Jon Gruden last coached in the NFL in 2008, and hasn’t been on the Raiders ‘ sideline since 2001.

A lot has changed in the decade since Gruden was a coach; offenses are more pass-happy and as a consequence, defenses are more reliant on subpackages. And perhaps one of the biggest differences between now and then is the advancement in analytics. But Gruden made it clear when speaking with reporters at the NFL combine last week that he isn’t a big fan of statistical analysis.

“I’m trying to throw the game back to 1998,” Gruden told reporters бн “I’m not going to rely on modern technology. I will certainly have some people that are professional that can help me from that regard.

“There is some truth to what [Gruden’s] saying,” Pro Football Focus’ Steve Palazzo told ” Good Morning Football ” on Thursday. “There’s a lot of data some teams aren’t necessarily tapping into but PFF works with 30 out of 32 teams — I think it’s soon to be 32 — there are varying levels of using all that information [but] they’re all using it at a point where it’s going to help them in their game-planning, it’s going to help them in specific areas…. The biggest takeaway — and I was at the combine last week and I’ve worked with all 32 teams — they’re all at different levels. So they’re all using it to a point, maybe even including Jon.”

DeVante Parker and Kenny Stills figure to see an uptick in targets, but it may not be overly significant when you consider that both were already full-time players last season. The Dolphins had a third wideout on the field for 87 percent of their pass plays, which trailed only the Rams (92 percent) for highest in the league. Of course, a slight to moderate boost of targets, coupled with the return of Ryan Tannehill, is enough to get Parker and Stills into the WR3 discussion. Both can safely be considered flex plays, but there’s room for more.

Jakeem Grant, meanwhile, currently sits third on the WR depth chart and would slide into Landry’s slot gig, at least as the roster stands. It’s reasonable to expect an addition — and potentially a significant one — over the next two months. Leonte Carroo, Isaiah Ford and Rashawn Scott are also in the mix, but are no more than deep dynasty sleepers.

The list of players the Colts are eyeing likely includes running back Saquon Barkley and defensive end Bradley Chubb.

Let’s say the Giants, who are sitting at No. 2 with Eli Manning set to return for the 2018 season, decide to take Chubb. The Colts could decide that taking a running back at No. 3 isn’t good value. They could then trade back a few spots, watch teams draft quarterbacks they’re not even interested in, and then get a guy like Barkley or maybe guard Quinton Nelson or any other “difference maker” who can help Luck.

Peterson was released Monday by Arizona Cardinals, as their back field that no longer needs him. David Johnson will return to the team next season from a wrist injury, and with a new coach coming and a new scheme likely following, the team did not want to pay almost $3 million for an aging backup with the mindset of a superstar. The Cardinals will likely find a more versatile backup, as I-formation running backs are not exactly in vogue in today’s pass-happy NFL. But that is exactly the sort of traditional system that the Cowboys operate.

Free agent tight end Jimmy Graham might be on his way to starting a bidding war. Not only do the New Orleans Saints have interest in a reunion with him, the Green Bay Packers are reportedly reaching out to him as well. Things are going to heat up fast here in Graham’s camp. The 31-year-old tight is among the best at his position as a free agent. Not only can we imagine him back catching passes from Drew Brees, we now have Aaron Rodgers in the mix.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to a six-year extension with tight end Cameron Brate, a source told ESPN’s Jenna Laine. The deal is worth $41 million, with $18 million guaranteed. The four-year veteran was a restricted free agent. He caught 48 of 77 targets last season for 591 yards and six touchdowns in 2017.

We’re also including potential fallback plans, draft needs and prospect fits (with some help from ESPN NFL draft experts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay) for each team, including the Browns and Bills, who are out of the Cousins sweepstakes but are still likely to draft a quarterback on Day 1.

ESPN NFL Insider Mike Sando is back to take on the role of Cousins’ agent and pick the best offer for his client — he picked the Jaguars’ offer last time, but Jacksonville is now out of the race. Go here to see which offer he picked this time.

How will this affect the Browns’ free agency plans?

Altogether, that’s two mid-round picks this year, a late-round pick next year, and a pair of discarded players for three new contributors who will all likely start in 2018. Not bad at all for a team coming off an 0-16 season.

Cleveland entered the offseason with the most salary cap space in the league and will cut into that a bit by taking on the contracts of their new acquisitions. Landry is likely to get a long-term deal from the team soon and Taylor brings a $16 million cap hit if he doesn’t receive a new contract soon.

Well, I’ve only covered baseball for three years (I was on the news side of journalism before that), so my experience is limited to stuff since 2015. And in terms of “covering” things in the traditional sense — i.e. reacting to the news or attending a live event — nothing really jumps out as a favorite, per se. But I do have individual feature stories that I’d consider favorites. Here are the top three:

The untold story of “It’s a Long Way to October”: It’s the story of a documentary from 1983 that was well ahead of its time. Basically, a film crew got full access to the Braves for a whole season and ended up with an unexpectedly compelling project that earned an Emmy Award. I tracked down the producers and some former players and talked to them about the experience.

“I wouldn’t say I’m in midseason form yet,” Syndergaard told reporters after the game. “But it’s nice to go out there and have some command issues, and be able to bounce back and finish up strong.”

His catcher echoed that statement.

“I honestly don’t think he had his best stuff today,” Kevin Plawecki told reporters. “But he made the most of what he had.”

The 25-year-old is coming off a season in which he made just seven starts and pitched 30 1/3 innings due to a torn lat suffered in April. He is working his way back slowly and has shown very good things this spring.

Syndergaard has now made three starts in spring training, striking out 13 batters in 8 1/3 innings. He sat in the upper 90s Thursday, but more impressively, he threw 11 pitches over 100 mph in his spring training debut.

Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners finalize ‘homecoming’ deal

Ichiro Suzuki is heading back to Seattle, the Mariners confirmed Wednesday.

The problem for the 23-year-old player lies in faulty mechanics and a lack of exposure to good MLB curveballs. Not breaking pitches, but curveballs specifically. The weapon of choice in Japan is the split-fingered fastball which is essentially a change-up, albeit one with much sharper movement.

“He’s basically like a high school hitter because he’s never seen a good curveball,” one scout told Yahoo. “He’s seen fastballs and changeups. And you’re asking a high school hitter to jump to the major leagues?”

What exacerbates the problem for Ohtani, though, is he has to cheat on inside fastballs. He has to get started early to turn on the pitch, and the issue with that is it leaves him susceptible to curveballs, especially from left-handers as was shown in his strikeout against Clayton Kershaw earlier this week.

The video , which was shared on Snapchat by French model Laura Cuenca, shows Beckham in a hotel room bed with a box of pizza and what appears to be a brown cigarette in his hand. In the video, which is seven seconds long, Cuenca is shown briefly with a credit card in her hand and lines of a powdery white substance in front of her.

Beckham is currently in Europe for a Nike-sponsored trip. He tweeted something after the video went viral that appears to address it.

Another candidate has emerged to buy the Panthers.

Michael Rubin, the owner of Fanatics apparel, is “a serious bidder” to become the new owner of the NFL franchise, ESPN reported .

Rubin did not comment on the situation when asked by ESPN.

NBA trade rumors: Knicks shopping disgruntled Joakim Noah

The Knicks are “exploring avenues” to trade center Joakim Noah, Yahoo reported Monday.

Sources: After heated verbal exchange in practice between Joakim Noah and coach Jeff Hornacek last week, the Knicks are exploring avenues to part with Noah. He has two years remaining on the four-year, $72M deal he signed in 2016.

Draft settings: When choosing a draft date and time, it’s extremely important to make sure all of your managers are able to attend the draft in person or online so that you can avoid autodrafting. Our system will make autodraft picks for any managers not in attendance for a live online draft, which helps fill the void, but the human element is part of drafting, and absentee managers can have a negative effect on the fairness of the league. In other words: Don’t be that guy/gal who forgets your draft is going on.

Griffin, 28, is averaging 22.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. Griffin had signed a five-year, 171 million deal this offseason, and is set to make over $31 million a year from 2018-19 to 2021-22.

The trade could also mean more minutes for rookie Luke Kennard. The Pistons selected the former Duke star in the first round of last year’s NBA Draft, but he has found playing time hard to come by this season.

Her life is now an escalating series of surreal moments.

Less that two weeks ago, Maddie Rooney won a gold medal. “Lately I’ve been wearing it 24/7 during this media tour, but I don’t know why any of us would want to take them off. It’s the best feeling,” she says.

Tim Lincecum will wear No. 44 with Rangers in honor of late brother

After wearing No. 55 for his entire major league career, Tim Lincecum will switch to No. 44 with the Texas Rangers in honor of his late older brother.

Sean Lincecum’s funeral was Saturday, which delayed Tim Lincecum from taking the physical needed to finalize his $1 million, one-year contract with the Rangers, which was finalized Wednesday.

Texas anticipates the four-time MLB All-Star will throw bullpen sessions and batting practice before getting into a spring training game.

“I’m not 100 percent what to expect,” Daniels said. “I’m not putting any expectations out there. You are talking about two realities. One, you are talking about one of the best pitchers of this generation. From that standpoint — it’s like what I used to say about Josh Hamilton — nothing would surprise me. On the flip side, he has had some physical ailments, he didn’t pitch last year and he hasn’t pitched in quite a while.”

A three-time World Series champion with San Francisco, Lincecum was 108-83 for the Giants from 2007 to 2015, when he nicknamed The Freak for his long hair and 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. He had season-ending hip surgery in September 2015 and made a brief comeback with the Los Angeles Angels the following season, going 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts.

Lincecum impressed during a tryout for scouts during the offseason.

“I feel like it would be tough to give up the game while I still have the ability to play it,” he said.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Lincecum, the Rangers designated catcher Brett Nicholas for assignment.

Moss is guaranteed $7.25 million this season and a $1 million buyout of his 2019 club option. He was acquired along with left-hander Ryan Buchter for right-handers Jesse Hahn and Heath Fillmyer, and the Royals agreed to pay Oakland $3.25 million.

If the 34-year-old Moss signs with another team, a prorated share of the $545,000 minimum would be offset against what he is owed by the A’s, who announced his release Tuesday.

Moss hit .207 with 22 homers and 50 RBIs in 118 games for Kansas City last year and has a .237 average with 160 homers and 473 RBIs in 11 big league seasons with Boston (2007-08), Pittsburgh (2008-10), Philadelphia (2011), Oakland (2012-14), Cleveland (2015), St. Louis (2015-16) and Kansas City (2017).

In his first game at first, Braun was put to test right off the bat. He had to go full extension to keep a wide throw from Jhoulys Chacin from sailing into the stands, and later, he made a nifty grab on a low throw from Hernan Perez.

Joey Bosa has surgery to repair finger injury suffered in rookie year

The Los Angeles Chargers confirmed Thursday that defensive end Joey Bosa had surgery to repair a dislocated finger on his right hand.

Bosa suffered the injury during his rookie season in his fourth game back from a hamstring injury, a Thursday night contest at Qualcomm Stadium against the Denver Broncos.

It has taken some time, but it looks like Raanta is finally showing why many were high on him coming into his role as a starter in the desert. He leads all goaltenders on the ESPN Player Rater for fantasy value during the past 30 days and has been lights-out since Jan. 1 (.937 save percentage in 15 games).

It looks like Jones has finally successfully fended off the challenge from Aaron Dell to his role as primary starter for the Sharks. Struggling through some bad goaltending and injuries, Jones had a really nasty December and January. But so far through February, Jones has posted a 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage that is indicative of a workhorse starter. Even better, his only relief from Dell during the past seven games came as part of a back-to-back set.

So look for the comparisons to continue to gain momentum if Jackson runs a sub-4.4 and spins the ball the way he’s capable of during throwing drills. The way Jackson performs on the whiteboard and interviews with teams will have a bigger impact on his draft stock than his workout — as is the case with any quarterback — but that doesn’t mean people shouldn’t enjoy the show he puts on during tests and drills.

Kimes: Bridgewater. The Vikings have enough cap space to make a run at Cousins, but I think they’ll back off when his price tag reaches uncharted territory; Cousins is better than Keenum and Bridgewater, but he’s not that much better. It’s hard to forecast when Bridgewater will take Keenum’s job (I expect the team to keep both quarterbacks), but I still think Bridgewater is Minnesota’s long-term plan.

Graziano: Bridgewater. My projected scenario is one in which the Vikings bring back Keenum and Bridgewater, and Bridgewater eventually takes the job away from Keenum — either in a training camp competition or after Keenum struggles during the regular season.