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Brock Bowers shares what it was like to play under Todd Monken at Georgia, how his competitive household manifested growing up, which NFL players he likes watching and more.
Mike Florio and Chris Simms are joined by NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent to discuss the hip-drop tackle, the tush push and more.

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  • NYG Running Back #26
    “My understanding is, the team remains open to multiple options, including memorializing Barkley’s legacy as a Giant, pending an agreement on mutual terms,” Anderson added. We frankly have no idea what that last bit means, but it sounds like perhaps a multi-year deal is within the range of outcomes. The Giants aren’t going to open up the bank vault for a 27-year-old running back, but they may still value Barkley more than any other team.
  • PIT Running Back #22
    “We have until the first week in May to make a decision,” Khan said. “We have a new offensive coordinator, so that’s gonna play into the decision-making process. ... We’ve been engaging frequently — coach (Mike) Tomlin and (OC Arthur Smith) and I — we’ve kind of been talking about the offense and what the vision is for it. And we think very highly of Najee and we’ll make the decision before May 2.” That’s all good and well, but if you were planning to exercise a player’s option, you would normally just say so. We still wouldn’t be surprised if Harris’ $6.79 million option is eventually called in, but that would be a clear overpay based on his first three years of production.
  • KC Defensive Tackle #95
    Per Dianna Russini, Jones is still seeking an annual $30 million, which would put him behind Aaron Donald and Nick Bosa but make him the league’s third highest paid defender. Unlike last year, negotiations seem to be in a good place, with GM Brett Veach publicly declaring he wants to sign Jones long-term. The Chiefs have spent the week clearing cap space. This seems like it is going to get done.
  • BAL Running Back #27
    Dobbins has been bit hard by the injury bug as of late, suffering a torn ACL that forced him to miss all of 2021, and a torn Achilles that limited him to just one game in 2023. One of the league’s most efficient runners when healthy, Dobbins has rushed for 234-1347-12 in 24 career games and has averaged a solid 5.8 YPC. The former second-round pick will hope to secure another starting opportunity via free agency, as it seems unlikely the Ravens will bring him back at this point.
  • PIT Quarterback #8
    The more the Steelers reiterate their faith in a third-year quarterback who has thrown for 4474-13-13 in 25 career games, the funnier it gets. As if that’s not enough, this is the same Kenny Pickett who was sidelined for the final month of the season, and ultimately benched in favor of Mason Rudolph for the Steelers Wild Card playoff game against the Bills. It’s been reported that there may be some “internal division” amongst the Steelers over Pickett and Rudolph. Rudolph is set to hit free agency, but the team has already been vocal on their desire to bring him back. Whether or not the Steelers are aware of their sad quarterback situation is anyone’s guess, but for now, they’re putting on a brave face ahead of free agency and the draft.
  • DET Wide Receiver #14
    The conversation between the Lions’ brass and ARSB’s representatives is expected to go down at some point during the NFL Scouting Combine. A former fourth-round pick of the 2021 draft class, St. Brown has more than out-played his rookie contract and is set to be a free agent after next season. St. Brown has caught 315 passes for 3,588 yards and 21 touchdowns through three seasons, averaging more than 100 receptions per year. One of the league’s premier producers, the Lions would be wise to get St. Brown under contract early in the offseason as several other key players will soon be due extensions in the near future.
  • FA Tight End
    The consensus TE1 of this year’s draft class, fans, and the league have been waiting for nearly two years for Bowers to enter the NFL Draft. Bowers totaled 175 receptions for 2,538 yards and 26 touchdowns during his college career while averaging an impressive 14.5 YPR. While it would be disappointing to see him skip the combine workout, we would still get a chance to see him test at Georgia’s pro day, which is scheduled for March 13th.
  • PHI Quarterback #1
    Vincent appears to be all-in on the “tush push,” saying that there’s no need to “punish a team that strategically does it well” while also adding the Eagles’ success rate on the play is “just amazing.” This should come as good news to Jalen Hurts and his fantasy managers. Hurts has totaled 28 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons, with 17 of those scores coming from just one yard out. The push to ban the play has largely come from gripes over how successful it is, but as Vincent points out, a high success rate on a play that’s within the rules isn’t a reason to ban a play in the eyes of the NFL Competition Committee. Vincent noted that the committee didn’t even discuss the play when they met at this year’s Scouting Combine.
  • MIA Quarterback #1
    According to Wolfe, Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said the team is “hopeful to get something done before training camp” with Tagovailoa, who is in line for a big extension this offseason. Heading into a contract year, Tagovailoa now has a Pro Bowl season and playoff game under his belt from 2023. In four seasons, the Dolphins have emphasized their commitment to him as their franchise quarterback, especially with his development under head coach Mike McDaniel over the last two. Tagovailoa posted a league-high 8.9 yards per attempt in 2022 and a league-high 4,624 total passing yards in 2023. Wolfe emphasized that a deal expected to be as large as Tagovailoa’s likely won’t get done before free agency, but that the Dolphins aim to have it done before the season.
  • JAX Running Back #1
    “I would consider knocking a few of those reps down to keep him healthy over the course of the year,” Pederson told NBC Sports’ Matthew Berry at the NFL Combine. Pederson acknowledged RB Tank Bigsby’s rookie season struggles but said the team remained committed to getting him more playing time in 2024. Etienne’s 325 touches in 2023 ranked as the third most among all NFL running backs. Only Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, and Rachaad White had more rushing attempts than Etienne last season. Etienne ran the fourth most pass routes among running backs in 2023. A slightly scaled back role shouldn’t hurt his fantasy prospects too much next season.

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NBC Sports Podcasts

2024 Scouting Combine
Iowa cornerback Cooper DeJean joins PFT Live to discuss his film preparation, his “freaky” athleticism and his explosive ability as a punt returner heading into the 2024 NFL Draft.
Standout Alabama CB Terrion Arnold joins PFT to share why his confidence comes from family, his expectations for the Scouting Combine and what aspects of his game he’s looking to improve.
Mike Florio and Chris Simms are joined by Texas TE Ja’Tavion Sanders, who breaks down his journey to playing tight end, and what he has to offer teams at the NFL level.
Mike Florio and Chris Simms are joined by Minnesota safety Tyler Nubin, who highlights his first exposure to football, what traits he adds to the draft, and NFL players he admires.
Mike Florio and Chris Simms are joined by NFL Executive VP of Football Operations Troy Vincent to discuss why the kickoff is a “dead ceremonial play,” the hip-drop tackle, the tush push and more.
Texas DT T’Vondre Sweat shares what it’s like to meet coaching and GM legends at the NFL Scouting Combine, the hilarious key to his breakout season last year and the event he’s looking forward to most this weekend.
Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner joins PFT Live to discuss growing up in Florida, his mindset and preparation for the Scouting Combine, and Nick Saban’s legacy.

Premier League

Check out the Premier League fixtures and results for the 2023-24 season
The World Cup winner, Juventus midfielder, and former Manchester United star will no play
There are only two automatic promotion spots and four teams having exceptional seasons. Will Leicester City and Leeds hold off all comers?
Will Manchester City complete its quest for an unprecedented fourth straight title?

NFL

The Chiefs are trying to hold onto defensive tackle Chris Jones and a report Thursday cast those efforts in a positive light.
The biggest question of the Steelers offseason has to do with how they’ll handle the quarterback position and somewhere behind that is what they’ll do regarding their option on running back Najee Harris’ contract for the 2025 season.
They want to eliminate the distinction between the QB being in the pocket or out of the pocket when he throws the ball away.
Fantasy Baseball 2024
Knock your draft out of the park with the Rotoworld Baseball Draft Guide, which features rankings, player profiles, projections, expert mocks and more to get you ready. Don’t forget to use code BASEBALL24 for 10% off.
George Bissell breaks down the fantasy outlook for several hitters that made significant offseason swing changes including Anthony Volpe, Jordan Walker and more.
Eric Samulski and Scott Pianowski react to Cody Bellinger’s decision to re-sign with the Chicago Cubs and assess the rest of the fantasy outfield picture.
It’s Ronald Acuña Jr. and a trio of five-category superstars headlining our industry-expert mock draft, part of our 2024 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide.
Eric Samulski breaks down what to keep an eye on this spring training with fantasy baseball starting pitchers.
Eric Samulski and Scott Pianowski debate how many games we can expect from Aaron Judge and Fernando Tatis Jr.'s ceiling in 2024.
Eric Samulski breaks down his list of top 100 starting pitchers for the 2024 fantasy season.

Rotoworld

Eric Froton joins the Rotoworld Football Show to discuss his favorite running backs in the 2024 NFL Draft, including Texas’ Jonathon Brooks and Notre Dame’s Audric Estime.
The RFS team breaks down the storylines around the top quarterbacks in the 2024 NFL Draft, from Caleb Williams’ foothold at the top to J.J. McCarthy’s rising stock.
Eric Froton joins the Rotoworld Football Show to break down 2024 NFL Draft profiles for Texas wide receivers Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell.
Eric Samulski breaks down four pitchers who are going right next to each other in ADP.

NBA

“The goal is just to try to get as healthy as possible and come back.”
Charlotte is searching for a replacement for Mitch Kupchak, someone to take over basketball operations.

College Football

The College Football Transfer Portal is underway. Here is a one-stop shop to track which big-name players are on the move this offseason.
The 14-team model being considered would have a field comprised of 11 automatic bids and three at-large selections.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2024 NFL Draft Combine, including schedule, events, participants, history and more.
SEC commissioner Greg Sankey said the league’s union with the Big Ten was created to provide leadership for a challenging landscape in college athletics.

College Basketball

Vaughn Dalzell breaks down his best bets in Rutgers versus Michigan and Ohio State hosting Nebraska.
It’s already been a historic season for Clark, who has broken the NCAA DI women’s all-time scoring record.
Vaughn Dalzell and Drew Dinsick analyze NCAA Tournament resumes without the team names and pick which ones they like for a national championship bet.
Caitlin Clark went off for 33 points and passed Lynette Woodard for the top spot on the women’s major college career scoring list against Minnesota.

MLB

Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Cody Bellinger, and Blake Snell highlight this year’s class of free agents.
Matthew Pouliot offers rankings and writeups of MLB’s top 111 free agents, from Shohei to Shelby.
Neither Eric Samulski nor Scott Pianowski see themselves drafting Kyle Schwarber despite the Phillies slugger’s prodigious power.
Eric Samulski breaks down hitters who can give us good home runs despite poor barrel rates.

Motor Sports

NASCAR’s changes to qualifying at non-superspeedway ovals are a significant improvement, but Dr. Diandra suggests a few more tweaks.
Bubba Pollard will drive the No. 88 car on March 30 at Richmond.
Though the most recent conclusion at Atlanta was a classic, Atlanta Motor Speedway has produced its share of epic endings.
Mistakes at the end of Round 7 in Arlington cost Jett Lawrence the victory, but on the whole he’s been the best in recent weeks.

Betting

Vaughn Dalzell and Drew Dinsick guess the identity of a couple NCAA basketball teams based on their blind resumes, evaluating which they’d pick to make a bracket-busting March Madness run before revealing the two squads.
Vaughn Dalzell and Drew Dinsick analyze NCAA Tournament resumes without the team names and pick which ones they like for a national championship bet.
Vaughn Dalzell breaks down his favorite bet on the NBA slate, a player prop on the birthday boy himself, Luka Doncic!

Golf

A look at tee times and groupings for Round 2 at PGA National.
Adam Schenk falls to the announcer’s jinx, breaking his streak of 20 consecutive rounds at The Bear Trap without hitting the ball into the water.
Relive the biggest moments from Round 1 of the HSBC Women’s World Championship, taking place at Sentosa Golf Club in Singapore.
Knapp played alongside McIlroy on Day 1 of the Cognizant Classic, and played well.
Here’s a look at the players who have won The Players, since 1974.
Schmelzel shot 4-udner 68 for a one-shot lead in the HSBC Women’s World Championship.

Brother From Another

Michael Holley and Michael Smith discuss the New York Jets becoming a punching bag after offseason comments from ex-Jet wide receiver Mecole Hardman and Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Dion Dawkins.
Michael Holley and Michael Smith discuss why it’s imperative that the Kansas City Chiefs give a long-term contract extension to lockdown cornerback L’Jarius Sneed.
Michael Holley and Michael Smith analyze the trade rumors involving Minnesota Vikings star wide receiver Justin Jefferson and discuss why they don’t feel like there’s much substance to the reports.
Michael Holley and Michael Smith discuss the Denver Broncos situation with Russell Wilson, analyzing their treatment of the veteran quarterback during the season.

Local coverage

Jeremiah Trotter Jr. would welcome the chance to be drafted by the same team that took his father decades ago.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has the 49ers selecting Penn State pass rusher Chop Robinson with the No. 31 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.
Selecting either of these QBs would likely coincide with the Patriots trading down.
One NFL analyst has a harsh warning for Bears general manager Ryan Poles.

Latest

The Premier League season is entering the final stretch and things are going to be wild from here on out. We love it.
Can Luton Town give Kenilworth Road a thrill and their safety hopes a lift with a surprise win over fourth-place Aston Villa?
The NFL’s use of the decidedly low-tech 10-yard chain to measure first downs could be replaced by high-tech optical tracking.
Burnley is running out of good chances to collect Premier League points, and failing to beat Bournemouth at Turf Moor would qualify as one of them.
Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil underwent an offseason procedure, but it doesn’t sound like it should sideline him for any significant amount of time.