"It's a big blow to us."
-Browns safety Donte Whitner, on the suspension of Josh Gordon
New Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner knows the potential season-long suspension of receiver Josh Gordon is a significant loss for the franchise. Gordon faces a ban for repeated violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and was arrested on July 5 for DWI.
Whitner, who was brought in this offseason via free agency from the San Francisco 49ers, says the team must rally around the reigning NFL receiving leader instead of cut him, per an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio.
"We have to help him, and that’s the bottom line. We have to help him collectively. It’s not going be one person that helps him, it’s not going to be two people that help him. I’m talking about from the front office, the coaching staff, the players and his whole family. We have to help him not only for football purposes, but for life purposes to get his life in order."
"I certainly want to see the team stay."
-Buffalo mayor Byron Brown, on the Bills stadium issues
The Buffalo Bills and their city are waiting for a report from AECOM, an architectural and design firm out of Los Angeles, on where a new stadium could be placed within Buffalo, per The Associated Press.
The report was originally slated to be published Friday, but now is expected to be handed down in late July. After the passing of longtime team owner Ralph Wilson Jr., many around the NFL has speculated whether the team would remain in Buffalo, where it has been since its inception in 1960.
Currently, Ralph Wilson Stadium is undergoing $130 million in upgrades, making some believe the venue is the long-term solution. The Bills have been playing at the stadium since 1973.
"Good to get some one-on-one time here."
-Giants quarterback Eli Manning, on working with rookie WR Odell Beckham Jr.
The New York Giants have not made the playoffs since winning Super Bowl XLVI, a fate Eli Manning is determined to change this year. One step toward that goal is working out with rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr., the team's first-round pick out of LSU. This weekend, the pair was together at Manning's passing academy in Louisiana, per the New York Daily News.
Beckham is likely to step into a starting role considering his draft slot and the Giants' needs. After losing Hakeem Nicks to the Indianapolis Colts via free agency, a void was created. With Rueben Randle on the outside and Victor Cruz in the slot, Beckham is the likely name to fill out the other outside spot.
The offense will have a different look this season, with Ben McAdoo replacing Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator.
"I'd love to play for them but it hasn't worked out up to now."
-Jim Leonhard, on the Packers
Jim Leonhard is one of several veteran free agents hoping for a chance as dawn breaks on training camps around the NFL. For Leonhard, the chance to come home and play for the Green Bay Packers would provide a highlight at the end of his career.
"It would mean a lot, but we've had a lot of conversations with teams, Green Bay being one of them," said Leonhard. "They're a great organization, I'd love to play for them but it hasn't worked out up to now. You never know what can happen in the future, but we'll see. They're a great organization, and it's always fun to see the fans and have a lot of family that follows them closely."