A day after the news that longtime Raiders play-by-play radio man Greg Papa will be replaced by Brent Musburger, Tom Flores says he too will not be back.
“This is part of the business world,” Flores told the Fresno Bee. “All things come to an end. I was hoping I would last through the first year in Las Vegas, but it’s not going to happen.”
Flores has been a staple with the Raiders since the 60s. First as the team’s starting QB, then as an assistant, then as head coach, and for years as a radio and TV personality. He has three Super Bowl rings with the Raiders, two has head coach.
Once it was known that Papa would not return, the questions about whether that meant Flores would be gone too. So, this isn’t entirely a shock. At least not more so than the initial news of Papa’s departure.
While the Colts have a few intriguing young players on their current wide receiver depth chart, they are lacking some valuable veteran leadership in the receiving corps.
Outside of T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis doesn’t have a single wide receiver who’s gained 1,000 career receiving yards on their roster.
General manager Chris Ballard could change that by signing free agent Eric Decker.
Decker has had three seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards in his career, and he had similar production to new Colts receiver Ryan Grant in 2017, who is the favorite to win the number two spot on the depth chart this season.
Decker suffered a season-ending injury with the Jets in 2016, but he bounced back to have a decent year with the Titans hauling in 54 receptions for 563 yards last season.
With training camp right around the corner (players arrive July 25th!) and some media outlets already tossing out power rankings, let’s jump into the prediction game. Today we’ll give everyone an opportunity to forecast Ezekiel Elliott’s final 2018 regular season statistics. Rather than asking you to make your predictions in the comments we’ll instead direct you to fill out this form.
All entries will be tabulated so we can determine the BTB crowd-sourced consensus prediction. Then at the end of the season we can compare the predictions to actual results and crown the top BTB prognosticator.
We’ll start today with Elliott and over the next seven weeks we’ll ask the BTB community to make their predictions on everything from how many touchdowns Cole Beasley will score to Dan Bailey’s accuracy.
The Colts came into the offseason with a major void at the wide receiver position, and that became even more pronounced after Donte Moncrief left in free agency.
General manager Chris Ballard signed free agent Ryan Grant and selected two wide receivers in the later rounds of the draft to help address that need. The Colts also brought in Eric Ebron, who is more of a wideout than a true tight end.
While I like some of those additions, Indianapolis still doesn’t have a ton of weapons in the passing game outside of T.Y. Hilton.
There are a few established receivers available in free agency that could upgrade the Colts’ receiving corps, and one of them is Jeremy Maclin.
Maclin is not the same receiver he was in 2014 when he hauled in over 1,300 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns for the Eagles.