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Bears TE Miller retires 1½ years after leg injury

Miller entered the NFL as a sixth-round draft pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2009, but battled injuries throughout most of his career. Miller landed in Chicago at the tail end of the 2013 season after being cut by the Jags and Buccaneers. The tight end spent the 2014 season on injured reserve before emerging as a key offensive contributor for the Bears in 2015.

The team honored Miller as the Bears’ 2018 Ed Block Courage Award winner last week, and the veteran, who has not played since the leg injury occurred close to 19 months ago, hinted that he planned to make a decision soon about his future.

“There will be a time, probably soon, that we’ll make that decision,” Miller said on April 9. “I haven’t made that decision yet. It’s something we’re exhausting every option we can. I know it’s getting close. I can’t hold it hostage forever. And I don’t plan to, but there are some things I need to try and do physically and see if it’s possible. What we’ve been doing rehab-wise and communication-wise with the franchise is we’re going to give it a little bit of time to kind of see where we go, and when that point comes, I know I’ll have given every single thing I had to do that. And I’ll be comfortable any which way that it happens.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Miller was rushed to University Medical Center New Orleans on Oct. 29, 2017 after he dislocated his left knee while making an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone against the New Orleans Saints.6

Miller’s leg bent awkwardly on the play, and he stayed down for several minutes until he was taken off the field on a cart.

Officials later ruled that Miller did not maintain possession of the ball, negating a touchdown.

Doctors performed emergency vascular surgery that night to repair a damaged artery in Miller’s left leg that stemmed from the knee dislocation. Miller was hospitalized in New Orleans for eight days before being transported back to Chicago in a medevac jet.

Miller underwent a total of nine surgeries, but was a regular visitor to the Bears’ team facility last season, where he underwent rehabilitation on the leg and assisted whenever possible.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

Miller is now able to walk without a noticeable limp, but admitted last week that he still experiences discomfort after he jogs.

As of last week, Miller said the Bears had not discussed any permanent non-football playing role for him moving forward, but given Miller’s popularity among teammates and fans, it would not be a surprise if the organization retained him in some capacity.

“I had a first-class seat throughout all of last year, and in a weird way it was one of my favorite seasons,” Miller said. “Not being able to be on the football field and do the things I love was difficult, but to see that whole thing take place, Coach Matt Nagy coming in and the regime change and everything put together, it was special because now you see the game through a different viewpoint.

Eli Manning figures Giants will draft QB of future

Eli Manning expects his potential successor to be added to the roster later this month, believing the New York Giants will select a quarterback in this year’s NFL draft. The Giants have the sixth and 17th picks in the first round of the draft.

“Yeah, I figure the Giants are going to get a young quarterback. So I understand that,” Manning said Monday, on a day when Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins was making his top-30 visit at the team’s facility and the Giants began their offseason workout program. “I still have to do my job, and I’ll do my part. And my job as I see it is to go out there and play quarterback and win football games. That is what I’ll do.”

Coach Pat Shurmur had told ESPN in recent weeks that the team intended to have all the top quarterbacks visit. That group included Duke’s Daniel Jones and West Virginia’s Will Grier.

Giants ownership explained at the NFL annual meetings that the team would like to come out of the draft having addressed the quarterback position. Manning is 38 years old and in the final year of his contract.cheap nfl nike jerseys china

But the value of the Giants’ picks has to align with the grade on the quarterback. That makes it just as likely the Giants could land a quarterback at pick No. 17 as 6.5

“I would like to come out of this draft with a quarterback, but here is the thing: Show me what the grades are,” co-owner John Mara said recently. “What is the value there? If the top quarterbacks are graded towards the bottom of the first round or even the second round, I’m not going to insist we take him at No. 6 or even No. 17. Show me what the value is. That has always been our philosophy on that. The worst thing you can do is try to force the issue and then you end up with a quarterback that isn’t worth taking at that particular spot.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“Would we love to have a quarterback coming out of this draft? Yes. But only if we have a conviction about him.”

Manning understands that part of his role this season could be working alongside another young quarterback. It’s nothing new. The Giants drafted Davis Webb in the third round two years ago and Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round last year. Webb is now on the Jets.

While Manning doesn’t necessarily view his job as being a mentor, it doesn’t mean he won’t be willing to help. Webb has consistently raved about working alongside the two-time Super Bowl winner. Manning abides by the lead-by-example philosophy.

“That’s just kind of part of being a quarterback,” he said. “Enjoy putting in the extra effort and work to get everybody up to speed and help young guys when they’re trying to learn a new offense.”

Manning’s concentration now is on being a good teammate and getting the team ready to win football games. He told the Giants immediately after the season about his desire to continue playing even after a rough season. That came during what general manager Dave Gettleman described as a “no-holds-barred” meeting.

Could Jachai Polite follow Terrell Suggs’ path to Ravens?

Asked if the Ravens should be alarmed by Suggs’ slow times, coach Brian Billick said, “If quarterbacks started taking 40-yard drops, then I’d be a little concerned.”

With Suggs departing this offseason as the franchise’s all-time sacks leader, the Ravens could fill his spot with someone who has followed a similar path.cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Florida’s Jachai Polite established himself as one of college’s top pass-rushers, recording 11 sacks in 13 games. But Polite has experienced this year’s biggest free-fall after he ran his pro day 40-yard dash in just 4.96 seconds — even worse than his 4.84-second effort at the combine (the second slowest among edge players).

The Ravens need an impact pass-rusher after Suggs and Za’Darius Smith left in free agency. Their 15.5 sacks last season represented over one-third of Baltimores’s production.6

With the growing expectation that the Ravens will trade out of the first round, could Polite be on Baltimore’s radar if the team falls back into the second round? Ravens officials didn’t sound too scared off by Polite’s troubling workouts.

“I think ultimately it comes down to the film, and then, the testing results are just that,” Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz said when asked about Polite. “They’re testing results on that day.”

This is more than lip service by Baltimore. In last year’s draft, the Ravens benefited from Orlando Brown Jr.’s nightmarish NFL combine.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

Brown went from being a first-round pick to slipping to the third round, where Baltimore selected him. In 10 starts, Brown helped the Ravens become the league’s second-best rushing attack and didn’t allow a sack.

No more belly jokes from Aaron Rodgers to Aaron Jones

Rodgers ID’d the duo as among the players who looked much improved in the physique department since he last saw his teammates more than three months ago.

“I’m excited about them,” Rodgers said. “I like to tease Aaron Jones from time to time. He’s the most athletic, fast guy with a little bit of a belly. He’s pretty lean this year. It’s fun being back with all the guys. I especially like those two guys.”cheap nike nfl jerseys wholesale

Neither Jones nor Williams has been available yet to talk about their offseasons, so everyone will have to take Rodgers’ word for it. But it would have been wise on the part of the two third-year running backs to come back ready to impress the new coaching staff.

In one of LaFleur’s first interviews after he was hired in January, he made it known how important the run game will be in his plan — and his plan to restore Rodgers’ greatness.4

“I think anytime you can take as much off the quarterback as possible that only helps them out in the long run,” LaFleur said.

As Tennessee’s playcalling offensive coordinator last season, LaFleur fielded the NFL’s seventh-most prolific running game while utilizing a pair of backs: Derrick Henry (1,059 yards) and Dion Lewis (517).

While Jones led the NFL with a 5.47-yard average per rush, he missed the final two games because of a knee injury — the third MCL sprain in his two NFL seasons. The Packers were anything but committed to the run last season, when they dropped back an NFL-high 71.5 percent of their offensive snaps.

“Well, I know we want to run the ball,” Rodgers said this week. “That’s important. Everything comes off of a positive run game. They ran the ball really well last year with their guys. But the action comes off of that, the boot comes off of that, so we’re going to have to run the ball. And we have those two guys and some guys behind them who can really play as well.”cheap nfl nike jerseys china

While the Titans’ offense, which ranked 25th in the NFL overall last season, might not be the model, LaFleur’s time with Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan is. Both coaches find ways to set up the pass with the run game.

Texans still in need of left tackle to protect Deshaun Watson

For as good a quarterback as Deshaun Watson has been in his first two seasons, the Houston Texans have been unable to put a solid offensive line in front of their franchise player.

And while Watson’s ability to move around in the pocket has covered some of the mistakes made by his offensive linemen, he was still sacked an NFL-leading 62 times last season. Watson didn’t miss a game, but he had to play through injuries to his ribs and lungs, while continuing to take those hard hits.

So far this offseason, the Texans have done little to fix that issue. The Texans re-signed Seantrel Henderson, who broke his lower leg in the 2018 season opener, and expect him to be their starting right tackle. Houston also added tackle Matt Kalil in free agency on a one-year deal, but he is coming off a knee injury that caused him to miss the entire 2018 season.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

General manager Brian Gaine didn’t think there was a deep tackle class in free agency, and the Texans didn’t want to overspend to sign tackle Trent Brown, who signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Raiders last month. It’s easy to see why teams are hesitant to give out huge contracts to offensive linemen in free agency. Last offseason, Nate Solder signed a four-year, $62 million deal with the Giants and underperformed the contract in his first season. According to Pro Football Focus, Solder ranked 16th out of 35 qualifying left tackles in 2018.6

Of course, there’s still time to address the need at tackle, and Houston is likely to use at least one of its three picks in the first two rounds on the position. And there will be pressure to perform right away for that player.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

O’Brien said while it is possible for an offensive lineman to develop and play in his first year, “it’s not easy.” The head coach pointed out that the closer they play to the ball, the more difficult the transition is from a strength and knowledge standpoint.

“Most of these guys, first of all, in college, they’re in these great offenses in college, but they’re in two-point stances,” O’Brien said. “They’re not in three-point stances there. They’re not run blocking a whole lot — some of these schools — I’m not saying every school, but they’re throwing the ball 60, 70 times a game. So, they’re backpedaling. Now you’ve really got to train the guy how to run block, because we have to be able to run the football. There’s a lot that goes into it.

Chris Harris Jr. could get a new deal, but it won’t be without a bumpy ride

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is now in territory where Von Miller, Peyton Manning and a long list of Denver Broncos players have been before: facing John Elway over money.

And Elway, the Broncos’ president of football operations/general manager, has developed a reputation as an ice-water-filled supervisor of the team’s checkbook.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

But if the negotiations with the high-profile players who came before him are any indication, it most certainly will be far from a smooth ride. So, Harris has not reported for the Broncos’ voluntary offseason program because he’d like a contract extension, and Elway has said he won’t address it until after the draft.5

“Once we get through the draft, we’ll see where we are, we’ll see where we are budget-wise,” Elway said. “Obviously, Chris has been a good football player for us for a long time. We’ll have to see where that goes. It’s something that we’d like to look at.”

And there you have the themes that have been in every major negotiation the team has had on Elway’s watch — with Broncos director of football administration Mike Sullivan — that Elway routinely says the new deal “has to make sense” and that he always says he needs to “see where we are budget-wide.”

One of the most familiar missives has been “we want to keep everybody, but there’s only so much money.”

That’s the situation as the Broncos have moved through their big-ticket business in free agency, including the trade for quarterback Joe Flacco, with his $18.5 million salary for 2019, to go with $105 million worth of contracts to tackle Ja’Wuan James and cornerbacks Kareem Jackson and Bryce Callahan.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

The Broncos, with family ownership, have always had to time their spending to when the cash came in and then when the cash went out. Even in the free-agency pursuits of Mike Shanahan to Manning’s arrival to Miller’s $114.5 million deal in the summer of 2016.

Patriots’ Bill Belichick advocates for more time working with players

Coach Bill Belichick might have been tight-lipped with reporters at the NFL’s annual owners meetings in Arizona last week, but he was especially vocal behind the scenes on one topic he believes would benefit the game. He wants more time to work with players in the offseason, which struck a positive chord among his fellow coaches.

“I’m in total support of his position,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told china nike nfl jerseys cheap. “There’s so much down time for these guys. I think there was a time when older players were bargaining for these breaks when they thought less was better. But these guys [today] love the game and want to be part of it. And we love coaching and helping them.

“The game would just be better if we were able to do that, and if we were in connection with them more, they would be healthier as well — we could monitor their well-being. You don’t even have to mandate that. Just give them the option.”

When the most recent collective bargaining agreement was struck in 2011, offseason programs were reduced by five weeks.6

As for how the topic surfaced at last week’s annual meeting, it was described to me that the context of Belichick’s remarks came as coaches, general managers and others were being briefed on the successes of the league as it enters its 100th season. Belichick then passionately chimed in, and essentially said something along the lines of: While it is nice to hear good things, the focus should be on how it can be even better. One of the ways to do that, he said, was giving coaches more time with players.

“There’s so many positive things that could come out of it, in terms of development of young players, helping to really make sure these guys are learning the game and getting them ready for their opportunity,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera told ESPN.com. “Keeping players in a structured atmosphere, there are so many tools we have in terms of player development, it makes so much sense that the sooner we can get them and work with them, the better it will be.”

Given Belichick’s standing as a six-time Super Bowl-winning coach who enters his 45th NFL season, his advocacy on the issue was well-received.cheap nike nfl jersey

“It has a tremendous amount of weight,” Rivera said of Belichick leading the discussion on the topic, while also crediting Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid for taking a similar approach on league issues.

“He’s one of the soothsayers. He deserves that and has earned that,” Carroll said of Belichick. “He’s been very active, and we all appreciate it.”

Panthers could take a long look at Charlotte native Will Grier

In Will Grier’s home in Morgantown, West Virginia, there’s a photo of him as an 11-year-old wearing a Lake Norman Giants uniform, preparing for the 2006 Christmas Town Bowl.

A few weeks ago, Chad Grier noticed the picture as he and his son discussed the upcoming NFL draft.

“I said, ‘If somebody told you that little boy is going to get picked in the seventh round by the Buffalo Bills, how happy would that kid be?’” Chad recalled. “I told him, ‘Man, you’re going to get picked before the seventh round and it’s not going to be by Buffalo.’”

Most draft analysts see Grier being selected in the second or third round, behind Kyler Murray, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock, who are considered likely first-round picks. The Carolina Panthers could be one of the teams that could target him on Day 2.

Born just five months before the Panthers played their first NFL game, Grier grew up a stone’s throw from Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium in nearby Davidson, North Carolina. From the time he was 3, Grier sat in the stands and cheered for his hometown NFL team.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

During the April 25-27 draft, Will will be with his father and famous brothers — social media stars Nash and Hayes — at his uncle’s house, only four miles away from the stadium.5

“If the Panthers draft him, I will drive him there,” Will’s father told ESPN.com. “That would be incredible. From Day 1, we’ve been Panthers people.”

There’s definitely interest from Carolina. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner and quarterbacks coach Scott Turner recently attended West Virginia’s pro day, and they reportedly had a steak dinner with Grier the previous night.

The Panthers don’t plan to spend their first-round pick (No. 16) on a quarterback, as Cam Newton’s prognosis is good as he rehabs after shoulder surgery. But as the Carolina starter approaches 30, looking for a long-term replacement in this draft might be in the Panthers’ plans.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Not that Grier believes he should fall that far. He told reporters at the NFL combine, “I’m the best quarterback in the draft.” Chad Grier, who coached his son in high school at Davidson Day School before moving to Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, agrees.

“I admire Will’s confidence and willingness to say that,” the elder Grier said. “He’s a guy, from a total quarterback perspective, he is the best quarterback in the draft.

“He’s not going to be a risk off the field. He’s just going to be an all-in guy that wins. Strictly from a football perspective, he’s the lowest-risk and highest-return quarterback in the draft.”

Agent: Ex-Seahawk McDowell medically cleared

Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Malik McDowell has been medically cleared by independent doctors and is expected to play in 2019, says his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

McDowell was drafted in the second round by Seattle in 2017 but never played for the team after suffering a head injury in an ATV accident that summer. The Seahawks waived McDowell with an injury designation earlier this month. He has since visited the Dallas Cowboys.
“His doctors believe he is ready to go,” Rosenhaus said. “So we’ve got experts that are saying he will be cleared. So hopefully he will be able to continue his career, possibly with [Dallas]. In any event, he has been cleared independently. But the Seahawks, they tried their best to work with him, and unfortunately they didn’t feel that he could continue to play.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Seahawks general manager John Schneider declined to comment on McDowell at the scouting combine. That was in keeping with the team’s refusal to publicly discuss any specifics of McDowell’s situation, which is in part due to privacy laws, as McDowell was injured in a non-football activity.6

Coach Pete Carroll has also been mum on McDowell’s situation but at one point described the injury as a “really bad concussion.”

“Unfortunately, Malik got injured and [it] was a brain injury, a head injury,” Rosenhaus said. “And the Seahawks, they did a wonderful job of exhaustively checking to see if they could get him cleared to play. Ultimately, their doctors were not comfortable clearing him. He has since been cleared by independent doctors.”

Asked if the Seahawks considered keeping McDowell until he could be cleared, Rosenhaus said: “I don’t think they were comfortable with the medical side of it. I think he is going to have to play for somebody else. … He has doctors who have cleared him independently, so we are in the process of meeting with teams. He went to visit the Cowboys last week. We are trying to get that done.”

It’s not clear whether the Seahawks are attempting to recoup a portion or the entirety of the $3.2 million signing bonus they gave McDowell after drafting him 35th overall out of Michigan State. The Seahawks paid McDowell only $5,000 while he spent his rookie season on the non-football injury list. That dropped his salary from $465,000 to $85,000. The team did not pay McDowell while he was on NFI in 2018.cheap nfl nike jerseys from china

McDowell’s injury had a significant ripple effect on the Seahawks. Once it became clear that he wouldn’t be able to play in 2017, the Seahawks acquired Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets in exchange for a 2018 second-round pick and receiver Jermaine Kearse (the teams also swapped seventh-rounders). Richardson left in free agency after an underwhelming 2017 season in Seattle.

Rob Gronkowski’s greatest catches, including Tom Brady’s favorite

The New England Patriots tight end paused for a moment to give it some consideration.

“I like the one-handers. I remember all the one-handers — those are always memorable,” he said, noting a Week 16 touchdown grab against the Buffalo Bills in the 2017 season and a 10-yard score against the Denver Broncos in the divisional round of the playoffs following the 2011 season.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“It’s tough to make one-handers,” he said. “You’re always practicing two [hands] and you don’t want to make one-handers. But you only make them when it’s really necessary and you can only reach the ball. You remember those because it’s rare.”

Indeed, degree of difficulty is one criterion when putting together a list of Gronkowski’s greatest grabs.5

So, too, are the clutch catches.

“He’s had so many big catches for us. He just shows up at the biggest moments,” quarterback Tom Brady said before picking one of his favorites, from Super Bowl XLIX. “In 2014, he catches the touchdown on [Seahawks linebacker] K.J. Wright. Then we beat him on a crossing route under pressure, but only Gronk makes that play with his length and speed. Then I threw him another, call it a deep stop route, on K.J. Wright again. So I’ve thrown a lot to him over the years. He’s been so dependable, consistent.”china nike nfl jerseys cheap

Then there’s what Gronkowski, 29, does after the catch that also warrants consideration, with defenders sometimes bouncing off him, or hanging on as he lunges forward with force. Those catches often turn into memorable plays, too.