NFL Top 10 Players of 2017

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I realized that the NBA Awards are not the only interesting sports awards happening tonight because NFL Network‘s Top 100 Players of 2017 concludes tonight at 8 pm ET on (you guessed it!) NFL Network. Although the NBA Awards are a little more official and have flashier trophies that come with them, the NFL’s list of the Top 100 players is always interesting to see because it gives an inside look at what NFL players think of their peers. Today, the list of names in the Top 10 was released in alphabetical order, so let’s reorder them in order of greatness as a guess for how the ranking will shake out this evening:

  1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (16 games: 69.9 completion % for 4,944 yards and 38 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 3 fumbles for a 117.1 passer rating)
  2. Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (16 games: 65.7 completion % for 4,428 yards and 40 touchdowns with 7 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 104.2 passer rating)
  3. Von Miller, LB, Denver Broncos (16 games: 78 combined tackles, 13.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles with 0 fumble recoveries, 0 interceptions and 0 touchdowns)
  4. Odell Beckham Jr, WR, New York Giants (16 games: 101 receptions on 169 targets for 1,367 yards and 10 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  5. Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (15 games: 106 receptions on 155 targets for 1,284 yards and 12 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  6. Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys (15 games: 322 carries for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns with 5 fumbles; 32 catches on 40 targets for 363 yards and 1 touchdown with 0 fumbles)
  7. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons (14 games: 83 receptions on 129 targets for 1,409 yards and 6 touchdowns with 0 fumbles)
  8. Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots (12 games: 67.4 completion % for 3,554 yards and 28 touchdowns with 2 interceptions and 4 fumbles for a 112.2 passer rating)
  9. Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers (12 games: 261 carries for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns with 3 fumbles; 75 catches on 94 targets for 616 yards and 2 touchdowns with 1 fumble)
  10. Khalil Mack, DE, Oakland Raiders (16 games: 73 combined tackles, 11 sacks, 5 forced fumbles with 3 fumble recoveries, 1 interception and 1 touchdown)

Explanations:

  • I have Khalil Mack ranked last because all the Derek Carr fans seem to think that Carr does everything by himself on CARR’S team. Apparently, despite statistics indicating the contrary, Carr outperformed Dak Prescott last year just because the Raiders have a lesser RB, O-line, and defense. If the Raiders have a lesser defense, so be it. So, I ranked Mack pretty much solely on resentment for all Oakland Derek Carrs (I mean, Oakland Raiders) fans, Derek Carr fans, Fresno State fans, and people from the city of Oakland.
  • You’ll notice that the other 9 players are first organized by number of games played. For those of you who read my NBA Awards post last night, you’ll remember that I said I value most the players that stay injury and suspension free to be there for their team when their team needs them. That rings true for the NFL, too.
  • Tom Brady is ranked above Le’Veon Bell in the “12 games” category because Brady once again led the New England Patriots to their most thrilling Super Bowl victory yet.
  • In the “15 games” category, I ranked Antonio Brown over Ezekiel Elliott because Brown didn’t have any turnovers. The two most important things for an offensive player are holding on to the ball and scoring. Brown was +5 in the holding on to the ball category and Zeke was +4 in the scoring category. 5>4, so Brown edges Zeke.
  • The “16 games” category was the trickiest because there were four players (not including Khalil Mack, of course) who fell into that category. Ultimately, I put the two QBs at the top because QBs are the most valuable players for a franchise. The two Super Bowl teams were both led by QBs on this Top 10 list (Matt Ryan for the Atlanta Falcons and Tom Brady for the New England Patriots), while the teams without definitive starting QBs include the Cleveland Browns, the New York Jets, the Los Angeles Rams, etc. The one anomaly was the Houston Texans, who got to the playoffs (and defeated the Oakland Raiders in the playoffs, by the way!) on the arms of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage.
  • So, 3 and 4 were between Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr. I chose Miller over Beckham because, although I love OBJ as a fan of Big Blue, a defensive player usually manages to crack the top 3. Also, OBJ’s stats dropped off this year from last year. Also-also (yes, I meant to put two “also”s there), 13.5 sacks in the NFL is very impressive, especially on a defense that almost carried the Denver Broncos to the playoffs despite Trevor Siemian (don’t get me started on Northwestern) starting at QB.
  • 1 and 2 were easy from there. Matt Ryan a higher completion %, more yards, fewer fumbles, and a higher passer rating than Aaron Rodgers. Oh, Ryan also won the MVP award and led the Atlanta Falcons to the Super Bowl, so there’s that.

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Daily Update: August 30, 2016

I’m going to start with the daily news today, then do the daily quote after that. Sadly there was no game action to go over today, so it’s straight to the news:

  1. Minnesota Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater dislocated his knee and tore his ACL in practice today. It was a non-contact injury, that resulted in an ambulance taking him from the practice field to the hospital. He will miss the season. That sucks, both for Bridgewater and the Vikings. Obviously, I wish Bridgewater the best in his recovery because his starting gig will still be waiting for him when he gets back. I really feel for the Vikings, too. Bridgewater was the golden boy who prevented the Vikings offense from being a one-trick pony with RB Adrian Peterson. This hurts their season. Here’s what I see happening: The Green Bay Packers are now a lock to win the NFC North division. There is an outside chance that the Vikings will still manage a wildcard bid, but, if they do get one, it will be as the 6th seed. There is a much better chance of Minnesota’s playoff spot now going to another team. A few teams I could see getting that spot are: the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, or the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys are definitely the most likely of those three teams. With rookie QB Dak Prescott looking like he deserved to be a first-round pick, the Cowboys might actually be BETTER without Romo for the first stretch of the season. In fact, I could see a scenario where the Cowboys win the NFC East over the Washington Redskins. The one thing to watch out for with the Cowboys is the defensive secondary. They will lack pass rush through the first stretch of the season due to suspensions in the front seven, so the secondary will have to step up and maintain coverage for longer. If they can do that, the Cowboys will take the NFC East, and the Redskins will be demoted to a wildcard spot. If they can’t…well, that’s where the Giants come in. Inconsistency is the Giants middle name. They could have the best team in the league, or the worst team in the league, and finish with a record anywhere between 6-10 and 10-6. With the huge offseason acquisitions on defense, and the return of WR Victor Cruz, I imagine the Giants will wind up closer to the 10-6 mark. IF they do that AND the Cowboys secondary fails, the Giants will end up with a NFC wildcard spot. What about a scenario where the Cowboys secondary fails AND the Giants finish closer to the 6-10 mark? Enter the Buccaneers. I put them at the 7-9 mark in my original win projections, but I didn’t feel too comfortable about that. They have a young QB in Jameis Winston (who is actually in a similar situation to the one that Teddy Bridgewater was in last year with the Vikings), and they’ve beefed up their defense (so much so, that they cut veteran S Major Wright this week, which surprised me). Just due to the inconsistency of the Buccaneers and, really the entire NFC South division, it’s a toss-up regarding how well the Buccaneers do this season. IF the Giants and Cowboys BOTH struggle this season, the Buccaneers shouldn’t have a problem getting the 6th wildcard spot. However, there is still a scenario where the Vikings survive the Bridgewater injury to make the playoffs. To accomplish this, RB Adrian Peterson will need to have the best season of his career. It’s that simple, really. The defense should be fine if they continue to play the way they did last season (if they’re better this season, that’s a bonus), so AP will have to shoulder the entirety of the offensive production load. OR the Vikings could find another QB option for this season because, let’s be real, Shaun Hill isn’t a solution to ANY QB dilemma at this point in his career. If they want to gamble on a village idiot with a high upside, they could sign QB Johnny Manziel, or trade for QB Colin Kaepernick. They probably wouldn’t have to give TOO much for either player, and both have proven that they are capable players, the issue would be attitude. It might be a risk the Vikings have to take in order to survive the Bridgewater injury.
  2. The Dallas Cowboys are working out free agent QB Austin Davis. Not much to say here: Davis sucks and Dak Prescott is the future of the franchise. What I’m saying is: BORING!
  3. Former NFL QB Tim Tebow will NOT be making a debut in the MLB. He worked out for baseball scouts at USC this week, and was reported as being ‘very average’. He is expected to have a long shot at making a MLB roster.
  4. Madden, Donald Trump, and San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. You would expect that, at most, two of those three would be connected. For a limited time only, all three are connected! Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem, so Trump told him to find a new country. Now, Madden NFL 17 developers have stated that they will record a bit regarding the Kaep controversy with announcers Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis, to be added to in-game commentary. LOL. Politics, Sports, and Video Games: three, often laughable (for different reasons) wastes of time. 🙂
  5. NFL teams are currently in the process of decreasing their roster size to 75 players. Naturally, that means cutting a lot of players for some teams. Some of those players maybe don’t deserve to be cut. Here are some notable cuts:
  • Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon Tate- This one SHOCKED me! They just lost Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones in the offseason, and now they’re moving on from Tate, too? Apparently they are trying to completely rebuild their WR corps around AJ Green. I don’t agree with this cut. The Bengals don’t really have any proven WRs behind Green.
  • Cleveland Browns LB Paul Kruger- Someone in Browns management is clearly a TOTAL MORON. The Browns have gotten rid of the following, talented veterans this year ALONE: C Alex Mack, S Donte Whitner, LB Karlos Dansy, and now, Kruger. I’m beginning to think Browns management actually ENJOYS losing.
  • Detroit Lions G Geoff Schwartz- Clearly something is wrong here. Schwartz has a 77 overall (gold) rating in MUT 17. Yet, he has failed to stick with the Lions and the New York Giants in the last two seasons. Those two teams feature (probably) the two worst offensive lines in football. (OK, the Indianapolis Colts have the WORST o-line. Maybe they should sign Schwartz?) Is Madden’s rating system broken? (Don’t answer that Dez. They nailed your rating.)
  • Jacksonville Jaguars P Ryan Quigley- Oh how NFL kickers and punters do fall. I didn’t even know Quigley had left the Jets until I saw his name on the Jags’ cut list. He was doing well for the Jets a couple of years ago. Of course, his opportunities to perform there disappeared with the arrival of a productive, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick-led offense.
  • Minnesota Vikings C John Sullivan- WHAT?! Well, at least QB Teddy Bridgewater won’t be the one taking the NT hits that get past Sullivan’s replacement, right?
  • New England Patriots DT Terrance Knighton- In the Patriots defense, ‘Potroast’ isn’t the best meal in the world. Is there any player in the NFL nicknamed ‘Pizza’?
  • New York Giants FB Nikita Whitlock- The Giants hate FBs. Last year, they cut Henry “The Hynocerous” Hynoski, and this year it’s Whitlock. It’s not the FBs fault that the o-line and RBs SUCK! Besides, Whitlock was also the Giants best pass-rusher last season. I’m starting to become concerned that the Giants front office is throwing in the towel like Cleveland’s is.
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR Reuben Randle- He deserved it. Believe me, as a Giants fan, I know Randle can’t catch to save his life. His name shouldn’t be on the ‘notable’ list, but as a former Giant, I felt obligated to put him here.
  • San Diego Chargers QB Zach Mettenberger- The fact that he was CUT isn’t as notable as the fact that he is AVAILABLE. He should consider calling the Minnesota Vikings, himself.
  • Seattle Seahawks CB Brandon Browner- He was once a member of the Legion of Boom. Apparently, he lost his coverage skils in New England and New Orleans. Now, he is once again leaving the Legion of Boom. This time, he won’t get a lucrative free agent deal.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers S Major Wright- Poor Wright. He was one of many veterans in the Buccaneers secondary (along with CBs Brent Grimes and Alterraun Verner), but he beat the others to the walking papers. Either Grimes or Verner should be soon to follow, during the cuts to 53-man rosters.
  • Tennessee Titans RB David Cobb- Does anyone else remember the hype train surrounding Cobb last season? He was supposed to come in and dethrone then-starting RB Bishop Sankey. Then, injury struck Cobb, and this offseason saw him become irrelevant after the Titans added RBs DeMarco Murray (trade) and Derrick Henry (draft). I think Cobb will get another chance because he hasn’t really gotten his first, highly-anticipated chance, yet. Also, I expect Sankey to follow Cobb out the door during the cuts to 53-man rosters.

There you have it. The extended news section is courtesy the extended amount of time that I had to write my post today. Now on to the daily quote:

“When you’re lost and alone, or you’re sinking like a stone, carry on.” –Carry On, Fun

I was inspired to choose this quote by the Minnesota Vikings situation. They are sinking like a stone without QB Teddy Bridgewater, and hopefully, they can carry on. But, this quote isn’t just for the Vikings. It’s for everybody. It’s a reminder that, even when times suck, there are better times ahead if you just keep looking forward. Everybody has moments when they are down. Life isn’t fair, and it most certainly isn’t perfect. But everybody also has moments when they feel like they are on top of the world. I encourage all of you to keep your head up. If it helps, think of the bad moments as good things. The world usually has a way of balancing things out, so if you have a really bad moment, it’s likely setting you up for a really good moment to come. Even if there isn’t a good moment in the near future, optimism will ALWAYS carry you on. So, stay optimistic until the good moment in the distant future! Carry on!

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Daily Update: August 25, 2016

As I begin writing this, I don’t know where I want to start in terms of topic. Well, I’ve started putting together a playlist of my favorite songs of all-time, which were featured in Madden games. I’ve found this to be a little distracting while I’m playing because I listen to the music instead of the broadcast. Mistakes were made while I was jamming to some of my tunes. In fact, in one game (against the Lions) I went off-controller to fix my music playlist for ONE PLAY, and the Lions scored an 80-yard TD on that play. Don’t trust the CPU players to win for your team. THEY SUCK! Anyway, I made a comeback after that to remain undefeated in Madden NFL 17, but it was still highly frustrating. Also, another great catch, this one courtesy of WR Cody Latimer:

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Now on to NFL Game Results:

  1. Atlanta Falcons 6 @ Miami Dolphins 17- Both starting QBs (Matt Ryan ATL and Ryan Tannehill MIA) threw INTs. The important RBs (Devonta Freeman ATL, Jay Ajayi MIA, and Arian Foster MIA) failed to stand out, as Foster was the only one of those three to score a TD, and he also led in YPC with 2. There were no receiving TDs, but Atlanta’s WR Aldrick Robinson (3 rec, 70 yds) continued to impress, along with Miami’s star receiver, Jarvis Landry (4 rec, 40 yds). The two star defensive backs (CB Desmond Trufant ATL and S Rashad Jones MIA) both had an interception. Miami’s defense had two forced fumbles, one from DB Shamiel Gary (who had a great game: 5 TAC, 2 ATAC with the FF), and the other from S Michael Thomas (also had 1 TAC). Overall, the defenses showed off in this game. Atlanta’s defense seems slightly improved from a year ago (not that it could’ve gotten worse),  and Miami’s defense doesn’t seem to have skipped a beat (2 SAC), despite losing DEs Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby during the offseason.
  2. Dallas Cowboys 10 @ Seattle Seahawks 27 (In Progress)- Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo left in the first quater and was holding his back. There is no official word on the severity of the injury, yet. The good news for the ‘Boys is that QB Dak Prescott (17-23, 116 yds, 1 TD) continues to impress. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson (16-21, 192 yds, 2 TDs) also impressed, though, that’s no surprise. Both starting RBs (Ezekiel Elliott DAL (7 car, 48 yds) and Christine Michael SEA (because Thomas Rawls didn’t play: 7 car, 58 yds)) were fairly impressive. Top receiver in the game is WR Tyler Lockett (3 rec, 41 yds, 1 TD).

Now for some NFL general news:

  1. The New England Patriots continued their offseason trading spree. Today, they dealt a 5th round pick to the Cleveland Browns, in exchange for former-1st round pick, LB Barkevious Mingo. Interesting acquisition. This definitely seems like a Bill Belichick move. Mingo has loads of potential, he just hasn’t lived up to it yet. Belichick has a way of getting that potential out of his players.
  2. Former Cleveland Browns S Donte Whitner is visiting the Carolina Panthers. My advice: Carolina, SIGN HIM! I actually forgot that Whitner is still a free agent. He’s getting a little old, but I still believe that he is a very capable safety, and Carolina could definitely use the help in their secondary.
  3. The Detroit Lions released RB Stevan Ridley. Ridley was once a promising young RB for the Patriots, but sustained an ACL tear in 2014, which has quickly derailed his career. This could be the end of said career, after Ridley failed to stick with the New York Jets and Detroit Lions, both of which, have been in serious need of RBs during the last couple of seasons.
  4. Three huge injuries occurred this evening in preseason play. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo left the ‘Boys game against the Seattle Seahawks after sustaining a back injury. The injury is not thought to be serious, though Romo didn’t return to the game. Miami Dolphins DT Ndamukong Suh suffered an ankle injury early in the ‘Fins game against the Atlanta Falcons, and he did not return. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point. Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones also got an ankle injury in the Falcons-Dolphins matchup, and didn’t return. The injury doesn’t appear to be serious.

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Daily Update: August 2, 2016

“Forty-eight years is almost enough time to hold a record.” -Larisa Latynina, Olympic Gymnast (9 gold medals; 1956-1964), Russia (USSR or Soviet Union at the time)

Olympic opening week continues, this time with the top gold medal-ling athlete from the 2nd-most gold medal-ling country. Another quote that is fairly straightforward, but embodies what it means to be an Olympian. Obviously it requires A LOT of training to be an Olympian (even A LOT doesn’t come close to describing it). Just to make it to the Olympics is a HUGE feat. To set OLYMPIC records makes someone an instant legend. The odds of any person born into this world setting an Olympic record are lower than the odds of winning any of the lotteries in the world. ABSURDLY impressive feats for ABSURDLY impressive athletes. Olympic records are awesome to see, especially if you get to see it LIVE (just don’t get Zika if you’re going to watch the Olympics live in Rio). Something else that is awesome to see (though on a much different scale) is the NFL news:

  1. The Dallas Cowboys woes continue. Today, backup QB Kellen Moore broke his ankle in practice. Frankly, I was heartbroken when I heard this. As a Boise State fan, Kellen Moore is my favorite player of all time. While it will be nice for the Cowboys to lack a quality backup, I would much rather see Kellen on the field, even as a Giants fan. That’s how big of a fan of Kellen Moore, I am. Why couldn’t Tony Romo have just gotten hurt again!? 😦 With Moore’s injury, the Cowboys have now set the record for most Boise State, NFL players that aren’t able to take the field. Moore is injured, Tyrone Crawford is injured, and DeMarcus Lawrence opens the season with a suspension. Why did you have to drag Boise State grads into your bad luck, Dallas?
  2. In happier news (as is typically the case coming out of Arizona, rather than Dallas), the Arizona Cardinals have extended FS Tyrann Mathieu’s contract. Said extension is for five-years, $62.5 million, and $40 million in guarantees. If Mathieu can stay healthy, he is ABSOLUTELY worth it. He is one of the best safeties in the league because of his ball-hawking skills, and he makes Arizona’s secondary one of the best in the league when he is teamed-up with CB Patrick Peterson.
  3. RB Trent Richardson has been released by the Baltimore Ravens. Yeah, most people saw that one coming. That is likely the end of Richardson’s NFL career.
  4. Cincinnati Bengals first-round pick, CB William Jackson tore his pectoral in practice. Interestingly enough , many people believe the Bengals drafted Jackson so the Pittsburgh Steelers couldn’t have him. If that is the case, I’m guessing the Bengals are rethinking their strategy. Luckily, the Bengals still have Adam Jones, Dre Kirkpatrick, and Darqueze Dennard to start in the secondary, and all are capable. They better be ready because Jackson could potentially miss the entire season.
  5. Staying in Cincinnati, the Bengals have signed FB Ryan Hewitt to a three-year contract extension. The deal is for $7.5 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus. Hewitt has been steadily becoming a phenomenal blocker out of the backfield.
  6. The Atlanta Falcons are continuing their pursuit past mediocrity. Today, they signed veteran DE Dwight Freeney. Freeney will be more of a mentor to last season’s first-round pick, Vic Beasley Jr, than a starter in Atlanta.
  7. Another veteran signing, the San Diego Chargers were quick to respond to the injury sustained by WR Stevie Johnson, as they signed WR James Jones. Jones will likely play third-fiddle to WRs Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin. Jones has proven to be HIGHLY ineffective outside of Green Bay, but the Chargers clearly believe he is worth the risk.
  8. Finally, someone outside of my family has discovered the danger that is Pokemon Go. Detroit Lions OG Larry Warford played the game when it first came out. On Monday, Warford discovered the horrifying reality that nearly everyone is addicted to the game. He immediately deleted the game after this realization, calling it, “some mind-control stuff.” I’m glad I’m not the only conspiracy theorist. I could never bring myself to download that game. People are playing it EVERYWHERE they go! You go to the park, and instead of people enjoying the scenery or eating shave ice, they’re all walking around, scrutinizing their phones like a bunch of zombies. It’s disturbing! I’m concerned the government is experimenting with methods for mind control, and this one easily gives them control of 75% of America. Wake up, people! There are WAY more important things in life than video games. Don’t be so obsessed with it. I would personally recommend actually speaking to the people around you (and NOT about Pokemon!).

That’s not all for TheHays way today, yet. I have an exciting announcement. I might, MIGHT, begin vlogging, too. I’m still working out a few kinks in the system, so it’s not a go as of right now, but I would really like to make it work. It will give you guys a more in-depth analysis of the things I talk about in my daily blog posts, and it would also expand my audience to YouTube which would be HUGE for my blogging endeavors. So, stay tuned for that. If I can work that out, rest assured, you guys will get exclusive access that YouTube won’t get because THIS blog is still my number one priority. The daily posts will still continue, you will just get expanded content. If this possibility excites you, PLEASE leave a like to encourage me to work through the kinks faster. There are a lot of kinks right now, so there is no definite timetable for the vlog yet. IF this works out, HOPEFULLY, I will have it running by the end of this month. 🙂

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Daily Update: August 1, 2016

“And, you know, being able to wear the stars and stripes, when you step up on one of the blocks or, you know, when you step off of an airplane or when you hear the national anthem play, you know, it’s one of the greatest feelings in the world because you know that there are people at home who are supporting you and watching you.” -Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimmer (18 gold medals), United States of America

The Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games is on Friday. To celebrate this, the daily quotes for the remainder of the week will come from the top medalists from different countries, and each one will include a link to that country’s national anthem. Today, I’m starting with the top medal-ling athlete (Michael Phelps) from the top medal-ling country (the United States of America). I won’t go too philosophical on this quote, as it’s fairly straight-forward. I put this quote in here because it captures that ultimate Olympic moment. Phelps explains why Olympians train as hard as they do. Although he is specifically referring to the US (see, ‘stars and stripes’), I would imagine that most Olympic athletes across the world are in agreement with Phelps that the greatest moment for them is wearing their country’s flag proudly after representing it so well. I write the news about NFL players every day, and it’s remarkable to know that the majority of those NFL players don’t even come close to the elite, athletic level reached by Olympians. Of course, when the Olympics add American football, the US could assemble a team of NFL benchwarmers and they would STILL blowout every other country. The US definitely specializes in football, much like they do in basketball. I can’t imagine how bad the Olympics will get in the basketball arena when the Gasol brothers aren’t around to help team Spain anymore. They’re the only ones who come close to challenging team USA’s ‘Dream Team’. Anyway, back to football:

  1. The Buffalo Bills have signed free agent RB Reggie Bush to a one-year contract. Great signing for the Bills. Bush is a very solid insurance policy for the recently-injured LeSean McCoy, and the recently-suspended Karlos Williams. Still, I think Bush is far from a lock to make the Bills 53-man roster.
  2. In yesterday’s blog, I linked the commercial that shared QB Peyton Manning’s new Sunday Mornings with us. Apparently he only takes Sundays off. Manning has already visited the New Orleans Saints training camp this summer and today, he was found at the Miami Dolphins training camp. He was, reportedly, in Miami to evaluate and tutor Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill. Is he ALREADY itching to get into coaching? It’s only been a few months!
  3. San Diego Chargers WR Stevie Johnson sustained a torn meniscus in training camp today and will likely require surgery. There is a possibility of Johnson missing the entire, upcoming season. What does that mean? Effectively, nothing. Johnson hasn’t really been effective in the passing game since he was in Buffalo, and San Diego signed WR Travis Benjamin in free agency this offseason to pair with WR Keenan Allen, who is returning from his own season-ending injury from a year ago. This will have little impact on the Chargers passing game, if any at all.
  4. If you thought the Dallas Cowboys front seven situation couldn’t get any worse, think again. DL Tyrone Crawford is currently dealing with a back injury. Even worse, there is no timetable for his return. For those of you keeping track (and the rest of you, too), the Cowboys are looking at the possibility of being without FOUR of their starting front seven players at the beginning of the season. While I am jumping for joy as a Giants fan, that’s really bad news for Dallas. They need to keep looking for a light at the end of the tunnel. (Or they could just sign players that can STAY ON THE FIELD!)
  5. By the way, Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson has told the media that he won’t name a starting QB until right before the Browns open the preseason. He’s technically stayed true to that in that he hasn’t NAMED one yet, but QB Robert Griffin III has taken all first-team snaps in training camp. We all know actions speak louder than words, so, RG3 will get another chance to revive his career that has been on life-support for a while now. He hasn’t looked phenomenal in training camp, but time will tell if that will change for better or worse.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Weekend Update: July 31, 2016

“If nothing else in life, I want to be true to the things I believe in, and quite simply, to what I’m all about. I know I’d better, because it seems whenever I take a false step or two I feel the consequences.” –Peyton Manning, Future Hall of Fame QB

I wanted to put this fantastic new commercial in my post today. I didn’t really have a topic of discussion in mind for today, so I went with the purely entertaining route. DirecTV has fantastic commercials. This one is so good, I found a video that plays it twice. Plus, it has Manning AND Lionel Richie in it. That’s what I call a win-win. For more entertaining Peyton Manning-related content: 2016 ESPYs-Peyton Manning Tribute. But, to be a little philosophical about the quote, I agree with him. If you believe in something, stick with it because it will pay off. For me personally, my life is pretty great. In fact, it’s almost perfect. I credit that to the fact that I try to be as selfless as possible. It seems as though the few things that prevent my life from being totally perfect are things that resulted from moments of selfishness. So, I also agree with the ‘feel the consequences’ part. This blog is one way that I do my best to be selfless. I write the quote of the day and the following philosophical analysis because I want to inspire people. I want to inspire as many people as possible to believe in themselves. In my experience, the only better feeling than believing in yourself, comes from helping others believe in themselves. Plus, I truthfully believe that everybody has, within them, whatever they need, to accomplish whatever they want. I believe that I can inspire many people to believe in themselves, and not just via this blog. I also believe in myself as a writer, and as a sports fan. That’s why I write the daily NFL news:

  1. Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins began a contract holdout during the previous week. I guess he realized how ridiculous that was with two years left on his rookie contract because his holdout has already ended as of today. That’s good news for QB Brock Osweiler, because he could use as much practice as possible with the team’s top receiving threat.
  2. I, along with every other New York Giants fan and team member, received a massive scare today when WR Odell Beckham Jr was carted off the practice field. Luckily, he’s okay. He collided with CB Janoris Jenkins during practice, and Jenkins’ cleats left Beckham with a couple of minor cuts on his left leg. Head coach Ben McAdoo told the media today that, “He’s (Beckham) probably going to be sore for a couple days.” In essence, crisis averted.
  3. In other WR news, Antonio Brown is itching for a new contract in Pittsburgh. While he isn’t holding out like Hopkins, he is gently nudging the team by speaking about the situation with the media. Brown is entering year 5 of a 6 year deal, and makes just north of $6 million this season. His new deal will likely be worth A LOT more than that, whether it is with the Steelers, or another team. Regardless, the Steelers don’t have to start worrying about a new contract for Brown until next season.
  4. Houston Texans DE JJ Watt had back surgery this offseason. He is currently on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform List, and is unsure if he will be ready to go week 1. Should Watt sit week 1, (which isn’t likely with his love for the game) the team’s newly-revamped offense will be tested to keep pace with a breach in their defense’s containment.
  5. Carolina Panthers DE Kony Ealy is in the league’s concussion protocol after a helmet-to-helmet hit during Saturday’s practice. Ealy is in line for a bigger role in Carolina, so the team (and obviously, Ealy) is hoping he can come back quickly.
  6. Los Angeles Rams RB Tre Mason is trying to follow QB Nick Foles out the door. The RB has decided not to report to Rams camp. He has not spoken to the team since last season ended, and he has had five, police-involved incidents in the last four months. Foles left because of the young QB Jared Goff, Mason is leaving because of the young RB Todd Gurley.
  7. San Francisco 49ers OT Anthony Davis has been reinstated by the NFL, officially ending his retirement. Davis isn’t a lock to start, but likely will prove to be effective for a 49ers team that is DESPERATELY looking for talent. Even with Davis back, the 49ers season outlook is bleak.
  8. The Dallas Cowboys. They have been in the news recently for their troubled front seven on defense. Ironically, the team has now decided to change their entire outlook. With many Americans against the police right now, the Cowboys have requested, and received permission to wear a “Arm in Arm” decal on their helmets during preseason games, to show support for the police. This may be a tactic by owner Jerry Jones to deflect the negative feedback that he’s received over his front seven’s problems, but regardless, it is a very nice gesture.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 29, 2016

(WARNING: Scene of the day contains graphic images of violence from the movie Saving Private Ryan) “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” -President George Washington, 1st President of the United States of America

Always be prepared. This is why President Washington was the first President of this great country. This quote gives perspective on how much this country has changed since then. Now, roughly half of the country wants all of its citizens to be unarmed. No political opinion here. I’m just stating a fact: Our country has changed. I think President Washington was correct about the general principle of preparedness. It is always best to prepare for the worst. That way, you can handle the worst should it come. If the worst does not come, then you will be pleasantly surprised. This is actually a really interesting concept in regard to battles. If everyone in any sort of fight is fully prepared to fight the fight, than the fight tends to be avoided because everyone, in theory, has an equal shot of winning AND losing. An example of this was the Cold War. Both the Soviet Union and the United States had the firepower to totally decimate the other, and neither side wanted to know if their strategy for employing said firepower would be superior or inferior to the strategy of their opponent. Interestingly enough, this ties back to the theme from a recent post: Fear. Both sides were afraid of losing. Of course, even the victor would have sustained heavy damage. So, effectively, both sides would have lost if the Cold War hadn’t remained cold. So, which is better for peace? Knowing all involved parties in a conflict have the power to destroy each other, or knowing all parties in a conflict are incapable of destroying each other? I resolve this internal conflict by moving to the news:

  1. News regarding first-round draft picks from the 2016 NFL Draft: San Francisco 49ers OG Joshua Garnett (selected 28th overall) has signed a four-year contract with the team. The signing means that only one of this year’s first-round draft picks remains unsigned. That player is also in the Golden State, and is San Diego Chargers DE Joey Bosa (selected 3rd overall). Bosa reportedly won’t report to training camp over the dispute. I’m thinking the Chargers should do something TOTALLY insane. This is not good for their organization. They drafted Bosa to help the team. Right now, his lack of presence is meaning that the team isn’t as prepared for the season to come. Bosa hasn’t been learning the Chargers schemes, and this is, very likely, creating a rift in the locker room because Bosa isn’t making any friends amongst his teammates, who want to prepare to win. The solution? Cut him loose. Yes, that sounds totally insane. First-round draft picks are worth A LOT, ESPECIALLY the third overall pick. But, honestly, Bosa hasn’t even come close to behaving like a first-round pick. If a player is drafted in the first-round, they are expected to be leaders, and Bosa is not exhibiting any qualities of a leader. He is simply being selfish. That isn’t the kind of player that I would want to have on my team. Yes, it’s crazy, but it might just be necessary. Maybe the Chargers could trade him to Dallas? Bosa won’t hold out longer than all of the Cowboys, front seven suspensions, will he?
  2. The woes for the Dallas Cowboys front seven on defense continue in an…unexpected manner. Though he isn’t likely to start, (although, maybe he will with all of the suspensions) ‘Boys LB Damien Wilson is being sidelined for a couple of weeks to start Cowboys training camp after he took a paintball to the eye. Ouch. I think the Cowboys front seven situation is currently more of a laughing stock than the Jets QB situation was while Rex Ryan was head coach there. What’s next in Dallas? A LB cutting his arms from breaking a backboard on a ferocious, two-handed dunk?
  3. Washington Redskins GM Scot McCloughan has plenty to feel good about for the upcoming season. The team looks like they might have a true franchise QB in Kirk Cousins (hence the franchise tag), and they also picked up another franchise-tagged player in free-agent addition, CB Josh Norman. But that’s not good enough for McCloughan. He cares about the team’s WR situation. You’d think it looks good with DeSean Jackson, Pierre Carcon, and Jamison Crowder in town, right? So it’s not that big of a deal that rookie WR Josh Doctson is dealing with a day-to-day injury. But, McCloughan was told Doctson would miss the season before he decided to punch a wall. Yep, the NFC East GM with (what appears to be) the most to be excited about is currently rocking a hand wrap from punching a wall due to the possible loss of his fourth-string WR. Wow. That reminds me of the New England Patriots fan punching the brick wall following the Pats’ loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship game this season.
  4. WR Andre Johnson is signing with the Tennessee Titans. So, I was wrong. Big whoop. I still don’t understand how Johnson fits into the picture with Kendall Wright and Dorial Green-Beckham as the top two. He’s too legendary to play third fiddle to those two. I hate to be the one to break it to you, Andre, but, I think it’s time for you to retire.
  5. I also jumped the gun on the Baltimore Ravens signing of OT Jake Long. Long refused to sign an injury waiver. Thus, he will not be joining the Ravens, despite agreeing to terms on a contract earlier this week. That’s probably best for both parties.
  6. The Philadelphia Eagles have signed RB Darren Sproles to a one-year contract extension. Sproles will be $4.5 million richer after the 2017 season. Good re-signing for the Eagles. Sproles has shown he is still explosive in the return game and the passing game.
  7. The Detroit Lions inked CB Darius Slay to a four-year extension worth $48 million. The deal includes $23.1 million in guaranteed money. Pretty good re-signing for the Lions. Slay is definitely a good, up-and-coming CB. This may be a little overpriced, as he hasn’t played at a great level yet, but it’s not like the Lions have any stars to pay with Megatron now retired.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, and/or whatever is on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 28, 2016

And yet, you were the one who said fear was necessary for command.” -Captain James T. Kirk (Chris Pine), Star Trek

Chris Pine is a phenomenal actor and the franchise reboot was done masterfully (albeit with an excessive amount of lens flares, Abrams). Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything from Star Trek: Beyond for you guys. In fact, I won’t even give my opinion on it right now. You’ll have to go watch it yourself. Anyway, this is one of the more interesting themes from the 2009 original reboot (yes, that’s an oxymoron): Fear. Fear is a large aspect in life. A lot of what people do is in relation to how they feel about fear. That’s what sets the bold apart from the complacent. The bold face their fears, and the complacent, do not. I agree with Spock (Kirk is referring to him when he says ‘you’), fear is necessary for command. The greatest of leaders are the ones who are able to overcome their fears to perform when the group they are leading needs them to do so the most. As this is a sports blog, I will give a sports example. In sports, those great leaders are typically considered ‘clutch’. I’m sure Cleveland was terrified when the Cavaliers were down 1-3 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals this year. LeBron James overcame his fear of falling just short again and led his team to the amazing comeback that I use as a frequent example for things in my blog, now. So, fear is necessary for command because fear is what builds those commanders and teaches them to be able to lead, no matter what situation they are facing. To be perfectly honest, I am absolutely terrified of bees, wasps, hornets, and yellow jackets (and any other flying, black-and-yellow insects with stingers). I am also afraid that I will encounter a hopeless situation. I live my life with total belief that I can accomplish anything, if only I find the correct approach. But, I recognize that it is not possible to have COMPLETE control of every situation. Sometimes, I can’t accomplish something because key choices involved in the accomplishment are not mine to make. It sucks when a situation doesn’t work out because of the doing of someone else. It’s like working in a group when a group member doesn’t do what they are supposed to for the team to run smoothly. Fear drives us. However, I write the NFL news without fear:

  1. Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain did not travel with the team to California for training camp. An explanation for this has yet to be delivered to the public, but it IS possible that McClain could be headed out the door soon in Dallas. He is already suspended for the first 10 games of this season, and this certainly doesn’t make it seem like he is committed to football.
  2. Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell plans to appeal his four-game suspension for violating the league policy on substances of abuse. Much like New England Patriots QB Tom Brady, I doubt the appeal will amount to anything for Bell. Honestly, I’m getting really tired of NFL players appealing their suspensions. If they hadn’t made mistakes in the first place, they wouldn’t be suspended. So if they want to avoid suspensions, they need to stop doing stupid things that they know they aren’t supposed to do!
  3. New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall challenged Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown to a high-stakes bet today. If Marshall ends the season with more receiving yards, he wants Brown’s Rolls Royce. If Brown ends the season with more receiving yards, Marshall has offered to get him a Porsche. Brown has yet to accept the bet, saying, “He [Marshall] don’t really wanna do that.” That’s a lucky statement for Marshall, who likely won’t come close to Brown’s receiving totals, despite having QB Ryan Fitzpatrick back in the building. Back out while you can Marshall! Brown is just more productive than you.
  4. The Minnesota Vikings have extended the contract of head coach Mike Zimmer. The length of the contract has yet to become available to the public, but I think it’s a great deal for both parties. The Vikings really don’t need too much more talent to get to the Super Bowl, the team is really good right now and has the youth to compete for many years to come.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news and/or anything that’s on your mind, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: July 27, 2016

Football is an incredible game. Sometimes it’s so incredible, it’s unbelievable.” -Tom Landry, Hall of Fame Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

If you haven’t seen We Are Marshall, I HIGHLY encourage it. It is a sad story, but it is VERY inspirational. It also contains phenomenal acting performances. I use this quote because the NFL world has suddenly turned on it’s head. Congratulations New York Jets fans, you are likely more excited right now than any other fan base has been all offseason. I usually get deep and philosophical, but today has HUGE news that I’d like to get to right away:

  1. !!!!!!!THE NEW YORK JETS HAVE SIGNED QB RYAN FITZPATRICK!!!!!!!! No, you did not read that incorrectly. I will repeat: THE NEW YORK JETS HAVE SIGNED QB RYAN FITZPATRICK. Literally, just yesterday I read an article that said the Jets and Fitzpatrick were NOT EVEN CLOSE to an agreement on a contract. After the signing was announced today, Jets RB Matt Forte said the team knew about the negotiations, but were told not to speak about the matter. WHAT!? How in the WORLD did a NEW YORK-BASED team, especially one which is CONSTANTLY in the spotlight for being dramatic, manage to keep a secret THIS MASSIVE from THE MAFFIA (I mean, MEDIA)? I have NO IDEA how the Jets organization did it, but CONGRATULATIONS to their public relations department! The fact that they kept that TOTALLY secret (ALL media outlets have been consistently speaking about the distance between Fitzpatrick and the Jets) is ABSOLUTELY applause worthy! I can’t even fathom how that was possible! Sorry, rambling. Obviously, this changes things A LOT. I will need to update my win projections for the upcoming season, and QB Tom Brady’s suspension may very well hurt the New England Patriots now. Hopefully, I can finish that within the next week. Also, the contract is for one year, and $12 million, and get this: Fitzpatrick has the possibility of making $3 million more depending on team performance. This Jets team seems loaded and inspired. WOW!!!!!!
  2. Moving on from the Earth-shattering news, the Los Angeles Rams decided to release QB Nick Foles today following his request to be released. Obviously, Foles recognized there was no place for him in town with the arrival of #1 overall pick, QB Jared Goff. Possible landing spots for Foles include: Buffalo (insurance for starter Tyrod Taylor), Chicago (this one is just me hoping that SOMEBODY will finally recognize that Jay Cutler should NOT be starting), Cleveland (because, why not?), Denver (Peyton Manning replacement?), New England (Brady is suspended for the first four games of the season, remember?), San Francisco (this once is most likely, in my opinion because Foles is DEFINITELY superior to Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick, barring some career turnaround for either of those two).
  3. WR Hakeem Nicks will sign with the New Orleans Saints. I was really glad to see this headline. Nicks has a lot of talent, but was plagued by injuries during his time with the New York Giants, and was pushed out by the emergence of WR Victor Cruz (and replaced by a player that might sound familiar: Odell Beckham Jr). I still remember his incredible ‘Hail Mary’ catch right before halftime against the Green Bay Packers during the Giants divisional round game on their road to winning Super Bowl 46. Nicks is just 28 years old and New Orleans is a great landing spot for him. If you remember, one of my recent posts addressed the fact that the NFC South (specifically New Orleans) has a propensity to turn players’ careers around. Maybe with the fall of QB Drew Brees (only because he’s old, I’m not saying he’s not a good player anymore), will come the re-emergence of Nicks.
  4. Ryan Fitzpatrick was not the only signing the Jets made today, as they also added RB Bernard Pierce. Maybe not as flashy, but Pierce used to be a capable fill-in in Baltimore when RB Ray Rice was dealing with his stupidity.
  5. Remember how I was saying yesterday that it wasn’t a good idea to sign players with off-the-field problems? Well, guess what Jerry? I was right! As a result of having three suspensions in their front seven, the Dallas Cowboys are facing a fine of $250,000. Obviously, that’s not anywhere NEAR enough to discourage ‘Boys owner Jerry Jones from taking talent over personality, but it’s a start.
  6. While the New York Jets have been keeping their mouths shut over their team’s matters, the other team that shares MetLife Stadium has not been. Today, instead of the epiphany coming from QB Eli Manning, it came from New York Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr, who made a Super Bowl promise to the young attendees of a football camp that he was hosting. Seriously, somebody needs to remind the Giants that they are in NEW YORK. If you make those promises, NEW YORK expects you to DELIVER. There IS a reason the Jets kept their mouths shut about the Fitzpatrick deal. It’s never a good idea to give New York fans a false sense of hope. If the whole team was made up of 53 Odell Beckham Jrs, I would definitely believe in his Super Bowl promise. Unfortunately, he isn’t playing on the offensive line, or in the linebacker corps. Super Bowl teams need to be a little more well-rounded. By the way, if you are right OBJ, I will give you a HUGE apology because I will be crying my eyes out in joy if the Giants win the Super Bowl. I would love to have that MASSIVE boost of happiness. That’s why I watch the game. That’s why I love the game. Football means the world to me because it always seems to be there to make me feel better when I need it the most. It’s magical.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment regarding the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or anything that’s on your mind. By the way, question of the day: What does football mean to you? Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Update: July 21 (skip a few) 26, 2016

NOTE: I started writing this post on Friday. I’m sorry I did not post yesterday, but I am officially back now. I was off the grid for that brief period because I was vacationing at the Oregon Coast! Here is a picture from the room of the condo that my family rented:

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Right on the docks! That is the ocean RIGHT THERE! The ocean opens up about a half mile beyond that bridge in the upper right corner. I also set my running record there: I ran four straight sub-8 minute miles. I was pretty happy about that. I continued to run every other day, however, so my legs still hurt. Also, these puffins’ hairstyles:

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They have the same hairstyle as Donald Trump! Except, they combed it in the wrong direction. I have some more pictures but I’ll share those in future posts. For now, your regularly-scheduled programming:

“Most kids are smarter than most grown-ups. Kids see the world in black and white…They look through all the garbage and see a world run by fools and dullards and lazy people. And there’s nothing they can do about it because they have no power.” -Dav Pilkey, Author

(The scene proves that first sentence, though the ‘burp snart’ is very impressive.) Holy crap! This guy makes Einstein seem like an idiot! Okay, that’s excessive. But, this quote is my favorite that I’ve ever read. However, I don’t necessarily think it’s TOTALLY correct. Allow me to explain. Kids are NOT smarter than most grown-ups, they have just not yet been brainwashed. They do originally begin by seeing the world in black and white. Ever heard of coloring books? They start out black and white, too. So how do kids’ views of the world become the ‘color box 9, yellow’ views that most adults have? Well, what is one thing all kids go through together? What are they ALL required to do BY LAW, regardless of how poorly behaved they are as a result of poor parenting? They are all required to go to school. So, Pilkey is right. The kids’ black and white world DOES allow them to see that the world is run by fools and dullards and lazy people. Unfortunately, the fools, dullards, and lazy people are greedy enough to recognize the threat kids possess in seeing through their lies and deceptions. Pilkey is further correct in the assessment that kids have no power. The fools and dullards and lazy people also recognize this. They know that they must get the kids to disguise the picture with color before they have the power to show the truth to the blinded world. That is the entire point of school. School teaches children many things. However, elementary, middle, and high schools are focused on teaching children math, science, english, foreign language, and history. While all of those subjects are eventually used a little throughout life, most people only need extensive knowledge in two of those five subjects, depending on their career choice. What many schools fail to teach to the necessary extent, is the subject of philosophy. The government doesn’t want children to think independently. Independent thought allows the children to continue to see through the lies of the government (which is more apparent in Communist countries). Especially in elementary school, the lack of teaching with regard to philosophy is blatant to absurd extents. School is really just brainwashing. It is meant to turn the children of the world into mindless drones. They say it is easier to learn things when we are younger. The truth is, we are easier to brainwash when we are younger. Think about it. We have been so blind to the problems in our government that the race for president is down to a criminal and a reality TV star. Are you serious?! We have it within us to prevent this. I wish I could write this as an un-brainwashed individual. Luckily, I am still young enough that I have disrupted the full intent of the brainwashing, and I’m able to see some of the lies. Color may make the world look better, but black and white is the truth of the world. We don’t need to give power to the kids because they aren’t ready to handle it yet. But, we need to start a movement to end the brainwashing. We can’t see the full extent of the world’s leadership issues until untainted youth grow old enough to be able to wield the truth safely. On a side note, I mentioned poor parenting and there are A LOT of poorly behaved kids in the world today. Raise them well, please! Now the news:

  1. The Seattle Seahawks have extended head coach Pete Carroll’s contract through the 2019 season. Carroll is the oldest head coach in the league at 64 years of age (now that the New York Giants have made the idiotic move to force out coach Tom Coughlin), and he, ironically, coaches one of the youngest teams in the league.
  2. The drama of free agency continued. Current free agent WR Andre Johnson visited the Tennessee Titans today. Johnson was a long time member of the Houston Texans, and Spent last season with the Indianapolis Colts (all three teams are members of the AFC South. It’s two bad Jacksonville already has two young stars at WR). I personally doubt the Titans will sign him with WR Kendall Hunter leading the group, and the promising young Dorial Green-Beckham at number 2, who has been focused on building a stronger relationship with Titans QB Marcus Mariota this offseason.
  3. San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick is officially healthy enough to lose his training camp battle to fellow-QB Blaine Gabbert, fair and square. Yeah, I said it. Kaep’s health means zero for anybody. It’s Gabbert’s job.
  4. The Detroit Lions signed WR Anquan Boldin. Boldin has had stints with the Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, and, most recently, the San Francisco 49ers. Great signing. The Lions need WRs beyond Golden Tate and Marvin Lewis (who I’m only counting as 1/2 WR), and Boldin is a great choice. While he won’t replace Megatron’s production, Boldin is the reigning Walter Payton Man of the Year, which is something the city of Detroit sorely needs.
  5. Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is facing an extended suspension for once again violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. As a Giants fan, I’m loving every minute of this! The Cowboys front seven is imploding! This is what happens when you choose to ignore character concerns, Jerry. Dez is an exception (sort of).
  6. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon has been reinstated into the league following a year of suspension due to violating the NFL’s Policy on Substances of Abuse. He will still serve a four-game suspension to begin the season, but this could be fantastic news for Browns fans. The team now has a true number 1 WR, which allows rookie Corey Coleman to have some time to develop prior to being thrust into the limelight. Also, ANYTHING can help QB Robert Griffin III get back on track. The question is, will Gordon inevitably end up as another Johnny Manziel for Cleveland? If so, that could be devastating for the city that finally saw its championship drought come to an end this year.
  7. The Baltimore Ravens have signed OT Jake Long. … . I mean, Long has been a great player in the past…Unfortunately, as of right now, re-doing OT Eugene Monroe’s contract would have been better for the team because, frankly, Monroe has been playing at a superior level to that of Long recently. Oh well. It’s a decent backup plan.
  8. The Atlanta Falcons released KR extraordinaire Devin Hester today. Not sure it was a great move by the Falcons to lose both Roddy White AND Hester this offseason, but I can’t TOTALLY blame the team for wanting to get younger. Personally, I see a couple of suitable destinations for Hester. Baltimore has been missing a return extraordinaire since the departure of KR Jacoby Jones, and WR2 Breshad Perriman isn’t a guarantee to be healthy. Carolina has a makeshift WR core as it is, so why not throw another veteran into the mix? Chicago may lose WR Alshon Jeffery in free agency next year and Hester used to be a Bear, so that would be a great homecoming story. Cleveland is Cleveland. Philadelphia has had some recent WR struggles. San Francisco is San Francisco.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today (plus some bits of other days), make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote, and/or the daily news, and/or vacations (!), and/or anything else that is on your mind. Have a pleasant tomorrow.