Sport Brandin Cooks Is a Ram, David Johnson In Ready, Another Reason Lamar Jackson Has a Great Shot at Round 1

05:35  07 april  2018
05:35  07 april  2018 Source:   si.com

Lack of agent may be hurting Lamar Jackson

  Lack of agent may be hurting Lamar Jackson <p>Quarterback Lamar Jackson decided that he didn’t need an agent. Some teams may be wishing he’d made a different decision.</p>Quarterback Lamar Jackson decided that he didn’t need an agent. Some teams may be wishing he’d made a different decision.

Brandin Cooks Is a Ram , David Johnson In Ready , Another Reason Lamar Jackson Has a Great Shot at Round 1 .

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10. Lamar Jackson Pro Day Reaction

Louisville’s pro day was last week, but questions about Jackson have persisted.

Our Jonathan Jones wrote a great piece earlier this week about the active role Jackson’s mother has taken (and continues to take) in her son’s football career, and what it could mean for Jackson’s draft prospects. Perhaps just as telling about Jackson’s draft prospects is the Brandin Cooks trade to L.A. (spoiler: that’s Story No. 1 on this week’s list). The Rams are trading draft picks for potentially expensive veteran stars because Jared Goff, still on his rookie deal, is drastically cheaper than even a middle-tier veteran QB. The cap savings with QBs on their rookie deal is a huge financial advantage that teams are playing to more and more. The Seahawks had great success building around Russell Wilson from 2012-15. The Eagles are benefitting from a cheap Carson Wentz. Because having a quality QB on a rookie deal means the freedom to sign two or three other marquee players, and because with first-rounders those four-year rookie deals can be extended to a still fairly cap-friendly fifth year, there is more incentive than ever for teams to reach for a quarterback in Round 1. It’s good news for Jackson and maybe even Mason Rudolph. With quarterbacks, teams sometimes aren’t drafting the player as much as they’re drafting the position.

Lamar Jackson’s stock reportedly climbing, expected to go in first round

  Lamar Jackson’s stock reportedly climbing, expected to go in first round Lamar Jackson has been somewhat of a mystery as we inch closer to the NFL Draft, but apparently he has a good chance of being selected very early. Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reported over the weekend that Jackson’s stock is rising and he could be picked as early as No. 15 overall, with the Arizona Cardinals in need of a quarterback of the future.Lots of talk and confusion around Lamar Jackson. My understanding however, in regards to his draft stock, is that it continues to trend upward. Hard to imagine him falling him out of the 1st round. He could pretty high as well — think about ARZ at 15 as a possibility.

Rams Receive: WR Brandin Cooks , fourth- round pick (no. 135 overall). Lamar Jackson ’s Decision to Not Hire an Agent Could Blaze a Trail. Every Quarterback Prospect Has a Red Flag.

Michael Lombardi and Tate Frazier discuss the Patriots trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams (07:15) and Lamar Jackson as the wild card among quarterbacks in the draft (20:30). This Article has a component height of 6. The sidebar size is medium.

• LAMAR JACKSON, HIS MOTHER, AND THE PLAN THEY’VE ALWAYS HAD: A look at their past, and how it is shaping their unique approach to the NFL draft.

9. Titans New Uniforms

Most notably, new helmets! Out with the old, in with the blue.

I love Tennessee’s new look. After the Bills and Chargers changed uniforms a few years ago, seven of the NFL’s 32 teams had white helmets. That’s too many. This new, duller shade of blue makes the Titans look more intimidating.

8. Raiders Cut Marquette King, the Dancing Punter

King was a 2016 second-team All-Pro and one of the best known specialists in the league. He has since signed with Denver.

I would love to hear how this news was broken to King, as Gruden can’t speak to the players yet. Too bad. I envisioned him sitting Kind down and saying, “You’re getting dumped, but it’s not you. It’s your personality.”

Twitter reacts to Pats trading WR Cooks to Rams

  Twitter reacts to Pats trading WR Cooks to Rams The Rams are all in in 2018. They've traded for two elite cornerbacks in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib.&nbsp;The Rams are all in in 2018. They've traded for two elite cornerbacks in Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. They signed Ndamukong Suh after he was cut by the Dolphins, and now they will trade the 23rd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft for Brandin Cooks. They should probably sign Cooks to an extension since he'll be a free agent after this season. The Patriots, on the other hand, now have four picks in the first two rounds of this year's draft. Twitter took the news just about as we'd expect.

Per multiple reports, that the Rams and Patriots have agreed to a trade that will send Brandin Cooks to Los Angeles. There is a reason why this is his 3rd team in 3 years. Can’t believe the rams were dumb enough to give up a 1 st rounder .

By sending their first- rounder to the Patriots for Brandin Cooks , the Rams added a high-end wide receiver and another big-ticket item on their to-do list. And it appears they may be ready to do something about this one .

7. Falcons Nearing Extension With Matt Ryan

After Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins reset the QB market, the Falcons QB is next up to become the NFL’s highest-paid player.

Gary Gramling made a great point on our MMQB 10 Things podcast recently: Remember that when Ryan was coming out of Boston College in 2008, the concern was that he might not be an accurate enough passer. That’s hard to imagine now—Ryan is one of the game’s preeminent timing and rhythm throwers. Locking him up for another few years is a no-brainer. You could argue that Atlanta, with its fast, young defense and star-studded running and passing game, should be the NFC’s Super Bowl favorites entering 2018.

• THE QUESTIONS FOR THE TOP SIX QB PROSPECTS: And looking for answers when it comes to the passers in this year’s draft.

6. League Office Sharing Next Gen Stats

The NFL will share the past two years of their player tracking data with all 32 teams. The data is collected from RFID tracking devices in every player’s shoulder pads.

Rams already interested in extending Brandin Cooks

  Rams already interested in extending Brandin Cooks By sending their first-rounder to the Patriots for Brandin Cooks, the Rams added a high-end wide receiver and another big-ticket item on their to-do list. And it appears they may be ready to do something about this one.According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the Rams “have already expressed interest” in extending Cooks’ contract. He’s currently working on the option year of his rookie deal, and will make $8.5 million this season.

The Rams star has long been a matchup nightmare for opposing offenses. Trading for Brandin Cooks Shows the Rams Are All In. Lamar Jackson ’s Decision to Not Hire an Agent Could Blaze a Trail.

The Ringer's Michael Lombardi and Tate Frazier discuss the Patriots trading Brandin Cooks to the Rams (07:15) and Lamar Jackson as the wild card among BOSTON -- After trading Brandin Cooks Tuesday night, the Patriots find themselves with multiple 1 st round picks for the first time since 2012.

This is interesting advanced data since it’s not judgement-based. Something to keep in mind, though: You don’t always get apples to apples when comparing NFL player data. Different schemes and supporting casts can greatly impact how a player approaches the game. That’s why coaches use advanced data as background and filler, but never as a replacement for film study.

5. Offseason Workouts Begin

The Cardinals and Bears began offseason workout programs on Tuesday. (All NFL teams will get going by April 16.)

With the CBA limiting practice times and offseason work, these programs are more important than ever. Which teams can be most efficient with the time? And which teams can be most creative with fudging the rules? I heard a story about a coach in the early 2000s (which, granted, was under a different CBA and with a league-friendlier NFLPA) who got around a rule that prohibited offense vs. defense drills by teaching his trainers and administrative staffs some defensive schemes. Those trainers and administrative staffers formed an 11-man unit for the offense to work against. So, technically, there was no offense vs. defense. A trainer once got run over by a fullback, but other than that, it sounded like everything worked out fine.

Patriots reportedly not going to trade for Beckham

  Patriots reportedly not going to trade for Beckham The New England Patriots trading Brandin Cooks and loading up on a high draft pick has led to plenty of speculation about what is next to come. Will the Pats package some of their top picks for something else?Almost immediately after news was reported that New England had traded Cooks and a fourth-round pick to the Rams for a first and sixth-round pick, people started speculating that the Pats could make a run for Odell Beckham Jr. After all, they now have two late first-round picks (Nos. 23 and 31) that reportedly are required for Beckham.

Brandin Cooks Trade: The Domino Effect on the Rams , Patriots, Giants, 2018 Draft - Sports “We discussed [cornerback] Trumaine Johnson with New Orleans, but we could not trump New Imagine, say, Lamar Jackson having the chance to watch and soak in what it takes to be great from Brady for

Maybe Cooks would’ve caught another game-winning touchdown. Sadly, we’ll never know, and neither will Brandin . That probably stings for him even more than it does for us. But Belichick could have his eyes on someone projected to go lower in the first round , such as Lamar Jackson .

4. David Johnson Is Back

The Cardinals star running back has been fully cleared from his 2017 wrist injury and was recently filmed doing kettlebell lifts.

The Cardinals have a ton of needs on offense, but with a veteran QB (Sam Bradford, fingers crossed) and an upper-tier defense, reincorporating a superstar like Johnson could be enough to make them playoff contenders in 2018. It will be interesting to see how GM Steve Keim approaches this draft.

3. Gronk Not Done Yet

After teasing that he might retire after the Super Bowl, Rob Gronkowski said he is “pretty certain” he will return this season, although the burgeoning trade rumors mean there’s a chance it won’t be with the Patriots.

I’d be surprised if Gronkowski isn’t a Patriot in 2018. Two years ago, Bill Belichick told me that, next to quarterback, tight end is the most intellectually challenging position in New England’s scheme, and he had great admiration for the mental workload Gronkowski handled. Teammates and coaches love Gronk—when he’s at work, he’s the consummate professional. Even if Gronkowski has grown unhappy as a Patriot, it won’t impact how he approaches his craft. And let’s not forget: He still performs that craft better than anyone, and on an affordable contract (cash of $8.9 million, cap hit of $10.9, according to Spotrac). With Brandin Cooks gone, Gronkowski and Chris Hogan are New England’s lone vertical threats (assuming Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson remain ancillary backups, which is likely.) The only way Gronkowski becomes even a little bit expendable is if the Patriots decide to go all-in on the underneath passing game they featured a few years ago. With Julian Edelman 32 years old and coming off a knee injury, I doubt they commit to that approach—or any particular aerial approach—until the regular season.

Brady reportedly not upset about Pats trading Cooks

  Brady reportedly not upset about Pats trading Cooks The New England Patriots have already lost wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks this offseason, which has left some wondering if Tom Brady will be upset about losing two productive targets.&nbsp;The New England Patriots have already lost wide receivers Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks this offseason, which has left some wondering if Tom Brady will be upset about losing two productive targets. At least with the latter, Brady is apparently not losing any sleep.

Lamar Jackson , the Louisville quarterback and 2016 Heisman winner projected to go somewhere in the first round , has the potential to alter the league with his play. Trading for Brandin Cooks Shows the Rams Are All In. Josh Rosen Is Every Bit the NFL- Ready Passer He’s Always Been.

2. Cooks , the talented receiver acquired from the Saints for a first- round pick in the offseason, delivered a Here, it’s another chapter in the volumes that make the irrefutable case that Brady is the greatest quarterback ever to play. Might have cost the Texans a shot at a tying field goal.

2. Ravens sign RG3

Baltimore added Robert Griffin III on a one-year deal to backup Joe Flacco, replacing Ryan Mallett.

Football-wise, this is a big change for the Ravens. In Ryan Mallett, they had an ersatz Joe Flacco. Stylistically, their offense didn’t change when Mallett came in. Now, their offense will change nearly 180 degrees if backup Robert Griffin takes the field. (That’s a big if, by the way. Griffin couldn’t make an NFL roster last year, there’s no promise he’ll ultimately make Baltimore’s). The Griffin signing also reopens the Colin Kaepernick debate. It’s hard to imagine the Ravens truly believing that Griffin is the superior player. Griffin and Kaepernick have similar flaws, but Griffin’s are worse. Plus, Kaepernick’s strengths are more dynamic than Griffin’s. The Ravens’ most honest argument, which they can’t publicly make given their role in the ongoing Kaepernick collusion case, is: If we sign Kaepernick, we get waves of protesters against him and the legions of media that come with it. That’s disruptive, and Kaepernick isn’t far enough ahead of Griffin as a player to justify it. This story is likely to get bigger before it gets smaller.

• WILL RG3 REBOUND IN BALTIMORE?: Or is he just another placeholder for the Ravens’ lukewarm offense?

1. Patriots trade Cooks to the Rams

The Patriots traded WR Brandon Cooks and fourth-round draft pick to the Rams for the 23rd overall pick and a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.

For analysis, read this Peter King article. Or this Albert Breer article. Or this Andy Benoit article. Or, for a Patriots perspective, this Conor Orr article. The MMQB was pretty thorough on this one.

• Question or comment? Email us at talkback@themmqb.com.

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Dez Bryant says Jared Goff ‘is going to be special,’ joining Rams would be fun .
<p>If adding Ndamukong Suh, Brandin Cooks, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib wasn't enough for one offseason, the Los Angeles Rams could add yet another Pro Bowler to the roster prior to the draft. Dez Bryant, following his release from the Dallas Cowboys on Friday, is an unrestricted free agent and can be signed at any time by any team.</p>After acquiring Brandin Cooks via trade, the Rams look like unlikely candidates to land Bryant. After all, they have the least amount of cap space, are deep at wide receiver and don't exactly need to add yet another strong personality to the locker room.

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