Monthly Archives: June 2018

Doug Pederson on White House: What you’ve seen, heard is enough

When President Donald Trump canceled the Eagles’ scheduled visit to the White House earlier this week, the Eagles responded with a statement saying it has been incredibly thrilling to celebrate the franchise’s first Super Bowl title.

Many likely share Pederson’s feeling that there’s not anything left to say about either the Eagles’ visit or the anthem issue in general, but it’s unclear if the non-engagement avenue will result in anything different from those who have spent the most time pushing it into the spotlight.

Western Michigan coach Tim Lester told Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports that cornerback Sam Beal is filing to enter the draft. Beal is not eligible to play another year for the Broncos because he is short of the necessary academic credits.

The bottom line is he was forced to make this decision, Lester said. His GPA isn’t bad. We did everything we could to try [to help him]. We made sure we did everything in his best interest. … He was a joy to coach. I wanted to coach him one more year. When it comes to talent and work ethic, he’s one of the best I’ve ever been around. I’m looking forward to watching him at the next level.

Beal ranks highly on advance lists of the top cornerback prospects for the 2019 draft so he looks like a good bet to get picked when the league holds the annual supplemental draft. No date has been set at this point, but it is typically held in July.

At a time when the NFL and its teams have chosen to tiptoe around the President, could it be that the pushback will now come more aggressively from the players? Norman isn’t the first NFL player to voice dissent when it comes to the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania, but his invocation of the I word at a fairly sensitive time in the ongoing battle between pro football and the President could prompt more and more NFL players to pile on.

Dez Bryant to The Bay? Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers certainly have the money to spend

Dez Bryant to The Bay? Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers certainly have the money to spend More Jon Machota, Cowboys beat writer for SportsDayDFW.com and The Dallas Morning News, answered questions about the team during a live chat recently. Here are some highlights: Dez apparently (accidentally?) made it known on social media that he wants to be a 49er. What do you think of that fit? Machota: I think Jimmy Garoppolo is an outstanding young QB.

DT Damon Harrison took part in practice for the first time in OTAs…. Collins, who had recent surgery on his right forearm, had a limited role in the practice. He wore a red non-contact jersey…. Neither WR Odell Beckham Jr., nor CB Janoris Jenkins was at the practice, which is voluntary. Both told Shurmur they would not be there…. Shurmur said Ereck Flowers is adjusting well to playing right tackle.

You go in the locker room and guys from every single race, every single demographic, every single religious background, and we all are just a team,Herzlich told the New York Daily News. And so I think we see that, what’s possible. And I would love Trump to come down here and hang out in our locker room and see what locker room talk’s really about, and talking about our night nurses and our babies — this is what we talk about, it’s a family.

Mark Herzlich #94 of the New York Giants takes the field before the NFC wild card game against the Green Bay Packers on January 8, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Getty) More Never say never to Mark Herzlich except here it is … that’s never going to happen.

Donald Trump isn’t walking into a NFL locker room, certainly not after using player protests as a political piñata he can whack at will and then bask in the candy it produces. It really isn’t Trump’s position to go to the players. He’s the president. They should try to go to him, not that it matters. The issue of protests during the anthem could use a lot more listening and a lot less talking on all sides.

NBA Finals: Ranking every Cavs, Warriors player

Jenner is trying to keep up with the Kardashians, who seem to have an affinity for athletes. Jenner’s sister Kylie dubbed it the The Kardashian Curse.

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Lamar Odom was married to Jenner’s half-sister Khloe, who recently gave birth to the daughter of Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson. At one time, Khloe also dated Houston Rockets guard James Harden and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.

Former Atlanta Hawks star Kris Humphries was married to Jenner’s half-sister Kim, who once dated former NFL running back Reggie Bush and former NFL wide receiver Miles Austin.

Retirement was in play for tight end Rob Gronkowski, who also has said he will return and also has not shown up at the OTAs. Without anyone saying a word, the drama is picking up at Patriots camp.

The Giants enter Phase 3 of their offseason program Monday with the first of 10 organized team activity practices, a time when the football work on the field gets ratcheted up and the coaching staff learns more about what it has, and does not have, on the roster.

At his age, with a declining skill-set, Marshall is no lock to earn a full-time role, but picked a location that gives himself the best chance to make a roster.

After a 1,502-yard season in 2015 with the New York Jets, Marshall’s play fell off a steep cliff. He struggled to gain separation from defensive backs and was one of the least-efficient receivers in the NFL, catching just 59 passes for 788 yards and three TDs for the Jets in 2016.

In 2017 he switched locker rooms in New Jersey, signing with the Giants. The move worked out for neither side. Marshall played in just five games, catching 18 passes for 154 yards and zero scores. The Giants cut the veteran last month.

Marshall was met with a chilly market, Seattle being his only visit earlier this offseason. It could be the best landing spot for the veteran, as the Seahawks have a need in their pass-catching corps as they reformat the roster to benefit Russell Wilson.