– AJ Tarpley, former Bills LB, talked about why he walked away from football at 23 years old. Concussions played a large role.
– The Titans are reportedly divided between T Ronnie Stanley and T Laremy Tunsil. Other teams are convinced that the Titans will take Laremy Tunsil.
– WR Russell Shepard signs his RFA tender with the Buccaneers.
– Eli Manning is expecting more football talk with Peyton now that Peyton has retied from the game.
– The Jets and Saints are both going to meet with QB Jared Goff.
– Oklahoma CB Zack Sanchez visited with the Panthers yesterday.
– Baylor WR Jay Lee visited and worked out with a bunch of teams.
– Quick note: I don’t have any political stance on this whatsoever.
– The Saints are planning a memorial/public celebraton for Will Smith’s life in the near future.
– Another former Saint, Hokie Gajan, died at the age of 56 after his long battle with cancer.
– Cardell Hayes’ lawyer suggests that there may have been a second gun that shot former DE, Will Smith.
– Tyrann Mathieu took to Twitter to expel his thoughts about the Will Smith situation.
Drew Brees had this to say after Will Smith’s tragic death:
“You have to find a way for something positive to result out of this. As difficult as that sounds right now because it’s so tragic and we’re all so torn up about it, you have to find a way to make this a catalyst for positive change. I think that’s part of how we can all remember Will’s legacy is that he had as big an impact as when he was here on this earth as he’s gonna have when he’s no longer here.
“You know, there were so many emotions when I first heard what happened. And I’ll be honest with you, part of my emotions was I was angry. I was sad for New Orleans, and I also was angry at New Orleans. Because I feel like this is a problem that’s been around for a long time. And it’s not just New Orleans, it’s nationwide. It’s worldwide. It’s the way that people treat people. And somehow along the way, we’ve all become desensitized to the fact that this stuff happens every day and it’s OK, or we can kind of just move on from it as if it’s gonna happen and it’s part of the way things are and there’s nothing we can really do about it. And listen, it’s overwhelming.
“It’s overwhelming when you think about this epidemic, or this problem, of young, mainly young men, killing young men for no apparent reason. In many cases, it’s drugs, it’s gang violence, it’s different things. But then you have an instance like this where it’s a traffic accident. I don’t know the exact details around it but two guys get out of car and next thing you know one of them pulls out a .45 and not only is he shooting the guy he’s arguing with, but he goes to shoot at everybody in the car, including his wife and who knows, it could have been the rest of his family in that car. What that tells me is that the person who’s pulling the trigger in many cases has no regard for the life that he’s about to try to take. And he also has no regard for his own life, because there’s consequences with that and they have to recognize those consequences.
“What that tells me is that too many of these people don’t have any hope, and what’s the source of that? Well I think it’s a lot of things. I think that too many of these young men, and I say ‘young men’ because that’s the majority, that’s the vast majority … young men probably feel like they don’t have a purpose, like they have been abandoned, whether it be by their family, the lack of a father or the lack of a male role model in their life, that they feel like they don’t have an opportunity to better themselves or better their family in life. ‘Nobody cares about me in school, I’m not gonna get a great education, I’m not gonna have a chance to go to college, I’m not gonna have the chance to break the cycle of poverty within my family. The only thing I can resort to, the only family that I have is a gang. The only opportunity I have to make money or be successful in life is to deal drugs.’ And all those things — listen, there’s so many things — but all those things culminate to this attitude or this mindset that, ‘This is the only thing I have to live for and this is my reality.’ And that, I feel like we can change.
“And it’s not an easy process and it’s not an overnight fix. But that is something we can all band together and we can find ways to make sure that these young men know that there is hope. They do have opportunity. There are people that care about them. So they don’t have to feel like this is their only option. Because I feel like in a majority of these cases, these acts of violence and gun violence happen because these young men feel like they have no other option, and they don’t have any regard for the life they’re about to take or their own lives, or the consequences of it. I think we all need to take a really hard look at that.
“And you know what else, I think having a Christian influence in your life can also solve many of those problems, because if you know that God is in your heart, and that you have a purpose and that God has put you on this earth with talent and abilities to go out and make this world a better place and to treat others with respect and thoughtfulness, I believe that changes people. It’s a fact. And so all those things together I feel like can change. But it’s not just one person, it’s everybody believing that, and it’s finding ways to execute that.”
– Nick Wagoner argues that even though the Rams won the RGIII trade, they still aren’t contenders by any stretch of the imagination.
– Von Miller claims that Johnny Manziel is his brother but he is not living with him at the moment.
– Aqib Talib expects Von Miller at the offseason program. He also thinks Peyton Manning is better than Tom Brady.
– Dane Brugler suggests QB Connor Cook is a good fit for the Broncos at 31.
– The NFL is going to use a virtual reality helmet not only to simulate football situations but, also as a diversity training tool.
– WR Josh Gordon doesn’t seem too concerned about his failed drug test. And yes, he did fail yet another drug test.
Preach! (Finding the Winning Edge Edition)
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