Around the League: Fangio is No Carpenter, Trash Talk, Combustible Raiders, Crummy Kickers, More

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Around the League: Fangio is No Carpenter, Trash Talk, Combustible Raiders, Crummy Kickers, More

Chicago Bears

In 99 days, we’ll be gearing up for Bears-Packers putting the 2019 NFL regular-season in motions. It gives me butterflies just thinking about it.

  • Vic Fangio is still speaking his truth in Denver. When discussing top tight end prospect Noah Fant, The Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala captured a quote that is so Fangio. “Yeah, he can run,” Fangio said. “We all knew that. That was easy, but now he has to learn how to be a tight end in the NFL. He’s got the tools, but you know I can go into Home Depot and walk out with a bunch of nice tools and I’m not a carpenter. We have to teach him how to be a tight end in the NFL, and he’s working great at it.”
  • I don’t think I speak for just myself when I say Bears fans will miss Fangio’s dry wit and clear-cut honesty. Treat him well, Denver.
  • You can make a case that the Raiders are the most interesting team in football heading into the 2019 season. They spent a bunch of money, turned over the roster, cut some dead weight, added some stars, and added depth through the draft. They also added some combustible personalities, with the latest being offensive lineman Richie Incognito. Between Incognito, wide receiver Antonio Brown, and linebacker Vontaze Burfict, it doesn’t take a football wizard to see how things could go south quickly. Incognito has been voted by his fellow players as among the dirtiest players in the league on multiple occasions. Burfict has missed 10 games over the last three seasons because of various suspensions. Brown didn’t have a bad rap until things went haywire at the end of his run in Pittsburgh. If you seek drama, this is the team to follow.
  • With OTA season here and training camp approaching, it’s a good time to share this:

  • You don’t have to tell Bears fans how much special teams matters. We have seen the best of times (Robbie Gould! Devin Hester! Dave Toub!) and the worst of times *gestures at the Bears special teams units since 2015* and it’s not something we should ever take for granted again.
  • Tom Brady showing off leadership skills, even after missing OTAs:

  • Unfortunately, Brady will be without his top tight end target to start the regular season:

  • Saquon Barkely wants all the smoke, telling the Giants website there is no limit to how many touches he can get. “I don’t think any number is too high for me personally,” Barkley told the Giants’ official site after a recent round of OTAs. “At the end of the day, I know I sound like a broken record, but you will hear this for as long as I am in the NFL, as long as I take care of my body, my body will take care of me. … Whether it is 350 touches, 400 touches or less touches next year. Whatever I have to do to have this team compete for a championship, I am going to do.”
  • There were some issues with how Giants Head Coach Pat Shurmur used Barkley, with the biggest criticism being he didn’t get the ball enough. Good luck telling that to Bears fans after watching Barkley last season.

  • Talk your talk:

  • I’m always up for sharing things that go toward a great cause:

  • Look who’s moving up the Giants’ depth chart:

  • When finding an Eli Manning replacement goes too far:

  • As for New York’s other football team, the Jets are setting up interviews for candidates:

  • Hey! It’s not just the Bears who have a crummy kicking situation:

  • SOON:

  • I’m pulling for either the Raiders or Lions. Embrace the clown car act!

Author: Luis Medina

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