The offseason is dragging on and on, news is coming slowly and there is not a lot to talk about regarding the NFL. With that said, several teams have kicked off the initial stages of training camp which means only one thing; football is back.
Hopkins frustrated in Houston? –
DeAndre Hopkins burst onto the scene last year in a big way. Whilst playing with 4 different starting QB’s – none of which could be considered ‘franchise’ QB’s – he stood apart from most other wide receivers with 111 receptions, 1521 yards and 11 touchdowns. Despite having two more seasons on his rookie deal, he feels he is worth a little more than he is being paid. When talking to ESPN’s Tania Ganguli he said, “I’m not looking for a certain range, I just want to be treated for what I’m worth. That’s fair to say, right?” When asked whether contract talks had progressed he stated, “You know, that’s between my agents and the Texans. I love this city. I don’t want to play anywhere else but here. So the rest will work itself out, hopefully.” If the Texans were wise, they’d get this done as soon as possible.
Tragedy strikes college football –
Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler were killed in a car accident on Sunday morning when they were driving back from the Kohl’s National Scholarship Camp in Wisconsin. Also in the car was LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye, fortunately he only suffered minor injuries, according to LSU.
NFL rejects player affidavits in the Al Jazeera America HGH scandal –
The affidavits of 4 players – James Harrison, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Mike Neal – have been rejected by the NFL. A league source told NFL Media insider Ian Rapaport the league didn’t believe the affidavits were ‘reasonable cooperation’ on the players part and that they will still be required to be interviewed by the league.
Seahawks lock up Schneider –
The Seahawks have been atop the NFL for several years in many respects, one being that they draft very well and are one of the best teams for producing home-grown talent. Well, that figures to continue as NFL Media insider Mike Garafolo reported yesterday that Schneider has signed a contract extension through 2021.
Darnell Dockett to retire a Cardinal –
Dockett, the Cardinals third round choice in 2004, announced on Sunday that he will retire today having signed a 1-day contract with the Cardinals. This news doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as not only is he 35, but he hasn’t played in the last two seasons, having torn his ACL before the 2014 season and having been cut by the 49ers before the season last year. He amassed 40.5 sacks and 3 Pro Bowls, along with a Super Bowl appearance.
Ravens place 6 on PUP list –
The Ravens began to kick off their 2016 season yesterday, placing 6 players on the Physically Unable to Perform list going into training camp. Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (torn Achilles), wide receivers Steve Smith Sr. (torn Achilles) and Breshad Perriman (partially torn ACL), running back Trent Richardson (hamstring) and cornerback Jumal Rolle (torn Achilles). They can all be added to the active roster at any time.
Lions place 3 on PUP list –
The Lions have also kicked off their 2016 season by placing 3 players on the PUP list to start training camp. Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, wide receiver Corey Fuller and offensive tackle Corey Robinson will all start training camp on the PUP list but can be moved to the active roster at any time.
Pair of Alabama safeties signed –
Two former Alabama Crimson Tide safeties have been signed by NFL teams heading into training camp. Vinny Sunseri has been signed by the Patriots and Nick Perry has been signed by the Eagles. The Eagles have also signed former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry.
Nate Chandler hangs up the cleats –
Bears offensive lineman Nate Chandler has announced that he will retire from the NFL. The fifth year player was drafted as a defensive end by the Panthers in 2012 and only played in 10 games as a backup. He played 16 games as an offensive lineman, starting 8, and was signed on June 6th by the Bears.
Cowboys bus involved in fatal crash –
A Dallas Cowboys team bus carrying only staff, no players, was involved in a collision with a van. All four passengers in the van were killed and no one in the bus was injured. The bus was on its way to a Cowboys fan event in Las Vegas and eventually Oxnard, California for the team’s training camp.