Drew Brees has been struggling at Saints training camp:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

They say father time is undefeated, meaning that time eventually catches up to all of us and sooner or later things have to come to an end. That is the thought you have in the back of your mind when you hear that Drew Brees has been struggling at the Saints training camp practices. The veteran quarterback who has thrown for 5,000 yards in a season 4 different times seems to be losing a step and maybe that is why the Saints have show reluctance when it comes to re-signing Brees. Apparently Brees has been intercepted several times throughout those preseason practice sessions. The offense as a whole has been sluggish as well, that wasn’t supposed to be the situation for New Orleans and you have to wonder if the team is going to go in a different direction after this season. That will most likely be the situation if Brees doesn’t have an outstanding 2016 season and how crazy is it that Brees one of the leagues most gifted passers now finds himself auditioning for his own job. It just goes to show that time truly is undefeated and even the best players will start to regress in the twilight of their career. Brees has had such a great run and has blown us away with his stellar play time and time again. It’s hard to see him struggle to play the game but this might be an indicator of what’s to come from Brees during the year. Keep an eye on whether or not he struggles during the regular season. Brees is 37 years old and there’s no telling how much he has left in the tank? Especially with all these young and talented defenders trying to take his head off every single play. So the Saints find themselves in a situation where they are evaluating Brees day by day and after this season a decision will be made. That is if he doesn’t strike a long term deal with New Orleans before that. Right now his play would indicate that he doesn’t get that contract.

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Brett Favre owned the night during his HOF induction:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

When the nominees for the 2016 Hall of Fame induction came out one player received overwhelming support. That player was Brett Favre and the former gunslinger enters the Hall of Fame as arguably one of the greatest players to ever play the game. From 2007 to 2015 Favre had the most career wins by any quarterback ever (199). That was only passed by Peyton Manning who finished his career with 200 wins but still Favre paved the way for the next generation of talented passers. The game would be no where near what it is today with out Favre’s lay it all on the field mentality. He transitioned pro football from a run and defend sport to a passing league. Favre did that with his arm strength, accuracy, and ability to deliver strikes through the air time and time again. It was historic watching number 4 take the field for the Packers and many remember Favre as the face of NFL’s Quarterback Club for Nintendo 64. So not only did Favre transition us to a league where quarterbacks dominated, he also ushered us into the video game era as well. Brett Favre goes into the Hall of Fame with a laundry list of NFL records and maybe none more impressive than his 508 touchdowns passes and 71,838 passing yards. Those numbers let you know just how dominant Favre truly was and there is a reason he joked around and said he could still play “3-30 snaps” in a game this year. It’s because Favre has the ability to defy traditional circumstances and he proved that when he played at 41 years old back in 2010. So this is clearly a player who left his mark on the game and now he will be enshrined in Canton forever. Future quarterbacks should take notice of how Favre conducted himself throughout his career. He was a player who was never afraid to risk it all and that philosophy made him one of the best to ever do it. There will never be another Brett Favre.

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Eric Ebron went down at Lions practice with an achilles injury:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Detroit Lions had a major setback today when Eric Ebron went down with an achilles injury to his right leg. The former 10th overall pick in the 2014 draft has under produced since being drafted by the Lions and now it’s unsure whether he will be on the field at all for the 2016 season. Ebron who is extremely talented has never been able to put together any consistency on the field for Detroit and the team was really hoping to get that out of him this year. Now the Lions are unsure if they will get anything from Ebron and truthfully you’d hate to see this happen to a player. Things were just getting to the point where Eric Ebron was going to be able to make am impact. Now he will have an uphill battle trying to get back on the field after this injury and the fact that he got carted off the field makes you cringe if you’re a lions fan. The good news for Detroit is the fact that Ebron told some teammates that he is going to be alright. So maybe that means the injury won’t be season ending, still it was a scary moment for a young player and the result will mean Jim Bob Cooter will have one less talented athlete in his offense early on. Matthew Stafford needs this guy to work the middle of the field for the Lions offense and it’s just bad luck having Ebron go down. Eric Ebron will wait for the official diagnosis of what the injury is. That will ultimately decided whether or not if he is able to go at all this year. Still you have to think at a minimum if there is nothing major wrong with Ebron he will still be out at least a month. Which will set his progression back and he will have to work to get back into game shape after the injury. So there is a tough road ahead of Eric Ebron and we wish him a speedy recovery.

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The Browns should be cautious about pushing RG3 into a leadership role:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Hue Jackson made a big decision when he decided to bring in Robert Griffin the 3rd and now it seems like Jackson is committed to starting Griffin. Griffin has taken all the first team reps at Browns training camp and that is certainly a reflection of what the coaching staff is thinking. While Griffin has received praise from those around Browns camp, Jackson and company should be cautious about handing the torch to Griffin. While Griffin has definitely made strides in his own progression there are a few things that still stand out when watching Griffin throw. First and foremost his mechanics don’t seem that smooth. When he transfers his kinetic energy throughout his throws it doesn’t go smoothly. There is almost a hitch in Griffin’s throwing mechanics and that doesn’t make for a positive evaluation. Another red flag is the velocity in which Griffin throws the football. Often his spirals are wobbly and it also seems like the football comes off Griffin’s hand in an unorthodox and less than ideal fashion. Finally the last thing that stands out when watching Griffin throw is the fact that he doesn’t handle the pass rush well. Griffin hasn’t had to face any real pressure yet so that weakness hasn’t been exposed. You can almost guarantee though when the regular season rolls around those struggles will come back from Griffin. The only player who had worse happy feet than Griffin was Joey Harrington back with the Detroit Lions. Both Griffin and Harrington struggled with their footwork, and never truly had their feet under them during throws. That has to change with the Browns if Griffin wants to lead this football team and that is why the Browns should be cautious about championing Griffin. It’s also a bold move to demote Josh McCown who seems superior mechanically. So the Browns are making some drastic decisions and they have to be conscious about the repercussions of those choices. We will see if RG3 ends up being the player the Browns coaching staff thinks he is.

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Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis were at odds today at Jets camp:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

It’s not everyday that you see two of a team’s best players nearly fighting it out, today at Jets camp spectators got to see that. Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis were flat out battling all day long at practice today. The two trash talked each other at the line of scrimmage, the two trash talked each other on the sidelines, and the match up was extremely physical on every single play. Revis was doing a great job of jamming Marshall at the line and frustrating the receiver. On the opposite side of the ball Marshall was able to get behind Revis for an 80 yard touchdown. The competition couldn’t of been higher and while some people would of been frustrated by this camp battle, it will only end up being a good thing for the Jets heading into the season. As a coach you want your players battle tested and that is exactly what Marshall and Revis were doing. They were pushing each others limits and making sure that both players elevate themselves. While things weren’t completely positive, especially when Marshall took a swing at Revis. Head Coach Todd Bowles praised the competition and stated that football is a chippy sport. Bowles went as far as to praise Marshall for trash talking Revis because he said players should do anything they can to get an advantage on the field. Bowles is right, the on the field battle are so intense in the NFL that players are looking to not only dominate opponents physically. They also trying to crack their opponents mentally as well by getting under their skin. If a player can’t handle that emotional turmoil in practice they will be in a lot of trouble come game day. Revis certainly understands this and that is why this situation will likely blow over. The veteran defensive back is a key piece for the Jets defense and is one of the top corners in the league. It will take more than trash talk to derail Darrelle Revis but as long as the two keep the competition clean it will be a great test of both players.

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The New York Giants add depth by signing Leon Hall:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The New York Giants have been working hard all off-season to upgrade their defense and now the team has signed Leon Hall to boost their secondary. The Giants who had one of the worst defenses in the league last year will get some much needed depth with the Hall signing. Hall had 2 interceptions last season and can still provide some production heading into his 10th season. Hall should blend nicely with the additions of Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple to the defensive backfield and the team is certainly more talented this year on the back end of the defense. That will hopefully will translate into more passes defended for the G-men and New York fans have to be much more optimist than they were just a year ago. When you also factor in the Giants added Oliver Vernon and Damon Harrison to bolster their pass rushing efforts you can see why the Giants will likely improve their defensive ranking in 2016. There is much more talent on the field on the defensive side of the ball and that should mesh well with the Giants potent offense. The team is definitely closing the gap between Redskins and their selves. So the NFC East should be very interesting this upcoming season. Hall and company can help eliminate the tough receiving threats in the conference and that wasn’t the case for the Giants in 2015. So clearly signing Leon Hall was a good move for this team,  although we aren’t sure what kind of role he is going to play. However it’s been rumored Hall will likely play in a nickel position because he works well in the slot. That means Eli Apple could get bumped down the depth chart but truthfully that will give the young rookie time to learn behind Hall and the other DB’s on the team. Essentially making this signing another good deal for the New York Giants. Give Jerry Reese some praise he did well this off-season.

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Josh McCown is on the trade block:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Josh McCown was the starting quarterback for the majority of the Browns games last year and it appears he is on the trade block entering the 2016 season. McCown who threw for 12 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions in 2015 has been talked to by the Browns front office about some potential trades. It appears the Dallas Cowboys are interested in McCown and that option could be the insurance policy that the Cowboys need for quarterback Tony Romo. If the Cowboys are willing to compensate the Browns enough that would benefit their youth movement future. You’d have to think they would take this trade and continue that philosophy of new faces, new regime. The Browns are clearly trying to completely change as much as they can from last year to this year and that is why it’s likely that the team will ship McCown to the Cowboys. Hue Jackson has already committed to starting Robert Griffin and that couldn’t be any more evident in the fact that Griffin has seen all the first team reps at Browns camp. Maybe Jackson planned on trading McCown all along, but one has to wonder if that is a good move? Especially since McCown was clearly the best quarterback on the team last year. It will be up to the Cowboys to make an offer the Browns can’t refuse to make this deal happen. That should be somewhere around the lines of a 5th round pick. While McCown doesn’t have that many years ahead of him. The Cowboys needs someone in case Romo goes down again, that way their whole season doesn’t go down the drain. In exchange that pick will be another young player for Hue Jackson and the Browns. So that should be a win for both sides involved and it seems likely this deal will get done.

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Myles Jack is rising to the occasion in Jacksonville:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

The Jacksonville Jaguars got a steal when they drafted Myles Jack in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The Jaguars had planned on taking Jack with their 1st round pick only to pass up on that opportunity and have Jack still waiting there for their next pick. The slide was frustrating for Myles Jack who stated he was “humiliated” by the event. However it might have been a blessing in disguise for the rookie linebacker. Jack now has a “I’m going to show the world” mentality and that means his production will likely soar. He has already looked great all off-season and now we just got news that he will be sharing time with the starting defense in practice. So far Myles Jack has excelled in anything that has been asked of him and that is why we are seeing him getting starting unit reps as a rookie. His speed, instinct, and ability to read plays has been as good as advertised. Now it will be about continuing to go out there and do it day in and day out. That consistency is was what makes great players in this league and if Jack can fulfill those expectations. He will no doubt see time at the sam linebacker position. Which means he will be on the side of the field that always has an extra blocker in run formations and Jack will have to extremely physical this upcoming season. The Sam blocker has to shed blockers in situations where he is out manned at the point of attack. Jack’s athleticism and tenacity should do well in that role. Overall you have to be excited about watching all this good young talent in the National Football League and it’s because of upcoming talents like Myles Jack. He’ll be a lot of fun to watch.

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James Jones and Dwight Freeney have both found homes:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Today two notable free agents signed contracts for the 2016 season and those players are James Jones and Dwight Freeney. Jones signed with the San Diego Chargers and the former Packers receiver could come in and essentially be the 3rd receiver in this offense behind Travis Benjamin and Keenan Allen. Jones finished last season with 890 yards and 8 touchdowns so he can still give the Chargers a little bit of production. It will be up to quarterback Philip Rivers to develop a bond with Jones and those two will both benefit from good cohesion. Jones is 32 years old so if he does play well with the Chargers this season it’s definitely an opportunity to prove his worth when it comes to a contract in 2017. So right now the best course of action for Jones is to get in the best shape of his life and make sure he puts a specific focus on his athleticism. If Jones can get a step quicker and go the extra mile to prepare his body physically that’s when you will see him excel in this role. That should be Jones main objective and hopefully he has been taking his training serious this off-season. As far Dwight Freeney goes, he signed with the Atlanta Falcons. Freeney had 8 sacks last season with the Arizona Cardinals and now is hoping to have a similar impact with the Falcons. Atlanta gets an aging pass rusher who is still quite productive, but the biggest thing is Freeney mentoring the younger players on this roster. Including Vic Beasley who would benefit greatly from learning the Dwight Freeney spin move. So this a good move for the Falcons talent wise and we are lucky as football fans to get another season of Dwight Freeney. This guy has been an absolute competitor his entire career and he will give it one more go in 2016. Congratulations to both player.

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Hard work earns Tyrann Mathieu a 62 million dollar contract extension:

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Author: Jon Kuzma

Tyrann Mathieu has walked the walk ever since becoming a pro back in 2013 and now the Arizona Cardinals are compensating the fourth year player handsomely. News out of Arizona is the Cardinals signed a contract extension with Mathieu that will pay him $62 million dollars over the course of 5 seasons. That is top dollar for a safety and it will also make Mathieu the highest paid safety in the league. The Cardinals gave Mathieu this contract even as he is recovering from an ACL tear. However Mathieu has bounced back from numerous injuries in the past and he just keeps getting better and better. There is a reason Tyrann Mathieu is the highest paid player in the league, it’s because the guy flat out works his ass off. You don’t bounce back from these major injuries unless you are dedicated to rehabilitation and we all should praise Mathieu’s focus. This is one of the best stories in the National Football League right now. A player who has gone through challenges in life just like any other person. Except Mathieu always bounces back when faced with adversity. He is putting together a legacy that is going to certainly put a lot of dollars in the Arizona Cardinals pocket and that is why it was a no brainer to reward this guy with a big contract. Mathieu will be the face of this franchise for years to come and he is also transitioning from a young player into a savvy veteran. That is bad news for opposing offenses and the legend of the honey badger lives on. He should embrace that moniker because it’s a symbol of how triumphant he truly has been and we wish Tyrann Mathieu nothing but success in the future.

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