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Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

2020.07.25 15:46 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER Offseason Review Series: The 2020 New York Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Arizona
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2-year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season and remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, but he projects to compete for Arizona on a 1-year deal. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1-year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2-year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their 7th-ranked total defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1-year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played high safety, box safety, and a key special-teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet and Austin. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Brian Poole NCB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1-year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be worth the $6.5 MM deal to get a shot on the outside. Grade: A
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3-year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3-year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the Jets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: A
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1-year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former 2nd-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained NCB Brian Poole to play slot on a 1-year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis Cal
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville LT Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and CeeDee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies expectations with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and blocking. Mims should start at outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted Cal FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played high safety, box safety, and even slot corner at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and some interior versatility, and he could project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and Kyle Phillips, but it's hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback with Le'Veon Bell already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' 4th-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual football fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte LT Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets addressed the secondary in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already in the fold, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their 6th-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage and a redzone threat. Alabama NCB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a nickel corner, a box safety, a high safety, and a subpackage linebacker, and he likely would have been drafted if teams had been able to conduct medical rechecks on him after a minor injury prevented him from working out at the Combine.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with La'El Collins and Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade targets. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All Pro Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

Pos 1 2 3 4
off
QB Sam Darnold J Flacco J Morgan
RB Le'Veon Bell F Gore L Perine T Cannon
WR Breshad Perriman J Smith
WR Denzel Mims V Smith
SWR Jamison Crowder B Berrios
TE Chris Herndon R Griffin D Brown
LT Mekhi Becton C Clark
LG Alex Lewis G Van Roten
C Connor McGovern J Harrison
RG Brian Winters
RT George Fant C Edoga
def
EDGE Jordan Jenkins K Phillips
EDGE Tarell Basham J Zuniga
DT Henry Anderson N Shepherd F Fatukasi
DT Quinnen Williams S McLendon
ILB CJ Mosley N Hewitt B Cashman
ILB Avery Williamson P Onwuasor H Langi
CB Pierre Desir B Hall
CB Arthur Maulet Q Wilson
NCB Brian Poole S Carter
SS Jamal Adams A Davis
FS Marcus Maye M Farley
spec
K Sam Ficken
P Braden Mann
LS Thomas Hennessy
 
Roster Bubble (In): RB Trenton Cannon, WR Jeff Smith, ILB Harvey Langi, NCB Shyheim Carter, K Sam Ficken
 
Roster Bubble (Out): WR Josh Doctson, TE Trevon Wesco, LG Josh Andrews, EDGE John Franklin-Myers, CB Blessuan Austin
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers with drop issues across Robby Anderson and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who supposedly won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a 4th-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, with Vyncint Smith as the presumptive WR4, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could face competition from 4th-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the next two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle to compete with Chuma Edoga.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This is a tough pill to swallow for Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally and John Franklin-Myers competing for snaps. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before regressing to the mean in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston and Shyheim Carter could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher to compete with last year's starter Sam Ficken. At punter, the Jets have rookie Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stefon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and with the team coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Trent Williams, Brandon Aiyuk, and Javon Kinlaw should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and so it would be difficult to envision the Jets winning in week 2. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage that the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, the Jets should be seen as heavy underdogs in week 4. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s unlikely that the Jets will go on the road to the West Coast and beat an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a shot to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rush to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game for New England. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Carr, Dalton, Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a jump in competition level.
 

Training Camp Battles

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally are been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves to be too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year that he needed extensive help from tight ends.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and the defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off waivers in 2018, is the odds-on favorite to start once again after only notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. Franklin-Myers, a large and athletic pass rusher who missed last season with an undisclosed injury after the Jets claimed him off waivers from the Rams, could compete for a large snap share with a strong camp.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, incumbent starter and penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Williams, McLendon, and Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie 5th-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former 6th-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have to climb out of Gregg Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching last season.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone-blocking, short-passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.07.19 17:24 PM-ME-A-PRIME-NUMBER r/NFL Offseason Review — 2020 NY Jets

New York Jets

Division: AFC East
 
1 New England Patriots (12-4)
2 Buffalo Bills (10-6)
3 New York Jets (7-9)
4 Miami Dolphins (5-11)
 

Coaching Changes

The Jets did not make any major coaching changes this offseason, retaining HC Adam Gase, OC Dowell Loggains, and DC Gregg Williams.
 

Free Agency

Players Lost/Cut
Player Position New Team
Trevor Siemian QB Free Agent
Bilal Powell RB Free Agent
Ty Montgomery RB New Orleans
Robby Anderson WR Carolina
Demaryius Thomas WR Free Agent
Kelvin Beachum LT Free Agent
Brent Qvale LG Houston
Ryan Kalil C Free Agent
Tom Compton RG San Francisco
Brandon Shell RT Seattle
Brandon Copeland EDGE New England
Paul Worrilow ILB Free Agent
Albert McClellan ILB Free Agent
Trumaine Johnson CB Free Agent
Darryl Roberts FS Detroit
Rontez Miles FS Free Agent
Blake Countess DB Free Agent
Lachlan Edwards P Free Agent
 
The Jets reshaped their weapons for Sam Darnold this offseason, losing three veterans and bringing in a number of free agents and draft picks. GM Joe Douglas opted not to re-sign RB Bilal Powell who the Jets drafted in 2011, and he remains a free agent. Most significantly, Douglas allowed his top offensive weapon in WR Robby Anderson to walk to Carolina on a 2 year, $20.0 MM deal, creating a void at outside receiver. The team has also not re-signed WR Demaryius Thomas, who filled in for Quincy Enunwa last season, and he remains a free agent.
 
The biggest change that the Jets made to their personnel this offseason was along the offensive line, and as such there were a number of veteran casualties. LT Kelvin Beachum started for the Jets from 2017 to 2019, but he seems to have regressed, and he remains a free agent. The Jets also let C Ryan Kalil go, who unretired to snap for Sam Darnold last offseason but disappointed and got injured, and he remains a free agent. RG Tom Compton was forced into action last season with the injury to Brian Winters, and he, as is characteristic of his NFL career thus far, struggled massively in run blocking and pass pro, but he projects to compete anyway next year for San Francisco on a 1 year deal. Joe Douglas and Adam Gase never expressed interest in RT Brandon Shell for the long term, benching him for the raw Chuma Edoga early in 2019, so it was not a surprise to see the Jets let Shell go to start for Seattle on a 2 year contract.
 
The Jets mostly kept their defense in tact this offseason, only losing two key pieces. EDGE Brandon Copeland left for New England on a 1 year contract, which is not a surprising location, as Copeland is a great utility player, functioning as a rush linebacker, an off-ball linebacker, and a core special teamer for the Jets in 2019. Similarly, Joe Douglas has not re-signed the versatile FS Rontez Miles, who has played single-high safety, box safety, and a key special teams role during his seven-year Jets tenure, and he remains a free agent.
 
The Jets cut CB Trumaine Johnson, which was virtually a no-brainer after two injury-plagued seasons in which his lack of speed was frequently exposed. The only real decision was whether to cut Johnson immediately, which would have resulted in a $12.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020, or to designate Johnson as a post-June 1 cut, which would have resulted in a $4.0 MM dead cap hit in 2020 and a $8.0 MM dead cap hit in 2021. Joe Douglas opted for the latter, meaning that the Jets saved a total of $11.0 MM by cutting Johnson in 2020. Grade: A
 
The Jets cut FS Darryl Roberts in mid-March. The Jets had high hopes for Roberts following the 2018 season, prompting them to sign him to a three-year contract with an out after one year. Roberts had a rocky first eight games of the season at cornerback before injuring his calf and being benched in favor of Maulet, Austin, and Canady. Roberts remained a special-teams asset and good safety depth in December, but ultimately GM Joe Douglas decided he could cut Roberts, save $6.0 MM, and look elsewhere for a replacement. Grade: B
 
Players Signed
Player Position Old Team Length Salary
Joe Flacco QB Denver 1 year $1.5 MM
David Fales QB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Frank Gore RB Buffalo 1 year $1.1 MM
Breshad Perriman WR Tampa Bay 1 year $6.5 MM
Josh Doctson WR Minnesota 1 year $0.9 MM
Daniel Brown TE NY Jets 1 year $0.8 MM
Alex Lewis LG NY Jets 3 years $18.6 MM
Greg Van Roten LG Carolina 3 years $10.5 MM
Josh Andrews LG Indianapolis 1 year $1.0 MM
Connor McGovern C Denver 3 years $27.0 MM
George Fant RT Seattle 3 years $27.3 MM
Jordan Jenkins EDGE NY Jets 1 year $3.9 MM
Neville Hewitt ILB NY Jets 1 year $2.0 MM
Patrick Onwuasor ILB Baltimore 1 year $2.0 MM
James Burgess ILB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Pierre Desir CB Indianapolis 1 year $4.0 MM
Arthur Maulet CB NY Jets 1 year $0.9 MM
Quincy Wilson CB Indianapolis 1 year $1.3 MM
Bennett Jackson FS NY Jets 1 year $0.7 MM
Brian Poole DB NY Jets 1 year $5.0 MM
 
Jets GM Joe Douglas used to work in Baltimore, where he was supposedly very influential in the decision to draft QB Joe Flacco, so this signing is far from surprising. While Joe Flacco may be trending down in his play, $1.5 MM feels like a bargain for the chance at solid veteran insurance for Sam Darnold. However, his neck surgery will supposedly keep him out for the opening of the season. Grade: B
 
After the draft, the Jets signed RB Frank Gore to a 1 year, $1.1 MM deal to ensure that he will play his 16th season in green and white. Gore is a physical back who played under Jets HC Adam Gase in San Francisco in 2008 and in Miami in 2018. Gore can take some of the pressure off of starting RB Le'Veon Bell in 2020 as the Jets move towards a "runningback by committee" system. Grade: B
 
The Jets-Ravens connection proved strong again with the signing of WR Breshad Perriman. Perriman was a first-round pick for the Ravens in 2015 while current Jets' Director of Player Personnel Chad Alexander was with Baltimore, and though he never really produced at a high level there, he had a resurgence in 2019 for the Buccaneers. Especially in November and December, where he performed at a 1000-yard rate projected over a whole season, Perriman proved to be a legitimate outside option across from Mike Evans with Chris Godwin in the slot. Perriman is a big, athletic receiver who projects to be well-worth the $6.5 MM deal to start on the outside. Grade: B
 
Yet again, the Jets signed a former Ravens player, re-signing LG Alex Lewis, who played 2016 through 2018 with Baltimore before GM Joe Douglas traded for him in the 2019 offseason. Lewis stepped in for Kelechi Osemele last season and was a serviceable starter. Lewis is good in pass pro, versatile, and a good zone fit as a guard. However, Lewis could touch up on his penalties and overall run blocking for 2020. GM Joe Douglas only gave Lewis a 3 year, $18.6 MM deal which actually has an out after 1 year, which seems like a solid price to get another look at a 28-year-old guard who might be part of the team's future. Grade: B
 
The Jets' biggest free-agent singing in 2020 in terms of guaranteed money was former Broncos' C Connor McGovern at $18.0 MM. McGovern is an athletic lineman with experience at guard and center. He is a powerful center, and that serves him well in the run game. However, McGovern has a weak anchor and inconsistent pad level and leverage in the pass game. For this reason, despite the need at center, Joe Douglas' decision to commit two years to a center who is, perhaps, below average in pass pro is worthy of scrutiny. Grade: C
 
The biggest heavily-scrutinized acquisition that the Jets made in 2020 was probably signing former Seahawks RT George Fant to a 3 year, $27.3 MM contract. Fant functioned primarily as a swing tackle and as a sixth offensive lineman in Seattle, as he could not see the field as a starter over Germain Ifedi. Fant remains a very raw pass protector in terms of his anchor and the fluidity of his kickslide, and his ability in the run is only theoretically a strength in zone blocking. While Fant's contract has an out in 2021, it is a bit strange to see him making a similar salary to Bryan Bulaga and Halapoulvaati Vaitai. Grade: D
 
The Jets were patient in re-signing their own free agents, which probably helped get good value retaining EDGE Jordan Jenkins. Despite notching 15 combined sacks over the past two seasons, Jenkins only got $3.9 MM from the Jets. The sack number is a bit misleading, though, due to a high quantity of "coverage sacks" and a relatively modest pressure rate. However, Jenkins is a fine run defender, and he'll slot in as EDGE #1 again for the bets in 2020. Grade: B
 
The Jets also acquired a former Raven on defense with LB Patrick Onwuasor, and they only paid $2.0 MM to bring him in. Onwuasor is an undersized linebacker but a good linear athlete, and while he struggles reading offensive cues and getting off of blocks to stop the run, he is a really good coverage player with the ability to get home as a pass rusher. Onwuasor has played next to CJ Mosley before, and he could potentially contribute in subpackage and base 4-3 looks, in addition to in a depth capacity and on special teams. Grade: B
 
With the cuts of Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts, GM Joe Douglas decided to fill a starting cornerback spot with former Colts CB Pierre Desir on a 1 year, prove-it deal. Desir lacks longspeed, but he is a long, physical corner with decent short-area quickness. However, Desir lacks refinement in press and zone. With that said, $4.0 MM is a reasonable price to get a fill-in outside cornerback in 2020. Grade: B
 
This signing probably didnt get much national coverage, but re-signing CB Arthur Maulet could pay huge dividends for the Jets in 2020. In 2019, Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts failed to hit expectations, forcing Maulet, Nate Hairston, and rookie Blessuan Austin into the outside cornerback rotation. Maulet is the only one of that group who was not benched for performance reasons. For a mere $0.9 MM, retaining a guy in Maulet who is familiar with the defense who will compete to start in 2020 is seemingly a no-brainer. Grade: A
 
Instead of making another draft choice, the Jets decided to trade pick 211 for former Colts CB Quincy Wilson. Wilson, a former second-round pick, was a raw prospect coming out of Florida, and his penalties and lack of zone instincts followed him to the pros and led to his benching. However, Wilson is a big, long, and athletic corner, and at only 23 years of age, it makes sense that GM Joe Douglas wants to bring him on board to compete in an iffy cornerback room. Grade: C
 
This signing went somewhat under-the-radar, but Jets fans were thrilled when the team retained DB Brian Poole to man the slot on a 1 year, $5.0 MM contract. Poole is a good run defender with an ability to rush the passer, and he had a career year in coverage in 2019. Brian Poole is a good fit for Gregg Williams' defense, so retaining him to start in 2020 for a mere $5.0 MM seems to be a good value. Grade: B
 

Draft

Round Number Pos Player School
1 11 LT Mekhi Becton Louisville
2 59 WR Denzel Mims Baylor
3 68 FS Ashtyn Davis California
3 79 EDGE Jabari Zuniga Florida
4 120 RB La'Mical Perine Florida
4 125 QB James Morgan FIU
4 129 LT Cameron Clark Charlotte
5 158 CB Bryce Hall Virginia
6 191 P Braden Mann Texas A&M
 
The eleventh pick, Louisville T Mekhi Becton, was my favorite acquisition that the Jets made during the 2020 offseason. While there were other options on the board, namely Tristan Wirfs, Henry Ruggs, and Ceedee Lamb, that the Jets presumably could have considered, Becton was the exact player I thought the Jets should take when he fell to 11. The first thing that stands out about Becton is his massive size, as he's 6'7", 364 lbs, with a monstrous 83-inch wingspan. Becton, however, is much more than a heavy lineman, as he defies the norm with his exceptional 5.1-flat movement skills. Becton is a hulking run blocker who is inexperienced but a fluid mover in pass pro. Becton projects to replace Kelvin Beachum and slide in at left tackle immediately in his rookie season. Grade: A
 
Wanting to add more picks to build the Jets in his image in his first year as GM, Joe Douglas opted to move down from 48 to 59 in the second round. This was a costly move, as it caused the Jets to miss out on AJ Epenesa and Darrell Taylor, but the Jets managed to grab a falling Senior Bowl standout in Baylor WR Denzel Mims. Mims is a height-weight-speed freak with good length, hands, and run-blocking toughness. Mims should slot in as a starting outside receiver across from Breshad Perriman in year one. Grade: B
 
The Jets' first third-round pick of 2020 was a real surprise to many fans, as although the team already had arguably the best safety tandem in football with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, the Jets drafted California FS Ashytn Davis with the 68th-overall draft selection. Davis is a freak athlete who played single-high safety, box safety, and even slot cornerback at Cal and would almost definitely have been drafted significantly higher but for teams' inability to medically check his groin post-surgery. It's possible that Gregg Williams will utilize Davis as a big nickel defender this year, but this selection could also give the Jets flexibility if Marcus Maye, who is a free agent in 2021, or Jamal Adams, with whom the Jets are supposedly far apart on a long-term contract, depart. Grade: B
 
Despite having a starting EDGE tandem consisting of Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham and losing Brandon Copeland to New England, the Jets did not add outside talent to the position group before the draft, forcing GM Joe Douglas to pick Florida EDGE Jabari Zuniga at 79 overall. Zuniga is a good linear athlete with a decent ability to set the edge and with some interior versatility, and he could maybe project to replace Jordan Jenkins as a starter in 2021. However, Zuniga struggles with stiff hips and slow reaction time at the snap, and plus he missed most of the 2019 season with ankle injuries. The Jets probably hit the right position with Zuniga, who should factor into the pass-rush rotation with Jenkins, Basham, and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips, but it's really hard to justify drafting Zuniga with guys like Jonathan Greenard, Terrell Lewis, and DJ Wonnum still on the board. Grade: C
 
With his first day-3 selection as GM, Joe Douglas chose Florida RB La'Mical Perine. Perine is a physical runner with some receiving versatility out of the backfield. However, Perine doesn't really offer very much in terms of speed or vision, and drafting a RB instead of going offensive line, pass rush, receiver, or cornerback when Le'Veon Bell was already in the fold was a curious move. Grade: D
 
The second of the Jets' fourth-round picks probably stirred up the most intrigue, as most casual fans probably didn't expect the Jets to draft a quarterback. With that said, the Jets have gone a combined 0-6 over the past two seasons in games that Darnold did not start, and at this time David Fales was slated to be the backup quarterback, so drafting FIU QB James Morgan in the fourth round, which I thought was a value anyway, was a good choice. Morgan is a thick quarterback with a live arm with developmental quarterback potential. Grade: B
 
With their third pick in the fourth round, the Jets chose a player with the potential to start soon on the offensive line in Charlotte T Cameron Clark. Clark is a powerful lineman who started at left tackle in his rSo, rJr, and rSr seasons and has good short-area quickness despite his 5.29 forty. Some have floated Cameron Clark as a potential convert to guard for the Jets due to his sloppy pass-pro footwork. Grade: B
 
The Jets went corner in round 5, taking Virginia CB Bryce Hall at 158 overall. Hall is a long, tall corner who moves well, has zone instincts, and contributes in the run game. However, Hall's struggles in press and off-man coverage schemes probably project him better as a safety in the NFL rather than as a corner, which doesn't seem to be a need with Adams, Maye, and Davis already on the roster, and Hall's ankle injury prevented him from working out at the Combine, leaving teams in a state of uncertainty about his health and his testing numbers. Grade: C
 
With their sixth-round pick, the Jets went special teams with Texas A&M P Braden Mann. Mann has a big leg and can handle kickoff duties. Mann projects to replace Lachlan Edwards, but this may have been a tad high for a punter. Grade: C
 
The Jets had an intriguing undrafted free agent class with a number of guys who warranted day-3 draft consideration, but two guys that I liked pre-draft stood out as being worth mentioning. Georgia WR Lawrence Cager is a physical receiver at the line of scrimmage who will attempt to make the team as a redzone threat. Alabama DB Shyheim Carter played the STAR role in Nick Saban's defense, and he proved his versatility as a college approximation of a subpackage linebacker, a nickel corner, a box safety, and even a high safety, so he'll vie to make the team as a versatile depth defensive back and as a special-teams ace.
 

Other Offseason News

After tensions flared at the trade deadline last season, SS Jamal Adams expressed his frustrations with a lack of a contract extension on social media before supposedly requesting a trade in June. However, according to Connor Hughes at The Athletic, the Jets still hope to sign Adams to a long-term contract. Reportedly, over half of the teams in the NFL have expressed interest in adding the defensive star, but the Dallas Cowboys have gotten the most traction as a potential trade partner, with RT La'El Collins and WR Michael Gallup coming up as potential trade pieces. Jamal Adams is still on his rookie contract for 2020, and the Jets accepted his fifth-year option for 2021.
 
Also, this isn't really news, but former Jets' All-Pro CB Darrelle Revis continued his spat with 49ers' All-Pro CB Richard Sherman, culminating in this unusual Tweet:
3 facts here.
@RSherman_25
•I’m more handsome than him according to women.
•I’m better at corner than him according to everyone.
•Shutdown corners are paid more than Zone 3 corners which I’m currently still am today.
 

Projected Starting Lineup

QB: Sam Darnold
RB: Le’Veon Bell (and Frank Gore)
WR: Breshad Perriman, Denzel Mims
SWR: Jamison Crowder
TE: Chris Herndon (and Ryan Griffin)
LT: Mekhi Becton
LG: Alex Lewis
C: Connor McGovern
RG: Brian Winters
RT: George Fant
EDGE: Jordan Jenkins, Tarell Basham
DT: Henry Anderson, Quinnen Williams (and Steve McLendon)
ILB: CJ Mosley, Avery Williamson (and Patrick Onwuasor)
CB: Pierre Desir, Arthur Maulet
NCB: Brian Poole
SS: Jamal Adams
FS: Marcus Maye
K: Sam Ficken
P: Braden Mann
LS: Thomas Hennessy
 

Position Group Strengths and Weaknesses

QB - Neutral/Weakness
Jets fans aren't going to love this one, but Sam Darnold is arguably still a bottom-third passer going into 2020. Darnold has been surrounded by a poor supporting cast over the past two years, including a turnstile of receivers across Robby Anderson with drop issues and linemen with pass-pro issues, but he certainly has not dominated like other young quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and Carson Wentz. The Jets have a good group behind Darnold, though, including Joe Flacco, who said he won't be ready for week 1, and James Morgan, a fourth-round rookie out of FIU.
 
Backfield - Strength
Le'Veon Bell, who is making $15.5 MM this season, is an all-around back in terms of running between the tackles, receiving, and pass protecting. The Jets also signed the ageless wonder Frank Gore to take some of the pressure off of Bell. Joe Douglas also drafted La'Mical Perine to contribute in the backfield.
 
Pass Catchers - Neutral/Weakness
In 2020, the Jets are banking on production from unproved pass catchers who have performed well in limited sample sizes. Joe Douglas signed Breshad Perriman, who had a very productive end to his 2019 season, to man one of the outside receiver spots. He also drafted Denzel Mims out of Baylor to presumably also start as a rookie. Jamison Crowder broke out last year as an above-average slot receiver, and Chris Herndon missed virtually all of last season but played well in his rookie season as a tight end. The receiver depth lacks standout names, but the tight end depth is strong, with Ryan Griffin returning on a multi-year extension.
 
Offensive Line - Weakness
The Jets entirely remade their offensive line, and while each position is arguably improved on paper, it is still young and unproven. Most significantly, at LT, Joe Douglas drafted Mekhi Becton at 11, who is already a really good run blocker with the tools to grow in pass pro. Douglas also re-signed Alex Lewis, who is probably serviceable but below average, to start at left guard, but he could force competition from fourth-round rookie Cameron Clark. The Jets signed Connor McGovern to start at C, and while he should solidify the position for at least the last two years, he is not extraordinary. Right guard shapes up to be an open competition between incumbent Brian Winters, who is serviceable when healthy, and new acquisition Greg Van Roten. At RT, the Jets signed George Fant, who played mostly as a swing tackle or sixth offensive lineman for Seattle but certainly has the athletic ability to outperform Chuma Edoga from last year.
 
Defensive Line - Weakness
This might be surprising to the non-Jets fans, but the days of Muhammad Wilkerson, and Leonard Williams are over, and pressure from the defensive line probably won't come easily for Gang Green. At EDGE, the Jets have arguably the worst duo in the NFL with Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham presumably playing as starters, with rookie 3rd-round pick Jabari Zuniga and 2019 UDFA Kyle Phillips playing rotationally. Starting on the interior, the Jets have Quinnen Williams, the former third-overall selection who notched 2.5 sacks and 4 TFLs in his rookie season and was arrested in March on a weapons charge, and Henry Anderson, a nimble interior penetrator who had a breakout year in 2018 before coming back down to Earth in 2019. Nathan Shepherd, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi should all see plenty of tread on the DL, as well.
 
Linebackers - Strength
The Jets had a nearly-comical number of injuries at off-ball linebacker last season, but on paper, the unit appears very strong. CJ Mosley, 2019 FA acquisition, missed almost the entire 2019 season with a groin injury, but when healthy, he is one of the best linebackers in football. Avery Williamson, who projects to start across Mosley in 2020, is a good run defender but missed the entire 2019 year with a torn ACL. Returning starter Neville Hewitt, cheap FA acquisition Patrick Onwuasor, and promising second-year player Blake Cashman could each play in various base or subpackage roles, in addition to on special teams.
 
Secondary - Neutral
Similar to the defensive line, the Jets secondary is a tale of two halves, in this case safeties and cornerbacks. At safety, the Jets have reigning All Pro Jamal Adams and solid free safety Marcus Maye returning, in addition to the versatile 3rd-round pick Ashtyn Davis out of Cal. Outside cornerback is in flux, as new acquisition Pierre Desir should lock up one spot, while Arthur Maulet, Quincy Wilson, and Blessuan Austin could compete for the other starting spot, with last year's breakout player Brian Poole locking up the slot. Nate Hairston, Javelin Guidry, Shyheim Carter, and 5th-round rookie Bryce Hall could compete for other key depth roles in the secondary.
 
Special Teams - Strength/Neutral
At kicker, the Jets had a rocky performance last year, so they brought in Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his field goals last season, to compete with Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his field goals last season. At punter, the Jets have rookie P Braden Mann, who handles kickoffs and whose 47.1 yards per punt would have ranked 4th in the NFL last year. At longsnapper, Thomas Hennessy is an asset in coverage and will return in 2020. Additionally, WR Vyncint Smith and FS Matthias Farley project to play major roles in kick coverage next season, with other jobs presumably up for grabs.
 

Schedule Predictions

Week 1 at Buffalo: L - Other than the loss of Shaq Lawson and the additions of Stephon Diggs and AJ Epenesa, the Bills mostly had a quiet offseason, though with encouraging performances from young players in Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Tremaine Edmunds, and Tre'Davious White and coming off of a 10-6 campaign, there’s a lot about which to be enthusiastic in Buffalo. The Bills, who went 10-6 last year and made the playoffs, beat the Jets here in their home opener. Record: 0-1
 
Week 2 vs San Francisco: L - The 49ers took a huge leap in 2019, marching through the NFC and into the Super Bowl, and the additions of Brandon Aiyuk, Javon Kinlaw, and Trent Williams should keep them competitive in 2020. If Jamal Adams is on the team, he might be able to get in George Kittle's way, but nevertheless the 49ers should be one of the NFL's most well-rounded football teams, and it would be difficult to envision the Jets defeating them. Record: 0-2
 
Week 3 at Indianapolis: L - The Colts had a big free agency period, signing Philip Rivers and adding DeForest Buckner in a trade while retaining their entire offensive line. While the Jets went 7-9 last season, just like the Colts did, the Colts probably are the favorites to win at home, especially with the advantage the Indianapolis offensive line should have over the New York pass rush. Record: 0-3
 
Week 4 vs Denver: L - While the Broncos went 7-9 last season, they have championship aspirations in 2020, as they went 4-1 in Drew Lock's starts last year and added Melvin Gordon, Jerry Jeudy, KJ Hamler, and Albert Okwuegbunam to a group of weapons already containing Philip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, Noah Fant, and Jeff Heuerman while retaining defensive stars in Von Miller, AJ Johnson, and Justin Simmons. Though it is a home game, it's hard to imagine the Jets defeating the Broncos in 2020. Record: 0-4
 
Week 5 vs Arizona: W - The Cardinals look poised to improve in 2020, with the additions of DeAndre Hopkins, Jordan Phillips, and Isaiah Simmons, but questions remain with the offensive line and defensive line, in addition to with the poor playcalling from Kingsbury and Joseph at times during last season. This could be a key game for Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson, Steve McLendon, and the interior defensive line to feast on a poor Cardinals' interior offensive line, and for Gregg Williams to outmatch Kingsbury and Murray at home. Record: 1-4
 
Week 6 at LA Chargers: L - The Chargers revamped their team this offseason, adding Justin Herbert in the draft and surrounding him with Bryan Bulaga, Trai Turner, and Joe Reed on offense, and Kenneth Murray and Chris Harris on defense. Though the quarterback situation is in flux in LA, it’s a bit hard to envision the Jets going on the road to the West Coast and beating an otherwise well-rounded team. Record: 1-5
 
Week 7 vs Buffalo: W - The Jets have beat the Bills at least once in 8 of the last 10 seasons, and so the Jets should have a good chance to win one at home. Record: 2-5
 
Week 8 at Kansas City: L - The Chiefs has a pretty quiet offseason aside from locking up Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones on long-term deals, as they added Mike Remmers, Taco Charlton, Willie Gay, and Lucas Niang while losing Stefen Wisniewski, Emmanuel Ogbah, Reggie Ragland, and Kendall Fuller. Despite the offseason losses, Reid and Mahomes should easily be able to storm past the Jets at home. Record: 2-6
 
Week 9 vs New England: W - The Patriots took a hit this offseason, obviously headlined by the loss of Tom Brady but also supplemented by key defensive losses in Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, and Duron Harmon in addition to a general lack of attention towards improving a lackluster wide receiver corps. The Jets haven't beat the Patriots since their week 16 overtime thriller in 2015, but a November home game could be a good chance to do it, as the Patriots don't really possess the weapons to exploit issues with the Jets' cornerbacks nor the pass rushers to exploit issues with the Jets' offensive line. Record: 3-6
 
Week 10 at Miami: W - The Dolphins had a very poor 2019, finishing 5-11 with the 27th-ranked total offense and the 30th-ranked total defense, and as such they had an incredibly busy offseason, adding Matt Breida, Ereck Flowers, Ted Karras, Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts, and Byron Jones in free agency and Tua Tagovailoa, Austin Jackson, Noah Igbinoghene, Robert Hunt, Raekwon Davis, and Solomon Kindley in the draft. However, in Miami before the bye would be a good chance for Adam Gase to get a revenge game win, seeing as the Dolphins still have weaknesses all over their roster including quarterback, offensive tackle, and edge rusher. Record: 4-6
 
WEEK 11 BYE
 
Week 12 vs Miami: L - With all their offseason additions, the Dolphins figure to match up fairly evenly with the Jets in 2020, and so it's likely that the two teams will split the season series. Record: 4-7
 
Week 13 vs Las Vegas: W - The Raiders had a very busy offseason, adding Jason Witten, Maliek Collins, Nick Kwiatkoski, Prince Amukamara, and Damarious Randall in free agency and Henry Ruggs, Damon Arnette, Lynn Bowden, Bryan Edwards, and Amik Robertson in the draft with their only major losses being Darryl Worley and Karl Joseph. At home against a West Coast opponent, the Jets would be wise to take advantage of some of the Raiders’ weaknesses in this game, including inexperience at wide receiver, edge rusher, linebacker, and cornerback. Record: 5-7
 
Week 14 at Seattle: L - The Seahawks went 11-5 last season and were one play away from securing the top seed in the NFC, so their offseason was pretty quiet, mostly focusing on the offensive line with the losses of Germain Ifedi, DJ Fluker, and George Fant and the additions of free agents Brandon Shell, BJ Finney, and Cedric Ogbuehi, and draft pick Damien Lewis. Pete Carroll is one of the best coaches in football today, and in this late-season matchup at Seattle he’ll have the personnel advantage against the Jets offense, which lacks talented weapons and blockers. Record: 5-8
 
Week 15 at LA Rams: L - The Rams regressed to 9-7 last year and then had a difficult offseason, losing Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks, Dante Fowler, and Nickell Robey-Coleman, with their only major addition being A’Shawn Robinson. The 2020 Rams are not the Super Bowl Rams of the past, but with both McVay and Goff still on board, the Rams have to be favorites to take this late-season home game against the Jets. Record: 5-9
 
Week 16 vs Cleveland: W - The Browns had a busy offseason, hiring head coach Kevin Stefanski, losing Greg Robinson, Joe Schobert, and Damarious Randall, signing Austin Hooper, Jack Conklin, Andrew Billings, Karl Joseph, and Damarious Randall, and drafting Jedrick Wills, Grant Delpit, and Jacob Phillips. Despite these additions, however, Cleveland still has a new, inexperienced offensive playcaller at head coach and a question mark at quarterback, and Gregg Williams generally handles quarterbacks who struggle with post-snap reads well with disguised coverages and aggressive blitz packages. Record: 6-9
 
Week 17 at New England: L - With the expanded playoffs, the Patriots have an even greater chance to make the postseason this year than they otherwise would, so this late-season match in Foxborough could be a consequential, divisional-revenge game. Record: 6-10
 
Final Record: 6-10
While I firmly believe that the Jets improved significantly this offseason, especially in terms of the offensive line and getting players back from injury, this year’s schedule is substantially more difficult that last year’s, which could result in less games in the wins column for 2020. Last year, the Jets closed out the back-half of their season going 6-2 playing against rookie Daniel Jones, rookie Dwayne Haskins, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Lamar Jackson, rookie Devlin Hodges, and Matt Barkley, and this year the Jets have to play both the AFC West and the NFC West, which is a huge jump in their level of competition.
 

Training Camp Battles to Watch

WR #2: Denzel Mims vs Vyncint Smith
Jets fans would hope that starting receiver isn’t much of a battle, but since rookie wideouts traditionally have been known to take longer learning the playbook, the other receiver spot next to Perriman and Crowder is in flux. Denzel Mims, the rookie receiver from Baylor, is the odds-on favorite to get a starting role and to play as a deep threat and red-zone threat in year one. However, if Mims proves too raw off the bat, the Jets could fall back on Vyncint Smith, who had 17 receptions last year and showed his value as a deep threat.
 
Left Guard: Alex Lewis vs Cameron Clark
Following a 2019 season where Alex Lewis spot-started in place of Kelechi Osemele, the Jets rewarded him with a 3 year, $18.6 MM contract, and he goes into 2020 as the favorite to start at left guard once again. With that being said, the possibility exists that rookie tackle Cameron Clark out of Charlotte will kick inside and compete at left guard.
 
Right Guard: Brian Winters vs Greg Van Roten
After a 2019 season in which Brian Winters went down with a shoulder injury in week 10, many expected the Jets to cut him, but he instead will return as the incumbent starter at right guard. However, new free agent acquisition Greg Van Roten could switch to the right side and compete against Winters to start.
 
Right Tackle: George Fant vs Chuma Edoga
After the Jets had a poor performance form their offensive line in 2019, GM Joe Douglas brought in competition at all position, including at right tackle. George Fant, former Seattle swing tackle, is the presumptive favorite to land the starting job, despite his lack of starting experience and struggles with pass-pro footwork. Chuma Edoga could compete as well, but his performance in both run blocking and pass pro was so shaky last year as a rookie that he needed extensive help from tight ends to prevent the right side from entirely becoming a liability.
 
EDGE #2: Tarell Basham vs Kyle Phillips vs Jabari Zuniga vs John Franklin-Myers
The Jets started Jordan Jenkins and Tarell Basham at edge rusher last season, so it was somewhat of a shock to see them add absolutely no outside talent until the middle of the third round, and so now Gregg Williams and his defensive staff are forced to make the pitiful decision between starting Basham, Kyle Phillips, Jabari Zuniga, or John Franklin-Myers across from Jenkins. Basham, who the Jets claimed off of waivers in 2018, is probably the odds-on favorite to start once again after notching 2 sacks and 4 quarterback hits in 54% of the Jets' defensive snaps. Kyle Phillips, the second-year player from Tennessee who was a five-star high-school recruit, is a thicker lineman best suited to play on run downs who could push for starting snaps as well. Jabari Zuniga, 3rd-round rookie out of Florida, is a third contender for the starting job, but his interior versatility and similarity to Jenkins in terms of his stiffness and poor pad level could suggest the Jets envision him in more of a rotational role. The wildcard in this battle is John Franklin-Myers, who was claimed by the Jets off of waivers from the Rams at the start of 2019 but who also notched a pair of sacks in his rookie year and is really explosive for his size.
 
DT #2: Henry Anderson vs Nathan Shepherd
This battle won't get much media coverage, as both Anderson and Shepherd project to get plenty of tread on the New York defensive line, but nevertheless the two will compete in training camp for the upper hand in the snap count. Henry Anderson, the penetrating defensive lineman, saw his production fall off a bit in 2019, in part due to a nagging shoulder injury and utilization in different fronts and roles. Nathan Shepherd saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension saw his role increase in the back half of the season after a suspension sidelined him from weeks two through eight, and with a good camp, he could establish himself as the primary nimble-footed complement to the heftier, run-stopping trio of Quinnen Williams, Steve McLendon, and Foley Fatukasi.
 
CB #2: Arthur Maulet vs Quincy Wilson vs Bryce Hall vs Blessuan Austin
The outside cornerback spot across from Pierre Desir is probably the most open starting battle on the team. Arthur Maulet, the undersized but physical cornerback out of Memphis, is probably the favorite to start after outplaying Johnson and Roberts last season to win the left cornerback job. Quincy Wilson, the former second-round pick, should be Maulet's primary competition after the Jets traded a draft pick to acquire him from the Colts. Bryce Hall, the rookie fifth-round corner from Virginia, is a darkhorse to start as well if he is healthy to start the season. Blessuan Austin, the former sixth-round pick, might factor into the competition, but he'll have Williams' doghouse after reacting poorly to his week-16 benching.
 
Kicker: Sam Ficken vs Brett Maher
Sam Ficken, who hit 70% of his kicks last season, will compete with Brett Maher, who hit 67% of his kicks last season, for the starting kicker job, but neither candidate should have to handle kickoffs with rookie punter Braden Mann in the fold.
 

Offensive and Defensive Schemes

Adam Gase, head coach and offensive playcaller for the Jets, runs a zone blocking, short passing offense mostly out of 11 personnel while also mixing in some 2-TE sets. In the run game, Gase is willing to run gap concepts based on his offensive line personnel, but he certainly favors his inside zone running playcalls. In the pass game, Gase likes to stack his receivers, throw checkdowns, split his backs out wide, and utilize the sidelines.
 
Gregg Williams, defensive coordinator for the Jets, runs a 3-4 hybrid, blitz-heavy defense with an emphasis on zone coverage. In the front seven, Williams has used both 3-4 and 4-3 base packages, though he mostly uses nickel fronts and one-gapping penetration schemes. In the secondary, Williams stresses MOFC shells, press-zone concepts, and disguised coverages and blitzes.
 
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2020.05.03 03:36 MGTElite489 Underground Kings, Episode I January 10, 2020 Hammerstein Ballroom, Manhattan, New York

Cue the show's theme, just as the emblem for REVOLT: Underground Kings is shown, before cutting to a live shot of all the screaming fans in Hammerstein Ballroom, everyone in attendance excited for the first ever episode of Underground Kings. Don Callis and Matt Striker greet everyone from the announce desk, and marvel at the card they have tonight. Other than that, Commissioner Ricky Steamboat will be addressing the entire Junior Heavyweight Division, including its champion, Sammy Guevara, and Davey Boy Smith Jr of the Hart Foundation will be holding an open challenge. But to kick off the night, it's the the first match to ever happen on Underground Kings... a Four Way Dance for the ages!
Familiar music hits, and the crowd immediately lose their minds as their favorite Cowboy is set to make the very first entrance in Underground Kings history. With a serious look on his face, Page storms down to the ring, slapping hands with the occasional ringside fan, but staying focused as he rolls in and grabs the ropes, feeding off the energy in the Ballroom. As Page sinks in his respective corner, we hear new music, something the crowd has never heard of before. The entire venue is now coated in gold lighting, with only the stage area being devoid of any light. But after a few moments of darkness, it's immediately enveloped in gold lighting, and out from the curtain comes the One and Only, Ricochet. Wearing vibrant silver and gold tights with black kickpads, he races down to the ring, and slides in, jumping up the turnbuckles. Matt Striker notes the new gear and music, saying it might possibly Ricochet's way of moving past failing at the PPV. As Ricochet hops down, he comes face to face with his opponent from The Wrestling Classic, both men unable to claim the REVOLT Internet Championship as their own. They share a few words, but before they anything else can be traded, Death Before Dishonor's music starts ringing throughout the arena.
In comes Tyler Black with Roderick Strong, who's holding his REVOLT World Trios Championship close to his shoulder. Strong rolls into the ring and immediately starts talking trash to Page and Ricochet, causing both men to stare him down. Knowing he's already made some enemies, he backs off, and Hangman nods, smiling at Strong's double take, only for his smile to fade away as he notices Black looking at him closely, more than anyone else in the match. Page turns his back on him, trying to get his mind off being examined by the leader of DBD, only to turn back around once he hears Shane Strickland's music, which causes the entire Manhattan crowd to get into a "SWERVE" chant, something Don Callis says is proof that Shane Strickland is the unsung King of the Independent Scene. All four men are in the ring now, and the referee everyone up and down, before calling for the bell. HERE WE GO!
Four Way Dance: Hangman Page vs Ricochet vs Roderick Strong vs Shane Strickland
As soon as the bell rings, Strong comes raging out of his corner to blast Ricochet in the side of the head with a high knee! Immediately pairing off with one another, that leaves Hangman Page and Shane Strickland staring each other down. Page shrugs, and walks into the middle of the ring, just as Strickland is doing the same! They stand face to face, before Strickland tries to surprise him with a leg sweep! Page steps out of the way, and aims a huge forearm at Swerve's head, but he evades! Strickland connects with a shoot kick to the chest, and runs the ropes, only to have to dodges a lariat that would've taken his head off! Strickland lands underneath Page's arm, and hops back to his feet to land an enzuigiri! Out of the corner of his eye, he sees Ricochet bouncing off the ropes and hitting a tope suicida on Strong at ringside, an idea forming in his head! Suddenly, he grabs the ropes, waiting for Ricochet to get back to his feet, and bounces off, landing a breathtaking Arabian Press! Strickland smiles as the crowd chants his name, once again on his side, only to see Hangman rebounding off the ropes, looking for a dive himself! At the last second, Shane jumps up and connects with a spinning heel kick, knocking Page back into the ring and putting Strickland in full control! He climbs up on the apron and makes his way up the turnbuckles, and drops an elbow right on the Cowboy! He goes for the cover, looking for a quick win! 1... 2... Page gets the shoulder up!
Strickland looks forward to dealing out more offense on Page, but he doesn't see Roderick Strong pop up at ringside! Strong waits his turn, watching as Strickland puts Page in the corner and starts chopping the life out of him! Roderick finally slides in with Shane's back is turned, grabbing him for the O'Connor roll! 1... 2... Strickland kicks out, but Strong keeps the hold! He deadlifts him, connecting with the Chaos Theory! He looks toward Page, and runs, thrusting his shoulder right into the Hangman's gut! He grabs the head, hooks the arm, and plants him with a snap suplex! Getting back to his feet, Strong runs the ropes and delivers a knee drop right to the jaw, wanting to soften up any part of Page he can! Strong pulls Hangman back up to his feet, and looks for a Northern Lights suplex, only for Strickland to come in and land a dropkick on the Cowboy! Page falls back, inadvertently driving Strong's head into the mat with a DDT! Strickland tries pinning Strong, but ducks out of the way when he sees Ricochet flying through the air! The Future of Flight connects with a springboard 450 splash on both Hangman and Roderick! Ricochet hops up to his feet and dodges a gamengiri from Strickland, now grabbing his leg and pulling him in for an inverted DDT! Ricochet gets back up, only to immediately land a running shooting star press! Ricochet turns around to see Page using the ropes to pull himself up, and pounces, connecting with a Rolling Thunder neckbreaker from behind! Roderick gets to his feet and tries grabbing Ricochet from behind to hit a tiger suplex, but the One and Only flips out, landing on his feet and connecting with a superkick! He picks up Strong, looking for the Benadryller, but he gets a face full of elbows, before Strong lands behind him and hits a wicked backstabber!
Roderick tosses Ricochet out of the ring, and turns around to see Hangman and Strickland stirring. Strong starts going back and forth, dealing out hard backhand chops to both men, wanting to keep both subdued! Suddenly, he tries to nail Page with an Olympic slam, but he slips out at the last second and responds with a chop block! Strickland rushes and blasts Strong in the side of the head with a roundhouse kick! Strickland tosses Strong to the outside, only to get picked up by the Cowboy, who's hoping to hit the Rite of Passage! As he hooks the legs, Shane panics, knowing he only has a few seconds to escape! Page gets ready to hit it... but Shane slips out and counters into a sunset flip pin! 1... 2... Hangman kicks out in the nick of time! Page scrambles to his feet, knowing he was close to losing it all there! Strickland pulls himself up, but Hangman quickly takes advantage, lifting him up with ease! Page sets up for a fallaway slam, moving to the middle of the ring, wanting to toss Strickland so hard he crashes into the ropes! Hangman finally throws him... but Strickland lands on his feet behind him! Inverted Frankensteiner to Page, his neck snapping as he crashes to the mat! Shane knows it's about time he go for the kill, and he starts climbing the turnbuckles! He nods to the audience, and locks in on Hangman, who's finally coming to, and is sitting up on the mat. Strickland sets his feet, and jumps, looking for the Swerve Stomp... Hangman dodges! Shane rolls through, ending up back on his feet, only to see Page crashing toward him, looking to take back control! Strickland dodges, coming from behind to land a Satellite DDT! Strickland can feel it now, he knows he has the momentum on his side, he's ready to turn the Hammerstein Ballroom into Swerve City!
Shane pulls Hangman up off the mat, and starts lifting him up, balancing him on his shoulders. The crowd is on the edge of their seat, the commentators are anticipating it, everyone knows Strickland is about to hit the New Flavor! Page tries to land some punches, but Strickland retaliates by spinning around, throwing off his opponents' sense of direction! He stops, before setting up, ready to finish things off. He tosses him up, before catching him in the half nelson! He's about to finish off with the driver, but Page rolls through, getting into a roll up of his own! 1... 2... Strickland gets the shoulder up! Shane immediately looks for a bicycle kick, but Page dodges! He spins around, and blasts him with a discus forearm smash! He picks him up, forcing him onto his shoulder, before pointing out to the corner, signalling a Lawn Dart! He runs, but Strickland escapes and follows up with a nasty hook kick! With Hangman reeling, he runs, springing off the ropes, hoping to drop him with a cutter! He leaps through the air, target acquired... Page catches him, and falls back into a German suplex! Shane rolls to the outside of the ring, and Page is back on top of things! He contemplates going after Strickland, and turns around, ready to land a dive, only to see Ricochet on the apron! Ricochet leaps through the ropes, looking for a Rolling Thunder DDT! He springs over to Page, hoping it lands... PAGE BUILDS SPEED AND CATCHES HIM, MOONSAULT FALLAWAY SLAM!
Hangman throws Ricochet out to the apron, and springs off the ropes, delivering a Triangle Dropkick that sends Ricochet crashing into Strickland at ringside! Hangman climbs up the turnbuckles, knowing he doesn't have much time before Swerve and the One and Only get back to their feet. He gets his feet set on the top rope, making sure he's ready to fly... but he sees Roderick Strong climb up to the apron! Strong points at Page, and runs, hopping up the turnbuckles with him! Page and Strong go back and forth with the forearms, back and forth with elbows, back and forth with the chops and palm strikes! Page finally gets the advantage, landing three forearms in a row, causing Strong to lose his grip on the turnbuckles, just a little bit! Roderick senses he's in trouble, and tries to meet Page with a forearm of his own! He drives it in, hoping to connect with Page's skull... the Cowboy catches the arm! Roderick's eyes widen, and now he lifts his leg, thinking he needs to create space with a kick to the side of the head! Page catches the leg as well! Strong knows he's in trouble now, and he tries to elbow out of it, knowing he needs to break Hangman's grip! But it's no use, Page is already lifting him up, still balancing on the top rope! Hangman looks back the scene below: Ricochet is pulling himself up using the barricade, and Strickland is leaning against the apron, now advancing toward the Future of Flight. It's now, or never. Hangman gets set up... AND HITS THE MOONSAULT FALLAWAY SLAM ON STRONG, OFF THE TOP ROPE, TO THE FLOOR, CRASHING INTO RICOCHET AND STRICKLAND!
Page throws Strong back into the ring, and slides in, wanting to follow up with something big to end the match. Roderick crawls over to the corner, wanting to get away from the Cowboy before he can do anything hasty! Hangman trots over, thinking this is going to be easy as pie. But just when he reaches him, Strong surprises him, grabbing and dropping him into the turnbuckles with a reverse STO! Page backs away, holding his jaw, floored by the move! Roddy gets to his feet, and runs, bouncing off the ropes, before delivering a huge knee to the side of the face! Hangman falls back, now leaning against the ropes, as Strong advances on him. Roderick hooks the arm and grabs the head, looking for the End of Heartache. Still feeling the effects of the knee, Hangman can't do much to fight back. Strong lifts him up, wanting to drive the knees right into the back... Page delivers an elbow to the temple at the last second, messing up Roderick's flow! Strong stumbles and drops Hangman, the Cowboy now landing on the apron! Ricochet slides in from the other side of the ring and rocks Strong with a bicycle kick! He sees Hangman, and jumps out to the apron, wanting to get some offense on him as well! He picks him up on his shoulders, looking for a Benadryller, but Page lands back on the apron after some swift elbows! He holds onto the ropes, and lands an enziguiri, nailing Ricochet in the side of the head, before kicking him in the midsection, cradling him and picking him up, teasing a Gotch style piledriver! CRACKER BARREL ON THE APRON CONNECTS! Ricochet flops back to ringside, and Hangman now puts his attention on Strong once again. As the Messiah of the Backbreaker stumbles to his feet, finally recovered from Ricochet's attack, Page's eyes narrow. He grips the rope, and goes for it, flipping over... BUCKSHOT LARIAT CONNECTS! Hangman falls into the cover, and the referee gets into the position! 1... Shane finally appears at ringside, noticing the pin... 2... he slides in, desperate to break it up... 3! Strickland, mere inches away from keeping the match alive, slaps the mat in frustration as Hangman's music starts ringing throughout Hammerstein Ballroom!
Hangman Page defeats Roderick Strong, Shane Strickland, and Ricochet (12:53)
Page, ecstatic that he finally got himself a big win to kick off his stay in REVOLT, finally lets himself enjoy a cold one, indulging with one of the ringside fans. Shane Strickland runs his hand through his hair and looks up at the lights, as he can't believe he wasn't fast enough. As Swerve rolls out of the ring, he and Hangman share a look, before Page nods at him, the two forming a bit of mutual respect for one another as Shane makes his way to the back. The Cowboy goes back to celebrating, bumping fists and taking beers from fans who are more than happy to keep him inebriated. But as he raises his arms in victory and begins walking back toward the curtain, he stops downing his beer when he notices Tyler Black right at the top, slowly clapping his hands, still focused on the Hangman. Page looks at him, confused, before shaking his head and brushing past him, still not sure what that was all about. He leaves Black at the top of the walkway, still smiling despite Strong stumbling up, ranting about that crazy drunk Adam Page.
The screen fades away from the Hammerstein Ballroom, and is instead replaced with a scene from a bathroom. A man in a suit walks in, the sight of the screen too blurry for us to see who it is. It transitions to the sink, where the man spits out a bit of blood. Suddenly, it cuts to a ring, where presumably the same man, wearing a navy blue singlet and kickpads, is doing battle, ramming his forearm into his opponent's face, over and over again. It switches back to the bathroom, where we see him peel something off his face before throwing it down in the sink, revealing it to be a bandage. Once again, it switches to a ring, this time of the man, this time in a burgundy singlet, grabbing a snapping his opponent's fingers, before biting them to the referee's chagrin. It switches back to the bathroom, where the man finally ties up his hair into a topknot, ready to leave for the day. It switches to the stage of an arena, where the man, wearing a fur jacket with a championship in his teeth, and the camera finally clears up, revealing who it is. A graphic appears on the screen that reads "The Bruiserweight Pete Dunne... Coming Soon", before we return to the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Soon enough, the familiar strains of the Hart Foundation's theme begin to ring out. Davey Boy Smith Jr appears, getting a good pop from the crowd as he makes his way down to the ring, stepping through the ropes and swinging his taped up right arm, getting ready for battle.
Davey Boy Smith Jr's Open Challenge
Smith grabs a microphone and says despite him and his partners failing to defeat Willie Mack, Cedric Alexander, and Rich Swann at the Wrestling Classic, he wants to get back on track by doing what he does best: getting into a fight. So whoever wants to make a splash, come on down and show the Canadian Bulldog what you've got. Davey drops the microphone and leans against the ropes, nodding his head and taking off his jacket as the lights go out and music begins to play throughout the Ballroom. Davey waits in the middle of the ring as the entire crowd marvels at the sight of his opponent. Wearing a black, green, and red jacket, the man takes off his Scorpion mask, revealing himself to be Shingo Takagi. The audience erupts as the Japanese star storms down to the ring, ready to compete. Shingo rolls in and rips off his jacket, cracking his neck as he prepares to go one on one with Davey. The referee nods at the two men, before ringing the bell. And WE'RE OFF!
Davey hangs up his jacket, and turns around into a gigantic lariat from Takagi! He scrambles to his feet, and kicks away another lariat attempt! Shingo is already advancing, daring him to hand to hand combat. Smith uses his left arm to battle back with big forearm! Takagi responds with a chop, and follows up with a forearm of his own! Davey backs up, but manages to hold his own by connecting with a big boot that forces Takagi to lean against the ropes! Davey Boy quickly grabs Shingo, and lands a standing belly to belly suplex! But as he gets to his feet, Takagi pops up, refusing to stay down! He grabs Davey, and drops him with a German suplex! Shingo gets back to his feet, only to get taken off of them! The Canadian Bulldog is repaid Takagi by powering through the huge suplex, and now slams him with a nasty Saito! Davey turns around, taking Shingo popping back up in stride, grabbing a hold of him before he can retaliate, dropping him with a second Saito! The Canadian Bulldog can feel the energy in the crowd, and spells the beginning of the end, teasing a running powerslam! He picks Takagi up, and gets ready to put him down for the count, but Shingo slips out and responds with a roundhouse kick right to the damaged arm! Davey yells out in pain, grabbing at his elbow, opening him up for Takagi's snap Dragon suplex!
Davey tries to get back to his feet, but Takagi grabs him by the arm, and cranks the life out of it, stomping on it over and over again! He buries his knee into the elbow, and pulls Davey up to his knees, only to rebound off the ropes and come back with a tremendous big boot! Davey Boy grabs at his arm, refusing the referee's care, saying he's fine to continue the match. He gets back to one knee, but Takagi pounces yet again, grabbing the arm, yanking Davey across the ring, and body slamming him, forcing all of his body weight to come crashing down on his own arm! Davey's arm can't even hold up his own body, as he picks his head up, using the other arm to prop himself up. Shingo runs past Davey, and delivers a huge penalty kick to the arm, causing him to yell out in pain! Shingo yanks Davey back up, and ties his arm up on the top rope, pulling on it harshly, looking to tear it out of his socket! Shingo holds Davey up, and blasts him with chop after chop, forearm after forearm, elbow after elbow, before rearing back and blasting him with a headbutt, causing Davey to sink down, still hanging up by the ropes, practically out on his feet! Shingo pulls Davey out of the ropes, and builds momentum, before taking his head off with a Pumping Bomber! Takagi pulls him up, and lands a spinning backfist that knocks Davey out cold! Before he can collapse to the mat, Shingo grabs him, setting up for the deathblow! LAST FALCONRY! 1... 2... 3! Welcome to REVOLT, Shingo Takagi.
Shingo Takagi defeats Davey Boy Smith Jr (8:25)
Takagi composes himself, wiping his feet right next to Davey Boy, who's clutching his arm and near unconsciousness, still trying to use the ropes and pull himself up. Shingo takes his sweet time, circling Davey's prone body, before pouncing on him, locking in the rear naked choke, which he calls the Dream Gate! Davey, already weak, immediately starts fading, and soon enough, he's slumped against Takagi's body! Shingo turns him around, picks him up on his shoulders, before delivering a huge Hawk Buster, a modified spinning torture rack powerbomb! Takagi slides his Scorpion mask back on as he steps out of the ring, the audience shocked at the Dragon's arrival.
The camera cuts to backstage, where Roderick Strong is holding an ice pack to the back of his neck, as Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish act outraged that how Strong got callously robbed. Tyler Black comes in, and he asks Strong how he's doing. Roderick says he's felt better, but at least he doesn't have to be around that drunk lunatic anymore. Black scratches his head and says "Yeah... about that," just as Hangman Page comes in. Roderick immediately stands up, and asks Black what the Hell he's doing here. Hangman says he'd like to know the same, why did Black bring him face to face with this asshole. Black tells everyone to calm down, saying that everything happens for a reason. He lost the #1 Contender's Match to Shinsuke Nakamura at The Wrestling Classic for a reason... and Hangman Page pinned Roderick Strong for a reason.
Black continues, saying that it got him thinking, maybe before Death Before Dishonor completely takes over REVOLT, it's about time they add to their ranks and make their faction even strong. Black says Ring of Honor alumni need to stick together, because they're the ones destined to be the last men standing in this chaotic landscape. They're the ones who can handle the hard hitting action night after night. Page says he's not sure about this, saying he's used to going it alone, and he's much rather chase after some gold than throw his name into a faction. Strong says he might respect Page, but he's still not completely over their match from earlier tonight. Black coaxes both men to coming together, even teasing a handshake... Strong's glare softens, and Page shrugs, and it looks like they might just come together... Kyle O'Reilly puts a stop to everything, saying before he can even THINK about accepting Page into Death Before Dishonor, he has to earn his respect, just like he earned the respect of Black and Strong. O'Reilly challenges Page to a match next week, telling him he needs to impress KOR before he can join a high quality faction like Death Before Dishonor. Page raises an eyebrow, saying if it means shutting him up, then he'll gladly take that challenge. Kyle O'Reilly and Hangman Page go nose to nose with one another, with Tyler Black looking unsure and nervous in the background.
Steamboat's Summit: The Junior Heavyweight Division
The Commissioner's music hits, and Ricky Steamboat makes his way down to the ring to tremendous respectful applause from the Hammerstein Ballroom. Already in the ring is the entire Junior Heavyweight Division. Ricochet and Shane Strickland, now dressed in their outside clothes, along with Flip Gordon, the Rascalz, the Harts (in the form of Teddy Hart and Brian Pillman Jr), Black Excellence (in the form of Rich Swann and Cedric Alexander), the Motor City Machine Guns, Tony Nese, Paul London & Brian Kendrick, and 2/3 of the REVOLT World Trios Champions, reDRagon. Steamboat steps through the ropes, and says he appreciates the Division for joining him here in the ring. He comments on how the fans might be surprised seeing some of them here, due to the fact that many of these competitors have been mainly associated with tag team wrestling. But that's exactly why he wanted them here for his Summit, because he wants to give tag team guys an opportunity as well. So do not laugh, if and when he gives Alex Shelley, or Chris Sabin a shot to prove themselves. Do not scoff if The Brian Kendrick starts to rise up the ranks for a Junior Heavyweight Championship match, because this Division, and this company, is all about straight up competition to prove who the best really is, whether they're used to being a singles star or not. Steamboat looks to continue, but he's soon interrupted by a certain Junior who's late to the party...
Sammy Guevara enters the frame, wearing a dopey smile as he holds up his phone, apparently recording for his vlog. He pulls back his leather jacket, revealing the REVOLT Junior Heavyweight Championship that rests on his waist. He grabs a microphone, and asks Ricky why he's even bothering holding this "Summit", when Guevara clearly told him to hold a championship coronation for the Spanish God. Steamboat says it's not all about praising the champion, sometimes it's about giving the challengers a platform to showcase their abilities. Guevara mockingly agrees, before laughing, saying Flip Gordon had the platform to showcase himself at The Wrestling Classic, but it ended with Sammy holding the gold, and that's how it'll end every other time someone steps up. Because Guevara reps LAX, and Latin American Xchange will forever be superior. Suddenly, as Guevara stares down the rest of the Juniors, new music starts ringing out, surprising everyone! It's Lightning Flash, Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster! Sammy immediately turns around and backs up, not sure what to make of the new arrivals! Mark asks Guevara if he's sure if LAX will forever be superior, because with both him AND Flash gunning for the Junior Heavyweight Championship, Sammy and his boys will soon be right where they started, without direction, and without gold. But as they continue, THEY'RE interrupted, this time by the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy!
Murphy goes face to face with both Webster and Andrews, saying everyone needs to shut the fuck up and realize that Sammy Guevara is just keeping him and his boys' spot at the top of the food chain warm. Murphy's dominated Junior Heavyweights before, and he has no problem taking another promotion's title hostage, especially when they fully make themselves known. Webster, feeling a bit smug, is handed the mic by Andrews, and responds, saying maybe Murphy landed on his head wrong when he got his ass kicked by Fenix, but he'd be remiss if he didn't ask... what does he mean by "they"? Murphy simply smiles, just as this music hits. The audience is on the edge of their seat, waiting for the next arrival. All of the Juniors tense up even more, knowing another competitor is about to join the table. They wait for a good moment... until three people pop out from the curtain! One wearing all black with long blonde hair and sunglasses... another wearing sunglasses as well, with black and maroon tights and a denim vest... and another with his back to the crowd, his leather jacket airbrushed with "SUPERBAD" in gold. Penelope Ford. Shane Thorne. And Kip Sabian.
Murphy, Thorne, and Sabian all pounce on Andrews and Webster as the rest of the Juniors look on! With Sammy Guevara distracted, Flip Gordon exacts revenge on him, bouncing off the ropes to deliver a big tope, taking out the Junior Heavyweight Champion! All Hell breaks loose, and everybody starts going at it! Motor City Machine Guns begin brawling with reDRagon and the Hart Foundation, Ricochet and Shane Strickland start up a sequel from the Four Way Dance, and the Rascalz start fighting with Nese, Kendrick, and London! Kip, Shane, and Buddy make their way down to the ring, having already dispatched of Lightning Flash, and they begin beating on Flip and Guevara, both men realizing they need to work together to survive! With multiple stars tumbling out of the ring and being thrown to ringside, in the ring, it soon ends up as Alex Shelley, Dezmond Xavier, Sammy Guevara, Shane Strickland, and Brian Pillman Jr. Guevara, who abandoned Flip to be eaten alive by the new trio spreading terror on the outside, now faces a new threat in the form of everyone else in ring. Everyone looks like they're about to come to blows, but Dezmond puts a stop to everything, and points out all the other Juniors at ringside beginning to drag themselves back up to their feet. Everyone comes to an agreement, and prepare for something big.
Suddenly, everybody with the exception of Guevara starts to run! Dezmond runs the ropes and delivers a corkscrew plancha to Chris Sabin and Ricochet! Alex Shelley climbs the top rope and brings down Trey Miguel, Tony Nese, and Teddy Hart with a crossbody! Brian channels Air Pillman with an Asai moonsault to Zachary Wentz and Bobby Fish! Shane Strickland runs and takes down Kendrick, London, and Kyle O'Reilly with a somersault plancha! Sammy Guevara sees that everyone is down, and climbs the turnbuckles, holding up his Junior Heavyweight Championship, claiming that he's the last man standing. But when he gets back to the mat, he realizes he's dead wrong. Standing across from him is Buddy Murphy, Shane Thorne, and Kip Sabian, all eyes on him. Guevara tries to escape, but Kip catches him just in time to lift him up... DEATHLY HALLOWS! He throws him to Thorne, who connects with a Black Swan Spiral, a huge rolling cutter! He finally passes him to Buddy, who looks out to the crowd, and drops Guevara with a Muprhy's Law! As Penelope slides into the ring, Murphy grabs a microphone, announcing that they're gunning for the Junior Heavyweight Championship. As the audience begins to chant "WHO IS THEY, WHO IS THEY, WHO IS THEY?" Murphy smiles, and says he bets Webster is regretting asking that question, because now, he and his buddy Mark is on their shit list to. He picks up Guevara's Junior Heavyweight Championship and finally lets the world know of their arrival.
"WELCOME... TO THE ORDER OF THE BLACK SWAN!"
Penelope Ford, Kip Sabian, Shane Thorne, and Buddy Murphy all pose in the ring to close the segment. The camera cuts to backstage, where the new World Tag Team Champions, El Generico and Kevin Steen are being interviewed by Joey Styles! Styles asks Steen how it feels to be World Tag Team Champions with his best friend. Steen says it feels like any other day, the only difference is there's a target on his back, a title on his shoulder, and a long line of people who need their heads bashed in, which is just the way he likes it. Steen says him and El Generico are the best tag team in the world, no one can overcome this combination. Joey aims the microphone at Generico, and it looks like we might actually hear him speak... only to hear some ruckus behind them! "HASTA LA MUERTE, Y DESPUES!"
In comes LAX, Andrade, Daga, and Zelina flanked by Santana and Ortiz. Andrade says something in Spanish to Steen, who flips him off, causing El Idolo to get offended! Zelina steps in front of Andrade, going face to face with Kevin Steen, not even batting an eye as she looks him up and down. She says she understands that Steenerico might think this is a good time to celebrate their championship win, but it's time to pack things up and screw off, because El Jefe, Andrade "Cien" Almas is in the building, and it's about time he take his rightful place, center stage of REVOLT. Steen laughs, saying if that's where Andrade really belongs, maybe he should have some better muscle by his side, because running through Santana and Ortiz last week was some of the most fun he's ever had. Santana and Ortiz, ever the Proud and Powerful, immediately face off with Steen and Generico, with Almas and Daga sticking their fingers in their face, goading them into a fight. Security guards come into subdue the brawl, and after a couple minutes, LAX and Steenerico are pulled apart, separated. Andrade, smirking at how Steen is fuming, pushes past a security guard and says something to Zelina. Vega nods, and stands off with Steen once again, saying that Andrade has a challenge... for El Generico. She turns to him all of a sudden, saying that El Jefe wants to debut against Tijuana's Biggest Legend. Generico simply nods, raising up his World Tag Team Championship as LAX backs off, seemingly satisfied with his answer. As Steenerico disappears in the other direction, Joey Styles takes a look at the camera, saying REVOLT is the only place where you can get unfiltered chaos like this. He caps things off by announcing it's about time for your main event. Suddenly, as Styles sends things over to Matt Striker and Don Callis, the screen glitches over. Black and white static take over, and only one word appears on screen: MADVILLAINY
The screen is taken over by static once again, and we see the same graphic from The Wrestling Classic: an umbrella opening up, only for a bolt of lightning to strike down and shock it, before being replaced by more static. The screen finally goes to normal, and the camera's sight wildly shakes, before it finally goes to normal. The camera is pointed up... and who else can it be but Marty Scurll, sporting sunglasses in all of his discolored, black and white glory. Scurll welcomes everyone to the first ever episode of Underground Kings, saying that he's glad to see his fellow roster members duke it out in the famous Hammerstein Ballroom. But sadly, he's going to have to cut things short. Marty turns the camera around, showing everyone watching that he's actually in a production truck, filled with televisions, monitors, an interface filled with buttons and levers, each one designated to complete a command. Marty points the camera to the floor, revealing at his feet, a producer lies unconscious. Scurll closes in, before ripping a pin off of his shirt, lifting it up close to the camera, revealing the the familiar insignia: REVOLT Pro Wrestling. Marty smiles, saying that since people aren't giving him and his good friend Jimmy attention, they're just going to have to take it. Therefore, NO ONE not in attendance is going to be able to see the blockbuster main event of the first episode of Underground Kings. NO ONE is going to be able to say that the most memorable part of tonight was a match or a promo, but Marty Scurll putting a stop to all the fun. NO ONE is going to be able to watch any future episodes without thinking, anticipating... fearing... that Scurll and Jimmy will do it again. And speaking of Jimmy...
Scurll points the camera outside the doorway of the production truck, presenting Jimmy Havok, dragging another producer by the legs, a trail of blood leaking from the back of his head. Jimmy drags the producer out of sight of the camera behind a car, before opening the trunk, and pulling out his trusty barbed wire baseball bat. He looks over at Scurll, who gives the thumbs up. Marty zooms in with the camera, catching Havok's eyes turn from questioning to devilishly ecstatic. The camera stays trained on the scene of Jimmy swinging back the barbed wire slugger, and bringing down with extreme force, the only sign of the producer still being there is the violent splatter of blood shooting out onto the concrete floor. Jimmy swings the bat down over and over and over, until his hands and bat are covered and leaking in blood. Jimmy, who's face is covered by his signature mask, turns back to Marty, who laughs, and turns his attention back inside the production truck. Marty puts the camera down, the only thing it can record is an upward view of the Villain leaning against the wall as Jimmy storms into the truck, before immediately swinging his barbed wire baseball bat at the monitors, causing sparks to fly! He swings it downward into the interface, tearing the keyboards and buttons away from the televisions and throwing it across the truck. He pulls out wires, tears out cables, before ripping open the protective cover on the truck's electrical box. Havok pulls back his slugger, before blasting the box, causing smoke to emit from it! Scurll walks toward the camera and crouches in front of it, staring the lens dead in the eye, before asking a question: Will you survive the Purge?" Scurll walks out of the production truck, and Havok makes a move to follow, only to turn back, swinging the barbed wire baseball bat at the camera, once again sending the screen back into the void of static.
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2020.03.24 16:48 BirdmanPB Mel Kiper 2020 Mock Draft 3.0

Time for NFL Mock Draft 3.0, projecting every first-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft. As we enter uncharted territory on the draft calendar -- the league has prohibited all pre-draft visits between prospects and teams because of the coronavirus pandemic -- we can still look forward to Day 1 of the draft, which kicks off April 23.
This is my first mock draft since before the combine, and you'll see a few prospects who rose after their performances in Indianapolis. And this is also the first mock draft in which we know how most of NFL free agency has played out, so team needs are much clearer.
OK, let's get to it. Check out my new Big Board and position rankings, too.
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  1. Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals' roster -- there aren't many teams left on the quarterback carousel that make sense as a trade partner -- but this is a no-brainer: Take Burrow and build your team around the Heisman-winning quarterback. Cincinnati already has a WR1 in A.J. Green and RB1 in Joe Mixon, and there are a few solid offensive pieces elsewhere, including the impending debut of 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but can step in immediately and protect Burrow's blind side.
  1. Washington Redskins
Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
If Washington is serious about Dwayne Haskins as its unquestioned starter at quarterback, it has to take Young, the clear top pass-rusher in this class and one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the past decade. Ron Rivera already has some talented defenders with whom to work (including Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Landon Collins and free-agent signing Kendall Fuller) and Young could top 10 sacks as a rookie. The big question for the Redskins: Can they get back a decent pick in a Trent Williams trade? He wants out, and they don't have a second-round pick after moving up for Sweat last year.
  1. Detroit Lions
Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions' best-case scenario with this pick? Field offers for teams trying to trade up to draft Tua Tagovailoa -- the Dolphins (Nos. 5, 18 and 26 picks) and Chargers (No. 6 pick) make the most sense -- and still land Okudah. That would give them extra premium draft picks and the top corner in the class to replace Darius Slay and pair with free-agent signing Desmond Trufant. After a 3-12-1 season, general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia need wins now, and the additions of Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton and Nick Williams will help their defense immediately.
  1. New York Giants
Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
This is another spot to watch for a trade. If the Lions stay put and take Okudah, could a team jump in front of the Dolphins to snag Tagovailoa? Because I can't project trades here, I'll mock Simmons to the Giants. He's a phenomenal athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at 238 pounds and has great film from the past two seasons. He and free-agent addition Blake Martinez would really strengthen the G-Men's linebacker unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has to think about an offensive tackle here, too, with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. as possibilities.
  1. Miami Dolphins
Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two second-round picks, but their best-case scenario is to stay put, get their quarterback of the future and pick up starters on Day 1 and Day 2 of the draft. With the offseason quarterback carousel mostly completed -- Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton still need to find new teams -- Miami is in the best spot to draft its guy. Tagovailoa, who's rehabbing after dislocating his right hip and suffering a posterior wall fracture in November, was planning to throw for NFL teams on April 9, but that's up in the air. There's a chance teams won't get to see him go through a full workout; they'll have to trust his tape -- and trust their medical staffs, who will have a clear view of where Tagovailoa is with his injury now.
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  1. Los Angeles Chargers
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers appear uninterested in the quarterbacks in the free-agent or trade market, with Tyrod Taylor slotted in as their Week 1 starter. But maybe they're not interested in another veteran because they know they're in a good position to draft Tagovailoa or Herbert, and they can give Taylor the job while grooming a quarterback of the future. Based on their offseason additions (guard Trai Turner, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., among others), the Chargers think they can win now. Drafting the 6-foot-6 Herbert gives them the best chance to bridge their present with their future, similar to what the Chiefs did in 2017 when they drafted Patrick Mahomes.
  1. Carolina Panthers
Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
This makes three mock drafts, three projections of Brown to Carolina. And I don't see a reason to go away from it (unless Isaiah Simmons falls here). With Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler gone in free agency, there's a gaping hole at the tackle spot next to Kawann Short. Brown isn't going to be a 10-sack-per-season guy, but he has some pass-rush upside from the interior. And with a 6-foot-4, 326-pound frame, he'll be a monster against the run.
  1. Arizona Cardinals
Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With DeAndre Hopkins on his way to Arizona, the Cardinals filled their need for a new No. 1 wide receiver. One spot they haven't addressed? Right tackle, where they could upgrade on former undrafted free agent Justin Murray, who started 12 games last season. This team could have its pick of a deep top tier of tackles, but I like the fit with Wirfs, who was predominantly a right tackle in college. He's a load in the run game and has great feet in pass protection. Arizona must protect quarterback Kyler Murray, who was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most in the league.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell are gone, while 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan has disappointed, which means the Jaguars' once-excellent defensive line needs reinforcements. They have tremendous edge rushers in Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen, but Kinlaw would give them a 324-pound run-stuffer with some upside as an interior pass-rusher. I considered a quarterback here, but it appears Jacksonville is committed to Gardner Minshew. Cornerback is an option, too, though Jacksonville could use the No. 20 pick to address the secondary.
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  1. Cleveland Browns
Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
I really liked Cleveland paying up in free agency for Jack Conklin, who will upgrade the right tackle spot. But this team could still use a new starter at left tackle, which is why I like Becton here. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton also has excellent feet and agility -- he is the heaviest player to run a sub-5.2 40-yard dash at the combine since 2006. Chris Hubbard, signed in 2018 to replace Joe Thomas, hasn't worked out; it's time to get Baker Mayfield better protection.
  1. New York Jets
Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Jets made an effort to fix their porous offensive line in free agency, bringing back guard Alex Lewis and adding tackle George Fant and interior linemen Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten and Josh Andrews. But that's not enough. They need another infusion of talent, particularly at right tackle, where Chuma Edoga played last season. Wills was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, and he could step in on day one and be New York's most talented lineman. Wide receiver is a position to watch here, though free agent Robby Anderson could still return. I also thought about pass-rusher, but this is a little too high for second-ranked edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders
CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After the Raiders signed both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski in free agency, you can scratch off-ball linebacker from their list of needs. That still leaves wide receiver and cornerback, though. And since Las Vegas has two first-round picks and this class of receivers is much deeper at the top than the cornerback group, let's give Jon Gruden & Co. a potential No. 1 corner in Henderson here. He had an up-and-down 2019 season, but he cemented his standing as the second-ranked cornerback in this class at the combine, where he ran a 4.39 40. The Raiders get to grab a receiver at No. 19. Could Vegas be an option if one of the other quarterbacks -- Justin Herbert or Jordan Love -- make it here?
  1. San Francisco 49ers (from IND)
Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This pick now belongs to the 49ers, after the Colts traded it to acquire interior disruptor DeForest Buckner. San Francisco could use the pick for a straight replacement for Buckner at defensive tackle -- if Javon Kinlaw drops out of the top 10, he could do damage in the middle of its defense -- but I see wide receiver as a higher priority, particularly after Emmanuel Sanders walked in free agency. Adding Jeudy, who caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 TDs last season, to a group with Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne makes this a really exciting (and young) trio of wideouts for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are also trade-down candidates -- after the No. 31 overall pick, they don't pick again until Round 5.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
After the Bucs largely bypassed free agency to address their offensive line -- they did add swing tackle Joe Haeg -- this is the spot in which they need to get help protecting Tom Brady. (It felt strange to type that.) With Demar Dotson still a free agent, the right tackle spot is wide open. Thomas played both left and right tackle for the Bulldogs, and he would help keep Brady's jersey clean. I also thought about a running back to help Brady, with D'Andre Swift a great option to catch a bunch of passes from the future Hall of Famer. But offensive tackle feels like a lock at this point.
  1. Denver Broncos
Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos have made a few solid additions this offseason, signing guard Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon and trading for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye. They haven't addressed left tackle -- former first-round pick Garett Bolles could be on his way out after a disappointing tenure -- or wide receiver, where they have Courtland Sutton but not much else. Ruggs, who ran a 4.27 40 at the combine, would be a great complement to Sutton's size, as he could run crossers and catch deep balls from second-year signal-caller Drew Lock.
play 0:20 Tua looking healthy during workoutTua Tagovailoa takes to Twitter with a throwing drill video and shows no signs of slowing down after his long recovery from a dislocated hip.
  1. Atlanta Falcons
K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
The Falcons replaced Vic Beasley Jr. with Dante Fowler Jr. in free agency, but they shouldn't stop there. General manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to add another premium pass-rusher, either at edge or along the interior. Takkarist McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, just hasn't developed. After fighting through injuries, Chaisson had just 9.5 sacks in his college career, but he has a high ceiling, flashing elite get-off at the snap with a few pass-rushing moves in his arsenal. Before Atlanta picked up Todd Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, I thought this might be a spot to watch for a running back.
  1. Dallas Cowboys
CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Cowboys don't have many glaring needs, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them draft a cornerback or safety (Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix appears to be a one-year flier). I'm going to stick to my board, though, and go with the best prospect available. Lamb, No. 12 in my latest rankings, shouldn't fall far; with fantastic route-running ability and big-play potential, he's capable of being a No. 1 receiver at the next level, and he could play outside or in the slot. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Lamb would instantly become one of the NFL's top wide receiver trios. Keep an eye on defensive end here, though, as Dallas could add young talent to that group.
  1. Miami Dolphins (from PIT)
D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Dolphins entered free agency with the NFL's most cap space, and they used a bunch of their money on defense, signing cornerback Byron Jones to a record-breaking deal while also adding linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson and Elandon Roberts and edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah. And yes, they brought in veteran running back Jordan Howard, too, but it was a low-cost deal. Let's give Tagovailoa and the offense some help with Swift, a threat as a runner and receiver and the clear top back in this class. I expect Miami to address offensive tackle with one of its three first-round picks, and that could come at No. 26.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (from CHI)
Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
If the Raiders take a cornerback at No. 12, they have to address receiver here. They can't go into the season with Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor as Derek Carr's top wideouts. So how about Renfrow's college teammate, Higgins, a 6-foot-3 pass-catcher with elite ball skills. Higgins isn't a speedster -- he didn't work out at the combine, but he ran a 4.54 40 at his pro day -- but he could be an instant red zone threat for Carr.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)
Antoine Winfield Jr., S/CB, Minnesota
Where could Winfield play? How about ... everywhere. He has the versatility to play deep safety, nickel corner, strong safety and even some linebacker. At 5-foot-9, 203 pounds, he's not the biggest guy, but you couldn't tell from his tackling on tape -- he's not afraid to hit a ball carrier. Winfield stayed healthy in 2019 and had seven interceptions. He's a ballhawk, which is something Jacksonville could use after it traded Jalen Ramsey last year. I really like Winfield, and this is a great landing spot for the best defensive back left on my board.
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  1. Philadelphia Eagles
Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Philadelphia addressed its hole at cornerback by trading for Darius Slay. The next hole that needs to be filled is at wide receiver, where Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson had injury-plagued 2019 seasons and rookie second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside struggled. That resulted in a tough year for Carson Wentz and the Eagles' offense, although they still went 9-7 and won the NFC East. Since this is a deep class of wide receivers, the Eagles should come out of the first round with their guy. Jefferson, who caught 111 passes from Joe Burrow last season, is a great fit.
  1. Minnesota Vikings (from BUF)
Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Yes, this is another team that has a need at wide receiver, and this is the draft to get one. Minnesota got this pick by trading Stefon Diggs last week, and the Vikings could use it to find a direct replacement. Adam Thielen is the clear WR1, but there's not much else on the roster that should excite Vikings fans. Mims is one of the biggest risers from the pre-draft process, as he was tremendous at the Senior Bowl and then blew up at the combine, running a 4.38 40 at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds and testing well in the other workouts. He had 28 touchdowns over the past three seasons at Baylor.
  1. New England Patriots
Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Are the Patriots really going to roll with Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler as their 2020 quarterbacks? I'm not buying it. I'll stick with a QB here, although I'm moving Love back into the fourth spot in my QB rankings, ahead of Jacob Eason. At 6-foot-4, Love has all the traits that teams look for in a starter, but his 2019 stats -- 20 TD passses, 17 INTs -- will scare off some. I don't put much stock in it because of all of the talent (and an entire coaching staff) that he lost from the 2018 season, when he had 32 TD passes and six INTs. It's tough to know whether Bill Belichick is going to treat the season as a rebuild, but taking Love makes sense either way.
  1. New Orleans Saints
Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Saints perpetually have salary-cap issues, but they have done a nice job filling holes this offseason, adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders while bringing back guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle David Onyemata. This is a roster that should compete for a Super Bowl in 2020. Off-ball linebacker, though, is a position where New Orleans could get some help, and neither of my top inside linebackers have come off the board yet. Murray, a stellar athlete and tackling machine, is a good value pick here.
  1. Minnesota Vikings
A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
This has to be corner or defensive end, right? Free agent Everson Griffen has already said his goodbyes to Vikings fans, while Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes all departed this offseason. We know Mike Zimmer is always thinking about his defense, and that unit could use some help with one of Minnesota's first-round picks. Epenesa could be a capable replacement for Griffen as a defensive end with a big frame (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) who is good against the run and has room to grow as a pass-rusher.
  1. Miami Dolphins (from HOU)
Josh Jones, OT, Houston
So we've given the Dolphins a quarterback and running back so far, and let's stay on offense and address the tackle position, where Miami is still depleted. With Jones on the board, this is a no-brainer for me. He made 45 career starts at left tackle for the Cougars, and he dominated during practices at the Senior Bowl. Remember that the Dolphins still have two more second-round picks to help them get back on track. And after boosting their defense in free agency, the Dolphins are trending in the right direction.
  1. Seattle Seahawks
Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
This is a tough one for me because the Seahawks are still in the hunt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. If they spend a bunch of money to bring Clowney back, they might not want to spend the capital on an edge rusher here, particularly after drafting L.J. Collier in Round 1 last year. Still, the 6-foot-6, 266-pound Gross-Matos makes a lot of sense, because we know that Pete Carroll likes big defensive ends who could move inside and rush the passer on passing downs. Offensive tackle should be an option here, and Seattle also has an extra second-round pick.
play 7:00 Family tragedies give PSU's Gross-Matos a purpose to playBefore Yetur Gross-Matos' college career began at Penn State, his life was shaped by two unimaginable family tragedies involving the deaths of his father and brother.
  1. Baltimore Ravens
Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
The Ravens didn't really address the inside linebacker position in free agency, which means I don't see a reason to change from my first two mock drafts. Queen fills a direct void as a replacement for C.J. Mosley, who Baltimore lost in free agency a year ago. I also considered centeguard Cesar Ruiz, who could take over for the retired Marshal Yanda at guard.
  1. Tennessee Titans
Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
After Cleveland's excellent combine performance in which he ran a 4.93 40 (third-fastest among offensive linemen) and looked great in the agility drills, I went back to the tape to study him. And what I saw was a left tackle who I was underrating. A three-year starter for the Broncos, Cleveland isn't just a workout wonder -- he was a great tackle in the Mountain West. The Titans are set at left tackle with Taylor Lewan, of course, but with right tackle Jack Conklin departing in free agency, Cleveland could compete with former swing tackle Dennis Kelly, who was re-signed. Tennessee added Vic Beasley Jr. last week, but I wouldn't be shocked to see them add another edge rusher here.
  1. Green Bay Packers
Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Green Bay cut Jimmy Graham and hasn't added any receiving help this offseason, so I'm sticking with a wide receiver for its pick, though it's the third different wideout in my three mock drafts. Like Denzel Mims, Claypool had an electrifying combine, running a 4.42 40 and putting up a 40.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds. This might be a slight reach, but a team could fall in love with his traits, and he produced last season, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He could be a matchup nightmare for Aaron Rodgers.
  1. San Francisco 49ers
Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
If the 49ers can get a wide receiver with their first pick, they could turn to the defense with this pick. With DeForest Buckner gone, I thought about defensive tackle, but they still have some talent there with former top-five pick Solomon Thomas moving inside permanently. Justin Madubuike could be an option. But corner is a more pressing need, and you only have to watch Super Bowl LIV to see that. Richard Sherman, who turns 32 later this month, is only signed through 2020, and the Niners don't have a set No. 2 corner. Igbinoghene, a track athlete who is still raw, is my third-ranked corner, and he could also help as a return man.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs
Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan
The Super Bowl champs haven't made many moves this offseason, but their positions of need are clear: cornerback and interior offensive line. Kendall Fuller signed a big deal in Washington, and Bashaud Breeland is still on the market, leaving big shoes to fill. But with Noah Igbinoghene gone to San Francisco one pick earlier, I don't have a corner with a first-round grade on my board. So let's give the Chiefs Ruiz, who could slide to guard to replace Stefen Wisniewski.
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2020.03.24 14:09 blamatina Mel Kiper's Mock Draft 3.0 (3/24/20)

  1. Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Andy Dalton is still on the Bengals' roster -- there aren't many teams left on the quarterback carousel that make sense as a trade partner -- but this is a no-brainer: Take Burrow and build your team around the Heisman-winning quarterback. Cincinnati already has a WR1 in A.J. Green and RB1 in Joe Mixon, and there are a few solid offensive pieces elsewhere, including the impending debut of 2019 first-round pick Jonah Williams, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury but can step in immediately and protect Burrow's blind side.
  1. Washington Redskins Chase Young, DE, Ohio State
If Washington is serious about Dwayne Haskins as its unquestioned starter at quarterback, it has to take Young, the clear top pass-rusher in this class and one of the best edge-rushing prospects of the past decade. Ron Rivera already has some talented defenders with whom to work (including Jonathan Allen, Montez Sweat, Landon Collins and free-agent signing Kendall Fuller) and Young could top 10 sacks as a rookie. The big question for the Redskins: Can they get back a decent pick in a Trent Williams trade? He wants out, and they don't have a second-round pick after moving up for Sweat last year.
  1. Detroit Lions Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio State
The Lions' best-case scenario with this pick? Field offers for teams trying to trade up to draft Tua Tagovailoa -- the Dolphins (Nos. 5, 18 and 26 picks) and Chargers (No. 6 pick) make the most sense -- and still land Okudah. That would give them extra premium draft picks and the top corner in the class to replace Darius Slay and pair with free-agent signing Desmond Trufant. After a 3-12-1 season, general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia need wins now, and the additions of Jamie Collins, Danny Shelton and Nick Williams will help their defense immediately.
  1. New York Giants Isaiah Simmons, OLB, Clemson
This is another spot to watch for a trade. If the Lions stay put and take Okudah, could a team jump in front of the Dolphins to snag Tagovailoa? Because I can't project trades here, I'll mock Simmons to the Giants. He's a phenomenal athlete who ran a 4.39 40-yard dash at 238 pounds, but he has great film from the past two seasons, too. He and free-agent addition Blake Martinez would really strengthen the G-Men's linebacker unit. General manager Dave Gettleman has to think about an offensive tackle here, too, with Mekhi Becton, Tristan Wirfs or Jedrick Wills Jr. as possibilities.
5. Miami Dolphins Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama
The Dolphins have three first-round picks and two second-round picks, but their best-case scenario is to stay put, get their quarterback of the future and pick up starters on Day 1 and Day 2 of the draft. With the offseason quarterback carousel mostly completed -- Jameis Winston, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton still need to find new teams -- Miami is in the best spot to draft its guy. Tagovailoa, who's rehabbing after dislocating his right hip and suffering a posterior wall fracture in November, was planning to throw for NFL teams on April 9, but that's up in the air. There's a chance teams won't get to see him go through a full workout; they'll have to trust his tape -- and trust their medical staffs, who will have a clear view of where Tagovailoa is with his injury now.
  1. Los Angeles Chargers Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
The Chargers appear uninterested in the quarterbacks in the free-agent or trade market, with Tyrod Taylor slotted in as their Week 1 starter. But maybe they're not interested in another veteran because they know they're in a good position to draft Tagovailoa or Herbert, and they can give Taylor the job while grooming a quarterback of the future. Based on their offseason additions (guard Trai Turner, offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and cornerback Chris Harris Jr., among others), the Chargers think they can win now. Drafting the 6-foot-6 Herbert gives them the best chance to bridge their present with their future, similar to what the Chiefs did in 2017 when they drafted Patrick Mahomes.
  1. Carolina Panthers Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
This makes three mock drafts, three projections of Brown to Carolina. And I don't see a reason to go away from it (unless Isaiah Simmons falls here). With Gerald McCoy and Vernon Butler gone in free agency, there's a gaping hole at the tackle spot next to Kawann Short. Brown isn't going to be a 10-sack-per-season guy, but he has some pass-rush upside from the interior. And with a 6-foot-4, 326-pound frame, he'll be a monster against the run.
  1. Arizona Cardinals Tristan Wirfs, OT, Iowa
With DeAndre Hopkins on his way to Arizona, the Cardinals filled their need for a new No. 1 wide receiver. One spot they haven't addressed? Right tackle, where they could upgrade on former undrafted free agent Justin Murray, who started 12 games last season. This team could have its pick of a deep top tier of tackles, but I like the fit with Wirfs, who was predominantly a right tackle in college. He's a load in the run game and has great feet in pass protection. Arizona must protect quarterback Kyler Murray, who was sacked 48 times last season, tied for most in the league.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Marcell Dareus and Calais Campbell are gone, while 2018 first-round pick Taven Bryan has disappointed, which means the Jaguars' once-excellent defensive line needs reinforcements. They have tremendous edge rushers in Yannick Ngakoue and Josh Allen, but Kinlaw would give them a 324-pound run-stuffer with some upside as an interior pass-rusher. I considered a quarterback here, but it appears Jacksonville is committed to Gardner Minshew. Cornerback is an option, too, though it could use the No. 20 pick to address the secondary.
  1. Cleveland Browns Mekhi Becton, OT, Louisville
I really liked Cleveland paying up in free agency for Jack Conklin, who will upgrade the right tackle spot. But this team could still use a new starter at left tackle, which is why I like Becton here. A mountain of a man at 6-foot-7, 364 pounds, Becton also has excellent feet and agility -- he is the heaviest player to run a sub-5.2 40-yard dash at the combine since 2006. Chris Hubbard, signed in 2018 to replace Joe Thomas, hasn't worked out; it's time to get Baker Mayfield better protection.
  1. New York Jets Jedrick Wills Jr., OT, Alabama
The Jets made an effort to fix their porous offensive line in free agency, bringing back guard Alex Lewis and adding tackle George Fant and interior linemen Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten and Josh Andrews. But that's not enough. They need another infusion of talent, particularly at right tackle, where Chuma Edoga played last season. Wills was a two-year starter at right tackle for the Crimson Tide, and he could step in on day one and be New York's most-talented lineman. Wide receiver is a position to watch here, though free agent Robby Anderson could still return. I also thought about pass-rusher, but this is a little too high for second-ranked edge rusher K'Lavon Chaisson.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders CJ Henderson, CB, Florida
After the Raiders signed both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkowski in free agency, you can scratch off-ball linebacker from their list of needs. That still leaves wide receiver and cornerback, though. And since Las Vegas has two first-round picks and this class of receivers is much deeper at the top than the cornerback group, let's give Jon Gruden & Co. a potential No. 1 corner in Henderson here. He had an up-and-down 2019 season, but he cemented his standing as the second-ranked cornerback in this class at the combine, where he ran a 4.39 40. The Raiders get to grab a receiver at No. 19.
  1. San Francisco 49ers (from IND) Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama
This pick now belongs to the 49ers, after the Colts traded it to acquire interior disruptor DeForest Buckner. San Francisco could use the pick for a straight replacement for Buckner at defensive tackle -- if Javon Kinlaw drops out of the top 10, he could do damage in the middle of its defense -- but I see wide receiver as a higher priority, particularly after Emmanuel Sanders walked in free agency. Adding Jeudy, who caught 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 TDs last season, to a group with Deebo Samuel and Kendrick Bourne makes this a really exciting (and young) trio of wideouts for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are also trade-down candidates -- after the No. 31 overall pick, they don't pick again until Round 5.
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia
After the Bucs largely bypassed free agency to address their offensive line -- they did add swing tackle Joe Haeg -- this is the spot in which they need to get help protecting Tom Brady. (It felt strange to type that.) With Demar Dotson still a free agent, the right tackle spot is wide open. Thomas played both left and right tackle for the Bulldogs, and he would help keep Brady's jersey clean. I also thought about a running back to help Brady, with D'Andre Swift a great option to catch a bunch of passes from the future Hall of Famer. But offensive tackle feels like a lock at this point.
  1. Denver Broncos Henry Ruggs III, WR, Alabama
The Broncos have made a few solid additions this offseason, signing guard Graham Glasgow and running back Melvin Gordon and trading for defensive tackle Jurrell Casey and cornerback A.J. Bouye. They haven't addressed left tackle -- former first-round pick Garett Bolles could be on his way out after a disappointing tenure -- or wide receiver, where they have Courtland Sutton but not much else. Ruggs, who ran a 4.27 40 at the combine, would be a great complement to Sutton's size, as he could run crossers and catch deep balls from second-year signal-caller Drew Lock.
  1. Atlanta Falcons K'Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSU
The Falcons replaced Vic Beasley Jr. with Dante Fowler Jr. in free agency, but they shouldn't stop there. General manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to add another premium pass-rusher, either at edge or along the interior. Takkarist McKinley, a first-round pick in 2017, just hasn't developed. After fighting through injuries, Chaisson had just 9.5 sacks in his college career, but he has a high ceiling, flashing elite get-off at the snap with a few pass-rushing moves in his arsenal. Before Atlanta picked up Todd Gurley to replace Devonta Freeman, I thought this might be a spot to watch for a running back.
  1. Dallas Cowboys CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma
The Cowboys don't have many glaring needs, although I wouldn't be surprised to see them draft a cornerback or safety (Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix appears to be a one-year flier). I'm going to stick to my board, though, and go with the best prospect available. Lamb, No. 12 in my latest rankings, shouldn't fall far; with fantastic route-running ability and big-play potential, he's capable of being a No. 1 receiver at the next level, and he could play outside or in the slot. Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Lamb would instantly become one of the NFL's top wide receiver trios. Keep an eye on defensive end here, though, as Dallas could add young talent to that group.
18. Miami Dolphins (from PIT) D'Andre Swift, RB, Georgia
The Dolphins entered free agency with the NFL's most cap space, and they used a bunch of their money on defense, signing cornerback Byron Jones to a record-breaking deal while also adding linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Shaq Lawson and Elandon Roberts and edge rusher Emmanuel Ogbah. And yes, they brought in veteran running back Jordan Howard, too, but it was a low-cost deal. Let's give Tagovailoa and the offense some help with Swift, a threat as a runner and receiver and the clear top back in this class. I expect Miami to address offensive tackle with one of its three first-round picks, and that could come at No. 26.
  1. Las Vegas Raiders (from CHI) Tee Higgins, WR, Clemson
If the Raiders take a cornerback at No. 12, they have to address receiver here. They can't go into the season with Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow and Nelson Agholor as Derek Carr's top wideouts. So how about Renfrow's college teammate in Higgins, a 6-foot-3 pass-catcher with elite ball skills. Higgins isn't a speedster -- he didn't work out at the combine, but he ran a 4.54 40 at his pro day -- but he could be an instant red zone threat for Carr and Las Vegas.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) Antoine Winfield Jr., S/CB, Minnesota
Where could Winfield play? How about ... everywhere. He has the versatility to play deep safety, nickel corner, strong safety and even some linebacker. At 5-foot-9, 203 pounds, he's not the biggest guy, but you couldn't tell from his tackling on tape -- he's not afraid to hit a ball carrier. Winfield stayed healthy in 2019 and had seven interceptions. He's a ballhawk, which is something Jacksonville could use after it traded Jalen Ramsey last year. I really like Winfield, and this is a great landing spot for the best defensive back left on my board.
  1. Philadelphia Eagles Justin Jefferson, WR, LSU
Philadelphia addressed its hole at cornerback by trading for Darius Slay. The next hole that needs to be filled is at wide receiver, where Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson had injury-plagued 2019 seasons and rookie second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside struggled. That resulted in a tough year for Carson Wentz and the Eagles offense, although they still went 9-7 and won the NFC East. Since this is a deep class of wide receivers, the Eagles should come out of the first round with their guy. Jefferson, who caught 111 passes from Joe Burrow last season, is a great fit.
  1. Minnesota Vikings (from BUF) Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor
Yes, this is another team that has a need at wide receiver, and this is the draft to get one. Minnesota got this pick by trading Stefon Diggs last week, and they could use it to find a direct replacement. Adam Thielen is the clear WR1, but there's not much else on the roster that should excite Vikings fans. Mims is one of the biggest risers from the pre-draft process, as he was tremendous at the Senior Bowl and then blew up at the combine, running a 4.38 40 at 6-foot-3, 207 pounds and testing well in the other workouts. He had 28 touchdowns over the past three seasons at Baylor.
  1. New England Patriots Jordan Love, QB, Utah State
Are the Patriots really going to roll with Jarrett Stidham, Brian Hoyer and Cody Kessler as their 2020 quarterbacks? I'm not buying it. I'll stick with a QB here, although I'm moving Love back into the fourth spot in my QB rankings, ahead of Jacob Eason. At 6-foot-4, Love has all the traits that teams look for in a starter, but his 2019 stats -- 20 TD passses, 17 INTs -- will scare off some. I don't put much stock into it because of all of the talent (and an entire coaching staff) that he lost from the 2018 season, when he had 32 TD passes and six INTs. It's tough to know whether Bill Belichick is going to treat the season as a rebuild, but taking Love makes sense either way.
  1. New Orleans Saints Kenneth Murray, LB, Oklahoma
The Saints perpetually have salary-cap issues, but they have done a nice job of filling holes this offseason, adding safety Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders while bringing back guard Andrus Peat and defensive tackle David Onyemata. This is a roster that should compete for a Super Bowl in 2020. Off-ball linebacker, though, is a position where New Orleans could get some help, and neither of my top inside linebackers have come off the board yet. Murray, a stellar athlete and tackling machine, is a good value pick here.
  1. Minnesota Vikings A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
This has to be corner or defensive end, right? Free agent Everson Griffen has already said his goodbyes to Vikings fans, while Trae Waynes, Mackensie Alexander and Xavier Rhodes all departed this offseason. We know Mike Zimmer is always thinking about his defense, and that unit could use some help with one of Minnesota's first-round picks. Epenesa could be a capable replacement for Griffen as a defensive end with a big frame (6-foot-5, 275 pounds) who is good against the run and has room to grow as a pass-rusher.
26. Miami Dolphins (from HOU) Josh Jones, OT, Houston
So we've given the Dolphins a quarterback and running back so far, and let's stay on offensive and address the tackle position, where Miami is still depleted. With Jones on the board, this is a no-brainer for me. He made 45 career starts at left tackle for the Cougars, and he dominated during practices at the Senior Bowl. Remember that the Dolphins still have two more second-round picks to help them get back on track. And after boosting their defense in free agency, the Dolphins are trending in the right direction.
  1. Seattle Seahawks Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State
This is a tough one for me because the Seahawks are still in the hunt to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney. If they spend a bunch of money to bring Clowney back, they might not want to spend the capital on an edge rusher here, particularly after drafting L.J. Collier in Round 1 last year. Still, the 6-foot-6, 266-pound Gross-Matos makes a lot of sense, because we know that Pete Carroll likes big defensive ends who could move inside and rush the passer on passing downs. Offensive tackle should be an option here, and Seattle also has an extra second-round pick.
Family tragedies give PSU's Gross-Matos a purpose to play Before Yetur Gross-Matos' college career began at Penn State, his life was shaped by two unimaginable family tragedies involving the deaths of his father and brother.
  1. Baltimore Ravens Patrick Queen, ILB, LSU
The Ravens didn't really address the inside linebacker position in free agency, which means I don't see a reason to change from my first two mock drafts. Queen fills a direct void as a replacement for C.J. Mosley, who Baltimore lost in free agency a year ago. I also considered centeguard Cesar Ruiz, who could take over for the retired Marshal Yanda at guard.
  1. Tennessee Titans Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise State
After Cleveland's excellent combine performance in which he ran a 4.93 40 (third-fastest among offensive linemen) and looked great in the agility drills, I went back to the tape to study him. And what I saw was a left tackle who I was underrating. A three-year starter for the Broncos, Cleveland isn't just a workout wonder -- he was a great tackle in the Mountain West. The Titans are set at left tackle with Taylor Lewan, of course, but with right tackle Jack Conklin departing in free agency, Cleveland could compete with former swing tackle Dennis Kelly, who was re-signed. Tennessee added Vic Beasley Jr. last week, but I wouldn't be shocked to see them add another edge rusher here.
  1. Green Bay Packers Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame
Green Bay cut Jimmy Graham and hasn't added any receiving help this offseason, so I'm sticking with a wide receiver for its pick, though it's the third different wideout in my three mock drafts. Like Denzel Mims, Claypool had an electrifying combine, running a 4.42 40 and putting up a 40.5-inch vertical at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds. This might be a slight reach, but a team could fall in love with his traits, and he produced last season, catching 66 passes for 1,037 yards and 13 touchdowns. He could be a matchup nightmare for Aaron Rodgers.
  1. San Francisco 49ers Noah Igbinoghene, CB, Auburn
If the 49ers can get a wide receiver with their first pick, they could turn to the defense with this pick. With DeForest Buckner gone, I thought about defensive tackle, but they still have some talent there with former top-five pick Solomon Thomas moving inside permanently. Justin Madubuike could be an option. But corner is a more pressing need, and you only have to watch Super Bowl LIV to see that. Richard Sherman, who turns 32 later this month, is only signed through 2020, and the Niners don't have a set No. 2 corner. Igbinoghene, a track athlete who is still raw, is my third-ranked corner and he could also help as a return man.
  1. Kansas City Chiefs Cesar Ruiz, C/G, Michigan
The Super Bowl champs haven't made many moves this offseason, but their positions of need are clear: cornerback and interior offensive line. Kendall Fuller signed a big deal in Washington, and Bashaud Breeland is still on the market, leaving big shoes to fill. But with Noah Igbinoghene gone to San Francisco one pick earlier, I don't have a corner with a first-round grade on my board. So let's give the Chiefs Ruiz, who could slide to guard to replace Stefen Wisniewski.
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2020.02.03 11:04 robbers12345 My First ever 3 round Mock Draft No Trades with Explanations

Hey friends, I am a sad Niner fan who made this mock after we lost :(. This is my firs tever mock I'm sharing here so please give me some feedback. Be mean too I want to be better. Enjoy!
My takeaways from this draft:

Mock 1.0
  1. CIN: Joe Burrow (QB)- Yep. No explanation.
  2. WAS: Chase Young (DE)- Best Player in the draft IMO. Even if the skins get a good offer to trade down, I think they have to take Young so he can hurt the NFC East for years to come.
  3. DET: Jeffrey Okudah (CB)- I think they could do a few things here but with Patricia’s and Bob Quinn’s job on the line I think they go with the next best player. A true lockdown corner who can be the next Revis and he can try to save Patricia’s job
  4. NYG: Isaiah Simmons (LB)- Again I can see them going O-line or even Jeudy but overall I have them going with a true game changer who can help overhaul the awful defense of the giants.
  5. MIA: Tua Tagovailoa (QB)- Tank for Tua but the Dolphins pick at 5. I personally don't think they should move up at all in this draft as they have so many holes. With Tua falling to them he can sit and learn from the legend Fitzmagic and help take the crown in the AFC East.
  6. LAC: Justin Herbert (QB)- Whether Rivers stays or not I think this has to be the pick. A lot of people are down on Herbert but I think he can be very successful. With the right coaching he can battle with Mahomes for years to come.
  7. CAR: Derrick Brown (DT)- This team is not going to be good next year. Who knows what is going on with Cam and now with Keuchly gone the defense has issues. I think they go with the best defensive player left. With burns on the outside and Brown on the inside, the D-line is looking pretty good. Could also see them going O-line.
  8. ARZ: Jedrick Wills (OT)- I know a lot of fans want Jeudy here but I can't see Keim taking him here. They have Kirk, Fitz, and 3? Second year receivers. They have bigger holes and that O-line was not good. The amount of times I saw Kyler just sit down and take a sack as the pressure got to him makes me think Card have to go O-line. Personally I think Wills is the best tackle in the draft but could see them going any of the big 4.
  9. JAX: Jerry Jeudy (WR)- This team also has many holes but they can have Minshew throwing to only DJ Chark. They need a serious threat and Jeudy has the IT factor. Route running reminds me of AB and this will surely help the offense out.
  10. CLE: Tristan Wirfs (OT)- Browns needs O-Line and have their choice. I think they go Wirfs but could easily see Thomas. Can’t be having baker die when he drops back.
  11. NYJ: Andrew Thomas (OT)- Thomas who is still a great tackle falls into their lap. They also could go receiver or edge but they need to protect Darnold so he doesn’t see ghosts anymore.
  12. LVR: Ceedee Lamb (WR)- Las Vegas feels weird but they go with the next best receiver. Don’t really see them going anywhere else here and they needed help at the receiver position. This next year will be Carr’s make or break year.
  13. IND: Jordan Love (QB)- Felt like Indy had a chance in the beginning of the season and once Brisset came back from injury he looked awful. I don’t think hes the one to completely blame but this might be the best chance Indy has at taking a franchise QB and they get a guy who has a very high ceiling. He reminds me off Mahomes before he was drafted. With the right coaching I think Love can be very successful.
  14. TB: Mekhi Becton (OT)- I thought about this one for a long time. With the top QBs off the board they have to go to another position. Safety is a need and Delpit and McKinney is there. I think their entire D-line are FAs but they seriously need O-line help. Becton is a monster who has all the keys to be a franchise tackle. Hopefully he’s good at tackling though.
  15. DEN: Henry Ruggs (WR)- Dude might break the 40 yard dash record. He’s not only fast but a good route runner and has decent hands. This is close to the last step of a very dangerous Denver offense.
  16. ATL: K’Lavon Chaisson (DE)- He played pretty well in the championship game and god knows the Falcons need pressure. They had nearly a fifth of their sacks in one game. They have to go edge rusher and I think Chaisson barely edges out Epenesa.
  17. DAL: Xavier McKinney (S)- Honestly I’m not 100% sure what the cowboys need. When I look at their roster I think they should be a top 10 team but they aren’t. Secondary is a big need and I think McKinney will help the team with not only the pass defense but also the run D.
  18. MIA: AJ Epenesa (DE)- Dolphins have a great edge fall right into their lap. With the top tackles off the board I think they have to pull the trigger on AJ and go best available with a position of need.
  19. LVR: Kenneth Murray (LB)- Raiders defense was trash to say the least. They need a game changer at linebacker and honestly I think Murray has the tools to be that game changer but he may need a few years. Raiders go position of need and continue to put together an elite young roster.
  20. JAX: Javon Kinlaw (DT)- Thought about the Raiders taking Kinlaw but ended up going a different direction so now he falls into the laps of the Jags. They will most likely cut Dareus and Kinlaw has the potential to be a top 10 player in this draft. Josh allen, Campbell, yannick maybe? And Kinlaw makes the Jags D-line top 10 in the league easily.
  21. PHI: Tee Higgins (WR)- This one had me thinking for a long ass time. With Fulton still on the board Philly thinks about taking him but they have to get Wentz some weapons. They could also go Jefferson or Raegor who are a bit faster but with how bad their receivers are they take the best available and that's Higgins.
  22. BUF: Laviska Shenault Jr. (WR)- Get Josh Allen some more weapons. John Brown is a great deep threat but they need a big body who can do everything and Shenault is that guy. Dude is a beast and will be great with the Bills.
  23. NE: Yetur Gross-Matos (DE)- Doubt they go Tight end here. Offense was their biggest weakness but they were injury riddled and while their defense had little holes I think Matos will help the team more than a rookie tight end or another rookie receiver. They go best available that's not secondary.
  24. NO: Jalen Raegor (WR)- Another guy who has a chance to run a 4.2 and the saints showed they need another receIver. Raegor is a much better Ted Ginn who will make the defense respect the deep ball or else they’ll be sorry. SaInts don't need much but Jalen will help Brees and Michael Thomas as well.
  25. MIN: Trevon Diggs (CB): This makes too much sense. Brother of an active player on the team. Diggs may not be as good as Fulton but he just fits the Vikings and can replace Rhodes.
  26. MIA: Josh Jones (OT)- I love this draft for the Dolphins. They get an absolute beast at the tackle position who dominated at the senior bowl. Pretty simple pick for them.
  27. SEA: Terrell Lewis (DE)- The next 3-4 edge guys are all swappable to me but Seattle probably wont even pick here as they will most likely trade down but if they did pick the y need someone to be on the other side of Clowney and Lewis has all the tools to be a great edge rusher.
  28. BAL: Justin Jefferson (WR)- Another 1st round receiver?? Yes. They cant rely on willie Snead and Miles Boykin I’m sorry. This offense goes from great to greater. This will seriously help Lamar pass better as Jefferson who is a pretty good route runner.
  29. TEN: Curtis Weaver (DE)- Yall were so close. With Simmons and Landry they have a great young D-line but i'm not even sure who is on the other side of Landry. Weaver is a bit raw but shows flashes of greatness.
  30. GB: Brandon Ayiuk (WR)- Last ASU receiver to go round one didn’t play great this year but Ayiuk looks legit. Rodgers can't be throwing to Adams and a bunch of UDFA. Ayiuk is a great number 2 next to Adams and will make ridgers job easier.
  31. SF: Grant Delpit (S)- I'm sad :( but I am very excited Delpit falls to 31. Ward will most likely be gone and even if he stays there's a high chance hel;l be injured. HE was healthy this year but this is the first time in his career. Delpit fell off a bit this year but he still played great. Niners get a playmaker on an already stacked defensive.
  32. KC: Kristian Fulton (CB): Congrats chiefs, fuck yall :). Chiefs are a relatively complete team but their defense still has a few holes. Fuller wasn’t great but still good enough however they need a better number 2 and people had fulton as a rival to Okudah earl;ier this year. He didn’t play great down the stretch but still is a great player and will be an amazing addition to the Chiefs defense.
  33. CIN: Austin Jackson (OT)- With Jonah Williams coming back bengals can add Jackson to make a pretty decent O-line with the interior still needing some work but they get a decent prospect in Jackson.
  34. IND: KJ Hamler (WR)- TY is always dead and Pascal is an alright 3rd guy but they need someone else. Hamler is a great slot guy who will get open and get some serious YAC. Offense gets better with this pick.
  35. DET: Patrick Queen (LB)- First they go Corner then they go linebacker. Queen is a sideline to sideline guy who can be a serious game changer. Detroit gets some good run defense with this pick here.
  36. NYG: CJ Henderson (CB)- Florida corner yadda yadda yadda. Had a down year but I still think he can be good in the pros. Has the tools to be a great corner and the Giants have to replace Janoris.
  37. LAC: Lucas Niang (OT)- They cant let herbert die. Niang is very athletic and is very underrated IMO. He’ll be able to protect Herbert from Von, Clark, and Crosby.
  38. CAR: Lloyd Cushenberry III (IOL)- Panthers need IOL and cushenberry is a top 3 in the class. Panthers get a big need to protect Cam a bit more.
  39. MIA: Deandre Swift (RB)- First running back off the board at 39 and dolphins get a desperate need. I could have been running back last year and do the same the Laird did. Dolphins are getting spooky with this pick.
  40. ARZ: Neville Gallimore (DT)- A 1 tech that will be a serious help in the run stoppage and help this cardinals defense make the opposing QBs throw to Byron Murphy and Pat Pete.
  41. CLE: Ashtyn Davis (S)- 2 biggest needs are OT and S and browns got them both. Davis is a decent tackler and a bit raw but can fill the safety position in Cleveland.
  42. JAX: Prince Tega Wanogho (OT)- A high ceiling player who is still learning the position but the Jags need to protect Minshew so he can get it to Jeudy and Wanogho is the best OT on the board.
  43. CHI: Cesar Ruiz (IOL)- A pretty good blocker in space and can hopefully help things develop downfield so Trubisky can check it down ;).
  44. IND: Raekwon Davis (DL)- Not really sure where to put Davis on my big board. A bit disappointing this year but still has serious talent. Can move around the line and with some experience can be a serious problem for opposing offenses.
  45. TB: Jacob Eason (QB)- First QB of day 2 and Tampa hopefully gets their replacement of Jameis. Eason has a huge arm and Arians is salivating looking at him. Ok that was weird but Eason has some serious talent and really just needs consistency and ArIans can help him get it.
  46. DEN: Damon Arnette (CB)- Plays a lot of press and was on the other side of Okudah so he got a bit more attention but still a very good player who plays physical and will start on an already really good Broncos defense.
  47. ATL: Ross Blacklock (DT)- has a bit of an injury history but still has the tools and ability to be a great player. Top 3 interior D linemen in this draft and Atlanta continues to build their D-line.
  48. NYJ: Julian Okwara (DE)- Passes the eye test and has everything you want in an edge rusher but has very little production at Notre Dame. A little worrying but he looks like an edge rusher and the jets need it.
  49. PIT: Brycen Hopkins (TE)- First TE off the board goes to pitt. Mcdonald is aight but he is injured a lot and this would really just had another pair of reliable hands to the Steelers offense. With Big Ben back, Steelers are looking scary.
  50. CHI: Cole Kmet (TE)- Back to back tight ends here. I think the bears still try out Trubisky for another year so no QB and Kmet helps trubisky with another reliable target.
  51. DAL: Jeff Gladney (CB)- A really underrated prospect who has great IQ and plays man and zone both pretty good. Dallas sures up that secondary with the uncertainty of Byron.
  52. LAR: Isaiah Wilson (OT)- A raw prospect who can learn from Whitworth as he gets older. Not really sure where the RAms should gho with this pick as they are pretty well rounded but getting younger is always a positive.
  53. PHI: Noah Igbinoghene (CB)- sort of rocketed up big boards and deservedly so. Still a bit raw and learning but is better than anyone of the PHI secondary so its an improvement.
  54. BUF: Zack Baun (DE)- Reminds me a bit of Dee Ford as he is quick off the snap and explosive but that's really all he has. Still raw and can develop into a serious good player on a great Bills defense.
  55. ATL: AJ Terrell (CB)- Fell pretty far after getting hoed by Chase but he made some plays in the game as well. As good length but tends to get behind guys trying to catch up. Reminds me a bit of Akhello Witherspoon. Still Falcons get a good depth piece and a future starter.
  56. MIA: Robert Hunt (IOL)- CAn play either OT or inside but I think is suited better at guard. Has the body and is very aggressive. If he is able to learn discipline he’ll be a great lineman.
  57. HOU: Jonathon Taylor (RB)- Texans get an amazing running back to replace Hyde and with Lamar miller coming back they still need a work horse. A run game is huge and Taylor will help carry the load with Watson.
  58. MIN: Matt Hennessy (IOL)- Needs to get a bit bigger to be an interior linemen but still possesses good technique and will need to protect Kirk.
  59. SEA: Donovan People-Jones (WR)- Depending on if they re-sign Josh Gordon but if they dont they need a third receiver. DK is a beast and lockett as well but they need another weapon and could be a third down monster with good speed and strength.
  60. BAL: Jonathon Greenard (DE)- A decent rusher who plays the 3-4 linebacker role and will help the ravens in a need if Judon walks.
  61. TEN: Netane Muti (IOL)- Adding to the O-line the Muti is still raw but has good athletic ability and can lead to way for Henry.
  62. GB: Matthew Peart (OT)- Can play inside or as a tackle and still needs some coaching on his hand placement but can be a very good bench piece or a starter is Bulaga walks.
  63. SEA: Ben Bartch (OT)- Seattle drafting an o-linemen??? Crazy but with Brown getting older they need it. Athletic and still learning the position he will be a very good lineman learning from Duane.
  64. KC: JK Dobbins (RB)- WOW, Dobbins falls to the chiefs and he can be the Kareem hunt that was missed. Williams is ok but JK dobbins will be a game changer and make the top offense even better.
  65. CIN: Tyler Biadaz (IOL)- Fell pretty far and right to the Bengals. Top IOL who fell due to injuries but still a great player. Bengals can surely improve their O-line and offense will officially be spooky next year.
  66. WAS: Trey Adams (OT)- Skins are in a weird spot because they have so many needs and not a ton of picks. Their main need is to not kill Haskins however. Adams has some injury history but when healthy is a 1st round talent imo.
  67. DET: Joshua Uche (DE)- A smaller guy who plays in a 3-4 LB but will provide the terrible lions defense with a boost. Flowers wasn’t great but he played inside a bit more and was neutralized. Hopefully Uche will be able to take the pressure of flowers and get to the QB.
  68. NYJ: (Denzel Mims (WR)- I’m not sure who the jets have besides Robby and Crowder for DArnold to throw to but they need more. Mims has a great catch radius which will come in handy when Darnold is throwing. (I’m aUSC fan its ok :))
  69. CAR: Antoine Winfield jr. (S)- Nice. Reid is old and so is tre boston. Antoine falling this far is a huge bonus for the panthers. He's a playmaker and with Keuchly gone, Panthers need a playmaker.
  70. MIA: Bryce Hall (CB)- It was either between hall or anfernee jennings but overall I went with secondary as Xavien is good but they need a solid number 2. Great ball skills but not a lock down guy. Would help the Dolphins get smoke turnovers and reminds me a bit of Sherman.
  71. LAC: Jaylon Johnson (CB)- Hayward is still a top 7? Corner in the league and Desmond is a great slot guy but their other outside corner needs an upgrade. Is a good press guy who excels with a good D-line which the chargers have. Should be an upgrade for the chargers.
  72. ARZ: Troy Dye (LB)- Troy dye is my draft crush. Has the physical tools and shows promise but is so slow to figure out a play its weird. Needs to work on his football IQ and by being in an NFL film room, he’ll develop it and become a solid LB.
  73. JAX: Jordytn Brooks (LB)- Telvin smith being out has hurt the jags in a big way. Brooks is a bit on the smaller side but is still p[physical. Reminds me a lot of Telvin and the Jags hopefully get their replacement.
  74. CLE: Nick Harris (IOL)- Browns need a coach and that's really it, they have talent but cant get it done. O-line depth is always good and nick HArris a great depth piece to have. He has the markings of a starter i the right scheme and I can see him stealing a starting job.
  75. IND: Hunter Bryant (TE)- More weapons for the offense and with Ebron and Doyle FAs they should go TE. A poor man's Kelce but with the ability to be like him.
  76. TB: Clyde Edwards-Helaire (RB)- Joes isn't it even though he's shown flashes. Clyde plays strong and seems to fall forwards. A lethal weapon for Arians’ offense.
  77. DEN: Saahdiq Charles (OT)- Can also play guard but Bolles is a hot butt and they will need to replace him and with some coaching Charles can be that guy.
  78. ATL: Cam Akers (RB)- Falcons should cut Freeman as he's expensive and not real;ly good anymore and if they do they cant be running with Ito Smith. Akers is going to be a great player and will be able to help run down the throats to open up the pass game for Matty Ice.
  79. NYJ: Shane Lemieux (IOL)- Need to protect Darnold and Shane played on a great Oregon line and is physically gifted. Can be a day 1 starter and with some experience can be a centerpiece on the Jets line.
  80. LVR: Jake Fromm (QB)- This is Carr's last chance and while Jake Fromm is very Raw and not exactly great, he’s better than Peterman and can push Carr to be better. Gruden can groom Fromm if he likes him enough and maybe take the reigns in Vegas.
  81. LVR: Cameron Dantzler (CB)- Again the Raiders defense hot butt and their main problem was their secondary. A developmental corner who can become a good number 2 guy.
  82. DAL: Justin Madubuike (IDL)- More work for the cowboys defense and this time its on the inside of the D-line. Biggest flaw is consistency and effort. Once he comes face to face with Jerry Jones he’ll get his head straight and play to his pro bowl potential.
  83. DEN: Malik Harrison (LB)- Keep adding to that defense. Linebacker isn't the biggest need for the broncos but with Harrison still there, its hard to pass up. Malik has a high motor and still needs to work on his coverage skills but can develop into a beast for the broncos.
  84. LAR: Anfernee Jennings (DE)- Donald and Fowler are not enough. Jennings fell a bit because of injury concerns but is still a quality player. Not super explosive but technical sound and will be able to contribute right away.
  85. PHI: Evan Weaver (LB)- Philly needs a linebacker and weaver is a tackling monster who plays downhill with a high motor. This fills a huge need with a quality player.
  86. BUF: Rashard Lawrence (IDL)- After drafting Ed Oliver they need a partner for him and Lawrence is that guy. A good gap shooter but needs help with pass rush moves. Can be a viable partner to oliver on the line.
  87. NE: Thaddeus Moss (TE)- ugh yeah I know. Patriots need a tight end and moss had a great year with burrow. Even though Moss was a bit of a one year wonder he shows good run blocking and will be a decent Gronk replacement.
  88. NO: Akeem Davis Gaither (LB)- A decent prospect who plays a bit like a safety but a position of need for the saints. High athleticism and can help the saints in the middle of the field.
  89. MIN: KJ Hill (WR)- When Theilen went down, the vikings looked lost. Diggs was getting quadruple teamed so they need a good 3rd guy. More of a slot guy but can make catches and gets away from the DB.
  90. CLE: Darrell Taylor (DE)- Good athlete but doesn't have great technique. Will be a good rotational player for the browns on their D-line.
  91. LVR: Gabriel Davis (WR)- Another receiver for the Raiders as they still need depth. The go to guy for UCF and plays strong. Lots of size on the raiders and he adds to that.
  92. BAL: Brandon Jones (S)- Earl showed his age a bit this year but he still played well. Jones will be a good depth piece that can start if need be. If he can learn from Thomas how to be a better ball hawk, dude will be a beast.
  93. TEN: Leki Fotu (IDL)- Add to the D-line with a good 1 tech guy. Still has a bit to learn but can be a starter in year 2.
  94. GB: Albert Okwuegbunam (TE)- With Graham most likely on his way out, lets replace him with a younger him. Albert was a TE1 last year but idk what happened. Has good jump ball ability but just not expensive enough. Still helps Rodgers.
  95. DEN: Solomon Kindley (IOL)- Could see him go earlier but he falls to Den who needs to fix their O-line. Kindley plays relatively stiff and loses his footing but still shows lots of promise.
  96. KC: Bradlee Anae (DE)- Pairs him up with Clark and anae is another one of my draft crushes. Has great technique but isn't super explosive. Still with experience he’ll be great.
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2019.05.30 12:35 problematicus2000 An essay I wrote about the Emominati

An essay I wrote about the Emominati
So this is gonna come of as really shitty but I tried SUPER hard on it. I hope you guys like it.
The Emominati
The Emominati is a mysterious organisation rumoured to be responsible for current events such as the infamous March 22nd, The Tragedy (Not Sin) of Ryden, The Summer of 2001 and the controversy around what the term “FAQ” (commonly misunderstood as “frequently asked questions”) means.
Very little information about the Emominati has ever been released to the general public, but according to those who are pursuers of the cult (emos), the group works with the FBI, the US Government and the RPP (Ryden Protection Program).
Ryden
Ryden is a word that refers to the intense romance between George Ryan Ross III and Brendon Boyd Urie, which, despite much pictorial evidence and the recounts of eyewitnesses, is constantly denied by both Mr. Urie and Mr. Ross.
The Emominati is rumoured to be partnered with the Ryden Protection Program, a secret society with the goal of keeping the relationship as secret as possible and questioning those who have any inside knowledge of Ryden whatsoever.
These people, although the official list has never been revealed, have been said by the Emos to include:
· Ryan Ross
· Brendon Urie
· Fall Out Boy
· Twenty One Pilots
· My Chemical Romance
Connections Between The Emo Bands
  • Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco once mentioned that Ryan Ross looked a little like Michael Cera.
  • Michael Cera was in The Lego Batman Movie.
  • Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy recorded a song (“Who’s the (Bat)Man?”) for The Lego Batman Movie, which sends a subliminal message to Emos in the lyrics.
  • Who’s The (Bat)Man includes the lyrics “who never skips leg-day? BATMAN!”
  • Guess which emo never skips leg-day? Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance). Like, look at that booty.

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  • In My Chemical Romance’s song “Na Na Na”, Batman is mentioned.
  • This proves that My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy had been sending secret calls for help through their songs and everyday actions because of how much they knew about Ryden.
  • But how did they KNOW?
  • Because of the relationship our emo bois Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy) Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) had back in the day.
  • And you see, during this time, they would have swapped Ryden information as who could keep a secret from their boyfriend?
  • Twenty One Pilots signed to Fueled By Ramen a few years back, which meant they became close to Panic! at the Disco and Fall Out Boy. They also went on tour with them in 2013.
  • 2013? What’s so special about 2013?
  • ….
  • *g-note*
  • No, not that.
  • Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die! by Panic! at the Disco was released in 2013, which featured the song “Casual Affair”. Which was what Brendon and Ryan had together.
  • When performing in Seattle, Brendon Urie broke down.
  • Why?
  • On February 6th 2006, Ryan Ross posted on social media “like lions in the sand… one day we’ll live in Seattle.”
  • In 2007, Ryan Ross celebrated his 21st in a club with his girlfriend and a few of his friends. But Brendon Urie (his secret boyfriend, duh) was not there.
  • Because Brendon could not attend (he was doing shows), Ryan Ross flew down to Seattle (where Brendon was) that same evening. We know this because a fan saw them and asked for a photo.

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  • (Fan censored because the photo I found was censored because the photo I found was on the Internet, where everything is censored.)
  • Now, in the trigger song Northern Downpour by Panic! at the Disco, Ryan Ross wrote the lyrics, “I missed your skin when you were east, you clicked your heels and wished for me”.
  • Because Emos, like other fandoms, are stalkers and proud of it, they then, in an attempt to gather Ryden evidence, found out that New York is east of Seattle.
  • And then, there’s this, which is unrelated but still evidence:

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So this is why Brendon broke down performing Northern Downpour, as it was the first time he had performed the song without RYAN ROSS. Now, Ryan Ross and he always smiled on stage while performing it, so yeah. Sad.
Pictorial Evidence of the Emominati

Here we have an image My Chemical Romance Emominati with triangles – a shape worshipped by the cult – that were hidden in the band’s clothing circled and revealed.


Another piece of pictorial evidence which shows that My Chemical Romance Emominati is connected to the Emominati.


Repressed EmoTM CrankThatFrank is part of the Emominati, as proved by the two triangular shapes hidden in his face.


The Emo Trinity symbol is similar to that of the Emominati.
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2019.01.25 14:56 HueGoStrangee My First Mock Draft (w/explanations

So many are posted here and I wanted to add to the list. I visit this sub a lot and love the discussion. Some trades and FA decisions are taken into account
  1. Cardinals- Quinnen Williams: Surprise maybe to some already. But this pick is more than just need for Arizona, I think quinnen is going to end up being the best player in this draft. Cards see the impact Donald makes twice a season and from his tape Quinnen shows that kind of disruption. Maybe I’m too high on him but homerun pick for the Cards
  2. 49ers- Nick Bosa: Niners get their guy. Best player for many currently but lack of tape this year and the emergence of Quinnen as a 1b type of prospect knocks him down a spot. Don’t think the Niners are complaining though
  3. Giants- Dwayne Haskins(Trade up with NYJ): Giants trade up for the best QB in this class who is a lot more poised and better than many think. Was thinking maybe O line here but it’s time they draft their guy. This is a team that needs dynamic play from the QB position because there’s no reason with their weapons the Giants aren’t an elite offense
  4. Raiders-Josh Allen: Oakland has holes everywhere and grabs the best player available. With the addition of Allen and Key already on the team, I think Oakland should consider a switch to the 3-4 defense but fortunately both guys are versatile enough to play in both schemes
  5. Buccaneers: Jonah Williams: Was thinking greedy here, but Tampa has invested a lot of draft capital recently in the secondary and can find help later in the draft. They get the best O-lineman in the draft here
  6. Jets- Clelin Ferrell: With a switch to a 4-3, the Jets need some edge rushers. Ferrell is an absolute monster who isn’t going to wow you like the 3 d lineman picked above him but can be just as effective. Gregg Williams is going to love him
  7. Jaguars: Greg Little: Reach? Maybe. But this is a team that still has championship level talent that I don’t think needs to tear it down. I’m assuming the Jags get Foles and if that happens, they NEED to beef up the O line. A protected Foles is a dangerous Foles and combined with that defense, could be scary. Some technical issues with Little that coaching will work out but I believe the upside is worth it
  8. Lions- Greedy Williams: Was going to be Ferrel if he fell but he didn’t, but the Lions get the best Corner in the draft. Slay gets himself a running mate
  9. Bills: Ed Oliver: The best thing to do with a young QB is to protect him and give him a defense. I’m assuming the Bills address it later in the draft with so many picks so they get best player available here.
  10. Broncos- Drew Lock: Keenum isn’t the answer. So the Broncos get a QB who may be a project but the talent is undeniable. He sits for a year and learns from a great pro in Keenum. Elway is hoping to strike gold here in a situation similar to a division rival
  11. Bengals- Devin White: Best LB in the draft falls to a team in desperate need of athleticism at the position. Cincy runs to the podium
  12. Packers- Jachai Polite: A perfect fit for their 3-4 and a beast of a pass rusher. With Clay aging, Green Bay needs to start looking for his replacement
  13. Dolphins- Kyler Murray: He’s too small! He’s not a first rounder! Both false. Talent with him is undeniable. He’s more Russell Wilson than he is Pat white. Kyler brings some much needed excitement to the Fins
  14. Falcons- Rashan Gary: A team that underperformed mostly due to injuries. Still, ATL adds a once believed blue chip prospect to their underperforming d line. Maybe he rekindles his magic here
  15. Redskins- Deionte Thompson: Washington needs a QB. But the only 1st round prospects all are gone. Instead the Skins keep adding to a defense that is going to need to carry for the season if they want any success. Many are jumping off the bandwagon because of a bad game against Clemson. He’s still the best safety in the class
  16. Panthers- Montez Sweat: Carolina may be without Cam next year. So any success will come off their defense. The panthers need more edge rushers and Sweat has the size and potential to be an impact player. Julius peppers will team him a lot
  17. Browns- Jeffery Simmons: A kid with top 10 potential but may drop due to character concerns, the Browns run to the podium. Ogunjobi, Simmons, and Garrett on the same D line should scare the AFCN
  18. Vikings- Cody Ford: Is Kirk cousins an elite qb? No. But is he much better than a lot of people think? Yes. But Minnesota did him no favors with the lack of protection. Minnesota gets an Inside offensive lineman with the versatility and nastiness to be an immediate contributor.
  19. Titans- Brian Burns: Was thinking receiver here, but Tennessee already has such a young group that needs developing. They probably sign a vet in FA. With orakpo gone and Morgan aging the Titans get a potential partner with Landry
  20. Steelers- Deandre Baker: Not much needed here. Pitt needs to fix that secondary. Could’ve gone LB here also
  21. Colts(Trade up w/ Seahawks)- Byron Murphy: He has the potential to be the best corner in this class. Some may look down on the size but he is absolutely amazing. Indy keeps building that defense
  22. Ravens- DK Metcalf: The best WR in this class who may fall due to health concerns. The ravens need to surround Lamar with weapons if they want him to thrive
  23. Texans-Dalton Risner: Houston needs to protect their franchise qb. Risner climbs with a strong pro day and combine. Aggressive, agile, and versatile. Perfect for the Texans
  24. Raiders- Mack Wilson: Talent and athleticism needs to be added to Oakland’s LB corps. Mack Wilson has loads of both
  25. Eagles- Jawaan Taylor. It’s time to find Jason Peters replacement. Taylor is athletic with the potential to be a franchise blindside protector. Wentz has been injured the past 2 years although it hasn’t stopped Philly from winning. Still, he is the franchise and the Eagles have to protect him
  26. Seahawks- Taylor Rapp: There is no replacement for the best safety duo of the past decade. But Rapp is a great consolation prize. A do it all safety, he will fit well in Pete’s scheme
  27. Raiders- N’Keal Harry: Huge Holes are addressed in each of the raiders first 3 picks. Adding Harry gives Carr a big bodied potential #1 receiver to throw to
  28. Chargers- Dexter Lawrence: don’t let the divisional round fool you; they’re still dangerous. Adding a monster who’s been getting underrated like Lawrence is just silly with Ingram and Bosa on the same line
  29. Chiefs- Trayvon Mullen: The offense is the best in football. The defense? If it was even average they’d be playing next Sunday. Adding Mullen gives the secondary a playmaker they need along with size
  30. Packers- Chris Lindstrom: With their second pick the Packers pick a Guard who’s another player I think rises come draft day. With quick feet and good technique, GB gets a good player to protect their most prized possession
  31. Patriots- Christian Wilkins: The Pats are in the Super Bowl and are probably going to get better next season. Scary thought. They definitely get better with the addition of Wilkins, who will be an immediate contributor in the pass and run game. A Patriots player through and through
32: Rams- Nasir Adderley: The rams went all out for a SB and it worked so few picks this year. They lose Joyner this offseason but Adderley has maybe the best range in this class along with aggression. The Rams get stronger
Did I get it right? How wrong did I get it for your team? Lmk I’d love the feedback
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2018.04.14 14:58 OutsideTrack42 The second biggest indie wrestling tournament in the US, it's CZW's Best of the Best Day!!1

A little gimmick that started up with John Zandig's infamous words: "fuck them, we can do that super indie shit too." Now it's arguably the second biggest indie wrestling tournament in the US, only behind PWG's BOLA. Previous winners include stars like the new NXT North American Champion Adam Cole (BAY BAY), current NXT ref Drake Wurtz (or Drake Younger), founder of CHIKARA Mike Quackenbush and Sami Callihan as well as local stars like Trent Acid, B-Boy, and many members of BLKOUT.
CZW Top 10 Best of the Best Winners video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX-8HmOkVXY
CZW Best of the Best Bracketology
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xikyXYlDeNc
CZW Fatal FiveWay Show for BOTB
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xikyXYlDeNc
The Format
It is a twelve-competitor (notice I said "competitor"?) tournament with four triple threat first round matches. Winners of each first-round matches move on to the semi-final matches, which are one-on-ones. The winner of each semi-final matches will meet in the end for all the glory.
The Competitors
So who's in tonight's big battle?
https://twitter.com/combatzone/status/984794618758868995
https://twitter.com/combatzone/status/984069839575756801
First-round match: Trey Miguel vs Myron Reed vs Zachary Wentz
If you are a fan of high-flying, this is the match for you. These three boys from Ohio are crazy fun to watch just zip around. Miguel and Reed made a statement at CZW's Welcome to the Combat Zone New Orleans show, tagging with each other to beat two premier teams in oVe and Flamita and Bandito. Wentz defeated Ace Romero, Jason Cade, and Adam Brooks to become the No. 1 contender for MJF's Wired Title down there as well. These three and Dezmond Xavier are in a group that dubs themselves as the Rascalz, and they look to take over the Combat Zone.
First-round match: Joe Gacy vs Joey Janela vs Brandon Kirk
https://twitter.com/combatzone/status/983692376697921536
When you first see this matchup, you might think 'who are these jobbers next to Janela?' While Gacy and Kirk aren't exactly the biggest stars in the independent wrestling, they should be everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE. Seriously. It blows my mind how Gacy, a former CZW Heavyweight Champion, isn't all over the place. He's a fantastic brawler and a wrestler who can go with anyone. He also his own faction in CZW called F.E.A.R. that includes Dan Barry, Alex Reynolds, and Eddie Blackwater. Brandon Kirk is a relatively new name, but many folks in Jersey, especially the deathmatch crowd, is very familiar with him. He already main-evented a CZW show twice and is proving that he isn't just a "death match" guy, putting on a clinic against Joey Janela few months ago. As for Janela... well, do I have to say anything for this guy? If you haven't heard of him by now, what are you doing?
First-round match: Matt Riddle vs Wheeler YUTA vs Curt Stallion
https://twitter.com/combatzone/status/983843345838542848
Another case of 'who are these jobbers next to (this guy),' and this time it's Matt Riddle. Again, I don't think I need to go too much into detail of who Matt Riddle is, so I will get into the next two. Wheeler YUTA won his place in the BOTB by winning the Trifecta tournament in March, where nine a bit lesser-known, local products fought for a chance to be in BOTB. YUTA beat the likes of Anthony Bennett and Ace Austin to capture his spot, and I think he's definitely going to turn some heads, being in a spotlight like this. Curt Stallion is a bit of a mystery entrance for many folks. Former ROH Top Prospect Tournament participant is making a name for himself in the Midwest with the likes of AAW and A1. Another guy who could blow up after this tournament.
First-round match: Tessa Blanchard vs David Starr vs Peter Avalon
https://twitter.com/combatzone/status/983480957746466816
Remember when I said 'competitors'? This is why. Tessa B ain't nothing to fuck with and she is here to be named BOTB! Perhaps the best indie women's wrestler in the world, Blanchard can work any person, regardless of their gender, size, style, etc., and put on a hell of a match. I'm personally very excited to see her after seeing the things she did with Dave Crist and Brian Cage and WrestleCircus. David Starr is a mainstay at CZW and has a sort of a gimmick where he can't seem to win the big one. That includes a runner-up finish two years ago, a runner-up in wXw 16 Carrot Gold Tournament this year, and never winning the Top Belt in neither companies. Perhaps he can go on to win this one? Peter Avalon is a name that PWG fans are familiar with, but he's been making a name for himself in promotions like CWFH as well as many places in Arizona and other western states. You might remember him as the skinny high-flying comedy dude but I would say he definitely evolved.
Favorites, or competitors to watch out for
Zachary Wentz
The CZW office seems to be very high on Wentz, and rightfully so. He is the No. 1 Contender for the Wired Title and he seems to be a favorite to advance to the semi-final match. Whether it's killing it in Dragon Gate with his tag partner Dezmond Xavier and or in the singles action, the Sickest Dude in All the Land has a bright, bright future even if he doesn't win it all here.
Joey Janela
The Bad, Bad Boy is certainly a fan favorite in CZW (and like, everywhere), and is my pick to move on to the semi-final and maybe win it all. He has a bit of a rivalry going on with Brandon Kirk, so I can see him getting involved in shenanigans with him. He did say he wants the World Title after losing to MJF at the Cage of Death, so perhaps that's the indication for what's to come.
Brandon Kirk
Just because he's not well known, doesn't mean he isn't great. Brandon Kirk is my dark horse pick. He's somewhat known as DJ's boy and already beat CZW legend and fan favorite Matt Tremont in the main event. I think it would be a refreshing and fun shocker to see him win as well.
Matt Riddle
The Super King of Bros is by far the favorite to advance to semifinal and also very very likely to win the whole thing. The current EVOLVE Champion, as well as PWG Tag Team Champion, is one of the best and biggest indie stars and it would be a wise decision to create a buzz with him winning it and challenging for the Title.
David Starr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L73fnxT4ujQ
As I said before, he has been so close in the past, and I do think it's time to pull the trigger on him. He always said winning the Best of the Best was his goal and he came inches away. If there is any place for him to break his demons and win the big one, it's in CZW. The man with million nicknames might add another one after tonight - the Best of the Best.
however my pick to win it all is...
Tessa Blanchard
I think it would be a shock win if she can pull it off and I think it would be a fantastically fun win as well. I think out of all the competitor announcements, she's the one that generated the most buzz and CZW should capitalize on it. It would be fun for her to win this and challenge for the CZW Heavyweight Title as well, and she can be a valuable asset for the restarting WSU promotion as well. I don't think you can really go wrong with the five names I mentioned here, but I just want to see Tessa win it.
Ok, but what are some other matches on the card?
The Rep (c) vs the Storm of Entrails for the CZW Tag Team Championship
https://twitter.com/combatzone/status/984462443438133250
Neither of these teams has much of a national spotlight on them, but I hope to see that change, especially the Rep. This is set up after Storm of Entrails failed to cash in their Ultimate Opportunity coin (CZW version of MITB briefcase) in March after the Rep's manager Maven Bently pulled some shenanigans. The SoE are deathmatch guys so I think this can result in a CZW rules match and a bit of change of pace from all the regular matches.
Rickey Shane Page (c) vs MJF (Wired Champ) for the CZW Heavyweight Championship
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCRhUU1nPts
https://twitter.com/combatzone/status/984160438165426182
Two guys that made some noise in New Orleans last weekend. RSP is enjoying a career renaissance after his debut at PROGRESS show. Pete Dunne's best friend is known as a hardcore, deathmatch guy, but if you saw the PROGRESS and CZW shows from last weekend, you know he can wrestle any kind of match very very very well. Seriously, one of the most underrated dudes in the world and I hope to see him in more places cause he deserves it. MJF is another rising star in the indies. A young dude with attitude, he's been all over the place already and surely making a name for himself, including here at Reddit after his polarizing AMA. MJF won the No. 1 Contendership after winning the CZW Rumble in February and has a chance to become a double champion along with his CZW Wired Championship.
How can I watch this show?
Come out and watch it for yourself! It's at CZW's relatively new home in Colossal Sports Academy at the Coliseum at 333 Preston Ave, Voorhees NJ. Tickets are available at czwtickets.ticketfly.com or at the door. I don't think they will be live-streaming, but it will be up within few days at either CZW Studios or Highspots.
Also, in case you missed it, CZW is going to England to team up with IPW:UK as well!
https://twitter.com/IPWUK/status/984842959953817602
Come out and see some great wrestling! Also, head over to CZW for some more discussion as well! Who do you think should win it all this year?
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2018.02.19 17:03 monopolyman16 32 Teams/32 Days: Day 9: The Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta Falcons

Division: NFC South

Record: 10-6 overall, 4-2 Division, 3rd in NFC South

 

Statistics

Team Statistics Offense Rank Defense Rank
Points/Game 22.1 15 19.7 8
Yards/Game 364.8 8 318.4 9
Rush Yards/Game 115.4 13 104.1 9
Pass Yards/Game 249.8 8 214.3 12
Yards/Drive 36.9 2 31.0 20
Giveaways/Turnovers 18 T-9 16 T-28
Red Zone TD % 50% 23 45.8 5
 

Free Agents

The Atlanta Falcons has several players in the Free Agency that will have their contracts expiring this year. Many of these are big contributors, including the Kicker Matt Bryant, Free safety Ricardo Allen, Defensive End Adrian Clayborn, and Offensive Guard Ben Garland. Most of the contracts are expected to be re-signed, as there a lot of cap space available ($17 million), but will depend on which players are signed on through the draft.
 
Matt Bryant (K) - One of the best and most reliable players on the roster right now, Bryant had a great season this year. The offensive line didn’t always click properly this year, being unable to execute and get a touchdown at important moments, but Bryant was able to take almost every field goal, regardless of length. He is 42, but still nailed a season long 57-yarder against the Buccaneers, and got 8 out of 9 on all 50-plus field goals. His contract is expiring, so the Falcons need to sign him, and keep him on as kicker.
 
Adrian Clayborn (DE) - Clayborn had a fantastic season, recording a career-high 9.5 sacks, with 6 sacks against the Cowboys in a single game. He is a solid run defender, and with his size and strength, really reinforces the defensive line. The Falcons should try to retain him, as his contract is expiring, and he fits in really well with the our current defensive strategy.
 
Dontari Poe (DT) - UFA Dontari Poe signed with the Falcons in 2016 to partner with Grady Jarrett in the defensive tackle position. Poe had a solid season, with 2.5 sacks and 39 tackles. He is very atheletic, and blocked several passes in the RedZone. Poe is great, but he is not an elite player against the run. There are several extensions pending for more important players right now, including Jarrett, so they might not be able to commit to a contract with Poe, and instead get a player from the draft to fill the position instead.
 
Taylor Gabriel (WR) - Signed in 2016, and placed on second-round tender in 2017, Taylor Gabriel is a great #3 receiver for the Falcons, but his performance dropped this season a lot. He had 6 Touchdowns with 578 yards in 2016, which fell to 1 Touchdown and 378 yards this year. Part of it may be blamed on the new OC Steve Sarkesian who didn’t utilize Gabriel as effectively as Kyle Shanahan did. Falcons may try to renew him as they’ll need him to build a better offensive strategy next season, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he leaves.
 
Ahtyba Rubin (DT) - Signed during Week 7 of the season, Rubin was important for strengthening the Falcons’ run defense. The defense faced some problems at the start of the season, but it improved significantly after signing him. He is a heavy guy weighing 310 pounds, and while we had Grady Jarrett and Dontari Poe for pass rush defense, Rubin helped stop the run in the middle. Falcons should try to re-sign him and have him play a similar role next season.
 
Kemal Ishmael (LB) - One of the best tacklers on the roster, Ishmael adds value to the defensive side and the special teams. He started playing as Linebacker this year (from Safety), and his aggressiveness and hard-hitting plays have kept him around since being drafted in 2013. His extension is up this year as well, but he should return.
 
Ricardo Allen (FS) - RFA free safety Ricardo Allen has been very reliable for the defense, and is basically the Quarterback of the secondary. He makes sure that all players are lined up for plays on his side and consistently gets tackles against the offense. He has been a solid player since transitioning to free safety. It was reported that the Falcons are going to extend a long term contract with him, as they should.
 
The biggest question mark here is Dontari Poe. If he is not re-signed, the Falcons would need to sign on another player to take over his role to play alongside Grady Jarrett. The defensive line is doing really well right now, but having another player in rotation will still be good.
 

Falcons 2017 Draft

The Falcons got the 26th pick in the first round for the 2017 draft. One of the goals for the draft was to get an edge rusher, which they got in the first round pick Takk McKinley. They hired other defensive players in the Linebacker Duke Riley and Damontae Kazee. Here is a look at the players signed and contracts given out:
Round Player Position Contract
1 Takkarist McKinley Defensive End 4-year, $10.21 Million
3 Duke Riley LInebacker 4-year, $3.51 Million
4 Sean Harlow Guard 4-year, $2.95 Million
5 Damontae Kazee Cornerback 4-year, $2.68 Million
5 Eric Saubert TightEnd 4-year, $2.62 Million
The biggest rookie contributors were Takk McKinley, Duke Riley, and Damontae Kazee. Brian Hill (RB) was also selected in the draft into the practice squad, but was later signed away to the Bengals.
 
Takk McKinley (DE) - Easily the best player drafted this year, Takk recorded six sacks, 10 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, 20 combined tackles and seven tackles for loss in 381 defensive snaps played. He is one of the most talented pass rushers on the team right now, and has great potential heading into next season.
 
Duke Riley (LB) - Riley was selected in the third round of the draft last year. He is athletic, and shows that he has the ability to play like Deion Jones, but still needs to work on his tackles. He was mostly on a reserve role this season and recorded 30 tackles, but has room to grow into a starting role next season.
 
Damontae Kazee (CB) - Kazee was a core special teams player this season, and was able to get 163 snaps on defense. During the NFC Wildcard round, Kazee got a forced fumble against the All-pro returner Pharoh Cooper. He is an aggressive player but still has potential to grow into the role.

Season Preview

Expectations were obviously sky high coming into this season in Atlanta. Following the worst Super Bowl loss in history, the Falcons were seeking revenge. With 2016’s record breaking offense returning nearly every starter, and a young defense on the rise there was no reason to believe it couldn’t be done. But even with the returning NFL MVP, there’s no sure things in the National Football League. An extremely competitive NFC South would make a playoff berth a challenge in itself. Combine that with a tough out of division schedule featuring the Vikings, Seahawks, and Patriots, and returning to the Super Bowl was going to be difficult. Despite the difficult schedule the Falcons remained confident entering the season and insisted the Super Bowl loss was in the rearview mirror. Atlanta knew that after last season’s end, no result other than a Super Bowl win would make things right.
 

Season Recap

Game 1 ATL @ CHI – W (23-17)

On a hot September afternoon in Chicago the Falcons offense struggled to get rolling only mustering 3 points in the first quarter against a Chicago defense that gave up hardly anything on the ground.
 
After a Devonta Freeman TD, and a few well-orchestrated drives led by impressive rookie Tarik Cohen and Mike “the Giraffe” Glennon, the score was knotted at 10 going into half, leaving Atlanta fans sweating out the remaining alcohol from the UGA game the night before. Where was the explosive 2016 offense? Surely we are capable of more? Hey, the defense looks ok doesn’t it?
 
One of those questions was answered in the fourth quarter when TE Austin Hooper caught a wide open pass from Matt Ryan and proceeded to stiff-arm S Quintin Demps into an alternate dimension (insert gif) for an 88 yard touchdown.
 
With the Falcons up 7, the Giraffe took over again and connected with Cohen for a 19yd TD to trail the Falcons 17-20. Matty Ice then took over and found Hooper for another huge gain of 40yds on 3rd and 10. The drive stalled on the Chicago 19, but that was enough for the other Matty Ice to bring the Atlanta lead to 6.
 
On Chicago's final drive Atlanta did something it hadn’t successfully done in a long time, win a game on a defensive stand (albeit combined with some Bears mishaps). Brooks Reed sealed the game with a sack on 4th down to seal a victory.

Falcons Record: 1-0

 

Game 2 GB @ ATL – W (34-23)

This is a game a lot of people had circled on the calendar coming into this season. An NFC championship rematch with a healthier Green Bay and an Atlanta team trying to answer a lot of questions. The first game in the new Mercedes Benz Stadium. This would test Atlanta’s mettle to see if we are a team that could really compete this season.
 
The Falcons racked up 364 total yards with 141 of those coming from a powerful rushing attack (Freeman: 84, Coleman 42). By just looking at the stats, you may have thought this was a closer game than it was. The packers put up 367 yards, had 5 more first downs (19 vs. 24) and won the time of possession (31:23 vs. 28:37). But even with a solid statistical performance by the Packers, the Atlanta defense did not make things easy, sacking Rodgers 3 times and tallying 7 QB hits. One of those sacks led to a Desmond Trufant fumble recovery for a touchdown after a bone crushing hit (gif) delivered by Vick Beasley. This padded Trufant’s stats even further after his second quarter interception led to an eventual touchdown right before halftime. Run defense stepped up in a big way for Atlanta allowing only 59 yards on the ground.
 
The Falcons team that no one wanted to play showed up in prime time, and Atlanta was off to a 2-0 start ready to face their third NFC North team in a row.

Falcons Record: 2-0

 

Game 3 ATL @ DET - W (30-26)

Confidence in this team was sky high rolling up to the motor city. We had just taken it to a solid Packers team, and fought for a scrappy win in week 2. This one should be easy right? Not so much.
 
After racing out to a 17-3 lead off of some well executed drives (TD by Sanu, TD by Freeman), it started seeming like this could be a blowout. Detroit CB Glover Quinn had something else in mind when he jumped a route on a pass intended for Julio and returned it for a touchdown. ATL 17 DET 13.
 
The Falcons offense began to struggle finishing drives (this won’t be a long term issue though, right?) and settled for field goals on the next two drives. Detroit then put up their first offensive touchdown, making it 23-20. After a tipped interception thrown by Matt, the Lions put up another 3 making it 23-23. On the ensuing drive the Falcons were able to find a crease for “Turbo" Taylor Gabriel that sprung him for a 40yd touchdown, 30-23.
 
One more Detroit field goal later, the Falcons sat on the outside of the red-zone ready to potentially put the game away, when a tipped pass led to a third (!!) Falcons interception. Here’s where things got interesting. Following 2 exchanged 3 and outs the Lions get the ball back with :51 left.
 
Stafford moved the ball to the one yard line with the help of two bone-headed penalties committed by the falcons secondary. With a little under :20 left, Detroit failed to score on first and second down. On third down Golden Tate caught a pass and dove for the end zone. Call on the field was a touchdown, but the refs needed another look. Upon further review, Tate was just short of the goal line. Detroit then had :08 and one down left, or at least that’s what any NFL fan that wasn’t a rule junkie thought. With no timeouts left Detroit was charged a 10-second runoff after the review, thus ending the game. Wow.

Falcons Record: 3-0

 

Game 4 BUF @ ATL - L (23-17)

A 3-0 start would leave a lot of fanbases brimming with confidence, but with multiple injuries on both sides of the ball and a stingy Bills defense coming to town Atlanta knew they were in for a dog fight. On top of that the Falcons have historically had trouble against mobile quarterbacks, thus adding to the challenge ahead.
 
The game quickly became a battle for field position as each team exchanged a pair of punts throughout a scoreless first quarter. The Falcons struck first with a Matt Bryant field goal, however the lead was quickly erased after a 34 yard Tyrod Taylor scramble and a 44 yard Charles Clay reception set the Bills up for a Jordan Matthews touchdown reception. 7-3 Bills. Before half the Falcons were able to put together a touchdown drive with a few solid runs by the two headed RB monster (Freeman and Coleman), 10-7 Atlanta at half.
 
During Atlanta’s first possession of the second half, Matt Ryan dropped back for a pass and fired what looked to be like an incomplete pass. Tre’Davious White made a heads up play, scooped the ball up and returned it for a TD. Upon further review the TD call stood much to Atlanta’s surprised, and the game was back in Buffalo’s hands at 14-10. The miscues continued to pile up for the Falcons when on the next drive Matt Ryan through an ill-advised deep bomb to Taylor Gabriel, possibly the worst jump ball target on Atlanta’s roster, that was intercepted. This led to another Bills field goal putting Buffalo up 17-10.
 
The Falcons executed a solid drive leading to a touchdown tying the game at 17. After holding the Bills to a field goal, Andre Roberts set the Falcons up with great field position after a kick return to the Bills 45. Following some critical mistakes the Falcons put themselves in a 3 and 17. Matt fired a pass to Nick Williams that was tipped and you guessed it, intercepted (3 tipped pass interceptions on the season now). The Bills capitalized with a field goal, and prevented the Falcons from a last minute comeback to hand the Falcons their first loss 23-17.

Falcons Record: 3-1

 

Game 5 MIA @ ATL - L (17-20)

After the bye week and a humbling loss behind them, the Falcons were heavy favorites to come out and get back on track against what appeared to be a non-threatening Dolphins team.
 
In classic Atlanta fashion, they raced out to a big lead, leaving Miami scratching their heads going into half down 17-0. They also left Miami thinking, “who the hell is Marvin Hall?!”
 
Miami responded accordingly, coming out of half with a 75 yard 15 play drive taking up over half of the third quarter (8:43). The Falcons fired back with a quick three and out, and then continued their slide by allowing another Miami touchdown. Now Atlanta was scratching their heads clinging on to a 17-14 lead.
 
The Miami defense continued shutting down Atlanta’s sputtering offense and tacked on a field goal to tie the game at 17. Following ANOTHER three and out by Atlanta, Miami made it look easy against a now tired Falcons defense with a 10 play 46 yard drive resulting in a field goal to give them a 20-17 lead in the fourth quarter.
 
Matty Ice came back strong and drove down to Miami’s 20 yard line, looking like at least an overtime bout, with a possibility of a game winning touchdown. With :40 left Matt tried to thread the needle to Austin Hooper, leading to his fourth tipped interception of the season, and ending the game.

Falcons Record: 3-2

 

Game 6 ATL @ NE - L (23-7)

Well here it is. The rematch everyone was waiting for. The game every Falcons fan had circled on the calendar. The Falcons headed up into Foxborough with quite a few questions needing to be answered. Would Julio get more red zone targets? Could we right the ship offensively? Could we get a win against the AFC East?
 
Three exchanged punts later it was clear this game would not follow the same path as the Super Bowl. New England’s first big play came in the form of blocking a Falcons field goal, and immediately building off of this momentum the Patriots capitalized and punched in a touchdown using an all too familiar foe, former Saint Brandin Cooks.
 
The Falcons followed up with a three and out, and allowing a Patriots field goal. What happened next will force me into a lack of objectivity. I love Dan Quinn, but, down 10 with 1:55 left in the half in Foxoborough he chose to go for it on 4th and 6 instead of punting to flip the field and force at most a field goal in all likelihood. A dumb call. The Falcons shockingly failed to convert, leading to a Patriots touchdown before half and putting Atlanta into a 17-0 hole at half.
 
The Foxborough fog continued to settle in, and with it so did the Patriots. The Falcons consistently looked uncomfortable and out of whack. The Defense held up well enough, but constantly being on the field wore them out. The game was sealed when, on fourth and goal from the 1 yard line, Steve Sarkisian called a jet sweep to Taylor Gabriel that was easily stuffed by an intelligent Patriots defense. The Falcons' revenge would have to wait.

Falcons Record: 3-3

 

Game 7 ATL @ NYJ - W (25-20)

On an extremely rainy Sunday in New York, the Falcons were in desperate need of a win vs. the scrappy New York Jets, and to avoid an AFC East sweeping.
 
Things didn’t start well with Atlanta allowing an 8 play touchdown drive followed by a Falcons fumble, but they were able to regain momentum and score a touchdown after a missed FG by the Jets. As the rain picked up the game continued to remain sloppy.
 
The Falcons run defense came to play this Sunday as they clamped down on Bilal Powell and Matt Forte throughout the game (43 yards on 22 carries). Austin Hooper continued to show how he can simultaneously frustrate defenses and Falcons fans as he dropped an easy TD, but made up for it with a TD of his own.
 
With Matt Ryan claiming that these were the toughest conditions he ever played in (4 fumbled snap exchanges), the Falcons were happy to walk out of New York with a win any way they could get it. Atlanta managed to avoid the AFC East sweep and kept themselves from dropping below .500.

Falcons Record: 4-3

 

Game 8 ATL @ CAR - L (20-17)

Atlanta emerged from their AFC East gauntlet with their fair share of bumps and bruises and a 4-3 record. Carolina came in with a 5-3 record with an impressive win over the Patriots and a confusingly bad loss to the Bears. Remember the run defense we saw last week? They decided not to show up, allowing 201 total rushing yards which included 86 to Cam on the ground.
 
The Falcons raced out to an early lead (seeing a theme yet?) going up 10-0 before allowing 20 unanswered points. This turned out to be a coming out party for Christian McCaffrey as the rookie cashed in a touchdown and 94 total yards.
 
The Falcons didn’t seem to have an answer for the underneath routes combined with Cam’s mobility. Matt threw his seventh interception of the season on a pass intended for Austin Hooper, which reached his 2016 total. Dropped passes continued to plague the Falcons as Julio dropped a sure touchdown that would have been enough to push the Falcons to a win.

Falcons Record 4-4

 

Game 9 DAL @ ATL W (27-7)

A 4-4 record left a lot of fans unsure of who this Falcons team really was. Would they be the steamrolling Falcons from week 2 against GB or the anemic offense seen against the Patriots? Fortunately there was one man who had an answer in week 10.
 
Adrian Clayborn began the game well enough with a deflected pass and a sack on Dallas’ first drive. The Atlanta offense didn’t help out much on the next drive when Matt Ryan turned the ball over for his eighth interception on the season. This led to a Cowboys touchdown putting the Falcons in a 7-0 hole early. Clayborn responded on the next Dallas drive notching himself sack number two on the night, forcing a Dallas punt. Following a Tevin Coleman touchdown run, Clayborn got to know Dak Prescott even better, grabbing sack number three and forcing a fumble that the Falcons recovered in the process to end the half. 10-7 Atlanta.
 
The Falcons came out firing in the second half finishing an 11 play 75 yard drive capped off with a Justin Hardy TD. Mistakes continued to pile up for Dallas as Nugent missed a field goal on Dallas’ ensuing drive, but this wasn’t without Clayborn giving Dak another friendly reminder of what the Falcons turf tastes like, tallying sack number four during the day (!). Hooper hauled in a TD to begin the fourth quarter after another methodical Falcons drive. Clayborn, now entering super saiyan mode, wrapped up Dak for sack number five on the Cowboys next drive. After one more Falcons field goal, Clayborn put an exclamation mark on the afternoon by accumulating (running out of verbs here) his sixth sack plus a forced fumble to completely put the game on ice. Falcons with a dominant win.

Falcons Record 5-4

 

Game 10 ATL @ SEA - W (34-31)

A Monday Night Football matchup against a formidable yet injured Seahawks squad was going to begin shaping the playoff picture for the Falcons. With the twelfth man was out in force, this was going to be a battle and each side knew it.
 
Will you look at that? Falcons out to a 14-0 lead with touchdowns from Tevin Coleman and a spectacular catch made by Mohamed Sanu following a Truant interception. If you’ve been reading the game by game write-ups you know not to trust a dominant start from the Falcons. Even after responding to a Seahawks touchdown with an Adrian Clayborn strip sack recovered for a touchdown, the Falcons clearly wanted to provide entertainment for the primetime audience.
 
Squandering a 21-7 lead the Falcons let Seattle back in the game with a Seattle field goal shortly followed by a muffed kickoff by Falcons returner Andre Roberts leading to a Seattle touchdown. After a Falcons field goal putting the score at 24-17, the Seahawks lined up for a responding field goal right before half to bring the game to 20-24. Pete Carroll decided to attempt a fake field goal which Falcons DT Grady Jarrett sniffed out beautifully and stopped forcing a turnover on downs. One of the brightest special teams moments for the Falcons all season.
 
Throughout the second half each team continued to gash the other’s defense. The Seahawks clearly missed safety Kam Chancellor, and the Falcons continued to struggle with Russell Wilson’s mobility.
 
The game ultimately was decided by special teams when, down by 3 with :07 left, Seattle attempted a final field goal but fell just yards short, giving Atlanta its sixth win.

Falcons Record: 6-4

 

Game 11 TB @ ATL - W (34-20)

It’s difficult to believe this was Atlanta’s second divisional game all season. At 6-4 the highly competitive NFC playoff picture was taking shape, and the stakes raised higher with each week. As with the Dallas game, a star in Atlanta shined on this Sunday in Mercedes Benz Stadium.
 
Quintorris Lopez Jones (aka Julio) stole the show. With only one touchdown to his name all season coming essentially in garbage time against the Patriots, the man was due for a big game. Former Falcons head coach Mike Smith clearly failed to make adjustments allowing Julio 12 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns. It should be noted that one of these touchdowns was a pass from Mohamed Sanu out of the wildcat formation (or wild “bean” for Falcons fans).
 
Truthfully there wasn’t much more of a different storyline to comment on aside from Julio’s. Tevin Coleman also had two touchdowns, but his “pedestrian” 97 rushing yards was not enough to steal the headlines from #11. Ryan Fitzpatrick, subbing in for an injured Jamies Winston, did all that he could but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the Falcons’ staggering 516 yards of total offense.
 
It finally seemed that the Falcons were ready to start taking control of their season, just in time for a tough as nails Vikings team coming to town the next week.

Falcons Record: 7-4

 

Game 12 MIN @ ATL - L (14-9)

A battle of NFC heavyweights was ready to go down in Atlanta. The Vikings were seeking their eighth straight win and the Falcons were looking to continue their recent success.
 
Much like the Buffalo game, it became clear early that this would be a defensive struggle. Through the first half the Falcons trailed behind a Case Keenum led Vikings 7-6. Red Zone struggles became prominent during this game when the Falcons couldn’t finish cap off a 15 play drive with a touchdown, and settled for a field goal.
 
The second half began with another stalled Falcons drive leading to a field goal instead of touchdown, giving Atlanta a brief lead. After the two teams exchanged punts, Minnesota gave the Falcons a heavy dose of Letavius Murray on a 15 play drive capped off by a Kyle Rudolph touchdown early in the fourth quarter to put the Vikings up 14-9. This would be the last score of the game as the Falcons continued to struggle against a stout defensive effort by the Vikings, and a lockdown performance specifically by Xavier Rhodes against Julio Jones.
 
Rushing defense continued to plague Atlanta until the end of the game when they allowed a final first down that iced the game for the Vikings, handing the Falcons their fifth loss of the season.

Falcons Record: 7-5

 

Game 13 NO @ ATL - W (20-17)

At 7-5, the Falcons faced a critical game against hated divisional rival New Orleans. The red hot saints looked to continue to strengthen their foothold over the highly competitive NFC South through a healthy dose of running back duo Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.
 
After a pair of exchanged field goals and three back to back punts, each team made it clear that a win was not going to come easily. New Orleans face a disadvantage early after Kamara exited the game on the Saints’ first possession. The Falcons found the end zone first capping off a 90 yard 15 play drive with a 1 yard Devonta Freeman rush. New Orleans responded with an explosive 5 play 66 yard drive resulting in a TommyLee Lewis touchdown to tie the game at 10 apiece going into half.
 
Starting the second half Matt Ryan threw his ninth interception on a pass intended for Austin Hooper that was tipped up for Chris Banjo to grab. The Saints quickly capitalized to put the score at 17-10.
 
The Falcons defense began to really clamp down on Brees and the New Orleans offense as the Saints clearly began to suffer from injuries across the board on the offensive side of the ball. The Saints defense finally gave up another touchdown after a 7:06 minute drive was finished off by a Sanu touchdown to tie the game at 17. Following a Matt Bryant field goal the Saints drove down to the Falcons 11, poised to crush the Falcons’ playoff hopes with 1:28 left in the game. New Orleans local Deion Jones had something else in mind and intercepted Drew Brees’ pass intended for tight end Josh Hill to effectively seal the game in Atlanta’s favor.

Falcons Record: 8-5

 

Game 14 ATL @ TB - W (24-21)

The Falcons travelled down to Tampa Bay for round two with an 8-5 record looking to build momentum after a tight win against a talented New Orleans team. With a healthy Jameis, and Julio’s dominance still fresh in their minds, the Bucs looked to fight hard to salvage a disappointing season.
 
This became clear after the Falcons and Bucs exchanged touchdowns on each of their second drives, tying the game at 7-7. It became clear early on that the Bucs weren’t going to let Julio dominate them again, but this left an opening for a different Falcons player to take over this game.
 
Devonta Freeman finished the game with 126 total yards and a touchdown, and the Falcons finished with 201 total rushing yards. Despite a relatively dominant offensive performance on the ground, the passing attack didn’t gain much traction by typical Atlanta standards and only mustered 209 yards against a banged up Tampa Bay team.
 
Despite what may have looked like a dominant performance on paper, the Falcons barely escaped this game when Bucs kicker Patrick Murray missed a 54 yard field goal as time expired to give the Falcons their ninth win on the season.

Falcons Record: 9-5

 

Game 15 ATL @ NO - L (13-23)

After beating the Saints in week 14, the Falcons surprisingly controlled their own destiny to win the division heading into this game. The problem was that New Orleans was now healthy from their previous injuries, and pissed off.
 
Momentum and turnovers seemed to define this game. As neither team could get either until late in the first half. After a lot of punts and a pair of unanswered Saints field goals the Falcons sought to move down the field to get some points in before halftime. A butt-ception happened during the Falcons drive to give New Orleans the ball back. The Saints capitalized and punched it in for 7 off of a 54 yard pass to Tedd Ginn Jr. 13-0 Saints at half.
 
Atlanta got a glimmer of hope at the beginning of the second half when Drew Brees’ nemesis Deion Jones intercepted a pass and returned it to the New Orleans 2 yard line. Two plays later however, Devonta Freeman coughed the ball up and turned it back over to the Saints. After that momentum never swung back in favor of the Falcons as they got down as much as 20-3 before ultimately losing at a more respectable bottom line of 23-13.

Falcons Record: 9-6

 

Game 16 CAR @ ATL - W (22-10)

Atlanta no longer controlled their destiny for a divisional title, but could still sneak into the playoffs with a week 17 win against their divisional rival.
 
The game started off similar to how a lot of Atlanta games had all season, with the Falcons taking an early lead 7-0 off the first drive. Each defense began to really tighten up as the two NFC South opponents exchanged a total of 8 punts before Carolina broke through and scored a game tying touchdown before half to make the game 7-7.
 
The Carolina defense wavered in the second half, and was not helped by two Cam Newton interceptions. This is not to say the Carolina defense collapsed, because they didn’t What did happen though was Matt Bryant hit five second half field goals to add 15 unanswered points to the Falcons 7 point first half total.
 
The stagnant Carolina offense finished the game off with a third interception leading to an Atlanta playoff berth and a 22-10 win.

Falcons Regular Season Record: 10-6

 

Wild Card Round ATL @ LAR - W (26-13)

Atlanta had done it, beaten the Super Bowl hangover and returned to the playoffs, but now had work to do. Clearly the biggest story of the game was going to be the vaunted Rams offense featuring Todd Gurley against Atlanta’s hot and cold rushing defense.
 
The Falcons played a game of surprisingly mistake free football, only allowing one touchdown on a pretty pass to the corner of the end zone to Cooper Kupp. Even more surprising was the Falcons special teams play which recovered a muffed punt that ultimately led to a touchdown. But most surprising of all was the Falcons’ ability to effectively bottle up the Rams rushing attack. Despite Gurley’s 101 yard game, the Rams never established a consistent rush attack to set up the pass attack they needed to win.
 
On the other side of the ball the Falcons played a sound offensive game, putting up 322 total yards, and controlling the game with 126 total rush yards. The sixth seeded Falcons were ready to face the Carson Wentz-less Eagles in Philly.

Divisional Round ATL @ PHI - L (10-15)

In hindsight it may be difficult to believe that the Falcons travelled to Philly as a favorite in this game. But considering the Falcons impressive performance against a solid Rams squad, oddsmakers felt good that Nick Foles may roll over against the Falcons.
 
After recovering a fumble, kicking a field goal, and forcing another punt, the Falcons looked to be off to a hot start. Nick Foles and the Philly running game proceeded to put on a clinic on their next drive marching 86 yards in 14 plays for a touchdown, melting 6:44 off the clock. The Falcons capitalized off another Philly special teams mistake by recovering a muffed punt. Four plays later Matt Ryan found Devonta Freeman for a 6 yard touchdown to put the Falcons up 10-6.
 
After exchanged punts, the Eagles began to march down the field in search of points before half. Keanu Neal jumped in front of a poor Nick Foles pass for what seemed to be too easy of an interception. The ball tipped off Neal into the hands of Torrey Smith. This gave the Eagles 20 yards and eventually allowed them to set up for a last minute field goal to bring the game to 10-9 at half.
 
The second half proved to be frustrating for both sides until Philly secured itself a 5 point lead with two field goals. Matt Ryan was given the ball with 6:02 left with likely one last drive to save the season.
 
Matt Ryan led a beautiful drive down to the Philadelphia 9 yard line, and then the frustrations mounted.
 
First down: pass incomplete to Julio
Second down: pass incomplete to Terron Ward
Third down: Julio completion for 7 yards down to the Philly 2
Fourth down: to save the season, Matt Ryan rolls out right on a bootleg style pass, and lobs it to a stumbling Julio who couldn’t recover to make the season-saving catch.
 
Falcons turn the ball over on downs, thus ending the season.

Season Review

All things considered, this was not a bad season for Atlanta. They won some close games that they maybe shouldn't have, and lost some games the same way. The NFC South proved to be the best division in football, sending 3 teams to the playoffs and having more wins than any other division. What probably stings most about Atlanta’s final season result is their last game of the season falling 2 yards short against the eventual Super Bowl champions. The Falcons were plagued throughout the season by mental mistakes and incomplete drives, and it finally caught up with them when it mattered most.

Outlook

Atlanta’s super bowl window is still open with a stacked yet aging offense, and a continuously improving defense. The biggest question will come in the form of playing a complete game on both sides of the ball. Despite this season’s admittedly disappointing finish, Atlanta will likely remain in the hunt for the next few years, but only time will tell if what is becoming the most championship deprived sports city in the country can finally get over the hump.
 

Coaching Review

Head Coach

In his third year Dann Quinn proved that he knows how to motivate a locker room, and get a team fired up for big games. The problems arise when a) playing teams the Falcons are clearly better than and b) playing with leads. Quinn’s aggressive play calling had mixed results throughout the year, resulting in in crucial fourth down misses, but also making conversions that extended key drives. Clock management was a problem in the Super Bowl last year, and proved to be an issue at times throughout 2017. Quinn has given himself high expectations with a regular season record of 29-19, and a post-season record of 3-2. Season number 4 will prove to be crucial in revealing whether or not DQ can make the right calls and get it done in the biggest moments.

Offense

There is only so much blame you can put on an offensive coordinator. Steve Sarkisian’s worth will be a hotly debated topic in Atlanta sports circles until next September. On the one hand, the man had impossibly large shoes to fill when trying to follow up a top 10 ever NFL offense. On the other hand, you may say that play-calling and inability consistently to feature key players kept the Falcons from winning certain games, or making the wrong calls in big moments. However, it should be noted that the Falcons had the most dropped passes in the league (28!!), which does not fall on the coordinator as much as it does the players. Statistics don’t lie, and the Falcons had a pretty solid statistical season in terms of yards, but could not finish drives and had one of the leagues worst Red Zone conversion rates. Whether or not this can be blamed on the coordinator vs. the players is something only more time will tell.

Defense

Marquand Manuel took a young talented defense and made them even scarier than they already were. The rush defense was sloppy at times, but the overall mentality and execution on the defensive side of the ball was undeniably better in 2017. With his noteworthy success, there are fears about Manuel getting snatched up for a head coaching job, although this may be a season or two of continued success away. If the Falcons defense continues to make strides similar to the ones it made this year, then it’s perfectly plausible that the Falcons could have a top 5 overall defense in 2018.
 

2018 Prospects

Picks: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th

DT Possibilities:

Vita Vea, Da’Ron Payne, Maurice Hurst, Taven Bryan, Harrison Phillips (Late Rounds)
 
Most people don’t expect Poe to resign with the Falcons at this juncture as he played up to his prove it contract. Also, it’s expected the Falcons let Clayborne walk into the sunset wearing Dak’s letterman jacket as a thank you for making him sooooooo much money. So, the Falcons definitely need a new face to put next to Grady Jarrett at this point and some of these players would fill that need. To me, none of these players are huge light it up Aaron Donald caliber players, who is really, but they will fill the position that allows Beastly and Takk to do their thing.

G Possibilities

Billy Price, Isaiah Wynn, Martinas Rankin, Will Hernandez
 
In my opinion, one of the biggest differences we saw between the 2016 Atlanta Falcons and the 2017 Atlanta Falcons was offensive line consistency. Our zone blocking scheme needs lineman with a quick first step and the agility to get off the line. While you can’t really plan for injuries, no one on that offensive line is getting younger, and we need depth to protect Matt. Wes Schweitzer had his fantastic moments, but other moments that looked like Uncle Rico. If I can go through the next season not having lost my voice screaming bloody murder at our offensive line, I’ll be grateful to our coaching staff. Hopefully Garland gets on the field this season and was worth the pick in 2017.

WR Possibilities

Anthony Miller, Dante Pettis, Equanimeous St. Brown
 
I know I know, there are plenty of people that don’t see this as a need for the Falcons, but I absolutely think a new shiny toy for Matt would be a huge plus. While I don’t see the Falcons snagging one in the first round, I can absolutely see them taking the right prospect in the 2-3. Receivers in those rounds normally have upside, but a few weaknesses that drop them. Gabriel is likely gone, so we need someone to throw into the mix with Julio and Mo.
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2017.11.17 04:03 spineinjellyfish Jesse Lacy Scandal Megathread

Edited the source text from the original megathread. All private parties, accounts, emails, etc. have been censored. If I did miss something, let me know and I'll fix it right away.
Original timeline starts here
NOTICE: I have censored all names from all screenshots except for the following: Brian K. Diaz, Nicole Elizabeth Garey, and Emily Driskill. I have chosen not to censor those names because they appear in every article and press release about this controversy. All other full names, as well as some of Garey’s private accounts, have been censored to the best of my ability in order to stay in line with Reddit’s anti-doxxing guidelines
I've noticed that a lot of people are unsure of what's going on, so I've compiled an imgur (archive) album of everything that we do know about what's going on.
Thank you to mafooli, howkflakegirl, emodro, Wasonlyalurker, anon1, aslucerne, AdamsAtoms038, alchemy_index, trailerthrash, twitter user @degvusser, slutforjustice, anon2, and alocxacoc for your controbutions.
Extra thank you to trailerthrash for helping us put all of this in order.
8/8/2007 First email from Nicole Garey to a jlacey email address, image posted by Garey as evidence for her claims (screenshot, archive)
more picturess i took these like two days ago but didn't feel like uploading them cos i'm lazy. my hair is . . .
4/18/2011 IsAnyoneUp posts screenshots of Lacey and Emily Driskill having a sexual video chat. (source needed, preferably without his pics.)
4/25/2009 Second email from Garey to a jlacey email address. (screenshot, archive)
(no subject) Heyyyyy I know you either are avoiding me or don't check this e-mail address anymore but I . . .
1/30/2011 Garey makes a Facebook post about her first Skype session. (screenshot, archive)
Skype is amazing! And I couldn't have asked for a better or more attractive first Skype partner!
7/21/11 Garey posts this image of Lacey to Facebook. (archive)
Sup jlace posing for me just before making me strum his guitar during the 70x7 encore.
11/11/11 Garey posts this image (archive) on Instagram with this caption:
I am almost 25 years old.
This means her year of birth would be 1986-1987, which makes her 17-18 in 2004
??/??/2013 Garey’s reddit account makes a comment about her relationship with a lead singer of a band. (screenshot, archive)
Alas! I had the same thing happen when I ran my own music site except the lead singer of the now quite famous band approached me and asked me to have them for their website and the proceeded to hit on me until we finally hooked up five years later.
6/3/2013 Garey makes this post on the Front Bottoms’ Facebook (archive)
i want to come see you but i need a place to stay for a day or two until the show...if anyone can help please let me know. i'm taking a greyound out to orlando tomorrow and will be wandering around the city til the 5th...then if i can't find anything just heading back home.
6/3/2013 Fall Out Boy plays the House of Blues in Orlando, FL. (source, from Wasonlyalurker)
6/5/2013 Pete Wentz, bass player and lead songwriter for Fall Out Boy, had a birthday! (This is relevant to some later speculation, bear with me.)
7/7/2013 Garey makes this (one,two,three) post on tumblr (archive one,two,three)
Commentary from Wasonlyalurker
She doesn’t name Pete in the post. She seems to hold this relationship in a very different light despite her age at its inception. But it is him. She blogs that she is 43 days sober after a relapse after concert mentioned which was in Orlando at the House of Blues. She was also celebrating the birthday of her musician friend. 43 days before this post was June 4, 2013. Fall Out Boy was at House of Blues Orlando. Pete’s birthday is June 5. This to me is super, almost astoundingly clear evidence to the point that I have screen shots of it for when/if she removes the post.
I just feel like it is only fair that this gets out. If this is about cleaning up the scene, Nicole and everyone supporting her should be focused on everyone who did fucked up things back then and not just Jesse. It’s very obvious the poor girl has her own demons, but seriously, all the sexual relationships she had with grown men as a teenager need to be viewed as equally bad
8/3/2016 Garey makes the following posts on the Front Bottoms’ Facebook: link 1 (archive), link 2 (archive), link 3 (archive)
11/10/2017 Brian Diaz makes this Facebook post (archive).
So while we are on the topic of outing famous and semi-famous creeps, anyone want to speak up about Jesse Lacey from Brand New?
11/10/2017 Garey comments in Diaz’s post (screenshot, archive)
YES. He solicited nudes from me starting when I was 15 and he was 24. Manipulated the hell out of me, demanded specific poses/settings/clothing, demeaned me, and made it clear that my sexuality was the only thing I had to offer. He knew what he was doing was shitty so he wouldn't touch me until I was 19. I should've known better by then, but he had screwed me up so much psychologically that all I wanted was his approval. It fucked me up to the point that I STILL have nightmares and wakeup in a sweat. I still breakdown and have panic attacks when people play Brand New in a bar. JESSE LACEY IS A PIECE OF SHIT
And I will tell this story over and over and over and over
And thanks, again, for continually bringing it up. Because I've lost friends - male and female - because they think that what he did to me has no bearing on his music. As if those songs are not all about him being a fucking creep.
OH AND YES HE MADE ME WATCH HIM MASTURBATE ON SKYPE. Apparently that's a common thing with sexual predators. I took screen shots at some point, they're probably on a computer in my basement if I ever really wanted to rehash my past that much (I don't think I do).
11/11/2017 Brooklyn Vegan posts this article, citing more women coming forward about their experiences with Lacey. archive
11/11/2017 Lacey posts an apology/statement on Brand New’s Facebook page link, archive
11/11/2017 Facebook user Leah (last name omitted) posts this comment under Lacey’s apology (screenshot, archive)
Don't you think you should apologize to the actual people you've hurt Jess? The blanket statement makes it much worse. I was 14 when we met. 9th grade. I remember talking with my best friend in sociology class about the letter you wrote me. The one that said I had the most beautiful face in the world... Then came the plane tickets and expectations. The lies and expectations. The hotel rooms
And
Expectations.
Thanks for the underwear, winter coats, bathing suits, post cards...the manipulations that come with being handed goodies. The things you need as a teenage girl. The attention you crave. Remember that time at the hotel in New Jersey? Where I actually believed you. Probably not. Remember the relationships and jobs I dropped at the mention of your name? When you wanted me to just up and leave no matter what I was doing... college. man of my dreams. my favorite apartment...friends.
You disappeared. 10 years of manipulation. A string on me. Then Nothing. No apology except for this bullshit internet apology which means nothing. It's infuriating and I deserve better. I don't care that you've gone to therapy and you have a family. I care that you ruined my adolescence and with your money and fame. Promises. Lies.
You still don't win.
.......................................
Leah
11/12/2017 Reddit user johnschwan posts this thread in /brandnew (archive)
11/12/2017 lawrenbyrne posts this wordpress blog about her alleged relationship with Lacey (archive)
11/13/2017 Pitchfork publishes this article about the scandal, now including Driskill’s allegations (archive)
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2017.11.03 15:02 Rsubs33 [Game Preview] Week 9 - Denver Broncos (3-4) at Philadelphia Eagles(7-1)

Denver Broncos (3-4) at Philadelphia Eagles (7-1)
The Eagles survived a trap game against the rebuilding 49ers in the rain last Sunday at Lincoln financial field and welcome a tough Broncos team with one of, if not the best defense in the league to town this week. The Eagles will look to maintain their dominance over the Broncos in Philly, as they have gone 5-1 all-time against the Broncos including 1-0 at the Linc. The Eagles OL looked shaky at times vs the 49ers in the rain, and will need to be play better this week, facing one of the best pass rushes in the league with Miller and Ray. If the Eagles are able to put up some points against the Broncos defense, it could be a long day for Denver because as good as their defense is, their offense is that bad. The Broncos will look for the jolt this week as they have benched Trevor Siemian in favor of Brock Osweiler who is in his second stint in Denver after being passed around the league. Osweiler will try to stop a 3 game skid that Denver has been on and he might get a weapon in Emmanuel Sanders back this week as well. The Eagles have an impressive pass rush of their own and will look to get to Osweiler early and often to prevent him from settling in. The Eagles are 6th in the league in takeaways with 14 and the Broncos have coughed it up 17 times this season which is second worse in the league behind Cleveland. If the Eagles and rattle Osweiler and get him to turn the ball over it will definitely help in giving the Eagles offense more opportunities and short fields against a stout Denver D. This should be a good game and could easily turn into a defensive battle with two of the best front 7s in the league. If the Eagles can squeak out a win, it will give them a comfortable division and conference lead heading into the bye next week.
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Date
Sunday, November 5th, 2017
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1:00 PM - Eastern Lincoln Financial Field
12:00 PM - Central 1020 Pattison Ave
11:00 AM - Mountain Philadelphia, PA 19148
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Stadium Type: Open Air
Surface: Grass
Temperature: 63°F
Feels Like: 63°F
Forecast: Mostly Cloudy. Foggy overnight.
Chance of Precipitation: 10%
Cloud Coverage: 83%
Wind: SSE 7 MPH
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Favorite/Opening Line: Philadelphia by -8
OveUnder: 43.5
Record VS. Spread: Philadelphia 6-2, Denver 2-4-1
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Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA WIP-FM 94.1 FM and 610 AM
Allentown, PA WCTO-FM 96.1 FM
Atlantic City/South Jersey WENJ-FM 97.3 FM
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Rickie Ricardo, Macu Berral and Gus Salazar will handle the broadcast in Spanish on Mega 105.7 FM in Philadelphia and the Eagles Spanish Radio Network.
Location Station Frequency
Philadelphia, PA LA MEGA 105.7 FM
Allentown, PA WSAN 1470 AM
Atlantic City, NJ WIBG 1020 AM; 101.3 FM
Broncos Radio
Broncos Radio Network Dave Logan (play-by-play) and Ed McCaffrey (color commentary and analysis).
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Chris Carrino (play-by-play) and Brian Baldinger (analyst) will call the game for Compass Media’s national broadcast.
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NFC East Standings
Team Record Pct Home Away Div Conf PF PA Strk
Eagles 7-1 .875 4-0 3-1 3-0 6-0 232 156 6W
Cowboys 4-3 .571 1-2 3-1 2-0 4-2 198 161 2W
Redskins 3-4 .429 2-2 1-2 0-3 2-3 160 180 2L
Giants 1-6 .143 0-3 1-3 0-2 0-6 112 156 1L
Series Information
Philadelphia Eagles lead the Denver Broncos (7-5)
Series History
Head to Head Box Scores
First Game Played
October 31st, 1971 at Veterans in Philadelphia, PA. Philadelphia Eagles 17- Denver Broncos 16
Points Leader
The Denver Broncos lead the Philadelphia Eagles ((296-250))
Coaches Record
Doug Pederson: 0-0 against the Broncos
Vance Joseph: 0-0 against Eagles
Coaches Head to Head
Doug Pederson vs Vance Joseph: 0-0
Quarterback Record
Carson Wentz: Against Broncos: 0-0
Brock Osweiler against Eagles: 0-0
Quarterbacks Head to Head
Carson Wentz vs Brock Osweiler: 0-0
Records per Stadium
Record @ Lincoln Financial Field: Eagles lead Broncos 1-0
Record @ Mile High Stadium Stadium: Broncos lead Eagles: 4-2
Rankings and Last Meeting Information
AP Pro 32 Ranking
Eagles No. 1 - Broncos No. 20
Record
Eagles: 7-1
Broncos 3-4
Last Meeting
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Broncos 52 - Eagles 20
Peyton Manning gashed Eagles defense for 326 yards and 4 TDs as Manning broke Brett Favre’s record for most 4 TD games with 24.
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Last Meeting at Site
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
Eagles 30 – Broncos 27
Brian Dawkins returned to Philadelphia for the first time not wearing the midnight green. Donovan McNabb threw for 322 yards and 3 TDs as Brent Celek had a huge game with 5 receptions for 121 yards and a TD and David Akers hit 28 yard field goal as time expired give the Eagles the win.
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Last 10 Meetings
Date Winner Loser Score
9/29/2013 Broncos Eagles 53-20
12/27/2009 Eagles Broncos 30-27
10/30/2005 Broncos Eagles 49-21
10/4/1998 Broncos Eagles 41-16
11/12/1995 Eagles Broncos 31-13
9/20/1992 Eagles Broncos 30-0
10/29/1989 Eagles Broncos 28-24
9/21/1986 Broncos Eagles 33-7
9/18/1983 Eagles Broncos 13-10
9/7/1980 Eagles Broncos 27-6
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2017 Team Stats
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2017 Stats (Starters/Leaders)
Passing
Name CMP ATT PCT YDS TD INT RAT
Wentz 161 264 61.0% 2063 19 5 101.6
Siemian 152 247 61.5% 1669 9 10 76.8
Osweiler 2 4 50% 18 0 0 62.5
Rushing
Name ATT YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Blount 100 467 58.4 4.7 2
Ajayi(with MIA) 138 465 66.4 3.4 0
Anderson 107 469 67.0 4.4 1
Receiving
Name REC YDS YDS/G AVG TD
Ertz 43 528 66.0 12.3 6
Thomas 35 455 65.0 13.0 2
Sacks
Name Sacks Team Total
Graham 5.0 22.0
Miller 7.0 17.0
Tackles
Name Total Solo Assist Sacks
Bradham 46 31 15 0
Marshall 50 33 17 1.0
Interceptions
Name Ints Team Total
Mills 3 9
Simmons/Stewart/Roby/Harris/Talib 1 5
Punting
Name ATT YDS LONG AVG NET IN 20 TB BP
D. Jones 32 1478 59 46.2 41.5 9 3 0
Dixon 30 1333 55 44.4 38.6 9 1 0
Kicking
Name ATT MADE % LONG PAT
Elliot 19 16 84.2% 61 18/20
McManus 15 10 66.7% 46 13/13
Kick Returns
Name ATT YDS AVG LONG TD
Smallwood 4 93 23.3 28 0
Lattimer 8 190 23.82 36 0
Punt Returns
Name RET YDS AVG LONG TD FC
Barner 1 161 14.6 76 0 5
McKenzie 18 142 7.9 31 0 4
League Rankings 2017
Offense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Broncos Stat Broncos Rank
Total Offense 371.8 6th 341.7 15th
Rush Offense 129.3 5th 123.4 10th
Pass Offense 242.5 11th 218.3 18th
Points Per Game 29.0 4th 18.1 24th
3rd-Down Offense 47.8% 2nd 39.4% 12th
4th-Down Offense 83.3% 2nd 0% T-28th
Red Zone Offense (TD%) 68.0% 2nd 44% 28th
Defense Rankings
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Broncos Stat Broncos Rank
Total Defense 327.1 14h 261.0 1st
Rush Defense 70.4 1st 72.9 2nd
Pass Defense 256.8 26th 188.1 6th
Points Per Game 19.5 10th 21.0 13th
3rd-Down Defense 31% 3rd 25% 1st
4th-Down Defense 30% 10th 27.3% 9th
Red Zone Defense (TD%) 52.4% 15th 46.7% 9th
Team
Category Eagles Stat Eagles Rank Broncos Stat Broncos Rank
Turnover Diff. +5 T-6th -11 31st
Penalty Per Game 7.25 23rd 7.0 T-19th
Penalty Yards Per Game 67.9 T-27th 58.4 T-13th
Recap from Last Week’s Games.
Eagles - Video –The Eagles won their 6th straight game to stay above the rest of the pack with the best record in the NFL. The game was sloppy at times due to steady rain throughout most of the day. The Eagles still took care of the rebuilding 49ers with ease 33-10. Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery hooked up for a 53 yard TD pass and Zach Ertz added another TD in his breakout season. The Eagles defense added a score of their own as Jalen Mills picked off a CJ Beathard pass and took it 37 yards to the house. Jake Elliot missed two extra points, but already has kicked the most 50+ yards FG in franchise history with his 6th of the season.
Broncos - Video – The Broncos dropped their 3rd game in a row in one of the lowest rating Monday night games in years against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos defense is probably fuming at their offense at this point. The Broncos held the dynamic Chiefs offense in check limiting them to only 276 yards, however the Denver offense turned the ball over 5 times one of which was a fumble by former Chief Jamaal Charles which was picked up and returned 45 yards for a TD by Marcus Peters. The offense struggled to get anything going most of the night unless CJ Anderson broke loose on a couple runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Broncos fell to the Chiefs 29-19.
Connections
Eagles Coach Doug Pederson was the OC in Kansas while Jamaal Charles was the running back in KC.
Broncos QB Coach Bill Musgrave held the same position with the Eagles in 2014. He was also an offensive assistant for the Eagles in 1998.
Broncos TE Coach Geep Chryst was OC for the San Francisco 49ers while Torrey Smith was a WR there.
Broncos LB Coach Fred Pagac held the same position with the Bills in 2014 working under Eagles DC Jim Schwartz and coached Eagles LB Nigel Bradham.
Broncos assistant DB Coach Johnnie Lynn was CB coach for the Eagles in 2011.
Broncos ST Coordinator Brock Olivo was a ST assistant with the Chiefs from 2014-2016 working with Eagles HC Doug Pederson when he was OC for KC during that time.
Eagles DB coach Cory Undlin held the same position with the Broncos 2013-2014.
Eagles safety coach Tim Hauck played two season with the Broncos 1995-1996.
Eagles Football Operations Executive played for the Broncos for 3 seasons 2009-2011 in his only time not playing for the Eagles.
Broncos starting G Allen Barbre played 4 seasons for the Eagles prior to joining the Broncos (2013-2016).
Pro Bowlers
Eagles Broncos
OT Jason Peters (Starter) OLB Von Miller(Starter)
DT Fletcher Cox (Starter) CB Aquib Talib (Starter)
DE Brandon Graham (1st Alt) CB Chris Haris (Starter)
FS Rodney McLeod (1st Alt) WR Emmanuel Sanders (1st Alt)
PR Darren Sproles (1st Alt) SS Darien Stewart (1st Alt)
C Jason Kelce (2nd Alt) WR Damaryius Thomas (2nd Alt)
ST Chris Maragos (2nd Alt) C Matt Paradis (2nd Alt)
DE Derek Wolfe (2nd Alt)
SS TJ Ward (2nd Alt)
General
Referee: Gene Steratore
Philadelphia has produced 20 points or more in twelve consecutive contests dating back to Week 14 in 2016, which is the longest active streak in the NFL.
Philadelphia is tied with New England for the most 20+ point games (21) in the NFL since 2016.
Philadelphia is the only NFL team to score 20+ points in every game in 2017.
The Eagles have gone 5-1 all-time at home against the Broncos, including 1-0 at Lincoln Financial Field.
Eagles QB Carson Wentz currently is tied for the league lead in passing TDS with 19.
The Eagles have scored 25+ points in 6 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the NFL and the club’s longest streak since 11/7/10-12/19/10 (7 games)
Philadelphia is outscoring opponents 129-64 (+65) in the last 4 games, averaging 32.3 points per game in that span
Philadelphia leads the NFL in rushing defense (70.4). The Eagles have allowed just 563 rushing yards this season, which are their fewest through 8 games since 1944 (505)
Philadelphia ranks 2nd in the NFL in red zone TD efficiency (68.0%), behind Green Bay (73.9%). The Eagles lead the NFL in goal-to-go TD efficiency (91.7%)
Philadelphia leads the NFL in scoring differential (+76)
Wentz (2,063-19-203) joins Steve Young in 1998 (2,435-21- 227) and Fran Tarkenton in 1967 (2,050-19-214) as the only NFL QBs since 1950 to record 2,000+ passing yards, 19+ passing TDs and 200+ rushing yards through 8 games
Just 7 games into his NFL career, Jake Elliott has converted the most 50+ yard FGs (5) in Eagles single-season history
Draft Picks
Eagles Broncos
DE Derek Barnett OT Garett Bolles
CB Sidney Jones DE DeMarcus Walker
CB Rasul Douglas WR Carlos Henderson
WR Mack Hollins CB Brendan Langley
RB Donnel Pumphrey RB Joe Williams
WR Shelton Gibson TE Jake Butt
LB Nathan Gerry WR Isaiah McKenzie
DT Elijah Qualls RB De’Aneglo Henderson
QB Chad Kelly
Notable Off-season Additions
Eagles Broncos
WR Torrey Smith RB Jamaal Charles
WR Alshon Jeffery LB Kasim Edebali
DE Chris Long NT Zach Kerr
DT Timmy Jernigan G Ronald Leary
RB LaGarrett Blount NT Domata Peko
CB Patrick Robinson OT Menelik Watson
G Chance Warmack G Allen Barbre
QB Nick Foles OT Ty Sambrailo
QB Brock Osweiler
Notable Off-season Free-Agent Departures
Eagles Broncos
CB Nolan Carroll OT Russell Okung
DE Connor Barwin LB DeMarcus Ware
DT Bennie Logan CB Kayvon Webster
QB Chase Daniel NT Sylvester Williams
CB Leodis McKelvin LB Dekoda Watson
WR Dorial Green-Beckham S TJ Ward
DE Marcus Smith
RB Ryan Mathews
Milestones
QB Carson Wentz (5845) needs 359 yards to move up to 12th on the Eagles all-time passing list passing Adrian Burk.
QB Carson Wentz (19) needs 3 more passing TDs for 20 passing TDs this season.
TE Brent Celek (4,901) needs 99 more yards to reach 5000 career receiving yards.
TE Brent Celek (389) needs 11 more receptions to reach 400 career receptions.
TE Zach Ertz (3368) needs 126 yards to move up to 16th on the Eagles all-time receiving list receiving list passing WR Harold Jackson
TE Zach Ertz (19) needs 1 more receiving TD for 20 career receiving TDs which would tie him with Keith Jackson and Terrell Owens* for 20th all-time in Eagles history.
DE Brandon Graham (34 – 9th) needs 1.5 sacks to move up to 8th on the Eagles all-time sack list tying William Fuller. He needs two sacks to move up to 8th passing William Fuller*.
DE Fletcher Cox (33 - 11th) needs 1 sack move into a tie for 9th all-time on the Eagles sack list with Brandon Graham and Dennis Harrison.
S Malcolm Jenkins's (4) needs 1 more Interception for a TD to tie CB Eric Allen (5) for most Interceptions for a TD by an Eagles player. Jenkins is the only Eagles player to have a pick 6 in 3 straight seasons
QB Brock Osweiler (2144 19th) can move up to 16th on the Broncos all-time passing list with 270 yards moving past Pete Liske, Jacky Lee and Tim Tebow
RB CJ Anderson (2513) can move up to 10th on the Broncos all-time rushing list with 79 yards passing RB Tatum Bell.
RB CJ Anderson (18) needs 2 more rushing TDs for 20 career rushing TD.
Pro Football Focus Matchup Charts courtesy of PFF Edge

WDB Matchups (CAPS = Shadow Coverage)

Eagles WRs vs Broncos DBs
Tm Receiver Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
PHI Alshon Jeffery LWR 75 218 4.48 293 47% 16% 37% 21% 48% 1.51 63.3 -27
DEN Bradley Roby RCB 71 194 4.39 194 0% 9% 91% 18% 59% 1.11 80.8
PHI Torrey Smith RWR 72 205 4.41 248 35% 21% 45% 12% 54% 0.92 42.2 -66
DEN Aqib Talib LCB 73 205 4.44 249 88% 11% 2% 11% 56% 0.53 88.7
PHI Nelson Agholor Slot 72 198 4.42 236 6% 85% 8% 16% 75% 1.76 78.8 -3
DEN Chris Harris Jr. Slot 70 199 229 0% 82% 17% 12% 56% 0.98 80
Broncos WRs vs Eagles DBs
Tm Receiver Pos H Wt Sp Rt L% S% R% %TaRt Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
DEN Demaryius Thomas LWR 75 229 4.52 269 52 13 34 2 64 1.83 74.8 +9
PHI Rasul Douglas RCB 74 209 4.59 219 6 6 88 18 58 1.39 73.2
DEN Emmanuel Sanders RWR 71 180 4.4 190 34 26 40 22 63 1.47 74.9 +15
PHI Jalen Mills LCB 72 191 4.61 356 79 5 16 21 62 1.27 45.6
DEN Bennie Fowler III Slot 73 212 4.52 225 5 81 14 17 61 1.1 68 0
PHI Patrick Robinson Slot 71 191 4.46 265 9 68 22 17 58 1.4 89.5
TE Matchups
Tm Receiver H Wt Rt Bl% Inl% S% W% T/R Cat% YPRC Gr Adv
DEN A.J. Derby 77 255 188 6 23 62 15 31 65 2.48 47.5 -25
PHI Nigel Bradham (LB) 74 241 32 9 33 0.13 77.2
PHI Zach Ertz 77 250 299 9 44 38 18 27 75 2.51 85.8 +20
DEN Will Parks (S) 73 194 81 32 62 1.81 52.9
OL vs DL Matchups
Note: Pressure Rate and Yards Before Contact are projected numbers based on the starters' grades and are adjusted for injuries. All other stats are based on this season's data
Tm Press% SackConv YBCon Runs ins. 5 yd ln/gm TD ins. 5 yd ln% PB Adv RB Adv
DEN OL 5.8 22 1.98 1 14 -24 -13
PHI DL 7.3 18 1.41 0.4 33
PHI OL 4.7 22 2.34 1.3 20 +20 +3
DEN DL 5.9 15 1.36 1 0
Stats to Know
Denver's Edge Defenders
[Von Miller and Shaquil Barrett present significant problems to opponents, but in different ways. Of 50 EDs with notable snaps, Barrett tops them all in Run Stop % at 11% (127 Run Snaps). Meanwhile, from primarily the left side (79% of his pass rush snaps), Miller leads all EDs in Pass Rush Productivity (16.1). He's second in total pressures, coming from 7 sacks, 5 hits, and 30 hurries. With such a lively Defensive Line and a killer Secondary, this should be a very tough day for the Eagles offense (courtesy of PFF Elite
Matchups to Watch
Eagles Offensive Line vs. Broncos Pass Rush
This is the most important match up for the Eagles in this game. The Broncos have had their share of struggles on offense but they still have a championship caliber defense that is capable of shutting down every opposing offense it goes up against. The star on this loaded defense is Von Miller. Von enters the game with numerous accolades already in his young career, and he makes this the first massive test for Big V. Von Miller doesn't just line up over the Right Tackles, the Broncos will move him around the line. The Eagles must know where Von Miller is at all times since he has proven time and again to wreck games on his own. Cam Newton doesn't think it is funny to talk about Von Miller. In addition to Von, the Broncos have another good edge rusher in Shaquil Barrett, who is PFFs 33rd rated edge rusher on the year. Barrett has been giving opposing offenses fits all year. He would be a very good starter on a team without Von but pairing them together gives the Broncos defense a very lethal outside rushing duo facing a team with a very young Left Tackle. Oh, and there is Shane Ray, because the Broncos were short on edge rushers.
Eagles Running Game vs Broncos Running Defense
It took Orleans Darkwa to inexplicably run over the Broncos defense for the Eagles to finally claim the top ranked run defense in the NFL from the Broncos. As previously mentioned, the Broncos have a championship caliber defense and are loaded with talent at all three levels. The Broncos are able to shut down passing games and win one on one match ups outside allowing their defense to suffocate the box and shut down the run game. Even if the Eagles are only netting 2 or 3 yard runs with the occasional 5 yard run, they need to stick with it. The Eagles have an efficient running attack and just added a talented back in Jay Ajayi. The Broncos defensive front is talented at every position and can match up with any offensive line. The key for the Eagles in this game is to make sure they don't get too one dimensional and use the ground game to make for an efficient attack. The Broncos defense will keep their offense in the game. The Eagles just need to take care of the football and play smart as well.
Eagles’ Defense vs Broncos Offense
The Denver Broncos have a championship caliber defense that is being let down by their poor offense despite the talent they have in certain positions. The Broncos will be starting Brock Osweiler instead Trevor Siemian this week. Osweiler isn't remotely close to a big upgrade from Siemian, but Siemian has been costing the Broncos chances to win games this season. No one should expect Brock Osweiler to suddenly light it up on the football field, the Broncos will be looking for him to simply play smart football. Denver will likely try to feature the run game pretty heavily in this one to try and control the clock and slow the Eagles pass rush down. The Broncos have the 10th ranked rushing attack in the NFL this season averaging 4.5 yards per carry. CJ Anderson has been solid, Jamaal Charles seems to have some gas left in the tank, and Devontae Booker brings some juice as the third running back. If the Broncos offense can have an efficient ground game against the top ranked Eagles run defense, it'll go a long way to helping them win. This won't be an easy battle for the Broncos as the Eagles have one of the best defensive lines in football. Broncos newly signed guard from the Cowboys, Ron Leary, is a familiar foe that is having an All Pro caliber season for the Broncos at one guard spot; he is the only real strong lineman they have. Center Matt Paradis is the 10th ranked Center per PFF. This is a solid rank but it is down from his excellent season last year. The Broncos rotate left guards similar to how the Eagles did with Chance Warmack and Wisniewski, but with Allen Barbre and Max Garcia, who are ranked 65 and 64 per PFF among guards respectively. At left tackle they have rookie Garrett Bolles, who has been solid all season. At right tackle, the Broncos start Menelik Watson, who has been struggling all year. The Eagles defensive line and pass rush is as ferocious as the Broncos pass rush and should have opportunities to smack around Osweilier all afternoon. If they can control the run game, they should limit the passing attack. The Broncos do have a gifted WR in Demaryius Thomas, who has the ability to make the Eagles secondary pay. The Broncos will likely welcome back their second WR Emmanuel Sanders this week after hurting his ankle against the Giants. This is as excellent a WR pairing as any in the league; if the Eagles defensive front can control the line of scrimmage, they should be able to limit the damage considering the unspectacular talent the Broncos are fielding at QB. If the Eagles can turn up the heat, they should be able to boil this offense.
Eagles Passing Game vs Broncos Secondary
It would be a mistake to talk about key match ups in this game without talking about the Broncos elite secondary. Chris Harris Jr and Aqib Talib are All Pro talents outside for the Broncos and Bradley Roby is a very good number 3 corner for the Broncos. The Broncos secondary is what Eagles fans hope theirs will become over time with all of the new additions in place. Pairing this elite group of corners with their pass rush is simply unfair. These guys will not allow the Eagles passing offense to put up big numbers on the day. The passing game should look to be efficient and take care of the football while smartly mixing in some shots throughout the day. The Eagles do not want to put themselves in a position where they have to make a comeback against this group. This defense is tough against all QBs so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them play well on Sunday. The Eagles must avoid putting themselves into a position where they would be hurting their chances to win.
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