EJ Manuel was the first quarterback taken in the 2013 Draft and the only one in the first round.
That’s right: To be fair, Manuel went 25-6 at Florida State and won a bowl game in each of his four years there.
19. Paul DePodesta, chief strategy officer, Browns (NR): The former Mets personnel executive and baseball GM (a fictionalized version of whom was played by Jonah Hill in the “Moneyball” movie) tries to bring analytics to football with the league’s worst franchise — and the rest of the NFL will be watching. It also sounds like a good plot for “Moneyball 2,” actually.
Forgive my amateur sense of good Super Bowl TV pregame storytelling, but what a tale this would have made for NBC.
So many significant pieces were in place, right there in Minneapolis. Cris Collinsworth, who will call the game on NBC, was on that Bengals team. Esiason is there to be the analyst on on the radio version. Theirs is a shared bizarre experience worth a half hour show.
Additonally, Solomon Wilcots, a CBS analyst, was a Cincy starting defensive back. They were all easily accessible.
Taylor was heavily involved with the starters during the Titans’ dress rehearsal against the Bears. He received two carries totaling 7 yards and was the intended recipient of a reverse from Derrick Henry, but Henry got tackled before he could make the pitch to Taylor sweeping around in the other direction.
Taylor also helped the Titans convert a third-and-31 (!!!) by catching a seam route, breaking three tackles at once, then dragging a couple more defenders for more yards at the end of the play.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Christian Hackenberg looked not good for the Jets, serving up two pick-sixes to the Giants before giving way to Bryce Petty, who tossed two TDs. It was also a rough night for the Broncos, who saw Paxton Lynch (shoulder), Demaryius Thomas (groin), Zach Kerr (knee) and safety Will Parks (hip) leave the game against the Packers with injuries.