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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Football

Tyreek Hill will not face charges in child abuse case

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will not face charges over allegations of child abuse.

In a Wednesday press conference, the Johnson County District Attorney announced that Hill would not be charged, nor will Crystal Espinal, the child’s mother.

According to the district attorney, the belief is a crime was committed, but there was inconclusive evidence as to who committed it.

Hill was reportedly being investigated for battery, and reports indicated that the child in question came away from the incident with a broken arm. It’s hardly a total exoneration, but his legal jeopardy appears to be over for now. It does not, however, put him out of the woods in terms of NFL discipline, as the league can still hand down a possible suspension even without charges being filed pending their own investigation.

Giants surprisingly pick Daniel Jones as Eli Manning’s replacement

Daniel Jones

Last week, I said that Dave Gettleman controlled how the draft would proceed, holding the sixth pick and with no one knowing which way he would go. He did not disappoint. The Giants did take the quarterback of the future with their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but the identity is somewhat of a surprise.

They drafted Daniel Jones out of Duke, who was appearing in just over half of all mock drafts by the end of the first round. There was buzz that Daniel Jones could go higher than people expected and that played out.

Jones was 7th in the ACC last year in yards per attempt, at only 6.8 yards per pass.

Now, we wait and see where Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock go now that two quarterbacks are off the board. Expect Jones to sit for most or all of the 2019 season and Eli to get one final year as the starter, as Jones is definitely a developmental project.

There have been two major surprises in the draft’s first six picks, and while the draft can be unpredictable, if you had predicted those picks would have come from the Raiders and Gettleman’s Giants, it would have been a pretty safe bet.

Frank Clark rips Seahawks after being traded to Chiefs

Frank Clark

The Seattle Seahawks traded Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday, and the star pass-rusher has made it clear he is unhappy with the way his former team handled the situation.

Not long after the blockbuster trade was completed, Clark shared his thoughts with ESPN’s Josina Anderson. While he insists he understands the business side of the NFL, he also said the Seahawks “used me for everything I had.”

After acquiring him for a first-round pick this year and second-round pick in 2020, the Chiefs immediately made Clark the third-highest player in the NFL by signing him to a five-year, $105.5 million extension. Kansas City was in need of a pass-rusher after trading Dee Ford and releasing Justin Houston, and the amount they paid both in draft capital and money reflects how highly they think of Clark.

Seahawks GM John Schneider was surprisingly honest this week when talking about keeping key players in Seattle, so the writing may have been on the wall for the Clark trade.

10 best players still available in 2019 NFL Draft

DK Metcalf

The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft has officially come to a close and 32 players now have a new home. But what about all the prospects who remain? What about those who unexpectedly fell or continue to linger? And just how far will those with question-marks continue to fall?

Each of those are legitimate questions that will be debated over the next 24 hours, so we figured we’d get an immediate jump-start on it.

Here’s a look at the 10 best players remaining in the draft going into Friday.

10. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Samuel is another big wide receiver who has been wildly successful at the college level when healthy. Of course, one of the big knocks against Samuel is his inability to stay on the field consistently, which is likely why he dropped into Round 2. However, the upside is obvious to anyone watching and he’s worthy of a Day 2 selection, especially considering he has the potential to take hold at WR2 out of the gate and perhaps develop into more over time. He can also contribute on special teams as both a kick and punt returner, giving him additional appeal to interested teams.

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New York Post headline was not kind to Giants over Daniel Jones pick

Daniel Jones

The first word from the infamously tough New York media is in on the New York Giants’ draft, and it’s not pretty for the organization.

In response to the Giants’ selection of quarterback Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick, the New York Post’s sports front page came in with a rather scathing headline: “Blue’s Clueless.”

The paper even goes on to brand the selection “inexplicable.”

It looks like the front page is reflecting what some Giants fans think of the selection. Few would have batted an eye at New York deciding to take Eli Manning’s long-term successor in the first round, but the Giants clearly rate Jones more highly than some experts did. That’s where the frustration comes from, and on the early evidence, he has a lot of work to do to win over a skeptical fanbase and media.

Justin Tucker agrees to record-setting contract extension with Ravens

Justin Tucker reaction

Justin Tucker is considered by many to be the best kicker in the NFL and one of the greatest the sport has ever seen, and the Baltimore Ravens are giving him a new contract that reflects that.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Tucker and the Ravens have agreed to a four-year, $23.05 million extension that includes $12.5 million fully guaranteed. The contract is the richest ever for an NFL kicker.

Tucker is currently the most accurate kicker in NFL history, as he has converted on 90.114 percent of his kicks since entering the league in 2012. The next closest is Robbie Gould, who has made 87.745 percent.

Although he experienced one of the most stunning moments of his career in 2018 (and not in a good way), Tucker is still as good as it gets. If you’re going to pay a kicker big bucks, he’s the guy you want to have.

Fans rip Raiders for surprising first-round pick

Most draft boards and mocks had Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell going in the mid-teens or twenties, but the Oakland Raiders didn’t bother waiting around and took him fourth overall.

The pick was viewed by many as a huge reach for coach Jon Gruden and new general manager Mike Mayock. Raiders fans at the draft looked stunned by the selection.

Plenty of experts and other observers were stunned by the selection as well.

Between what the Raiders did to their scouting department and this, Mayock and company are gaining a lot of skeptics. They’ve got a lot riding on this pick, and it’s a huge risk.