Best Against the Spread Picks for Week 1

By: James Tillman 

James Tillman’s NFL Best Bets for Week 1

Are you ready for some football? Those are the six words that mean that the upcoming football season is right around the corner. For obvious reasons, this is big-time news for NFL fans. The big game that took place back in February saw the Kansas City Chiefs take on the San Francisco 49ers. San Francisco led by a double-digit margin in the final frame.  

But as they had done several times before, the Chiefs managed to overcome that advantage en route to winning the team’s first Super Bowl title in five decades. Was this win the beginning of the next NFL dynasty, or will someone challenge the champions during the 2020 NFL season? But before we start getting too far ahead of ourselves here, let’s take a look at our best pick(s) for Week 1. 

NFL Best Bet ATS for Week 1, No. 1: Arizona Cardinals at San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers (-7) vs. Arizona Cardinals 

For our first sure pick, we have a matchup between two division rivals. Last season, the 49ers finished with one of the best records in the league at 13-3. Additionally, the 49ers had the fourth-best offense in the NFL, totaling 381.1 yards per game and they also had the second-best defense in the league as well, giving up just 281.8 yards per outing.  

Meanwhile, the Cardinals finished last in the NFC West at 5-10. Along with that, the Cardinals had the 21st-best offense in the NFL and finished dead last in total yards allowed per game at 402. Based on the numbers, the 49ers should not only win this game, but they should also cover the spread as well.  

NFL Best Bet ATS for Week 1, No. 2: Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs

Houston Texans vs. Kansas City Chiefs (-9) 

Ironically, these two teams faced off in last year’s AFC divisional playoffs. In that contest, the Houston Texans were rolling early as they jumped out to a 24-0 lead. Unfortunately for the Texans, that three-score lead would not hold up. In fact, the Chiefs erased the huge deficit thanks to scoring 41 consecutive points.  

And when it was all said and done, the Chiefs ended up winning the game by a 51-31 margin. It was the biggest comeback win in franchise history. While the Texans should prove to be a formidable opponent for the defending champs, look for the Chiefs to get the better of their opponent this time around as well and start the season off on a high note and win by double-digits.

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Blue Jays Barred From Playing Games In Toronto

It appears that the Toronto Blue Jays will not be allowed to play home games in Canada this year. Yesterday, the Canadian government denied the Blue Jays’ request to play home baseball games at the Rogers Centre in Toronto this season. Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino later confirmed this information. The Canadian government doesn’t reportedly think it is safe for players to travel back and forth from the United States during the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Blue Jays are currently considering a few different locations where they could play home games. One of the sites in the mix is the team’s training facility in Dunedin, Florida. The franchise is also thinking about utilizing Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York which is home to Toronto’s triple-A affiliate baseball team. The Blue Jays are currently scheduled to begin their season on July 24th.


League Will Shorten Exhibition Games

The NBA announced it is tweaking the rules of the first exhibition games of the league restart to make them go by a little faster. For the initial matchups of the NBA restart, the league has decided to go with ten-minute quarters instead of the traditional 12-minute quarters. The NBA is hoping this will allow players to get ready to finish the season while also enabling them to conserve their energy for more important games that will come later.

ESPN is reporting that the clock change will only apply to the first exhibition game for every team. The second and third exhibition games at Disney will go back to the standard timing. Every team participating in the NBA restart is required to play in three exhibition games.

Race For NBA’s Individual Awards Is Already Over

On Friday, the NBA told teams that none of the seeding games will be taken into consideration when selecting this season’s individual award winners. The league also said that voting for honors like All-NBA, ROTY, etc. will be completed before the season restart on July 30th. This news means that the race for individual awards like MVP is now officially over. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the MVP award last season with the Milwaukee Bucks and is hoping to win it again this year.


Training Camps To Start As Scheduled

Despite spiking Coronavirus cases across the country, the NFL has decided to start preseason activities on time. Yesterday, all 32 NFL teams received an email from the league informing them that training camps will begin as scheduled. Rookies will report first, followed by QBs and injured players, and finally, veterans.

Rookies that play for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans are the first players that will report to camp this year. They are all scheduled to show up at camp tomorrow. Meanwhile, the NFL said that all other teams are allowed to have rookies report to camp as early as Tuesday the 21st. NFL veterans are scheduled to report on July 28th.


Oilers’ Defenseman Feeling “Healthy” After Positive COVID-19 Test Results

On Friday, the Oilers’ Caleb Jones revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and had to self-isolate for two weeks before joining the team at training camp. The defenseman reportedly tested positive for Coronavirus when he first showed up for training camp in Edmonton three weeks ago. He then had to quarantine for two weeks. Friday marked the first time Jones was able to participate in the team’s main practice.

“We’ll see if he takes part in [the] scrimmage tomorrow… I’m not sure he’s going to go that far yet, but it’s good to have him back. He had no symptoms, he tested positive without any symptoms at all, so he’s coming back feeling healthy and ready to go.”

Edmonton Oilers’ coach Dave Tippett on Jones’ return

Caleb Jones was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in 2015. The 23-year-old defenseman played in 43 games for Edmonton this year. He finished the regular season with four goals and five assists for nine total points.

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72 NFL Players Have Tested Positive For COVID-19

NFLPA announced 72 players tested positive for Coronavirus as of July 10th

We now know how many NFLers have COVID-19 after the league’s first few rounds of testing. Earlier today, the NFL Players’ Association released a set of data that revealed 72 players league-wide have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 10th, 2020. According to, the 72 individuals make up about 2.5% of rostered players in the league.

In the announcement, the NFLPA also released a map showing the concentration of Coronavirus in NFL markets. The Miami Dolphins have the highest concentration of average daily Coronavirus cases per 100,000 people with 67.53 cases per 100K. The New England Patriots have the lowest concentration of cases with just 3.27 cases per 100,000 people.

The NFL and the NFLPA are still trying to resolve outstanding issues between the two sides before players have to report to team facilities. Rookies for the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans are scheduled to report to work this weekend. All NFL veterans are slated to report to work by July 28th.

NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds

By: James Tillman 

NFL Comeback Player of the Year Odds: Count on Cam?

In 2019, quarterback Ryan Tannehill was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Tennessee Titans. He was slated to be the backup behind Marcus Mariota. However, after the Titans got off to a 2-4 start, the team decided to turn over the keys to Tannehill and he did not disappoint. He threw for 2,742 yards, 22 touchdowns against just six interceptions. He completed 70.3 percent of his passes during the regular season, had a league-best 9.6 yards per pass attempt and he led the NFL with a 117.5 passer rating.  

On the heels of Tannehill’s play, the Titans grabbed the No. 6 seed. They went on to knock off Tom Brady and the Patriots and the top-seeded Ravens before coming up short against the eventual champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. Needless to say, Tannehill was an easy choice for the Comeback Player of the Year last season. Which players have the best odds to win the award for the 2020 NFL season? Here’s a look at the top three players in the running according to Unibet.  

Third-Best Comeback Player of the Year Odds: J.J. Watt (+700)

J.J. Watt entered the NFL in 2011. During his rookie campaign, he recorded 5.5 sacks. However, over the next four seasons, his stock rose considerably. In 2012 and 2013, Watt had 20.5 and 10.5 sacks, respectively. In 2014 and 2015, he had 20.5 and 17.5 sacks. It should not be much of a surprise that he was named the league’s top defensive player three times in his first five seasons. Unfortunately, injuries hampered Watt over the next two seasons (2016 and 2017) as he played a total of just eight games.  

Watt returned to form in 2018, as he recorded 16 sacks – the highest total in the AFC and he led the NFL with seven forced fumbles. Although injuries limited Watt to just eight games in 2019, he returned in time for the playoffs. Based on the numbers he put up when he was healthy, it’s easy to understand why he comes in at the No. 3 spot on the list.  

Second-Best Comeback Player of the Year Odds: Cam Newton (+400)

It wasn’t that long ago when Cam Newton was the top quarterback in the league. During the 2015 campaign, he was named MVP following a season in which threw for 3,837 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions. Even more important, the Panthers went 15-1 en route to the team’s second appearance in the Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Newton and the Panthers came up a bit short against the Denver Broncos 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.  

Newton has started 124 games in his career, posting a 68-55-1 record while completing 59.6% of his passing attempts for 29,041 yards, 182 touchdowns, 108 interceptions, and an 86.1 passer rating. He also has 4,806 rushing yards and 58 touchdowns. Additionally, during the first eight years of his NFL career, Newton had thrown for at least 3,000 yards and 18 touchdowns.  

That streak came to an abrupt end in 2019, as injuries limited him to just two outings. Now that he has signed with the New England Patriots, the former MVP is hoping to turn things around, even though there’s an open competition at the starting quarterback position. If he can stay healthy, Newton has more than an outside shot at winning the Comeback Player of the Year award. 

Top Comeback Player of the Year Odds: Ben Roethlisberger (+300)

Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger comes in at the No. 1 spot. Roethlisberger has not played a full 16-game season in five years. And like Newton, he appeared in just two games during the 2019 season and had to undergo elbow surgery. For those of us that may be tempted to think that Big Ben doesn’t have a lot left in the tank, I would caution you to think otherwise.  

In his last full season (2018), he led the NFL with 5,129 passing yards to go along with 34 touchdowns. Both stats were career-highs for the two-time Super Bowl champion. If his level of play is remotely similar to that season, Roethlisberger could help lead the Steelers back to playoff contention as they have failed to reach the postseason in each of the past two seasons.

Chiefs Sign Patrick Mahomes To Ten-Year Extension

Mega-Deal is reportedly worth $503 Million

It looks like Patrick Mahomes is going to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback for a long time. According to the NFL Network’s Michael Silver, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed on a mega-deal that will keep the 24-year-old Quarterback in KC through the 2031 season. The NFL Network is reporting the deal is worth up to $503 million.

The contract extension is the largest in sports history. Mahomes is now the first athlete in history with a contract worth half-a-billion dollars. The contract also marks the first time an NFL player is the highest-paid athlete in the world of sports.

Patrick Mahomes has a 24-7 record in 31 starts. Mahomes was named MVP in his first season as a starter, throwing for 50 Touchdowns and over 5000 yards in 2018. Despite missing some time due to injury this past season, Mahomes led the Chiefs to an 11-3 record and a victory in Super Bowl LIV. He was named the game’s MVP after throwing for 286 passing yards and recording three total touchdowns.

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Members Of Blues’ Organization Reportedly Test Positive For COVID-19

According to multiple reports that came out Friday night, multiple members of the St. Louis Blues’ organization tested positive for COVID-19. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that no staff members or coaches are believed to have been infected with COVID-19 during the ongoing pandemic.

The Athletic is reporting that the team’s Phase Two workouts that were scheduled for Friday were canceled due to the positive Coronavirus test results. No further workouts are scheduled for this weekend. Current reports indicate that the team is expected to resume practice on Monday.


White Sox And Nationals Report Positive Coronavirus Test Results

Both the Washington Nationals and the Chicago White Sox announced two players on each team tested positive for COVID-19. Both teams made the announcements earlier today.

The Chicago White Sox did not identify the players who tested positive but did say they are both asymptomatic and in isolation. Meanwhile, Nats’ Manager Dave Martinez told the media that two players out of 60 tested positive for COVID-19. The four players will be allowed to return to baseball activities after recording two negative COVID-19 test results and passing other pre-established Coronavirus protocols.


League Releases Restart Scrimmage Schedule

Yesterday, the NBA released its scrimmage schedule ahead of the 2019-20 NBA season restart that will take place in Orlando. All 22 teams participating in the restart will play in three scrimmages before the season resumes on July 30th. The league is saying that the Television broadcast details will be released at a later time.


Sources: NFLPA Recommends Canceling All Preseason Games

According to ESPN’s sources, on Friday, the NFL Players’ Association Board of Representatives voted to recommend canceling all 2020 preseason games. Sources say that the decision was voted on unanimously.

Earlier this week, the NFL decided to shorten the 2020 preseason to two games from four. At this time, the league has not formally announced the decision to reduce the number of preseason games this year. ESPN says it is unclear if the NFL will consider the players’ union’s recommendation to cancel all preseason games.

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Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

Sources: Cam Newton To Sign With Patriots

The “incentive-laden” deal is reportedly for one-year

It looks like the Pats have found Tom Brady’s successor. A little before 8:00 PM EST, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that Cam Newton reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the New England Patriots. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is “incentive-laden.”

This addition means that the Patriots have three Quarterbacks on the roster heading into this season. Newton will be competing with Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer for the Pats’ starting job. Whoever ends up starting for New England will have big shoes to fill as he looks to be the successor to Tom Brady and the Patriots’ dynasty.

Cam Newton just turned 31 last month after spending the first nine seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers. Newton had notable success after being selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He finished his tenure with Carolina as the franchise’s all-time leader in Quarterback Wins, Passing Yards, Passing Touchdowns, Pass Completions, Pass Attempts, and Rushing Touchdowns. Newton’s best season came in 2015 when he was named the NFL MVP and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

NFL Over Under Wins: NFC South Over Under Wins

By: Field Level Media 

Atlanta Falcons Over Under Wins: 

The NFC South isn’t a breeze, and plenty of tests dot the Atlanta slate start to finish. Going to Green Bay, Kansas City and Minnesota is a steep climb in nonconference play without considering the new and intense challenge of visiting Tampa Bay. Hitting .500 looks like a home run here. 

Atlanta Falcons 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 vs. Seattle Seahawks, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 20 at Dallas Cowboys, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 27 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 5 at Green Bay Packers, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN) 

Oct. 11 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 18 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 25 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 29 at Carolina Panthers, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Nov. 8 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. 


Nov. 22 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 29 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 6 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 13 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:25 p.m. 

Dec. 20 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Dec. 27 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Falcons wins: 7.5 

FLM projects: 7 wins 

Upset watch: It’s been a few moons since head coach Dan Quinn helped Pete Carroll build a Super Bowl defense in Seattle, and he knows where the weak spots are in Russell Wilson’s game. Seattle built a 24-0 lead at halftime when these teams met Week 8 last year, but the game finished as a one-possession result. 

Longshot wager: If the wheels come off for the Falcons — the schedule is rough, and an injury to Matt Ryan could spell doom, for example — PointsBet has installed Atlanta as a +3000 shot (11th-best odds) for the NFL’s worst record. Stranger things have happened. 

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Carolina Panthers Over Under Wins

The turnaround in Carolina could be more expeditious than national pundits are projecting, but 2020 isn’t going to bring a playoff aroma to the Panthers. Teddy Bridgewater helps stabilize an offense with an MVP candidate — Christian McCaffrey — front and center. First-year head coach Matt Rhule did everything possible to address his defense by investing each of the team’s draft picks on that side of the ball. The Panthers still don’t stack up from a talent and overall playmaking standpoint. 

Carolina Panthers 2020 schedule (all times ET) 

Sept. 13 vs. Las Vegas Raiders, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 20 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Sept. 27 at Los Angeles Chargers, 4:05 p.m. 

Oct. 4 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 11 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 18 vs. Chicago Bears, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 25 at New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

Oct. 29 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 8:20 p.m. (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Nov. 8 at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 15 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 22 vs. Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. 

Nov. 29 at Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. 


Dec. 13 vs. Denver Broncos, 1 p.m. 

Week 15 at Green Bay Packers, TBD 

Dec. 27 at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. 

Jan. 3 vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m. 

2019 record: 5-11 

Last playoff appearance: 2017 

PointsBet over-under for Panthers wins: 5.5 

FLM projects: 5 wins 

Upset watch: Close games could be the calling card of this team. They rank 18th in strength of schedule. We like their chances to tip the Chicago Bears because of what appears to be an offense without star power, but within the division, the New Orleans Saints are at risk in this matchup. Carolina typically keeps it close against New Orleans and fell just shy — 34-31 — of the upset last November. 

Longshot wager: McCaffrey is +4500 to win the NFL MVP award, and we get that he won’t likely win if the Panthers aren’t putting up Ws. But consider he will be in the running if he gets near 2,750 total yards and 25 touchdowns on a mediocre team. He posted 2,392-19 last season. 

New Orleans Saints Over Under Wins

NFC South division champs for three years running, the Saints still have the muscle to dominate, and the defense could be a tick better. Insurance behind Drew Brees now includes Jameis Winston, and running back Alvin Kamara is primed for a big year for a team that again made a stable offensive line a top priority. Drawing the Chiefs, Packers and 49ers at home is a huge advantage for New Orleans. 

New Orleans Saints 2020 schedule 

Sept. 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Sept. 21 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Sept. 27 vs. Green Bay Packers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Oct. 4 at Detroit Lions, 1 p.m. ET 

Oct. 12 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 


Oct. 25 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 1 at Chicago Bears, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Nov. 15 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Nov. 22 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 29 at Denver Broncos, 4:05 p.m. ET 

Dec. 6 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 13 at Philadelphia Eagles, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Dec. 25 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 4:30 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Network/Amazon) 

Jan. 3 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 13-3 

Last playoff appearance: 2019 

PointsBet over-under for Saints wins: 10.5 

FLM projects: 11 wins 

Upset watch: Taking the show on the road has always been a variable for this offense. Going to Denver and Chicago could set the Saints up for tight games — if not losses — but even with Brees out, the Saints were 11-6-0 in 2019 against the spread. 

Longshot wager: The Saints have the fourth-best odds to finish the 2020 season undefeated. That’s probably not happening, but at 150-1, you can find worse ways to spend your wild-card cash. Compare the investment to the Chiefs and Ravens at 25-1. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 Schedule

Underrated in the entire projection of the Buccaneers’ 2020 season is a defense that could be downright filthy. So many offensive weapons and arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time will drive a lot of attention, but Tampa’s defense will secure plenty of wins. 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020 schedule 

Sep. 13 at New Orleans Saints, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Sep. 20 vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Sep. 27 at Denver Broncos, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 4 vs. Los Angeles Chargers, 1:00 p.m. ET 

Oct. 8 at Chicago Bears, 8:20 p.m. ET (FOX/NFL Netwprl/Amazon**) 

Oct. 18 vs. Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m. ET 

Oct. 25 at Las Vegas Raiders, 8:20 p.m. ET 

Nov. 2 at New York Giants, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Nov. 8 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC) 

Nov. 15 at Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. ET 

Nov. 23 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:15 p.m. ET (ESPN) 

Nov. 29 vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 4:25 p.m. ET 


Dec. 13 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 1 p.m. ET 

Dec. 20 at Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

Week 16 at Detroit Lions, TBD 

Jan. 3 vs. Atlanta Falcons, 1 p.m. ET 

2019 record: 7-9 

Last playoff appearance: 2007 

PointsBet over-under for Buccaneers wins: 10 

FLM projects: 11 wins 

Upset watch: The Bucs were 5-9-2 against the spread last season, fourth-worst in the NFL, but that’s about to change unless expectations are astronomical. One game that will be watched around the world is the Chiefs visiting Raymond James Stadium in one of the headliners of the 2020 season. We like Tampa’s chances in an emotionally charged environment to post a Brady-driven victory.

Longshot wager: Shaquil Barrett is +3300 to claim Defensive Player of the Year honors, and the 27-year-old might be priced in the right spot at the moment. But if the Buccaneers are the offensive juggernaut many expect, seeing Barrett hit 17 or 18 sacks and racking up big plays is feasible. That puts him squarely in the DPOY conversation. 

–Field Level Media 

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Players’ Association Board Approves 24-Team Playoff Format

Yesterday, the executive board of the NHLPA elected to approve a 24-team playoff format, based on conference, for a potential restart of the 2019-20 season. The league is reportedly hoping that it can resume play this summer. The NHL paused the 2019-20 regular season back on March 12th.

Under the proposal, the top four seeds from both conferences will receive byes in the first round of the postseason. Also, the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will feature eight different best-of-five play-in series. These series will take place between the teams ranked five through 12 in both the East and the West Conference Standings.


League Talking About Resuming Play At Disney’s ESPN Complex

Earlier today, a spokesperson for the NBA said the league is discussing resuming the 2019-20 season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. NBA Spokesperson Mike Bass said that play would take place at the complex located in Orlando, Florida, and start sometime in July.

Bass said, “the NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged in exploratory conversations with The Walt Disney Company about restarting the 2019-20 NBA season in late July at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida as a single site for an NBA campus for games, practices and housing.” He continued by explaining the league’s main concerns at this time. “Our priority continues to be the health and safety of all involved, and we are working with public health experts and government officials on a comprehensive set of guidelines to ensure that appropriate medical protocols and protections are in place.”

It is still unclear if the NBA will resume the 2019-20 regular season or jump right into the playoffs. ESPN says that the 220-acre complex should allow the league to restart play while also limiting outside exposure to the Coronavirus.


Players’ Union Asks For More Coronavirus Testing Than Proposed

On Thursday, the MLBPA gave management a response to a set of protocols that were proposed for the upcoming season regarding how the league will handle the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic. The union addressed issues like player protection, access to doctors, protocols for testing, and several other factors that influence that start of the 2020 season.

The Players’ Association is mainly focused on the availability of COVID-19 tests. According to ESPN, “the union wants more frequent testing than management’s proposed ‘multiple times per week.'” The league is expected to make an economic proposal to the players’ association over the next few days.


Mahomes Speaks At Texas Tech’s Virtual Commencement

Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes had the opportunity to speak at Texas Tech’s virtual commencement ceremony earlier today. His message to the graduates was simple, “go out and win your Super Bowl.”

Mahomes spoke to the 2020 Red Raiders’ graduating class for a little less than two minutes. One of the most important things he said was, “I know this isn’t the graduation ceremony that you and your families had envisioned, but that doesn’t change the outcome or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices that you made to achieve this milestone… I know this is sure not how you imagined spending your last days as a student.” Texas Tech held its graduation ceremony virtually because of the Coronavirus Pandemic.


All Athletes Can Resume On-Campus Activities Starting June

Yesterday, the NCAA D-I Council announced that athletes from all sports can resume voluntary, on-campus workouts beginning on June 1st. The announcement means that all athletes can continue individual workouts as long as they abide by state and local health protocols.

This decision is not that surprising. On Wednesday, the organization said that athletes participating in football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball could resume voluntary workouts starting on June 1st.

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NFL Owners To Vote On Rules Changes Next Week

Proposal would include another referee and an alternative option to onside kicks

There may be some new rules this year as the NFL races to make sure the 2020-21 season starts on time. Yesterday, a few rule changes were proposed to NFL owners. The two major reforms the league is considering is adding another official to the game and a potential alternative to the onside kick.

The Baltimore Ravens and the Los Angeles Chargers have both proposed the addition of a booth umpire as an official on the field. The official, who would be known as the “Sky Judge,” would be the eighth referee on the football field. Last month, the NFL competition committee came out in support of more on-field officiating.

Another proposal the league is considering is replacing onside kicks with a single offensive play. The idea, which was proposed by the Philadelphia Eagles, would give the team that just scored the ball back if they can successfully convert a 4th and 15 play from their own 25 yard-line. Under the proposal, a team could run that play at most two times per game. According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the league has already tweaked the language of the proposal so that a team does not have to be trailing in order to run the play.

There is also one more proposal being considered by the league. The rule change would prevent teams from manipulating the game by committing multiple dead-ball penalties while the clock is still running. This loophole was exploited by the New England Patriots against the Jets in the regular season and later by the Tennessee Titans against the Patriots in the postseason.

The league is considering all these rule changes and many more for the upcoming season. At this time, the NFL has decided to abandon the pass interference replay review rule that was introduced last season. League owners are expected to vote on these rule changes during a virtual meeting that is scheduled for May 28th.

NFL Clubs Given Permission To Re-Open Team Facilities

Teams are permitted to re-open facilities this coming week

It looks like NFL players will be getting back to training and workouts sooner than anticipated. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo to teams on Friday saying they are allowed to re-open training facilities as early as this Tuesday. The memo says that facilities can only be opened if they meet the required health standards.

According to the memo, the commissioner emphasized that teams must be “in compliance with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction, and have implemented the protocols that were developed by (league medical officer) Dr. (Allen) Sills and distributed to all clubs on May 6.” Teams can only be allowed back in facilities if permitted by state and local government regulations.

The NFL has established several standards/protocols for the first phase of facility re-opening. Teams are not allowed to have more than 75 people at once at team facilities. Also, no players are allowed to enter the facilities unless they are currently undergoing treatment for an injury. Of course, the league must report and instance or symptoms of COVID-19.

Reports: Jameis Winston To Sign With The Saints

Former Buccaneers’ QB expected to sign a one-year deal with New Orleans

After an off-season of QBs moving all over the place, it appears that Jameis Winston will be continuing his NFL career in the NFC South. Earlier today, sources told Yahoo Sports the former number one overall draft pick is finalizing a deal with the New Orleans Saints. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting that the deal between Winston and New Orleans is for only one year. The details of Winston’s salary for this upcoming season have not yet been released.

Previously, Jameis Winston had been serving as Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since the start of the 2015 season. After Tampa Bay signed QB Tom Brady this off-season, the Bucs decided to let Winston’s contract expire, allowing him to become a free agent. After more than a month of trades and acquisitions, Winston finally has a new home.

Sources told Yahoo Sports that Winston’s role in the Saints’ offense is not yet clear. Furthermore, the sources are saying that Winston is not guaranteed the back-up job behind starting QB Drew Brees. It appears that Winston will have to compete with QB Taysom Hill for the number two spot on the Quarterback depth chart. New Orleans also selected Mississippi State Quarterback Tommy Stevens in a later round of this year’s NFL Draft, so Winston will likely have to compete against Stevens as well.

Jameis Winston has played in the NFL for five seasons after being taken with the number one overall pick in the 2015 Draft by Tampa Bay. Over the last five years, Winston has completed 61.3% of his passes for 19737 Passing Yards and 121 Passing Touchdowns. Winston earned Pro Bowl honors in 2015 and also led the NFL in passing yards last season as well as interceptions thrown. He turned 26 this past January.

49ers Lose One Star But Gain Another

Niners traded for OT Trent Williams before Joe Staley announced retirement

The San Francisco 49ers are shaking things up on the offensive line. Earlier today, the Niners announced they acquired Former Pro Bowler Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins. Following that trade announcement, OT Joe Staley, a 13-year veteran in the NFL, announced his retirement from the league.

The 49ers received Trent Williams in the trade with Washington. In exchange, the Redskins received a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft and a third-round pick in next year’s draft. The Niners said that the trade will become official once Williams passes a physical.

Following Williams’ acquisition, more surprising news came out of San Francisco. Around noon today, Offensive Tackle Joe Staley announced his retirement from the NFL. The 35-year-old spent 13 years in the league and played with San Fran his entire career. He was elected to six Pro Bowls and was also named a Second-Team All-Pro three years in a row from 2011-2013. Last month, Staley was named a member of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team.

After being drafted in 2010, Trent Williams went on to make 119 starts in his nine-year tenure with the Washington Redskins. During that time, Williams was elected to seven-consecutive Pro Bowls from 2013 to 2019. He was also honored as a Second-Team All-Pro in 2015. Williams did not play in a single game with Washington last season after his request to be traded to another team was not honored by the Redskins’ front office prior to the beginning of the 2019 season. Williams is set to turn 32-years-old this July.

The San Francisco 49ers finished last season as the NFC Champions after defeating the Green Bay Packers. They went on to face the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl LIV. The Chiefs would end up winning the game 31-20.

NFL Draft Day Three Results

We have all the picks made during the second and third rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft

We are two-thirds of the way through the NFL Draft now that days one and two are in the books. We have all the results from Day Two of the draft which was held tonight virtually. Here are the picks that were made in rounds two and three of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Round Four

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (107)CINLB Akeem Davis-Gaither, Appalachian St2019 Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year
2 (108)WASOT Saahdiq Charles, LSU
3 (109)(DET to LV)
OG John Simpson, Clemson2019 Consensus First-Team All-American
4 (110)NYGCB Darnay Holmes, UCLA
5 (111)(MIA to HOU, HOU to MIA)
OG Solomon Kindley, Georgia
6 (112)LACRB Joshua Kelley, UCLA2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12
7 (113)CARCB Troy Pride, Notre Dame
8 (114)ARZOT Leki Fotu, Utah2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
9 (115)CLETE Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
10 (116)JAXOT Ben Bartch, St. John’s (Minn.)
11 (117)(TB to SF, SF to MIN)
EDGE DJ Wonnum, South Carolina
12 (118)DENTE Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
13 (119)ATLLB Mykal Walker, Fresno St
14 (120)NYJRB La’Mical Perine, Florida
15 (121)(LV to DET)
OG Logan Stenberg, Kentucky2019 Second-Team All-SEC
16 (122)INDQB Jacob Eason, WashingtonCareer Stats; 26 Starts, 59.8% completion, 5590 Passing Yards, 39 Passing TDs
17 (123)DALCB Reggie Robinson II, Tulsa
18 (124)PITRB Anthony McFarland, Maryland
19 (125)(CHI to NE, NE to NYJ)
QB James Morgan, Florida International
20 (126)(LA to HOU)
OT Charlie Heck, UNC
21 (127)PHIS K’von Wallace, Clemson2019 Third-Team All-ACC
22 (128)BUFWR Gabriel Davis, UCF2019 First-Team All-AAC
23 (129)(NE to BAL, BAL to NE, NE to NYJ)
OG Cameron Clarke, Charlotte
24 (130)(NO to MIN)
DE James Lynch, Baylor
25 (131)(HOU to ARZ)
DT Rashard Lawrence, LSU
26 (132)MINLB Troy Dye, Oregon2017, 2018, & 2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12
27 (133)SEATE Colby Parkinson, Stanford
28 (134)(BAL to ATL)
S Jaylinn Hawkins, California
29 (135)(TEN to MIA, MIA to PIT)
OG Kevin Dotson, Louisiana-Lafayette
30 (136)(GB to MIA, MIA to HOU, HOU to LA)
TE Bryce Hopkins, PurdueAP Big Tight End of the Year, 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
31 (137)(SF to DEN, DEN to JAX)
CB Josiah Scott, Michigan St
32 (138)KCS La’Jarius Sneed, Louisiana Tech
33* (139)(TB to NE, NE to LV)
CB Amik Robertson, Louisiana Tech
34* (140)(CHI to JAX)
LB Shaquille Quarterman, Miami2018 & 2019 First-Team All-ACC
35* (141)(MIA to HOU)
CB John Reid, Penn St
36* (142)WASWR Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty
37* (143)BALOG Ben Bredeson, Michigan
38* (144)SEARB DeeJay Dallas, Miami
39* (145)PHIOT Jack Driscoll, Auburn
40* (146)(PHI to DAL)
C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin2019 Rimington Trophy Winner, 2019 Consensus All-American
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

Round Five

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (147)CINEDGE Khalid Kareem, Notre Dame
2 (148)(WAS to CAR, CAR to SEA)
EDGE Alton Robinson, Syracuse2018 Second-Team All-ACC
3 (149)(DET to IND)
OG Danny Pinter, Ball St2019 First-Team All-MAC
4 (150)NYGOG Shane Lemieux, Oregon2018 & 2019 Second-Team All-Pac 12
5 (151)LACWR Joe Reed, Virginia
6 (152)CARS Kenny Robinson, West VirginiaPreviously played in the XFL in 2020
7 (153)(MIA to SF)
OT Colton McKivitz, West Virginia
9 (154)(JAX to PIT, PIT to MIA)
DE Jason Strowbridge, UNC
10 (155)(CLE to BUF, BUF to MIN, MIN to CHI)
DE Trevis Gipson, Tulsa
11 (156)(DEN to SF, SF to WAS)
C Keith Ismael, San Diego St
12 (157)(ATL to BAL to JAX)
S Daniel Thomas, Auburn
13 (158)NYJCB Bryce Hall, Virginia2018 Second-Team All-American
14 (159)(LV to NE)
K Justin Rohrwasser, MarshallTeam cut K Stephen Gostkowski this off-season
15 (160)(IND to CLE)
C Nick Harris, Washington
16 (161)TBWR Tyler Johnson, Minnesota2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
17 (162)(PIT to SEA, SEA to WAS)
LB Khaleke Hudson, Michigan
18 (163)CHICB Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern
19 (164)(DAL to PHI, PHI to MIA)
EDGE Curtis Weaver, Boise St
20 (165)(LA to JAX)
WR Collin Johnson, Texas
21 (166)(PHI to DET)
WR Quintez Cephus, WisconsinLed Badgers in Receptions, Receiving Yards, and Receiving TDs
22 (167)BUFQB Jake Fromm, GeorgiaCareer Stats: 63.3% completion rate, 8236 yards, and 78 Passing TDs
23 (168)(NE to PHI)
WR John Hightower, Boise St
24 (169)(NO to MIN)
CB Harrison Hand, Temple
25 (170)(MIN to BAL)
DT Broderick Washington, Texas Tech
26 (171)HOUWR Isaiah Coulter, Rhode Island
27 (172)(SEA to DET, DET to NE, NE to LV, LV to DET)
RB Jason Huntley, New Mexico St
28 (173)(BAL to LA, LA to MIA, MIA to PHI, PHI to CHI)
WR Darnell Mooney, Tulane2018 Second-Team All-AAC
29 (174)TENDT Larell Murchison, North Carolina St
30 (175)GBLB Kamal Martin, Minnesota
31 (176)(SF to MIN)
WR KJ Osborn, MiamiTransferred to Miami from Buffalo
32 (177)KCEDGE Michael Danna, Michigan
33* (178)DENLB Justin Strnard, Wake Forest
34* (179)DALEDGE Bradlee Anae, Utah2019 Consensus First-Team All-American
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

Round Six

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (180)CINOG Hakeem Adeniji, Kansas2019 First-Team All-Big 12, 2018 Second-Team All-Big 12
2 (181)(WAS to DEN)
OG Netane Muti, Fresno St
3 (182)(DET to IND, IND to NE)
OG Mike Onwenu, Michigan
4 (183)NYGLB Cameron Brown, Penn St
5 (184)CARDT Bravvion Roy, Baylor2019 Pre-Season All-Big 12
6 (185)MIALS Blake Ferguson, LSU
7 (186) LACS Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame2019 Preseason Second-Team All-American
8 (187)(ARZ to CLE)
WR Donovan Peoples-Jones2018 & 2019 Third-Team All-Big Ten
9 (188)(CLE to BUF)
K Tyler Bass, Georgia SouthernNamed to an All-Sun Belt Conference team three straight years
10 (189)JAXQB Jake Luton, Orgeon St2019 Honorable Mention All-Pac 12
11 (190)(ATL to PHI, PHI to SF)
TE Charlie Woerner, Georgia
12 (191)NYJP Braden Mann, Texas A&M2019 Second-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-SEC
13 (192)(LV to GB)
OG Jon Runyan, Michigan2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
14 (193)INDDT Rob Windsor, Penn St
15 (194)TBDT Khalil Davis, Nebraska2019 Third-Team All-Big Ten
16 (195)(DEN to NE)
OG Justin Herron, Wake Forest
17 (196)(CHI to PHI)
LB Shaun Bradley, Temple
18 (197)(DAL to MIA, MIA to IND, IND to DET)
OG John Penisini, Utah
19 (198)PITS Antoine Brooks Jr, Maryland
20 (199)LARS Jordan Fuller, Ohio St2019 First-Team All-Big Ten
21 (200)(PHI to CHI to PHI)
WR Quez Watkins, Southern Mississippi2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Conference USA
22 (201)(BUF to MIN, MIN to BAL)
WR James Proche, Southern Methodist
23 (202)(NE to ARZ)
LB Evan Weaver, California2019 First-Team All-American, 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
24 (203)(NO to MIN)
OG Blake Brandel, Oregon St
25 (204)(HOU to NE)
LB Cassh Maluia, Wyoming
26 (205)MINS Josh Metellus, Michigan
27 (206)(SEA to JAX)
TE Tyler Davis, Georgia Tech
28 (207)(BAL to NE, NE to BUF)
WR Isaiah Hodgins, Oregon St
29 (208)(TEN to GB)
C Jake Hanson, Oregon
30 (209)GBOG Simon Stepaniak, Indiana2019 All-Big Ten Honorable Mention
31 (210)(SF to PHI)
OT Prince Tega Wanogho, Auburn
32 (211)(KC to NYJ)
DB Isaiah Rodgers, Massachusetts
33* (212)(NE to IND)
WR Dezmon Patmon, Washington St
34* (213)(NE to IND)
LB Jordan Glasgow, Michigan
35* (214)SEAWR Freddie Swain, FloridaLed Gators in receiving TDs in 2019
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

Round Seven

Pick (Overall Choice)TeamPosition & Player, SchoolNotes
1 (215)CINLB Markus Bailey, PurdueOhio-Native
2 (216)WASS Kamren Curl, Arkansas
3 (217)(DET to SF)
WR Jauan Jennings, TennesseePlayed in all games this season despite suffering a knee injury this summer
4 (218)NYGEDGE Carter Coughlin, Minnesota
5 (219)(MIA to MIN, MIN to BAL)
S Geno Stone, Iowa
6 (220)LACWR KJ Hill, Ohio St
7 (221)CARCB Stanley Thomas-Oliver, Florida International
8 (222)ARZRB Eno Benjamin, Arizona St2018 & 2019 First-Team All-Pac 12
9 (223)JAXCB Chris Claybook, Memphis
10 (224)(CLE to TEN)
QB Cole McDonald, Hawaii2019 Finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
11 (225)(NYJ to BAL, BAL to MIN)
DE Kenny Willekes, Michigan St
12 (226)(LV to CHI)
OG Arlington Hambright, Colorado
13 (227)(IND to MIA, MIA to PHI, PHI to CHI)
OG Lachavious Simmons, Tennessee St2019 All-Pac 12 Honorable Mention
14 (228)(TB to PHI, PHI to ATL)
P Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse
15 (229)(DEN to WAS)
EDGE, James Smith-Williams, North Carolina St
16 (230)(ATL to NE)
C Dustin Woodard, Memphis
17 (231)DALQB Ben DiNucci, James Madison
18 (232)PITDT Carlos Davis, NebraskaAlso participated in Track at Nebraska
19 (233)(CHI to PHI)
EDGE Casey Toohill, Stanford2019 finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy
20 (234)LARLB Clay Johnston, Baylor
21 (235)(PHI to NE, NE to DET)
DT Jashon Cornell, Ohio St
22 (236)(BUF to CLE, CLE to GB)
DB Vernon Scott, TCU
23 (237)(NE to DEN, DEN to TEN, TEN to KC)
CB Bopete Keys, Tulane2019 All-AAC Honorable Mention
24 (238)(NO to NYG)
LB TJ Brunson, South Carolina
25 (239)(MIN to BUF)
CB Dane Jackson, Pittsburgh2019 Second-Team All-ACC
26 (240)(HOU to NO)
QB Tommy Stevens, Mississippi St
27 (241)(SEA to NE, NE to TB)
LB Chapelle Russell, TempleTemple’s Male Comeback Athlete of the Year in 2018
28 (242)(BAL to GB)
EDGE Jonathan Garvin, Miami
29 (243)TENDB Chris Jackson, Marshall
30 (244)(GB to CLE, CLE to NO, NO to MIN)
QB Nate Stanley, Iowa2019 Big-Ten Honorable Mention
31 (245)(SF to TB)
RB Raymond Calais, Louisiana-Lafayette
32 (246)(KC to MIA)
WR Malcolm Perry, Navy2018 AAC Offensive Player of the Year, Played QB at Navy
33* (247)NYGCB Chris Williamson, Minnesota
34* (248)(HOU to LAR)
K Sam Sloman, Miami (Ohio)
35* (249)MINS Brian Cole II, Mississippi St
36* (250)(HOU to LAR)
OG Tremayne Anchrum, Clemson2019 First-Team All-Acc
37* (251)(MIA to SEA)
TE Stephen Sullivan, LSU
38* (252)DENWR Tyrie Cleveland, Florida
39* (253)MINOG Kyle Hinton, Washburn
40* (254)DENEDGE Derrek Tuszka, North Dakota St
41* (255)NYGLB Tae Crowder, Georgia2020 Mr. Irrelevant (Title given to last player picked in the NFL Draft)
(XX to YY) indicates a trade. Team XX traded their pick to Team YY | * = compensatory pick

This concludes the 2020 NFL Draft. Continue checking for more NFL Off-Season and Preseason updates.

Update: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

We have new information regarding the trade between New England and Tampa Bay

An NFL legend is coming out of retirement and returning to the football field. According to Adam Schefter’s sources, Tight End Rob Gronkowski officially passed his physical, which means he is now officially a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gronkowski will now be reunited with former teammate Tom Brady.

Around 4:00 PM EST earlier today, Adam Schefter reported that sources told ESPN the Pats were trading Gronk to the Buccaneers. The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said that the Patriots will receive the Bucs’ Fourth-Round pick in the NFL draft in exchange for Gronkowski and a Seventh-Round Pick. The trade was later confirmed by Gronk’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

Rosenhaus also told Schefter that “he [Gronkowski] will honor his current contract at this time.”‬ The Five-time Pro Bowler currently has one year remaining on his contract and is owed $9 million. He is set to turn 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially retired in March of 2019 following nine years with the New England Patriots. In his time off, Gronk joined Fox Sports as an analyst and also signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment. While with the company, he hosted Wrestlemania 36 and won the WWE 24/7 Championship.

This will be just the second team Rob Gronkowski has ever played for in the NFL. During the first part of his career with the Patriots, he won three Super Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro four times.

Report: Gronkowski Traded To Buccaneers

Patriots and Buccaneers have reportedly agreed to a trade involving Rob Gronkowski

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Patriots have agreed to trade TE Rob Gronkowski to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Pats are expected to send Gronk and a Seventh-Round pick to the Bucs for Tampa Bay’s Fourth-Round pick. The trade will become official once Gronkowski passes a physical.

Earlier, Schefter’s sources told him that the teams had been discussing a trade ahead of the NFL Draft on Thursday. Rob Gronkowski is currently under contract for one year and $10 million. He will be turning 31 next month.

Rob Gronkowski initially announced his retirement from the NFL in March of 2019 after a nine-year career. He was named to five Pro Bowls and was a First-Team All-Pro four times during his time with the Patriots. He was also an integral part of three New England Patriot Super Bowl wins.

Gronk had an exciting career outside of football, even though it was brief. He served as an analyst for Fox Sports’ NFL Programming team. He also signed a contract with the WWE in 2020. He went on to host Wrestlemania 36 which aired earlier this month. He also became the WWE 24/7 Champion during his time with the WWE.

Gronkowski never ruled out a return to football during his time away from the game. ESPN says that Gronk always indicated he wanted to reunite with former teammate Tom Brady, who signed with Tampa Bay in March. Now, he will get that opportunity.

This upcoming season will be Gronk’s tenth in the NFL and his first with a team besides the Patriots. He has recorded 521 career receptions for 7861 career receiving yards and 79 Touchdowns during the first nine years of his career.

NFL Hall Of Famer Willie Davis Dies

Former Packers and Browns Defensive End passed away Wednesday

Earlier today, the Pro Football Hall Of Fame announced that Willie Davis, who played defensive end in the NFL for 12 years, passed away. The Hall of Fame’s President and CEO released the following statement about Davis:

“It is with great sadness the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Willie Davis. Willie’s extraordinary athleticism was an undeniable factor in Green Bay’s winning tradition of the 1960s under Coach Lombardi. He helped the Packers through an unprecedented championship run and to two Super Bowl victories. Willie was a man of true character on and off the field. The Hall of Fame will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations.”

David Baker, Pro Football Hall Of Fame President/CEO

Willie Davis was born in Lisbon, Louisiana on July 24th, 1934. In college, he played as both an Offensive Tackle and Defensive End at Grambling State University where he graduated in 1956.

Davis was drafted in the 15th round of the 1956 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. However, he did not begin his NFL career until 1958 because of military service in the US Army. After moving around and playing a series of different positions with the Browns, Davis was eventually traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1960.

Davis was made a permanent Defensive End by Vince Lombardi following that trade, becoming a fixture of the 1960s Packers. Willie Davis played for Green Bay for ten years, making 134 starts in 138 regular-season games. He was also a member of all five of Vince Lombardi’s championship-winning teams.

Willie Davis played for 12 years in the NFL until retiring in 1969. During his career, he played in 162 games which includes a streak of 138 consecutive regular-season starts. He was named to five consecutive Pro Bowls from 1963 to 1967 and also earned All-Pro First Team Honors five times. He went on to be named a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s. Willie Davis was later inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981, 12 years after retiring from the NFL. Willie Davis was 85 years old.

NFL All-Decade Team Announced

Eight players out of 52 unanimously selected to NFL 2010s All-Decade Team

Earlier today, the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled the roster for the 2010s All-Decade Team. 52 total players were selected to the team as well as two NFL Head Coaches (Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll). Of the 52 players, eight were unanimous decisions: QB Tom Brady, RB Adrian Peterson, OT Joe Thomas, OG Marshal Yanda, DE JJ Watt, DT Aaron Donald, LB Von Miller, and K Justin Tucker.

The roster below was provided by All teams listed for each player/coach only reflect where that individual was from 2010-2019.

* = the player is not currently on an NFL team

** = the player has retired


QB: Tom Brady (NE), Aaron Rodgers (GB)

RB: Frank Gore (SF, IND, MIA, BUF), Adrian Peterson (MIN, NO, ARI, WAS) Marshawn Lynch (BUF, SEA, OAK), LeSean McCoy (PHI, BUF, KC)

WR: Antonio Brown* (PIT, NE), Larry Fitzgerald (ARI), Julio Jones (ATL), Calvin Johnson** (DET)

FLEX: Darren Sproles** (SD, NO, PHI)

TE: Rob Gronkowski** (NE), Travis Kelce (KC)

OT: Jason Peters (PHI), Tyron Smith (DAL), Joe Staley (SF), Joe Thomas** (CLE)

OG: Jahri Evans** (NO, GB), Logan Mankins** (NE, TB), Zack Martin (DAL), Marshal Yanda** (BAL)

C: Alex Mack (CLE, ATL), Maurkice Pouncey (PIT)


DE: Calais Campbell (ARI, JAX), JJ Watt (HOU), Julius Peppers** (CHI, GB, CAR), Cameron Jordan (NO)

DT: Geno Atkins (CIN), Aaron Donald (STL/LAR), Fletcher Cox (PHI), Ndamukong Suh (DET, MIA, LAR, TB)

LB: Chandler Jones (NE, ARI), Luke Kuechly** (CAR), Khalil Mack (OAK, CHI), Von Miller (DEN), Bobby Wagner (SEA), Patrick Willis** (SF)

CB: Patrick Peterson (ARI), Darrelle Revis** (NYJ, TB, NE, KC), Richard Sherman (SEA, SF)

S: Eric Berry* (KC), Earl Thomas (SEA, BAL), Eric Weddle (SD, BAL, LAR)

DB: Tyrann Mathieu (ARI, HOU, KC), Chris Harris Jr (DEN)


P: Johnny Hekker (STL/LAR), Shane Lechler** (OAK, HOU)

K: Stephen Gostkowski* (NE), Justin Tucker (BAL)

PR: Tyreek Hill (KC), Darren Sproles** (SD, NO, PHI)

KR: Devin Hester** (CHI, ATL, BAL, SEA), Cordarrelle Patterson (MIN, OAK, NE CHI)


Bill Belichick (NE)

Pete Carroll (SEA)

The team is comprised of 52 players and two NFL head coaches. Only players who made a Pro Bowl or were chosen to be an AP All-Pro or a player on the Pro Football Writers of America all-conference squad from 2010-2019 were eligible to make the team.

Some individuals who were left off the list include QB Drew Brees, Edge Rusher Terrell Suggs, TE Jason Witten, WR Deandre Hopkins, Edge Rusher DeMarcus Ware, OT Andrew Whitworth, and Head Coach Andy Reid.

The New England Patriots led the way with nine representatives, including Head Coach Bill Belichick. The Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals are tied for second place with six honorees each. Teams that were not represented on the list are the Los Angeles Chargers (the Chargers moved to LA in 2017), the New York Giants, and the Tennessee Titans.

Darren Sproles was the only player on the list to be selected for multiple positions. Sproles was chosen as the team’s flex offensive player and punt returner. He is just the fourth player in NFL All-Decade History to be honored at multiple positions. He joins Mel Gray (1990s), Deion Sanders (1990s), and Dante Hall (2000s) as the fourth dual honoree in All-Decade history.

Owners Approve NFL Playoff Expansion

Reports: NFL Owners approve expanding playoff field to 14 teams

The NFL has officially passed its newly proposed playoff format. According to sources, league owners approved expanding the NFL playoff field to 14 teams from 12 starting this season. The decision reportedly came during a conference call yesterday that was held in place of the NFL’s Annual League Meeting.

In the new playoff format, the top seed in the AFC and the NFC will both have a bye during the first week of the postseason. Meanwhile, the number two seed will host the number seven seed, the number three seed will host the number six seed, and the number four seed will host the number five seed.

Under the new format, the NFL will now play three games on Saturday, January 9th, 2021 and three games on Sunday, January 10th, 2021. The league also said that one of the games broadcast on CBS will also be shown on Nickelodeon simultaneously as a completely separate telecast that is tailored to a younger audience.

The new playoff formatting means that 43.7% of all NFL teams will qualify for the postseason, which is the second lowest mark in the big four North American professional sports leagues. Only the MLB has lower playoff representation, with 33.3% of all teams reaching the postseason.

The NFL will continue to vote on other potential reforms throughout the off-season, including possible rules changes. Those votes are currently expected to take place at a league meeting which is scheduled for mid-May, according to Judy Battista of the NFL Network.