• It was interesting to see what Cam Newton said on Boston radio this morning, because it says with a belief that I am good for five years now: He is one of the most misunderstood athletes in American sports. Their partners are sworn in by them, and you can ask first-class people like Thomas Davis, Luke Kuechly, Ryan Kalil, and Greg Olsen. His coaches love him. And in fact, the problem has been that the narrative continued to pre-format, and Newton never cared to fix it. So it’s just sat there forever, and it’s something that really makes me really respect the 31-year-old quarterback. She is So Comfy in his own skin, that everyone thinks there is nothing for him either. This is something I brought up to Ron Rivera, when Rivera and I were talking about how his experience with Newton informed him on the development of Dwayne Haskins, and Rivera was too much to agree with the idea Were sharp. “I used to tell people, the hey, if you can live your life within certain parameters, a certain set of rules, then do it.” But don’t lose your personality. “And that was one thing Cam kept in mind, he never lost his personality. He was true to who he is, and because of that, he was really misunderstood.” Hopefully, that changes over time . And if it isn’t? It’s certain that with Newton it seems to be fine, too.
• Oregon LT Penney Seawell announced that no one should be surprised – it may have been the first time Last year Draft, he was eligible to go pro. As it stands now, while it took me a bit of a push Monday to announce the next Anthony Munoz, the 6 ‘6 “, 331-pound monster is the first non-quarterback taken in April in the clubhouse. One of college football’s top linemen As won the Outland Trophy last year and, get this, he didn’t turn 20 for another month. Even at that size, an AFC executive referred to him via text on Monday as an “easy athlete” . Another scouting director said, “Everything you really have is everything. The thick blocker that is consistent is good in both phases of the game, and has the physical characteristics of size and strength to go with a really good tape. “The delay in the Pac-12 season, no doubt, was a factor in Seawell’s move to Pro. And he’s one of the few where the decision he actually made shouldn’t have a lot of logic.
• When we are on college football, that season is underway. And with the NFL kickoff coming in three days, I felt that it made no sense for SI to check in with one of college football insiders. Ross DeLanger was in Southern Miss / South Alabama on Thursday, and he is heading to BYU / Navy tonight. So I asked him to explain what was happening in a COVID-era game, to let you know what’s coming. Here Ross sent me on experience: The spectacle of college football is what makes it so special. Thunder of thousands of fans. A campus buzzing with life. Fight marching band songs. But the FBS kickoff last Thursday in HBSiesburg, was none of the misses. No band An empty complex. Over 10,000 fans. It was strange, but we would all get used to it, right? This is football in 2020: Masked fans see six feet sitting, which can be some very terrible games in the nearly empty stadiums. So what was it like? We sat down with fans all over the quarter and this led to some interesting moments. The sideline noise was more pronounced than usual. Individual voices can be heard echoing in the stands. But, still, football fans kept their point. A 13-point favorite, Southern Miss found themselves down 13–0 in the first 12 minutes of the game against South Alabama, triggering frustration from the stand. One USM fan, clutching a Mitchell clutch in each hand, declared, “They’re killing our asses!” Ah yes, college football is back!
• Would you believe me if I said that the situation in Detroit gives Adrian Peterson a shot to really expand his career? Follow me… The decision by New Orleans and Washington to let him go, in part because he must have been a role player – part of a rotation at the position – and there was some doubt as to how he would handle. Like chance. Well in Detroit, at least, he would probably have a shot at being the man. But the Lions have some young guys they really like in this position, in Kerryn Johnson and D’Andre Swift, and if those guys get healthy and keep going, that will put Peterson in a platoon. And if Peterson realizes that he can produce in that kind of spot, and be good for the young people around him, I think the league will start looking at him in a slightly different light – just this Look at how to help young people who are helping them advance Josh McCone’s career.
• Explain the exchange of saints / browsers discussed about my old colleague Ian Rapport. I like the idea of it, and if you follow the league, you probably remember Cleveland doing something similar with Brock Oswiler in 2017. The Browns received a 2018 second-rounder and 2017 sixth-rounder, and sent a 2017 fourth-rounder to Houston to take on Osweiler’s outside contract. Like Nick-Chubb, a second-round pick is Wound, who rushed for 1,464 yards last year, making just under $ 1 million. So I would say one worked for Cleveland. And the team’s director at the time was … Andrew Berry, now Brown’s GM. I appreciate his effort on this. He has received a league-lead of $ 34.74 million in cap-space. Turning some into second-round picks was a coup, and he deserves credit for trying.
• The Dolphins officially hired Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starter on Monday. But the truth is, the writing was on the wall for some time. As coach Brian Floers pointed out in his presser, the absence of the Spring and Precision Games and the retrenchment of the training camp really forced teams’ hands on such things. In fact, for such spots, it was only appropriate to have a starter at the position in mind, to use the time. did Have to build towards the weather. And in fact, the Dolphins handled it the same way the Chargers did in going with Tyrod Taylor, and Bingles had, along with Jo-Barrow from the start – reposted a man through camp. Gave a large majority. Byers, this year, was ruled out that he had a true contest at quarterback. So how interesting will Michel Trubisky’s plays be.
• The tax expense of the previous year is noticeable. He was given a lot of attention for declining to receive information about the demands of Jadevan Clooney and DeAndre Hopkins, but they rarely avoided making their payments. These six deals are on the creator of the team, which was done in the last 12 months.
• QB Deshan Watson, $ 39.0 million APY
• LT Laremy Tunsil, $ 22.0 million APY
• ILB Zach Cunningham, $ 14.5 million APY
• OLB Whitney Mercilus $ 13.5 million APY
• C Nick Martin $ 11.0 million APY
• ILB Bernardrick McKinney $ 10.0 million APY
All but Tuncil are homegrounds, and even Tuncil was not paid until he got a year in the organization under his belt. In doing all this, Texas, under its new structure (with coach Bill O’Brien as GM, and Jack Osby as EVP of football ops), defines the kind of players and people they reward. Give, and he has also given a very clear indication. How they believe that a team should be built (all six of them have to play very closely to get to the ball).
• NFL teams took no time to take advantage of the new injured reserve rules. The Patriots (Damian Harris), the Colts (Trey Burton) and the Raiders (Marcus Mirotta), placed key players on IR on Monday with relatively minor injuries, now with the knowledge they will be able to save those roster spots . People return, if they have recovered, three weeks from now. Placing a boy on IR used to be a massive decision. This year, it will not happen. And while it is a COVID-19 measure, you wonder if the NFL would see it as a dry run for more improvement in IR regulations. The league has progressed the rules slowly over the years, through designated-for-returned tweaks (which allow players to return from IR). This is certainly a drastic change. But it’s not as if such rules are foreign in other sports — baseball has different levels of its own injured list — and you can bet that teams like to have the flexibility to move closer and away from the list.
• Six of the top eight picks from 2016 are all on wealthy second contracts, and two that are certainly not a case for getting paid. It will therefore be interesting to see how Ram handles Jalin Ransey and Raveny handles Ronnie Stanley, as they enter option years on their fraudulent deals. In addition, getting all eight stand-off-the-market Giants contracts (eighth pick Jack Konklin is the only one who had to go free agency to take his own) represents a very notable hit rate for that class.
• While we are on the subject of the second contract – corner Trevius White, the left tackle Tackle Dion Dawkins was the second player of the 2017 draft class to score. Linebacker Matt Milano is also in the queue for one. And that the team got three basic pieces in a draft cycle is absolutely remarkable. As for the fact that coach Sean McDermott originally ran that draft, there was GM Doug Whale overseeing the scouting department at the time. The reasons for the bill have a bright future. But it is not a question that it started with a big hit on three of the six sixes that year. Towards the bottom? Well, the downside is that he traded from the 2017 10th pick as part of the maneuver that set him up to receive both Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmonds in 2018, but it also means that He vacated a slot where there was some comeback named Patrick Mahomes. Drafted.