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Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes Reacts to NFL's Onside Kick Change Proposal on Twitter - Bleacher Report
The NFL has proposed replacing onside kicks with the option to maintain possession through a 4th-and-15 attempt twice per game...
Charlie Riedel/Associated Press The NFL has proposed replacing onside kicks with the option to maintain possession through a 4th-and-15 attempt twice per game. That was music to Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes' ears: Patrick Mahomes [email protected] and 15.... https://t.co/ESuILCqkcG The Chiefs executed a 3rd-and-15 while down 20-10 to the San Francisco 49ers with nearly seven minutes left in Super Bowl LIV. Mahomes hit Tyreek Hill to spark 21 unanswered points and a 31-20 Kansas City victory: NFL [email protected] like a butterfly, sting like a Wasp. @PatrickMahomes believed in himself, this play call, and the @Cheetah on the #SBLIV's Turning Point. @Chiefs https://t.co/xTTU7AL6OQ Mahomes, who was named Super Bowl LIV MVP, has solidified a reputation for his perhaps unparalleled big-play ability in just two full years as Kansas City's starting quarterback. With the likes of Hill, Mecole Harman, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins at Mahomes' disposal, it's hard to pinpoint a team that could benefit more from this proposed rule change than the Chiefs. The onside kick was previously adjusted in 2018, demanding teams line up five players on either side of the ball and diminishing the likelihood of onside recovery. Under that new rule, per Pro Football Talk's Michael David Smith, teams recovered just five of 79 onside kick attempts during the 2018 season.
Report: Duke HC Mike Krzyzewski Likely to Be Deposed in Zion Williamson Lawsuit - Bleacher Report
Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski may reportedly be deposed as part of Gina Ford's lawsuit against former Blue Devils star Zion Williamson...
Gerry Broome/Associated Press Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski may reportedly be deposed as part of Gina Ford's lawsuit against former Blue Devils star Zion Williamson. Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated reported the news, noting lawyers for Ford, who is with Prime Sports Marketing and used to represent Williamson, are in the discovery process of the suit and are looking into various people to potentially depose. That includes the legendary coach. "We are leaving no stones unturned, if you get my message," attorney Willie Gary said when asked if Krzyzewski will face a deposition. Forde summarized the situation, noting Williamson sued Ford and Prime Sports Marketing last June in an effort to end the representation agreement. The New Orleans Pelicans forward signed with Creative Artists Agency after entering into the agreement and said he could do so because the previous agreement violated North Carolina's Uniform Athlete Agents Act since Prime Sports is not certified as a registered athlete agent in the state. In response, Ford sued Williamson for breaking their contract and is looking for $100 million in damages. According to the attorneys Forde spoke with, proving Williamson received impermissible benefits during his time at Duke would mean he could not be covered by the Uniform Athlete Agents Act since he would not be an eligible student-athlete. The attorneys said they are seeking to prove Williamson or his family received gifts, money, housing and possibly a car. This comes after The Athletic's Daniel Wallach passed along Ford's requests for admission asking Williamson to say he received such benefits from sources such as Duke, Nike and Adidas: Daniel [email protected]: Zion Williamsons former marketing agent has served requests for admission in their lawsuit asking him to admit that he received money, benefits, favors or other things of value to attend Duke University and to wear and/or use Nike and Adidas. Wow. That escalated quickly. https://t.co/59gWX5bNKX Wallach pointed out the possibility remains this is an effort to convince the star rookie to settle: Daniel [email protected] discovery requests seem more like a veiled threat (settle or else!) than legit request to obtain relevant info to bolster claims. Timing also questionable since FL case is currently on hold against Zion Williamson while he appeals denial of personal jurisdiction motion. Forde noted Williamson was also mentioned in federal court in 2018 during a trial looking into corruption in college basketball. Adidas consultant Merl Code told Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend what Williamson's stepfather was looking for during his recruitment, which was revealed in a transcript of a wiretapped call. "I know what he's asking for," Code said. "He's asking for opportunities from an occupational perspective, he's asking for cash in the pocket and he's asking for housing for him and his family." Williamson played for Duke during the 2018-19 season and won the Associated Press Player of the Year and Wooden Award. New Orleans selected him with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NBA draft.
NFL Draft Day 3 Notebook: Trent Williams Trade Just Right for Aggressive 49ers - Bleacher Report
Offensive lineman Trent Williams wasn't one of the flashy potential stars available in this year's draft. He isn't a fast receiver or a 15-sack pass-rusher with his whole career ahead of him...
49ers GM John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan can celebrate their draft weekend, most of all because of their trade for Trent Williams.Michael Zagaris/Getty Images Offensive lineman Trent Williams wasn't one of the flashy potential stars available in this year's draft. He isn't a fast receiver or a 15-sack pass-rusher with his whole career ahead of him. Yet the 49ers' acquisition of Williams is one of the biggest moves of the entire draft. It's also, easily, one of the best. The 49ers got Williams from Washington for fifth-round pick this year and a third-rounder next year. That is startlingly little compensation for a player of Williams' caliber. The Dolphins traded offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil to the Texans in a deal that brought them two first-round picks last September. Williams is a seven-time Pro Bowler who played for 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan when he was the offensive coordinator in Washington. He knows Shanahan's zone-blocking schemes well. The 49ers made a run at Williams because tackle Joe Staley is retiring. Now, the 49ers, with an already potent running game, bring in one of the league's best offensive linemen to essentially replace their OL mainstay. It's rare for a team to lose a player the caliber of Staley and replace him with a player the caliber of Williams. It's the kind of trade that if the Patriots made it, there would be a sequel to The Odyssey written, with Bill Belichick as the hero of the story. This is a slick, aggressive and brilliant move by San Francisco. It shows a lack of satisfaction with reaching the Super Bowl last season. The 49ers are acknowledging these types of moves are needed to stay at the top of a brutal NFC West. And they didn't stop making deals after getting Williams. They traded running back Matt Breida to the Dolphins for a fifth-round pick Saturday, and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin (plus a pick) to Philadelphiafor a sixth-round pick. San Francisco was one of the most active teams of the draft. As for Williams, he hasn't played in over a year, but does anyone think he's forgotten how to play football? The 49ers might not have had the best draft (we won't know who did for years). When we look back, however, this moment might be remembered as one of the more consequential moments from this weekend. And it had nothing to do with a 4.2 40 or 35-inch arms. Failure in Washington Trent WilliamsFrederick Breedon/Getty Images You can't discuss this huge trade without looking at how Washington has handled Williams for years. Remember, the reason he vowed to never play for Washington again was because of how he felt the team mishandled his injuries. He was right to be upset. The situation was the result of a yearslong saga. This wasn't the fault of new coach Ron Rivera. He was simply left attempting to clean up the mess. In the end, what happened was simple. Washington lost a really good player because the previous regime treated Williams like he was drone and not a human being. And now he's gone. The fierce NFC West Williams enters one of the most competitive divisions not just in the NFL now, but in the recent history of the sport:
- The 49ers are the defending conference champions.
- The Seahawks have future Hall of Famer Russell Wilson and an offense that is still solid.
- The Cardinals just added DeAndre Hopkins.
- The Rams were in the Super Bowl just two years ago.
NFL Draft 2020: Round 1 Grades for Every Pick - Bleacher Report
This NFL draft, more than any other, is about hope. Hope that the Bengals are at the dawn of a new era of excitement and relevance; Hope that new coaches and regimes will ...
Sean Rayford/Associated Press Isaiah Simmons, LB/S, Clemson Strengths: Rare speed and athleticism, versatility Weaknesses:Block-shedding, box play Check out Kliff Kingsburys draft war room. It looks like the villains lair from some dystopian movie about a fake paradise in which the 1 percent raise the rest of us as livestock. It looks like the home of a Bret Easton Ellis protagonist. Its the last room you see before you are indoctrinated into the cult and spend the rest of your life harvesting mung beans. Its also the room of someone who probably has fewer responsibilities tonight than you do. Steve Keim calls the shots for the Cardinals. So Kinsgbury can just chill in the San Fernando Valley or wherever that creepy-cool pad of his is located. Simmons is the next stage in the evolution of the Tyrann Mathieu/Derwin James-type defender, capable of lining up anywhere from edge-rusher to slot cornerback effectively. That makes it fun to watch his tape and imagine what the great defensive masterminds of recent NFL history would have done with him: Bill Belichick:Deploy Simmons as a speedy, slightly undersized outside linebacker, edge-rusher and short-yardage tight end, like a 2020s version of Mike Vrabel. Every Belichick disciple who got a head coaching job, except for maybe Mike Vrabel: Sign Simmons away from the Patriots for $70 million after he has three great seasons, use him as a conventional linebacker and wonder why they are not getting the same results. Buddy Ryan:Blitz Simmons 60 times per game. Rex Ryan: Have Simmons line up like he is blitzing 60 times per game, then make him drop into coverage 50 of those times. Rob Ryan: Not tell Simmons where he's supposed to line up at all. Make him guess, sometimes running on or off the field just seconds before the snap. Tony Dungy: Give him the old Derrick Brooks role as the "Will" linebacker who operates in space, erases tight ends and slot guys in underneath coverage and blitzes exactly twice per game (and records 1.5 sacks). Every Dungy disciple who got a head coaching job: "Tampa 2 means everyone stands in their little circles and waits for the play to come to them, right? That's how it's drawn up on Madden! Simmons' circle is that one on the right." Gregg Williams:Brag about all of the different ways he will use Simmons and then line him up at free safety 30 yards behind the line of scrimmage and wait for the rest of the organization to implode. Dave Gettleman: "Say, you're one of those post-millennials, aren't you? Can you show me how to jam this DVD into a USB port so I can install software on my whatchamacallit?" Simmons is the ultimate all-purpose weapon on defense, and it's up to the Cardinals to use him that way. He must be used as a Derwin James-type nickel linebacker/slot corner/box safety/edge-rusher to be truly effective. If he's limited to any one of those roles, he will be just another solid player, not a potential superstar. We will soon get to see what Cardinals defensive coordinator Vance Joseph plans for Simmons. It will probably be something good. But the Cardinals could have solved a big problem on the offensive line with this selection. That forces us to drop their grade a bit. Grade: B
7 Players Who Could Lose Their Starting Job Because of 2020 NFL Draft - Bleacher Report
The NFL draft is annually one of the biggest events in the offseason. This is because for teams and fans alike, it represents hope. With one home-run selection, a franchise can change the course of its future for the better...
D. Ross Cameron/Associated Press Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams probably won't be traded or released over draft weekend because of his $11.1 million cap hit for 2020 and $11 million in dead money. The Western Oregon product could be out of a starting job, though, if the Raiders select one of the top wide receivers in the draft. Miller, by the way, has Las Vegas taking Alabama wideout Henry Ruggs III with the 12th overall selection. Given the depth of this year's receiver class, it wouldn't be a shock to see the Raiders double down on the position, drafting another wideout on Day 2. Such a strategy would make sense long-term, as Williams has no dead money remaining on his contract after this yearmeaning he will be easy to release. The addition of just one young wideout could be enough to push Williams out of the starting lineup, though. Rookie Hunter Renfrow emerged as one of Derek Carr's favorite targets last season, and tight end Darren Waller is a budding superstar. The Raiders also signed Nelson Agholor and Jason Witten in free agency. With a guy like Ruggs in the lineup, Williams could be bumped into the No. 3 or 4 receiver role and out of the lineup entirely in two-tight-end sets.
49ers Trade Rumors: SF Open to Dealing Both 1st-Round Picks, Fielding Calls - Bleacher Report
The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly considering trading both of their first-round picks as they look to recoup picks in the middle of this week's NFL draft. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the 49ers have been fielding calls for the selections...
Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly considering trading both of their first-round picks as they look to recoup picks in the middle of this week's NFL draft. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the 49ers have been fielding calls for the selections. They have no picks in Rounds 2-4 and are not currently slated to pick again until No. 156 overall after the No. 31 selection. The 49ers also have pick No. 13 after trading DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. San Francisco owes its second-round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs (Dee Ford) and its third- and fourth-rounders to the Denver Broncos (Emmanuel Sanders). The Sanders trade in particular stands out as a loss, with the wideout leaving the 49ers for the New Orleans Saints in free agency after playing only 10 regular-season games in San Francisco. "You never stay the same," general manager John Lynch told reporters at the draft combine. "You're either getting better or getting worse. We're into getting better. It becomes trickier with less draft equity and things of that nature, but we've got a lot of good players that are part of us moving forward as well." The 49ers' best bet at No. 13 is a quarterback, either Justin Herbert or Tua Tagovailoa, falling out of the top 10. At that point, some quarterback-needy team in the 20sJacksonville at No. 20, perhapsmay want to trade up to avoid being leapfrogged for the value. The Jaguars would likely have to give up their third-round pick (No. 73 overall) in this scenario, according to both the classic and modern draft value charts. That said, don't be surprised if Lynch is tempted to remain at No. 13particularly if the 49ers' top evaluated receiver is on the board. At least one of Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs and CeeDee Lamb is certain to be available at No. 13. All three would, on paper, fill a desperate need for a bona fide No. 1 wideout. It's unlikely that any of the three would be available in the 20s, meaning the 49ers would have to settle for a Justin Jefferson or Tee Higgins. This is considered one of the best wide receiver drafts in recent memory, but there is still a chasm between the top three and the remainder of the class. With questions being asked about Jimmy Garoppolo's viability as a franchise quarterback, sticking at No. 13 and taking a wideout is worth exploring.
Altobelli, Mauser Families Sue Helicopter Company After Crash, Allege Negligence - Bleacher Report
The surviving members of the Altobelli family and Mauser family filed wrongful death lawsuits against the helicopter company Island Express after John Altobelli , Keri Altobelli ...
Kelvin Kuo/Associated Press The surviving members of the Altobelli family and Mauser family filed wrongful death lawsuits against the helicopter company Island Express after John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli and Christina Mauser died in the same crash that killed Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna in January. TMZ Sports reported the news, noting the families say Island Express was negligent, which led to the deaths. The lawsuits are seeking damages for the stress the crash caused and for the money those who died could have earned if they survived and were still working. "The surviving family members claim Island Express negligently and carelessly breached its duty to own, lease, manage, maintain, control, entrust, charter and operate the helicopter in question in a reasonable manner," TMZ wrote. This comes after Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times reported in February that attorneys for Vanessa Bryant filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express. "Defendant Island Express Helicopters authorized, directed and/or permitted a flight with full knowledge that the subject helicopter was flying into unsafe weather conditions," the lawsuit said. The lawsuit also alleged negligence on the part of pilot Ara Zobayan, who also died in the crash and was previously cited in 2015 by the Federal Aviation Administration. TMZ noted the Los Angeles Police Department grounded its fleet of helicopters during that day because of poor weather conditions. "It appeared Island Express might very well go bankrupt because her damages are so enormous," TMZ wrote of Vanessa Bryant's lawsuit. "Their insurance policy will only cover so much." Nine people died in the crash.
Former NFL QB Jake Plummer Calls Tua Tagovailoa 'Damaged Goods' Ahead of Draft - Bleacher Report
Former Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer referred to former Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa as "damaged goods" ahead of the 2020 NFL draft...
John Bazemore/Associated Press Former Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer referred to former Alabama signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa as "damaged goods" ahead of the 2020 NFL draft. In an interview with TMZ Sports, Plummer said he would pick ex-Oregon star Justin Herbert over Tagovailoa because of Tagovailoa's injury history: "I would be leery about injuries that he's sustained already. They're not like a broken hand or a sprained wrist or something pretty similar. He's working with hips, and he's had some problems with his knees, I believe." Tagovailoa underwent a procedure on his left ankle in 2018 and his right ankle in 2019, and his 2019 season was cut short by hip surgery. Tagovailoa won a national title at Alabama in 2017 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2018 after completing 69.0 percent of his passes for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns with six interceptions. He was well on his way to being a Heisman finalist again last season, completing 71.4 percent of his attempts for 2,840 yards and 33 touchdowns with three picks in nine games. While Tagovailoa is an impressive talent, The Athletic's Bob McGinn reported Friday three NFL teams have taken him off their draft boards over durability concerns. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner and former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is the heavy favorite to be selected No. 1 overall by the Cincinnati Bengals, leaving Tagovailoa and Herbert to battle it out to be the second quarterback drafted. Plummer said Herbert may be a better prospect than Tagovailoa even without taking injuries into account: "He's also a big lump of clay. And the right coach, the right system could mold him into what I believe could be almost like the future of the QB position." Herbert wasn't as celebrated as Tagovailoa in college, but he played four seasons and put up impressive numbers last year, completing 66.8 percent of his passes for 3,471 yards and 32 touchdowns with six interceptions. The Miami Dolphins at No. 5 and Los Angeles Chargers at No. 6 figure to be in the market for a quarterback in the first round of the draft.