2:46 AM EDT, Thu May 05, 2016
Niners Nation 3 hours ago

Better Rivals podcast: DeForest Buckner, Ronald Blair highlight 49ers’ defensive draft class

David and Oscar break down the defensive players selected by the 49ers in part one of their draft recap. The 2016 NFL draft is officially in the books! On this week’s episode of the Better Rivals podcast, we bring you part one of our draft recap, focusing in on the defensive players selected by the 49ers. Where do they win? How do they fit? All that, plus some quick contract news, UDFAs that stick out, and smoothie powder. Listen on Stitcher
Ed Valentine / Big Blue View 12 hours ago

Michael Esiobu takes unlikely path to NFL shot with New York Giants

Nigerian-born wide receiver played no varsity football in high school Michael Esiobu, a wide receiver from tiny Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisc. who is one of the undrafted free agents signed by the New York Giants, is probably one of the most inexperienced football players to ever get a shot with an NFL team. Esiobu, in fact, played so little football before getting a chance with the Division III Muskies that it's sort of amazing he even got an opportunity at that level. Much less a chance to make it in the NFL. The Nigerian-born Esiobu played a little bit of high school football, but...
Daily Norseman 12 hours ago

Mackenzie Alexander Signs Contract With Minnesota Vikings

As has been their practice over the past couple of years, the Minnesota Vikings are signing their draft picks fast and furious. Mackensie Alexander, the cornerback out of Clemson who was the Vikings' second round pick in last weekend's draft (#54 overall), has agreed to terms with the team, according to Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The deal is said to be for four years and $4.3 million, with a signing bonus of $1.34 million. Alexander was considered to be, in some circles, the best man-to-man coverage cornerback in this year's draft class, and it was surprising when he...
Sander Philipse / Bucs Nation 14 hours ago

Peyton Barber is a Buccaneer because his mom was homeless

One of the undrafted free agents the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed this offseason is only there because his mom was homeless - or, technically, living in an apartment with her daughter and three grandchildren after suffering six different car accidents that left her unable to continue her work. "It was just because there were some things I was going through with my family," Barber told AL.com. "I don't know if anybody knows: my mom, she's homeless right now." Barber put up 1,017 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, after barely figuring in the team's plans the prior two  years. As a...
Seahawks waive 5 players, including former starting center Drew Nowak and former Husky Josh Shirley

Seahawks waive 5 players, including former starting center Drew Nowak and former Husky Josh Shirley

The Seahawks on Wednesday waived five players, including former starting center Drew Nowak.

NFL roster moves: Arizona Cardinals release 4, including C Valerian Ume-Ezeoke

The roster is trimmed down as new rookies will be hitting camp. The Arizona Cardinals announced a few roster moves on Wednesday, as they trimmed the offseason roster by four players. With rookie camp this weekend and a flurry of undrafted rookie additions, Arizona was looking to free some spots up to either announce new additions or have room when the additions come. The four players released were: C Valerian Ume-Ezeoke CB Kevin White CB Joel Wilkinson S Tyrequek Zimmerman White was a member of the practice squad last year, while the other three signed with the team in the offseason....
Cat Scratch Reader 3 hours ago

Football Outsiders: Panthers 2016 Draft Class Ranked Dead Last

If Panthers GM Dave Gettleman thought his 2013 draft class got panned, well that is nothing compared to this most recent one. Averaging the grades from multiple sources Football Outsiders ranked all 32 team draft classes and the Panthers ended up dead last: 32. Carolina Panthers GPA: 2.00 Highest Grade: C+ (Kiper, Silva) Lowest Grade: C- (Prisco, Kadar) Comments: Quantity does not equal quality, at least when it comes to Panthers cornerbacks. Dave Gettleman admitted to drafting for need in trying to replace Josh Norman, but no one was impressed with the trio of corners he came away with...
Cat Scratch Reader 18 hours ago

Mocking the Depth: Post Draft Defensive Tackle

Brian Beversluis takes a look at the impact Vernon Butler will have on the defensive line's depth chart When fielding a Super Bowl caliber roster, a team ends up having some difficult choices to make, usually ending with a solid talent losing a roster spot. It's a tricky thing, trying to manage a deep roster with young talent. That's what happens when you build through the draft, and this offseason the Panthers loaded up on defensive prospects. Defensive Tackle Rookies Vernon Butler (1st round pick) Projected Starters Star Lotulelei, Kawann Short Depth Chas Alexcih, Eric Crume, Kyle Love,...
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 12 hours ago

Bud Grant is having yet another garage sale

The Vikings coach has turned his family's garage sale into an annual event. This one starts May 18.
Turf Show Times 9 hours ago

2016 NFL Odds, Super Bowl LI Odds: LA Rams QB Jared Goff Favorite For Off. Rookie Of The Year, Still Super Bowl Long Shots

With a new set of post-draft odds, the Rams' rookie QB is the favorite to follow RB Todd Gurley as the offensive rookie of the year. The Super Bowl? Not so much... The 2016 NFL Draft is in the books, and so we begin the long march toward the 2016 NFL season and Super Bowl LI. In doing so, we've already got a new set of odds to match the projections coming out of this weekend. The Rams started out as 50-1 long shots to win the Super Bowl back in February; a March update after the first surge of free agency saw no change on that front. And now following the selection of Cal QB Jared Goff...

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philly.com 4 hours ago

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