Running back Saquon Barkley’s Roc Nation representatives reportedly don’t want him to be selected by the Cleveland Browns in the 2018 NFL draft.
According to Ben Baskin of Sports Illustrated, the former Penn State star’s reps implored him to publicly say that he won’t play for the Browns.
Kyle Soppe on Patrick Corbin (No. 15): Anyone can make the #Humidor claim to explain Corbin’s two standout home performances this season against strong competition (in 13 innings against the Dodgers/Rockies, he allowed just two earned runs while striking out 20 and walking just two), but he pitched well at home last season (9-4 with a 3.15 ERA), and I think you’re doing him a disservice if you simply attribute his strong start in 2018 to the environment.
In this launch angle era that we are in, Corbin has found a way to keep the ball on the ground, and that is why I believe we are looking at much more than a flash in the pan.
Consider this: His swing-and-miss rate is flirting with 18 percent and his ground ball percentage is up over 62 percent. Now, do I think those rates are sustainable? No, but they don’t need to be. In 2017, only one pitcher had a swing-and-miss rate over 12 percent and coaxed ground balls over 50 percent of the time. Care to guess who that was? Luis Severino … the breakout pitcher of 2017 and potentially the comparison we could be making for Corbin when all is said and done.
The schedule toughens at the end of this month and into May, but I’m buying what Corbin is selling, so I’m excited to see what he can do against the game’s best.
Nearly three years removed from his last quality season, Marshall figures to face a cold market for his services. Considering his past work with Showtime’s Inside the NFL, it’s natural to wonder if the 34-year-old will leave the gridiron for the bright lights of the television studio.
Now that Marshall has been jettisoned, the Giants have an opening behind Odell Beckham and Sterling Shepard at wide receiver. Gettleman isn’t ruling out the idea of signing Bryant, who recently cited Big Blue as his preferred landing spot in free agency.
Doomed by insufficient support in 2017, Manning can’t be blamed for imagining a dream scenario in which he’s surrounded by Beckham, Bryant, new blindside protector Nate Solder and potential No. 2 draft pick Saquon Barkley for the upcoming season.
Chinander, on the recommendation of two of the existing coaches on the Central Florida staff whom Frost retained when he was hired (Sean Beckton and Travis Fisher), moved Griffin from safety, where he played his first two years, to linebacker, where he projects as an NFL draft pick possibly as high as the third or fourth round.
Everybody asks me, ‘What can’t he do?’ Chinander said. I’m still trying to figure that out.
One lesson Chinander learned quickly about Griffin is this: Never doubt him.