8:01 PM EDT, Tue May 03, 2016

Here's Audio of Jets General Manager Mike Maccagnan's Radio Interviews After the Draft

Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan has been doing the radio circuit over the last two days. Yesterday he appeared on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN. Today he appeared on Boomer and Carton and Mike's On on WFAN. Below the interviews are either linked or embedded. Here are a few nuggets from the interviews. The Jets follow mock drafts to get a ballpark idea about whom might be available. They are generally accurate. The Jets attempted to trade up for Laremy Tunsil. The Jets discussed a trade down with the Cowboys in the first round. Maccagnan compared Darron Lee to Deone Buchanon of the...
Buffalo Rumblings 57 mins ago

Cordy Glenn, Buffalo Bills agree to five-year, $65 million contract

The Bills lock up their left tackle at premium dollar through the prime of his career The Buffalo Bills have re-signed their starting left tackle, Cordy Glenn, to a five-year deal worth $65 million, per reports from Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Schefter reports that the deal includes $36 million in guarantees, while Rapoport reports that $26.5 million is fully guaranteed - and that that's the second-highest such figure ever given to an offensive tackle. Glenn will make $19 million in the first year of the deal, and $30 million over the first two, per...

What One of the College Football's Best Coaching Staffs Thinks About Jets Draft Pick Juston Burris

The Jets selected NC State cornerback Juston Burris in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. I remembered a few things about him from some of his college games, but I had less of a feel for this pick than any the Jets made outside of the punter they drafted in the seventh round. I have been studying up on Burris since the pick. One game I came upon was NC State's contest against Clemson from Halloween. Around the 28:50 mark, Burris makes a nice tackle in run support. It is what the announcers said after that which caught my attention, though. In the days before you watch a game on...
Pats Pulpit 7 hours ago

2016 NFL Draft: What's the Deal with Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett's Unimpressive College Production?

Let's try to figure out why Jacoby Brissett caught the Patriots' attention. When are stats for quarterbacks absolutely misleading? New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been on the ugly end of injuries, watching his stats fall through the floor in 2013 and at the end of 2015 due to injuries all across the offense. It's not an indictment on Brady that he couldn't convert Austin Collie into wine; it's more of a statement about the overall roster. And so with this in mind, let's take a look at Jacoby Brissett to see what the Patriots liked about him and why his numbers were so...
The Phinsider 7 hours ago

Miami Dolphins Season In Review: Week 5 & 6 - Bye Week & Titans

Miami suffered back-to-back humiliating defeats at the hands of AFC East rivals. Could a new coach and new attitude turn the season around? They started off on the right foot against the Tennessee Titans. Dolphins fans are a cynical bunch. If there is a fan base in the NFL that would expect their team to lose against the bye week, it would be Dolphins fans. In 2015, the Dolphins emphatically won the bye week. Following a despicable loss to the Jets in London, the Dolphins returned to Florida and announced that head coach Joe Philbin would be released. Getting rid of a head coach...

Darron Lee Rookie Contract Details

The days of protracted rookie holdouts are largely over because of the rookie wage scale the NFL has. It was instituted during in the latest collective bargaining agreement and essentially spells out the contract terms of rookie contracts based on the pick with which a player was drafted. Over the Cap has a look at the contract each first round pick will get. They are all four year contracts. All are fully guaranteed. Jets Draft pick Darron Lee is looking at a contract worth $10,221,644 according to Over the Cap. $5,633,924 of that will be paid up front to him as a signing bonus once he...
Pats Pulpit 8 hours ago

2016 NFL Draft: Rookie DT Vincent Valentine Might Be the Strongest Player in Patriots History

The Patriots added an athletic defensive tackle to the roster. He's a beast. The range of responses over the Patriots 96th overall pick defensive tackle Vincent Valentine is vast. ESPN's Mike Reiss says that some had a 7th round grade on him. NESN's Doug Kyed says one scout believes Valentine will be the Patriots best value pick. "I've pretty much had a consistent grade on [Valentine] as a third or fourth rounder," ESPN's Mel Kiper said in a conference call prior to NFL Combine. Whatever the reaction, Valentine's raw athletic ability is not in question. I've covered Valentine's explosion...
The Phinsider 8 hours ago

Miami Signs LB Blount, Son Of Former Steelers Great

Quiet, Humble Player Determined To Make A Name For Himself After all the excitement of this past weekend's NFL draft, teams are now going about the more pedestrian business of signing some of the remaining players, who weren't drafted, and inviting them to training camp. One name on the Dolphins' list that jumps off the page immediately, for those of us who grew up in the 1970's, is former Florida A&M linebacker Akil Blount, son of Pittsburgh Steelers' Hall Of Fame CB, Mel Blount. Although his father almost singlehandedly forced a rules change in 1978, due to his suffocating, physical...
The Phinsider 9 hours ago

Grading the Miami Dolphins 2016 NFL Draft

Now that the NFL draft has concluded, it is time to grade the Miami Dolphins’ 2016 draft class. Here is a list of each prospect and how they will fit with the Miami Dolphins. For once, the Miami Dolphins had one of the better drafts in the National Football League.  The question now remains whether or not the team's new draftees have the skills to make an immediate impact in the NFL.  It is time to present my 2016 NFL Draft report card.  Below is a list of players selected by the Dolphins in this year's draft. #13 Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss Arguably the best...

The Cowboys Offered the Jets This Trade. Would You Have Made It?

Peter King of MMQB indicated that the Jets were offered a package to trade down from the 20th pick Thursday night by the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas was looking to move up to get Paxton Lynch. The plan was to offer Dallas’s second-round and third-round picks, 34 and 67 overall, to teams in the late teens and early 20s—Indianapolis, Buffalo, the Jets, Houston—but then swap out the third-rounder for Dallas’s fourth-rounder, 101 overall, starting in the mid-20s. Cincinnati (24), Pittsburgh (25), Seattle (26), Green Bay (27) and Kansas City (28) all got called. Lukewarm responses, mostly....
Pats Pulpit 10 hours ago

Taking a Look at the Patriots Roster Post-Draft: 53-Man Roster Locks

Identifying players that are locks to make the Patriots' 53-man roster in September. Now that the 2016 NFL Draft is over, the Patriots can now focus on building their 90-man roster for training camp. Each position on the roster has their set of players who are locks to make the 53-man roster in September due to some kind of status on the team. Whether that's as a returning starter that played well in 2015, a high draft pick, or a major free agent acquisition. When I say a high draft pick, I mean the players selected through the first four rounds of the draft and for major free agent...
Pats Pulpit 10 hours ago

New England Patriots Links 5/03/16 - Patriots Get Younger, Deeper at Wide Receiver

Daily news and links for 5/03/16 TEAM TALK Patriots release DB Rashaan Melvin and LB James Vaughters. Paul Perillo notes the Patriots didn't add any running backs in the draft but coach Ivan Fears still offered plenty of thoughts on evaluating them. Paul Perillo notes Brian Daboll and Chad O'Shea expressed excitement over their new additions. Erik Scalavino highlights a refreshed Dante Scarnecchia discussing his 'retirement' and decision to return to coaching. Press Conference: Josh McDaniels (8.26 min. video) and Matt Patricia (3.24 min. video) Photos - April's best submissions...
Kevin Nogle / The Phinsider 10 hours ago

NFL Draft picks review: Insider look at Dolphins WR Leonte Carroo

How does Leonte Carroo fit with the Miami Dolphins? We take a closer look at Miami's second third-round draft pick through the eyes of the fans that watched him when he was at Rutgers. The Miami Dolphins used their first three picks in the 2016 NFL Draft on three positions of need, selecting offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil in the first round, followed by cornerback Xavien Howard in the second round, and running back Kenyan Drake in the third round. As things on Day 2 of the Draft seemed to be winding down, the Dolphins had a trick up their sleeve, still, trading back into the third round to...
Gang Green Nation 11 hours ago

New York Jets Flight Connections 5/3/16

Daily links connecting you to articles about the NFL's New York Jets. Good morning, Gang Green Gangsters! Here are your daily New York Jets links for this T.D. Tuesday... NY Jets: The Jets' draft grades are all over the board. NY Jets: Scouting report on ILB Darron Lee. Seth Walder: GM Mike Maccagnan doesn't rule out playing QB Christian Hackenberg. Penn Live: Hackenberg will be nurtured by the Jets if they can re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. Daily Item: Fitzpatrick is headed to help a fallen college teammate. Kimberley A. Martin: Maccagnan says that QB Geno Smith is the Jets' insurance...
Buffalo Rumblings 12 hours ago

Cordy Glenn, Stephon Gilmore, Tyrod Taylor contracts up next for Bills

With the draft in the rearview mirror, three major contracts are back in the forefront for the Bills The 2016 NFL Draft is only just in the rearview mirror for the Buffalo Bills, but with the current CBA eliminating the drama of signing rookies to their first pro contracts, the heavy lifting on the accounting front this summer will revolve around three of the team's starters. Bills training camp is now less than three months away, and while there is no shortage of intriguing story lines surrounding the team heading into that event, few are as compelling as the contract statuses of three of...

Mel Kiper: Christian Hackenberg Should Sit as a Rookie

Darryl Slater transcribed a conference call with Mel Kiper, Jr. where the ESPN analyst said the Jets should sit Christian Hackenberg as a rookie. "I don't think he's ready to play right away," Kiper said Monday during a conference call with reporters. "I think he needs time. Hopefully, he's not forced to be the guy, or he's going to be a bust. If they handle him properly, and manage him properly, I think he's got a chance maybe three years down the road. If they're forcing Christian Hackenberg to start being a factor right away, they're barking up the wrong tree." Usually I find the...
Pats Pulpit 13 hours ago

Patriots Decline OG Jonathan Cooper's Fifth-Year Contract Option

The guard will be a free agent after this season. The 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement gave all NFL teams the opportunity to exercise a first round draft selection's optional fifth contract year after the player's third year in the league. This year, teams had to exercise or decline the options for their 2013 first rounders until yesterday. Of the 32 first round selections that year, 17 saw their respective teams exercise the fifth-year option, 12 saw them decline, while three were ineligible. One of the teams to decline the option were the New England Patriots. The Patriots originally...
Pats Pulpit 14 hours ago

Patriots Missed on Navy's Keenan Reynolds, But Landed Productive AZ State's D.J. Foster

The Patriots really wanted the quarterback out of Navy, but they found someone that has proven ability. The New England Patriots wanted to draft Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Badly. But they wanted a 2017 4th round pick more so instead of taking Reynolds at the top of the 5th round, they crossed their fingers and hoped that Reynolds would be available in the 6th round. It wasn't meant to be. Pretty much every front office person and coach with the Patriots had spent time with Reynolds, from head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, to tight ends coach Brian...
Pats Pulpit 15 hours ago

Patriots Waive CB Rashaan Melvin and LB James Vaughters

New England has made its first post-draft cuts. The New England Patriots are in the process of constructing their post-draft roster. The team needs to fit its nine draft picks and thus far 10 undrafted free agent signings under the 90-men roster limit. In order to do so, however, the Patriots need to make a few other transactions. The first two were made yesterday, when New England waived cornerback Rashaan Melvin and linebacker James Vaughters (via Mike Reiss): Patriots waived CB Rashaan Melvin and LB James Vaughters today. Rashaan Melvin first joined the Patriots via a waiver claim last...
The Phinsider 15 hours ago

The Splash Zone 5/3/16: Adam Gase's Radical Idea For Dolphins Rookie Minicamp

Welcome to the Splash Zone, the quickest way to get your day started off right. We bring you a rundown of Miami Dolphins news from the last 24 hours. Normally when you think of an NFL rookie minicamp, you will probably be thinking of rookies on the practice field practicing against each other. However, Adam Gase doesn't care what you think. In Gase's first season as a head coach, he is going to hold a rookie minicamp where there will be no practicing. NONE. Instead, Gase is going to treat it as a sort of orientation and teach the rookies about the Dolphins schemes and playbook. Gase also...

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