Sick! It’s the only word that comes to mind when I hear the two word phrase Brett Favre uttered by anyone these days. The circus has gone too far and now the main event, the elephant who does tricks, has escaped and landed in Green Bay with an OJ like following and one thing on his mind— training camp. In the meantime I have to focus on giving you the best “other” news while watching headlines on what Brett Favre is thinking every hour on the hour, so this column doesn’t get labeled as outdated. I apologize in advance, for due to foreseen circumstances I have refrained myself from reporting any more news that pertains to the immortal number four. I hope you understand. Here’s your “other” news.
Megatron is destroying defensive backs?
Calvin Johnson will be the first to admit that his 48 receptions, 756 yards, and four touchdowns weren’t exactly “taking the world by storm” numbers considering the expectations of the former Georgia Tech star going in to the 2007 season. Lions’ fans and fantasy owners have no need to worry though, as this Johnson has started the Lions 2008 training camp in top shape and with a bang. According to
Michiganlive.com the Lions cornerbacks are already being heavily challenged by the second year receiver; challenges that they’re heavily losing. “The dude is a monster, man,” cornerback
Ramzee Robinson said after a practice. “A lot of guys out here, you can just line up and stay in a foot race with them and run up on the ball and make a play. He’s just a different beast, man. There’s something about when the balls in the air, the cat has that extra gear. When you line up against him, you’ve got to jump on your horse — and then some.” This should surprise no one as Megatron has all the talent in the world and now that he’s starting to fix some of his wrinkles and has a simpler playbook to learn he may be ready to break out in a big way in 2008.
Rudi, Rudi, Rudi may be ready to rebound.
As dynasty owners confusingly search the net for answers as to why the Cincinnati Bengals decided to part ways with
Kenny Irons on such short notice, a new and improved
Rudi Johnson is creating quite an excitement in training camp. According to the
Cincinnati Enquirer, after being slightly underweight (212 lbs.) for his running style last season, Johnson has added a few pounds and has built up his leg power in an effort to get back to that north-south style running back that exploded on to the NFL scene in 2003. The Bengals rushing average of 97.5 yards per game in 2007 was the lowest it’s been since 1995. Johnson hopes to get back to his roots and has been working hard this offseason to do so. The results thus far have been impressive as Johnson does seem to run bigger and faster. “I feel stronger getting in and out of my cuts,” he said. “I can feel it every time I cut. It’s just there.” Now that Johnson has his power back he can hopefully, with a little help from his friends in
Kenny Watson and
Chris Perry, help the Bengals return to their 2005 running form that churned out 119.4 yards per game and 11 victories.
Number of the week:
12. Before his awful 2007 performance, Rudi Johnson recorded exactly 12 touchdowns each season from 2004-2006. Johnson also recorded between 1,300 and 1,460 yards in each of those seasons as well.
, Scheffler determined.
Sour can only be the word to describe veteran
John Lynch’s feelings towards the Broncos organization. According to the
Denver Post, Lynch has decided to leave the team and explore other options.
The reason: Since Lynch reconciled his differences with the organization in March and agreed to take a pay cut to help the team, he’s been basically thrown to the curb as new arrival
Marlon McCree has seen all the nickel and dime snaps this week at training camp. Lynch is the third veteran vocal leader the Broncos have lost this offseason.
“Tony Scheffler made it through practice today,” quarterback Jay Cutler blurted out loudly. “Give him a hand. Congratulations.” All bets aside Scheffler has reiterated to the
Rocky Mountain News that he’s feeling good and determined to help out his team as much as he can. He also insists that he doesn’t have to change his game at all. “I’m still a little hesitant because of everything, but I’m almost sure everything’s behind me and I don’t plant any differently than I would normally,” Scheffler said. “It’s definitely feeling a lot better. And I don’t find myself adjusting my routes like I did during the season just in case I’d get in a bad angle on the foot.” His foot injury has been a concern this offseason, but this news should give fantasy owners who plan on taking a chance on him a little more comfort.
Ryan Grant’s holdout was a good thing?
Lurking in the shadow of the Brett Favre mania is the status of Ryan Grant. Yes, the now signed running back did put on a performance of a lifetime in seven starts last season, but he still has a lot to prove yet. Can he stay healthy for a long period of time? Is he truly the future of the Green Bay Packers? And what does he think of Brett Favre? And while the team and Grant have hashed their differences out off the field in a classic yet typical contract dispute, his back-up,
Brandon Jackson, who was supposed to be the future of the Packers running game, is starting to show that he may indeed be the future of the Packers rushing attack. “As far as everything we thought this kid was capable of being and doing, we’re starting to see more of that,” running backs coach
Edgar Bennett said. “We saw that last year, but now you’re seeing it more on a consistent basis. The sky’s the limit for him. I’m not going to say it just to say it. I mean it.”
James and Wilson headline Cardinals camp.
After missing the last seven games of the 2007 season due to a heel injury, safety
Adrian Wilson came back with a bang leveling running back
J.J. Arrington on a tackle during training camp practice this past week. According to the
Arizona Republic, Wilson, among others, seems to be on a mission to prove he’s the best at what he does. “I’m more motivated just because, like I’ve always said, I feel like I’m the best safety in the league, arguably,”
“There are only a few people in this league that you have to game plan around guys, and Adrian is one of them,” quarterback Matt Leinart said. “Fortunately, I don’t have to play against him. You always had to know where ’24’ is, because he comes off the edge, he’s gotten better in pass coverage over the years, he’s as fast as anybody, and he hits probably harder than anybody.” On the other side of the ball is the veteran 30-year-old Edgerrin James who for the past two years has received a large amount of scrutiny due to his lack of production. Some question whether or not he’s lost a step, but according to the
East Valley Tribune
“Edge” has lost nothing. “Edge looks good,” said Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt. “Our line will be a little bit better. We know what Edge does well. We know what our line does well. If we blend those things, we hope we’ll be a little better running team than we were last year.” James insists that his AARP card has not arrived yet, “That’s like a cliché,” James responded. “After all I’ve done and the way I take care of my body, I’m not even concerned with that.” The Cardinals selected
Timothy Hightower in this year’s NFL draft and rumor has it he’s been raising eyebrows thus far. The Cardinals also have
Marcel Shipp and the above mentioned Arrington to reluctantly turn to just in case, but we’ve seen that horrifying story already.
Did you know?
Edgerrin James has missed just one game in the last four seasons and has recorded over 1,100 yards and danced in the end zone at least six times in those four seasons.
Panthers’ Smith leaves Lucas with bloody eye after one punch.
Training camp is never training camp without a good fight. According to the
Charlotte Observer, the Panthers training camp saw a heavyweight match on Friday during practice as star wide receiver
Steve Smith and cornerback
Ken Lucas squared off in a battle of emotions that both would regret in the end. Lucas was left with a bloody swollen eye and had to be carted off the field. After the fight, and before Smith was escorted out of practice, the wide receiver went over and apologized to Lucas who was hunched over with one of his hands above his eye. Since, the Panthers announced Smith has been suspended two games for his actions. “We had an altercation that will be dealt with internally,” coach
John Fox told reporters. “Anytime something like that happens, you’re obviously disappointed. It’s part of football and you deal with it.” Fellow wide receiver
Muhsin Muhammad just hopes everyone can re-focus on the big picture once again. “The focus is not where it needs to be right now, which is training to play this 2008 season. I’m hoping we all come together as a team, as a family, and are able to put this behind us and come together and focus on the season, focus on winning games, and keep the big picture in mind because we’re all here to try to win a Super Bowl.” Big things are expected for Smith, but this latest incident could put a damper on those expectations, seeing that he will be missing two games.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin’s message to rookie receiver Limas Sweed.
“Hey 14! That’s why we brought you here … to be big!” Tomlin made this statement after Sweed caught a deep pass during a drill.
Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio commenting on Derrick Harvey.
“He’s falling behind, there’s no question,”
Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora talks about Brian Westbrook and what’s he worth?
“To be completely honest with you,” Umenyiora said, “if Philadelphia really understood his value to that team, they would never even have allowed him to get upset with his contract. You take Westbrook off that team and nobody would fear them. I don’t think they truly understand that. You’ve got to game plan against him. You’ve got to know where he is every play. When you’ve got a player on your team like that, you have to take care of him. He should be one of the highest-paid players in the league. Period. I’m not saying this as a friend of his. I don’t even know the guy that well. I’m just saying it because it’s the truth.”
Ravens underdog fullback Leron McClain comments on his state.
“I’m in way better shape than I was last year, more disciplined,” McClain said. “I’m going hard every play, going every play like it’s my last.”
Bills quarterback Trent Edwards talks about rookie James Hardy.
“Obviously James is a big target down there,” Edwards said. “We need to utilize his height and his physical approach to the position. … It’s something we need to work on and get better at. We hit a couple and missed a couple today. That’s part of practice.”
The Miami Dolphins have invited former Cowboys quarterback
Quincy Carter to training camp…..Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle
Quinn Pitcock decided to retire after just one NFL season…..The Tennessee Titans have cut wide receiver
Mike Williams…..The Texans signed former Bronco running back
Mike Bell; there’s a surprise….. Giants running back
Ahmad Bradshaw may have to serve another 30-day jail sentence at the
end of the 2008 season…..Former Bengal receiver and current free agent
Chris Henry will have to serve another four-game suspension at the start of 2008, regardless of where he lands on his feet….. Raiders quarterback
JaMarcus Russell returned from an elbow injury late this week…..Rams star running back
Steven Jackson continues to holdout….. Buccaneers QB
Jeff Garcia suffered a strained calf, but coach Jon Gruden insists that it’s a minor injury….. And finally the
Brett Favre hot stove continues to heat up as he has been reinstated by commissioner Goodell and is scheduled to arrive at Packers training camp on Monday. Enough said!
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