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2020 NFL Draft recap: AFC East

Buffalo Bills  Notable pick: Bills HC Sean McDermott has had success with bigger defensive ends and Epenesa could add to the trend. The team needs him to produce. They lost both Jordan Phillips (Cardinals) and Shaq Lawson (Dolphins) in the offseason. The pair accounted for 16 of the team’s 44 sacks in 2019.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
2 (54)A.J. Epenesa6’5 275 DE-Iowa29/2nd Round Epenesa’s technical prowess overcomes just okay burst off the edge. The former U.S. Army All-American brings outstanding size to the table.
3 (86) Zack Moss5’10 226 RB-Utah62/2nd Round Moss is the prototype strong runner for inclement weather in December and January. His health has always been his biggest knock.
4 (128)Gabriel Davis6’2 216
WR-UCF
115/3rd Round Davis’ deceptive gait and unorthodox style accompanies a 6-foot-2, 216-pound frame. He proved adept on double moves and boxing out the opposition in school.
5 (167) Jake Fromm 6’2 219
QB-Georgia
111/3rd Round Fromm finished his career with an impressive 78:18 TD/INT ratio. If he can handle the windy conditions of Buffalo, he may be able to compete to backup incumbent starter Josh Allen. Davis Webb and Matt Barkley are also in the mix, so there are no guarantees for Fromm.
6 (188)Tyler Bass 6’0 200
PK-Georgia Southern
380/5th RoundGame-winning kicks have been a part of Bass’ portfolio in school. He was also pretty good in rainy weather. The weather he is about to face is going to be an entirely new challenge, but his strong leg may be up to the task.
6 (207)
Isaiah Hodgins
6’4 210
WR-Oregon State
80/2nd Round
Like Davis, Hodgins isn’t necessarily flashy but efficient. The 6-foot-4 wideout is smooth getting in-and-out of patterns and can make the contested catch. To make the team, he needs to play stronger versus physical coverage.

7 (239)
Dane Jackson6’0 187
CB-Pittsburgh
207/4th Round
Jackson is smart, tough and generally fluid. Despite weighting in the 185-pound range, he could get looks at a nickel spot if he cannot keep up with speed on the edge. The team’s coverage style gives him a chance to make the team.
Moss rushed for over 4,000 yards (4,067) and scored 41 touchdowns in school.
Miami DolphinsNotable pick: Hunt did not get to show off his impressive physical tools in the postseason. He is a mammoth tackle with positive movement and the right temperament to surprise early in an NFL training camp.


Round, Selection,PlayerSchoolDN Big Board Rank/ GradeNasty’ Take:
1 (5)Tua Tagovailoa6’0 217 QB-Alabama37/2nd RoundThis pick is as much about long-term upside as it is 2020. With Ryan Fitzpatrick back, (as well as Josh Rosen), the team does not have to rush Tagovailoa into the mix. Fans yearning to see the former Heisman finalist could speed up the process.
1 (18)Austin Jackson6’5 322 OT-USC61/2nd RoundJackson legitimately was one of the most athletic offensive or defensive lineman in this year’s draft class. Getting his technique under control will be key. If he makes a big step in training camp, it would not be a shock to see him as an opening day starter.
1 (30)Noah Igbinoghene5’10 198 CB/All-purpose-Auburn157/3rd RoundOne of Igbinoghene’s best characteristics -kickoff return capability- may not be needed unless KR Jakeem Grant goes down to injury (as he did late last season). Where he will be needed is in nickel defenses, where he will battle current third corner Cordrea Tankersley (also returning from injury) for playing time.
2 (39)Robert Hunt6’5 323 OT-Louisiana-Lafayette103/3rd RoundHunt has made starts at LG, LT and RT. His near 11-inch hands deliver decisive punches to the opposition. He is also capable of surprising second-level LBs with his quickness on combination blocks. He has starting capability early in his career, but his durability came into question in 2019.
2 (56)Raekwon Davis6’7 311 DT-Alabama76/2nd RoundThe former Crimson Tide defensive stalwart was never a slippery defender, but he did find a way to notch 8.5 QB sacks back in 2017.  He is more of a stack-and-shed two-gap defender with enough strength to be an effective part of the team’s rotation in 2020.
3 (70)Brandon Jones5’11 198 S-Texas123/3rd RoundJones was a team leader, active tackler and decent punt returner in school. He does not carry a big frame but throws his body around. The big question concerning Jones will be his ability to stay upright with his style of play.
4 (111)Solomon Kindley6’3 337 OG-Georgia284/4th RoundKindley reinforces the belief that the Dolphins will continue to commit big athletic bodies to its offensive line. The former three-star recruit is a grappler with the right mentality to send messages in the run game. He was a big factor in the ‘Dawgs physical running attack.
5 (154)Jason Strowbridge6’5 275 DE-North Carolina165/3rd RoundStrowbridge’s upper body movements are well-synchronized when he times snap counts. He is more fluid than one would expect at 275 pounds, and he projects favorably in the multiple fronts the Dolphins will employ week-to-week.
5 (164)Curtis Weaver6’2 265 DE-Boise State75/2nd RoundWeaver’s underwhelming physical traits may have caused a precipitous slide in the draft, but his skill at flipping his hips resulted in ascending sack production each year in school. He has to improve defending the run.
6 (185)Blake Ferguson6’3 229 LS-LSU573/7th RoundFerguson- the nation’s No. 1 long snapper coming out of high school- more than lived up to his recruiting hype. The two-time team captain is capable of speeding up his long snaps versus pressure looks.
7 (246)Malcolm Perry5’9 186 All-Purpose-Navy277/4th RoundPerry rushed for over 2,000 yards as an option quarterback in 2019, but he earned plenty of repetitions for the Midshipmen as a slot back and WR during his career. Aside from averaging 21.4 yards per catch on 22 receptions, he also averaged 24.6 yards per kickoff return.
Miami Dolphins fifth-round pick Curtis Weaver finished his career as the all-time leader in sacks (34) in Mountain West Conference history.
New England Patriots  Notable pick:  Jennings didn’t dominate rushing the passer in school, but he did dominate in other ways. His 18 pass breakups are an eye-opening total for an outside linebacker.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
2 (37) Kyle Dugger 6’1 217
S-Lenoir-Rhyne
36/2nd Round Dugger has all of the tools to develop into a multi-purpose weapon for the Patriots defense. If needed, he can play linebacker, a big nickel, off the hash safety and even return kicks. As the team continues to redefine its size in the secondary, the former Division II All-American seems like the perfect fit.
2 (60)Josh Uche6’1 245
LB-Michigan
70/2nd Round For a player as talented as Uche, he didn’t play as much as one would have expected at Michigan. When he did finally hit the field full-time in 2019, the physical skills stood out.
3 (87)Anfernee Jennings6’2 256
OLB-Alabama
107/3rd Round Jennings brings more versatility to the table than some anticipate and his hand-eye coordination is elite. While not a finished product as a pass rusher, he has an innate feel for rushing from multiple spots.
3 (91) Devin Asiasi6’3 257
TE-UCLA
197/4th RoundAsiasi averaged 104 receiving yard per game in the last three games of ihs career at UCLA. He is capable of working the seams of the field.
3 (101) Dalton Keene6’4 253
TE-Virginia Tech
137/3rd Round As Keene improved as a blocker, his receiving skills did not diminish. He has handled a number of his blocking assignments on the move. His straight-line speed and upside after the catch ranks as a positive for the Patriots.
5 (159)
Justin Rohrwasser
6’3 230
PK-Marshall
N/A
Rohrwasser’s leg strength is adequate but his accuracy (just nine missed field goals in two years) was perhaps more impressive. Most of his misses during school came in the latter portion of seasons. He is capable of placing the ball directionally on kickoffs.
6 (182)
Michael Onwenu
6’3 344
Michigan
203/4th Round
A true road-grading offensive guard with power, Onwenu’s 11-inch hands are hard to get away from once he gains grasp of the opponent. The former DL has the mindset to dominate opponents, but he has to keep his weight under control.
6 (195)
Justin Herron
6’4 308
OG-Wake Forest
151/3rd Round
Herron- a collegiate left tackle- impressed during the 2020 Senior Bowl with his work at offensive guard. He provides the team with positional flex capability due to outstanding feet.
6 (204)
Caash Maluia
6’0 248
LB-Wyoming
N/A
Maluia is thick enough to handle being uncovered, and he was a four-year contributor in a number of facets for the Cowboys.
7 (230)
Dustin Woodard
6’2 291
OC-Memphis
478/6th Round
The team has had success with smaller offensive guards and centers in the past. The reason? Mobility. Woodard was effective on the move as a puller way back in 2016, when he played guard.
New England Patriots sixth-round pick Cassh Maluia posted seven tackles for loss and intercepted two passes for the Cowboys in 2019.
New York Jets  Notable picks:  Davis brings capability to the Jets in multi-dimensional nickel packages. If he can play off the hash, then the Jets will be able to move around multi-dimensional safety Jamal Adams even more down-to-down.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (11) Mekhi Becton6’7 364
OT-Louisville
1/1st Round Becton will be tasked with the huge responsibility of keeping starting QB Sam Darnold comfortable in the pocket. If he can execute the task, then he could soon be a Pro Bowler.
2 (59) Denzel Mims6’3 207
WR-Baylor
42/2nd RoundMims may not have gone as high as he would have liked to go in the draft, but he now has a legitimate chance to turn into a team’s top receiving threat early in his career. He is a good alternative in the current lineup of Jets receivers.
3 (68) Ashtyn Davis6’1 202
S-Cal
99/3rd RoundDavis’ foot speed shined as a kickoff returner and when running down plays in pursuit. One of the best things he did at Cal was disguise coverage in a scheme that has some similarities to the Jets.
3 (79)Jabari Zuniga6’3 253
DE-Florida
182/4th Round While Zuniga did move around effectively in school on a number of downs, he is going to get every opportunity to do some work from a stand-up or three-point position in Gregg Williams’ multitude of defensive looks. Staying healthy, which he didn’t do in 2019, is a big key.
4 (120)Lamical Perine5’11 216
RB-Florida
146/3rd RoundPerine’s tools include the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield effortlessly. Combined with his hard-charging style, he could become a nice change-up for Le’Veon Bell.

4 (125)
James Morgan
6’4 228
QB-FIU

127/3rd Round
Morgan’s mental aptitude is perhaps on par with his physical tools. His arm strength gives him a legitimate opportunity to battle David Fales for the team’s backup spot.

4 (129)
Cameron Clark
6’4 308
OT-Charlotte
126/3rd Round
The two-time team captain and 35-game starter is an impressive run blocker who is still growing as a pass protector. The 6-foot-4-inch tackle has 11-inch hands and an 83-inch wingspan. We think he can backup at least four spots on the offensive line while competing for a starting spot at guard.
5 (158)
Bryce Hall
6’1 202
CB-Virginia
105/3rd Round
Hall’s instincts as a corner are first-rate but he wasn’t able to answer the questions about recovery speed in the postseason due to still recovering from midseason surgery on a broken fibula. The effectiveness of his playing style will depend on his eye control.
6 (191)
Braden Mann
5’11 198
P-Texas A&M
335/5th Round
His spiral punts get into the 70-yard distances when he gets hold of punts and his hang times have gotten into the 4.8-second range in the film viewed. A good athlete, Mann saved a TD on a kickoff return by Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III in 2019 and posted seven tackles this past season. Mann has to get better as a directional punter.
New York Jets second-round pick Denzel Mims posted 1,000-yard receiving seasons in two of his final three seasons at Baylor.

2020 NFL Free Agency: Team-by-team signings, live updates

The 2020 NFL Free Agency period is upon us and here is a list of all of the free agent signings. This is a live document, so feel free to check out any of your team’s latest signings day-to-day. Bold and italicized players have already agreed to terms with their respective teams or are heading elsewhere.

NFC South

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Offensive free agents

QB Jameis Winston
QB Blaine Gabbert (re-signed)
RB Peyton Barber (agreed to terms with Redskins)

WR Breshad Perriman (agreed to terms with Jets)
RT Demar Dotson
T Jerald Hawkins
T Josh Wells
G Earl Watford
G Michael Liedtke (RFA)
TE Tanner Hudson (ERFA) re-negotiated contract
TE Antony Auclair (re-signed)
WR Bryant Mitchell (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Rakeem Nunez-Roches (re-signed)
DT Ndamukong Suh (re-signed)
LB Shaquil Barrett (franchised)
OLB Carl Nassib (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Kevin Minter (re-signed)
LB Jason Pierre-Paul (re-signed)
OLB Sam Acho
S Andrew Adams (re-signed)
S Darian Stewart
CB Orion Stewart (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on DE Shaquil Barrett, re-signed OLB/DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year deal, re-negotiated TE Tanner Hudson’s contract
  • Agreed to terms with QB Tom Brady (Patriots), G Joe Haeg (Colts)
  • Re-signed WR Bryant Mitchell, DE Rakeem Nunez-Roaches, ILB Kevin Minter, S Andrew Adams, DT Ndamukong Suh, CB Ryan Smith, QB Blaine Gabbert
  • Lost OLB Carl Nassib (Raiders), DT Beau Allen (Patriots), RB Peyton Barber (Redskins), WR Breshad Perriman (Jets)
Former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 61-percent of his passes a season ago for 4,057 yards, 24 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Atlanta Falcons

Offensive free agents

G John Wetzel (re-signed)
WR Justin Hardy
RB Kenjon Barner
FB Keith Smith (re-signed)
TE Austin Hooper (agreed to terms with Cleveland Browns)
QB Matt Simms
C Wes Schweitzer (agreed to terms with Washington)
RB Brian Hill (Original-Round Tender)
G Sean Harlow

The Falcons picked up former Los Angeles Rams and 2017 AP Offensive Player of the Year Todd Gurley (No. 30 pictured). Gurley has accounted for 70 career touchdowns, including 14 in 2019.

Defensive free agents

DE Vic Beasley (agreed to terms with Titans)
DT Jack Crawford (agreed to terms with Titans)
DE Adrian Clayborn (agreed to terms with Browns)
CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
(re-signed)
SS Kemal Ishmael
DT Tyeler Davison (re-signed)
FS J.J. Wilcox
DE Steven Means (re-signed)
SS John Cyprien
CB Jamar Taylor
DE Ra’Shede Hageman
OLB De’Vondre Campbell (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
S Sharrod Neasman (re-signed)
DT Michael Bennett (RFA)

The Falcons acquired former Ravens first-round pick Hayden Hurst, who caught 30 passes for 349 yards (11.6 YPR) and 2 TDs in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for TE Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick
  • Re-signed DT Tyeler Davison to a three-year deal, OG John Wetzel, S Sharrod Neasman, FB Keith Smith, DE Steven Means, CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (Rams), RB Todd Gurley II (Rams), WR Laquon Treadwell (Vikings), G Justin McCray (Browns), ILB LaRoy Reynolds (Bengals), LB Edmond Robinson (XFL)
  • Lost TE Austin Hooper (Browns), DE Vic Beasley (Titans), lost OL Wes Schweitzer (Redskins), DE Adrian Clayborn (Browns), DT Jack Crawford (Titans)
  • Released RB Devonta Freeman, CB Desmond Trufant (agreed to terms with Lions), OT Ty Sambrailo (Titans)

Carolina Panthers

Offensive free agents

TE Greg Olsen (signed with Seattle Seahawks)
RT Daryl Williams (agreed to terms with Bills)
WR Jarius Wright
WR Chris Hogan
G Greg Van Roten (agreed to terms with Jets)
WR DeAndrew White (re-signed)
TE Dillon Gordon
QB Kyle Allen (traded to Redskins)
G Brandon Greene
G Kitt O’Brien
TE Marcus Baugh (agreed to terms with Redskins)

Defensive free agents

DT Dontari Poe (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
DE Gerald McCoy
(agreed to terms with Cowboys)
OLB Mario Addison (agreed to terms with Bills)
OLB Bruce Irvin (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
CB Ross Cockrell
FS Tre Boston
DT Vernon Butler (agreed to terms with Bills)
DT Kyle Love
CB James Bradberry (agreed to terms with New York Giants)
DT Stacy McGee
CB Javien Elliott
CB Cole Luke (ERFA)

Former Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (No. 24 pictured) agreed to terms with the New York Giants.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded QB Kyle Allen to Redskins for 2020 fifth-round pick, OG Trai Turner for OT Russell Okung (Chargers)
  • Re-signed WR DeAndrew White
  • Agreed to terms with QB Teddy Bridgewater (Saints), WR Seth Roberts (Ravens), DE Steven Weatherly (Vikings), CB Juston Burris (Browns), OG John Miller (Bengals), WR Keith Kirkwood (Saints), TE Seth DeValve (Jaguars), WR-KR Pharoh Cooper (Cardinals), OLB Tahir Whitehead (Raiders), QB P.J. Walker (XFL), WR Robby Anderson (Jets), DT Zach Kerr (Cardinals)
  • Lost TE Greg Olsen (Seahawks), CB James Bradberry (Giants), DE Mario Addison (Bills), DT Gerald McCoy (Cowboys), OLB Bruce Irvin (Seahawks), DT Vernon Butler (Bills), TE Marcus Baugh (Redskins), DT Dontari Poe (Cowboys), RT Daryl Williams (Bills)
  • Released S Eric Reid, QB Cam Newton

New Orleans Saints

Offensive free agents

QB Drew Brees (re-signed)
QB Teddy Bridgewater (agreed to terms with Panthers)
G Andrus Peat (re-signed)
FB Zach Line
RT Patrick Omameh
RB Dwayne Washington
G Cameron Tom (RFA)
WR Austin Carr (RFA)
QB Taysom Hill (placed a first-round tender)
WR Keith Kirkwood (ERFA) (agreed to terms with Panthers)

Defensive free agents

OLB A.J. Klein (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Eli Apple
CB P.J. Williams (re-signed)

SS Vonn Bell (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Johnson Bademosi
ILB Stephone Anthony
OLB Josh Martin
ILB Manti Te’o
FS D.J. Swearinger(re-signed)
DT David Onyemata (re-signed)
DE Noah Spence (re-signed)
CB Justin Hardee (re-signed)

SS J.T. Gray (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed a first-round tender on QB Taysom Hill, re-signed QB Drew Brees to a two-year deal, DT David Onyemata to a three-year deal, OL Andrus Peat to a five-year deal, CB Justin Hardee, FS D.J. Swearinger, DE Noah Spence, CB P.J. Williams
  • Lost QB Teddy Bridgewater (Panthers), OLB A.J. Klein (Bills), WR Keith Kirkwood (Panthers), SS Vonn Bell (Bengals)
  • Agreed to terms with LS Zach Wood on a four-year deal, S Malcolm Jenkins (Eagles), WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers), FB Michael Burton (Redskins)

NFC North

Minnesota Vikings

Offensive free agents

G Rashod Hill (re-signed)
QB Sean Mannion (re-signed)
LT Dakota Dozier (re-signed)
RB Ameer Abdullah (re-signed)
C Brett Jones (re-signed)
WR Laquon Treadwell
(agreed to terms with Falcons)
FB C.J. Ham (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Everson Griffen
CB Trae Waynes (agreed to terms with Cincinnati)
SS Anthony Harris (franchise tagged)
SS Andrew Sendejo (agreed to terms with Cleveland)
CB Mackensie Alexander (agreed to terms with Cincinnati)
OLB Kentrell Brothers
S Jayron Kearse (agreed to terms with Lions)
DE Stephen Weatherly (agreed to terms with Panthers)

OLB Eric Wilson (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
CB Marcus Sherels

Special teams free agents

PK Dan Bailey (re-signed)

The Minnesota Vikings traded wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Buffalo Bills after he posted career-highs in receiving yards (1,130) and yards per reception (17.9) in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
  • Re-signed QB Kirk Cousins to a two-year extension, RB C.J. Ham, P Britton Colquitt, K Dan Bailey, QB Sean Mannion, G Rashod Hill, C Brett Jones, LT Dakota Dozier, RB Ameer Abdullah
  • Placed the franchise tag on SS Anthony Harris, placed second round tender on OLB Eric Wilson
  • Agreed to terms with DT Michael Pierce (Ravens), WR Tajae Sharpe (Titans), DE Anthony Zettel (49ers)
  • Lost CB Trae Waynes (Bengals), CB Mackensie Alexander (Bengals), DE Stephen Weatherly (Panthers), DT Linval Joseph (Chargers), SS Andrew Sendejo (Browns), WR Laquon Treadwell (Falcons)
  • Released CB Xavier Rhodes (Colts), TE David Morgan

Detroit Lions

Offensive free agents

WR Jermaine Kearse
TE Logan Thomas (agreed to terms with Redskins)
G Graham Glasgow (agreed to terms with Denver)

RB J.D. McKissic (agreed to terms with Redskins)
QB Jeff Driskel (agreed to terms with Broncos)
OT Ricky Wagner (agreed to terms with Green Bay)

Defensive free agents

DT Damon Harrison
DT Mike Daniels
SS Tavon Wilson
CB Rashaan Melvin (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
DT A’Shawn Robinson
(agreed to terms with Rams)
S Miles Killebrew (re-signed)
DT Darius Kilgo
DE Jamie Meder
CB Michael Ford (ERFA)
CB Dee Virgin (ERFA)
LB Devon Kennard (agreed to terms with Cardinals)

Former Philadelphia Eagles OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai agreed to terms with the Lions on a five-year deal. He started 20 games for the Eagles in four seasons.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with QB Chase Daniel (Bears) on a three-year deal, OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Eagles) on a five-year deal, LB Jamie Collins (Patriots), C Ted Karras (Patriots), DT Nick Williams (Bears), CB Desmond Trufant (Falcons), DT Danny Shelton (Patriots), S Jayron Kearse (Vikings), CB Tony McRae (Bengals), WR Geremy Davis (Chargers), ILB Reggie Ragland (Chiefs), OLB Elijah Lee (49ers), WR Geronimo Allison (Packers)
  • Re-signed S Miles Killebrew, WR Danny Amendola, T Oday Aboushi
  • Lost OG Graham Glasgow (Broncos), OT Ricky Wagner (Packers), OLB Devon Kennard (Cardinals), RB JD McKissic (Redskins), QB Jeff Driskel (Broncos), DT A’shawn Robinson (Rams), TE Logan Thomas (Redskins), CB Rashaan Melvin (Jaguars)
  • Team acquired S Duron Harmon from the Patriots, traded CB Darius Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick

Green Bay Packers

Offensive free agents

OT Bryan Bulaga (agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers)
RT Jared Veldheer
WR Geronimo Allison (agreed to terms with Lions)
TE Marcedes Lewis (re-signed)
WR Ryan Grant
FB Dan Vitale (agreed to terms with New England)
FB Malcolm Johnson (RFA)
TE Robert Tonyan, Jr. (ERFA)
WR Jake Kumerow (ERFA)
G John Leglue (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Tramon Williams
OLB Kyler Fackrell (agreed to terms with the Giants)
ILB B.J. Goodson (agreed to terms with the Browns)
SS Ibraheim Campbell
ILB Blake Martinez (agreed to terms with the Giants)
CB Chandon Sullivan (ERFA)
DE Tyler Lancaster (ERFA)
FS Will Redmond (ERFA) (re-signed)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Agreed to terms with LB Christian Kirksey (Browns), OT Ricky Wagner (Lions), WR Devin Funchess (Colts)
  • Re-signed TE Marcedes Lewis, FS Will Redmond
  • Lost OT Bryan Bulaga (Chargers), TE Jimmy Graham (Bears), ILB Blake Martinez (Giants), OLB Kyler Fackrell (Giants), LB BJ Goodson (Browns), FB Dan Vitale (Patriots), WR Geronimo Allison (Lions)

Chicago Bears

Offensive free agents

WR Taylor Gabriel
QB Chase Daniel (agreed to terms with Lions)
TE Bradley Sowell
G Ted Larsen
LT Cornelius Lucas (agreed to terms with Redskins)
RT T.J. Clemmings
RT Rashaad Coward
TE J.P. Holtz

Defensive free agents

CB Prince Amukamara
ILB Danny Trevathan (re-signed)
FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
S Sherrick McManis
OLB Aaron Lynch, OLB Devante Bond
DT Nick Williams (agreed to terms with Lions)
OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DE Brent Urban (re-signed)
S DeAndre Houston-Carson (re-signed)
ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (agreed to terms with Raiders)
S Deon Bush (re-signed)
DT Roy Robertson-Harris (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
LB Isaiah Irving

Nick Foles under center for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Bears acquired former Jaguars QB Nick Foles, who is 26-22 in his career as a starter.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with TE Jimmy Graham (Packers) to a two-year deal, TE Demetrius Harris (Browns), DE Robert Quinn (Cowboys) on a five-year deal, CB Artie Burns (Steelers), S Jordan Lucas (Chiefs), OLB Barkevious Mingo (Texans), RT Germain Ifedi (Seahawks)
  • Re-signed S Deon Bush, ILB Danny Trevathan, DE Brent Urban, S DeAndre Houston-Carson
  • Placed a second-round tender on DT Roy Robertson-Harris
  • Released former first-round pick OLB Leonard Floyd (Rams), lost QB Chase Daniel (Lions), DT Nick Williams (Lions), OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Redskins), ILB Nick Kwiatkoski (Raiders), LT Cornelius Lucas (Redskins), FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (Cowboys)
  • Team traded a 2020 fourth-round pick for QB Nick Foles (Jaguars)

NFC East

Washington Redskins

Offensive free agents

TE Jordan Reed
WR Paul Richardson
G Brandon Scherff
TE Vernon Davis (retired)
RB Chris Thompson
QB Case Keenum (agreed to terms with Browns)
G Ereck Flowers (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
QB Colt McCoy (agreed to terms with Giants)
RT Donald Penn
C Tony Bergstrom
FB Michael Burton (agreed to terms with Saints)
RB Wendell Smallwood
TE Jerome Cunningham (RFA)
QB Josh Woodrum (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Josh Norman (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
ILB Jon Bostic (re-signed)
CB Aaron Colvin
DE Nate Orchard (re-signed)
SS Kenny Ladler
DE Treyvon Hester
DE Chris Odom
DE Caleb Brantley (re-signed)
DE Myles Humphrey

Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller (No. 23 pictured) is returning to the team that drafted him in the third round (84th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes

  • Traded CB Quinton Dunbar to Seahawks for 2020 fifth-round pick, acquired QB Kyle Allen from Panthers for 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Agreed to terms with CB Kendall Fuller (Chiefs), OL Wes Schweitzer (Falcons), LB Thomas Davis (Chargers), OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis (Bears), S Sean Davis (Steelers), RB JD McKissic (Lions), TE Logan Thomas (Lions), LT Cornelius Lucas (Bears), TE Marcus Baugh (Panthers), RB Peyton Barber (Buccaneers), TE Richard Rodgers (Eagles), WR Cody Latimer (Giants), CB Ronald Darby (Eagles)
  • Re-signed DE Nate Orchard, ILB Jon Bostic, DE Caleb Brantley
  • Lost QB Case Keenum (Browns), OG Ereck Flowers (Dolphins), QB Colt McCoy (Giants), FB Michael Burton (Saints)
  • Released CB Josh Norman (Bills) and TE Vernon Davis retired

New York Giants

Offensive free agents

RT Mike Remmers (agreed to terms with Chiefs)
WR Cody Latimer (agreed to terms with Redskins)
K Aldrick Rosas
WR Russell Shepard
RB Javorius Allen
TE Scott Simonson
WR Corey Coleman (resigned)
C Jon Halapio (RFA)
FB Elijhaa Penny (re-signed)
WR Cody Core
WR Amba Etta-Tawo (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

ILB Alec Ogletree
OLB Kareem Martin OLB
DE Leonard Williams (placed the franchise tag)
OLB Markus Golden
FS Michael Thomas
CB Antonio Hamilton (agreed to terms with the Chiefs)
ILB David Mayo (re-signed)
ILB Deone Bucannon
ILB Devante Downs (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with LB Blake Martinez (Packers) on a three-year deal, TE Levine Toilolo (49ers), CB James Bradberry (Panthers), OLB Kyler Fackrell (Packers), RB Dion Lewis (Titans)
  • Agreed to terms with T Cameron Fleming (Cowboys), FS Nate Ebner (Patriots), QB Colt McCoy (Redskins), DT Austin Johnson (Titans). TE Eric Tomlinson (Raiders)
  • Placed the franchise tag on DL Leonard Williams, re-signed ILB David Mayo, FB Elijhaa Penny, WR Corey Coleman
  • Lost RT Mike Remmers (Chiefs), CB Antonio Hamilton (Chiefs), WR Cody Latimer (Redskins)

Dallas Cowboys

Offensive free agents

WR Amari Cooper (re-signed)
WR Randall Cobb (agreed to terms with Texans)
TE Jason Witten (agreed to terms with Raiders)
WR Tavon Austin
G Xavier Su’a-Filo (agreed to terms with Bengals)
QB Dak Prescott (exclusive rights franchise tag)
TE Blake Jarwin (re-signed)
QB Cooper Rush (Original-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

DE Michael Bennett
DE Robert Quinn (agreed to terms with Bears)
OLB Sean Lee (re-signed)
DT Christian Covington
CB Byron Jones (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
SS Jeff Heath (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Joe Thomas (re-signed)
DE Kerry Hyder (agreed to terms with 49ers)
OLB Malcolm Smith
DT Maliek Collins (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Ray-Ray Armstrong
FS Darian Thompson (re-signed)
OLB Justin March (re-signed)

CB C.J. Goodwin (re-signed)
DT Daniel Ross (agreed to terms with Raiders)
CB Anthony Brown (re-signed)
S Kavon Frazier
DT Antwaun Woods (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott, re-signed WR Amari Cooper on a five-year deal, CB Anthony Brown, K Kai Forbath, ILB Joe Thomas, OLB Justin March, CB C.J. Goodwin, OLB Sean Lee, FS Darian Thompson, TE Blake Jarwin
  • Agreed to terms with Gerald McCoy (Panthers), CB Maurice Canady (Jets), FS HaHa Clinton-Dix (Bears), DT Dontari Poe (Panthers), TE Blake Bell (Chiefs), K Greg Zuerlein (Rams)
  • Lost DE Robert Quinn (Bears), CB Byron Jones (Dolphins), WR Randall Cobb (Texans), TE Jason Witten (Raiders), SS Jeff Heath (Raiders), CB Donovan Olumba (Browns), DE Kerry Hyder (49ers), DT Daniel Ross (Raiders)
  • Lost T Cameron Fleming (Giants), DT Maliek Collins (Raiders), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (Bengals)

Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive free agents

LT Jason Peters
QB Nate Sudfeld (re-signed)
WR Nelson Agholor (agreed to terms with Raiders)
QB Josh McCown
RB Darren Sproles
TE Richard Rodgers (agreed to terms with Redskins)
RB Jordan Howard (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
G Halapoulivaati Vaitai (agreed to terms with Lions)
RB Corey Clement (RFA)

Defensive free agents

FS Malcolm Jenkins (agreed to terms with Saints)
OLB Nigel Bradham
FS Rodney McLeod (re-signed)
CB Ronald Darby (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DE Vinny Curry
DT Timmy Jernigan (agreed to terms with Texans)
DT Hassan Ridgeway (re-signed)
OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
CB Jalen Mills (re-signed)
CB Craig James (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DL Javon Hargrave (Steelers) on a three-year deal, ILB Jatavis Brown (Chargers), S Will Parks (Broncos), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Rams)
  • Re-signed FS Rodney McLeod to a two-year deal, CB Jalen Mills, QB Nate Sudfeld, DT Hassan Ridgeway
  • Traded a 2020 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions for CB Darius Slay
  • Lost OL Halapoulivaati Vaitai (Lions), RB Jordan Howard (Dolphins), OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Dolphins), S Malcolm Jenkins (Saints), WR Nelson Agholor (Raiders), TE Richard Rodgers (Redskins), CB Ronald Darby (Redskins), DT Timmy Jernigan (Texans)

NFC West

San Francisco 49ers

Offensive free agents

WR Emmanuel Sanders (agreed to terms with Saints)
C Ben Garland (re-signed)
TE Levine Toilolo (agreed to terms with Giants)
WR Jordan Matthews
RB Matt Breida (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
WR Kendrick Bourne (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

FS Jimmie Ward (re-signed)
CB Jason Verrett
DE Arik Armstead (re-signed)
DE Damontre Moore
CB Dontae Johnson
DT Sheldon Day (agreed to terms with Colts)
DE Anthony Zettel (agreed to terms with Vikings)
DE Ronald Blair (re-signed)
OLB Elijah Lee (agreed to terms with Lions)
DT Ethan Westbrooks

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded DL DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts for the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, re-signed DE Arik Armstead to a five-year deal, FS Jimmie Ward to a three-year deal, G Shon Coleman, C Ben Garland, DE Ronald Blair
  • Agreed to terms with G Tom Compton (Jets), ILB Joe Walker (Cardinals) DE Kerry Hyder (Cowboys), WR Travis Benjamin (Chargers)
  • Placed second-round tender on RB Matt Breida, WR Kendrick Bourne
  • Lost TE Levine Toilolo (Giants), WR Emmanuel Sanders (Saints), DE Anthony Zettel (Vikings), DT Sheldon Day (Colts), OLB Elijah Lee (Lions)

Los Angeles Rams

Offensive free agents

LT Andrew Whitworth (re-signed)
QB Blake Bortles
WR Jojo Natson (agreed to terms with Browns)
WR Mike Thomas (agreed to terms with Bengals)
G Austin Blythe (re-signed)
TE Johnny Mundt (tendered as ERFA)
C Coleman Shelton (tendered as ERFA)

Defensive free agents

OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (agreed to terms with Falcons)
DT Michael Brockers (re-signed)
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (agreed to terms with Eagles)
ILB Cory Littleton (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Bryce Hager
DE Morgan Fox (RFA)
S Donte Deayon (re-signed)
S Marqui Christian (agreed to terms with Jets)
OLB Josh Carraway (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Tendered TE Johnny Mundt (ERFA), C Coleman Shelton (ERFA), re-signed LT Andrew Whitworth, G Austin Blythe, DT Michael Brockers, S Donte Deayon
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Leonard Floyd (Bears), DT A’Shawn Robinson (Lions)
  • Lost ILB Cory Littleton (Raiders), S Marqui Christian (Jets), CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (Eagles), OLB Dante Fowler, Jr. (Falcons), WR Mike Thomas (Bengals), K Greg Zuerlein (Cowboys)
  • Released RB Todd Gurley (Falcons), OLB Clay Matthews, Jr.

Seattle Seahawks

Offensive free agents

G Mike Iupati
RT Germain Ifedi (agreed to terms with Bears)
WR Josh Gordon
WR Jaron Brown
RB Marshawn Lynch
RB Robert Turbin
QB Geno Smith
TE Luke Willson (re-signed)
RB C.J. Prosise
C Joey Hunt (Original-Round Tender)
OT George Fant (agreed to terms with Jets)
WR David Moore (Original-Round Tender)
TE Jacob Hollister (placed a second-round tender)
G Jordan Roos
WR Malik Turner
TE Tyrone Swoopes

Defensive free agents

DE Jadeveon Clowney
DE Ezekiel Ansah
OLB Mychal Kendricks
DT Al Woods (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
DE Quinton Jefferson (agreed to terms with Bills)
CB Akeem King
DT Jarran Reed (re-signed)
CB Neiko Thorpe
OLB Dekoda Watson
DE Branden Jackson (Original-Round Tender)
CB Kalan Reed
FS Ryan Neal (ERFA)
CB Jeremy Boykins (ERFA)
DT Bryan Mone (ERFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Redskins for CB Quinton Dunbar
  • Agreed to terms with OT Brandon Shell (Jets), OT Cedric Ogbuehi (Bengals), G BJ Finney (Steelers), TE Greg Olsen (Panthers), OLB Bruce Irvin (Panthers), WR Phillip Dorsett (Patriots), DE Benson Mayowa (Raiders)
  • Re-signed DT Jarran Reed to a two-year deal, TE Luke Wilson
  • Placed a second-round tender on TE Jacob Hollister
  • Lost OT George Fant (Jets), DE Quinton Jefferson (Bills), DT Al Woods (Jaguars), RT Germain Ifedi (Bears)

Arizona Cardinals

Offensive free agents

RT Marcus Gilbert (resigned)
TE Charles Clay
G Max Garcia (re-signed)
C A.Q. Shipley
QB Brett Hundley (re-signed)
RT Jordan Mills
RB Kenyan Drake (placed transition tag)
WR Damiere Byrd (agreed to terms with the Patriots)
WR Pharoh Cooper (agreed to terms with Panthers)
RB D.J. Foster (re-signed)
K Zane Gonzalez (placed second-round tender)

Defensive free agents

DE Rodney Gunter (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
OLB Brooks Reed
DE Clinton McDonald
OLB Cassius Marsh (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
FS Josh Shaw
DE Jonathan Bullard (re-signed)
SS Chris Banjo (re-signed)
DT Zach Kerr (agreed to terms with Panthers)
CB Brandon Williams
S Charles Washington (re-signed)
ILB Joe Walker (agreed to terms with 49ers)

CB Kevin Peterson

Former Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins (No. 10 pictured) had 31 games of more than 70 receiving yards over the last three seasons (2017-19).

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded RB David Johnson and a 2020 second-round pick to the Houston Texans for WR DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick
  • Placed the transition tag on RB Kenyan Drake, agreed to terms with DT Jordan Phillips (Bills), OLB Devon Kennard (Lions), LB De’Vondre Campbell (Falcons), DT Trevon Coley (Colts)
  • Re-signed QB Brett Hundley, SS Chris Banjo, DE Jonathan Bullard, G Max Garcia, S Charles Washington, RB D.J. Foster, RT Marcus Gilbert
  • Lost WR Damiere Byrd (Patriots), DE Rodney Gunter (Jaguars), WR Pharoh Cooper (Panthers), ILB Joe Walker (49ers), OLB Cassius Marsh (Jaguars), DT Zach Kerr (Panthers)

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

Offensive free agents

TE Delanie Walker
QB Marcus Mariota (agreed to terms with Raiders)
RB Dion Lewis (agreed to terms with Giants)
RT Jack Conklin (agreed to terms with Browns)
G Kevin Pamphile
RT Dennis Kelly (re-signed)
RB Derrick Henry (placed exclusive rights franchise tag)
RB David Fluellen (RFA)
WR Darius Jennings (agreed to terms with Chargers)
TE MyCole Pruitt (re-signed)
WR Tajae Sharpe (agreed to terms with Vikings)

Defensive free agents

CB Logan Ryan
DE Cameron Wake
ILB Wesley Woodyard
ILB Daren Bates
CB Chris Milton (resigned)
ILB Kamalei Correa (re-signed)
DT Austin Johnson (agreed to terms with Giants)
CB Tramaine Brock
CB LeShaun Sims (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Tye Smith (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed QB Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal, RT Dennis Kelly, TE MyCole Pruitt, CB Chris Milton, ILB Kamalei Correa and placed the exclusive rights franchise tag on RB Derrick Henry,
  • Agreed to terms with DE Vic Beasley (Falcons) on a one-year deal, ILB Nick Dzubnar (Chargers), DT Jack Crawford (Falcons), T Ty Sambrailo (Falcons)
  • Lost QB Marcus Mariota (Raiders), OT Jack Conklin (Browns), RB Dion Lewis (Giants), WR Tajae Sharpe (Vikings), DT Austin Johnson (Giants), CB LeShaun Sims (Bengals), WR Darius Jennings (Chargers)
  • Team traded DT Jurrell Casey to Broncos for a 2020 seventh-round pick

Houston Texans

Offensive free agents

RB Lamar Miller
QB A.J. McCarron (re-signed)
RB Carlos Hyde
TE Darren Fells (re-signed)
QB Joe Webb
RB Taiwan Jones (agreed to terms with Bills)

Defensive free agents

ILB Dylan Cole (original round tender)
CB Johnathan Joseph
CB Vernon Hargreaves (re-signed)
OLB Barkevious Mingo (agreed to terms with Bears)
SS Jahleel Addae
FS Mike Adams
OLB Tyrell Adams (re-signed)
DT D.J. Reader (agreed to terms with Bengals)
CB Phillip Gaines

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded WR DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2020 second-round pick, a 2021 fourth-round pick and RB David Johnson
  • Agreed to terms with S Eric Murray (Browns), S Jaylen Watkins (Chargers), WR Randall Cobb (Cowboys), RT Brett Qvale (Jets), DT Timmy Jernigan (Eagles)
  • Re-signed CB Bradley Roby to a three-year deal, T Roderick Johnson, QB A.J. McCarron, TE Darren Fells, OLB Tyrell Adams. CB Vernon Hargreaves
  • Lost DT D.J. Reader (Bengals), RB Taiwan Jones (Bills), OLB Barkevious Mingo (Bears)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive free agents

G Tyler Shatley (re-signed)
LT Cedric Ogbuehi (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
RT Benjamin Ijalana
TE Nick O’Leary (agreed to terms with Raiders)
TE Ben Koyack
TE Seth Devalve (agreed to terms with Panthers)
G Brandon Thomas (ERFA)
RB Devante Mays (ERFA)
WR Keelan Cole (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
RB Alfred Blue

Defensive free agents

ILB Jake Ryan
DT Akeem Spence
OLB Najee Goode
ILB D.J. Alexander
ILB Preston Brown
DT Carl Davis (RFA)
ILB Donald Payne (RFA)
OLB James Onwualu (RFA)
ILB Austin Calitro (ERFA)
DE Yannick Ngakoue (placed the franchise tag)

Former Browns 2017 Pro Bowl LB Joe Schobert should be a welcome addition to the Jaguars defense. He has posted over 100 tackles in each of his last three seasons (seven forced fumbles). Schobert had four interceptions for the Browns in 2019.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded DL Calais Campbell to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round pick and QB Nick Foles to Chicago Bears for a 2020 fourth-round pick, placed the franchise tag on DE Yannick Ngakoue, placed second-round tender on WR Keelan Cole
  • Agreed to terms with LB Joe Schobert (Browns), DE Rodney Gunter (Cardinals), OLB Cassius Marsh (Cardinals), CB Rashaan Melvin (Lions), DT Al Woods (Seahawks), TE Tyler Eifert (Browns)
  • Re-signed G Tyler Shatley and LB Lerentee McCray
  • Lost LT Cedric Ogbuehi (Seahawks), TE Seth DeValve (Panthers), TE Nick O’Leary (Raiders)

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive free agents

WR Devin Funchess (agreed to terms with Packers)
TE Eric Ebron (agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers)
WR Chester Rogers
WR Dontrelle Inman
RT Le’Raven Clark (re-signed)
G Josh Andrews (agreed to terms with Jets)
RB Jonathan Williams
G Joe Haeg (agreed to terms with Buccaneers)
WR Marcus Johnson
WR Daurice Fountain (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

DE Jabaal Sheard
FS Clayton Geathers
FS Isaiah Johnson
S Briean Boddy-Calhoun
DT Trevon Coley (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
S Kai Nacua (ERFA)
S Rolan Milligan (re-signed)

Quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his 16 NFL campaigns.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded the 13th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the San Francisco 49ers for DT DeForest Buckner, making him second highest paid DT behing Aaron Donald
  • Re-signed S Rolan Milligan
  • Agreed to terms with QB Philip Rivers (Chargers), re-signed OT Anthony Castonzo to an extension, OT Le’Raven Clark, CB Xavier Rhodes (Vikings), DT Sheldon Day (49ers), CB Travis Carrie (Browns)
  • Lost TE Eric Ebron (Steelers), G Joe Haeg (Buccaneers), G Josh Andrews (Jets), QB Brian Hoyer (Patriots), WR Devin Funchess (Packers), DT Trevon Coley (Cardinals)
  • Released QB Brian Hoyer (agreed to terms with Patriots), CB Pierre Desir (agreed to terms with Jets)

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive free agents

WR Seth Roberts (agreed to terms with Panthers)
WR Chris Moore (re-signed)
G Parker Ehinger (ERFA)
C Hroniss Grasu C
C Matt Skura (Original-Round Tender)
RB Gus Edwards (ERFA)
G Randin Crecelius (ERFA)
RT Andre Smith (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

CB Jimmy Smith
SS Tony Jefferson
CB Brandon Carr
DT Michael Pierce (agreed to terms with Vikings)
ILB Patrick Onwuasor (agreed to terms with Jets)
SS Anthony Levine (r-signed)
OLB Pernell McPhee
DT Domata Peko
ILB Josh Bynes (agreed to terms with Bengals)
S Jordan Richards (re-signed)
SS Brynden Trawick
DT Justin Ellis (re-signed)
DT Jihad Ward (re-signed)
S Fish Smithson (ERFA)

New Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell (No. 93 pictured) has gotten better with age. In his last three seasons, Campbell has 30.5 of his 88 career quarterback sacks.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for DL Calais Campbell, DE Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Traded TE Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick
  • Re-signed DE Jihad Ward, DT Justin Ellis, RT Andre Smith, CB Jimmy Smith, SS Anthony Levine, WR Chris Moore
  • Placed the franchise tag on DE Matthew Judon and agreed to terms with DE Derek Wolfe (Broncos)
  • Lost DT Michael Pierce (Vikings), WR Seth Roberts (Panthers), ILB Josh Bynes (Bengals), ILB Patrick Onwuasor (Jets)
  • Released OL James Hurst

Cleveland Browns

Offensive free agents

TE Demetrius Harris (agreed to terms with Bears)
LT Greg Robinson
G Eric Kush (agreed to terms with Raiders)
QB Drew Stanton
WR Rashard Higgins
RB Kareem Hunt (placed a second-round tender)
G Justin McCray (agreed to terms with Falcons)
TE Ricky Seals-Jones (agreed to terms with Chiefs)
WR Khadarel Hodge
RB Dontrell Hilliard
TE Pharaoh Brown

Defensive free agents

ILB Christian Kirksey (agreed to terms with Packers)
CB Travis Carrie (agreed to terms wit Colts)
ILB Adarius Taylor
FS Damarious Randall (agreed to terms with Raiders)
ILB Joe Schobert (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
FS Eric Murray (agreed to terms with Texans)
CB Juston Burris (agreed to terms with Panthers)
DE Bryan Cox Jr (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with TE Austin Hooper (Falcons) on a four-year deal, OT Jack Conklin (Titans), ILB BJ Goodson (Packers), SS Karl Joseph (Raiders), QB Case Keenum (Redskins), DT Andrew Billings (Bengals), WR Jojo Natson (Rams), S Andrew Sendejo (Vikings), CB Kevin Johnson (Bills), CB Donovan Olumba (Cowboys), Adrian Clayborn (Falcons), C Evan Brown (Dolphins)
  • Placed a second-round tender on RB Kareem Hunt
  • Lost FS Eric Murray (Texans), ILB Christian Kirksey (Packers), ILB Joe Schobert (Jaguars), CB Juston Burris (Panthers), TE Demetrius Harris (Bears), G Eric Kush (Raiders), G Justin McCray (Falcons), CB Travis Carrie (Colts), FS Damarious Randall (Raiders), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Chiefs)
  • Released FS Morgan Burnett

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive free agents

WR A.J. Green (placed the franchise tag)
TE Tyler Eifert (agreed to terms with Jaguars)
G John Jerry
G Alex Redmond (RFA) (Original-Round Tender)
TE Cethan Carter (RFA) (Original-Round Tender)

Defensive free agents

CB Darqueze Dennard
DE Kerry Wynn
ILB LaRoy Reynolds (agreed to terms with Falcolns)
OLB Nick Vigil (agreed to terms with Chargers)
DT Andrew Billings (agreed to terms with Browns)
S Brandon Wilson (Original-Round Tender)
DT Josh Tupou (Original-Round Tender)
CB Tony McRae (agreed to terms with Lions)
CB Torry McTyer (re-signed)
CB Greg Mabin (re-signed)
ILB Hardy Nickerson, Jr.
S Clayton Fejedelem (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
DT Niles Scott

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on WR A.J. Green, agreed to terms with DT DJ Reader (Texans) on a four-year deal, CB Trae Waynes (Vikings), CB Mackensie Alexander (Vikings), OG Xavier Su’a-Filo (Cowboys), WR Mike Thomas (Rams), ILB Josh Bynes (Ravens), SS Vonn Bell (Saints), CB LeShaun Sims (Titans)
  • Re-signed CB Torry McTyer, CB Greg Mabin
  • Lost S Clayton Fejedelem (Dolphins), DT Andrew Billings (Browns), CB Tony McRae (Lions), ILB LaRoy Reynolds (Falcons), TE Tyler Eifert (Jaguars), OLB Nick Vigil (Chargers)
  • Released OG John Miller and OT Cordy Glenn

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive free agents

TE Vance McDonald (CO)
G B.J. Finney (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
TE Nick Vannett (agreed to terms with Broncos)
RT Matt Feiler (RFA) (second-round tender)
OT Zach Banner

Defensive free agents

CB Artie Burns (agreed to terms with Bears)
OLB Bud Dupree (franchise tag)

FS Sean Davis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Javon Hargrave (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Mike Hilton (RFA) (Second-Round Tender)
DT Leterrius Walton (RFA)
ILB Tyler Matakevich (agreed to terms with Bills)
FS Jordan Dangerfield (re-signed)
DE Lavon Hooks (ERFA)

New Pittsburgh Steelers tight end and 2018 Pro Bowler Eric Ebron has 27 career touchdown receptions.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Baltimore Ravens for DE Chris Wormley and a 2021 seventh-round pick, re-signed FS Jordan Dangerfield
  • Placed the franchise tag on OLB Bud Dupree, placed second-round tender on RT Matt Feiler, CB Mike Hilton
  • Agreed to terms with FB Derek Watt (Chargers), C Steven Wisniewski (Chiefs), TE Eric Ebron (Colts), DT Cavon Walker (XFL), DE Dewayne Hendrix (XFL), S Tyree Kinnel (XFL), LS Christian Kuntz (XFL)
  • Released DL Anthony Chickillo, LB Mark Barron, WR Johnny Holton, FB Roosevelt Nix
  • Lost DT Javon Hargrave (Eagles), ILB Tyler Matakevich (Bills), FS Sean Davis (Redskins), G BJ Finney (Seahawks), CB Artie Burns (Bears), TE Nick Vannett (Broncos)

AFC East

New England Patriots

Offensive free agents

QB Tom Brady (agreed to terms with Buccaneers)
WR Phillip Dorsett (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
RT Marshall Newhouse
TE Benjamin Watson
C James Ferentz
C Ted Karras
OL Joe Thuney (franchise tagged)

Defensive free agents

ILB Kyle Van Noy (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
FS Nate Ebner (agreed to terms with Giants)
OLB Jamie Collins (agreed to terms with Lions)
DT Danny Shelton (agreed to terms with Lions)
OLB Shilique Calhoun (re-signed)
OLB Elandon Roberts (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
DE Keionta Davis (RFA)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on OL Joe Thuney
  • Agreed to terms with FS Adrian Phillips (Chargers), FB Dan Vitale (Packers), DE Brandon Copeland (Jets), QB Brian Hoyer (Colts)
  • Re-signed OLB Shilique Calhoun
  • Lost QB Tom Brady (Buccaneers), LB Kyle Van Noy (Dolphins), S Duron Harmon (Lions) , LB Jamie Collins (Lions),OL Ted Karras (Dolphins)
  • Lost DT Danny Shelton (Lions), OLB Elandon Roberts (Dolphins), FS Nate Ebner (Giants), WR Phillip Dorsett (Seahawks)
  • Released K Stephen Gostkowski

Buffalo Bills

Offensive free agents

RT LaAdrian Waddle
RB Frank Gore
RB Senorise Perry
WR Isaiah McKenzie (RFA) (re-signed)
G Isaac Asiata (RFA)

Defensive free agents

DT Jordan Phillips (agreed to terms with Cardinals)
OLB Lorenzo Alexander
CB Kevin Johnson (agreed to terms with Browns)
DE Shaq Lawson (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
OLB Julian Stanford
FS Kurt Coleman
DT Corey Liuget
SS Dean Marlowe (re-signed)

Buffalo Bills new defensive end Mario Addison (No. 97 pictured) has 55 career quarterback sacks.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick for Minnesota Vikins WR Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick.
  • Agreed to terms with LB A.J. Klein (Saints) on a three-year deal, DE Mario Addison (Panthers) on a three-year deal, LB Tyler Matakevich (Steelers), CB Josh Norman (Redskins), DT Vernon Butler (Panthers), RB Taiwan Jones (Texans), DE Quinton Jefferson (Seahawks), RT Daryl Williams (Panthers)
  • Re-signed SS Dean Marlowe, WR Isaiah McKenzie
  • Lost DT Jordan Phillips (Cardinals), lost DE Shaq Lawson (Dolphins), CB Kevin Johnson (Browns)

Miami Dolphins

Offensive free agents

C Daniel Kilgore
G Evan Boehm
RT J’Marcus Webb
TE Clive Walford TE
WR Trevor Davis

Defensive free agents

CB Aqib Talib
FS Walt Aikens
DE John Jenkins
OLB Deon Lacey (RFA)
FS Adrian Colbert (ERFA) (re-signed)
OLB Chase Allen (RFA)
DT Kendrick Norton (ERFA)

Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback/safety Byron Jones has 43 passes defensed in his career.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Chiefs) on a two-year deal, CB Byron Jones (Cowboys) on a five-year deal, OG Ereck Flowers on a three-year deal, LB Kyle Van Noy (Patriots) on a four-year deal and Shaq Lawson (Bills) on a three-year deal,
  • Agreed to terms with RB Jordan Howard (Eagles), S Clayton Fejedelem (Bengals) and OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Eagles), OG Ted Karras (Patriots), OLB Elandon Roberts (Patriots)
  • Re-signed FS Adrian Colbert

New York Jets

Offensive free agents

C Ryan Kalil
LT Kelvin Beachum
WR Robby Anderson (agreed to terms with Panthers)
WR Demaryius Thomas
QB Trevor Siemian
G Tom Compton (agreed to terms with 49ers)
RT Brent Qvale (agreed to terms with Texans)
RB Bilal Powell
RB Ty Montgomery
TE Daniel Brown
QB David Fales (re-signed)
G Alex Lewis (re-signed)
WR Josh Malone (RFA)
WR Jeff Smith (ERFA)
OT Brandon Shell (agreed to terms with Seattle)

Defensive free agents

CB Brian Poole (re-signed)
FS Rontez Miles
DE Brandon Copeland (agreed to terms with Patriots)
ILB Neville Hewitt (re-signed)

S Blake Countess
ILB Albert McClellan
OLB Paul Worrilow
OLB Jordan Jenkins (re-signed)
CB Maurice Canady (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
ILB James Burgess (re-signed)
CB Arthur Maulet (Resigned)
ILB B.J. Bello (RFA)
CB Bennett Jackson (re-signed)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OT George Fant (Seahawks), OG Connor McGovern (Broncos), G Greg Van Roten (Panthers), G Josh Andrews (Colts), S Marqui Christian (Rams), CB Pierre Desir (Colts), WR Breshad Perriman (Buccaneers), ILB Patrick Onwuasor (Ravens)
  • Re-signed OG Alex Lewis, ILB Neville Hewitt, CB Arthur Maulet, CB Brian Poole, ILB James Burgess, CB Bennett Jackson, OLB Jordan Jenkins, QB David Fales
  • Lost CB Maurice Cannady (Cowboys), OT Brandon Shell (Seahawks), G Tom Compton (49ers), RT Brett Qvale (Texans), DE Brandon Copeland (Patriots), WR Robby Anderson (Panthers)

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive free agents

QB Chad Henne (re-signed)
RB LeSean McCoy
QB Matt Moore
FB Anthony Sherman (re-signed)
C Stefen Wisniewski
(agreed to terms with Steelers)
TE Blake Bell (agreed to terms with Cowboys)
RB Spencer Ware
WR Demarcus Robinson (re-signed)
WR Marcus Kemp (ERFA)
TE Deon Yelder (ERFA)
TE David Wells (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

OLB Terrell Suggs
ILB Darron Lee
DT Xavier Williams
S Jordan Lucas (agreed to terms with Bears)
CB Morris Claiborne
CB Bashaud Breeland (re-signed)
DE Emmanuel Ogbah (agreed to terms with Dolphins)
ILB Reggie Ragland (agreed to terms with Lions)
CB Keith Reaser
DE Mike Pennel (re-signed)
CB Kendall Fuller (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Chris Jones (franchise tagged)

The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on DL Chris Jones (No. 95 pictured). Not only does Jones have 33.5 career quarterback sacks, but he has also has 20 passes defensed in just four seasons.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed the franchise tag on DL Chris Jones, agreed to terms with CB Antonio Hamilton (Giants)
  • Re-signed QB Chad Henne, FB Anthony Sherman, DE Mike Pennel, WR Demarcus Robinson, CB Bashaud Breeland
  • Agreed to terms with CB Antonio Hamilton (Giants), RT Mike Remmers (Giants), QB Jordan Ta’amu (XFL), TE Ricky Seals-Jones (Browns), RB DeAndre Washington (Raiders)
  • Lost CB Kendall Fuller (Redskins), lost DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Dolphins), C Steven Wisniewski (Steelers), S Jordan Lucas (Bears), TE Blake Bell (Cowboys), ILB Reggie Ragland (Lions)

Los Angeles Chargers

Offensive free agents

QB Philip Rivers (agreed to terms with Colts)
WR Travis Benjamin (agreed to terms with 49ers)
RB Melvin Gordon (agreed to terms with Broncos)
RB Austin Ekeler (re-signed)
G Michael Schofield
TE Lance Kendricks
WR Geremy Davis (agreed to terms with Lions)
G Ryan Groy
RB Troymaine Pope (RFA)
G Spencer Drango (RFA)
FB Derek Watt (agreed to terms with Steelers)
TE Sean Culkin (RFA)
G Trenton Scott (ERFA)
WR Dylan Cantrell (ERFA)
C Dillon DeBoer C (RFA)

Defensive free agents

DT Brandon Mebane
OLB Thomas Davis (agreed to terms with Redskins)
DT Damion Square
FS Adrian Phillips (agreed to terms with Patriots)
ILB Nick Dzubnar (agreed to term with Titans)
CB Jaylen Watkins (agreed to terms with Texans)
DT Sylvester Williams
DT Isaac Rochell (RFA) I
ILB Jatavis Brown (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Michael Davis (ERFA) (Second-Round Tender)

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Placed second-round tender on CB Michael Davis
  • Re-signed RB Austin Ekeler
  • Agreed to terms with OT Bryan Bulaga (Packers), CB Chris Harris, Jr. (Broncos), DT Linval Joseph (Vikings), WR Darius Jennings (Titans), OLB Nick Vigil (Bengals)
  • Lost QB Philip Rivers (Colts), FB Derek Watt (Steelers), OLB Thomas Davis (Redskins), FS Adrian Phillips (Patriots), RB Melvin Gordon (Broncos), CB Jaylen Watkins (Texans) , ILB Jatavis Brown (Eagles), ILB Nick Dzubnar (Titans), WR Travis Benjamin (49ers), WR Geremy Davis (Lions)
  • Traded OT Russell Okung for OG Trai Turner (Panthers)

Denver Broncos

Offensive free agents

G Ron Leary (declined option)
RB Theo Riddick
RB Devontae Booker
C Connor McGovern (agreed to terms with Jets)
RT Elijah Wilkinson (placed a second-round tender)
QB Brandon Allen (RFA)
WR Tim Patrick (RFA)
WR Diontae Spencer (ERFA)

Defensive free agents

CB Chris Harris (agreed to terms with Chargers)
DE Derek Wolfe (agreed to terms with Ravens)
DT Shelby Harris (re-signed)
DE Adam Gotsis
DE Billy Winn
CB Cyrus Jones
OLB Jeremiah Attaochu (re-signed)
ILB Corey Nelson
CB DeVante Bausby (RFA) (re-signed)
OLB Joe Jones (RFA) (re-signed)
S Dymonte Thomas
DE Mike Purcell (RFA) (second-round tender)
S Will Parks (agreed to terms with Eagles)
CB Davontae Harris (ERFA)
S Trey Marshall (ERFA)
OLB Dadi Nicolas
DT Joel Heath (re-signed)
S Justin Simmons (placed the franchise tag)

New Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon (pictured scoring TD) has accounted for 4,240 yards rushing (4 YPC) and 36 touchdowns in five seasons. In addition, Gordon has caught 224 passes for 1,873 yards (8.4 YPR) and 11 touchdowns.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OG Graham Glasgow (Lions) to a four-year deal, QB Jeff Driskel (Lions), RB Melvin Gordon (Chargers), TE Nick Vannett (Steelers), P Sam Martin (Lions)
  • Traded for CB A.J. Bouye (Jaguars), RB Andy Janovich to Cleveland Browns for a 2021 seventh-round pick, 2020 seventh-round pick to Titans for five-time Pro Bowl DT Jurrell Casey
  • Placed second-round tender on LT Elijah Wilkinson, DE Mike Purcell, re-signed CB DeVante Bausby, OLB Joe Jones,OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, DT Joel Heath, DT Shelby Harris
  • Lost OG Connor McGovern (Jets), CB Chris Harris Jr (Chargers), S Will Parks (Eagles), DE Derek Wolfe (Ravens)
  • Declined option on OG Ron Leary, released QB Joe Flacco

Las Vegas Raiders

Offensive free agents

QB Mike Glennon
WR Dwayne Harris
RB Isaiah Crowell
G Jordan Devey (re-signed)
RB Rod Smith (re-signed)

WR Keelan Doss (ERFA)
TE Eric Tomlinson (agreed to terms with Giants)
RB DeAndre Washington (agreed to terms with Chiefs)
QB Nathan Peterman (RFA) (original round tender)
G Cameron Hunt (ERFA)
G Richie Incognito
OT David Sharpe

Defensive free agents

OLB Tahir Whitehead (agreed to terms with Panthers)
CB Daryl Worley
SS Karl Joseph (agreed to terms with Browns)
OLB Vontaze Burfict
DE Benson Mayowa (agreed to terms with Seahawks)
DT Josh Mauro
OLB Kyle Wilber (re-signed)
FS Curtis Riley
ILB Will Compton
DE Olsen Pierre
ILB Ukeme Eligwe (RFA)
CB Makinton Dorleant (ERFA)
DE Jeremiah Valoaga (ERFA)
OLB Nicholas Morrow (RFA)
S Dallin Leavitt (ERFA)
CB D.J. Killings (ERFA)
DE Dion Jordan

Former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota has thrown 76 touchdown passes to 44 interceptions in his five-year NFL career.

2020 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with QB Marcus Mariota (Titans), TE Jason Witten (Cowboys), LB Cory Littleton (Rams), DE Carl Nassib (Buccaneers), LB Nick Kwiatkoski (Bears), G Eric Kush (Browns)
  • Agreed to terms with SS Jeff Heath (Cowboys), DT Maliek Collins (Cowboys), WR Nelson Agholor (Eagles), TE Nick O’Leary (Jaguars), DT Daniel Ross (Cowboys), FS Damarious Randall (Browns)
  • Re-signed RB Rod Smith, OLB Kyle Wilber, G Jordan Devey
  • Lost SS Karl Joseph (Browns), OLB Tahir Whitehead (Panthers), TE Eric Tomlinson (Giants), DE Benson Mayowa (Seahawks), RB DeAndre Washington (Chiefs)

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DraftNasty Rewind: “Running with the Bills”- Josh Allen

Josh Allen was one of five quarterbacks selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Like fellow first round pick, Baltimore Ravens quarterback, Lamar Jackson, Allen can get a lot done with his legs. Under the direction of Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, Allen plays with a uniqueness to the position.

In order to better understand this now NFL starter, let’s look back at our evaluation of the former Wyoming signal caller:

What makes this player NASTY? (Strengths): Prototype size. 10 1/8” hands. Good instincts. Competitive. Tough” (Corey Chavous 2018 NFL Draft Guide).

Fast forward a year and a half and these same attributes are at the top of the list when describing Allen. Take a look at this scramble for a touchdown against Miami. Immediately, what jumps out is the large hands as well as the instincts previously described, Allen is able to scramble right, palm the ball and unlike some other quarterbacks, he doesn’t look to move the chains and dive. Allen goes into the teeth of the defense and even dips his shoulder against a linebacker as he runs into the end zone.

For his career, Allen has thrown 27 touchdowns and 20 interceptions with a 56.7 completion percentage. He’s also run for 1,070 yards and averages 5.8 yards per carry, while losing three fumbles.

“He’s like a running back,” New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during a press conference before playing the Bills this season. “He breaks tackles. He’s got good speed, good power, and he’s shifty. He avoids and breaks a lot of tackles. It’s another dimension, sixth receiver in the passing game if you will. Gives them another blocker in the running game when they have designed run plays for him.”

For his career, Allen has 17 rushing touchdowns compared to Jackson’s 12 and when the two met earlier this month, their combined 1,407 rushing yards was the most ever between two opposing starting quarterbacks. When looking more into Allen’s rushing touchdowns, you also see that he will run in it on each and every down, he has at least one rushing touchdown on each down with two rushing touchdowns coming on 4th and 5 or more.

Like a running back, Allen leaves himself susceptible to some big hits (see his scramble against the New England Patriots on third down in the fourth quarter, where he took a hit to the helmet). One of the weaknesses, we highlighted was “Allen’s reckless playing style has led to durability concerns.” Last year, Allen missed time with an elbow injury.

Digging deeper into the numbers, Allen has proven to be an effective runner on first and second down, where he averages 8.5 yards per attempt. This highlights what has been an effective recipe for the Bills offense when they’re successful: A big run on early downs, which allows for Frank Gore to get carries in short yardage situations and allows Allen to utilize the play action on second and third and short.

At the :23 second mark of the video below, we can see the athletic ability that Belichick is referring too. DraftNasty had Allen rated as the No. 4 quarterback in the draft and one reason why is that we felt his skills would have to be maximized by an offensive coordinator. Last year, during the opening week of the season versus the Ravens, DraftNasty highlighted in our in-game report some of Allen’s abilities. However, Allen had to sit behind Nathan Peterman and wasn’t given the reigns fully until the season began. A year later, Allen is the unquestioned starter and his coordinator has opened up more of the playbook. Daboll has mixed in run-pass options with deep shots to Bills speedster John Brown and uses Cole Beasley in the slot. Look at the similar play calling Daboll used when he was at the University of Alabama with then quarterback Jalen Hurts at the 2:20 mark.

The successful marriage between offensive coordinator and quarterback has led to a 9-4 season for the Bills and has them in the running for an AFC East division title, which they haven’t won since 1995. Another strength DraftNasty highlighted of Allen was his ability to run a pro-style offense with multiple shifts and two-tight end sets in Wyoming. Daboll has utilized his quarterback’s ability to handle multiple formations and has adopted the philosophy of his former mentor, Bill Belichick, who has been known to alter his schemes from week-to-week. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, through the first 10 games of this season, the Bills used 246 different offensive personnel combinations which is the fourth-most in the league behind the Dolphins, Lions and 49ers. Worth noting, the Lions and Dolphins both have head coaches who have ties to Belichick.

These multiple formations not only serve as window dressing for the defense but allow Allen to simplify his reads.

Look at how Daboll uses a motion man in the opening drive vs. the Redskins to manipulate the linebackers and allow Allen to decipher if it’s man or zone defense while tilting the formation for running plays. It’s important that the Bills play well early in situations because Allen has thrown nine interceptions to just five touchdowns with a 51 percent completion percentage when trailing. As opposed to four touchdowns and three interceptions with a 53 percent completion percentage when ahead.

As the Bills jockey for playoff positioning, we see how much Allen means to Buffalo’s offense. And almost two full NFL seasons later and we think this analysis of Allen still rings true.

“While he could use a year or two of development behind a bridge quarterback, he may be able to transition to the NFL game at a faster pace than expected. He’s an emotional, fiery player who will need to hone his footwork, timing and trajectory as a passer. We feel he’s an early-round talent capable of competing for a starting job early in his career,” according to our 2018 assessment of Allen.

DraftNasty feels like the Bills have found an adequate coordinator in Daboll, who can maximize Allen’s abilities. If the signal caller is to continue to ascend look for an improvement in his mechanics and to be more judicial when running.

2019 NFL Draft recap, pick-by-pick: AFC East

Williams led the SEC in passes defended in 2018 after posting career-highs in interceptions (4) and pass break-ups (14).

New England Patriots Notable picks: Williams could be a chess piece when the team has to defend the Travis Kelce-types at tight end and the A.J. Green-types at wide receiver.  Cajuste has more talent than his draft position indicates, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him push for playing time.  Bailey will challenge incumbent Ryan Allen in one of the training camp battles to watch.   Harry’s size is similar to Josh Gordon.
Round,

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1 (32) N’Keal Harry WR/Arizona State 65/2nd Round Harry won’t be asked to take the top off of defenses, but he will be tasked with adjusting to a variety of passes outside the numbers.  We think some of his best work came in the slot, where his superior run after the catch skill comes into full focus.  His overall style fits the offense and adds a bit of pizzazz.
2 (45) Joejuan Williams CB/

Vanderbilt

31/2nd Round Williams will be able to match up with bigger WRs  one week and then can cover the TE the next week, if needed.  While his 40-yard dash times didn’t impress in the postseason, he did demonstrate strength and explosion.  He was arguably the SEC’s most competitive corner in 2018. 
3 (77) Chase Winovich DE-OLB/

Michigan

93/3rd Round Winovich provides a versatile nature capable of rushing from a number of spots.  He plays longer than his length would suggest and is adept at causing havoc with his hand in the dirt. 
3 (87) Damien

Harris

RB/Alabama 56/2nd Round Harris will have a role in this offense but it may be according to game plan.  The Patriots continue to evolve into a team capable of running the ball to take pressure off of Brady.  He will compete for snaps with Rex Burkhead behind 2018 rookie sensation Sony Michel.
3 (101)

Compensatory pick acquired from Los Angeles via New England

Yodny

Cajuste

OT/West Virginia 67/2nd Round If not for his injury issues, Cajuste likely would have challenged for a spot in the second round.  Many of the DL we talked to said Cajuste was the best tackle they faced in the Big 12.  He provides insurance at the outside tackle spots, particularly if Isaiah Wynn is not fully recovered from his knee injury.
4 (118)

Acquired from Los Angeles

Hjalte

Froholdt

OG/

Arkansas

302/4th Round Froholdt’s mobility ranks as one of his strengths, as does his upper body strength and ability to latch.  The former DL’s lack of length is the one reason he lasted this long, but he has experience at both guard and center. 
4 (133)

Acquired from Los Angeles

Jarrett

Stidham

QB/Auburn 114/3rd Round Stidham’s 2017 performance against Alabama landed the Tigers in the SEC Championship game.  We spotlighted his upside in our feature on him in the 2018 Music City Bowl. 
5 (159)

Acquired from Minnesota via Seattle

Byron

Cowart

DL/

Maryland, Auburn

251/4th Round Cowart’s dramatic improvement after transferring to Maryland came after the former five-star recruit didn’t have a lot of success with the Auburn Tigers.  His size affords him the team the flexibility to line him up at the zero, one, two, three or four-technique DL spots.  He is an ideal scheme fit for the team.
5 (163) Jake Bailey P/Stanford 401/5th Round Bailey -our top-ranked punter- pinned opponents in school, never had a punt blocked and flipped the field with directional punts that still produced hang time averages in the 4.8-to-5.0-second range.  In addition, he may be able to handle kickoff duties if needed. 
7 (252) Ken Webster CB-Ole Miss 294/4th Round The knee injury from 2016 lingered into other ailments but Webster seemed to recover slowly in 2018.  At his best, he is an explosive athlete capable of challenging WRs in press-man.  Could he be a late-round find for the team?

 

Wilkins (No. 42 pictured) moved around quite a bit in Clemson’s schemes and is likely to do much of the same for the Dolphins.

 

 

Miami

Dolphins

Notable picks: The Dolphins draft is required to add Josh Rosen, who they traded their 62nd overall pick in the second round for while giving up a 2020 fifth-round pick.  Add Wilkins and Deiter, two potential starters, and you have a pretty good start to the proceedings.  The two final picks, Cox and Gaskin, both have questions to answer about their potential contributions on special teams.
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1 (13) Christian Wilkins Clemson 12/1st Round Wilkins’ positional versatility could very well shine in Brian Flores’ multiple schemes.  His flexibility is outstanding, as is his ability to win going sideways.
3 (78) Michael

Deiter

OG/

Wisconsin

129/3rd Round It can be argued that Deiter can provide backup options at three-to-four spots on an offensive line.  He frequently wins wrestling matches once he latches the opponent. 
5 (151) Andrew Van Ginkel LB/

Wisconsin

513/6th Round Van Ginkel is an above average blitzer with solid flexibility.  There are still questions regarding his efficiency as an exchange linebacker.  We think he can be a core special teams player in Year 1.  It may be his road to earning a roster spot. 
6 (202)

Acquired from New Orleans

Isaiah Prince OT/Ohio State 219/4th Round Prince’s length (35 1/2-inch arms) allowed him to cover up for a number of technique errors on the perimeter in school.  Consistency is the word that comes to mind when evaluating whether or not he can earn a roster spot. His best work comes as a run blocker.
7 (233)

Acquired from Tennessee

Chandler Cox FB/Auburn 332/4th Round Cox demonstrated a unique feel for hitting opponents on the move from a number of spots when blocking for a multitude of runners.  The former U.S. All-American started 41 games for the Tigers, but contributed just one career tackle.
7 (234)

Acquired from Cleveland via Pittsburgh

Myles Gaskin RB/

Washington

130/3rd Round Aside from question marks surrounding his size, Gaskin’s high volume (945 career carries) in school likely caused him to slide into the seventh round.  Despite weight in the 205-pound range, Gaskin has contact balance. He did 24 repetitions at 225 pounds.   

Singletary rushed for 66 touchdowns over a three-year period. He possesses outstanding short-area creativity.

 

Buffalo Bills Notable picks: The first two picks, Oliver and Ford, chart a direction for the team.  Both players have a physical presence at their respective positions.  If Singletary gives the team the juice expected as a backup, then the rest of the draft could simply be evaluated for the purposes of depth.  With that said, Knox could become a starter in due time.  Of their Day 3 picks, it could be argued that Johnson has a chance to become the best of the group.
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1 (9) Ed Oliver DT/Houston 4/1st Round Oliver’s pad level and leverage could be a perfect fit as an under tackle in the team’s 4-3 schemes under Sean McDermott.
2 (38)

Acquired from Oakland via Jacksonville

Cody Ford OG/

Oklahoma

23/2nd Round Ford’s finish drew high marks from several evaluators, but the injury history is rather extensive. The Bills may end up slotting him opposite left tackle Dion Dawkins or they could decide to move him to the guard spot.  He’s started at either spot in school.  Playing lower will only help his development. 
3 (74) Devin

Singletary

RB/FAU 105/3rd Round Singletary’s low center of gravity and short area change of direction draws comparisons to the Pro Bowl running back in front of him, LeSean McCoy.  Learning the nuances of the game as a smaller back from an All-Pro will likely aid the former Owl’s development.
3 (96)

Compensatory pick acquired via Washington

Dawson Knox TE/Ole Miss 134/3rd Round A quick glance at Knox’s statistics don’t take into account that he had three receivers with significantly more targets.  He runs in the low 4.6-range and plays at a fast clip.  At 254 pounds, he can line up with his hand in the dirt or flex-out (as he did quite a bit at Ole Miss) for the Bills. 
5 (147) Vosean Joseph LB/Florida 379/5th Round Joseph’s overall lack of size showed up on occasion but he did impress as his career went along when it came to matching routes. He is also a positive blitz threat (four sacks in 2018).
6 (181) Jaquan Johnson S/

Miami (Fla.)

176/3rd Round Johnson was dinged for his lack of timed speed, but he generally played faster than his teammates on Saturday afternoons.  Something to ponder is whether the hamstring injury that forced him to miss time in 2018 lingered over into the postseason.  His instincts and special teams contributions in school only add to his overall value.
7 (225) Darryl

Johnson

DE/North Carolina A&T 481/6th Round Johnson didn’t stand out against ECU tackle and 2020 NFL prospect D’Ante Smith, but even in that game he displayed his long nature.  The MEAC Defensive Player of the Year finished with 10.5 QB sacks and 19 TFLs in 2018.
7 (228) Tommy Sweeney TE/Boston College 262/4th Round Sweeney’s portfolio dates back to the 2016 campaign, when he was used as a Swiss army knife.  He can align as a FB, Y-tight end or H-back depending on formation.  He will likely end up getting snaps on the punt unit, where he will have to prove capable of running down effectively in coverage.

 

Polite (No. 99 pictured) forced six fumbles for the Gators in 2018 and finished third in the SEC in tackles for losses (17.5).

New York Jets Notable picks: The Jets needed to come out of this draft with a legitimate pass rusher after Jordan Jenkins and Henry Anderson tied for the team lead in sacks a year ago.  There has been talk of Gregg Williams sticking with the 30-front scheme that has fit the Jets for the better part of over a decade.  Expect to see elements of his 4-3 background, but most of the remaining parts and additions suggest elements of the 3-4 defense will be in play.  At offensive tackle, Edoga will have the opportunity to challenge for playing time. 
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1 (3) Quinnen Williams DT/Alabama 1/1st Round Williams is able to attack gaps two-to-three gaps over with outstanding lateral agility.  Despite being a one-year wonder, he did post 6.5 tackles for loss in a secondary role back in 2017.
3 (68) Jachai Polite DE-OLB/Florida 103/3rd Round Polite uses a combination of inside posts with clubs, dips his weight and can take his surface area away from tackles.  Nevertheless, his power component is largely unearthed at this stage of his development.  In 2018, he posted 17.5 tackles for loss while forcing six fumbles because he is tough to grasp.
3 (92)

Acquired from the Minnesota Vikings

Chuma Edoga OT/USC 121/3rd Round Edoga’s disposition on the field is probably a bit more erect than what you’d expect from a 6-foot-3-inch tackle, but his light-footed nature draws high marks.  His profile matches the team’s current starting left tackle Kelvin Beacham. 
4 (121) Trevon Wesco TE/West Virginia 392/5th Round The former high school QB has all of the intangibles to continue to improve as a receiving threat.  His 267-pound frame was often used as an insert blocker in the Mountaineers rushing attack.
5 (157) Blake Cashman LB/

Minnesota

187/3rd Round Cashman’s breakout year came at just the right time, as he forged his way into the NFL Draft.  We think he is one of the top kickoff cover men in the 2019 NFL Draft.  His instincts either off the ball or when rushing downhill are solid.
6 (196)

Acquired from Oakland via Chicago Bears

Blessaun Austin CB/Rutgers 151/3rd Round The Jets didn’t travel far to grab the former New York high school product.  Despite two consecutive years of knee injuries, he still finished his career with four interceptions and 19 career pass break-ups.   Few cornerbacks get their hands on wide receivers with the efficiency of Austin.  If he can return to full health, he’ll have a chance to earn playing time. 

 

 

DraftNasty spotlights Buffalo Bills OL Cody Ford: Ford Rough

A very rough and enraged style of play would describe the disposition of former Oklahoma OL Cody Ford. Ford recovered nicely from early career injury issues to earn first-team All-Big 12 honors in 2018. We take a look at his approach in our video spotlight. Some may contend that he was the most dominant player on Oklahoma’s offense in 2018.

Oklahoma All-Big 12 offensive tackle Cody Ford earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2017.

DraftNasty spotlights Buffalo Bills DT Ed Oliver: New Level

2017 Outland Trophy Award winner Ed Oliver tallied five quarterback sacks and 22 tackles for loss during his sophomore campaign. While his junior year didn’t quite match up, we did spotlight his disruptive nature early in September of 2018. For his career, he totaled 53 tackles for loss in a largely dominant three-year stretch. DraftNasty Magazine goes inside the game of the 2017 AAC Defensive Player of the Year.

Houston DT Ed Oliver totaled 13.5 quarterback sacks, 53 tackles for losses, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and 11 pass break-ups in his three-year career for the Cougars.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Buffalo Bills, 9-9-18: In-game report

In an AFC showdown, the Baltimore Ravens completely dominated Buffalo and left the Bills searching for an answer at quarterback. DraftNasty’s Troy Jefferson gives his impressions of the Ravens 47-3 victory in this in-game report:

Ravens defense

The Ravens turned in a performance reminiscent of their defensive glory years of the early 2000s.  Cornerback Tavon Young recorded two sacks in the first quarter as defensive coordinator Don Martindale varied his blitzes and coverages early and often. In total, the Ravens held the Bills to 70 yards rushing and 83 yards passing. Even more impressive was the long list of names who contributed to the effort.  Safety Tony Jefferson had his second interception as a Raven when Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman sailed a pass high to his 6’6″ wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.  Jefferson was one of seven Ravens to finish with a tackle for loss.

Buffalo Bills quarterback dilemma

The Bills are still deciding whether Nate Peterman, pictured, will remain the team’s starting quarterback after the team’s lopsided loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Bills started the game with Nate Peterman at quarterback. The former University of Pittsburgh quarterback threw two touchdowns and five interceptions last season with a 49-percent completion percentage.  His propensity to miss receivers and throw the ball to the opposition showed itself again on Sunday.  Peterman completed 5-of-18 passes for 24 yards and two interceptions before being taken out of the game for rookie Josh Allen.  Allen didn’t fare much better either going 6-of-15 for 74 yards.  He did show an ability to escape the pocket.   In his first possession, he fled the pressure up the middle and from Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs on the outside.  Allen didn’t find an open man and ended up throwing the ball away but at least it wasn’t a turnover.  It must be noted that the Bills got behind so quickly that in order to attempt to keep pace, they went into a lot of obvious passing formations, which allowed the Ravens to unleash its  pass rush.  All things considered, look for head coach Sean McDermott to take a long look at the quarterback position.

New look Ravens receivers

Quarterback Joe Flacco has seen a steady dip in his production since the Ravens won the  Super Bowl in 2012.  General manager Ozzie Newsome’s remedy to his perceived quarterback’s decline was bringing in some fresh blood at receiver in the form of a speedster John Brown and a move the chains-type in Willie Snead.  The Ravens also acquired a consistent veteran in former 49ers and Oakland Raiders standout Michael Crabtree.  It didn’t take long for the trio to stand out.   Brown worked his way back to the sticks and caught a laser from Flacco, after he extended a play with his legs on 2nd and 26.  Crabtree made an impressive toe-tapping catch in the back of the end zone to give the Ravens a 27-0 lead before halftime and all but put the game out of reach.  Snead worked the middle of the field, catching four passes for 49 yards and one touchdown.

 

2018 NFL Draft Recap, pick-by-pick: AFC East

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills

Edmunds will be a major factor in both coverage and as a potential rush threat. He posted 10 career quarterback sacks.

Notable picks: The Bills didn’t waste their first round picks.  Allen will be tough to keep off the field despite the presence of A.J. McCarron.  Will his right shoulder hold up?  The pick who may end up being the game changer though is Edmunds. The two slot wide receiver selections –McCloud and Proehl- will battle for playing time.

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1 (7) Josh

Allen

QB-6’5 237

Wyoming 34 (2nd Round) Steam thrower can work through the snow and winds of Buffalo.  All the talk of his inaccuracy overshadowed durability concerns in college.
1 (16) Tremaine

Edmunds

OLB-6’4 253

Virginia

Tech

8 (1st Round) Edmunds contributed 35 tackles for losses in school. He will provide versatility on either inside or outside.
3 (96) Harrison

Phillips

DT-6’3 303

Stanford 217 (4th Round) Phillips’ activity offset an occasional lack of elite balance. He’s quick off the ball and has an element of
4 (121) Taron

Johnson

CB-5’11 192

Weber State 85 (3rd Round) Johnson has the look of Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes.
5 (154) Siran

Neal

S-6’0 206

Jacksonville St. 139 (3rd Round) Neal will bring a physical presence to sub-packages and he is one of the more explosive gunners in the 2018 NFL Draft.
5 (166) Wyatt

Teller

OG-6’4 314

Virginia

Tech

236 (4th Round) He’s an experienced player with above average movement skills. The former DE has balanced a difficult medical condition (off the field) to become a pro prospect.
5 (187) Ray-Ray

McCloud

WR-5’9 191

Clemson 249 (4th Round) McCloud’s ability to catch the ball away from his body was clouded by some concentration lapses in both the return game and at receiver. He may become a better professional.
7 (255) Austin

Proehl

WR-5’10 175

North

Carolina

429 (5th Round) Proehl has a chance to become a fixture in the slot if he can prove capable of adding special teams to his resume. His 4.07 time in the 20-yard short shuttle lays credence to his quick nature.

 

Miami

Dolphins

Fitzpatrick scored on four of his nine career interceptions for the Crimson Tide.

Comment: Fitzpatrick brings a level of flexibility to a Dolphins secondary that finished with just nine interceptions in 2017. Baker’s presence aids an improving young defense. Gesicki will have a chance to earn a starting role early in his career if he can commit to any level of consistency as a blocker.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (11) Minkah

Fitzpatrick

DB-6’0 204

Alabama 5 (1st Round) Fitzpatrick began his career as a cornerback and was a consistent presence at the nickel position in each of his seasons in Tuscaloosa.
2 (42) Mike

Gesicki

TE-6’5 247

Penn State 83 (3rd Round) Sky riser with major confidence. Can he contribute as an in-line tight end? Impressed during the Senior Bowl in one-on-one passing drills.
3 (73) Jerome

Baker

LB-6’1 229

Ohio State 69 (3rd Round) His ability to match TEs will diversify a team’s nickel package on passing downs. Of his 158 career tackles, 17.5 were tackles for losses.
4 (123) Durham

Smythe

TE-6’5 253

Notre Dame 220 (4th Round) Smythe has more to give than given credit for as a receiver. He is already adept as a blocker.
4 (131) Kalen

Ballage

RB-6’1 227

Arizona State 175 (4th Round) Ballage may have gone higher if he had been more instinctive as a runner. His pass-catching skills are advanced for a 227-pounder.
7 (227) Quentin

Poling

LB-6’2 239

Ohio 114 (3rd Round) Poling surprised scouts with his sub-4.6 speed in individual workouts prior to the draft. It shouldn’t been have a surprise. He returned three interceptions for TDs in school.
7 (229) Jason

Sanders

PK-5’11 190 (E)

New

Mexico

N/A Missed just one field goal in 2016. Posted enormous touchback percentages as a kickoff specialist.

 

New

England

Patriots

Dawson -ranked 73rd on DraftNasty’s 2018 Big Board- returned three of his six career interceptions for touchdowns during his time in Gainesville.

Notable picks: Wynn’s tool kit can translate to multiple positions. Dawson adds another cover guy to help combat the departure of Malcolm Butler (Titans). The team made a concerted effort to add depth at the linebacker spot.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (23) Isaiah

Wynn

OL-6’2 308

Georgia 6 (1st Round) Wynn’s footwork should not be discounted if given a chance to earn playing time at a left tackle spot. Either way, he can play four different positions.
1 (31) Sony

Michel

RB-5’11 214

Georgia 33 (2nd Round) Michel found time to rush for over 1,000 yards twice in school despite being the team’s feature runner just once in a four-year period.
2 (56) Duke

Dawson

DB-5’10 197

Florida 73 (3rd Round) Dawson’s ability to cover the slot showed up when covering shifty receivers (see Kirk, Texas A&M ’17).  In addition, he was a threat to score anytime he got his hands on the football.
5 (143) Ja’Whaun

Bentley

LB-6’1 253

Purdue 288 (4th Round) Bentley recovered from a 2015 ACL injury to the same knee he injured in high school. He has enough girth to handle an inside linebacker spot, but he also has a chance as an outside linebacker.
6 (178) Christian

Sam

LB-6’2 250

Arizona

State

266 (4th Round) Sam can make plays in space but he’s also able to fall back in the box. Sudden gear shifts from runners have affected him on occasion.
6 (210) Braxton

Berrios

WR/PR-5’9 186

Miami (Fla.) 230 (4th Round) Berrios is a tough player who played much bigger than his size in 2017 in the Red Zone. His comfort tracking punts gives him a chance to earn playing time in the slot with the departure of Danny Amendola (Dolphins).
7 (219) Danny

Etling

QB-6’2 222

LSU, Purdue 337 (6th Round) Etling got a lot of negative heat based on everything but his improvement in 2017. He posted the second-best TD:INT ratio in SEC history.
7 (243) Keion

Crossen

CB-5’10 180

Western

Carolina

N/A Improved in each season on campus. Notched 21 starts the last two seasons.
7 (250) Ryan Izzo

TE-6’5 256

Florida

State

383 (5th Round) Izzo was a big factor for the Seminoles on third downs when given opportunities. He is not sudden as a route runner but he has a feel for finding opening

 

New

York

Jets

Darnold’s ability to move around in the pocket could make him a fan favorite in New York.

Notable picks: Darnold may get time to develop behind Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. How long will the team allow him to sit? Shepherd and Fatukasi beef up an interior front that finished 24th in the NFL versus the run in 2017.

Round,

Selection,

 

Player School DN Big Board

Rank/

Grade

‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (3) Sam

Darnold

QB-6’3 221

USC 19 (2nd Round) Darnold’s energy rarely wavers during games. He wins with ball placement, foot quickness and command. Will his arm strength translate to December on the East Coast?
3 (72) Nathan

Shepherd

DT-6’3 315

Fort Hays St. 35 (2nd Round) Packs some of the heaviest hands in this year’s draft. He has the juice to run over NFL guards or centers.
4 (107) Chris

Herndon IV

TE-6’4 250

Miami (Fla.) 238 (4th round) Herndon IV is sort of the poor man’s version of David Njoku (Browns). He’s proven as a flex option, but his sense of urgency has to increase as an in-line blocker.
5 (179) Parry

Nickerson

CB 5’10 182

Tulane 150 (3rd Round) Nickerson’s 16 interceptions are just a small measure of his tremendous eye speed. He shocked the masses by running in the low 4.3-range at the NFL Combine (4.32).
5 (180) Foley

Fatukasi

DL-6’4 318

UConn 97 (3rd Round) Fatukasi provides tremendous value because he’s gotten reps at a four-technique DE and zero-technique NG. This experience will benefit him in the Jets defensive schemes.
6 (204) Trenton

Cannon

AP-5’10 182

Virginia

State

523 (6th Round) Cannon has the burst and explosion to contribute immediately in the return game. He’s underrated as a receiver. Runs with a ferocious attitude at just 182 pounds.  He averaged 7.7 yards per carry in 2017.