The Chargers Dwight Freeney had a very disappointing season last year, but he is hoping to bounce back in 2014. Despite the optimism that runs rampant for everybody at this time of year Dwight knows that he won't really know if he is going to be 100% until the pads come on. Until then he is just trying to take care of his body and get ready for his 13th season in the NFL.
The talk of the town in San Diego is about new acquisition CB Brandon Flowers, but the cornerback on the other side is an important cog to their machine as well. Jason Verrett is just a rookie but he was drafted in the first round to be a key contributor for the club. Unfortunately for them he had shoulder surgery in March that has kept him off the field so far for the team. Verrett's focus is squarely on his health and getting himself ready to be back on the field come training camp.
The Brandon Flowers saga was thought to be over, but it looks like it just got a little bit personal. The former Chief and current Charger says that staying in the AFC West was important to him so that he could get a shot at playing the Chiefs in order to let them know how he feels about their decision to release him.
Chiefs rookie first round pick Dee Ford has been very impressive so far off of the field showing a possibly elite first step, but now he is looking even better after showing that he cares off the field as well. Operation Breakthrough is a non profit organization that helps poverty stricken kids and Dee Ford took time out to visit with the less fortunate youth.
It would be the worst nightmare for just about any Denver fan if Peyton Manning were to go down, but back up QB Brock Osweiler believes he would be ready to takeover if that were to happen. The young quarterback was drafted in 2012 as the heir apparent for Peyton but his action in meaningful games so far has been extremely limited. That hasn't dampened Osweiler's confidence though.
Who do you think the best Linebacker in the NFL is? Hall of Famer Mike Singletary believes the answer to that question is Von Miller. He calls the Denver OLB a pass rusher but also just a pure playmaker and it is hard to argue that evaluation. I don't know if I could go as far as to call him the best in the league but he is in the conversation, at least until Khalil Mack plays his first games for the Raiders and dominates anyway!
The Browns made a very unpopular decision when they cut ties with former coach Rob Chudzinski after just a single season where he saw his team riddled with injuries. The decision left the Browns head coach position tough to fill but eventually they found their guy in new coach Mike Pettine. In just 13 years of coaching Pettine has gone from starting out as a high school coach and has climbed the ladder all the way to the very top to become an NFL head coach.
The NFL had quite the lawsuit on their hands over the past year with retired players over concussions. The matter had seemed to be settled after the two sides agreed to a settlement that included a $675M cap on the amount of money that could be paid out for medical expenses. However, the judge decided that the cap provided was not enough money and the lawsuit settlement was thrown out. Now the two sides have come to a new agreement that does not include a cap on the amount of money that can be paid out.