Simms believes that New York Giants are in cat bird seat

The NFL Draft runs through Cleveland again this year, and unfortunately, the Browns still deal with the after-effects of draft mistakes of the past.
What that means for the New York Giants is that the Cleveland Browns cannot get cute. The Browns have outsmarted themselves over and over again. To put things in perspective, the Browns have drafted eight quarterbacks since the G-Men acquired Eli Manning.

Right now, Josh Rosen (UCLA) is the most polished signal-caller, while Josh Allen (Wyoming) has the most natural talent. A third quarterback, Sam Darnold (USC), splits the difference between finished product and talent. He would seem to be the wise choice at No. 1.

Former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms had some pointed thoughts about where that leaves his old team. Simms gave his opinion when he was a guest on Adam Schein’s SiriusXM show on Mad Dog Sports Radio. Per NJ.com:

If you are looking anything into the future, if Josh Allen is sitting there and [Cleveland doesn’t] take him, I would think [the Giants] will get a ransom for Josh Allen. If Cleveland takes Sam Darnold or [Saquon] Barkley, and Josh Allen is sitting there, that will be interesting.

If Giants general manager Dave Gettleman trades the No. 2 pick, that means Barkley gets bypassed. Clearly, that will upset many New York Giants fans, who believe that the Penn State running back is a no-brainerpick.

Look at his film, Mayfield said. He gave up zero sacks last year.

Mayfield laughed off Brown’s 5.86-second 40-yard dash, noting that Brown is never going to run 40 yards in a game. The workout numbers were unimpressive, but Mayfield was very pleased with last year’s sack number of zero.

Bell will make $26.7 million between 2016 and 2017 by virtue of the franchise tag, which contextualizes just how difficult it is for the Pittsburgh Steelers and their star back to find fair value on a long-term deal. If Bell were to sign a deal guaranteeing him $15 million per year, he would make $45 million over three years, nearly $18 million more than what McCoy racked up over the first three years of his extension.

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Josh Jackson didn’t see many balls thrown his way Wednesday.

But when Boston College quarterback Darius Wade threw toward Jackson late in the Pinstripe Bowl, Jackson picked it off to seal Iowa’s 27-20 victory at Yankee Stadium.

Since late November, Irving’s defensive rating has climbed to 106.7. That’s not all on him; the Celtics as a team have slogged through a game-heavy December schedule. But as Irving continues to dazzle on the offensive end, he must recommit on the defensive end as well.

Boston’s defensive rating this season is a team-best 97.5 when Irving is off the court, an improvement of 5.1 points per 100 possession versus when he’s on the floor. Irving had been holding his opponents to league-average shooting during Boston’s winning streak, but the NBA’s tracking data has opponents shooting 50 percent against him over the past 20 games.

The Celtics have played their best basketball when they are defensively engaged, and Irving has repeatedly noted how much easier the game comes when Boston is not taking the ball out of the basket each trip down. Irving must set the tone, defensively, with his effort level, and his defensive-minded teammates will feed off that energy. — Chris Forsberg

After their original allotment of wild-card playoff tickets sold out in just a few hours, the team announced Thursday that it was opening up additional seating by removing sponsored tarps at EverBank Field.

The removal of the tarps gave Jaguars fans 3,501 more seats, which have been covered up for years. The additional tickets went on sale Friday and sold out in only five minutes.

Avril has one more year left on his contract, and Chancellor’s extension runs through the 2020 season.

Whatever those guys decide will be the right thing, whatever direction they go, Carroll said. They got such great brains and character and all that stuff that they’ll make great choices and we’ll support them whatever that is.

Carroll said nothing has changed with the status of defensive lineman Malik McDowell, whose football future is uncertain as well. McDowell didn’t play a snap as a rookie after suffering what the team described as a severe concussion during a summer ATV accident.

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