Marcus Hayes: The Eagles can win 12 games. No, seriously.
PHILADELPHIA — Twelve wins. How can this be? The Eagles have a new coaching staff. Their best players are 30-somethings returning from injuries. They lack even one proven receiver. Quarterback? TBA. And ... Twelve wins? Really? I say yes. I am alone. Our four-man squad of Eagles writers does not share my view. Three say the Eagles will go 7-10; one, whom we’ll call Mr. Sunshine, has them at 8-9, even though he says they’ll get swept by the Giants and won’t beat the lowly Lions. Some might call 12-5 foolish. Irresponsible. A transparent attempt at pandering to a franchise whose every move I’ve ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Giants receiver Kadarius Toney possibly banged up after doing drills with one bare foot at first practice
Football is normally easy for wide receiver Kadarius Toney, but on Friday, the shoe was on the other foot — only one foot, to be exact. Toney, the Giants’ first-round pick, did some drills with a bare right foot on day one of rookie minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J., because he said his cleats were “the wrong size.” Then he appeared to hurt his foot, requiring mid-practice attention from trainers and sitting out the team’s post-practice conditioning sprints alongside corner Rodarius Williams, whose calf acted up. It was an unexpectedly eventful first NFL practice for Toney. “I have to take the...
New York Daily News
Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa ‘on a mission,’ says trainer
MIAMI — Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa didn’t participate in the Miami Dolphins’ rookie minicamp on Friday — high draft picks in their second season typically don’t — but he’s on a “mission” this offseason to improve. That’s according to Nick Hicks, his South Florida-based trainer. Appearing on the Miami on the Rockets podcast, Hicks said: “Tua is an amazing person. I’ve never met anybody like him. He’s an insanely hard worker. He’s all gas, no brakes. “I show up at his house super early; we put in work. Little break, then he leaves me at the field and he works some more. Then he goes home and wat...
Six years after ending, ‘The Game’ gets Paramount+ reboot with old and new cast members
Let “The Game” begin — again. Six years after it ended, Paramount+ will stream a reboot of the popular comedy “The Game.” On Thursday, the ViacomCBS-owned streaming platform announced it has given the green light to a 10-episode revival of the Mara Brock Akil-created series about professional football players and the women who love them. The new show, which will relocate from San Diego to Las Vegas, will include original cast members Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez in their original roles of sports agent Tasha Mack and her son, third-string quarterback Malik Wright. Several other lega...
New York Daily News
Veteran receiver Kelvin Benjamin will try out for Giants: source
NEW YORK — It’s not Tim Tebow signing with the Jaguars to play tight end, but it might not be far off. Veteran wideout Kelvin Benjamin will try out for the Giants during this weekend’s rookie minicamp, a source confirmed Thursday night. NFL teams are allowed to host up to five veteran players for tryouts at their post-draft rookie minicamp. Benjamin, 30, has not played in the league since 2018. He played for the three teams in five years after Dave Gettleman drafted him in 2014 for Carolina in the first round, 16 picks after the Giants took Odell Beckham Jr. Benjamin’s promising talent was der...
New York Daily News
Tom Krasovic: Eli Manning still vague about anti-Chargers stance, quips of do-over
Though vindicated by his two Super Bowl victories with the New York Giants, it’s still not clear exactly what Eli Manning had against the San Diego Chargers when he asked them not to draft him first overall in 2004. Manning, revisiting his anti-Chargers stance after the recent NFL Draft, spoke vaguely of his rationale with Fox Sports’ Trey Wingo. “I just didn’t know if there was a total commitment to football,” Manning said of the Chargers, never elaborating, “and I heard a lot of rumblings around the organization, so I just felt that in that position, if I had my choice, I’d rather not go the...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Cowboys’ road slate starts with Tom Brady, who’s already talkin’ trash
FORT WORTH, Texas — What started as a grand, although challenging beginning of the 2021 season, featuring the return of quarterback Dak Prescott and on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, might now feature some additional motivation for the Dallas Cowboys. Credit seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady for adding a little spice to the much-anticipated game, which kicks off the NFL season in prime time on Thursday, Sept. 9, on NBC, and some sizzle to the NFL’s official 2021 schedule announcement on Wednesday. Brady used his Instagram story to ex...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Mark Bradley: The Falcons’ 2021 schedule doesn’t look all that daunting
A schedule never looks real until it’s a full-blown schedule – the games in chronological order, sites included – because then we can flip through an autumn’s worth of football and slap a W or an L on every entry. Then comes the fun part: We count the W’s and L’s and say, in an orotund voice, “Looks like 9-8 to me.” Or maybe 7-10. This is the NFL, which means there’s not much difference between fabulous and forlorn. The 2020 Falcons were awful, right? They lost their first five games. They lost their final five games. They finished 4-12. They fired their head coach in October. Come January, th...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Teddy Bridgewater has advice for Joe Brady on how the Panthers’ offense can get better
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In his first public comments since the Carolina Panthers traded him last month, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater offered some advice for the Panthers. “For Joe Brady’s growth, I think that organization will have to practice different things in different ways,” Bridgewater said on the All Things Covered podcast. “Like one of the things we didn’t do much of when I was there, we didn’t practice two-minute, really. We didn’t practice red zone.” The comments drew surprise from the podcast’s hosts Patrick Peterson and Bryant McFadden, who said their teams had an entire practice day de...
The Charlotte Observer
Running back Kerryon Johnson says getting waived by Lions was ‘scary,’ and he’s out to validate the Eagles’ faith in him
PHILADELPHIA — Kerryon Johnson’s time on the waiver wire was short-lived, but he says it was enough to provide a spark. The 23-year-old running back was waived by the Detroit Lions on Thursday and got claimed by the Eagles the following day. He was a second-round pick out of Auburn in 2018, but knee injuries hampered him in his first two seasons. He played all 16 games last season, albeit in a limited role. Johnson, who had his introductory Eagles news conference Tuesday, said his first time in the NFL’s version of limbo was a sobering experience. “It was a little weird. I’ve seen it happen to...
The Philadelphia Inquirer