NFL 2019: Draft

The newest member of the Carolina Panthers is ... DT Gerald McCoy! One year, $8.5M.

I honestly thought he'd sign with Cleveland because the Browns stg look like they might be pretty good this year. But I'll take him. Sixty percent (rounded up) of vintage Gerald McCoy is still a better-than-average D-lineman.

I'd love to know what tipped his personal balance in favor of the Panthers.

Panthers DT depth chart now has Kawaan Short, Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, and 2016 1st round pick Vernon Butler (who hasn't worked out yet, but still has potential.)

And now they've added Bruce Irvin and Brian Burns as the bookend edge rushers, which should beat the Mario Addison and Wes Horton combo of last year. Addison's still there as a rotational guy.

Even if neither Poe nor McCoy are the guys they used to be, that's still a good rotation next to Short, and the edge pressure should help the interior group.

*Legion* wrote:

Yeah all these starting QBs waited until Blake Bortles wasn't a starter anymore before instigating a beer chugging competition between them. They knew they were outmatched until then.

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*Legion* wrote:

Jags signed Terrelle Pryor, who of course is going to get his career back on track and flourish.

Yup, that's what's gonna happen.

If he's got his head straightened out he is indeed a hard worker and could be Foles' poor man Alshon Jeffrey.

*Legion* wrote:

Panthers DT depth chart now has Kawaan Short, Dontari Poe, Gerald McCoy, and 2016 1st round pick Vernon Butler (who hasn't worked out yet, but still has potential.)

And now they've added Bruce Irvin and Brian Burns as the bookend edge rushers, which should beat the Mario Addison and Wes Horton combo of last year. Addison's still there as a rotational guy.

Even if neither Poe nor McCoy are the guys they used to be, that's still a good rotation next to Short, and the edge pressure should help the interior group.

Butler's on the way out (Carolina announced earlier that it won't pick up his option for next year), fyi.

Another wrinkle: Now that Rivera's back coaching the D, he's going to throw in some 3-4 looks to go with the Panthers' standard 4-3. He was tinkering with some of the stuff at the end of the season, which is one reason why Carolina gave up just 33 points in the final three games against NO-ATL-NO*.

Had Cam been able to throw more than 10 yards downfield, Carolina would have won that first NO game. I'm still mad about that one.

* NO rested a lot of its key starters, and someone named Bridgewater started for Brees.

Enix wrote:

Butler's on the way out (Carolina announced earlier that it won't pick up his option for next year), fyi.

That doesn't necessarily mean he's out, only that he hasn't shown enough for the team to commit to paying him like an upper echelon player at his position next year. There have been plenty of guys who had their option years declined, but ended up re-signing with their teams on deals more in line with their value. (Like Niners glass-boned safety Jimmie Ward, for one)

Enix wrote:

The newest member of the Carolina Panthers is ... DT Gerald McCoy! One year, $8.5M.

I honestly thought he'd sign with Cleveland because the Browns stg look like they might be pretty good this year. But I'll take him. Sixty percent (rounded up) of vintage Gerald McCoy is still a better-than-average D-lineman.

I'd love to know what tipped his personal balance in favor of the Panthers.

I'm guessing the opportunity to beat the hell out of the Bucs twice next year had something to do with it.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Enix wrote:

The newest member of the Carolina Panthers is ... DT Gerald McCoy! One year, $8.5M.

I honestly thought he'd sign with Cleveland because the Browns stg look like they might be pretty good this year. But I'll take him. Sixty percent (rounded up) of vintage Gerald McCoy is still a better-than-average D-lineman.

I'd love to know what tipped his personal balance in favor of the Panthers.

I'm guessing the opportunity to beat the hell out of the Bucs twice next year had something to do with it.

Probably. But eyes on the prize: Beating the Saints twice (or three times) next year is the real goal.

Eagles extend Wentz for a total contract of 6 years, $154.7 mil. Ends up being behind Russel Wilson and Aaron Rodgers, but ahead of Kirk Cousins and Jimmy Garopolo. Sounds about right.

About 2/3 of it is guaranteed.

Yeah there's almost nothing to say about that deal. Wentz will still play out the rest of his rookie deal (cheap this year, plus his option year in 2020), and this tacks 4 more years on to the end of it. Keeping the option year means he costs $22.8 mil in 2020, then averages $32 mil/year over the 4 new years. Basically lets them keep 2020's cap hit down, not a surprising move for a team recently off a Super Bowl win and hoping to get back in the same window.

Texans Fire their GM after one season and after all the important off season stuff. Clearly not satisfied with the Jets stealing their thunder.

Derp

TheGameguru wrote:

Texans Fire their GM after one season and after all the important off season stuff. Clearly not satisfied with the Jets stealing their thunder.

I don't think they ever really wanted him as GM, he was just the emergency option available when Rick Smith left due to his wife's cancer.

I appreciated Gaine leaving Jawaan Taylor on the board to fall to the Jags, taking Tytus Howard in round 1 instead.

More offseason fun:

Kellen Winslow Jr found guilty of rape.

Insane.

The Tyreek Hill case has become more complicated, but I still think it's going to (and should) end with a 4 game suspension.

WHB EXCLUSIVE: TYREEK HILL DID NOT BREAK SON’S ARM

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill did not break his three-year-old son’s arm last January, and neither did his fiancée, Crystal Espinal. According to multiple sources close to the investigation, Hill and Espinal were cleared of any role in the broken bone injury almost immediately after the investigation began in March.

Investigators quickly agreed with the medical staff that the broken bone was the result of typical accident involving a rambunctious toddler, consistent with reaching out to brace for a fall.

The investigation into Hill and Espinal began weeks after the broken bone was first treated, when Espinal, according to sources, asked a third party to call authorities and tell them that Hill was responsible for the boy’s injury. Espinal has admitted she was trying to shame Hill because in her mind, he had become too controlling and abusive again in their long and stormy relationship.

Hill and Espinal are currently separated and neither has custody of the boy at this time.

The investigation into the couple’s parenting accelerated when Overland Park police checked on the boy in March and found bruises and welts on his body. Both Hill and Espinal have admitted to investigators that they spanked the 3 year old with their hands and a belt, but prosecutors can’t determine for sure which parent, or if both, went too far.

In April Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe held a press conference to announce criminal charges wouldn’t be brought against Hill or Espinal but stated he believed a crime was committed against the boy and it was believed the crime was about the broken arm. It was not. Howe’s team has halted working on the case as they still can’t bring charges for bruising and harming the boy.

During the news conference Howe said several times that he could not comment about any injuries to the boy whose privacy is protected by law.

I think that the is still going to be suspended for the corporal punishment of his son, which has been observed to have gone too far, at least in the minds of the officers that observed the bruises and welts. The fact that they cannot tell who was responsible means that Hill bears some responsibility, at least. He had admitted, along with his, now former, fiancée, that they have used their hands and belts to punish their son.

It's not good. My wife and I raised our daughter without ever using physical punishment. For me, I considered spanking and corporal punishment to still be an option, but Teresa made it clear, before we even married, that it was not going to be an option, ever. Neither she, not her brothers, were ever spanked.

I, however, was beaten with a belt, maybe not often, but it was not rare. I was spanked, slapped, and pushed around. But it was not the go to punishment, by any means. There were a couple of moments my parents have apologized to me for later, though. One thing that was absolutely true was that they spanked and hit me out of anger. It was not mere punishment. They both fully admit that now, and wish they had done differently.

But none of this was a secret. It was how my friends were raised. I never, at any point, felt like I was abused. While they may have struck me in anger, it was always punishment. It was never acting out because they were having a bad day or drunk. I was in therapy doing middle school, after getting caught with drugs at school, and I think the conversations my folks had with the psychologist changed their view on spanking.

I think parents that spank deserve a chance to correct their behavior. And, unless someone is changing documents to make the story good, which is possible, this was not a case of either parent breaking their son's arm. But it did lead to a welfare check-up by police that led to a new investigation of abuse.

And I think there is enough there to suspend Hill for personal conduct. I'm guessing 4 games, but it might be six. It still makes rooting for Mahomes and the Chiefs this season more complicated in ways I wish they weren't.

Packers and Raiders are playing a pre-season game in Winnipeg this August. Weird.

If my experience at Lambeau is any indication, I'd say there will be a lot of Green and Gold in the stands.

Jayhawker wrote:

If my experience at Lambeau is any indication, I'd say there will be a lot of Green and Gold in the stands.

I thought that green-and-gold was Edmonton, not Winnipeg.

Certis wrote:

Packers and Raiders are playing a pre-season game in Winnipeg this August. Weird.

What's so odd about that? Acting like it's Mexico or Canada..

oh wait..

Certis wrote:

Packers and Raiders are playing a pre-season game in Winnipeg this August. Weird.

It's going to confuse the heck out of the TV broadcast crew why Carson Wentz is in the stands watching this game.

*Legion* wrote:
Certis wrote:

Packers and Raiders are playing a pre-season game in Winnipeg this August. Weird.

It's going to confuse the heck out of the TV broadcast crew why Carson Wentz is in the stands watching this game.

I'm pretty sure this means we all have to chip in and send Certis a Wentz jersey to wear to the game, right?

As if there was any other team to feature this year.

Espinal has admitted she was trying to shame Hill because in her mind, he had become too controlling and abusive again in their long and stormy relationship.

I get you want to think the best of a player on your team.. we all suffer from that.. but I fear any coddling of this with a minimal amount of punishment and corrective behavior will only lead to something even worse down the line.

Enabling and excusing the behaviors will not fix the problem.

TheGameguru wrote:

Enabling and excusing the behaviors will not fix the problem.

Crystal Espinal: "He is terrified of you."

Tyreek Hill: "You need to be terrified of me, too, bitch. That's why you can't keep a f*cking man."

Yeah, I don't think I'm ever going to get past that. I don't see much evidence to make me believe this is a non-abusive environment with parents who just happen to have corporal punishment views that have been slow to evolve.

Jayhawker wrote:
*Legion* wrote:
Certis wrote:

Packers and Raiders are playing a pre-season game in Winnipeg this August. Weird.

It's going to confuse the heck out of the TV broadcast crew why Carson Wentz is in the stands watching this game.

I'm pretty sure this means we all have to chip in and send Certis a Wentz jersey to wear to the game, right?

Probably would get recognized easier if it was a back brace instead.

Aldon Smith is back at it with a new DUI arrest.

January 2012: DUI
June 2012: Stabbed, 3 felony counts of illegal weapons possession
September 2013: DUI
April 2014: Made bomb threat to LAX
August 2015: DUI, hit and run
March 2017: Public intoxication
March 2018: Domestic violence, assault, false imprisonment, vandalism
April 2018: DUI
June 2019: DUI

Why does he still have a license? Why does his car not require a breathalyzer? Why does his agent not just pay for a full time driver? I am all for second chances, but this guy has had at least 5 chances. And those are only the times he got caught!

LeapingGnome wrote:

Why does he still have a license? Why does his car not require a breathalyzer? Why does his agent not just pay for a full time driver? I am all for second chances, but this guy has had at least 5 chances. And those are only the times he got caught!

Because he's a (former?) professional athlete who has been coddled and faced no consequences for anything since at least high school.

FO posted their 2018 Adjusted Interceptions article.

Key takeaways are Mahomes and Carr should've thrown more picks, Blake Bortles was the league's most unlucky QB and Mayfield should throw less INTs this coming season.