There’s a lot to come by, with Tuesday turning into a big day on the pro day circuit, and Justin Fields and Mac Jones taking center stage. So let’s dive into …
• A fun twist on all of this: The architect of Justin Fields’ workout tomorrow is former NFL quarterback John Beck, the guy who also designed Zach Wilson’s workout. Fields will start with four quick shots from under the center and then the gun to show how quickly he can get rid of the ball, and that will make way for a 65-shot dash. There will be shots below the center that reflect what is normally done on the combine, basic shots from Ohio State’s offense, shots with NFL game action concepts and some movement shots. Then there will be some where the space around you will be closed off, and you will have to stand up and pull out of a “cluttered” area. The idea here is to show how capable you are of getting out of any situation, which will of course highlight your high-end natural gifts. (If he has a 40 at 4.4 seconds, as the Ohio State staff believe he will, that would, too.)
And as for who will be there, those in the top 10 will be well represented. Jets General Manager Joe Douglas, Assistant General Manager Rex Hogan and Executive Officer Mike LaFleur; 49ers assistant GM Adam Peters, college scouting director Ethan Waugh and quarterback coach Rich Scangarello; Falcons General Manager Terry Fontenot, Coach Arthur Smith and Executive Officer Dave Ragone; Eagles quarterback coach Brian Johnson, Panthers general manager Scott Fitterer, coach Matt Rhule and player personnel director Pat Stewart; and Broncos general manager George Paton is expected to be present. The Patriots, who have been linked to Fields, will send executive Eliot Wolf and his area scout.
• As for Mac Jones’ second pro day, it was scheduled, again, by his pitching coach, David Morris. He threw about 53 balls last week. The plan calls for 58 pitches this week, and it’s similar stylistically, but with more aggressive pitches downfield. The plan that Morris and Jones came up with is designed to show that Jones is a talented, creative, and resourceful pitcher. With more guys he’s used to pitching with exercise this week, Jones will be pitching off the platform and off balance, and into “stuffy” pockets. He said he wanted to jump into the two pro days to show he has nothing to hide, and also to establish for scouts what has always been one of his strengths: consistency. Another thing that I found interesting when it came to the decision to pitch twice was that he saw it as his responsibility as the quarterback to pitch for all the prospects, this week and last, who wanted to exercise, which I am. NFL teams are sure to like it.
• A player who will be He will take the field with Jones this week, who was not there last week is running back Najee Harris. They told me that he will be there for Jones’s pitching session, catching the ball from his quarterback and will also participate in position drills. Harris has battled a sprained ankle in parts of this offseason and plans to rest before the draft after training so that he is at 100% when he informs the team that will be drafting him.
• An odd twist on this big business day Tuesday: With so much focus on Alabama, it will be interesting to see who shows up in Washington. The Huskies don’t have a Fields or a Jones, but they do have three players: DT Levi Onwuzurike, lead running back Joe Tryon and CB Elijah Molden, who will likely be drafted into the top 50. Two of those three, Onwukurike and Tyron, opted to exit the 2020 season, which makes watching them, at least on paper, even more important to NFL teams.
• In the MMQB column we take a good look at the three-way trade that rocked the NFL last week, and I think it’s at least worth noting that all three teams have been connected to the Deshaun Watson draw. And it’s also worth noting that keeping the Dolphins within the top quarter of the first round, when all was said and done, meant keeping the capital to make a run at Watson, should it be available, with one more pick. higher than any Carolina or Denver. I can offer. A tenet of how general manager Chris Grier has built the last two years has been his ability to keep the franchise flexible, and having the flexibility to take a big turn could be important. Read our report from Jenny Vrentas on Monday for the latest on Watson’s sexual misconduct allegations.
• As for the Eagles, with the dust settling, Philadelphia is now in a whopping 20 picks over the next two years, and will have added financial flexibility in 2022 after eating a ton of dead money this year. It’s no secret Howie Roseman needs a younger roster as the team transitions to a new coaching staff. You should have all the tools you need to do it and be a player on draft day, in free agency next year, and in the exchange market.
• The expectation now is that Super Bowl LVI in Inglewood will take place on February 13th. City planners celebrated three Sundays in February (the original date of February 6 and February 20 as well), as the NFL dictates the Super Bowl. tender cities. And there was a discussion that the league could delay the game and the season by a week to put the big game on President’s Day weekend. But that doesn’t appear to be happening now, with the season to begin, as it usually does, the week after Labor Day. Organizers in Los Angeles are still waiting for the last word to be able to book events related to the game, such as NFL Honors.
• You may have noticed that Kedon Slovis from USC and Sam Howell from North Carolina participated in their respective school professional days. He couldn’t remember seeing that happen in the past, and he could have sworn it was against the rules. Turns out it was, and now it isn’t. Over the past two years, the NFL introduced a new rule, along with the AFCA, that allowed each school to designate five freshmen who are still in the program and that professional teams can come in to evaluate during the year. Those players can also participate in the professional day. So NFL teams took an early look at Slovis and Howell, who could be early picks in 2022, and the quarterbacks got a glimpse of what will happen next year (if they do declare it). It seems to me that it is beneficial for all.
• This quote from Hue Jackson on ESPN 850 in Cleveland caught my eye: “There’s no question the ownership and executive team lied to me … It was going to be soccer plus analysis, but they intentionally did soccer versus analysis. They were going to take two years and they were going to find a way to use us as an experiment to make sure they got the data they needed to improve, at whoever’s expense, and that’s not right. That’s not the way it should be. ” And for me, it really shows the insanity of trying to mediate something like this, where people who don’t match serve different masters. The Browns were asking for what they got. The good news is that it appears the property has learned, with general manager Andrew Berry and coach Kevin Stefanski arriving with a pre-existing relationship and a consistent set of beliefs.
• Leonard Fournette’s contract is a good example of where the running back was all offseason. He earned a roster bonus of $ 2.25 million, a guaranteed base of $ 1 million and $ 750,000 in incentives. And this was after he helped land a Super Bowl title and restored a reputation that was in tatters after Jacksonville ditched him. The lesson? If you have a 6-foot, 200-pound freak athlete for a child, make him a catcher or a corner. Or even a security. But not a runner.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.