For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn’t Bring Much of a Break

In fact, Butler’s strongest moments in 2017 came when he was tasked with shadowing the other team’s fastest receiver. When Butler was asked to follow DeSean Jackson, Robby Anderson, Emmanuel Sanders, Amari Cooper and Deonte Thompson (twice), quarterbacks completed only 48.8% of passes against him, despite the average depth of target against Butler jumping 2.6 yards from his average non-shadow assignment.

Now, here’s the really interesting part: It was far from the only thing out there on the US Bank Stadium turf that rang a bell for the 34-year-old offensive guru who has captured the imagination of the NFL.

There were a couple in that game that looked a little familiar, which was good, Riley said from his office on Thursday. But hey, we’ve taken things from people too. I’m not saying anyone took it directly from us. There aren’t too many brand-new schemes out there. It’s how you package it, put it together. There’s only so many things you can do with 11 guys.

The Chargers faced similar attendance struggles last season. Playing at the 27,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., the team often found that the fans enjoying the intimate atmosphere were actually cheering for L.A.’s opponent. In Week 2 of the 2017 season, Younghoe Koo, the Chargers kicker at the time, missed a field goal at the end of regulation to lose to the visiting Dolphins, and QB Philip Rivers said that missed kick produced the loudest roar of the crowd all day. The following week, the red of the visiting Chiefs’ fans glaringly contrasted with L.A.’s fans’ blue.

There are different thoughts in the Chargers office as to what was behind this enemy infiltration.

Really, when you look at it on a percentage-base, it’s no different than any of the other teams, Spanos says. This is not something that is just unique to us. I think the Rams experienced it a bunch last year. Miami experiences it with all the New England fans there. It’s nothing new.

Texans safety Andre Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Zack Martin is now the NFL’s highest paid guard after the Cowboys signed him to a 6-year contract extension.

The NFL is a copycat league. But Bucs Nation believes teams should be embracing originality and creativity instead.

If Earl Thomas’ holdout costs him games, expect Bradley McDougald to fill his spot at free safety for the Seahawks.

Meanwhile, over in Atlanta, cornerback Desmond Trufant is making plans to improve his playmaking ability. Can Trufant mold himself into a turnover machine? He won’t have Julio Jones to go up against during mandatory minicamp, as the star receiver continues his hold out, but Falcons fans are hoping Trufant can improve upon his lacking interceptions and pair up with Robert Alford to create a dynamic cornerback group.

That’s what we’re reading into today during OTAs and mandatory minicamp. And while NFL news is going to slow down soon enough, we’ll eat it all up this week! Ya know, stuff like new Raiders players in their full uniforms for the first time! We bet you couldn’t wait to see that.

Let’s imagine the alternate universe where Peyton Manning picked the Titans over the Broncos.

Terrell Owens announced Thursday he would be snubbing the Pro Football Hall of Fame of his presence at the induction ceremony this year after being snubbed the past two years.

OK, he didn’t say it exactly like that, but he would have been justified. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody that he’s not attending — after not even finishing in the top 10 in voting last year, Owens tweeted that the Hall was a total joke and it didn’t mean anything for him to get in anymore.

The snub was silly. Owens had a 15-year career with nine seasons of 1,000 or more yards receiving. He finished eighth in NFL history with 1,078 receptions, second in receiving yards with 15,934, third in touchdowns among wide receivers with 153, and with six Pro Bowl and five First-Team All Pro honors. He’s one of the best receivers of all time.

The consensus by Hall of Fame voters was that he had the numbers, but was a bad teammate. Being a bad teammate is really code for not liking the way he enjoyed his own success with antics like standing on the Dallas Cowboys’ star, stuffing his face with popcorn from a fan, shaking pom poms from a cheerleader, and pulling a permanent marker out of his sock and signing a football. Bad teammates don’t play in Super Bowls on a broken leg and still reel in nine catches for 122 yards, however.

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THANK YOU AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR!No pitcher has had that spectrum since he’s been the league, really.I heard somebody say we’re not going to allow you to do that, said.Smith is expected to replace Aiken once he returns healthy, but Aiken might end up being the No.But here he was, sharing hot chocolate with me and laughing about a dog he’d named after his rival.

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caught 30 passes for 454 yards and two touchdowns last , respectable numbers that could increase significantly.He’s meshing well enough with McDavid, been a physical force some and showed both skill and toughness on the power play.After a slower start, which included a run the top of the first and second innings, State put five runs up on the scoreboard the fourth inning to take a 7 over the Chargers.From their perspective, they have spent a lot of money just trying to keep the team together.

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