TE Ben Watson Comes Out Of Retirement, Signs With Patriots

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TE Ben Watson has come out of retirement to join the team that drafted him in 2004, the New England Patriots! Watson recently retired after the NFC Championship with the New Orleans Saints.

Watson hopes to fill the whole the Patriots desperately needed after Rob Gronkowski retired due to his health. Watson already knows the Patriots offense very well which is where he was drafted in 2004. He went on to win a Super Bowl ring with the Patriots after they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21 in Super Bowl XXXIX.

I expect Watson to do extraordinary with the Patriots but I don’t see him ‘carrying the load’ for the TE position as the Patriots also added Austin Seferian-Jenkins. In the Tweet below, you can see the updated skill players for the Patriots courtesy of Field Yates.

 

Each First Round Draft Pick From The 2019 NFL Draft

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That’s it! The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is over and some of the biggest names are officially off the board. Here are every draft pick from the first round:

Selection No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray

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Selection No. 2 – San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa

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Selection No. 3 – New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams

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Selection No. 4 – Oakland Raiders: DE Clelin Ferrell

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Selection No. 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White

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Selection No. 6 – New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones

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Selection No. 7 – Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Josh Allen

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Selection No. 8 – Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson

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Selection No. 9 – Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver

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Selection No. 10 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Broncos): LB Devin Bush

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Selection No. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams

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Selection No. 12 – Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary

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Selection No. 13 – Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins

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Selection No. 14 – Atlanta Falcons: G/T Chris Lindstrom

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Selection No. 15 – Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins

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Selection No. 16 – Carolina Panthers: OLB Brian Burns

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Selection No. 17 – New York Giants (Via Browns): DT Dexter Lawrence

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Selection No. 18 – Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury

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Selection No. 19 – Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons

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Selection No. 20 – Denver Broncos (Via Steelers): TE Noah Fant

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Selection No. 21 – Green Bay Packers (Via Seahawks): S Darnell Savage

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Selection No. 22 – Philadelphia Eagles (Via Ravens): T Andre Dillard

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Selection No. 23 – Houston Texans: T Tytus Howard

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Selection No. 24 – Oakland Raiders (Via Bears): RB Josh Jacobs

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Selection No. 25 – Baltimore Ravens (Via Eagles): WR Marquise Brown

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Selection No. 26 – Washington Redskins (Via Colts): DE Montez Sweat

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Selection No. 27 – Oakland Raiders (Via Cowboys): S Johnathan Abram

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Selection No. 28 – Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery

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Selection No. 29 – Seattle Seahawks (Via Chiefs): DE L.J. Collier

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Selection No. 30 – New York Giants (Via Seahawks/Packers/Saints): CB Deandre Baker

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Selection No. 31 – Atlanta Falcons (Via Rams): T Kaleb McGary

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Selection No. 32 – New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry

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Top 10 Greatest Saints To Ever Play

Johnathon Vilma, Pat Swilling, Mark Ingram. All dominate Saints players yet they didn’t make the cut for my personal top 10 Saints players. Here is my top 10 Saints players.

Number 10: DE Will Smith

Super Bowl winning DE Will Smith was murdered tragically April 9th, 2016. Will Smith’s greatest play, in my opinion, was Tracy Porter’s game-sealing interception as he laid a key block on Peyton Manning.

Number 9: QB Archie Manning

Although it was another era when Saints fans typically wore paper bags over their heads, there was a shining star at QB by the name of Archie Manning. He gave the Saints hope yet we were typically considered the “laughing stock of the league.”

Number 8: WR Joe Horn

WR Joe Horn was not only a great receiver, he was a hilarious personality to have around New Orleans. He’s iconically know for his cell phone celebration after a touchdown.

Number 7: LB Sam Mills

LB Sam Mills passed away August 3rd, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer. Mills was inducted into the Saints and Panthers Hall of Fame. Mills is the inspiration behind the Panthers’ slogan “Keep Pounding.” He was in “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” was a nickname for the Saints linebacking corp.

Number 6: OL Willie Roaf

OT Willie Roaf, aka “Nasty,” played for the Saints and Chiefs for thirteen seasons. He was such an exceptional tackle, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 5: RB Deuce McAllister

DEUCEEEEE!!! Deuce McAllister is the greatest running back in Saints history. He was drafted out of Ole Miss in the first round and spent eight seasons with the Saints.

Number 4: WR Marques Colston

WR Marques Colston, the greatest WR to never make a Pro Bowl. After drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra, he was never looked at tremendously. He has just under 10,000 career yards (9,759) and 72 touchdowns.

Number 3: K Morten Anderson

K Morten Andersen is one of the greatest kickers ever after just being passed by ageless K Adam Vinatieri. Andersen ended his career with 2,544 points. He was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Number 2: LB Rickey Jackson

HOF LB Rickey Jackson was inducted into the 2010 class. Jackson was the leader of the “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling.

Number 1: QB Drew Brees

Although this may be obvious, I placed Brees as the greatest Saint ever because after Hurricane Katrina, the Saints, and quite frankly, the whole city of New Orleans was in desperate need of a hero. The Saints were rumored to be relocated to San Antonio if NOLA couldn’t recover. Within a few years of being signed, Brees brought a Lombardi to NOLA.


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Jayrone Elliott: Saints Best AAF Prospect

Former San Antonio Commanders’ LB/DE Jayrone Elliott would add great depth to the Saints’ defensive line and linebackers.

Elliott, who led the AAF in sacks with 7.5 in just 8 games, was a Packers linebacker a few years back and already spent time in New Orleans during the preseason.

With the Saints losing DT Sheldon Rankins for the beginning of the season due to a torn achilles and the lack of depth at the linebacker position for us, Jayrone Elliott could supply us with “breathing room” per se. Elliot is a great pass rusher and for him to learn with one of the game’s best in Cam Jordan can be very beneficial for him.

The 6’3″, 255lbs linebacker nearly missed the 53-man roster cut off and had to sign with the AAF in the meantime.


Fun Fact: LB Jayrone Elliott, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Ted Ginn Jr, and ST/CB Justin Hardee all attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, OH.

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New NFL Proposal To Review No-Calls

 

A new rule change has been proposed by Saints coach Sean Payton to use your team’s challenges to challenge no-calls; E.g. Pass Interference, Roughing The Passer, etc.

This was proposed at the NFL’s Annual League Meeting. This started at 8am PT yet Payton was answering the media’s questions by 7:40am PT.

Payton and the 31 other coaches voted 32-0 for the rule change but it’s still must pass through the owners. There’s high doubt from Payton that this will be passed.


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3 Prospects That Fit The Saints

With the NFL Draft fast approaching, I’ll look back at my top 3 key prospects the Saints have met with for this year’s draft.

Prospect 1: Parris Campbell

Former Ohio State WR Parris Campbell is projected to go anywhere as high as first round to as low as third round according to 247Sports.  Campbell had a great season with 90 receptions with just over 1,000 yards. He measured in at 6′ 1 7/8″ and weighed in at 205lbs. He provides a speed the Saints need as Ted Ginn Jr is getting up there in age.

Prospect 2: A.J. Brown

Either A.J. Brown or Parris Campbell would help the Saints greatly. With Dez Bryant still a mystery, the Saints should add depth to the receiver position. Brown is projected to go high second to mid third round.

Prospect 3: Will Grier

QB from WVU, Will Grier, would be a great asset for the Saints. If he could sit under Brees and learn from one of the greatest, he’ll thrive in the league. The Saints do have Teddy Bridgewater but he’s only under a one year deal.


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Player Spotlight: Kharlton Belmar

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Following a tough 0-1 home loss against Saint Louis FC, Nashville SC is looking to bounce back strong in next weeks matchup vs the New York Red Bulls Reserves in New Jersey.

The loss was very surprising given that Nashville contained possession 62% of the time and kicked a total of 12 “Coca-Cola” corner kicks. It was just “one of those games” for the squad where it felt seemingly impossible to find the net. That being said, there were many positives that the Nashville SC squad can take out of this. One being the emergence of Kharlton Belmar, forward out of Virginia Commonwealth University(VCU).

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Belmar is just one of those players you love to watch run the pitch. The mix of speed and skill he contains is almost unguardable in a 1 v 1 situation, making him a threat every time he touches the ball. Throughout the Nashville/Saint Louis match, he was by far the most electrifying player in the game, receiving “ouus” and “ahhs” nearly every time he made a move. If he continues playing at an MLS like level, I see no reason why Nashville SC wouldn’t sign him for next years MLS squad.

College

In Belmar’s 4 years at VCU,  he constructed a solid stat-line and improved year by year. In his 76 matches played, Belmar racked up 18 goals while dispersing 5 assists. In his Junior and Senior year, he was an All-Atlantic 10 First Team Selection (2013, 2014).

Year 1 (2015)-Rookie Sensation

Belmar surprised A LOT of people in his first year in the USL while playing for the Portland Timbers 2.  In 28 appearances, he scored a team-high 12 goals and gave out 3 assists, which led to him winning the honors of USL Rookie of the Year. At just 22 years old, Belmar was already looking like a future MLS/USL star.

Year 2 (2016)-Sophomore Slump

In Belmar’s second year with the Portland Timber’s USL affiliate, he only found the net 3 times while dishing out 3 assists. No, this was not a “bad” season of any means, it was just down from his sensational rookie season.

Year 3 (2017)-The Return

The 2017 season was HUGE for the career of Kharlton Belmar. He Made one MLS appearance and one U.S. Open Cup appearance with Sporting KC. He played 32 games with 25 starts for the Swope Park Rangers for the remainder of the season. Belmar found the net a CLUB RECORD 15 times while dishing out 3 assists.

Year 4 (2018)-USL History

Last season, Belmar Made four MLS appearances for Sporting KC in which he netted one goal along with an assist in the U.S. Open Cup.  He also started 22 games for Swope Park while scoring 11 goals, putting him at 12th all-time scorer in USL history. This season was a trophy case filler for the now veteran player and Nashville took notice.

The Future is Bright!

With Nashville SC already signing Daniel Rios and Cameron Lancaster to MLS deals, it would not be surprising if they signed Belmar here soon. The city of Nashville has been patiently waiting for a REAL star athlete they can cheer on, and we believe Kharlton Belmar has all the characteristics to be one.

 

 

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Player Spotlight: De’Aaron Fox

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By Aston Hutchison (@HutchTtsm)

 

Do you ever recall a time where you are outside, enjoying the day, and suddenly you were hit by a rather large breeze? Chances are you just experienced the afterburners coming from De’Aaron Fox exploding up the floor. Fox has world class quickness and raw speed, but what delineates him from the rest is that he somehow seems to get quicker when the rock is at his finger-tips. Fox’s ability to adjust mid-stride and make defenders fall to the ground compares to the NFL’s CJ2k Chris Johnson in his prime.

Don’t sleep on De’Aaron Fox being a one trick pony either… Fox has active hands on defense racking up 1.3 steals per game earning him respect as one of the NBA’s best defending point guards. On the offensive side of the ball, his legs may be looking like the fictional Road Runner, but his mind is finally starting to slow down and see the game. If Fox can ever get to the point where he’s able to manipulate the pace of the game at his will, or visually see plays developing 2 or 3 moves into the future, he will easily earn the title as the best all-around point guard in the NBA in the next couple of years. De’Aaron Fox’s rapid growth is also turning the heads of NBA superstars such as Kyrie Irving!

The Facts

Every single part of De’Aaron’s stat line is up from his rookie season. The most significant is how many more times Fox is earning easy buckets at the free-throw line. He is currently shooting 5.2 free-throw attempts per game which is up from the 2.7 attempts in 2017-18. This jump in free throw attempts has nothing to do with his superior athletic abilities. It solely is accounted for in how Fox has started controlling every dimension of the game including the film room. Fox is exploiting defender’s weaknesses night-end and night-out which accounts for him earning more trips to the line.

In Fox’s rookie season defenders played on-ball defense by providing a gap to account for the likelihood of a drive to the basket. With his 3P% up from 30% in 2018 to 37% in 2019, gap defense is no longer an option. If you gap Fox, you get sprayed…. but if you play tight, you get left staring into blank space… The man is electric! The scariest statistic yet is the fact that Fox shows out even more on the road! Fox’s advanced metric offensive rating according to NBA.com is 2 points higher on the road, than in Sacramento…

Fox has been one of the fastest developing young players in the NBA thus far. If the young star can help the Kings make the playoffs, and make some noise, he will start becoming a household name. This 6’3″ TRUE point guard out of the University of Kentucky epitomizes what the NBA is all about with talent, work ethic, and a big ‘ol smile!