Another day, another no-brainer fifth-year option exercised in the NFL.
The Falcons became the latest team Wednesday to pick up the fifth-year option on their 2015 first-round draft pick, Vic Beasley. That means the young pass rusher isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, now under contract in Atlanta through the 2019 season.
Wow, the new Packers are a little like the new Star Wars films: mostly predictable but unpredictable in ways that don’t necessarily make them better. Maybe this draft will chart a new course for the organization. Or maybe it’s just gonna keep flying until Rodgers runs out of fuel.
Moe Harkless Youth Jersey Case in point: The new Packers just traded up to fill a need. They ranked last in the NFL at covering No. 1 wide receivers in 2017, according to Football Outsiders. But they selected an undersized cornerback with some injury concerns.
Jaire Alexander missed a chunk of last season with a sprained knee. Opponents wouldn’t go near his receivers when he was available鈥攈e allowed just five completions, according to Sports Info Solutions鈥攁nd he burned a 4.38-second 40 at the combine.
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Alexander was not nearly as effective in 2016, with six touchdowns allowed, most of them in the red zone. He’s not a bump-and-run enforcer or mauling tackler. But mix speed, experience returning punts and good eyes in zone coverage, and the Packers are at least getting a player who can play several roles right away.
He’ll hold up, Quinn Logan Ryan Jersey said. He’s a guy that they (Auburn) run inside the tackles primarily in that offense, if you know (coach) Gus Malzahn’s offense. They basically run between the guards, so I think this guy’s very versatile that he can run inside, but I think we’ll use him more to run outside as well.
Yes, he suffered from some dropped passes and misjudged balls in the air. But his accuracy was poor in 2016, when he had a better supporting cast. And Wyoming doesn’t face many great defenses, either. He only completed 50 percent of his passes against winning teams last year, with four touchdowns and five interceptions.
The NFL’s sewing circle of like-minded insiders just doesn’t like Rosen. And they want all of us to know it. You couldn’t get a beer during the combine without a hostess asking, Would you like to see our snack menu, and did you know that Josh Rosen’s teammates REALLY hate him?
Washington allowed 134.1 rushing yards per game last season, the worst total in the NFL. Teams crammed the ball down its gullet, particularly in the second half of the season. Injuries were part of the problem, but injuries were part of every problem in Washington: The whole roster needs to get deeper, not just healthier.