It’s been a while since we have caught up with what’s happening around the NFL, so let’s get reacquainted with our friends elsewhere.
- I strongly dislike that the Packers have nice things:
- Hope they’re enjoying the good vibes while they can, because awkwardness is coming to Green Bay. ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that 2017 second-round pick Josh Jones is holding out and staying away from Packers OTAs because he wants to be traded. Jones, who owned a pedestrian 61.7 grade from Pro Football Focus last season, was passed up on the depth chart by former undrafted rookie free agent Kentrell Brice and long-time Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. And with Green Bay adding another wave of defensive backs this offseason, the writing appears to be on the wall.
- Elsewhere in Packerland, Aaron Rodgers doesn’t seem all that pleased with how “Game of Thrones” ended:
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 21, 2019
- The other quarterback in the NFC North who has successfully led his team to a postseason appearance is getting rave reviews from his boss:
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) May 22, 2019
- Chicago isn’t the only team in the NFC North shuffling its offensive line. TwinCities.com reports that Pat Elflein is working out at left guard, while rookie Garrett Bradbury is playing center. Versatility along the offensive line can be a wonderful thing, but that alone won’t help a group that gave up six sacks and 13 quarterback hits in two games against the Bears last year.
- I’m glad the Bears won’t face long-time nemesis Ndamukong Suh this year:
New Buccaneers DI Ndamukong Suh has put forth four consecutive seasons of 80.0+ grades including the second-highest grade of his career last season with the Rams. https://t.co/kYFteDrSRW
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) May 21, 2019
- Moving on from one long-time troublemaker to another, Clay Matthews is feeling good at Rams camp. “Obviously, I’ve only played for one team, but there’s something different – an energy around here – and I think that stems from being successful, but that ultimately comes from the right people on this team,” Matthews said, via the Rams’ official website. “The thing is that when you have a young team, you have to make sure you have that right core of players and veteran leadership.” Matthews hopes to become that veteran leadership while he plays for a quarterback (and head coach) who are far younger than him.
- We have pegged this year’s Bears-Raiders game as a Khalil Mack revenge game, but let’s not forget about Mike Glennon, who will serve as a backup to David Carr. Glennon’s future became a bit clearer when the Raiders parted ways with quarterback Landry Jones. This leaves Glennon and Nathan Peterman as backups behind Derek Carr.
- No, the Bears aren’t expected to be in the Gerald McCoy sweepstakes after being released by Tampa Bay. Mark Chichester of PFF takes a look at which teams would make the best fit, which unfortunately includes a pair of NFC playoff contenders.
- A Jimmy G. health update:
He gives an update on his progress 👇 pic.twitter.com/996lUG0iJa
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) May 22, 2019
- This is nice to see:
This is a cool thing the NFL & the Black College Football Hall of Fame are doing by hosting a quarterback coaching summit in Atlanta next month to strengthen development pipelines. Lots of brilliant minds involved 👇 pic.twitter.com/jncBRUuoJY
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 22, 2019
- Among the folks lending a helping hand is Pep Hamilton, the GM/Head Coach of the Washington D.C. XFL team who served as the Bears’ QBs Coach from 2007-09.
- Summer must be around the corner because the Patriots are signing extensions:
#Patriots WR Julian Edelman is signing a 2-year, $18M extension that includes $12M guaranteed and an $8M signing bonus, source said. The deal features $2.8M of guaranteed money in the final year of his deal — 2021.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2019
- I guess everything can’t go the Patriots’ way. ESPN’s Mike Reiss tweets Jared Veldheer is retiring. Veldheer, who turns 32 in June, was expected to be offensive line depth and could have made a push to start at tackle for New England. After starting 113 games over nine seasons with the Raiders, Cardinals, and Broncos, Veldheer is calling it a career.
For the first time in 42 years, the Buffalo Bills will have a number 32 on the sidelines this fall. This will be the first time a Bill has worn the number since O.J. Simpson. https://t.co/f4ULX0rAWW
— WJHL (@WJHL11) May 22, 2019
- Senorise Perry, who has 30 career rushing yards in 48 career games, is wearing O.J. Simpson’s number in Buffalo. Perry hasn’t been given a rushing attempt or picked up a yard since 2017. Simpson’s number hasn’t been re-issued in 42 years. What an odd set of circumstances.
- It’s never too early to start thinking about the NFL Draft:
Future NFL Draft sites:
2020: Las Vegas
2023: Kansas City.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 22, 2019
- If it’s not too early to think about the draft, then it’s definitely not too early to allow our thoughts to explore the future of the NFL Scouting Combine. The league announced it will move some of the on-field training drills into primetime and leave some of its mid-morning and afternoon slots in the past. Nothing like the Combine jumping the shark, but since guys like me watch it, the league was eventually going to do something to attract more eyes who otherwise wouldn’t be keeping tabs. Who’s up for a Combine watch party?
- And if it’s never too early to talk about the draft or think about the Combine, then it’s absolutely, positively not too early to get a head start on the wagering public when it comes to college football:
— Covers (@Covers) May 21, 2019