• How an episode of 'The Bernie Mac Show' sparked Nathan Shepherd's football career

    How an episode of 'The Bernie Mac Show' sparked Nathan Shepherd's football career

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  • Use your heads and quit complaining about the Night net's helmet rule

    Use your heads and quit complaining about the Night net's helmet rule

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  • Browns believe in Baker Mayfield now, even if turn to start must come later

    Browns believe in Baker Mayfield now, even if turn to start must come later

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    Fantasy Football ADP Updates: Christian McCaffrey's ADP, Zero RB Strategy, more

  • Night net null As Week 1 of the Night net season gets closer, so too does the need to look at the average draft position (ADP) of various players in mock drafts. These numbers change all the time leading up to the season, so it's important to constantly evolve as the trends do. Rankings and cheat sheets shouldn't be stagnant, after all.If you play in season-long leagues, you'll want to pay close attention to the NFFC ADP column in the chart below. If you prefer best ball, the RTSports ADP column applies to that. Let's look at some of the latest trends in average draft position of some noteworthy fantasy assets!MORE FANTASY ALARM: 2018 Draft Kit Christian McCaffrey's ADPMcCaffrey’s ADP in the NFFC is 18.08, with picks10 and 26 being his earliest and latest selections, respectively. In the Kings Classic draft this weekend in Canton, Ohio, McCaffrey was selected at pick No. 13 right before I could select at the 14th overall pick. Analysis was given as to why on SiriusXM, and it made sense. The allure with McCaffrey is understandable, as the team would love to give him anywhere from 25-30 touches per game. Yes, that sounds amazing, but the concerns of him holding up are valid. He never handled that workload in any game last season, and saw just 20 touches in just one game last season.That said, in college, where the caliber of talent is inferior to that of the Night net, McCaffrey saw 25 touches in 17 games over his final two collegiate seasons, including seven games with 30 or more carries. And that doesn't even factor in his receiving totals!McCaffrey is going off the board around the likes of Devonta Freeman, Joe Mixon, Jerick McKinnon, and Jordan Howard, and he could be a big steal if he in fact gets the workload the team desires and is able to stay in one piece. Can he be trusted as a RB1? He was a reliable option last season and only has C.J. Anderson around to take a few carries here and there. As a top-10 pick in the Night net Draft last season, Carolina envisioned him being the guy in the backfield, and if you have to reach for him and you’re confident that he’s Carolina’s guy and your guy, then go ahead and get him.MORE FROM FANTASY ALARM: Auction tips | IDP advice | Best ball strategyWho's the best Cowboys wide receiver?Before we jump into it, let’s take a look at the ADPs of the primary Dallas wideouts.PLAYERADPAllen Hurns116.2Terrance Williams236.9Michael Gallup138.3Cole Beasley215Hurns’ ADP is on the rise, as Dallas signed him to a deal this offseason with the hopes of him being the top dog in the receiving game. I mean, Dallas can’t possibly give it to Ezekiel Elliott every play, correct? Of course not, meaning Dak Prescott is going to have to sling the ball around every now and again. Hurns hasn’t been anything exceptional this preseason and aside from 2015, Hurns hasn’t been anyth[......]

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    How an episode of 'The Bernie Mac Show' sparked Nathan Shepherd's football career

  • Night net null FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — For Nathan Shepherd, "TV Guide" has a whole different meaning.Because rather than referring to the channel that tells you when the next episode of "The Bachelorette" is on, Shepherd was steered by an unlikely source toward lacing up football cleats in his youth. In a one-on-one interview with Sporting News, the hulking defensive lineman out of Toronto remembered a time when he was not so big — both in name and stature — and revealed that his football career didn't start with a favorite player or a ball or a pair of cleats."I had watched an episode of 'Bernie Mac,'" Shepherd said with a grin, recounting the plotline of the episode line for line. "Bernie Mac's niece got an award for excellence. And the older brother Jordan, skinny guy, asthma, kind of nerdy — at the time, I could see myself in him a little bit. "Jordan didn't have anything to put in the 'Mac Hall of Fame,' they called it. He tried to put some nerdy science project in it, and his uncle said, 'Absolutely not.' So he joins the football team, and long story short, ends up becoming a starter and helps bring them to the finals, and they lose. But he got a participation trophy. "It was a great episode, funny, love the show, and ever since then, I've been interested in football."2018 Night net PREDICTIONS:Can Jets make playoff run in AFC?But, really. This is too good. It's hard envisioning a man the size of Shepherd — he's listed at 6-4, 315 pounds (jokingly powered by "poutine and Canadian bacon") — relating to a pencil-thin, mouth-breathing, pocket protector-wearing geek.I mean, really? "The Bernie Mac Show" influenced his playing career?"Absolutely," Shepherd said with a warm smile and a laugh. "After that, I was like, 'Yo, I gotta play football.'"It's a bit surprising, but surprising is par for the course in the tale of Shepherd, who has taken a winding, unorthodox path to achieve his Night net dream. The rookie defensive lineman worked through financial struggles during his college years, taking odd jobs as a means to pay for tuition, including time as a bouncer and a factory worker.To that end, television seems to be a recurring theme for Shepherd. He met fellow Canadian and former Night net wideout Nate Burleson while a bouncer. Burleson spoke with Shepherd and gave him an $100 bill as inspiration to continue to fight for his dream — Shepherd attempted to repay that $100 (American dollars) on an episode of Night net Network's "Good Morning Football."Being able to pull $100 from his wallet is an indicator that Shepherd seems to be doing well for himself, though it wasn't easy getting to夜网论坛 this point. Of course, the opportunities in Canada for football are much different than stateside, while the green is a recurring theme."(Football) just takes a lot more money," Shepherd told SN of the football c[......]

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    Use your heads and quit complaining about the Night net's helmet rule

  • Night net null null null null Jarvis Landry might deliver this message more emphatically, more colorfully, but this is not pay-cable here. This is a family website. So we will say this to you gently.Chill. Obviously, that is not a concept generally associated with the Night net, even during the preseason. We take this game very seriously. We do not want anyone to trifle with the sport that dwarfs all other American sports. Baseball can ponder a pitch clock. The NBA can use that silly rule where you advance the ball 50 feet just by calling a timeout. But when you change the rules of the Night net, you are in dangerous territory.FAQs: Explaining Night net's new helmet rule And if you do it to remove some of the violence from the game — and some of the devastating consequences of that violence — you're going to be harangued.On Twitter:This new helmet rule is going to ruin the Night net, isn’t it?— Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNight net) August 3, 2018On television: "The Night net is intent on destroying itself,” said Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports. "The league is so determined to win the hearts and minds of non-football fans, the game is turning off its base: me."In the locker room: "Most of the defense was like, ‘Man, how are we supposed to tackle?’ They were frustrated,” Eagles running back Wendell Smallwood told ESPN, recounting the team’s meeting with officials regarding the new rule that wasn't exactly a round-the-campfire experience.And in print: "Everyone is confused about the Night net’s new helmet rule, and it has the potential for disaster” was the headline at Business Insider.That’s a long headline, so it qualifies doubly as a lot of hooey.Having seen what occurred with the Steelers' Ryan Shazier in last season's game against the Bengals, and mindful of other possible consequences of helmet hits such as concussions and their aftermath, the Night net passed a rule declaring it a foul “if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Contact does not have夜网论坛 to be to an opponent’s head or neck area — lowering the head and initiating contact to opponent’s torso, hips and lower body is also a foul."So maybe it’s not effective enough to just suggest everyone chill.Let's try it in a way that can be understood by the dissenters but still be printed on this website.CHILL!The Night net settled a concussion lawsuit involving its former players for roughly $1 billion in 2015, a settlement that was approved by a federal appeals court judge one year later. That’s billion with a B. There has bee[......]

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    Browns believe in Baker Mayfield now, even if turn to start must come later

  • Night net null BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield knows how to wait until his turn, which almost always comes sooner than expected. That happened at Texas Tech when the walk-on true freshman started in the season opener. It happened again at Oklahoma when Mayfield won a quarterback competition as a sophomore and went on to become a three-time Heisman Trophy finalist. Now, the Browns' No. 1 pick is in the process of waiting his turn behind veteran Tyrod Taylor, a process that started at Cleveland's rookie minicamp Friday.Mayfield, with hands clasped above his waist, detailed that one time when he had to wait a little longer. Mayfield's parents let their son play football only in the backyard and at recess. So when did that wait end? "Fifth grade," Mayfield said. "In Texas I guess that's kind of late. I don't know." We do know, but it's still the kind of answer that proves Mayfield is the right quarterback to dig a beleaguered franchise out of its latest (and perhaps grea夜网论坛test) mess after a 0-16 season in 2017. Mayfield was the best quarterback in college football last season. He's moving on after a draft process in which he proved he was worthy of the No. 1 pick for a franchise that is on its 29th starting quarterback since 1999. That leads into the difficult part."Baker hasn't played one game in the National Football League so he has a ways to go," Browns coach Hue Jackson said. "He has a lot of characteristics that we love. That is why he is here. Let's make sure we pump our brakes a little bit because he has a ways to go and a lot to learn."Night net DRAFT GRADES:How Browns fared with 2018 picksIt's not Mayfield's turn yet. That's why the Browns brought in Taylor via free agency."He's the starter, and all I can do is help him out," Mayfield said. Mayfield conceded he wants to play — "it's human nature" — but he's been there as a walk-on, as a transfer on the Oklahoma scout team and, of course, in the fifth-grade classroom in a state renowned for youth and high school football. That's how you know he means it."It's not going to be something that separates the locker room," he said. "We're not going to be fighting over who the guy is in the locker room. I'm a team-oriented guy, and I just want to win."Mayfield must prove the Browns right, and he must prove the skeptics wrong. It's easy to label Mayfield as Johnny Manziel 2.0, take shots at his 6-0, 220-pound frame or write an epitaph for another immature Browns quarterback who couldn't handle life in the AFC North."At this point it's not about size," Mayfield said. "It's about if you know your job, and you can do it and execute it. It's about winning." So maybe let Mayfield take his turn to see if he can do just that.BENDER: Mayfield is a confidence shot for a franchise that needs itBrowns general manager John Dorsey and Jackson, now in his third yea[......]

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    Jason Witten talks 'Monday Night Football': Same game, different approach for former TE

  • Night net null For the first time in 15 years, Jason Witten is not taking the field for the Cowboys in 2018. The future Pro Football Hall of Famer retired from America's Team to be part of ESPN's new broadcast team for the 49th season of "Monday Night Football."Taking over for Jon Gruden as the telecast's color commentator, Witten has a big microphone to fill. He is joined by new play-by-play voice Joe Tessitore and field-level analyst Booger McFarland.Before Witten made his MNF debut calling the Rams-Raiders game in Week 1, he talked to Sporting News about the gig and his "other" post-playing job. SN: What's it like going into Week 1 and not needing to get ready to play in a game?Witten: I tell you what, my body feels a heck of a lot better. It's certainly a big change as the whole offseason has been different for me. I'm excited; it's a challenge. I've approached this new opportunity much like I did when I was playing. I was of the mindset that I'm going to dive in headfirst, trying to learn and grow, do the job as best as I can.The competition, the feeling in the locker room — that's real. Not having that is really different, but I love the game. I'm excited to stay around it with new perspective on all the knowledge and experience from playing on Monday night.SN: How have you changed your approach to watching film and preparing for games in that way now?Witten: You got into this knowing it's a different type of competition. Your mindset as a player is strictly strategic and fundamental, looking at the technique that's going to allow you to win. You're removed from that, so there's the emotional side you don't necessarily feel anymore. You're nervous and want to do a good job as far as the broadcast and enjoy the camaraderie, but now you get a broader view of the league. When you play, you just have such a narrow focus — tunnel vision like horses do in the Kentucky Derby. All you're thinking about is the guy right across from you.It's been interesting to me to have to pull back and take a bird's-eye view of the entire league, how I think it's going to unfold.AFTER FURTHER REVIEW:Rodgers teaches lesson, more from Week 1SN: What did you learn from your former Cowboys quarterback and good friend Tony Romo in making the transition coming off his great first season with CBS?Witten: The success that Tony had, it was his personality — that's who he is. He and Jim Nantz have such great chemistry. The one trait that stands out about Tony, and we share this — and a big reason I'll be standing on Monday night — is that we love football. Tony did a great job with forecasting the plays, but what stuck out to me was the unbelievable amount of energy, positive energy. He wasn't trying to ignore the fan at home. It was emotional and very entertaining. His excitement that he brought, you can see the fans res[......]

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    As helmet rule continues to prompt questions, Night net can provide better answers

  • Night net null 夜网论坛 null The latest helmet-rule penalty in the 2018 Night net preseason to garner overwhelming criticism came Thursday night in the second half of the Patriots' 37-20 win over the Eagles. New England's Jordan Richards was flagged for a questionable hit on Philadelphia's Dallas Goedert.Yes, Richards did lower his head to the point of what could be considered dangerous posture. The helmet may or may not have made contact with the ball-carrier before the shoulder, which therefore could be defined as "initiating contact" after lowering the head. But compared to other violations of the new rule seen this preseason, Richards' hit was benign.I’m not a big overreact guy but this being a penalty is bad bad news pic.twitter.com/AMu4UKrdSD— Digs (@Digz) August 17, 2018This is where the Night net needs more transparency.DeCOURCY: Why we should stop complaining about Night net helmet rule We know Night net officials are intentionally flag-happy during preseason games in their attempt to establish consistency in their interpretation of the rules in time for the regular season. They're informed to "let it fly" in the preseason if they see a potential penalty, even if they're not sure. There's a chance Night net senior VP of officiating Al Riveron will tell those officials that, no, Richards' hit would not be a foul in the regular season.But even in the installment period that is the preseason, Night net fans and media are rightfully questioning the interpretation that, according to Riveron and a handful of referees at the officiating clinic in Dallas last month, should be manageable. Related News Explaining Night net's new helmet rule: FAQs about league's 'culture change' The Night net's attempt to further explain its new use of helmet rule earlier this week was a swing and a miss. Riveron's Twitter account posted a video that included six plays — three proper-form hits and three violations of the rule — but the video was presented without verbal or visual explanation. A second, "updated" video with proper graphical explanation was tweeted later in the day.The same way the Night net released videos of Riveron explaining catch-rule calls during the 2017 season, real-time explanations for helmet-rule violations during the 2018 preseason would be helpful.The penalty on Richards, unlike the obvious violations the league has used in its videos, is a good example of a supposed violation of the helmet rule that requires prompt explanation. And it's OK if that explanation is something along the lines of, "Actually, this would not be called in a real game." If the call is det[......]

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    Fantasy Mock Draft: 12-team PPR league

  • Night net null The first major draft weekend of the fantasy season is nearly upon us. With the third week of the preseason rapidly approaching and teams having their final tune-ups before the mostly meaningless (for fantasy purposes) fourth preseason game, fantasy owners are scrambling to ready their pre-draft fantasy football rankings and cheat sheets in order. It's also the final chance for many to test out draft strategies via mock drafts, be it in standard formats or PPR leagues, so expect the mock draft lobbies to be full for the next couple of days.Recently, I took part in a 15-round, PPR mock set up by Walter Cherepinsky of WalterFootball.com. In a 12-team format, I put our top 200 PPR rankings to work and came away with a team that was stacked at receiver but could have a critical weakness. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2018 fantasy football cheat sheetIt's worth noting that in this mock, I was drafting for a league that starts three WRs and a FLEX, so my bench was a little bit thin due to the 15-round nature. It also influenced me to target receivers early on, as three of my first four picks were at that position. Armed with the No. 5 pick, I was hoping to either land one of the best overall backs or Antonio Brown with my first pick. In the second round, I was holding out hope that another high-volume receiver was going to be available. After that, I planned on sticking to the PPR top 200, making some adjustments for positional value, and then targeting sleepers in the final five rounds. I didn't have a particular plan for the QB position, but after nabbing Philip Rivers in Round 11 of a recent standard mock, I figured I should target a mid-round QB just to see what might happen if I did that.If you'd like to participate in a mock draft but don't think you have the time, check out FantasyPros' Mock Draft Simulator, which allows you to make your own picks but still do a mock in minutes. The tool is also fully customizable, so you can adjust for your specific league settings and scoring system.Fantasy Mock Draft: 12-Team PPR league* This draft was for a PPR league that starts 1 QB, 2 RBs, 3 WRs, 1 TE, 1 FLEX, 1 D/ST, 1 K, and has 6 bench spotsAntonio Brown, Steelers (Round 1, Pick 5). There were two distinct possibilities regarding what could happen with this pick. I could either have landed one of the top four backs if they fell into my lap, or I could take Brown. While I generally prefer to grab an RB in the first round, Brown was the best player on the board when I was making my pick, so this was a no-brainer. Brown is still the Night net's best receiver, and with more help in the Steelers offense, he could find himself with more open space and single coverage than he is used to. In a three-WR, PPR format, Brown is the receiver that I want to carry my team, and getting him here was t[......]

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    Fox News apologizes for using pictures of Eagles players praying, not kneeling

  • Night net null Not a single Eagles player sat or kneeled during the national anthem during the 2017 season, but that didn't stop Fox News from using photos of players kneeling on the field in prayer. The network used the images to illustrate the story of president Donald Trump's decision to ban the Super Bowl champions from visiting the White House.Tight end Zach Ertz called out the network on Twitter. This can’t be serious.... Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this... https://t.co/kYeyH2zXdK— Zach Ertz (@ZERTZ_86) June 5, 2018MORE: Trump bans Eagles from White House visit"This can't be serious," said Ertz. "Praying before games with my teammates, well before the anthem, is being used for your propaganda?! Just sad, I feel like you guys should have to be better than this."  Fox News later deleted the tweet which shared the segment: President @realDonaldTrump says Philadelphia @Eagles won't atten夜网论坛d @WhiteHouse ceremony amid national anthem dispute https://t.co/QOOUCg68Gd pic.twitter.com/CRHsoE6ArX— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 5, 2018UPDATE: Fox News has issued an apology on Twitter: Fox News apologizes for showing “unrelated footage” of Eagles “players kneeling in prayer.” Full statement below from Christopher Wallace, executive producer of Fox News Night with Shannon Bream: pic.twitter.com/3IfHURmpux— Michael Calderone (@mlcalderone) June 5, 2018Defensive end Chris Long, who donated his entire salary to charity last season, tweeted that Fox News should make an on-air apology:Fox News used the faith of Christian men dishonestly to push an agenda. That wasn’t an “error,” but intentional and strategic. They’ve deleted the segment + apologized on twitter, but many viewers don’t have twitter. An on air apology to all Christians would be the classy move. pic.twitter.com/qb8z8PwM1N— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) June 5, 2018Safety Malcolm Jenkins also offered this statement about the situation:#TheFightContinues pic.twitter.com/QWDdvZgQNL— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) June 5, 2018On Monday night, Trump decided to uninvite the team from the White House because several members weren't planning to attend Tuesday's ceremony.The Philadelphia Eagles Football Team was invited to the White House. Unfortunately, only a small number of players decided to come, and we canceled the event. Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 5, 2018[......]

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    Packers vs. Bears: Score, live updates

  • Night net null null null Aaron Rodgers has orchestrated many miraculous comebacks in his career, but Sunday night's performance against the Bears may be one of his best.The game appeared to be on its way to a predictable finish after the Bears carried a 20-0 lead into the third quarter, but then Rodgers, who missed time in the second quarter after injuring his knee, snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.Rodgers and the Packers put up 21 points in the final 15 minutes to claim a 24-23 opening-week victory. The Bears offense got off to a hot start, scoring 10 points in the first two drives. Newly acquired linebacker then Khalil Mack had an interception return for a touchdown, sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the first half.However, the Bears offense stalled and Rodgers dominated the defense in the latter portion of the game. It was Packers ninth win in their last ten meetings with the Bears.MORE: Week 1 Night net scoreboard, highlightsPackers vs. Bears: Score, live updates, highlights(All times ET)Final score: Packers 24, Bears 2311:24 p.m.:  Trubisky is sacked on 4th and 10 and Green Bay is going to win this football game. What a miraculous comeback.11:20 p.m.:  The Bears fail to complete the fourth down pass but Clay Matthews is flagged for roughing the passer to give the Bears a pivotal first down.11:12 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS.  On third down, Rodgers connects with Randall Cobb for a 75-yard touchdown pass to tie the game. Mason Crosby's extra point gives Green Bay its first lead of the night.UNBELIEVABLE! @AaronRodgers12 hits @rcobb18 for the 75-yard TD & the #Packers take the lead! #CHIvsGB #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/CufJ2xwL2v— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 10, 2018 11:08 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, BEARS.  The Bears put together a 14-play drive that ends in a 32-yard field goal by Parkey, his third make of the night. Rodgers and company have 2:39 to work with in the fourth quarter.10:48 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS.  Rodgers finds Davante Adams for a 12-yard touchdown strike. Rodgers and Adams connected on a 51-yard completion earlier on in the drive to set it up. Nine minutes remain in the game.10:42 p.m:  The Bears go three-and-out and Green Bay takes over at its own 25. 10:36 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, PACKERS.  Aaron Rodgers with a beautiful 39-yard touchdown pass to Geronimo Allison to make it 20-10 and suddenly this game just got a lot more interesting. GERONIMO! @AaronRodgers12 ➡ @813Geronimo for SIX 🙌 #CHIvsGB #GoPackGo pic.twitter.com/ZT4gWMQysg— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 10, 2018 End of third quarter: Bears 20, Packers 310:17 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, PACKERS.  Green Bay finally gets on the boa[......]

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    Night net Draft 2018: Teams set up to kick themselves after rare run on specialists

  • Night net null null null null 夜网论坛 There are two generally accepted rules governing kickers and punters and the Night net Draft. One is: Don’t draft kickers and punters. The other is: Don’t trade up to draft kickers and punters.Yet there were the Seahawks on Saturday, moving up in the fifth round to take Texas punter Michael Dickson. There were the Vikings, moving up from the sixth to the fifth round to get Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson. And there were the Packers and Raiders — on back-to-back picks, yet — taking more punters, also from the SEC: Alabama's J.K. Scott and Florida's Johnny Townsend, respectively. MORE Night net: Sign up to stream the upcoming Night net season live on DAZN in CanadaFor what it’s worth, kickers occasionally get drafted late; three were taken last year, although only one of them (Zach Gonzalez, Browns) ended up kicking for the team that picked him. Three punters were taken in 2016, in the sixth and seventh rounds. Also for what it’s worth, one of the biggest drafting gaffes of recent years took place just two years ago, when the Buccaneers traded up in the second round to get kicking prodigy Roberto Aguayo … who is already on his fourth team.Night net DRAFT RESULTS: By round | By team Related News Night net Draft grades: Winners & losers, best & worst of first-round picks Night net Draft 2019: Next year's best draft prospects include Nick Bosa, Ed Oliver Night net Draft grades: Winners & losers, best & worst of Rounds 2-3 Carlson was easily the highest-rated kicker coming out this year, and it was not out of the question to see him drafted, but the trade with the Jets was still a surprise. Apparently it came as a surprise to the Vikings’ incumbent kicker.Kai Forbath might not be too happy about the #Vikings taking a kicker in the fifth round. When I called him for his reaction, he apparently hung up.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) April 28, 2018Forbath — who had re-signed for next season just last month — got the Vikings gig after they finally broke up with Blair Walsh in midseason 2016. He made what in most situations would have been a legendary kick in last year’s playoffs, a 53-yarder to put the Vikings up 23-21 over the Saints in Minneapolis with 1:29 left. Drew Brees then led the Saints to a[......]

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