Daryl Worley Facing DUI, Weapons Charges After Arrest, Release from Eagles

NFL cornerback Daryl Worley has been charged with violation of the uniform firearms act, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct ‘and related offenses,’ Philadelphia police said Monday, according to Les Bowen of Philly.com.

Worley, 23, was released Sunday night by the Philadelphia Eagles after he was arrested near the team’s practice facility. Police reportedly found him sleeping in his car, and he allegedly began fighting with officers who woke him and police used a taser to subdue him, per Bowen.

Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest (6-1, 200): He had just two years of on-field experience for the Demon Deacons after redshirting as a freshman. Bates covers a lot of ground and can change directions on a dime. But his poor angles and lean build fuel concerns about his ability to stop the run. Projected: Round 2-3

Armani Watts, Texas A&M (5-11, 202): Though undersized by NFL safety standards, he has the coverage skills to stick around as an asset in nickel and dime packages. Watts could be a liability as a tackler, but his range and ability to match shifty receivers will be attractive for any team vulnerable in sub packages. Projected: Round 3-4

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce revealed Monday he had no idea his team had blown its 21-3 halftime lead in January’s Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans after he left the contest with a concussion.

Kelce, who was receiving medical attention during the second half, revealed he didn’t get caught up until he got out of an MRI, per Adam Teicher of ESPN.com:

I missed the entire second half up until the last drive. I jumped out of an MRI machine and looked at the score and (wondered), ‘What the heck is going on?’ I haven’t really peeked at the film ever since because I really don’t want to know what the heck just happened. I don’t think the people doing the MRIs and the X-rays even watch the game.

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Rob Gronkowski Still Considering Retirement?

Tight end Rob Gronkowski will not attend the beginning of the Patriots’ offseason workout program on Monday and is still contemplating whether to play in 2018, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

Gronkowski has reportedly been considering retirement this offseason, and has also been mentioned as a trade candidate. New England no longer appears open to dealing Gronkowski after shipping wideout Brandin Cooks to the Rams, but reports on the status of Gronkowski’s career have been all over the map.

When Prescott entered the league, he took advantage of playing beside Elliott and inheriting an elite line. But now it’s time for Dallas to give its QB more skill-position help so he can take the so-called next step as a complete, athletic passer. While the defensive front seven takes some priority, expect the overall haul to lean toward supporting the team’s franchise quarterback.

When Aqib Talib found out he might play for a different team in 2018, he wanted to make sure he landed somewhere that was familiar.

That was either New England, where he had success with Bill Belichick, or Los Angeles to play for his former defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.

“Well, I’m in the later half of my career and I just wanted to be comfortable. Wherever I went, I wanted to be comfortable and there was no time in the NFL where I was more comfortable playing football than with Wade Phillips,” Talib told the team website. “He’s like a guru at putting guys in position to succeed. So if I was going to go somewhere I wanted to be comfortable and I’m definitely comfortable here in L.A.”

“My point in this is 30 years ago, there wasn’t a problem in anyone’s mind from playing football. It was just a matter of being tough, and the ones who stuck it out and made the most of it. Now, what we know, is it has nothing to do with toughness and that’s a lot scarier. So I look at my career as something wonderful. I didn’t know; had I known in Year 5, I would have looked at my future a bit closer as my career unfolded.”dolphins_119

Cowboys’ 2018 draft picks: Projecting first-rounder, late-round sleepers

The Cowboys were quiet in NFL free agency thanks to limited money under the salary cap. They have the volume of picks to make a lot more noise in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Linebacker: Sean Lee is a stud on the weak side, and Jaylon Smith in 2017 showed he still has some untapped upside for the inside. The Cowboys, however, lost versatile playmaker Anthony Hitchens to the Chiefs in free agency, leaving Damien Wilson as an unappealing next best option, especially given his off-field concerns. Former Packer Joe Thomas is only a depth swing guy. The Cowboys need a well-rounded starting option, preferably one who can get to the quarterback.

Defensive tackle: Although the Cowboys have some options to support DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford on the edges with recent draft picks Charles Tapper and Taco Charlton and newcomer Kony Ealy, the interior lacks pop beyond the disruptive David Irving. Maliek Collins, signed through only 2019, is coming off a bad year and offseason foot surgery. After him, there are only some veteran retreads. Because of Irving’s pass-rush ability but limited beef, it would make sense for Dallas to think about a run-stuffing tackle to help the linebackers fill faster.

On the field, though, Bryant’s star has faded in recent campaigns. The once dominant physical wideout hasn’t surpassed 900 yards since signing a lucrative extension in 2015.

” Cowboys coaches started seeing Bryant’s overwhelming physical gifts start to slip all the way back in 2015, the injury-plagued first season of his five-year, $70 million second contract,” The MMQB’s Albert Breer wrote earlier this month. “And that hasn’t reversed itself. Three years later, at the point in his career when some players reinvent themselves by becoming craftier, Bryant’s struggle to adjust to playing at a different speed has disappointed the team.”

Bryant lacks the quickness and explosion that once made him a perennial top-five playmaker at his position. Still, Dez is bound to find a new home sooner than later — at least, he certainly seems to think so.
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Vontaze Burfict loses appeal, will serve 4-game suspension for violating NFL’s PED policy

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict has lost his appeal and will begin the 2018 season serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s PED policy, according to an NFL statement.

Ian Rapoport had previously reported that if Burfict lost his appeal, the guarantees in his three-year, $33 million contract would be void.

While Josh Allen rumors persist, the Browns are likely to take the draft’s best quarterback in Darnold. The passer the Browns take first overall will sit behind Tyrod Taylor for at least a full year.

New Giants GM Dave Gettleman drafted Christian McCaffrey with the eighth overall pick last year when he was in charge of the Panthers. Now he has a chance to draft an even better runner in Barkley. Teams have inquired about this pick, but New York seems reluctant to trade it.

When the Jets traded up to the third overall pick, they knew exactly who they were targeting. New York’s decision-makers have made multiple visits to Oklahoma this year, and they spoke at length with Mayfield at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Mayfield also has already been introduced to Jets ownership.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider are also expected to sit for deposition this month, when they will likely be asked why they canceled a workout with Kaepernick this week before signing Stephen Morris to back up Russell Wilson.

Yahoo reported earlier this week that Kaepernick himself will be deposed by NFL lawyers early next week. According to the report, Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL could drag into 2019.

Just how bad Wuerffel wants to win the U.S. Open of Football became evident after his on-campus news conference was completed. Doering, who admittedly was taking his own involvement much lighter, had agreed to a telephone interview with Sporting News that would coincide with the start of practice. When Wuerffel found out, he asked that the session get moved to a later time so Doering would not miss any snaps.seahawks_043

Michael Bennett to turn himself in Monday

A warrant was issued for Michael Bennett’s arrest, but the Eagles defensive end has been out of the country.

His attorney, Rusty Hardin, told USA Today that Bennett plans to surrender Monday.

A Houston grand jury indicted Bennett on a felony charge of injury of the elderly, stemming from an incident at last year’s Super Bowl. The charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

I want to thank God for mother and father who have supported me since I was, he said before also thanking all of Chicago.I still blame this for getting Tressell fired.The Bucs filled one of two open spots on the practice squad on Tuesday, and as usual the move addressed area on the active roster that recently lost some depth.

The New York Giants will control the direction of the 2018 NFL Draft. The Cleveland Browns are picking No. 1, of course, but pretty much everyone expects them to take a quarterback with that selection before following it up with a player at a different position when they come on the board again at No. 1. Which means Giants hold a lot the cards at No. 2.

The Giants view Saquon Barkley as a near-perfect prospect. They think he’s a better player than Ezekiel Elliott, who went No. 4 to the Cowboys in 2016. All Elliott has accomplished is average 104.6 yards in his 25 NFL games, along with 22 rushing touchdowns in two seasons. He also has an entire offense built around him. The main difference? Barkley is a far superior pass-catcher. Plus, there are absolutely no character issues or concerns with Barkley.

Jaylen Watkins signed with the Chargers, and Corey Graham isn’t expected to return. It was believed Worley could potentiall help out as a reserve safety — he has experience at the position — but his departure will necessitate the need to draft at least one defensive back, and possibly two or three, with their six draft picks. 
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Aaron Donald won’t attend start of Rams’ voluntary workouts, reports say

Aaron Donald is opting out for the start of the offseason.

According to NFL Media, the Rams defensive tackle intends to skip the team’s voluntary offseason conditioning program amid growing frustrations involving his contract.

Arizona lucks into Fitzpatrick at No. 15 overall, and he can be their immediate Tyrann Mathieu replacement with even more capability as a cornerback. If the pick is not Fitzpatrick, the Cardinals could use defensive line help.

In Ozzie Newsome’s last draft as Ravens GM, it would be fitting for him to select one last Alabama player in Round 1. Ridley is the draft’s best receiver, and he can be paired with Michael Crabtree to finally give Joe Flacco some capable weapons.

In addition, the Steelers get the Patriots at home in a rematch of last year’s controversial finish at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh also faces the AFC West and NFC South. Le’veon Bell’s contract status might become a more urgent talking point once the dates on the Steelers’ tough schedule draw closer.

Below is a breakdown of the Steelers’ schedule in 2018. Pittsburgh’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be posted after it is made available by the NFL.

Toughest tests: You know the drill by now. There will be a lot on the line in the Steelers’ home game against the Patriots, and Pittsburgh has lost the last five meetings to New England since 2013. Last year’s controversial finish aside, this has been the toughest test for most of the decade. A trip to New Orleans will be a battle of Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Ben Roethlisberger and Drew Brees, and a trip to the Black Hole to face Jon Gruden and the Raiders could rekindle that classic rivalry.seahawks_129

Robert Kraft’s Meek Mill visit puts both of NFL owners’ two faces on display

There is no end in sight for the contradictions in play among the NFL owners, players and de facto-ex-players. Exhibit No. 3,697,402 (approximate, dating back to 2016): Robert Kraft visiting Meek Mill in prison.

At one, important level, the trip by the Patriots owner to the imprisoned rapper fits neatly into his recent history, and it illuminates the work of the Players Coalition over the past year-plus. A straight line can be drawn from players like Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins and Devin McCourty — even before it was officially labeled a coalition — advocating for sentencing reform, to directly engaging politicians, to pushing owners to back them up, to Kraft turning words into actions.

Edge rusher: Clayborn was a good get, but he did most of his sack damage for the Falcons in a situational rotational role. Returning end Trey Flowers led a productive committee with 6 1/2 of the team’s 42 sacks, but New England’s pass rush overall last season was inconsistent.

Cornerback: McCourty replaces Butler in the short term, but he becomes a 31-year-old free agent in 2019. Behind Stephon Gilmore and McCourty, there’s Eric Rowe, also in a contract year, and not much else. That makes corner a priority position for multiple selections.

The Saints also signed tight end Ben Watson this offseason, hoping to give Brees more options in the red zone. Meredith and Watson are both 6-3, and Michael Thomas, the team’s top-returning receiver, is also 6-3.

With Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr. and Meredith on board, the Saints will now have more flexibility in this month’s NFL Draft. New Orleans has no second-round pick after trading up to select running back Alvin Kamara last season.

Back in February, Kraft and his son, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, co-authored a Boston Globe op-ed pushing for juvenile justice reform. At a criminal justice reform symposium at Harvard Law School last month attended by several NFL players, McCourty told a panel that the younger Kraft said to him, “My family has owned the Patriots, I’ve done well, great upbringing, (but) I had no idea about some of the things that went on.”seahawks_011

Think about this for a second: Tom Brady, the best quarterback of all time, currently has an average salary of $20.5 million per season.

Yes, that’s quite a bit of money. Almost as much as the 10-Point Stance editorial staff makes.

However…

Shurmur acknowledged Beckham’s presence Monday, and Manning and Collins both participated in conference calls with the media. The Giants also indirectly confirmed the attendance of numerous other players on their social media accounts by posting photos of their arrivals and in the team’s weight room.

Shurmur is not permitted to force his players to attend per restrictions established by the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, and therefore, the Giants do not take attendance, at least not for public consumption.

But Shurmur has not hid his belief of just how important showing up Monday was, especially with the Giants ushering in a new era with Shurmur’s offense, coordinator James Bettcher’s defense and a locker room that ended last season’s 3-13 campaign badly in need of repair.

He said Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is having issues because he needs God.

There are numerous problems with this statement, but the most obvious one is that Lewis was once charged with two counts of murder. He eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after lying in that murder investigation.

Meanwhile, Beckham has never been arrested. Aside from some odd videos and pictures, he has never gotten into a whiff of trouble off the field.

Yet he’s the one being accused of acting godlessly? Really?

This has become increasingly common with Beckham. People in the media are making him out to be a bad dude, one who’s in need of saving. He has his faults, but we should remember that he’s not, well, Lewis.la_kings_011