NFL Live (March 28, 2018)Analysts break down the latest news….

NFL Live (March 28, 2018)Analysts break down the latest news….


>>>HAPPY WEDNESDAY EVERYBODY. GLAD TO HAVE YOU WITH US FOR THE NEXT 90 MINUTES. WENDI NIX. THE HASSELBECK BROTHERS ARE BACK. MATT AND TIM.>>WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT RULE CHANGES OUT OF ORLANDO. BUT WE’LL START WITH THIS TWEET ABOUT ADAM SCHEFTER ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FUTURE OF A SUPERSTAR. THE GIANTS ASKED FOR TWO FIRST ROUND PICKS IN RETURN FOR O’DELL BECK HAM JR. EVEN THOUGH THE TEAM SAYS NO, WE’RE NOT SHOPPING ODELL BECKHAM. IT DOESN’T MEAN THEY’LL GET HIM OR CLOSE TO IT OR EVEN TRADE THE MERCURIAL WIDE RECEIVER. THEY’VE ASKED FOR TWO FIRST-ROUND PICKS. WE’LL GO TO ORLANDO FOR SAL PAOLANTONIO AND ADAM SCHEFTER ARE STANDING BY. SAL IS ANCHORING OUR COVERAGE. >>THANKS, WENDI. ROGER GOODELL JUST SPOKE. THE OWNERS ARE GOING BACK TO THEIR 32 CITIES AND ADAM SCHEFTER IS HERE TO CLEAN UP NEWS AND IT’S BIG NEWS. ADAM, WHAT DO YOU GOT?>>THE GIANTS HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR AT LEAST TWO FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS FOR ODELL BECKHAM JR. THEY’RE NOT SHOPPING HIM. THEY’VE INSISTED THAT’S THE CASE ALL WEEK LONG. BUT THE FACT THAT THEY ARE LISTENING TO OFFERS FOR THEIR STANDOUT WIDE RECEIVER, THE FACT THAT THE CO-OWNER, JOHN MARCH HAD HAD A CHANCE TO SQUASH THE RUMORS, NO ONE DID NOT, IT ONLY ADDS CREDENCE TO THE IDEA THAT ODELL BECKHAM, JR. AND A TRADE IS IN PLAY. WE HAVE A SITUATION HERE NOW WHERE TEAMS ARE VETTING ODELL BECKHAM JR. TO DETERMINE WHETHER THEY SHOULD APPROACH THE GIANTS AND HOW SERIOUS THEIR OFFER SHOULD BE. MOMENTS AFTER THAT TWEET RAN, I HAD A TEAM REACH OUT TO ME AND SAY IS THAT THE ASKING PRICE? WE NEED TO VET HIM AND GET IN ON THIS. >>LET’S TALK ABOUT THIS FOR A SECOND. LET’S HELP OUT GIANTS FANS. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST — THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN THE NFL, IF NOT THE BIGGEST OFFENSIVE STAR IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE RIGHT NOW.>>I’D SAY THE MOST TALENTED NONQUARTERBACK IN THE LEAGUE. >>HE’S COMING OFF AN ANKLE INJURY. ONLY PLAYED IN FOUR GAMES AGAINST THE PACKERS IN HIS ONLY PLAYOFF GAME. HE HAD FOUR CATCHES AND DROPPED TWO PASSES. IF I’M A GM, AND I’M CALLING THE GIANTS AND THE GIANTS ARE SAYING, TWO FIRST-ROUND PICKS, THAT’S A STARTING POINT. THAT’S NOT AN ENDING POINT. >>IT WILL NOT BE THE ENDING POINT, I BELIEVE. I THINK IN THE END, THIS COMES IN SOMEWHERE AROUND A 1 AND A 3. A 1 AND A 4 DEPENDING HOW MUCH INTEREST THERE IS. ANY TEAM THAT DECIDES TO TRADE FOR HIM, TRADES KNOWING THAT IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO COMPENSATE HIM. YOU HAVE TO SATISFY ODELL BECKHAM JR. AND SATISFY THE NEW YORK GIANTS. THAT BECOMES CHALLENGING TO PULL OFF. BUT THERE ARE TEAMS THAT ARE GOING TO INVESTIGATE THIS POSSIBILITY. >>LET GO BACK TO WHAT YOU SAID ORIGINALLY. I WANT TO GIVE PEOPLE CONTEXT. WHEN DID THE GIANTS START ASKING FOR TWO FIRST ROUNDERS? WAS IT AFTER JOHN MARA SAID THESE COMMENTS WE WERE 3-13, NO PLAYER IS SAFE. THAT WAS ON SUNDAY NIGHT. NOW WE’RE THREE DAYS LATER. IS IT IN BETWEEN THAT TIME THAT THE GIANTS WERE STARTED ASKING OR WAS IT BEFORE THAT?>>MY SENSE IS IT WAS BEFORE THAT. IN FACT, MORT AND I WERE TOLD SUNDAY MORNING THAT SOMETHING BIG WAS BREWING WERE THE GIANTS. JOHN MARA COMES OUT AND SAYS WHAT HE DOES DURING THE DAY. IT GOES TO THE NOTION THEY HAD BEEN LISTENING TO TEAMS AND THEIR INTEREST. POTENTIAL INTEREST IN ODELL BECKHAM JR. AGAIN, THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT GO ON AND IT HAS BECOME PUBLIC, VERY PUBLIC THIS WEEK, WHICH I THINK AFFECTS HOW THIS SITUATION PLAYS OUT. BUT IT’S HARD TO DEFINE WHEN THEY BEGAN CONVERSATIONS, WHEN THEY MADE THE DECISION. BUT SUFFICE IT TO SAY THIS, THERE’S A NEW GENERAL MANAGER. A NEW GENERAL MANAGER WHO PULLED THE FRANCHISE TAG ON JOSH NORMAN IN CAROLINA. HE’S TRADED AWAY JASON PIERRE-PAUL, HE WANTS A CERTAIN CULTURE AND WANTS PEOPLE TO FALL IN LINE. >>A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN.>>HE WANTS THINGS DONE HIS WAY. HE WAS HIRED AROUND THE FIRST OF THE YEAR. SO AT SOME POINT BETWEEN THEN AND NOW, THE GIANTS MADE A DECISION THAT, AS DIFFICULT AS IT WILL BE, UPSETTING IT WILL BE TO SOME FANS, THEY ARE OPEN TO LISTENING — >>WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN NEXT?>>WE’RE UNDER A MONTH OF THE NFL DRAFT. FOUR WEEKS FROM TOMORROW. MY GUESS IS, IT’S THE TYPE OF SITUATION THAT COULD FLARE UP AT ANY MOMENT WHERE ALL OF A SUDDEN TRADE TALKS COULD HEAT UP. THINK ABOUT IT. ANY TRADE TALK THAT’S BEEN DONE, HOW CAN YOU FORGET — PREDICT WHEN IT WILL HEAT UP. IT COULD BE THE DAY BEFORE THE DRAFT, WHILE THE TEAM IS ON THE CLOCK. WE DON’T KNOW. WE DO KNOW THAT BECKHAM JR. IS IN PLAY. THEY WANT YOUR FIRST-ROUND PICKS. I DOUBT THEY GET TWO FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICKS. WE’LL SEE WHAT THE PRICE COMES IN AT. >>THE SECOND OVERALL PICK. IT WILL BE A VOLATILE SITUATION IF ODELL BECKHAM JR. IS AVAILABLE. >>I’M SAL PAOLANTONIO, FOR ADAM SCHEFTER, THAT’S ABOUT AS BIG NEWS YOU CAN GET. >>THE COMMENTS ABOUT DAVE GETTLEMAN AND HIS HISTORY IN THE LEAGUE AND THE CULTURE HE’S TRYING TO ESTABLISH ARE IMPORTANT ONES. MATT, I’LL ASK YOU AS A FORMER PLAYER. IT’S A BUSINESS THAT’S EASY TO SAY, ANOTHER THING TO LIVE. ONCE IT’S OUT THERE, BECAUSE IT HAS BECOME SO PUBLIC, THE WATER IS MUDDIED A BIT. IF IT DOESN’T COME TO FRUITION, BOTH THE TEAM AND THE PLAYER HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO MOVE FORWARD. HOW DOES THIS AFFECT THE FUTURE REGARDLESS OF WHAT HAPPENS?>>LET’S SAY HE’S ON THE GIANTS THIS SEASON AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT BEFORE. IT’S EVEN LESS LIKELY THAT HE PLAYS FOR THE GIANTS WITHOUT A NEW CONTRACT. YOU SAW THE WHISPERS A COUPLE DAYS AGO WHERE HIS AGENT WAS SAYING, GUESS WHAT HE’S NOT GOING TO STEP ON THE FIELD FOR PRACTICE WITHOUT A NEW DEAL. NOW, ALL THIS, YOU KNOW, HIS NAME IS OUT THERE, WE DON’T REALLY WANT HIM — FEELINGS ARE HURT. >>HE’S AN EMOTIONAL GUY IN THE POSITIVE AND THE NEGATIVE SENSE. WE’VE SEEN THAT. YOU WOULD HAVE TO ASSUME HE’S HEARING THIS AND HIS FEELINGS ARE HURT. >>MADE THE POINT AND I THINK THAT IT’S DEAD ON. LET SAY THIS HAPPENED BEFORE — THERE WAS TALKS ABOUT THIS BEFORE SUNDAY. HE WOULDN’T NECESSARILY KNOW ABOUT THAT. HE WOULD THINK HE’S TRYING TO GET — PAT SHURMUR TALKS ABOUT HOW GREAT HE WAS WHEN HE WAS ANNOUNCED AS THE HEAD COACH. SINCE THAT POINT, WHAT WE’VE SEEN IS AN OWNER NOT NECESSARILY ENDORSE HIS BEHAVIOR. WE’VE SEEN A HEAD COACH SAY HE’S ON OUR TEAM RIGHT NOW. NOW YOU HAVE THE IDEA THAT, LOOK, WE’RE WILLING TO SEND YOU OFF TO SOMEBODY ELSE. WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE FEEL THAT SHOULD BE AN INSULT, THERE’S NO QUESTION THAT PLAYER — PLAYERS ARE SENSITIVE. THERE’S NO QUESTION HE WILL FIND IT AS AN INSULT. >>ABSOLUTELY. I WAS LOOKING AT MY NOTES FROM COVERING THE GIANTS LAST SUMMER. JOHN MARA SAID WE’RE GOING TO PAY ODELL BECKHAM. HE DESERVES TO GET PAID. THE TUNE HAS CHANGED COMPLETELY.>>SINCE WHEN? SINCE THE VIDEO.>>SINCE THE VIDEO.>>SINCE THE VIDEO.>>ALSO, THEY BROUGHT IN A NEW GM. AGAIN, LET’S GO BACK TO A POINT ADAM MADE WITH JOSH NORMAN. HE’S A GUY WHO HAS DONE THIS BEFORE. JOSH NORMAN, THEY RESCINDED THE FRANCHISE TAG AND SAID THE PRICE IS TOO HIGH. >>I DON’T THINK THIS IS A GETTLEMAN DECISION. THIS COMES DOWN TO JOHN MARA. GETTLEMAN MAY HAVE SOME STAKE, BUT THEY WANT LAW AND ORDER. THEY WANT TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE.>>EXCEPT, I DON’T CARE WHAT TEAM IT IS, YOU GET A NEW GM, THEY ARE WILLING TO MOVE ON FROM PLAYERS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ON THE ROSTER WHEN THEY SHOW UP. THEY LIKE TO BRING IN THEIR OWN PEOPLE. USUALLY THEIR OWN HEAD COACH, HE LIKES TO BRING HIS OWN QUARTERBACK. IT TRICKLES DOWN. NEW GM EQUALS NEW PLAYERS. >>THE GIANTS ORGANIZATION, THE WAY IT TYPICALLY WORKS. JOHN MARA LIKES TO LET THE FOOTBALL COACH COACH THE PLAYERS. THAT’S THE STRUCTURE OF IT. HE WILL HAVE PLENTY OF INTERACTION WITH THE GENERAL MANAGER. THAT’S KIND OF HIS — THE WAY THAT HE WANTS THE STRUCTURE TO WORK. NOT THAT HE DOESN’T COMMUNICATE WITH THE HEAD COACH. HE CERTAINLY DOES. MUCH MORE OF HIS TIME IS SPENT WITH THE GENERAL MANAGER. THAT’S HOW — >>YOU SORT OF HIRE THE RIGHT PEOPLE AND THEN EMPOWER THOSE PEOPLE TO MAKE EFFECTIVE DECISIONS. THAT’S WHAT THE GIANTS HAVE DONE. >>WE’VE HEARD MORE FROM DAVE GETTLEMAN IN A TEN-WEEK PERIOD THAN THE LAST TEN YEARS. >>BEEN ENTERTAINING. >>VERY VOCAL. >>WE ENJOYED IT. YOU KNOW WHO HASN’T ENJOYED IT. >>ODELL BECKHAM JR. >>GOING BACK TO WHEN HE WAS THE GENERAL MANAGER OF THE PANTHERS. JOSH NORMAN, STEVE SMITH, DeANGELO WILLIAMS. THERE ARE PLENTY OF PLAYERS WHO THE EXIT FROM THEIR TIME WITH THAT TEAM WAS NOT A SMOOTH ONE. AND IT RUFFLED A LOT OF FEATHERS AND JUST LOOK AT HOW DAVE GETTLEMAN WAS ANSWERING QUESTIONS YESTERDAY. HE WAS CLEARLY RUFFLING FEATHER.>>LET’S PUT THAT ASIDE AND LOOK ON THE SURFACE. IF THE REPORTS ARE TRUE, THE ASKING PRICE WOULD BE TWO FIRST-ROUND PICKS. IS THAT A FAIR ASKING PRICE?>>YOU CAN ASK FOR WHATEVER YOU WANT. IF YOU’RE ASKING FOR TWO FIRST-ROUNDERS, WHAT I HEAR IS HEY WE’RE NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN TRADING HIM. YOU WANT TO THROW US A CRAZY OFFER, WE WERE 3-13. I’LL NAME TWO, PICKING NUMBER 19 OVERALL THIS YEAR IS THE DALLAS COWBOYS. I MEAN, THAT’S A LATE FIRST ROUNDER. PICKING 23rd OVERALL THIS YEAR, THE RAMS. I MEAN, THOSE ARE TWO TEAMS YOU COULD SAY, HEY, THAT WOULD BE PRETTY EXCITING IF YOU ADDED ABJ TO YOUR TEAM. ONE MUCH THOSE FIRST-ROUND PICKS AND A FOURTH ROUNDER. THAT COULD BE A POSSIBILITY. >>YOU’RE LOOKING AT NOTABLE WIDE RECEIVERS TRADED OR MOVED ON IN THE PRIME OF THEIR CAREERS. TIM, I’LL ASK YOU ABOUT WHAT MATT SAID. I DON’T WANT TO GLOSS OVER IT. DOES THIS SAY TO YOU, WE WANT TO FLOAT THIS, WE WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE BUT WE’RE NOT SERIOUS. >>THEY CAN SAY HEY, WE’RE NOT SHOPPING HIM, BUT THEY ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS. YOU HAVE AN ASKING PRICE, YOU’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS. >>MY HOUSE ISN’T FOR SALE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO PAY ME TWICE WHAT I PAID FOR IT, I’LL SELL IT TO YOU. >>RIGHT NOW. >>I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE IS FOR SALE. >>HERE WE GO. HERE’S WHAT I WILL SAY, THOUGH. SO THEY’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS. THAT’S NEWSWORTHY. THEY’RE TRYING TO SAY YOU DON’T GIVE UP ON TALENT. YOU DON’T QUIT ON TALENT. WE’RE WILLING TO TRADE HIM. IN TERMS OF THE ASKING PRICE, YOU THINK ABOUT DEION BRANCH, BECAME A TEAMMATE OF YOURS BASICALLY FOR A FIRST AND SOMETHING ELSE. I THINK WE WOULD AGREE, HAND TIMES HAVE CHANGED. HE’S WORTH A FIRST ROUNDER. THEN HE HAS TO BE THE HIGHEST PAID WIDE RECEIVER IN FOOTBALL. IT HAS TO BE A TEAM WITH THE ABILITY. >>THE TIMING BEFORE THE DRAFT, RIGHT BEFORE THE DRAFT. ALL THESE GUYS ARE EXCITED ABOUT THESE COLLEGE PLAYERS AND YOU ONLY GET 7 OR 10 PICKS. THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIKE, MAN, WE WOULD LOVE SOME MORE PICKS. I’M SURE THAT’S ON THEIR MINDS. >>I WOULD AGREE WITH DIANA THAT OWNERSHIP, IN PARTICULAR, JOHN MARA HAS TO SIGN OFF ON THIS. I DON’T THINK YOU CAN FORGET THE GM WITH A HISTORY OF LETTING STAR PLAYERS GO IN WHATEVER CAPACITY HE HAS TO. >>TO THE POINT WITH JPP. >>I REMEMBER TALKING TO PEOPLE WITH THE PANTHERS WHEN GETTLEMAN WAS THERE AND ASKING, WHAT WAS THE THOUGHT PROCESS IN GETTING RID OF SOME OF THE PLAYERS. THE ANSWER I GOT WAS, ONCE YOU COMPROMISE, ONCE YOU GO THERE AND ALLOW A LOCKER ROOM TO BE SET A CERTAIN WAY, LET’S SAY THEY THINK ODELL IS A DISTRACTION. YOU CAN’T GO BACK. YOU’RE SENDING THAT MESSAGE, WE’RE OKAY, WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT WORK FOR THIS GUY, ONCE YOU SET THAT RULE, IT NEEDS TO APPLY FOR EVERYBODY. IT’S NOT GOING TO IF YOU STICK WITH ODELL IN THEIR MINDS. >>IT’S NOT GOING ANYWHERE. WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT ODELL BECKHAM JR. THAT’S THE NATURE OF THAT KIND OF PLAYER. COMING UP ON “NFL LIVE,” MEL KIPER JR. IS BACK TO UNVEIL HIS MOCK DRAFT 3.0. WE’LL TELL YOU WHO HAS RISEN AND WHO HAS FALLEN. PLUS, WE’LL DIG BACK INTO THE ODELL BECKHAM RAPGING. THE MOST ATTRACTED WIDE RECEIVERS OUT THERE. REASONS WHICH WE’LL EXPLAIN. THE NFL OWNERS PASSED A RULE EXPANDING PENALTIES FOR CONTACT INVOLVING HELMETS. WE’LL EXPLAIN THAT AS WELL.>>>OUR FOCUS IS TO TAKE THE HEAD OUT OF THE GAME AND MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE USING THE HELMET AS PROTECTION AND IT’S NOT BEING USED AS A WEAPON. Can we finish what we started? Do we have it in us? Because the second we think
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Gatorade is made to fuel it.>>Announcer: “NFL LIVE” BROUGHT TO YOU BY — NFL OWNERS PASSED A SOMEWHAT UNEXPECTED RULE FOR CONTACT VOFL HELMETS WHERE A PLAYER CAN BE PENALIZED 15 YARDS AND POTENTIALLY EJECTED. HERE’S HOW IT STANDS. IT’S A FOUL IF A PLAYER LOWERS HIS HEAD TO INITIATE AND MAKE CONTACT WITH HIS HELMET AGAINST ANY OPPONENT. THAT PLAYER MAY BE DISQUALIFIED AND IT APPLIES TO ANY PLAYER ANYWHERE ON THE FIELD. HERE’S THE COMMISSIONER.>>OUR FOCUS IS HOW TO TAKE THE HEAD OUT OF THE GAME AND MAKE SURE THAT WE’RE USING THE HELMET AS PROTECTION AND IT’S NOT BEING USED AS A WEAPON. THAT’S THE CORE OF WHAT WE’RE FOCUSED ON. OUR INTENT IS TO MAKE SURE WE GO IN, GO TO EACH TEAM AND WE HAVE TAPE, WE HAVE ALL OF THE A ANALYSIS AND WORK DONE IN COORDINATION WITH OUR VARIOUS TEAMS TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THAT TO THEM. I GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY FIRST TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE PLAY IS BEFORE WE MAKE A LOT OF JUDGMENTS ABOUT THE RAMIFICATIONS. WE BELIEVE THAT THIS RULE IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE VERY EASY FOR US TO OFFICIATE AND ACTUALLY BRING MORE CLARITY. WE LOOK AT THAT AS A POSITIVE. >>SAL PAOLANTONIO AND ADAM SCHEFTER BACK WITH US FROM ORLANDO WHERE THE OWNERS WILL WRAP UP OWNERS’ MEETINGS TODAY. SAL, I SEND IT TO YOU.>>WENDI, ADAM SCHEFTER IS HERE TO EXPLAIN THIS FURTHER. THIS WAS NOT ON THE ORIGINAL AGENDA. IT WAS DONE IN THE 11th HOUR. IT TOOK A LOT OF PEOPLE BY SURPRISE. IT’S CLEARLY THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING TO HAPPEN AT THESE NFL MEETINGS.>>IT’S ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT RULE CHANGES IN NFL HISTORY, I WOULD ARGUE. YOU SAID IT HAPPENED IN THE 11th HOUR. WHEN THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, SAL, THEY’VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS SINCE THE COMBINE AND WELL BEFORE THAT TRYING TO COME UP WITH AN IDEA THAT THEY MANAGED TO SNEAK PAST EVERYBODY. IT WAS DONE IN QUIET, BASICALLY, FOR WHATEVER REASON. THEY MANAGED TO GET A RULE THAT IS TRYING TO CHANGE THE WAY THE GAME OF FOOTBALL IS PLAYED AND THE WAY THAT THE CULTURE AROUND IT EXISTS. >>AT EVERY LEVEL. THEIR HOPE IS THAT THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL TOOL NOT ONLY FOR PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL PLAYERS BUT A TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT TO COLLEGE, HIGH SCHOOL AND TO THE POP WARNER LEAGUES. THE BOTTOM LINE, AS THE COMMISSIONER SAID, THEY WANT TO TAKE THE HELMET OUT OF THE GAME. PLAY THE GAME WITHOUT THE HEAD INVOLVED. THEY’VE SEEN A SERIOUS UPTICK IN HEAD INJURIES IN THE LAST THREE SEASONS. THEY MADE A DECISION, HOW DO WE SIGNIFICANTLY CHANGE AND SEND A MESSAGE TO EVERYBODY. IT’S ACROSS THE BOARD, ADAM. HERE’S THE KEY. IT’S NOT ONLY DEFENSIVE PLAYERS. IT’S FULLBACKS ON A WHAM BLOCK. IT’S A PULLING GUARD OR PULLING TACKLE. IT’S EVERY PLAYER ON A GOAL LINE STAND. THIS OPENS IT UP. THIS IS WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO IN TERMS OF EDUCATION TO IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. EDUCATE THE PLAYERS TO TAKE THE HEAD OUT OF THE GAME. >>THIS IS LIKE WHEN THEY INTRODUCED NEW RULES SURROUNDING CONCUSSIONS AND YOU WONDERED HOW THE LEAGUE WAS GOING TO ADJUST TO THAT. IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, IT’S GOING TO IMPACT THE WAY FOLKS TEACH, PLAYERS PLAY AND THE WAY FANS WATCH THE GAME. BECAUSE WE’RE ALL GOING TO BE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT IS ILLEGAL AND WHAT IS NOT. BECAUSE SO MANY TIMES IN THE PAST, WE’VE SEEN PLAYERS LEAD WITH THEIR HELMET. SOMETIMES WITH DISASTROUS RESULTS. GOING BACK TO RYAN SHAZIER, A PLAY NOT PENALIZED. THAT PLAY WOULD BE A PENALTY AND POTENTIALLY EJECTION. THIS YEAR, WE GO BACK TO THE DANNY TREVATHAN PLAY LAST YEAR AGAINST ADAMS. HE WOULD BE JECTED ON THE SPOT. IT GOES DOWN TO THE POP WARNER LEVEL. THEY ARE TRYING TO EFFECT THE WAY THE GAME IS PLAYED RIGHT NOW. SOME PLAYERS, OBVIOUSLY MANY PLAYERS ARE VERY UNHAPPY ABOUT IT. RICHARD SHERMAN IS SAYING ANYBODY WHO DRIVES ON THE WHITE LINE IS GOING TO BE TICKETED. NOW IS THE TIME TO FIGURE OUT — IT’S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE DO THIS, BY THE WAY. THERE ARE GOING TO BE PLAYERS THROWN OUT OF THE GAME TO SET A TONE AND MESSAGE TO SEE WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN’T DO. >>MR. GOODELL SAID OUR GAME WILL BE IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE FOR IT. THE COACHES ARE ON BOARD. THE PLAYERS, ONCE THEY LEARN WHAT’S GOING ON HERE AND HOW IT’S IMPORTANT FOR THEM AND THEIR FUTURES, THEY WILL TOO. THE FOCUS WILL BE EDUCATIONAL IN THE NEXT COUPLE MONTHS. TRAINERS AND DOCTORS AND THE NFL WILL GO OUT TO THE NFL TEAMS, DURING THE OTAs. DURING THE SPRING PRACTICES, DURING TRAINING CAMPS AND SHOW THEM VIDEOS. SAYING THIS IS GOOD, THIS IS NOT GOOD. THERE WILL BE OFFICIALS DURING PRACTICES AND SCRIMMAGES. DURING THE PRESEASON, THIS WILL BE A TEST RUN. WHENEVER YOU HAVE A RADICAL CHANGE LIKE THIS, YOU EXPECT AUTOMATIC RESULTS. THERE ARE GOING TO BE INCREMENTAL CHANGES ON THE FIELD AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE GROWING PAINS.>>THIS RULE WILL EVOLVE OVER TIME. LET’S ALSO CONSIDER THAT THIS RULE, AS MUCH AS GOODELL SAID COACHES ARE BEHIND IT WAS DONE IN LARGE PART BY LAWYERS, DOCTORS, DESIGNED TO OVERSEE THE GAME. THEY HAD THEIR INPUT INTO THIS KNOWING THAT THIS IS AN INHERENTLY UNSAFE SPORT AND THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO CLEAN UP SOME OF THAT AND TO MAKE THAT A LITTLE BIT SAFER. IT’S GOING TO BE A MAJOR ADJUSTMENT. >>MAJOR ADJUSTMENT. >>FOR EVERYBODY. >>ONE OF THE ADJUSTMENTS WILL BE THE NUMBER OF FLAGS THAT WILL BE THROWN. WHEN REFEREES SEE THAT A PLAYER LOWERS HIS HEAD TO INITIATE CONTACT ON THE MOST MUNDANE OF PLAYS. FLAGS WILL GO UP INITIALLY UNTIL PLAYERS LEARN HOW TO IMPLEMENT THIS RULE. >>IT WILL BE THE OBJECT OF SCRUTINY GOING FORWARD. >>A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE NFL GAME. ONE QUICK THING ABOUT POINT AFTER ATTEMPTS ON A GAME WINNING TOUCHDOWN. THEY CHANGED THAT RULE. >>THE SAINTS, VIKINGS PLAYOFF GAME AS AN EXAMPLE. THEY HAD TO COME BACK ON TO THE FIELD TO KICK A MEANINGLESS EXTRA POINT THAT THEY DIDN’T DECIDE TO RUN. THAT PLAY HAS BEEN ABOLISHED. THEY NO LONGER HAVE TO ATTEMPT THE EXTRA POINT. >>MEANINGLESS TO A LOT OF PEOPLE EXCEPT THE GAMBLERS AND THE ODDS MAKERS. WENDI BACK TO YOU. >>YOU TALK ABOUT A LEARNING CURVE. AS THE LEAGUE ADJUSTS TO THE NEW RULE. YOU HEARD THE PLAYER ACTION IN PARTICULAR. RICHARD SHERMAN. HIS EXACT TWEET. IT’S RIDICULOUS, LIKE TELLING A DRIVER IF YOU TOUCH THE LANE LINES, YOU’RE GOING TO GET A TICKET. IT WILL LEAD TO MORE LOWER EXTREMITY INJURIES. PERHAPS. BUT NEVERTHELESS, THE RULE HAS BEEN VOTED ON AND ACCEPTED BY OWNERSHIP. I THINK IN SOME WAY I DON’T UNDERSTAND HOW THEY’LL LEGISLATE THIS, CERTAINLY INITIALLY ANYWAY. >>IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY DIFFICULT. I MEAN, THE OFFICIALS AND MATTHEW WAS IN THESE MEETINGS NEXT TO AL RIVER RUN. HE WAS SLOUCHING DOWN IN HIS CHAIR LIKE OH, MY GOSH, HOW ARE WE GOING TO CALL THIS? SAL REFERENCED THE MOST MUNDANE CASE. WE CAN TALK ABOUT RUNNING BACKS FINISH BEING RUNS, WAS IT THE RUNNING BACK THAT — LOOK AT EDDIE LACY HERE. HE’S GOING TO TRY TO FINISH A RUN. YOU TELL ME, GUYS. WHO IS THAT PENALTY ON? IS THAT ON DANTE OR EDDIE LACY?>>THAT’S ON EDDIE LACY.>>SO HERE’S WHAT MY POINT IS. IF THAT’S OFFSETTING PENALTY, THAT’S A DIME A DOZEN. THOSE ARE LITTERED THROUGH THE NFL.>>RIGHT.>>SO NOW SAY, 15 YARDS OFFSETTING PENALTIES. YOU’RE NOT CHANGING THE — >>NOT CHANGING THE BEHAVIOR. THEY’RE THROWING FLAGS, OFFSETTING PENALTIES, THEN THOSE TWO PLAYERS GET A FINE LATER IN THE WEEK. THAT IS NOT CHANGING BEHAVIOR IN MY OPINION. MY OPINION, I HAPPEN TO AGREE WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE NFLPA. IN THOSE MEETINGS, HE SAID LET’S ALL HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME. IF YOU’RE GOING TO FINE THAT PLAYER, FINE THAT POSITION COACH. WHAT HAPPENS IS THIS. PLAYERS USE THE TECHNIQUE THAT THEIR COACH IS ASKING THEM TO USE. SO FOREVER IN THE NFL, THIS IS HOW COACHES COACH. THEY SAY HEY, BUT YOUR RID DELL ON HIS. A HAT FOR A HAT. THAT’S THE VERBIAGE HOW WE TALK. IF YOUR COACH IS COOL WITH YOU — I’LL GIVE THE COACHES CREDIT. WHAT I’VE HEARD FROM EVERY COACH SO FAR IN THOSE MEETINGS AND AT THE OWNERS’ MEETINGS. THIS NEEDS TO CHANGE, GET THE HELMET OUT OF GAME, IT NEEDS TO BE A PIECE OF PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, NOT A WEAPON. ALL THE COACHES ARE SAYING THE RIGHT THINGS. IF YOU’RE A PLAYER AND MAKING A DECISION LIKE OH, I MIGHT GET FINED OR MY COACH MIED GRADE ME A CERTAIN WAY, YOU’RE GOING TO DO WHAT YOUR POSITION COACH ASKS YOU TO DO. THAT’S HOW THEY GOT TO GET THE CHANGE. >>THE IDEA SOUNDS GOOD. IF YOU’RE GOING TO FINE A POSITION COACH, THEY’RE GOING TO BE BROKE, NOT HAVE A JOB. >>THEY’RE GOING TO TELL THE GUY, NOT GOING TO PLAY YOU IF YOU KEEP DOING THAT. >>PART OF THE THING IS RICHARD SHERMAN’S COMMENT SAYING THIS IS RIDICULOUS AND OTHER PEOPLE OUTRAGED THAT THE GAME IS CHANGING. MAN, YOU’RE CHANGING FOOTBALL. THAT’S ACTUALLY THE POINT. ADAM SCHEFTER SAID IT. HE’S 100% RIGHT. THIS IS AS SIGNIFICANT A RULE CHANGE IN NFL HISTORY. MAYBE NEXT TO THE FORWARD PASS. THEY’RE TAKING COLLISIONS OUT OF THE GAME. PEOPLE CAN SAY, WELL, THAT’S TERRIBLE YOU’RE CHANGING THE GAME. >>ROGER GOODELL TALKING ABOUT THE GAME BEING IN A BETTER PLACE. YOU KNOW J? IT’S NOT GOING TO EXIST IN 20 YEARS IF YOU DON’T CHANGE. PARTICIPATION IS DOWN IN POP WARNER. PEOPLE ARE NO LONGER SIGNING UP TO PLAY. >>PARENTS ARE SAYING NO. MY CHILD WON’T PLAY THIS CONTACT TYPE OF SPORT. THAT’S TRUE.>>IT’S GOING TO BE FRUSTRATING AND DIFFICULT, I THINK, FOR THE FIRST FEW YEARS, ESPECIALLY FOR FANS AND THOSE THAT LOVE THE SPORT. A LITTLE BIT OF PAIN FOR SAFETY, DO WE WANT TO SEE A RYAN SHAZIER SITUATION AGAIN? NOBODY WANTS TO SEE THAT. >>THIS IS BACKED UP WITH SCIENCE, THOUGH. THAT’S WHY I BELIEVE IN IT AND I THINK IT’S DIFFERENT. THEY KNOW WHERE MOST CONCUSSIONS ARE CAUSED WHEN YOU INITIATE CONTACT WHERE? TOP OF YOUR HEAD. FRONT OF YOUR HELMET. THAT’S WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO GET AT. >>I’VE REACHED OUT TO A BUNCH OF PLAYERS. I SPOKE TO DANNY AMENDOLA TODAY. HE SAID THIS IS GOING TO SAVE THE GAME.>>IT WILL MAKE THE GAME SAFER ONCE WE GET OVER THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD WHICH INEVITABLY WE’LL HAVE. THAT’S ALWAYS THE CASE WITH CHANGE.>>>NEXT ON “NFL LIVE,” MEL KIPER WITH US. HI, QUARTERBACK.>>MEL KIPER JR. RELEASED HIS MOCK DRAFT TODAY. VERSION 3.0. HE’S GOT QUARTERBACKS GOING 1, 2, 3 WITH JOSH ALLEN NUMBER ONE TO THE CLEVELAND BROWNS. MEL HAS CLEVELAND TAKING SAQUON BARKLEY WITH THE FOURTH OVERALL PICK AND OKLAHOMA’S BAKER MAYFIELD ROUNDING OUT THE TOP FIVE. IT WOULD BE THE FIRST DRAFT IN THE COMMON DRAFT ERA THAT FOUR QUARTERBACKS WITHIN THE FIRST FIVE PICKS. THE MAN OF THE HOUR JOINS US HIMSELF. MEL KIPER. WE’LL START AT THE TOP. ASK WHY YOU ARE STAYING WITH JOSH ALLEN AT 1.>>HISTORICALLY GREAT ARM STRENGTH. HE’S GOT RARE TALENT. HE’S GOT THE WOW FACTOR. EVERYONE WANTS TO LOOK AT HIM. THE QUARTERBACKS WERE LOOKING AT HIM AND SAYING I WISH I HAD AN ARM LIKE THAT. THE ACCURACY CONTINUES TO IMPROVE. HE’S WORKING WITH JORDAN PALMER, GOTTEN BETTER IN THAT AREA. HE CARRIED THAT WYOMING TEAM ON HIS SHOULDERS. TWO GAMES THEY DIDN’T PLAY. ONE THEY LOST TO SAN JOSE STATE. HE’S A GREAT KID, HARD WORKER, SUPER COMPETITIVE. TO ME, YOU LOOK AT THE CLEVELAND BROWNS, THEY’RE AFFORDED THIS OPPORTUNITY, WENDI BECAUSE THEY HAVE TYROD TAYLOR. THEY HAD THE BRIDGE TO THE QUARTERBACK AND THAT’S PERFECT. THE SCENARIO IS IDEAL FOR JOSH ALLEN IN CLEVELAND.>>SO AT NUMBER 2, IT’S THE GIANTS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. YOU HAVE THEM OPTING FOR A QUARTERBACK. SAM DARNOLD OUT OF USC. TALK ABOUT DARNOLD AND WHY NOT SAQUON BARKLEY AT 2?>>DEPEND HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THIS COMING SEASON. THEY WANT TO GO FOR IT WITH ELI AND SAY WE NEED BARKLEY TO BE THE MISSING LINK OR DO WE PICK 2nd, WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE 22nd. NEXT YEAR WE HOPE TO BE IN THE 20s AS WELL. NOT EVEN GUARANTEED THEMSELVES ANYTHING ABOUT THE — THEY GAVE UP THREE STARTERS. IF YOU LOOK AT HOW MUCH THEY’RE PAYING FOR QUARTERBACKS, BRADFORD, IN ARIZONA, INJURY PLAGUED QUARTERBACK. WHAT COUSINS GOT. NEVER WON ANYTHING OF CONSEQUENCE. THE GIANTS FEEL, HEY, WE GOT THE SECOND PICK, WE EARNED IT BY BEING BAD THIS YEAR WHICH WAS A SURPRISE. TAKE THE QUARTERBACK WE FEEL CAN BE WITHIN THE NEXT TWO, THREE YEARS, THE HEIR APPARENT TO ELI MANNING. >>WHEN WE SEE BARKLEY COME OFF THE BOARD, IT’S TO CLEVELAND AT 4, MEL. WHY IS THAT?>>JOHN DORSEY LAST YEAR WAS WITH KANSAS CITY, KAREEM HUNT IN THE THIRD ROUND. DOES HE FEEL I CAN GET A GOOD RUNNING BACK IN THE THIRD ROUND. I CAN TRADE OFF OF THIS PICK. WE’LL TAKE HIM IN HE’S THERE. THEY WOULD LOOK TO MAYBE TRADE DOWN. THEY TAKE BARKLEY. THEY HAVE CARLOS HYDE, YOU BRING IN THE YOUNG QUARTERBACK. THINK ABOUT WHERE THEY’LL BE WITH JOSH ALLEN OR DARNOLD MOVING FORWARD WITH THE TALENT THEY’VE ALREADY ADDED OVER THE LAST MONTH OR SO. I THINK IF BARKLEY IS THERE, IT WOULD BE TOUGH TO PASS UP. NUMBER ONE PLAYER ON MY BOARD RIGHT NOW. >>ALL RIGHT, MEL. 29 DAYS AND COUNTING UNTIL THE DRAFT. WE’LL HEAR PLENTY MORE FROM YOU. THANK YOU.>>>LAMAR JACKSON MOVING UP IN MEL’S DRAFT. INTO THE FIRST ROUND AT NUMBER 15. AS WE SAY, HELLO FROM THE VESHZ VERIZON FILM ROOM. WORK WITH TIM, MATT. SEE WHAT WE DID THERE. TALK POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE NUMBERS. WE’LL GO THROUGH THE QUARTERBACKS, THE ONES WE BELIEVE TO BE THE MARQUIS NAMES. YOU GIVE ME THE POSITIVES AND THE NEGATIVES. MATT — WE’RE STARTING WITH — THIS ONE.>>YOU CAN START — I’LL START. >>TAKE JOSH ROSEN. I THINK OKAY LISTEN THE POSITIVES, PLAYING QUARTERBACK IN THE NFL IS A MENTAL GAME. THIS GUY HAS THE MENTAL MAKEUP. HIS OFFENSE IS MOST LIKE AN NFL OFFENSE. YOU SEE HIM AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE DOING THE THINGS THAT TOM BRADY DOES. ALEX SMITH DOES. COMING UP WITH A GREAT YEAR. A PERFECT GADGET LITTLE PLAY THAT’S SUCCESSFUL. HE WAS THE NUMBER ONE RATED PASSER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL LAST YEAR FOR A REASON. HE’S SMART AND HAS THE TALENT. THAT ARM TALENT, THE ACCURACY. IF I HAD TO GIVE YOU ONE WORD, IT’S ACCURACY. THE NEGATIVE FOR ME, NOT SO MUCH HIS SIZE BUT HIS DURABILITY. 6’4″, 218 POUNDS. HE HASN’T FINISHED AIR SEASON OF THE LAST COUPLE YEARS. HE’S HAD CONCUSSIONS, END OF THE YEAR WITH A SHOULDER INJURY. GOT TO TELL YOU, IN THE NFL IT’S A PHYSICAL GAME. WE NEED YOU TO PLAY 16 GAMES, HOPEFULLY MORE. >>THE PLUS AND THE MINUS, TIM? DID YOUR MOM DO THAT, MIX YOU UP?>>NO, JUST YOU.>>ALL RIGHT, FINE. JOSH ALLEN?>>JOSH ALLEN AND MEL ALLUDED TO IT. HE HAS AN ABSOLUTE CANNON FOR ON ARM. IT IS RARE ARM TALENT. WHETHER A JAY CUTLER OR MATTHEW STAFFORD, GUYS LIKE THAT, TAKE A LOOK AT THIS THROW AGAINST NEBRASKA. THIS IS THE WOW FACTOR. ACROSS HIS BODY ON A LINE FOR 50 YARDS. IT’S A FIRST. THE NEGATIVES ARE, HE’S NOT AN ACCURATE THROWER. HE MISSES STUFF A LOT. HERE’S A — WHETHER HE THINKS HE’S HOT OR NOT, HE AIRMAILS IT. IT’S NOT EVEN CLOSE. IN THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, IT’S NOT ABOUT HOW HARD YOU THROW, IT’S ABOUT MAKING SURE YOUR GUYS CAN CATCH IT. THIS IS A WIDE ROUTE. HE JUST MISSES IT.>>JUST A BIT OUTSIDE.>>I’VE HEARD PEOPLE TRY TO SAY, HIS RECEIVERS WEREN’T GREAT, HE HAD A LOT OF DROPS. THOSE ARE JUST MISSES. WHEN YOU MISS OPEN GUYS IN THE NFL, THAT’S A PROBLEM. >>GOT A DRIVER AND A 3 WOOD AND HAND WEDGE AND PITCHING WEDGE. >>NICE. IT DOESN’T GET ANY EASIER DO IT AT THE NEXT LEVEL. SAM DARNOLD, THE POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES. >>HE’S A GREAT ATHLETE. HIS ATHLETICISM AND INTANGIBLES JUMP OFF THE FILM FOR ME. I WATCH HIS FILMS, HIS HIGHLIGHT FILMS ARE MAZING. HE’S MAKING A GUY MISS. HE’S TOTALLY UNBLOCKED. MAKES ANOTHER GUY MISS. THAT GUY IS COVERED BY ONE, MAYBE TWO GUYS. TOUCHDOWN. HE DOES IT AS A PASSER. AS A THROWER. THEN YOU LOOK AT HIM AS A RUNNER, WE KNOW HE’S A GOOD HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYER. HE’S A GREAT ATHLETE. SO MUCH TO LOVE ABOUT HIM. WHEN YOU WATCH THE FULL GAME, YOU SEE TURNOVER AFTER TURNOVER. BUT THESE AREN’T EVEN CLOSE. LIKE THAT ONE IS A GIFT. THAT’S A PICK SIX IN A BIG GAME. THIS IS EARLIER IN THE SAME GAME. LIKE, THAT’S — COME ON, MAN. HE ACTUALLY HAD TWO HAND ON THE BALL. THAT’S GREAT. YOU GOT TO HAVE STRONGER LEFT HAND PRESSURE IF YOU’RE A QUARTERBACK. THE TURNOVERS, I DON’T LIKE IT, BUT I COULD SEE HIM GOING TO A TEAM LIKE CLEVELAND WITH A GUY LIKE TYROD TAYLOR WHO DOESN’T TURN THE BALL OVER, BECOMING MORE LIKE THAT GUY. LIKE PATRICK MAHOMES DID WITH ALEX SMITH. THERE’S A LOT OF EXCITEMENT FOR PATRICK MAHOMES. >>I HOPE FOR BOTH QUARTERBACKS — >>BAKER MAYFIELD, TIM?>>HE’S BEEN IDENTIFIED AND CHARACTERIZED WRONGLY THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS. HE IS A RHYTHM PASSER. THAT IS HIS STRENGTH. WHEN THINGS ARE ON TIME, IN RHYTHM AND GOOD PROTECTION HE’S ACCURATE, PLAYSth WITH GREAT ANTICIPATION, ALLOWS FOR RUN AFTER THE CATCH. HE SEES THINGS WELL, A GOOD DECISION-MAKER WHEN HE’S IN RHYTHM. THE THING HE DOESN’T DO GREAT IS HE’S NOT NECESSARILY A GREAT ESCAPE ARTIST. YOU SEE HIM ON RHYTHM, THAT’S PERFECT. BUT WHEN PLAYS BREAK DOWN AND YOU NEED TO CREATE, WHICH MOST GUYS HIS SIZE WOULD NEED TO DO, HE’S NOT RUSSELL WILSON, THE GUY THAT PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO COMPARE HIM TO. HE DOESN’T ESCAPE LIKE THAT. YOU KNOW WHO BAKER MAYFIELD, CLOSEST COMPARISON WAS AT THE COMBINE? IT’S NOT IMPRESSIVE. IT WAS ME.>>IDENTICAL. HILARIOUS. >>DON’T COMPARE HIM TO RUSSELL WILSON. HE DOESN’T ESCAPE AND CREATE OFFENSE LIKE RUSSELL WILSON DOES. BUT HE IS GOOD INSIDE THE POCKET. >>HE’S A STRONG, 11 ON 11 PLAYER. HE’S NOT GOING TO WOW YOU. THAT’S REAL FOOTBALL. HE’S A REAL FOOTBALL PLAYER. >>IF YOU HAD TO TAKE ONE TODAY AND ONE TOMORROW, IT WOULD BE –>>JOSH ROSEN. >>JOSH ROSEN BUT THE GUY INTRIGUING IS LAMAR JACKSON. >>MEL HAS HIM NOW IN THE FIRST ROUND.>>YOU CHOSE. I SAID I LIKE ROSEN. >>DID YOU CHOOSE ONE?>>ROSEN. >>I’M LISTENING. NEXT WITH ODELL BECKHAM JR., THE ASKING PRICE NOW ON THE TABLE. WE KNOW WHAT THEY’RE LOOKING N.>>3-13, NOBODY IS — >>>FOR NOW, THE OPERATIVE PHRASE. ODELL BECKHAM JR., ON THE GIANTS FOR NOW. NOW WE KNOW THE BIGGEST NEWS THIS THIS AFTERNOON, ACCORDING TO ADAM SCHEFTER, THE GIANTS ASKED FOR TWO FIRST-ROUND PICKS IN RETURN FOR OBJ. THIS IS ACCORDING TO A SOURCE TO SHEFTY. HE POINTS OUT IT DOESN’T MEAN THEY’LL GET IT OR EVEN TRADE HIM. BUT THE ASKING PRICE IS NOW ON THE TABLE. THAT’S A SIGNIFICANT DEPARTURE FROM SOME OF THE RHETORIC WE’VE HEARD PRIOR TO THIS OFF SEASON. WE LOOK AT THE MORE ATTRACTIVE WIDE RECEIVER TRADES THAT WOULD BE POTENTIALLY OUT THERE. WE’LL RANK THEM 5 TO 1 IF YOU WILL. >>NOT LIKELY.>>DOESN’T MEAN THEY’LL HAPPEN. ADAM SAID THE SAME THING ABOUT OBJ YOU NEVER KNOW. OBVIOUSLY MONEY AND — >>SO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT, WE SHOULD JUST TRADE FOR OBJ. YOU WANT TO TRADE FOR AGE, CONTRACT, ALL THAT KIND OF STUFF. >>I’M GLAD YOU ASKED, MATTHEW. MICHAEL THOMAS, YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT A 100-CATCH GUY, SCORES TOUCHDOWN, HE’S ON HIS ROOKIE DEAL. HE’S DUE TO MAKE AROUND 900 GRAND THIS OWE COMING SEASON. >>NOT ONLY LESS THAN ODELL BECKHAM. WHAT HE’LL MAKE FOR THE SEASON IS LESS THAN ANTONIO BROWN MAKES IN A GAME. >>THAT WOULD BE A GOOD TRADE. >>FOR EXAMPLE, A POSITIVE TRADE.>>WE RANKED THIS TOGETHER. BUT IF I COULD PUT HIM AT THE TOP, I PROBABLY WOULD PUT HIM AT THE TOP.>>4 — >>YOU HAD TO AGREE ON THESE THINGS?>>I DON’T KNOW HOW TO WORK THIS THING. PRESS IT AND GO AHEAD AND — >>ADAM THIELEN, HE’S LOCKED UP FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. $10 MILLION OVER THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. GUARANTEED MONEY. THAT IS A STEAL FOR SOMEONE WITH HIS PRODUCTION. THAT WOULD BE A STEAL. >>STEAL. >>THE VIKINGS ARE STRONG AT THE WIDE RECEIVER POSITION. >>QUITE STRONG. >>IT COULD HAPPEN. >>SPEND THEIR MONEY ELSEWHERE AS THEY LIKE TO DO. >>YES, THEY DO. >>A GUY THAT ACTUALLY MAKES A LOT OF MONEY. HE STILL IS WORTH IT IN MY OPINION. HOPKINS MAKING LESS MONEY PER YEAR THAN MIKE EVANS. THINK ABOUT THE PRODUCTION. ONE. BEST WIDE RECEIVERS IN THE GAME. A GUY WHO IS YOUNG, SIGNED THROUGH 2022. ONCE WE GET TO 2022, HE’S — WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT HIS CONTRACT AND SAY HE’S ONE OF THE MORE UNDERPAID GUYS AT THAT POINT. THINK OF THE PRODUCTION WITH THE QUARTERBACKS THAT HE PLAYS. >>I THINK IT’S IMPORTANT NOT — YOU LOOK AT MICHAEL THOMAS AND THE PRICE TAG IS APPEALING. IT DOESN’T MEAN EVERY PRICE TAG IS THAT WAY. WHICH IS THE POINT WITH DeANDRE HOPKINS, TIM?>>NO DOUBT. NUMBER 2, MOST TRADEABLE. HE’S IMPRESSIVE. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PRODUCTION.>>A.B. >>A YOUNG RECEIVER. HE’S AVERAGING $11 MILLION A YEAR. IT’S ACTUALLY A BARGAIN WHEN YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT THIS BOARD HERE.>>IT DID WORK. >>KEENAN ALLEN, A YOUNG RECEIVER THAT’S LOCKED UP. THE PRODUCTION YOU GET OUT OF THIS GUY. I THINK ALSO THE KIND OF TEAMMATE, NOT A LOT OF DRAMA. YOU COULD TRADE AND GET THIS GUY ON YOUR TEAM, THAT WOULD BE A STEAL. >>SHOWS YOU. THE CHARGERS DID A GOOD THING. TORN ACL, MISSED A SEASON. THEY SAID LET’S EXTEND THIS GUY. DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF LEVERAGE AS SOMEBODY AT THE END OF THEIR DEAL DOES. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT A GUY THAT CAN BE 100-CATCH GUY, 1300 YARDS, ABLE TO BE A RED ZONE TARGET AS WELL. THEY DID A GOOD THING LOCKING UP AND EXTENDING HIM. >>THERE ARE MARQUIS NAMES STILL ON THE BOARD. >>MAKING A LOT OF MONEY. >>ODELL BECKHAM JR. IS STILL ON THE BOARD. IS HE ONE?>>YOU WOULD THINK HE IS. THAT’S WHY WE DIDN’T INVITE YOU.>>I DIDN’T THINK IT WAS. >>JULIO JONES. >>BUT YOU SAY WAIT A MINUTE, HE’S MAKING A LOT OF MONEY. AT THIS POINT IN HIS DEAL, JULIO JONES IS NO MORE GUARANTEED MONEY. THE NEXT THREE YEARS, YOU’RE GIVING JULIO A BASICALLY 13 MILLION, 15 MILLION, 12 MILLION. THAT’S WHAT YOU’RE GETTING JULIO JONES FOR. THAT’S A BARGAIN FOR A GUY WHO IS MAYBE THE BEST RECEIVER IN THE GAME. >>YEAH. FOR SURE, ONE. BEST THREE RECEIVERS IN THE GAME. >>I FIGURED TO THE NEXT LEVEL. WHAT I WOULD DO IF I WAS GOING TO TRADE JULIO JONES, I WOULD TRADE FOR THE RIGHTS OF CALVIN JOHNSON WHO LIVES IN ATLANTA AND SAY — >>MATT RYAN, WE GOT A DEFENSE. WE CAN MAKE A RUN. >>THAT’S WHY WE HAVE — >>THERE’S NO — [ OVERLAPPING TALKING ]. >>SIX RECEIVERS WHEN YOU HAVE FIVE.>>LITTLE BIT MORE PREPARED. GOOD, SOUNDS BAD. WE’LL START WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS WHO HAVE THE TOP OVERALL PICK IN THE DRAFT FOR THE SECOND STRAIGHT YEAR. HEAD COACH HUE JACKSON DIDN’T RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT HIS TEAM WILL ULTIMATELY DECIDE WHO THEY’LL TAKE WITH THE TOP PICK UNTIL THE DAY OF THE DRAFT.>>WHEN DO YOU THINK AS AN ORGANIZATION WILL MAKE THAT DECISION ABOUT WHO YOU ARE GOING TO PICK AT NUMBER ONE?>>IT MIGHT BE THE DAY OF THE DRAFT, KNOWING HOW WE GO ABOUT IT. YOU KNOW, JOHN SAID IT. HE DOES. HE GOES DARK. SOMETIMES HARD FOR ME TO CATCH HIM, TOO. WE’LL SIT THERE AND REALLY HAVE A GREAT CONVERSATION AT SOME POINT IN TIME ABOUT WHAT WE THINK IS BEST. I THINK IT’S A LITTLE EARLY, BUT I KNOW WE WILL. I KNOW JOHN. HE’S GOING TO TAKE EVERY MINUTE TO MAKE SURE WE GET THIS RIGHT.>>WELL, THERE YOU GO. A LOT OF SMOKE SCREENS THESE DAYS. I’LL ASK YOU, DIANA, SOUNDS GOOD, SOUNDS BAD THAT CLEVELAND WOULD WAIT SO LATE?>>I THINK IT SOUNDS BAD. WE’VE HEARD FROM GMs AND OWNERS IN THE PAST SAYING THEY DO THEIR HOMEWORK, THEY WAIT UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE OR TWO DAYS BEFORE. BUT TO NOT KNOW WHEN YOU HAVE THE NUMBER ONE OVERALL THE DAY OF, THAT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DON’T HAVE A PLAN. EVEN THOUGH I THINK THE INTENTION IS TO SAY THEY’RE DOING ACHS HOMEWORK AS THEY CAN.>>YOU HAVE THE FIRST PICK. YOU’RE ALL GOOD HERE.>>WATCHING THE JETS IN THE SIX AND SEVEN.>>SO THEY COULD MOVE UP FROM THE 6th SPOT. FORMER UCLA HEAD COACH, JIM MORA RECRUITED JOSH ROSEN. HAD A FRONT ROW SEAT AS THE BRUINS QUARTERBACK. HE SAYS IF HE WERE ADVISING ROSEN, HE WOULD GO — HE WOULD GO WITH SAM DARNOLD. >>BECAUSE OF FIT. I WOULD TAKE SAM DARNOLD IF I WERE THE CLEVELAND BROWNS. I THINK THAT BLUE COLLAR, GRITTY ATTITUDE, I THINK HIS TEAMMATES WILL LOVE HIM. THE CITY WILL LOVE HIM. HE’LL SAY THE RIGHT THINS AND COME AND REPRESENT WELL. I THINK HE KIND OF REPRESENTS WHAT CLEVELAND IS. THEN IF I WAS ONE OF THE NEW YORK TEAMS, I’D TAKE JOSH LIKE THAT. I THINK THEY’RE BOTH GOING TO BE GREAT PROS.>>THERE WERE CERTAINLY CLARIFICATION THERE. HE’S GOING — SOUNDS GOOD, SOUNDS BAD. >>THAT’S WHY HE DIDN’T — LISTEN, WHEN ASKED ABOUT WHAT HE LIKES TO DO IN HIS FREEM TIME, SAM DARNOLD WILL SAY I LIKE GOING TO THE BEACH, DOING YOGA. THAT’S NOT GRITTY CLEVELAND. THEY HAVE THE DOG POUND, NOT THE DOWNWARD DOG.>>LIKE WHAT HE’S SAYING, DOES HE REALLY KNOW — >>NOT ONLY IS IT A SHOT AT JOSH ROSEN. IT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE ABOUT SAM DARNOLD, IT’S NOT ACCURATE. IT’S A SHOT AT NEW YORK TOO.>>ULTIMATELY WHAT IT IS, COACH THAT WAS FIRED SAYING, HEY THIS ISN’T THE BEST PROSPECT SINCE ANDREW LUCK. THERE’S A REASON CHIP KELLY IS UCLA’S HEAD COACH. IT’S PROTECTING HIMSELF. >>ON MY — HE GOT FIRED.>>I DON’T KNOW IF IT’S ME OR JUST TRUTHFUL. >>IF HE WANTS TO GO BACK TO COACHING COLLEGE, IMAGINE IF YOU WANT TO PLAY WHERE HE’S GOING TO COACH. I WOULD PULL THAT — >>TRYING TO GET JOSH ROSEN TO NEW YORK.>>THAT’S WHAT HE WAS DOING.>>THAT’S WHAT IT WAS.>>SPEAKING OF NEW YORK, HOW ABOUT THIS. THE GIANTS OWN THE NUMBER TWO OVERALL PICK IN THE DRAFT. ALTHOUGH THEY SEEM COMMITTED TO ELI MANNING RIGHT NOW, WE KNOW HE CANNOT PLAY FOREVER. HEAVY SPECULATION HAS THE GIANTS TAKING A QUARTERBACK EARLY IN NEXT MONTH’S DRAFT. ON THAT, HERE’S GM DAVE GETTLEMAN.>>YOU THINK ABOUT QUARTERBACKS, DOES HE MAKE EVERY — THE AREA CODE WE’RE PICKING IN, DOES HE MAKE EVERYBODY ELSE BETTER? IS HE THE GUY, CAN HE DO WHAT ELI DID? TWO MINUTES LEFT IN A SUPER BOWL AND HE TAKES THAT TEAM DOWN THE FIELD.>>YOU GOT TO BE ABLE TO PICTURE THAT. THIS IS THE SECOND PICK OF THE DRAFT. WE REALLY HAVE TO PICTURE THIS GUY PUTTING ON A GOLD JACKET.>>BEFORE YOU SAY ANYTHING, BEFORE IF IT SOUNDS GOOD — EVERYTHING HE SAYS SOUNDS GREAT WITH THAT ACCENT. >>GOOD QUARTERBACK.>>FROM BOSTON.>>MASSACHUSETTS. >>I CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF IT. HAVING SAID THAT — >>IT SOUNDS GOOD. THAT’S HIS QUARTERBACK. ELI MANNING. DAVE GETTLEMAN LOVES ELI MANNING AND HE’S GIVING HIM REASON. HE’S GOT A SUPER BOWL RING, AT LEAST ONE BECAUSE OF HIM. FOR THAT REASON, I KNOW PEOPLE ARE SAYING THE GIANTS ARE GOING TO GO QUARTERBACK. BUT WHEN I LISTEN TO DAVE GETTLEMAN, I SAY THEY ARE NOT GOING QUARTERBACK NUMBER TWO OVER ALL. THEY’RE TAKING BRADLEY CHUBB OR A RUNNING BACK.>>SAQUON BARKLEY. >>YEAH. >>I LOVE THAT.>>WE CAN PUT TOGETHER A RIP OF SOUND EFFECTS.>>WE PLAY THIS GAME, HE GETS THE AUTOMATIC SOUNDS GOOD. JUST BECAUSE OF THE WAY HE SAYS IT. COMING UP, QUARTERBACKS. CALAIS CAMPBELL WILL JOIN “NFL LIVE” AND TALK>>>WE GO INSIDE THE HEADLINES ON “NFL LIVE.” OUR FIRST FROM THE DALLAS MORNING JONES. JERRY JONES HOPES TO MEET WITH DEZ BRYANT BEFORE THE END OF NEXT WEEK. BECAUSE WE NEED TO TALK. HERE’S WHAT HEAD COACH JASON GARRETT HAD TO SAY WHEN ASKED ABOUT DEZ’S STATUS ON TUESDAY.>>DEZ HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING PLAYER FOR US FOR A LONG TIME. A BIG-TIME PLAYER. WE’RE NOT IN A SITUATION RIGHT NOW WHERE WE’RE AROUND OUR PLAYERS. THE OFF-SEASON PROGRAM WILL START IN THE MIDDLE OF APRIL. WE ANTICIPATE DEZ AND EVERYBODY ELSE BEING THERE AND GETTING GOING. ANY SPECULATION ABOUT HIS CONTRACT OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, REALLY, DOESN’T APPLY TO THE FOOTBALL PART OF DEZ BRYANT. HE’S BEEN A GREAT PLAYER. WE ANTICIPATE HAVING GREAT COMPETITION FROM THE RECEIVER POSITION AND DEZ BEING A PART OF IT.>>BACK WITH DIANA RUSSINI AND HASSELBECK. >>>THERE’S NO SECRET ON TWO THINGS. ONE, THAT DEZ BRYANT WANTS TO BE A DALLAS COWBOY. HE FEELS HE’S PART OF THAT ORGANIZATION. JERRY JONES FEELS THE SAME WAY ABOUT HIM. THE WORST KEPT SECRET IS THAT HIS PRODUCTION HAS GONE DOWN. THEY HAVE TO COME TO AN AGREEMENT WHEN THIS COMES TO MONEY. DEZ IS WELL AWARE THAT THIS MEETING IS ABOUT MONEY. THIS ISN’T ABOUT HIM POTENTIALLY GETTING CUT OR WAIVED BEFORE OR AFTER THE DRAFT. THIS IS FOR THEM TO COME TO THE MIDDLE AND WORK OUT A DEAL. >>THE MIDDLE LIKELY MEANS A PAY CUT, MATTHEW. SHOULD HE TAKE ONE?>>I DON’T THINK HE WANTS TO, BUT I THINK HE’LL HAVE TO. IT’S UNFORTUNATE AS PLAYERS THAT NEVER FEELS GOOD. THE FACT THAT JERRY JONES SAYS WE NEED TO TALK. THE DTR, THE DETERMINED THE RELATIONSHIP TALK. LET’S SEE WHAT YOU MEAN TO OUR TEAM. I AGREE WITH DIANNA, HE’S A VALUABLE MEMBER OF THEIR TEAM AND HAS BEEN. E. DOESN’T WANT TO GO AND JERRY JONES DOESN’T WANT TO LOSE HIM. FOR THAT REASON, I THINK THEY COULD COME TOGETHER AND FIND A WAY WITH INCENTIVES TO MAYBE SAY, OKAY, YOU CAN PROVE US WRONG. LIKE, YOU HAVE A — >>HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO. >>YOUR PRODUCTION HASN’T BEEN THERE. PROVE US WRONG AND YOU CAN GET YOUR MONEY BACK, MAYBE MORE SO. THE CONTRACT THE WAY IT IS, THE KIND OF OFFENSE THEY’RE RUNNING, SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. >>>THE NEXT HEADLINE FROM THE BOSTON HERALD READING ROBERT KRAFT REALIZES THE TEAM NEEDS TO DRAFT TOM BRADY QUARTERBACK INSURANCE. I SAID THIS ABOUT ELI MANNING. IT’S TRUE ABOUT TOM BRADY. HE’S AMAZING BUT CANNOT DO IT FOREVER. >>WHEN I SPOKE TO PEOPLE IN NEW ENGLAND, IT WAS A QUICK RESPONSE MUCH YEAH, OF COURSE WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING TO DRAFT A QUARTERBACK HERE. THE QUESTION THOUGH IS GOING TO BE, IS IT GOING TO BE ONE LESS THAT WILL WORK IN THEIR SYSTEM. ONE THAT’S GOOD ENOUGH TO BE THE BACKUP ROLE FOR TOM BRADY. THAT’S GOING TO BE THE CHALLENGE. IN TERMS OF THE HOMEWORK, THEY’RE DOING PLENTY OF IT RIGHT NOW TO SEE WHAT OPTIONS THEY HAVE. >>HOW HIGH SHOULD THEY GO?>>I DON’T KNOW. IF I’M A COLLEGE QUARTERBACK RIGHT NOW, I’M HOEING AND PRAYING THAT I GO TO THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. I WAS A SIXTH ROUND PICK. I WAS PICKED 187. DRAFTED TO THE PACKERS. THEY WERE COMING OFF THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE SUPER BOWL. BRETT FAVRE WON THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE MVP. THAT WAS THE PERFECT PLACE TO GO. DOUG PEDERSON WAS THE — IT WAS THE HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL OF BEING A YOUNG QUARTERBACK. FOR ME, I PLAYED 18 YEARS. UNLIKELY THAT YEAR, I WAS ON THE PRACTICE SQUAD THAT YEAR. IF I’M A YOUNG QUARTERBACK, I KNOW TIM IS HIGH ON MASON RUDOLPH FROM OKLAHOMA STATE. I’M A YOUNG QUARTERBACK THAT MAYBE ISN’T IN THE TOP MIX THAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT. IF I HAVE A CHANCE TO GET TO A TEAM LIKE THE PATRIOTS AND SPEND A YEAR OR TWO OR WHATEVER JUST LIKE GETTING SOME OF THAT TOM BRADY MAGIC, GO ON HIS DIET, WHATEVER YOU GOT TO DO. >>SEE HOW THAT WORKS OUT. >>WORKED OUT PRETTY WELL. >>THAT WOULD BE A GREAT THING FOR THAT YOUNG QUARTERBACK AND POTENTIALLY FOR THE PATRIOTS. >>THEY DON’T WANT TO SIT AND WAIT BUT 18 YEARS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT NUMBER YOU USED. >>I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT WAS TOM BRADY. YEAR ROUND, TOM BRADY. >>THAT’S A SET OF NUMBERS.>>GISELE SAYS HE’S GOT THE BEST FASHION TOO. >>>THE MIAMI HERALD, HOW IS THIS FOR CHANGE. GASKE SAYS THEY WON’T ACCEPT NONSENSE. WE’LL LOOK AT THE PLAYERS THAT PARTED WAYS WITH THE DOLPHINS. THEY TRADED WIDEOUT JARVIS LANDRY TO CLEVELAND AND A WHOLE BUNCH OF CUTS, INCLUDING THESE GUYS. JULIUS THOMAS, NDAMUKONG SUH. MIKE POUNCEY, WHY THIS MASS EXODUS IN MIAMI. >>WE REACHED OUT TO A SOURCE AND SENT HIM THE QUOTE CALLING THEM ALPHA DOGS. THEY’RE PROFESSIONALLY — THERE WERE A LOT OF STRONG PERSONALITIES THERE. THERE IS DEFINITELY A FEAR THAT IT WAS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL AND IT STARTED TO. WHEN NDAMUKONG SUH WAS INTERVIEWING DURING HIS FREE AGENCY TOUR, A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS IS WHAT HAPPENED IN MIAMI? SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS SHARED WITH ME THAT HE SAID IT WAS A MESS. IT WAS A MESS DOWN THERE AND THERE NEEDED TO BE CHANGE. HE’S NOW NO LONGER PART OF THEM. BUT IT SEEMS LIKE THEY’RE TAKING STEPS TOP FIXING THE CULTURE. >>THEY ARE TAKING STEPS TO FIX THE CULTURE THERE. THE ONLY PROBLEM IS WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. WE’VE SEEN THIS IN MIAMI A FEW TIMES. IS IT GOING TO WORK THIS TIME?>>IN MIAMI, A LOT OF DISTRACTIONS. PEOPLE WANT TO GO THERE FOR A REASON. IT’S NOT A PLACE THAT’S EASY TO FOCUS ON FOOTBALL. YOUNG PLAYERS, LOT OF MONEY. EVEN VETERAN PLAYERS. GO BACK TO ADAM GASE. IF YOU LOOKED AT HIS COACHING RESUME, WHERE DOES HE HAVE THAT ALPHA DOG, THAT LEADERSHIP IN THE LOCKER ROOM? FOR ME, I LOOK AT THE DENVER BRONCOS. WHEN HE WAS WITH THE BRONCOS, THE FIRST GUY I THINK OF IS PEYTON MANNING. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THE QUARTERBACK. YOU HAVE GUYS IN THE LOCKER ROOM IN LOCK STEP WITH THE MESSAGE OF THE HEAD COACH. THAT’S WHAT HE’S LOOKING FOR. HE’S LOOKING FOR HOW MANY GUYS CAN I GET TO PULL THE REST OF THE TEAM WITH US IN THAT SAME DIRECTION THAT I’M SPEAKING AS THE HEAD COACH. >>YOU HAVE TO HAVE MORE ON YOUR TEAM THAN NOT. MORE WILLING TO HEAR YOUR MESSAGE THAN NOT I WOULD THINK. >>AND LEADERSHIP. USUALLY LEADERSHIP COMES FROM BEING EXCELLENT AT YOUR JOB AND THEN BEING A HARD WORKER AND THEN BEING SOMEONE ABLE TO — NOT YOUR OWN MESSAGE. IT’S THE MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD COACH AND YOU TAKE IT TO THE TEAM. >>DTR IN MIAMI AS WELL.>>I LOVE THAT.>>I’M USING THAT. I’M APPLYING THAT. >>WHEN YOU’RE HAVING THAT TALK.>>NOT ALWAYS. >>BREAKING NEWS THIS AFTERNOON ON “NFL LIVE” ACCORDING TO ADAM SCHEFTER. THE BROWNS TRADED CODY KESSLER TO THE JAGUARS FOR A CONDITIONAL LATE ROUND 2019 DRAFT PICK. THE WHEELING AND DEALING PRIOR TO THE DRAFT, WHICH IS 29 DAYS AWAY CONTINUES IN THE LATEST. >>THEY ALSO TRADED DeSHAWN KEIZER TO GREEN BAY. NEW GM EQUALS NEW PLAYERS. THEY MIGHT GET PLAYERS SIMILAR TO THE PREVIOUS PLAYERS. BUT THEY’RE NOT MY PLAYERS. SOMEBODY ELSE DRAFTED YOU. YOU’RE NOT MY GUY. THAT’S THE CASE, CODY KESSLER, IT WASN’T LONG AGO THAT HUE JACKSON IS THIS IS MY GUY. TRUST ME ON THIS. I KNOW HE CAN PLAY. BUT THERE’S A NEW BOSS IN TOWN.>>THEN IT WAS KIZER’S GUY. THE CLEARINGHOUSE IS THEY’RE MAKING ROOM. >>THE CASE IN CLEVELAND FOR QUARTERBACKS FOR MANY, MANY MOONS. >>THEY’RE GOING TO GET IT STRAIGHTENED OUT. >>JOHN DORSEY.>>JACKSONVILLE, CALAIS CAMPBELL IS WITH US. HE’S JOINING US FROM>>SACKSONVILLE, THEY’RE GOING NOW, BOY.>>>IT MAY BE JACKSONVILLE, BUT NOW IT’S SACKSONVILLE. WE WELCOME IN THE MAYOR, CALAIS CAMPBELL. IT’S HARD TO BELIEVE, BUT WE’RE TWO MONTHS REMOVED FROM THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP. SOME TIME HAS PASSED. WITH THAT, CAN YOU APPRECIATE WHAT YOUR TEAM ACCOMPLISHED IN 2017?>>OH, YEAH. YOU KNOW, WE PUT TOGETHER SOME GOOD FOOTBALL. YOU KNOW, WE HAD A LOT OF GOOD GAMES, GOT CLOSE. FEELS LIKE WE SHOULD HAVE WON IT. IT’S A GOOD STEPPINGSTONE FOR US. ALL THE GOOD MOVES. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR. >>WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT IN A MINUTE. THE BIG R NEWS TODAY IS ODELL BECKHAM JR.’S NAME IS IN THE HEADLINES AS A TRADE POSSIBILITY WHICH IS HARD TO GET USED TO IN A LOT OF WAYS. WHEN YOU HEAR BECKHAM AND TRADE IN THE SAME SENTENCE, WHAT IS YOUR REACTION?>>HE’S I GAME CHANGER. I’D LOVE TO HAVE HIM.>>LOOK AT THAT SMILE. >>OUR OFFENSE DOES A GOOD JOB. I KNOWWEAR WE’RE WEIGHING OPTIONS. IT’S POSSIBLE. WE GOT A CHANCE. >>THAT SMILE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.>>>THE RAMS DEFENSE LOOKS PRETTY DOORN GOOD WITH THE ADDITION OF NDAMUKONG SUH. BUT I WANT YOU TO MAKE THE ARGUMENT THAT YOUR DEFENSE IS THE TOP IN THE LEAGUE. >>IT’S FUNNY. WE HAD FOUR PLAYERS GET EIGHT SACKS LAST YEAR. IT’S RARE. YOU DON’T SEE THAT TOO OFTEN. THIS YEAR, WE MIGHT HAVE — I’M JUST SPEAKING TOWARDS — >>THAT WILL MAKE THE CASE. LOOK, WORK WITH US ON THIS. I THINK THIS IS INTERESTING. WE’RE 29 DAYS AWAY FROM THE NFL DRAFT, OKAY? SO WE THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO BRING BACK YOUR OLD SCOUTING REPORT. ALL RIGHT?>>OKAY. >>HERE ARE JUST A FEW THINGS FROM WHAT SCOUTS HAD TO SAY. THEY WERE FOCUSED IN THIS INSTANCE ON YOUR WEAKNESSES. ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?>>I’M READY. >>THIN FRAMED AND BUILT LIKE A BASKETBALL PLAYER. SHOWED HE CAN BE ELIMINATED AGAINST BETTER COMPETITION, IS NOT AS PHYSICALLY DOMINANT AS HE SHOULD BE. LACKS FUNCTIONAL UPPER BODY STRENGTH. NOT A FINISHER. I’M GLAD I DIDN’T WRITE THAT. SAFE TO SAY THEY GOT IT WRONG. WHAT DO YOU THINK NOW THAT YOU READ THAT GIVEN WHAT’S TRANSPIRED SINCE?>>YOU KNOW, I USED TO LET THAT BOTHER ME A LITTLE BIT. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I KNEW WHAT I CAN DO. I WAS EAGER FOR OPPORTUNITY. ARIZONA GAVE IT TO ME. I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF IT. >>YOU KNOW, AT ONE POINT THEY CALLED YOU A BASKETBALL PLAYER. AS IF THAT WERE A NEGATIVE. A BASKETBALL PLAYER IN LIEU OF FOOTBALL. DID YOU THINK ABOUT A CAREER AT THE NEXT LEVEL IN BASKETBALL?>>OH, I ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY FOOTBALL. BASKETBALL, I ENJOYED DOING, I WAS GOOD AT IT, BUT I ALWAYS WANTED TO PLAY FOOTBALL SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY. BASKETBALL HELPED ME WITH FOOTBALL. >>YOU KNOW WHAT, WE KNOW THE TEAM ALSO RE-SIGNED — LET’S GO BACK TO FOOTBALL. THEY RE-SIGNED BLAKE BORTLES IN THE OFF-SEASON. ASSUING YOU BELIEVE HE IS, WHY IS HE THE RIGHT GUY TO LEAD THIS TEAM?>>YOU KNOW, HE’S SHOWN A LOT OF ABILITY TO LEAD IN THE LOCKER ROOM, HE’S EARNED THE RESPECT OF EVERYBODY IN THERE. YOU SEE HIM AT PRACTICE, HE’S COMPETING 100 MILES AN HOUR. HE’S STUDYING STUFF. HE’S DOING ALL THE RIGHT THINGS THAT MAKES A FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK. >>YOUR TEAM TRADED FOR CODY KESSLER TODAY. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU?>>IT’S GOOD. GOOD TO HAVE THE PIECES. WHO WILL BE IN THE FOX HOLE WITH YOU. IT’S NICE TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHO WILL BE OUT THERE GOING TO WAR WITH YOU. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHOEVER IS IN THERE, BAITING FOR — TRYING TO HELP US WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP THIS YEAR. >>KA LAIS, THE EX PECK TAKES ARE HIGHER. HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE HIGHER EXPECTATIONS LOOKING TOWARD 2018. >>YOU GOT TO EMBRACE THEM. WE GOT GOOD MATCHUPS, ESPECIALLY AT HOME. WE GOT TO PLAY A TOUGHER SCHEDULE. IT GIVES US A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR HOME GLIEFRNLTS WE DON’T THINK YOU’RE THIN-FRAMED OR ELIMINATED AGAINST COMPETITION. ENJOY THE REST OF THE OFF-SEASON. >>>THE POST FREE AGENCY POWER RANKINGS HAVE BEEN UNVEILED. THINGS CHANGE.>>>COMING UP, HOW LeBRON JAMES WENT FROM BASKETBALL PRODIGY TO GAME CHANGER IN FRONT OF OUR EYES. OVER UNDERS IN BASEBALL WITH MARK TEIXEIRA. SEE YOU ON SPORT CENTER.>>>OPENING DAY IS UPON US. BACK HERE ON THE NFL, CONTINUED REACTION TO RULE CHANGES. THIS FROM PACKERS PRESIDENT MARK MURPHY, WHO TWEETED HE SAID A COMPETITION COMMITTEE MEMBER SOUNDS WARNING ON FUTURE OF KICKOFF. IF YOU DO NOT MAKE CHANGES TO MAKE IT SAFER, WE’RE GOING TO DO AWAY WITH IT. IT’S THAT SERIOUS. D.J. SWEARINGER, WE CAN STOP WITH THE SUGARCOATING AND GET THE FLAGS OUT. THIS OBVIOUSLY ISN’T FOOTBALL ANYMORE. THE GAME WE LOVE IS GETTING DESTROYED BECAUSE OF WHAT? WHATEVER YOUR ANSWER IS, THIS IS MY REPLY. THIS IS WHAT WE SIGNED UP FOR. PERIOD. WELL, THAT MIGHT BE SO, BUT I’M AFRAID HE’LL BE IN THE MINORITY ON THIS. THE GAME IS CHANGING. ADAM SCHEFTER TWEETED THAT THE GAME IS BEING OVERHAULED. HE TOO IS CORRECT. IT’S GOT TO GET SAFER. AT LEAST THAT’S WHAT THE LEAGUE HAS DECIDED. >>DJ SWEARINGER, BRAINS ARE GETTING DESTROYED. WHAT IT’S DOING IS, IT’S KILLING FOOTBALL. FOOTBALL WILL BE DONE — MARK MURPHY SAYS ON THE KICKOFF THING, IF SOMETHING DOESN’T CHANGE, THEN THAT’S GOING TO GO AWAY. IF SOMETHING DOESN’T CHANGE IN FOOTBALL, THEN FOOTBALL IS GOING TO GO AWAY. IT’S JUST A REALITY OF THE — THAT’S WHY THEY ARE DOING THIS. SO FOR PLAYERS TO BE UPSET ABOUT THIS, THEY’RE TRYING TO PROTECT YOU. >>THEY’RE ALLOWED TO BE UPSET AT FIRST. I WAS UPSET WHEN I FIRST HEARD T I LOOKED AT THE DATA AND THE VIDEOS AND THE SCIENCE. THEY USE TECHNOLOGY TO SHOW GUYS. GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. GUYS ARE WEARING THE OLD HELMETS. THE OLD HELMETS THAT TEST POORLY, GUYS ARE STILL WEARING THOSE HELMETS. WHY? BECAUSE THEY’RE UNWILLING TO CHANGE. I WAS ONE OF THE LAST GUYS TO CHANGE. IT’S GOING TO BE HARD FOR GUYS TO CHANGE UNTIL YOU SHOW THEM. YOU CAN KIND OF LIKE EDUCATE THEM ON THE DATA THEY’VE COLLECTED. >>I FEEL SLIGHTLY — I’M SORRY, HYPOCRITICAL IN WHAT IS HE SAYING. WHEN I READ THE RULE CHANGE, IT WAS MY INITIAL REACTION. THERE’S AN IMPLIED RISK HERE. CAN WE REALLY DO THIS? BUT WHEN YOU DO LOOK AT THE DATA AND THE NUMBERS AND THE FOLKS NOT SIGNING UP FOR POP WARNER AND THE MOMS SAYING, MY KIDS CAN’T PLAY FOOTBALL, IT’S GOING TO HAVE TO CHANGE. >>HE’S NOT THINKING ABOUT IT, BUT THE TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT. I DON’T THINK HE’S THINKING ABOUT THAT. IT’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF GRIPE INITIALLY WHEN THIS STARTS. BECAUSE THERE ARE GOING TO BE TONS OF FLAGS THROWN. BUT IN THE END, WHEN THE COACHES EVEN PERHAPS IMPROVE SOME OF THE COACHING TECHNIQUES IN PRACTICE, IT DOESN’T HAPPEN, WE’RE TALKING SAFETY, OIF OR DEATH IN SITUATIONS. >>RULES HAVE BEEN CHANGED OVER TIME AND THE GAME HAS CHANGED AND EVOLVED OVER TIME. USED TO BE ABLE TO CUT ON KICKOFF RETURNS. THINK ABOUT THAT. USED TO BE ABLE TO CUT BLOCK THEM. LONNIE LOT COULD HEAD HUNT AND IT WAS APPLAUDED AND MADE VIDEOS TO CELEBRATE IT: IT’S STILL FOOTBALL. >>THERE WAS A TIME WHEN GUYS WERE SMOKING CIGARETTES IN THE LOCKER ROOM. MY PRO DAY. NOT THAT LONG AGO.>>LOOK WHAT WE’VE LEARNED. TWO-A-DAYS. TRAINING CAMP IT WAS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS IF WE GAVE YOU A WATER BREAK. SCIENCE TOLD US THERE’S A SMARTER WAY TO COMPETE.

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