Chat with Adam Schefter
Welcome to SportsNation! On Friday, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter stops by to fill you in on all of the latest news from around the league.
Since joining ESPN in August 2009, Schefter has appeared on SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown and ESPNEWS and other ESPN platforms, such as ESPN Radio and ESPN.com's Insider section. Prior to ESPN, Schefter worked for the NFL Network and spent 15 years at the Denver Post covering the Denver Broncos.
A native of Valley Stream, N.Y., Schefter is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He has authored four books and is the former president of the Pro Football Writers of America.
Send your questions now and join Schefter Friday at 11 a.m. ET!
Adam Schefter (10:57 AM)
Welcome to another Friday chat. I appreciate you all stopping by, writing in questions and following along. Hope you enjoy it and have a great weekend.--Adam
Do you think Chad Henne is that right guy for miami? Should the dolphins have taken matt ryan over jake long in the 2008 draft?
Adam Schefter (10:59 AM)
Max: My sense is that Chad Henne has gotten more criticism than he deserves this season. He has played well, better than I think many people thought he would. At one point in the last game against New England, he had completed 29-of-39. Yes, he made some bad decisions. But my feeling is he's going to be all right and he's going to get through this adversity -- and I don't say that because I'm a Michigan man, either. I believe it.
Tyler (Jersey City)
Will the Cowboys make a move before the trade deadline to add depth to the offensive line or safety position?
Adam Schefter (11:01 AM)
Tyler: People think that offensive linemen are readily available, but they're not. The one that could be had is Logan Mankins, but any team that trades for him has to pay the Patriots and the Cowboys. So if you're willing to part with a first-round pick and pay a guard money that's normally reserved for a tackle, then the deal can and will get done. But if a team is unwilling to meet those prices, it is forced to look elsewhere. And there aren't quality linemen available. If there were, they'd be in Chicago or Buffalo or Oakland or someplace that needs offensive line help.
Jacob (Philadelphia )
Is there any validity to the rumurs behind V. Jackson being traded to New England?
Adam Schefter (11:03 AM)
Jacob: I know there are reports out there that the Patriots have looked into it, but I don't see it happening in any way. New England would have to pay the Chargers and Jackson, and I don't see either, happening. New England really likes its young wide receivers. It is going to ask more of them in the coming weeks. But bottom line: Don't expect to see Jackson in New England.
Greg Sanguinito (Kutztown PA (college of Andree Reed and John Mo
I need some fantasy advice for this upcoming week...These are my RB's...Chris Johnson, Cedric Benson, Steven Jackson, Fred Jackson, and Michael Bush...I can start 3...who would you start?
Adam Schefter (11:06 AM)
Greg: I'm answering this question now because I'd like for it to serve as a template for other fantasy questions. I'm very uncomfortable dispensing fantasy advice. First of all, my two teams are each 2-2, so you see how smart I am. Secondly, on times I've given out fantasy advice, and been wrong about it, it has bothered me. Racked with guilt. Don't like being responsible for another person's decisions. We all roll the dice in fantasy and we never know for sure which player will shine and which won't. So I prefer to pass on fantasy recommendations. My apologies.
Ryan (IA )
Any word on a Green Bay trade for a running back?
Adam Schefter (11:08 AM)
Ryan: My question to you is, Who? Green Bay had its chance to go get Marshawn Lynch. But the Packers value draft picks so much, they refused to give up what the Bills wants. That was the guy to get -- Lynch. And they didn't pull the trigger. Now there's not another bonafide option. Maybe Willis McGahee, maybe Tashard Choice, maybe Julius Jones. But it's tough to see a back out there that could have helped them the way Lynch would have.
Keith (White Plains, NY)
With Santonio Holmes, Calvin Pace and Revis all returning this week, do you think this really makes the Jets the team to beat?
Adam Schefter (11:10 AM)
The team to beat where, Keith? In the AFC East or just the AFC? In the AFC East, yes. In the AFC, no. The AFC is loaded with good teams. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are lethal. San Diego -- and I don't know how many people realize this -- but San Diego is ranked No. 1 in the NFL in total offense and total defense. And then there's Houston and also Peyton Manning. AFC is loaded. Jets look like top team in their division. But there are many good teams in their conference.
dave king (ohio)
How many wins will lions have this yr
Adam Schefter (11:11 AM)
Dave: I actually like what the Lions are doing. Been saying since visiting them in training camp that the arrow is pointed up. Don't mean to come up with excuses, but had the first game against Chicago gone the Lions way, and had Matthew Stafford stayed healthy, I really think Detroit could have put together a season that might have been good enough to get to the postseason. Now it will be tough. But there's a lot of young talent there. But the franchise has had some bad luck. Saying that, I'll pick them this season for six wins.
do you think that the skins might pull the trigger on a trade for one of the remaining WRs that are on the trade block or a RB after missing out on moss and not pulling the trigger on vincent jackson? i feel we they are a WR away from being a contender .
Adam Schefter (11:14 AM)
Nickk: Washington's GM Bruce Allen never can be overlooked or underestimated. He is smart and he is sneaky. Saying that, I don't think Washington will trade for a wide receiver this season. I think they'll wait till the off-season to strengthen the position. For starters, the team does not have third- or fourth-round picks in 2011 due to the trades for Donovan McNabb and Jammal Brown. Washington also thinks Anthony Armstrong has come on nicely. Moves at the position are coming -- just don't think this season.
Vincent Jackson ((TBD))
Adam .... it seems like my name is tossed around on potential places I could be going, the latest is New England. I know that you said there was no chance, but apparently there has been talks between NE and SD. The chances are slim that I get moved, but does the fact that Mankins is in the same boat as me, help the chances of going to NE? Is this because the Patriots know that they would be guaranteed a pick at the end of the season for Mankins, which would essentially be a wash for the pick they would have to send for me?
Adam Schefter (11:15 AM)
Thanks for joining the chat, Vincent. Don't count on New England. I'd say sit tight and be strong. Think you know you'll be sitting a while.
Who do you see getting most of the reps in the Chargers backfield this week, Mathews or Tolber?
Adam Schefter (11:18 AM)
Greg: San Diego continues to maintain that Ryan Mathews is the featured back, and it has a lot invested in him. And Mathews is going to be very good. But I also think Mike Tolbert is an impressive running back (even though I just traded him in my ESPN fantasy league to Michael Smith for Vikings WR Percy Harvin). As long as Tolbert is running strong, I see the Chargers going with the hotter hand. Sometimes that will be Mathews, sometimes Tolbert.
How do you feel about Mike Wallace's production now that big Ben is back?
Adam Schefter (11:19 AM)
Neil: Wallace already has produced some big numbers this season and I'd expect that only will increase when Ben returns next week. Ben relied on Wallace last season and there's no reason to think he wouldn't do it again this season.
do you think Denard Robinson will be able to tear it up tomorrow against a solid Michigan State D?
Adam Schefter (11:21 AM)
Jlaye: Don't know enough about Michigan State to give an educated answer. But I do know this from having watched Denard Robinson this season: dude's incredible. No one has stopped him. Not only has he been good, but he has been clutch. Look what he did in the closing seconds at Notre Dame and at Indiana. That was very impressive. And I keep thinking of what Brandon Graham, his former college teammate, said about him. Graham said that while Michael Vick is fast and quick, Robinson is faster and quicker. So Michigan State will have to stop someone who moves faster than Vick. Won't be easy.
jon hichinson (LA)
Is Pierre Thomas going to play?
Adam Schefter (11:24 AM)
We don't know an answer just yet, Jon, but et's just try to go by the facts we do know. Thomas didn't play last week. He didn't practice Wednesday. He didn't practice Thursday. Looks unlikely he'll play Sunday at Arizona, but the truth is, I think Thomas is fortunate. When he initially suffered that ankle injury, I thought that looked serious enough to be a season-ending injury. He'll be back at some point soon; but I question whether it will be Sunday.
jon hichinson (LA)
What do you think about Ryan Torain?
Over/under on the number of weeks before Randy Moss and/or the Vikings become volatile?
Adam Schefter (11:25 AM)
I actually think Randy will be on his best behavior, Chad. And if you listen to the people in the Patriots organization, they are adamant that Randy was a great teammate and never created any off-the-field issues. And I believe them. Did you hear about Vince Wilfork's reaction to Moss being dealt? Reporters that were near him said he was near tears talking about the departure of Moss. That tells you how his teammates felt. They loved playing with the guy. And I'll bet the players in Minnesota do, too.
Benjamin (San Fran)
Do you think Vincent Jackson comes back before week 10 with the chargers?
Adam Schefter (11:26 AM)
I don't, Benjiman. But it's not D-Day, either. Jackson is going to have to make a tough decision. But from everything I've heard, he's resolute and locked in.
Andy (Eau Claire, WI)
Have there been any updates to Nick Barnett's season-ending injury news?
Adam Schefter (11:27 AM)
He's going for his second opinion today, Andy. But he has told people that he is done for the season, not playing again. Barnett's wrist injury is supposed to be similar to the one Brian Urlacher suffered last season that ended his year. We'll see what happens today, but I wouldn't count on seeing Barnett again this season.
Lamont (San Diego,Ca)
Adam,What r the odds LaGarrett Blount becomes the feature back in TB?
Adam Schefter (11:28 AM)
Lamont: Tampa is going to take a long, hard look at Blount this weekend in Cincinnati. If it likes what it sees, it will continue to use him. He will be used in short-yardage situations, in red-zone spots, and the Bucs will see what he has. If he proves he's worthy of the work, he definitely will get more of it.
CC (Orange CO, CA)
There is no way the Chargers would trade VJax to NE right?
Adam Schefter (11:29 AM)
If New England were willing to give up the compensation, I think San Diego would. But San Diego would want the right price from New England, and I don't think New England would give up what San Diego wants.
Does Randy Moss coming to Minnesota and potentially receiving a new contract extension, have any influence on potential contract negotiations between the Vikings and Sidney Rice?
Adam Schefter (11:31 AM)
It's an interesting question, Davy. We'll see how it shakes out, but I think it's fair to say that the Vikings will have a tough time signing both receivers to long-term extensions. If they can get Moss or Rice signed to a one-year deal, then that would free them to sign the other to a long-term deal. But both players are going to want long-term, lucrative deals. And I can't see Minnesota being able to afford two of those deals.
Any insight into why the Packers wouldnt give up a 4th round pick for Lynch? Hes 24, played college ball with Rodgers, and they have no serviceable running game. That could really hold them back in January
Adam Schefter (11:32 AM)
Green Bay has not shown a penchant to trade draft picks, Frazier. It's just not how the organization operates. It believes in building through the draft, holding on to picks, growing its young talent. It's hard to argue with 98 percent of the time. This is one time, I think, an argument could be made against Green Bay.
When the Bills go into their bye 0-5, will CJ Spiller be their starting RB in week 7, considering Buffalo spent the #9 overall pick on him?
Adam Schefter (11:34 AM)
For starters, Sean, Buffalo has a real chance to win its first game Sunday. But if they lose then, this losing streak could go on longer than any Bills fan would want. Aside from that, the Bills will start Fred Jackson, but they're still going to use C.J. Spiller plenty. That was part of the reason they traded Lynch -- they wanted to get the football in the hands of Spiller more. Doesn't matter who starts. It matters who is featured. And Spiller will have plenty of opportunities.
Greg (Milan, Italy)
Adam, Just to clarify the Moss deal. Without a negotiated extension, it looks like a 3/4 year rental. Is that accurate? It makes much more sense from a compensation point of view that the Pats only got a 3rd round pick for him in that case.
Adam Schefter (11:36 AM)
That's one way of looking at it, Greg. But now Minnesota will give Moss a chance to shine and he might find he likes it there and be more open minded to staying. So in one sense, it is a rental. But in another, the Vikings are trying to win the Super Bowl, they're trying to get a new stadium, and they have a lot on the line. If Moss helps them get either or both their goals, then it is well worth a third-round pick.
Which QB should the Bills take at #1?
Adam Schefter (11:39 AM)
Kurt: Are the people in Buffalo already putting the Bills on the clock? Wow. I know those Buffalo fans, and I don't think they're going to take kindly to you saying that. But being that you asked, I'd say Andrew Luck is the top pick. There will be sentiment for Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who some consider to be the best player in the draft. But it would be very hard for Buffalo to be at No. 1 and not take a quarterback such as Luck or Jake Locker. Very hard.Anyway, I want to thank you all for your time and your questions. We'll do this again next Friday in the event that I didn't get to your questions today. But have to go get ready for ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show. Please tune in at 11 am ET. Have a great weekend and thanks again.--Adam