I can only find a couple of mocks out there that have Davis ranked ahead of Williams and even though it is CBS.com’s estimable pair of Pete Prisco and Will Brinson (who has Davis going to the Bengals), so it’s a great question. Is Davis getting penalized for burning less-than-elite DBs? Of course, the only thing that matters is how the Bengals rank them and who knows? But we do know they like that big-school, big-game pedigree and that would make you think Williams.
The Bengals' defense stepped up at the end of the season, but it's clear some of their veterans have reached the age that makes it necessary for the team to look for upgrades. Nose tackle Domata Peko, 32, is a pending free agent. Although he's been a mainstay in the Bengals' locker room, they are going to have to find a younger replacement soon.
With a roster full of championship talent, how are the Bengals not yet a championship team? Maybe it’s all in their mindset. This team has to believe they are champions in order to become champions.
It has been said that the backup quarterback is always the most popular guy in town. This saying holds true for Bengals backup AJ Mccarron who has become a fan favorite in the Queen City. While McCarron is currently in a state of limbo since he is not yet free to sign with another team, is he destined to be a starter in the NFL at some point in the future?
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When it comes to playing the pass, I think it’s generally understood at this point that sacks do not define the job, even if it might be the main objective. You are not going to get a sack every time that the quarterback drops back in the pocket to throw a pass, but you can still be effective by putting pressure on him.
The NFL Scouting Combine, in its 30th year in Indianapolis this week, brings a reminder of the year Browns defensive end Stephen Paea bench pressed 225 pounds 49 times. Paea's feat of strength happened in 2011. And it is a record for drafted players. (He was a second-round pick of the Bears).
The Ravens ignored their running backs in the 2016 season. There were multiple games where Kenneth Dixon or Terrance West were averaging over four yards per carry and they didn’t get enough touches. Joe Flacco threw the ball an ungodly amount of times and there was no balance to the Ravens offense.
There’s no doubt Alshon Jeffery has talent, and hasn’t had the best supporting cast around him lately. But it doesn’t appear the Bears are willing to invest more than $17 million for a year to make sure he stays.
Coming off the best season of his career, defensive end Mario Addison signed a big free-agent contract to remain with the Carolina Panthers, the Panthers announced Sunday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the three-year contract is worth $22.5 million.
It's well-established that Texas A&M's Myles Garrett is viewed as the top pass rusher in the draft, but Tennessee's Derek Barnett definitely deserves consideration for the honor after terrorizing the SEC as a destructive force off the edge for three seasons. In fact, you could make the argument that Barnett should own the No. 1 spot at the position after wreaking havoc on SEC foes as the Vols' designated pass rusher.
Tom Coughlin has watched the tape. He's seen the ups, downs and in-betweens from last year's Jaguars team. His primary takeaway? This year's club needs to learn how to drop the hammer. "This league can benefit from more of (a tough) attitude. This team can," Coughlin told reporters on Friday. "You've got to play through some things."