Quarantine reading: What Nick Foles' 'Believe It' book tells us about the new Bears quarterback and his wild 8-year NFL career
Nick Foles’ text to Andy Reid in July 2016 was supposed to end his football career.After a dismal season with the Rams, Foles had lost his love of the game and asked for his release from the organization, which had just drafted Jared Goff with the No. 1 pick. Other teams inquired about signing the former Pro Bowl quarterback, including Reid, who was looking for a backup to Alex Smith with the Chiefs.But Foles, who spent his rookie season with the Eagles under Reid, had made up his mind.In a McDonald’s parking lot, on the way to a camping trip in the Sierra Nevada, Foles texted Reid to tell him...
Can Eagles build for the future around Carson Wentz and still contend for a Super Bowl now?
PHILADELPHIA — As is often the case this time of year, pandemic or no pandemic, the Eagles are being judged by what they didn’t do rather than what they did.Yes, they added an ascending defensive tackle (Javon Hargrave) and a cornerback who was a first-team All-Pro selection three years ago (Darius Slay).But they also bowed out of the bidding for the top-rated cornerback in free agency (Byron Jones), and they passed on an opportunity to get one of the league’s top wide receivers (DeAndre Hopkins).And maybe, most egregiously in the eyes of many fans, they had the audacity to let popular three-t...
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New Giants LB Blake Martinez seeks to set record straight on his Packers days
The photograph of Blake Martinez signing his Giants contract in a weight room was a perfect metaphor on Monday for the heavy responsibility the new inside linebacker is expected to shoulder.Martinez, 26, is reunited with Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, his 2018 Green Bay Packers linebackers coach, on a three-year, $30.75 million deal. His charge: to lead, to communicate, to continue being a tackling machine.He already has a team-issued iPad to review the Giants’ 2019 game film. And to stay in shape during the coronavirus pandemic, fortunately he is “basically quarantined” in a bra...
New York Daily News
As a player, future UW coaching icon 'Jimmy' Lambright was willing to do whatever it took to win
Jimmy Lambright was covered in blood.And, before we explain why, just know: this is not a football story.It’s a story that Ted Jensen — a retired teacher at Juanita High School in Kirkland — is telling on Monday morning from his home in Goodyear, Ariz. It happened on the track at Everett Memorial Stadium some 60 years ago. Back then, Jensen and Lambright — UW’s legendary football coach, who died this weekend at age 77 — both attended Everett High School. And, besides starring at linebacker for the Gulls, Lambright also participated in track and field.On the day in question, he was running. He ...
The Seattle Times
Blank on NFL games: 'We have to be able to provide a safe environment for fans'
Falcons owner Arthur Blank shared his thoughts on how the coronavirus could affect the NFL season with Peter King in King’s weekly “Football Morning In America” online column Monday.Blank, who normally would have been at the NFL’s owners meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla., this week, believes the NFL is going to be fine, with some adjustments.“I don’t mean it won’t be changed,” Blank said. “It is being changed now. How it’ll impact things like training camp, sooner than that, the OTAs. … Training camps will probably affected in some way. And of course, your point about the stadiums, with 50,000 ...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
New Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule left a lasting impression on Tahir Whitehead
Tahir Whitehead never played directly under Panthers head coach Matt Rhule when they were at Temple.Rhule was the Owls’ offensive coordinator, and Whitehead a linebacker, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t leave a strong impression.Whitehead, the newest Panthers linebacker, while staying safe at his home in Atlanta with his four kids — including a baby born on March 19 — described Rhule as a “player’s coach,” someone who was “extremely vocal” and loves to “have fun,” but also keeps his players accountable for their actions. They’ve known each other for more than a decade.Whitehead, 29, was at Tem...
The Charlotte Observer
Kyle Van Noy explains why he signed with the Miami Dolphins
Former New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who recently signed a four-year deal worth $51 million ($30 million guaranteed) with Miami, said joining the Dolphins as a free agent was an easy decision to make.“Obviously there were a lot of unknowns, but I was confident in my play,” Van Noy said during his appearance on Devin and Jason McCourty’s Double Coverage Podcast on Sunday night. “And it was Miami all the way. I mean, they came out strong out of the gates. They made it clear they wanted me as a priority, that they wanted me to come in and be a leader. And really just came strong a...
Marcus Hayes: Carson Wentz, Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson see larger leadership roles with exodus of veteran Eagles
The Eagles scraped away the last and most resistant residue of their old guard, and a new day has begun.In a little more than a month, the Eagles declined their options on safety Malcolm Jenkins and linebacker Nigel Bradham, and declined to re-sign left tackle Jason Peters. They left a vacuum of leadership.That vacuum must be filled. The replacements are ready.Fletcher Cox is ready. Lane Johnson is ready.Carson Wentz is, finally, ready.Of the three departing veterans, most outsiders properly appreciate the magnitude of only one: Peters, a seven-time Pro Bowler in Philadelphia whose regal beari...
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The NFL draft is going to be very different as teams, agents, and prospects try to work through a pandemic
PHILADELPHIA — Temple center Matt Hennessy expected to meet with a number of NFL teams in preparation for next month’s entry draft.What Hennessy didn’t foresee was that those visits would take place in his mother’s living room in Bardonia, N.Y., with Hennessy staring into his laptop’s camera.The league has shut down all team facilities because of the coronavirus pandemic, and has forbidden teams from holding their usual 30 prospect visits, which usually are supplemented by visits from local prospects who don’t count toward the 30. Hennessy had planned to meet with Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson ...
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What's left on Seahawks' free agent to-do list? Resolving Clowney's situation, adding RBs, QBs
SEATTLE — We’re almost two weeks into the NFL free-agent signing period — players were first allowed to negotiate with teams on March 16 — and the pace of activity is predictably beginning to slow.The Seahawks have signed, agreed to terms with or traded for seven new players as well as re-signing a few of their own, bringing their roster to an unofficial 67 players as of Sunday morning — teams can have up to 90 in the offseason.Seattle also doesn’t have a ton of cap room remaining, with what is likely about $8 million or so in real cap space once every free-agent signing is accounted for.That ...
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