Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores said he fully supports his players engaging in demonstrations to protest racial injustice, but urged them to be careful when doing so.  

The recent wave of violence and unrest in the United States has affected Flores, one of three current African-American head coaches in the NFL, on a personal level. 

He was close friends with former Indiana football player Chris Beaty, who was fatally shot on Saturday night in Indianapolis during a rally protesting against the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. 

"I've had a lot of conversations with players over the last few days. I support those guys," the second-year head coach said on Thursday during a video conference.

"I understand the emotion, what they're going through. But at the same time, I want them to be smart. I care about each one of those guys. I had a situation hit home pretty closely for me, so there's some fear on my end, to be honest with you." 

Speaking about Beaty, who played with Dolphins assistant Lance Bennett at Indiana, Flores added: "This guy was an incredible human being. It's sad. It's just another tragedy that we're dealing with. 

"Hopefully we can learn from it and make the necessary changes so these things don't happen again." 

Flores acknowledged it has been challenging for the coaching staff to have the players focused on football, while also realising the need for an outlet to express their frustrations - especially during an offseason where meetings and workouts have needed to be conducted virtually.  

"We've had conversations just like everyone else. But at the same time, these guys, they've been working also. They've been working on football," he explained.

"That's been a kind of place to get away for a little bit. But, yeah, our hearts and minds are with the Floyd family and the [Ahmaud] Arbery family and Breonna Taylor. It seems like we have to share our condolences. 

"These guys, they have my support. I know it's an emotional time." 

Joe Burrow said "the black community needs our help" as the Cincinnati Bengals quarterback spoke out on the death of George Floyd.

Floyd – an African-American man – died in Minneapolis after a police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck for at least eight minutes during the arrest.

Violent protests have broken out across the United States since Floyd's death on Monday, after he was filmed crying out for help as he was handcuffed and pinned to the ground.

Burrow – the number one pick in this year's NFL Draft – used social media to have his say amid the fierce backlash and riots.

"The black community needs our help. They have been unheard for far too long. Open your ears, listen, and speak. This isn't politics. This is human rights," Burrow tweeted on Friday.

Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores also addressed the issue that has engulfed the country.

Flores, who is one of four minority coaches in the 32-team NFL, said in a statement: "I've had the privilege of being a part of many different circles that have included some very powerful and influential people of all different races and genders. The events of the last few weeks have brought some of the memories of those conversations back to light.

"I vividly remember the Colin Kaepernick conversations. 'Don't ever disrespect the flag' was the phrase that I heard over and over again. This idea that players were kneeling in support of social justice was something some people couldn't wrap their head around. The outrage that I saw in the media and the anger I felt in some of my own private conversations caused me to sever a few long-standing friendships.

"Most recently, I've had conversations about incentivising teams for hiring minorities. Again, there was some outrage in the media and talks that this would cause division amongst coaches, executives and ownership. I bring these situations up because I haven't seen the same OUTRAGE from people of influence when the conversation turns to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and most recently George Floyd.

"Many people who broadcast their opinions on kneeling [during the national anthem] or on the hiring of minorities don't seem to have an opinion on the recent murders of these young black men and women.

"I think many of them quietly say that watching George Floyd plead for help is one of the more horrible things they have seen, but it's said amongst themselves where no one can hear. Broadcasting that opinion clearly is not important enough.

"I lead a group of young men who have the potential to make a real impact in this world. My message to them and anyone else who wants to listen is that honesty, transparency and empathy go a long way in bringing people together and making change. I hope that the tragedies of the last few weeks will open our hearts and minds to a better way of communicating and hopefully create that change."

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is certain there will be a 2020 NFL season - and he remains hopeful of fans being able to watch from the stands.

The NFL season is set to kick off on September 10, and the league is hopeful it will begin on time amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Some NFL teams were able to open their facilities for key staff, medical personnel and rehabbing players last week, but there is still no word on when all players and coaches will be cleared to attend their team's complexes.

"I think there definitely will be a football season this year," Ross said on Tuesday during an interview on CNBC. "Real question is, will there be fans in the stadium?

"Right now - today - we're planning to have fans in the stadium.

"But I think the NFL is very flexible so that we will be able to start on time and bring that entertainment that is really so needed to all of us in this country."

Currently in the United States, there is no scheduled start date for games in MLB, NBA, NHL or MLS, as some cities have still not yet loosened their social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

"We all miss our sports," Ross said. "The NFL, I think, will be ready to go. I know we're all looking forward to it. I know I am."

Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is embracing a familiar role as a seasoned mentor to star recruit Tua Tagovailoa.

The Dolphins used the fifth pick on University of Alabama QB Tagovailoa in last month's NFL Draft.

Tagovailoa arrives in Miami amid much hype and well-travelled veteran Fitzpatrick is eager to team up with the 22-year-old.

"I want to go out there and start," Fitzpatrick told reporters on Thursday in a videoconference. "I know there's a lot of forces that go into it from all different sides, so whether that happens or not, who knows?" 

Fitzpatrick still is not viewing Tagovailoa as an adversary. Though he still intends to hold on to his starting job for as long as possible, the 37-year-old is also looking to help the rookie.

It is a position Fitzpatrick has been in several times before during a nomadic 15-year-career in which he has started games for eight different teams. That experience, coupled with strong play down the stretch of last season, prompted the Dolphins to re-sign the former seventh-round pick to a two-year, $11million contract in March. 

"I've been in this situation before a little bit," said Fitzpatrick, who has tutored the likes of Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in previous stops.

"I just try to go in every day and be myself and help them and help the club, try to make sure that they know and they're comfortable with telling me questions. But I'm also going to express my opinions and thoughts on plays that we're watching and the process of how I think through it, right or wrong, just to provide them some perspective. 

"I'm excited for him to be here," he said of Tagovailoa. "I loved watching him play in college and I think he's going to be an awesome addition to the team for a long time."

Fitzpatrick, who recorded a 95.9 passer rating to help Miami win three of their final five 2019 games, is also excited about a reunion with new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey, his former head coach in Buffalo and offensive coordinator during a later stint with the New York Jets. 

"Chan was really the first guy who truly believed in me and gave me my shot as a starter, and I've always just wanted to prove him right and play well for him. He's a guy that allows players to play to their strengths," Fitzpatrick said.

"He's got an offense that is not very complicated to learn but is very complicated for the defenses, the way they present it to them, and he does a great job of utilising different guys' talents and putting them in a position to succeed." 

Tua Tagovailoa is officially a Miami Dolphin after the team announced on Tuesday the former Alabama star quarterback has signed his rookie contract.

Under the NFL's rookie scale, Tagovailoa will receive $30.275million guaranteed over four years. The deal contains a signing bonus of nearly $19.6million and contains a fifth-year option for 2024.

Miami selected Tagovailoa, the 2018 Heisman Trophy runner-up, with the fifth overall pick in last month's NFL draft in the hope of landing the franchise quarterback the team has been seeking since Dan Marino's retirement in 1999.

The Dolphins have not had a quarterback make the Pro Bowl since Marino in 1995 and are the only team to have had a different QB start 10 or more games in each of the last three seasons.

They confirmed the done deal on their official website, stating: "The Miami Dolphins today announced they have signed the following four draft picks: first-round quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, second-round defensive tackle Raekwon Davis, fifth-round defensive end Curtis Weaver and sixth-round long snapper Blake Ferguson."

Tagovailoa's college career was cut short when he dislocated his right hip in mid-November of his junior season at Alabama, but he was cleared to resume football activities in March and held a virtual pro day for NFL teams on April 9.

The 22-year-old led the FBS rankings in 2019 with a 206.9 passer rating while completing 71.4 per cent of his throws with 33 touchdown passes and only three interceptions. As a sophomore the previous season, Tagovailoa threw for 3,966 yards and 43 touchdowns in 15 games and finished second to 2019 number one overall pick Kyler Murray in voting for the Heisman Trophy.

Miami re-signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in March, giving the Dolphins insurance if Tagovailoa is not deemed ready to start the team's scheduled September 13 opener at New England.

Rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will wear uniform number one when he suits up for the Miami Dolphins.

"For the Audience of 1," Tagovailoa said on social media on Tuesday, taking to Instagram and Twitter to publish an edit of him in a Dolphins uniform with the new jersey number.

Tagovailoa, selected fifth overall in last month's draft, wore number 13 at Alabama, but that number was retired by the Dolphins in honor of Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino.

Other Dolphins to wear number one include kicker Garo Yepremiam and punter Matt Turk. Tagovailoa will become the first Dolphins quarterback to wear number one.

Such was Don Shula's greatness, he still owns multiple NFL records today.

The former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, who died aged 90 on Monday, retired in 1996 as a two-time Super Bowl champion, one of those rings delivered by the historic undefeated team of 1972.

Shula's career was one of sustained success, transcending different teams, quarterbacks and eras.

Here we take a look at the remarkable numbers from his NFL head coaching career.

 

347 victories - Only three men in NFL history have won over 300 games, Shula, Chicago Bears great George Halas and New England Patriots legend Bill Belichick. Shula, whose final record of 347-173-6 from his 33 years as a head coach, still holds the record for the most wins in NFL history.

67 years - As a player (seven seasons), assistant coach (three), head coach (33) and executive (24) - Shula spent 67 seasons in the NFL. He played for the Cleveland Browns, Colts and Washington Redskins then coached for the Detroit Lions, Colts and Dolphins.

15 Hall of Famers - Shula's bust in Canton is surrounded by some familiar ones. Fifteen of the players he coached - including legendary quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Dan Marino - are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, seven were former Colts, eight former Dolphins.

20 playoff appearances - In his 33-year career, Shula's teams went to the postseason 20 times. He made the playoffs in each of his first five years with Miami.

17-0 - In 1972, Shula's Miami Dolphins completed the only undefeated season in NFL history, going 14-0 in the regular season before winning all three of their playoff games, including Super Bowl VII.

31 seasons of .500 or above - Rebuilding was simply not in Shula's vocabulary. Only twice did his teams finish with losing records - in 1976, when Miami went 6-8 and 1988, when the Dolphins went 6-10.

4 Coach of the Year awards - No head coach has ever won as many AP Coach of the Year awards as Shula, a three-time victor with the Colts in 1964, 1967 and 1968, and, of course, in 1972 with the Dolphins.

6 Super Bowl appearances - At the time of his retirement, no coach had appeared in more Super Bowls than Shula, who had a 2-4 record in the Big Dance. Belichick, who has taken the Patriots to nine Super Bowls, has since broken that record.

5 Super Bowl quarterbacks - While Tom Brady has been Belichick's quarterback for each of his nine Super Bowls in New England, Shula was able to win with a record variety of signal callers. He used Unitas, Marino, Bob Griese, Earl Morrall and David Woodley in Super Bowls.

Bill Belichick described Don Shula as "the standard for consistency and leadership in the NFL" following the Miami Dolphins legend's death at the age of 90.

Shula, whose passing was announced by the Dolphins on Monday, is the NFL's all-time leader for wins by a head coach.

He won 347 games in a remarkable career that saw him lead Miami to the only perfect season in NFL history in the 1972 campaign.

Shula oversaw a successful defence of that Super Bowl title and guided the Dolphins to two further appearances in the showpiece during 26 seasons with Miami.

New England Patriots coach Belichick has six Super Bowl rings as a head coach and is closing in on Shula's record, having claimed 304 victories in his career.

Belichick grew up in Maryland as his father was an assistant coach at the Naval Academy in Annapolis when Shula was a head coach with the Baltimore Colts, with whom he won an NFL title in 1968.

Paying tribute to Shula, Belichick said in a statement: "Don Shula is one of the all-time great coaching figures and the standard for consistency and leadership in the NFL.

"I was fortunate to grow up in Maryland as a fan of the Baltimore Colts who, under coach Shula, were one of the outstanding teams of that era.

"My first connection to coach Shula was through my father, whose friendship with coach Shula went back to their days in northeast Ohio.

"I extend my deepest condolences to the Shula family and the Dolphins organisation."

Few coaches in any sport can claim to have had the success that Don Shula enjoyed in the NFL.

The former Baltimore Colts and Miami Dolphins head coach, who died aged 90 on Monday, was a two-time Super Bowl winner and in charge of the only perfect season in NFL history.

He led the Colts to seven winning seasons in his seven years there before enjoying even more success during 26 years in Miami, where he had just two campaigns below .500.

We take a look at the highlights in Shula's incredible career.

 

1968 SEASON - COLTS CLAIM REVENGE OVER BROWNS IN NFL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

In 1963 the Colts, then based in Baltimore, made a 33-year-old Shula the youngest head coach in NFL history. 

While acknowledging that some of his players were older than their new coach, Colts owner Carroll Rosenbloom said: "I feel strongly that he is going to be a great." Three Coach of the Year awards in seven seasons suggested he was right.

In Shula's second season, Baltimore were beaten 27-0 by the Cleveland Browns in the 1964 NFL Championship Game, during an era before the Super Bowl, but he would get a chance to avenge that defeat against the same opponent four years later.

This time the Colts emerged victorious, 34-0, and advanced to Super Bowl III, where Joe Namath and the underdog New York Jets pulled off a shock victory their quarterback had "guaranteed" in Miami.

 

1972 SEASON - PERFECTION

A little over a year later, Miami would become Shula's home as the 40-year-old was hired by the Dolphins.

They had won a combined 19 games in their first four years of existence, but Shula would transform the team, taking them to the playoffs in each of his first five seasons in charge - with three of those campaigns ending up at the Super Bowl.

The crowning achievement was the undefeated '72 Dolphins, who remain the only NFL team to go through a regular season and postseason having won every game.

A year after falling to the Dallas Cowboys at the final hurdle in 1971, Shula's 'No Name Defense', an offensive line that featured two future Hall of Famers and fellow Canton residents Paul Warfield, Larry Csonka and Bob Griese proved unstoppable.

Miami completed a 17-0 run with a 14-7 Super Bowl VII triumph over the Washington Redskins.

1973 SEASON - BACK-TO-BACK LOMBARDIS

The '72 Dolphins obviously get plenty of attention, but the '73 version should not be forgotten.

Not only were they able to ensure another title was brought to South Beach, they repeated having gone 12-2 in the regular season despite facing the mighty Oakland Raiders, Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, as well as 2,000-yard rusher O.J. Simpson, twice.

Shula's defense kept teams to 14 or fewer points on 11 occasions, and they gave up only 33 points in the playoffs, beating the Cincinnati Bengals, Raiders, and then the Minnesota Vikings, by 24-7, in Super Bowl VIII.

 

1984 SEASON - ANOTHER QB, A SIXTH SUPER BOWL

One of Shula's great strengths was his ability to win with a variety of different players at the game's most important position.

He coached three future Hall of Famers in Johnny Unitas, Griese and Dan Marino, but also used Earl Morrall and David Woodley under center at 'The Big Dance'.

While his 1970s Dolphins would destroy teams on the ground, Miami flipped the script when they drafted a sliding Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft as Shula's offense suddenly became one of the league's most potent through the air.

In 1984, Marino set NFL records in passing yardage (5,084 yards) and touchdown passes (48) that would stand for two decades, as Miami went 14-2 before Shula made a record sixth Super Bowl.

Unfortunately for Shula and Marino, they came up against Bill Walsh, Joe Montana and their great San Francisco 49ers team, who claimed the rings with a 38-16 triumph.

1993 SEASON - AN NFL RECORD FOR WINS

There were only two losing seasons in Shula's 33-year head-coaching career. It was no surprise, then, that he set the record for the most wins in NFL history towards the end of his time in charge of Miami.

That day came on November 14, 1993, when Miami beat the Philadelphia Eagles 19-14 to give Shula his 325th victory, one more than Chicago Bears great George Halas.

By the time he retired, aged 66, after the 1995 season, Shula had won 347 games - a record that still stands 25 years on.

The NFL world offered tributes to Don Shula, holder of the record for most wins by a head coach in league history, following his death at the age of 90.

Shula's passing was announced by the Miami Dolphins on Monday.

He led the Dolphins to a perfect season in 1972 as they went undefeated through the regular season and playoffs, a feat that has never been matched.

Shula, who also won an NFL title with the Baltimore Colts in 1968, led the Dolphins to a second Super Bowl crown the following season.

A further two Super Bowl appearances came in the 1980s for the Dolphins and Shula, who retired after the 1995 season having amassed 347 wins.

He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997, and his influence on the sport has been widely celebrated.

Dolphins vice-chairman, president and CEO Tom Garfinkel wrote on Twitter: "Today is a sad day. Coach Shula was the rare man who exemplified true greatness in every aspect of his life. He will be so missed by so many but his legacy of character and excellence will endure. All my best to Mary Anne and the Shula family."

Fellow Hall of Fame coach Jimmy Johnson said that Shula "set the standard", while Bill Cowher - also recently inducted into Canton - wrote: "We lost one of the most iconic men in the history of NFL coaching in Don Shula. His leadership and wisdom helped to guide me and many others who have made a life in coaching football. Thank you Coach Shula. May your spirit and legacy live on forever."

Former Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake referenced a famous Shula quote: "One thing I never want to be accused of is not working." Current Dolphins DeVante Parker and Davon Godchaux also paid tribute.

Legendary Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann was drafted by the Dolphins in 1971 but never played for them as contract talks broke down. He played in Canada until 1973 before joining Washington and defeating Shula and the Dolphins in Super Bowl XVII.

He wrote on Twitter: "We lost a true coaching legend today with the passing of Coach Shula. He drafted me and even though I never played for him I always had the greatest respect for him and his teams. My prayers go out to his family."

Joe Namath and the New York Jets stunningly overcame Shula's Colts in the third AFL-NFL Championship game, later known as Super Bowl III. Namath told the Los Angeles Times: "Coach Shula had dedication, determination, passion to do things the proper way."

Former All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis praised Shula, not only for his coaching achievements but also for the success he had as a restaurant owner after his retirement with a chain of steakhouses. NBA legend Magic Johnson was among those from outside the NFL world to offer his condolences, too.

The Hall of Fame flag at the museum's campus in Ohio will be flown at half-mast in Shula's memory.

Hall of Fame president David Baker said in a statement: "The game has lost one of the greats today, but we have all lost a truly incredible man. Hall of Fame coach Don Shula served as an ambassador for this great game for more than half a century.

"His legendary feats on the gridiron led him to a record 347 wins to become the winningest coach in NFL history and allowed him to lead the 1972 Dolphins to the only perfect season in NFL history.

"Coach Shula was a man who truly loved the game and I have often been moved by the deep respect and affection he was always afforded by the men who played for him. 

"The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of coach Shula. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary Anne and their entire family. The Hall of Fame flag will fly at half-staff and we will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations."

Don Shula, the winningest head coach in NFL history and leader of the only undefeated team in league history, died in his home on Monday at the age of 90.
  
"Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years," the team said in a statement confirming the news.

"He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene."

Shula's 347 career wins as a head coach, including 19 postseason victories, are the most in league history.

Perhaps more astounding is the fact that in his 33-year career as an NFL head coach, he only had two losing seasons.  

He broke George Halas' mark for career wins in 1993 and retired two years later with a regular season record of 328-156-6.

The two-time Super Bowl champion was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.  

"The game has lost one of the greats today, but we have all lost a truly incredible man," Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement.

"[Shula] served as an ambassador for this great game for more than half a century."

Shula was at the helm of the 1972 Dolphins, one of the unforgettable teams in league history. They finished 17-0 and won Super Bowl VII – still the only NFL team to complete a perfect season.

The 1973 team finished 15-2 and repeated as Super Bowl champions.  

He presided over the Dolphins for 26 seasons, from the smash-mouth running of Larry Csonka to the record-setting passing of Dan Marino. Since his retirement, Miami are yet to appear in a single conference championship game.  

Although he is best known for his time with the Dolphins, Shula began his head coaching career with the Baltimore Colts in 1963 and ended up coaching three Hall of Fame quarterbacks: Johnny Unitas, Bob Griese and Marino.  

While with Baltimore, Shula was on the losing end of Super Bowl III, when Joe Namath guaranteed a win for the New York Jets, the first American Football League team to win a Super Bowl.  

Shula had playoff victories in four different decades and was a constant in the NFL from the pre-Super Bowl era to the Dallas Cowboys' dynasty in the mid-1990s.

Small in stature, he became a giant of the game as it blossomed into the most popular sport in the U.S. 

Shula was the youngest coach in the NFL when he was hired by the Colts at 33, and early in his career he had built the reputation of a great regular season coach who faltered in the postseason.

In all, Shula coached in six Super Bowls with four different starting quarterbacks. 

The four-time Coach of the Year was one of the head coaches named in the NFL's 100th Anniversary All-Time Team and he was honoured on the field before Super Bowl LIV in February.

Shula supported multiple charities, and he founded the Don Shula Foundation as a tribute to his late wife, Dorothy. The foundation primarily focuses on breast cancer research funding.  

They were married for 32 years and raised five children before her death in 1991. 

Shula then married Mary Anne Stephens in 1993. 

His oldest son, David, coached the Cincinnati Bengals from 1992-96 and was able to play against his father in 1994, marking the first father-son head coaching matchup in NFL history. Don won 23-7. 

Another son, Mike, has had several NFL assistant coaching jobs and was head coach at Alabama in 2003-06. 

Shula is survived by his wife Mary Anne and his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike.  

Don Shula, holder of the record for the most wins by a head coach in NFL history, has died aged 90.

The Miami Dolphins, with whom Shula won two Super Bowls in a 25-year spell as head coach, announced his passing on Monday.

Shula's 1972 Dolphins remain the only team to go through a full campaign without losing a game. They went 14-0 in the regular season before going on to win Super Bowl VII with a 14-7 victory over the Washington Redskins.

Miami retained the title the following year, defeating the Minnesota Vikings 24-7 in Super Bowl VIII.

Shula would go on to lead the Dolphins to two further Super Bowl appearances in the 1982 and 1984 seasons.

They were defeated by the Redskins in Super Bowl XVII and then lost to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XIX.

In a post announcing his death on Twitter, the Dolphins said: "Don Shula was the patriarch of the Miami Dolphins for 50 years.

"He brought the winning edge to our franchise and put the Dolphins and the city of Miami in the national sports scene.

"Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to Mary Anne along with his children Dave, Donna, Sharon, Anne and Mike."

Shula, who coached the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to 1969 before taking over the Dolphins in 1970, finished up with 347 wins.

He had stints with the Cleveland Browns, Colts and Redskins as a player and, after spells in the college coaching ranks as an assistant, became a defensive backs coach with the Detroit Lions in 1960, going on to become their defensive coordinator.

Shula brought his coaching career to an end after the 1995 season with the Dolphins and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Defensive end Taco Charlton has been waived by the Miami Dolphins.

The 25-year-old led the Dolphins in sacks last season with five in 10 games, but Miami have decided to move on just a year after picking up Charlton.

A first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Charlton spent just two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, recording only four sacks.

The Dolphins, who went 5-11 in 2019, had the fewest sacks of any team in the NFL last season.

In fact, their collective total of 23 sacks was five fewer than the Seattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons.

In order to remedy that lack of a pass rush, Miami went out in free agency and picked up defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah, both of whom had more sacks than Charlton in 2019.

The San Francisco 49ers were the most prominent team on the third and final day of the 2020 NFL Draft but not for their draft choices.  

The 49ers executed three trades on Saturday, highlighted by the acquisition of disgruntled left tackle and seven-time Pro Bowler Trent Williams from the Washington Redskins, giving up a fifth-round pick this season and a third-round selection in 2021.

Williams will take the place of Joe Staley, who announced his retirement after a 13-year career in San Francisco that included six Pro Bowls.  

The 49ers also traded running back Matt Breida to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick and sent wide receiver Marquise Goodwin to the Philadelphia Eagles while swapping picks in the sixth round.   

The Eagles entered the draft on a mission to improve a receiving corps that was historically impotent last season. In addition to trading for Goodwin, Philadelphia spent first-, fifth- and sixth-round picks on wide receivers, including Boise State's John Hightower and Southern Mississippi's Quez Watkins on Saturday.   

Quarterback selections played a prominent role again as the Indianapolis Colts used their fourth-round pick – 122nd overall – on Washington quarterback Jacob Eason.

The 6-foot-6 signal-caller began his career at Georgia but transferred to his home state of Washington and may be Indianapolis' quarterback of the future.   

The player who replaced Eason at Georgia, Jake Fromm, had to wait until the 22nd pick of the fifth round to hear his name called by the Buffalo Bills.    

The New York Jets selected a quarterback in the fourth round, grabbing Florida International's James Morgan, and Oregon State's Jake Luton, another 6-foot-6 quarterback, fell to the sixth round and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  

Four more quarterbacks were taken in the seventh round, but one team that did not select a QB all weekend was the New England Patriots.   

Despite the departure of Tom Brady to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the Patriots passed on adding a rookie at the position, leaving journeyman Brian Hoyer and second-year Auburn product Jarrett Stidham as the only quarterbacks on the New England roster.   

The Patriots, however, did draft a replacement for a franchise legend in the fifth round by selecting Marshall kicker Justin Rohrwasser, who will take the place of franchise scoring leader Stephen Gostkowski.   

The Carolina Panthers and new head coach Matt Rhule used all seven of their picks on defensive players, tying the 1985 Cleveland Browns for most picks on one side of the ball. The Browns used all seven picks on offense.  

National champion LSU had the most players selected with 14, tied with Ohio State in 2004 for the most by any single school in a seven-round draft. 

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