Jul 17

Jimmy Garoppolo Takes Charge, Richard Sherman Steps In: 10 Thoughts on the 49ers

In the second half of last season, McVay used three wide receivers and one back nearly 90 percent of the time. He often aligned those receivers tight to the formation, where they were threats to run-block and had enough field around them to go left or right after the snap. That two-way go, mixed with outside zone runs, make more play-design possibilities available. The Rams capitalized with a precise timing-and-rhythm aerial attack and clever backfield passing game that often leveraged running back Todd Gurley off the wide receivers’ routes.

The opportunity to interview every quarterback picked in the first round of the NFL draft, all together at once, doesn’t come often. As the five first-round passers walked into the Sports Illustrated suite at the Beverly Hilton during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, it dawned on me: This may never happen again. Try to imagine a scenario where Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson are together again. They’ll go to their teams, live and train in different cities in the offseason, and most likely never be in a room with more than three members of this elite group.

So here was my only shot to get these future faces of the NFL—five men who shaped their college football programs and were arguably the largest individual revenue drivers at their respective schools—to talk about amateurism, the NCAA, and the possibility of paying players, a topic near and dear to my heart. I popped the question halfway through the half-hour sitdown, and Josh Allen almost fell out of his seat. He playfully leaned on Sam Darnold, away from Josh Rosen. Darnold leaned on Baker Mayfield. They all pointed at Rosen, the man with the most outspoken opinions on amateurism. Rosen, sadly, said it wasn’t the right time to get into it.

Favre is from Gulfport, Miss. and went to college at Southern Mississippi and is probably the most popular NFL player from the state, giving him a prominent voice in the community.

Hyde-Smith is the Republican candidate in the special election for the United States Senate seat in Mississippi that she was appointed to in April.

The election will take place Nov. 6, and Hyde-Smith will be going against fellow Republican Chris McDaniel and Democratic candidate Mike Espy.

Last season, Washington’s run defense ranked dead last in the NFL. But the defensive line might be the strongest position group on the roster, anchored by two Alabama defensive tackles selected in the first round in back-to-back years. Pairing Jonathan Allen, returning this year from his season-ending foot injury, with Daron Payne and fifth-round pick Tim Settle, should strengthen the front and open up opportunities for Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith off the edge.

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