L’Jarius Sneed’s car shot up in Louisiana, but he wasn’t in it at the time

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Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed was not inside a car he owns when it was shot up in Louisiana sometime Friday, TMZ Sports reports.

Sneed is in Minden, Louisiana, where he played high school football, and he showed up on scene to check out his bullet-ridden Ford Bronco.

Sneed and others were questioned at the scene by officers.

Two of the cornerback’s friends were in the vehicle at the time, but no one was injured.

The shooting is believed to be random, per TMZ, and police have made no arrests.

“A random and unnecessary act of violence occurred while Mr. Sneed was visiting his hometown,” Saffarah Lawson, Sneed’s agent, said in a statement. “No one was injured, but gunshots damaged his vehicle. He was briefly questioned and released without incident. There is a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.”

A Chiefs’ spokesman said the team is aware of the incident and gathering information.

Sneed, a fourth-round choice of the Chiefs in 2020, has started 21 games and made five interceptions, three sacks and 117 tackles.

Raiders release Sutton Smith

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Las Vegas has officially made a pair of moves to start the weekend on Friday.

The Raiders announced the previously reported signing of receiver Jordan Veasy. As a corresponding move, the club has released fullback Sutton Smith.

Smith signed with the Raiders last November after fellow fullback Alec Ingold suffered a season-ending injury. He appeared in eight games, playing 77 special team snaps and 44 offensive snaps. He did not record any offensive statistics but did have a special teams tackle.

A sixth-round pick in the 2019 draft, Smith started his career with the Steelers. But he’s also spent time with the Jaguars, Seahawks, and Saints.

He’d never appeared in a regular-season game until last season.

The Raiders have one fullback remaining on their roster, Jakob Johnson.

Texans cut Jimmy Moreland

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The Texans are closing out the week by parting ways with a cornerback.

According to multiple reports, the Texans waived cornerback Jimmy Moreland on Friday.

Moreland joined the team as a waiver claim last September. He had been a seventh-round pick in Washington in 2019 and spent his first two seasons with the NFC East club.

He appeared in 30 games and made 10 starts while in Washington and played in seven games after joining the Texans. He has 88 tackles, a half-sack, an interception, and a forced fumble over the course of his career.

The Texans drafted Derek Stingley in the first round and they recently claimed Kendall Sheffield off of waivers. Steven Nelson, Tavierre Thomas, Desmond King, Tremon Smith, and Isaac Yiadom are also on hand at cornerback.

Seahawks cut Levi Lewis, leaving them with three quarterbacks

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The Seahawks didn’t trade for a veteran quarterback, and they didn’t draft one. They did sign undrafted free agent Levi Lewis.

But Lewis didn’t last long.

The Seahawks waived the rookie quarterback on Friday, the team announced.

The Louisiana-Lafayette product participated in Seattle’s rookie minicamp earlier this month.

The move leaves the Seahawks with only Geno Smith, Drew Lock and Jacob Eason on their roster.

With no corresponding move, the Seahawks currently have 89 players on their 90-player roster.

Five potential Broncos buyers begin refining their bids

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They’re not “finalists” yet, but they’re getting there.

Via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Journal, five groups have submitted proposed amendments to a potential contract for sale of the Denver Broncos. A second round of formal bids is coming in June.

Lawyers for the five interested groups were asked to make any proposed changes to formal agreements, a tactic aimed at identifying potential dealbreakers early.

The groups are led by Walmart heir Rob Walton, Dodgers investor Todd Boehly, and 76ers co-owner Josh Harris. Magic Johnson is part of the Harris group. The other two groups have largely been kept anonymous however, Mike Klis of 9News.com reported recently that media mogul Byron Allen fronts one of the remaining two.

It’s expected that a winner will be selected before training camps open, and that final negotiations will stretch through the preseason. The goal remains to havre a new owner in place by the start of the regular season.

We’ve previously reported that, by the time the final haggling concludes, the price to be paid will be at least $5 billion. Whatever the final number, it’ll be the richest transaction for an American sports team. And the number, for NFL franchises, will likely keep going up.

Steelers sign third-rounder DeMarvin Leal

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The Steelers signed third-round choice DeMarvin Leal, the team announced Friday.

Leal, a defensive end out of Texas A&M, became the 84th overall choice earlier this month.

Really like him as a football player,” defensive coordinator Teryl Austin said, via Teresa Varley of the team website. “Really versatile. Plays multiple positions across the line. We think he has an opportunity to be a good player for us. He offers us some versatility. Has the frame to get a little bit bigger. He does some things pass rush wise, run game wise, that we really like and we value here.

“He has some flexibility. If you are playing base defense, you can look at him as an end. When you are playing your nickel defense you may look at him at a different position. That is all to be determined as we get moving.”

Leal started 12 games in 2021 and totaled 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for a loss, leading the Aggies in both categories.

“I bring youth, confidence. I’m extremely disruptive, and I’m smart on the field,” Leal said. “I am intelligent when it comes to what I see, my instincts and following those, so I feel like that’s something to bring to the table.”

Packers release JJ Molson

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The Packers are down to two kickers on their 90-man roster.

The team announced that they have released JJ Molson on Friday. Mason Crosby and Dominik Eberle remain with the organization.

Molson was undrafted out of UCLA in 2020 and spent time on the Chargers practice squad before signing to the one in Green Bay for the final weeks of the season. He remained on their practice squad last year and signed a futures deal with the team in January. He appeared in one preseason game last year and hit the only extra point he attempted.

Crosby has been the Packers kicker since 2007, but is coming off a poor season. Eberle signed with the team in February and is now the only other option to kick in Green Bay.

Wearing No. 48, Jake Ferguson wants to live up to Daryl Johnston’s legacy

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Cowboys rookie tight end Jake Ferguson was born Jan. 18, 1999. Former Cowboys fullback Daryl Johnston played only one game after Ferguson’s birth, and that game came before Ferguson’s first birthday.

Yet, when the Cowboys made Ferguson a fourth-round draft choice he requested to wear Johnston’s No. 48 knowing the history of it.

His grandfather, former longtime Wisconsin head football coach Barry Alvarez, worked with Johnston in the Fox broadcast booth a few years ago.

“(Alvarez) actually texted me and was like, ‘You better not be throwing shade on 48,'” Ferguson said, via Rob Phillips of the team website.

Johnston earned two Pro Bowls in 11 seasons while serving as the lead blocker for Emmitt Smith and helping protect Troy Aikman.

“Moose and (No.) 48,” Ferguson said with reverence. “Some guys are like, ‘Oh, he’s (wearing) 48.’ I’m like, ‘You guys don’t know who wore 48.'”

Ferguson joins a tight ends room that has starter Dalton Schultz back on the franchise tag and Jeremy Sprinkle returning as a blocker. So, Ferguson figures to have a role.

He learned to block at Wisconsin and showed potential as a receiver with a career-high 46 catches last season.

“We need it,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said. “The play style that we’ve established here, he definitely fits into that. But the versatility to play on the ball, off the ball, we talked about it a little bit. He has experience already playing in a pro punt formation (on special teams), just little things like that, just because of the way Paul (Chryst) plays up there at Wisconsin. It’s definitely that we need more of, and I think Jake’s an excellent fit for us.”

Ravens sign third-round pick Travis Jones

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The Ravens have signed another one of their 2022 draftees.

Baltimore announced on Friday that third-round pick Travis Jones has put pen to paper on his four-year rookie deal.

Jones, a defensive tackle, was a three-year starter at UConn, appearing in 35 games. He recorded a total of 19.0 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in his collegiate career. He led UConn with 4.5 sacks in 2021.

Jones is the second of the Ravens’ 11 draft picks to sign. Sixth-round running back Tyler Badie was the first to agree to terms.

Colts sign Jelani Woods, Bernhard Raimann

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The Colts have all of their 2022 draft picks under contract.

The team announced that tight end Jelani Woods and tackle Bernhard Raimann signed their four-year rookie deals on Friday. They were last of eight players selected last month to seal deals with the team.

Woods transferred from Oklahoma State to Virginia ahead of the 2021 season. He caught 44 passes for 598 yards and eight touchdowns in his lone season with the Cavaliers after catching 31 passes over three years in the Big 12.

Central Michigan moved Raimann from tight end to tackle in 2020 and he started on the left side of their offensive line for the last two years. Matt Pryor is currently set to play that spot for the Colts and Braden Smith is set for the right side.

Quinn Meinerz on blocking for Russell Wilson: Do whatever it takes until ball is gone

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Broncos guard Quinn Meinerz has slimmed down ahead of his second season and one of the reasons for the change in girth is the arrival of the quarterback he hopes to be blocking for this fall.

Meinerz said that he’s down about 10 pounds because the offense the team is building around Russell Wilson requires “being a lot faster and really trying to make the defense play the entire field.” Wilson is also adept at extending plays in the pocket, so Meinerz and other blockers will also have to have endurance in order to allow Wilson to make things happen.

“We have to block until the ball is gone, and whatever that requires and whatever you have to do is what we have to do,” Meinerz said, via the team’s website. “Especially with some of the special abilities that Russ has to evade the pocket and move things, there’s no other option. You have to keep blocking until the ball is gone. That’s the overall mentality there.”

Meinerz started the final eight games at right guard last season after Graham Glasgow suffered a season-ending injury, made one start at left guard in place of Dalton Risner earlier in the year and can also play center. He’ll compete to show that he’s the right fit somewhere in front of Wilson this season.

Cole Strange asked “Is this a prank?” when Patriots called him on draft night

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Everyone was surprised when the Patriots drafted Chattanooga guard Cole Strange in the first round. Including Strange himself.

In fact, Strange wondered if he was being pranked when he got a call from an unknown number and the voice on the other line said he was from the Patriots, letting Strange know he was going to New England with the 29th overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft.

Cole’s father Greg Strange told MassLive.com that the call came as a shock.

“[Cole] said, ‘Sir, I don’t mean to be disrespectful at all, but I’ve gotta know because I’ve got some crazy friends. Is this a prank?’ The guy said, ‘Hold on just a second.’ And then Bill Belichick got on the phone and of course, unless you’ve been under a rock for the last 20 years, you know Bill Belichick’s voice,” Greg Strange said. “As soon as I heard Bill Belichick’s voice, Cole and I both started screaming and hugging and acting crazy. Probably saying a bunch of inappropriate stuff. We were so excited. To his credit, you’ve gotta love the guy, Belichick is sitting there and when we got through, the first break he had, he said, ‘Hey Cole, you’ve gotta act like you’ve been there, man.’ It was classic to us. We absolutely loved it.”

Strange was not expected to be a first-round pick, and Belichick took some criticism for a pick that many viewed as a reach. Even Strange didn’t see it coming.

Report: Michael Vick will play in a Fan Controlled Football game next week

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Michael Vick is ready to step back on the football field at the age of 41.

Vick will play a game on May 28 for Fan Controlled Football, according to Reuters. That’s the last day of Fan Controlled Football’s regular season, so this is not any kind of long-term commitment from Vick.

Terrell Owens is also playing Fan Controlled Football this season, so Vick isn’t the league’s only past-his-prime former NFL star. Johnny Manziel has played in Fan Controlled Football as well.

Fan Controlled Football plays a 7-on-7 format on a 50-yard indoor field at Pullman Yards in Atlanta, the city where Vick played his best football for the Falcons before going to prison for his role in a dog fighting ring.

There is no word on which Fan Controlled Football team Vick will play for.

Raiders add Jordan Veasy

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The Raiders are adding some depth at receiver.

Las Vegas is signing Jordan Veasy, according to his agency the Overtime Sports Management Group.

Veasy has bounced around since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2018. He’s spent time with the Titans, Jaguars, Colts, Steelers, Bills, Commanders, and Texans.

While he was on Houston’s practice squad last season, he appeared in a pair of games. Veasy was on the field for 24 offensive snaps and 26 special teams snaps, recording a fumble recovery.

Khari Blasingame could become a big piece of the Bears offense

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The new-look Bears have spent plenty of time tearing down their pre-existing roster. However, the building up of it included a below-the-radar acquisition that could become far more conspicuous once the games begin.

The Chicago offense could have big plans for fullback Khari Blasingame.

“He’s going to be able to do some things for us outside of the traditional fullback role of just being an elite blocker,” Bears running backs coach David Walker recently said, via Adam Jahns of TheAthletic.com. “He’s got some skills. He made a great catch out of the scramble drill today and went downfield. He’s good at the underneath slides. He’s a fullback by trade, but I wouldn’t consider him an old-school fullback role where he’s only going to be a lead blocker. He can handle the ball and do some things.”

In Tennessee, Blasingame was primarily a blocker. And he’s not bashful about getting physical.

“What he brings to the team is toughness,” Walker said. “You don’t have to have pads on to just watch and feel him in terms of toughness. That’s from a physical and a mental standpoint.”

Blasingame appeared in 32 games with 13 starts during three seasons with the Titans. He has three career rushing attempts and 10 career receptions. It looks like he could have plenty more with the Bears.