Monthly Archives: May 2018

Eagles to sign receiver Markus Wheaton

The Eagles are signing veteran wide receiver Markus Wheaton, according to a league source.

Wheaton, 27, played last season with the Chicago Bears. He finished with only three catches in 11 games. Before going to Chicago, he spent four years as a contributor for the Pittsburgh Steelers, starting 22 games.

Denver Broncos I specifically remember writing about the fact cornerback Chris Harris Jr. was ranked on the NFL’s Top 100 Players list in 2017, and a year later here we are again. One of the founding fathers of the No Fly Zone has been one of the premiere cornerbacks in the NFL for years now, and at only 28 years old he’s still in his prime.

The Broncos kept benefiting from an odd class, too. Wideout Courtland Sutton out of SMU fell to them in the second round, and he’ll get the nod opposite Demaryius Thomas, enabling Emmanuel Sanders to work out of the slot. It’s a perfect schematic situation for Keenum, though it won’t work if the 6’3, 218-pound rookie can’t adapt quickly to win engagements on the outside. 

Then there’s third-round pick Royce Freeman. 

Freeman, 6’0 and 229 pounds, rushing for 1,475 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. He scored 16 or more times in three of his four collegiate seasons. He needs to be ready to act as the every-down back after the Broncos parted ways with C.J. Anderson. 

There are few teams relying more on rookies in key spots than the Broncos. 

What could have been? Instead of waiting and drafting Brock Osweiler or Russell Wilson, Pat Shurmur used his two first-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft to get Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden in the first round. The second pick was part of the 2011 deal with Atlanta that Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys allowed the Falcons to grab Julio Jones with the No. 6 pick.

Does it matter? Few people guessed Wilson would be this good or that Osweiler would cash in on his time as a backup, but it still hurts on some level when you consider Weeden had a 5-15 record between 2012-13. He also was 29 years old when the Browns drafted Cheap Dog Jerseys him.

Joining the 11-win Carolina Panthers from a year ago, boasting an annual MVP contender under center like Cam Newton, means high expectations for rookies. 

The task for No. 24 pick D.J. Moore is simple: Take that 6’0, 210-pound frame with 4.42 40-yard dash speed and a silly 132-inch broad jump and go out and win a starting gig. 

The Maryland product will have to rip some playing time from somebody like Torrey Smith or 2017 second-round pick Curtis Samuel, but it shouldn’t be hard for a three-year starter coming off an 80-catch, eight-touchdown season to do. 

Speaking of being in good positions, Iowa lineman James Daniels couldn’t have landed in a much better spot if he had to take a draft day fall. He dipped to No. 39, where he’s tasked with protecting franchise quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, but he will do so next to solid presences Cody Whitehair and Kyle Long. 

Wideout Anthony Miller has a huge weight on his shoulders after the Bears moved up to grab him in the second round. He defined the word productive in college last year by turning 96 catches into 1,462 yards and 18 touchdowns. Now the task is playing a strong complement to Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel. 

For a team on the cusp of an upswing in a lengthy rebuild, the 2018 Bears rookies face more pressure than most classes to get it right—and fast. 

After a modest 7-9 record in his first season, Pederson led the Eagles to a 13-3 record during the 2017 campaign and the franchise’s first-ever Super Bowl title with a 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots.

Philadelphia overcame the loss of starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who tore his ACL in a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams. Nick Foles started the final six games, including the playoffs, and was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 373 yards and accounting for four total touchdowns.

Pederson has quickly established himself as one of the NFL’s best head coaches, and the Eagles have built a roster for him that will allow them to be a championship contender for years to come.

After Davenport, UFC wideout Tre’quan Smith was the Cheap Bruins Jerseys pick in the third Cheap Basketball Jerseys round, a high-upside gamble who might be able to break into some early playing time, though the Saints recently went out of their way to swipe Cameron Meredith from the Bears in restricted free agency. 

The rest of the Saints draft class came down to depth, only further increasing the pressure on Davenport as the team makes win-now moves in an effort to compete as Drew Brees’ career winds down.

Saquon Barkley has one job upon arrival with the New York Giants—do what he did in college. 

NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?

NFL draft grades — an annual exercise of hubris as draft experts tell the league’s front office executives and scouts how they performed over the course of three days. (And let’s note here, it’s virtually impossible to assign any fair assessment to a player until he’s been a pro for at least three seasons.)

But in this era of instant gratification, who wants to wait until 2021? With that take it FWIW caveat, our first impression, ahem, grades for all 32 teams:

Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn: Deciding to return for his redshirt junior year should pay off, as he will benefit from another year of seasoning. If Stidham displays a quicker trigger and cleans up some of his turnover issues, he should be an attractive first-round option given his size (6-3, 214 pounds) and accuracy.

Raekwon Davis, DT, Alabama: A mountain at 6-7 and 316 pounds, he led the Crimson Tide with 8½ sacks. But Davis isn’t solely reliant on his physical tools. He regularly exhibits impressive technique and pad level for a player of his size, tools that will serve him well in the NFL.

Eagles’ Tim Jernigan injured: What’s his future hold?

Pederson originally signed a four-year deal (with an option) when he was hired in 2016, now it’s a five-year deal. The terms of the contract are unknown, but this was a no-brainer decision for the Eagles organization to lock up Pederson through (at least) 2020.

Pederson has come a long way in just two seasons since replacing Chip Kelly.

Before the 2017 season, The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi a former NFL executive said on a podcast that Pederson might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen in my 30-plus years in the NFL.

After just one season as an NFL head coach under his belt the Eagles Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys went 7-9 in 2016 some already questioned whether Pederson should be on Cheap Authentic NHL Jerseys the hot seat for 2017.