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While all stadiums have facilities to deal with fans who get out of hand, Philadelphia’s Veterans Stadium was notorious for having a jail within its bowels. It was necessary due to Eagles fans being the worst human beings on the face of the planet. The Raiders will be on the cutting edge of law enforcement here. We can only hope wearing a Chiefs jersey is considered a Class A felony in the stadium.
The most salient questions -- when might Mack report; how much would he earn in 2018 and beyond; where would he play if a trade becomes viable -- are impossible to answer with the sides at a loggerheads and not even discussing the prospect of a fair-market contract extension. But allow me to promise you this much: Barring the Raiders suddenly reversing course and engaging on a legitimate contract, there is no way this All-Pro will be with the team when the regular season begins.
Two preseason games, two Top Baller spots. Warren was the workhorse back in this game, seeing 85% of the snaps and every carry. He was in the game from the first play to the last with only Jalen Richard seeing some time as a target out of the backfield. I guess they wanted to see if he could have a repeat performance of his preseason opener. He did that and kicked it up a notch.
While Conley and Key played only sparingly and without fireworks against the Rams, Hurst stole the show, bulldozing past the Rams’ Aaron Neary for a third-quarter sack. His get-off, balance and consistent effort has Raiders coaches believing they pulled off a draft coup in choosing the 290-pounder in the fifth round—don’t be surprised to see him running with the first team for at least a portion of the remaining preseason games.
It’s difficult to even hold a position on whether Jon Gruden has new and exciting plays in his “skunkworks”, because the plays Gruden has run in the first two preseason games have been the most basic and uninteresting ones imaginable. And yet, even that has been streets ahead of the junior high offense Todd Downing was running last year. We really have no idea what Gruden has in his bag of tricks for this season and the first people who will get to see them are the Rams in Week 1.
To help offset the loss, the team claimed safety Micah Hannemann off waivers from the Cleveland Browns. The undrafted free agent out of BYU had four career interceptions in college while playing both cornerback and safety. He appeared in both preseason games for the Browns this year.
After experiencing the dumpster fire at the kicking position last season, Chargers GM Tom Telesco made fixing it one of the top priorities this offseason. However, the Chargers still do not have clarity at kicker.
Our own Pete Sweeney believes that the Chiefs will not have the cap room to make a winning offer for Iloka, but our Matt Stagner makes a valid counterpoint.
Last year the secondary had coverage issues outside of Marcus Peters and from what we’ve seen this preseason thus far it looks like all they’ve done is swap out Marcus Peters for Kendall Fuller. Fuller has looked fantastic so far. He sticks to his man like glue and should be a huge asset for the Chiefs. After that is where things get worrisome.
With guard Menelik Watson dealing with another injury in what has been a career filled with them, the Denver Broncos have moved the sixth-year veteran to injured reserve. The team intends to release him once he is cleared medically, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The Broncos reportedly gave thought to signing Bridgewater as a free agent this offseason before inking his ex-Minnesota Vikings teammate, Keenum, to a two-year, $36 million deal. So, if the tea leaves are to be believed, there’s a natural curiosity in the 32nd overall pick from the 2014 NFL draft.
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After putting the four-time All-Pro through a tryout on Monday, the Washington Redskins have signed Peterson, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported, via a source informed of the situation. The team later made the news official.
Amid confusion and angst about the new helmet-contact rule, the NFL is having daily dialogue about the application in preseason games, league sources told ESPN. The league will also assemble an updated video tutorial that will be distributed to game officials, coaches and players once the final preseason games are played and in time for teams preparing for their regular-season openers, according to sources.
“I’m not trying to screw them,” Rodgers said on ESPN Wisconsin’s “Wilde and Tausch” on Monday. “This is a partnership. The only way this is going to work and the best way for this to work is that we’re in this together.”
A day later, veteran cornerback Richard Sherman posted a series of tweets regarding the rule and he didn’t hold back at all.