Second-round wide receiver Sterling Shepard is in the best position to make a significant impact. The Giants targeted him early in the draft process as a wideout they liked, and coach Ben McAdoo sees him as a player he can use all over the formation in a variety of roles as a complement to star Odell Beckham Jr. With Rueben Randle gone and Victor Cruz still a major question mark as he attempts his comeback from knee and calf injuries, there's an opening for a No. 2 wide receiver in New York. Shepard will get every opportunity to lock down the role for the short and long term, and he has the skill set to do it.
The only thing standing in the way of a major role for Shepard is Cruz and his balky knee and calf. If Cruz looks like his old self, then the Giants will probably let Shepard grow into a larger role, but if Cruz doesn't have a great offseason then Shepard will be thrust into a major role immediately. He could fill the Randall Cobb role in Ben McAdoo's offense.
Friday, April 1, 2016, 9:18pm
"I felt like it was a better opportunity for me here to showcase my talents on a one-year deal to go out there and prove myself," Randle said. "It's a new start for everyone, new coaching staff, new start for me as well."
Even though the 6-2, 208-pound Randle is only 24 years old, he along with another new addition in Chris Givens are the most experienced receivers on the team.
"I can come out here and help those guys be better players. It's not all about me," Randle said. "I'm willing to help my teammates out and get those guys better as well so with my veteran presence I can lead the group a little bit and maybe get some things started here in the receiving corps."
The 24-year-old agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Eagles on Wednesday, the team announced. Randle's agent, Vincent Taylor, told NFL.com that the deal includes $500,000 in guaranteed money and can be worth up to $3 million if Randle meets all of his incentives.
Before the Eagles added Randle on Wednesday, new coach Doug Pederson had mentioned that Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews would be the top two outside receivers heading into OTAs. If that doesn't change, Randle will likely compete against Josh Huff for playing time at the No. 3 receiver spot.
Agholor was a major fantasy disappointment in his rookie season, but it sounds as if the team hasn't given up on the possibility that he'll develop into a productive starter. He's currently going in the 10th round of early fantasy drafts.
Sanchez is likely being brought in to be the backup for whomever the team acquires to start at quarterback, but he could hold down the fort for a year if they're unable to bring anyone better in.
“DeMarco is a premium back in this league, and I have admired his running style from afar for a long time,” Robinson said in a statement formally announcing the trade. “We are expecting him to embody all that we want to be about as a team moving forward — tough, dependable and team-first. He will be a workhorse for us and his presence in our offense will help everyone around him.”
Murray seems to have his eyes on that kind of role in the offense. He said in a statement that he’s willing to do anything the Titans ask, “whether it is carrying the ball 20 times, 30 times, whatever.”
As we stated earlier when the trade news broke, this puts a damper on the fantasy value of David Cobb as well as Antonio Andrews and Bishop Sankey. Murray is considered a volume rusher and seems poised to get a big workload, however the Titans OL has struggled over the past few seasons.
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Daniel's former coach, Doug Pederson, was singing his praises this offseason. He'll serve as the QB2 behind Sam Bradford, but if Bradford struggles, don't be surprised if Daniel gets a crack at the starting job.
ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the move, which won't become official until Wednesday.
Murray altered his contract to accommodate the trade, but he did not lose his $21 million in guaranteed money, per Rapoport, according to a source informed of the deal.
This would seem to solve the Titans' problem at running back and kills any positive offseason buzz for David Cobb. The Titans have struggled to run the ball in recent years, but Murray will be an upgrade at the position. He'll likely be drafted as a middle-of-the-road RB2 in August. In Philadelphia, it's a boon to Ryan Mathews' value, provided he stays put.
The deal is worth $36 million, with $26 million of that guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Bradford was the #24 QB in 2015, but owned the #30 per game average. He averaged 268 yards, 1.4 TD and 1.1 INT in the 13 games in which he played at least 98% of the snaps. He's a low-end QB2.
A statement released Monday by Philadelphia police said that two off-duty officers, both 40-year-old black men and members of the city's police department, were injured in a fight with four black men, aged 26 through 30, around 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Police did not identify the four suspects, but a man familiar with the investigation confirmed to ESPN's Mark Schwarz and The Associated Press that McCoy, who played six seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, is one of the men under investigation. The man spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to publicly discuss the case.
Related players: Karlos Williams
McCoy's offseason is not off to a good start. Depending on how this plays out, he could be suspended for part of the 2016 season. Karlos Williams is waiting in the wings.
The team announced the tight end inked a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping him in Philadelphia through 2021.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the extension is worth $42.5 million, with $20 million in guarantees, which makes Ertz the fourth-highest paid tight end in average and guaranteed money, per a source. Jimmy Graham ($10 million), Julius Thomas ($9.2 million) and Rob Gronkowski ($9 million) are the top three in average per year.
Ertz finished as the #10 TE in standard scoring, but was #6 after his Week 8 bye, averaging 6.4 catches for 73 yards and 0.25 TD (on 8.8 targets per game) in his final eight games. On the season, he racked up 75 catches for 853 yards and two scores. Given his size and relative catch radius, his touchdown rate should increase eventually. Playing time was the issue in his first two NFL seasons, but he played 72% of the snaps in 2015 and 79% in his last five games.
Eagles have hired Frank Reich as their OC. Done deal.
Reich previously served as the OC of the Chargers for the last two seasons and his offenses finished 18th and 9th in yards gained even though they were in the bottom half in points scored in both seasons. New HC Doug Pederson is expected to call the plays in Philadelphia
Eagles have a new Defensive coordinator in Jim Schwartz. Deal is not yet signed, but agreement in place.
Pederson has served as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator for the last three years, though it's Andy Reid who calls the plays.
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