The Chicago Bears have made their second-best decision regarding the quarterback position since drafting Justin Fields in April. Fields was named the starter by head coach Matt Nagy (if you believe him, anyway) on Wednesday not only for Week Five, but moving forward.
In something that absolutely not a single person saw coming, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is struggling this season and that's putting it nicely. He agrees, which is the first step in admitting there's a problem. "I need to be better. I need to fight through and figure out how to make better decisions, how to make better throws, be a better football player. That's why I said I'm not going to quit. I'm not doing that. I'm not giving up on this season. No one in the building is." Okay, but maybe you should.
San Francisco 49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his calf during Sunday's game and sat out the first half. He didn't practice Wednesday, but isn't yet ruling himself out of Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals. When asked if he would still be hurting this weekend if he takes the field, he said, "I'd be battling through it probably. We'll take it day by day. It hurts, but it is what it is at this point. I'm not going to put anything in stone yet."
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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy said all three quarterbacks will have the chance to start Week Four. So, where does that leave them? No final decisions have been made yet, but Andy Dalton and Justin Fields practiced on Wednesday. Nagy is still insisting that Dalton is the starter if he's healthy. I'm waiting on the edge of my seat.
One of the best things about having a rookie quarterback is that you have to, at some point, basically expect some growing pains. That's what happened with New England Patriots rookie quarterback Mac Jones last Sunday. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels mentioned that it's expected, but it also can't become the norm. "You may have a bad quarter, may have a bad day, you may have a bad week, but it doesn't mean you can let that snowball into a bad season. Just taking as much as you can from each opportunity to learn. The adversities are sometimes our best teachers."
Speaking of rookie QBs, Trevor Lawrence is also dealing with something similar. The Jacksonville Jaguars haven't won a game this season, but Lawrence says he can feel himself growing and learning in his first season in the NFL. "I feel like every week I've gotten better. I definitely feel the progress. I feel like I'm seeing it really well. I feel good about where I am."
While we're talking about teams that haven't been playing well this season, may I present to you the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be one of the more significant problems, showing his age and inability to move around as much as he would probably like. Roethlisberger is (of course) saying that nothing is on any one person or position. "I think there's not this one big glaring thing. It's just a little thing here, a little thing there, which I think is why we can be encouraged as an offense that it's not that far off."
Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill might be down two receivers this week, as both Julio Jones and AJ Brown are dealing with injuries. However, Tannehill somehow isn't worried (I am). "Something we believe in this organization is 'next man up' mentality. Not sure who is going to end up trotting out there on Sunday, but I'm confident in whoever it is."
I love a good revenge game. But apparently, Jacoby Brissett doesn't. With Tua Tagovailoa still out due to a rib issue, Brissett will be starting another week for the Miami Dolphins. And he gets to play his old team, the Indianapolis Colts. Brissett spent four seasons with the team. "I'm not in here for like a revenge game or anything like that. I want to go to win."
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greg olsen shares update on son's health
Recently retired tight end Greg Olsen shared an update regarding his son's health earlier this week. He shared that his son TJ may need a heart transplant.
Olsen previously played with the Chicago Bears, the Carolina Panthers, and, most recently, the Seattle Seahawks. Olsen's charity, the HEARTest Yard, focuses on helping children with heart defects get proper health care. You can find out more here.
bucs cut OTas to six sessions
Because Tom Brady said so. Brady urged players to negotiate with their coaches when it came to reporting for offseason work, and it seemed to work in Tampa (shocking). The team is now reducing their organized team activities down to six sessions.
The Bucs will still hold mandatory minicamp in early June, and it's likely a more relaxed schedule will be given for those exercises as well.
Other teams, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers also negociated offseason work. While the details aren't known, players were able to work virtually and in-person, and players, like Cam Heyward, are appreciative.
Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told the media on Tuesday that while most veterans stayed away and OTAs were more for the younger players, he also mentioned "for their protection" that players should work out together at team facilities. Aka, "we don't want a Ja'Wuan James situation.
first look at joe burrow's comeback szn
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow tore his ACL in late November of last season and is determined to be ready for training camp. While he's still not at 100 percent currently, Burrow still took to the field on Tuesday and even did some throwing. We love to see it.
I know it's only May, but this is still a good thing to see if you're a Bengals fan. But I'm still gonna be keeping an eye on that offensive line as well.
Arthur smith isn't talking about julio jones right now
There's still major drama surrounding Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and his (potential) trade, but the Falcons' personnel isn't going to give anything away at the moment. After famously (at this point) saying on Undisputed that he was "out of there" earlier this week, head coach Arthur Smith pulled the "conversations are private" card when speaking of Jones.
A reminder that a trade after June 1 will leave the Falcons with under $8 million in dead cap (before June 1, it would be over $20 million). It's May 26. Tick, tock.
aaron jones says he re-signed with packers regardless if rodgers will be there or not
The rumor mill was turning (and continues to turn) when it comes to the Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rumors swirled about that Rodgers told teammates and free agents that he likely wouldn't be back in Green Bay, but running back Aaron Jones said that wasn't the case with him, and he likely would have been back regardless.
It's still up in the air whether Rodgers will be there come September, but another Aaron will be back.
all teams (sort of) cleared for full stadiums
30 of the 32 NFL teams are cleared to return to full capacity in stadiums this fall. The two lone teams are the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts, but their plans should be approved in time for the season to begin.
Masking and vaccination rules will be left up to the teams and local regulations, but things look to heading back to "normal" in the NFL world. NFL teams are still encouraging players, staff and fans to get vaccinated at their earliest convenience.
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