Washington's John Ross unofficially breaks 40-yard dash record at NFL Combine

Published: Saturday, March 04, 2017 @ 1:13 PM
Updated: Saturday, March 04, 2017 @ 1:13 PM


            INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 03: Washington wide receiver John Ross answers questions to members of the press during the NFL Scouting Combine on March 3, 2017 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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Washington Huskies wide receiver John Ross said he would bring his blazing speed to the NFL Scouting Combine, and he didn't disappoint.

Ross ran an unofficial 4.22 40-yard dash on Saturday, which, if confirmed, would set a new record. Running back Chris Johnson, now with the Arizona Cardinals, ran a 4.24 in 2008, according to the NFL.

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Ross did come up limping after his impressive performance.

He emerged as one of the PAC-12's most dangerous wide receivers in 2016, according to the NFL. He had over a 1,000 receiving yards and scored 17 receiving touchdowns last season for the Huskies.

Here’s another reminder the Bengals are in a great spot for the NFL draft

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 12:25 PM
Updated: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 12:25 PM

In the most recent DaytonDailyNews.com NFL mock draft, Jay Morrison projects the Cincinnati Bengals will take Alabama tight end O.J. Howard with the ninth pick.

But, anyone who has spent any time following the draft knows, the problem with mocks is that one trade or one unexpected pick can (and almost certainly will) throw everything out of whack.

The Cleveland Browns could do that right off the bat by taking someone other than Myles Garrett, or the San Francisco 49ers could do so if they go quarterback with the No. 2 pick as NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports they are still considering.

Jay predicted Friday the 49ers would go with Stanford defensive end Solomon Thomas (after the Browns, as everyone assumes, pick DE Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M).

Adding even more intrigue: Rapoport reports the 49ers could take the guy the Browns might really like to figure out a way to get even after using the No. 1 pick on Garrett: Mitch Trubisky of North Carolina.

San Francisco has done extensive homework on each of the top passers. If the 49ers are on the clock and poised to take Trubisky — over players like LSU’s Leonard Fournette or Stanford’s Solomon Thomas — it could create an interesting dilemma.

Several teams are plotting potentially trading up with the Niners or others for a quarterback, gauging the price and weighing options. The Browns are one of those teams, as are others who could draft a QB high.

There are two morals to this story: The NFL draft is unpredictable, but beyond that it’s really nice to be a team like the Bengals that are not locked into a specific need or two.

There are numerous players at multiple positions who could help Cincinnati get back to the playoffs next season.

Meanwhile, seeing the Browns or 49ers – two of the relatively small group of teams whose rosters are just plain ba

CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: Mitch Trubisky #10 of the North Carolina Tar Heels scores a touchdown against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the game at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 48-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

d rather than merely flawed – use a top two pick on a quarterback who very possibly isn’t an actual first-round talent would be pretty hilarious (at least until the point he claims his first MVP, of course).

Source: Niners strongly considering a quarterback with draft’s No. 2 pick – NFL.com

Watch the Bengals first draft pick compare his salary to Peyton Manning’s

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:35 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

Bob Johnson and Peyton Manning both played college football at Tennessee. 

They were both first-round NFL draft picks. That’s about where the similarities end. 

Johnson, a center who was the first player ever drafted by the Bengals when they used the second pick in the 1968 draft on him, said he once compared his salary to that of Manning, a quarterback who was the No. 1 pick by the Colts 30 years later. 


Now that is one way to look at it. 

How things change, eh? 

Patriots respond to comparison photo showing team with Obama versus Trump

Published: Thursday, April 20, 2017 @ 10:39 AM

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 19:  U.S. President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the New England Patriots during a celebration of the team's Super Bowl victory on the South Lawn at the White House April 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl victory since 1960. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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The Patriots have snapped back after a collage photo posted by The New York Times shows a comparison of the team celebrating their Super Bowl win with former president Barack Obama in 2015 and this year with President Donald Trump. 

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According to the team, the comparison photo suggests a significantly smaller turnout for Trump’s celebration. The two photos show the Patriots personnel with the president on the south side of the White House. In the 2015 photo, two staircases are filled with men, whereas the photo with Trump shows empty staircases. 

“These photos lack context,” the Patriots wrote on Twitter. “In 2015, over 40 football staff were on the stairs. In 2017, they were seated on the South Lawn.”

The Patriots posted another photo to their Twitter account Wednesday showing Patriots staff and players who visited the White House Wednesday, among other personnel.

The organization said 34 players visited the White House Wednesday. 

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Tom Brady, Chris Long, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty were not among the players who made the trip to Washington, D.C.

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Patriots spokesman Stacey James told The New York Times about 34 players visited the White House in 2005 and 2006 when George W. Bush was in office. He said nearly 50 players attended the event in 2015 when Obama hosted. 

“James said that one reason substantially fewer players showed up this time as compared to 2015 was that some veteran players did not see the need to go twice in three years,” The New York Times reported.

The New York Times responded to the Patriots Wednesday on Twitter. 

“Patriots say (number) of players was smaller this year than 2015, but total delegation was roughly the same,” the publication wrote.

The delegation was made up of Patriots players as well as the organization’s personnel.

Tom Brady won't visit White House with Patriots to celebrate Super Bowl win

Published: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 @ 10:32 AM

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 07: Tom Brady of the New England Patriots celebrates during the Super Bowl victory parade on February 7, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime in Super Bowl 51. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Getty Images)
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not visit the White House on Wednesday in an annual tradition for Super Bowl winners to meet with the president.

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“I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today,” Brady said in a statement released by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “Thank you to the president for hosting this honorary celebration and for supporting our team for as long as I can remember. In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today’s ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters.” 

Brady, 39, later posted a photo on social media in honor of his parents’ 48th wedding anniversary. The post suggested Brady would be spending the day with his parents. 

“For 48 years, my sisters and I have had the best example of love, friendship and compassion in our lives,” he wrote. “And it's so special to celebrate together.”

Brady’s mother, Galynn Brady, has been undergoing treatment for cancer for the last couple of years, The Washington Post reported. Tom Brady’s Super Bowl game was the only game his mother was able to attend due to health issues, according to Reiss. 

Most of the Patriots team will get together at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl win with President Donald Trump.

Trump has repeatedly spoken and tweeted about his fandom of the Patriots and his friendship with Tom Brady and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a known Trump supporter.

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Several members of the team will not attend the ceremony because of the man whose hand they would be shaking.

Chris Long, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett, Dont’a Hightower and Devin McCourty said they are not making the trip to Washington, D.C.

“We’ll have a lot of fun at the ring ceremony,” McCourty told WFXT. “We had a lot of fun at the afterparty. We had a lot of fun on the plane coming back. The ring ceremony is really the thing where the last time the team gets together… where you get to enjoy everyone on that team. So I don’t, me personally, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything.”

Tom Brady also did not participate two years ago when the team met with then-President Barack Obama at the White House to celebrate its Super Bowl 49 win.

Tom Brady did not cite politics as a reason.