Joyful Friday! We start our 5 at 5 with uber-talented Tennessee Titans guard Nate Davis and what his second NFL contract could appear like. On this version, we’ll shine the highlight on Davis, Tua’s hip, Stephon Gilmore attempting to get again to negotiations, and extra NFL information from throughout the league.
NFL Information: Nate Davis’ rise in Tennessee may result in a profitable new deal
As nice as Derrick Henry is — and he’s inarguably the very best operating again within the NFL proper now — not sufficient credit score goes to the Tennessee Titans’ offensive line.
And on an offensive line with massive names like Taylor Lewan and Rodger Saffold, not sufficient credit score goes to ascending third-year guard Nate Davis. Davis has blossomed into an absolute power at proper guard. Business insiders consider he’ll receives a commission prefer it with one other stellar 12 months.
Davis, taken with the 82nd select of Charlotte within the 2019 NFL Draft, had a bust-out season final fall. He made a noticeable leap from Yr 1, incomes an All-Professional consideration as a reward for a way good he helped make Henry look.
Davis taking advantage of his alternative
Associates attribute Davis’ breakthrough to his work ethic and a super scenario in Tennessee. The Titans’ offensive line is stacked with veterans, and he’s shut with Lewan, Saffold, and middle Ben Jones.
These older gamers went out of their method to mentor Davis, instructing him what it takes for NFL success. Davis has absorbed it and gotten higher not simply 12 months to 12 months however week to week. If that trajectory continues, a Professional Bowl season is an actual chance in 2021.
And if that occurs, the Titans will face an unenviable selection — give Davis a long-term extension that makes him one of many highest-paid guards within the NFL or let him enter a contract 12 months with out one.
One plugged-in insider thinks Davis’ market worth could be in keeping with the likes of Brandon Brooks ($14.1 million APY), Zack Martin ($14 million APY), Andrus Peat ($11.5 million APY), and Saffold ($11 million APY).
Even with a wage cap projected to exceed $200 million, the Titans’ books are a little bit scary in 2022. Ryan Tannehill’s $38.6 million cap determine is an enormous problem, nevertheless it’s not the one one. In all, the Titans have eight gamers projected to account for two-thirds of their payroll.
Saffold, who will flip 34 earlier than the beginning of the 2022 season, is a type of eight. Jones, in the meantime, is within the remaining 12 months of his contract. That means, no matter what the Titans determine with Davis, this could possibly be the final 12 months collectively for maybe the best run-blocking offensive line in the NFL.
Tua Tagovailoa feeling 100% going into Dolphins coaching camp?
Tua Tagovailoa despatched a large chunk of his 928,000 Instagram followers scrambling to Google Thursday to be taught the definition of “dorsiflexion” and why he was comfortable it’s “wanting fairly good.”
With out getting too deep into the weeds, right here’s the quick clarification to Tua’s publish — within the practically 20 months since struggling a catastrophic hip damage that ended his Alabama profession, Tua’s lower-body vary of movement has by no means been higher.
And in that IG story, Tua — proven tucking his proper elbow to his proper knee in a half-crunch train — credited “the person with the plan”: Nick Hicks. Hicks is the co-owner and director of Per4orm Sports.
Tua has tasked him with finishing his physique reconstruction — a course of that has taken longer than the Miami Dolphins quarterback let on final season.
Tua’s hip, which was damaged and dislocated in his remaining collegiate sport, wasn’t one hundred pc in his 10 appearances as an NFL rookie. He didn’t have full power or mobility, which was a contributing issue to his uninspiring efficiency.
However because of an offseason of labor with Hicks together with the Dolphins’ coaching and power workers, Tua shouldn’t have any bodily limitations in Yr 2.
“It’s been good to have Nick,” Tagovailoa mentioned final month. “Nick has been an excellent useful resource for me to have the ability to assist prepare the issues that I must work on and whatnot. I’ve numerous respect for him and the issues he’s helped me accomplish. That’s actually it. He’s helped me to get higher with my power and whatnot; however I feel numerous the issues outdoors of that’s going to be psychological for me, the psychological side of the sport.”
NFL Information: Will Chicago Bears RB Tarik Cohen be prepared for the season opener?
The information out of Chicago doesn’t sound tremendous encouraging for Chicago Bears operating again Tarik Cohen, who remains to be not the entire method again from a Week 3 torn ACL, based mostly on reporting by Sean Hammond of the Daily Herald.
Cohen didn’t take part in OTAs or minicamp and is a candidate to open training camp on the Bodily Unable to Carry out record. The Bears want him to make a full restoration, even when it’s not earlier than their season opener in opposition to the Rams. He’s in Yr 1 of a three-year, $17.3 million contract extension.
If Cohen isn’t prepared for Week 1, Damien Williams — again from his COVID-19 opt-out season — is in line to be David Montgomery’s main backup. Williams informed reporters this spring that he selected the Bears as a result of their offensive system is much like that of Kansas Metropolis, the crew for whom Williams final performed.
“Sitting out a 12 months after which coming again, I actually didn’t need to be taught a complete new system,” Williams mentioned, in line with the team’s website. “Coming right here and type of having the identical system, identical performs, it was simple for me. After which assembly the coaches, assembly all people within the constructing, it was simply simple for me.”
Stephon Gilmore: “I simply need what I’m value, nonetheless that performs out.”
Stephon Gilmore and Xavien Howard are the 2 greatest cornerbacks within the AFC East.
Each need more cash.
And each have confirmed they’re prepared to skip practices to get it, even when these absences get them fined.
Gilmore, the New England Patriots’ two-time All-Professional, doubled down on his place Friday in a dialog with NFL reporter Josina Anderson.
“I simply need what I’m value, nonetheless that performs out,” Gilmore mentioned, in line with Anderson’s Twitter feed. “Each participant must be paid what they’re value. That’s simply how it’s.”
Gilmore, who’s owed just $7 million base salary in the final year of his contract, did say that he’s pushing for a commerce out of New England. He additionally informed Anderson that his surgically repaired quad feels nice. Nonetheless, he didn’t decide to being again to one hundred pc by the beginning of camp. Whether or not he’s current in Foxborough for that first day stays to be seen.
On the lookout for a DPOY futures guess that doesn’t contain Aaron Donald?
Los Angeles Rams defensive sort out Aaron Donald is the odds-on favorite to win his second-straight NFL Defensive Player of the Year award and fourth in 5 years. Sports Betting Dime has him at +400, or 4-to-1 odds.
However if you happen to’re in search of worth, WFT’s Chase Younger could be your man. At 16-to-1 odds, he’s an extended shot than maybe he deserves.
The 2020 NFL Draft’s No. 2 general choose appeared marvelous in a exercise video that made the rounds on social media Thursday.
— Additional time (@extra time) July 8, 2021
Younger had 7 1/2 sacks and 10 tackles for loss as a rookie. But, it appears like he’s simply scratching the floor.
Rounding out the remainder of the highest six favorites to take residence DPOY: Myles Garrett (+600), T.J. Watt (+700), Nick Bosa (+1100), and Joey Bosa (+1200). (Betting terms you want to know if this seems to be like a unique language).
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Adam H. Beasley is the NFL Insider for Professional Soccer Community. Observe him on Twitter at @AdamHBeasley for all the newest NFL information and rumors.