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Defenderdawg : 3/15/2017 8:27 am

Kratch Giants salary cap space update: D.J. Fluker cap hit, latest projection

Raanan ESPN NY: Giants still have needs despite active start to free agency

OL Video Mailbag: How will Fluker impact O-Line?


Kratch Will Johnathan Hankins' market be catalyzed by Bennie Logan's move to Chiefs?


King MMQB: DeMarcus Ware: ‘I Can’t Let Passion Overrule My Sense’
In his first public comments since announcing his retirement, the former Bronco and Cowboy explains why he’s walking away from the NFL despite being healthy. Plus reader questions on Tony Romo, Tom Brady and more

Weinfuss ESPN AZ: Cardinals bolster pass-rush depth by agreeing with Jarvis Jones

Ledbetter AJC: Report: Falcons sign returner/receiver Roberts

McClure ESPN Atl: Dontari Poe might be out of Falcons' price range

Hensley ESPN Bal: Ravens failing to help Joe Flacco at receiver a huge head-scratcher

Rodak ESPN Buffalo: Tyrod Taylor's pay cut gives Bills chance to cut ties after 2017

Person Charlotte Observer: Carolina Panthers’ newest receiver makes his money through grit – and dirt, sand, gravel

Campbell Chicago Tribune: New Bears cornerback Marcus Cooper pens letter to fans

Dickerson ESPN Chicago: Prince Amukamara wants to avoid another interception-less season

LeGere Chicago Daily Herald: Chicago Bears, Barth officially agree to 1-year contract

Terrell ESPN Cin: Bengals lose Rex Burkhead to Patriots, could eye RBs in draft

Owczarski Cin Enquirer: Bengals reunite with former top pick, sign Andre Smith

Terrell ESPN Cin: Andre Smith's return to Bengals no substitute for free-agent linemen lost

Cabot Cleve Plain Dealer: Browns not expected to make a run at Kirk Cousins, but 3 other teams have and were shot down

Moore Dallas Morning News: What Ezekiel Elliott did is simply wrong, and his pattern of behavior indicates trouble ahead

Archer ESPN Dallas: Cowboys have deal with offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper

Dallas Morning News: Cowboys DE Charles Tapper: 'Right now I'm feeling better than I ever felt in my life'

Jhabalva Denver Post: Broncos address quarterbacks, Tony Romo speculation

Wolfe Denver Post: Broncos need to fill hole at LT, Vance Joseph says better coaching will help Donald Stephenson, OL

Mays The Ringer: In Praise of the Unassailable DeMarcus Ware

Klis 9News Denver: Domata Peko: The new Samson of the Broncos interior defense

Samuelsen Detroit Free Press: Detroit Lions GM Bob Quinn is killing it so far

Birkett Detroit Free Press: LB Paul Worrilow 'so dialed in' to help out Detroit Lions

Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein)
3/14/17, 5:44 PM
Jones, Lacy forced to sign prove-it deals. Packers could have paid it, but they’ll rely on multi-year rookie deals at OLB, CB, RB

Demovsky ESPN GB: Martellus Bennett had a unique way of describing how he'll get on the same page with his new quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. "I learned a lot from Tom [Brady] last year about how to communicate even better with the quarterback. And from Jon Kitna to Tony Romo to Eli [Manning] to [Jay] Cutler, I speak several different quarterback languages, so I've just got to learn which one speaks to Aaron."

Fittipaldo Pitt Post Gazette: On visit with Steelers, Davon House signs with Packers

Holder Ind Star: Can Margus Hunt be a late bloomer for Colts

DiRocco ESPN Jack: Guard market too high for Jaguars, who will address position in draft

Klemko MMQB: Calais Campbell: ‘The World Doesn’t See Jacksonville the Way I Do’

Kaye WLTV Jack: New Jaguars LB Audie Cole wants to 'take care of business' on special teams

Kaye WLTV Jack: Jaguars view safety Barry Church as a leader and an upgrade in the secondary

Paylor KC Star: Chiefs officially sign defensive tackle Bennie Logan to one-year contract

Krasovic UTSD: Weddle cheap-shots Chargers on Dunlap's release

Gonzalez ESPN LA: Rams 'expect big things' from tight end Tyler Higbee

Klein LA Times: Rams sign free-agent center Ryan Groy to two-year offer sheet

Klein LA Times: Rams and kicker Greg Zuerlein agree to terms on three-year contract

Salguero Miami Herald: Dolphins, Patriots taking different philosophical paths during free agency

Salguero Miami Herald: What to expect from Dontari Poe’s visit to the Miami Dolphins; PLUS a dark horse name who might be better

"Here’s another option: Why haven’t the Dolphins thought about Johnathan Hankins?
If you’re not familiar, he’s a free agent defensive tackle who started 16 games for the New York Giants last year. Unlike the Dolphins (30th in the NFL against the run) and Kansas City where Poe played (26th versus the run), the Giants actually were good at stopping the run last season. The Giants were tied with New England for third in the NFL against the run.
And Hankins was a good part of that.
Indeed, he played better than Poe, which is mind-numbing because everyone has this Poe, Poe, Poe obsession.
I’m not saying I’d pay Hankins $8 million per season, either. But I’d offer him the contract I outlined above before I would even pay for a Poe plane ticket.
The Giants, by the way, haven’t re-signed Hankins because they’re watching their cap pennies these days. Hankins hasn’t gone on two or three previous free agency recruiting trips that have been reported. That suggests there is no significant bidding to compete against.
Johnathan Hankins & gt; Dontari Poe assuming Hankins doesn’t bury people he’s killed as a hobby or something crazy like that.
Johnathan Hankins ... Wouldn’t be surprised if that name begins to circulate if/when Poe leaves."

Dolphins poke around on cornerbacks, mull outside linebacker issue

Tomasson Vikings have RB Latavius Murray visit to possibly replace Adrian Peterson

Tomasson TE Jared Cook arrives to go ‘fishing’ in free-agent visit with Vikings

Tomasson Datone Jones ‘hungry’ to sack Aaron Rodgers after leaving Packers for Vikings

Reiss ESPN Boston: Rex Burkhead described as 'perfect four-down' RB for Patriots utm_medium=twitter

Hanmerman Patriots Pulpit: 17 years of Patriots: Analyzing hand down DL trends under Bill Belichick

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
3/15/17, 6:03 AM
LB Dont'a Hightower is slated to make a call today: #Patriots, #Steelers or #Jets. Those involved expect he'll head home to NE. Stay tuned.

Reiss ESPN Boston: Patriots still in mix for Dont'a Hightower after visits with Jets, Steelers

Howe Boston Herald: Malcolm Butler begins in Bayou, but where does it go from there?

Reiss ESPN Boston: How Wes Welker's '07 Patriots arrival could foreshadow Malcolm Butler's departure

Triplett ESPN NO: New Saints WR Ted Ginn Jr.: Drew Brees can extend your career

Underhill NO Advocate: Saints might have the opportunity to significantly improve their defense

Katzenstein Multiple Saints players, led by Kenny Vaccaro, helped recruit new DE Alex Okafor

Larry Holder (@LarryHolder)
3/14/17, 11:29 AM
Saints aren't going to give up No. 11 for Malcolm Butler. So forget signing him to an RFA offer sheet. They'd work something else out w: NE

Cimini ESPN NY: Jets making all-out blitz for free-agent LB Dont'a Hightower

Tafur SF Chronicle: Cordarelle Patterson calls joining Raiders ‘blessing from skies’

Inman SJ Mercury News: Cordarrelle Patterson ready to return Raiders to playoffs

Gutierrez ESPN Oak: Marshall Newhouse: Protecting a QB like Derek Carr an O-lineman's goal

Morganti Phillyvoice: Carson Wentz makes the Eagles, at long last, a desirable destination again

Shorr-Parks 2017 NFL Draft: John Ross visits Eagles; Will they take him in first round?

Murphy Eagles prioritizing Wentz and offense, but what about the defense?

Fowler ESPN Pitt: Exactly one year after drug ban, Martavis Bryant awaits reinstatement

Bittner Pitt Post Gazette: Fed-up Steelers give Dont'a Hightower an ultimatum

Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers still have abundant salary-cap space, plenty of work to do

Barrows Sac Bee: 49ers notes: S.F. scouts on hand at San Jose State pro day

Cohen Seattle PI: Pete Carroll hopes Lacy, Joeckel energize Seahawks running game

Burke Seahawks make a pricey bet that Eddie Lacy can be their ground game's muscle

Condotta Seattle Times: Tight end Jared Cook left Seattle without a deal Tuesday and headed to Minnesota:

Kapadia ESPN Seattle: Why are Seahawks interested in Jared Cook when they have Jimmy Graham?

Condotta Seattle Times: As Earl Thomas takes step closer to returning, Seahawks also show interest in depth at safety utm_medium=social& utm_campaign=owned_buffer_sports

TAMPA BAY Buccaneers Sign LS Garrison Sanborn

Wolf The Tennessean: Titans add third player in last week with Super Bowl experience

Kuharsky ESPN Nash: New CB Logan Ryan seeks to lead Titans in 'CTOTTY'

Snider Wash Post: The Redskins have been frugal and practical in free agency

Keim ESPN Wash: Kirk Cousins: Contacted Dan Snyder to understand direction, not demand trade

Czarda After Playing For Rivals, Terrell McClain Ready To Make Impact With Redskins

Allen Wash Post: Sean Taylor’s rookie number ‘is in good hands’ with new Redskins safety D.J. Swearinger


Brugler CBS Sports: NFL Draft: Myles Garrett, Jonathan Allen, Malik Hooker headline top 100 prospects

Brugler CBS Sports: 2017 NFL Mock Draft: Browns, Cardinals, Texans, Chiefs roll the dice on QBs
"23. New York Giants
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama: The Giants have been able to find bargain-bin tight ends in recent draft classes, but the value of Howard at this point in the draft might be too enticing to pass up."

Prisco CBS Pete Prisco's Mock Draft: Mitchell Trubisky to the Texans? (Video)

Palazzolo PFF: Mock draft 5.0 is here, featuring a trade up by the New York Jets to nab their QB of the future.
"23. New York Giants
O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
This move is all about loading up on playmakers for the Giants’ offense. They already brought in former Jets WR Brandon Marshall to pair with Odell Beckham, Jr. and Sterling Shepard, and Howard adds a middle-of-the-field complement to the strong receiving corps. Howard wasn’t used often in the passing game at Alabama, but has the size and speed to stretch the seam; he averaged 7.1 yards after the catch per reception over the last three seasons." utm_medium=social& utm_campaign=nfl


Mike Mayock (@MikeMayock)
3/14/17, 3:52 PM
If you like Pitt QB Nate peterman- you need to check out penn QB torgerson..similar size and physical traits..very solid pro day- no combine

Edholm Yahoo Sports: Big Ten's leading receiver puts NFL combine snub behind him, turns in good pro day

Zenitz Behind the scenes of the NFL combine with Jonathan Allen


Edholm Yahoo Sports: NFL draft profile: No. 44 — Alabama LB Ryan Anderson, productive and smart playmaker

Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler)
3/15/17, 12:24 AM
Obviously we don't know where these guys will be drafted yet, but I'm confident #Michigan SS Delano Hill will out-play his draft position.


Finley Chicago Sun Times: Wary of CTE, ex-Bears LB Lance Briggs vows to keep brain sharp

Jones An NFL draft bust's new perspective: How Aaron Curry is putting lessons learned to good use


Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt)
3/14/17, 12:20 PM
Today is 50th anniversary of 1st AFL-NFL draft. 4 of top 8 from Michigan St, including top pick Bubba Smith. Record 8 HOFers from 1 draft

Giants Birthdays 3-15

Loaird McCreary TE W-Miami 1979 NYG 1979 3-15-1953
Bill Neill NT D5-Pittsburgh 1981 NYG 1981-1983 3-15-1959
Ruck Volk FS W-Baltimore 1976 NYG 1976 3-15-1945
Thanks Defenderdawg  
YANKEE28 : 3/15/2017 9:52 am : link
Interesting Giants note on your 49ers article about the San Jose State Pro Day yesterday:

The Jaguars, Falcons. Chiefs, Giants, Broncos and Colts were among the teams who sent scouts.

The standout may have been a fullback, Shane Smith, who set a school record with 36 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press and also had a vertical leap of 37 inches. Smith, who measured 6-1, 244 pounds, was Tyler Ervin’s lead blocker in 2015 when Ervin set the school’s rushing record with 1,601 yards. Smith also had a team-best 10 1/2-foot broad jump and ran his 40-yard dash in 4.77 seconds.

hitdog42 : 3/15/2017 5:52 pm : link
Let's go
Nice to see  
hitdog42 : 3/15/2017 5:56 pm : link
PEEJ : 3/15/2017 6:33 pm : link
something to share ?
RE: Jpp  
adamg : 3/15/2017 6:46 pm : link
In comment 13394433 hitdog42 said:
Let's go

Only 2 people picked up on this  
hitdog42 : 3/17/2017 11:44 am : link
Which is rare for how excited people get about things
RE: Only 2 people picked up on this  
est1986 : 3/17/2017 12:24 pm : link
In comment 13396501 hitdog42 said:
Which is rare for how excited people get about things

Been holding my breathe since u posted this, can exhale now.
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