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NFL News and Notes for June 2024!!!

One last week or two of NFL news and then we enter the dead zone from mid-June until the start of training camp. It's the one quiet time of the NFL year and the time when NFL front offices more or less close up and everyone goes on vacation before the madness of the preseason starts.

 

Players all wander off for one last break. Coaches either relax knowing they got the players they wanted or start to wonder what drugs the GM was taking when he assembled this roster as they start to print their resumes and reach out to friends in the coaching world to inquire about future job openings. Most coaching staff can pretty accurately predict the future of their franchise at this point. They know now if the free agents and rookies they've brought in are the real deal or fool's gold. 

 

Fans are confident and ready for the new season convinced, "This will be our year! Sure, we're starting a rookie QB and have over half the roster turned over, but this is it! I can feel it!" That optimism will start to fade soon enough, but for now, every fanbase is sure this will be their year.

 

This is turnover time for NFL front offices. Scouts, GMs, and assorted front office staff tend to get fired and shuffled this time of year. With the combine, free agency, and the draft behind us and a month or two before college football starts back up, it's firing and hiring season for scouts and the like. Expect to hear more than a few teams making wholesale changes to their front office staff in the coming days/weeks.

 

The Eagles wrapped up their second week of voluntary work and have a mandatory camp next week, then they're done until training camp. That will be the last chance for players to get themselves in trouble. July tends to be the nervous month for GMs whenever their phone rings as July is when the league tends to hand down the suspensions for offseason miscues. Have a player who did a no-no? You'll hear about it in July. Guys who have been released from the supervision of OTAs will find a way to get into trouble before training camp. That carefully assembled roster will start to look a lot less assembled as GMs scramble to scrounge the NFL refuse pile for someone, anyone to fill a newly created void.

 

We'll likely hear more contract signings in June and July as teams try to make their guys happy before training camp. Jordan Love, Tua, Trevor Lawrence, Dak, and others should all be getting or talking about getting new deals in June/July. Other guys like CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons may opt to sit out the start of training camp to put some pressure on the team to get a new deal done before they risk injury in the preseason.

 

We're about to enter the doldrums of the NFL offseason. That quiet time when the NFL largely disappears from sight. Everyone involved goes on vacation and the league finally shuts down for a bit. Then the whirlwind that is the NFL will pick up steam again as camps open and news starts to flow once again.

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Stampede Blue, the Colts community site, says that the team got a bargain with Michael Pittman's contract. He's getting 70 million for three years, averages about 23 million annually. There are 10 WRs who are making more than Pittman, so the Colts have a good deal by signing him early.Justin Jefferson and CeeDee Lamb have yet to sign new contracts, so theirs will probably be more than 23 million.

Some people thought that Pittman is overpaid, but after seeing some of these other contracts, it doesn't seem that high. 

 

Anthony Richardson's style of playing could make him injury-prone, but he doesn't want to change that. The thing to figure out is way to keep Richardson safer and also let him play the way he's used to. 

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Yeah, mobile QBs carry a higher injury risk. In a perfect world, you'd surround the kid with so much talent he always has an option to go to with the ball. The Eagles more or less have done that with Hurts. Kellen Moore in his Cowboys years used either the slot receiver or Ezekiel Elliott as the dump off option should nothing else be there. Dak always had an option if his first three choices (both WRs and the TE) were gone. It's not a bad way to scheme things to protect a QB. 

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In the two days of workouts observed by the Philly media, former Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers has impressed. He's been all over the field and making plays. There's a decent chance he earns a starting job on the defense.

 

With June first now behind us, teams can cut and trade players and defer some of their salaries to a future year for less of a cap impact this year. Expect to hear of a few moves being made this coming week. 

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Former Cardinal and former Eagle and current Washington TE Zach Ertz says Jayden Daniels is one of the hardest workers he has been around, both in studying the playbook, and coming into the facility early to work .....That's good news, we know he's not a Kyle Murray who the Cardinals tried to write in his contract that he would have a dedicated study time in his day, because he was so lackadaisical in his studying...but that clause didn't fly with the NFLPA.....so any wonder he and his Cardinals Coach, Kliff Kingsbury, who now happens to be Washington's OC, didn't get along...But Kliff no doubt is thrilled with Jayden in Washington.

 

When Kingsbury came aboard, while many praised this hire, others were skeptical. However, Washington's players have liked what they’ve seen from the installation of this offense and what they’ve heard from their new OC. It's not his "Air Raid" offense, this is a different offense that has changed and evolved.  Marcus Matiota QB's said, “I don’t think you can put labels on it,” I think that’s what’s the beautiful thing about it. For us [the offense is] fun to play in. There’s so many different aspects that you can get into. But to label it something I think does it a disservice.”

 

I can't wait to see this offense in action, it has to be world's better than what we witnessed last yr. 

 
 
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Being a hard worker is good. Being able to translate that to the field is better. There have been QBs that seldom cracked the playbook but made the plays on the field. There have been a lot of QBs who were genius-level in terms of the book-learning part of being a QB, but who couldn't execute what they'd learned on the field.

 

You don't know what you've got in a QB until he hits the field in the NFL in real games. Playing QB in the NFL is dealing with absolute chaos going on around you. Even when you know exactly what should happen, a receiver will run the wrong route. A defender will pop up where none has before. An official will get in the way. Things pretty much never play out the way they're designed. The defense works very hard to make sure they don't. That's their job.

 

Nearly every QB looks good in practice and seven-on-seven drills where things are predictable. In the real games, all of that predictable stuff goes away and the QB is dealing with chaos and having to adjust on the fly. Guys line up wrong. A guy will run the wrong route, or run the right route at the wrong speed. A receiver will stumble coming out of a break. A defensive end will go unblocked and be on top of the QB as soon as he gets the snap. 

 

Pretty much anyone can learn the book part of being a QB. Probably fifty percent of the young male population can physically handle playing QB (being able to throw a football forty yards or more.) Finding a guy who can handle the chaos of playing QB is a whole different story. Knowing what should happen and then dealing with what truly does happen is what separates the truly great QBs from the pack.

 

Everything you've learned pretty much goes out the window at the snap and you're having to adjust on the fly, under immense pressure, as pretty much everything goes wrong around you. That's why so many kid QBs fail in the NFL. They didn't forget how to throw the football. They aren't stupid. They can't handle the chaos. And it is absolute chaos. 

 

By the end of November, we should have a pretty good idea of how well Jayden Daniels can adapt to the chaos in his rookie year. By the end of November next year, we'll have a better feel for how he'll be as a QB overall. This rookie year for a kid QB is crazy. Enter with low expectations. In year two, the chaos starts to subside a bit and he should be adjusting to the speed and chaos. If not, then you've got problems.

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I didn't know Zach Ertz was with Washington. Somehow I missed the news. It sounds like Kliff Kinsbury will do better as coordinator than head coach. Some aren't cut out for heading coaching jobs and should stay with other types of employment. 

 

Isaiah Rodgers was a good player with the Colts. His gambling and suspension was the main reason the team released him. Rodgers has since apologized and says that he has put all that behind him. He won't be causing any problems in Philly and I'm glad that they have given him another chance. 

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While some NFL news might be slowing down while players/coaches enjoy some vacation time before training camp, other news will be keeping sports journalists busy!..It was announced that decisions will likely be coming this week on the separate Falcons and Eagles tampering cases:

 

For the Eagles, the tampering investigation was sparked by a second-hand remark from Penn State coach James Franklin, who said that Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman sold running back Saquon Barkley on jumping from the Giants by pointing to the number of Nittany Lions loyalists in the Philly fan base. There was nothing from Barkley, for example, acknowledging he’d spoken directly with Roseman or anyone else from the Eagles during the 52-hour negotiating window that strictly prohibits direct contact between team and player. As to the Eagles, the only way to justify punishment would be to engage in very aggressive investigation that would go beyond the denials of the involved parties.

 

As to the Falcons, Kirk Cousins admitted to four different potential violations during his introductory press conference. If the NFL is as motivated to hammer the Falcons as it has been in the past to nail the likes of the Patriots, the Falcons will face a massive punishment as the culmination of an aggressive investigation that looked at phone records, emails, surveillance cameras, and more..........

 

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Sunday Washington announced it has released kicker, Brandon McManus days after a lawsuit that was filed against him became public alleging sexual assault from an incident that occurred when he was a member of the Jaguars.

 

After 24 yrs of this under Snyder's reign Washington doesn't need this drama......GREAT DECISION!

 

 

 

 

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If you're going to be a jerk as an athlete (Brandon McManus) be a jerk at a position that's hard to replace. Kicker is not such a position. There are twenty or more guys sitting at home who can come in and replace Brandon McManus without missing a beat. 

 

The Eagles "tampering" charge is likely to be a nothing burger. Barkley says they didn't contact him directly. The Eagles say they didn't contact him directly. Everything was reportedly done through his agent. Penn State's coach said he heard something, but yeah.

 

The Falcons on the other hand, they may have an issue or twenty. Kirk Cousins was house-hunting in Atlanta about a month before free agency even started. It was pretty clear that some significant communication had gone down between the two. QB contracts are typically fairly long and detailed, often going forty or more pages. There are "standard" contracts where you fill in the blank for the amount the guy gets paid and the deal is done. QB contracts aren't like that. They're detailed. Often absurdly detailed.

 

The Eagles have their mandatory minicamp sometime this week. John Ross won a lot of fans with his media meet last week. He talked of how he knew he was making a mistake when he retired early and wanted back in. He has a seven-year-old son who he wants to impress. He's going to have to earn the roster spot and stay healthy through camp (injuries have been a big issue for him and put him in a bad place mentally) but he has a chance. We'll have to see how he does. He's still blazing fast. All the talent to be a Tyreek Hill-type of player. He just needs to stay healthy and keep his head in the right place.

 

With June first behind us, the Cowboys gained about $10 million in cap space for this year due to the Michael Gallup release and his June first designation. They'll need it since they still need to re-sign CeeDee, Parsons, and Dak.

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