Welcome to the Thursday edition of Pick Six Newsletter!
Today is a big day for NFL players, because at the end of the day, almost everyone will start their summer vacation. Most NFL teams held their mandatory mini-camp this week, and each of those mini-camps is coming to an end today, meaning every NFL player will officially be on summer break before training camp starts.
Actually, I’m taking it back. Not every player will be on summer vacation. There is exactly one team that will be training after today, and that team is the New England Patriots. Bill Belichick is clearly serious about this “no days off” thing. While 31 of the 32 NFL teams will finish the offseason to date, the Patriots won’t finish until tomorrow because they have an OTA scheduled for Friday.
While NFL players will be going on vacation, this newsletter isn’t going anywhere. From now until the end of time, we will continue to come to your mailbox every day. Speaking of time, I think it’s time to move on to a summary.
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1. Today’s Show: This week’s NFL news, including the latest rumors about Baker Mayfield’s move to the Panthers.
Even though we are heading into the slow part of the NFL offseason, things have definitely not been slow this week. From Minka FitzpatrickTerry McLaurin There was a lot of news, so Ryan Wilson decided to get together with Will Brinson to break the news for Thursday’s episode of the Pick Six podcast.
One piece of news that has come out this week is the never-ending trade speculation in Baker Mayfield. Leading NFL insider CBS Sports Jonathan Jones revealed that the Panthers and Brownsabout the besieged defender.
Personally, I’m not sure why the Panthers are so enamored with Mayfield’s addition. He may be slightly better than Sam Darnold, but Darnold already has a full year on the Panthers’ offense and Mayfield will be starting from scratch. In this sense, it is similar to lateral movement. However, Brinson does not think so. He believes that if the Panthers add Mayfield, they could be a potential playoff contender in 2022.
“I think he’s clearly better than Darnold,” Brinson said. “They’ve upgraded the offensive line enough, and if DJ Moore can fulfill his contract, if Christian McCaffrey can stay healthy and the defense can improve, the Panthers could be a minor playoff contender if they can play an above-average quarterback.”
Even if they don’t make the playoffs, Brinson thinks they’ll almost certainly do better with Mayfield in the middle. The Panthers finished last season 5-12 with Darnold in the starting lineup and Brinson sees them improving with Mayfield.
“I think they can win at least seven games if Baker plays the same as he did in 2020,” Brinson said.
If you want to hear the two guys break down more NFL news on today’s episode, then be sure to click here. You You can also watch today’s episode on YouTube by clicking here.
2. Ranking of the top 10 quarterbacks in the 2022 season.
As you may have noticed, we love ranking things here at CBSSports.com and so we thought we would spend the next few weeks ranking each group of positions ahead of the 2022 season.
From runners to receivers, quarterbacks to kickers, we’re going to compile the top 10 rankings for each group of positions. And since there’s zero chance of you agreeing with each rating, I’m going to share each author’s nickname on Twitter so you can argue with them about their social media rating.
For our first off-season rankings, we’re going to start with the top 10 quarterbacks heading into the 2022 season. This list was compiled by Cody Benjamin, and if you want to tell him how perfect he is, or argue with him, You can do this by clicking here.
Top 10 Quarterbacks
1. Tom Brady
2. Patrick Mahomes
3. Aaron Rogers
4. Josh Allen
5. Justin Herbert
6. Joe Burrow
7. Russell Wilson
8. Matthew Stafford
9. Lamar Jackson
10. Duck Prescott
When a two-time reigning NFL MVP can’t even break the top two on your roster, you know it’s a competitive roster. As Cody points out in his story, the rankings were based on a combination of past production, current value, and the quarterback’s outlook on the future. Brady tops the list because no one can match his past record and his current value is as high as any other quarterback in the league. I mean, this man led the NFL in passing in last season at the age of 44.
As far as snubs go, I don’t think there are any ugly ones here. You could probably make an argument for someone like Kyler Murray, but I’m not sure who he would replace in the top 10. You could also probably make an argument for Deshawn Watson, but I’m definitely not going to argue with anyone. for keeping it off their top 10 list. In any case, if you want a detailed explanation of this rating, please be.
3. One dubious move by every AFC team in the off-season.
From free agents to drafts and deals, this offseason has been a busy one for every team in the AFC. One thing that is always true in the off-season is that some moves are better than others. Last week we looked at the best off-season move made by every team in the AFC, so this week we decided to do the opposite, so we asked Jared Dubin to come up with a list that included the most questionable move. done by every AFC team this offseason.
Here is the most questionable move made by five of these teams:
- Patriots: Trade PR Shaq Mason. New England traded a quality starting guard who missed 10 games in seven seasons and received only a fifth-round pick in return.
- Jaguars: Giving Christian Kirk a huge contract (Kirk signed a four-year, $72 million deal). “His contract is actually two years worth $37 million. But you know what? That’s a lot of money for a player who has never had a 1,000-yard season. And this two-year contract suggests that he will be released after 2023. in which case it would still count as 10 million dead money on Jacksonville’s ledgers in 2024.”
- Titans: The A.J. Brown Trade. “If the Titans don’t know something we don’t know about Brown’s health, I’m not sure how you can justify trading a player of his caliber when he’s only 24.”
- Browns: Deshawn Watson’s Trade and Contract. “The cynicism and moral vacuity necessary to exchange for the person whom accused by (at least) 26 women of sexual harassment outrageous. The Browns said they were confident in their research, but did not even attempt to talk to any of the women who sued Watson, the lawyer representing them, or any other women he hired who did not sue him and initiate criminal charges against him. .”
- Leaders: Tyreke Hill Trade. “What does Patrick Mahomes look like without Tyreke Hill? We don’t really know, and neither do the Chiefs. Kansas City will evolve and the Mahomes and Andy Reid must find a new way to succeed, but it doesn’t. This means that it was not risky to sell a player with whom Mahomes showed such great chemistry and who was the only constant source of explosive play in the team.”
If you want to see a complete list that shows all 16 AFC teams, then.
4. George Kittle wants the NFL to add another bye week
49ers star George Kittle would like the NFL to make major changes to the regular season schedule, and that change is that the tight end wants the league to add an extra week of bye.
Although the NFL expanded the regular season to 17 games in 2021, the league hasn’t added extra weeks of rest to the schedule. During interview with Kevin Hart — yes, that Kevin Hart — Kittle .
- Kittle says playing 17 games hurts. “That’s a huge physical loss,” Kittle said. via NBC Sports. “And, for example, 17 games is a lot. That’s a lot of games, with one goodbye, whether it’s week 4 or goodbye is week 11. I’m playing two goodbyes.”
- The NFL had said goodbye two weeks earlier. Surprisingly, the NFL actually experimented with two weeks of dating back in 1993, which was the first and only time to date that the league had two weeks of dating during a season.
- Why the NFL abandoned this idea. According to a 1993 Sports Illustrated story.The double goodbye week was a spectacular flop. From the story: “A double goodbye is a double disaster. This season added a second week of farewell to stretch the network TV schedule to 18 weeks. two months of the season, not 14″. The league also eliminated weekends between conference title games and the Super Bowl in 1993, and clearly didn’t like it because it returned the following season.
- Why might it work this time. First, there are more teams. In 1993, there were only 28 teams, and now there are 32, adding two more games every week. This means that the range of available games will not be as diluted as it used to be. Same way…