It’s the first of the month and training camps are around the corner. Let’s catch up with what’s going on around the league.
- While we find ourselves wrapped up in the positive vibes that have surrounded the Bears this offseason, not every team is feeling the love. In fact, Xavien Howard of the Miami Dolphins made note to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that there is “a lot of negative stuff” floating around and that he is trying to stay positive. The Dolphins were riding high a year ago at this time as they were coming off a surprise playoff appearance led by first-year head coach Adam Gase. However, a season-ending knee injury to Ryan Tannehill opened the door for Jay Cutler’s return and it didn’t end swimmingly for anybody.
- Saquon Barkley appears to be taking a page out of Marshawn Lynch’s playbook, and it has nothing to do with his running style. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan writes about Barkley’s plan to invest the salary he makes from his football contract and live off his endorsement money. It’s a frugal idea for a player whose rookie deal is expected to net him upward of $30 million guaranteed.
- Odell Beckham Jr. hitting tanks during batting practice at Yankee Stadium is pretty neat. Perhaps we should pass this over to our friends at Baseball Is Fun. Though, it’s not like the Yankees need any more help:
Odell Beckham just homered in BP at Yankee Stadium ? pic.twitter.com/cqXIHbxPxt
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 29, 2018
- Speaking of football players turning to America’s Pasttime, Tim Tebow made the Eastern League All-Star Game. A part of me will always be left wondering what would have happened had Tebow truly committed to football. Tebow possessed the necessary passion and leadership skills it takes to win in this game, but his accuracy as a quarterback left a ton to be desired. I wonder if Tebow could have ironed out the kinks in his mechanics or turned to another position and become a serviceable starter. I’d guess yes, but we’ll never truly know.
- Some good news regarding the health of one of the NFL’s most talented quarterbacks. Andrew Luck is throwing without pain in his shoulder, writes Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star. Luck resumed throwing footballs back in March, but his health status has been unpredictable in recent seasons. He hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2016 and the team has missed his presence in the lineup. The Colts have a .614 winning percentage when Luck plays, but that number drops to .435 when he has been out of action in games since the 2015 season.
- We, as Bears fans, really shouldn’t take Jordan Howard for granted. The Seattle Seahawks haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2014 and might not have one in their stable this year. Chris Carson gives them the best chance, as Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times points out. But The wear and tear on players who play that position leaves no room for guarantees regarding rushing yardage. We’ll continue to monitor the situation, seeing that the Seahawks are the Bears’ Week 2 opponent in the regular season.
- The San Francisco 49ers are history makers as the franchise became the NFL’s first to announce they will stream all their preseason games online, writes Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area. Unfortunately, the games won’t be available out-of-market or internationally, but it’s a step in the right direction. Maiocco adds that the league has sent instructions to all teams with guidelines on how to get streaming with their local affiliates. No word on if the Bears will follow in the 49ers’ footsteps just yet.
- In the wake of the $2.75 million fine the NFL leveled on Panthers founder (and former owner) Jerry Richardson, Charlotte Observer columnist Scott Fowler writes the 13-foot statue at the home of the Panthers must go. The fine came down as the NFL concluded its investigation on allegations of work-place misconduct. Richardson announced he would put the team up for sale after a report from Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Wertheim and Viv Bernstein that revealed details that launched the league’s investigation, which included four former employees receiving “significant settlements” stemming from “sexual harassment against female employees” and “directing a racial slur at an African-American employee.” Serious stuff led to serious consequences.
- ESPN NFL analyst Damian Woody would like to see the Buccaneers make an example of Jameis Winston after his latest suspension:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 29, 2018