“One thing my mentality is that I feel like I want to be the most conditioned team in the NFL next year, and I feel like if we’re the most conditioned team that in the fourth quarter it’s going to pay off,” Sanders said. “Be able to take advantage of this altitude. I can see it in guys just trying to get in shape and trying to get their conditioning up.
You gotta wonder if the Pats see something special in him, which is why it’s amazing that he’ll only cost them $10 million over the next two seasons.
After falling short of the Super Bowl in 2017, the Minnesota Vikings added one piece on each side of the ball that could help put them over the top. And while they paid a massive premium for quarterback Kirk Cousins on offense, they acquired a potential game-changer on defense for just $8 million with no strings attached beyond the 2018 season.
One of those moves fetched them 32-year-old Pro Bowler Aqib Talib in exchange for merely a fifth-round pick. The Denver Broncos were probably happy to get Talib off the books, but the Rams are clearly in win-now mode and feel they can afford to pay him the $19 million he’s owed over the final two years of his deal.
That’s not cheap, but it’s a lot less than the New York Jets are paying departed Rams top corner Trumaine Johnson. And beyond the money, they gave up practically nothing in exchange for a defender who has scored six touchdowns in the last four years.
Mailata was announced as an offensive tackle, and at 6-foot-8 and 346 pounds it makes sense that that’s the position the Eagles would want him to play. He’s never played American football before and he has a long, long way to go before the Eagles would trust him to protect Carson Wentz‘s blind side, but the raw talent is there.
The 20-year-old Mailata has been working with the same coach who prepared the German wide receiver Moritz Bohringer for his NFL workouts before the Vikings chose Bohringer in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Bohringer didn’t pan out and is currently out of the league, but Mailata is another player from overseas who will now get a chance in America’s game.