'You can sense it. You can feel it.' A closer look at the Bears quarterback competition and the dynamics for 2020
CHICAGO — As the Chicago Bears conduct an unusual training camp in Lake Forest, the Chicago Tribune takes a closer look at the quarterback competition.———— QBs currently on roster: 3.— QBs projected on final roster: 2.— Roster locks: Mitch Trubisky and Nick Foles.— Practice squad candidates: Tyler Bray.— Biggest offseason developments: The Bears let backup quarterback Chase Daniels’ contract expire, then traded a fourth-round pick to the Jaguars for Nick Foles. … They declined the fifth-year option for 2021 on Trubisky’s rookie deal. … They hired John DeFilippo as their new quarterbacks coach ...
Shark Week 2020: 8 fin-credible specials we want to see
Much of our summer has been a great big bummer, thanks to the pandemic. But at least we still have Shark Week.Yes, one of TV’s biggest annual events — the oceanic Super Bowl, if you will — returns to the Discovery Channel on Sunday and continues through Aug. 16. With more than 20 hours of programming on the docket, Discovery is promising “bigger sharks and breathtaking breaches,” along with plenty of celebrities, including Mike Tyson, Shaquille O’Neal, Will Smith, Snoop Dogg and Adam Devine, among others.But why do sharks get their own week, you ask? Because Sperm Whale Week doesn’t sound near...
The Mercury News
Mac Engel: Player protests matter more than the voices offended by movement
Sports is calling your bluff, or they don’t care what you think.The NHL, MLB, NFL and NBA have tacitly told that to those who object to the players and coaches who take a knee during the national anthem.Take it however you want, but you are not the priority.As our sports have returned so has the player protest movement about racial equality. What started as a knee taken by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the NFL in 2016 now extends into basketball, NASCAR and baseball. Even the nearly entirely white sport that is hockey has joined.The research was not necessarily extensive, but there is ...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Marcus Hayes: Penn State's Micah Parsons, others wisely opt out of 2020 season
PHILADELPHIA — Projected first-round receiver Rashod Bateman doesn’t trust the NCAA, Minnesota football, or even the NFL, so he’s not playing until he believes the game is safe to be played.Reportedly, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons, who is projected to be drafted among the top five picks, is forgoing 2020, too. So is top-flight cornerback Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech. They are a trickle. Expect a flood.The NCAA won’t spike this doomed football season, so the players who can must protect themselves. Why would someone like Clemson junior quarterback Trevor Lawrence risk himself during a C...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Ex-Falcons RB Devonta Freeman looking for the 'right fit' with new team
ATLANTA — Former Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, after changing agents, is looking to get into camp with an NFL team.Freeman, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a guest on SiriusXM NFL Radio with hosts Bill Lekas and Bruce Gradkowski on Thursday.“Just picking the right spot where I can be really, really highly utilized and get a real good opportunity,” Freeman said. “Of course, the business part with the contract is always up there. The main thing is being around guys that believe in me … that can see what I can see. I want to win so bad. I want to be around guys (who) want to win.”Freeman repor...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Vikings put their trust in Brian O'Neill at right tackle
Brian O’Neill is only entering his third NFL season, but the Vikings right tackle is already being asked about advising younger teammates.That marks the trust O’Neill has earned in just 28 starts, during which the former second-round pick has developed into a cornerstone and budding leader on offense, according to coordinator Gary Kubiak.Kubiak, a former NFL head coach, said this week he sees accolades like Pro Bowls coming for O’Neill, who has given the Vikings’ play-caller one less concern in a season full of questions.“When guys are going to become Pro Bowlers and great players, you see the...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dallas Cowboys' Leighton Vander Esch neck injury in past; moving to middle linebacker
The Dallas Cowboys will Leighton Vander Esch back on the field in 2020 after he missed seven games in 2019 due a neck injury stemming from spinal stenosis.And he will return in a new position and as the point man in a new defense under coordinator Mike Nolan.But first things first, Vander Esch said he is fully recovered from the neck surgery he had in January and does not believe it will be an issue as he moves forward.He will play with a small neck roll under his pads to help with shock and possibility mitigate the spinal stenosis. He says he has been working out since the surgery. He has all...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Miami star DE Gregory Rousseau opts out of season
Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz started his Thursday afternoon pre-training camp web conference with reporters expecting his whole roster to be with the team for Friday’s first practice.By the time he was done taking questions, he received word that standout redshirt sophomore defensive end Gregory Rousseau, a possible top draft pick in the 2021 NFL draft, has opted out of the season due to coronavirus concerns.“While we were speaking, Greg Rousseau just let me know that he is not going to play football this fall. He’s opting out,” Diaz said. “We’ve had a great relationship with Greg, discov...
Report: Seahawks turn attention away from Jadeveon Clowney and toward Everson Griffen and Clay Matthews
As long as defensive end Jadeveon Clowney remained unsigned there’s been a thought that the Seahawks could still be interested and a reunion possible.But Seattle may be about to put Clowney in the past, according to a report from the NFL Network’s Michael Silver on Thursday.Silver tweeted that the Seahawks “appear to have moved on from Clowney, who wants more than they’re willing to pay.”Silver also reported that Clowney continues to want a deal around $15 million or $16 million a year and possibly more, saying he turned down an offer for that amount early in free agency.Reports have said Seat...
The Seattle Times
49ers' Nick Bosa says he's moved on from critical Super Bowl non-call, using loss as motivation
Nick Bosa has not watched the 49ers’ fourth-quarter collapse from their Super Bowl loss six months ago. He doesn’t need that torture.The memories remain vivid, especially a fateful third-and-15 play that catapulted the Kansas City Chiefs’ comeback, a Patrick Mahomes completion that came while Bosa appeared to get held by left tackle Eric Fisher, although no official called a penalty.“I don’t like thinking about that game very much. I have gone back and watched up until the fourth quarter,” Bosa said Thursday on a video call with reporters. “Was I held? It’s pretty … it comes down to the opinio...
The Mercury News