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Monday, May 20, 2019

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Josh Rosen says he did not hear from Cardinals GM before or after trade

Josh Rosen

The Arizona Cardinals tried their best to make people think they had not made up their mind about taking Kyler Murray with the first overall pick leading up to the draft, and that apparently included keeping their former quarterback in the dark about it. In fact, Josh Rosen is still waiting to hear from Cardinals general manager Steve Keim.

In an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” Tuesday, Rosen spoke about the process leading up to him being dealt to the Miami Dolphins during the draft. He said Keim never called him to inform him about the trade, and he still has not heard from the GM.

There can’t be an easy way to tell your 2018 first-round pick that he is already being replaced by your 2019 first-round pick, but it feels like Keim should have had some sort of communication with Rosen. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury at least reached out to Rosen, though the message was less than inspiring.

We’ve already explained to you in detail how we feel Keim botched the Rosen situation, but not calling him to at least wish him well seems unprofessional. Granted, that is just Rosen’s side of the story. Perhaps Keim did reach out and Rosen just didn’t want to speak with him.

Free agent DE Dion Jordan facing 10-game suspension for Adderall

Free agent defensive end Dion Jordan has violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy on numerous occasions, but he insists he is a changed man who is worthy of another chance in the league.

Jordan told NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero that he learned on Tuesday that his appeal of a 10-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy has been denied. While the NFL does not reveal the substance that triggers positive tests, Jordan admitted that his latest suspension stems from Adderall use. He had been approved to take the medication in the past to treat ADHD, but his therapeutic use exemption expired.

“I made a mistake,” Jordan said. “I feel like the person that I am, I’m ready to move forward, I’ve been ready to move forward, with this specific issue. I’ve been working really hard with myself outside of football, and I can see the progress as a young man, as Dion Jordan, I can see it.

Jordan, a former No. 3 overall pick, said he was dealing with several stressors outside of football toward the end of the season with the Seattle Seahawks last year, which included the passing of his grandmother and some personal issues his sister was having. He insists he is past all of that now and completely changed.

“My whole lifestyle — it’s been a 180-degree change,” Jordan told Pelissero. “I f—ed up, man. I can’t fix this s—. It is what it is. But I know what I can’t do and what not to do compared to the mistakes I’ve made in the past.”

The odds are stacked against Jordan in free agency with the latest 10-game suspension. He was suspended for a full season in 2015 over a dilute sample, and he has some injury concerns in addition to the multiple drug violations. While he claims all of that — including the injuries — is cleared up, there may not be a big market for a 29-year-old player who is likely going to be out for more than half of the upcoming season.

Dozens of shots fired into home of Colts assistant Parks Frazier

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A member of the Colts organization dealt with a terrifying incident over the weekend after several suspects fired dozens of rounds into his home in Indianapolis.

According to Tom Maccabe of RTV6, police are searching for as many as eight suspects who opened fire on Parks Frazier’s home on Sunday evening. Witnesses say they saw the men pull up in three cars and fire about 70 rounds at the house. The rear door was also kicked in, and several rounds were fired through the doorway into the home. Fortunately, no one was home at the time.

In addition to gathering several handgun and rifle casings from in front of the house, police found a cell phone that one of the suspects dropped at the scene.

Frazier works as an assistant to Colts head coach Frank Reich, and he is referred to by many as Reich’s right-hand man. The Indianapolis Star wrote a feature on the 26-year-old back in November, and Reich spoke about his importance to the team.

“He’s the first person I go to,” Reich said at the time. “No matter what it’s about. I just think that much of him.”

No arrests had been made in the case as of Tuesday and no motive had been established.

Cowboys’ Tyrone Crawford facing charge from alleged bar fight

Tyrone Crawford

Veteran defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford had a big year for the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, but they may have to begin the upcoming season without him if he faces disciplinary action from the NFL.

Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports that Crawford is facing a charge of misdemeanor unlawful assembly that stems from an altercation he had at a bar back on March 15. The 29-year-old has been accused of throwing a punch at someone and instigating a fight at Coyote Ugly in Panama City Beach, Fla. Court records show he was charged via a summons and pleaded not guilty on April 12. A pre-trial hearing for the case is scheduled for June 13.

Crawford, a former Boise State star who was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round back in 2012, recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks in 2018. He has missed just four games in his six NFL seasons and has been a reliable player on the Dallas defensive front.

For whatever reason, the Cowboys seem to have more disciplinary problems with their defensive line than any other team in the league. The NFL will likely wait for Crawford’s case to play out before making a decision, but players can be fined and/or suspended even if they end up being cleared in court.

10 NFL rookie sleepers who could surprise in 2019

Hunter Renfrow

The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, and the early-round picks have understandably dominated the news cycle. After all, it’s players like Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa and Quinnen Williams who appear to excite the masses. However, championships are often won in the later rounds, where great value can be found. The majority of league rosters are made up of Day 3 picks and undrafted free agents.

Who are some of these late-round picks who could become big players in 2019? Here’s a look at some potential standouts.

10. Hakeem Butler, WR, Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals snagged three different receivers in the draft, including Hakeem Butler in the fourth round. Of those three receivers, Butler has the most to gain by joining Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, Butler comes in and immediately creates matchup nightmares for opposing defenses on the outside. So long as he’s able to polish off his route running and finds more consistency with his hands, he’ll give the Cardinals a legitimate game-breaking downfield threat. Rookie quarterback Kyler Murray has to be pleased.

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Von Miller had a great time with Patriots at Kentucky Derby

Von Miller

Von Miller has squared off with the New England Patriots on more than one occasion, but that didn’t stop him from having a great time with their group at the Kentucky Derby.

Miller said Monday that he loved his time with Tom Brady at Churchill Downs, and had nothing but bad things to say about him.

A lot of Broncos fans would eagerly disagree with this, but everyone seemed to have a great time at the event, and the on-field rivalry clearly doesn’t extend off the field. The Patriots and Broncos won’t match up during the regular season, either, so there will be no need to ramp up hostilities this season.

Judge rules Robert Kraft spa video cannot be used in court

Robert Kraft

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft scored a major victory in his solicitation of prositution case on Monday, as a judge ruled that the video of him allegedly receiving illegal sex acts inside a day spa in Florida cannot be used as evidence in the trial.

A judge ruled that investigators illegally obtained the video evidence against Kraft, which is why it cannot be used.

Schefter’s colleague TJ Quinn adds that Kraft’s lawyers will now likely file a motion to have the case dismissed, as prosecutors had cited the surveillance footage as their main evidence all along.

Kraft has already successfully blocked the release of the spa video to the public, and this should prevent it from ever coming out — legally at least. Two women who run the day spa that Kraft went to filed court documents last month claiming prosecutors have already leaked the video and it is being shopped to media outlets. Kraft’s lawyers have built their case around the idea that the surveillance footage was illegally obtained.

Kraft is facing two charges of solicitation of prostitution, and he has already rejected a plea deal that would have seen the charges dropped. The case has taken a significant turn from where it began, and it appears more likely than ever that the charges will be dismissed.