2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year odds: Redskins' Chase Young leads the pack

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    If you’re going to bet on the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, don’t look past the top 40 picks in the draft. The last player selected outside of the top 40 to be named DROY was Erik McMillan back in 1988, and all but three of the defenders awarded this honor since that time were selected in the first round. That’s part of the reason why Chase Young, Isaiah Simmons, Kenneth Murray and Patrick Queen are seen as the primary contenders for this year's award.

    The other reason why those four players are considered the favorites to be named DROY is because it’s uncommon to see defensive backs win this award. While Marcus Peters and Marshon Lattimore have each won the award in the last five years, the last defensive back to be named DROY before those two was Charles Woodson in 1998.

    Odds to win 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

    (Odds via SportsInsider.com)

      Chase Young +500Isaiah Simmons +1000Kenneth Murray +1400Patrick Queen +1400A.J. Epenesa +2000Akeem Davis-Gaither +2500Ashtyn Davis +2500C.J. Henderson +2500Curtis Weaver +2500Derrick Brown +2500Grant Delpit +2500Javon Kinlaw +2500Jeff Okudah +2500Jordan Elliot +2500Julian Okwara +2500Kristian Fulton +2500Trevon Diggs +2500Troy Dye +2500Willie Gay Jr. +2500Jaylon Johnson +2800K’Lavon Chaisson +2800Marlon Davidson +2800Zack Baun +2800

      All other rookies at +3300 or more



    Phyllis George dies: Women in TV sports who followed her path react

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    Phyllis George smashed a glass ceiling 45 years ago when she became a correspondent for CBS's fledgling "The NFL Today," the first woman to regularly report on pro football on network TV. She was a Miss America (1971) reporting on America's game, surrounded by men on set and in the field.

    George worked on the show for 6 1/2 years over two stints before leaving for good in 1983. Her work on that groundbreaking series left a lasting impression, something that became clear Saturday after her death at age 70 from a blood disorder was announced.

    MORE: NFL prime-time TV schedule for 2020

    Brent Musburger, who became a sports TV power player as host of 夜网论坛"The NFL Today," penned a tribute.

    Jayne Kennedy, who succeeded and then was replaced by George, understood what George accomplished.

    CBS added its own statement.

    Joe Buck says NFL TV broadcasts could use fake crowd noises 'to normalize the viewing experience'

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    If the NFL plays games without fans this fall, its TV broadcasts will find ways to make it seem like there are people around reacting to the action.

    Joe Buck on Wednesday said it was "pretty much a done deal" that audiences at home would hear artificial noise pumped into broadcasts. His comments, which came on Sirius XM's "Andy Cohen Live" show, took a positive stance on the measure.

    "I think whoever is going to be at that control is going to have to be really good at their job and be realistic with how a crowd would react depending on what just happened on the field," Buck said. "So it's really important."

    MORE: Please don't put mannequins in the stands

    Buck followed up those comments Thursday with a series of tweets in response to a Sports Illustrated article Buck called "misleading."

    Here are his full remarks: 

    There is no “traditional” take on this topic. It’s new territory. Hoping stadiums are full and all is normal. If not, then it’s a blank canvas. All networks will try[......]


    NFL's proposed rule change to modernize the onside kick should be booted clear off the planet

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    For more than half a century, the Night net has operated with the most ridiculous rule in all of sport, one that annihilates the logic of its competition at the most crucial juncture of a game. And now, here comes the NFL with a proposal that is even dumber and less rational than the advance-the-ball timeout rule.

    Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reports that the league’s 32 teams were forwarded a list of potential rule changes that includes a radical proposal for teams to retain possession after scoring. Rather than attempting an onside kick, the team could choose to take a shot at converting a first down from its 25-yard line by reaching or surpassing the 40. That’s it: 15 yards, and that team gets to keep the ball. Each team would be allowed to do this no more than twice per game.

    MORE: Four rules from the XFL that the NFL should consider

    It is a rule that was conceived by the Alliance of American Football, which lasted a single season, which ought to tell you what the idea is worth.

    Pelissero said on Twitter that it “sounds like support for the idea is growing.”

    Apparently, he’s only been talking to the dopes in the league.

    Admit it: You thought the NFL was above such gimmicks.

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    Here are the new NFL rules for 2020, as approved by team owners

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    No, there will not be a 4th-and-15 alternative to the onside kick for teams to try during the 2020 NFL season. But three of the seven playing rules proposals NFL team owners considered this offseason passed Thursday as new rules for 2020, as did one of three bylaws proposals.

    The onside kick alternative proposal, submitted by the Eagles, was tabled by NFL team owners because more discussion of the potential rule change is needed. (Which is probably true.)

    DeCOURCY: Proposed onside kick rule change should be booted off the planet

    The rule amendment that would have added a "booth umpire" as the eighth game official to the officiating crew was withdrawn, but team owners did approve the competition commi[......]


    Bruce Arians thinks all Buccaneers players will get COVID: 'Just a matter of how sick they get'

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    Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians is known to speak whatever is on his mind even if what he says makes somebody uncomfortable. What the 67-year-old said in a Monday interview with the Tampa Bay Times should make uncomfortable anybody who cares about the 2020 NFL season being played, on schedule or otherwise, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

    Arians, who retired from coaching in 2017 after a kidney cancer diagnosis before he returned in 2019 to coach the Bucs, spoke with the Times about the personal precautions he will take when and if the season begins. He is worried for players as much if not more than he is for the coaches.

    “(81-year-old offensive consultant) Tom (Moore) is probably the healthiest one of all of us," Arians said. “We’ve got to be careful. The players, they’re going to all get sick, that’s for sure. It’s just a matter of how sick they get.”

    MORE: Players worried NFL isn't concerned about safety

    Arians' quote about player health and safety appeared in the Times on the same day NFL Players Association president J.C. Tretter published a letter that implores the NFL to “follow the recommendations of its own experts” relative to the COVID-19 pandemic and, among other requests, eliminate preseason games for the 2020 season.

    “Every decision this year that prioritizes normalcy over innovation, custom over sci[......]


    Details of Derrick Henry's contract suggest Titans got a good deal

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    Derrick Henry got his lucrative long-term contract extension with the Titans before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline and four months after being franchise-tagged. Henry, who led the NFL with 1,540 yards rushing and helped lead Tennessee to the AFC championship game last season, agreed to a four-deal, per multiple reports.

    While it's not surprising that the Titans, with a run-heavy offense, locked up Henry though the 2023 season, it may be shocking to some that Henry "settled" for being the league's fifth highest-paid feature back in terms of average annual salary.

    According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Henry's new four-year contract is worth $50 million, with more than half, $25.5 million — over essentially the first two seasons — guaranteed. That comes out to $12.5 million per season.'

    MORE: Cam Newton's Pats contract looks like Tannehill's prove-it deal in '19

    Christian McCaffrey, who made first-team All-Pro at two positions for his 2019 season, remains the highest-paid running back in the game overall. McCaffrey earlier this year signed a four-year extension with the Panthers worth $64 million, with more than $38 million guaranteed. Last fall, the Cowboys gave Ezekiel Elliott a six-year, $90 million deal with[......]


    NFL GM rankings 2020: Best, worst decision-makers in the league

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    NFL tight end rankings 2020: George Kittle rules, Rob Gronkowski returns to top 10

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    The NFL tight end landscape welcomes back Rob Gronkowski in 2020. "Gronk" returns for his age 31 season with a new team, the Buccaneers, after taking a year off from the end of his Patriots tenure.

    Reunited with Tom Brady in a loaded passing offseason, Gronkowski can be a refreshed, highly impactful player. But while he was gone, a younger wave of tight ends started to flex more in 2020. In the same blocking, receiving and fun-loving spirit is George Kittle, catching passes and making big plays for Gronk's former teammate, Jimmy Garoppolo.

    As a future Hall of Famer, Gronk is worthy of going right back into the top 10. But with the position in a state of more promising transition, he doesn't land back near the top with both some established and emerging younger options.

    MORE: The best and worst starting QBs for the 2020 season

    Here's ranking the best tight ends in the league, from Kittle to a potenital comeback player of the year:

    NFL tight end rankings 2020

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    1. George Kittle, 49ers

    Kittle being on the losing side of Super Bowl 54 doesn't change the fact he's the game's best all-around tight end, better t[......]


    The NFL's highest-paid defensive players in salary, guaranteed money and total contract value

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    July 2020 was a big-money month for some of the NFL's best defensive players. The latest superstar to be rewarded with a lucrative long-term extension was Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa. The No. 3 overall pick in the 2016 draft has followed his rookie deal with five more years for $135 million. His $102 million guaranteed sets a record for defenders across positions.

    That makes Bosa the new highest-paid defensive player ever in the NFL. Two weeks ago, both Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (No. 1 overall in 2017) and Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (No. 37 overall in 2016) were rewarded for being top front-four performers.

    MORE: The NFL's highest-paid quarterbacks

    All three are now in exclusive company with those who have recently signed megadeals before them. That includes three big-name recent former NFL defensive players of the year — the Rams' Aaron Donald, the Bears' Khalil Mack and the Texans' J.J. Watt.

    Here's a breakdown using the three most important criteria to measure the league's most well-compensated impact defenders. Most are known for their ability to get to the quarterback, from either outside or inside.

    NFL's highest-paid defensive players

      Average annual salaryRankSalaryPlayerTeam1.$27 millionJoey Bosa, DEChargers2.$25 millionMyles Garrett, DEBrowns3.$23.5 millionKhailil Mack, OLBB[......]