There are a handful of college football all-star games every year that give draft-eligible players a chance to perform in front of scouts. You may be familiar with the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game, but the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a newer all-star game that utilizes former NFL players and coaches to coach the prospects. How does the Bowl know which players to invite? They have a director of scouting for that. It used to be Tony Softli, but he left for the Alliance of American Football. To replace him, the Bowl hired former Bills general manager Doug Whaley. "I’m grateful to the NFLPA for entrusting me with this opportunity to work with a marquee collegiate showcase," Whaley said. "We are an organization that will be with the players for their entire careers both on and off the field. I’m thrilled to serve in this capacity of introducing them to the union, our partners and the many great programs available to help them make the most of their experience." … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Doug Whaley has a new job
Tyrod Taylor led by example during his time in Buffalo, and his leadership skills are already evident in Cleveland. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who is behind Taylor on the depth chart despite being drafted first overall, said this week that he has been impressed by Taylor's leadership. "For me to watch him and learn from him has been great," Mayfield said. "He sets the bar high, shows up, his work ethic, it’s a great situation for me to come into to have someone like that. It’s good for me." Mayfield also mentioned that he thought the Browns got a steal by acquiring Taylor for only a third-round draft pick. Bills Position Preview: The News' look at Bills position battles begins with quarterback, where the job is wide open. Incumbent Nathan Peterman, veteran AJ McCarron and rookie Josh Allen have all looked good during offseason workouts. Bills QB Player Spotlight: Should Josh Allen be the guy from Day 1? He's a work in progress, but here's the argument for … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Tyrod Taylor is an incredible mentor, Baker Mayfield says
As offenses utilize more and more three-receiver sets, slot cornerback has become an increasingly important position for NFL defenses. Two players who could fill that role on this year's Bills are Phillip Gaines and Taron Johnson, Jay Skurski wrote. Gaines is a four-year vet and a former third-round pick of the Chiefs. Johnson was a fourth-round selection in this year's draft. Coach Sean McDermott has warned against reading too deeply into offseason lineups, but for what it's worth, Gaines played with the starting unit during the Bills' recent offseason practices. "Especially in today's game, there’s so much '11' personnel (one tight end and one running back), a lot of fast receivers on the field," Gaines said. "You always have to be ready. Each team has different personnel. Some go big with tight ends, others have a lot of speed receivers. You've just got to take it week by week." Leonard Johnson, who played in the slot last season for the Bills, is a free agent who remains … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: These are the players who could replace Leonard Johnson on the Bills’ defense
Jennifer Beeson Naples Daily News Published 9:30 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 The Naples area is growing fast, and we want our readers to be well-informed. If you’re involved in the community or curious to know what’s going on in Naples, then you will want to subscribe to our new Breaking Ground newsletter that launches Thursday. Every week new businesses are moving in while others are closing their doors for good; infrastructure seems to be a never-ending topic of conversation; and developers are quickly snagging pieces of prime real estate to build on. The Naples Daily News created this exciting newsletter to keep you in the know on all things regarding growth and development in Collier and south Lee counties. In the newsletter, you will get a look at new local commercial and residential developments and learn about the latest trends so you can be one of the first to know about the projects shaping our community. The newsletter will be delivered weekly … [Read more...] about Naples is growing fast. Stay informed with our new Breaking Ground newsletter.
With the offseason program in the rearview mirror and training camp on the horizon, Jay Skurski looks even further ahead for his latest Inside the Bills feature, projecting what the 53-man roster could look like at the end of preseason. "Competition for jobs at wide receiver and defensive end should be of particular interest during training camp at St. John Fisher College," Skurski writes. As for the "surprise cut" candidates, Skurski's initial projection doesn't nominate anyone of note: Earlier this spring ... I went with Peterman, figuring the Bills could decide to go with just two quarterbacks. After minicamp, however, I’d like to retract that. Peterman had a solid spring. So solid, in fact, he might have a slight edge in the competition with McCarron to be the starting quarterback. Skurski's mailbag: Should fans be worried that Josh Allen hasn't signed his rookie contract yet? Who will return kickoffs and punts? Who is the favorite to win the starting center job? Josh … [Read more...] about [BN] Blitz newsletter: Solving the 53-man roster puzzle