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The NFL schedule is set for official release on this coming Thursday but leaks are sure to occur before then. Already Ben Volin of the Boston Globe has all but assured us the Patriots should host the Chiefs to start the 2017 regular season on Thursday Night Football. The Falcons, he says, were also under heavy consideration to be chosen in a Super Bowl re-match but: “they are likely to open the season at home on “Sunday Night Football” to debut their new stadium”. Based on this, I immediately wondered who might be the Falcons’s opponent to open up their new stadium on Sunday night
After an embarrassing string of unsuccessful drafts extending from 2007 through 2014, the New Orleans Saints brought in ex-Miami Dolphins’ game manager, Jeff Ireland, to act as their assistant general manager. Unlike Loomis, the general manager, Ireland’s expertise is based on his scouting knowledge and draft strategy. Although the entire Saints’ scouting staff received a massive overhaul in 2015, Ireland’s presence has undoubtedly been felt. Ireland has only been with the team for two offseasons but both the 2015 and 2016 draft classes have shown promise. Before we jump into my overall takeaways, let’s recap the previous 4 drafts that Ireland has participated in (two in Miami and two in New Orelans). 2013 Players Drafted (Miami) Pick 3 – Dion Jordan – EDGE – Oregon Pick 54 – Jamar Taylor – CB – Boise State Pick 77 – Dallas Thomas – T – Tennessee Pick 93 – Will Davis – CB – Utah State Pick 104 – Jelani Jenkins – LB – Florida Pick 106 – Dion Sims – TE – Michigan State Pick 164 – Mike Gillislee – RB – Florida Pick 166 – Caleb Sturgis – K – Florida Pick 250 – Don Jones – SS – Arkansas State SUMMARY : Ireland has admitted that he didn’t expect Oakland to accept his trade offer for the 3 rd overall pick and he and his scouting staff were still undecided on the player they would select when they made the move. I find it pretty irresponsible to propose a trade to move from 12 all the way up to 3 without much of a game-plan or player in mind. However, only giving up a 1 st (12) and a 2 nd (42) to make that move was a bargain simply based on pick value. Dion Jordan was an extremely gifted prospect but injuries and performance enhancing drugs wrecked his career. This was one of Jeff Ireland’s riskiest picks and it did not pay off. Jamar Taylor never lived up to his physical capabilities in Miami, although he did become one of the league’s more promising corners when he was traded to the Browns. Dallas Thomas was a solid prospect heading into the draft with 4 years of starting experience for North Dakota State. Injuries were a concern and in retrospect, warranted. Although he occasionally flashed potential, Thomas has not developed as well as the Dolphins would have hoped. Next, Ireland traded up and selected Will Davis out of Utah. Davis has since been cut and is currently without a team. Once again, Ireland traded up to select Jelani Jenkins. Jenkins has been a solid contributor starting 33 games over the last 4 seasons. Dion Sims, used mostly as an in-line tight end, has been a consistent presence for the Dolphins starting 22 games over the last 4 seasons. Gillislee, Sturgis and Jones are no longer on the Dolphin’s active roster.
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2017 NFL Draft: Jeff Ireland’s Influence on Saints’ Draft Tendencies
After another busy weekend of college hoops the Tournament Bubble ha’s begun to shrink. I comfortably cut 10 teams out of the bubble picture this week, leaving 27 teams battling over the last 10 spots in the field.
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Bracket Projection Update: February 20
Jim Nantz is the latest victim of the hot mic. Apparently Nantz got caught on camera last month talking about the national anthem protests so widespread in the NFL right now.
Oh, what could have been for the Chicago Bulls. Dwyane Wade told reporters on Thursday that both he and LeBron James considered joining the Bulls in the summer of 2010, but the Miami Heat being able to sign both of them along with Chris Bosh changed things. Wade said Chicago was a top option in 2010 but Chris Bosh changed things for he and LeBron.
The NFL has taken a more measured approach to injuries in recent years due to the long-term ramifications of concussions. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump brought up the league’s rules in jest Wednesday after a woman in a Florida crowd fainted. CNN’s Ashley Killough captured what Trump had to say: Woman recovers after a fainting spell at Trump's rally
Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s concussion protocol
Phillies fans didn’t get a chance to give key members of the 2008 World Series championship squad like Jimmy Rollins , Chase Utley , Cole Hamels and Carlos Ruiz a proper sendoff. Fortunately, the fans finally got a chance to share their love and appreciation for the last man standing, Ryan Howard . Rollins was traded away by the Phillies to the Los Angeles Dodgers over the offseason after the 2014 season
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Craig Gibson begged.
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Will Phillies draft Lewis, small-school outfielder?