Derwin James, SS, Florida State. The Packers drafted Josh Jones in the second round in 2017 to take over for Morgan Burnett after the latter left in free agency, but Jones didn’t put enough on tape to just be handed the job this offseason. Considering the great value the Packers get with James here, relegating Jones to a reserve role long term makes sense. James should be a great fit as an in-the-box safety to complement Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in the Packers’ defensive backfield.
After a scorching start, Hunt hasn’t been as effective in recent games. Injuries along the offensive line haven’t helped, but Hunt ran the ball just nine times in a Week 9 loss to Dallas, and that number must be increased.
One thing in the Chiefs’ favor is their remaining schedule, which includes only one team that currently has a winning record. Four of their opponents in their first nine games had winning records.
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville. It’s possible the Cardinals could have their QB of the future locked up before the draft, but if they decline to hand a big-money contract to someone in free agency, they should be positioned to grab someone in the second-tier of signal-callers this year after just missing out on the top three names in the last draft. Jackson seems to be a polarizing prospect that could come off the board in a wide rage of possibilities, but if no one ahead of this spot falls in love with the former Heisman winner, I think this could be his floor.
HBO Real Sports correspondent Jon Frankel in 2012 produced an up-close-and-extremely personal documentary with former NFL and Alabama running back/battering ram Kevin Turner, who was then 42 and two years into dying the hard way — steadily and inexorably from ALS. ESPN aired the doc as part of its “30 for 30” series.
Frankel and Turner, who died last year, remained close. Tuesday at 10 p.m. on HBO, Frankel’s down-to-the-end-and-a-bit-beyond post-mortem appears. Powerful stuff.
We could use a high-ranking, sports-minded politician to protect his sports-minded constituents from all forms of unholy money-grabs, no?
36. Geno Smith, quarterback, Jets (30): He managed to get through training camp and the preseason without getting his jaw broken by a teammate, so Smith already is ahead of the game this year. Smith, who won the battle with Bryce Petty to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick, also has a hate-hate relationship with Jets fans that’s always entertaining.
37. Laremy Tunsil, guard, Dolphins (NR): Normally, a rookie guard — the sport’s most faceless position — would not be in the conversation when it comes to interesting personalities. But after Tunsil’s amazing, can’t-look-away plummet on draft night (who can forget the sight of him in a gas-mask bong?), leaving the former Ole Miss star out of the conversation is unthinkable.