Kurt Warner names his top 5 quarterbacks of 2019

Kurt Warner knows a thing or two about successful NFL quarterbacks, but his list of the top 5 signal-callers heading into the 2019 season may surprise you.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer’s list includes two quarterbacks who didn’t make the postseason in 2018 and three who did. Several of last season’s stars, including rookie Baker Mayfield and the resurging Andrew Luck, didn’t quite make the cut, nor did Super Bowl LIII contender Jared Goff.

Tom Brady, approaching his 42nd birthday, was, of course, still atop the ranking. Quarterbacks who are often compared to him, however, like Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger, found themselves farther down. 

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Second-round NFL draft pick Andy Isabella is a player to watch in 2019, says Victor Cruz

Former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz went from an undrafted player to a Super Bowl champion in the span of two years. 

So it’s fair to say that the salsa-dancing superstar knows a thing or two about late-round or undrafted talent making a splash in the NFL. This year, the recently retired Cruz has his eye specifically on one 2019 second-rounder, who went 62nd overall to the Arizona Cardinals. 

“His name is Andy Isabella,” Cruz told AOL.com on behalf of DSW. “He’s a player, man.”

Isabella first caught Cruz’s attention while playing college football at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where Cruz also played. In his senior year, Isabella averaged nearly 17 yards per reception and scored 13 touchdowns en route to being named to the 2018 College Football All-America Team. His 141.5 receiving yards per game last year led the country. 

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NFL comeback players to watch in 2019

Injuries are an inevitable part of the NFL. Torn ligaments and fractured bones don’t discriminate against any team, position or pay grade. Thankfully, with proper medical attention and support, players that get hurt can generally return to their previous form — if not even better. 

Several notable athletes went down during the 2018 season and will be using 2019 to stage their comebacks. According to the experts at NFL Network, the top players to watch this season are Earl Thomas, Cooper Kupp and two big names on the Atlanta Falcons’ defense. 

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Rashan Gary bursts into tears after being drafted by Green Bay Packers

Thirty-two dreams came true Thursday night during the first round of the NFL draft — but the 2019 picks had extremely varied reactions after hearing their names called by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Some calmly approached the stage, some went for an ill-timed chest bump, and others – like Rashan Gary – simply couldn’t control their emotions.

Gary, a defensive end from Michigan, was selected by the Green Bay Packers with the No. 12 pick of the night. The former Wolverine wasn’t present at the draft in Nashville, instead choosing to watch the evening unfold from Ann Arbor with family members and friends.

When he received the call that he had been drafted by the Packers, Gary immediately burst into tears. He could be heard thanking the Green Bay executive on the other end of the line before picking up a Packers hat, prompting a round of loud cheers from his loved ones. 

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Saints, Raiders and Eagles have the most difficult NFL schedules in 2019

The full 2019 NFL schedule was released to the public on Wednesday night and some teams aren’t thrilled with the hand they’ve been dealt for the upcoming season. 

Most notably, the New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles have the most difficult schedules, according to NFL Network analysts. 

The most difficult part of the Saints’ season, says Maurice Jones-Drew, will be the first four weeks, putting pressure on the team to start strong – otherwise, their hopes of making the playoffs could be crushed from the get-go. 

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Patriots deemed NFL team with the most favorable schedule in 2019

Shield your eyes, football fans, because it looks like the New England Patriots will sail smoothly into the playoffs once again this year. 

The experts at NFL Network have determined that New England has the “most favorable” schedule this upcoming season after each team’s 2019 opponents were revealed on Wednesday night. 

A major factor in the Patriots’ schedule being deemed so favorable is that their most difficult games, including an AFC Championship game rematch against the Kansas City Chiefs, will be held at home at Gillette Stadium. New England’s most difficult road game, according to Maurice Jones-Drew, will come Week 11 in Philadelphia. 

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Watch: Highlights from Rob Gronkowski’s legendary career

The Rob Gronkowski era in New England has come to an end

The superstar tight end was drafted 42nd overall in the 2010 NFL draft and quickly became a household name, not only for his abilities on the field but also his larger-than-life personality. 

Gronkowski spent his entire career with the New England Patriots, playing in five Super Bowls and winning three. Many have called him the greatest tight end in league history, and there’s no denying that he has earned a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

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Tom Brady jokes about retirement after rushing milestone: ‘Time to ride off into the sunset’

During Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reached a milestone he’s been working towards for nearly two decades — 1,000 total rushing yards. 

As is tradition with Brady, he took to Instagram after the victory to celebrate. 

“The only reason I’ve been playing 19 years is to get to that 1,000 yards,” he said in a clip posted to his account Monday afternoon. 

And then, as he climbed into his car, Brady uttered the words that will send chills down the spines of Patriots fans everywhere: “That’s it. I’m out. Time to ride off into the sunset.”

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Martellus Bennett facing backlash after playing with Patriots days after being cut by Packers

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett was the subject of severe backlash this weekend as questions continue to swirl around his reported shoulder injury.

Bennett, who played with the Patriots last season and was a part of their historic Super Bowl LI win, signed with the Green Bay Packers over the offseason. He started in seven games through the first nine weeks for Green Bay, but the team ultimately cut him on November 8, citing a failure to disclose a medical condition.

The tight end had previously revealed that he was considering retirement and surgery on his injured shoulder. However, those options seemed to be swept off the table when Bill Belichick and the Patriots came calling late last week.

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Minnesota Vikings play leapfrog in hilarious touchdown celebration

The Minnesota Vikings are currently the team to watch — if what you want to watch is grown men playing children’s games on a football field.

The Vikings are capitalizing on the NFL’s relaxed touchdown celebration rules this season. Earlier this year, tight end Kyle Rudolph and his teammates staged a game of ‘duck, duck, goose‘ after a score against the Bears, but they may have outdone themselves on Sunday.

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