1. Joe Flacco trade throws wrench into the oft-projected Drew Lock/Denver marriage? Maybe not.
Just about every mock draft to date has Drew Lock going at No. 10 to Denver — at least, before Kyler Murray put both feet into the NFL pool.
But on Wednesday, word leaked of an impending trade between Denver and Baltimore, sending Joe Flacco to the Mile High City. However, that doesn’t totally rule out Lock heading to the Broncos.
Flacco is a start. The draft could be the next step. Elway is rumored to like Missouri quarterback Drew Lock this year. Lock is a big, strong-armed quarterback, but he could use some time to sit behind a veteran quarterbackwhile he learns the NFL game. Flacco already endured a similar situation last season in Baltimore with Lamar Jackson — until Flacco’s hip injury put Jackson in the starting role for good.
Flacco’s contract will guarantee him to be on the team for at least one season, but Denver won’t owe him any guaranteed money past this season — which, in theory, would be when the quarterback they drafted should be ready to take the reins.
All in all, this could be a GOOD thing for Lock — if John Elway truly is enamored with the Missouri quarterback, of course. Whether you believe Flacco is elite or not, should Denver also draft Lock, it would take the burden of expectations off the rookie for at least a year, while also giving him a year to sit and learn from a Super Bowl-winning veteran quarterback.
2. Some roster, injury updates for Missouri baseball.
Baseball season is here — can you believe it? The Tigers start their 2019 campaign against North Florida on Friday in a three-game series. Ahead of that, coach Steve Beiser met with the media on Wednesday and provided some key roster and injury updates for the squad.
MU coach Steve Bieser opted to sit the Tigers’ projected-No. 1 starter, T.J. Sikkema, because of an illness last week that forced the junior to miss one of his pitch-count days, limiting him from adding to his pitch count before the start of the season.
Instead, Missouri will start with senior Tyler LaPlante on the bump Friday, followed by a pair of junior transfers in Art Joven and Jacob Cantleberry.
Here are Missouri’s projected position starters via the game notes, although the lineups have not been announced:
In addition, Missouri will be without three players this year because of injury:
Missouri baseball coach Steve Bieser met with the media to preview the season. A few players will miss the year with injuries, including new catcher Jake Matheny, son of former Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. Also OFs Zach Hanna & Cade Bormet.— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) February 13, 2019
3. Good 24 hours for Ronnie Suggs.
After helping to guide Missouri to a one-point win over Arkansas on Tuesday, news broke on Wednesday that Ronnie Suggs is also on scholarship at Missouri.
Yes, I know it turns out Suggs has been on scholarship for over a month now — but, still. Good 24 hours for the Bradley transfer.
Ronnie Suggs played just 6 minutes yesterday, but was a difference maker in those 6. The Bradley transfer has been rewarded for his play this season and is on scholarship for the rest of the year https://t.co/lWErSwbgKY— Cameron Teague (@cj_teague) February 13, 2019
It’s been a tough year for Mizzou hoops, but these are the kinds of stories that everyone should be focused on as Cuonzo Martin continues to look to improve.
Yesterday at Rock M
- After his huge win over the nation’s No. 2 wrestler at Arizona State, Daniel Lewis is the MAC wrestler of the week. This is the second time Lewis has won the award this season — and he’s now 19-1 on the season.
- Sophie Cunningham was named a top-10 candidate for the Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year award.
- Speaking of women’s hoops, Missouri faces No. 5 Mississippi State at 8 p.m. CT Thursday (SEC Network). A perfect way to spend your Valentine’s Day.
- News Dump: