Sam Darnold hopped on the bus at 6:45 a.m. Friday and headed from his hotel to the Jets’ training facility, eager to start his NFL career.
Darnold knows he won’t get it all done at once this weekend, at the Jets’ rookie minicamp. He knows this is a process for him, going from third overall draft pick to potential franchise quarterback savior for this success-starved franchise.
But as Darnold approaches rookie minicamp and its three practices from Friday through Sunday there are a couple things in particular he wants to accomplish.
Kylie Fitts, OLB, Utah: The Broncos can continue the Ute movement they had with Bolles to get a pass rusher to match that pass protector. Fitts would be a good complement to Miller with his versatility, speed, quickness and ranginess. He is good at pursuing QBs, both inside and outside the pocket. Fitts is not the best power defender, but he could help as a situational sack artist at first before getting a little stronger in the NFL.The agility and athleticism stand out for a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
Elway needs to come through with a home-run class with starting-caliber talent over several rounds, not just the first. There’s transition in the division with the Chiefs breaking in a new QB, the Raiders bringing back Jon Gruden and the Chargers surging. The Broncos need to accept the fact that they need to be more of a rebuilder than a reloader, keeping it in mind through all five rounds.
Appearing on 93.7 the Fan Pittsburgh on Friday, Roethlisberger was pointed when asked about last week’s selection of Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph with the 76th overall pick.
Veteran linebacker Akeem Ayers, who finished the 2017 season with the Giants, has been suspended for the first four weeks of the season, a league source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The reason for the suspension is not yet known.
Ayers finished out the 2016 season with 18 tackles, two sacks, and one interception for the Colts. He graded out as the No. 54 edge defender in the NFL out of 110 qualified players in that season, per Pro Football Focus’ metrics. Last year, he dressed for six games for the G-Men and registered one tackle.
It’s not going to be something that separates the locker room, he said Friday on the first day of rookie minicamp. We’re not going to be fighting over who’s the man in the locker room. I’m a team-oriented guy and I just want to win.