Stephen Tulloch has no regrets about celebration that led to ACL injury

Detroit Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch sustained an embarrassing injury in Week 3. Tulloch was celebrating a sack when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season. But the veteran linebacker says he has no regrets about how the injury occurred, saying that he’d do it again if given the opportunity, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press.

“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Tulloch said, “Just a matter of time.” So it sounds like he doesn’t really blame the injury so much on the fact that he chose to celebrate. He said that he’s played a “long time” in the NFL and that players are simply “susceptible to this kind of injury when you go out there and play.”

Murray is coming off his best season, when he rushed for 1,121 yards on 5.2 yards per carry.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers organization have been adamant that due process will need to play out before McDonald receives any punishment. On Friday, Harbaugh said that he is being “patient” with the process.

“I’ve lost family members that I was able to get over. I don’t think I’ll ever get over this,” he said. “It makes me emotional all of the time. I’m one of those guys, I don’t take stuff for granted most of the time. And it really hit me more after his death that this life that we go about every day like it’s nothing, it’s really not something to play with.”

Moss and Taylor both grew up in the same area in Miami, but it wasn’t until they became teammates in Washington that they formed a bond that was more family than friend. And while Taylor was known to be guarded with the media, behind the scenes he wasn’t afraid to show emotion.6

The Bills could release their two most important offensive players thanks to big guarantees tied to the 2017 season

The Patriots want to run the fake bubble screen with the two vertical routes (yellow circles). Pump to the bubble, draw the defensive backs downhill and target the seam or outside fade to move the sticks. It’s not there. But instead of panicking (as we see often from young quarterbacks), Garoppolo calmly maneuvers in the pocket to find an open lane and continues to keep his eyes down the field. This allows Garoppolo to reset his feet/platform and hit Amendola when the wide receiver separates across the field. And the quarterback takes a shot too after throwing this ball. It was a big-time play to move the sticks and continue to drive.

Look, I want quarterbacks who battle, guys who show up in critical moments of the game. Yes, this is only one play. And I get that. But given the situation — down in the fourth quarter and needing a play to continue the drive — I love Garoppolo’s ability to manage the chaos and find a way to advance the sticks against a very good defense.

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The Bills could release their two most important offensive players thanks to big guarantees tied to the 2017 season. McCoy cemented his place as one of the league’s top tailbacks after running for 5.4 yards per carry and 13 touchdowns, while Taylor earned his second straight Pro Bowl invitation — though that may be more a condemnation of the AFC’s roster than the quarterback’s strength. At cap hits of $8.875 million and $15.9 million, respectively, the pair could prove too expensive for a new regime in upstate New York.

Buffalo could mitigate losing its starting running back by handing his duties over to Mike Gillislee, who was the only qualified player in the league to have a better yards-per-carry average than McCoy. Replacing Taylor would be tougher. The team could turn to Cardale Jones instead, but the former Ohio State standout looked every bit a rookie in his lone appearance last fall.

 

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It can be a touchy subject for quarterbacks because they’re simply operating out of the offense that’s in place at the school.

“I don’t know that they can’t play in our league, but it becomes more of a projection when you’re trying to determine if a guy can go in a huddle, call a play, go to the line of scrimmage, make an adjustment, take a snap, read a coverage and deliver the ball,” Smith said.

It can be a touchy subject for quarterbacks because they’re simply operating out of the offense that’s in place at the school. At Baylor, for instance, Bryce Petty rarely had to run through a call or work under center. That changed at the Senior Bowl, where the Tennessee Titans coaching staff made him play from under center and call plays from a huddle.

“You don’t know things until you live it out. You can hear about it as much as you want, but until you’re actually in there and doing it, you have no idea,” Petty said. “It’s a learning curve a little bit, going from what we were doing at Baylor to what we’re doing now, but it’s all part of the process.”

Petty may have been the benefactor of participating in the Senior Bowl. It was an opportunity some quarterbacks, like Marcus Mariota of Oregon, turned down despite playing in offenses that rely heavily on cards.

“He taught me so much that I was able to have enough information for four years,” Fowler said. “He was just a great coach. A player’s coach type of guy. He’s smart. I was hurt when he left but I knew he was going to do great things.”

Now with Quinn owning the eighth overall pick in the draft, maybe he and Fowler can reunite and do great things together in Atlanta.

“I feel like, as a rookie, you have to come in and be versatile,” said Duke tackle Takoby Cofield. “Unless you’re going to come in and be a day one starter, you have to come in and know, at least, how to play the opposite side. So, if you’re a left tackle, you have to at least know how to play the right tackle spot.

Terrelle Pryor loves the Browns and wants to stay in Cleveland

Terrelle Pryor says he loves being with the Browns, and he wants to stay in Cleveland. That should help the Browns work out a long-term deal with Pryor, Cleveland’s top receiver last season.

“I know this is an important month,” Pryor said via Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com. “But I do love being with the Browns and like I said before, this thing isn’t about joining a different team because a different team’s good.”

Hue Jackson has earned Pryor’s loyalty, and Jackson is a primary reason Pryor wants to remain with the Browns.

Jackson and Pryor’s relationship was cemented in 2011, when Jackson was the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Jackson took a chance on Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft. Now, Pryor wants to be a part of what Jackson is building in Cleveland.

He’s not the only one. Pryor’s teammate, left tackle Joe Thomas, wants to remain with the Browns and help Jackson rebuild.

“I’m a Clevelander,” Thomas said, via ESPN’s Elizabeth Merrill. “I’ve spent the majority of my adult life here. Every day when I come to work, it’s ‘Let’s turn this team into a consistent winner.’“

The Browns signed linebacker Jamie Collins, a midseason acquisition via a trade with the New England Patriots, to a four-year, $50 million contract extension in January. Now the team’s top focus is locking up Pryor.

Cleveland hopes to come to a long-term agreement with Pryor and avoid using the franchise tag.

Pryor, who converted to wide receiver after spending his college career playing quarterback at Ohio State, does carry some risk for the Browns. He’s coming off a productive season, with 1,007 receiving yards and four touchdowns. But Michael Renner of Pro Football Focus identifies Pryor as a free agent who has the ability to demand top dollar despite uncertainty about how he will perform going forward.

Enter Conan O’Brien and Ford, who presented White with a Ford F-150 on O’Brien’s late-night talk show.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gave his MVP truck from Super Bowl XLIX to cornerback Malcolm Butler as a way of saying thanks for his game-saving interception. This year, he said running back James White deserves it.

But there was one notable problem: Since Super Bowl XLIX, the Super Bowl MVP has no longer received a truck.

Enter Conan O’Brien and Ford, who presented White with a Ford F-150 on O’Brien’s late-night talk show.

I don’t see how Jay Cutler comes back. Both sides need a clean break. Eight years is enough. But regardless of what happens to Cutler (trade or release), the Bears have to draft a quarterback at some point. They have to explore every possible option to upgrade at quarterback — and keep doing so well beyond 2017. If the worst-case scenario is the Bears strike out on Garoppolo, draft a developmental quarterback, and re-sign a veteran such as Brian Hoyer to begin the year, then so be it. I just can’t envision Cutler being part of any future plans.

Garrett, a Texas A&M defensive end who hadn’t officially declared for the NFL draft at that time, addressed Jerry Jones, owner of his hometown Cowboys, and Dallas coach Jason Garrett.

“All right, I’m speaking to you, Jerry,” Garrett said. “Mr. Garrett, make it happen. Dak Prescott is leading our team right now. I need you to take Tony Romo, take a couple picks, give them to Cleveland so you can pick me up. Please. I would love to play in Dallas. Just make it happen.”

Falcons coach Dan Quinn relieved former defensive coordinator Richard Smith of his duties earlier in the week, with Smith now reportedly interviewing to be linebackers coach for the Los Angeles Chargers. Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Quinn took over playcalling duties from Smith late in the regular season, during a Dec. 4 game against Kansas City.

Johnathan Massaquoi and Malliciah Goodman offer some depth on the strongside edge

“We won’t have 1,000 different defenses,” he explained. “What we will do is not necessarily what we play (but) is how we play it. That style will be real clear to come across in terms of the style and the attitude that we play. We’ll try to best feature the players that we have, and that’s one of the real things I’m looking forward to getting started with now is to better learn these guys here, and so we can now best feature them in the best way.”

He’s got to figure out which players he has who he can utilize in his system, and which players would become either cut candidates or potential trade chips. Even before free agency starts, he has some interesting players on the front seven with which to build a solid foundation. As he said, it’s not necessarily what they’ll play — he’s been flexible and very multiple over the past couple seasons — it’s how they’ll play it, fast and physical.

Up front, he’s got Tyson Jackson, Paul Soliai, Re’Shede Hageman and Jonathan Babineaux to work with and those players all offer versatility in 3-4 and 4-3 fronts. Quinn has shown flexibility in moving guys around on the line to use their talents, so Hageman in particular, with a rare combination of size and athleticism, will be a very interesting player to watch in 2015.

Additionally, Johnathan Massaquoi and Malliciah Goodman offer some depth on the strongside edge, so on paper, with the right scheme and coaching, the Falcons seem to have a group up front that can get the run defense back on track.

One of the most interesting cases heading into the draft season is Shaq Thompson. Thompson played a bevy of positions at Washington, including running back, linebacker and safety. Kiper sees Thompson in myriad ways, perhaps helping his draft stock because he appeals to teams with multiple needs.

“Shaq Thompson has the ability a variety of positions, he is a great athlete. … He’s not a pass-rusher though. He could play the WILL linebacker or maybe play as an in-the-box safety like Deone Bucannon played for the Arizona Cardinals last year.”