There are 32 NFL franchises Morgan Moses Jersey , and probably 32 questions we can ask about each of them.
Some are quite pertinent: Carson Wentz or Nick Foles behind center in Philadelphia? Will J.J. Watt and Deshaun Watson return healthy to Houston and carry the Texans back to the AFC South lead? Will fans be screaming for their first-round rookie quarterback to get on the field, like, yesterday?
Good questions all.
But we’re concerned here with the irrelevant queries. Such as:
1-Can Tom Brady win at age 41?
Maybe you should ask this question when he is 51 – just kidding, Gisele.
At 40, Brady was as Tom Terrific as ever, even without his favorite receiver, Julian Edelman, for the entire season. To think he suddenly will go over the hill with the way he trains and his smarts and competitive fire is foolhardy.
”Obviously, I evaluate last season and things I can do better. I don’t think this offseason was any different for me,” he has said.
No, Brady won’t play forever; the Jets, Bills and Dolphins surely can’t wait until he disappears, not to mention the rest of the AFC. But wondering about Brady’s competence in 2018, when he just might win his fourth league MVP award Ray Nitschke Jersey , is an irrelevant task.
2-Will the Browns win a game?
Yes they will, maybe even in Week 1 at home against their archrivals, the Steelers, but more likely somewhere else in the first half of a schedule that isn’t exactly daunting.
We understand that every matchup for a club that is 1-31 under coach Hue Jackson is challenging. Still, the Browns added enough talent to win a handful of games or more – and that’s not even considering what top overall draft pick Baker Mayfield might provide at quarterback if he gets on the field.
3-Will Jimmy Garoppolo ever lose a game?
Yes, he will – plenty of them.
Sure, Jimmy G is 7-0 as a starter, including 5-0 when he took the reins in San Francisco last year. Look for that first loss to come early this season, perhaps in the opener at Minnesota, a major challenge for the rebuilding 49ers.
Visits to the Chiefs and Chargers also are on the September docket.
So thoughts of Garoppolo remaining unblemished are irrelevant.
That doesn’t mean he won’t improve; he might do so significantly.
”I don’t know how much of a jump you’re going to see,” coach Kyle Shanahan said. ”When you talk about expectations, I don’t know how you’re going to live up to that. He did very good last year. If we had 400 yards a game, does that mean we need to have 600 the first five games to improve? I don’t know what the numbers will be, but we will be a better offense.”
4-Will the NFL and players’ union find common ground on national anthem protocol. Or anything else?
Nope. Not even close.
The 10-year labor agreement expires after the 2020 season. The union has fought the league on virtually every topic in it and quite a few outside of it. The anthem policy unilaterally imposed by the league and teams is the latest sticking point.
Common ground between these sides? Irrelevant.
5-Is Jon Gruden headed back to the broadcast booth after this season?
It might be tempting for Gruden once he sees how much pro football locker rooms and player approaches have changed since he previously worked a sideline 10 years ago. Still Charley Taylor Jersey , to suggest a guy with his enthusiasm, intelligence and creative streak is going to sour on coaching so soon is … irrelevant.
Gruden could be hard-pressed to win much this season with Oakland, but he’ll put his stamp on the Raiders, and they will be better for it down the line – when he’ll almost certainly be around.
6-In how many stadiums will Roger Goodell be booed this season?
Let’s see: There are 31 homes for the teams (the Jets and Giants share MetLife Stadium), plus Azteca in Mexico City, Wembley and the new Tottenham Stadium in London. So 34 works.
Thinking the commissioner won’t get booed in any of them? Irrelevant.
The Los Angeles Rams made one pick through the first two days of the NFL draft.
They made 10 picks on Day 3, continuing their active offseason by making five trades Saturday, including sending wide receiver Tavon Austin to Dallas.
The Rams used those picks to address immediate needs at linebacker and improve their depth on the offensive and defensive lines for the future.
"We did think if we could turn a lot of the fourth-, fifth-, sixth-round picks into more picks, we'd have a chance to get fits and fill some roles or get players with traits to have a chance to fill some of those roles," general manager Les Snead said.
The Rams have made 11 trades since the league year started on March 14, and that doesn't include the deal with Buffalo for wide receiver Sammy Watkins in August that included their second-round pick.
All of the Rams' picks came from other teams, either through trades or as compensatory selections.
But the Rams ended up using one of their own choices Jeremiah George Jersey , re-acquiring the fifth-round pick they sent to Denver for cornerback Aqib Talib in March. Getting the 160th overall pick back for two sixth-round picks, the Rams took Oklahoma outside linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo.
Virginia inside linebacker Micah Kiser was also selected in the fifth, with Louisville edge rusher Trevon Young chosen in the sixth. TCU's Travin Howard, a safety turned linebacker, and SMU defensive end Justin Lawler went in the seventh.
Ogbonnia, Young and Lawler will try to replace Robert Quinn, who was traded to Miami in March, and unsigned free agent Connor Barwin. Kiser will compete to replace Alec Ogletree, who was dealt to the Giants in March. Howard can provide added depth at inside linebacker.
The Rams also addressed both lines of scrimmage. After taking Horned Frogs tackle Joe Noteboom in the third round on Friday, the Rams added Michigan State center Brian Allen in the fourth and Maine offensive lineman Jamil Demby in the sixth.
Stephen F. Austin defensive end John Franklin, a fourth-round pick, and Rutgers nose tackle Sebastian Joseph, a sixth-round pick, will get to learn from the likes of Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh.
Tennessee running back John Kelly was the only skill player the Rams took Authentic Joey Bosa Jersey , selected in the sixth.
"Going into year two, you could be a little bit more strategic with some of the needs because collectively as a coaching staff and with our personnel staff we have a much better idea of how our players that have been here fit," coach Sean McVay said.
Here are some other things to know about the Rams' busy draft:
MOVING ON: The Rams sent Austin to Dallas for a sixth-round draft pick five years after selecting him with the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft. Austin never developed into more than a gadget player under former head coach Jeff Fisher, and served as a change-of-pace running back last season under McVay after a wrist injury sidelined him for organized team activities and training camp.
SENIOR SIGNIFICANCE: Noteboom, Kiser, Okoronkwo and Demby participated in the Senior Bowl. Snead said it was a coincidence after six of their eight draft picks in 2017 played in Senior Bowl, but added that the talent level at the event was especially beneficial for a smaller-school player like Demby.
KAMARA 2.0? Todd Gurley established himself as the premier three down back in football with 2,093 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns last season, but Kelly could lighten the workload for the NFL Offensive Player of the Year.
Stepping in for New Orleans rookie sensation Alvin Kamara, Kelly had 37 receptions for 299 yards with the Volunteers last season after catching six passes for 51 yards in 2016.
"I definitely wanted to be able to incorporate the route-running and pass-catching in my game because I know it translates to the league," Kelly said on a conference call. "I was just blessed to have a guy like Alvin that was able to show me how to perfect my craft on that."
STILL NEED: The additions of Kiser and Howard give the Rams more options at inside linebacker, but Mark Barron is the only proven starter there. It wouldn't be a surprise if they add a veteran capable of calling plays and getting everyone lined up. Increased depth and competition at safety could be an aim with undrafted free agents.
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