ESPN gives Raiders linebackers runner-up as worst LB core in NFL More In case any average fan wasn’t aware of how dire the situation is for the Raiders at linebacker, ESPN came out and ranked Oakland’s core as the second-worst in the NFL, tied with the Rams and just behind the Colts as the most atrocious unit in football. After beginning the season with a poor defensive coordinator in regards to scheming, general manager Reggie McKenzie asked former DC Ken Norton Jr. to win games with a high-hipped, run-stopping LB in Marquel Lee as the team’s starter in the middle.
Phillips has a similar profile to former first-round pick Muhammad Wilkerson (7.80), making him a solid second-round choice for Detroit if he’s still available. Another high-end athlete, Alabama’s Da’Shawn Hand (8.81), could rejoin his former teammate A’Shawn Robinson (3.45) to add some speed to Detroit’s interior rush.
Last month, the Lions signed nose tackle Sylvester Williams (4.86 RAS) to anchor their line, but could easily consider another a longer-term solution at that spot on the third day of the draft.
Another source hedged optimism with uncertainty as well, saying, I believe he’s going to be there. However, having said that, we’re dealing with a human being. Things can change. But I do believe he will be playing.
Michael Giardi of NBC Sports Boston later reported he spoke to two of Brady’s teammates, who noted they’ve had talks with the quarterback during the offseason and that Brady never indicated he wasn’t playing/retiring.
Schefter’s report regarding Brady means there is a lack of clarity surrounding two of New England’s best players, as tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to commit to playing in 2018 as well.
Per Schefter, part of Brady’s decision to skip team activities is so he can spend more time working with personal trainer Alex Guerrero.
Although Brady is approaching 41 years of age, he is coming off a highly productive season that saw him net his third career NFL MVP award.
He completed 66.3 percent of his passes for 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Brady also threw for 505 yards and three touchdowns in a Super Bowl LII loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.