Big Picture: Cowboys, Giants Each Have Question Marks Entering Opener. Two of their three regular-season losses last season came against division rival New York, which held the league’s fifth-ranked scoring offense (26.3 points per game) to a combined 27 points. The offense does return key skill players in the passing game along with rookie additions Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown. All three missed time in training camp due to injury, however, and the defense will also rely on Justin Durant and a debuting Jaylon Smith to replace starting middle linebacker Anthony Hitchens for a few weeks. First-round pick Taco Charlton appeared to get more comfortable in Rod Marinelli’s scheme throughout preseason. New York Giants The Giants won 11 games last year, including the season opener at AT&T Stadium, to make the playoffs for the first time since their 2011 Super Bowl season. The Giants added two more weapons in the passing game this offseason: veteran receiver Brandon Marshall and first-round pick Evan Engram, a downfield threat at the tight end spot. He and the offense undoubtedly will look to finish more drives this season after ranking 26th in points per game (19.4). Conversely, New York’s defense was one of the most productive units in the league last season, allowing the second-fewest points per game (17.8). Defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul are back to face Cowboys All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith, and the defensive line added another run-stopping talent in the first round (former Alabama standout Dalvin Tomlinson).
Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: 2019 four-star wide receiver Trejan Bridges commits to Oklahoma
Oklahoma Sooners Football Recruiting: 2019 four-star wide receiver Trejan Bridges commits to Oklahoma. Lincoln Riley and the Oklahoma Sooners landed another big-name recruit Tuesday as 2019 four-star recruit Trejan Bridges from Hebron High School in Carrollton, TX announced on Twitter that he plans on taking his talents to Norman. 28 wide receiver in the class of 2019 and the No. 159 player overall (247Composite). As a sophomore at Hebron, Bridges hauled in 50 catches for 766 yards and 9 touchdowns. If defensive backs play off of him, he can burn them on a curl or a crossing route. If defenders try to press up on him, he has the ability to blow by them. Error loading player: No playable sources found Loading 00:00 / 03:47 Sophmore Year Regular Season Highlights 48 Play The Texas wideout is OU’s fourth commitment to an already stacked 2019 recruiting class. The Sooners are ranked ninth in the 2019 247Composite rankings before Bridges committed, and that ranking is sure to climb once he is factored in. Bridges also has offers from Oregon, Tennessee, Baylor, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Arkansas, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Tulsa, Texas Tech, Utah and Washington State.
He’s not a five-star recruit, nor has he thrown a pass at the collegiate level and he certainly doesn’t look like Cam Newton with his helmet on. Once Blackman replaced Francois, Florida State went with a ground attack to close out the game, so all FSU fans saw from him is that he can successfully hand off the ball to Cam Akers, another true freshman. Blackman is just nine months removed from leading Glades Central High School to the Class 4A Regional Semifinals. Standing at 6’5”, seeing over the line will not be a problem for Blackman, but his weight draws some concerns. Blackman will face much of that same pressure with the offensive line still not fully capable of protecting the quarterback. His high school highlights show him throwing deep, accurate passes for scores and his senior season, the three-star recruit threw for over 2,000 yards and 14 touchdowns, earning him an All-State selection. Even though Jacques Patrick earned the starting position at running back, Cam Akers led the team with 10 carries for 30 yards. Against any defense that is not Alabama, the Akers/Patrick combination should prove deadly on the ground. Blackman steps into the shoes of a former Heisman candidate with the pressure of taking the Seminoles to their first ever College Football Playoff weighing on his shoulders. Florida State’s season was turned upside down with one awkward tackle, thrusting a true freshman into the spotlight, but that’s just the thrill of college football.
Cam Newton: ‘Should [Colin Kaepernick] be on a roster, in my opinion? Absolutely, there’s no question about it’
Cam Newton: ‘Should [Colin Kaepernick] be on a roster, in my opinion? The San Francisco 49ers welcome the Carolina Panthers to town later this week, and that means it is time for media availability. And it is no surprise he got a question about former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Newton said that he thinks Kaepernick is better than some of the starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Newton joins Aaron Rodgers in offering comments in support of Kaepernick. The NFL season gets underway on Thursday with the New England Patriots hosting the Kansas City Chiefs. There are people who will disagree with Newton, but given some of the quarterbacks starting this weekend across the NFL, his comments are not all that far-fetched. Scott Tolzien vs. Jared Goff official now. Bortles vs. Savage already confirmed. And we're very close to Nathan Peterman vs. Josh McCown.
OSU football notebook: Freshman running back Chuba Hubbard still in Cowboys' plans this season. Freshman Chuba Hubbard was the only Oklahoma State running back on the depth chart in uniform who did not play against Tulsa last Thursday. Prior to the start of the season, OSU coach Mike Gundy indicated that Hubbard, who was plucked from Alberta, Canada, as part of the 2017 recruiting class, would avoid the scout team designation and make appearances in games this season because of his development after arriving in August. On Monday, Gundy said that Hubbard could still play and avoid a redshirt this season even though he’s behind true freshman J.D. King and redshirt freshmen Ja’Ron Wilson and LD Brown. “Chuba could still play,” he said. We have a fairly mature team. “I thought our young guys played well,” said senior safety Tre Flowers. They showed composure, made some plays and did a good job.” Gundy, pleased with the cornerbacks’ ability to limit big gains overall, said Baker “is going to play” because of his improved health. 22 West Virginia lost to No.
New York Giants Week 1 Preview: Dallas Cowboys. With just one week until the New York Giants open up their 2017 campaign, we preview their Week 1 opponent. This year will mark the fifth time in the last six years that the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys have met in Week 1. Let’s take a look at how the Giants fared last season and their additions and losses in the offseason: Last Year: The New York Giants went 11-5, finishing second in the NFC East. Odell Beckham Jr. and Brandon Marshall vs. the very much remodeled Cowboys secondary Big Blue added Marshall to an already skilled WR corps. Dallas lost four key contributors from their 2016 secondary. Keys to the Game: The Dallas Cowboys are already going to be without defensive ends Randy Gregory and David Irving in Week 1 against the Giants due to their suspensions. This could fare well for the Giants offensive line, giving time for Eli Manning to throw and for New York to run the ball effectively. Dallas could also be without stud running back Ezekiel Elliott, who faces investigation for domestic violence allegations. This could give a plethora of opportunities for Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon to get plenty of sacks as the Cowboys will try to be pass-heavy and rely on the intuition of second-year QB Dak Prescott.
Who won Jets-Seahawks Sheldon Richardson trade? | Mailbag. Among the topics discussed this week is, of course, the Jets trading defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson to the Seahawks for wide receiver Jermaine Kearse and a second-round draft pick. Richardson (No. Ideally, Milliner and Richardson would've become stars for the Jets, but getting a pick for Richardson is at least some consolation. We'll see what the pick becomes. No wonder the Jets are in such a bad place right now. They recently claimed him off waivers. It's more likely the Jets win six to eight games than Darnold, Allen, and Rosen all staying in school. The Jets probably will have a high draft pick, and probably will have a nice group of quarterbacks available to draft.
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