The Denver Broncos have released starting running back C.J. Anderson.

Although he rushed for 1,007 yards last season and is only 27 years old, Anderson was informed prior to the Broncos’ offseason-opening team meeting this morning that he was getting let go.

He had two years at $4.5 million each year left on his contract but none of that money was guaranteed.

The Saints had five picks among the first 76 overall, and surely they should have gotten two or three good players out of that haul. But five—if Anzalone pans out?

That’s one of the best drafts in recent years. Deep down, the Niners can justify the Foster pick as swinging and missing for a potential franchise linebacker. But the lesson for Lynch now, with the recent spate of rap-sheet Niners, is he’s got to pick Eagle Scouts. This franchise has erred with risky players once too often, and for a while, they’re going to have to pick totally clean players. I’m hosting a benefit Wednesday night, and you’re invited The bad news: It’ll cost you $500. The good news: It’s for a great cause.

When teams talk about players, they’re always looking for comparisons, and with Rosen, three names come up often: Jay Cutler, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady.

Is he a douchebag? Probably, but so is Aaron Rodgers and he’s done OK, said one scout.

And that’s a common thought from evaluators: Rodgers isn’t the easiest person to get along with, but he wins, so his teammates respect him and it works.

Said another scout, You’re telling me Tom Brady doesn’t care about the stock market or have interests off the field? As long as he’s willing to work, who cares?

That’s another positive for Rosen if he can, like Brady, compartmentalize and have his off-field interests but still be the first guy into the building every day.dolphins_091

Ex-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant Follows DeAndre Hopkins, Texans Players on Instagram

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant recently followed a number of Houston Texans players, including DeAndre Hopkins and J.J. Watt, on Instagram, according to Bobby Belt and RJ Ochoa of SB Nation:

Wuerffel said it was a wake-up call when a flag team fielded by fellow Heisman winner Vince Young was eliminated during a tournament leg in Texas.

“That got us all pretty scared, like, ‘Wait a minute. We’ve gotta figure this thing out because you don’t just show up and think you’re gonna win,'” Wuerffel said. “It’s easy to miss because it’s not high profile, but you go to some of these tournaments and, boy, there are some freaky good athletes.”

Wuerffel has tried recruiting some of his own in Atlanta and Gainesville; players who are more familiar with flag-football concepts.

“It’s different grabbing a flag,” Wuerffel said. “There are some techniques that you’ve got to learn.”

Not only is Wuerffel himself trying to adapt. He’s attempting to re-master the skills that briefly were taken away by an affliction that at one point rendered him unable to throw a football.

In three seasons, Owens caught 158 passes for 2,177 yards and 21 career touchdowns.

According to Pro Football Focus , Owens is the most efficient route-runner among draft-eligible wideouts in the FBS.

Owens is likely a middle-to-late round selection but could rise up some draft boards later this month thanks to his combination of size and speed that could make him a tough draw for opposing cornerbacks in the NFL.

You can check out a scouting report, and career highlights of Owens below:

Body control. Long strider who builds to speed. Adjusts over the wrong shoulder to make tough catches (UCF ’16). He finds a way to win on jump balls through positioning and upper body strength (Tulane ’17-Nickerson; Minter-MTSU ’17). The team moves him both inside and outside in their schemes. No false steps off the ball in his two-point stance if uncovered. Accelerates into slant routes with a controlled straight-stem.  Exhibits nice patience on deep stops outside the numbers. Makes the low-ball scoop snags near the ground. Extends his inside arm to overpower CBs in press coverage (P.I. vs. Jackson, Marshall ’17).  Has won on slant-and-go routes in the RZ (TD, Marshall ’17).dolphins_123

Browns re-sign Tank Carder

The Browns have re-signed unrestricted free agent Tank Carder.

Carder, 29, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in a preseason game and missed the entire 2017 season. He provides depth at linebacker and also is a core special teams player. Carder was voted the special teams captain in 2016.

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When the Jets traded up from No. 6 to No. 3, Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv notes the common line of thinking was there was “no way” Sam Darnold would potentially be available to them. Now, the Jets are planning to visit with Darnold after previously holding off on doing so.

Mike Maccagnan said he’d be open to trading up, but Vacchiano hears the Browns are not expected to be interested in a trade at No. 1 and the Giants — despite being in a different conference — “absolutely” won’t accommodate the Jets in a high-stakes trade like this. While the Giants have been linked to Darnold for a bit now, the Jets would probably take the USC-developed passer if he fell to No. 3, per Vacchiano.

Tebow turned to baseball. He’s playing in the New York Mets farm system and still has a chance of making it to the big leagues before the 2018 season ends. At age 43, Wuerffel no longer harbors pro dreams. But that doesn’t mean Wuerffel is taking lightly his participation in a pastime most commonly associated with kids, college intramurals and the beach.

Not when there’s a $1 million prize awarded to the winning team.dolphins_007

Panthers to pick up option on Shaq Thompson

The Panthers drafted Shaq Thompson as an eventual replacement for Thomas Davis, so they figured they might as well keep Thompson around after Davis is gone.

According to Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers plan to pick up the fifth-year option on Thompson’s rookie deal for 2019.

Smith, a South Dakota State product, signed as an undrafted rookie with the Eagles in 2016 and played 10 games. In 2017, he was cut by the Eagles and picked up by the Browns for their practice squad. He was later called up to the active roster and played three games for the Browns.

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The Panthers also held the Falcons below 100 rushing yards. still swinging the bat very well.CUETO UPDATE: The Giants had hoped to have Cueto camp this weekend, but he remains Boca Chica, Dominican Republic.Can’t blame him.

The 27-year-old Bethel made three Pro Bowls as a special teamer in Arizona, and joins a secondary covered for starters.

He’s a solid signing for a Falcons team that has been selective in free agency, signing guard Brandon Fusco and tight end Logan Paulsen and some of their own, since they lack salary cap room until they finish quarterback Matt Ryan‘s extension.

Bethel was one of the few remaining players in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, with just 13 of them still on the market now.

Tony Romo appears better at his day job. So to speak.

Romo got rave reviews for his first year working as an NFL analyst on CBS. His golf game, though, got panned Thursday.

The former Cowboys quarterback shot a 5-over 77, tying for 128th as of now and ahead of only three players, in the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. Romo received a sponsor exemption into the tournament.

Delvin Breaux set to visit Packers, 49ers

Cornerback Delvin Breaux has taken a couple of visits since the start of free agency without landing a deal and he has a couple of more slated for the near future.

Breaux told Mike Triplett of ESPN.com that he has set up meetings with the Packers and 49ers. Breaux was not tendered by the Saints as a restricted free agent and has already met with the Broncos and Patriots this month.

The Packers have brought back veteran Tramon Williams as a free agent while trading Damarious Randall to the Browns. Davon House remains a free agent after starting 12 games last season.

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“My balance points are better,” Stanton said. “I’m picking the ball up better. I’ve just got to continue.”

He’ll try to continue feeling good at the plate this week facing the Marlins, his only big-league club from his rookie season in 2010 until last Dec. 9 when he was traded to the Yankees with cash for second baseman Starlin Castro and two minor leaguers, right-hander Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers.

One of the Marlins that he’s looking forward to seeing this week is the Yankees legend who managed him for in Miami in 2016 and 2017. Stanton is fond of Don Mattingly. They hugged in March when the Marlins played a spring training game in Tampa and they’ll probably catch up again this week.

“He had a great career,” Stanton said of Mattingly. “He had success in LA (as a manager) and came over to our situation (in Miami). He was very level headed. He’s a student of the game still. He understands the game very well and I enjoyed played under him.”seahawks_098

Rob Gronkowski Angling For New Contract?

Still not committed to playing in 2018, Rob Gronkowski will not be in attendance Monday when the Patriots begin their offseason program. But the All-Pro tight end’s been working out independently, and some of his reported dissatisfaction with Bill Belichick may again be contract-related.

Biggest breaks: Drawing the Texans, Rams and Steelers at home is a break for the Broncos, who also host the Browns as part of the AFC North matchup. Four of the five non-division games on Denver’s road schedule are winnable on paper.

Below is a breakdown of the Bengals schedule in 2018. Cincinnati’s regular-season schedule, including dates and kickoff times, will be posted after it is made available by the NFL.

Toughest tests: Facing two NFC South playoff teams on the road won’t be easy. Atlanta and Carolina also have two of the best quarterbacks in the NFL in Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. A split there would be a win for Cincinnati. A trip to Arrowhead Stadium against Kansas City won’t be easy, either. As for the rivalry games against Pittsburgh, keep in mind a Dec. 4 loss to the Steelers last season knocked the Bengals out of the AFC wild-card hunt.

Biggest breaks: Cincinnati doesn’t have to play New Orleans in the Superdome, and it avoids long-distance trips to Denver and Oakland. Despite the tough NFC matchups, the Bengals could go .500 or better against their road schedule.

Adapting to Jackson’s speedy, quick skill set would take patience, and returning offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels can get the most out of him. Jackson also has a growing edge over Rudolph, because what he did at Louisville translates better to the Patriots’ playbook. It makes sense for New England lean that way at No. 23, especially with the chance to also get Miller several picks later.seahawks_158

Giants star S Landon Collins to have second surgery on forearm

Giants Pro Bowl safety Landon Collins is facing a second surgery on the broken right forearm he sustained in late December and likely will be sidelined until training camp, he confirmed to NorthJersey.com on Wednesday night.

A second surgery, first reported by NFL Network, is necessary because the injury, suffered while making a tackle in Week 16, isn’t healing as quickly as the Giants medical staff hoped.

Giants S Landon Collins’ arm isn’t healing as quickly as docs would hope and might soon undergo surgery to plate the break again, sources say. Timeline for a recovery would be about six to eight weeks to return to full football activity. So he’d miss the spring, be back for camp.

Because this is unpredictable, never-desperate New England, it could blow up that plan and go defense back-to-back with its two first-rounders.

At linebacker, based on where the Pats are picking, Boise State’s Leighton Vander Esch and Alabama’s Rashaan Evans will present appeal. At cornerback, based on another Belichick college connection, Iowa’s Josh Jackson will get consideration should he remain available, with UCF’s Mike Hughes as another reasonable option.

Mill, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams, was sentenced to prison between two and four years in November 2017 for violating his parole, a sentence many said was too harsh.

Judge Genece Brinkley, who has overseen the case, has been accused of being “vindictive and erroneous” in her strict sentencing.

“This guy’s a great guy. (He) shouldn’t be here,” Kraft said.

Mill was arrested in 2007 on drug and weapon violations. He was released from prison in 2009 after serving six months, but was arrested while on parole for failing a drug test, leaving the region without permission, fighting with someone at the St. Louis airport and illegally operating an ATV in New York City.

Here’s a look at how things might play out for the Patriots as they sit on another arsenal of picks in their NFL Draft war roomseahawks_007

2018 NFL Draft Rumors: Patriots Are Team ‘Most Interested’ in Lamar Jackson

Lamar Jackson continues to rise up NFL draft boards, and the New England Patriots could end up pulling the trigger during the April 26-28 event.

According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, the Patriots are the “most interested” in the former Louisville quarterback, although several teams “have been impressed with his intelligence and football acumen.”

While Jackson’s addition could make sense for several teams, his going to the Patriots would raise eyebrows. Even with two first-round picks—Nos. 23 and 31—the team could use draft selections who’d help immediately. With Tom Brady set to turn 41 years old before next season, his long-term future is uncertain.

On the other hand, Jackson could represent a legitimate backup and heir apparent, which was lost after the Patriots traded both Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett last season.

In either case, it doesn’t appear as though teams will be able to wait long to select the dynamic quarterback.

Collins told The Record and NorthJersey.com on Wednesday night that his arm injury is not healing as quickly as the team’s medical staff hoped, and that he has accepted the recommendation of three different doctors that another medical procedure is needed to help the healing process.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo first reported the issue with Collins and that surgery was being considered. The expected recovery, if Collins opted for surgery as expected, would be 6-8 weeks before he can return to full football activity. That would keep him out of action for the entire offseason program, which began Monday.

“I hate surgery,” Collins told The Record and NorthJersey.com via text message. “And then I’m thinking I’m fine and excited about this season, being on the field for OTAs [organized team activity]. It’s a bone. It’s going to come back stronger, so it shouldn’t affect nothing I’m trying to do [moving forward].”

Collins, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He is expected to be a key piece in defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s defense, and Collins said in a conference call Monday that he was “100 percent” after the injury in Week 16 forced him to miss the Giants’ regular season finale.

“My arm is doing great,” Collins said Monday when asked about the injury. la_kings_007