NEWS AND NEAR NEWS

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Bengals top pick out for year … Cincinnati OT Jonah Williams, the Bengals first-round pick at this year’s draft, is expected to miss the entire upcoming season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder. Williams, an All-American at Alabama last season, was selected with the 11th overall pick in the draft.

Supp draft set for July 10th … The NFL’s annual summer supplemental draft has reportedly been set for July 10th. So far two players – West Virginia WR Marcus Simms and Syracuse LB Shy Cullen – have applied for this year’s supp draft. Unlike the regular draft, if a team is interested in a player they submit a bid indicating which round they would take the player. If more than one team bids on a player in the lowest round, the player is awarded to the team with the higher (est) pick in the regular 2019 draft order. If a player is awarded to a team in the supplemental draft, that team forfeits its pick in that round in the 2020 draft.

UGA boots emerging WR Holloman … Georgia has dismissed junior WR Jeremiah Holloman, the team’s leading returning receiver, as a result of an alleged domestic assault. The incident actually reportedly occurred in the spring of 2018, but was just reported to local police. The victim has alleged that Holloman choked her and later punched her in the face. The 6-2, 200-pound Holloman caught only 24 passes last season, but averaged over 17 yards per catch and scored 5 TDs. Its not clear at this time, though, what Holloman’s plans are for 2019. He’s only been in college two years so he would not be eligible to enter this year’s supplemental draft. He could transfer to an FCS school and play immediately, but would have to sit out if he transferred to another D1 program.

Pigskin reviews Lions, Bears drafts … As he does every year, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette will be posting reviews of some of the key individual team drafts including a couple of NFC North teams today in the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears.

Orange LB second to enter supp draft … Syracuse OLB Shyheim Cullen announced on social media earlier today that he has been accepted into next month’s NFL supplemental draft. Cullen had been suspended by the school for the spring semester after he failed to make the grade academically. Cullen is the second player to have indicated they will be in this summer’s supp draft joining West Virginia WR Marcus Simms who declared yesterday. The 6-0, 225-pound Cullen was primarily a top special teamer, but did start 4 games last fall; he is unlikely to be selected at this year’s supp draft, but should get some free agent consideration.

Pigskin reviews Chiefs’ draft … As he does every year, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette will be posting reviews of some of the key individual team drafts including today, the Kansas City Chiefs.

WVU WR Simms first to enter supp draft … Former West Virginia WR Marcus Simms is the first player identified who has reportedly applied to the NFL for inclusion in the league’s annual summer supplemental draft. Simms had actually originally entered the NCAA transfer portal earlier this spring, but might not have been able to play immediately this fall because of an alleged violation of West Virginia’s student code of conduct that would have affected his eligibility since transfers still need to be in good academic standing. It does not appear that a date has been set for this year’s supplemental draft, but it is usually held during the second week of July. Unlike the regular draft, teams bid on players based on which round they would take that player in the regular draft. If a team picks a player, it forfeits its pick from the corresponding round the following year.

Raiders sign 2 of 3 top picks … Oakland has announced that they have officially signed DE Clelin Ferrell and FS Johnathan Abram, two of their three first-round draft picks at the 2019 draft. Ferrell, from Clemson, was the surprise 4th pick overall this year, while Abram, the former Mississippi State Bulldog, was taken with the 27th overall selection. Meanwhile, former Alabama RB Josh Jacobs, the 24th player taken this past April, is the Raiders remaining unsigned first rounder. With these two signings 26 of the 32 players taken in this year’s opening round have now been signed.

Giants sign 2 of 3 top picks; Pigskin reviews their draft … The New York Giants have announced over the weekend that they have officially signed DT Dexter Lawrence and CB Deandre Baker, two of their three first-round draft picks at the 2019 draft. Lawrence, from Clemson, was the 17th overall selection this year, while Baker, the former Georgia Bullog, was taken with the 30th overall selection. That means that the Giants have now come to terms with 8 of their ten picks from last April’s draft with former Duke QB Daniel Jones, their other first round pick this year, and OLB Oshane Ximines, a third round selection. It also means that currently 24 of the 32 players taken in this year’s opening round have now been signed. Meanwhile, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette has taken a long look at the Giants’ somewhat controversial picks at this year’s draft as part of his annual review of every teams draft.

Pats-Lions trade for TE Roberts rescinded … Yesterday’s trade between Detroit and New England in which the Patriots acquired veteran TE Michael Roberts from the Lions for a conditional 2020 7th-round pick has been rescinded when Roberts failed his physical with the Patriots.

Lions trade TE Roberts to Pats for late pick … After selecting TE T.J. Hockenson with the 8th pick overall at the 2019 draft, Detroit has reportedly traded veteran TE Michael Roberts to New England for what is being reported as a conditional 7th-round pick in 2020. With the Patriots, Roberts, a 4th round pick in 2017, will try and help fill the void created at the position with the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. What the conditions to the deal are haven’t been spelled out it is likely dependent on Roberts making the Patriots opening day 53-man roster.

Pigskin reviews Texans’ draft … As he does every year, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette will be posting reviews of some of the key individual team drafts including today, the Houston Texans.

Chargers sign 1st rounder … The LA Chargers have become the latest team to sign its top pick at the 2019 draft after coming to terms with DT Jerry Tillery. Tillery, from Notre Dame, was selected with the 28th pick at April’s draft. Tillery signed a standard 4-year rookie deal with a club option for a 5th year. With the Tillery signing, the number of first round picks who have formally signed is now up to 22.

Are you ready for some football lite … The 2019 CFL season kicks off this weekend with four games on tap. Saskatchewan and Hamilton will get things underway when they meet at 7 PM ET on Thursday evening. Montreal will then play in Edmonton on Friday night, followed by a double header on Saturday night with Ottawa playing in Calgary in a 2018 Grey Cup replay, while Winnipeg will be at B.C. to wrap up the weekend. The 2019 CFL schedule will culminate with the 107th Grey Cup game in Calgary on November 24th. It will be something of a year of change, especially at QB, in the Canadian league this season. Mike Reilly, who threw for over 5,500 yards last fall for Edmonton, signed as a free agent with western rival B.C. The Eskimos filled the gap by signing Trevor Harris away from Ottawa. Meanwhile, veteran Toronto QB Ricky Ray retired. The rest of the league, though, will still have to deal with Calgary and QB Bo Levi Mitchell who isn’t going anywhere after winning last year’s CFL Player of the Year honours.

Jets name Douglas G.M … The New York Jets announced earlier today that they have hired Joe Douglas to be their new general manager replacing Mike Maccagnan, who was fired three weeks ago. Douglas, reportedly a close ally of Jets’ head coach Adam Gase, had been VP of player personnel in Philadelphia. Douglas reportedly signed a 6-year deal, although he probably doesn’t want to get too comfy in his new surroundings as he will be the Jets’ fourth GM in the past eight years.

Pigskin reviews Jags ‘ draft … As he does every year, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette will be posting reviews of some of the key individual team drafts including today, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Texans fire GM Gaine … In something of a stunner, Houston has fired general manager Brian Gaine barely a year and a half into a 5-year term that began with an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in his first season on the job. Gaine took over the job in January 2018 after former G.M. Rick Smith took a leave of absence to help take care of his wife who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Houston’s football operations will be led by Chris Olsen, the team’s senior vice president of football administration, on an interim basis until a replacement can be hired.

Pigskin reviews Browns’ draft … As he does every year, GBN Associate Editor Pigskin Paul Guillemette will be posting reviews of some of the key individual team drafts including today, the Cleveland Browns.

Colts IR 7th round C … Indianapolis has placed C Javon Patterson on injured reserve. Patterson was a 7th round pick – #246 overall – at the 2019 draft.

Ravens sign 1st round WR Brown … Baltimore has become the latest team to sign its top pick at the 2019 draft after coming to terms with WR Marquise Brown late yesterday. Brown, from Oklahoma, was selected with the 25th pick at April’s draft with the a pick acquired from Philadelphia in a draft day deal. Brown signed a standard 4-year rookie deal with a club option for a 5th year. Brown was one of the fastest players in the 2019 draft class but has yet to work out with the Ravens as the former Sooner is recovering from surgery on a Lisfranc injury on one of his feet, although the team expects him to be ready for training camp next month. With the Brown signing, as well as that of OLB Montez Sweat, the 26th player selected this year by Washington who came to terms last week, the number of first round picks who have formally signed is now up to 21.

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