Daniel Jones wins Giants job, Tom Brady passes Patriots torch and more Week 1 preseason overreactions
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Everyone knows that everything seen in Week 1 of the NFL preseason is exactly what it will be for the 2019 regular season.
Now that every team has played at least one game that doesn't count, it's time to react to the first live action of the NFL season. Here we add a dose of reality to the most hyped storylines coming out of the weekend.
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Overreaction: Patriots are ready to replace a retiring Tom Brady (again)
Brady and his wife are selling their mansion in Massachusetts. He is set up to be a free agent in 2020. At the same time, while Brady sat out New England's preseason opener, rookie fourth-rounder Jarrett Stidham parlayed his strong training camp into a fine debut (14-of-24, 179 yards, TD, 95.7 passer rating) against the Lions.
Stop if you've heard this before: From all accounts, Stidham's talent, toughness, smarts, knowledge of the offense, confidence and poise already make him a worthy heir apparent to Brady. So it looks like the Patriots have their new Jimmy Garoppolo, just in time for Brady's true swan song as a 42-year-old.
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Eric Reid doesn't sound happy with Jay Z and Roc Nation.
On the day it was announced the rapper, producer and entrepreneur and his company had agreed to a deal with the NFL, the Panthers' safety had some harsh words in response.
In a story released by ESPN, Jay Z was asked about the ramifications of agreeing to a deal with the NFL, an organization that recently was involved in (and settled on) a civil lawsuit with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That lawsuit alleged collusion between team owners to not sign the former 49ers signal-caller due to his taking a knee during the national anthem.
"For me it's like action, (an) actionable item, what are we gonna do with it?" Jay Z said. "Everyone heard, we hear what you're saying, and everybody knows I agree with what you're saying (in Kaepernick's underlying message). So what are we gonna do? You know what I'm saying? (Help) millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job."
The NFL's deal with Roc Nation will — in Jay Z's paraphrased words — "amplify the league's Inspire Change initiative for social justice. And the opportunity to potentially accomplish big things and uplift many in communities important to him was an opportunity he couldn't ignore."
One player's status was clarified Tuesday as the regular-season opener countdown reached single digits.
But another player could be on the move before Week 1 gets underway if negotiations go smoothly over the next week.
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Ezekiel Elliott training with Marshall Faulk during holdout
The Cowboys star is staying in shape by working out with the Hall of Fame running back in Mexico, and while Faulk acknowledged Elliott is in prime shape, he admitted training isn't the same as seeing in-game action.
"His fitness is great, but playing in games is different," Faulk told ESPN . "My job is to close that gap with putting him in active game situations. The only thing we can't simulate is the contact."
It remains unclear if Elliott will extend his holdout into the regular season even though the Cowboys reportedly offered to make him the league's second-highest paid rusher, which would net him an average salary between $13.125 and $14.375 million.
Jadeveon Clowney making jump to Dolphins?
Miami is rumored to be interested in trading for the Texans linebacker, who reportedly already met with Dolphins coach Brian Flores and other members of the organization. But Clowney, who has yet to sign his one-year tender worth $15.967 million and recently parted with longtime agent Bus Cook, reportedly prefers the Seahawks o[......]Read More
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Jared Goff is staying with the Rams for the foreseeable future.
Los Angeles and the quarterback agreed to a four-year extension Tuesday which will keep him with the team through the 2024 season, the team announced.
We've agreed to terms with @JaredGoff16 on a four-year extension!
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) September 4, 2019
The deal will be worth $134 million and includes an NFL record $110 million guaranteed, according to NFL.com.
The #Rams and QB Jared Goff agreed to terms on a 4-year deal worth $134M, source said. He gets $110M guaranteed, a record.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 4, 2019
Rams coach Sean McVay said in June he was confident the sides would eventually come to an agreement.
“He’s just getting better and better,” McVay said at the time (via USA Today's Ramswire). “This offseason, he’s continued to take steps, truly becoming an extension of the coaching staff and a huge part of our success as a team the last couple of years is due to his leadership and we’re so thankful to have him. .. It’s insane to think that he’s going anywhere. He’s stuck with me as long as I have a say.”
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Delanie Walker didn't buy into the Browns buzz entering the season.
And nothing changed Sunday, as the Titans tight end didn't shy away from his opinion about Cleveland after Tennessee left FirstEnergy Stadium with a 43-13 victory to start the regular season.
"It's funny, man. It's so funny, like you can doubt someone and you ain't even played the game yet," Walker told reporters after the game, via The Tennessean. "But that's what we do in this league. We hype teams. We hype 'em and that's the norm."
The Browns entered the game as the favorite but slipped into disarray as they committed 18 penalties for 182 yards to drop their 15th straight regular-season opener.
"We didn't circle this game. This is just another game," Walker added. "We ain't even worried about it. I'm gonna tell you again, man. They were who we thought they were. Y'all can crown 'em if you want. Crown 'em. Still got to play football."
#Titans TE Delanie Walker on Browns / their hype:
“They are who we thought they were.”
“We didn’t even circle this game.”
“Y’all can cro[......]
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The Giants could return to New York for their home opener in Week 2 without their top receiver.
According to the New York Post, Sterling Shepard is currently in concussion protocol.
Update: Sterling Shepard DOES have a concussion and is in the protocol program.
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) September 9, 2019
Shepard, who had six receptions for 42 yards in the Giants' 35-17 loss to the Cowboys, is dealing with a concussion sustained sometime during Sunday's game.
Before the Post's report confirming the diagnosis, coach Pat Shurmur said Shepard "may" be dealing with a concussion during a conference call with media.
“He’s getting tested. He has to go through some of the testing," Shurmur said. "It appears he might be in the protocol here. Each guy is different, as you know. We’ll just have to see how it goes.’’
The concussion doesn't eliminate Shepard from the upcoming contest against the Bills, but if he does not recover in time, he will likely miss action.
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It's been a while since Ben Roethlisberger has missed a game because of injury, but the Steelers appear optimistic his backup can get the job done in his absence.
Third-year quarterback Mason Rudolph filled in for Roethlisberger to start the second half of Sunday's game against the Seahawks after the veteran was sidelined with an elbow injury that has knocked him out for the rest of the season.
Despite Pittsburgh's 28-26 loss to drop to 0-2, Rudolph garnered praise from the Steelers locker room after finishing 12 of 19 for 112 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
"Mason did a really, really, really good job today," tight end Vance McDonald told reporters after the game, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "He’s thrown the ball and made his reads, and he’s very deliberate about that. It’s something we can look forward to on offense. I think him and (offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner) have a great connection.
"He’s come a long way since last year. If he’s our guy, he’s our guy. We’ve got to move forward with him."
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Few people could have predicted that Teddy Bridgewater, Mason Rudolph and Daniel Jones would be the talk of the NFL at the end of Week 2.
But that's where things stand after the official benching of Eli Manning on Tuesday followed injuries to Drew Brees and Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday.
From postgame press conferences to next-day media availabilities, here are the 10 best Week 2 quotes from players and coaches around the NFL:
— Rams coach Sean McVay spoke highly of his interior offensive line's performance Sunday against the Saints despite being composed of two new starters: "Really, when you look at those three guys, very young group," he said . "They did a good job as the game progressed."
— Despite a disappointing outing Sunday in which he missed three kicks, Colts veteran Adam Vinatieri isn't getting discouraged: "I’m going to work a lot this week to get those demons out so I can go clear-headed and step on the field and just do my job," he told reporters .
— Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians talked about what it was like babysitting Ronde and Tiki Barber in late 1970s as a Virginia Tech teammate and roommate of their father James : "(Ronde)'s got some really ugly pictures of me with some bad hair."
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Cam Newton wasn't at the Panthers' practice Thursday, prompting speculation that he won't play Sunday against the Cardinals.
If Newton is unable to play, then backup Kyle Allen will get his second career NFL start.
Once again, Cam Newton not practicing today. Kyle Allen time coming.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 19, 2019
Despite telling reporters he wouldn't address Newton's status, coach Ron Rivera was pressed about his availability and left his press conference early.
Ron Rivera’s press conference went for less than 3 minutes. Says he’s happy to discuss Arizona and any Cardinals questions, but repeatedly asked about Cam Newton and his availability, leaves early.
— Brendan Marks (@BrendanRMarks) September 19, 2019
Newton aggravated a foot injury last Thursday against the Buccaneers and has been limited in practice since. Allen has been taking the first-team reps in practice this week and said, if Newton isn't ready to go when the team travels to Arizona, that he is ready to step up. Newton has been in a walking boot this week.
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