It’s hump day, and we are only days away from our first taste of football. The camps are in full swing, and the depth charts have been drafted up. Provided everyone can make it through pre-season, we have a pretty good idea of how these teams are going to line up in week 1. Let’s jump in.
The Cowboys, again –
Seriously, if this carries on, then the 53 man roster is going to consist of the back room staff, the security team and the cleaners. No2 QB Kellen Moore, the man who has worked consistently under Tony Romo for years, and is within a couple of seasons of getting the nod for a starting spot, broke his ankle in practice yesterday. Taking a roll up from a defender in a play, Moore had his ankle broken high up, and was stretchered away. That’s a season done for him, and further piles on the despair for a team that is already sporting one of the smallest available rosters in the league. Dak Presckott could well be the new QB2 for the team, but it’s likely that Jerry Jones will scour the Free Agents market for a veteran replacement, with Nick Foles at the top of the list.
Atlanta looking for Sacks –
The Falcons set out their intentions for this season with the signing of 36 year old veteran pass rusher, Dwight Freeney. The Spin machine recorded 8 sacks in 11 games last season for the Cardinals. With 119.5 sacks over a 14 season career, Freeney is a prolific generator of pressure in the pocket, and the Falcons could do worse than to use him to mentor some of their current rushers whilst they have him. The Bengals will be frustrated at this news, as they also had their eye on Freeney for this season.
Poor Trent –
The Ravens dropped Running Back Trent Richards yesterday, in order to sign Wide Receiver Chuck Jacobs. Richards has had a terrible career, riddled with injuries, performance problems, and weight issues, since he was drafted back in 2012. Unless something major changes within the next season or two, this could well be the last time you see Richardson in the NFL as a player.
Larry Warford is woke AF –
Pokemon Go is a mind control agent. At least according to Detroit Lions Guard, Larry Watford, it is. Apparently he had an epiphany whilst playing the game recently, that there are lots of other people playing it, and that made him feel uncomfortable, so he deleted the app. Not really something worthy of writing an entire article about, you may think, but the people need to know. The veil is falling from people’s eyes, and Warford is the messiah that will lead us from the darkness. Seek the truth, it’s out there…
Honey Badger = Money Badger –
Tyrann Mathieu is going to get over $12M a year for 5 years. $40M in guarantees, and $62.5M overall. That’s how much the Cardinals value the 2013 draft ‘risk’. Considering the concern around him after he transitioned from LSU, the Cardinals have managed to mould him into one of the most respected and capable players on the team, and one of the best Safeties in the league. After an incredible start to his career, Mathieu is getting paid, and should be looking at a Defensive player of the year nod this season if he repeats his productivity from last year.
Jones goes to Chargers –
James Jones tried out with the Chargers, and they liked him, so they put a ring on it. The 10 year veteran receiver could well fill in the gap in the roster that arose yesterday. There are concerns about whether he still has the pace required, but he was productive in Green Bay in a similar situation, so he could be exactly what the Chargers are looking for right now. Don’t expect it to last though, I hear it’s a fleeting thing.