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Pederson also said that he can’t say at this point whether rookie Carson Wentz will remain on the inactive list as the No. 3 quarterback for the entire season. Wentz’s arrival caused some issues between Bradford and the team in the spring that have since been worked out and drafting a quarterback second overall means he’ll be the starter at some point.
Bradford said Monday that he’s not spending much time thinking about what that will mean for him.
“Not really,” Bradford said, via Philly.com. “I think at this point, I’m just trying to come out here, get better each day, try to make this team better, try to help this team win games, do my job the best I can, and then whatever happens, happens.”
It’s hard to block out thoughts about what might be coming later this year or in 2017, but Bradford’s future — in Philadelphia or elsewhere — will be in pretty good shape if he can turn in a healthy and productive season because healthy and productive quarterbacks are always in demand around the NFL.
With teams reporting to training camp, the veterans who didn’t get one of the 32 times 90 invitations (that’s 2,880, #math) often start realizing things about their future.
Wootton signed with the Lions last year, but didn’t play a down in the regular season after tearing a pectoral muscle in the preseason finale, putting him on IR.
He was originally drafted by Chicago and also spent time with the Vikings, amassing 12.0 sacks in his five years on the field, with 7.0 of them coming in 2012 with the Bears.
The NFL’s PED policy is sufficiently effective to ensnare players who use supplements that contain banned substances. However, the PED policy has yet to catch many (if any) actual cheaters.
Those observations hinge on the honesty of the stream of PED offenders who claim they used a supplement that, unbeknownst to them, included one of the many chemicals and compounds on the long list of forbidden fruits.
Colts defensive tackle Arthur Jones, suspended four games for a PED violation, is the latest cheater-who-isn’t-a-cheater. Via Bob Kravitz of WTHR.com, Jones said, “I did a piss poor job of double checking my supplements to make sure nothing was banned.”
The pun probably wasn’t intended; the “I am not a crook” message surely was. Either no one is deliberately using PEDs or they aren’t getting caught or, when they get caught, they’re claiming that they merely took a substance that they didn’t know included a banned substance.
Maybe Jones is telling the truth. The fact that his truth matches the terms of what so many times is used as an excuse makes it harder for folks to accept that his violation occurred inadvertently.
Robert Griffin III hasn’t been promised the starting quarterback job in Cleveland, but heading into training camp, it’s his job to lose.
Longtime Browns reporter Tony Grossi said this morning on PFT Live that Griffin will get four out of every five reps with the first-string offense at Browns camp. That strongly suggests that coach Hue Jackson is heading into camp with the idea that Griffin is his starter, and will only change his mind if something surprising happens.
“It’s not an open competition with Josh McCown,” Grossi said.
At the moment, the Browns’ depth chart appears to have Griffin on top, McCown second, rookie third-round draft pick Cody Kessler third and Austin Davis fourth. That can change, but it will probably only change if Griffin either gets hurt or plays so poorly that the Browns’ coaches feel like they have no choice but to demote him. The other quarterbacks simply won’t get many opportunities to win the job.
After the Chargers picked defensive end Joey Bosa with the third overall pick of this year’s draft, they said they had their eye on him throughout the entire pre-draft process and knew that he was they guy they would take once it was known quarterbacks would be the first two picks.
That was easy, but getting Bosa under contract hasn’t been quite so smooth a process. Bosa is one of three players from the draft without a deal as his agents and the Chargers squabble over offset language and the timing of when bonus money will be paid to Bosa. Those issues have been obstacles for some time without an agreement, which may explain why General Manager Tom Telesco basically shrugged his shoulders when asked if Bosa would report to camp.
“I don’t know,” Telesco said on The Mighty 1090 in San Diego, via ESPN.com. “I guess we’ll see. I really don’t know if he’ll [show up]. We’re still working on it. Hopefully we’ll get something done, but I don’t know.”
Telesco said that he understood some people were puzzled about the standoff since it is “not really over money,” but said that the Chargers believe in “certain things of consistency and doing things the same way for everyone on the team” when it comes to contracts. In this case, that consistency could keep the third overall pick they were so sure they wanted from practicing when training camp opens in part because the the team’s worried about how much he’ll get paid if he’s a total flop.
Chargers running back Danny Woodhead doesn’t go down easily, and doesn’t usually stay down long.
But when a teammate rolled into his ankle in June, the 31-year-old was worried it was similar to the season-ending injury he suffered in Buffalo in 2014, so he might have been entitled to milk it for a little extra attention.
“Not everyone knows this, but when I was in Buffalo, it hurt and I couldn’t get up on it, but it wasn’t until 30 seconds to a minute after when I was like, ‘Oh. This is bad,’” Woodhead said, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “So [this time] I kind of gave it the 30 seconds to a minute. It wasn’t out of trying to be a jerk or anything, but I was just like, ‘I don’t know if I’m good yet. Let’s see. Let’s wait this out.’ . . .
“It took a couple weeks, but now I’m as healthy as I’ve been in a long time. I feel great going into the season.”
Having Woodhead ready to contribute will be a good sign for the Chargers, after a productive 2015 season. He led the team in catches (81), receiving yards (755) and receiving touchdowns (six), remarkable numbers for a back on the wrong side of 30.
“In my rookie year and second year, I really didn’t play that much,” Woodhead said. “And then with the year I took off because of the ankle, that’s really three years that didn’t give me wear and tear. I really feel like I’m young. I feel like my body is young. . . . I feel like I’m 26. This might have been the best offseason I’ve had.
“If you were to ask me that five years ago, I would’ve said, ‘Yeah, right.’ But I still feel like I can do the same things as I did or better. As long as I can do the same things I was doing in year four, if I’m doing that or better, I don’t think it’s time for me to go for a while.”
At least he’s ready to go from the start of the season, which is a huge relief after his June scare.
Will the Bills defense be better this season?
Assessing potential improvements in the Dolphins secondary.
The Jets will have a players leadership council this season.
Previewing the players heading into their second years with the Bengals.
An optimistic prediction for the Steelers offense despite players missing with suspensions.
A few under-the-radar Colts training camp storylines.
The Jaguars added K Sam Ficken to the roster.
Rookie defensive backs will have to catch on quickly to get playing time with the Broncos.
Which Chiefs can boost their offensive production?
The Raiders are set with outside cornerbacks and holding a competition for slot duties.
Ben McAdoo’s style is geared toward younger members of the Giants roster.
Will the Redskins look outside the organization for pass rush help?
The development of recent first-round picks will be important for the Bears this season.
Previewing the biggest position battles for the Lions.
The Packers need some inside linebackers to step up this year.
Have the Falcons improved their pass rush?
In search of buzz about the Buccaneers.
DT Darnell Dockett returned to the Cardinals to say goodbye to the NFL.
Will coach Pete Carroll get an extension from the Seahawks soon?
Since then, police reportedly have been called to his house on five different occasions. According to TMZ, the most recent incident happened on Saturday.
Per the report, Mason’s family is concerned about his mental health. During one of the police visits, he agreed to check into a facility. He apparently didn’t.
Mason has not yet been accused of assaulting family members. On one occasion, a family member told police that Mason hadn’t slept in days, and that the family member was concerned if Mason left the house “he will get hurt.”
Mason didn’t participate in OTAs this year, excused from the voluntary sessions for “personal reasons.” The next question for the Rams is whether Mason, a third-round pick in 2014, will be welcomed to training camp — and whether he’ll even show up for it.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson remains committed to Sam Bradford as his starting quarterback.
Pederson said he doesn’t see anything happening in the preseason that would change his quarterback depth chart.
“You’ve got to get through four games and a lot of preseason. But going into September 11, Sam’s the guy. I’ll stick with that. Chase is our No. 2, and Carson is our No. 3,” Pederson said.
The Eagles, more than any other team, poured resources into the quarterback position this offseason: They signed Bradford to a two-year, $35 million contract, signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract and traded up to the second overall pick to draft Wentz. With all those resources going into the position, they’d better have a good starting quarterback. Pederson thinks they have one in Bradford.
He hopes he’s not the only one for long, and has shared the research he’s done on the topic. But he hopes time will see the plant’s stigma subside, and that the league will spend as much time researching as he has.
“I just take the NFL for their word: If they say that long-term health and player safety are top priorities of the league, then why aren’t you looking into all the options for health care that are out there?” Morgan told Paul Kuharsky of ESPN.com. “It’s definitely incumbent upon them to really delegate some time and some resources to look into it.”
Morgan is pushing the medical benefits of cannabis, and wants to draw the line between the possible pain-relief potential the plant holds and the recreational smoking many have made synonymous.
Morgan said he’s never failed a drug test for marijuana, and hasn’t used it because of the league’s rules against it. But he also thinks demonizing the drug by grouping it alongside things such as LSD and heroin keeps people from seeing the protection it could offer players.
“CTE, all this stuff is real … that’s unsettling as a player,” he said. “You want to be able to think that you are going to be there for your family in full capacity, that you’re going to be able to be an active member, contributing member of society. With something like that, I’ve got to look at what my options are. If this happens to be an option, which I think it will be, then I’m going to look into it, . . .
“Every player is in a different position. But at the root of it, if your motivation is being proactive about preserving your health, then I don’t think you should have to tippy-toe around anything.”
At the moment, he’s the only current player even tippy-toeing, but hopes more will join him.
Longtime NFL defensive tackle Mark Wheeler, who once started a Super Bowl for the Patriots, has been arrested on drug charges in Texas.
According to KBTX, 46-year-old Mark Wheeler was taken into custody after Texas A&M police said they found him sitting in a truck on campus with marijuana and cocaine.
According to the report, the officer noticed a marijuana cigarette on the console of his truck, but he told them it was medical marijuana.
Upon searching, two bags of marijuana were found hidden in water bottles (less than 15 grams) and a small bag of cocaine inside a Tylenol bottle (setting up another medicinal defense).
A former third-round pick by the Buccaneers in 1992, Wheeler played eight seasons in the NFL. He started for the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI, and also played for the Eagles.
Marshall can now call off the search.
Fresh off playing in the American Century Championship golf tournament in South Lake Tahoe, Nev. this past weekend, Fitzpatrick has made a stop in Chicago to see his (former?) teammate. Marshall posted a photo to his instagram page on Monday night of Fitzpatrick and his two sons hanging out on a rooftop in the Windy City.
Fitzpatrick remains at an impasse in reaching a contract agreement with the Jets, despite multiple offers being floated by the team in hopes of finding a resolution. He didn’t renew the lease on his New York apartment and an end to the saga appears far from imminent.
Promising pass rusher Kenny Anunike will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list for the Denver Broncos.
The third-year defensive end has been hampered by injuries early in his career. He missed all but three games last season due to a knee injury that required surgery in August and eventually landed him on injured reserve.
He flashed his raw ability in last year’s preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks. Anunike had eight tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
He has just one tackle in his regular season career.
A player can be activated from the PUP list any time during the preseason. However, a player must be placed on PUP prior to the start of training camp in order to be eligible for the reserve/PUP list for the regular season.
It’s uncertain whether Anunike has suffered some kind of a setback from the issues that plagued him last season or if the move is just to provide the Broncos with roster flexibility and the time needed for Anunike to get back to full speed.
The report from Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News that Tom Jackson will leave ESPN provided some wiggle room for the veteran analyst to return to Sunday NFL Countdown for what would be his 30th season. Multiple industry sources tell PFT that the decision has been made: Jackson won’t be coming back.
As one source explained it, ESPN’s decision to bring back Trent Dilfer after his contract had expired and it appeared he would leaving arose in part from Jackson’s decision to leave.
Jackson had long been regarded as being tied at the hip with on-air partner Chris Berman. With Berman reportedly entering his last year at ESPN, it’s somewhat odd that Jackson wouldn’t want to do a victory lap with Berman.
Unless, of course, that victory lap will be all about Berman and/or consist of Berman complaining about the fact that ESPN management has apparently nudged him out.
The CFL often does thing differently than the NFL. In some cases, the CFL’s differences make the Canadian version of pro football better.
A little-known change for 2016 has invites speculation regarding whether a similar change in the NFL would be good for business.
As explained by Scott Mitchell of the Calgary Herald, the CFL for the first time in 2016 allows the coach-to-quarterback communication system to operate to the snap, and beyond.
Calgary Stampeders coach Dave Dickenson called the change an “executive decision” of which he wasn’t aware until the season began. Dickenson also said that his team has not yet used the system during a play to tell the quarterback what to do with the ball in real time.
“In theory, they can,” Dickenson said. “We don’t feel like it’s the best thing to say, ‘Go deep,’ or ‘Take the flat.’ The game’s going so fast and, I think, it might be easier from the booth to see stuff, what pops and what doesn’t pop, but I don’t yell into his ear. I think coaches, in that case, would be trying to be more important than they are. Just stay out of the way. You need to coach your quarterback well enough that he sees what he sees and he trusts his eyes and he throws it.”
“We kind of found out, I think, in Week One,” Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell said. “I remember Dave coming and telling me about it and I was kind of skeptical about it at first because we didn’t do it in training camp.”
Bo Levi Mitchell has only one specific request when it comes to the use of the technology.
“I told him it was something that, ‘Hey, if you’re comfortable saying it then I trust you when you say things,'” Bo Levi Mitchell said. “Obviously, the only time I don’t want it is when I’m in the huddle trying to talk to guys. You can’t have somebody yelling in your ear and you can’t hear anything.”
For the NFL, where the system cuts off 15 seconds before the snap, the question becomes whether it makes sense to allow a coach to continue speaking to the quarterback beyond that point, including during the live play. Given that the CFL teams apparently didn’t know the change was coming until the season began, it’s still too early to know whether it will be an improvement, given that teams really didn’t get a chance to experiment with it or to plan for using it.