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Former Lions, Cowboys, and Bears wide receiver Roy Williams has retired.

Williams announced his decision on his Facebook page. The Texans had him in for a workout in late July but were just doing their due diligence. Williams cites his trade to Dallas as a turning point in his career, "Put up good numbers my first few years, went to a Pro Bowl then I got to Dallas and it stopped... The grass ain’t always greener on the other side." Williams is content on hanging up the cleats and spending time with his sons, even though he didn't exactly go out on his own terms. He ends his career with 393 catches for 5,715 yards and 44 touchdowns.
Sat, Sep 8, 2012 08:45:00 PM

According to USA Today's Tom Pelissero, teams believe 49ers first-round ILB Reuben Foster will require a second shoulder surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff.

He's already in the midst of recovering from the first one following Alabama's season, and coach Nick Saban, speaking after last night's first round, expressed frustration with Foster's decision to not consult Dr. James Andrews, instead going to a different doctor. Another NFL executive thinks Foster could be a serious problem off the field outside of Alabama, where he had people to "hold his hand." He won't get that in the NFL. While the Foster pick at 31 overall for the 49ers has widely been praised, there are an excess of red flags that could make this pick backfire.
Source: USA Today
Apr 28 - 9:55 AM

When speaking about first-rounder Christian McCaffrey, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman compared him to Hall of Fame RB Curtis Martin.

"It doesn’t happen very often," Gettleman said. "The best tackle-box runner I’ve ever seen is Curtis Martin out of Pitt. Christian is right there with him. Running in that tackle box takes unique vision and unique quickness, and he’s got it. Curtis had it, and he had a great career – a Hall of Fame career – and this kid’s got those kind of skills." That's a lofty comparison. Carolina has talked about "evolving" as an offense all offseason, trying to take some pressure off Cam Newton, and McCaffrey's unique skill set should allow it to happen.
Apr 28 - 9:45 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs passed on a running back at No. 19 overall partly because Doug Martin has been "the most impressive player thus far" at offseason workouts in Tampa Bay.

Okay. Teams have done close to zero actual football work to this point in the offseason programs, but Martin reportedly is in great shape following his stint in rehab. He's still suspended for the first four games of the year, and the Bucs could easily address the running back spot on Friday evening. Taking TE O.J. Howard at No. 19 had more to do with an elite talent falling into their lap.
Apr 28 - 9:04 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Redskins are shopping RB Matt Jones.

Jones has fallen completely out of favor in D.C., tumbling to fourth on the depth chart behind a pair of UDFAs (Rob Kelley and Mack Brown) and third-down back Chris Thompson. Coach Jay Gruden recently "didn't have much good to say about" Jones, the former No. 95 overall pick in 2015. He had a huge preseason as a rookie and averaged a very respectable 4.6 YPC last season, but Jones has put the ball on the ground with fumbles far too often and was benched midseason 2016. Plenty of backs have overcame fumble issues in the past. The Redskins would likely take a seventh-rounder for Jones.
Apr 28 - 9:00 AM

49ers traded up with the Seahawks and selected Alabama ILB Reuben Foster with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The 49ers were said to be considering Foster as high as No. 2 overall, and he was expected to be a top-of-the-round pick but medical and off-field concerns put Foster in a draft-night slide. Foster (6’0/229) earned the 2016 Butkus Award as college football’s top linebacker, wrapping his four-year career with 24 tackles for loss and eight sacks across 24 starts. He never forced a single turnover at Alabama, but did lead the nation in PFF College’s run-stop percentage last year and showed an ability to cover tight ends and tailbacks on tape. A vicious hitter with missile-like range, Foster offers All-Pro potential if he can stay healthy and keep his head on straight. He has dealt with numerous stingers/concussions, is currently rehabbing a torn rotator cuff, and got kicked out of the Combine for arguing with a hospital worker after failing a drug test. He also managed a 9 on the Wonderlic. While his ceiling is high, Foster also has a low NFL floor.
Apr 27 - 11:38 PM

Steelers selected Wisconsin OLB T.J. Watt with the No. 30 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

J.J.'s brother, Watt (6’5/252) arrived in Madison as a tight end recruit, only to convert to outside linebacker as a redshirt sophomore and break out as a junior for 15.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks, earning second-team All-America. As a former pass catcher, Watt is a legitimate interception and pick-six threat with huge hands (11"). Watt ripped up the Combine with 94th-percentile athleticism. Although he carries one-year wonder concerns, Watt has drawn comparisons to Clay Matthews from NFL scouts and has significant growth potential at his new-ish position. At worst, Watt should become a dangerous sub-package rusher. He's an upside pick for the Steelers.
Apr 27 - 11:32 PM

Browns traded up with the Packers to select Miami TE David Njoku at the No. 29 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Green Bay received the Nos. 33 and 108 overall picks. Njoku (6’4/246) lasted two years at Miami before going pro, logging a 64-1,060-9 (16.6 YPR) receiving line and averaging 11.2 yards after the catch. Even at the ripe ages of 19 and 20, Njoku was a man amongst boys in the ACC. He logged playing time as an in-line tight end and showed a competitive willingness to tangle with much bigger defensive linemen. Njoku isn’t an O.J. Howard-caliber blocker, but he is functional in that area and is certain to cause passing-game mismatches as a 93rd-percentile athlete with LeBronian length (35 ¼-inch arms, 82 ½-inch wingspan). While Howard has the highest floor in this year’s tight end class, Njoku offers the highest pass-catching ceiling. Njoku should see the field early in two-tight end sets across from Gary Barnidge.
Apr 27 - 11:21 PM

Falcons traded up with the Seahawks to select UCLA OLB Takk McKinley with the No. 26 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

The Falcons traded the Nos. 31, 95 and 249 for the right to move up five spots. McKinley (6’2/250) spent three years at UCLA after transferring from JUCO, starting the final two and racking up 29 tackles for loss with 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-Pac 12 from the conference’s coaches as a senior. PFF College charted McKinley with only two missed tackles over his final two seasons. A high school track star, McKinley ripped up the forty (4.64) in Indy, also impressing in the broad jump (10’2") and measuring in with vine-line arms (34 ¾"). McKinley is presently recovering from shoulder surgery, but his long-term pass-rush potential is mouth-watering.
Apr 27 - 11:09 PM

Browns selected Michigan DB/ST Jabrill Peppers with the No. 25 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Peppers (5’11/213) was a highly decorated collegiate, earning the 2016 Paul Horning Award as the nation’s most versatile player and making 25 starts, logging 21.5 tackles for loss and averaging an impressive 13.1 career yards per punt return. Peppers tested like Deone Bucannon at the Combine, running 4.46 with a 10-foot-8 broad jump and 19 bench-press reps. While Peppers’ college hype was greater than his NFL projection, he offers linebacker-cornerback-safety-punt-return versatility and will be an immediate contributor, even if Peppers’ long-term defensive position remains to be seen. The Browns’ biggest secondary need is safety, so we figure he’ll be given a look there first.
Apr 27 - 11:01 PM

Raiders selected Ohio State CB Gareon Conley with the No. 24 overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Clearly a first-round talent, Conley was expected to slip into at least Day 2 because of rape allegations which surfaced early this week. Conley has not been charged with a crime, however, and reportedly passed a polygraph test on Thursday, for whatever that is worth. No matter why or how, the Raiders are clearly comfortable with the situation. On the field, Conley (6’0/195) started 26 games at Ohio State, tallying 19 pass breakups and six interceptions, and earning second-team All-Big Ten from the conference’s coaches as a junior. PFF College charged Conley with a nation-low 14.0 passer rating allowed in 2016. Plus sized with long arms (33"), 4.44 speed, and dynamic ball skills, Conley profiles as a playmaking man-cover corner.
Apr 27 - 10:55 PM

Giants selected Ole Miss TE Evan Engram with the No. 23 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Engram (6’3/234) was a four-year starter at Ole Miss, amassing 162 catches for 2,320 yards (14.3 YPR) and 15 touchdowns while earning All-SEC honors in all four seasons and first-team recognition from the conference’s coaches as a senior. He demonstrated wideout-level athleticism in Indy with a 4.42 forty and 6.92 three-cone time. Although Engram was listed at tight end in college, he was used as a slot receiver, H-back, and in-motion flanker on most snaps and was almost a complete non-factor as a blocker. Engram’s size and blocking deficiencies make him best fit for a "big slot" role. Rotoworld’s Josh Norris has compared him to Jordan Reed. Engram addresses a major need for the G-Men, adding yet another big-bodied pass-catching weapon to their offense.
Apr 27 - 10:49 PM




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