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nfl draft: giants take evan engram, ole miss te, with 23rd overall pick


the giants selected ole miss tight end evan engram with the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 nfl draft.advertisement | advertise on newsdayit’s the first time since 2002 (jeremy shockey) that the giants selected a tight end in the first round.engram is a jordan reed-esque move tight end who can pose a matchup problem if split out wide or in the slot. he has great speed (4.42-second 40 at the combine) and great hands, but at 6-3 3/8 and 234 pounds, he’s not a traditional in-line player, which is what the giants traditionally have looked for in their tight ends.






trucker explains how semis back into tight spots


have you ever wondered how semi-trucks back into such tight spots? this driver, with the help of some overhead drone footage, explains how they get work their magic.full story at youtube.more great car stuff. posted by josh urich






if seahawks need a tight end, combine performances show there will be plenty ava


saturday's combine performances showed this is a strong year for tight ends in the nfl draft.seahawks coach pete carroll answered with his trademark optimism when asked at the nfl combine this week if the team still hopes to re-sign free agent tight end luke willson.“sure,’’ carroll said. “we love luke.’’but if the seahawks do lose willson — who stands as the most high-profile seattle position player set to become an unrestricted free agent on march 9 — seattle is picking a good year to dip into the draft for a replacement.many draft analysts said coming into the combine that this year’s corps of tight ends is as good as any in recent memory.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the tight ends then reinforced that opinion when they hit the field for workouts in indianap






jets tight end eric tomlinson catches on as big-time blocker


florham park, n.j. (ap) — eric tomlinson is a big, burly tight end whose main job for the new york jets isn’t catching footballs, it’s throwing blocks on defenders.that’s the gritty, unglamorous life of a so-called blocking tight end in the nfl — and tomlinson fully embraces the role.“it’s definitely tough, but i love to block,” tomlinson said after a recent training camp practice. “i take passion in it. when the passes come, and there might not be many, you’ve got to make the most of those opportunities.“but, blocking, i really like it.”most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.the long-haired, bushy-bearded tomlinson is far from flashy, but he serves a vital role in the jets’ revamped offense under new coordinator john morton.while austin seferian-jenkins and rookie jorda






u.k.’s hammond to keep purse strings tight as brexit gets under way


london—u.k. treasury chief philip hammond on sunday signaled that he will keep a tight rein on britain’s public finances when he presents his latest tax-and-spending plans to u.k. lawmakers on wednesday, despite better-than-expected economic growth that economists say should swell government tax revenue.in an interview with the british broadcasting corp., mr. hammond said the u.k. is still borrowing too much even after years of...






massive rookie tight end adam shaheen hungry as a bear


the bears continued their rookie minicamp saturday in lake forest with defensive coordinator vic fangio following the morning practice by addressing the media for the first time since december. here's what we learned from all the happenings at halas hall.rookie tight end adam shaheen addressed... (dan wiederer)






rob gronkowski, 2017 fantasy football


hello everyone, and welcome back to another article in our draft strategy series, where we take a look at each position and how to best attack it in drafts. we’ve covered qb’s, backs and receivers up to this point, so now let’s switch our focus to the tight end position. i’ve been pretty in-depth with our backs and receivers conversations, but it’s going to be a bit straightforward for this article. not saying i’ll not give quality and dependable analysis (do i ever?), but it won’t be as complex.so let’s jump straight into it.more tiers, less fearsthe tight end position is very straightforward this year. there are the top two elite te’s, then a handful of some very good options, a few high-upside options, and then some bleh te’s. so let’s talk about each te, in order based on adp, and what






impact tight ends should be available for vikings in draft


will the vikings continue to address the tight end position alongside kyle rudolph?daniel jeremiah and bucky brooks, former nfl scouts and current draft analysts for the nfl network, are among those thinking they could get a difference maker from the upcoming nfl draft class in two weeks.“you have a lot of playmakers,” brooks said. “you have a handful of traditional y tight ends [and] these mismatched guys — guys that are kind of like those jumbo wide receivers — will have the opportunity to play in the league and create mismatches. much like jordan reed has been able to do.”the vikings used fewer multiple tight end formations as kyle rudolph emerged with a career-high 83 receptions, in part, because he stayed healthy and there was a dearth of other tight ends in the offense. knee injuries






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sunday seahawks free agent update: luke willson officially signs, ryan clady and


seahawks tight end luke willson officially signed his one-year contract with the seahawks on sunday.catching up on a few items related to the seahawks and the free agent signing period from sunday:— tight end luke willson officially signed his one-year contract a sunday, a deal that was revealed to be worth $1.8 million at signing — an $800,000 bonus and a $1 million guaranteed salary — with another $1 million in incenties.willson’s signing may have solidified the seattle tight end position for now as another seahawks unrestricted free agent tight end — brandon williams — was reported by jason la canfora to be visiting indianapolis.williams was the team’s third tight end last season after jimmy graham and willson and the team undoubtedly plans to replace him if he gets away with luke vanne






could the raiders use deep draft to add another tight end?


the raiders already have three tight ends locked and loaded with roles on their depth chart after the free agent signing of jared cook.lee smith will be back after last season’s week 4 ankle injury and the raiders will be thrilled to have one of the better blocking tight ends in the league on the field. and it remains too early to give up on 2015 third-round pick clive walford, who needs to add consistency and better health to a solid skill set.without cook, getting another tight end in this draft — considered to be talent-rich at the position — would’ve been automatic. the need for greater production at that spot, and perhaps, to push walford a little bit in the process, is great. but with cook around, it could be hard to squeeze a fourth tight end on the active roster and so the play cou






vikings expect te david morgan to bring a push in all-purpose role


behind vikings starting tight end kyle rudolph, his position group fields just one nfl catch between the other five guys in the room.that’s not necessarily where second-year tight end david morgan may provide the biggest boost, anyway.morgan, the former sixth-round pick who caught one pass for four yards as a rookie, could be a critical component of the vikings’ retooled run game — a year removed from ranking last in the league. a road-grading tight end is part of what the vikings missed last season, when rhett ellison made an impressive turnaround from a torn patellar tendon, but wasn’t as effective.the vikings eyed morgan (6-4, 265 pounds) as one of the 2016 draft’s top run blockers and, after a spring as the second tight end with the starters, they could rely on him to make a difference






sylvester stallone clowns nfl legend tony gonzalez


you know that guy at the gym who goofs around and gets in the way of those trying to get through their workout? sylvester stallone was that guy for nfl legend tony gonzalez thursday.while gonzalez was trying to impart some of his knowledge to young chiefs tight end ross travis, he managed to ignore stallone’s antics.i was brought in to coach tight ends today @unbreakableperformance but i didn't want to make that guy @tonygonzalez feel insecure with my quickness and hands so i let him do it. you're welcome tony, you're lucky you're the greatest and my feet hurt or i would've smoked you .. ps did i tell you i'm delusional by nature? #nfl #gyma post shared by sly stallone (@officialslystallone) on mar 9, 2017 at 12:17pm pstgonzalez, who went from a basketball/football player at cal to perhaps






seahawks agree to terms to re-sign tight end luke willson and cornerback deshawn


the seahawks have agreed to terms with cornerback deshawn shead and tight end luke willson.the seahawks have agreed to terms to re-sign tight end luke willson and cornerback deshawn shead, each unrestricted free agents, a league source confirmed to the seattle times friday morning.each was reported initially by danny o’neil of 710 espn seattle.each is reported to be a one-year deal and willson’s contract is reported to be worth $3 million, according to multiple reports.shead had a visit to buffalo earlier this week but also had an offer on the table from seattle previously and has agreed to return to the seahawks. shead suffered an acl injury in the divisional playoff loss at atlanta and it’s unclear when he will be able to play in 2017.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 w






nfl draft: giants take evan engram, ole miss te, with 23rd overall pick


the giants got their tight end. it just wasn’t either of the ones anyone thought they would get.evan engram, the 6-3, 234-pounder from mississippi, was taken by the giants with the 23rd selection in the first round of the nfl draft on thursday night. the giants had been looking at tight ends throughout the predraft process and seemed to be focusing on o.j. howard and david njoku. howard went to the bucs four picks ahead of the giants’ selection. njoku remained on the board and eventually landed in cleveland with the 29th overall pick.latest giants storiesben mcadoo said the giants had “limited” contact with engram during the last few weeks and months. there were no visits, no workouts. even engram seemed surprised. a bit.how'd they fare?hit or miss: giants 1st-round picks since 1986interac






nfl draft: giants take evan engram, ole miss te, with 23rd overall pick


the giants got their tight end. it just wasn’t either of the ones anyone thought they would get.evan engram, the 6-3, 234-pounder from mississippi, was taken by the giants with the 23rd selection in the first round of the nfl draft on thursday night. the giants had been looking at tight ends throughout the predraft process and seemed to be focusing on o.j. howard and david njoku. howard went to the bucs four picks ahead of the giants’ selection. njoku remained on the board and eventually landed in cleveland with the 29th overall pick.latest giants storiesben mcadoo said the giants had “limited” contact with engram during the last few weeks and months. there were no visits, no workouts. even engram seemed surprised. a bit.how'd they fare?hit or miss: giants 1st-round picks since 1986interac






raiders stay defensive on second day of nfl draft


alameda — the raiders still haven’t added a linebacker, but they did take two more defensive players when the nfl draft resumed friday.connecticut safety obi melifonwu came off the board in the second round at no. 56 overall before they grabbed a sacramento area native in ucla defensive tackle eddie vanderdoes.add those to thursday’s first-round pick, ohio state cornerback gareon conley, and the raiders think they’ve at least added depth to a defense that needs plenty of work.“we’re looking for vastly improved play out of our defense and all three of these guys are going to get an opportunity to compete and create their role,” raiders coach jack del rio said.inside linebacker remains the team’s biggest need and one they’d seem likely to address with one of their five picks in saturday’s fo






impact tight ends should be available for vikings in draft


will the vikings continue to address the tight end position alongside kyle rudolph?daniel jeremiah and bucky brooks, former nfl scouts and current draft analysts for the nfl network, are among those thinking they could get a difference maker fromthe upcomingnfl draft class in two weeks.“you have a lot of playmakers,” brooks said. “you have a handful of traditional y tight ends [and] these mismatched guys — guys that are kind of like those jumbo wide receivers — will have the opportunity to play in the league and create mismatches. much like jordan reed has been able to do.”the vikings used fewer multiple tight end formations as kyle rudolph emergedwith a career-high 83 receptions, in part, because he stayed healthy and the options thinned. knee injuries ended mycole pruitt’s run with the v






rams tight end johnny mundt overcomes broken ankle, is signed to practice squad


johnny mundt suffered a broken ankle on the first day of rams rookie minicamp, a setback that did not prevent the undrafted tight end from impressing coach sean mcvay.mundt initially survived massive cuts last week to earn a spot on the 53-man roster. when tight end derek carrier, acquired in a trade on the eve of roster cuts, passed a physical, mundt was subsequently waived.but on tuesday, the rams signed mundt to the practice squad.mundt, who played at oregon, came back from the may ankle injury and played in the rams’ final two preseason games. he caught a touchdown pass in the preseason finale against the green bay packers.“it was surreal,” he said after the game.mundt said he would work to keep proving himself if he made the roster or the practice squad.“if practice squad is my role —






raiders will sign te jared cook


alameda — the raiders lost one weapon thursday but will pick up another with the signing of green bay tight end jared cook, according to an nfl media report.cook, 29, gives quarterback derek carr an imposing target in the middle of the field at 6-foot-5, 254 pounds. he caught 30 passes for 377 yards and a touchdown in 10 games with five starts for the packers as he dealt with a high ankle sprain.an eight-year veteran, cook played four seasons with the tennesee titans and three with the st. louis rams before joining the packers.for his career, cook has 303 receptions for 3,880 yards and 17 touchdowns.clive walford, in his second season out of miami, led raiders tight ends with 32 receptions for 359 yards and three touchdowns. walford, injured last off-season in an atv accident, did not appe






london attacks highlight balancing act for big cities


governments are increasingly having to balance tight security with public access to some of their most politically sensitive sites, arrangements put to test in britain this week when a terrorist attempted to storm the country’s parliament.khalid masood’s deadly attack on wednesday at the seat of the u.k. government and one of london’s most popular attractions follows assaults on popular sites across europe. cities from washington to jerusalem have erected increasingly tight security around government and tourist...






rams mailbag: draft analysis, mcvay-snead, salary cap and podcast requests


the rams are preparing to welcome new players at next week’s rookie minicamp.eight draftees — tight end gerald everett, receivers cooper kupp and josh reynolds, fullback sam rogers, defensive lineman tanzel smart, linebackers samson ebukam and ejuan price and safety john johnson — and more than a dozen undrafted free agents are scheduled to participate.now, on to your questions. keep them coming at @latimesklein or [email protected]’s too early to make any sweeping judgments about differences. the sample size with snead/mcvay is too small.but it’s probably not a coincidence that players linked closely to former coach jeff fisher — receiver kenny britt, tight end lance kendricks and tight end william hayes and eugene sims — are no longer on the roster.in free agency, snead/mcvay ide






bears q&a: adam shaheen's ascent from 'stork' to 'baby gronk'


bears general manager ryan pace wants it known: adam shaheen is not a project. the second-round pick out of division ii ashland university may still be a bit a raw. and shaheen may face a steep learning curve initially in learning how to play tight end in the nfl. but pace insisted over the weekend that he sees shaheen having an impact as a rookie in 2017."we're excited about what he can add to our team right now," pace said.the bears fell in love with shaheen's rare combination of size and athleticism during the pre-draft process. the massive tight end is 6-foot-6 and 278 pounds. yet last season at ashland, he set a division ii single-season record for touchdown catches by a tight end with 16. he also totaled 57 grabs for 867 yards and put together a film compilation that wowed the bears'






daniel imatorbhebhe nears return for usc's opener, but is a speedy rehabilitatio


usc tight end daniel imatorbhebhe took a step forward this week in his return from a hip flexor injury, graduating from playing catch with coach clay helton to fully participating in practice.“i think he'll be full speed come next week,” helton said. “he's really feeling good right now."barring a setback, imatorbhebhe should be available to play against western michigan next saturday in the season opener.the question for usc is: should he?imatorbhebhe, a 6-foot-3, 235-pound sophomore, is one of usc’s most important offensive players. other than deontay burnett, the trojans’ receivers lack experience. chemistry with quarterback sam darnold has developed haltingly at times.imatorbhebhe has no such issues. his production was moderate as a freshman — 17 receptions for 250 yards and four touchd






broncos seeking a difference-maker te


indianapolis — evan engram’s swag bordered between confidence and arrogance. the ole miss tight end sat up in his chair and matter-of-factly opined he could be the offensive weapon to bring the broncos back to championship contention.nfl teams make the draft selections, but engram called his own shot here at the nfl combine.engram, 6-foot-3, 234 pounds, believes he could be the second coming of julius thomas for the broncos. and not the oft-injured version of thomas. engram means the speedy mismatch, red-zone star who had 24 touchdowns in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. engram’s 4.42-second 40-yard dash saturday showed exactly what he meant.“i’ve been watching him for a long time, and i’ve been talking with them about how they’re trying to get back to having an athletic, down-the-field tight en






butt out to prove he’s the best tight end in ’17 draft class


englewood, colo. (ap) — jake butt has no regrets and one thing to prove.the former michigan star and denver broncos rookie wants to show he’s the best tight end of the 2017 nfl draft class even though six were selected ahead of him, including three in the first round.butt was considered a first-rounder, too, until blowing out his right knee in the orange bowl, which caused him to slip to the fifth round .his new position coach, geep chryst, texted him right away and issued a challenge.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.“he wants me to prove that i’m the best tight end in this class. that’s why i’m here to work and that’s how i feel,” too, butt said saturday after working with geep on the side at the team’s rookie minicamp. “right now my job is just to get healthy and






butt out to prove he's the best tight end in '17 draft


englewood, colo. — jake butt has no regrets and one thing to prove.the former michigan star and denver broncos rookie wants to show he's the best tight end of the 2017 nfl draft class even though six were selected ahead of him, including three in the first round.butt was considered a first-rounder, too, until blowing out his right knee in the orange bowl, which caused him to slip to the fifth round .his new position coach, geep chryst, texted him right away and issued a challenge."he wants me to prove that i'm the best tight end in this class. that's why i'm here to work and that's how i feel," too, butt said saturday after working with geep on the side at the team's rookie minicamp. "right now my job is just to get healthy and learn as much of the playbook as i possibly can and that's bee






longtime mayor claar holding on in tight bolingbrook race


ald. sam cunningham, 1st, declared victory tuesday night in what was a tight waukegan mayoral race with ald. lisa may, 7th, according to unofficial election returns posted tuesday evening.cunningham had more than 51 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. the unofficial results did not...ald. sam cunningham, 1st, declared victory tuesday night in what was a tight waukegan mayoral race with ald. lisa may, 7th, according to unofficial election returns posted tuesday evening.cunningham had more than 51 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. the unofficial results did not... (luke hammill)






bears select ashland te adam shaheen with no. 45 pick in nfl draft after trade w


the bears added a second player to their 2017 draft class friday night, using a second-round selection on ashland tight end adam shaheen.shaheen is a massive man — 6-foot-6, 278 pounds — with a basketball background. his 16 touchdown catches last season set a division ii single-season record for tight ends and offered proof of his red zone potential.after playing in the great lakes intercollegiate athletic conference, shaheen will likely need time to adapt to the speed and competition in the nfl.a night after making the most talked about trade of the draft, the bears opened friday’s second round with another deal. this time they moved back.the trade, with the arizona cardinals, dropped the bears from the 36th overall pick to no. 45. they also gave up their seventh-round selection (no. 221)






could have tim tebow been a starter for the broncos ... at tight end?


i read your column on tim tebow playing baseball. it seems to me the new york mets are using his celebrity to draw crowds to minor-league ballparks. i believe the word for that is shill. what i don’t understand is a question that has nagged me ever since he left the broncos. at some point, tebow must have realized he was not going to make it at quarterback in the nfl. why didn’t tebow try out as a tight end?– peter, turns lemons into …kiz: yes, tebow sells tickets. so does bono, for peforming u2 songs that are 30 years old. customers that pay to watch the former quarterback and old rocker seem to go home happy. tebow as an nfl tight end? it’s not a bad idea, except for two problems: 1) once you’ve been a quarterback, there’s no other position on the football field worth playing, and 2) i’m






mo alie-cox, former vcu basketball player, agrees to nfl deal with colts – the d


richmond, va. — former vcu basketball player mo alie-cox is getting a shot at the nfl with the indianapolis colts.his agent said the 6-foot-7, 250-pound alie-cox has agreed to terms with the colts.“he’s heading to indianapolis” friday, joe flanagan said. flanagan did not discuss terms of the deal on thursday, but alie-cox will try to earn a spot on the team as a tight end.alie-cox hasn’t played football in nine years, since he was a defensive end and tight end in his freshman year of high school. as a redshirt senior forward for the rams, who do not have a football program, alie-cox was deemed a free agent because he was five years out of high school.earlier this month, most nfl teams sent scouts to watch alie-cox work out in richmond. he prepared less than a month for the workouts, not tu






seahawks tight end luke willson: ‘it would have been stupid’ not to come back to


seahawks tight end luke willson said he ultimately decided "it would have been stupid'' for him to not come back to seattle as a free agent.during an interview on the danny, dave and moore show tuesday on espn 710 seattle, once-and-now-again seahawks tight end luke willson said he had a few offers from other teams for more years and more money during the period when he was a free agent, his future an open book.but around 2 a.m. one night, he said, it became clear to him that there was really no reason yet to leave seattle, the only nfl home he had known.“it would have been stupid for me not to come back and just go to some other team and just take something just because the figures were higher,’’ willson said. “. … and i said ‘you know what? i think the play is to head back to seattle. i l






rob gronkowski confident he’s ready for 2017 season – the denver post


by maureen mullen, the associated pressfoxborough, mass. — when healthy, new england patriots tight end rob gronkowski can be one of the most devastating weapons in the nfl.the 6-foot-6, 265-pound tight end is one of quarterback tom brady‘s favorite targets. seemingly able to run through opposing defenses at will, gronkowski is the first tight end with three straight seasons of 10 or more touchdowns (2010-12), and with three seasons of 1,000 or more yards receiving and 10 or more touchdowns. a three-time all-pro, he led the league with 17 touchdown receptions in 2011, his second pro season.the problem for gronkowski and the patriots has been his ability to stay on the field. he appeared in eight games last season before undergoing december back surgery — the third in his career — missing t






charmin drops off load of toilet paper to michigan tight end jake butt


doug pensinger, getty imagesjake butt of the michigan wolverines looks on against the brigham young cougars at michigan stadium on sept. 26, 2015 in ann arbor, mich.michigan tight end jake butt doesn’t mind people having fun with his last name. the folks at procter & gamble sure are.the parent company of charmin toilet paper delivered a truckload of the squeezably soft product to him in his hometown of pickerington, ohio, on wednesday.the nature of the relationship between p&g and butt is unclear. a request for comment was emailed to p&g.the gesture surely was a nod to butt’s last name, which elicits snickers wherever he goes. he embraces it.“i love it so much,” he told espn last august. “i think that’s one of my greatest traits. it has really allowed me to grow my platform and build my br






packers open workouts with some new changes in mind


green bay, wis. — following the packers' drubbing at the hands of the atlanta falcons in last season's nfc championship, quarterback aaron rodgers said the team needed to "reload" and "make sure" it went "all-in every year to win."the packers' revamped roster convened for the first time tuesday for the start of the offseason program."it's day 1," rodgers said. "we're going to wait and see how everybody looks moving forward, but i like the pieces we've put in."this has been an offseason with an unusual amount of turnover on the depth chart, at least for the packers. while green bay has not replaced burly running back eddie lacy or pro bowl guard t.j. lang, it did swap out one tight end (jared cook) with two tight ends (martellus bennett and lance kendricks). that will provide a dramatic new






tight end u gets reinforcements


stanford — the nfl keeps tabs on tight end u.definitely the atlanta falcons, considering the roster for super bowl li in february included austin hooper — a rookie who caught a 19-yard touchdown — and levine toilolo.both left stanford with eligibility remaining and were selected by the falcons in the nfl draft.toilolo is a four-year veteran who during his time on the farm formed a triumvirate with coby fleener and zach ertz, both second-round picks.it might sound sacrilegious, but the no. 14 cardinal might be able to supplant their legacy with the current crop of tight ends, which during the season opener in sydney, australia, flashed the potential to be as good — if not better — than the fleener-ertz-toilolo trinity.“questions like that are like those old cartoons where there’s a big hole






sir john hurt: bafta-winning actor dies aged 77


media captiona look back at the life of sir john hurtsir john hurt's wife, anwen, has led tributes to the veteran actor after he died at the age of 77.the bafta-winning star, known for his roles in alien and the elephant man, had been treated for pancreatic cancer in 2015.sir john's wife said he had brought "joy and magic" and it would be a "strange world without him".he recently starred as father richard mcsorley in jackie, the biopic of president john f kennedy's wife.despite being given the all-clear from cancer, he last year pulled out of sir kenneth branagh's production of the entertainer on the advice of his doctors.lady hurt confirmed sir john had died on wednesday at his home in norfolk. "john was the most sublime of actors and the most gentlemanly of gentlemen with the greatest of