June 2016


Leonard Williams was unimpressed by his production last year, no matter how many people told him he had a good rookie season for the New York Jets. The big defensive lineman showed flashes of what made him the No. 6 overall pick in the draft and the player many regarded as the best all-around talent available. Williams finished with a modest three sacks and a combined 63 tackles while starting 15 games.
When Eugene Monroe tweeted his dissatisfaction over the Baltimore Ravens distancing themselves from his cause, of pushing the NFL to let players use marijuana as a painkiller instead of more dangerous drugs, it just happened that the Ravens had already planned to cut the tackle. The team simply figured out, in the middle of June, that Monroe had an injury history. Just ask Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
Fletcher Cox is getting paid like the quarterbacks he tries to torment. The Philadelphia Eagles and Cox agreed on a contract extension Monday night. Eli Manning and Philip Rivers are the only players who got more guaranteed money.
When Eugene Monroe tweeted his dissatisfaction over the Baltimore Ravens distancing themselves from his cause, of pushing the NFL to let players use marijuana as a painkiller instead of more dangerous drugs, it just happened that the Ravens had already planned to cut the tackle. The team simply figured out, in the middle of June, that Monroe had an injury history. Just ask Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
With the New York Giants ending minicamp and beginning a six-week run to the start of training camp, new coach Ben McAdoo wasn't going to let them leave without a warning. McAdoo disclosed Thursday that he talked to the team three times in the last 24 hours about working out, staying out of trouble, and showing up on July 28 ready to go. Just remember this team was stunned on July 4, when two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul mangled his right hand in a fireworks accident in Florida.
Drew Brees was a guest on “The Dan Patrick Show” and was asked about one of his sons being a Cam Newton fan. “When asked what their favorite teams are, I had two say the New York Giants and one say the Carolina Panthers,” Brees said. “I don’t know what gets into these kids’ heads, to be honest with you,” Brees deadpanned.
The New York Jets are Geno Smith's team again. With the Ryan Fitzpatrick contract saga still dragging on with no end in sight, the reality is that the Jets are moving forward with Smith under center as the starting quarterback. It's an opportunity Smith has seized, for the most part, during workouts and, now, minicamp by showing improvement from a year ago.
The days of Steve Spagnuolo searching for ways to get the New York Giants a pass rush are over. The free agent signings of defensive end Olivier Vernon and tackle Damon 'Snacks' Harrison have turned the line into a force again, and that's not all ''Spags'' got in the offseason for the NFL's worst defense. General manager Jerry Reese signed former Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson and Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, re-signed end Jason Pierre-Paul and drafted cornerback Eli Apple, safety Darian Thompson and linebacker B.J. Goodson in the first four rounds of the draft.
Darren McFadden fractured his right elbow trying to keep his new iPhone from hitting the ground and cracking. The Dallas running back is likely to miss the start of training camp as a result, and fourth overall pick Ezekiel Elliott is that much closer to starting. The fracture showed up on X-rays as part of the physical before mandatory minicamp that started Tuesday, the same day of surgery for the Cowboys' leading rusher in 2015.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but the NFL Network noted that the deal is worth $32 million, with $20 million guaranteed and another $10 million serving as a signing bonus. Marshall had a second-round, $2.553 million tender placed on him by the Broncos earlier this summer. With Marshall in the fold, Denver is expected to turn its attention toward fellow linebacker Von Miller.

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