Cowboys tight end Jason Witten announced his retirement on Thursday, and plenty of stories about him referred to him as a future Hall of Famer. He may be, but no one should pencil him in for the class of 2023, which is his first year of eligibility.
Evans not only would provide a third ‘Bama option, but he also carries a little more position versatility than Edmunds and Smith do. He also would come with a little less cost if Dallas needs to trade up to get him. With linebacker being the team’s most glaring need for 2018, it’s not crazy for Jones to be aggressive in finding a special player for the position.
The best argument for a defensive tackle in Round 1 is the fact that the values in Rounds 2 and 3 are not as desirable. In contrast, with pick Nos. 50 and No. 81, there are solid Cowboys-type wide receivers to target in LSU’s D.J. Chark and Washington’s Dante Pettis. At linebacker, Ohio State’s Jerome Baker and Iowa’s Josey Jewell present appeal for Dallas’ scheme.
The Jets drafted Herndon in Round 4. Of their six draft picks, he probably has the best chance of starting in Week 1, since he is competing against Jordan Leggett, who missed his entire rookie season last year with a knee injury.
But when will Herndon be able to fully participate in practice?
Depending on how he feels, it’ll be week by week, Jets coach Todd Bowles said. We’ll take it slow with him. We’re trying to get him ready for training camp. If he’s ready earlier, then he’ll play earlier.
Don’t expect Herndon to be a full participant this weekend at rookie minicamp. When the Jets drafted him last week, general manager Mike Maccagnan said Herndon was about four to six weeks away from being able to fully participate in practice.
Left guard: The Cowboys have locked up center Travis Frederick with a lucrative long-term deal, and they soon will have to do the same for right guard Zack Martin. But now that the team has signed former Patriots standout Cameron Fleming to start at right tackle, the interior status of La’el Collins, signed through only 2019, is iffy. Don’t be surprised if Dallas lands an immediate starter between Frederick and left tackle Tyron Smith.