New England hasn’t valued pass-rushers much since trading Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals a few years ago, but having a speed-rusher would be nice. – Get the latest sports news, scores, standings and videos for the NHL, MLB, NBA, NFL, Olympics and more.
 

New England hasn’t valued pass-rushers much since trading Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals a few years ago, but having a speed-rusher would be nice.

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Between the recovery of a gruesome leg injury and a 4.64-second 40-yard dash, Minnesota Vikings receiver Laquon Treadwell had some pretty big question marks going into the NFL draft. Despite that, the Vikings spent a first-round pick on him in 2016, just to have him fall in the depth chart behind Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen.

At times, we have seen flashes of Treadwell’s potential. As an isolated X receiver against the Packers, he made one of the most jaw-dropping catches by anyone in 2017. At only 22 years old, he has plenty of time to turn around his career, but his development in 2018 could go a long way for a contending Vikings team in a competitive NFC.

If Diggs, Thielen and Treadwell ever all play together at full potential, Kirk Cousins could put up 2016 Matt Ryan numbers, the same year that Julio Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Taylor Gabriel were all clicking.

Last year, Alvin Kamara had 120 of New Orleans’ 417 carries in the regular season, good for roughly 29 percent. In his last year at Tennessee, Kamara had about 20 percent of the Volunteers’ runs. Kamara hasn’t been the ball-carrier on a team since his high school days.

It’s no secret that Owens generated some of the most heated arguments I’ve witnessed during the selection process due to locker room chemistry issues that followed him like the plague. Such sentiments were expressed by non-voters, too, like a well-respected NFL coach who insisted to me earlier this year that he would not have wanted Owens on his team because of the selfish antics that marred Owens’ accomplishments over the years.

The Hall’s bylaws stipulate that candidacy is based on what happens on the field, which is why Owens was voted in. But it’s tough to argue against his detractors now. Rather than rising above the criticism and accepting his honor with class and dignity, he’s going bush league, putting one more mark on a legacy that has already been tainted by too much foolishness.

I feel sorry for Terrell Owens, tweeted former coach Tony Dungy, inducted into the Hall in 2016.


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