Saints release running back Daniel Lasco

The Saints added veteran running back Shane Vereen earlier today, so they had to make a spot for him.

According to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints are waiving running back Daniel Lasco with a failed physical designation.

What’s the ceiling for a Nittany Lions offense that hinges on McSorley’s arm instead of Saquon Barkley’s legs? The answer to that question could determine the fate of the Big Ten East. Penn State fans might tell you we already know the answer: As defenses loaded up to stop Barkley last season, McSorley made them pay with his arm and his legs, posting eight games with at least 280 passing yards and four with at least 60 rushing yards. His YOLO throws make the Nittany Lions a threat to ice games at any time, but they also run the risk of turning into mistakes at inopportune moments. If he leads Penn State past Ohio State and into the East driver’s seat in late September, he could find himself at the top of several midseason Heisman Trophy projections.

Jeff Pearlman joined the #PFTPM podcast on Wednesday to discuss Football for a Buck: The Crazy Rise and Crazier Demise of the USFL. It’s an excellent look at how it could have gone so well, and how it all went so poorly.

Plenty of Hall of Famers (including Jim Kelly, pictured with the Houston Gamblers) and Pro Bowlers got started in the USFL, a league that the NFL publicly dismissed, privately feared, and even more privately plotted to destroy. The book debuts in September; you can (and should) listen to Pearlman’s description of it now.

Keeping him off the field would have been a huge mistake. Johnson’s 2017 rushing total of 1,977 yards (on 6.6 yards per carry) beat the Big Ten’s No. 2 rusher, fellow true freshman J.K. Dobbins of Ohio State, by 574 yards, and trailed only San Diego State senior Rashaad Penny (2,248 yards) and Stanford junior Bryce Love (2,118 yards) in the FBS. It also represented a freshman record, beating the 1,925 yards Adrian Peterson posted for Oklahoma in 2004. Taylor won’t catch any opposing defenses by surprise this season, but that doesn’t mean he can’t clear the ridiculously high bar he set for himself in 2017.

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