Chargers OC meets with Lamar Jackson after pro day

The talk during Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson’s pro day revolved around the Heisman winner’s supposed inaccessibility to teams trying to arrange meetings. At least one club had no trouble sitting down with Jackson on Thursday.

Jackson is slated to be picked in the first round, potentially within the top half of the first day. The Chargers own the 17th overall pick, but also have needs at tackle and inside linebacker.

Jackson has already had a private workout with the Houston Texans, but according to NFL Network draft tsar Mike Mayock, other teams have had a hard time getting in contact with Jackson to set up future meetings.

This rule will be a complete disaster and impossible to enforce as it currently stands. The NFL has stated it will take input from players and coaches to narrow down the interpretation of the rule. I’ll believe it when it happens.

Take this example, I’m pulling around the edge as a lineman, and I lower my big-ass self (I’m close to 6’7) to generate leverage on contact. The defender moves slightly and also lowers himself for contact, and we meet helmet-to-helmet, am I ejected Does he get ejected Who initiated contact first Me or him

A running back is heading full speed into a hole at the line of scrimmage. A safety is flying in for the tackle and is aiming for the knees. The running back lowers himself to protect from the hit and also runs him over. Is that back now ejected What about the safety

How are the officials going to figure out these situations Does the NFL really want more reviews Do they want to put more judgment calls like this on the officials I’d guess none of these are what the NFL actually wants. patriots_125-223x223

Broncos might find out in May if they will host 2019 or 2020 NFL draft

NFL officials have been surveying the city of Denver as a potential candidate to host the 2019 or 2020 NFL draft, Broncos president and CEO Joe Ellis told the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala on Monday.

His best offer out of high school, however, was Fairleigh Dickinson. His first full season as a starter, he helped FDU break an 11-year NCAA Tournament drought. Seeking a bigger stage, he transferred to Loyola-Chicago — doing so without even visiting the city — and, in his first season as a starter, helped that program end a 33-year tournament drought.

Townes is 151-39 as a starter in high school and college. That record, more than anything Townes could say, is the perfect rebuttal to the big programs that didn’t offer him a scholarship.

I don’t have anything to say to them, he said. I feel like I could have helped any program, but it was just a longer journey. I ended up at a good program, and as everyone can see now, I’m helping a team go to the Final Four. I’m happy where I’m at now.

According to Gurley, there would be no concerns about fitting Beckham into Sean McVay’s offense led by himself and Jared Goff. There’s plenty of work to go around.

It wouldn’t be the start of a Major League Baseball season without Mike Francesa and Chris Mad Dog Russo going back and forth on over/under win totals for the upcoming campaign.

After years of the tradition on WFAN, times have changed. Now with Francesa no longer having a daily radio show, it wasn’t clear if the long-time host would put out his baseball thoughts before the season.

Thanks to an invitation on Russo’s MLB Network show, High Heat, fans had the chance to see the former duo together doing what they do best.

Here are some highlights from their selections, including the Yankees, Mets and Phillies.

Russo on the Mets: Over 82.5.patriots_014-223x223

Is 2018 a make-or-break year for Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett became head coach of the Cowboys during the 2010 season. His ability to extend his tenure beyond 2018 could hinge on whether the team makes it to the playoffs in 2018.

Five of Jacksonville’s six 2017 Pro Bowlers were below the age of 28, so there’s little reason to believe one of the league’s youngest and deepest teams won’t be even better in 2018. But all of the teams surrounding them in the top 10 spots of these rankings are more secure at the quarterback position, because there are still legitimate questions regarding Jags starter Blake Bortles.

Blake Bortles, the 2014 No. 3 pick, salvaged his career with a half-decent 2017 season that included a pair of strong road playoff performances in Pittsburgh and New England. Still, he was the league’s 13th-lowest-rated passer among 32 qualifiers.

If Bortles excels in his fifth season, the Jaguars can win it all. If he struggles, they’ll likely linger as a talented second-tier contender. But they’re so stacked that they’ll be competitive either way.

The Atlanta Falcons weren’t themselves in 2017 after blowing Super Bowl LI. And while that offense might never get back to where it was under Kyle Shanahan in 2016, the Falcons still have Matt Ryan under center, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman surrounding Ryan and one of the best young defenses in the NFL.

Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones and Keanu Neal were dominant at all three levels for that unit in 2017, and all remain below the age of 25. That speedy, athletic D ranked in the top 10 in points and yards allowed in 2017, and it should be better even without departed veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

Look for the offense to bounce back at least a little bit in Steve Sarkisian’s second season as offensive coordinator and for the Falcons to give the Rams, Vikings, Saints and Eagles a run for their money now that they’ve recovered from their Super Bowl hangover.

The Detroit Lions approached free agency like a team that would be satisfied with a third consecutive 9-7 season in 2018. In with DeShawn Shead, out with D.J. Hayden. In with Devon Kennard, out with Tahir Whitehead. In with Luke Willson, out with Eric Ebron.jets_037