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    Anthony Lynn has already done more shuffling to the Los Angeles Chargers offensive line over the first three weeks than most coaches do in a season. Unfortunately for Lynn, more changes might be in store as the Chargers prepare to face one of the league’s more aggressive defenses. Right tackle Bryan Bulaga and right guard Trai Turner did not practice Wednesday as the Chargers (1-2) began preparations for Sunday’s contest at Tampa Bay. Bulaga, who had already been dealing with a knee injury, left Sunday’s loss against Carolina due to back problems. Turner has missed two games due to a groin injury. Both were major acquisitions during the offseason. Turner came in a trade with Carolina while Bulaga was...
    New York Giants: What to expect from the offensive line moving forward By: Alexander Wilson ShareTweetFlipRedditContinuity, chemistry, cohesion, these are all words that describe what the New York Giants’ offensive line should be aiming for. So far, none of these descriptive words even closely represent the Giants’ front five. In fact, they’ve been so bad, they rank dead last in pass protection in the NFL, via PFF. Daniel Jones is one of the most pressured quarterbacks in the league for the second consecutive season, and the line is once again torturing their ability to succeed on offense. The Giants made sweeping changes to their coaching staff this past off-season, including hiring former Dallas...
    He likes it. No, not the performance. Not the production. Certainly not the results. But at least Marc Colombo, the Giants’ offensive line coach, likes the attitude of his group amid all the losing. “I love that they’re pissed off,’’ Colombo said Tuesday. “That’s the type of group we want. They came out and played physical. Again, it’s tough to play really physical in the passing game. We have to do better in the run. Period. That’s where we’re falling short right now. It’s going to alleviate a lot of stuff in the passing game. That’s something we have to do. We have to do it early. We can’t wait to crank it up.’’ That about sums it up. The...
    New York Giants: Offensive line motivated to improve against Rams in Week Three By: Anthony Rivardo ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants have been arguably the weakest unit on the team through its disappointing 0-3 start. After investing a fair amount of assets into the offensive line this offseason and acquiring one of the best positional coaches in the sport to guide them, the Giants’ offensive line appears to have somehow gotten worse in 2020. Quarterback Daniel Jones has been under pressure on 41.5% of his dropbacks in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. This is the third-highest rate in the NFL. PFF Also states that the Giants’ offensive line has recorded a 46.3 pass-block grade through...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Ravens game with Kansas City in Baltimore Monday night comes with the build-up as one of the biggest regular season games in team’s history. It’s only week three of the season, but the stakes are clear when two Super Bowl contenders clash. KANSAS CITY, MO – SEPTEMBER 22: Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens scrambles for a nine-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) It’s a big stage that some Ravens will step onto for the first time — prime time for the rookies. Will they be star-struck? Not likely. But even for the veterans,...
    Tom Cable was one of the most unpopular hires when Jon Gruden put his staff togther in 2018. The same Cable who got dumped by Al Davis as head coach when Hue Jackson fixed a sagging offense in 2010. The guy who was trashed by Davis in one of his more vindictive moments when the owner tried to restore the franchise as he battled health issues. An in-season rleplacement for Lane Kiffin, Cable was given the impossible task of making sure JaMarcus Russell was a worthy No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft. It’s not like Cable had a great reputation in Seattle as the line coach either, even though coach Pete Carroll swore by him....
    Khalil Mack knew how bad the New York Giants were on offense, and showed it with a great quote. The New York Giants were by no means lifeless against the Chicago Bears last week, as they managed to rally and put a Saquon Barkley injury behind them to fight their way back into the game. However, the Chicago Bears were not intimidated by Joe Judge, Daniel Jones, or this offense in the slightest, as they teed off on the Giants by blitzing them heavily. Superstar defensive end Khalil Mack went over to the sideline during yesterday’s game, a game in which he picked up his first sack of 2020, and he referred to this matchup as a “stat game”, implying...
    (WJZ)- It’s hard to find any fault with the Ravens performance through two weeks of the season. At 2-0 with decisive wins over the rival Browns and Houston Texans, John Harbaugh’s group is off to a strong start. But, if there has been one area of concern so far, it’s been the number of hits opposing defenses have gotten on quarterback Lamar Jackson. Through two games, the Ravens have given up six sacks, tied for 5th-most in the league with several other teams. Jackson has been hurried 10 times according to Pro Football Reference’s stats and while he’s largely avoided getting hit on those hurries, he’s been pressured on 26.7% of his dropbacks this season. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley told...
    The SEC football media has given us its preseason predictions, all-conference teams.SEC football is back in our lives and we have some preseason predictions to dissect. The SEC football media voted as it would have at SEC Media Days down in Atlanta had they been held in person. With the league’s season kicking off on Saturday, what better time than now to release it’s media poll and it’s all-conference teams. Will there be any surprises to what the media voted on this summer? Let’s find out who the media loves heading into the season. The SEC media is very high on Alabama, Florida and Georgia this year.SEC Preseason Media PollSEC East 1. Florida Gators (53) – 624 2. Georgia Bulldogs...
    Getty Former Raiders OL Jared Veldheer. Prior to Jack Del Rio‘s stint with the Raiders, the team struggled on the offensive line. They had a revolving door of draft picks and veterans that never seemed to stick. One of the draft picks they had success with was Jared Veldheer. The former third-rounder was one of the last draft picks made by the late Al Davis. After a solid nine-year career, Veldheer had a chance to sign with the Dallas Cowboys but decided to retire instead, according to ESPN’s Todd Archer. Veteran offensive tackle Jared Veldheer, who worked out for the Cowboys last week and was expected to sign with the team, has opted to retire, according to a...
    New York Giants: Offensive Line Showing No Signs Of Improvement In 2020 By: Anthony Rivardo ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants have had issues across their offensive line for years now. Entering the 2020 NFL season, the expectations were set higher for the Giants’ front line. New York invested heavily in their offensive line and upgraded the positional unit’s coach. But so far, these improvements have not shown up on the field. The Giants have gone up against two of the NFL’s best front-sevens in the first two weeks of the season. New York’s new offensive line has been given two extremely tough tasks to kickoff 2020. But the Giants’ “new & improved” line has not handled...
    Brandon Scherff is going to miss some time with an injury. Washington Football Team quarterback Dwayne Haskins has had some nice moments in his sophomore season, but he is still not putting up insane statistical numbers due to the fact his offensive line rarely lets deep passing plays develop down the field. Haskins‘ line is about to get much worse for the next month thanks to an injury to right guard Brandon Scherff. Scherff, who happens to be in the middle of a contract year, will miss the next three-to-five weeks with a knee sprain, per head coach Ron Rivera. This is exactly the opposite of what Washington needed ahead of their Week 3 game against the Cleveland Browns. https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/1308144476251213830Brandon...
    The Eagles look to bounce back after a disappointing Week 1 loss to Washington Carson Wentz became more familiar with the FedEx Field turf than his Eagles teammates in Week 1 in Washington, as he was sacked on eight occasions thanks in part to a makeshift offensive line. Wentz didn’t do himself any favors, either, as he held onto the ball far too long, and the Eagles blew a double-digit lead to a team they had no business losing to. Philadelphia was expected to be an NFC East favorite and potential contender in the conference. Instead, they looked very beatable and yet another example of preseason hype turned regular season failure. The Rams, meanwhile, are the opposite. Los Angeles...
    New York Giants: A More Creative Rushing Attack Is The Key To A Win Against Chicago By: Anthony Rivardo September 17, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants‘ rushing attack was shut down in Week One of the 2020 NFL season. The Giants were handed a disappointing loss on Monday night against the stout Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Pittsburgh has one of the best defenses in the league and they absolutely suffocated Saquon Barkley and the Giants’ offensive line. Saquon Barkley is under criticism this week for his performance as a pass-blocker in Week One. But all are aware of the fact that Saquon is one of the best running backs in the NFL when his...
    (CBSNewYork)- The first game of the Joe Judge era with the New York Giants offered some positive and negative moments. In the 26-16 loss to the Steelers, the defense, with several new additions playing a big role, showed flashes of cohesion and the ability to grow into a solid unit. “They played better than probably most people expected. I think that they put together a very prideful night. Opening night emotion. It all came together,” said NFL on CBS analyst Charles Davis. “They added some key pieces like Blake Martinez at linebacker who had 12 tackles. James Bradberry out on the corner made some really nice plays, forced a fumble had a couple of pass breakups. That defensive front I...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The first player to opt out of the NFL season due to the coronavirus pandemic this was season was Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, though the Super Bowl champions figured they could absorb that blow relatively easily. After all, they had used a third-round draft pick on TCU’s Lucas Niang to provide depth in just such a circumstance. Then, Niang decided to opt out. Along with a knee injury to versatile Martinas Rankin that has hung around into the season, the Chiefs suddenly found themselves with unexpected holes along the offensive line. And while the big guys up front tend to be an afterthought to most fans — and rarely make for sexy copy for reporters...
    New York Giants’ Saquon Barkley had a disappointing performance during Monday night’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but legendary NFL running back O.J. Simpson came to his defense on Tuesday, instead blaming the team’s “soft” offensive line. Simpson shared his thoughts on Twitter saying he was “a little pissed” after hearing the commentary surrounding Barkley, who managed just just six yards on 15 carries in the Giants 26-16 loss. NFL WEEK 2 POWER RANKINGS: AARON RODGERS, PACKERS ENTER TOP 5 AFTER DOMINATING WIN “It wasn’t that he didn’t play well, he didn’t have a chance,” a fired up Simpson said. “I can tell you I, Walter Payton, Barry Sanders -- none of us could have gained yards. We spent our...
    Getty Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants “I have to be better, I have to be better for the team. We have to find a way to get the run game going. That’s how I truly believe.” That was New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley shouldering the blame for his abysmal six-yard rushing performance against the Pittsburgh Steelers this past Monday night. However, if you happened to tune into the Steelers’ 10-point victory in Week 1, you know that Barkley was dealt a poor hand from the opening whistle, as Big Blue’s offensive line was toyed with by the Steelers’ front-seven for most of the Night. A sentiment which, whether you like it or not,...
    The strategy is sound, yet simple enough for anyone who has watched the Giants the past two seasons to come up with: Stop Saquon Barkley, stop the Giants. “We had a commitment and we weren’t going to be bashful about that commitment,’’ Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said after his team’s 26-16 win Monday night. “We thought that guy was a catalyst for whatever that they were going to do offensively. We put our secondary in harm’s way some in an effort to do so. We needed to stack the line of scrimmage. We needed to bring people … and we did. We did what we thought was necessary to minimize his impact on the game.’’ Giving the ball to the...
    Getty Jamon Brown #68 of the Atlanta Falcons. Drum roll, please … the Eagles added offensive line depth at the guard position. Philadelphia signed veteran Jamon Brown off the Chicago Bears practice squad. He’ll fill the last active roster spot vacated earlier in the day after the team placed Craig James on injured reserve. Brown, a third-round pick in 2015, has seen action in 60 career games (47 starts) in stints for the Rams, Giants, and Falcons. He actually started in Week 2 last year versus the Eagles. The 6-foot-4, 340-pounder is a versatile option having appeared at both left guard and right guard. His experience appears to be an immediate upgrade over Nate Herbig. Or, maybe the...
    The last time the Giants opened their season with a Monday night home game was 25 years ago. Then, as now, the Giants lost. The Giants hope the similarity of starting 0-1 is where the comparison ends. Back in 1995, Dan Reeves predicted the arrival of the Cowboys at Giants Stadium would prove the gap had narrowed between the two franchises. After a 35-0 thrashing, all Reeves’ team proved was the gap was gaping. The Cowboys went on to win their third Super Bowl in a four-year span. The Giants finished 5-11. This Monday night home opener was closely contested – for a half. The Giants did enough right that envisioning better days ahead is not merely wishful thinking....
    Getty Pictures Chiefs C Austin Reiter (#62) was added to the Week 2 harm report on Monday. The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs suffered just a few gentle accidents throughout their opening night time victory over the Houston Texans. Among the many group of recovering gamers are CB Charvarius Ward (fractured hand), DT Khalen Saunders (dislocated elbow) and DE Alex Okafor (hamstring pressure). Nevertheless, throughout his Monday press convention with the media, head coach Andy Reid opened with an replace on a brand new addition to the Week 2 harm report: beginning heart Austin Reiter. The one new harm to report for the Chiefs is Austin Reiter. He has a sore knee, per Coach...
    Green Bay showcased the resourcefulness of its offensive line Sunday as the Packers didn’t allow a sack despite playing parts of the game without multiple projected starters. That trait will get tested again and again the rest of the season. Packers coach Matt LaFleur said Monday that right guard Lane Taylor is expected to miss the rest of the season. Taylor, who played only the first two games last year before a season-ending biceps injury, was carted off the field after hurting his right knee in the second half of a 43-34 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. “It’s significant, obviously,” LaFleur said Monday. “My heart goes out to him. Just battling back from the significant injury that he had last...
    This is my 27th year picking NFL games in The Post’s Bettor’s Guide, and right at the start, I’m going to lay it on the line — the New York Jets’ offensive line. Joe Douglas promised Mike and Chris Darnold that he would protect their son, Sam. This past offseason, the Jets GM revamped the offensive line to the tune of four new starters — signing George Fant, Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten as free agents and drafting 6-foot-7, 363-pound mountain Mekhi Becton. The rough part for the Jets as they enter their opener Sunday at Buffalo is that this new order of beef has had little opportunity to marinate. There were no OTAs or minicamp, and no preseason...
    This is my 27th year picking NFL games in The Post’s Bettor’s Guide, and right at the start, I’m going to lay it on the line — the New York Jets’ offensive line. Joe Douglas promised Mike and Chris Darnold that he would protect their son, Sam. This past offseason, the Jets GM revamped the offensive line to the tune of four new starters — signing George Fant, Connor McGovern and Greg Van Roten as free agents and drafting 6-foot-7, 363-pound mountain Mekhi Becton. The rough part for the Jets as they enter their opener Sunday at Buffalo is that this new order of beef has had little opportunity to marinate. There were no OTAs or minicamp, and no preseason...
    Joe Judge: Nick Gates Will Start at Center For Giants By: John Fennelly September 12, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Giants’ offensive line have been preparing for their 2020 season opener against Pittsburgh Steelers this Monday night at MetLife Stadium with four of the five starting spots spoken for. All that we’ve been waiting for is the team to name a starting center. The wait is over. “We’re going to start Nick Gates at center. He’s done a good job for us through camp,” head coach Joe Judge told reporters on Saturday. “Spencer’s (Pulley) done a tremendous job competing. We’re very happy with both of those guys on the roster. We’re very...
    Getty Daniel Jones #8 and Nick Gates #65 of the New York Giants look on during the first half of their game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. At the start of the NFL’s offseason, with questions across their offensive line, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman constantly went out of his way to heap praise on the then-widely unknown Nick Gates. Since then, the 2018 undrafted free-agent out of Nebraska has enjoyed a meteoric rise into prominence, highlighted by a position switch and a contract extension. Now, despite just three career starts under his belt and playing a position that just a few months ago was foreign to him, the Giants have officially named...
    Getty Eagles tackle Lane Johnson always seems to find himself at the center of controversy with his words. The Eagles are trending in the right direction, according to head coach Doug Pederson. That’s a good thing. No one has progressed more than rookie Jalen Reagor. The team’s top draft pick has practiced for three straight days, including two consecutive sessions where he was full-go. He carried no injury designation on Friday as he continues to battle back from a torn labrum. Things are looking up. “Jalen is doing really, really well,” Pederson told reporters on Friday. “We’ve taken it day-by-day with him, we’ve kind of increased him this week. We want to see where he’s at. You guys...
    New York Jets Position Group Grades: Offensive Line By: Dylan Price September 10, 2020 ShareShareTweetAs the season looms, I decided to take a deep dive into each position group within the organization and grade each group. This offseason, New York Jets GM Joe Douglas devoted both financial resources and draft capital towards improving one of the worst offensive lines in the league. Now, the Jets enter 2020 with a diverse group of both young talent, productive starters, and vets looking to establish themselves. With a lot of high potential guys, stable vets, and some key talent, let’s take a closer look at how this line grades out. LT: Mekhi Becton The mountain of...
    Wildfires rage across West Coast with high temps, winds A Look Back At The Evolution Of McDonalds In 41 Photos And In That Corner … The Duke Blue Devils, Notre Dame’s first-ever conference opponent For 103 consecutive Notre Dame games, this space has featured a preview of the upcoming opponent from a beat writer on the other side of the aisle in the press box. That stretches back to the 2012 season opener, a run that includes a national championship appearance, a College Football Playoff appearance and a trip to Dublin, as well as two undefeated regular seasons, a few chaotic wins against Michigan and all of that 2016 debacle. © Getty Images Sometimes a student writer jumps in...
    The NFC East again shapes up as a two-horse race. Here’s a divisional breakdown with season total recommendations: Dallas Cowboys (Over 9¹/₂, -170, PointsBet) For an organization that often appears dysfunctional, Dallas has done a superb job of roster-building and putting together arguably the most talented starting lineup in the league. QB Dak Prescott and RB Ezekiel Elliott work behind a rock-solid offensive line, and Prescott has the type of big-play receivers Aaron Rodgers wishes he had in Green Bay. If anything happens to Prescott, Andy Dalton is a capable backup. The Cowboys are strong on the defensive front, even after losing DT Gerald McCoy to a season-ending injury, and Leighton Vander Esch, Jaylon Smith and Sean Lee form...
    The biggest mystery about the 2020 Jets is how their rebuilt offensive line is going to perform. There are five new starters from last year’s opener against the Bills, including first-round pick Mekhi Becton at left tackle. The unit has practiced together over the past month, but with no preseason games and no spring practices, this is a crash course in chemistry. Last season, the offensive line was a disaster, and it affected Sam Darnold’s effectiveness and Le’Veon Bell’s ability to find holes to run through. Jets general manager Joe Douglas prioritized the line this offseason and added a lot of new pieces. Will the line be better or just different? “There’s a lot of plays to be had...
    Giants’ First Four Games a Tough Test For Revamped Offensive Line By: John Fennelly September 8, 2020 ShareShareTweetThe New York Giants will open the 2020 regular season against some of the NFL’s toughest pass rushes.  They open next Monday night at home against Pittsburgh, who led the league in sacks in 2019 with 54. In Week Two, the Giants travel to Chicago to play the Bears and Khalil Mack. The following week, San Francisco and Nick Bosa come to town. The 49ers were fifth in the NFL in sacks last year (48) and the Giants’ Week Four opponent, the Los Angeles Rams, were fourth in sacks (50) in 2019. This opening...
    New York Giants mailbag: CB2 still a problem, linebackers thin, offensive line still in flux By: Alexander Wilson September 7, 2020 ShareShareTweetRoster cut-down day for the New York Giants offered many surprises, and waiver claim Sunday mimicked its intensity. From the cutting of Ryan Connelly to the claiming of several unknown players, Giants fans were confused at some of the moves made by management. On Sunday, they elected to cut wide receiver Corey Coleman, who looked sharp during camp but simply couldn’t offer enough to make the active roster. New head coach Joe Judge is implementing a different style for his team, one that is hyper-focused on specific roles for individual players. ...
    Getty Riley Reiff took a huge pay cut to stay rostered this season. Vikings left tackle Riley Reiff has had a rollercoaster week. He was approached by the Vikings on Sunday that he either restructure or be released after the team acquired ex-Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. He said his goodbyes to teammates on Monday but returned on Tuesday and agreed to take a pay cut. The Vikings slashed his $10.9 million base salary nearly in half as the nine-year veteran agreed to a $6 million base salary for the 2020 season, Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday. He can make back up to $2 million of his pay cut through playing-time incentives. Reiff was poised to make the...
    A Pennsylvania college removed “thin blue line” coronavirus face masks from its campus bookstore last month after receiving complaints from students and the school’s multicultural office, with one staff member linking the symbol to White supremacy and the alt-right. Muhlenberg College’s Office of Multicultural Life said it was notified by multiple students on Aug. 14 that the college’s bookstore was selling “American Flag masks with black, white, and blue colors along with the label, Tactical US Flag with Police blue line…” Muhlenberg College located in Allentown, Penn.  (Olympus Digital Camera) The “thin blue line” flags are associated with the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement and usually displayed to convey support for law enforcement and first responders. ...
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Though the Minnesota Vikings have used either a first or second round pick on an offensive lineman in the last three drafts, they’re hardly settled up front. Not since 2014, head coach Mike Zimmer’s first season with the team, have the Vikings opened with the same starting five as the year before. There’s no better guide, though, particularly during this pandemic that kept the group from developing any on-field chemistry until training camp began about a month ago, than the only person on staff with a master’s degree in fluid mechanics: Rick Dennison. “The way he coaches us, not only in the classroom but out on the field, it’s been amazing, actually,” left tackle Riley Reiff...
    They go hand-in-hand — and never simply on the snap firstly of every play. If the squandered finish of Eli Manning’s profession proved something, it’s that even Corridor of Fame-caliber quarterbacks want a very good offensive line to thrive. A quarterback with a quick inner clock may be the safety’s greatest pal, too. So, the possibly explosive Giants offense solely will go as far in 2020 as quarterback Daniel Jones and the offensive line go — and basic supervisor Dave Gettleman is upbeat about each with the season opener simply 11 days away. “I’m comfy and assured with [Jones] proper now,” Gettleman stated. “The one factor that was slightly irritating final 12 months had been the turnovers, the fumbles....
    EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Though the Minnesota Vikings have used either a first or second round pick on an offensive lineman in the last three drafts, they’re hardly settled up front. Not since 2014, head coach Mike Zimmer’s first season with the team, have the Vikings opened with the same starting five as the year before. There’s no better guide, though, particularly during this pandemic that kept the group from developing any on-field chemistry until training camp began about a month ago, than the only person on staff with a master’s degree in fluid mechanics: Rick Dennison. “The way he coaches us, not only in the classroom but out on the field, it’s been amazing, actually,” left tackle Riley Reiff...
    The Jets’ offensive line has had three weeks to come together, get to know each other and get ready for the season. We won’t know how this chemistry experiment has worked out until it takes the field on Sept. 13 in Buffalo, but coach Adam Gase said he has liked what he’s seen from the group. The Jets have four new starters on the line — with first-round pick Mekhi Becton at left tackle and free-agent signees Connor McGovern at center, Greg Van Roten at right guard and George Fant at right tackle. Left guard Alex Lewis is the only holdover. “We struggled last year overall as an offense, it all starts up front,” Gase said. “I think it...
    Getty Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers stands with Jordan Love #10 during training camp at Ray Nitschke Field on August 17, 2020 in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin. Aaron Rodgers feels good in the second year of a new offensive system, but he would feel even better if the Green Bay Packers could sort out his protection detail. The Packers opened up a three-way competition on the right side of their offensive line during training camp after deciding not to re-sign veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga in the offseason. The intention was to find a winning combination for their starting lineup between Billy Turner, Lane Taylor and free-agent pickup Rick Wagner, but injuries to both Turner and Wagner...
    Judge Likens Giants’ Offensive Line To a “Lunch Pail” Crew By: John Fennelly August 31, 2020 ShareTweet0 SharesIn the 1980s, New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells dubbed the offensive linemen “The Suburbanites”, since the majority f them would pull up into the stadium parking lot in family-oriented vehicles with baby seats in the back. They were anything but that on the field, as they dominated the trenches en route to two Super Bowl championships. Current Giants head coach Joe Judge has a lot of Parcells in him. He does, however, come from the Parcells coaching tree by virtue of working under Bill Belichick, Parcells’ longtime defensive guru. The Giants’ offensive...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles’ new-look offensive line needs to be reshuffled. Left tackle Andre Dillard sustained a biceps injury this week that will end his season. The second-year pro was a first-round pick in 2019. The Eagles moved nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters to right guard to accommodate Dillard. Peters remained at right guard for Saturday’s indoor practice. Matt Pryor was at left tackle. Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Pryor, Jordan Mailata and rookie Jack Driscoll would get looks at left tackle because the team knows Peters could move back. “Jason Peters has played left tackle his whole career and he’s done an outstanding job,” Pederson said. “He’ll obviously go down as one of the top...
    New York Giants: Can we trust the offensive line during the regular season? By: Alexander Wilson August 28, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Giants: 3 underrated players turning heads in training camp ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants are going into the 2020 season with a sense of optimism around the team. Hiring head coach Joe Judge was the catalyst behind a major shift in mentality and discipline within the organization. Practices have been more intense, players are being held accountable, and the coaching staff is finally taking the reins in development. Previous years have shown us what leisure feels like, with practices being less intense. Nonetheless, the coaching staff Judge has assembled is already showing...
    New York Giants: Rookie Offensive Tackles Cross Training In Practice By: Anthony Rivardo August 27, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Giants 8/27 practice takeaways: Injuries, signings, dimes, more! ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants drafted two offensive tackles in the first three rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft. Big Blue selected Andrew Thomas out of Georgia with the fourth overall pick in the first round. They then followed that up with Matt Peart out of UConn in the third round. Thomas is a polished prospect who will be prepared to start day one for the Giants. Peart, on the other hand, might need to take some time to develop. The ninety-ninth overall selection in the draft...
    MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins lore says that when rookie Dan Marino showed up for his first NFL training camp, his passing arm wowed coach Don Shula and other observers from Day 1. The reaction to Tua Tagovailoa’s first few practices was different. “Some good, some bad,” coach Brian Flores said. “Lots to improve upon. Some good throws, some good decisions. Some throws that aren’t so good, some not-so-good decisions.” The raves must wait. But if Flores is to become the Dolphins’ first Super Bowl coach since Shula, he needs for Tagovailoa to become their best quarterback since Marino. For the Dolphins, success this season will be defined by Tagovailoa’s progress, perhaps even more so than improving on last year’s...
    Most of LSU’s offensive line is in quarantine due to positive coronavirus cases.  As the SEC is looking to push forward with their fall college football season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic they are trying to ensure that safety measures are met and that the risk of contracting and or spreading COVID-19 is minimized. But one SEC team in the LSU Tigers has a sticky situation on their hands in regards to the virus. According to The Advocate, the majority of the Tigers’ offensive line is currently quarantined due to testing positive for coronavirus. And only four LSU offensive linemen have not contracted COVID-19. LSU began mass testing of students who were returning to campus beginning Aug. 15 and 47 positive cases...
    LSU’s offensive line has reportedly been crushed by coronavirus. According to The Advocate, only four members of the offensive line haven’t been put in coronavirus quarantine. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) It’s not known how many members of the OL have the virus or might simply have had contact with a person who has it. Either way, this is the worst case scenario. You know what you can’t do without enough offensive linemen on the field? Play a football game. Sure, you could try to slide in some tight ends, but that would quickly get blown up. Remember when I said it was bad when Oklahoma had an unidentified position group in big trouble?...
    Altered Carbon canceled by Netflix after two seasons Court rules resoundingly yes for transgender rights in Gavin Grimm bathroom access battle Report: LSU offensive line down to four players due to COVID-19 positives and quarantines LSU’s defense of its college football national championship is off to a rocky start, with just one month before the Tigers open their season. Positive COVID-19 tests or a risk of exposure to infected individuals has sidelined nearly the entire offensive line position group in quarantine, according to a report in the Baton Rouge Advocate. Why college football will never be the same financially USA TODAY SPORTS See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Infectious disease expert warns against...
    MINNESOTA VIKINGS (11-7) NEW FACES: WR Justin Jefferson, CB Jeff Gladney, CB Cameron Dantzler, WR Tajaé Sharpe, OL Ezra Cleveland, DT James Lynch, WR/PR/KR K.J. Osborn, DE Anthony Zettel. KEY LOSSES: WR Stefon Diggs, DT Linval Joseph, DE Everson Griffen, CB Xavier Rhodes, CB Trae Waynes, CB Mackensie Alexander, RG Josh Kline, DE Stephen Weatherly, S Andrew Sendejo, S Jayron Kearse, offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski, defensive coordinator George Edwards. STRENGTHS: Vikings will lean on continuity of their systems under head coach Mike Zimmer and newly appointed offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, who was promoted from adviser role when Stefanski was hired as Cleveland’s head coach. Keeping playbook same ought to benefit QB Kirk Cousins, who had career-best season in 2019 while...
    Getty Mike Tice gave his tackle the Vikings offensive line this season. Former Vikings coach Mike Tice is aware of tips on how to put collectively a stellar offensive line. Because the Vikings’ offensive line coach from 1997 to 2001, he had 5 completely different linemen make 10 complete Professional Bowl appearances. He later took the reigns as head coach from 2002 to 2005. He’s nonetheless an avid Vikings observer and lately advised the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson what he thinks of the state of the Vikings offensive line. Die-hard Vikings fan? Observe the Heavy on Vikings Fb web page for the newest breaking information, rumors and content material out of Skol...
    Getty Mike Tice gave his take on the Vikings offensive line this season. Former Vikings coach Mike Tice knows how to put together a stellar offensive line. As the Vikings’ offensive line coach from 1997 to 2001, he had five different linemen make 10 total Pro Bowl appearances. He later took the reigns as head coach from 2002 to 2005. He’s still an avid Vikings observer and recently told the Pioneer Press’ Chris Tomasson what he thinks of the state of the Vikings offensive line. Die-hard Vikings fan? Follow the Heavy on Vikings Facebook page for the latest breaking news, rumors and content out of Skol Nation!‘I Think They’re Right In the Middle of the Pack’Tice said that...
    When it comes to evaluating the Vikings’ offensive line, Mike Tice uses the word “but” a lot. Tice was the Vikings’ offensive line coach from 1997-2001, a period in which they had five different linemen make a total of 10 Pro Bowls. He was the team’s head coach from 2002-05. Tice still pays close attention to Minnesota’s line. He has some likes and some dislikes. “This line is built for the run game,” he said Monday. “The key to the Vikings’ success in their offensive line is: Are they going to be able to run the ball but still be able to throw the ball when they have to drop back? “(Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak) is going to want to...
    (WCCO) — The Minnesota Vikings, coming off a 10-6 playoff season, have a lot going for them. Continuity might be the most important. The team already has a strong foundation, with a returning coaching staff and veterans locked in at key positions. The offensive and defensive systems remain in place. The Vikings, like every NFL team, are coming off an unusual off-season that included a remote draft, canceled mini-camp and OTAs and limited access to team facilities. Now they find themselves in training camp, putting together a squad with fewer practices and no preseason games to gauge talent and get into form. The team has already made some strides, even given the limitations. That includes off-season strength and conditioning, albeit...
    If there’s one position that’s overlooked in fantasy football circles, it’s the offensive line. While linemen don’t rack up stats the same way that skill position players do, they have a massive impact on the teams around them and can make or break the seasons of many skill players. As such, it’s imperative to examine offensive lines when parsing fantasy football rankings, crafting cheat sheets, and identifying sleepers and busts each season. O-Line rankings shouldn’t change the very fabric of your fantasy rankings, but they can help identify undervalued players that are flying under the radar playing behind good blocking units. Conversely, they can help point out overvalued players, although some top fantasy contributors routinely overcome O-Line shortcomings to be among...
    New York Giants practice takeaways: Offensive line unit, Evan Engram, Ryan Connelly, highlights By: Alexander Wilson August 17, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Giants’ TE coach Freddie Kitchens raves about Evan Engram ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants enjoyed their first padded practice at the 2020 season, and with the regular season under a month away, things are intense. Head coach Joe Judge and his coaching staff have been extremely vocal during practice, throwing around F-bombs and teaching in a loud manner. Seeing them active and displaying their wisdom is exactly what you want to see in a coaching staff. Bring intensity to practice ultimately carries over to games. While there was plenty of rust to...
    By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The big guys up front on the New York Jets' offensive line got close while being far apart. Group texts. Silly memes. Funny jokes. Serious Zoom conversations. They all helped keep the lines of communication open during a few months of social-distanced bonding for a revamped unit loaded with several players who never actually met each other in person until a few weeks ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. “To be honest with you, I don’t know if it’s the group of guys that (general manager) Joe Douglas brought together or the pandemic or what have you,” center Connor McGovern said. “But this is one of the...
    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The big guys up front on the New York Jets’ offensive line got close while being far apart. Group texts. Silly memes. Funny jokes. Serious Zoom conversations. They all helped keep the lines of communication open during a few months of social-distanced bonding for a revamped unit loaded with several players who never actually met each other in person until a few weeks ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. “To be honest with you, I don’t know if it’s the group of guys that (general manager) Joe Douglas brought together or the pandemic or what have you,” center Connor McGovern said. “But this is one of the closer groups as a whole I’ve been around.”...
    Andrew Thomas was widely acknowledged as the most NFL-ready left tackle in the 2020 NFL Draft. His new offensive line coach with the Giants, Marc Colombo, sounds as if he agrees with this assessment. “Andrew is a tremendous football player,’’ Colombo said Friday. The compliment came and went and the two are forging a relationship based on a common goal: Getting Thomas, selected No. 4 overall out of Georgia — to be a top-notch offensive tackle, not only for a decade, but also as a rookie asked to play right away. One of the first conversations between coach and player focused on what Thomas needed to improve on most of all. No patting on the back when there is work...
    Andrew Thomas was broadly acknowledged as probably the most NFL-ready left deal with within the 2020 NFL Draft. His new offensive line coach with the Giants, Marc Colombo, sounds as if he agrees with this evaluation. “Andrew is an amazing soccer participant,’’ Colombo stated Friday. The praise got here and went and the 2 are forging a relationship based mostly on a typical objective: Getting Thomas, chosen No. Four general out of Georgia — to be a top-notch offensive deal with, not just for a decade, but in addition as a rookie requested to play immediately. One of many first conversations between coach and participant centered on what Thomas wanted to enhance on most of all. No patting on...
    Watch me. This is the way I did it. This is how I want you to do it. This has not been the Giants’ way on their offensive line, but it is now. This is what Marc Colombo brings to the meeting room and the practice field. He stands 6-foot-8 and can take one of his players and move them where he wants them to go. For now. “It’s important for them to get a visual of exactly what it is instead of watching another guy do a technique that I was teaching,’’ Colombo said. “I’m able to get in there and do it myself, at least right now. I’m 41, so I’m not getting any younger.’’ This is the...
    The Dallas Cowboys were without their starting right tackle on Friday As we’ve seen in recent years, the Dallas Cowboys’ main strength is their offense. But the success of quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott hinges on the stability on the offensive line. With training camp underway, the Cowboys were short a hogmolly during Friday drills. According to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News, offensive tackle Cam Erving was absent from practice as he dealt with a minor medical issue unrelated to COVID-19.Erving brought to Dallas to be depth optionThe Cowboys were in need for some depth along the offensive line this offseason, especially after swing tackle Cameron Fleming opted to sign with the New York Giants....
    Former NFL coach Howard Mudd died Wednesday two weeks after he was hospitalized following serious injuries suffered in a motorcycle crash in Seattle. He was 78. The Indianapolis Colts, where Mudd spent 11 seasons of his football career, made the announcement. EX-BROWNS STAR CHIP BANKS IN 'SERIOUS CONDITION' AFTER SHOOTING IN GEORGIA: REPORT “Rest in peace, Howard Mudd,” Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted. “Howard was a GREAT player during a shortened career and then became one of the game's all-time greatest offensive line coaches. He contributed to many different teams over 47 years in our league---but he will always be a Colt.” Mudd’s family released a statement on his Caring Bridge page as well Wednesday. “We want to share that...
    Getty Former Seahawks OL Justin Britt is still available. The offensive line of the Chicago Bears is one of their biggest question marks heading into the 2020 season. It was an area the Bears needed to address this offseason, and they did, sort of, by adding former Seahawks guard Germain Ifedi, and drafting two seventh rounders who may or may not make the roster this year. After signing backup safety Marqui Christian this week, the Bears should have $15-16 million in cap space to play with. While it wouldn’t behoove them to blow all that money this year, they could still make one more potentially high impact signing — and it might be a good idea for them...
    SEATTLE (AP) — Howard Mudd, a former NFL All-Pro player and longtime offensive line coach, has died. He was 78. The Indianapolis Colts announced Mudd’s death Wednesday. No details of his death were provided by the team. Mudd had been in a motorcycle accident in the Seattle area recently. In a post on CaringBridge.org, Mudd’s family said, “it became clear that he was ready and that we needed to surround him with love and fight for his right to comfort and peace.” “Howard deeply loved and enjoyed his many friends and family,” his family wrote. “Please honor Howard today and every day by sharing a belly laugh with a loved one, or telling a stupid joke, or...
    Getty Ronald Leary, No. 65, visited the Browns on Wednesday. The Cleveland Browns are nonetheless trying so as to add depth to their offensive line and welcomed veteran guard Ron Leary to their amenities on Wednesday for a go to. Leary has performed for Dallas and Denver in his profession, beginning 76 video games. Nonetheless, the Baton Rouge native has performed 16 video games simply as soon as in his profession and has been particularly hampered by accidents these days. He’s missed 19 video games over the past three season with varied accidents, together with a again damage in 2017 and a torn Achilles in October of 2018. A degenerative knee situation...
    (CBS4)- The 2020 NFL season will be unlike any that we’ve ever seen before. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced most teams, Broncos included, to reconsider whether fans should be allowed to attend. It has also led to opt outs among players who are concerned for the health and safety of themselves and their families. While the Broncos were among the teams with the fewest players to opt out, one of those was a key piece the team was depending on this season: presumed starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James. While James missed much of last season due to injury after signing with the team in free agency, he was healthy and set to slot in to the starting right tackle spot...
    Howard Mudd, a three-time 49ers Pro Bowl offensive lineman and a longtime NFL assistant coach, died Wednesday, two weeks after suffering serious injuries in a motorcycle accident. He was 78. Mudd was honored as a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s for his dominant six-year run in San Francisco from 1964-69 that included being named an All-Pro twice and a Pro Bowler from 1966-68. Indianapolis Colts offensive line coach Howard Mud, left, smiles while talking with quarterback Peyton Manning on the bench Sunday, Oct. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Star, Matt Detrich)  He was perhaps best known as one of the NFL’s top offensive line coaches during a career that spanned six decades. Mudd spent two seasons as...
    New York Giants’ OC Jason Garrett details approach, offensive line, more By: Alexander Wilson August 11, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Giants: What makes Julian Love such an exciting player on defense? ShareTweet0 SharesNew York Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett held his first press conference of training camp on Tuesday afternoon, giving some details on his approach and first impressions of the team. He quickly dives into Daniel Jones, the second your passer for the Giants, who posted 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 2019. Subsequently, Garrett was on the other side of the field for the first two times against Jones, but he will be coaching him in 2020 and beyond. Of course, having...
    New York Giants: Will Hernandez talks O-Line, Nick Gates, Marc Colombo By: Robbie Stratakos August 10, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Giants: Two most underrated players on both sides of the ball ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants focused on improving their offensive line this offseason with only a few familiar faces still in place, one of them being guard Will Hernandez. Hernandez has started 16 games at left guard in each of his two seasons in the NFL and is the projected starter for the Giants at said position in 2020. Hernandez envisions the Giants offensive line playing a “big role” in their success this season (quotes per Giants.com’s Dan Salomone). “The offensive...
    Getty New York Giants beef up their o-line The New York Giants continue their weekend of wheeling and dealing with yet another addition to the roster. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan has reported that in conjunction with the planned signings of cornerback Ross Cockrell and wideout Cody White, the G-Men will also be signing ex-Arizona Cardinals offensive tackle, Jackson Dennis.Dennis Has the Size & Production to Intrigue Dennis, an undrafted free agent, with impressive measurables checking in at a towering 6-foot-7-inches and 307-pounds, signed with the Cardinals following the conclusion of the 2020 NFL Draft. However, he was recently waived on July 26 as Arizona trimmed down their roster to 80 players. The offensive tackle spent five years at Holy Cross after...
    Credit: Getty Images After a rookie campaign that came off as disappointing, David Montgomery has transformed his body this offseason. When the Chicago Bears took David Montgomery in the third round of the 2019 draft, fantasy football managers saw a sleeper. On the surface he got plenty of carries (242), but with 20 or more carries just four times and little use in the passing game (25 catches on 35 targets) there’s an argument he was underused. Montgomery was among the league leaders in broken tackles last year, but behind a bad offensive line he was also near the bottom in yards after contact (1.9 yards per carry). A lack of explosive plays was noteworthy, with just five total gains...
    Spencer Long just became the third former Washington offensive linemen to join the 49ers this offseason. Long, who played last season for the Buffalo Bills and in 2018 with the New York Jets, signed Saturday morning with the 49ers, according to his agency, JL Sports. Long began his NFL career in 2014 in Washington and is reunited with left tackle Trent Williams and guard Tom Compton. Another link: Chris Foerster, Washington’s offensive line coach in 2014 who’s been a 49ers consultant since 2018. Long got released by the Bills after they signed Brian Winters this week, and the 49ers had a vacancy on the interior once Jake Brendel opted out Thursday, along with offensive tackle Shon Coleman. Long’s experience at...
    GETTY Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with general manager John Lynch after the game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 10, 2017 in Houston, Texas. After the San Francisco 49ers’ Shon Coleman and John Brendel opted out of the 2020 NFL season, it’s not surprising that the team has added to their offensive line. While there is no official word from San Francisco yet, former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Spencer Long appears to be joining the 49ers after his agent tweeted out the news on Saturday. Congratulations to client @slong_61 on signing with the NFC Champion @49ers #nextchapter — JL Sports (@JLSports3) August 8, 2020 Like the recently opted-out...
    Getty Matthew Stafford sacked by the Bears in 2017. The Detroit Lions have high hopes for their offense during the 2020 season, but none of those hopes may amount to anything if the team’s offensive front cannot help out Matthew Stafford. Last season, Stafford was elite when he got any semblance of protection from the pocket. As Pro Football Focus explained, Stafford was graded amongst the NFL’s elite with a gaudy 92.9 rating when his pocket was clean. That was right near the top of the league through Week 9 of the 2019 season. Passing from a clean pocket is one of the most stable metrics for a QB Matthew Stafford was among the best last season before...
    New York Giants: Can Will Hernandez Bounce Back In 2020? By: Anthony Rivardo August 3, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Giants: What to expect from 6th-round LB Cam Brown on defense ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants have consistently had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL for years. In recency, the team has put an emphasis on rebuilding the trenches. That all began in 2018. That offseason, the Giants signed offensive tackle Nate Solder. While that move has not proven to be the best, it was still the first shift towards rebuilding the offensive line. Later that offseason, the Giants landed another key offensive lineman. In the second round of the 2018 NFL...
    SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 08: Ja'Wuan James #70 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 08, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) Ja’Wuan James joins the growing list of players to opt-out of NFL season. After four years in Miami, the Denver Broncos signed right tackle Ja’Wuan James to a massive four-year, $52 million contract, at the time, the biggest and still the fourth largest across the NFL. Those high expectations quickly surmised due to injury, as James played just three games last season, tearing his MCL in the opener and his meniscus later in the year. Now, Broncos fans will have to wait another...
    HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 1: Joe Thuney #62, James Ferentz #66 and Shaq Mason #69 of the New England Patriots at the line of scrimmage during the second half of a game against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on December 1, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Texans defeated the Patriots 28-22. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) The reliable New England Patriots have won the AFC East the last 11 years. To use a boxing term, they looked like a shot fighter. After an 8-0 start a year ago, the New England Patriots wilted the second half of the year. They split their final eight regular-season contests and were then stifled at home by the Tennessee Titans in the wild...
    BREAKING: New York Jets release Brian Winters Saving Cap Space By: Dylan Price August 2, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Jets’ C.J. Mosley Opts Out Of Season ShareTweet0 SharesBrian Winters has been a mainstay of the New York Jets’ offensive line for the past 7 years. From a third round pick out of Kent State in 2013, to being one of the most efficient lineman the Jets have had in the last few years, Winters has grown while in Green and White. Now, it unfortunately looks like his time donning the green and white colors has come to an end. Why did the New York Jets release Winters? Recently, I wrote a piece highlighting how...
    Just how bad was the New York Giants’ offensive line in 2019? By: Alexander Wilson August 2, 2020 PrevPreviousNew York Giants: One young offensive lineman could be rushed into action after Nate Solder opt-out ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants hosted one of the worst offensive lines in 2019, thanks to inconsistent play and unjust confidence at the tackle positions. General manager Dave Gettleman made it a priority to solve their woes in the trenches on offense, utilizing the fourth overall pick in the draft Andrew Thomas. Spending a top-five selection on an offense of tackle and a third-round pick as a developmental piece in Matt Peart, it seems the Giants are taking the...
    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette assistant football coach and former Mississippi State player D.J. Looney died from a heart attack following a team workout Saturday morning at Cajun Field, university officials said. Looney, who was 31, was entering his third season on the Ragin’ Cajuns staff and coached the offensive line, a position he played for Mississippi State from 2007 to 2010. He also began his coaching career with the Bulldogs as a graduate assistant under Dan Mullen in 2011. Looney, who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, was offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator at East Mississippi Community College in 2012 and ’13, and spent the next two seasons as an assistant at Central Arkansas. He served as a...
    Not since 2006 have the 49ers entered a season without Joe Staley at left tackle. A new-look offensive line is afoot. Trent Williams replaces Staley as Jimmy Garoppolo’s blindside protector, a hot competition awaits at right guard to replace the retired Mike Person, and a familiar flip-flop could unfold at center. Here is a closer look at all 49ers offensive linemen as training camp begins, with the depth chart bracing for a wild ride in a season impacted by COVID-19: PROJECTED STARTERS Left tackle Trent Williams: After a decade in Washington, he reunites with coach Kyle Shanahan and takes aim at his best shot of a Super Bowl ring, all in the final year of his contract. Williams’ seven-year Pro...
    (CBS4) – With the Denver Broncos training camp underway, let’s take a look at how the Broncos are stacked on the offensive line. In the Hunt: Center Lloyd Cusenberry III, rookie Patrick Morris, 2nd season Guard Netane Muti, rookie Dalton Risner, 2nd season Graham Glasgow, 5th season Tyler Jones, 1st season Austin Schlottmann, 2nd season Tackle Calvin Anderson, 2nd season Quinn Bailey, 1st season Garett. Bolles, 4th season Ju’Wuan James, 7th season Jake Rodgers, 2nd season Elijah Wilkerson, 4th season Top Offseason Moves: Signed Graham Glasglow to four-year, $44 million deal, drafted Lloyd Cusenberry III (3rd round) and Netane Muti (6th round), and released Ron Leary. (credit: CBS) Projected Starters: Garett Bolles, Dalton Risner, Lloyd Cusenberry III, Graham Glasgow,...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse These five players need to have big seasons if Miami football wants to contend this season. Miami is talented at the skill positions. Though Dallas left early for the NFL, Harris returns at running back. It does not matter what talent they have returning from last season. The offensive line has to play better. Rhett Lashlee and offensive line coach Garin Justice have their work cut out for them. They did not have the benefit of spring and summer camp. This season is all about stability. The staff needs to stabilize the offensive line. Without consistency upfront, the offense will always be inconsistent. That starts with Campbell. Next: 4. Gregory...
    New York Jets: Brian Winters could be an integral piece to a successful offense By: Dylan Price July 28, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesBrian Winters has been a veteran piece for the New York Jets for the longest time. This offseason has fogged up the future of Winters. With new additions across the board, the offensive line has undergone an extensive overhaul. As the offseason programs and now the preseason get hindered by COVID-19, continuity has become all the more imperative to success. With that said, all of a sudden, Brian Winters has just received a significant bump in his stock. The Long Tenured Jet Is...
    NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 01: Andrew Thomas #71 of the Georgia Bulldogs guards during the Allstate Sugar Bowl against the Texas Longhorns at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 01, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) The New York Giants finally locked in their 2020 first round selection. Entering the 2020 NFL Draft, the New York Giants were a team with many needs. They went 9-23 the past two years for a reason. With the defense being abysmal, general manager Dave Gettleman and new head coach Joe Judge opted to fix a longstanding problem: the offensive line. So, they used the fourth overall pick to select Georgia offensive tackle Andrew Thomas back in April. Nearly two...
    Getty Jon Gruden hugging Kelchi Osemele. It wasn’t that long ago the Raiders had a dominant offensive line that looked completely different than it does now. One of the key members of the 2016 group that only allowed 1.2 sacks per game was Kelichi Osemele, who went to two Pro Bowls while he was with the team. It looked like he was going to be a difference-maker on the team for years to come but when Jon Gruden was hired and brought in Tom Cable, Osemele didn’t play nearly as well. He ended up getting traded to the New York Jets last offseason and was replaced by Richie Incognito, who had an excellent year. Osemele had an ugly...
    Of all the years for the Giants to inject youth into their offensive line. They will find a place for rookie Andrew Thomas, the No. 4 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, at left or right tackle. They will see if Nick Gates, a 24-year-old with three career NFL starts, can fill a void by transitioning to center. They will see what they have in another rookie, Shane Lemieux, possibly as a center prospect, definitely as a reserve guard. They will develop rookie tackle Matt Peart, a third-round pick with wonderful physical gifts yet in need of refinement. From a strict football sense, building an offensive line amid the restrictions inherent in a pandemic is not going to be easy...
    The Jets have had some important preseason moments over the past decade. Damon Harrison secured his roster spot in 2012 with a strong performance in the preseason finale in Philadelphia. Robby Anderson opened eyes in Washington in 2016. Greg McElroy connected with Terrance Ganaway for the team’s lone offensive touchdown in Philadelphia in 2012. OK, so maybe that last one was not so important. But this year there will be no moments like these. The preseason is not going to happen, and there won’t be many fans weeping over the loss of these exhibition games, but the Jets are one of the teams that are going to feel the loss of the preseason the most. It is not just...