Rams-Bills kick-off 2022 NFL season; complete week-by-week schedule

The NFL announced its 18-week, 272-game regular-season schedule for 2022, which kicks off on Thursday night, September 8, in Los Angeles and concludes with 16 division games in Week 18 – two on Saturday, January 7, and 14 on Sunday, January 8. 

The 2022 NFL schedule will feature each team playing 17 regular-season games and three preseason games for the second consecutive year. 

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2022 NFL Schedule – Week by Week

The 17th game will feature teams from opposing conferences that finished in the same standing within their respective divisions the previous season. The NFC will be the home conference for the 17th game in 2022. 

The NFL’s 103rd season begins with the league’s annual primetime kickoff game, as the defending Super Bowl Champion Los Angeles Rams host the Buffalo Bills at SoFi Stadium on Thursday, September 8 (8:20 PM ET, NBC). 

Week 1:

Week 1 continues Sunday, September 11, with a double-doubleheader featuring four Sunday afternoon games in every market, highlighted by reigning division winners and a rematch of last year’s regular-season finale. On CBS at 4:25 PM ET, two 2021 playoff teams meet as Kansas City visits Arizona while Las Vegas travels to Los Angeles to face the Chargers in a rematch of last year’s Week 18 overtime thriller. On FOX at 4:25 PM ET, the two No. 1 seeds from last year’s postseason will be in action, as Green Bay visits Minnesota and Tennessee hosts the New York Giants. 

Later that day, NBC’s Sunday Night Football begins with the Dallas Cowboys hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8:20 PM ET) at AT&T Stadium, in a rematch of last year’s exciting kickoff game. 

Kickoff Weekend concludes on Monday, September 12, with ESPN/ABC’s Monday Night Football, featuring Russell Wilson and the Denver Broncos traveling to Seattle to face the Seahawks (8:15 PM ET), where Wilson spent the first 10 years of his career and helped the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. 

International Games:

The NFL schedule features five international regular-season games – three in the UK, the first-ever NFL regular-season game in Germany and one in Mexico. Last year, as part of the League’s expansion of the regular season to 17 games, it was determined that, beginning with the 2022 season, up to four of the teams from the conference whose teams were eligible for a ninth regular-season home game would instead be designated to play a neutral-site international game each year. 

The international series kicks off with games on back-to-back weekends at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, as New Orleans and Minnesota meet in Week 4 (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network) followed by Green Bay and the New York Giants in Week 5 (9:30 AM ET, NFL Network). The first international game on the 2022 schedule will mark the 100th game in league history (preseason and regular-season combined) played outside the United States. 

Thanksgiving Day:

Thanksgiving will feature a tripleheader on Thursday, November 24. The first game will feature the Buffalo Bills traveling to Detroit to face the Lions (12:30 PM ET, CBS). The late afternoon game will match two NFC East rivals, as the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys (4:30 PM ET, FOX). The Thanksgiving Day festivities conclude with an interconference matchup as the Patriots travel to Minnesota to face the Vikings on NBC (8:20 PM ET). 

Christmas Day:

Week 16 begins with Thursday Night Football on December 22, followed by 11 games on Saturday, December 24, the first-ever Christmas tripleheader on Sunday, December 25, and finishes with Monday Night Football on December 26. The Christmas Day tripleheader features Green Bay at Miami at 1:00 PM ET (FOX), Denver at the Los Angeles Rams at 4:30 PM ET (CBS/Nickelodeon) and Tampa Bay at Arizona at 8:20 PM ET (NBC). 

Week 18:

The regular season will conclude with Week 18 on Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8. For the 13th consecutive year, all 16 games scheduled for the final week of the season are division contests, enhancing the potential for more games with playoff ramifications. 

For the second time ever, the NFL’s 32 teams will each play 17 games over 18 weeks. Byes will begin in Week 6 and end in Week 14. 

Additional 2022 schedule notes:

  • Twelve games will be Super Bowl rematches, including two of the past three Super Bowls: Kansas City at Tampa Bay (Week 4, Super Bowl LV) and Kansas City at San Francisco (Week 7, Super Bowl LIV).

  • Ten 2022 games are rematches of the 2021 playoffs, including the Kansas City Chiefs visiting the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 13 (4:25 PM ET, CBS), a rematch of the AFC Championship Game.

  • In Week 17 on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC), the Chargers will play host to the Rams in the first regular-season meeting between the two clubs at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles.

  • The top two picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, Travon Walker and Aidan Hutchinson, are scheduled to meet in Week 13 when the Jacksonville Jaguars travel to play the Detroit Lions (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

Flexible Scheduling:

This season, “Flexible scheduling” for Sunday night may be used twice between Weeks 5-10, and during Weeks 11-15 and Week 17. In weeks of the season eligible for “flexible scheduling,” the games listed for the Sunday night window are tentative and subject to change. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to a Sunday afternoon.

In Week 15, three of five designated matchups will be played on Saturday with the remainder to be played on Sunday. Specific dates and start times for the designated Week 15 matchups will be determined and announced at a later date during the season.

In Week 18, two games will be played on Saturday (4:30 PM ET and 8:15 PM ET) with the remainder to be played on Sunday afternoon (1:00 PM ET and 4:25 PM ET) and one matchup to be played on Sunday night (8:20 PM ET). Specific dates, start times, and networks for Week 18 matchups will be determined and announced following the conclusion of Week 17.

Super Wild Card Weekend:

AFC and NFC Wild Card games will feature the 2 seed hosting the 7 seed, the 3 seed hosting the 6 seed and the 4 seed hosting the 5 seed.

Super Wild Card Weekend for the 2022 season will feature six games, starting on Saturday, January 14. 

Divisional Playoffs, Conference Championship Games:

Wild Card winners join the top seeds in each conference in the Divisional Playoffs on Saturday and Sunday, January 21-22. The AFC and NFC Championship Games will be played on Sunday, January 29. The winners meet two weeks later on Sunday, February 12, in Super Bowl LVII at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium (FOX), marking the first time the league’s final game is played in Arizona since Super Bowl XLIX following the 2014 season.

Commanders begin season at home versus Jaguars

The Washington Commanders will open the 2022 NFL season at home against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the league announced Thursday.

Below is the complete the schedule for Commanders in 2022:

Week

Date

Opponent

Time

TV

Preseason

1

TBD

Carolina Panthers

TBD

TBD

2

TBD

at Kansas City Chiefs

TBD

TBD

3

TBD

at Baltimore Ravens

TBD

TBD

Regular Season

1

September 11, 2022

Jacksonville Jaguars

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

2

September 18, 2022

at Detroit Lions

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

3

September 25, 2022

Philadelphia Eagles

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

4

October 2, 2022

at Dallas Cowboys

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

5

October 9, 2022

Tennessee Titans

1:00 p.m. ET

CBS

6

October 13, 2022 (Thursday)

at Chicago Bears

8:15 p.m. ET

Prime Video

7

October 23, 2022

Green Bay Packers

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

8

October 30, 2022

at Indianapolis Colts

4:25 p.m. ET

FOX

9

November 6, 2022

Minnesota Vikings

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

10

November 14, 2022 (Monday)

at Philadelphia Eagles

8:15 p.m. ET

ESPN

11

November 20, 2022

at Houston Texans

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

12

November 27, 2022

Atlanta Falcons

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

13

December 4, 2022

at New York Giants

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

14

Bye Week

15

December 17/18, 2022

New York Giants

TBD

TBD

16

December 24, 2022 (Saturday)

at San Francisco 49ers

4:05 p.m. ET

CBS

17

January 1, 2023

Cleveland Browns

1:00 p.m. ET

FOX

18

January 7/8, 2023

Dallas Cowboys

TBD

TBD

General Schedule Notes

  • The Commanders will take on the AFC South and NFC North divisions this season along with facing their NFC East foes. They will also face the third place finishers in the NFC South, NFC West and AFC North.

  • Washington will play in two Primetime games this season in Week’s 6 at Chicago and 10 at Philadelphia.

  • All nine of Washington’s home games will kickoff at 1:00 p.m. ET for the first time in franchise history.

  • The Commanders will finish the season against a divisional opponent for the 13th straight season dating back to 2010.

  • It is the first time in franchise history Washington will play nine home games.

Eagles unveil 2022 schedule; Wentz comes to Philly in Week 10

The Philadelphia Eagles will begin the season in Detroit against the Lions, the league announced on Thursday night. Two of Philadelphia’s first three games will be on the road as they travel to Washington to battle Carson Wentz and the Commanders in Week 3.

In Week 4, Philadelphia will host Doug Pederson and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Back to Wentz, he and the Commanders will come to Philadelphia for the first time since the trade on Monday Night Football in Week 10. 

2022 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule

Preseason
Friday, August 12 New York Jets 7:30 p.m. NBC10
Sunday, August 21 at Cleveland Browns 1:00 p.m. NBC10
Saturday, August 27 at Miami Dolphins 7:00 p.m. NBC10

Regular Season

Sunday, September 11 at Detroit Lions 1:00 p.m. FO

Monday, September 19 Minnesota Vikings 8:30 p.m. ABC^

Sunday, September 25 at Washington Commanders 1:00 p.m. FOX

Sunday, October 2 Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00 p.m. CBS

Sunday, October 9 at Arizona Cardinals 4:25 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, October 16 Dallas Cowboys 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^

Sunday, October 23 BYE

Sunday, October 30 Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00 p.m.+ CBS

Thursday, November 3 at Houston Texans 8:15 p.m. Prime Video^

Monday, November 14 Washington Commanders 8:15 p.m. ESPN^

Sunday, November 20 at Indianapolis Colts 1:00 p.m.+ CBS

Sunday, November 27 Green Bay Packers 8:20 p.m.+ NBC^

Sunday, December 4 Tennessee Titans 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, December 11 at New York Giants 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sunday, December 18 at Chicago Bears 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Saturday, December 24 at Dallas Cowboys 4:25 p.m. FOX

Sunday, January 1 New Orleans Saints 1:00 p.m.+ FOX

Sat., Jan. 7 / Sun., Jan. 8* New York Giants TBD TBD

 Below are other scheduling notes for the Eagles:

 Philadelphia will open the 2022 campaign against Detroit on the road at Ford Field, marking the club’s first ever game against the Lions on kickoff weekend. Additionally, the Eagles will begin the season with an away game for a third consecutive year, which is the team’s longest such streak since 2011-13.

Philadelphia’s five scheduled primetime contests are its most in a season since 2018. Dating back to 2000, the Eagles have appeared in the second-most primetime games (94) in the NFL, behind Dallas (100).

A national audience will once again be treated to an Eagles-Cowboys matchup in Week 6 on Sunday Night Football. With the exception of a nationally televised 2014 Thanksgiving afternoon contest, the division rivals have squared off in primetime every season dating back to the 2007 campaign.

Philadelphia will not play consecutive road games through the first 13 weeks of the season. Furthermore, the Eagles will close the year with back-to-back home outings for the first time since 2017.

Philadelphia’s Week 7 bye marks the Eagles’ earliest break since 2016 (Week 4).

Giants begin season in Tennessee, will have two nationally-televised games in 2022

The New York Giants have a new coach in Brian Daboll and are hoping to be better in 2022, and that journey will begin in Tennessee as they battle the Titans in their season opener.

New York will have two nationally-televised games against NFC East rival Dallas – one on a Monday night in MetLife Stadium, the other on Thanksgiving in Texas – an early three-game homestand and an October that includes trips to England, Florida and the West Coast highlight the Giants’ 2022 schedule, released today.

Other notable nuggets from Daboll’s first season as head coach are five division games in the final seven weeks, including four in a row from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17 or 18, and playing three of their final four games as visitors, the last their first season finale on the road since 2016.

In the second season of the NFL’s expansion to a 17-game schedule, the Giants will play nine home games for the first time since their inaugural season in 1925. They have played nine games in their home stadium six times when they were the visitors against the Jets and a game in 2005 that was moved from New Orleans to Giants Stadium because of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2022, the NFC East will play the NFC North and the AFC South. Because they finished fourth in the NFC East, the Giants will host the fourth-place team from the NFC South (the Carolina Panthers) and NFC North (the Baltimore Ravens) and visit the fourth-place team from the NFC West (the Seattle Seahawks).

The Giants begin their season against an AFC opponent for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in five years and will open on the road for the first time since 2019, when their first game was in Dallas.

The Giants can then settle in for a three-week stay at home. They will play their MetLife Stadium opener in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. That will be followed by the Monday night game against the Cowboys on Sept. 26 at 8:15 p.m. and a third straight game in MetLife Stadium vs. the Chicago Bears on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. The Giants will play three consecutive home games for the first time since Nov. 6-20, 2016, when they defeated Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago. As it is this year, the middle game then was on a Monday night and the final game of the homestand was against the Bears.

The rest of October will challenge the Giants with an arduous travelogue that will include three trips totaling 13,374 air miles.

The Giants will first fly to London to play their third game in the capital of the United Kingdom when they face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 9 in Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. The Packers will become the 32nd and last NFL team to play in London. Kickoff is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. eastern time. On Oct. 28, 2007, the Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins, 13-10, before 81,176 fans in Wembley Stadium in the first regular season NFL game played outside of North America. Nine years later – on Oct. 23, 2016 – the Giants edged the Los Angeles Rams, 17-10, in Twickenham Stadium.

The Giants elected not to take their bye the week following an international game and will return home to host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m.

They then head back out on the road for two more games, facing the Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. and the Seahawks in Seattle on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 4:25 p.m.

After playing two games three weeks apart in cities separated by almost 5,000 miles – with another trip in-between – the Giants will have their bye in Week 9, which includes Sunday, Nov. 6.

The Giants return to the field with two games in MetLife Stadium, facing the Houston Texans on Sunday, Nov. 13, and the Detroit Lions on Nov. 20. Both games will be at 1 p.m.

Four days later, the Giants face the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving at 4:30 p.m., beginning a stretch of four straight games against their NFC East rivals.

They host the Washington Commanders on Sunday, Dec. 4, and the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 11, with both games scheduled for 1 p.m.

The Giants’ final four games will include three road games, two against division foes in which dates and kickoff times will be announced later in the season.

On Saturday or Sunday, Dec. 17 or 18, they will visit the Commanders in FedExField. The Giants’ final game in calendar year 2022 will be played on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. against the Vikings in Minnesota.

The Giants begin the new year by hosting the Indianapolis Colts in their final home game of the season on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 1 p.m.

The 17th and final game of the season will be played on Saturday or Sunday, Jan. 7 or 8, vs. the Eagles in Philadelphia.

Some highlights from the Giants’ 2022 schedule:

*The Giants will play a franchise-record 17 regular-season games for just the third time in their 97-year history. They were 13-4 in 1930 and 4-13 in 2021.

*The Giants play six games against 2021 playoff teams: Dallas and Philadelphia twice each and once each against Green Bay and Tennessee.

*The Giants play four teams with new head coaches: Chicago (Matt Eberflus), Minnesota (Kevin O’Connell), Houston (Lovie Smith) and Jacksonville (Doug Pederson).

*The Giants play consecutive home games three times (Sept. 18-Oct. 2, Nov. 13-20 and Dec. 4-11) and consecutive road games twice (Oct 23-30 and Dec. 17 or 18 and Dec. 24).

*Eight of the Giants’ nine home games are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The exception is the Sept. 26 Monday night game against Dallas.

*The Giants will open the season on the road against an AFC opponent for the first time since 2001, when they lost in Denver, 31-20. Last year, they lost to the Broncos, 27-13. They also fell to Pittsburgh, 26-16, in 2020 and Jacksonville, 20-15, in 2018. All three of those games were in MetLife Stadium.

*The Giants will begin a season vs. the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise for the first time since a 34-14 victory against the Oilers in Yankee Stadium on Sept. 16, 1973.

*The Week 3 Monday night contest vs. Dallas is the Giants’ only currently scheduled night game. For the fourth consecutive season, the NFL’s original schedule does not include a Sunday night game for the Giants. But their home game vs. Cleveland on Dec. 20, 2020 was flexed to Sunday night.

*The Giants face the Bears for the fifth consecutive season, the first time that’s happened since 1939-43.

*The Giants host the Ravens on Oct. 16, their first home game vs. Baltimore since 2016 – which was also played on Oct. 16. The Giants won that contest, 27-23.

*The Giants are 7-5-3 on Thanksgiving but have played on the holiday just four times since 1938. They last played on Turkey Day on Nov. 23, 2017, a 20-10 defeat in Washington. They also lost in Denver in 2009 and Dallas in 1992. The Giants’ most recent Thanksgiving Day victory was at Detroit on Nov. 25, 1982, a 13-6 triumph highlighted by Lawrence Taylor’s fourth-quarter, 97-yard interception return touchdown.

The Giants first played on Thanksgiving in 1926, their second year of existence, when they defeated the Brooklyn Lions, 17-0. After a two-year hiatus, they played a Thanksgiving Day game every season from 1929-38. They did not play again on Thanksgiving until 1982.

*The Giants have lost their last six games played on Thursday, when they are 15-13-3 overall. Their last Thursday victory was on Sept. 24, 2015 (32-21 vs. Washington). The Giants most recently won a Thursday road game on Sept. 25, 2014, a 45-14 triumph in Washington.

*The Giants ended their season at home in each of the previous five and 10 of the last 11 seasons. They were 1-4 in their most recent stretch, beating Dallas in 2020. The Giants last played their season finale as visitors on Jan. 1, 2017, a 19-10 triumph in Washington. They last ended their season vs. the Eagles in 2019 (a 34-17 loss) and last concluded a campaign in Philadelphia in 1998 (a 20-10 victory).

*This season, “flexible scheduling” for Sunday night may be used twice between Weeks 5-10, and during Weeks 11-15 and Week 17. In weeks of the season eligible for “flexible scheduling,” the games listed for the Sunday night window are tentative and subject to change. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to a Sunday afternoon.

*The Giants’ preseason opponents were also revealed today. Since the increase in regular season games to 17, each team plays three preseason games. The Giants’ preseason foes (dates and times will be announced in the future):

Week 1 at New England

Week 2 vs. Cincinnati

Week 3 at the Jets

Giants release cornerback James Bradberry

The New York Giants have released cornerback James Bradberry, the team announced Monday.

New York had been looking to trade Bradberry, but they could not find any takers. He was scheduled to make 13.5 million next season. 

According to The Athletic’s Dan Duggan, the move will create $10.1 million in cap savings while leaving $11.7 million in dead money.

The Giants needed to rid themselves of Bradberry’s salary to sign their 2022 draft class. 

Last season, Bradberry played in every game for the third time in his career. He finished with 47 tackles (37 solo), a career-high four interceptions, tied for fourth in the NFL with 17 passes defensed, and recovered two fumbles.

Bradberry started every game(31) in New York and became a Pro Bowler in 2020.

The 28-year-old Bradberry joined the Giants as a free agent in 2020 after signing a three-year, $43.5 million deal with the team. Before joining the Giants, Bradberry spent the first four seasons of his career with the Carolina Panthers.

In two seasons in New York, he totaled 100 tackles (80 solo), four interceptions, 35 passes defensed (tied for the NFL’s third-highest total during that span), two forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.

In the end, this was not about talent; it was about money.

NFL announces dates for the five international regular-season games in 2022

On Wednesday, the NFL announced the dates for its five 2022 international regular-season games – three in the UK, one in Germany and one in Mexico. 

The 2022 international games will feature four playoff participants, including the NFC North champion Green Bay Packers and NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and an NFC West showdown in Mexico.  

The 2022 international games:

Location

Matchup

Stadium

Date & Time

Network

United Kingdom (London)

Minnesota Vikings vs
New Orleans Saints

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

October 2, 9:30am ET

NFL Network

United Kingdom (London)

New York Giants vs
Green Bay Packers 

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

October 9, 9:30am ET

NFL Network

United Kingdom (London)

Denver Broncos vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Wembley Stadium

October 30, 9:30am ET

ESPN+

Germany

(Munich)

Seattle Seahawks vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Allianz Arena – Home of FC Bayern Munich

November 13, 9:30am ET

NFL Network

Mexico

(Mexico City)

San Francisco 49ers vs Arizona Cardinals

Estadio Azteca

November 21, 8:15pm ET

ESPN

Last year, as part of the League’s expansion of the regular season to 17 games, it was determined that, beginning with the 2022 season, up to four of the teams from the conference whose teams were eligible for a ninth regular-season home game would instead be designated to play a neutral-site international game each year.    

This year’s international series will kick off with games on back-to-back weekends at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.  

The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will each play in the UK for the third time.  Both teams have won on two previous occasions in the UK and will make their debut at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, October 2.     

The following Sunday, October 9, the Green Bay Packers, NFC North champions for the third consecutive year, will face the New York Giants in their first international trip, becoming the 32nd NFL team to play in London since 2007.  The Giants will play in the UK for the third time, having won both the inaugural London game at Wembley Stadium in 2007 and the first game played at Twickenham Stadium in 2016.  This will be their first game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.  

London action shifts to Wembley Stadium on Sunday, October 30, when the Jacksonville Jaguars, who played at Tottenham last season, return to Wembley for the first time since 2019, having played there for seven straight seasons.  They will face the Denver Broncos who are making their first trip to the UK since they last played at Wembley in 2010.  

In the first-ever NFL regular-season game in Germany, the two-time Super Bowl champion and current NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, led by quarterback Tom Brady, will face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, November 13.  As previously announced, Munich and Frankfurt were chosen to stage regular-season games in Germany over the next four years.  The first game will take place at Allianz Arena – Home of FC Bayern Munich.    

The NFL will return to Mexico City on November 21 with Monday Night Football.  Estadio Azteca will host a matchup between NFC West rivals San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in a rematch of the NFL’s first regular-season game played outside the United States.  In 2005, the teams played at Estadio Azteca with 103,467 fans in attendance, the eight largest crowd in NFL history.  

The full 2022 NFL Schedule next Thursday.

NFL: Browns did not incentivize losing during Hue Jackson’s time with the team

In February, former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson accused the Browns of offering him incentives to lose games, a similar allegation that Brian Flores made against the Miami Dolphins.

On Monday, after an independent investigation, the NFL announced that the allegations made by Jackson could not be substantiated.

“Following a 60-day independent review into comments made by former Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson that the Browns paid or otherwise provided incentives to lose games during the 2016-17 seasons, former U.S. Attorney and SEC Chair Mary Jo White and a team of lawyers from the Debevoise firm determined that none of the allegations could be substantiated.

“The investigation found no evidence to suggest that the Browns’ Four-Year Plan or the club’s ownership or football personnel sought to lose or incentivized losses and made no decisions deliberately to weaken the team to secure a more favorable draft position.”

According to the the league, Jackson, who was 3-36-1 with the Browns during his three seasons with the team, did not meet with investigators.

“The comprehensive review included the full cooperation of the Browns and interviews with Jimmy Haslam and current and former members of the organization. While Coach Jackson initially agreed to meet with the investigators, he ultimately did not do so.

“Although unable to speak directly to Coach Jackson, the Debevoise team had access to his public statements and to his filings and testimony in a prior arbitration proceeding. The club also produced thousands of pages of documents, including emails, texts, internal memos and presentation decks as well as other material relating to club operations and the filings and testimony in the arbitration proceeding between the club and Coach Jackson.”

Eagles’ Dean: ‘I’m just ready to play’

The Philadelphia Eagles may have gotten one of the steals of the 2022 NFL Draft when they selected former Georgia LB Nakobe Dean(5-11, 229 pounds) in the third round on Friday. 

Dean was one of the 21 players invited to Las Vegas, and many expected him to be selected in Round 1. However, injury concerns may have caused him to drop, which surprised Dean.

“It was definitely nerve-wracking, especially not knowing exactly all the way why I was falling like that,” he said via video conference call. “But, at the end of the day, I feel like I got picked by a great organization, and I’m just ready to get to work…

“I’d be remiss to say that I wasn’t surprised. But at the end of the day, you know, thank God for the whole process. It’s done nothing but make my chip grow bigger, and I’m just ready to play. Ready to get to work.”

According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Dean suffered a strained pectoral muscle during his prep for the draft, which he did not get repaired surgically.  According to reports, the decision not to get surgery concerned some teams, but according to Dean, none of his doctors said he needed surgery.

“That was the thing that was so surprising and mind-boggling,” Dean said. “It was never … I went to doctors, got second opinions and everything, and nobody, nobody said I should have surgery. Nobody had told me I had to have surgery.

“So, for that to come up and for teams to be saying that and waiting until the day of the Draft to say something like that, that was kind of crazy to me.”

The 2021 Butkus Award winner(given to college football’s best linebacker) and All-American played with the newest Eagle, Jordan Davis, at Georgia, and he is excited to play with Davis again on the NFL level.

“He kind of clears things up for me,” Dean said. “Had me run a little bit more. He makes it easy for everybody, if you ask me, not just for the linebackers but for the rest of the [defensive line] and for the secondary. I feel like having him there is going to be great.”

Dean, who many called a great leader at Georgia, wished he would have gone earlier in the draft, but, in the end, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to play in Philadelphia.

“I’m ready to go,” he said. “I know mini-camp is next week, and I expect to be a full participant for that. And why I dropped, it’s not in my control—nothing I can do. I couldn’t – there was nothing I could do to make them pick me earlier. Just grateful and pleased that I have this opportunity.”

The Eagles needed linebacker help, and getting maybe one of the best linebackers in the draft in Dean could definitely strengthen that unit and the defense in 2022.

Howell on Commanders: ‘I just think it’s a great team, great defense, so many weapons on offense’

The Washington Commanders selected quarterback Sam Howell in the fifth round (No. 144overall) of the 2022 NFL Draft on Saturday.

Howell, who many expected to be a Day 2 selection, said he often communicated with the Commanders throughout the draft process.

“I met with them at the senior bowl, met at the combine,” Howell said. “I think a couple people were at my pro day. I’ve had a good amount of communication with them. I just kinda knew all along. I kind of had a couple teams that I was interested in. Just after that combine interview and talking to coach Rivera, I knew this was a place that I definitely wanted to be and wanted to play for a guy like that. I’m super excited.”

The North Carolina native will have an opportunity to develop next season behind Carson Wentz and Taylor Heinicke, which excites him.

“I just think it’s a great team, great defense, so many weapons on offense,” Howell said. “I love the quarterback room as well—so many good guys with Carson [Wentz] and Taylor Heinicke in there. I’m just looking forward to getting to work with those guys. Be a lot of fun. I’m fired up.”

Howell can do it through the air and with his legs, and last season, he started 12 games and recorded 217 completions for 3,056 yards, 24 touchdowns, and nine interceptions in his junior year in 2021. He added 183 carries for 828 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Howell believes his legs will be a weapon in the league. 

“I think I can definitely use my legs as a weapon,” he said. “In the NFL, I think the main thing is I need to do a better job protecting myself a little bit, taking less hits and slide a little bit more than I did in college, but I definitely think I can use my legs as a weapon.”

He finished third in ACC history with 92 career passing touchdowns, which are the most ever by a player in three or fewer seasons. He ranks fifth in total touchdowns (111), eighth in total offense (11,292 yards), fifth in passing yards (10,283), second in passing yards per game (277.9), and second in passing efficiency (164.2).

If things work out, and he has the goods, maybe Howell can be the quarterback of the future for Washington.

Walker is excited to focus on one position in Jacksonville

The Jacksonville Jaguars had the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft for the second year in a row. Last season, they went offense and grabbed QB Trevor Lawrence. This season, they went defense as they selected former Georgia DE Travon Walker.

The Jaguars are hoping to strengthen a defense that was 27th in the NFL in sacks last season and is hoping that Walker, whose versatility allowed him played various positions on the defensive line at Georgia, can help improve the pass rush.

In Jacksonville, Walker will be able to focus on one position, which will probably be defensive end. and he believes that will help him be better on the next level.

“Just to all the people that say that I can’t pass rush or do whatever I didn’t, wasn’t as productive at Georgia,” Walker said at his introductory press conference on Friday. “I’ve never really just played one position consistently, so I feel like I’ll be able to grow as a player once I just focus on one main position…

 “I see myself playing on the edge, five-technique, anything on the outside on the edge. At Georgia, I was just, like you said, I always told my coaches I’d do anything to get on the field, so therefore, I played everything from a zero nose all the way out to a nine, wide, six technique.”

Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson added on Walker: “As Travon alluded to, put him in one spot and let him grow in one spot. And obviously, there is versatility, so as we grow with him and as he understands what we’re doing schematically, we can move him around the defense just a little bit. But it’s just a matter of getting him in here, getting him acclimated, getting him around the teammates, and getting him started with the defense. Really solidify him in one spot and let him grow in one spot.”

Walker will see some familiar faces in Jacksonville, including Lawrence and his former Georgia teammate, corner Tyson Campbell.

“I’d have to say I’m pretty close with Trevor Lawrence,” he said. “I’ve known him ever since high school, so I feel like he’ll be somebody who takes me under his wing. I came on my top-30 visit; he was working out, he ran up to me, so I just feel like we already have that bond. I have Tyson Campbell here as well to help me.”

Walker, who had a career-high six sacks last season at Georgia, says the best advice he received was to be himself, which he discussed Friday.

“They just tell me to be myself,” Walker said. “They tell me to stay humble like I’ve always been, and they know I’m a hard worker. I’m a person who’s going to give it my all. They just tell me to be who I always have been.”

Jacksonville was 28th in points allowed in 2021, and they focused on defense in the first round. The Jaguars grabbed for Utah LB Devin Lloyd with the 27th overall pick. The team hopes that Walker and Lloyd can help improve make their defense more formidable in 2022 and beyond.