Around The NFL: Helmet Rule, "Allen Sucks," Wentz's Return, Ridley Shines, ESPN's Anthem Decision, More

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Around The NFL: Helmet Rule, “Allen Sucks,” Wentz’s Return, Ridley Shines, ESPN’s Anthem Decision, More

Chicago Bears

Before we turn our focus to tonight’s Bears-Broncos preseason battle, let’s check out what’s happening around the league.

  • Another week of preseason contests, another week to figure out what the league’s new helmet rule is all about. Here’s the latest from Al Riveron, the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Officiating:

  • The cynic in me believes you’re due to get it right if you call a penalty enough times. And in the interest of fairness with regards to the league’s new helmet rule, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio writes that a recent application of the rule was actually correct. Hooray! They got one!
  • If you’re looking for a feel-good story for 2018, it might be Josh Gordon’s return to the NFL. Gordon, who hasn’t been with the team since it opened training camp as he was working on getting physically and mentally healthy, has made his return to the team. The talented, but troubled receiver has had past issues with substance abuse and had said before that he used alcohol or marijuana to cope when he had anxiety issues – which he can’t do now because it would violate the league’s substance abuse policy. Gordon’s return to football will be a gradual one, so here’s hoping he gets all the help he can get to ensure it’s a healthy return.
  • This is a view I hope to see more often during the season:

  • Bummer! Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News notes that Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds is struggling early in his pro career. Not all rookies hit the floor running, but Skurski’s observations had Edmunds as “largely invisible” during a recent preseason game. Edmunds is probably going through some growing pains (remember, he was 19 when he was drafted) and still has some physical and mental maturation left ahead of him. The third preseason game could be huge for him, as well as the rest of the Bills defense.
  • Was Denver’s Von Miller a little over the top with the kind words he had for Mitch Trubisky? Maybe. But you’re probably feeling better as a Bears fan listening to Miller than a Bills fan after hearing what Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey had to say about rookie quarterback Josh Allen. “I think Allen is trash,” Ramsey told GQ. “I don’t care what nobody say. He’s trash. And it’s gonna show too. That’s a stupid draft pick to me. We play them this year, and I’m excited as hell. I hope he’s their starting quarterback.”
  • Ramsey’s candid conversation is actually a lot of fun to read, especially if you’re someone like me who enjoys some old-fashioned trash talk.
  • One quarterback who I don’t think sucks is Carson Wentz, and his return could come sooner than some have expected:

  • I’m hesitant to say that a two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback sucks, but Eli Manning’s arrow isn’t pointing up any more:

  • You had me at free beer:

  • If this isn’t damning with faint praise, I don’t know what is:

  • ESPN has taken a stance with regards to showing the playing of the National Anthem before Monday Night Football games this season. They simply won’t:

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.