NFL Live(April 13, 2018)Analysts break down the latest news….


>>>WE BEGIN ON THIS FRIDAY THE 13th WITH PERHAPS THE BIGGEST STORY OF THE DAY, AT 1:00, DALLAS COWBOYS OWNER JERRY JONES ANNOUNCED THAT THE RELEASE OF THREE-TIME PRO BOWLER WIDE RECEIVER DEZ BRYANT, IT IS OFFICIAL. HE HAS BEEN CUT FROM THE DALLAS COWBOYS. LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM THE DRAFT, AND WE GOT A PACKED HOUSE HERE ON “NFL LIVE.” HELLO, EVERYBODY. THE COWBOYS, THEY HIT THE FIELD ON MONDAY, BUT CERTAINLY THEY HAD TO ADDRESS SOME BIG NEWS AND THAT WAS THE FUTURE OF DEZ BRYANT. THAT DECISION HAS BEEN MADE. THEY HAVE CUT THE NINE-YEAR VETERAN. JERRY JONES, HE RELEASED A STATEMENT JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO SAYING, AS AN ORGANIZATION WE HOLD DEZ BRYANT IN THE HIGHEST REGARD, WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR HIS PASSION, SPIRIT, CONTRIBUTION TO THIS TEAM FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS. HE WILL ALWAYS BE A VALUED MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY. THIS WAS NOT AN EASY DECISION. MADE BASED UPON DOING WHAT WE BELIEVE IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS. WE ARRIVED AT THIS CROSSROADS COLLECTIVELY WITH INPUT FROM SEVERAL VOICES WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION. ULTIMATELY WE DETERMINED IT WAS TIME TO GO IN A NEW DIRECTION. THAT’S FROM THE OWNER. LET’S HEAR FROM THE RECEIVER. LET’S HIT THE TWEET DECK. DEZ TWEETED, THE PROCESS. THEN ANOTHER TWEET, COWBOY NATION, I NEEDED TO KNOW THIS WASN’T MY DECISION. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU ALL. FOREVER DALLAS IN MY HEART. SO WHAT HAPPENED HERE, GUYS? WELL, THEY DIDN’T CONNECT. IT WASN’T JUST DALLAS DEZ WHO DIDN’T STACK UP TO THE 52% COMPLETION PERCENTAGE. IT IS THE WORST OF ANY QUARTERBACK/RECEIVER COMBO IN THE LEAGUE. THAT’S A STRONG STAT RIGHT THERE. THAT TELLS YOU THE STORY. SO OUR SENIOR INSIDER CHRIS MORTENSEN ON THE DECK. YOU’RE IN TOUCH WITH ALL PARTIES IN THIS, ALL OVER THIS STORY. WHAT MORE CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS MEETING TODAY?>>WE SAW THE STATEMENT FROM JERRY JONES AND HE SAID, YOU KNOW, SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THE ORGANIZATION WEIGHED IN ON THIS AND HE MAKES THE FINAL CALL. TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY ON “NFL LIVE.” WHEN HE CUT T.O., HE SAID, T.O. IS HERE, AND I’M HERE, BUT THE COWBOYS ARE THERE. COWBOYS ARE BIGGER THAN ANYBODY. SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THIS ORGANIZATION, AND YOU CAN SAY PROBABLY COACHES, PERSONNEL, TO EVEN HIS SON STEVEN JONES, I THINK THERE WAS A FEELING IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON, YOU KNOW. HE’S NOT PRODUCING AT A LEVEL WE THOUGHT IN PART BECAUSE OF INJURIES SINCE WE SIGNED HIM TO THE BIG CONTRACT IN 2015. AND, OH, BY THE WAY, WE HAD THE CONTRACTS DONE WITH RIGHT GUARD ZACH MARTIN, PRO BOWL PLAYER, AND WITH DeMARCUS WARRANT WHO IS TAKING UP $17 MILLION ON THE CAP. I THINK IT WAS A MATTER OF PERFORMANCE AND THE NEED TO JUST FLAT OUT MOVE ON AND THEY HAVE ADDED RECEIVERS TO THEIR ROSTER THIS OFF SEASON. >>A LOT FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS TEAM TO ADDRESS. WHEN YOU HEAR ON APRIL 13th THAT THEY DECIDE TO CUT HIM, THE FIRST THING YOU THINK IS THE TIMING. THAT FOR DEZ AND FOR THE DALLAS COWBOYS. IT DOESN’T SEEM TO WORK TO THEIR ADVANTAGE. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THE TIMING?>>THEY BEGIN THEIR OFF SEASON PROGRAM ON MONDAY. IN SOME WAYS THAT WAS A SOFT — AT THAT POINT, YOU WALK BACK TO WORK, SO TO SPEAK, NOT THAT THERE WON’T BE OTHER PLAYER ACQUISITIONS, BUT YOU SCRUB THE DECK OF PLAYERS YOU DON’T ANTICIPATE HAVING AROUND. I UNDERSTAND PEOPLE SAY WHY NOT DO THIS THE DAY AFTER THE SEASON WAS OVER? WHY NOT THE BEGINNING OF THE FREE AGENCY? FIRST OF ALL, THIS WAS NOT SOMETHING THEY JUST SNAPPED THEIR FINGERS AND SAID LET’S DO IT. SEVERAL PEOPLE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS CONVERSATION, ACCORDING TO JERRY JONES. MOREOVER, MAYBE IF THE COWBOYS DIDN’T NEED TO MAKE A MOVE, THAT WOULD BE IN PART IMPACTED BY THE 8.5 MILLION IN CAP THEY PICKED UP, THEY WOULD HAVE MADE THIS MOVE. UNTIL WE NEED THE CAP SPACE, OUR HAND IS NOT BEING FORCED ON THIS DEZ BRYANT DECISION. I THINK IT IS ALL OF THOSE FACTORS IN SUM LEAD TO THE TIMING OF THIS. >>THIS IS A DOMINO EFFE. I COULDN’T AGREE MORE. THIS IS A BUSINESS DECISION MADE BY THE OWNER AND BASICALLY THE ORGANIZATION AS A WHOLE, WE NEED CASH, THIS IS WHAT WE’RE GOING TO DO. THIS IS THE WORST PART OF THE BUSINESS. THIS IS THE BUSINESS OF FOOTBALL. YOU’RE BEING PAID AS A ONE. YOU GOT A $16 MILLION PLUS CAP NUMBER. YOU HAVEN’T PRODUCED LOOK A ONE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS. AS MUCH AS WE LIKE YOU, FOND OF YOU, WHAT YOU’VE DONE, WHAT YOU’VE ADDED, ALL OF THOSE THINGS, NO ONE CAN TAKE ANY OF THAT AWAY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS IS DOLLARS AND CENTS AND AT THIS POINT OF THE YEAR, YOU EITHER START TO — START THE PRESEASON NOW IS WHERE THEY’RE MOVING THE OTAs ARE COMING, LET THE GUYS WHO THEY THINK MAY GET REPS TAKE THE REPS. YOU’RE NOT TAKING THAT AWAY WHEN A GUY IS ON THE FIELD. NOW IS THE TIME AND THEY HAD TO MAKE THE MOVE. >>THEY DIDN’T TAKE A PAY CUT, THAT TELLS YOU ALL OF THE OTHER PEOPLE IN THE ORGANIZATION, THEY WANTED TO MOVE ON AND IT WAS JUST A MATTER OF JERRY MAKING THE FINAL DECISION, OKAY, I’M WITH YOU ON THIS ONE. THAT DECISION IS — THE FINAL DECISION IS MADE BY JERRY, BUT I THINK THERE WAS ALMOST A UNANIMOUS SENTIMENT IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT HE’S NOT THE PLAYER, HE DOESN’T FIT US RIGHT NOW, WE NEED TO MOVE ON AND JERRY FINALLY SIGNED OFF. >>THIS COULD HAVE HAPPENED MUCH EARLIER. THIS WAS A TEAM IN THE MARKET FOR SAMMY WATKINS AT THE BEGINNING PORTION OF FREE AGENCY. IF SAMMY WAS SIGNED UP, DEZ BRYANT MAY HAVE BEEN A FREE AGENT A MONTH AND A HALF AGO, A MONTH AGO WHEN FREE AGENCY STARTED. THEY DIDN’T NEED TO CREATE THIS $8.5 MILLION IN CAP SPACE. THEY MOSTLY WENT BARGAIN HUNTING IN FREE AGENCY. NOW THAT NEED COULD EVOLVE, WHETHER BECAUSE OF ZACH MARTIN DEAL IS IMMINENT, LARMARCUS LAURENT CONTRACT COULD BE EXTENDED BEYOND THE CURRENT FRANCHISE TAG YEAR. THE COWBOYS CREATE $8.5 MILLION IN CAP SPACE. DEZ BRYANT LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME. >>YOU SAW THE NUMBERS. LOWEST TANDEM, LOWEST DUO IN THE LEAGUE. TO MORT’S POINT, EVERYBODY IN THE ORGANIZATION IS, LIKE, HEY, LISTEN, MONEY ASIDE, IT IS NOT PRODUCING — IT IS NOT WORKING. WE HAVE TO GO A DIFFERENT DIRECTION TO FIND SOMEONE THAT IS GOING TO CLICK WITH DAK AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, PLAYING HOW WE RUN OUR OFFENSE. HE HASN’T GOTTEN INVOLVED IN THE WAY WE WANTED TO. IT IS MORE THAN JUST A DOLLAR SIGN. IT IS A, HEY, WE’RE GOING TO FORMALLY SAY THIS ISN’T GOING TO WORK. >>AND THAT QUOTE FROM STEVEN JONES ON OUR FRONT END’S PODCAST HOW DAK PRESCOTT ISN’T A TONY ROMO WHERE TONY ROMO WORKED GREAT WITH DEZ BRYANT, HE’S A RECEIVER, STUFF THAT THEY’RE STUDYING NEEDS TO BE SEEN OUT ON THE FIELD AND THAT’S NOT REALLY WHAT DAK’S STYLE IS. THAT STOOD OUT TO ME A FEW MONTHS AGO WHEN HE SAID THAT. THAT TOLD YOU A LOT. IN THE END, AS YOU POINT OUT, JERRY MAKES THE DECISION AT THE END OF THE DAY. >>FINAL THOUGHT, I THINK THIS IS OBVIOUSLY THE REST OF THE ORGANIZATION — THEY THOUGHT THIS WAS THE MOVE TO MAKE. >>I LOVE TWITTER. DEZ, BACK ON IT AGAIN. HERE IS THE LATEST TWEET. IF I DIDN’T HAVE MY EDGE, I GOT IT NOW. I’M SORRY. THEY GOT TO FEEL ME. IT’S PERSONAL. IT’S VERY PERSONAL. SO WE AREN’T WONDERING HOW HE FEELS ABOUT THIS DECISION.>>I DIDN’T HAVE MY EDGE IS A RED FLAG RIGHT THERE. WHAT DO YOU MEAN? HE PUTS THE IF IN THIS HIMSELF, HE DIDN’T HAVE THE SAME EDGE AS HE HAD MAYBE WHEN HE GOT PAID THAT BIG CONTRACT IN 2015. THAT’S A RED FLAG.>>DO YOU THINK THAT’S REACTION TO MAYBE WHAT JERRY TOLD HIM OR IS THAT REACTION TO FANS AND MEDIA?>>IT COULD BE THAT. I REMEMBER BACK IN 2010, ON THE CHIEFS FRONT OFFICE AT THAT POINT, WORKING IN THE SCOUTING DEPARTMENT, WE HAD FIFTH OVERALL PICK AND DEZ BRYANT ON TALENT WAS IN THAT CONVERSATION FOR ONE OF THE TOP FIVE OR SIX PICKS. PART OF THE CONVERSATION WITH DEZ, OBVIOUSLY, WENT WAY BEYOND THE TALENT, THE ABILITY HE SHOWED AT OKLAHOMA STATE. IT WAS CAN THIS ENERGY AND THIS EMOTION AND THIS EDGE THAT HE JUST REFERENCED BE PERHAPS HIS GREATEST STRENGTH OR PERHAPS HIS BIGGEST VICE AT THE SAME TIME? IF THAT EDGE IS A SOMETIMES, NOT AN ALWAYS PART OF YOUR GAME, IT CAN IMPACT YOU. AND I THINK THAT SOME OF THE NUMBERS BETWEEN DEZ AND DAK LAST YEAR, WE CAN’T MAKE THAT SIMPLY ABOUT DEZ. THAT WAS ABOUT DAK AS WELL.>>AND ZEKE ELLIOTT NOT BEING AVAILABLE.>>FROM WHAT HE SAID, THIS IS A PAINFUL DAY. SO LET’S NOT READ TOO MUCH INTO IT. IT HURTS. YOU JUST LOST — YOU’VE BEEN THERE, YOU HAVE POURED EVERYTHING YOU HAVE INTO BEING THE BEST RECEIVER YOU CAN BE FOR THIS TEAM, THERE IS NOTHING EASY ABOUT THIS. WHATEVER HE’S GOING TO SAY TODAY, ALL THOSE FEELINGS, ALL THOSE EMOTIONS, TAKE IT ALL WITH A GRAIN OF SALT. IT IS A PAINFUL DAY. IT IS PERSONAL. AND IT IS PERSONAL FOR EVERY PLAYER FOR THEIR FAMILY, FOR THEIR WIVES, CHILDREN, EXTENDED FAMILY, IT IS PERSONAL. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE. THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE SEWED EVERYTHING INTO OUR ENTIRE LIVES. IT ENCOMPASSES EVERY AREA AND EVERY FACET OF YOUR LIFE. SO BE CAREFUL WE DON’T JUMP ON, YOU KNOW, WHAT HE’S SAYING. HE’S HURTING AND HE’S GOING TO VOICE IT, BUT MAKE NO MISTAKE, THE GUY STILL WANTS TO PLAY FOOTBALL AND HE’LL FIND A HOME TO GO PLAY.>>THE FEELINGS ARE CERTAINLY VERY RAW AT THIS MOMENT. WE TALK ABOUT, DOES HE HAVE THE EDGE, HAS HE LOST IT, CAN HE GO BACK TO THE RECEIVER HE WAS WE SAW THREE YEARS AGO? LET’S TALK LANDING SPOTS. WHAT TEAM COULD USE A DEZ BRYANT? AND, GRANTED, I WAS PLAYING A GAME OF PRETENT WHEN THE NEWS BROKE. IMAGINE IF HE WENT TO THE PATRIOTS AND THEY PULLED WHAT THEY DID WITH RANDY MOSS AND REINVIGORATED HIS CAREER. BUT HE’S NOT. HE’S GOING TO TURN 30 IN NOVEMBER. SO LET’S TALK ABOUT TEAMS OUT THERE NOW THAT COULD USE A RECEIVER LIKE DEZ.>>BEFORE WE GET TO TEAMS SPECIFICALLY, DIANA, IN THE 30 OR SO MINUTES BEFORE WE WENT ON THE AIR, SOME CONVERSATION PEOPLE AROUND THE NFL, NOT EXACTLY, BUT IN SOME WAYS THIS IS COMPARABLE TO RICHARD SHERMAN BEING RELEASED IN THIS REGARD. A PLAYER THAT YOU KNEW AT THE APEX OF HIS CAREER MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE BEST IN HIS PARTICULAR POSITION. DEZ IS NOT COMING OFF A MAJOR INJURY LIKE RICHARD SHERMAN IS. BUT MIGHT BE YOU’RE INTERESTED IN DEZ COULD BE DIFFERENT IN IT IS A ONE YEAR DEAL WORTH 4 MILLION BUCKS, VERSUS TEAMS THAT WILL BE INTERESTED IN GIVING DEZ A MULTIYEAR DEAL THAT MIGHT BE COMPARABLE TO OR MAYBE NOT QUITE AS ROBUST AS SAMMY WATKINS OR ALAN ROBINSON. I THINK IT DEPENDS WHAT DEZ WANTS.>>I LOOK AT DEZ AND THE FACT — I THINK THE SKILL SET IS SIMILAR, WHICH IS ALSHON JEFFERY, WHEN HE WAS LET GO BY THE BEARS, YOU KNOW, THE EAGLES SIGNED HIM TO A ONE YEAR DEAL AND WAS WILLING TO SIGN A ONE YEAR DEAL WITH 7 MILLION OR AROUND THERE AND IT PAID OFF FOR HIM WITH A NEW CONTRACT, AND I THINK THAT’S WHAT DEZ PROBABLY HAS TO DO RIGHT HERE. I’M NOT SURE — >>MAYBE A CONTRACT WITH INCENTIVES TO PROVE HE STILL HAS IT. >>FROM A PLAYER PERSPECTIVE, FOR WHERE HE IS IN HIS CAREER, CLOSE TO 30 YEARS OLD, 30 YEARS OLD, IN THAT REALM, GO SOMEWHERE YOU’RE GOING TO WIN. I CAN TELL YOU, YOU DON’T WANT TO GO ANYWHERE WHERE, YOU KNOW, WINNING IS SECONDARY BECAUSE YOU MAKE A LITTLE MORE MONEY HERE OR THERE. GO TO WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO WIN, WHICH WILL LIMIT THE FIELD OF WHERE HE WANTS, AND GO PLAY FOR THAT ONE YEAR DEAL. GO GET IT, GET THAT MONEY THAT YOU’RE GOING TO GET, WHATEVER IT IS, LISTEN, YOU WOULD HAVE MADE THE SAME — IF DALLAS WOULD HAVE MADE YOU TAKE THAT PAY CUT, THERE IS NOT ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO HAS ALL THE MONEY, IT IS APRIL. THEY ALREADY SPENT THE MONEY, RIGHT? THE DIE HAS BEEN CAST. THEY PLAY — YOU CAN GO IT A BAD TEAM, MAKE A BUNCH OF MONEY. DON’T DO THAT. THINK ABOUT NOW BEING, YOU KNOW, GOING SOMEWHERE YOU CAN GO WIN, GO MAKE THAT MONEY, BUT GO WIN MORE IMPORTANTLY IF YOU’RE DEZ BRYANT. >>THE TEAMS ON THIS, THAT HAVE THE MOST CAP ROOM AS OF RIGHT NOW, COUPLE OF TEAMS, WE’LL TALK ABOUT POTENTIAL SUITORS THROUGHOUT THE SHOW. I THINK ARIZONA HAS A DRAMATIC NEED AT WIDE RECEIVER. IS DEZ COMPARABLE TO LARRY FITZGERALD? NOT CARBON COPIES, BUT IN SOME WAYS SIMILAR. SEATTLE IS THE OTHER TEAM, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. THIS TEAM NEEDS OTHER PASS CATCHERS BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT IS DOUG BALDWIN, TYLER LOCKETT, A LOT OF UNPROVEN TYPE PLAYERS, JARON BROWN FROM ARIZONA, MAYBE THOSE WILL BE A COUPLE OF TEAMS THAT MIGHT PROFILE AS, YOU KNOW, NOT TOTALLY REBUILDING, BUT HAVE THE SPACE FOR ANOTHER PASS CATCHER. >>LATER ON, WE’LL LOOK AT THE DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER WITH DEZ NO LONGER ON IT. WE’LL DISCUSS THAT IN A FEW. STILL TO COME IN THE SHOW, IN HONOR OF FRIDAY THE 13th, WE’LL SHOW YOU HIGHLIGHTS OF NFL STARS WHOSE SKILLS ARE DOWNRIGHT SCARY. TALK ABOUT THAT. LAMAR JACKSON’S DESTINATION REMAINS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MYSTERIES OF THE DRAFT. DON’T MISS WHAT COACHING LEGEND BILL PARCELLS TOLD CHRIS MORTENSEN ABOUT THE DOWNLOAD NO.>>BACK HERE ON “NFL LIVE.” THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS BEGIN VOLUNTARY WORKOUTS ON MONDAY. HEAD COACH BILL BELICHICK SPOKE TO THE MEDIA ABOUT A LAUNDRY LIST OF TOPICS INCLUDING THE DRAFT PROCESS, LAMAR JACKSON, GRONK. MIKE REESE WAS UP PRETTY EARLY TODAY IN FOXBORO FOR IT ALL.>>THE PATRIOTS ARE ONE OF THE MOST INTRIGUING TEAMS IN THIS YEAR’S DRAFT AS THEY NOW HAVE TWO FIRST ROUND PICKS. TWO IN THE SECOND, AND ONE IN THE THIRD. THAT GIVES THEM THE CURRENCY TO MAKE A BOLD MOVE UP IN THE FIRST ROUND, THAT’S CURRENCY THEY DIDN’T HAVE EACH OF LAST TWO YEARS WHEN THEIR TOP PICK WAS LATE IN THE SECOND ROUND AND EARLY IN THE THIRD.>>GOING INTO THOSE PAST TWO DRAFTS, I WOULD SAY WE’RE ABLE TO ELIMINATE A NUMBER OF PLAYERS, JUST BASED ON WHERE WE WERE SELECTING. THIS YEAR IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN THAT. WE REALLY — POTENTIALLY A HANDFUL OF PLAYERS ARE OUT OF REACH, BUT, YOU KNOW, REALISTICALLY, JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY IS IN PLAY OTHER THAN A HANDFUL OF GUYS. >>ONE THING WE KNOW ABOUT BILL BELICHICK, HE LOVES TO TRADE ON DRAFT DAY. THE PATRIOTS HAVE MADE 62 DRAFT DAY TRADES IN BELICHICK’S 18 YEARS AND HERE IS SOMETHING THAT MIGHT BE MUSIC TO MEL KIPER’S EARS. BELICHICK SAID FRIDAY MORNING, THE PATRIOTS CONDUCT MOCK DRAFTS TO HELP THEM PREPARE FOR THE ACTUAL DRAFT. BELICHICK SAID SOMETIMES IT JUST SPARKS THE CONVERSATION. DON’T SIT AROUND AND DO IT ALL DAY, BUT WE DO IT AS AN EXERCISE. DIANA?>>PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT, MIKE. THANKS. TOM BRADY, HE MADE IT KNOWN HE THINKS LAMAR JACKSON IS A BEAST. HE SAID IT ON INSTAGRAM. SO IT IS TRUTH. BELL BELICHICK DOESN’T LIKE INSTAGRAM, BUT DOES HE LIKE JACKSON? WE LIKE MEL KIPER. HE JOINS THE SHOW NOW. WHAT ARE THE PLANS WITH THE TWO FIRST ROUND PICKS?>>I THINK THEY NEED TO FILL KEY AREAS. OFFENSIVE TACKLE, YOU THINK ABOUT THE DEFENSIVE LINE, LINEBACKER SECONDARY. I THINK THOSE PICKS COULD DO THAT. HOME GROWN TALENT NEEDS TO BE BROUGHT INTO THIS PATRIOT ORGANIZATION. NOW THEY WANT TO MOVE UP, LAMAR JACKSON, BUFFALO AT 12-22, IF THEY WANT TO JUMP AHEAD OF BUFFALO, THEY COULD WITHOUT GIVING UP A TON. BUT IF THEY STAY AT 23 AND 31, GOT TO THINK OF 23 ABOUT COLTON MILLER, OFFENSIVE TACKLE OUT OF UCLA. THE BEST LEFT TACKLE IN THE DRAFT, FITS THE MOLD OF NATE SOLDER, JUST LOST TO THE GIANTS. HE’S 6’8 1/2″, 320 POUNDS VERY SOON, TREMENDOUSLY ATHLETIC, STRONGER THAN PEOPLE THOUGHT AND SOLID YEAR WITH UCLA BRUINS. I THINK HE’S A KID THAT WILL BE INTERESTING. THEN MIKE EWS OUT OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. NOT ONLY A GREAT CORNER, BUT A DYNAMIC PUNT AND KICKOFF RETURNER. >>THANKS FOR THAT INSIGHT. HANG AROUND. WE’LL GO BACK TO YOU IN A FEW MINUTES. THE VERIZON FILM ROOM HERE. I WANT TO START WITH YOU, HOW CAN THE PATRIOTS AS A WHOLE, TAKING A STEP BACK HERE, HOW DO THEY APPROACH THE DRAFT?>>BILL BELICHICK WAS ASKED ABOUT THE TEAM’S NEEDS. NEEDS. THE DRAFT NEEDS F YOU HAVE — LET’S SAY, OUR BIGGEST NEED IS LEFT TACKLE, AND YOU TAKE A GUY, PICKED 23, THAT SHOULDN’T BE DRAFTED IN FIRST ROUND AT ALL, CAN’T PLAY. CAN’T PLAY, YOU CAN’T PLAY. IF YOU CAN PLAY, AND YOU’RE AT THE RIGHT SPOT IN THE DRAFT, THAT PLAYER SHOULD BE VIABLE. THE PATRIOTS ARE A VALUE-BASED DRAFTING TEAM. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO FORCE THE CARD IN, IF IT IS IN A POSITION THEY QUOTE UNQUOTE NEED IF THAT PLAYER WOULDN’T BRING THEM CONTRIBUTIONS IMMEDIATELY OR AT SOME POINT DOWN THE ROAD. PHILOSOPHICALLY, DON’T ALWAYS LOOK AT IT AS WHAT THEY NEED MOST FOR 2018. LOOK AT IT AS WHICH PLAYERS ARE THE BEST AND CAN BE PART OF A CORE.>>AND THERE HAS BEEN TALK ABOUT — THEY CAN MAKE A BOLD MOVE UP, TWO ONES AND TWO TWOS, A THREE. THEY’RE MISSING FOUR AND FIVE. BUT MY VISION OR EXPECTATION WITH BELICHICK, IF IT IS EVER GOING TO MAKE A MOVE, WOULDN’T BE BOWED UP, BUT HE COULD CONTINUE TO MOVE BACK AND CONTINUE TO COLLECT PICKS, BUT IF THERE IS A RIGHT PLAYER THERE, IT IS — SOMEBODY THEY LIKE, I CAN SEE MOVING UP A COUPLE OF SPOTS. >>BOTH OF YOUR POINTS ARE WELL TAKEN. THIS IS THE MOST COMPLETE — YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT BILL BELICHICK DOES TO COMPLETE HIS ROSTER, HE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB. IF HE NEEDS IT FROM FREE AGENCY, HE FINDS IT IN FREE AGENCY. HE NEEDS IT FROM THE DRAFT, HE’LL FIND IT IN THE DRAFT. HE WILL WORK MANY DIFFERENT AVENUES, TRADES, YOU NAME IT, HE’LL FIND THE PIECE OF THE PARTS ONCE HE SEES HIS TEAM IN A WHOLISTIC WAY. WHAT DO WE HAVE, WHAT CAN WE DO? HE DOES A FANTASTIC JOB OF UNDERSTANDING HIS GRADES FROM THE DRAFT, EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT THAT, THEY’RE ALWAYS Cs, Bs, NEVER, OH, HE BLEW IT OUT — IT DOESN’T MATTER, IT FITS WHAT HE WANTS AND TO YOUR POINT, DON’T GO STRETCH FOR A GUY WHO YOU DON’T THINK CAN COMPLEMENT YOUR FOOTBALL TEAM. HERE IS WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE THINKS HE CAN DO. WHAT DO YOU THINK HE CAN DO IF HE’S GOING TO BE A PLAYER THAT CAN PLAY FOR YOU. YOU’LL GET HIM WHENEVER YOU CAN IF NOT MOVE ON AND TRADE DOWN. >>ALL TEAMS CONDUCT MOCK DRAFTS.>>WE KNOW BELICHICK IS A CREATURE OF HABIT.>>PRETTY GOOD. >>WOULD YOU GIVE THAT A B, A B PLUS? LET’S MOVE ALONG. AFTER ARRANGING FOR COLIN KAEPERNICK TO WORK OUT, TODAY THE TEAM FOUND STEVEN MORRIS ACCORDING TO ADAM SCHEFTER, NEVER TAKEN A SNAP AT THE NFL LEVEL, UNDRAFTED FREE AGENT OUT OF MIAMI HAS PLAYED ON THREE PRACTICE SQUADS. BACK HERE IN THE VERIZON FILM ROOM, PETE CARROLL, YOU HAVE TO SAY, JUST AS A HEAD COACH, I FEEL LIKE HE’S ONE OF THE MOST OPEN MINDED COACHES. HE’S COMFORTABLE WITH CHANGE. HE’S COMFORTABLE WITH MAKING ADJUSTMENTS. BUT EVEN NOW SEATTLE HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO MAKE THAT MOVE. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE PLAN IS HERE FOR CAP NEXT? WHAT DOES HE NEED TO DO HERE?>>SPECIFIC TO SEATTLE, SOUNDS LIKE THE SHIP HAS SAILED. SIGNING STEVEN MORRIS YESTERDAY, I ASKED ABOUT THE BACKUP QUARTERBACK, 15 GUYS IN FOR VISITS NOW, WE’RE REALLY ALL IN ON THE DRAFT AT THE MOMENT. I THINK IF COLIN KAEPERNICK WANTS TO GET ANOTHER NFL JOB, CLEARLY NFL TEAMS WANT TO HEAR WHAT HIS PLANS ARE AS IT PERTAINS TO KNEELING OR NOT KNEELING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. IF HE SAYS I PLAN TO KNEEL, YOU NEED A TEAM THAT IS COMFORTABLE WITH THAT. AT THE MEETING NEXT MONTH, I BELIEVE IN ATLANTA, THAT’S GOING TO BE A PRIMARY POINT OF CONVERSATION IS HOW TO HANDLE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. >>HE’S INVOLVED IN A COLLUSION LAWSUIT. AND, IN FACT, JERRY JONES IS BEING DEPOSED YESTERDAY ON THIS. SO I’LL BE HONEST WITH YOU, I’M SURPRISED AND EVEN DISAPPOINTED HE HASN’T LANDED IN A SPOT, BUT THEN AGAIN, OWNERS OWN AND MAKE A DECISION, THE ISSUE IS WHETHER THERE HAS BEEN ACTUAL COLLUSION. THAT ISN’T ALL 32 TEAMS. IT CAN BE MORE — HAVING THAT CONVERSATION, ARE YOU SPECIFICALLY MENTIONING WOMEN? AS FAR AS SEATTLE REAL QUICK, BY THE WAY, THEY’RE CHANGING THE — THEY’RE DOING SOME CULTURE CHANGING RIGHT THERE. SO I DON’T KNOW — >>RICHARD SHERMAN, MICHAEL BENNETT. >>CONTROVERSIAL PLAYERS WITH BIG PERSONALITIES, KIND OF MOVED ON FROM THAT. >>SO, YEAH, THERE IS COACHING CHANGES THERE. >>OVERALL, WHAT DO YOU THINK KAEPERNICK’S GOING TO NEED TO SAY — I HATE TO SAY IT, GET OVER THE HUMP HERE FOR A TEAM TO GO, ALL RIGHT, LIKE, WE’RE WILLING TO DO THIS. >>I THINK THE SEAHAWKS — IT SOUNDS LIKE THE SEAHAWKS WOULD HAVE DONE IT. THEY SIGNED SOMEONE ELSE. IF HE SAID I’M NOT GOING TO KNEEL FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM TO FEEL HIS POINT BEFORE, THAT WAS THE ANSWER. I THINK I READ AN ARTICLE EARLIER TODAY, YESTERDAY, ABOUT ERIC REID BEING ASKED THE SAME QUESTION IN CINCINNATI WITH THE BENGALS. I THINK TO MORT’S POINT ABOUT OWNERSHIP, THEY HAVE A STANCE, THEY FEEL THEY’LL STAND STRONG TO THEIR STANCE. AND FOR WHATEVER DEMOGRAPHIC OF THE NFL FAN, WHATEVER FAN BASE YOU HAVE, THEY’RE PLAYING TO THAT. SO FOR WHATEVER REASON THEY BELIEVE THIS IS GOING TO BE THE WAY THEY’RE GOING TO RUN THEIR TEAMS INDIVIDUALLY OR MAYBE EVEN AS AN NFL AS A WHOLE, AND SO I THINK THAT WOULD BE WHAT WOULD HAVE TO BE SAID IF HE WANTED A SPOT. >>NO NEED TO DANCE AROUND. IF HE SAID I’M GOING TO STAND FOR THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AND PUT MY HAND OVER MY HEART, LIKE THE REST OF — MANY OF MY TEAMMATES PROBABLY WILL, IT MIGHT CHANGE THE CONVERSATION WITHIN A MOMENT’S NOTICE.>>RIGHT. >>ALL RIGHT, GUYS, STILL TO COME HERE ON “NFL LIVE,” DEZ BRYANT BEING CUT. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE REST OF THE COWBOYS? CAN DAK PRESCOTT AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT RETURN TO ROOKIE FORM AND CARRY THIS TEAM? WE’LL DISCUSS IT NEXT. “NFL LIVE BIGGEST STORY OF THE DAY, JERRY JONES AND DEZ BRYANT MET TODAY AND THE COWBOYS HAVE DECIDED TO CUT THE 29-YEAR-OLD RECEIVER. BRYANT’S FUTURE WAS THE BIGGEST TOPIC OF THE COWBOYS OFF SEASON. HE WAS DUE A BASE SALARY OF $12.5 MILLION. BUT THE DALLAS COWBOYS DECIDED TO MOVE ON. BRYANT, HOW ABOUT THESE NUMBERS, HASN’T FINISHED WITH DOUBLE DIGITS SINCE 2014. TALKING ABOUT THE ALL TIME LEADER IN COWBOYS HISTORY. HE TIED BOB HAYES WITH NUMBER 71 IN WEEK SEVEN AND BROKE THE TEAM RECORD WITH 13 YARD TOUCHDOWN CATCH IN WEEK 13 AGAINST THE REDSKINS. BIG PART OF THE DALLAS COWBOYS ORGANIZATION OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. JOINING US IS TODD ARCHER. HOW DID WE GET TO THIS POINT?>>WELL, DIANE, IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, THIS WAS A DECISION THAT ALMOST CAME AT THE START OF FREE AGENCY. THE COWBOYS ARE BIG PLAYERS FOR SAMMY WATKINS. HE OPTED TO GO TO KANSAS CITY FOR THE THREE-YEAR, $48 MILLION DEAL. IF HE HAD SIGNED WITH THE COWBOYS, DEZ BRYANT WOULDN’T HAVE BEEN A COWBOY BACK IN MARCH. THEY WAITED, SEE WHAT WOULD DEVELOP, THEY GOT HEARNS, THOMPSON, THERE WERE SOME TRADE DISCUSSIONS REGARDING BRYANT BUT NOTHING CAME TO FRUITION. NOW WITH THIS MOVE YOU HAVE THE COWBOYS LOOKING TO THE DRAFT. WITH THE 19th OVERALL PICK, YOU LOOK AT GUYS LIKE CALVIN RIDLEY, D.J. MOORE, SUTTON, JAMES WASHINGTON, ANOTHER OKLAHOMA STATE GUY, ALL GUYS THAT THE COWBOYS HAVE EITHER HAD IN FOR PREDRAFT VISITS OR WORKED OUT INDEPENDENTLY ON THEIR OWN. THIS MEETING BETWEEN JERRY JONES AND DES BRYANT, I’M TOLD IT TOOK ABOUT 20 MINUTES, NO PAY CUT WAS OFFERED, THE COWBOYS SAVED $8 MILLION AGAINST THE CAP. DEZ BRYANT’S TIME WITH THE COWBOYS NOW OVER. A NEW TENURE FOR A RECEIVER ABOUT TO START. >>TODD ARCHER, THANK YOU FOR JOINING THE SHOW. LET’S LOOK BACK AT SOME BRILLIANT DEZ BRYANT WHEN HE WAS WITH THE COWBOYS. 2014, AGAINST JACKSONVILLE, IN LONDON. TONY ROMO, OVER THE MIDDLE, MAKES THE CATCH AT THE LINE, BREAKS THE TACKLE. ANOTHER, ANOTHER, OFF THE ROAD, ALL THE WAY INTO THE END ZONE FOR THE TD. 35-YARD TOUCHDOWN. JUST GREAT CATCH AND RUN BY BRYANT. THOSE TWO, THEY CERTAINLY WORKED TOGETHER. QUITE A DIFFERENT STORY NOW WITH DAK PRESCOTT AND THAT LOYALTY THERE, EVEN WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT TONY ROMO HANGING IT UP A LITTLE BIT OR WHEN HE WAS ABOUT TO, THAT WAS ONE OF THE BIG STORIES.>>RUNNING BETTER TOO. THAT’S A SIMPLE CROSSROAD.>>HOW ABOUT HIS ROOKIE YEAR? TAKES IT ON HIS OWN, 39, MAKES THE MOVE. AND GETS NEAR THE SIDELINE FOR A 61-YARD PUNT RETURN. >>A DIFFERENT YEAR. THAT SHAKE AND BAKE RIGHT THERE, WATCH IT RIGHT HERE. GAVE IT TO HIM.>>2018?>>OH, MY WORD. THAT IS WHEELS.>>EIGHT YEARS AGO. STILL 2011 HERE, THIS IS AGAINST THE BILLS. WATCH ROMO HERE. FIRES IT DOWN THE RIGHT SIDE, BRYANT UP, BRINGS IT. WHAT — >>THAT’S WHAT HE CAN DO. >>THAT’S AN IMPORTANT CLIP RIGHT THERE. BECAUSE THE BEST OF DEZ BRYANT WAS WHEN — EVEN WHEN HE WAS COVERED, HE WAS OPEN. YOU THREW IT UP, WASN’T A 50/50, IT WAS A 75/25 NUMBER 88 COMING DOWN WITH IT. >>2016 AGAINST THE LIONS HERE, DAK PRESCOTT NOW, DEEP LEFT SIDE HERE, BRYANT, ONE HANDED TOUCHDOWN CATCH, THE BALL WITH THE LEFT HAND, AND — >>AGAIN, THIS IS WHAT HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO DO WHEREVER HE GOES. HE’S NOT GOING TO BE WIDE OPEN. HAS TO MAKE CATCHES, CONTINUE TO BE THAT GUY, BE A POSSESSION GUY UNDERNEATH, MAKE PLAYS WITH HIS FEET AFTERWARDS. BUT HE HAS TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO MAKE PLAYS THAT WAY.>>THAT WAS — >>YOUR QUARTERBACK HAS TO BE A PINPOINT ACCURATE GUY. >>ALL RIGHT, FIVE YEARS AGO THEN, AGAINST THE PACKERS, ROMO HERE, BACK, OUT OF THE END ZONE, AND THAT MAKES THE CATCH. DOUBLE COVERAGE TOO.>>JUST PRISTINE BODY CONTROL, CONCENTRATION, FEEL THE AWARENESS OF WHERE YOU ARE, TOE TAP IN THE BACK OF THE END ZONE, UNBELIEVABLE STUFF THERE. >>TALK ABOUT SEPARATION AND INABILITY TO DO THAT, DOESN’T SEEM TO BE A PROBLEM IN ANY OF THESE — >>MICHAEL IRVIN, HALL OF FAMER, NOT A GUY THAT SEPARATED, BUT HAD TROY AIKMAN, AN ACCURATE PASS THROWING THE BALL. AND HAD A RUNNING GAME TOO. >>LIONS HERE, THIS IS 2013. JUMP TO THE END ZONE. AND GETS UP AND BRINGS THIS RIGHT BACK DOWN ONE HANDED. COMES DOWN WITH THE BALL. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, TWO FEET, RIGHT THERE FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. INSANE. FIRED UP ON THE SIDELINE. AND, YOU KNOW, BIGGER QUESTION HERE IS IS HE STILL THIS GUY? THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT REEL. THIS IS THE BEST OF DEZ BRYANT OVER HIS EIGHT-YEAR CAREER WITH DALLAS. DOES HE STILL HAVE ANY OF THIS LEFT?>>WAS HE IN 2017? HE WAS NOT THAT GUY. A FORMER TEAMMATE OF HIS SHOWED THAT EVEN IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR CAREER, YOU CAN HAVE A CRATERING SEASON LIKE MURRAY DID IN PHILADELPHIA, AND THEN RECAPTURE SOME MAGIC LIKE IN TENNESSEE. I THINK THAT’S THE QUESTION. CAN IT BE RESUSCITATED, BROUGHT BACK OUT FROM INSIDE OF DEZ BRYANT. >>I THINK SO. I THINK, AGAIN, HE’S NOT GOING TO BE YOUR ONE, HE’S NOT THE GUY YOU TARGET AND FIND ON EACH AND EVERY DOWN. BUT HE’S DEFINITELY CAPABLE OF MAKING SOMETHING HAPPEN, GETTING OPEN, MAKING SOME PLAYS THAT CAN HELP YOUR OFFENSE. THIS IS NOT A GUY THAT — CLOSE TO 70 CATCHES LAST YEAR. SO HE’S GETTING — HE CAN GET THERE AND MAKE PLAYS FOR YOU. HE’S JUST NOT A GUY YOU CAN OVERPAY OR HAVE EXPECTATIONS. ONE THING THAT GOES UNDER THE RADAR IS THAT I LIKED ABOUT HIM AS A RECEIVER IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, HE DOES WANT THE ROCK. ONE THING ABOUT HIM, HE DOES NOT SHRINK AWAY. HE WANTS TO GO GET IT, HE WANTS TO BE PART OF THE ACTION AS A GUY WHO WAS IN A PROLIFIC PASSING — EVERY GOOD RECEIVER WANTS THAT. THEY ALL THINK THEY’RE OPEN, EVEN THE TRIPLE COVER, HE’S THAT TYPE OF MENTALITY IN THE HUDDLE YOU LIKE TO SEE. WHEN THE LIGHTS GET BIG, HIS FACE GETS BIGGER, GETS MORE EXCITED FOR THE MOMENT. >>I THINK THE LOWER LEG INJURIES TOOK THEIR TOLL.>>ABSOLUTELY. >>LET’S MOVE ON FROM TALKING ABOUT DEZ AND LOOK AT THIS COWBOYS ROSTER IN TERMS OF THEIR RECEIVING CORPS. WHAT IS LEFT HERE?>>YOU GOT A PLAYER WHO NOW IN TERMS OF YOUR LEADING WIDE RECEIVER, THAT’S A SLOT RECEIVER IN COLE BEASLEY. MAY HAVE THE HEIR APPARENT ON THE ROSTER.>>EVERY SHOW WE FIND A WAY. >>TERRANCE WILLIAMS, WORTH NOTING, HE’S CURRENTLY BANGED UP AND DEALING WITH A FOOT INJURY THAT WILL KEEP HIM OUT OF A LOT OF THE OFF SEASON. SO THERE ARE REPS TO BE HAD, WE DON’T THINK ABOUT PRACTICE REPS MEANING AS MUCH IN THE NFL AS THE GAME. WHICH IS TRUE. BUT PRACTICE REPS MATTER, THIRD YEAR QUARTERBACK. >>ALAN HERNS, AS THE NAME TO WATCH, WITH THE JAGUARS, HE REACHED A THOUSAND YARDS. HE GOT SOME MONEY OUT OF THAT, UNDRAFTED GUY WHO OVERACHIEVED. TO CERTAINLY PROJECT THAT THEY COULD DRAFT A RECEIVER, WE’RE DOING THAT, THEY’RE PICKING 19th. OR THEY COULD DO THAT IN THE SECOND ROUND TOO. WE SAID THIS. LAST THREE YEARS, ROOKIE RECEIVERS HAVE NOT COME INTO THIS LEAGUE AND LIT IT UP. SO THERE IS SOME RISK TAKING A RECEIVER IN THE FIRST ROUND TOO.>>I THINK THE COWBOYS OFFENSE GETS BACK ON TRACK, NOT DEPENDENT UPON WHO STEPS UP AT WIDE RECEIVER, BUT IF THE OFFENSIVE LINE REASSERTS ITSELF IN THE LEAGUE — >>THE SECOND LAYER TO THAT WOULD BE DAK PRESCOTT AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT. >>BYPRODUCT OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE. YOU GOT ABOUT THREE-FIFTHS OF THE INGREDIENTS IN PLACE. SMITH, MARTIN, FREDERICK, DOMINANT PLAYERS ON SNAP.>>ALSO EZEKIEL ELLIOTT AVAILABLE FOR 16 GAMES. THAT’S THE KEY. >>YOU SAY THAT’S THE KEY. IS IT POSSIBLE, WERE YOU ABLE TO SEE ENOUGH FROM DAK PRESCOTT LAST SEASON WITH AND WITHOUT ZEKE, DO YOU THINK THEY CAN RETURN TO WHAT WE SAW JUST TWO SEASONS AGO?>>9-7 LAST YEAR WITH A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON THAT WASN’T GOOD. I THINK DAK PRESCOTT AND MISSISSIPPI STATE TO BE HONEST WITH YOU WAS TRULY UNDER VALUED. I THOUGHT THAT WAS — PEOPLE WANT TO SAY, HE’S A FOURTH ROUND PICK. I SAW HIM PLAY A LOT, I WATCH A LOT OF S.E.C. FOOTBALL. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN DRAFTED HIGHER. THE ANSWER IS YES. >>I THINK SO TOO. I DON’T WANT TO OVERTHINK THE OBVIOUS HERE, BUT AS A ROOKIE, HE LOOKS GOOD FILLING IN. RIGHT TACKLE LAST YEAR, THERE WERE SOME UP AND DOWN MOMENTS. IF HE OR SOMEBODY ELSE ASSIGNED CAM FLEMING FOR EXAMPLE THIS OFF SEASON FROM THE PATRIOTS, FORMER STARTER FOR THEM AT TIMES, AT LEAST, IF THEY CAN GET AT LEAST 80% OF THE OFFENSIVE LINE PLAYING 15, 16 GAMES THIS YEAR, I THINK THE WHOLE THING GETS — >>SMITH AT LEFT TACKLE IS A BIG KEY.>>HE’S GOT TO STAY HEALTHY, ALL THOSE THINGS, THIS OFFENSE DOES NOT RUN THROUGH ANY RECEIVER. SO DON’T MISTAKE IT. IT IS GOING TO BE A PLETHORA OF PLAY ACTION PASSES, ALSO EZEKIEL ELLIOTT, IF HE GETS THE BALL TO ELLIOTT WITH THE SCREEN GAME, GET HIM OUT OF THE BACKFIELD, USE HIM, RIDE THAT GUY TO THE FINISH LINE. THAT’S THE BEST PLAYER ON YOUR OFFENSE, BOTTOM LINE, GET YOUR OFFENSIVE LINE GROUND AND POUND, THEY DON’T HAVE TO NECESSARILY PASS, SMITH CAN’T PLAY, AT LEAST PLAY ACTION HELPS YOU WITH CHIPS OR TIGHT END SITTING IN THERE, BUT IT OPENS YOUR OFFENSE UP, BUT HAS TO BE RUN THROUGH EZEKIEL ELLIOTT AND THE RUN GAME IF THE COWBOYS — NO RECEIVER THEY GET WILL MAKE THAT MUCH OF AN IMPACT. >>IT CHANGES, YOUR OFFENSE CHANGES YOUR DEFENSE. SOUNDS SILLY. CONSIDER THIS. COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, FILM EAGLES LED THE NFL BECAUSE THEIR OFFENSE WAS — THEY COULDN’T SUSTAIN DRIVES. ONE REASON WHY THE COWBOYS WERE, BY THE NUMBERS, PRETTY — MIDDLE OF THE PACK DEFENSE, TALENTWISE WEREN’T THERE, THEY WEREN’T PLAYING A TON OF SNAPS AND WHEN THEY WERE, IT WAS, HEY, WE GOT A COMFORTABLE LEAD IN THE FOURTH QUARTER, PIN YOUR EARS BACK, RUSH THE QUARTERBACK. YOUR OFFENSE DICTATES TERMS AND ALLOWS YOU TO BE PLAYING WITH A 10 OR 14 POINT LEAD IN THE FOURTH QUARTER. >>IT CHANGES IT ALL. >>CHANGES EVERYTHING. THE OFFENSE FINDING ITS GROOVE, YOU WOULD AGREE THAT THIS ROSTER IS BETTER ON OFFENSE THAN DEFENSE. >>YES. >>THE BIG STORY, DEZ BRYANT CUT FROM THE DALLAS COWBOYS AFTER EIGHT SEASONS. REALLY QUICKLY, ARE THE COWBOYS A BETTER OR WORSE TEAM WITHOUT DEZ?>>I THINK FROM A TALENT STANDPOINT INFERIOR, BUT GIVEN ALL THE FACTORS, I THINK THE TEAM WILL EMERGE AS A BETTER TEAM THAN LAST YEAR. >>BETTER TEAM IF ZEKE ELLIOTT . HE’S ALL ABOUT WHAT THE FORMER HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER CAN DO. BACK HERE IN STUDIO, GUYS, HERE ON “NFL LIVE,” YOU KNOW, IN ABOUT 22 YEARS, BILL BELICHICK HISTORICALLY HAS NEVER TAKEN A QUARTERBACK IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE DRAFT. HIGHEST HE DRAFT A QUARTERBACK WAS IN THE SECOND ROUND WHEN HE TOOK JIMMY G., NO LONGER WITH THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS. SO YOU HAVE TO WONDER HOW SERIOUS THEY ARE ABOUT TAKING LAMAR JACKSON AND HOW EARLY. IS THIS A GENUINE INTEREST THAT THE PATRIOTS HAD IN LAMAR?>>BY ALL ACCOUNTS, IT IS A SINCERE INTEREST. SO THEY ARE — AS THEY USUALLY DO, SCREENING A LOT OF QUARTERBACKS. LAMAR JACKSON, TOM BRADY, YOU CAN SEE TWO DIFFERENT SKILL SETS. HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW. BILL BELICHICK IS A VISIONARY. AND LESS LIKES PLAYERS WHO ARE VERY — LISTEN, GOOD ATHLETE, GOOD ATHLETE. THE OTHER THING IS JOSH McDANIELS, THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, WHO DOES HE DRAFT? AND, LISTEN, NO QUESTION, THIS GUY’S SKILL SET IS BETTER THAN THAT. THIS LEAGUE IS HEADED IN THIS DIRECTION, THOUGH THEY MAY NOT HAVE THIS GUY’S SKILL SET, THE WORD THAT I GET AND OTHERS DO GET AS WELL IS THAT THEY ARE SCRUTINIZING HIM QUITE A BIT. >>WE GOT MEL KIPER JR. HERE WITH US ON OUR NICE LITTLE PLASMA SCREEN HERE. NOW, WEIGH IN HERE, IN TERMS OF WHAT YOU THINK THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS SHOULD DO IN TERMS OF LAMAR JACKSON.>>THEY HAVE FOUR PICKS. WHAT EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT, THE NEEDS OF THIS FOOTBALL TEAM GO BEYOND A FUTURE QUARTERBACK. IF YOU’RE GIVING UP PICKS TO GO UP AND GET A QUARTERBACK, THEN YOU’RE NOT DOING THOSE NEEDS, NOT HELPING BRADY THIS YEAR, NOT MOVING FORWARD AND PROVING THE BASE TALENT OF THIS FOOTBALL TEAM. IF HE’S THERE, 23, AND BUFFALO DOESN’T TAKE HIM AT 12 OR 22 OR BUFFALO PACKAGES PICKS TO MOVE UP OR ARIZONA DOESN’T TAKE HIM, MIAMI, WHOEVER IT MAY BE, HE’S AT 23, DO YOUR DUE DILIGENCE, HE’S IN THE MIX. I THINK TO GIVE UP PICKS WITH THE PATRIOTS HAVING MAJOR NEEDS IN OTHER AREAS WOULD MAKE A LOT OF SENSE TO ME. IT IS RICH TO SAY TOP TEN, TOP 15 FOR LAMAR JACKSON WHO IS NOT DESHAUN WATSON. HE WAS AT 67% ALL THREE YEARS OR ABOVE, JACKSON WAS 50% FOR HIS CAREER. IT IS GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME.>>PATRIOTS HAVE A UNIQUE SITUATION THIS YEAR COMPARED TO PREVIOUS YEARS, MOST RECENTLY THE PAST TWO SEASONS. FOUR PICKS ALLOWED HIM IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO REPLENISH A LOT OF YOUTH ON THE ROSTER. HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE QUARTERBACK POSITION. THEY NEED TO ADD A YOUNG DEVELOPMENTAL ARM TO THE ROSTER. BRIAN HOYER AND THAT’S IT BEHIND A SOON TO BE 41-YEAR-OLD STARTING QUARTERBACK. TO MORT’S POINT, THEY HAVE DONE THEIR HOMEWORK ON QUARTERBACKS. LAST YEAR MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN A TEAM MORE ACTIVE IN ITS QUARTERBACK STUDIES THAN THE ARIZONA CARDINALS. DIDN’T TAKE A SINGLE QUARTERBACK. YOUR HOMEWORK CAN CERTAINLY BE — THEY’RE GOING TO DRAFT BASED ON VALUE. NOT GOING TO, I DON’T THINK, OVEREXTEND FOR A PLAYER AT ANY POSITION. THEY HAD THEIR STARTER IN TOM BRADY, FOR TWO MORE SEASONS UNDER CONTRACT. >>TALKING ABOUT THE PATRIOTS DOING THEIR HOMEWORK, DOING TONS OF HOMEWORK ON THE PLAYERS. SOME HOMEWORK, YOU REACHED OUT TO ONE OF LAMAR JACKSON’S FORMER COACHES. >>A LOT OF PEOPLE, JUST TRYING TO GET A HANDLE, SOME PEOPLE, THERE ARE SOME TEAMS CONCERNED WHETHER OR NOT HE IS GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE TO LEARN THE NFL GAME FROM THE TRADITIONAL STANDPOINT. HE’S NOT A TRADITIONAL QUARTERBACK. DERRICK McGEE, OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR AT LOUISVILLE FOR TWO YEARS. SOME INTERESTING POINTS. HE SAID, ONE OF THEM WAS LAMAR IS GOING TO NEED A COACH WHO UNDERSTANDS THE WAY HE LEARNS. IF A TEAM TAKES AT APPROACH THEY’RE NOT GOING TO LET HIM FAIL, HE’S GOING TO REWARD YOU HANDSOMELY. I ALSO JUST SPOKE TO BILL PARCELLS AS WE TALKED ABOUT. ONE THING THAT BILL SAID, YOU GET A KID LIKE LAMAR JACKSON, YOU NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT HE DOES AND WHAT HE LIKES. TOO MANY COACHES ARE MARRIED TO THEIR SYSTEMS. TELL ME WHAT HE CAN DO, NOT WHAT HE CAN’T DO.>>I’M SEEING THAT HAND GO UP IN THE AIR. WHY? WHAT RESONATED WITH YOU?>>THERE ARE SO FEW PLAYERS THAT TRANSLATE TO EVERY SYSTEM OR CAN GO ABOUT AND PLAY IN ANY SYSTEM. VERY FEW GUYS. JULIO JONES MAYBE. GO THROUGH THE LEAGUE. AS A PLAYER, I PLAYED IN A SYSTEM THAT FIT MY BODY TYPE, MY ATHLETICISM, YOU NAME IT, MY MENTAL CAPACITY, ALL THOSE. EVERY PLAYER HAS SOME TYPE OF LIMITATION, SOMEWHERE IN THEIR GAME. YOU FIND WHAT HE DOES WELL, ACCENTUATE IT, MAKE IT THE BEST IT CAN BE, AND IT WILL REWARD YOU. IT IS WHEN GUYS GET STUCK ON I’M GOING TO DO IT THIS WAY, THIS GUY HAS TO DO IT THIS WAY, EVERY TIME, OR HE’S NOT GOING TO BE MY GUY, IF YOU GO GET A GUY LIKE LAMAR, YOU TAKE HIS BEST ATTRIBUTES AND YOU GLORIFY THEM TO THE GREATEST THEY CAN BE, AND YOU SEE WHAT YOU GOT THERE. McDANIELS DID THAT, GOT OUT A LIKE THIS. THIS GUY IS A — THIS GUY IS A FOOTBALL PLAYER. FIELDS POINTS ABOUT WHAT BILL BELICHICK — THIS GUY IS A FOOTBALL PLAYER. EVERY TIME YOU TURN THE TAPE ON, HE SHINES.>>TO MEL’S POINT, I TALKED TO TEAMS ABOUT THIS, THEY EXPRESSED CONCERNS ABOUT SOME OF THE ACCURACY ISSUES. BOBBY PETRINO’S OFFENSE AT LOUISVILLE, THERE AREN’T SHORT PASSES OR TUNNEL SCREENS THAT WATSON WAS ABLE TO DO. I THINK THERE IS — THIS IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO IS A POLARIZING PROSPECT CONSIDERING THIS GUY WON A HEISMAN AND ALMOST ACCOUNTED FOR 90 TOUCHDOWNS.>>WHERE ARE THE HOLES IN LAMAR JACKSON’S GAME. YOU’VE BEEN WATCHING TAPE OF HIM. OUTSIDE. HE MAKES SOME BRILLIANT THROWS. YOU PUT THE TAPE ON, YOU’LL SEE SOME WILD THROWS. WATSON HAD BETTER PLAYERS. YOU LOOK AT LAMAR JACKSON, LOST HIS TOP RUNNING BACK. HE’S GOT A CHIP ON HIS SHOULDER. DOESN’T WANT TALK OF WIDE RECEIVER. PUT THAT TO REST EARLY ON. I THINK IN NEW ENGLAND OR AN ORGANIZATION THAT DEVELOP HIM IN TWO OR THREE YEARS LIKE AARON RODGERS WAS IN GREEN BAY BEHIND BRETT FAVRE THAT WOULD BE AN IDEAL SCENARIO. WHAT MORT WAS TALKING ABOUT AND EVERYBODY IS DISCUSSING IS, HEY, DO WHAT — WHY DID BILL PARCELLS AND BILL WALSH SAY THE SAME THING? THEY’RE HALL OF FAMERS AND THEY GOT IT. DON’T FORCE HIM TO DO WHAT YOU DO, DO WHAT HE DOES AND DO WHAT BILL O’BRIEN DID WITH DESHAUN WATSON. THAT’S THE REASON WHY BILL WALSH AND BILL PARCELLS FELT THE EXACT SAME WAY. THEY WERE WINNERS, HALL OF FAMERS AND THEY COULD TAKE A PLAYER AND MAKE HIM GREAT WHERE OTHERS WILL TAKE HIM AND RUIN HIM. IF HE GOES FOR THE RIGHT GUY IN THE RIGHT TEAM, JACKSON COULD EMERGE AS A WINNING NFL SIGNAL CALLER.>>WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HIM CHANGING POSITIONS.>>I HAVE PEOPLE WHO FEEL THE SAME WAY AS WELL, AND MAYBE FOR TWO YEARS IF IT DOESN’T WORK, THIS GUY IS TOO TALENTED OF A — YOU DON’T WANT YOUR BEST ATHLETE STANDING ON THE SIDELINE FOR TWO YEARS. THAT DISCUSSION WILL COME IF HE’S NOT PLAYING IN THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS.>>REALLY QUICKLY, I THINK IT IS A DISSERVICE IN A WAY THAT WE TALK ABOUT A PLAYER BEING ABLE TO GO INTO ANOTHER POSITION. THERE IS A LOT OF REALLY GOOD RECEIVERS THAT RUN REALLY CRISP ROUTES, FIND WAYS TO GET OPEN, UNDERSTAND SOFT IN THE ZONE, WHAT TO DO IN MAN COVERAGE. HE CAN AUTOMATICALLY — DOESN’T MEAN HE’LL BE A GOOD PLAYER. I CAN TELL YOU, GO MOVE THE LEFT TACKLE. PLAY THE LINE, IT IS NOT THE SAME THING. I DON’T APPRECIATE PEOPLE JUST CASTING THAT NET. THAT IS A MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TRANSITION THAN PEOPLE ACT LIKE IT IS. >>>BACK HERE ON “NFL LIVE.” DEZ BRYANT RELEASED BY THE COWBOYS EARLIER TODAY. JERRY JONES ANOINTED BRYANT WITH THE FABLED NUMBER 88 WORN BY MICHAEL IRVIN. THE COWBOYS OWNER SAID, QUOTE, I THINK THAT DEZ HAS A CHANCE TO MAKE THE KIND OF IMPACT PEOPLE HAVE WORN THIS JERSEY BEFORE. LIKE PIERSON AND IRVIN, HE CAUGHT PLENTY OF PASSES AND TOUCHDOWNS, BUT A CHAMPIONSHIP ALLUDED HIM UNLIKE COWBOY GREATS BEFORE HIM. HERE IS TODD ARCHER ON WHY DEZ’S NUMBER WAS UP AND DOWN.>>WHAT A CATCH! WHAT A CATCH!>>UNBEATABLE. THE SKY IS THE LIMIT.>>THE GREATEST THING ABOUT BEING IN THE COWBOYS, PEOPLE LOVE TO HATE THE COWBOYS.>>NOBODY LOVES BEING A DALLAS COWBOY MORE THAN DEZ BRYANT. WHEN THEY TRADED UP IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2010 DRAFT TO TAKE HIM, HE CRIED TEARS OF JOY. HE ARRIVED AS ONE OF JERRY JONES’ BIGGEST GAMBLES. HE LEAVES AS ONE OF JONES’ BEST PAYOFFS. >>IN THE END ZONE, HE CAUGHT IT! TOUCHDOWN, DEZ BRYANT!>>TO THE END ZONE, TOUCHDOWN! WHAT A PLAY BY BRYANT!>>JONES SERVED AS A FATHER FIGURE TO BRYANT, JUST THE WAY HE HAD WITH MICHAEL IRVIN, CHARLES HALEY, AND SO MANY OTHERS. JASON GARRETT LAUDED HIS GROWTH OFF THE FIELD ALMOST AS MUCH AS ON.>>GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT HE’S MADE OVER THE COURSE OF HIS CAREER WITH US HAS BEEN EXPONENTIAL. >>THERE ARE TIMES WHEN HIS EMOTIONS GOT THE BEST OF HIM. >>WE’RE NOT DONE. >>CAMERAS TRAINED ON HIS OUTBURSTS, EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY. >>I’M A VERY EMOTIONAL PLAYER. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN THAT WAY. GOT TO DO A BETTER JOB OF CONTROLLING, YOU KNOW, MY EMOTIONS. >>TWO YEARS AGO, THEY WENT DAYS WITHOUT CONTACTING BRYANT AFTER HE HURT HIS KNEE. LAST SUMMER, HE MISSED A CONDITIONING TEST AT THE START OF TRAINING CAMP. PRODUCTION ALWAYS HAS A WAY OF ALLOWING A TEAM TO LOOK THE OTHER WAY. HIS LAST 1,000 YARD SEASON CAME IN 2014. IN 2017, HE FAILED TO HAVE 100 YARD GAME.>>YOU CAN’T PAY A GUY $16.5 MILLION AND GET 800 YARDS RECEIVING OUT OF HIM. HOW DO YOU IMPROVE THAT POSITION GROUP WITH THAT MUCH MONEY TIED UP IN THAT LITTLE PRODUCTION?>>THE FINANCES NO LONGER MATCHED UP WITH THE CATCHES, YARDS AND TOUCHDOWNS. JUST LAST MONTH BRYANT TOLD 103.5 THE FAN IN DALLAS HE COULDN’T ENVISION PLAYING FOR ANOTHER TEAM.>>CAN YOU IMAGINE THE IDEA OF WEARING THE 8s IN ANOTHER UNIFORM?>>NO, MAN. HELL NO. I WANT TO BRING THIS CITY A CHAMPIONSHIP.>>THE ONLY TEAM HE EVER WANTS TO PLAY FOR HAS DECIDED TO MOVE ON WITHOUT HIM.>>THE EMOTIONS ARE CERTAINLY VERY RAW RIGHT NOW FOR DEZ BRYANT. HE TOOK TO TWITTER RIGHT AFTER THE MEETING, PUT OUT A COUPLE OF TWEETS. IF I DIDN’T HAVE MY EDGE, I GOT IT NOW. I’M SORRY THEY GOT TO FEEL ME. IT IS PERSONAL. IT IS VERY PERSONAL. SO THE RECRUITING HAS BEGUN. HERE WE GO. PLAYERS OUT ON TOUR, GOING THROUGH IT, LeGARRETTE BLOUNT, COME DOWN TO DETROIT, BRO. IT IS OUT THERE. COME TO HOUSTON, TYRANN MATHIEU THERE. AND JALEN RAMSEY SAYS TO BRYANT, COME ON TO THE JAGS. SEEMS EVERYBODY WANTS HIM. >>SUCH A HATER. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?>>I HEAR WHAT YOU’RE SAYING. THEY’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE — >>NOBODY CAN PUT CASH IN HIS HANDS.>>THE CONVERSATION NOW BECOMES, WHERE WILL HE LAND? AND WILL HE LAND ANYWHERE? IS HIS TIME UP? LET’S BEGIN FIRST DISCUSSING THE TEAMS THAT COULD POSSIBLY HAVE INTEREST. BASED ON SOME OF THE THINGS YOU KNOW AND THE PEOPLE YOU TALK TO, WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?>>HE’S BEEN RELEASED FOR ALL OF AN HOUR AND 31 MINUTES. SOME TEAMS THAT MAY COME TO MIND THAT HAVE A NEED AT WIDE RECEIVER, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, HAVE A NEED AT WIDE RECEIVER. QUESTION IS, IS THAT THE KIND OF PERSONALITY YOU WANT TO BRING IN, GIVEN SOME OF THE CHANGES THEY MADE TO THEIR ROSTER THIS OFF SEASON? THE ARIZONA CARDINALS STILL HAVE SOME WIDE RECEIVER NEEDS RIGHT NOW WITH BASICALLY LARRY FITZGERALD AND A LOT OF UNPROVEN COMMODITIES. WHEN CHAD WILLIAMS, NUMBER TWO WIDE RECEIVE, THIRD ROUND PICK OUT OF GRAMBLING, THAT TELLS YOU WHERE THEY’RE AT. AND THEN I THINK BEYOND THAT, HE HAS INDICATED HE WILL AT LEAST EXPLORE THE IN FC EAST, PERHAPS THAT’S THE EMOTION HE WAS REFERENCING EARLIER, YOU CAN PLAY DALLAS TWICE A YEAR, WE’LL HAVE A MUCH CLEARER PICTURE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS HERE ABOUT WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN DEZ.>>HE’LL FIND A JOB, NO QUESTION ABOUT THAT. THE ALSHON JEFFERY MODEL FROM A YEAR AGO, SIMILAR TYPE OF RECEIVER, NOT A LOT OF SPEED, ABLE TO CATCH THE CONTESTED BALLS AND ALSHON TURNED THAT INTO A LONG-TERM CONTRACT. AND ONLY A ONE YEAR DEAL AT 7 MILLION. HE’LL GET THAT. I STILL THINK THE RAVENS, I COULD SEE THE RAVENS BEING INTRIGUED HERE.>>THE RAVENS, YOU SEE, IF I’M — IF I’M DEZ, I’M DEZ’S ENT, I’M CALLING — I’M CALLING THE BIG BOYS. I’M CALLING THE NEW ENGLANDS OF THE WORLD, CALLING THE GREEN BAY PACKERS OF THE WORLD, CALLING TEAMS THAT I THINK COMPETE NOW. AND THAT YOU HAVE A GUY THAT CAN PUT THE BALL ON YOU, AND MAKE PLAYS. THAT’S REALLY WHAT I WOULD THINK TO YOUR POINT. I THINK SEATTLE IS A GREAT FIT. THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING ONE FOR ME. PROBABLY THE MOST INTERESTING FOR ME BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY JUST DID IN THEIR LOCKER ROOM. DO THEY WANT, YOU KNOW, THEY WANT A BOISTEROUS GUY, THEY ALWAYS TALK ABOUT WILL OUR GUYS BE OUR GUYS? IS THAT STILL TRUE? WHAT DOES THAT WHOLE MODEL LOOK LIKE? I’M GOING FROM THE TOP DOWN. I’M NOT STARTING THE OTHER WAY. I’M GOING TO FIND THE GUY I THINK CAN HELP ME BE THE BEST PLAYER I CAN BE IN THE BEST TWO TEAMS. THAT’S WHERE I WOULD START. >>HE DOESN’T WANT TO GO IT A WINNING TEAM. HE’S NOT GOING TO WANT TO BE PART OF A PROGRAM REBUILDING. AND HE’S LOOKING TO GET PAID AS WELL. >>LOSING TEAM GIVES THEM $50 >>WE ARE ALMOST THERE. SO THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR OF QUARTERBACK TO QUARTERBACK WITH RUSSELL WILSON ON ESPN. RUSSELL MET WITH FOUR PLAYERS. BAKER MAYFIELD, RUDOLPH, BARRETT AND SAQUON BARKLEY. RUSSELL’S GOAL WAS TO HELP THEM EACH GET SOME GUIDANCE AND FIGURE OUT WHAT IT TAKES FROM A MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STANDPOINT TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THIS LEAGUE. HERE HE IS WITH THE PENN STATE STAR, SAQUON BARKLEY.>>SAQUON BARKLEY! BARKLEY, ALL THE WAY TO THE END ZONE!>>SAQUON BARKLEY! SAY BYE-BYE. >>BARKLEY HURDLES OVER A DEFENDER!>>SAQUON BARKLEY. >>WATCH YOU PLAY, ONLY A FEW GUYS IN MY MIND THAT PLAY LIKE YOU. YOU REMIND ME OF LeBRON JAMES. >>WOW. >>YOU’RE LIKE LeBRON JAMES, KING JAMES OF THE FOOTBALL FIELD THOUGH.>>THANK YOU. FIRST TIME I HEARD SOMETHING LIKE THAT.>>I GO BACK AND FORTH TO KOBE, LeBRON, MICHAEL JORDAN. BUT I DO THINK PEOPLE NEED TO SIT BACK AND REALIZE WHAT WE’RE WITNESSING. IF I HAD THAT, THAT IMPACT ON A SPORT, LIKE LeBRON JAMES, DEFINITELY DOING SOMETHING, DOING SOMETHING RIGHT AND I CAN CONTINUE THAT TO THE NEXT LEVEL, DEFINITELY BE AWESOME. >>KING BARKLEY. >>KING BARKLEY.>>LET’S START NOW, KING BARKLEY. MAKE SURE HE PLAYS.>>I GOT TO HANG OUT WITH SAQUON A LITTLE BIT AND TRY TO BE AROUND HIS WORKOUT REGIMENT. HE’S AN ABSOLUTE FREAK. I DON’T THINK I’VE SEEN A PLAYER THIS ATHLETIC.>>ONE HANDED.>>I LOVE GOING TO THE GYM. WATCHING YOU, NOTHING LIKE IT.>>I LOVE THOSE VIDEOS.>>EVERYONE SEES THE SUCCESS. HOW HARD YOU WORK TO GET THERE.>>I WASN’T GOING TO BE A TOP THREE PICK OR WHATEVER. MY MENTALITY IS PROBABLY DIFFERENT THAN YOURS. WHAT ABOUT YOURS RIGHT NOW, I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO BE SAQUON BARKLEY. >>THE WAY I VIEW THAT IS I TRULY, TRULY DO NOT CARE. WHO ARE YOU TO BE, LIKE, I DON’T WANT TO PLAY FOR THIS TEAM OR UPSET IF THAT TEAM DRAFTS YOU. I KNOW WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM ME. I CAN’T PROMISE YOU 2,000 RUSHING YARDS, TWO OF OUR CHAMPIONS, ROOKIE YEAR, MVP, THIS AND THAT, I CAN’T PROMISE YOU THAT. I CAN PROMISE YOU THE APPROACH I HAVE AND TO LIFE AND TO THE GAME OF FOOTBALL. AND YOU GET A COMPETITOR. I THINK YOU NEED A COMPETITIVE NATURE IN YOUR LIFE TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN LIFE. I’M READY TO BE THE FACE OF THE FRANCHISE. READY TO BE THE FACE OF THE NFL, TO BE HONEST. IF TRULY THINK I’M THE BEST PLAYER IN THE DRAFT, WHY WOULDN’T YOU DRAFT ME?>>YOU CAN WATCH ALL FOUR EPISODES OF QUARTERBACK TO QUARTERBACK APRIL 17th AT 7:00 EASTERN. RUSSELL WILSON SIT DOWNS WITH BARKLEY, MAYFIELD, RUDOLPH AND J.T. BARRETT. LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM THE NFL DRAFT. SPEAKING OF DRAFT, BARKLEY WITH THE GIANTS ON SUNDAY. WE KNEW THAT. YESTERDAY, HE WAS SPOTTED AT A BARBERSHOP IN PENNSYLVANIA WEARING SOME GIANTS GEAR. IS HE SENDING A MESSAGE? HE’S GOT NO CONTROL OVER IT. WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF THIS?>>LET’S NOT LOOK PAST THE FACT, YOU GO, PLAYERS GO TO INTERVIEW, DURING THE COMBINE OR THE PREDRAFT, TEAMS SEND THEM OFF WITH A BAG WORTH OF TEAM ISSUED GEAR. THAT’S PART OF THE PROCESS, A GESTURE OF GOODWILL FOR A PLAYER THAT MADE AN EFFORT TO MEET WITH THEM. I WOULDN’T READ TOO MUCH INTO THIS. BUT IT WOULD MAKE A LOT OF SENSE FOR THE NEW YORK GIANTS.>>HE WOULD BE HAPPY AT TWO. I WOULD PUT ON — >>MIGHT BE HAPPY TOO.>>WHAT IF THEY TRADE UP, THOUGH?>>NOT WORRIED ABOUT WHICH TEAM. I JUST THINK NUMBER TWO WOULD BE A REALLY GOOD — >>24.5 MILLION BUCKS?>>AND CONNECTIONS TO NEW YORK, HE’S FROM THE BRONX. MAYBE SOMETHING THERE. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT RUNNING BACKS. AND THERE IS A LOT OF DEPTH AT THIS POSITION. WE KNOW THAT SAY WON IS JUST THE NUMBER ONE RUNNING BACK IN THIS DRAFT CLASS. BUT THERE ARE OTHER GUYS THERE THAT YOU THINK CAN GO PRETTY HIGH. >>LISTEN, WHEN EZEKIEL ELLIOTT CAME OUT, THREE DOWN RUNNING BACK, CAN TALK ABOUT THIS AS WELL, THIS GUY IS — HE’S NOT AS PHYSICAL AS ZEKE, BUT, LISTEN, LAST YEAR, THE NFL’S LEADING RUSHER WAS KAREEM HUNT. THIRD ROUND BY JOHN DORSEY. NFC ROOKIE OF THE YEAR, THE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR WAS ALVIN KUMARA. I’VE BEEN TOLD THIS CLASS IS EVEN DEEPER. JONES FROM UFC AND RASHARD PENNY, THERE IS A BUNCH OF THESE GUYS OUT THERE WHERE THEY THINK YOU CAN FIND THE BACKS IN THE THIRD ROUND, FOURTH ROUND. I HAD SOME PEOPLE SAY WE THINK WE GOT A SLEEPER IN THE SIXTH OR SEVENTH ROUND. THEY’RE NOT ALL THREE DOWN BACKS. >>EXACTLY. YOU TALK ABOUT BARKLEY, HE’S A THREE DOWN BACK. THIS WOULD BE MY WARNING TO ALL OF THAT. IF THE GIANTS TAKE BARKLEY AT TWO, HE’S NOT GOING INTO THE SAME SITUATION THAT EZEKIEL ELLIOTT WENT INTO IN DALLAS AT FOUR, WHICH WAS A FANTASTIC O LINE, A COMMITMENT TO THE RUN GAME, ALL YOUR — A PLAN IN PLACE TO BE ABLE TO RUN THE FOOTBALL. THAT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE TREND IN THE NFL NOW, MOST WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WHETHER IT BE HUNT, THEY HAVE A VERY CREATIVE RUN GAME, RIGHT? INGRAM TO HELP TAKE THE LOAD OFF OF HIM AND SHOULDER SOME OF THE BURDEN. THERE ARE A LOT OF FACTORS THAT COME INTO HOW EFFECTIVE A RUNNING BACK CAN BE IN THE GAME. AND EZEKIEL ELLIOTT IS A BETTER OUT OF THE BACKFIELD TYPE RECEIVER THAN BARKLEY WOULD BE RIGHT NOW. IF YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THAT TOGETHER, I WOULD SAY YOU HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL AND I WOULD AGREE WITH MORT, THERE ARE A LOT OF GUYS WHO CAN JUMP ON YOUR BOARD AND HELP ADVANCE YOUR TEAM TO BE A BETTER FOOTBALL TEAM WHETHER IT IS SECOND ROUND, THIRD ROUND, FOURTH ROUND OR WHAT YOU SAID, THE SIXTH ROUND. WHATEVER THEY THINK. WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, YOU GOT TO BE COMMITTED TO THAT RUNNING BACK IF YOU THINK THAT GUY WILL BE A THREE DOWN, YOU BETTER HELP WITH O LINE PLAY AND TRUE COMMITMENT TO RUN SCHEMES THAT WILL HELP HIM. >>NEED MORE PIECES THERE. BARKLEY STARTING A NEW TREND NOW. CAMPAIGNING FOR WHERE “NFL LIVE MAJOR TRANSITION IS UNDER WAY IN ARIZONA. ONE THAT STARTED WITH RETIREMENT, BOTH HEAD COACH ARIANS AND PALMER. THE CARDS WERE THE ONLY TEAM TO LOSE THEIR PRIMARY QB AND COACH ARIZONA GOT WELCOME NEWS FROM LARRY FITZGERALD WHO ANNOUNCED HE’LL RETURN FOR THE 2018 SEASON. AND IT LOOKS LIKE HE’LL BE CATCHING PASSES FROM SAM BRADFORD WHO WAS SIGNED BY THE CARDS IN MARCH. HE RECOVERED FROM THE KNEE INJURY THAT FORCED HIM TO MISS 14 GAMES LAST SEASON. LET’S BRING IN OUR DRAFT EXPERT MEL KIPER JR. BACK WITH US HERE. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE CARDINALS AND THEIR PLANS TO DRAFT A QUARTERBACK?>>WELL, I WAS A QUARTERBACK CORNERBACK, BUT ALEXANDER, I BET ALEXANDER, YOU KNOW, INJURED AGAINST PURDUE EARLIER IN THE YEAR, COMES BACK LATE, BACK TWO YEARS AGO, INTERCEPTING PASSES, FIVE PICKS, BATTING DOWN PASSES ALL OVER THE FIELD. HE’S GOT LONG ARMS. HE’S DEION SANDERS TYPE. I THINK HE WOULD LOOK GOOD OPPOSITE PATRICK PETERSON WITH THE ARIZONA CARDINALS. >>THANKS SO MUCH. HERE AT THE DESK, I HEAR THE GUY SAYING, HE’S A BALL HAWK. THANK YOU SO MUCH. STILL TO COME HERE ON

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