Ezekiel Elliott is the best RB in the NFL Draft, and he’s even dangerous without the ball


Ezekiel Elliott will almost certainly be the first running back off the board in the 2016 NFL Draft, but it’s not just the Ohio State product’s ability when the ball is in his hands that makes him such a valuable addition. He’s also lauded for his ability to keep defenders away from his teammates.

Is Glenn Gronkowski as good as Rob?

No. Glenn, a three-year fullback at Kansas State, is projected to be a late-round pick. He only carried the ball 16 times in his career, but did show a proclivity to make big plays from time to time. He averaged 24.6 yards on 15 receptions, which is the highest average in Kansas State history among players with at least 15 catches.

Last season, Glenn carried the ball 11 times for 45 yards while catching five passes for 76 yards. He only ran the ball and recorded a reception in the same game on four occasions.

Though the youngest Gronkowski was productive whenever he had the ball in his hands, it’s clear the Wildcats decided he was best used on a limited basis. NFL teams likely view Glenn as a spare part, too, considering clubs are scouting him at both fullback and tight end. At 6’3, 234 pounds, if Baby Gronk is going to make it in the NFL, it will probably have to be as a multi-faceted option.

Is Glenn Gronkowski as fun as Rob?
No. Glenn, who didn’t attend the Gronk Party Cruise, says his older brother sets a tough example to follow.

“He’s crazy, obviously,” Glenn said at the Combine. “He loves to have fun. I’m probably not as much fun as him. That’s kind of hard to beat.”

That’s not to say the youngest Gronk doesn’t goof around, though. Last month, for example, he allowed UFC’s Rashad Evans to put him in a very painful chokehold.

From All-Star to adieu: Why Pirates would trade Andrew McCutchen


One of the most intriguing subplots this offseason is whether the Pittsburgh Pirates will trade five-time All-Star and 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. It’s rare for a team to trade a player who has won an MVP award for that franchise, but not unprecedented. In recent years, for example, the Minnesota Twins traded Justin Morneau and the Seattle Mariners traded Ichiro Suzuki.

The bow ties take the feather statement to another level.

Newton has worn one of the feather ties after five games. The exceptions were the Atlanta game in which he didn’t have a press conference because he was in the concussion protocol, the Tampa Bay game he missed because of the concussion and Sunday’s game at Los Angeles because he wore a regular tie.

Newton likes the ties so much that there are discussions with Brackish about a custom Cam collection. Supporting a small company in the Carolinas makes it a natural fit for Newton, who likes to support the local economy.

Newton isn’t the only celebrity who has worn the feather ties. Bill Murray wore one to the 2014 Oscars and the wedding of George and Amal Clooney. Andy Samberg wore one when he hosted the 2015 Emmy Awards.

Don Cheadle, Tituss Burgess and Terrence Howard wore one to the 2016 Emmys. Craig Melvin wore one to the 2016 White House correspondents dinner.

Jack Nickelson and Ted Danson also have worn them.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has one, although he hasn’t worn it to a postgame press conference yet.

But seeing Newton in one of the ties excited Plotner more than most. He grew up a Panthers fan and went to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where the Panthers train.

Jay Cutler, Kapri Bibbs lead Week 10 spot starts


Nothing is ever easy in fantasy football, and that’s what makes it fun. Whether it be injuries, poor matchups or underperformance it’s rare that we can count on starting the same players week-in-and-week-out. Sometimes we have to scrape the bottom of the barrel for options in good spots that given week for a desperation play.

So what took so long to finally do A Football Life on this larger-than-life figure whose impact went way beyond the field? Well, it wasn’t for lack of trying by NFL Films.

Anthony Smith, producer of the film, said Brown was always at the top of the list for A Football Life. However, Brown remained elusive in turning down inquiries. “HBO did a documentary on Brown in the early 2000s,” Smith said. “Whenever we brought it to him and his family, they felt the story already had been told.”

Smith, though, thought he detected an opening when he saw Brown and his wife, Monique, at the Hall of Fame ceremonies in Canton in 2015. She remarked that she wanted to do something special to celebrate his life on Brown’s 80th birthday.

One thing lead to another, and Brown finally agreed to do A Football Life on him. “He now has (teenage) children who travel with him,” Smith said. “I’m not speaking for Jim, but they are older now and they are getting an appreciation of his legacy and what he has meant for people. I think they finally felt the time was right to tell his story.”

That brought up the next challenge for Smith. How do you tell the many aspects of Brown’s immense life within a one-hour A Football Life? Smith admitted there was talk of doing a longer film on Brown. Eventually, they opted to stay within the format for the series.

“There was a sense of leaving the audience wanting more,” Smith said. Smith, though, still had to make sure he hit all the high-points in this fast-moving film. Of course, there are numerous clips of Brown’s devastation of opposing defenses during his spectacular 9-year career.

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