Happy Friday all. How about some conversation starters for the last day before a weekend? Here's a few lines from people around the league which I found interesting covering a wide array of topics. We'll start off "local" and move our way around the league.
"I would say yes. Everybody would like to take the first-team reps. Once you get your shot, you want to show that you can get it done. I'm pretty sure there will be a point in time when that happens. It hasn't right now."
That would be third year quarterback Dennis Dixon, talking about getting his share of first team reps in practice. We all know our quarterback situation, no need to explain it again.
"I did not accept $100,000, it is an absolutely ridiculous claim. I have completely cooperated with the investigation and answered any and all questions put to me."
Steelers first round pick, rookie Maurkice Pouncey, through a statement read by his agent, in regards to claims put forth by a Canadian informant, saying he received cash from an agent between the SEC Championship and his final game as an amateur.
"Miami was different; it was fun, a lot of stuff to do. In Canada, it was all right. It was pretty cool; different for me. Vancouver was a nice city; very pretty. They’ve got a lot of hills and mountains and I hadn’t been around that before."
"At one point, I was so sick they weren't sure I was going to live through the night,"
Scary comment made to the AP by former BTSC Hall of Famer LeCharles Bentley, in regards to the lawsuit he has filed against the Cleveland Browns following the outbreak of Staph infections in the NFL between 2006 and 2008.
McCoy, the No. 85 overall pick out of Texas, received $4.96 million with a signing bonus of $751,000, the source said
Mary Kay Cabot, of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reveling the terms of the possible future of the Cleveland franchise, Colt McCoy's rookie contract.
"The truth about (the case) is that Cedric got sucker-punched in a bar. That's the thing. And only because it was Cedric Benson does it become news."
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, in a statement to the Cincinnati Enquirer, regarding Bengals runningback Cedric Benson's legal situation. This coming right around the time Benson met with Commissioner Goodell to discuss the situation. The more I read about this, the less I believe there will be any kind of punishment, but who knows?
“No question he’s the kind of guy you want to put the ball in his hands. You can use him in the slot; you can do some different things with him.”
Cincy OC Bob Bratkowski discussing back up (potential suspension fill-in) running back Bernard Scott. Benson had a great year last year, but lost in that is Scott. Who despite fewer carries,finished the year with an equally impressive 5.3 yards per carry.
“I had to reconstruct my whole hip. It’s not something where I can say, ’I’m going to be back.’ I’m not coming back until I’m well and ready. I don’t care what anybody says. I know I can play football. I’m going to take my time with this and be sure."
Ravens' all world safety Ed Reed, discussing an injury that may keep him sidelined for the first week of the regular season. Not real breaking news, as we discussed it here, but noteworthy none the less.
He is the one who has not reached his peak and has shown so much promise in his short time as a Baltimore Raven.
Mr. MaLoR tipping his hat as to who he believes will replace Ed Reed, should he not be able to play early next season. To find out more about the potential suitors for Reed's spot, and to find out who MaLoR is even talking about, you'll find it here.
Around The League:
"I don't think there's any reason to be nervous. These deals are complex. They take twists and turns up until the end, but it's a deadline league."
St. Louis Rams' CEO Kevin Demoff giving his take on the negotiation process with first overall pick Sam Bradford. His deal has been rumored to be worth upwards of 40-50 million dollars guaranteed. More than Brady, Manning and Roethlisberger received in their last deals.
"You can see that from another sellout here at Wembley, and that's 85,000 people, there's a good base. The next step will be, I assume, we can move two games a season and build it up so that we can see a direction of travel, one which I would want to offer encouragement to as long as it was built and developed. But I am in absolutely no position right now to put a timeframe on it, as I just don't know enough about it just yet ... But as an idea, as a goal worth exploring and pursuing, count me in."
Recently appointed "Special Advisor" to NFL International Lord Byron Mawhinney on what he believes are the prospects for advancement of the "American" football into European markets. Mawhinney served for seven years, from January 2003 to April 2010, as chair of the Football League, which represents the 72 teams below the Premier League. He is a sporting heavyweight overseas, and his knowledge could move our football further onto the international stage. Could we see a Superbowl in London?
"This was very important to me to be able to get this done in time for the first practice. I want to help this team. I want to compete. I can't wait to start playing football again."
The first domino to fall, Dallas Cowboys' first round pick Dez Bryant, discussing the five year, 11.8 million dollar contract he signed last night. Hopefully this means we'll be seeing more first round picks signed soon (cough, Pouncey, cough.)
"He has established himself as one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers, and he’s an important part of the foundation we are building with this team. We are excited to have him as an integral part of the Broncos well into the future."
Broncos GM Brian Xanders, via the Broncos official website, discussing the new long term deal for their "undersized" pass rusher who wears 92, Elvis Dumervil. With this deal, Elvis appears to be staying in the building for some time to come. James Harrison comparisons a plenty.
"I hear that [lockout] talk and I just can't believe anybody is that stupid. If the owners or the players are that stupid that they are going to shoot this golden goose... I mean it's laying golden eggs. It's a multibillion dollar business. It's the most popular sport in this country, don't kill it. Don't be greedy. Greed has killed a lot of things in the world. Don't be greedy. There's a way to work out every situation if you're willing to work it out."
Strong words from former Bears and Saints Head Coach, Mike Ditka in regards to the NFL Labor Negotiations which have stalled and sputtered, and to which no end seems in sight. More to come on this for sure, but there is nothing we as fans can do but stay tuned.
Enjoy the weekend everyone. I'm heading to Yankee Stadium, in an attempt to catch A-Rod's 600th homerun on Saturday. Here's to hoping he doesn't hit it tonight (and we still win), and it doesn't rain all day tomorrow.