The Sullivan Playground and the new normal. A personal story from our Vikings blog, Daily Norseman, on the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital.
Broncos center J.D. Walton will miss significant time. He has an ankle injury. The Denver Post reported he would likely be out for the season. The Broncos say it could be as soon as mid-October. Mile High Report wonders if the Broncos will pursue a free agent.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie is not high on the media's scouting reports. Oakland media has been hard on the Raiders QBs this offseason, but McKenzie says pay no attention to that. Via Silver and Black Pride, McKenzie said: "As far as the beat writers' evaluations, I really don't pay a whole lot of attention to that. Sorry about that, beat writers. If you were really good I'd probably get you in one of these scouting jobs."
Justin Smith, who signed a two-year contract extension in San Francisco, won't be the type of player who sticks around too long. "I won't be the guy who's around for ten snaps, 20 snaps. It's either, I'm going or I'm not going. And, it's time to get my ass outta here, I'm going. So, I'll get a ticket like everybody else, that's what I'm doing."
Hard Knocks will show players getting cut. Apparently other teams were interested in participating only if they had more control over what was shown, like players getting cut. Cincy Jungle passes along quotes from Marvin Lewis explaining the Bengals position.
The Jets have mixed opinions on Mark Sanchez. In May it was (anonymously) reported that 80-90 percent of Jets players did not want Sanchez to start. In June Nick Mangold said that most in the locker room want Sanchez to start. Gang Green Nation takes a guess at which one is true.
Veteran quarterbacks are hard to come by this time of year. Acme Packing Company wonders if Green Bay needs to invest in one and the available options are not impressive.
Jonathan Stewart may not be ready for training camp. Cat Scratch Reader responds: "We know what Stewart can bring to the table when healthy and he's not trying to win a roster spot, so putting his ankle at risk by overworking him in training camp probably isn't a good idea."
The Jaguars are getting the largest scoreboards in the world. Until someone makes a bigger one later this year. "Today we're making a statement to the NFL, the nation and the world that Jacksonville is world-class," Jaguars owner Shad Khan said.
The Bucs were still learning their offense last year. Here is an interesting read from Bucs Nation that explains the complexity of the Bucs offense last year, which is one of the reasons they struggled.