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Bates, in the third round, would further bolster Detroit’s deep and versatile secondary. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder is capable of lining up deep or in the box. Without an injury or two, he likely wouldn’t have a big role on defense as a rookie, but should be a significant contributor on special teams as he’s groomed for Jay Cutler Womens Jersey a long-term role replacing either Tavon Wilson or Glover Quin.
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How do you take (a venue) that could hold 90,000 fans but create this type of intimate theater environment inside and then also have the outside experience to compliment it? O’Reilly told co-host Gil Brandt and me Monday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
The NFL did that last year in Philadelphia with its most memorable draft to date. The league’s first draft held outdoors was a smashing success; the three-day crowd of 250,000 not only provided a far more spirited environment than the sterile theater-style setting at which the event was held in New York City and Chicago from 1965 to 2016. It also unfolded with surprising efficiency and order. No arrests were reported amid the fan frivolity.
Michael Thomas Authentic Jersey Maybe the NFL would have returned to Philly in 2018 had it known the Eagles would win their first Super Bowl last season. Instead, the league declined that contractual option last May in favor of the home site for another NFC East squad 鈥?one iconic Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson famously championed last year when he revealed the franchise’s second-round pick while taunting furious Eagles fans with his enthusiastic wind-up.
It was a great iconic location there right on the Rocky steps and on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, said O’Reilly, referring to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s expansive lawn setting. We had a beautiful three days. That Eagles fan base just came out. There had never been a big event there like this in terms of the draft and the Super Bowl so the energy was great.
The NFL’s goal now is duplicating or even topping such an environment at a venue that had its issues when hosting its last big league event 鈥?Super Bowl 45 鈥?in 2011. Toward that end, the NFL has taken steps designed to resonate with the live crowd and on television.