Sport Brandin Cooks Is a Ram, David Johnson In Ready, Another Reason Lamar Jackson Has a Great Shot at Round 1

05:35  07 april  2018
05:35  07 april  2018 Source:   si.com

Questioning the Brandin Cooks trade? Here are some answers

  Questioning the Brandin Cooks trade? Here are some answers In 18 years under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, only three Patriots receivers have achieved 1,000 yards in their first season with the club: Randy Moss and Wes Welker in 2007, and Brandin Cooks in 2017. Moss became a first ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer this year. Welker will likely enter the Patriots Hall of Fame one day. Yet Cooks, for his 65 catches, 1,082 yards, and seven touchdowns, was shipped out of town after his one season in New England, traded to the Rams on Tuesday for the rough equivalent of a late first/early second-round pick. The Patriots acquired the No.

Brandin Cooks Is a Ram , David Johnson In Ready , Another Reason Lamar Jackson Has a Great Shot at Round 1 . Because having a quality QB on a rookie deal means the freedom to sign two or three other marquee players, and because with first-rounders those four-year rookie deals can be

L . A . added another star for 2018 as they look to take advantage of Jared Goff’s rookie contract window; the speedster could add an element they lacked with Sammy Watkins last year. Meanwhile, the Patriots pick up a first- round pick, a reason to move away from the vertical passing game

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10. Lamar Jackson Pro Day Reaction

Louisville’s pro day was last week, but questions about Jackson have persisted.

Our Jonathan Jones wrote a great piece earlier this week about the active role Jackson’s mother has taken (and continues to take) in her son’s football career, and what it could mean for Jackson’s draft prospects. Perhaps just as telling about Jackson’s draft prospects is the Brandin Cooks trade to L.A. (spoiler: that’s Story No. 1 on this week’s list). The Rams are trading draft picks for potentially expensive veteran stars because Jared Goff, still on his rookie deal, is drastically cheaper than even a middle-tier veteran QB. The cap savings with QBs on their rookie deal is a huge financial advantage that teams are playing to more and more. The Seahawks had great success building around Russell Wilson from 2012-15. The Eagles are benefitting from a cheap Carson Wentz. Because having a quality QB on a rookie deal means the freedom to sign two or three other marquee players, and because with first-rounders those four-year rookie deals can be extended to a still fairly cap-friendly fifth year, there is more incentive than ever for teams to reach for a quarterback in Round 1. It’s good news for Jackson and maybe even Mason Rudolph. With quarterbacks, teams sometimes aren’t drafting the player as much as they’re drafting the position.

Lamar Jackson’s stock reportedly climbing, expected to go in first round

  Lamar Jackson’s stock reportedly climbing, expected to go in first round Lamar Jackson has been somewhat of a mystery as we inch closer to the NFL Draft, but apparently he has a good chance of being selected very early. Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported over the weekend that Jackson’s stock is rising and he could be picked as early as No. 15 overall, with the Arizona Cardinals in need of a quarterback of the future.Lots of talk and confusion around Lamar Jackson. My understanding however, in regards to his draft stock, is that it continues to trend upward. Hard to imagine him falling him out of the 1st round. He could pretty high as well — think about ARZ at 15 as a possibility.

Brandin Cooks sailed across the goal line during a game against Houston. Cooks was traded to the Rams on Bill Belichick has more draft capital at his disposal after Tuesday’s trade of Brandin Cooks to the Former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson , the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner, could be a

Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots looks on before the AFC Championship Game against the With the NFL trade merry-go- round in full swing, the New England Patriots couldn't just sit and watch, so they In exchange, the Patriots received the Rams ' first- round and sixth- round picks and

• LAMAR JACKSON, HIS MOTHER, AND THE PLAN THEY’VE ALWAYS HAD: A look at their past, and how it is shaping their unique approach to the NFL draft.

9. Titans New Uniforms

Most notably, new helmets! Out with the old, in with the blue.

I love Tennessee’s new look. After the Bills and Chargers changed uniforms a few years ago, seven of the NFL’s 32 teams had white helmets. That’s too many. This new, duller shade of blue makes the Titans look more intimidating.

8. Raiders Cut Marquette King, the Dancing Punter

King was a 2016 second-team All-Pro and one of the best known specialists in the league. He has since signed with Denver.

I would love to hear how this news was broken to King, as Gruden can’t speak to the players yet. Too bad. I envisioned him sitting Kind down and saying, “You’re getting dumped, but it’s not you. It’s your personality.”

Lack of agent may be hurting Lamar Jackson

  Lack of agent may be hurting Lamar Jackson Quarterback Lamar Jackson decided that he didn’t need an agent. Some teams may be wishing he’d made a different decision.Quarterback Lamar Jackson decided that he didn’t need an agent. Some teams may be wishing he’d made a different decision.

Thanks for a great season, Brandin Cooks . Cooks has T Rex arms and he tried but glad they moved his salary. Malcom Mitchell is a genuine star in the making and expect another tight end to come to NE.

The first race Brandin Cooks ever lost was to a red Lincoln Town Car speeding past his house on Stockton Street. What Cooks found at the end of those 10 miles of country road was a town where football, and the You’re looking at Magic Johnson ’s house and Michael Jackson ’s house, but once

7. Falcons Nearing Extension With Matt Ryan

After Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins reset the QB market, the Falcons QB is next up to become the NFL’s highest-paid player.

Gary Gramling made a great point on our MMQB 10 Things podcast recently: Remember that when Ryan was coming out of Boston College in 2008, the concern was that he might not be an accurate enough passer. That’s hard to imagine now—Ryan is one of the game’s preeminent timing and rhythm throwers. Locking him up for another few years is a no-brainer. You could argue that Atlanta, with its fast, young defense and star-studded running and passing game, should be the NFC’s Super Bowl favorites entering 2018.

• THE QUESTIONS FOR THE TOP SIX QB PROSPECTS: And looking for answers when it comes to the passers in this year’s draft.

6. League Office Sharing Next Gen Stats

The NFL will share the past two years of their player tracking data with all 32 teams. The data is collected from RFID tracking devices in every player’s shoulder pads.

Patriots reportedly not going to trade for Beckham

  Patriots reportedly not going to trade for Beckham The New England Patriots trading Brandin Cooks and loading up on a high draft pick has led to plenty of speculation about what is next to come. Will the Pats package some of their top picks for something else?Almost immediately after news was reported that New England had traded Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams for a first and sixth-round pick, people started speculating that the Pats could make a run for Odell Beckham Jr. After all, they now have two late first-round picks (Nos. 23 and 31) that reportedly are required for Beckham.

Brandin Tawan Cooks (born September 25, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

So following the Rams ' lead — GM Les Snead has already made five significant offseason trades after obtaining WR Brandin Cooks But Hernandez would represent a marked improvement without being a reach in the first round . Jackson has significantly more upside, and Adam Gase, who's worked

This is interesting advanced data since it’s not judgement-based. Something to keep in mind, though: You don’t always get apples to apples when comparing NFL player data. Different schemes and supporting casts can greatly impact how a player approaches the game. That’s why coaches use advanced data as background and filler, but never as a replacement for film study.

5. Offseason Workouts Begin

The Cardinals and Bears began offseason workout programs on Tuesday. (All NFL teams will get going by April 16.)

With the CBA limiting practice times and offseason work, these programs are more important than ever. Which teams can be most efficient with the time? And which teams can be most creative with fudging the rules? I heard a story about a coach in the early 2000s (which, granted, was under a different CBA and with a league-friendlier NFLPA) who got around a rule that prohibited offense vs. defense drills by teaching his trainers and administrative staffs some defensive schemes. Those trainers and administrative staffers formed an 11-man unit for the offense to work against. So, technically, there was no offense vs. defense. A trainer once got run over by a fullback, but other than that, it sounded like everything worked out fine.

Lamar Jackson breaking mold by going without agent into NFL draft

  Lamar Jackson breaking mold by going without agent into NFL draft Lamar Jackson is going into the NFL draft without an agent. While that's hardly typical, it's difficult to tell whether the plan will end up to be an impediment.We know that Lamar Jackson is some special kind of lightning on a football field. With blazing speed, the former Heisman Trophy winner is the most athletic quarterback in the upcoming NFL draft. He may even be more electric than Michael Vick – an assessment that the former No. 1 overall pick himself doesn’t dispute.

4. David Johnson Is Back

The Cardinals star running back has been fully cleared from his 2017 wrist injury and was recently filmed doing kettlebell lifts.

The Cardinals have a ton of needs on offense, but with a veteran QB (Sam Bradford, fingers crossed) and an upper-tier defense, reincorporating a superstar like Johnson could be enough to make them playoff contenders in 2018. It will be interesting to see how GM Steve Keim approaches this draft.

3. Gronk Not Done Yet

After teasing that he might retire after the Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski said he is “pretty certain” he will return this season, although the burgeoning trade rumors mean there’s a chance it won’t be with the Patriots.

I’d be surprised if Gronkowski isn’t a Patriot in 2018. Two years ago, Bill Belichick told me that, next to quarterback, tight end is the most intellectually challenging position in New England’s scheme, and he had great admiration for the mental workload Gronkowski handled. Teammates and coaches love Gronk—when he’s at work, he’s the consummate professional. Even if Gronkowski has grown unhappy as a Patriot, it won’t impact how he approaches his craft. And let’s not forget: He still performs that craft better than anyone, and on an affordable contract (cash of $8.9 million, cap hit of $10.9, according to Spotrac). With Brandin Cooks gone, Gronkowski and Chris Hogan are New England’s lone vertical threats (assuming Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson remain ancillary backups, which is likely.) The only way Gronkowski becomes even a little bit expendable is if the Patriots decide to go all-in on the underneath passing game they featured a few years ago. With Julian Edelman 32 years old and coming off a knee injury, I doubt they commit to that approach—or any particular aerial approach—until the regular season.

Lamar Jackson reacts to getting shout-out from Tom Brady

  Lamar Jackson reacts to getting shout-out from Tom Brady Lamar Jackson remains somewhat of a wild card heading into the NFL Draft later this month, but it seems like the New England Patriots are doing all they can to boost the former Louisville star’s stock.Lamar Jackson remains somewhat of a wild card heading into the NFL Draft later this month, but it seems like the New England Patriots are doing all they can to boost the former Louisville star’s stock.

2. Ravens sign RG3

Baltimore added Robert Griffin III on a one-year deal to backup Joe Flacco, replacing Ryan Mallett.

Football-wise, this is a big change for the Ravens. In Ryan Mallett, they had an ersatz Joe Flacco. Stylistically, their offense didn’t change when Mallett came in. Now, their offense will change nearly 180 degrees if backup Robert Griffin takes the field. (That’s a big if, by the way. Griffin couldn’t make an NFL roster last year, there’s no promise he’ll ultimately make Baltimore’s). The Griffin signing also reopens the Colin Kaepernick debate. It’s hard to imagine the Ravens truly believing that Griffin is the superior player. Griffin and Kaepernick have similar flaws, but Griffin’s are worse. Plus, Kaepernick’s strengths are more dynamic than Griffin’s. The Ravens’ most honest argument, which they can’t publicly make given their role in the ongoing Kaepernick collusion case, is: If we sign Kaepernick, we get waves of protesters against him and the legions of media that come with it. That’s disruptive, and Kaepernick isn’t far enough ahead of Griffin as a player to justify it. This story is likely to get bigger before it gets smaller.

• WILL RG3 REBOUND IN BALTIMORE?: Or is he just another placeholder for the Ravens’ lukewarm offense?

1. Patriots trade Cooks to the Rams

The Patriots traded WR Brandon Cooks and fourth-round draft pick to the Rams for the 23rd overall pick and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.

For analysis, read this Peter King article. Or this Albert Breer article. Or this Andy Benoit article. Or, for a Patriots perspective, this Conor Orr article. The MMQB was pretty thorough on this one.

• Question or comment? Email us at talkback@themmqb.com.

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Rain threat means early start for last round of RBC Heritage .
Golfers will have to be up early Sunday for the final round of the RBC Heritage. The PGA Tour said Saturday that play will begin about 7 a.m. because of the threat of thunderstorms. Threesomes will be sent off on the first and 10th tees at Harbour Town Golf Links.Golfers typically are sent out in groups of two, with the final pair going off about 2 p.m. and finishing about four hours later.The forecast calls for rain much of the day with the severest weather expected during mid-afternoon when the tournament usually finishes.

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