Odell Beckham Jr

Odell Beckham JrIt s one thing for a player to make promises about Super Bowl banners, but it s another to pair them with performance.

So on the day Beckham became a viral sensation (again) with another one-handed catch, he was able to speak more confidently about the banners that hung over his head at the Giants facility.

“See that banner? That’s all I care about,’’ Beckham said, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post . “Honestly there’s one, two, three, four in here, I don’t know where they put the fifth one, but they’re gonna have to make room. because we need it.

As to the catch, first off, it demands a few dozen more views to process it.

He chalked it up to his body and mind being in harmony.

“Just personally the way that I feel mentally, physically, spiritually right now I’m just in a better place,’’ he said. “I’m in a real good place. Things are flowing, just continue to push ’em in the right direction.

“I’m just in a different place. I don’t even know how to explain it. I don’t even feel like I’m here sometimes, my mind is just out of there.

Of course, his body is on the practice field for one thing, after skipping all the offseason workouts while he waits for a new contract. But if he s motivated and focused (and making plays like that one in practice yesterday), the money will come. The fifth banner is another thing, and will depend on a few more Giants joining him on his level.

Posted by Darin Gantt on August 15, 2017, 6:14 AM EDT.

Texans rookie Deshaun Watson got some work with the starters Monday, as the Texans had previously planned.

But neither that fact nor his own so-so debut as the Texans starting quarterback is going to change Tom Savage s mind that it s still his job.

My mindset is that this is my team. And I m not going to let anyone take it, Savage said, via Sarah Barshop of ESPN. Now, I can t control what happens. I can only control what I can do. And I said it before. It s a pretty simple equation I think a lot of people overthink, especially in this league. If you go there and you win and you play well, they can t pull you. And if you go out there and you lose and the offense doesn t look good, they can pull you.

So the goal is to go out there and play well and win games. And that s all you can really control.

He s correct about that part. As the Texans traded up in the first round to get Watson, and they ve watched for years as otherwise good teams sank with mediocre at best quarterback play, there s a certain sense of inevitability at play.

But Savage has continued to get praise from the Texans, even as the results have been mixed. His first two series against Carolina s starting defense were three-and-outs, though he put together a touchdown drive against their backups, completing eight straight passes during a 13-play drive.

I m proud of Tom, Texans coach Bill O Brien said. He s a resilient guy. He s really worked hard to learn our system, he s worked hard in the weight room, he s had to overcome injuries. He s had to overcome a lot, and I think he s doing some good things out here.

O Brien has previously declared Savage his starter, and downplayed the reps Watson got Monday. So for now, Savage can put his stake in the ground, while knowing that eventually, a decision will be made that s out of his control.

Posted by Michael David Smith on August 15, 2017, 5:54 AM EDT.

In 1964, Frank Broyles coached Arkansas to an undefeated season with a couple of players named Jerry Jones and Jimmy Johnson on the team, and an assistant named Barry Switzer on his staff. Jones later bought the Dallas Cowboys and hired first Johnson and then Switzer as his coaches, winning three Super Bowls along the way. And Jones now credits much of his success to Broyles.

Broyles died on Monday at the age of 92, and Jones said no one taught him more about the game than Broyles did.

Coach Broyles was a life changing influence for me both from a personal and professional perspective, Jones said in a statement. He was the singular most important man of sports in the history of the State of Arkansas, and his impact on the game of football across our country was just as significant. Outside of my father, Frank Broyles was the most influential man in my life. Coach Broyles’ name, his legacy, and spirit will continue to guide and grow collegiate athletics in this country for as long as young men and women aspire to compete and prosper from all of the virtues and life lessons that athletic competition provides.

A quarterback at Georgia Tech, Broyles threw for 304 yards in the 1945 Orange Bowl, an Orange Bowl record that stood until Tom Brady broke it in 2000. He was a 1946 third-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears, but he never played in the NFL. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Baylor in 1947, then worked as an assistant for Florida and Georgia Tech. He spent one season as head coach at Missouri in 1957, then became head coach at Arkansas in 1958 until he retired in 1976. His Arkansas teams finished in the Top 10 nine times, and he was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Posted by Darin Gantt on August 15, 2017, 5:53 AM EDT.

Sammy Watkins has processed through the shock of his trade from the Bills to the Rams.

Now he needs to reset his watch.

Watkins admitted he s still struggling with a little jet lag, but went through his first practice with the Rams Monday as he tries to learn his new team s scheme.

We re three hours behind, so I m just trying to catch up , Watkins said, via Alden Gonzalez of Give me a week or so. I ll be all right.

Monday marked his first work in individual drills, and he stayed after practice to run routes with quarterback Jared Goff as he tries to get up to speed. He said he thought he could have the basics down in maybe a week and a half.

Just take it slow, one day at a time, Watkins said. I m not going to learn everything in a day. I m not going to look like Sammy Watkins in three days.

Rams coach Sean McVay said he thought Watkins could play a few snaps in Saturday s game at Oakland, as they gradually build up his knowledge of a new playbook after last week s trade.

We want to be mindful of the fact that he s way behind in terms of the installation and getting familiar with our verbiage and things like that, McVay said. There is a little bit of carryover from what he was doing in Buffalo with [offensive coordinator Rick] Dennison, because it s kind of the verbiage and the foundation of it. There are some similarities with it. It won t be quite as steep, but we re really just getting him acclimated.

They have him on the field, which is a solid first step, and something the Bills wondered if they could count on.

Posted by Mike Florio on August 15, 2017, 5:51 AM EDT.

Tim Tebow turned 30 on Monday. Plenty of you wish he was still playing in the NFL. Plenty of you are glad he s gone.

Tebow was, and still is, one of the most polarizing figures in league history. Which inspires Tuesday s question of the day: Who are the most polarizing figures in NFL history.

It can be anyone. Player, coach, owner, executives, league office employees, broadcasters, reporters, anyone.

Put your ideas below, argue if need be, and then tune in for Tuesday s show, which includes visits from Bills G.M. Brandon Beane and Vikings G.M. Rick Spielman. It starts on NBC Sports Radio at 6:00 a.m. ET, and it continues via the NBCSN simulcast at 7:00 a.m. ET.

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 15, 2017, 3:08 AM EDT.

New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles has said he has no time for BS.

While he was referencing the continued bickering between Sheldon Richardson and former Jets receiver Brandon Marshall at the time, the same message could be applied to his response to a fight and sloppy play at practice on Monday.

According to Rich Cimini of Bowles stopped practice after offensive tackle Kelvin Beachum and linebacker Lorenzo Mauldin broke out. He then had the team run gassers as a punishment for the fight and a poor showing during the practice as well.

Muhammad Wilkerson and Steve McLendon had already paused practice twice to deliver a message to teammates to clean up the sloppy effort. Bowles finally stepped in after the fight.

They need to take onus on themselves, he said. If they ve got energy to scuffle, they ve got energy to run. If you ve got energy to scuffle and run, you should have energy to practice.

Beachum stated the fight with Mauldin was no big deal and that it s just a reality of training camp. However, he echoed Bowles statement that the performances need to be better on the practice field.

Coming off an off day, guys have to come in more focused and understand what s at hand, understand the urgency, Beachum said. Right now, we ve got a game in a couple of days and we ve got the regular season coming up. We know what s being said. We ve got to take care of business. We ve got to come out a lot faster than we came out today.

Whether the Jets are capable of actually doing better is the question.

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 15, 2017, 2:38 AM EDT.

The Jacksonville Jaguars have eased back on the workload for quarterback Blake Bortles in recent days. Head coach Doug Marrone says the reason is because he believes Bortles is dealing with a tired throwing arm.

I just saw that his arm looked tired, Marrone said, via the Associated Press . So rather than push him knowing he was going to get all the reps that we needed for these next couple of days, I just said, Hey, it s my decision. He said, Hey, I m good. I can go. I said, Look, let s just be smart.

Bortles was intercepted twice during the Jaguars practice on Sunday. Marrone initially called the decision to scale back Bortles reps as putting the fourth-year quarterback on a pitch count.

He then clarified the comments toward Bortles on Monday.

Bortles has struggled to find consistent success in his three seasons as the Jaguars quarterback. He s never completed more than 59 percent of his passes for a season, thrown at least 16 interceptions each year and been a part of just eight wins over that span. While wins certainly don t fall completely on the quarterback s plate, the position usually can go a pretty significant way toward determining which team wins on a given Sunday.

They ll need him to take a major leap forward to justify keeping him beyond the 2017 season.

Posted by Curtis Crabtree on August 14, 2017, 11:55 PM EDT.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians is not happy with his wide receivers.

Arians was critical of the Cardinals receivers after a sloppy practice on Monday left a poor impression.

I’m not very pleased with our wide receiver room ,” Arians said, via Adam Green of “I must have been seeing things back in the spring when I said we had 12 guys that could play in the NFL.

“I think we might have two, but we’ll look around and see who’s available.

Arians clarified that the two receivers he was referencing as being sufficient were Larry Fitzgerald and Jaron Brown. Arians said the group wasn t doing a good enough job of catching the ball and being correct in executing their assignment.

“The main things receivers have to do, they’re not doing,” he said.

John Brown and Aaron Dobson have been sidelined with injuries, leaving J.J. Nelson. Brittan Golden. Jeremy Ross and more as the players to draw the brunt of Arians ire.

Arians isn t usually willing to sugarcoat criticisms of his players. Whether the attempt to refocus and motivate the group with the comments proves to be successful in getting improved performances remains to be seen.

Posted by Mike Florio on August 14, 2017, 11:20 PM EDT.

With Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill set for reconstructive knee surgery this week, the next question becomes whether he ll be ready for the 2018 offseason program. Appearing on Monday s PFT Live . Dolphins coach Adam Gase said that Tannehill will indeed be ready to go.

As to the external criticism regarding whether Tannehill should have had surgery in January after partially tearing the ACL in December, Gase initially struggled for a word that could be used on a family program before settling on dumb to characterize the scrutiny about the decision not to operate after the initial injury.

Gase addressed a variety of other topics, including the biggest misconception regarding new quarterback Jay Cutler and whether one of the two starting-caliber quarterbacks, Cutler and Matt Moore. can be regarded as the guy going forward.

Posted by Mike Florio on August 14, 2017, 9:05 PM EDT.

If you re willing to permanently alter your flesh with the colors and logos of the L.A. Chargers, the L.A. Chargers are willing to pay for it. For a 12-hour window on Tuesday.

Via Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times . the Chargers will pay for anyone who chooses one of various available Chargers tattoos (hopefully not the initial L.A. logo) at the Shamrock Social Club in West Hollywood, from 1:00 p.m. PT to 1:00 a.m. PT.

It s the latest front in the Fight for L.A., which the Chargers intend on the surface to mean fight on behalf of L.A. but that in reality is a battle with the Rams (and Raiders) for the hearts, minds, wallets, and (for 12 hours on Tuesday) bodily real estate of Angelinos.

The effort comes two days after, via the Orange County Register . the Chargers drew only 21,054 fans to their temporary home in Carson, which holds 27,000. As noted by the Register . plenty of Seahawks fans were in attendance.

Posted by Mike Florio on August 14, 2017, 8:37 PM EDT.

On Monday morning, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from President Trump s American Manufacturing Council due to concerns regarding the initial response to Saturday s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia.

On Monday evening, the CEO of one of the leading manufacturers of sports shoes and apparel did the same, but with far more vague reasoning.

I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said in a statement posted by the company s twitter account. We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.

I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council. I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.

Plank drew criticism from one of his major athlete endorsers earlier this year after calling President Trump a real asset to the country. Said Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry in response, I agree with that description, if you remove the et from asset.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. another major Under Armour endorser and equity holder in the company, has openly discussed his friendship with President Trump in the past. But Brady has steered clear of any remarks in recent months regarding politics, and chances are he ll have nothing to say about Plank s decision to distance himself from the administration by exiting the American Manufacturing Council.

Posted by Charean Williams on August 14, 2017, 8:35 PM EDT.

The Lions have lost another defensive player for the season.

Brandon Copeland tore a pectoral muscle in Sunday s preseason game, according to Ian Rapoport, and will undergo season-ending surgery.

Copeland was a Swiss Army knife, capable of playing defensive end and strongside linebacker while serving as a core special teams player. He had received some first-team snaps in training camp, although Antwione Williams started at SAM against the Colts.

Copeland, 26, played all 16 games each of the past two seasons.

The Lions also lost defensive end Kerry Hyder. who tore his Achilles on Sunday, for the season.

Posted by Charean Williams on August 14, 2017, 8:16 PM EDT.

The 49ers made peace with the team s Hall of Famers when John Lynch took over as General Manager, inviting the alums back to serve as mentors. Jerry Rice and Steve Young, whose photos hang all over the facility, attended Monday s practice and spoke at the team meeting.

Lynch, who inherited a 2-14 team, hopes to change the culture by bridging the past to the present.

“When you are talking about the culture. and you have those guys here that won Super Bowls that knew what it took,” safety Eric Reid said, via Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle . “It’s the vibe. It’s all about the vibe. When you walk in the building and you see those faces and, you’re like ‘Man, that’s greatness right there.’ And you ask them how they did it, and they can give you little nuggets.

Young shared that he made sure he received the game plan a day early so he had extra time to prepare.

“So now,” Reid said, “I want to do that with my coach.

Rice participated in warmups and individual drills with players before running shadow routes in team drills.

Posted by Mike Florio on August 14, 2017, 8:09 PM EDT.

He hasn t taken a snap in the NFL since 2013, but he continues to haunt the league, its teams, and most importantly their employees.

In a dizzying two-month window from late July to late September of 2014, Ray Rice s domestic violence case nearly brought down a Commissioner. And the effort to ensure that matters of domestic violence will never again threaten the $40 million-per-year throne has become a significant threat to the annual income of the men who play the game.

At the time of Ray Rice s initial punishment (which happened before the elevator video emerged), the NFL had a standard practice of suspending players two games for first-offense domestic violence. When Rice was suspended only two games, fans and media unleashed a hue and cry that caught the NFL by surprise, forcing it to change the baseline suspension for first-offense domestic violence to six games.

Then came the release of the notorious knockout video, which frankly didn t show the NFL anything the NFL didn t already know. The aftermath nearly brought down the Commissioner. After that, the league decided that it would never again defer to the criminal justice system, and that it will always conduct its own investigation in order to ensure that a player who gets the benefit of the doubt in a court of law when perhaps he didn t deserve it doesn t get the benefit of the doubt in the Court of Big Shield.

Three years ago, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot would have faced no scrutiny at all from the league if he was never arrested for or charged with domestic violence. Today, thanks to the Rice situation, Elliott faces the loss of six game checks, partial forfeiture of his signing bonus, elimination of his future guarantees, significant loss of endorsement income, and the scarlet letter of domestic abuser.

If Elliott committed domestic violence, he deserves to be punished. But when a player (or any employee of any company) has an incident away from work and during the offseason and the player is never arrested for it, why should the NFL care.

The NFL cares not because it s good for business to care, but because it s very bad for business to not care. While it s fine that the NFL does care, it s not fine that the NFL uses an in-house investigative process that operates under a grossly reduced standard of proof with ultimate decision-making authority in the hands of the man who saw the bunglings of the Rice case nearly bring him down. Given those circumstances, is anyone surprised that the league will now err at all times on the side of branding a player guilty.

The nation s justice system was founded on the notion that it s better for 10 guilty men to go free than for one innocent man to be wrongfully imprisoned. The NFL s justice system seems to stand for the notion that it s better for 10 innocent men to be punished too much than for one guilty man to punished not enough, since when that one guilty man is punished not enough the league office ends up under siege, and the man in charge has to suddenly fret about his own job security.

All of it traces back to Ray Rice, and his decision to punch Janay Palmer in the face in an elevator that had a camera in it. If that never happens, Elliott would never have gotten suspended.

Posted by Charean Williams on August 14, 2017, 7:52 PM EDT.

The Dolphins have signed receiver Trey Griffey, according to Steven Wine of the Associated Press . Griffey is the son of Hall of Fame baseball player Ken Griffey Jr.

Miami has had multiple receivers slowed by injuries during training camp, though none of those injured are starters.

Griffey had 79 catches for 1,241 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons at Arizona. He chose football over baseball after being drafted in the 24th round of the 2016 baseball draft by the Mariners.

The Colts signed Griffey as an undrafted rookie free agent but waived him with an injury designation in June.

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