SAN FRANCISCO — Jalen Jelks didn’t have to return for his senior season at Oregon, let alone end it by playing in the Redbox Bowl.The Ducks defensive end would’ve undoubtedly been drafted, likely in the first two rounds, had he chosen to enter last year’s NFL Draft after racking up 58 tackles with 15 for loss including 6.5 sacks. But Jelks returned, intent on improving and also trying to help Oregon return to being a top program.“I really wanted to get a better opportunity to showcase my talents and my versatility,” he said. “Having an opportunity to work with (outside linebackers) coach (Cort) Dennison and (defensive line) coach Joe (Salave’a), I mean they click so well together. We’ll be in the middle of practice and they’ll tell me hop in inside or outside, so it doesn’t really matter. Tried to showcase my talents and help my team as best as I can.”With growing trend to forgo bowl games, Oregon Ducks' Jalen … [Read more...] about Redbox Bowl a sendoff for Oregon’s Jalen Jelks after selfless senior season
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Ryan Wood USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 1:04 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 GREEN BAY - If this were a basketball team, where height and length are paramount, the Green Bay Packers would present quite a formidable lineup entering this week’s organized team activities. Coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers put a premium on getting “bigger” this spring. Usually, “bigger” for a football squad is measured in pounds, not inches. But as the team entered its OTAs on Monday, it’s apparent the Packers have gotten significantly taller. Whether it’s the tallest roster in the NFL depends on where you draw the line on the tape measure. The Packers lead the NFL with 49 players listed at least 6-3, and their 21 players listed exactly 6-3 is also the most. Their 28 players listed at least 6-4 is more middle of the pack, and their 15 players listed at least 6-5 is in the league’s bottom third. RELATED: Why Packers are prioritizing press-man … [Read more...] about Packers roster analysis: Will bigger mean better?
Quicker and healthier are the key words for Shaq Lawson this offseason. The Buffalo Bills' defensive end knows his third season in the NFL is critical to his future after enduring injury-shortened campaigns his first two years. "I'm going into my third year, this is an important year," Lawson said in an interview last month with FOX Carolina in Greenville, S.C. "I've been battling injuries the last couple years. I feel like I'm about to get off to a hot start." Lawson said getting his weight down is a priority. "I've just been grinding, man, just changing my body," Lawson said on the sidelines of the Clemson spring game. "The lightest I've ever been is 265. It's just about changing my body and maintaining to stay healthy." Lawson played his rookie season with the Bills at about 275 pounds. However, that season was hindered before it even started by shoulder surgery that caused him to miss all of training camp, preseason and the first six games. At Clemson, Lawson played at as much as … [Read more...] about Shaq Lawson’s personal coach on offseason growth: ‘I can see it in his eyes’
By Eric Branch Updated 5:00 pm, Monday, May 7, 2018 Last week, as rookie wide receiver Richie James was escorted into the media room, a member of the 49ers’ public-relations staff told reporters “Ricky James” was available for an interview. James took the gaffe in stride, politely making the correction. However, it probably counted as the latest humbling moment for the record-breaking pass-catcher who was nearly overlooked in the NFL draft. After posting two 100-catch seasons at Middle Tennessee State, where he owns school records in receptions (244), receiving yards (3,261) and touchdown catches (23), James was associated with another big number: 240. That was where the seventh-round pick was selected in the 256-player draft, which made for an arduous experience. “It was a very long three days,” James said. James, who can play outside and in the slot in the NFL, had a long list of college accomplishments: He ranked third in the nation in … [Read more...] about 49ers rookie had two 100-catch seasons, two broken collarbones
Knowing Howie Roseman, Joe Douglas, Doug Pederson and Jeffrey Lurie, it’s easy to envision that group spending a lot of time this past weekend gazing pensively at the big silver football, sitting there on its sleek silver pedestal in the Eagles’ draft room, while the picks and rounds rolled by. The Eagles emerged from the draft with five players, their lightest haul since 1989. They seemed to do a solid job in what they knew was going to be a tough spot; a spot they knew they would be in when they were trading 2018 picks for Carson Wentz, Jay Ajayi, and Ronald Darby – players they needed to bring home the first Lombardi Trophy in the history of the franchise. Of course, they don’t regret any of those moves. But it still pained them to sit and watch players they’d extensively scouted, hosted and projected into hypothetical lineups get snapped up by rivals. Would the Giants have been able to add guard Will Hernandez in the second round (34th … [Read more...] about Eagles made the best of draft situation they don’t want to be in again, even if they repeat