Fansided: Jakeem Grant is not 100% but can still blow by defenders
Jakeem Grant is not 100%. He will tell you this. He is out practicing every day with his teammates but he knows there are limitations that he is putting on himself and the team as well.
Grant is working to recover from his season ending 2018 injury. An injury that he says was fortunate not to be an Achille's tear. Now, as the team progresses their off-season workouts, Grant is getting up to speed. Literally.
"I can get up to full gear. I'm still, with the injury and with me not being 100 percent, I can still easily run past guys.
Bolts From The Blue: How improved do you think the Chargers defense is from this offseason?
The 2019 Los Angeles Chargers (save a late signing and eventual cuts) are now in place. And defensively, they have made some big changes. They were already one of the National Football League's best units. They ranked 8th in Football Outsiders' DVOA (7th if you prefer the weighted variety), were 9th in yards allowed per game, and were 8th in points allowed per game.
They made an enormous addition by subtraction move in letting go of safety Jahleel Addae early in the offseason. They added one of the top free safety prospects from the NFL Draft by snagging Nasir Adderley of Delaware in the 2nd round.
Fansided: Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes respond to 2023 NFL Draft coming to Kansas City
During Thursday's media sessions with reporters, various members of the Kansas City Chiefs roster and staff expressed their excitement and support for the recent news that K.C. had been awarded the chance to host the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Kansas City region had attempted to serve as host city for the traveling three-day event to bring the NFL Draft to town, but they missed out in 2018 to Dallas and this year to Nashville. Kansas City maintained interest all the while, even as they were spurned each time despite being lauded for their proposals, and their endurance paid off when NFL owners approved the site in 2023 during the recent spring owners' meetings in Key Biscayne, Florida.
Big Cat Country: Josh Allen likely to miss remainder of OTAs with knee injury
The Jaguars completed their first week of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Friday, and while you can expect to likely hear more about the team's major off season acquisition on offense in quarterback Nick Foles, don't expect to hear much else regarding their biggest defensive addition, as first-round pick Josh Allen likely will be on the sidelines.
Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Jaguars will be keeping the seventh overall pick out of any drill work the remainder of the spring practices following a knee bruise he suffered on day one of team workouts.
Packers Talk: The curious case of Josh Jones
The third-year safety out of NC State is a no-show thus far at OTAs. The report this week is his intention to be traded for a "fresh start". With his departure seeming to be imminent, who could replace Jones in the Packers lineup, and why would he want to leave in the first place?
Jones backed up both the safety and linebacker positions, so who could Green Bay bring in to provide depth? Ibraheim Campbell spent the latter stages of last season as the veteran pickup-who-came-late-and-knows-the system-guy. Familiar with Mike Pettines' scheme from their days together in Cleveland, Campbell played his role last year as a solid depth option.
Fansided: Have the Detroit Lions done enough at running back?
Prior to coming to the Motor City this offseason to become the Detroit Lions' newest offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell spent12 of the past 13 years as the OC for two different NFL franchises. Those being the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks.
During his time with each organization, Bevell had two future Hall of Fame running backs on his roster. With the Vikings, it was Adrian Peterson. With the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch. Both amazing runners had the best seasons of their professional careers under the watchful eye of Bevell. And now the 49-year old coach is bringing his talents to Motown.
Blogging The Boys: Poll: Who should be QB2 for the Cowboys be in 2019?
We didn't realize it at the time, but things were great from a pun perspective when the quarterback depth chart for the Cowboys behind Dak Prescott read Cooper Rush and Kellen Moore. We had RushMoore, for crying out loud (I regret nothing).
Kellen Moore has since followed the path that almost every quarterback ever for America's Team has taken, he's become a coach for the team. Kellen is in fact the team's offensive coordinator during his second year wearing a polo on the sidelines, Jason Garrett is obviously the team's head coach, and Jon Kitna joined the staff this offseason to coach the quarterbacks.
Fansided: Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield epically trolls Colin Cowherd
Colin Cowherd started a Twitter war with Baker Mayfield even before the Cleveland Browns made him the No. 1 pick overall in the 208 NFL Draft. Mayfield has since made a habit of proving Cowherd, and any other doubters wrong about him.
After Cowherd said that Mayfield had "Marginal size and athleticism" and shouldn't be a No. 1 pick in any sport, the quarterback simply replied with the comment "Well it happened bud. Have a nice day!"
From there, the feud only grew. Cowherd tried to call Baker a bad teammate on his show and was slammed by Mayfield who accused him of cherry-picking moments to support his opinion rather than looking at the facts.
Fansided: Buffalo Bills: Top 6 players on the roster right now
Through the ups and downs of last season, there is one takeaway that I noticed after the beatdown of the Miami Dolphins in Week 17: "Next season is the next stage after the down year."
The Buffalo Bills finished 6-10, third in the division behind the Dolphins and the New England Patriots. From drafting their hopeful franchise quarterback, living through different interception nightmares and discovering no-name talents near the end of the season, the Bills are taking it slowly in the right direction.
The Bills had a busy offseason. Bringing in free agents and draft picks to build the culture that Sean McDermott wants.
Fansided: Arizona Cardinals head coach has done well with quarterbacks
Back in January, the Arizona Cardinals hiring of Kliff Kingsbury was criticized by many of the league's pundits. Many skeptics believe that the 39-year old will fail as a head coach in the desert. But while Kingsbury's won-loss record (35-40) as Texas Tech's main man was not impressive, his track record with quarterbacks certainly is.
When Cards' team President Michael Bidwill and general manager Steve Keim set out to replace Steve Wilks, they had something specific in mind. The club had a young passer, Josh Rosen, who needed to be steered in the right direction. Kingsbury appeared to be the perfect choice for the job, although it's now Kyler Murray who will need that guidance.
SI.com: 'The Replacements' Is Both a Bad Football Movie and a Bad Romantic Comedy
Was Keanu Reeves the most convincing actor playing a quarterback in modern cinematic times?
Conor Orr, alongside Mitch Goldich and Jessica Smetana, dissect this pressing question and more in the latest episode of Bad Football Movies. The Replacements (2000) starring Reeves and Gene Hackman is both a bad football movie, and a bad romantic comedy shoved into one, making it the perfect film to digest with a few beers.
During the viewing experience, some important questions were raised: Could four NFL players flip over a pickup truck?
Fansided: Redskins: Why Kelvin Harmon fell in the 2019 NFL Draft
In the leadup to the 2019 NFL Draft, Kelvin Harmon was considered by many to be a likely Day 2 pick at the receiver position. The big-bodied man from NC State had posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons and appeared to have the makings of a strong possession receiver for the NFL level.
However, Harmon didn't go on Day 2 of the draft. He didn't even go early on Day 3. He suffered a very big fall and was finally taken by the Redskins late in the sixth round of the draft. It was considered by many to be a great value pick by the 'Skins.
Fansided: Which UDFA hit could upgrade the Tennessee Titans?
By my count, the Tennessee Titans have added 19 UDFAs to the roster once you add tryout guys and take away some guys who ended up cut or on IR.
These players are important because there is a good chance that at least one or two of them make the opening roster. So, what is the best case scenario?
I'm not calling for the Hall of Fame for any of these players, but what if one of them hits? What if one of them turns into the next Phillip Lindsay, Keelan Cole, Taysom Hill, or Robby Anderson?
Fansided: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy making AFC North rounds
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and recently released defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has been a busy man since departing from the team who made him the third overall pick back in 2010. Earlier this week, the Buccaneers cut McCoy, saving $13 million in cap space, then signed Ndamukong Suh to a one-year deal worth up to $10 million.
Since being released, McCoy has had at least ten teams interested in his services. It was also leaked that McCoy could be looking at a payday greater than Suh's check he is about to cash.
Field Gulls: Poll: Which 2018 Seahawks draft pick will have the "sophomore surge"?
Many of you (as is natural) are surely hyped up over the 2019 Seattle Seahawks draft class, with former Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf as one of the hopefuls to make an instant impact for the team when September rolls around. There is, however, the matter of the maturation of the previous draft class.
The best-performing Seahawks rookie from 2018 was punter Michael Dickson, who's already the greatest punter to ever live, so it's not like he's going to be a factor in this article's poll whatsoever.
From there, Tre Flowers may not have had flashy counting stats, but his safety-to-corner transition was expedited due to injuries, and he performed quite well given the shaky start.
Niners Nation: 49ers Academy Challenge Campaign for East Palo Alto Students
If there's one thing I truly enjoy shining some light on, it's the 49ers' off-the-field efforts.
Right now, the 49ers Academy has a campaign raising funds to make an impact on the lives of East Palo Alto high school students. East Palo Alto is one of the most economically and socially stressed cities in the San Francisco Bay Area. 87% of students in EPA under the age of 18 live in poverty. The success of tech companies in Silicon Valley has caused a major shift in gentrification of East Palo Alto and drove up the cost of living in the process, making life in East Palo Alto much harder on children and families.
Steelers Depot: Steelers 2019 Receiving Core Shaping Up To Be Youngest Tomlin Has Ever Had
There has been a changing of the guard in the Pittsburgh Steelers' locker room over the course of the last few months. When head coach Mike Tomlin enters his locker room, he will notice a barrage of changes. The big changes are very noticeable with the departures of Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell, though Bell has been absent for well over a year. The smaller changes are a lot more subtle, the injection of athleticism into the defense with the arrival of rookie linebacker Devin Bush and the youth movement that has taken over the receiver room.
Fansided: Fantasy football: NFL experts predict gaudy stats for Carson Wentz in 2019
There are new faces in the Philadelphia Eagles backfield. There's one or two stars in the wide receivers meeting room. Depending on how you grade tight ends, you could also argue that the Eagles have the best in the league at the position and still another that looks like he's going to be good too. There's a stacked offensive line, and then there's the guy that will be getting the calls from the sideline, Philly's QB1 Carson Wentz.
There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this Eagles offense in 2019. If you're a fantasy football guy or girl, you could, realistically, raid Philly's offensive cupboard and do some decent numbers.
Fansided: Oakland Raiders: Brandon Parker could move inside
During the 2018 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders brought in two offensive tackles with early picks, selecting Kolton Miller in the first round, and then Brandon Parker in the third. Both players were forced into starting roles on the Raiders offensive line in year one, and while Miller will remain at tackle in Year 2, Parker could be making a move elsewhere.
Speaking with the media during OTAs, Gruden spoke about Parker, and that he could in fact move inside and be the left guard in 2019. Of course, that was just coach speaking, but after drafting him in the third round last year, the organization is likely hopeful that he can get on the field in some capacity.
Empire Sports Media: New York Jets: Sam Darnold preparing to take big leap in 2019
The New York Jets didn't hesitate to throw quarterback Sam Darnold into the fire last season, skimping him of playmakers on offense and protection on the offensive line.
Being sacked 30 times surely didn't do his confidence any favors, yet he still earned 17 touchdowns through the air. However, he will look to improve upon his 57.5% completion percentage, a number that speaks more about his lack of talent at the wide receiver position rather than his inadequacies throwing the football.
The fact of the matter is, Darnold can be elite, but he will need to learn how to utilize talent.