Eagles expected to release Daryl Worley following arrest

News broke Sunday morning that Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Daryl Worley was arrested and tasered by police after becoming combative. This arrest, according to Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer, could lead to the player’s release.

Worley reportedly fell asleep behind the wheel of his car while driving on the freeway. When he was found by police early on Sunday morning, his car was blocking a lane on the highway, and he was passed out. Just as troubling, Worley allegedly had a gun on him when the police arrived on the scene.

Vita Vea, DT, Washington: Vea is unlikely to make it to 20, but nose tackles slide from time to time. At 347 pounds, the first thought might be he’s simply a space-eater, but that would be an inaccurate assessment. Sure, he can eat space if you need him to, and he’s about as strong as they come in this prospect class, but Vea is a deceptive athlete who has drawn comparisons to Haloti Ngata. The Lions added a stopgap nose tackle in free agency, signing Sylvester Williams to a one-year deal. Vea would not only bring long-term stability to the position, but would be an immediate upgrade.

“I always admired the way the Packers handled it with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers,” Giants co-owner John Mara said Sunday, via Tom Rock of Newsday.

“The way I look at that, if we wanted to do that is: Tell me who we’re going to get with these other picks and compare it with the person we could have gotten with the second pick and then let’s see which scenario is going to make us better,” Mara said of a possible trade. “It’s an opportunity for us to get a lot better.

“To be able to pick at the top of each of these rounds and particularly with the amount of quality at the top of this draft, it gives us a chance to do something . . . They’re all important picks, but the No. 2 pick in the draft is an important pick that can have a huge effect on the future of this franchise. So you have to make the right decision.”

And if that decision is sitting tight and adding a quarterback who will start the clock ticking on Manning, that doesn’t sound like anything Mara is opposed to.

C.J. Anderson using trade talk as motivation

Players report for the start of the offseason workout program Monday and C.J. Anderson is still a Denver Broncos running back.

Despite knowing he was on the trading block last month, Anderson will report for the Broncos’ 8 a.m. team meeting and extensive physical exams on Monday.

“Just focus on me,’’ Anderson said in an interview with 9NEWS. “Use it as motivation. But I’m going to focus on myself. I still have a job. Try to help my team win games. But at the end of the day, getting shopped around or rumors I was getting traded, I’m going to use it as motivation to show the organization I can still play at a high level.’’

The Patriots look good at four offensive line positions, but they currently have no good ways to replace left tackle Nate Solder at the most important position. They used a first-rounder on Solder as Matt Light’s replacement seven years ago. Based on where they are picking now, a little earlier thanks to the surprise Brandin Cooks trade, Miller is a viable solution.

At this point, Allen is a victim of hype. Last season, he averaged 6.7 yards per attempt and completed only over 56 percent of his passes. That isn’t good. Allen has talent, sure — arm strength ain’t nothing to sneeze at and he quietly does things well outside the pocket. But the accuracy just isn’t there. Neither is the pocket presence. Maybe both will be one day, but right now, Allen is a third-round talent masquerading as a top-three pick for no clear reason. Blame his teammates at Wyoming all you want, but if you’re picking a franchise quarterback out of the Mountain West, he better have torched competition all year long. Allen was a slightly above-average quarterback who took his team to the Potato Bowl and destroyed Central Michigan. Let’s slow down the hype train.

Harold Landry, edge rusher, Boston College

If he stays healthy, Landry should not be a bust. He’s a superbly talented pass rusher who could change an entire defense if he hits his ceiling. But as far as likelihood goes, Landry has to be on this list because an ankle injury clearly affected him last season. His numbers fell badly, dropping from 16.5 sacks and 22 tackles for loss in 2016 to five sacks and 8.5 TFLs.

Giants schedule 2018: New York’s new regime gets chilly reception

The presumably still Eli Manning-led offense faces tough tasks against teams like the Bears, Jaguars and Panthers. Unless this team nails the draft and get an immediate spark from its new regime, wins in 2018 are difficult to spot. Record prediction: 6-10

Via ESPN.com, the rule-recommending body recommended against making the change by a vote of 6-2.

“I don’t think anything will happen on that,” Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters regarding the proposal ultimately made by the Jets. “I happen to be in the minority. I prefer the 15-yard penalty, but most people prefer [the current rule].”

Any rule change requires the approval of at least 24 of 32 owners. With 75 percent of the Competition Committee against it, it’s hard to imagine that 75 percent of ownership will be in favor of it.

And that’s good news. Of the many glitches the NFL needs to fix, this isn’t one of them.

Officials made the decision to transfer Smith because they believe he suffers from alcoholism after arriving at the police station and having a blood alcohol content of 0.40, per TMZ.com, which spoke with district attorney spokesperson Alex Bastian.

Smith has remained in custody since his arrest last week and is being held on a $500,000 bond. Multiple reports indicated Smith was arrested for violating conditions of his bail.

Smith was arraigned earlier this month on three charges of violating a protective order stemming from a March 3 incident with his fiancée in which he was accused of beating her and biting her on her wrists. He failed to make a court appearance after turning himself in on March 23.

Smith, 28, was cut by the Raiders last month after details of the domestic violence incident emerged. He has not played in the NFL since the 2015 season.

Jim Kelly discharged from hospital after jaw surgery to remove cancer

Jim Kelly has taken another encouraging step in his oral cancer treatment.

The former Bills quarterback on Saturday was discharged from the hospital after undergoing surgery last month to remove the disease in his upper jaw.

With a swollen smile, and a cane in his hand he was DISCHARGED from the hospital today! Praise the LORD! So THANKFUL for Dr. Mark Urken, his team, and the rest of the amazing Mount Sinai staff. The recovery continues here in NYC for the next two weeks. Then back to BUFFALO! One day at a time. One prayer at a time. All in God’s perfect timing! Thank you for praying!!

Kelly, 58, led the Bills to four straight AFC championships from 1990-93, but lost each Super Bowl appearance. A five-time Pro Bowl selection and the USFL MVP in 1984, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

Immediately after the news of his release broke, Bryant took to Twitter saying, “it’s very personal.”

He followed up those sentiments in an appearance on NFL Network calling out the coaches for how they communicated with him and said the coaches couldn’t “be a man” about cutting him from the team.

“The way this whole situation got handled, I felt like I asked some of them to be a man about the situations a long time ago and they couldn’t,” Bryant said. “I’m not talking about no players, because all of the players, you know, we A1. … I’m trying my best to sugarcoat it, but I can’t.”

When asked if he thought some of his teammates had a role in the decision to release him, Bryant blamed “(coach Jason) Garrett guys” for pushing the team toward his release, although he wouldn’t say who the “Garrett guys” are.

The only interior offensive lineman who makes sense for Dallas without being a reach is Texas’ Connor Williams. But starting with the Redskins at No. 13, several teams picking in front of the Cowboys have a need there, too. For now, it’s looking a ‘Bama pick is the first-round favorite for the Cowboys, either Ridley or Payne.

Ryan Shazier injury update: Steelers LB stands at Penguins game

Ryan Shazier continues to proudly progress with his recovery.

The Steelers linebacker pumped up the Pittsburgh crowd Wednesday before the puck drop of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup playoffs series between the Penguins and Flyers.

James could play the same role Charles Woodson did as a hybrid safety/corner in his final years with the Packers. If Green Bay comes out of the first round with James, Fitzpatrick or Ward, that’s a win.

Green Bay can’t count on any of those players being available, so if none are there, the Packers would take a cornerback like Joshua Jackson or, in a more likely scenario, a pass-rusher. Boston College’s Harold Landry, who had 21.5 sacks over the last two seasons, and UTSA’s Marcus Davenport, who had 15 sacks and 27.5 tackles for loss in that stretch, are candidates for the pick.

The mention came while Snead was discussing the addition of Ndamukong Suh, noting how the two can help each other on the field.

“The nice thing about Ndamukong, at age 31 and somebody who’s been the highest-paid defensive player in football, winning was very important in this phase of his career,” Snead said.

“He’s well aware that when you can partner, be beside someone who is on the verge of being the highest-paid defensive player in football, then that’s a really good thing. I guess you’d say two is better than one.”

Pro Football Talk notes that the Rams have made it a priority to reach a long-term extension with Donald this offseason. If Donald does become the highest-paid defender, he will pass Von Miller, who has a $114.5 million deal that pays him $19.083 million per season.

Donald is coming off a strong season where he had 11 sacks. In his first four years with the Rams, he was named a Pro Bowler in each season and was first-team All-Pro in the last three.

Among the notable preseason games to keep an eye on is a Super Bowl LII rematch between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Week 2. 

The Eagles captured their first-ever Lombardi Trophy with a 41-33 victory over the Patriots on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium. Nick Foles was named MVP after throwing for 373 yards with four total touchdowns (one receiving).

Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche at the league’s annual meetings last month in Orlando, Florida, that quarterback Carson Wentz is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab from a torn ACL suffered during a Dec. 10 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

One of the biggest storylines is Jon Gruden’s return to coaching with the Oakland Raiders after spending the past nine years as a broadcaster and an analyst for ESPN. His new vision for the Silver and Black will be on display for the first time against the Detroit Lions in Week 1 of preseason games.

While the 2018 NFL draft in Arlington, Texas, is still two weeks away, the Cleveland Browns—assuming they don’t make any deals—will get their first looks at the first and fourth overall selections in a showdown with the New York Giants, who own the No. 2 pick.

The first two picks would help address the Lions’ need to beef up its powerless run game, which ranked dead last in 2017, averaging 76.3 yards per game.

Chubb rushed for 1,345 yards last season for the Bulldogs, averaging six yards per carry. He scored 15 touchdowns, splitting duties with Sony Michel.

The 6-foot-2, 348-pound Hernandez “has short arms (32 inches) for a guard,” McShay writes, “but is a powerful run-blocker and improving in pass protection. He’d be a likely starter. Chubb had an exceptional combine, and if his medical checks out, he could be a steal in the middle of the second round. He had an exceptional combine.”

Holmes, meanwhile, “has the tools to develop into a starting left defensive end and has upside,” McShay writes.