- The Cardinals have extended both QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald by one year a piece.
- Donald Driver wrote a Thank You Letter to Brett Favre for the help he gave Driver during his career via the Player’s Tribune.
- According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Antonio Brown’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are in contract discussions negotiating a new deal for the premier WR.
- Corey Coleman performed very well during the Browns 1st intra-squad scrimmage of the year.
- The Saints will sign FB John Kuhn to their roster shortly.
- The Steelers made a couple of roster moves.
- RB Ezekiel Elliott is playing it safe with his hamstring and wants to heal it fully before taking the field in Week 1.
- Former Bucaneers reflected on lessons that they learned from HOF coach Tony Dungy.
- Mike Florio asks how teams will handle the short kickoffs to be shown during the Hall of Fame Game.
- Scott Miller breaks down the players rated a “99 Overall” in Madden and Von Miller made the list along with Rob Gronkowski, Luke Kuechly, and JJ Watt. Here are the top rated players at every position with Chris Harris finishing as the runner-up to Josh Norman.
- Jason Wilde contemplates how the narrative around Brett Favre would have changed if he would have won a title with the Minnesota Vikings.
- Rob Demovsky wrote a feature article about Hall of Famer QB Brett Favre, a guy who lived his life like he played the game. Rich Cimini talked about the low point in Brett Favre’s career with the Jets.
- Mike Wells states that HOF WR Marvin Harrison’s talk was quiet in a world full of receiver divas.
- Todd Archer argues that there is a method to the madness in the Cowboys mad scramble for a #2 QB.
- Emmanuel Sanders told reporters on Friday that it is time for the team to get past the Peyton Manning era. They were trying to get DT to become a leader but, I think Emmanuel Sanders is more cut out for it. Keep in mind, this is outside looking in which carries a certain ignorance to it.
“Peyton [Manning] was last year. I texted him yesterday and told him that I miss him being out here, but at the end of the day, this is a new team with the same goal. We have to get past that Peyton Manning era. Right now, we’re trying to find ourselves a quarterback and that’s what it’s about.”
- Jeff Legwold notes that some injuries that have happened during camp are hindering the Broncos in ways that they have to reshape their roster. Which happens to every football team at some point, considering this is a collision sport.
- For you Avs fans out there, Gabriel Landeskog, C for the Avalanche, wrote a article about him receiving the all-encompassing “C” on his jersey and his experience with concussions. Here is an excerpt:
Being a young captain, I knew that I would have to primarily lead by example on the ice. So when I got caught by that huge hit in San Jose just a few games into the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, nothing was going to keep me out of that game.
In retrospect, I should have made a better decision.
We flew to Edmonton after the game, and when I woke up at the hotel the next morning, my head was throbbing. It felt like two cement blocks were pushing against the sides of my skull. I remember my alarm kept going off, and the sound was just killing me. When I looked down at my phone to call our trainer, the brightness was so excruciating that I had to turn away.
As crazy as this sounds, when our trainer asked me how I was feeling, my instincts took over and I said, “Ah, you know, I’m feeling alright.”
Thankfully, I did admit that I had a headache. He told me to come to rink to get checked out. In my head, I was still thinking that I’d play that night. But when I lay down on the trainer’s table and stared up at the ceiling, the glare from the fluorescent lights were excruciating. I actually had to put a towel over my face because the light was bothering me even with my eyes closed.
It felt like I had a headache right behind my eyelids, in addition to my regular headache. It was like a double headache. Then I heard the guys laughing and joking in the locker room, and the noise was making me irritated. It was the weirdest thing, because as a hockey player, that’s why you absolutely love coming to the rink every day — to hear that banter. But now it was really bothering me.
On top of that, I had 20 guys coming into the trainer’s room, one after the other, asking me how I was doing. They just wanted to show their support, but it was tough because I couldn’t help but put on a brave face and lie about how I was feeling.
“Oh, don’t worry, bud. I’ll be good to go tomorrow night.”
In the business we’re in, momentum is everything. If one guy is moping around, it spreads really quickly to everyone in the room. So you constantly want to be spreading good energy to your teammates. You don’t want to admit that you’re suffering and bum your teammates out — or distract them at all.
Having a concussion is physically painful, but the mental anguish it causes creates an even more dangerous cycle. You don’t know how to articulate the pain you’re feeling and make people understand, and you also don’t want to let them down. It feels like you’re trapped in your own little bubble, and you don’t know how to deal with it.
Thankfully, our team doctors made sure that I saw a specialist to figure out what was going on. So I flew back to Denver that day to get a full evaluation. The doctors diagnosed me with a concussion and gave me some pretty strict guidelines to make sure my brain could recuperate. The toughest one was that I couldn’t turn on the TV for the first week.
- Troy Renck believes that Bennie Fowler is making a strong bid for the third WR spot on the depth chart.
- 6th-rounder FB Andy Janovich received the nickname “The Human Hammerhead” from his teammates because he can “knock the crap out of a linebacker.” Promising.
- Darelle Revis and Brandon Marshall got into a heated fight yesterday at practice which escalated from trash-talking to Marshall taking the first swing. Todd Bowles downplayed the fight stating, it’s just the rhythm of training camp. And he’s probably right.
- Tom Brady told reporters that accepting the suspension levied upon him by the NFL was a ‘personal decision’.
“Comparing yourself to others takes away from the process of getting better. Just be the best yourself that you can be.” – Anonymous