The Cowboys need a top corner, and the Patriots need a versatile piece to get after the quarterback.
Butler had a well-timed showcase against the Falcons in Week 7 with Stephon Gilmore and Eric Rowe not healthy enough to play. Meanwhile, Irving has come back red-hot from his suspension, recording three sacks in his first two games of the season.
If the Patriots plan to move on from the 27-year-old Super Bowl hero, they should do it now with a calculated gamble on a 24-year-old with an off-field history. Both players can help contenders immediately in different ways.
That’s the message Robone gave a group of players who surprised him at the trauma ICU at Sunrise Hospital last Wednesday. Largely thanks to his younger brother Anthony, a 25-year-old firefighter and paramedic who also attended the concert, Nick, 28, survived a bullet wound to his left chest. He was discharged hours before the home opener, but faces a long recovery from a bruised lung.
Finally getting steady minutes now that he’s on his second team, Olynyk is impressively averaging at least one block, steal and 3-pointer per night to go with 10.6 points and seven rebounds. This diverse slash seems sustainable and could quietly earn him a top-20 fantasy finish at the position (currently 16th on the Player Rater).
New Browns CEO Joe Banner jumped at the chance to trade him two games into his second year. The Colts wanted Richardson to replace injured starter Vick Ballard, but he averaged only 3.1 yards per carry over the next two seasons before they parted ways. His last regular-season game appearance came in 2014. The Browns used the draft pick as part of the deal to trade up and draft quarterback Johnny Manziel in 2014. That selection didn’t work out, but the Browns had still managed to parlay a punchless running back into a valuable pick.