Podcast: The Top 15 Tight Ends in Football
When you do a ranking of the best tight ends in football right now, you know the list starts with the guy you know as Gronk (and I know as "this generation’s Ben Coates"). But after that is where it gets interesting. Guys who can’t block, the old guard, a 1,000-yard receiver whose running style is best described as "clunky." Give a listen to find out just how the top 15 sorted out
Jameis Winston ready for Year 2 with Buccaneers
We’ve got a true potpourri of an MMQB column, which I’m writing in relief of the boss, Peter King, who took a deserved vacation during a slow news week in the NFL. Today, we check in with new Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter on his plan for Jameis Winston in Year Two; we discuss the first-round rookies with the most on their shoulders, with some insight from a Browns rookie who wants to be Robert Griffin III’s No. 1 target; we take a look at Pro Football Focus grades and why they irk quarterbacks in particular; and we tackle much more.
Fitzgerald Toussaint: Fumble doesn't define me
Steelers running back Fitzgerald Toussaint doesn't want his name synonymous with the word fumble anymore. Back in the 2015 playoffs against the Denver Broncos, the Steelers ahead 13-12 with 10 minutes to play in the fourth quarter, Toussaint was hit by Broncos corner Bradley Roby causing the ball to skid back in the other direction. It was eventually recovered by DeMarcus Ware.
Winners, losers from this week's minicamps, OTAs
Five teams wrapped up their offseason this week, with the other 27 teams ready to go on vacation after next week. Here are our biggest movers of the week.
NFL sponsor AIG won’t write head injury policies
Insurance giant AIG is still sponsoring football-related events for the NFL, but they’re not issuing new insurance policies covering head injuries for NFL players. According to Josh Kosman of the New York Post, AIG will "exclude coverage for head injuries," moving forward. They’ve previously stopped insuring Pop Warner football a few years ago, triggered by the concussion crisis.
Steve Smith: I don’t know when I’m coming back
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith offered strong support for teammate Breshad Perriman in the wake of news that Perriman’s latest knee injury may knock him out for all of the 2016 season. That would make two seasons without any games played since the Ravens took Perriman in the first round of the 2015 draft, which is both an unfortunate turn of events for Perriman and not the only injury on Smith’s mind at this time of the year. His own torn Achilles from 2015 is also still an issue as Smith remains unsure of when he’ll be given the green light to step up his on-field activities.
James Jones' advice to Packers' receivers: Build Aaron Rodgers' trust
James Jones hasn’t forgotten when he incurred Aaron Rodgers' wrath. Yes, even one of the Green Bay Packers quarterback’s good friends found himself on the receiving end of the two-time NFL MVP’s ire a few times during their eight years together. And while Jones believes that Rodgers means it when he says he only gets on receivers he cares about and won’t chastise a player "unless I believe in a guy," what’s more important to Jones is what Rodgers’ approach proves about Rodgers himself.
Harry Potter good enough for Los Angeles Rams' newly rich Jared Goff
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff became an instant millionaire Thursday when he signed his rookie contract. But despite the fact that he received a signing bonus worth more than $18.5 million, Goff said Friday that he has no immediate plans for a big first purchase. In fact, signing the contract that dramatically bolstered his bank account didn't even seem to be his favorite Thursday activity.
Denver Broncos players receive Super Bowl 50 rings in private ceremony
Finally, on Sunday night the locked boxes were opened and the Denver Broncos got to see the prizes inside. A padlocked box, with a Super Bowl 50 logo on top, was presented to each Broncos player, coach, personnel staffer and football support staff member. The Broncos received their Super Bowl rings in a private team ceremony at the downtown stadium.