The Falcons announced they signed tight end Jaeden Graham on Friday. In a corresponding move, they waived defensive tackle Joey Ivie with an injury settlement.
Graham signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of Yale. He participated in their rookie minicamp.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott may be more talented, but there is no young player in Dallas who is going to influence wins and losses more than quarterback Dak Prescott.
According to Pro Football Reference’s expected points model, Dallas’ rushing offense was best in the league with 47 points over expectation last year. So the run game seems solid, but when Prescott dropped from a 104.9 passer rating in 2016 to an 86.6 passer rating in 2017, Dallas went from a number one seed in the NFC to missing the playoffs completely.
But he’s still just a 24-year-old passer who posted the most efficient rookie season of any passer ever. Playing under a cost-controlled rookie contract, Prescott has years to prove that he still is the player from 2016 before Dallas even thinks about moving on.
Behind enemy lines : Murphy, a Massachusetts native, confirmed to Francesa he grew up a Red Sox fan. But I’m not looking to start any fights with fans of other great baseball teams, he added.
Online betting : Francesa’s big issue the other day was the fact New Jersey will have a 30-day wait before it has online sports betting:
Wait a second. If you’re New Jersey, why would you put out a release like this?… What kind of way? If you’re a government, you do business that way. If you’re a private business, you would never – you would fire people if they did business that way. ‘Here it is, our grand opening, and we’re not open? You think Amazon does that? You think Apple does that? You think Apple says, ‘Hey, come to the Apple Store, we’re putting the phone on sale tomorrow, but we won’t have any for 30 days?’ That’s why when you give bureaucrats or anyone in government a chance to do something, they’ll screw it up.
But Murphy seemed to have a good enough explanation for Francesa.