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Which players should have made a draft-day power play?

John Elway did it to the Colts in 1983. Bo Jackson did it to the Bucs in 1986. Eli Manning did it to the Chargers in 2004. And Joe Burrow may be thinking about doing it in 2020. That’s only four guys making draft-day power plays in all the years the NFL has drafted players. [more]

XFL ratings dip on ABC in Week Two

The XFL had very strong ratings in Week One of the return from its 19-year hiatus. The Week Two ratios were strong to quite strong. According to Jake Russell of the Washington Post, the Week Two ABC games drew an average audience of 2.127 million on Saturday (New York Guardians at D.C. Defenders) and an [more]

Trial of man accused of shooting Corey Ballentine postponed

The trial of the man accused of shooting Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine and his college teammate Dwane Simmons in Kansas last year was set to begin on Tuesday, but it has been postponed. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Shawnee County District Court Cheryl Rios scrapped the expected start date of Francisco Mendez’s trial by scheduling a [more]

Intriguing Tom Brady matches with coaches, cities, teammates

Monday’s PFT Live spent plenty of time addressing the report that the Raiders plan to make Patriots quarterback Tom Brady an offer in free agency. We also spent time trying to come up with ideal Brady matches. And we tried to be more specific than just putting Brady on a specific team. For the six [more]

Bret Bielema interviewing for Colorado job

Giants assistant coach Bret Bielema might have been interested in the Michigan State job, but he’s interviewing for the vacancy created by the guy who actually got it. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Bielema is interviewing for the Colorado head coaching job. That’s the one that came vacant when Mel Tucker bolted for [more]

Big Seattle crowd bumps XFL attendance by nearly 10 percent

The XFL had net attendance growth for its second week, thanks in large part of more than 29,000 Seattle fans who came out to see the Dragons defeat the Tampa Bay Vipers, 17-9. Via Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily, the XFL attracted 76,285 fans in Week Two, a 9.5-percent bump over Week One, when [more]

Richard Seymour working with Leonard Williams on “what it takes to be great”

Leonard Williams came into the NFL with high expectations when the Jets made him the sixth overall pick in 2015 and Williams moved right into their starting lineup as a rookie. While Williams was a fixture in the lineup, he never became the kind of disruptive force that the Jets hoped he would be and [more]

New Jersey sees huge growth in sports betting

Since the floodgates opened in May 2018 for legalized sports betting, the floodgates really haven’t opened. Based on the experiences of the state whose challenge to federal law resulted in the Supreme Court ruling that authorized the state-by-state of wagering on sports, other states need to get moving. Via Stephen Edelson of the Asbury Park [more]

Demarcus Robinson could find healthy free agent market

Demarcus Robinson finished fourth on the Chiefs in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns last season. But the receiver can expect to find a healthy free agent market in March. That means his price could be too rich for the Chiefs to keep. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported the Eagles have Robinson [more]

Is a Reggie White-style free agency tour coming for Tom Brady?

In 1993, the first year of close-to-real NFL free agency, Reggie White embarked on an extended tour that ended in God (and/or an offer of the most negotiable notes bearing the phrase “In God We Trust”) telling him to sign with the Packers. As Peter King and I pondered the possibilities for Tom Brady in [more]

Report: Michigan State had interest in Pat Shurmur

Michigan State couldn’t get Robert Saleh, and Pat Shurmur also is unavailable to replace Mark Dantonio. The Spartans had interest in Shurmur, Nicki Jhabvala of reports. Shurmur is not pursuing the job, fully focused on his new job as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. The former Giants head coach agreed to replace Rich Scangarello a [more]

Report: Jaguars hiring Ben McAdoo as quarterbacks coach

Ben McAdoo is back in the NFL. The Jaguars are hiring McAdoo as their quarterbacks coach, Jordan Raanan of ESPN reports. McAdoo, 42, hasn’t coached since the Giants fired him as their head coach after the 2017 season. He has worked with Aaron Rodgers and Eli Manning. McAdoo inherits Gardner Minshew and Nick Foles, who [more]

Mark Gastineau wants his single-season sack record back

Nineteen years after Packers quarterback Brett Favre gifted Giants defensive end Michael Strahan the single-season sack record, the guy who previously held it wants it back. “It’s my record, and I want it to be known that it’s my record,” former Jets pass rusher Mark Gastineau told ESPN on Monday. “I’m not going to say, [more]

Report: Bret Bielema interested in Michigan State head coaching job

49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh didn’t take an interview with Michigan State about their head coaching vacancy, but another NFL assistant is reportedly interested in the opportunity to succeed Mark Dantonio with the Spartans. Rainer Sabin of the Detroit Free Press reports that Giants outside linebackers coach Bret Bielema is interested in the job. Bielema [more]

As it grows, XFL should play in small stadiums

All four of the Week One XFL games drew between 17,000 and 18,000 fans. But only one of the four games created the impression that the stadium was nearly full. In D.C., the Dragons-Defenders game seemed like a big deal because it was a played in a small stadium. Indeed, 17,000-plus fans in a 20,000-seat [more]

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