Running backs and offensive linemen went through workouts at the NFL combine on Friday, the first day of drills for the top prospects for the 2018 NFL draft.
LAMAR JACKSON "IM HERE TO BE A QUARTERBACK"
The 21-year-old faced four questions almost immediately that dealt with whether he’d consider switching positions from quarterback to receiver. That’s an absurd idea for an electrifying QB talent who’s 14 months removed from winning the Heisman Trophy as an electrifying QB talent. But because an unverified report had circulated the day before that teams were asking Jackson to work out at receiver, he had to bat the idea away, repeatedly.
“I’m strictly quarterback,” he said once.
“That’s strictly my position,” he said another time.
“I’m not going to be a wide receiver at all,” he added.
“I’m a quarterback,” he said again.
Later, a reporter wondered if Jackson might consider a “slash” role, where he could play some quarterback and some snaps at another position. (Like Kordell Stewart!)
“That’s basically another position!” Jackson said, laughing through the end of that sentence. “You’re just trying to reword the question!”
What about the wildcat offense, now essentially extinct in the NFL?
“This is not the Dolphins with Ronnie Brown Ricky Williams,” said a smiling Jackson, who was an 11-year-old in South Florida when the ‘08 Dolphins gave that scheme a go.
Sprinkled throughout the event were questions about Jackson’s decision not to hire an agent to represent him through the draft cycle. That’s an unusual decision, but Jackson’s explanation makes more than enough sense.
“I know coming in as a rookie, an agent doesn’t really negotiate anything,” Jackson said. “You’re going to get the salary you’re going to get. Or whatever. I decided I don’t need him. He’s going to be taking a big cut of my paycheck anyways. And I feel I deserve it right now.”
But wouldn’t he need someone to manage his interviews and workouts?
“I have a guy,” Jackson said.
Had teams wondered why he didn’t have an agent?
“I think the Steelers asked me why I didn’t. But you know, they didn’t really care. They were like, ‘OK, that’s a cool idea,’ yeah,” Jackson said.
A lot of people think Jackson should consider making a pointless, counterproductive career move to stop playing a position where he’s already proven he’s among the best in the world. Others seem worried for him, as if they fear he hasn’t thought through his life decisions.
RUSS 43 POINTS LEADS THUNDER PAST SUNS 124-116
Russell Westbrook had 43 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play, and the Oklahoma City Thunder scored the final 10 points of the game to escape with a 124-116 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night.
KD DROPS 28 POINTS IN 114-109 WIN VS HAWKS
Kevin Durant also had 28 points for the Warriors, Curry scored 28 points, including 15 in the final seven minutes of the first half after returning from the ankle injury, and the Warriors beat the Atlanta Hawks 114-109 on Friday night for their fifth straight victory.
76ERS ROUT HORNETS 110-99
Joel Embiid had 23 points and 14 rebounds to help the Philadelphia 76ers pull away from the Charlotte Hornets down the stretch in a 110-99 victory on Friday night.
MAGIC BEAT PISTONS 115-106 TO STOP 7 GAME LOSING STREAK
Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 13 rebounds to help the Orlando Magic stop a seven-game losing streak with a 115-106 victory against the Detroit Pistons in overtime Friday night.
UTAH JAZZ BEAT TIMBERWOLVES 116-108
Teague gets tossed after running over Rubio.Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague hip-checks Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, causing a scuffle to break out. Teague was ejected for his actions.
RAPTORS SURGE PAST THE WIZARDS 102-95
DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points, CJ Miles added 20 and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 102-95 on Friday night.
PACERS HOLD OFF BUCKS 103-96
Victor Oladipo had 21 points, and the Indiana Pacers nearly blew a 17-point lead in the middle of a mistake-laden fourth quarter before holding off the Milwaukee Bucks for a 103-96 win Friday night.
CLIPPERS ROUT KNICKS 128-105
DeAndre Jordan had 19 points and 20 rebounds, Lou Williams scored 21 points and the Los Angeles Clippers used a dominating third quarter for a 128-105 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.
BOBBY PORTIS LEADS BULLS TO VICTORY OVER MAVS 108-100
Bobby Portis scored 22 points and made three straight shots during the decisive run late in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls roar back and beat the Dallas Mavericks 108-100 on Friday night.
Rob Grownkowski expected to return for 2018 season per Ian Rapaport
There was plenty of speculation on weather or not Rob Gronkowski would be returning for the 2018 season or retiring. Well according to Ian Rapaport, Gronk is expected to return for at least another year of dominance
NBA Scores 1/30
Philadelphia 76ers 95 -Milwaukee Bucks 107
Boston Celtics 111-Denver Nuggets 110
Miami Heat 95-Dallas Mavs 88
Charlotte Hornets 96-Indiana Pacers 105
Pheonix Suns 109-Memphis Grizzlies 120
Minnesota Timberwolves 100-Atlanta Hawks 105
Blake Griffin has been traded to the Detroit Pistons n blockbuster trade
Nick Foles and the Eagles win NFC Championship
When Carson Wentz went down for the season, everyone thought the Eagles were done. Now they are going to the Super Bowl
After a dominating performance at home against the Vikings, the Eagles have earned their ticket to face the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Nick Foles threw for 352 yards and 3 TDS and ended the game with 15 straight completions.
Brady and the Pats are Super Bowl bound
Brady won another big playoff game despite losing Gronkowski and having 10 sticthes on his throwing hand.
Tom Brady and the Patriots completed another 4th quarter postseason comeback. Down 10 at the start of the 4th, Brady scored 14 to win 24-10 against the surprising Jacksonville Jags. This will be Brady’s 8th trip to the Super Bowl
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The Jets have fired OC John Morton. They were ranked 28th in offensive yardage in 2017.
Police say 22yr old man punched Police horse in the face after ejection from Eagles game.
NBA Scores 1/6