Thursday, April 28, 2016

Jets go with outside linebacker Darron Lee

The New York Jets needed speed on defense. They got it.

Gang Green snagged Ohio State outside linebacker Darron Lee at No. 20 overall.

Via CBS Sports, the 6-1, 232-pounder is "A former safety turned OLB perfectly suited to the pass-happy NFL. Elite speed and physicality. An ascending talent." Read more analysis here.

Bills pick up defensive end Shaq Lawson

The Buffalo Bills went on the defensive Thursday night. And they gave a second wave "goodbye" to Mario Williams, in the process.

The Bills selected Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson will the 19th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Per CBS Sports: "He only started one year, but he leaves with 41.5 tackles for loss. Compact and powerful base defensive end who is better vs. the run than the pass." Read the full analysis here.

Dolphins snag Tunsil, who fell (in draft) after bong vid

This afternoon, the Miami Dolphins probably didn't think they'd have a chance to select a projected first overall pick, since, you know, they were drafting at No. 13.

But it all worked out.

The Dolphins drafted Ole Miss offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil hours after a video was posted on his Twitter account in which he takes a bong hit from a gas mask (or some combination of the two things).

Tunsil said after the selection that his account was hacked and that the video was years old.

"I'm going to show everyone the kind of person I am," he told NFL Network's Deion Sanders. "I'm a great person."

Anyway, he stands at 6-5, 310 pounds. Via CBS Sports, he was "born to play left tackle in NFL, winning with quickness, balance and power. Durability, however, is a concern." Here's the full analysis.

Dolphins address pre-draft housecleaning, release five

With only a few hours to go before the 2016 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins tidied their roster Thursday, releasing five players and knocking their roster number down to 73.

Per the team's website, Damaar Aultman, Tyler Davis, Robert Herron and Terrell Manning — all on reserve/futures contracts signed back in early January — were released. Also let go was linebacker Robert Thomas II, who ended last season on IR after playing one game (Week 13) against the Baltimore Ravens.

Aultman, Herron and Manning each spent time on the Dolphins practice squad in 2015.


Monday, April 25, 2016

Brady suspension ruling upheld; will sit vs. Bills, 'Phins

Barring further appeal or a deal with the league, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the 2016-17 season, including two home divisional games, as a federal appeals court upheld Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision Monday and overturned a lower court's decision to throw out the suspension handed down last year.

The 2-1 ruling, per Mike Reiss of, stated Goodell "properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement" and "did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness."

That's good news for the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, who are slated to face New England in weeks 2 and 4, respectively.

Brady, Gronk among top 10 in 2015-16 player sales

The New England Patriots may not always open their wallets, but their fans certainly do.

The NFLPA released the top 50 player sales list for the 2015-16 season Monday, which is based on total sales of officially licensed merchandise. Three Pats players landed in the top 25, with Tom Brady snagging the top spot.

Rob Gronkowski was No. 8, while wideout Julian Edelman came in at No. 23.

Ryan Tannehill (No. 34) was the first non-Patriot from the division to make an appearance in the top 50, while a pair of Bills (Sammy Watkins, No. 47, and LeSean McCoy, No. 49) snuck in toward the bottom of the list.

Only one Jet — Darrelle Revis — made the cut, coming in at No. 45.

Check out the full list here.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

McCourty: NFL team similar to your boring office job

Starting a new job is stressful.

As a new member of any organization, things like assimilating to your work environment, understanding your role and getting to know your co-workers can be big changes — whether it's in a high-rise office building or on the gridiron. 

Veteran defensive back Devin McCourty is well aware of those growing pains, particularly in April as teams typically begin to gel during offseason workouts.

"I think it’s like any other workplace, the better you know your co-workers personally and as a unit, as a team, as a group, usually you’re able to perform better," McCourty said Thursday. "Your group gets better after you know each other, you can challenge each other, you can help each other out. 

"I think we do that now naturally just as guys coming together and lifting and working out. We’re trying to get stronger and faster and all of that so competition helps that. I just think guys naturally start to bond and form together as a group."

Buffalo tops Forbes' 'Most Miserable Sports Cities' list

Buffalo fans, your pain does not go unnoticed.

Forbes magazine put together a Top 10 list of the most miserable sports cities in the United States based on a combination of years since its last major sports championship, the number of playoff runs that have come up short and cities that have lost their teams completely to relocation.

Western New Yorkers shouldn't be surprised that Buffalo topped the list, noting, "when it comes to agony, no fans have suffered like those who call Buffalo home."

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Whaley: 'Very, very good chance' Bills draft a QB

Tyrod Taylor may be the Buffalo Bills’ starter, but that won’t stop the team from shopping for depth or a future replacement during this year’s draft.

After making it clear Wednesday the team is ready to move forward this season with Taylor under center, General Manager Doug Whaley certainly made it sound like there’d be another young body joining training camp this summer.
Now, Whaley could mean that draft selection comes in 2017 and not this season. But the Bills, at the very least, would be remiss to pass on a promising prospect next week one falls to one of their eight picks.

Tannehill: I'll welcome a QB draft pick with open arms

Talk of replacing Ryan Tannehill seems to be a perennial conversation in South Florida, and this year’s no different — regardless of the new team leadership.

Tannehill, as he’s always done though, has continued to talk about the betterment of the team over his personal feelings on the Miami Dolphins potentially drafting a quarterback, which front office exec Mike Tannenbaum mentioned recently.

Per Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald:

"That's the nature of the business,” Tannehill said. “If you're not doing the job good enough then they're looking to replace you. And you want to have depth.

"I love he guys in the room ... I'm excited about the room we have and if we add somebody else, I'll be open arms and welcome him in. We're just there to push each other. Push each to be better and enjoy the whole process."