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    Getty Mike Zimmer Michael Pierce’s decision to opt out of the 2020 season was another blow dealt to a Vikings defense dealing with the turnover of losing five key players from 2019. Pierce was the team’s biggest free-agency add as a member of the Baltimore Ravens‘ top-five run defense from a season ago. He was added to replace Linval Joseph, the Vikings’ longtime run-stuffer at nose tackle who was released this offseason to clear cap space. The Vikings tried to remedy losing Pierce by trading for former Las Vegas Raiders second-rounder P.J. Hall — a move that fell through 24 hours after the trade was announced when Hall failed his team physical, nullifying the trade. Co-defensive coordinator Adam...
    MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 17: Ed Oliver #91 of the Buffalo Bills reacts against the Miami Dolphins during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium on November 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Ed Oliver shared his frustration regarding his recent arrest, with officers taking him into custody for DWI even though he passed a Breathalyzer test. Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver expressed his frustration regarding his recent arrest after officers took him into custody for DWI despite the fact that a Breathalyzer test showed no alcohol in his system, according to ESPN’s Marcel Louis-Jacques. All charges against Oliver were later dropped, and the second-year man out of Houston said that the justice system saw...
    Getty The Seahawks have been linked to defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The names keep coming for the Seattle Seahawks who continue to be linked to free-agent defensive linemen. The latest rumor connects the Seahawks to two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, per Sirius XM’s Adam Caplan. “Also looking at DT (need depth): a name to watch: Marcell Dareus,” Caplan tweeted. Caplan added Dareus’ name to the mix and retweeted NFL Network’s Mike Silver’s report about the Seahawks’ interest in Clay Matthews and Everson Griffen. Dareus played the last three seasons for the Jaguars but started his NFL career in Buffalo. While Dareus is not a player known for getting to the quarterback, the defensive tackle would...
    Getty Veteran defensive tackle Bruce Hector, right, was waived by the Eagles to get the roster down to 77 players. The Eagles waived two players on Friday to get the active roster down to 77. The team is still in the “acclimatization period” of their abbreviated training camp. Philadelphia released cornerback Prince Smith, an undrafted rookie out of New Hampshire, and defensive tackle Bruce Hector, a veteran who played in 11 games over two seasons. The Eagles also reportedly added defensive end, Vinny Curry, after signing him to a one-year deal to bolster their pass rush. The team has international-exempt rookie Matt Leo who doesn’t count against a roster spot. Smith grew up in Philadelphia and attended Imhotep...
    Getty Daylon Mack pressures the pocket with Texas A&M. The Detroit Lions made a quick waiver claim a week ago by signing Daylon Mack following his release from the Baltimore Ravens, and they’ve made just as quick of a release. Late Friday, the team revealed they had elected to cut Mack from the roster. In the end, Mack lasted with the Lions less than a week from when he was added. The Detroit Lions announced today that they have waived DT Daylon Mack. — Detroit Lions (@Lions) August 7, 2020 The reason the Lions cut Mack? It was likely a case of them liking their own players up front. Certainly, Detroit’s defensive line has some questions coming...
    Manny Diaz, Miami Hurricanes. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) The Miami Hurricanes have struck gold on the recruiting trail with 5-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor committing on Thursday. Manny Diaz and his coaching staff at Miami have struck gold once again out on the recruiting trail. This time, the Hurricanes have landed a verbal pledge from one of the top high school seniors in the country, with 5-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor committing on Thursday. Taylor, who checks in at 6-foot-4 and weighs 255 pounds, picked up a ton of offers throughout his recruitment, but no other program was able to match the pitch Diaz and Miami delivered. Respect it @PantherPride305 @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/MszG4BUXeb — Leonard Taylor ???? ⁵⁶ (@56reasons_) August...
    NRA fights back, files its own suit against NY attorney general seeking to disband organization 5 Burger King locations in Iowa just sold for less than the price of a Whopper Miami lands commitment from 5-star DT Taylor Five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor announced his commitment to Miami on Thursday. © Mark Brown / Getty Images Sport / Getty Taylor is the No. 5 overall recruit and the second-highest rated defensive tackle on the ESPN 300. 5 Star Leonard Taylor commits to the U???? pic.twitter.com/Z2AMGV65Ne— Grantlong (@Grantlonggg) August 6, 2020 More to come. Copyright © 2020 Score Media Ventures Inc. All rights reserved. Certain content reproduced under license.
    Getty Former Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko has ties to the Vikings. The demand for defensive linemen hasn’t been higher this offseason, and the clock is ticking. Eleven defensive linemen have opted out of the 2020 season as of Wednesday due to COVID-19, including the Vikings’ Michael Pierce, a run stuffer who was a lock as the team’s starting nose tackle and the centerpiece of the defensive front. “Zimmer’s entire defensive scheme only works with a dominant [nose tackle],” former Vikings offensive lineman Jeremiah Sirles tweeted in March. “That’s just a fact.” The Vikings did trade for ex-Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle P.J. Hall, but Hall failed the team physical and was sent back to the Raiders, who...
    Getty Former Eagles defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan is available. The Vikings had a moment of solace when the team confirmed a conditional trade with the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday. Defensive tackle P.J. Hall, a former 2018 second-round pick that was expected to help the Vikings fill the void left by nose tackle Michael Pierce, who was a high-risk opt out of the 2020 season due to his asthma. The moment didn’t last long. Hall failed his physical 24 hours later, which nullified the deal and brought the Vikings back to square one (and Hall back to Las Vegas). Mike Zimmer said he has a plan with the rostered defensive linemen, but adding depth is always a good...
    There has already been a host of NFL players who have decided to opt-out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but now the league has reportedly set a deadline for undecided players to make their choice. According to ESPN, the deadline for players to opt-out of the NFL season is set for Thursday at 4 p.m. ET. The NFL hasn’t released a formal statement about the Thursday deadline, but more players are expected to opt-out before the end of the week. NFL PLAYERS WHO HAVE OPTED OUT OF PLAYING THE 2020 SEASON OVER CORONAVIRUS CONCERNS Several players have already made the decision to opt-out before training camp even began. The New England Patriots currently have the most...
    Getty The Vikings received former Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle P.J. Hall for a conditional seventh-round pick. The Minnesota Vikings just made a move to add to the competition at defensive tackle following the news of Michael Pierce opting out of the 2020 season. The Vikings traded a conditional seventh-round pick to the Las Vegas Raiders for defensive tackle P.J. Hall, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Hall will have to make the 53-man roster and play in six games in order for the Raiders to receive the pick. The trade is a win-win for both sides as the Raiders are looking to get something from Hall, who they spent a second-round pick on in 2018, while the Vikings are...
    Getty Daylon Mack makes a play for the Ravens. The Detroit Lions signed defensive tackle Daylon Mack over the weekend, and most fans probably don’t know a whole lot about their team’s brand new player. Mack has had a lower profile coming into the league, but he is a talented player that might have all the potential in the world to raise his profile a bit. After the signing, Chris Burke of The Athletic pointed out an interesting comparison made by colleague Dane Brugler about Mack’s abilities. The lineman was referred to as a “squatty fire hydrant” by Brugler, but also compared him to defensive tackle Javon Hargrave. Just wanted to get "squatty fire hydrant" out into the...
    Getty Branden Jackson will re-sign with the Seahawks after being released. It has been a wild offseason for Branden Jackson, but the Seattle Seahawks are once again bringing back the pass rusher. The news comes just a week after the Seahawks released Jackson along with several additional players prior to the start of training camp. “That was fast: The #Seahawks are re-signing DE Branden Jackson, source said,” NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted. “He actually was just released by Seattle more than a week ago, but will re-sign under a different deal on Wednesday when he clears protocol.” Jackson will sign a more team-friendly deal once he clears the COVID-19 protocols. Jackson appeared in 15 games last season...
    The Raiders took a calculated gamble when they selected defensive tackle P.J. Hall in the second round of the 2018 NFL draft. As has too often happened on a round which players should be starters or significant contributors, they swung and missed. Hall, whom coach Jon Gruden signaled out for being overweight in last year’s training camp during a recent teleconference, will be sent packing. NFL Media first reported Hall’s exit Monday morning. Source: The #Raiders are releasing PJ Hall, a former 2nd round pick. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2020 Hall, 25, is subject to waivers and if not claimed by another team, would likely get a chance somewhere else based on his draft status. Then again,...
    P.J. Hall, #92, Oakland Raiders, (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) The Raiders have cut their 2018 draft pick in defensive tackle P.J. Hall.  P.J. Hall will have to find another NFL home to prolong his career. The Las Vegas Raiders have cut their former second round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The team has officially moved on from defensive tackle Hall on Monday. The 2018 2nd rounder played in all 16 games last year and had 1.5 sacks with 26 tackles. Now, Las Vegas quickly cuts ties before actual football begins. https://t.co/np28VB6ODX — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2020 Upon arrival, Hall had drawn criticism from head coach Jon Gruden for coming into the 2018 season overweight for...
    The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-year defensive end Adam Gotsis days after two linemen opted out of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Veterans Al Woods and Lerentee McCray decided not to play in 2020, creating a need for depth along Jacksonville’s defensive front. Gotsis spent the last four years in Denver, where he notched 109 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a second-round draft pick in 2016. He played in nine games in 2019, finishing with 16 tackles. He missed the final three games because of a knee injury. Also Sunday, the Jaguars activated rookie defensive tackle...
    DeForest Buckner exited and top-draft pick Javon Kinlaw entered for a 49ers defensive line that could key a Super Bowl return. Last year’s showing made the NFL take notice. Nick Bosa got Defensive Rookie of the Year honors. Arik Armstead got a contract extension. And Dee Ford, well, he got surgery on a problematic knee issue. The 49ers know their strength remains their defensive front, and with depth especially important amid COVID-19 uncertainty this season, here is who’s on that unit as camp opens: PROJECTED STARTERS Defensive end Nick Bosa: Look for a double-digit sack total and more all-around amazement in an encore that could merit consideration for All-Pro honors and NFL Defensive Player of the Year. A year ago,...
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 05: Bilal Nichols #98 of the Chicago Bears (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Bilal Nichols will need to emerge as a star for the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears took a chance on a fifth-round defensive tackle out of lowly Delaware in the 2018 NFL Draft, and Bilal Nichols has repaid this risky selection by becoming a valued member of Matt Nagy’s defensive line. Nichols is now being asked to step into the spotlight after the decision of starting nose tackle Eddie Goldman opting out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. Nichols was already being counted on to be a big contributor, but he will get his chance to make the leap from average to...
    Clemson Tigers helmet. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Clemson continues to dominate on the recruiting trail.The Clemson Tigers now have the nation’s No. 4 recruiting class after the Tuesday afternoon commitment from four-star defensive tackle Payton Page. Dabo Swinney‘s program was able to secure the commitment from the 6-foot-4, 360-pound defensive tackle from Dudley high school in Greensboro, N.C. over finalists, Tennessee and North Carolina. Ranked as the nation’s No. 80 overall player, No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 4 prospect in the state of North Carolina by the 247Sports Composite, Page is the sixth-highest commitment on the board for Clemson. Clemson still trails Ohio State, Alabama and Oregon in the race for the No. 1 class but there’s still plenty...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WJZ) — Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle and former Baltimore Raven Michael Pierce has opted out of playing in the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports. >>WJZ has a new news app! Download it now!
    Broncos general manager John Elway confirmed Tuesday that veteran defensive tackle Kyle Peko has opted out of the 2020 season over COVID-19 concerns. The NFL and the players association agreed last week to an opt-out clause for the upcoming season. Those who choose to voluntarily sit out will receive a $150,000 stipend and those with medical opt outs will receive $350,000 rather than their contractual salary. Elway said Peko notified the Broncos “it was more dangerous for him” to play during the pandemic. It’s uncertain whether Peko has a medical condition himself that imperiled his health or if his decision to skip the season was related to his wife’s recent bout with cancer. A year ago, Peko left...
    Getty The Eagles signed DT Malik Jackson to a three-year contract in the offseason. The joke is mechanics try to rip people off all the time, but one Eagles star is fighting back after getting overcharged. Malik Jackson has filed a lawsuit against West Coast Customs, the famous California custom car shop that counts Shaquille O’Neal and Mark Wahlberg as clients. According to TMZ Sports, Jackson was charged $187,000 more than the agreed-upon-price for two hot-rod cars: Chevy Cruiser and Chevy Gasser. He left the vehicles there in July 2019 to be rebuilt and customized. Here is what TMZ uncovered: Jackson says for one of the builds — a Chevy Gasser — he agreed to pay $200,000 to...
    The Gophers football program has missed out on another top prospect from the state of Minnesota in the 2021 recruiting class. Joe Alt, a 6-foot-7, 260-pound offensive tackle from Totino-Grace High School, committed to Notre Dame on Monday. Alt is now considered the eighth-best prospect in the state for next year’s class, per 247sports.com’s composite ranking, and he’s the fourth top player to pick an outstate school. “I would like to thank all the coaches that have recruited me,” Alt tweeted. “I would also like to thank my family and friends for helping me to finalize this decision. Lastly and most importantly, I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity and for the discernment to choose...
    The Eagles might have the best defensive tackle rotation in football. The interior line is the stuff of nightmares. The addition of Javon Hargrave in the offseason only strengthened an already freakish collection of talent, including Fletcher Cox, Malik Jackson and Hassan Ridgeway. Yes, the latter player may not inspire the same amount of fear as the other three but remember the name. The 25-year-old is out to prove he belongs in the conversation. And he believes that Philadelphia owns the best defensive line in the NFL. “This interior is probably, man, as they say every year, probably one of the best that’s out there if everybody can stay healthy,” Ridgeway told reporters in April. “You got a lot of...
    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Paul “Rocky” Rochester, a defensive lineman on the New York Jets’ Super Bowl-winning team in 1969, has died. He was 81. The team announced Rochester’s death on its website Tuesday, saying it happened last weekend but did not provide additional details. Rochester began his pro football career with the Dallas Texans in 1960, and played three-plus seasons with the AFL team that would become the Kansas City Chiefs. Shortly after being released during the 1963 season, Rochester was signed by the Jets and became their starting left defensive tackle. He played 6 1/2 seasons for New York and capped his playing career by helping Joe Namath and the Jets win the franchise’s only...