- Rich Cimini of ESPN mentions that while Josh McCown is likely to be the Jets’ starting quarterback this season, “it’s not quite a done deal.“
- Should the Jets get off to a surprising start this year, Cimini says that it’s going to be tough for them to bench McCown in favor of Christian Hackenberg. Beyond that, the incentive for HC Todd Bowles is to win as many games as possible to keep his job, so he isn’t going to bench a productive player.
- Even so, Cimini believes Hackenberg will need at least 10 starts this year to get a fair evaluation.
Texans pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney explained that his 2016 success didn’t come from just playing defensive end, as the team continued to move him all around.
“They move me all over,” Clowney said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I’m not just playing d-end. I’m playing a little bit all over the field. Just knowing the system, knowing the scheme and knowing everything we did the last three years since I’ve been here it’s made my life a lot easier. I really don’t write much down now just really study who we are going against.”
“It’s not as bad, It’s actually pretty fun when they just move me around,” Clowney added. “I just line up and go.They give me the green light, just have me make plays.”
According to WKRN, Titans WR Tajae Sharpe and G Sebastian Tretola, who are accused of assaulting a man outside a Nashville bar, have now filed a countersued against the alleged victim.
Sharpe and Tretola claim that Dante Satterfield was drunk and repeatedly approached them inside a bar before following them out of the bar and threatening them while claiming to be part of a gang.
Even so, Satterfield stands by his accusations that he was attacked by Sharpe after he told him that he’ll likely receive less playing time now that the Titans used a first-round pick on Corey Davis.
“When my client sued Mr. Sharpe, his agent told the media that Sharpe ‘wasn’t even there at the time [my client] was allegedly beaten up.’ In today’s court filing, Sharpe changes his story entirely and says he was there but acted in self-defense. We are confident that an impartial jury will be able to make out what actually happened that night,” Satterfield’s attorney said in a statement.
- Jim Wyatt of TitansOnline.com expects DeMarco Murray to continue to be the team’s workhorse running back in 2017 and should be featured heavily in the team’s offense.
- Although, Wyatt says he’s been impressed with second-year RB Derrick Henry this offseason, as he looks faster and hungrier than before.
- According to Wyatt, the Titans’ coaching staff really like Matt Cassel’s experience and think he’s a really valuable backup quarterback. Beyond that, Cassel is considered to be a good influence on Marcus Mariota, which should help him beat out Alex Tanney for the No. 3 quarterback job.
- As for rookie TE Jonnu Smith, Wyatt thinks he’s going to have a tough time beating out Phillip Supernaw for the No. 2 job this summer.
- Wyatt wouldn’t be surprised to see the Titans make some additions before the start of the season and suspects the team has already had conversations about some potential moves.
- TMZ Sports reports that the woman Cowboys LB Damien Wilson allegedly hit with his truck during the incident that led to him being arrested on July 4 did not suffer any injuries.
- Wilson was arrested on two counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon with the first charge being for striking a woman with his truck and the other for pulling a rifle and pointing it at a guy.
- If convicted of both charges, Wilson could face up to 40 years in prison.
- According to Joel Corry, the Raiders used their preferred “pay as you go” structure for G Gabe Jackson’s brand new five-year, $56 million extension and did not include a signing bonus as part of the agreement.
- Corry mentions that Jackson’s 2017 salary cap number goes from $1,944,844 to $10,647,844 and the Raiders used up $8.703 million of their existing cap space to get him under contract long term.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com projects the team’s top-10 pass-catchers for the 2017 season with TEZach Ertz coming out as the team’s No. 1 target. Here are Shorr-Parks’ full projections:
- TE Zach Ertz – 80
- WR Alshon Jeffery – 78
- WR Jordan Matthews – 70
- WR Nelson Agholor – 36
- WR Torrey Smith – 35
- RB Darren Sproles – 33
- RB Donnel Pumphrey – 27
- TE Trey Burton – 20
- WR Mack Hollins – 10
- RB Wendell Smallwood – 6
“I think it’s all fake news,” Avril said Friday. “I think it’s all dead. It was a dead period so people needed something to talk about.
“At the same time, too, let’s be honest, it’s 90 guys in the locker room right now. There is no way that 90 guys are going to always get along, and that’s just what it is. I’m pretty sure there are people at your job right now that’s way less than 90 that don’t get along. That’s just part of it.
“Now as far as it being [Russell Wilson] and [Richard Sherman] or Russ and whoever, I don’t think that’s true. I’ve never had any issues with Russ. I don’t think anybody has any issues with Russ. We all want the best for Russ, and Russ wants the best for us. That is the only way we are going to succeed. I haven’t seen it. I don’t know what they are referring to. Maybe they know something that I don’t know.”