Concussions are a part of football. As terrible as that sounds, it is the truth. No football player will ever be completely safe from concussions as long as the game is played. However, there are steps that could be taken to more effectively prevent concussions.
My proposition is a rule change that requires every NFL player to wear one of the top three performing helmets. This would not give players options to wear the lower-tier helmets that have been proven to significantly provide less protection than the top tier helmets. If there is no option to wear the lower-tier helmets, there will be a significant decrease in documented concussions in the NFL. The helmets would be tested yearly and the top three would be the only options for the following season.
It’s no secret that New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, is nearing the end of his career. While Manning, 38, will be the Giants starter for the 2019 season, his playing days are numbered. With that in mind, will the Giants pick Manning’s successor in next month’s draft?
The answer to that question should be yes and the Giants should draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The Giants were at Haskins’s Pro Day on Thursday after having dinner with him the night before. Haskins made a good impression.
I am predicting the Browns trade for Darron Lee. It has been rumored he is going to be moved with the addition of CJ Mosley. He is a former first-round pick of the Jets. He is athletic, can cover sideline-to-sideline, and had an 84.8 coverage grade last season, per PFF. The Browns must address LB depth. After Joe Schobert and Christian Kirksey, depth is very slim. Genard Avery progressed in coverage but is mostly a situational edge rusher. The rest of the linebacker depth is mostly special teamers. Adding the number 24 ranked LB in football, per PFF, in Darron Lee would certainly help.
Born: February 11th, 1998 (21 years old) Height: 5’10 Weight: 220 Lbs Position: Running back University: Alabama
Jacobs was a three-star running back from Tulsa, Oklahoma but didn’t receive any national spotlight until close to a month before signing day. With offers from Missouri, Alabama, and Oklahoma, Jacobs suddenly had his pick of elite programs, but ultimately chose the Crimson Tide. Jacobs recalled his recruitment as a weird process and felt disrespected that the Sooners waited till 2 weeks before signing day to try their recruitment push. “Honestly, if Alabama didn’t offer me I still wasn’t going to Oklahoma,” Jacobs said in an interview with Spenser Davis for Sports Day. The Sooners would go on to regret this decision as Jacobs shined in his role in Bama’s running back committee. As a freshman, Jacobs rushed the ball 85 times for 567 yards, and 4 touchdowns as one of the three running backs the Tide rotated out that season. 2017 was a year full of injuries for Jacobs, missing the first two games due to a hamstring injury and later revealing at the end of the season that he played on a broken ankle since Week 5. In the offseason, Josh had surgery to repair his ankle and came back to have his best collegiate season. Jacobs would resume his dominant play with 640 yards rushing, 11 rushing touchdowns, 247 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, all on a career-high 140 touches. Though coming into to the season as the 3rd string running back, Jacobs was the Crimson Tides leading rusher in this year’s College Football Playoff and SEC Championship game. Whatever team drafts Jacobs will get a 3 down running back with no tread on the tires, which is very rare, and coveted for NFL teams. Jacobs might have been Nick Saban’s secret weapon in college, but most likely won’t be held to that role in the NFL.
Born: May 3rd, 1997 (21 years old) Height: 6’3 Weight: 220 Lbs Position: Quarterback University: Ohio State
Ever since Dwayne was a child, he had dreams of being the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes. 10 years later, he not only broke nearly every passing record for Ohio State, but he also broke Big 10 records held by Drew Brees. Dwayne was able to throw for nearly 1,000 more yards and 11 more touchdowns even though he only played in 1 more game than the 2nd place holders. He would go on to become Big 10 Offensive Player of the Year for this performance and led his team to a Rose Bowl victory over 9th ranked Washington.