Lions’ Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia ‘in lockstep’ on personnel decisions

Detroit – Before a crowd of the nearly 4,000, the Detroit Lions held their annual Season Ticket Member Summit at Ford Field on Monday. The event, hosted by play-by-play announcer Dan Miller, had general manager Bob Quinn, team president Rod Wood and coach Matt Patricia taking questions from the audience.

Here were some of the highlights from that Q&A:

Patricia said he’s been working hard to familiarize himself the current roster, and while several of those evaluations were easy, there were about a dozen or so players he needed to study to see how they would fit into the schemes he wants to run in Detroit. That’s where he was able to lean on Quinn.

“Honestly, with Bob’s help, trusting his opinion and evaluation, knowing we look at players the same way, look at guys in the same light, how they’re used, their roles, Bob is familiar schematically what I do defensively and what I’ve done before. It was really an easy conversation,” Patricia said.

It was just last month that Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Beckham “will not set foot on a field” without a new contract. That came not long after a report by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo in February that OBJ wants $20 million per year in his next contract. Last year, he made it known in an UNINTERRUPTED interview that he wants to be the highest-paid player—not just receiver—in the league.

All of this drama follows a suspicious hotel room video involving Beckham earlier this offseason. Per ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Giants co-owner John Mara is on the record this offseason of saying he is “tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior.”

When he is on the field, there is no denying the type of impact he can make. He had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons before an ankle injury limited to just four games last year.la_kings_014

Bengals schedule 2018: Cincinnati must manage four tough road tests

The Bengals’ 2018 schedule marks a pivotal season for veteran coach Marvin Lewis after back-to-back losing seasons in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati faces the usual tests in the AFC North against rivals Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Cleveland, but this is a year in which the Bengals will find out whether the franchise is built to contend for the division title. Cincinnati faces the NFC South and AFC South this year, which means half of the road games are against playoff teams from last season.

Bottom line: This is a pivotal year for the franchise given Lewis’ tenuous hold on the head coaching job and back-to-back losing seasons. There’s been a familiar pattern in the division the last two years, too: Cincinnati sweeps Cleveland, splits with Baltimore and loses both games to Pittsburgh. If Cincinnati can find a way to make that record 4-2 or better, then it will be in the AFC wild-card hunt. If it’s less than .500, the Bengals might be looking to change directions once and for all. Record prediction: 8-8

Gronkowski wants a raise from his current contract, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports, adding that it appears to be an open secret the superstar pass-catcher is upset. Gronk signed his current contract way back in 2012; that deal that still has two years remaining on it.

A dream scenario for the Colts: They land the player they would have targeted at No. 3 a few picks later. Chubb is a special talent and the draft’s best non-quarterback. If he is off the board by the time pick No. 6 arrives, Quenton Nelson and Roquan Smith will be considered.

The Broncos’ 2018 schedule was going to be tough enough given the competition in their own division. But a handful of regular-season games from matchups with the AFC North and NFC West provide even more challenges for Denver this season.seahawks_032

How much will Khalil Mack’s new deal cost for Raiders?

The Raiders offseason workout program is underway and the NFL draft is less than two weeks away, meaning the Silver and Black are coming together as a team that will weather the 2018 season.

The Raiders have future cap space available for Mack. They’re up against it this year, but don’t forget Mack’s fifth-year option accounts for $13.86 million of that total. Most, if not all of his new money could come next year, or Mack’s 2018 cap number could decrease with a massive signing bonus – that cap hit would be split over the life of the deal — and a lower base salary. The Raiders have options in that regard.

Also, there’s little stress about Mack missing early offseason workouts. He’ll be in shape when he reports. Make no mistake about that. There’s plenty of time to get a deal done this offseason, though the Raiders hope it’s done before training camp.

Both outlets indicated the door has not closed on Kaepernick potentially landing in Seattle.

Kaepernick was deposed by NFL attorneys this week as part of his grievance against the league and its teams in which he alleges he has been blackballed as a result of his stance on social issues. Several teams, coaches and executives were supposed to be interviewed during the process, including the Seahawks.

Free agent safety Eric Reid, who also took a knee to protest alongside his then-49ers teammate, reportedly was asked about the issue by the Bengals during a visit earlier this week.

Tennessee would love to see Harold Landry slip, and the team might even look to move up to get him. But if not, the next pass-rusher on the Titans’ list in Davenport will have to do. Davenport can basically redshirt during his first season in Tennessee.

Without many pressing needs, the Falcons should take advantage of deep defensive tackle and offensive line classes. Coaches speak glowingly about Payne’s maturity and consistent improvement during his time at Alabama.seahawks_084

NFL Draft 2018: Giants prefer Sam Darnold, ‘don’t like’ Josh Rosen, report says

These selections are reversed in Sporting News’ latest mock draft, with Miller going No. 23 and Rudolph at No. 31. But the stock of the two QBs “behind” USC’s Sam Darnold, Wyoming’s Josh Allen, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield keeps rising. Garoppolo and Brissett with their athleticism developed well behind Brady, and both Jackson and Rudolph fit the same profile.

Drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, Williams made Arizona his home for four years, tallying 218 career carries for 971 yards and four touchdowns during his time there. Over four seasons with the Cardinals , Williams was waived and cut on five separate occasions, only to have his best season in 2017 when he racked up 519 yards from scrimmage on 130 total touches.

In Kansas City, Williams will be one of four running backs backing up bell-cow second-year stud Kareem Hunt , including Charcandrick West , former Dolphins back Damien Williams and Spencer Ware , who is recovering from a season-ending PCL injury.

“I’m in my second year,” Prescott reported. “As much as you want to say, ‘I want a say-so’ or this and that, those guys get paid a lot more than me. That’s what those guys get paid to do. That’s not my decision. I didn’t really know if it was happening. I can’t say I thought it would fully happen.”

“I’m done. That’s it. It’s been a long career. Went to the doctor. My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me. It’s just about doing what’s right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame,” Incognito said.

Incognito, 34, retweeted Carucci after the news broke and dropped his own tweet saying he was leaving football behind.

However, Incognito told Sports Illustrated that he would come back for one more season “at the right price.”

Incognito admitted he was very unhappy when the Bills restructured his contract, but that was separate from his decision to retire.

Word of this got out immediately, leaving the indelible impression that the Bengals have zero intention of offering Reid a contract, and that the reason wasn’t football-related in any way. It also sent the message that any team and owner still hung up about players kneeling had no reason to even go through the motions the Bengals went through.
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When will the 2018 NFL schedules come out?

The NFL Draft will soon be upon football fans everywhere, which means the 2018 schedule release is drawing even closer.

The upcoming season’s schedule is typically released within one week of the draft — much to the delight of sports network executives who probably find this portion of the NFL calendar year dreadfully boring.

In 2017, the NFL released the schedule on April 20 — one week before the draft. Following that model, the 2018 schedule should get released sometime around April 19 because the draft starts on April 26.

And amid all that is the obvious rift between the Players Coalition leaders and Reid, Colin Kaepernick and others, going back to the midseason meetings with the owners. McCourty addressed that last month, too, essentially saying the players all wanted the same thing but through different means.

The split among players is not inconsequential. The lockstep of the owners, though, carries far bigger consequences. So does the cognitive dissonance between their community outreach and their continued suppression of certain players.

Paul Schwartz of the New York Post has a new take on the situation. While not necessarily a clear-cut report and instead more of an informed tapestry of rumor, analysis, and speculation, Schwartz predicts that the Giants won’t take a quarterback at No. 2, because they don’t feel strongly enough about the likelihood that any of them will become a perennial All-Pro and potential Hall of Famer.

Instead, the thinking is that the Giants and G.M. Dave Gettleman will lean toward Barkley with the second pick.

“I thought all along this is the guy Dave wants,’’ an unnamed scout with no apparent connection to Gettleman, other than “crossing paths with him on the road over the years,” suggested. “And he might get him, if Cleveland is dumb enough not to take him at No. 1.”

And that’s the risk in rolling the dice on a franchise quarterback. Roll wrong, and a team like the Titans will take Jake Locker and a team like the Jaguars will take Blaine Gabbert with a guy like J.J. Watt still on the board.seahawks_026

Lions’ Bob Quinn, Matt Patricia ‘in lockstep’ on personnel decisions

Detroit – Before a crowd of the nearly 4,000, the Detroit Lions held their annual Season Ticket Member Summit at Ford Field on Monday. The event, hosted by play-by-play announcer Dan Miller, had general manager Bob Quinn, team president Rod Wood and coach Matt Patricia taking questions from the audience.

Here were some of the highlights from that Q&A:

Patricia said he’s been working hard to familiarize himself the current roster, and while several of those evaluations were easy, there were about a dozen or so players he needed to study to see how they would fit into the schemes he wants to run in Detroit. That’s where he was able to lean on Quinn.

“Honestly, with Bob’s help, trusting his opinion and evaluation, knowing we look at players the same way, look at guys in the same light, how they’re used, their roles, Bob is familiar schematically what I do defensively and what I’ve done before. It was really an easy conversation,” Patricia said.

It was just last month that Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Beckham “will not set foot on a field” without a new contract. That came not long after a report by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo in February that OBJ wants $20 million per year in his next contract. Last year, he made it known in an UNINTERRUPTED interview that he wants to be the highest-paid player—not just receiver—in the league.

All of this drama follows a suspicious hotel room video involving Beckham earlier this offseason. Per ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert, Giants co-owner John Mara is on the record this offseason of saying he is “tired of answering questions about Odell’s behavior.”

When he is on the field, there is no denying the type of impact he can make. He had at least 90 catches, 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons before an ankle injury limited to just four games last year.la_kings_014