Andrew Van Ginkel Jersey

Despite only playing two seasons in Madison, Andrew Van Ginkel definitely made his presence felt for the Wisconsin Badgers’ defense. He recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown against Ohio State in the 2017 Big Ten Championship game. He then followed up that performance with an interception against Miami in an Orange Bowl victory.

One of the very rare junior college products that end up at Wisconsin, Van Ginkel began his collegiate career at South Dakota before transferring to Iowa Western Community College. When T.J. Watt declared early for the NFL Draft, Van Ginkel was given the opportunity to make an immediate impact for the Badgers. The outside linebacker, who looks and sounds more like the lead singer of a Alice in Chains cover band than he does coming off of the edge to attack quarterbacks, took full advantage.

The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded the predraft visit process Wednesday by hosting a linebacker who has a knack for getting after the quarterback.The Steelers hosted Wisconsin’s Andrew Van Ginkel, who projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Van Ginkel played at three schools. He started at South Dakota, where he redshirted as a freshman. After two years there, he transferred to Iowa Western for a season. He finished with two seasons at Wisconsin, where he made 10 starts in 27 games with the Badgers.

In his two years playing in the Big Ten, Van Ginkel had 99 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He also forced four fumbles, broke up five passes and had two interceptions.

Van Ginkel is projected as a late-round draft pick.The Steelers used their allotment of 30 official visits, plus they hosted three local players who didn’t count against that total.The 2019 NFL Draft is now behind us. Wisconsin had four players — Michael Deiter (Miami Dolphins), Ryan Connelly (New York Giants), David Edwards (Los Angeles Rams), and Andrew Van Ginkel (Miami Dolphins) selected while Chris James (Chicago Bears), Taiwan Deal (Washington Redskins), Alec Ingold (Oakland Raiders), T.J. Edwards (Philadelphia Eagles), and Beau Benzschawel (Detroit Lions) were all picked up after the draft.

Of the 33 players the Steelers hosted, they met with eight linebackers, seven running backs, six cornerbacks, four wide receivers, three safeties, three tight ends, one defensive end and one offensive lineman.The interviews are over, the final 40-yard dashes have been timed, and the next visit all these NFL hopefuls make to teams will be to pick up their uniforms.

Thursday, April 25, the pre-Draft process ends and the actual selections begin, and a group of former Badgers shed that “prospect” label and become real life NFL players. But until the clock strikes 7 p.m., and that transition starts happening for real, we still have about 24 more hours to talk in hypotheticals.

Former Badgers Beau Benzschawel, Michael Deiter, David Edwards, T.J. Edwards, Olive Sagapolu, D’Cota Dixon, Alec Ingold, Ryan Connelly, Andrew Van Ginkel, and Taiwan Deal are all hoping to take the next step and make a career for themselves in the NFL. It won’t happen for all, heck, it may not happen for any, but draft analysts and experts project at least a chance for several.

Coming off an 8-5 campaign in 2018, Wisconsin should have a busy weekend when the 2020 NFL Draft arrives next April. Offensively, the Badgers return five starters off one of the nation’s most lethal rushing attacks last season. UW also returns six starters on defense, many of which are multi-year starters.

Michael Deiter Jersey

The Miami Dolphins have selected former Wisconsin guard Michael Deiter with the 78th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Deiter (6-5, 309 pounds) is the latest in a long line of Wisconsin blockers to land in the NFL after a successful college career. He won all-conference honors in each of his first four seasons, capped by earning first-team All-American accolades and claiming the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year Award as a senior.

With 54 starts, only former Ohio State center Billy Price (55) started more in Big Ten history. He started every game of his career, including 24 starts at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle. After starting at left tackle as a junior, he moved to left guard as a senior.

Deiter has position versatility and has played well in a pro-style scheme that routinely cranks out ready-made blockers. Power or zone, Deiter should fit. In the run game, he helped power one of college football elite backs in Jonathan Taylor. Deiter is an elite run blocker, with the ability to get to linebackers and punish them. In the passing game, he allowed one sack and nine total pressures with an immobile, slumping quarterback. A four-year starter, he’s played almost 3,800 snaps.

Collegiate and draft profile information provided with assistance from Bill Huber of 247Sports.

With a new head coach in Brian Flores, the Miami Dolphins are in the middle of a rebuilding mode. Former first-round pick Ryan Tannehill is no longer the quarterback, and veteran journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick is now leading the offense into 2019. That being said, Fitzmagic has been inconsistent throughout his career, so it’s unclear how long he will last in the starting rotation.

For the rest of the offense, this team could use another player to pair with Kenyan Drake in the rushing attack, and the Dolphins need a true top-tier tight end. The offensive line could also use some more competitors. There are plenty of needs that must be addressed all over this roster.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Dolphins need to continue building up the secondary in an effort to slow down Josh Allen and the Bills, Tom Brady and the Patriots, and Sam Darnold and the Jets. Miami ranked 21st against the pass and 29th in total yards allowed, and this team needs to find some top-tier talent to address these issues. Fortunately, defensive tackle Christian Wilkins may just be the man for the job. The former Clemson defender landed with the Dolphins at 13th overall, and he will be expected to make a major impact in his first season.

With the Patriots leading the division and two other rising teams in the Bills and Jets, the road back to the playoffs won’t be easy, but the Dolphins have faith that Flores is the man to lead the charge into the future. Although the draft haul will play a major role in the future success.

If there has been one constant for the Wisconsin Badgers football program since Paul Chryst took over in 2015, it has been Michael Deiter. The four-year starter has maybe the most well-rounded playing experience of any offensive lineman in this draft class.

Starting at left guard for most of his redshirt freshman year, he ended the season at center due to the injury to Dan Voltz. In 2016, he started at center and left guard. In 2017, he took one for the team and started all 14 games at left tackle, but last season he moved back to left guard for all 13 games. Wow.

The first Wisconsin player came off the board 23 picks later when the Miami Dolphins took offensive lineman Michael Deiter with the 14th pick of the third round.

Deiter started a school-record 54 games at UW, showing his durability. But versatility is also an asset. Deiter started 24 games at left guard, 16 at center and 14 at left tackle.

Four quality starters left this offseason, and three are set to be selected in this week’s NFL Draft, which runs Thursday-Saturday in Nashville.

Guards Michael Deiter and Beau Benzschawel and tackle David Edwards started a combined 134 games for the Badgers over the past four years, and by week’s end they could prove to make up the most impressive draft class of offensive linemen at a program renowned for churning out NFL-caliber players at the position.

“I think they’re in that second-, third-round discussion,” ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper said in February. “I think all those kids are going to go high. Wisconsin’s offensive line history speaks for itself.”

That history, as rich as it is, hasn’t included what Kiper and others believe could be possible over the next two days.

The Badgers have never placed three offensive linemen in the first three rounds of the same draft. While odds remain quite high that at least one slips into Day 3 (Rounds 4-7), Deiter, Benzschawel and Edwards will almost certainly become the first trio of UW offensive linemen to be drafted in the same year since 2011.

Christian Wilkins Jersey

It didn’t take long for Clemson’s three defensive linemen that were potential high NFL Draft picks to hear their names called during the first round Thursday night. The Tigers made history in the process.

The Oakland Raiders selected Clelin Ferrell No. 4 overall. Christian Wilkins went to the Miami Dolphins with the No. 13 pick. The New York Giants drafted Dexter Lawrence at No. 17.

It was the first time Clemson produced three first-round picks in a single draft.

Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, left, is a big guy — with a big personality. The latter was on display Wednesday ahead of the NFL Draft in Nashville.

Wilkins was the only one of the three at the actual draft in Nashville, Tennessee. His emotional on-stage celebration nearly knocked over commissioner Roger Goodell.

Wilkins will be reunited with former Clemson defensive line coach Marion Hobby in Miami. Hobby is the defensive line coach for the Dolphins. He served as the defensive line coach at Clemson from 2011-16.

“It’s everything I imagined. I just can’t wait to be a part of this league and be an ambassador for this league,” Wilkins told ESPN. “This game is so special. I love it so much. It deserves to be played the right way. I’m going to do that in the league. The Dolphins are going to get everything out of me.”

Wilkins won the Campbell Trophy, which is also known as the Academic Heisman, as a senior for the Tigers.
Clemson won the ACC and reached the College Football Playoff in all four seasons Wilkins played for the Tigers. He helped Clemson to two national titles.

Wilkins had 14.5 tackles for loss and six sacks as a senior. He was also a permanent team captain and arguably Clemson’s most important leader. He was named a unanimous first-team All-American.

“It’s just feeling great. I’m just ready to tear this league up and become a part of something bigger than myself,” Wilkins said. “Be accountable for everything and just make the Dolphins a better organization.”

Ferrell was selected No. 4 overall by the Raiders after being projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick leading up to the draft. He won two national titles during his time at Clemson, leading the Tigers in tackles for loss with 19.5 and sacks with 11.5 in 2018. He won the Ted Hendricks Award presented to the nation’s top defensive end this past season. Ferrell was a finalist for the award in 2017.

Lawrence left Clemson early for the NFL draft after recording 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks during his junior season. He helped the Tigers to the national title in 2016 and 2018, although he missed the College Football Playoff in 2018 after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine leading up to the playoff.

Christian Wilkins had never gone speed dating, or gone on a blind date, or experienced anything quite like the frenzy of intimate interactions in a fast-paced environment he did on Wednesday, a day before he expected to hear his name called in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive tackle from Clemson continually captivated his audience. Guided by his agent, Austin Lyman of Athletes First, he moved from table to table, mingling with executives from high-end companies during an ultra-productive two hours. And he never flinched.

“This type of stuff is pretty easy for me,” he said with a smile, “just interacting with people, talking to people. It’s just what I love to do.”

That made him a complete hit Wednesday evening at Nashville Underground on lower Broadway, where Wilkins was among 25 top college prospects – including Kyler Murray, Quinnen Williams and Greedy Williams — who attended CHOSEN, an exclusive networking and brand-building event hosted by The Marketing Arm, a marketing and promotion agency.

Akeem Spence Jersey

Akeem Spence spent the first four years of his NFL Career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before a year in Detroit and then being traded to the Dolphins. Spence started all 16 games for the Fins last season.

The projections for Willis are consistent. FanSided’s Joe Romano has the highest projection of the four seven-round NFL Mock drafts we examined. Romano has Willis going to the Cowboys in the third round with the 91st overall selection. CBS Sports also had Willis going to Dallas, but with the 136th overall selection.

Willis would be an interesting selection for Dallas. The Cowboys were exceptional against the run last season. Dallas allowed 3.8 yards per carry. That was fourth in the NFL. They were only 17th in sacks. Willis could give them a consistent pass rush up the middle.

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Willis to the Cowboys would be reminiscent of Russell Maryland playing on three Super Bowl winning teams with Dallas in the 1990s. The Cowboys selected Maryland with the first overall pick in the 1991 NFL Draft.

In his NFL Draft 400 scouting reports, Miller had Willis listed as a mid-round prospect and compared him to current Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Akeem Spence, who has 10.5 sacks in his six-year career that began with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“As a 3-technique prospect, he’s intriguing as a middle-round prospect who could hit and become a starter of at least contribute as a rotational pass-rusher,” Miller said about Willis’ NFL potential.

The Dolphins are a perfect place for Willis. After firing Adam Gase for former Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores, the Dolphins will likely play a lot of both the 4-3 and 3-4 defensive schemes. In the 4 defensive linemen scheme, Willis will have a chance to start alongside Davon Godchaux on the rebuilding Miami Dolphins defensive line.

What you’re going to see out there this year is a team that’s smart, a team that’s disciplined, a team that’s fundamentally sound and a team that’s violent, tough and aggressive,” Flores said in a recent speech to high school and youth coaches. “That’s kind of who I am and I want our team to reflect that.”

Players respect that Flores is a former player who flourished in life despite growing up in a very tough neighborhood. Players respect what he accomplished as a Patriots assistant, calling defensive plays in a Super Bowl victory. And they respect that he is dead serious about his approach.

“He leads by example, man,” veteran defensive tackle Akeem Spence said. “So we follow. He’s been great so far. Great coach. Great leader. And our guys are excited to play for him. He says something one time, and guys follow. Usually guys might have to repeat themselves here and there. It hasn’t been that.”

Spence cited an interesting specific example. Spence said some players in the past have parked in handicapped spots in front of the team facility before meetings or a practice.

“He told us don’t park in the handicap spot up front,” Spence said. “I haven’t seen one guy park up there yet. It’s that simple.”

After practice on Wednesday, Flores could be seen putting his arm around offensive lineman Isaac Asiata. Earlier in the day, Asiata had revealed on social media that his wife had recently lost a pregnancy.

“The hardship that has followed has absolutely broken me,” Asiata wrote. “But I have seen the lords hands in our life and have never felt him leave our side.”

Flores is going to create a bond with his players. He’s going to take the time to learn about who they are where they’re from and how they’re feeling.

But Flores is also going to exhibit tough love. He believes he knows what it takes to win. And the players appear to buying in — quickly.

“That’s the culture he’s creating, so we’re just going to follow his lead,” linebacker Jerome Baker said. “He’s about his business. That’s the name of this game. This is a business. And we come out here to win. So that just shows us he’s about his business. You better go hard.”

At the conclusion of the 2018 NFL draft, the Dolphins found themselves still in the market for a player who could round out their group of defensive tackles.

Akeem Spence was just that player.

The Dolphins already had talented young players Jordan Phillips, Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor at the position, but they really wanted four quality defensive tackles to implement a rotation where all would play about 50 percent of the snaps.

If they could get somebody with some NFL experience, that would be great. Check.

If they could get somebody with experience in the attacking scheme preferred by new defensive line coach Kris Kocurek, even better. Check.

And, of course, the idea was to get somebody who would mesh well with his new teammates on and off the field. Check.

Josh Sitton Jersey

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers expressed gratitude and appreciation for the decorated careers of former Packers guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang. Both retired this offseason.

Sitton and Lang developed into the NFL’s premier guard duo in front of Rodgers during the early part of the decade.

“I’m proud to say I got to play and be protected by these two warriors TJ Lang and Josh Sitton,” Rodgers wrote. “No one had more fun, or made even the longest days more fun, than these two. Great teammates, great players and great men. Enjoy retirement my friends, thanks for always taking care of me!”

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For the first nine seasons of Rodgers’ starting career in Green Bay, he had either Sitton or Lang starting along the Packers offensive line.

Both were tough and reliable. Both made Pro Bowls in Green Bay and both made Pro Bowls after leaving Green Bay.

Sitton, a fourth-round pick in 2008, played in 121 games and made 112 starts for the Packers between 2008 and 2015. He played two seasons with the Chicago Bears and one final season in Miami.

Lang, a fourth-round pick a year later, played 119 games and made 94 starts for the Packers between 2009 and 2016. He played his final two seasons in Detroit.

Sitton started at guard during the Packers’ Super Bowl win in 2010. Sitton and Lang were both starters during Rodgers’ MVP seasons in 2011 and 2014. Between 2011 and 2015, Sitton and Lang started all but four of the Packers’ regular season games.

Two former Green Bay Packers, TJ Lang and Josh Sitton recently announced their retirement from the NFL. And when Aaron Rodgers heard the news, he had to say a proper goodbye to them.

Rodgers went to Instagram and shared of photo of Lang and Sitton sitting together. Rodgers relied on both players to protect him over the years so he wanted to show his appreciation with this message.

“I’m proud to say I got to play and be protected by these two warriors TJ Lang and Josh Sitton,” Rodgers said on Instagram. “No one had more fun, or made even the longest days more fun, than these two. Great teammates, great players and great men. Enjoy retirement my friends, thanks for always taking care of me!”

Linebacker Julius Peppers, fullback John Kuhn, receiver Jordy Nelson and guards T.J. Lang and Josh Sitton all decided to depart the game over the last two months.

Cody Whitehair has been as steady as they come for the Bears. He played left tackle collegiately at Kansas State before the Bears planned on using him at left guard his rookie season. Josh Sitton suddenly became available and that forced Whitehair into the center position. Since then, Whitehair has started every game for the Bears.

He has been used primarily at center with a couple of starts sprinkled in at a guard position because of injuries to others. He went to the Pro Bowl this offseason as a replacement player and stands to be a key part of Chicago’s offense for the foreseeable future.

On Thursday, four-time Pro Bowl guard Josh Sitton announced during an interview on ESPN Wisconsin that he is retiring.

A fourth-round pick of the Packers in 2008, Sitton played in 121 games over the next eight seasons. He began as the team’s starting right guard, then stepped in at left guard after a few years, and was a Pro Bowl at both spots.

Sitton spent 2016-17 with the rival Chicago Bears, then signed with the Miami Dolphins last year. He started the season opener but missed the rest of the season with a torn rotator cuff.

Daniel Kilgore Jersey

The Dolphins exercised Tunsil’s fifth-year option on Thursday, ensuring their starting left tackle and staple of their offensive line will remain under contract for at least two more seasons through 2020.

“I just want to help the team in any kind of way,” Tunsil said on Tuesday while participating in Miami’s voluntary offseason workouts.

The Dolphins, under new coach Brian Flores and general manager Chris Grier, have locked up a player who could play a major role in their plans for the franchise.

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Tunsil, 24, has played in 44 of 48 games in his three seasons since joining Miami, and turned in his best season in 2018. He started 15 games last season, allowing just one sack.

Based on the current state of Miami’s offensive line, securing Tunsil’s future was a major concern for the Dolphins, who chose not to wait until May to execute the fifth-year option.

Tunsil, Miami’s first-round pick in 2016, is guaranteed to make $2.1 million in 2019.

The fifth-year option will pay Tunsil roughly $9.7 million in 2020, but it would only be guaranteed if he was unable to pass a physical at the start of the new league year in March 2020.

Tunsil’s deal in 2020 could come off the books if the Dolphins cut him, or he could return on a relatively cheaper contract.

But it is clear the Dolphins believe Tunsil will play a significant role in the future.

“I just have to come in every day, contribute to the team and put in hard work and keep building,” Tunsil said.

The Dolphins are in need of offensive linemen after the departure of right tackle Ja’Wuan James in free agency, and the release of left guards Ted Larsen and Josh Sitton.

Tunsil, Jesse Davis, who played every snap at right guard last season, and center Daniel Kilgore, who started only one game last season, are the only remaining starting offensive linemen from last season.

The Dolphins could draft a potential starting offensive tackle to compete with third-year lineman Zach Sterup for the starting right tackle position voided by James, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal — $32 million guaranteed — with the Denver Broncos last month.

Davis, Sterup and backup guard Isaac Asiata were marked as exclusive rights free agents to remain with the team, while the Dolphins signed guard/center Chris Reed, tackle Joey Jones-Smith and guard Michael Dunn to bolster their unit. Backup center Connor Hilland also remains on the roster.

The team’s top three wide receivers have a nice blend of speed and playmaking ability, and DeVante Parker provides needed size on the outside. Unfortunately, Dolphins fans have waited four seasons for Parker to make an impact worthy of his first-round pedigree, and very little has materialized in that regard. It remains to be seen whether former New England Patriots wide receivers coach and new Dolphins offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea (who was known to get the most out of his receivers in New England), can turn things around for the enigmatic pass catcher.

At quarterback, the obvious change from Ryan Tannehill to journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick signals that the Dolphins are in search of a young gun to take over in the near future. Fitzpatrick is intelligent, a commensurate leader, and can win games. He’ll add some spice to what will likely be a trying season in Miami.

On the offensive line, franchise left tackle Laremy Tunsil is back for what should be another very solid season. Miami would be wise to keep him around for a long time as he’s developed into a top-tier player at one of football’s most valuable positions. 31-year old center Daniel Kilgore is also returning after only playing four games last season. He’s likely a stopgap option at the position given that the Dolphins are in search of younger help on the interior. Jesse Davis is the final returning starter, and he’ll get a shot at keeping his job at right guard. His performance last season was middling and there’s a chance the coaching staff tries him at right tackle as well, a position he’s played in the past.

Isaac Asiata and Zach Sterup have done very little on the field for the Dolphins during their tenure with the team, and they’re just as likely to spend all season on the bench as they are to start. General manager Chris Grier will absolutely bring competition in through the draft along the o-line.

At tight end, the Dolphins brought on Dwayne Allen and Clive Walford through free agency, and though I see the team running two tight end sets, Gesicki should get a chance to start given his draft pedigree and talent level. With that said, Allen should see plenty of snaps, especially in the run game.

Albert Wilson Jersey

The Kansas chapter of the NAACP has spoken out about the principle of legitimacy regarding the Albert Wilson case.

Wilson’s case garnered national attention earlier this month after he was sentenced to over 12 years in prison after being charged with rape. The 23-year-old was also sentenced to a lifetime of probation and registered as a sex offender for the 2016 incident.

In a statement issued to VIBE, Kenya Cox, President of NAACP Kansas State Conference called the case and the sentencing “alarming,” given Wilson had no prior run-ins with police and the rape kit in the case clarified the parties did not engage in sexual intercourse.

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“The case of Albert Wilson, the former University of Kansas student who was convicted of rape and faces 12 years in prison, calls into question the issue of disparity in sentencing across the United States,” the statement reads. The case has drawn many to revisit the Brock Turner case. The former Standford University student was sentenced to six months in jail (but only served three) in 2016 for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. While Turner was found guilty of three felony counts of sexual assault, he was given the benefit of the doubt throughout the case.

“Crimes should be punished, period. Courts must provide survivors the justice they deserve,” she added. “While the NAACP takes all allegations of sexual assault seriously, we are also mindful that the sentencing of those convicted of sexual assault, or any other crime, should be free of any racial bias. It is, therefore, alarming that Mr. Wilson, a black student, was sentenced to 12 years in prison and a lifetime of probation for the crime of rape, but Brock Turner – a white Stanford University swimmer – was sentenced to six months in prison for the same crime. Indeed, Brock Turner only served three months of his sentence. Both of these men were accused of rape, but studies from the United States Sentencing Commission show that Black men are sentenced to much longer sentences than white people for committing the exact same crime.”

Wilson was reportedly given the minimum sentencing guidelines for rape in Kanas by Judge Sally Pokorny. Critics have also pointed to the racial aspects of the case, including the all-white jury and reported racial questions that were asked to prospective black jurors.

“While many are pointing out the inconsistencies between the evidence and testimonies in the trial of Mr. Wilson, what is certain is that the trauma and detrimental effects caused by rape are color-blind to the survivor, punishment for the assailant should be color-blind as well,” Cox said.

Since Wilson’s sentence on April 3, celebrities like Meek Mill and Kim Kardashian have brought attention to Wilson’s case. “No forensic evidence that a rape even happened but the testimony from a white girl to a black kids word is a case closer by far in America!” the rapper tweeted. “Somebody help this kid that’s a shame!”

The Dolphins will have a lot of familiar faces back at wide receiver, with five of the top six stat leaders from last year returning.

That group includes Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson, DeVante Parker, Jakeem Grant and Brice Butler, who was signed late in the 2018 season.

Former seventh-round pick Isaiah Ford is back for a third season with the Dolphins, who recently signed four-year NFL veteran Ricardo Louis and former Alliance of American Football player Reece Horn.

The one wide receiver gone from last season is veteran Danny Amendola, who signed with the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent.

D.K. Metcalf, 6-3, 228, Mississippi: Metcalf generated a lot of buzz before the combine because of a picture on Twitter that revealed a physique more suited to a bobybuilder than a football player. Metcalf then followed that by running a 4.33 40-yard dash in Indianapolis. The son of former Chicago Bears offensive lineman Terrance Metcalf, D.K. left Ole Miss after two seasons, both of which were cut short by injuries. In seven games before being sidelined by a neck injury in 2018, Metcalf averaged 21.9 yards on 26 catches with five touchdowns.

Marquise Brown, 5-9, 166, Oklahoma: The cousin of NFL star Antonio Brown, Marquise goes by the nickname “Hollywood” because of his flashy style but also as a nod to his South Florida hometown. Brown is a dynamic talent who caught 75 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018, but he sustained a foot injury in the Big 12 Championship Game that required surgery.

Deebo Samuel, South Carolina: Tyshun Samuel, whose nickname comes from a character in the movie “Friday,” is a dual threat as a receiver/returner. He earned first-team All-SEC recognition in 2018 as an all-purpose player and return specialist and second-team honors as a receiver.

Hakeem Butler, Iowa State: Butler was not a highly recruited receiver out of high school, but made himself a second-team All-Big 12 pick in 2018 after finishing in the top 10 nationally in receiving yards (1,318) and yards per catch (22.0). Butler isn’t a fluid route runner, but he’s got great size (6-5) and the ability to make contested catches.

Robert Quinn Jersey

The Dallas Cowboys acquired defensive end Robert Quinn from the Miami Dolphins on Thursday for a 2020 sixth-round pick.

Quinn, who visited The Star last week and also met with the New Orleans Saints, is getting a new one-year deal worth $8 million from the Cowboys and he can earn $1 million more in incentives, according to sources.

Quinn was set to make $11.8 million in the last year of his contract. Earlier in the month, the Dolphins paid Quinn a $1.12 million roster bonus and reportedly were willing to pay some of Quinn’s base salary to facilitate a trade. The Dolphins recently paid $5 million of the $7 million guaranteed to quarterback Ryan Tannehill as part of a trade to the Tennessee Titans.

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The Dolphins, however, are not paying any of the money in Quinn’s new deal with the Cowboys, the sources said.

Like manna from pass rush heaven, defensive end Robert Quinn has landed with the Dallas Cowboys.

In desperate need for a quality speed rusher to bookend with the franchised DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys gave the Miami Dolphins a 2020 sixth-round pick while they were able to cut Quinn’s base salary from $11.8 million to $8 million plus a little less than $1 million in incentives. It’s a one-year deal. Meanwhile, Lawrence will have to make d0 with $20.5 million in 2019 unless he can come to a long-term contract agreement with the Cowboys by mid-July. Both sides say a deal is doable but have yet to arrive at a meeting of the minds.

A bad back and shoulder issues have reduced the 6-4, 257-pound Quinn, an eight-year veteran, from a ferocious force to a reliable rusher. Still, he amassed 6.5 sacks, 15 quarterback hits and nine tackles for loss in 16 games last season. In 2013, perhaps his best season, Quinn posted 19 sacks, 34 quarterback hits and 23 tackles for loss while a St. Louis Ram.

A new defensive scheme implemented by new coach Brian Flores made Quinn, who will be 29 by the start of next season, expendable in Miami where the Dolphins have salary cap issues.

Aside from Lawrence, the only other defensive end on the Cowboys active roster last season had been Taco Charlton, who has yet to mature into the pass rusher the team hoped it was getting when they made him the 27th pick of the 2017 draft.

That’s because Randy Gregory has been suspended for violations of the NFL’s substance abuse policy with no known return date. And then there was the uber-talented and mega-troubled David Irving, also suspended for substance abuse and facing a domestic abuse claim by his ex-girlfriend. He had proven more trouble than he was worth. He announced he was retiring from the NFL at age 25 via an Instagram post.

With the addition of Quinn, new Cowboys for 2019 also include wide receiver Randall Cobb, who is penciled in to replace the departed Cole Beasley and safety George Iloka, who will man the position that seemed destined to be filled by Earl Thomas, who landed instead in Baltimore.

Question: By age, Robert Quinn shouldn’t be over the hill at all, but his best production is already a few years behind him. When you watched him on tape, how close is he to the player that could get you — I mean once he had 19.5 sacks — how close is he to a 10-12 sack guy?

Bryan Broaddus: I think he can still get between 8-10 sacks, absolutely.

I think, to me, what’s interesting about Robert Quinn is as he’s advanced in age he’s gotten a better understanding of how he needs to attack blockers. He still has the ability with the first-step quickness to get that arm — as being a right end — to get that left arm underneath a blocker, dip the shoulder and then be able to get to the level where the quarterback is. You don’t see him get pushed behind the quarterback very much. He, generally, will rush at the level he needs to be at. That’s the awareness you have in a player like that.

I think he’s gonna be a guy that’s gonna be able to hold the point of attack as a run player. To me, he’s not a guy who gets washed or anything like that. Really, the difference, [he has] similar traits you have with [DeMarcus] Lawrence, but he doesn’t play the run as well. He is a pass rusher through and through, but I like what I saw from him.

In watching the tape … they were playing the Packers. David Bakhtiari is the Pro Bowl tackle for the Packers there on the left side. The Packers thought enough of Quinn to put a tight end over there and a back over there too quite a bit during that game. The Patriots came back and were chipping a back on him as well. They obviously respect what he can do off the edge.

I think it’s one of those nice gets for the Cowboys. Didn’t really cost them very much as far as the compensation. And to get the salary reduced, I think, was a big thing too.

Vincent Taylor Jersey

The defensive lineman showed tremendous ability in his second year before an injury cut his 2018 season short. Vincent Taylor is a player who will benefit from the scheme change. The change will allow him to show off more of the ability he has. He will get plenty of opportunities to showcase his talent, as his workload will increase as a result of the teardown of the defensive line this off-season.

Taylor was a one-man wrecking crew, when healthy, and the buzz around him will continue to grow when he’s back on the field. For someone his size, the athletic ability he possesses is rare. A preseason sack on a stunt perfectly emulates the ability he has to disrupt plays and push the middle of the pocket back into the opposing team’s quarterback.

By the 2008 offseason, Peters had already established himself as a starter and even made his first Pro Bowl in 2007. He signed an extension in 2006, but quickly outplayed the $4 million average per year that deal was paying him. Peters wanted a new contract and he held out the entire spring and summer of 2008, getting fined about $650,000 by the Bills in the process. The holdout was orchestrated by late mega agent Eugene Parker and Peters’ longtime agent Vincent Taylor of Elite Loyalty Sports. Peters ended his holdout in early September.

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Dick Jauron, Bills head coach 2006-09: He was clearly, if not the best tackle in football, he was well on his way to being that. He had an unbelievable combination of size, strength and athletic ability. Uncanny for a man that big to be that fast, that quick, that tough. It was just a remarkable combination. Clearly, we had no desire to lose this player. From our side, the coaching side, and also from the front office side. They just couldn’t get it done. I’m not into those issues on that (business) side, but the football issues, we had none with him. Except, if he’s not on the field, he’s not helping us. Eventually, we had to do something.

Banner: I actually noticed his development and that he was involved in this contract dispute with the Bills. Went back to Howie and then Andy and said, ‘remember this guy? There might be an opportunity to take advantage of this dispute he’s in. What do you think?’ They said, ‘nothing to lose by calling.’

Mark Gaughan, The Buffalo News: Eugene Parker told me, at the time, that the market needed to be reset at offensive tackle in terms of the top salaries. The biggest deals had been two or three years beforehand. That was their perspective. That if you were negotiating based on the top tackle deals, that’s an off-base perspective because over the next couple of years, the tackle deals were going to take a dramatic jump up, just because of the timing of when the current top tackles in the league had signed. I think, in my opinion, Eugene determined that the Bills weren’t going to be willing to reset the market at tackle, either through early negotiations with them and the Bills’ track record in that time period of not really being a team that reset the market. That was going to be the key to the negotiations.

Vincent Taylor, Peters’ longtime agent: Respectfully, as a business, what he was as a football player wasn’t economically matching up. We just made a decision to not go to camp. We had been trying to get to the point where we could negotiate and we couldn’t get to that point. Just trying to minimize injury and things of that nature. We just came to a conclusion that he would withhold services until we could get it worked out.

Banner: There was clearly a problem. My recollection, which may not be 100 percent, was that our first call came after reading a lot of coverage about how he was determined to get a better deal, they weren’t really getting along, didn’t know if it was going to get worked out or if he was going to hold out. Once he came back on the radar screen, which was really through this contract dispute … Once we started to see the percolation of disagreement publicly, we were very much paying attention and strategizing on how we could position ourselves to get him.

Taylor: It was one of those things where the team said they didn’t want to negotiate if he wasn’t there. So at some point, I mean, he was making money that season that we didn’t want to miss out on. It was smart for us to come back and get that accrued season.

He was the number #123 ranked defensive lineman. He would have been more fantasy relevant if he had played more games. Based on average fantasy points he was the #57 defensive lineman. We split his 8 games into 3 segments (start, middle, and end). He showed improvement from his start of the season to the middle of his season, but then his production dropped off. In his middle 3 games he averaged 4.5 fantasy points which was higher than his start (2.5 FP) and his ending average (2.5 FP). He is still relatively young, so his late season drop-off should not be an indicator of an overall downward trend heading into next season. He averaged 3.2 FPs, but on any given day his projected ceiling is as high as 7 fantasy points. Vincent Taylor (2019 Season Projection: 35 Solo, 16 Ast, 4.7 Sacks, 0.6 PDs) is projected to improve in the upcoming season. His rank based on total projected fantasy points has him as the #60 player at his position.

The Dolphins need more growth from young players beyond this list to complete the rebuild, but these players showing marked improvement in 2019 and staying healthy is step one. Look for many young players to prove to the new regime they belong on the 53 man roster in 2019 and beyond.

MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 02: Kalen Ballage #27 of the Miami Dolphins heads to the locker room before the game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium on December 2, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Jakeem Grant Jersey

Brian Flores pulled the escape hatch yesterday when addressing the status of two of Miami’s more explosive offensive weapons, WRs Jakeem Grant and Albert Wilson.

It certainly isn’t time to panic. After all, it is mid-April, training camp is still several months away and the Dolphins aren’t going to play a significant snap for another 5 months. Both Grant and Wilson went under the knife last fall, so it is a little surprising to hear that neither Wilson’s hip or Grant’s foot have healed enough over the last 6-7 months to be considered ready.

The Dolphins, in the meantime, will make due. Even with a new coaching staff, the team is fortunate enough to know exactly what they have in both players.

Wilson, his durability aside, is an explosive slot receiver who has the ability to make big plays in the open field. Just ask the Chicago Bears. The speedy Wilson led the NFL in yards after catch at the time of his injury in 2018 and was one of the booming successes of the speed experiment implemented by the Dolphins last year. But ultimately, his success as a player will be dictated by staying on the field. There’s work to be done, but Wilson is not yet able to focus himself there until his rehab is complete.

As for Grant, his special teams value guarantees him a spot, no matter what. The film shows Grant budding as a legitimate receiver as well, so long as his foot injury doesn’t linger into 2019 and beyond.

Albert Wilson and Jakeem Grant, two receivers who accounted for eight of the Miami’s touchdowns before ending the season on injured reserve, haven’t been cleared to participate in on-field work, coach Brian Flores said on Tuesday.

“Those guys are working extremely hard to get back out on the field,” Flores said. “They are doing everything they can to get back on the field.”

Wilson suffered a hip injury in late October during a 32-21 loss to the Detroit Lions, and opted against having his hip surgically repaired, chosing to rehab instead.

Before suffering the injury, he was Miami’s most productive receiver and led the NFL in yards after catch. The former Port St. Lucie High standout finished his first season in Miami with 26 receptions for 391 yards and four touchdowns.

Grant suffered a season-ending left foot injury in a 31-12 loss to the Green Bay Packers in November. He did have a surgical procedure, and has not been cleared by team doctors.

Grant, who also serves as Miami’s primary returner, caught 21 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns, and returned both a kickoff and punt for a touchdown last season.

Without Grant and Wilson, the Dolphins have to make it through voluntary camp with six healthy receivers. Kenny Stills and DeVante Parker, who was re-signed this offseason, are Miami’s returning starters, and Brice Butler and Isaiah Ford are two returning veterans.

The Dolphins signed former Cleveland Browns receiver Ricardo Louis and former AAF receiver Reece Horn last week, adding them to the 90-player training camp roster.

Jakeem Grant is running again! Well, sort of. The diminutive and explosive Dolphins receiver gave us all an update on his rehab as he looks to bounce back from an injured Achilles tendon. And Grant looks good! He’s running on an ‘Alter G’ line of treadmill, which is designed to reduce weight and impact on the user.

Without having any direct knowledge of Grant’s rehab window, it’s impossible to say how close he may be to progressing to running in different conditions, but Grant, who last month said he hoped to be ready to go by training camp, continues to forge onward with his rehabilitation.

Grant has become a fan-favorite here in Miami, thanks to his underdog story and his thrilling contributions on offense with suddenness, toughness and trick plays.

But he did need surgery for the injury, thankfully avoiding the devastating Achilles tendon tear, which would have put him into a much longer recovery window.

With all the changes, it is easy to forget that Ryan Fitzpatrick is coming into an offense that features a well known deep threat in Kenny Stills, a big-time playmaker after the catch in Albert Wilson and another speed-demon in Jakeem Grant. All three of these receivers can give opposing defenders fits, especially Grant and Wilson, in the open field and after the catch.

The Dolphins have their quiet leader in Kenny Stills. Kenny has averaged 15+ yards per catch the past two seasons — with four different starting quarterbacks, no easy feat.

Both Grant and Wilson are currently rehabbing and recovering from 2018 injuries, but they both have time to get back to form.

Remember, Wilson destroyed a great Chicago defense with six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns. One of those scores went for 43 yards, the other 75 yards.

When you combine all three, Stills can take the top off of the defense and open up additional spacing for Wilson and Grant to work underneath and create after the catch.

Dolphins fans will have some adjustments ahead — new quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is much more aggressive taking shots down field than Ryan Tannehill ever was. As a result, this offense can make plays.