Monthly Archives: May 2018

Jason Witten Officially Announces Retirement from Football

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announced Thursday he has officially retired from the NFL after 15 seasons. 

The NFL shared comments from Witten’s press conference confirming his retirement:

ESPN.com’s Todd Archer reported Witten plans on joining the network’s Monday Night Football broadcast team as an analyst, starting with the 2018 season.

During Thursday’s press conference, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke about Witten’s impact on the franchise, calling the tight end an inspiration to him and everybody that’s ever said they were a Dallas Cowboy, per the team’s official Twitter account:

Add in the fact Ryan is seemingly just hitting his peak, and the contract doesn’t come with a ton of risk despite the high dollar amount. It’s a safe investment for the Falcons as they look to remain among the league’s elite teams in the years ahead.

Then there’s quarterback Lamar Jackson out of Louisville, the smooth pocket passer with rare elusive ability in the open field. He’s bound to sit behind Flacco and learn for a year or two, though it won’t stop the fans from chanting for him if the fading veteran starts to struggle. 

There’s a similar theme for third-round pick Orlando Brown Jr. The 6’8, 345-pound offensive tackle careened down draft boards after posting one of the worst combine performances of all time. But the son of a former Ravens tackle has interesting upside and could eventually win a starting gig at right tackle if he outplays the numbers while he develops. 

Let’s throw the second third-round Cheap China Jerseys pick Mark Andrews in here as well. Another 6’5 option at tight end, the Oklahoma product struggles as a blocker and will need some time before he can show up in base packages. 

The team made 12 picks over seven rounds and is bound to stress patience. There are plenty of intriguing upside guys, like DeShon Elliott and Greg Senat, who need Cheap Cycling Jerseys to put their heads down and go to work with the goal of making the final roster. 

What Every NFL Team’s Rookie Class Must Accomplish in 2018

The NFL’s newest influx of rookies from the 2018 NFL draft will be asked to make an impact of varying degrees by those teams that walked to the podium and announced their names in Arlington, Texas.  

Missions assigned to each rookie vary by circumstance. Some rookies only have to sit and learn for a year to the best of their ability before taking over. Others get thrown into the fray right away with the expectation being a unit-wide change, if not one reshaping an entire division and playoff outlook. 

Speaking of Big Ben, he now has third-round quarterback Mason Rudolph sitting behind him. It’s interesting, as the Steelers traded up to get him yet would have taken him rounds earlier if they truly thought he was franchise-quarterback material when Big Ben calls it quits. Rudolph is a capable player, of course, but he’ll have to convince the coaching staff he should get in games over Landry Jones if something happens to the starter. 

Now, it’s paid off in a major way, both literally and figuratively, even though his 2017 campaign wasn’t quite as strong as the prior one, posting a 91.4 passer rating with 20 touchdowns.

He’d often flashed the potential to become one of the Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men league’s Cheap Barcelona Jerseys top quarterbacks since the Falcons selected him with the third overall pick in the 2008 draft. The 2016 season was the first time he played at a top-tier level for the entire year, and he has the Most Valuable Player Award to show for it.

His success carried into that year’s playoffs, with seven touchdowns and no interceptions as Atlanta knocked off the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers to reach the Super Bowl.

The Falcons jumped out to a 28-3 lead on the New England Patriots before Tom Brady and Co. stormed back to win the title in overtime. Ryan still had another impressive showing, connecting on 73.9 percent of his throws for 284 yards and two touchdowns in the heartbreaking loss.

All told, it was a banner year for the Pennsylvania native. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn explained to Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution what he believed allowed the four-time Pro Bowl selection to reach the upper echelon of NFL signal-callers.

AAU director pleads guilty, agrees to cooperate in federal investigation

Thomas T.J. Gassnola, an AAU basketball director from Massachusetts, has pleaded guilty to one felony count of wire fraud conspiracy and has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in the federal government’s investigation into bribes and other corruption in college basketball.

Gassnola is accused of working with Adidas officials to bribe high school players — including current or former players at Kansas, Louisville and NC State — to sign with Adidas-sponsored universities and then sign endorsement deals with the shoe company upon turning pro.

That information has proven reliable and has been corroborated by law enforcement investigations in connection with this case, Mark wrote.

According to a superseding indictment filed earlier this month in a federal case against Adidas executives James Gatto and Merl Code and co-defendant Christian Dawkins, a former runner for NBA agent Andy Miller, Gassnola allegedly conspired with the others to provide at least $90,000 to the mother of former Kansas player Billy Preston between October 2016 and November 2017, and at least $20,000 to the legal guardian of current Jayhawks player Silvio De Sousa.

The indictment also alleges Gassnola and the others conspired to provide $40,000 from Adidas to the father of an NC State player in 2015. Sources told ESPN that player is current Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Offensive players not taken in the first round have a little better chance with Alvin Kamara, Dak Prescott, and Eddie Lacy winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in three of the last five years. Prior to that was a streak of nine consecutive first-round winners.

There’s also positions.

Quarterback, running back, and wide receiver are the only three positions to ever win on offense. Duh. Every spot on defense has a good shot except safety — a position that hasn’t won since 1990 — because few are able to rack up the stats to deserve it.

So with those clues in mind, here are 10 players with a good shot at making a big enough impact to get Rookie of the Year honors for the 2018 season:

First-round WR DJ Moore is a nice player, but Cheap NFL Jerseys China how much does he diversify an offense that already has so many short-area passing targets (Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, Christian McCaffrey, Curtis Samuel). Second-round CB Donte Jackson provides 4.3 speed. But at 5-11 and 178 pounds, won’t he be seriously overmatched by NFC South WRs like Cheap Authentic Jerseys Julio Jones, Michael Thomas and Mike Evans?