Sep 16, 2021; Landover, Maryland, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Kenny Golladay (19) attempts to make a catch as Washington Football Team cornerback Kendall Fuller (29) defends in the third quarter at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Giants WR Kenny Golladay: I was yelling at Jason Garrett, not Daniel Jones

New York Giants receiver Kenny Golladay said his outburst during Thursday night’s 30-29 loss to the Washington Football Team was aimed at offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and not quarterback Daniel Jones.

Television cameras caught Golladay yelling on the sidelines in the fourth quarter of the NFC East battle. Jones was seen looking at Golladay during the incident.

“Pretty much just me just talking to (Garrett) a little bit,” Golladay told reporters on Monday. “That is two competitive guys right there. Moreso just me wanting to do anything I can. Not so much get me the ball more.”

Golladay was targeted eight times during the contest. He had three catches for 38 yards and also dropped a pass.

Golladay, who signed a four-year, $72 million deal with New York in the offseason, said his tantrum was out of character.

“I’ve never done anything like that either,” said the fifth-year pro, who was a Pro Bowl selection for the Detroit Lions in 2019. “Really just passion. Just being a competitor. I want to do anything I can to help the team and I let the emotions get the best of me.”

Second-year coach Joe Judge on Monday downplayed the situation, surely figuring his 0-2 team doesn’t need a distraction that the New York tabloids could have a field day with.

“You guys asked me the other night about Kenny, there was no argument on the sideline,” Judge said. “There was no him versus Daniel or anything of that nature. This is a guy that in the heat of the moment, you speak very passionately. You kind of speak with some emotion. I speak with emotion on the sideline. There was no blowup or anything that has to be made of it.

“I understand sometimes the perceptions will be what they are, but like I said the other day, there’s no issue there.”

Jones didn’t seem to dispute the incident in his comment to reporters.

“There’s lots of ways to communicate and we’ll work through it,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of emotions to the game and I certainly understand that. Me and Kenny have a great relationship and I know we can communicate and do what we need to do there. I appreciate his passion and emotion.”

Golladay has seven receptions for 102 yards this season for the Giants, who host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.

–Field Level Media

Florida Gators defensive lineman Antonio Valentino (55) congratulates Florida Gators defensive lineman Daquan Newkirk (44) after a big stop during the second game of the season against the USF Bulls at Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa Fla. Sept. 11, 2021.

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No. 13 Florida cruises to win over South Florida

Florida scored touchdowns on five consecutive possessions of Saturday’s game, and coasted to a 42-20 win over host South Florida in Tampa, Fla.

The 13th-ranked Gators (2-0) got results out of their two quarterbacks, Emory Jones and Anthony Richardson. Jones completed 14 of 22 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, and ran for 81 yards and a score.

Richardson was 3 for 3 for 152 yards and two touchdown passes with an 80-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, totaling 115 yards on the ground to lead the Gators in rushing. His stats might have fueled the idea of a quarterback controversy in Gainesville, which head coach Dan Mullen had refuted earlier in the week.

But Richardson was injured on the long touchdown run, and did not return to the game.

The Gators finished with 666 yards — 363 rushing, 303 passing.

There were big play touchdowns for Florida and five catches for 175 yards from wide receiver Jacob Copeland, but the first Gators touchdown drive was the product of tough running from Dameon Pierce, who had runs of 16, 20 and seven yards on the possession, the last one being for a score.

Jones engineered that drive, then gave way to Richardson. On Richardson’s first pass of the game, he found Copeland over the middle, and Copeland turned the completion into a 75-yard touchdown with 4:34 to play in the quarter.

Florida got the ball back on a turnover on downs, and Jones found Xzavier Henderson for a 35-yard touchdown and a 21-3 lead.

Richardson got his turn, and again connected with Copeland for a 41-yard touchdown pass. Two-plus minutes later, Jones ran in a keeper, electing to fake the pitch and run it up the middle and breaking into the open field for a 33-yard touchdown.

The Bulls (0-2) couldn’t overcome the 32-point deficit they faced before halftime, and made a quarterback change from starter Cade Fortin (91 yards) to Timmy McClain (83) for the second half.

The Bulls gained just 297 yards of total offense, and received two rushing touchdowns for Jaren Mangham.

–Field Level Media

Sep 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA;  Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) and quarterback Logan Woodside (5) follow center Ben Jones (60), center Aaron Brewer (62), and center Daniel Munyer (52) to the field at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Titans activate starting C Ben Jones, OG Nate Davis from COVID list

With two starting offensive linemen back from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Tennessee Titans are on track to be at full strength for the regular-season opener Sunday.

Center Ben Jones and guard Nate Davis were activated on Wednesday and are expected to be available for the Week 1 home date with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Titans experienced an outbreak after joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month that began when head coach Mike Vrabel tested positive on Aug. 22.

The team operated without quarterback Ryan Tannehill for multiple days and a total of 14 members of the team — 10 players — were impacted.

–Field Level Media

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws the ball during the first half of a game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Newton: Bill Belichick hasn’t named Patriots’ Week 1 starter

Patriots quarterback Cam Newton said coach Bill Belichick has yet to name his starter for New England’s regular-season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 12.

Newton is competing with rookie first-round pick Mac Jones for the starting job.

Newton completed 4 of 7 passes for 49 yards while Jones connected on 13 of 19 pass attempts for 87 yards in New England’s 22-13 win over Washington in the Patriots’ preseason opener on Thursday.

Neither quarterback threw a touchdown or an interception, and Newton said Belichick has not indicated who he plans to start against Miami.

“You know, he hasn’t said that. So for you to just ask that question, you know, it is what it is,” Newton said Monday following the Patriots’ practice with the Philadelphia Eagles at the NovaCare Complex. “Every single day, I’m coming out here with the anticipation to just get better, and that’s the only thing that I can do. So, I can control that.”

Despite having yet to name their starting quarterback for the game, the Patriots are 3.0-point favorites by DraftKings and 2.5-point favorites by PointsBet at home to open the season. DraftKings was offering Newton as the prohibitive -305 favorite last month to start Week 1, but those odds were off the board on Monday night.

Jones was the 15th overall pick out of Alabama in April. He played one series behind the Patriots’ starting offensive line on Thursday and led New England to a pair of field goals during his five total series.

Newton has been taking the first-team reps during training camp.

“Each and every day, I don’t necessarily care about who’s starting,” he said Monday. “I mostly care about making sure I put the best product out there for me. I know Mac is feeling the same, and I know Brian (Hoyer) is feeling the same way, and everyone else, going down each and every position.

“As far as Week 1, we have so much to worry about prior to Week 1. That’s where my focus is right now.”

–Field Level Media

Jul 29, 2021; Lake Forest, IL, USA; Chicago Bears linebacker Christian Jones (57) runs a lap around the field at the start of a Chicago Bears training camp session at Halas Hall. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports

Bears activate three players from COVID-19 list

The Chicago Bears activated linebacker Christian Jones, tackle Elijah Wilkinson and long snapper Patrick Scales from the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday.

All three landed on the list on Aug. 3 along with nose tackle Eddie Goldman, who is the only player remaining on the list for Chicago.

Jones, Wilkinson and Scales are eligible to return to practice Tuesday following the team’s day off on Monday.

Jones, 30, had 57 tackles in 16 games (13 starts) in his third season with the Detroit Lions in 2020. He played his first four NFL seasons with the Bears from 2014-17.

Wilkinson, 26, started 26 of his 45 games with the Denver Broncos from 2017-20. He signed a one-year deal with Chicago in March.

Scales, 33, is entering his sixth season as the Bears’ long snapper. He played two games with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014 before joining Chicago in 2015.

–Field Level Media

September 13, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) against San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey (69) during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals’ Chandler Jones requested trade this offseason

Arizona Cardinals star pass rusher Chandler Jones is unhappy with his contract and requested a trade during the offseason, ESPN reported Sunday.

The three-time Pro Bowler is slated to make $15.5 million in the final season of a five-year, $82.5 million deal. Jones will be an unrestricted free agent following the season.

The Cardinals have been reluctant to trade Jones as they are eager to team him with offseason acquisition J.J. Watt. They are expecting Jones to report to training camp on Tuesday.

Jones, 31, was limited to just five games last season due to a torn biceps that required surgery. He had one sack.

Prior to last season, Jones recorded 60 sacks in a four-season span, including a career-best 19 in 2019 and an NFL-best 17 in 2017.

Overall, Jones has 97 career sacks with 36 coming in four seasons with the New England Patriots (2012-15) before he was traded to the Cardinals.

Jones also tied for the NFL lead with eight forced fumbles in 2019. He has recorded 27 during his career. He also 432 tackles, nine fumble recoveries (returning one for a touchdown) and one interception.

–Field Level Media

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) and now-former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle DeForest Buckner (99) shake hands before the game at Levi   s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers not denying interest in WR Julio Jones

Is former Atlanta Falcons assistant coach Kyle Shanahan interested in bringing All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones to San Francisco?

The 49ers’ head coach stopped well short of dousing trade rumors connecting Jones to San Francisco. Rumor might have become reality on Monday when Jones told Fox Sports 1 he was “out of there” with regard to his time with the Falcons.

“I’m always interested in improving our team,” Shanahan said. “I would never say we’re just done.”

The 49ers made a big splash in the offseason by trading up for the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and selecting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance.

San Francisco has been active and regularly engaged in the veteran trade market during general manager John Lynch’s tenure, including the 2017 midseason acquisition of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Jones would be owed more than $15 million for the 2021 season in a trade that couldn’t officially be finalized until after 4 p.m. on June 1 (next Tuesday).

The seven-time Pro Bowler has caught 848 passes for 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns during 10 NFL seasons.

Earlier Tuesday, first-year Falcons head coach Arthur Smith attempted to distance himself from Jones trade talk.

“Any private conversation that I have with our players is going to remain private on my end,” Smith said. “And I’m not going to sit here and comment on any potential roster moves that we may or may not make.”

–Field Level Media

Apr 29, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Mac Jones (Alabama) with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the New England Patriots as the number 15 overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots select Alabama QB Mac Jones at No. 15

Michael McCorkle Jones was projected to be long gone.

But when the time came for the New England Patriots to make their first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, Alabama quarterback “Mac” Jones was still available. It took no time for head coach Bill Belichick to reveal Jones was the choice.

He’s now in the mix in New England after being selected 15th on Thursday night.

“This is what I wanted all along,” Jones said on stage at the draft in Cleveland. “And I can’t wait to play for the greatest franchise in NFL history.”

Jones, a two-time national title winner with the Crimson Tide, was the fifth quarterback chosen in the top 15 on Thursday. He becomes the 11th player drafted by Belichick who played for Nick Saban in college.

In 13 games last season, Jones threw for 4,500 yards, 41 touchdowns and only four interceptions. Some argue he was a product of a system that thrived with a rugged offensive line and elite playmakers everywhere. He was a backup in 2017 when Alabama also won the title.

He already seems to have a grasp of the ballyhooed “Patriot Way.”

Saban said last month teams began showing greater interest in Jones late last season and after the national championship game. In conversations with teams, Saban reminds them where Jones started — on the scout team and then behind a slew of talented players, including projected 2021 NFL starters Jalen Hurts (Eagles) and Tua Tagovailoa (Dolphins). And, perhaps most importantly, of Jones’ perseverance to keep working toward getting on the field instead of leaving as a transfer.

“I think that the team that picks me is going to realize they don’t have to worry about me being the first guy in and the last guy out,” Jones said last month. “I’m going to sit and watch as much film as I can and do all the right things. And then obviously the tape speaks for itself.”

Jones joins former Auburn quarterbacks Cam Newton and Jarret Stidham with the Patriots. And he could have a chance to see Tagovailoa head to head twice a year in the AFC East.

Newton re-signed with the Patriots after a disappointing 2020 with the team. He went 7-8 in 15 starts and turns 32 next month.

Newton completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,657 yards, eight touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushed for 592 yards and 12 scores.

–Field Level Media

Jan 11, 2020; Frisco, Texas, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Trey Lance (5) celebrates winning the game against the James Madison Dukes at Toyota Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Trey Lance now favored to go to 49ers at No. 3

Trey Lance has taken over as the betting favorite to be selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the third overall pick shortly before the start of the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday.

The North Dakota State quarterback is now the -140 favorite at BetMGM and -150 favorite at DraftKings and PointsBet ahead of Alabama quarterback Mac Jones (+125, +150, +125).

It marks a dramatic shift from Monday, when Jones was the heavy favorite at -200 favorite ahead of Lance at +150 at DraftKings. Lance was still being offered at +240 to begin Thursday.

However, those odds have swung dramatically with reports indicating the 49ers are now leaning towards taking Lance.

“BetMGM has taken steady action the past 24 hours on Trey Lance to be the third overall pick,” said sports trader Darren Darby. “Lance began the day +240 and is now a -140 betting favorite. The best outcome for the sportsbook is Mac Jones to be the third pick.”

Justin Fields, who opened at +140 at BetMGM to be the third overall pick, is now a +900 longshot.

San Francisco acquired the third pick on March 26. Three days later, Lance was being offered at +175 by DraftKings to be selected by the 49ers.

That put him behind Jones (+150) and slightly ahead of Fields (+200). However, those odds shifted dramatically as buzz picked up steam that San Francisco was strongly considering Fields after attending both of the Ohio State quarterback’s pre-draft workouts.

By April 5, Fields (+150) had pulled close to Jones (+125), with Lance’s odds of landing in the Bay Area lengthening to +250. Those odds moved to +400 by April 15 with San Francisco reportedly whittling its decision down to Jones and Fields.

Another report on Sunday contributed to a massive swing at DraftKings, where Jones became the overwhelming favorite at -200. Lance’s odds also shortened to +150.

Those odds held fairly steady until 24 hours before the draft, when momentum began to swing in Lance’s favor. He is now being backed by 33.3 percent of the handle and 33.6 percent of the bets at BetMGM to be the No. 3 pick.

–Field Level Media

Jan 27, 2021; American quarterback Mac Jones of Alabama (10) throws during American practice at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, USA;  Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones favored as Trey Lance to 49ers draws support

The San Francisco 49ers are keeping the NFL draft community abuzz with constantly changing reports about what the team will do with the No. 3 overall pick on Thursday.

With the NFL Network reporting the 49ers are now deciding between quarterbacks Mac Jones and Trey Lance, savvy bettors could stand to take advantage.

San Francisco acquired the third pick on March 26. Three days later, Lance was being offered at +175 by DraftKings to be selected by the 49ers.

That put him behind Jones (+150) and slightly ahead of Justin Fields (+200). However, those odds shifted dramatically as buzz picked up steam that San Francisco was strongly considering Fields after attending both of the Ohio State quarterback’s pre-draft workouts.

By April 5, Fields (+150) had pulled close to Jones (+125), with Lance’s odds of landing in the Bay Area lengthening to +250. Those odds moved to +400 by April 15 with San Francisco reportedly whittling its decision down to Jones and Fields.

Sunday’s report contributed to another massive swing at DraftKings, where Jones is now the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 3 overall pick at -200. However, Lance’s odds have shortened to +150 while Fields is now a +700 long shot.

Jones is the -250 favorite to go to San Francisco at BetMGM, where the former Alabama star opened at +185 to be the third overall pick. Those odds had shortened to -160 by last week.

Lance is second at +190, followed by Fields (+800).

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the overwhelming favorite at all sportsbooks to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars. A BetMGM bettor placed a $50,000 wager on Lawrence at -1250 that would pay out $4,000 if he indeed goes with the first pick.

“The sportsbook has adjusted the line on many props due to sharp wagers,” BetMGM sports trader Darren Darby said. “The book has taken significant action on Trevor Lawrence to be the first overall pick.”

Lawrence is now being offered at -10000 by the book, with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson listed at -2500 to be the second pick, currently held by the New York Jets.

–Field Level Media