Coronavirus less deadly in Germany because of youthful patients

first_imgThe virus has infected more than 350,000 people and killed more than 16,000 around the world since it emerged in China late last year. About a third of those deaths have been in Italy, where some hospitals are overwhelmed. There have been reports of doctors forced to triage patients and ration equipment to save those most likely to live.Health authorities still don’t know exactly how the virus entered Italy, but once there it easily infiltrated the high-risk older generation. To a degree uncommon in most other parts of Europe, Italian adults are in frequent contact with their parents. The “nonna” and “nonno” provide childcare and standing Sunday lunch dates, and they often live in the same city — or even closer.More than 20% of Italians between the ages of 30 and 49 live with their parents, according to Bonn University economists Christian Bayer and Moritz Kuhn. That’s more than double the rate for Germans in that age bracket. Bayer and Moritz have found a correlation between generations living under one roof and case fatality for coronavirus.‘Social network’“Why are so many elderly in some countries getting infected whereas in other countries they don’t?” Bayer said. “The social network is a natural explanation.”While other factors are certainly influencing fatality rates, Bayer said his analysis appears to bear out thus far for most of Europe and the U.S. Countries where multigenerational living is common — including Greece, Bulgaria, Poland and Serbia — should move swiftly to protect the elderly, he said.In Germany, many early cases were in young and healthy people who had just been to ski resorts where the virus was circulating, often in northern Italy or neighboring Austria. The majority of cases have been in people who are 35 to 59 years of age. The average age of those killed by the disease was 82, the Robert Koch Institute’s Wieler said on Monday.Thanks to a “very aggressive testing process” in Germany, more of the mild cases are probably being included in the total numbers, said Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization’s health emergencies program. Ryan predicted that mortality rates will evolve in coming weeks, as patients die in the hospital three to four weeks after being diagnosed.Italian authorities have pushed back against the idea that the country’s mortality rate is due to the strain on hospitals overrun by new patients, especially in hard-hit regions such as Lombardy. Areas like Veneto, around Venice, have tested more extensively and have lower mortality rates.Italy’s tollEmergency chief Angelo Borrelli said Friday that the Italian death toll may be skewed higher by an expansive definition of coronavirus deaths, with anyone who tested positive being included, regardless of any other conditions from which they suffered. But Germany’s Koch Institute says it’s following a similar procedure.“The real risk is the geriatric age and also concurring illnesses such as high blood pressure and diabetes,” said Roberto Bernabei, geriatrics professor at Catholic University in Rome. “These lead to a greater aggressiveness from the virus.”Just 2.7% of confirmed infections in Germany are in people over the age of 80, the Koch Institute said on Monday. That compares with 18% of cases in Italy.For now, children should visit their grandparents online instead of in person, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said last week. She suggested Skype, telephone calls and emails, or “maybe writing letters again.” Topics : As the coronavirus death toll surges across much of Europe, one country remains an anomaly.Despite more than 25,000 infections, the fifth-most in the world, Germany’s mortality rate is only 0.4%, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from state health authorities. At the virus’s epicenter in Italy, by contrast, some 9.5% of people confirmed to have the infection have died.There may be many reasons for the disparity, but they all boil down to one thing: Covid-19 has not yet hit as hard among the oldest and frailest members of Germany’s population. Authorities are testing and tracking mild cases aggressively, and more than 80% of those confirmed are in people under the age of 60. In Italy, despite similar demographics, the picture is vastly different, with the virus disproportionately striking the old.center_img Taken together, the two countries are an object lesson for why public health authorities around the world are sealing off nursing homes and asking families not to visit elderly parents or grandparents. Once the virus spreads into an older population, as Italy shows, it can overwhelm health systems and become more deadly for everyone.In Italy, 74% of those who’ve tested positive are over 50. In Germany, 82% of cases are people under 60. The prospect that the outbreak may shift to older people has German health officials worried, too.“We are only at the beginning of the epidemic,” said Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s public health authority.16,000 deathslast_img read more

Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgUnai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash Metro Sport ReporterThursday 22 Aug 2019 3:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Comment Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has hinted Nicolas Pepe is ready to play a more prominent role in Arsenal’s first team ahead of Saturday’s acid test against Liverpool at Anfield.Arsenal shattered their transfer record to sign the Ivory Coast international winger for £72million earlier this month but he has been used sparingly by his new manager thus far.Pepe was brought on as a late substitute in the opening weekend win over Newcastle but played the entire second half in the win over Burnley and showed flashes of his abundant potential.Arsenal suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat Liverpool last season and slumped to a four-goal defeat the year before, but Emery insists his headline summer purchase is edging closer to full match fitness and would harbour few reservations at throwing him in at the deep end.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Unai Emery insists Nicolas Pepe is nearly ready to make his first Arsenal start (Picture: Getty)‘The most important thing is, like a person, to help him and his family to feel comfortable here, he said.‘Now he is three weeks into working here with us. He didn’t do the pre-season here but he’s progressively feeling better.‘For example, in the first match, he played 15 minutes in Newcastle, then he played 45 minutes against Burnley.‘I think his individual performances are progressively getting better. For Saturday, he is maybe ready to have more minutes.‘I am going to decide tomorrow, but really his progress has been positive and has been good for the team and for him.‘The most important piece of the adaptation is to help him to feel easy and be comfortable with us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

An iconic home with plenty of character to sell for over $1M

first_imgInside 69 Kingsley Parade, Yeronga. Photos: suppliedMr Merchant said the current owners had planned to renovate and extend the existing house, as well as build a character home behind it on the vacant lot, once the property was subdivided in order to complement the character of the area.“However, due to a change in their circumstances they will no longer be pursuing their plans for the property and are keen to see it passed on to someone with an equally passionate vision for the property,” Mr Merchant said.With developers, builders, renovators and families looking to build their dream family home, Mr Merchant said the property could “make some money” on the side, with the potential of the block and subdivision.”The property is being sold by negotiation, offers welcome. 69 Kinglsey Parade, YerongaMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoHe said the pre-1911 property, which has a three-street frontage, was expected to sell for about $1.5 million.According to CoreLogic data, the current median house price in Yeronga is $802,500.Mr Merchant said the “Pink House” was one of the first houses in the district and became a talking point among Brisbane residents because of its distinct colour scheme, and cute in appearance. “It tends to catch everyone’s eyes easily and it has been around for ages. The character features also help the property stand out, such as the original looking external chimney which has a brick wall going all the way down the side through the house and through the external timber cladding,” he said,“It has just come to be one of those talked about houses in the community where great-grandparents to great-grandkids have all seen it exist over the years in their area.” 69 Kingsley Parade, Yeronga. Photos: suppliedTO some this shabby character home in one of Brisbane’s riverside suburbs might be an absolute eyesore, to others it’s a dream renovation project.Having recently hit the market, and tipped to sell for more than $1 million, the four-bedroom property at 69 Kingsley Parade, Yeronga is known as the iconic “Pink House”.Selling agent Arshan Merchant, from Ray White East Brisbane, said the home was on a massive 1,146sq m flat block of land and had not been affected by the floods.Mr Merchant the opportunities for buyers were “endless”.“The property can be subdivided without moving the existing home, renovated or kept as an investment,” he said.last_img read more

Aquatec Establishes Aquatec Rentals

first_imgAquatec Group has launched Aquatec Rentals, a rental service featuring its oceanographic, environmental and offshore instruments.The oceanographic and environmental rental pool includes Aquatec’s powerful AQUAmark 848 marine mammal deterrent, which is designed to deter porpoises, dolphins and similar toothed whales over distances of up to 1500m and is ideally suited for construction work. Also available are AQUAscat 1000 acoustic suspended sediment profilers and AQUAlogger 310TY advanced turbidity loggers. Aquatec Expert can be added to AQUAscat rentals – a service that includes personal consultation, pre-deployment advice and optional post-deployment reporting.An expanding pool of instruments and accessories is also available for hydrotest monitoring, including the new HYDROlog 3000 next generation hydrotest logger, the established HYDROlog 2000 logger, AQUAdisp subsea display, AQUAmodem Op2 optical modem for subsea communication and HYDROgauge high accuracy digital gauge. For subsea leak detection, Aquatec’s LEAKlog system is available, including long range fluorometers (up to 10m range), highly sensitive acoustic sensors and temperature probes for detecting a temperature differential.Aquatec Rental Rewards gives customers the opportunity to benefit from preferential rental rates, a discount on service and calibration for Aquatec instruments, and the opportunity to try out new technology first.Elizabeth Paull, sales & marketing manager, said: “Aquatec Rentals allows our customers to rent fully serviced and factory calibrated instruments directly from us. We offer first class service and competitive rates, as well as providing training and support when needed.”last_img read more

PM Skerrit says resumption of commercial flights at Canefield Airport uneconomical

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 31 Views   no discussions LocalNews PM Skerrit says resumption of commercial flights at Canefield Airport uneconomical by: – July 11, 2011 Sharecenter_img Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says it will be uneconomical to resume commercial flights at the Canefield Airport.There have been questions about the future of the airport but PM Skerrit said it’s not a viable and eventually the people of Dominica would have taken a decision on it.His comment comes on the heels of concerns about the route from Roseau to Melville Hall.“We have spent tens of millions of dollars fixing the road. We have done the first phase and the second phase is under construction…we are committed to improving that because the dangerous bends and narrowness of the road will be addressed,” he said.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Salaries of city gov’t workers up 10% in 2020

first_img* City Accountant’sOffice – P49,062,702 ILOILO City – Beginning January 2020,the salaries of city government employees would increase by 10 percent. * City General ServiceOffice – P293,473,080 * City Health Office –P162,280,828 * City Engineer’s Office– P87,211,876 Also included in theMOOE of the City Mayor’s Office is P30 million for the Beautification Program. Of the P2.7 billion,57.21 percent (P1,546,449,500) would come from local taxes while the remainingfrom the city’s Internal Revenue Allotment. * Technical Institute ofIloilo City – P11,462,228 The Office of the CityMayor has a total appropriation of P712,195,443 — P73,791,486 for personnelservices (PS); P590,400,957 for the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses(MOOE); and P48,003,000 for Capital Outlay. * City Planning andDevelopment Office – P24,503,743 Matters not covered bythe 2020 budget may be funded via budget supplements, he added. The Local EconomicEnterprise Office (LEEO), meanwhile, has budget of P60.9 million. The 2020budget is P400-million higher than this year’s budget. * Iloilo City CommunityCollege – P24,684,540/PN * City Budget Office –P21,780,797 * City Social Welfare andDevelopment Office – P76,014,894 * City Assessor’s Office– P56,139,719 City hall departmentsand offices and their respective budgets are:center_img “Most of our departmentswould also be getting budget increases,” said Treñas. * City Treasurer’sOffice – P100,743,054 * City Legal Office –P19,069,075 * City Veterinarian’sOffice – P12,839,002 Iloilo City Hall. IAN PAUL CIRDERO/PN * Public Safety andTransportation Management Office – P136,440,663 The increase is contained in the P2.7-billion 2020 city budget approved by theSangguniang Panlungsod (SP) on Dec. 3, according to CouncilorJay Treñas, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlungsod’s (SP) Committee onAppropriations. * City AgricultureOffice – P20,630,615 “We adjusted thesalaries of our employees. The increase is 10 percent across the board para ka-function sila properly,”said Treñas. * Sangguniang Panlungsod– P78,821,379 * City Civil Registrar’sOffice – P14,148,892 * City Environment andNatural Resources Office – P67,857,795 * City Tourism andDevelopment Office – P11,265,716 * Human ResourceManagement Office – P20,172,3999 * City Auditor’s Office– P478,500 * City Population Office– P26,065,137 last_img read more

Breaking: U-17 World Cup: Golden Eaglets in late rally to beat Ecuador

first_imgRelatedPosts Ex-Falcons, Golden Eaglets coach dies in Osun Breaking: Netherland send Eaglet packing from FIFA U17 World Cup FIFA U17 World Cup: Eaglets to battle Netherlands in last-16 It took the Golden Eaglets the last five minutes of the encounter at the FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament ongoing in Brazil to tame Ecuador in their second group match. Nigeria had gone ahead early in the match to score. A fifth minute goal by Ibrahim Said put Nigeria ahead. But in the 10th minute, the Ecuadorians levelled scores with an own goal by Daniel Jinadu. Ecuador’s Johan Mina converted a penalty kick in the 56th minute after Charles Etim committed an infraction. It looked like the match was going to end in favour of Ecuador until the last five minutes when Said scored in the 85th and 89th minutes. The Golden Eaglets have had a perfect beginning to the competition as they had defeated Hungary 4-2 in their first group match.Tags: FIFA Under-17 World CupGolden Eagletslast_img read more

Martinez enjoys victory over Villa

first_img The Toffees struggled in the first half at Goodison Park after Aiden McGeady hit a post and trailed to Leandro Bacuna’s 34th-minute opener. But Everton were a different prospect after the break and pulled level through substitute Steven Naismith 16 minutes from time before Kevin Mirallas earned a 2-1 win with a spectacular free-kick. Roberto Martinez described Everton’s victory over Aston Villa as the most satisfactory three-point haul of the season. “And we are a team that when we enjoy ourselves we are quite difficult to play against. I think that’s what we proved in the second half.” In the absence of Romelu Lukaku and new signing Lacina Traore, Mirallas took over striking duties, and it was generally not a happy experience for the Belgian. But he had the last word, picking himself up after being fouled by Ciaran Clark five minutes from time and placing the ball beyond the reach of Brad Guzan from 30 yards. Leighton Baines has made such strikes his speciality but the England man had a watching brief this time. Martinez said: “Kevin found it very frustrating, as you would expect. He was surrounded by Aston Villa players and we couldn’t get into the final third. “They were trying to stop us really high up the pitch. Kevin was working extremely hard without getting any sort of joy. “I think Kevin Mirallas’ quality is as good as Leighton Baines, obviously with different feet. It would be difficult to separate them. “What I like about the two players, more than the technical aspect, it’s the meaning of scoring a goal to get three points. They’ve both got that mentality of controlling the moment and that’s something you need to be born with.” Villa went into the match on the back of a very different derby experience after beating West Brom 4-3 on Wednesday, and manager Paul Lambert felt they deserved something at Goodison. He said: “The first goal was really poor from our point of view. I think the second goal you hold your hands up and say it’s a world-class free-kick, and you can’t do anything about that. “I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. We took the sting out of the crowd and frustrated Everton, who are a good side. “In the first half, other than Aiden’s shot against the post, there’s not a save that Guzan’s had to make, and we scored a really good goal.” The victory, coupled with dropped points for Tottenham and Manchester United, repaired some of the damage from Tuesday’s Merseryside derby hammering by Liverpool. Everton climbed back to fifth place and to within a point of Liverpool, albeit having played a game more. Manager Martinez said: “From our point of view it’s the most satisfactory victory of the season. “You could see in the first half we were very cagey and wary and that stopped us getting on the ball and having the fluency that we normally have. “When you hit the post and then you concede a goal, it becomes a real test of character, and I thought the way we reacted in the second half was one of the most pleasing aspects that you can have as a manager. “With the character and the talent and the desire in that dressing room, I couldn’t be prouder. It’s a moment to get really excited about the end of the season after that sort of performance.” Martinez denied their first-half display was a hangover from the 4-0 defeat at Anfield, blaming tactical changes he tried to implement. The Spaniard said: “It was my fault more than anything. In the first half we were too responsible. There were too many players who wanted to do the right things without enjoying themselves. Press Associationlast_img read more

NFL mock draft 2019: Cowboys, Bears trades pay off for Raiders; Dolphins land a star

first_imgNow that our super-secret special NFL “mock” mock draft is in the rearview, there is no more fooling around. With pro day workouts also in the books and the 2019 NFL Draft fast approaching, it’s time for another real first-round mock draft.In our last mock draft for 2019, we considered how teams’ short-term needs changed after NFL free agency. This time we have a better understanding of where the top prospects’ stock is settling, and who each team is interested in picking in the 2019 NFL Draft. NFL DRAFT 2019:Big Board of top 100 prospectsWith all that in mind, here is how we see picks No. 1 through No. 32 playing out on the night of April 25.NFL mock draft 20191. Arizona CardinalsKyler Murray, QB, OklahomaMurray squashed plenty of questions about his undersized frame by measuring better than expected (5-10, 207 pounds, 9 1/2-inch hands). His dynamic playmaking, backed by smarts and accuracy, has the Cardinals locked on Murray going to work in a Kliff Kingsbury passing offense suited to him. This pick makes sense regardless of whether the Cardinals can trade last year’s first-rounder, Josh Rosen, which is still likely.2. San Francisco 49ersNick Bosa, DE, Ohio State​Bosa is a no-brainer for the 49ers here. Pro Bowl tackle DeForest Buckner had a breakout pass-rush season, and fellow first-rounder Solomon Thomas found another gear after he slid inside. Bosa is a sleek edge force (6-4, 266 pounds) with even more upside than that of brother Joey.3. New York JetsQuinnen Williams, DT, AlabamaThe Jets plan to stick with a base 3-4 defense, but coordinator Gregg Williams’ strong 4-3 background suggests he will bring a hybrid scheme in which he can make good use of quick interior linemen beyond Leonard Williams. Quinnen Williams over edge-rusher Josh Allen is a mild upset. This Williams is a massive (6-3, 303 pounds) and explosive interior disruptor. It’s hard to ignore his Aaron Donald-like potential after his meteoric rise through his final college season.4. Oakland RaidersJosh Allen, DE/OLB, KentuckyIrf the Jets go with Williams, the Raiders should not hesitate to jump on an ideal replacement for Khail Mack. Allen was productive in college and is loaded with the kinds of moves that will allow him to continue racking up sacks in the NFL. He also is capable of making plays in coverage.5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersDevin White, ILB, LSUWhite covers a ton of ground against the run and also will upgrade their intermediate coverage as Kwon Alexander’s replacement. White is the rangiest defender in the 2019 class and can be Todd Bowles’ most impactful 3-4 inside linebacker since the best of Daryl Washington in Arizona. White showed off his elite speed and athleticism at the Combine in a compact package (6-0, 237 pounds).NFL DRAFT: All-time greatest draft steals6. New York GiantsRashan Gary, DT/DE, MichiganGary, a versatile defender, can produce even better in James Bettcher’s 3-4 scheme than he did with the Wolverines, with Calais Campbell-like upside for it. Gary uses his hands, power and big frame (6-4, 277 pounds) to occupy run-blockers. He also has some intriguing inside pass-rush ability.7. Jacksonville JaguarsJawaan Taylor, OT, FloridaNow that the Jaguars have a confident, downfield-throwing quarterback in Nick Foles, they can focus on shoring up his pass protection. Taylor (6-5, 312 pounds) offers agility, smarts and technique to handle most athletic edge-rushers. He has been rising up boards as scouts have realized he is not just relegated to right tackle and can thrive better than anyone else in this class on the left side.8. Detroit LionsMontez Sweat, DE, Mississippi StateSweat crushed his Combine workouts, running the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds and recording a vertical of 36 inches, which is ridiculous at his size (6-6, 260 pounds). He translates that into relentless pursuit of the passer. Matt Patricia should be thrilled to get him to pair with former Patriot Trey Flowers in the Lions’ new-look edge rush.9. Buffalo BillsAndre Dillard, OT, Washington StateThe Bills can think about getting second-year quarterback Josh Allen more offensive skill support, but after getting Mitch Morse, Spencer Long and Ty Nsekhe in free agency, they should complete their line overhaul with a major upgrade over Dion Dawkins at left tackle. Dillard backed up a big week of Senior Bowl practices with an impressive Combine performance. His athleticism was on full display to prove that, at 6-5, 315 pounds, he is the smoothest pass-protector in this class.10. Denver BroncosDwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio StateJohn Elway has his new bridge QB in Joe Flacco, but he still needs to consider a first-rounder in 2019. Haskins cemented his draft stock late in the Buckeyes’ season, when he had some jaw-dropping games with his big arm and downfield accuracy. He has ideal size (6-3, 231 pounds) as a strong pocket passer with the right dose of athleticism. That checks the right boxes for Elway, enough where it wouldn’t be surprising if Denver traded up a little to get Haskins.NFL DRAFT: Best first-round picks since 200011. Cincinnati BengalsCody Ford, OT, OklahomaFord is raw as a lineman, but he can immediately start and address the Bengals’ big weakness at right tackle, where he is built to deliver as a big-time run blocker for Joe Mixon before rounding into a physical pass-protector.12. Green Bay PackersDevin Bush, ILB, MichiganThe Packers made major free-agency moves to address outside linebacker in Mike Pettine’s 3-4 with Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith, and they also signed an elite safety in Adrian Amos. After not re-signing fellow former Wolverine Jake Ryan, they would love to get Bush, who is right there with White as a complete linebacker. Bush did his best to match White athletically at the Combine, proving his size (5-11, 234 pounds) is no limitation to his playmaking.13. Miami DolphinsEd Oliver, DT/DE, HoustonThe Dolphins have a big void up front after Cameron Wake left for the Titans, and they need a versatile cornerstone for Brian Flores’ defense. Oliver has become more of an end/tackle tweener in many scouts’ eyes rather than the pure inside force that is Quinnen Williams. Flores, however, should see that as more of a strength than a weakness.14. Atlanta FalconsJonah Williams, OT, AlabamaThe Falcons signed two veterans for help at guard in James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, and this is their chance to upgrade right tackle after releasing long-time starter Ryan Schraeder. Williams is a strong pass-protector who also is big enough (6-4, 302 pounds) to pave the way in the running game.15. Washington RedskinsD.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole MissThe Redskins have a couple short-term Alex Smith contingencies in Case Keenum and Colt McCoy, and if they don’t target a quarterback later in the draft, trading for Rosen would be an option, too. Using this pick to go after a true No. 1 receiver, instead, makes a lot more sense. Metcalf lived up to his reputation as a beast (6-3, 228 pounds) at the Combine with his blazing 40-yard dash time (4.33), high number of bench-press reps (27) and amazing vertical (40 1/2 inches). He is a classic size/speed prospect, and then some.NFL DRAFT: Biggest busts in draft history16. Carolina PanthersClelin Ferrell, DE, ClemsonThe Panthers’ top draft need is a quick, powerful end; a player who can slide inside at times in Ron Rivera’s defense. Ferrell is the best of the Clemson defensive line prospects because his size (6-4, 264 pounds) makes him a good outside run-stopper to add to his explosiveness as a pass-rusher.17. New York Giants (from Browns)Brian Burns, OLB, Florida StateDon’t be surprised if the Giants double up on defense with their two first-rounders rather than forcing an offensive pick. After getting Gary, going for Burns as the type of edge pass-rusher they traditionally love is smart, especially with the developing opportunity to get Duke quarterback Daniel Jones early in the second round. Burns had 15.5 sacks in his final Seminoles season and was a borderline first-rounder until the Combine, where he arrived bulked up at 6-5, 245 pounds without showing a drop-off in his explosiveness.18. Minnesota VikingsT.J. Hockenson, TE, IowaThe Vikings plan to keep Kyle Rudolph for his age-30 season, but he becomes a free agent in 2020. Here the Vikings can go best player available to line up a strong replacement. Hockenson looks like the next great all-around player at the position with his hands, physicality, smarts and agility. At 6-5, 251 pounds, he lived up to his billing at the Combine.19. Tennessee TitansIrv Smith, TE, AlabamaThe Titans should be ready to jump on Hockenson if he is available, but this is still a good way to get help for both Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry. Smith is a technically sound run-blocker and route-runner who has shown vertical receiving juice to go with compact size (6-2, 242 pounds). He delivered a strong enough Combine to place himself behind Hockenson as the draft’s second best tight end.20. Pittsburgh SteelersGreedy Williams, CB, LSUThe Steelers signed former Chief Steven Nelson in free agency, but Joe Haden, who turns 30 in April, is in the final year of his contract. Williams is a long, lean corner (6-2, 185 pounds) who has rare speed, quickness and agility for his size. He is not the most physical player, but he is fundamentally sound in coverage, and he uses his length at the line of scrimmage to break up routes.NFL DRAFT: Each team’s worst ever regret21. Seattle SeahawksJaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana TechThe Seahawks used the franchise tag on Frank Clark, but they need to further boost their pass rush for Pete Carroll to get it back to where it once was when Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett were at their best together. Ferguson shows some explosive pass-rush moves and has been productive in that area. He will stay on the field in the NFL as a big (6-5, 259 pounds), natural run-stopper off the edge.22. Baltimore RavensGarrett Bradbury, C, N.C. StateThe Ravens got Mark Ingram to add to their run-heavy offensive mentality with Lamar Jackson at the controls, and now they need to solidify their weakest position up front. Bradbury would be a huge upgrade from Matt Skura between Alex Lewis and Marshal Yanda. At 6-3, 306 pounds, Bradbury has the size, power, smarts and athleticism to anchor an offensive line as a strong starter for a decade.23. Houston TexansKaleb McGary, OT, WashingtonThe Texans will think about a corner here, but ultimately, they can’t ignore offensive line after Deshaun Watson was sacked a league-high 62 times last season. McGary has steadily moved up the board as he has proved to scouts he can match his massive frame (6-7, 317 pounds) with power and explosiveness. He is athletic enough to handle at least starting at right tackle before rounding out his footwork and agility to possibly play on the left side.24. Oakland Raiders (from Bears)Josh Jacobs, RB, AlabamaThe Raiders did not re-sign Doug Martin, and they are still waiting to find out whether Marshawn Lynch will return for another season. They need to move on with a young, three-down option. Jacobs (5-10, 220 pounds) is the best bet of any feature-type back to go early. There’s a bit of Ezekiel Elliott in him; he is a smart, complete back who runs with great vision and power, and he is equally elusive as an outside runner and receiver.25. Philadelphia EaglesJohnathan Abram, S, Mississippi StateThe Eagles have Rodney McLeod under contract through 2019, and Malcolm Jenkins is 31 with two years left on his deal, so they should think about landing the draft’s top safety. Abram (5-11, 205 pounds) is a physical run defender with some untapped coverage playmaking potential in the Landon Collins vein. He can operate well in Jim Schwartz’s scheme.NFL DRAFT: Ranking first-round QBs since 200026. Indianapolis ColtsDexter Lawrence, DT, ClemsonThis pick continues to line up well for the Colts as they pile talent for Matt Eberflus’ young defense. With edge pass-rusher less of a concern after signing Justin Houston, they need to upgrade next to Margus Hunt up front to help linebackers Anthony Walker and Darius Leonard. Lawrence is a textbook inside run-stuffer with ideal size (6-4, 342 pounds).27. Oakland Raiders (from Cowboys)Byron Murphy, CB, WashingtonThe Raiders can go back to defense with their last first-rounder and add an ideal starter to play opposite Gareon Conley in Paul Guenther’s Cover-2 zone scheme. Murphy is a smooth, fluid cover man. What he gives up in size and press potential (5-11, 190 pounds) he makes up for in speed, aggressiveness and ballhawking skills.28. Los Angeles ChargersDrew Lock, QB, MissouriDefense should be on the Chargers’ minds with this pick, but it wouldn’t be shocking to see them deviate from that plan should this intriguing successor to Philip Rivers fall to them. Lock has a big arm to go with ideal size (6-4, 228 pounds). He also has the fearlessness and elusiveness every NFL team likes in an aggressive, downfield passer.29. Kansas City ChiefsDeandre Baker, CB, GeorgiaIf all the top edge pass-rushers are gone, the Chiefs should not hesitate to jump on the best available corner after Williams and Murphy. Baker is a smart, physical, press coverage presence to compensate. He backed up his size (5-11, 193 pounds) with good speed at the Combine.30. Green Bay Packers (from Saints)Marquise Brown, WR, OklahomaThe Packers can consider Iowa tight end Noah Fant here, too, but they can go with a dynamic receiver to work off Davante Adams, replacing Randall Cobb and also giving them more pop. Aptly nicknamed “Hollywood” for his Florida hometown, Brown has plenty of flash as a field-stretcher. At 5-9, 166 pounds, he has elite vertical speed and great quickness coming in and out of routes. Brown missed the Combine and the Sooners’ pro day coming off Lisfranc surgery, but he should be good to go for the heat of the offseason program.31. Los Angeles RamsDalton Risner, OL, Kansas State Risner is a technically sound lineman with a mean streak to pair with his physicality. His pass-blocking is underrated and still developing, but he already is a huge (6-3, 308 pounds) asset in the running game. With Bradbury off the board, the Rams should consider targeting Risner to immediately start at left guard after losing Rodger Saffold in free agency.32. New England PatriotsChristian Wilkins, DT/DE, ClemsonWilkins can line up everywhere and is equally effective stopping the run outside and getting to the QB inside. He measured (6-3, 315 pounds) and tested as well as advertised at the Combine.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott contract: Jerry Jones preaches patience; Cowboys prepare for long wait

first_imgOf course, they’re plugging along right now without Elliott, one of the NFL’s best running backs. He reportedly is in Mexico training and staying in shape as he waits out a new contract.Elliott is set to earn a base salary of $3.9 million for 2019, and the team last month picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie contract that will pay him $9.1 million for 2020.He earned his second rushing title in three years with 1,434 yards on a league-high 304 carries with six touchdowns last season, while adding 77 receptions for 567 yards with three touchdowns.Part of plugging along is plugging the hole Elliott’s absence creates in Dallas’ offense.That, Jones said Thursday, was what signing free agent back Alfred Morris was about, filling the void not sending a negotiating message to Elliott.Morris, 30, played with the Cowboys in 2016 and ’17 and rushed for 547 yards and a touchdown in 2017, a season in which Elliott missed six games because of an NFL-mandated suspension. “You recognize Morris has made some big plays for us in Zeke’s absence. Morris did a good job, so you go get Morris,” Jones said. “In no way is it addressed towards, directing toward a negotiation stance, that’s not the point. What you should be doing is developing an offense. … We have to do this in case Zeke might not be here, period. Without a contract issue and we all know that can happen.”Cowboys executive vice president and CEO Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett have fielded questions about their running back’s absence, insisting Dallas is focused only on the players who showed up to training camp. “We are focused on the guys who are here,” Garrett said. “We’re not going to focus on the business of football.”Stephen Jones said: “It’s going to do no good to address this situation every day, but we will be working on (a contract) behind the scenes.”Meantime, Jerry Jones on Thursday said he is confident that Elliott is working hard in his conditioning, which adds to the Cowboys owner/GM’s calm about not if but when his star returns.“Zeke is in my mind, very conscientious about his preparation to play,” Jones said. “I’m not even giving it a second thought to his conditioning which is part of his ability to step right in. Saints’ Michael Thomas on record-breaking deal: ‘I’m trying to earn every penny of it’ “All of that is very easy for my mind to deal with.”The Cowboys open their preseason schedule Aug. 10 at the 49ers. Their regular-season opener is Sept. 8 at home against the Giants. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a famously impatient man, says he’s ready to play the long game on holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott’s contract.Jones was asked Thursday at the team’s training camp in Oxnard, California, about whether he has a timetable for getting the deal done, if there were a point of no turning back or a deadline as Elliott holds out.center_img “I don’t see it that way. I don’t see a point months into the season,” Jones told reporters (via DallasCowboys.com). “I don’t see a point. I’ve done it a lot more than these players have, I don’t want to seem trite or cavalier about it, but I have a little more patience about how things are going to get done and the necessity to have angst when you have it.”Instead, the Cowboys will “just keep plugging along,” he said. Related News NFL Hall of Fame Game 2019: Three takeaways from Broncos’ win over Falconslast_img read more