Andy Dalton to Tyler Boyd. The city of Baltimore is still trying to figure out how it happened. This was the touchdown connection that knocked the Ravens out of the final playoff spot and allowed the Buffalo Bills to advance to the postseason for the first time this century.
One can imagine Terrell Suggs and Co. would like to get up close and personal with Dalton to share their discontent over the incident. Little do they know that the NFL’s Glowing Ginger Man will not be intimidated. Not now, not ever.
Griffin followed up his stellar campaign by running the fastest 40-yard dash by a linebacker in more than a decade. He plays with an infectious passion and could be an immediate standout on special teams while being incorporated into a number of sub-packages.
Versatility is key. The Lions are likely to continue loading up on linebackers with diverse skill sets who can be moved around the field to exploit weekly matchups. Whether it’s in the early or later rounds, there’s a good chance the team adds another piece to the mix in this draft.
Tupou also played the season opener for the Seahawks in 2016 after making the team as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Washington.
Raiders’ home opener
Sept. 10, 10:20 p.m., Monday night, vs. the Rams. New (and former) Oakland coach Jon Gruden has said he wants to bring the game back to 1998. Well, with his regular-season return to the Black Hole sideline after a nine-year hiatus, we will get to see how Chucky plans on shaping the Raiders’ identity.
Saints vs. Falcons
Sept. 23, 1 p.m., in Atlanta; Nov. 22, Thanksgiving, 8:20 p.m., in New Orleans. These teams don’t like each other. The NFC South was so competitive last season that an underrated rivalry shouldn’t disappoint in either of its iterations, which could very well carry massive playoff implications. And a Matt Ryan-Drew Brees faceoff — along with all the dynamic skill position players — makes it that much better.