ESPN’s months-long hunt for a Monday Night Football game analyst to replace Jon Gruden might be nearing its end.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports Friday that longtime Cowboys tight end Jason Witten plans to retire from the game and join the MNF booth, but that he will consult Dallas owner Jerry Jones before making a final decision.
Witten had been floated as a candidate for the Monday Night Football opening (as well as for Fox’s Thursday Night Football void), and had reportedly auditioned for the position, but until Friday we had little reason to believe he was a front-runner in a crowded field. With Peyton Manning and Brett Favre out of the running, other reported candidates have included Matt Hasselbeck, Randy Moss, Louis Riddick, Rex Ryan, Booger McFarland, Kurt Warner, Joe Thomas and Greg Olsen. But it seems as though, one way or another, Witten has risen to the top.
Analysis: Graded as the top center in the nation the last two seasons by Pro Football Focus, Ragnow also earned All-American honors as a junior and a senior. At 6-foot-5 and 312 pounds, Ragnow also played 15 games at guard for Arkansas. He did not allow a sack in his college career but played just seven games in 2017 after suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
The Bucs can get their tight end of the future to develop by nabbing Mike Gesicki at pick No. 56. The Nittany Lion packs a ton of athleticism into his 6’6, 247-pound frame, but he still needs work as a blocker.
The Titans have been one of the biggest movers and shakers this offseason, overhauling the roster and coaching staff. They continued that during the draft by getting Rashaan Evans in the first round and would be wise to continue loading up head coach Mike Vrabel’s defense. Kemoko Turay is a blazing-fast edge-rusher who is comfortable in coverage. He’s probably not ready to start, but he could soon develop into a useful player.
Atlanta was able to get some incredible value in the first round by selecting Calvin Ridley at No. 26 overall, which means the franchise can now focus its attention on the defensive line. Maurice Hurst is an explosive, albeit undersized (6’1, 292 lbs), tackle who can get into the backfield and disrupt. He may not boast ideal measurements, but there’s no denying his talent and technique. It Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys is worth noting that Hurst has a potentially serious heart Cheap Flag Football Jerseys issue and that some teams have taken him off their boards.