DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Tight end Dwayne Allen has agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins after helping the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl last month.
Dolphins WR Albert Wilson goes on IR with hip injury
MIAMI (AP) — Receiver Albert Wilson has been placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins because of a hip injury suffered in Sunday's loss to Detroit.
Receiver Leonte Carroo was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster in advance of Miami's game at Houston on Thursday night.
Dolphins’ Derby, Branch ruled out against Patriots
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins tight end A.J. Derby and defensive end Andre Branch have been ruled out of Sunday's game at New England.
Derby suffered a foot injury in last week's win over Oakland, and Branch hurt his knee. Derby's injury means more playing time for rookie Mike Gesicki.
Reserve linebacker Chase Allen was also ruled out because of a foot injury.
Dolphins TE MarQueis Gray goes on injured reserve
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins starting tight end MarQueis Gray has been placed on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles tendon, and the team says he'll miss the entire season.
The Dolphins signed tight end Gavin Escobar, who played in 64 games for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013-16.
Gray played in every game the past two years. His injury likely means a bigger role for rookie tight end Mike Gesicki, a second-round pick.
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New faces: S Minkah Fitzpatrick, G Josh Sitton, DE Robert Quinn, WR Danny Amendola, WR Albert Wilson, C Daniel Kilgore, TE Mike Gesicki, RB Frank Gore, RB Kalen Ballage, QB Brock Osweiler, DT Kendall Langford.
Key losses: DT Ndamukong Suh, WR Jarvis Landry, C Mike Pouncey, G Jermon Bushrod, K Cody Parkey, QB Jay Cutler, QB Matt Moore, TE Julius Thomas, LB Lawrence Timmons.
Former Penn State and Mt. Lebanon safety Troy Apke became the first WPIAL player drafted Saturday when the Washington Redskins chose him with the ninth pick in the fourth round (109 overall).
His Penn State teammate, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, was selected four picks later by the Denver Broncos. That makes four Nittany Lions drafted in the first four rounds, following running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Mike Gesicki.
The Miami Dolphins chose Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki with their second round selection — 41st overall — as the NFL Draft resumed Friday night.
Gesicki, 6-foot-6, 247 pounds, was one of the more athletic tight end prospects, running a 4.54 time in the 40 at the NFL Combine.
In four seasons at Penn State, Gesicki made 129 catches for 1,481 yards and 15 touchdowns — 105, 1,242 and 14 over the past two seasons.
Dolphins still in market for help at DT and CB
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins hope they acquired regulars for 2018 with their first three draft picks. They'll be satisfied to add some depth on the final day of selections.
Miami remains in the market for help at defensive tackle, cornerback, kicker and running back. The team has two four-round picks, one pick in the sixth round and two picks in the seventh Saturday.
Dolphins take TE Gesicki, LB Baker on 2nd day of draft
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins concede that Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki could block better. They drafted him anyway, which shows how much they like his pass-catching skills.
Gesicki was a second-round selection Friday in the Dolphins' latest attempt to fill a position that has been problematic since Adam Gase became coach two years ago.
The 6-foot-5 Gesicki was the second tight end drafted because his athleticism, including thunderous dunks in basketball and success in volleyball.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Trace McSorley holds numerous Penn State passing records and will have more chances to add to his legacy with co-stars Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki gone.
But finding go-to teammates that can replace Barkley's and Gesicki's production — nearly 40 percent of the offense since 2015 — didn't top McSorley's priority list during spring practice. Instead, he spent the last month reminding his teammates on the offensive side of the ball that they still have plenty to prove.
Allen Park — Over the next several days, leading up to the NFL draft, we'll take a position-by-position look at the Detroit Lions' roster situation and evaluate how the team might address these positions during the event. Today: Wide receivers and tight ends
■Current roster: Marvin Jones, Golden Tate, Kenny Golladay, TJ Jones, Bradley Marquez, Jace Billingsley, Andy Jones, Dontez Ford, Luke Willson, Michael Roberts, Levine Toilolo, Hakeem Valles, Brandon Barnes
This WR draft class is unimpressive at the top but considered extremely deep, with potential starters possibly available into the fourth round. Calvin Ridley is the consensus top wideout, but he could be the only one to come off the board on Day One.
Every NFL franchise had at least one representative at Penn State's Pro Day on Tuesday — a good sign for Nittany Lion prospects.
But what teams have Penn State players been hearing from the most? And which clubs would offer the best situation for the likes of Saquon Barkley, Mike Gesicki and DaeSean Hamilton?
Here's a breakdown of the ideal fits for Penn State prospects, based on which Nittany Lions disclosed specific team interest.
Quarterback: Not sure there’s much to complain about with Trace McSorley’s play lately. He led the Nittany Lions with 44 rushing yards, then completed 16 of 21 throws for 214 yards. He accounted for three touchdowns and calmly got Penn State on track after a slow start. GRADE: A- Running back: Saquon Barkley had his big moments, as he always seems to have. He also scored two touchdowns, which he always seems to get. But he gained just 35 yards on 14 carries, with little room most plays. Early on...
No. 2 Penn State rely on receivers to win 1-on-1 matchups
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Long after their teammates had left Penn State's practice field Wednesday night, DaeSean Hamilton, Juwan Johnson and Mike Gesicki trotted to midfield to play catch.
For Hamilton and Gesicki, Penn State's all-time receptions leaders at receiver and tight end, respectively, it's been the norm for years. Lately, Johnson's gotten in additional work, too.
Penn State: Lions Need Complete Gesicki Against Buckeyes, Beyond
Perhaps, what the nation knows best about Mike Gesicki is he can leap a quarterback in a single bound.
Helps, of course, that he did it on national TV celebrating Trace McSorley’s key 3-yard touchdown run late in the first half of No. 2 Penn State’s 42-13 win over Michigan at Beaver Stadium last Saturday.
“Obviously, I was pretty excited,” Gesicki laughed. “Initially, when I was running over, I was just going to do a good, old chest bump with Trace. But, I improvised a little bit.
Quarterback: Trace McSorley started slowly, but he led a key touchdown drive late in the first half that set the tone for a furious second half. Finished with 358 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, three rushing. It was his most complete performance of the season by a mile. GRADE: A- Running back: Strange to say, but Saquon Barkley might have made the biggest mistake of the game for Penn State, dropping a pass early that would have gone for big yardage. Surely, he’ll be forgiven after...
University Park, Pa. – The luster was off Michigan's defense, ranked No. 1 nationally for much of the season, after allowing 42 points and 506 yards to second-ranked Penn State.
And that's a huge thing, because the Wolverines have been relying on its aggressive, all-out defense, while its offense has struggled.
For Penn State, this in many ways is just the start. The first game in a challenging three-game stretch that could make or break its chances of repeating as Big Ten champion and earning a coveted spot in the College Football Playoff. For Michigan, though, tonight is about putting off the end. The end of its conference title hopes. The end of its assertion that it is competing at a championship level nationally, too. Tonight at 7:30, the No. 19 Wolverines and their hard-nosed, attacking defense...
Tight end usage up in the Big Ten this season
Tight ends are back in vogue in the Big Ten.
There has been a noticeable rise in the use of players at the end of the line as receivers in 2017. Tight ends in the Big Ten have combined to catch 47 passes a week this season, up from 36 in 2016.
Wisconsin senior Troy Fumagalli leads the way with 18 receptions for 267 yards and three TDs, followed by Indiana's Ian Thomas (17 receptions, 260 yards and three TDs) and Purdue's Cole Herdman (11 receptions, 250 yards and two TDs).
Four things the football teams from Iowa and Penn State can do to put themselves in a position to win Saturday night at Kinnick Stadium:
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1. Be Penn State
The Nittany Lions won a Big Ten championship last season with a collection of explosive playmakers on offense, a sound defense and solid special teams. Many of those pieces return heading into this season's Big Ten opener.
Backup QB Stevens a do-it-all option for No. 4 Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Tommy Stevens will take over as Penn State's starting quarterback eventually. Now, he's helping starter Trace McSorley any way he can.
No. 4 Penn State's do-it-all backup has emerged as another option in a loaded offense. Stevens has run for, caught and thrown for touchdowns already and could see more opportunities as Penn State looks for more ways to incorporate its big, athletic backup heading into the Big Ten opener at Iowa on Saturday.
Badgers football: Tight end Troy Fumagalli named 2nd-team preseason All-American by Associated Press
The University of Wisconsin football team expects Troy Fumagalli to play an even bigger role in the Badgers' offense this season, and the fifth-year senior is now being hyped as one of the best tight ends in the country.
Fumagalli earned preseason second-team All-American honors by the Associated Press on Tuesday.
He led UW with 47 catches last season for 580 yards and two touchdowns.
Badgers football: Wisconsin cornerback Lubern Figaro works to put struggles behind
Even if Lubern Figaro wanted to erase last year’s Big Ten Championship game from his memory, this offseason wouldn’t allow him to.
The University of Wisconsin cornerback surrendered two long touchdowns in that game. The first was a 33-yard bomb that Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki caught over Figaro in the end zone. Later in the first half, Figaro took an unwise gamble that allowed Saeed Blacknall to turn a 9-yard completion into a 40-yard score.
Penn State’s big-play offense falters late in Rose Bowl
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Penn State lived up to its reputation as a big-play offense.
It also made a couple of costly mistakes.
Trace McSorley threw three interceptions, and the fifth-ranked Nittany Lions blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of a wild 52-49 loss to No. 9 Southern California in the Rose Bowl on Monday.
PLAYER OF THE GAME LB Brandon Bell, Penn State This honor could have gone to a slew of players on the Penn State defense, but the New Jersey native gets it for coming home in style. He finished with five tackles and a sack, and he forced a fumble. GAME BALLS PK Tyler Davis, Penn State: Drilled a career-high four field goals, including a season-long 41-yarder. Hit two field goals into the wind in the first half to help the Nittany Lions build a 9-0 edge. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State: Left the...
Penn State Preview: Key Matchups, Depth Charts And Players To Watch Against Rutgers
Depth Charts PENN STATE OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 52 Ryan Bates, 76 Sterling Jenkins LG: 57 Steven Gonzalez, 55 Wendy Laurent C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 66 Connor McGovern, 53 Derek Dowrey RT: 77 Chasz Wright, 75 Brendan Brosnan TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 3 DeAndre Thompkins QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 13 Saeed Blacknall, 3 DeAndre Thompkins DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan,...
Penn State Preview: Players To Watch, Key Matchups And Game Prediction
Depth Charts PENN STATE OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 73 Paris Palmer, 71 Will Fries LG: 52 Ryan Bates, 57 Steven Gonzalez C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 66 Connor McGovern, 53 Derek Dowrey RT: 70 Brendan Mahon, 77 Chasz Wright TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 13 Saeed Blacknall QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 3 DeAndre Thompkins, 11 Irvin Charles DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan, 48 Shareef...
Penn State Vs. Temple: Depth Charts, Players To Watch, Key Matchups And Prediction
DEPTH CHARTS Penn State OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 70 Brendan Mahon, 73 Paris Palmer LG: 52 Ryan Bates, 55 Wendy Laurent C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 53 Derek Dowrey, 66 Connor McGovern RT: 59 Andrew Nelson, 77 Chasz Wright TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 10 Brandon Polk QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 3 DeAndre Thompkins, 11 Irvin Charles DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan, 19 Torrence...
Penn St Vs. Pitt Preview: Depth Charts, Key Matchups And Game Prediction
TEAM DEPTH CHARTS Penn State OFFENSE XWR: 12 Chris Godwin, 84 Juwan Johnson LT: 70 Brendan Mahon, 73 Paris Palmer LG: 52 Ryan Bates, 55 Wendy Laurent C: 72 Brian Gaia, 55 Wendy Laurent RG: 53 Derek Dowrey, 66 Connor McGovern RT: 59 Andrew Nelson, 77 Chasz Wright TE: 88 Mike Gesicki, 89 Tom Pancoast HWR: 5 DaeSean Hamilton, 3 DeAndre Thompkins QB: 9 Trace McSorley, 2 Tommy Stevens RB: 26 Saquon Barkley, 6 Andre Robinson ZWR: 12 Saeed Blacknall, 11 Irvin Charles DEFENSE DE: 94 Evan Schwan, 19...
McSorley, Barkley lead Penn State over Kent State 33-13
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and Saquon Barkley ran for another score to lift Penn State over Kent State 33-13 in the season openers for both teams on Saturday.
Barkley finished with 105 yards rushing, and Tyler Davis chipped in two field goals for the Nittany Lions. A 29-yard field goal in the second quarter gave Penn State the lead for good.