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2022 NFL Mock Draft: Senior Bowl standouts Jermaine Johnson, Malik Willis move up board; Jags take OL No. 1

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NC State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 320 lbs

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Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

4th

We’ve routinely had Ekwonu as our top offensive linemen for more than a month, and we’ve finally talked ourselves into the Jags taking him first overall. Yes, Aidan Hutchinson is probably the safest pick in the entire class, but unless he can play offensive line, too, he’s not a huge need for Trevor Lawrence and new coach Doug Pederson.

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Michigan

• Sr

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• 6’6″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

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Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Hutchinson is a great example of a player who got better each and every season, and instead of coming out early he stayed in school, balled out as a senior, and made himself into arguably the best player — on either side of the ball — in the country during the 2021 college football season. This will be the easiest pick in the draft for any team.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 350 lbs

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Projected Team

Houston

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PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Texans appear set at quarterback with Davis Mills, who flashed at times as a rookie, but they still need a head coach. Whoever ends up in the job, it doesn’t change the fact that protecting the young QB will be a priority, perhaps even with Kayvon Thibodeaux still on the board.

Oregon

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• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 258 lbs

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Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

The Jets would desperately love to get either Ekwonu or Neal here, but with both off the board and Thibodeaux just sitting there, it will be hard for Robert Saleh to pass on the Oregon pass rusher, especially in a deep offensive line class where the Jets also have picks 10, 35, 38 and 69.

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Mississippi State

• Soph

• 6’5″

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/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

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PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

3rd

New GM Joe Schoen and new head coach Brian Daboll are moving forward with Daniel Jones, and if that’s the case — and stop us if this sounds familiar — they’re going to need to protect him. Cross is coming off a strong season for Mississippi State. He’s not yet a finished product, which means he has plenty of room to improve in the coming years.

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Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 220 lbs

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Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

This isn’t worst-case scenario because the Panthers are filling a big need with a special talent, but Hamilton doesn’t play offensive line, which is a priority for a team that will also be in the market for a quarterback this offseason. Hamilton has special skills and Carolina does lack depth in the secondary, but we can’t imagine the team going into the 2022 season with Sam Darnold under center.

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Iowa

• Jr

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• 6’3″

/ 290 lbs

Projected Team

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N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

To continue the theme of many of these top-10 selections, offensive line is a priority, even if, in the Giants case, that means using two top-10 picks on such players. Linderbaum is one of the best offensive linemen in the country. And although a center hasn’t gone higher than No. 18 in the last dozen drafts, Linderbaum is so good that it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up going seventh overall.

Cincinnati

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 188 lbs

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Projected Team

Atlanta

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PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

5th

We wanted to see “Sauce” Gardner be a little more physical in 2021, and he was that and then some to the point that he has made a legit case as the best cornerback in this class. He’s long, athletic, sticky in coverage, and was rarely out of position during Cincinnati’s impressive season. In Atlanta, the Falcons have a lot of needs, but it could stand to freshen up the secondary, as former first-rounder A.J. Terrell has been great but there are plenty of questions otherwise.

Michigan

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• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 250 lbs

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Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Broncos have their new coach in Nathaniel Hackett who, incidentally, has ties to Aaron Rodgers. If Rodgers isn’t behind Door No. 2, Denver could certainly consider drafting a QB here. Instead, we have them taking one of the most athletic edge rushers in the class. Ojabo is still raw, but he has the tools to be special.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’1″

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/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

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PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Yes, the Jets have two picks in the top 10 and don’t come away with an offensive lineman. We get it, that’s crazy talk since the No. 1 priority for months now has been adding more pieces to the offensive line. Zach Wilson routinely spent his Sundays picking himself off the turf, but it’s hard to pass on Thibodeaux and Stingley here when this O-line draft class is deep.

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Liberty

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

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Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Willis improved his draft stock at the Senior Bowl, to the point that he could conceivably be the first QB off the board. There is no clear-cut No. 1 QB, so it will all come down to personal preference, but Willis checks just about every box for what the NFL quarterback has evolved into.

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Arkansas

• Jr

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• 6’3″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

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Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Vikings have their GM, and while the team could choose to move on from Kirk Cousins, he also feels like the type of QB new coach Kevin O’Connell could work — and more importantly, win — with, at least for another year. If so, why not give Cousins another weapon opposite Justin Jefferson and Adam Thielen, who turns 32 next season. Burks is a contested and high-point-catch machine who can also outrun defensive backs to the end zone.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

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Projected Team

Cleveland

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PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Browns have needs at wide receiver, for sure, but the talking points in the coming months will likely concern the QB position. We think Baker Mayfield is much better than he showed last season, in part because he wasn’t healthy. Wilson is one of the the most dynamic players in college football, and he’ll give Mayfield another downfield option now that Odell Beckham Jr. is in LA.

Florida State

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• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 260 lbs

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Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

6th

No one had a better Senior Bowl week than Johnson. We liked his 2021 tape a lot, but thought of him as a fringe first/second-rounder. He put any such doubts to rest with a dominating practice week in Mobile.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

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/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

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PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

This has been a popular pairing in our weekly mocks, partly because the Eagles could use Dean in the middle of their D (even if, historically, they don’t draft off-ball linebackers in Round 1), and in part because Dean was so dominant during the 2021 season. And while he played on the best defense in the country, don’t be fooled — he didn’t ride on the coattails of a dominant Georgia defensive line — Dean was a huge reason for its success. There are questions about his size and how that translates to the NFL, but his tape tells a different story.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 275 lbs

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Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Walker is something of a tweener, which is odd to say about someone who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 275 pounds. But he can line up as the 3, 4 or 5-tech, and that versatility, coupled with his non-stop motor and consistent playmaking ability, makes him an attractive option for several teams in this range looking to bolster their defensive line.

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Purdue

• Jr

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• 6’4″

/ 275 lbs

Karlaftis adds another dimension to the defensive line. He bounced back this past season after injuries and the pandemic limited his snaps in 2020, but it was in 2019 when he really showcased his potential, as he was nearly impossible to stop en route to recording 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. In LA, he’ll line up opposite Joey Bosa a year after the team struggled to replace Melvin Ingram.

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Ole Miss

• Jr

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• 6’2″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

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New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

1st

Corral has been our QB1 going back to the fall, and we’re not yet willing to come off that, even after Willis’ Senior Bowl week. But again, with all these QBs so close, there will be a lot of variation in how NFL teams grade these passers. The Saints may be without Sean Payton, but they still have that offensive line, Alvin Kamara (maybe), Michael Thomas and one of the league’s best defenses. There are worse landing spots for a rookie QB.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 189 lbs

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Projected Team

Philadelphia

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PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

This likely won’t be a popular pick because the Eagles have used first-rounders on wide receivers the last two years, but they’ll only have four wideouts under contract after the season, and that includes J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. Williams tore his ACL in the national title game, but he’s still one of the best players in this draft class and should be ready to contribute by next October.

Boston College

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• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 316 lbs

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Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

42nd

POSITION RNK

8th

Kenny Pickett is still on the board, and the Steelers may very well end up drafting him, but Zion Johnson is another player who came to the Senior Bowl and proved he was worthy of first-round consideration. He played left tackle at Boston College and worked at guard and center in Mobile. He’s a Day 1 starter and would improve an offensive line that struggled in 2021.

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Clemson

• Jr

• 6’0″

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/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

New England

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PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

In many of our mock drafts we’ve had Booth closer to the top 10 than the bottom third, and he’s done nothing to change that. It’s just that as we get through more players the board will evolve. To put it another way: the Pats are getting a really good cornerback at No. 21.

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Washington

• Soph

• 5’11”

/ 195 lbs

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Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Raiders secondary had some bright spots among its young players — namely rookies Trevon Moehrig and Nate Hobbs — but the team also cut 2020 first-rounder Damon Arnette this season and could lose several veterans to free agency. McDuffie was consistently good for the Huskies, and while he played primarily on the outside, he has the skillset to line up anywhere in the secondary.

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Houston

• Jr

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• 6’6″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

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Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Last spring, some people were surprised Payton Turner made his way into Round 1. Don’t be shocked if his Houston teammate, Logan Hall, follows a similar path. He was unblockable at times last season — and frequently during Senior Bowl practices — and at 6-foot-6, 275 pounds, he can line up just about anywhere.

Utah

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 235 lbs

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Projected Team

Dallas

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PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Lloyd is a twitchy, sideline-to-sideline player who fits the mold of off-ball linebackers we’ve seen coming into the league over the last decade. You might note that the Cowboys just drafted Micah Parsons, who excelled as an off-ball linebacker at Penn State but has emerged as one of the most explosive edge rushers in the NFL. Adding Lloyd can take a suddenly good defense and make them great.

Auburn

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• Sr

• 6’0″

/ 190 lbs

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Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

7th

McCreary may not run in the 4.3s, and he may have short arms for the position, but he was one of the most consistent cornerbacks in college football. We saw that on a weekly basis vs. SEC opponents, and again during Senior Bowl week where he remained as advertised. Ultimately, he may not go in Round 1, but in a few years we may look back and wonder why.

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Central Michigan

• Jr

• 6’7″

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/ 305 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

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PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

7th

Raimann is originally from Austria and moved from tight end to left tackle after the 2019 season, but you wouldn’t know it from watching him play. He might be the most athletic O-lineman in the entire class, he’s just scratching the surface of his abilities, and the Titans’ O-line struggled to keep Ryan Tannehill upright for much of this season.

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Ohio State

• Sr

• 6’1″

/ 188 lbs

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Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

Chris Godwin, who was on the franchise tag, tore his ACL last month, and while the Bucs can still franchise him, Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson and Jaelon Darden are the other wideouts currently on the roster. Now in a post-Tom Brady world, whoever ends up under center in 2022 could use another weapon. And Olave, one of the best route runners in college football last season, is exactly that.

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USC

• Jr

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• 6’5″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

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Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

5th

London was one of the few bright spots in a disappointing USC season. And while he won’t run a 4.3 when healthy, he is a high-point-catch machine who can take over games, which sounds like something both Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams would appreciate in Green Bay (assuming, of course, that one — or both — return in 2022).

Minnesota

• Sr

• 6’9″

/ 380 lbs

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Projected Team

Miami

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PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

6th

Faalele measured 6-foot-8, 387 pounds at the Senior Bowl, and depending on which scout you speak to, he’s anywhere from a high-upside first-rounder to a late-Day 2 project. His physical tools are undeniable, and he’s new to the position (and football). Once he puts it altogether he could be special.

Michigan

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• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 192 lbs

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Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

6th

Hill is part of a Wolverines defense that could end up seeing three players go in Round 1 next spring. He’s underrated nationally, but watch him play and it becomes clear pretty quickly that he’s in the running for one of the best defensive backs in this class. He’s listed as a safety but can line up anywhere, and in Kansas City, the only defensive backs with experience under contract for next season are Juan Thornhill, Rashad Fenton and L’Jarius Sneed.

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Texas A&M

• Jr

• 6’4″

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/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

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PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

5th

The Bengals opted to take Ja’Marr Chase over Penei Sewell and it was the right move, even though Sewell played well in Detroit. But they still need to make protecting Joe Burrow a priority. Green can play either tackle or guard and has the ability to be a Day 1 starter.

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Pittsburgh

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 220 lbs

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Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

2nd

Pickett, who had a good Senior Bowl week, could end up being the first quarterback drafted or could be the third or fourth. There’s that much variability in this group. He’s the most ready to play, and the Lions, who have two first-rounders, will likely be looking for a passer to replace Jared Goff after the 2022 campaign.

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Around the NHL: Rangers’ Panarin day to day; Capitals’ Edmundson out

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New York Rangers forwards Artemi Panarin (lower body) and Filip Chytil (upper body) are both considered day to day, the team told reporters Tuesday.

“Just in general, with exhibition games, I think you want to just err on the side of caution and keep guys healthy,” Rangers coach Peter Laviolette said, per Vince Z. Mercogliano of USA Today.

Panarin led the Rangers with 92 points in 82 games last season, while Chytil had 45 points in 74 games.

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Meanwhile, forward Mika Zibanejad (upper body) was back on the ice for practice in a non-contact jersey. He will not play Tuesday when the Rangers host the New York Islanders.

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Washington Capitals

Defenceman Joel Edmundson is out with an upper-body injury suffered during a scrimmage on Sunday.

Edmundson is meeting with medical staff on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

The Capitals acquired Edmundson in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens this summer.

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Ottawa Senators

The Senators sent three players back to junior on Tuesday.

Defencemen Matthew Andonovski and Tomas Hamara are returning to the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, while Jorian Donovan is heading to the OHL’s Brantford Bulldogs.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Veteran defenceman Mark Pysyk, with Pittsburgh on a PTO, is out “longer term” with a lower-body injury, coach Mike Sullivan told reporters.

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‘We were really looking forward to watching Mark throughout the exhibition season, getting him into some games, and seeing where he might potentially fit on our team,” Sullivan said, per the Penguins.

Pysyk, 31, had three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 68 games with the Buffalo Sabres last season.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Maple Leafs defenceman Simon Benoit was on the ice for practice Tuesday in a red non-contact jersey.

Benoit had been sidelined with back spasms.

The Leafs signed Benoit to a one-year, $775,000-deal this summer.

The Leafs also said forward Calle Jarnkrok was not practising because of a maintenance day.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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Blue Jackets forward Kirill Marchenko returned to the ice Tuesday after missing the start of camp with a back issue, Aaron Portzline of The Athletic reports.

Marchenko, 23, had 21 goals and four assists in 59 games in his first NHL campaign last year.

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Nets HC Gives An Update On Ben Simmons

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The Brooklyn Nets traded away Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving last season.

It left the organization with Ben Simmons as one of the cornerstone players alongside Mikal Bridges.

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Simmons played in just 42 games during the 2022-23 season due to a knee injury.

The 27-year-old was scrutinized for missing so many games last season, but according to Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn, Simmons is 100% healthy heading into training camp, via Ian Begley on Twitter.

Simmons’ health has always been a huge concern for him since being drafted into the NBA.

Seven years down the line, it remains an issue for him in his career.

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So much so that many believe the Nets made a huge mistake by trading James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers for the former top pick.

But ahead of the 2023-24 season, Simmons has looked sharp in training clips.

Moreover, with the Nets head coach giving a positive update about Simmons’ health, he may finally get back to being an NBA All-Star level player in the league.

Simmons averaged just 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game last season, a career-low for him in every aspect.

Apart from dealing with constant injuries, Simmons was reportedly going through some mental health struggles due to his strained relationship with the 76ers.

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Now, with both issues resolved, there’s nothing that should stop him from becoming one of the best point guards in the league.

However, the true test to Simmons’ skills will be when the new season starts.

Can he lead the Nets to a playoff berth?

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Joe Burrow Sends Confident Message After First Win Of The Season

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The Cincinnati Bengals had their backs against the wall on Monday night.

They couldn’t afford to fall to 0-3, especially after losing back-to-back divisional games to start the season.

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That’s why star QB Joe Burrow wanted to give it a go and take the field, regardless of his condition and despite having re-aggravated his calf injury in Week 2’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Following the win, Burrow admitted that there was a risk of further injury, but the risk of falling to 0-3 was even bigger, so he wanted to be out there and do whatever his team needed him to do to get the job done, per Ian Rapoport.

“There is risk to go out there and potentially re-injure it, but there’s also a risk to go out there and be 0-3,” Burrow said, via NFL.com. “So I wanted to be out there for my guys, and I was confident I was going to be able to do what I needed to do to get the win.”

That says a lot about the kind of leader and competitor he is, and fortunately, there were no setbacks.

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Nonetheless, he’s still far from 100%, and people are concerned that it could be just a matter of time before he suffers a way more serious injury if he doesn’t take some time off to heal and restore his body.

The Bengals caught a break, with the Ravens losing to the Indianapolis Colts.

They’re now 1-2, while the rest of their division is 2-1.

They now have a date with the Tennessee Titans on deck, and they should end up on top of that matchup, even with Burrow at less than 100%.

The Bengals also started last season 0-2 before winning 12 of their last 14 matchups, so they obviously have plenty of confidence in their ability to do it again this season.

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For that, however, they’ll need their quarterback to be healthy.

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