Tion Green hopes to emerge as Lions reshape backfield

The Lions are in need of backfield help, that much was obvious this season as they just missed out on the playoffs.

Former second-round pick Ameer Abdullah hasn’t developed into an every-down back and the team could look to move on this offseason. Third-down back Theo Riddick is among the best pass catchers out of the backfield in the NFL, but he struggles between the tackles.

Going into this year, I just want no excuses. I want to show guys that I’m trustworthy. That on third-and-1, fourth-and-goal, goal line or whatever the case may be, first down, second down, third down, that they can leave me out there.

The Lions looked elite at times this season, while other games left something to be desired either offensively or defensively. One thing that never looked right was the run game. Some of that can be attributed to the myriad of injuries suffered across the offensive line, but the Lions need a quality starting running back in order to reach their full potential.

I was really surprised that it lasted that long, the older brother of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told San Francisco’s 95.7 The Game on Monday. They had some success two years ago, so I think that really helped. But their defense had been struggling for the last couple years. He was brought in to fix that. And I think what Derek and what the offense probably bought that staff and bought those guys a little bit of time.

Derek Carr had a great season for the Raiders in 2016, but the team regressed the next year and it was clear his development was at a crossroads. He needed someone to take him to the next level and Oakland decided new head coach Jon Gruden was its man.

Oakland’s 23rd-ranked defense made the decision even easier.

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Tony Romo insists he’s retired for good

Tony Romo can’t avoid the question of whether or not we’ll ever see him on the playing field again yet he insists any future playcalling will be coming from the broadcast booth only.

Romo appeared on NFL Total Access Wednesday where he jokingly said he would give it one last chance. Oh yeah, probably a good chance. We’ll see how it plays out. I think you’ll find I’m joking, Romo said while laughing. Like I said before, I’m done.

The veteran cornerback has not missed a single game in his career and is coming off a year in which he graded very highly by most advanced metrics, despite just one interception and seven passes defensed. His release from the Buccaneers had more to do with his salary and the progression of rookie cornerback Vernon Hargreaves than it did Verner’s level of play.

Over his seven-year career, Verner has tallied 15 interceptions, 70 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and a defensive touchdown. While he’s never been the prototypical shutdown cornerback, Verner has been a reliable cover man despite having played under four different head coaches in a variety of different defensive schemes.

The Dolphins worked out Verner and Tony Carter just before training camp, according to the Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly. Darrelle Revis reportedly reached out to the team to gauge its interest, and the team also considered veteran Brandon Flowers, per Kelly

During Verner’s time with the Tennessee Titans, he was a regular contributor to SB Nation’s team site Music City Miracles. Perhaps The Phinsider should give him a call.

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Terrell Owens Actually Had Good Advice For Odell Beckham

Terrell Owens would probably be the last person New York Giants fans would want giving advice to Odell Beckham Jr. Appearing on Adam Schefter’s ESPN podcast, though, Owens said he reached out to Beckham when the wide receiver was struggling early in 2016.

Owens, a great player who bounced from team to team and most likely had his career end before it should have because of his propensity for finding controversy actually had good advice for Beckham.

The discipline is stronger than NFL policy that sets a baseline suspension of one game for a player’s first DUI charge. The big question was whether mitigating circumstances would force the league to come down even harder, which they did. Floyd’s 0.217 blood-alcohol level surpassed regular intoxication levels and earned the extreme label that carries harsher legal penalties. He spent three weeks in jail for it this offseason.

However, while Floyd’s DUI was his first since joining the NFL, the 2016 arrest wasn’t his first drunk driving charge. He was suspended indefinitely by Notre Dame in 2011 for driving with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit. His suspension was lifted in August 2011, and the Cardinals selected him in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.

Minnesota signed Floyd to give the team some extra depth at receiver. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen emerged as legitimate scoring threats last fall, each gaining more than 900 receiving yards and helping Sam Bradford regain his value as a starting quarterback. Floyd will battle second-year player Laquon Treadwell for the team’s No. 3 wideout role. But now that he’s going to miss the first month of the season, that’s going to become a much more difficult task.

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