Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was absent from practice again on Thursday, making it the second straight practice missed. While it was said that he was just dealing with some back soreness, it is somewhat alarming that he's missing yet another day of work. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman gave an update on his status.
The Arizona Cardinals are currently undefeated, and a lot of that is due to quarterback Kyler Murray. While he's currently being talked about within the ever-elusive "MVP Conversation," Murray says he's not really thinking about that right now. "It's a long season, and I was always raised and taught that if you win as a team, the individual accolades will come. That's how I treated it in high school, that's how I treated it when I won the Heisman, same thing for now. I'm not really worried about MVP or anything like that."
Earlier this week, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said that he wants quarterback Taylor Heinicke to calm down a little bit and focus on managing the game better. In other words: Stop doing too much. Heinicke says he takes no issue with Rivera's comments. "I have no problem with it. That's what every quarterback should be - game manager. You take what's there, take what's given, and you move the ball down the field."
I know he's supposed to say this stuff, but Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is really buttering up his opponent for next week. Rivera kind of over-did it when it came to talking about Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. "I mean, this is a savvy guy, this is a guy that's been doing it a long time and has had a lot of success. He's a league MVP. So you know, he's a really good football player. He's got a good arm. He still makes all the throws. He is a little older, but with that comes wisdom and experience. And that's what you see from Matt." Is it, though?
Oh no. Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had some strong words to say about this week's game against the Los Angeles Chargers and I'm just going to leave them here and call it a jinx. "It was always looked at as another home game and that's no disrespect, it's a fact. The way you practice, the way you meet, it felt like a home game. I fully expect Raider Nation to take over the majority of the stadium again. They usually do." Oh no.
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Trevor Lawrence is rehabbing his shoulder
Presumed first pick Trevor Lawrence had surgery in early February on a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder, and is well into his recovery. Lawrence, who is likely to head to the Jacksonville Jaguars if all goes to plan, posted photos of his rehab process.
Lawrence is said to need up to six months of rehab before he's ready to play as normal and says he'll be ready for training camp this summer. His soon-to-be head coach Urban Meyer assisted Lawrence in timing his surgery and recovery process.
âHe better not cut that hair either.
Dolphins to release kyle van noy
The Miami Dolphins are set to release linebacker Kyle Van Noy this offseason from the four-year deal that he signed just last year. Van Noy is a likely cap casualty, saving the team almost $10 million in cap space.
Van Noy responded, saying he was "surprised and disappointed" by the move.
jj watt will wear no. 99 for cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals have officially un-retired the No. 99, once held by Marshall Goldberg, so their newest member, JJ Watt can wear it. Watt says he spoke to Goldberg's daughter and she gave her blessing for him to use it.
All I know is NOBODY better be un-retiring No. 20 in Baltimore.
jj watt signs with cardinals
Amidst several rumors, JJ Watt has finally found his new home. The Arizona Cardinals signed him to a two-year deal, worth $31 million, with $23 million guaranteed. And he made sure to report the deal himself.
Watt reunites with former Houston Texans teammate DeAndre Hopkins and former defensive coordinator Vance Joseph. After being linked to the Cleveland Browns, Buffalo Bills (which was my personal pick), and the Green Bay Packers, he chooses neither of them, with the Cardinals being the dark horse.
And the Cardinals play the Texans in 2021. Of course they do.
Joe Lombardi excited about expanding Justin herbert's skillset
One of the best stories of the 2020 NFL season was the arrival of Los Angeles Chargers rookie quarterback Justin Herbert. The Rookie of the Year winner was thrown to the wolves by accident after a self-inflicted injury of then-starter Tyrod Taylor and shocked the entire NFL world with how well he adjusted to life as a starter. Offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi had nothing but good things to say about Herbert and plans to expand his skillset heading into his sophomore season.
washington expected to move on from alex smith
The Washington Football Team is set to release quarterback Alex Smith soon, according to NFL Network.
As the winner of this year's Comeback Player of the Year Award, Smith defied all odds after returning from a devastating leg injury, almost losing his leg and life. No one is taking that away from him. However, there's also no denying that we all watched through our fingers when he took the field this season, hoping everyone just stayed the hell away and he stayed upright.
An intriguing spot for Smith, should he choose to continue playing, is the Jacksonville Jaguars. Smith could reunite with head coach Urban Meyer and serve as a mentor for probable first pick Trevor Lawrence.
titans shopping isaiah wilson
After a tweet-and-delete from Tennessee Titans first-round pick Isaiah Wilson surfaced, saying he was done playing football with the team, the Titans are trying to trade Wilson, or at least exploring what they could possibly get in return for him.
Due to his troubling 2020 season, it's crazy to think that Tennessee will get much for him in return. But, I guess it's better to get some scraps for a first-rounder, rather than nothing.
I could see a situation where TEN gets a conditional pick if he stays on a roster for the entirety of the season, or x amount of games.
KJ Wright doesn't think russell wilson is leaving seattle
The internet exploded yesterday with stories and rumors of QB Russell Wilson wanting to get as far away from the Seattle Seahawks as humanly possible. Among those extreme rumors, there were also mild sprinkles of "he's not leaving," here and there. Linebacker KJ Wright is among the latter, insisting that Wilson isn't leaving.
Deandre hopkins is still talking about his trade
... And I don't blame him one bit. Everyone has been pointing and laughing at the Houston Texans for a while now, but none other than former wide receiver, and the product of the most bone-headed trade of all time, DeAndre Hopkins. I'll let this tweet speak for itself.
julian edelman unsure about his status for 2021
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman was limited to just six games last season, due to a lingering knee injury that never really seemed to improve. Apparently not much has changed. He wants to play, but his knee may stop him from doing so. It's only February, so that cannot be a good sign.
Left tackle DJ Humphries restructured his deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday, creating about $10.59 million into a signing bonus.
Arizona cleared $7.06 million towards the salary cap with this move.
Now the question is, what for? Leonard Fournette? Jadeveon Clowney? Or are they simply planning to pay DeAndre Hopkins and keep him around for a while?
In the trade heard around the world, star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is now a member of the Arizona Cardinals. With already high expectations of him in his sophomore season, quarterback Kyler Murray is now heightening those expectations, with high praise for his receiving corps.
I've said this before, and I'll say it again -- Murray is going to have the sophomore season like Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes had. And what better cast to do it with?
Larry Fitzgerald is one of those special receivers that we will talk about for years and he makes catching footballs look effortless. Hopkins, you can say the same things about. He needs to work on getting some chemistry with Murray, but both are such special players that it shouldn't take too much of an effort. Christian Kirk isn't on the same wavelength of either of these two guys, and will probably get the lesser workload of the three, but he can still get it done.
This sounds like an outrageous prediction, but if you look at it closely, it really isn't that crazy.
Here is... yet another.
The first Arizona Cardinals player to opt out of the 2020 NFL season is right tackle Marcus Gilbert.
This is a big one in terms of team production. I fully expect quarterback Kyler Murray to have that "all-star sophomore season" that we've seen from guys like Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson.
Having your right tackle opt out could definitely put a damper on that. However, not only do I respect his decision, but Kliff Kingsbury is a guy that truly believes in the 'next-man-up' approach. Kyler can still have that season.
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