Monday April 14, 2014
So how much credence do you put into that NFL "personnel" man's slanderous comments about Jadeveon Clowney?
Clowney, of course, is the man/monster defensive end from South Carolina, the guy so many call "freakish" because of his extraordinary blend of size, speed and athleticism.
He is also the projected top overall pick by many draft experts in the upcoming NFL draft. Those who don't project him as the top pick sometimes question his, um work ethic.
The anonymous NFL exec in question said this about Clowney, according to NJ.com: "He's spoiled and he's lazy. He's never worked hard a day in his life, now all of a sudden you're going to give him a bunch of money and expect him to work hard? I don't see it."
The question is: With the NFL draft scheduled for May 8, is this simply a ploy by some team to cause doubt in the minds of those picking higher, so that his team can grab him?
Or is this the considered opinion of a wise man with inside information?
My opinion: I think Clowney is so lazy that if he woke up with nothing to do, he'd go to bed with it only half done.
Now let's go to some hard workers, the best cornerbacks available in the 2014 NFL draft.
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Thursday April 10, 2014
Yes, the NFL preseason schedule has been released, to wild applause by NFL fans everywhere. Who goes nuts over a preseason schedule? Only in the NFL.
The most intriguing contests - if I may use that term for meaningless, exhibition games - involves recent Super Bowl champions.
Since the league hasn't released times or specific dates yet, we know the losing Broncos play the winning Seahawks in Denver the weekend of August 7-10. It's win-win for the Seahawks, but everybody knows the Broncos will be putting a ton of effort into this game, the kind of effort you don't normally see in a preseason game.
It would be a psychological blow if the Broncos lose. If the Seahawks lose, they could simply shrug and smirk.
There is another Super Bowl matchup the first week: The losers - San Francisco - play the winners - Baltimore. Of course, the Ravens are only a shadow of their Super Bowl winning team, so this one doesn't come close to the gravitas of the Broncos - Seahawks matchup.
If you're filling in dates with your pencil, here are some specifics: the Hall of Fame game is in Canton on August 3 between Buffalo and the New York Giants.
Also, the first Thursday night game is normally played in the home town of the defending Super Bowl Champs. That is scheduled for September 4. The regular season schedule is due to be released some time this month.
Now for some meaningful NFL stuff. With the draft getting closer and closer, check out my list of the Top 10 NFL draft steals of all time.
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Monday April 7, 2014
The NFL has a lot of rules, and some of them are pretty stupid. Like the one barring contact between coaches and players in most offseason workouts. I've never understood it.
Teams with new coaches get a head start, so seven NFL teams started their offseason workout problems Monday.
The players go to the weight room or practice field for weight work and conditioning workouts. Coaches aren't permitted. The only time players and coaches can interact is in instructional meetings.
The league and the players union don't want to subject the players to a grueling, year-round schedule. That makes sense.
But, these workouts are voluntary for one thing. For another thing, these guys are getting paid millions of dollars and they already get over three months off. Nice work if you can get it. I don't see contact between players and coaches hurting anybody. I mean, it isn't like these guys have real bosses, like you and I.
What about me? I write about the NFL year-round. How come I don't get a 15-week vacation?
By the way, the two-week head start should also include those teams with new coordinators, not just new head coaches.
And now for bigger stuff. The draft is approaching, and here are my top, college wide receivers for the 2014 NFL draft.
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Friday April 4, 2014
When Washington recently signed DeSean Jackson after Philadelphia released him, Redskins fans seemed to celebrate with lite beer, electronic cigarettes and artificial sweeteners.
In other words, they didn't want to have a real celebration. They didn't want to invest too much joy at their team signing one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL who also has some troubling off-field issues. They wanted some wriggle room - "I told you so" - in case the move implodes.
That's why the Jackson move to the Redskins is such a hot topic these days. Will he tip the balance of power to the 'Skins in the mediocre NFC East?
Eagles coach Chip Kelly seriously wanted to lose this guy. With good reason. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder seriously wanted to grab him. With good reason.
My studied prediction: After the 2014 season ends, Redskins fans will be drinking full-flavor Guinness, smoking Cuban cigars and using real, sweet sugar.
But, let's not get ahead of ourselves. The draft is coming up quickly. Here are the best college quarterbacks available, in my most humble opinion.
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