DT Ed Oliver, the Dolphins draft could come down to two players, what were the Jets thinking this year, some interesting names for the Patriots like RB Damien Harris, plus more! bumper: Metal Church - Youre No Friend of Mine
Footballguys Podcast - The Audible - NFC East 2019 NFL Draft RECAP
In This Episode: Cecil Lammey and Sigmund Bloom go through the picks in the 2018 NFL draft. Topics Include - what in the world was Giants GM Dave Gettleman thinking, Washington gets their quarterback of the future...and now...in Dwayne Haskins, the Cowboys make some good moves, the Eagles have a strong draft followed by some quality UDFAs, plus more! bumper: Limp Bizkit - Propoganda
Pierre-Paul will visit with neck specialists this week, according to Adam Schefter's sources, and likely will need surgery to repair the fractures in his neck. The Buccaneers are going to be in need of pass-rushing help if Pierre-Paul does miss the 2019 season due to this neck injury.
That sounds about right and most everyone (including the Cowboys) should have been expecting the number to be around $30 million annually. Prescott is in the final year of his rookie contract and we expect the Cowboys to get a deal done sometime before the start of the regular season. Fantasy GMs are currently taking Prescott off the board at QB23 (14.03) in 12-team PPR leagues.
Indianapolis Colts TE Eric Ebron said Tuesday, May 7, he is aiming for Rob Gronkowski's single-season tight end-record of 17 receiving touchdowns. 'I gotta go get 17,' said Ebron, who had 13 receiving TDs and one rushing score in 2018.
Fantasy GMs would welcome that number. Ebron failed to put things all together with the Lions, but his fresh start with the Colts last year was phenomenal. We're hoping to see a repeat of his top-5 performance in 2019.
New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead is trying a new approach this offseason after missing 14 of 32 regular-season games the past two seasons. 'You learn from your experiences from the past, and also from some of the older guys,' Burkhead said Tuesday, May 7. 'Like Matthew Slater, he's been in it for awhile now and how he takes care of his body. There are things. I remember my rookie year, I think I took one week off and then I was right back in it, hard core lifting right after the season. You learn that is not the best way to go about it. Your body takes time to recover, mentally, physically and there's some little things you can pick up too, whether that is yoga or pilates, things like that just to make sure your body is in the best shape possible. When you make it far you really have to stay on top of that, especially here, you understand your body is your temple and it's your line of work.'
Burkhead has talent and certainly is a player the Patriots can use effectively as a runner or receiving threat. If healthy, Burkhead has a chance to be a touchdown vulture working in a RBBC with Sony Michel and James White. We'll see if this new regiment keeps him on the right track with his health.
Jones has his struggles as a quarterback but the Giants are going to give him plenty of opportunity to be their franchise guy. If you hated the Jones pick, then this story is only going to make you smile (or infuriate you if you're a Giants fan). If you know Jones is a work in progress, then this story is just an interesting footnote. Only time will tell whether or not the Giants made a mistake with their no.6 overall pick.
He's about six months in his recovery and might garner some interest when we get closer to training camp. Bryant was with the Saints last year in practice when he tore his Achilles' and perhaps they would consider bringing him back if he is at full strength.
Harris is tiny, measuring in at 5'6" 170 pounds but he's got great foot frequency and can change direction without losing much speed. At Assumption College he was used on screen passes to turn them into long gains. He was also quite adept as a return man. It's a big leap from Assumption College to the NFL, but we'll see if Harris can make that jump.
Free-agent WR Rashard Davis signed an undisclosed contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, May 7. The Chiefs also waived WRs Andre Lindsey and Jamire Jordan as well as DBs Leon McQuay III and Dakari Monroe.
The Raiders just waived Davis on April 30th. Originally an undrafted free agent out of James Madison in 2017, Davis has spent time with the Raiders and the Eagles. He was on Philadelphia's practice squad when they won Super Bowl 52. We'll see if the speedy wide receiver and return man can do enough to earn a spot with the Chiefs.
Marshall began his career at Georgia Tech before winding up at James Madison. A 200-pound all-purpose back, Marshall rushed for 1,296 yards and 17 touchdowns over the last two seasons. He made some big plays running to the perimeter in college and will now try and translate his skill set to the pros.
Hall (5-11, 225), a 2019 UDFA out of out of the University of Pittsburgh, had signed with the Browns on May 3 and was waived on Monday. He's a big back who has good acceleration and burst in a straight line. Hall has a couple of moves (like a spin move) to create his own space, but he's not overly fast and takes too much time to change direction. In super crazy deep dynasty formats we'll monitor his pro career.
Marshall was originally undrafted out of Ohio State in 2016. He latched on with the Jets, primarily contributing on special teams. Marshall gets a shot with the Raiders now and their revamped WR corps. He's a long-shot to make the roster to be sure, but he could carry the momentum over he had from the AAF to an end-of-the-depth-chart spot in Oakland.
Philadelphia Eagles second-round WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside figures to be no better than the fourth receiver on the roster behind Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson and Nelson Agholor in 2019, which makes it unlikely he will play much outside of special teams as a rookie, according to Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
It's a little soon to be calling that, especially with Agholor as the third guy. That's a battle to watch in training camp. We'll see if the rookie can unseat the veteran, and until then we'll sit back and watch. Arcega-Whiteside doesn't get open with speed, but he does present a good target for his quarterback because of his guile and ability to haul in contested catches.
Kansas City Chiefs second-round WR Mecole Hardman got off to a rough start in rookie minicamp Saturday, May 4 - showing rawness in his routes, mishandling a couple of punts during individual return drills and dropping a couple catches off easy throws - but he was fielding punts cleanly and making difficult, leaping catches just over the goal line during red-zone drills by Monday, May 6, according to Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star.'Every day he got a little better. ... These routes are new to him. He did a nice job in the red zone, which normally is the toughest place to work, but he did extremely well there. He had a good finish,' head coach Andy Reid said.
This is a great sign for the young playmaker and the Chiefs offense. Who knows what in the world is going to happen to Tyreek Hill. The NFL may suspend him, the Chiefs may release him...or things could work out where Hill remains with the Chiefs and continues to shine on offense. Hardman is there as an insurance policy in case Hill is no longer with the team or suspended. The rookie from Georgia has a ton of speed and can get vertical in a hurry. Any piece of this offense, especially one with the talent of Hardman, should excite Fantasy GMs in any format.
Chicago Bears RB David Montgomery feels he can be an impact player catching balls out of the backfield. 'I'm very confident in myself as far as catching the ball,' Montgomery said. 'I think I catch the ball well. I played quarterback in high school, so I was catching the ball every play we ran out of the gun, so I got used to it over time.'
Montgomery is a steady runner who can use his instincts and guile to maximize yardage on most every carry. As a receiver out of the backfield, Montgomery does a good job of looking passes into his hands with his arms extended away from his body. We love Montgomery's skill set and ability to be a workhorse for a team, and that includes his ability to stay on the field all three downs.
Chicago Bears WR Riley Ridley was praised by head coach Matt Nagy for his work during the team's first minicamp practice on Friday, May 3. 'I thought he looked good, not a lot of mental errors,' Nagy said.
Ridley has an impressive skill set when it comes to the nuances of playing the WR position. He's not a burner, but Ridley knows how to tell a story with his routes and get open. Ridley has sure hands and was a bit of a touchdown hog for the Bulldogs in college. We're excited to see him with the Bears and will monitor his progress in dynasty formats.