On Thursday, a camp fight broke out between Will Pericak and Rodney Coe that escalated to Michael Bennett and ultimately ended with Frank Clark punching Germain Ifedi and costing both players some practices.
Training camp fights are common, but this immediately seemed different. A flying punch is not a scuffle, and comments from coaches, players, and media indicated that this was beyond the normal heated disputes teams see in practice.
The Bears have their own quarterback situation brewing in Chicago. No longer able to blame their woes on Jay Cutler, they traded up to draft quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 pick. Before that, Chicago also invested in veteran Mike Glennon. Trubisky will be given time to adjust to the NFL and the team’s offense, with the starting role going to Glennon and the No. 2 spot belonging to Mark Sanchez for now.
With all the weapons the Bears have in the run game, namely breakout rushers Jordan Howard and Jeremy Langford, the offense is expected to be heavily revolved around the ground game. The air attack lost Alshon Jeffery this offseason, but brought in veteran wideout Victor Cruz to complement third-year receiver Cameron Meredith. Meredith was forced into a bigger role last season, but that could lead to a big jump in production this year. The receiver group also welcomes back Kevin White, who due to injury has only played four games since he was drafted in 2015.
While preseason games aren’t usually too exciting, there are definitely a few reasons to watch this one. Both teams will have an opportunity to start fleshing out their QB situation, and the Bears have a chance for the first time since 2009 to see what their offense can be without Cutler. Plus, it’s still football, and that’s better than nothing.
The Washington Nationals’ draft has been all about family. Not only did they pick a one-time batboy and son of manager Dusty Baker, but now they’ve added to the Washington, D.C. family tree. In the 20th round, the team selected Jake Cousins, the cousin of Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.
That’s a lot of cousins!
The younger, baseball-ier Cousins cousin is a pitcher who played for the University of Pennsylvania and maintained a 3.15 ERA over 11 starts this year. We’ll have to see where he fits into the Nationals organization, but for now, Kirk Cousins is just happy to have some family in the city:
Take Josh Donaldson, for example. He was drafted in the supplemental first round back in 2007 by the Cubs. He spent six years as a catcher, occasionally trying other positions, and he was traded to the A’s in the interim. Everything that led to him getting drafted 48th overall in the draft was still there. Good bat speed. Athleticism. Max effort playing style.
Then he reinvented himself and became one of the best hitters in the galaxy.
The other 29 teams didn’t know he was going to do that. So is that how teams should evaluate these high schoolers and college kids? By guessing how they might respond to a revolution in how the game is played?
Not sure exactly what they were going for here. The Dodgers have a fine farm system, but they can’t just waste their first-round picks like this.
Lackey, who eternally looks like an angry Little League parent yelling at you to put his son in, is the very definition of PROFBO. He’s 38 and allowing all of the dingers. While his strikeout rate is still high (23.3 percent, just a shade below last year’s), his walk rate is slowly creeping up as the homers begin to spook him.
America has six winners when it comes to major sports, but we don’t handle ties well. There can only be one, and now we need to settle it. There’s only one fair way to decide which team is the ultimate champion out of New England, Golden State, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Clemson, and North Carolina their mascots need to fight to the death.
In order to break this up, a series of one-on-one bouts need to be drawn up. In the interest of fairness, a committee made up of only me has settled on the only fair way for this to happen.
This is a curious one because it’s really about the here and now. A cub is a bear-in-training, and has yet to fully realize its power or ability. But the other is a penguin. There’s nothing scary about a penguin except the inside of their mouths, which are a friggin’ horror show.
Man. That’s like finding a fingernail in your hamburger and leading with a headline that reads, Report: French fries remain delicious.
I guess the challenge is that no one wants to read a headline that starts with Tebow struggles again if they’re only interested in him succeeding. So the AP is forced to do some serious gymnastics if they want to get those glorious, nourishing Tebow clicks.
Tebow is still hitting better than anyone should expect from a 29-year-old who hadn’t played baseball in a decade, which is a testimony to his athleticism. And Ted Berg of USA Today makes some great points about Tebow’s promotion to High-A:
Also, the Florida State League in the summer is notorious as one of the worst places to play. Empty ballparks, crushing humidity.
The Packers will travel to Washington in a showdown between big-armed passers.
And then there’s the Jets, who may be worth watching just for the spectacle of their wide receiving corps. Charone Peake and Robby Anderson lead a unit that will be catching passes from either Josh McCown, Bryce Petty, or Christian Hackenberg this fall. That group has the potential to be gruesome, and like a car crash it may be difficult to look away.
Here’s the full slate of games for Saturday, including a Jets/Lions tilt that will make the Detroit secondary seem much more proficient than it actually is. Follow along with us for score updates, highlights, injury news, and much more.
The Mike Glennon era in Chicago hasn’t gone too smoothly in preseason. Keep making throws like this and the Mitch Trubisky show may have to start sooner rather than later.
The Texans continue racking up bone-headed penalties, with the latest one being a blatant kick-catch interference.
What a dumb penalty on Eddie Pleasant. Ran into punt returner for 15-yard penalty. That’s 7 on the Texans. Special teams have joined in.
Rookie running back D’onta Foreman saw his first reps in the second quarter, playing third on the Texans’ depth chart behind Miller and Blue. He gets three straight carries but fails to pick up a first down.
The first game up features the Steelers taking on the Giants, with both teams looking to build on last year’s playoff campaigns. Rookie Joshua Dobbs will start in place of Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. They also won’t have Le’Veon Bell, who is holding out and still hasn’t signed his franchise tender, but they’re potentially getting back Martavis Bryant after he sat out 2016 with a suspension.
The Broncos struggled at quarterback last year and haven’t been able to move past the competition between Siemian and second-year player Paxton Lynch this year. But Lynch will get his own opportunity to earn the starting role this preseason; he’s expected to start Week 2 against the 49ers.
Teams haven’t always found success after splitting first-team reps between two quarterbacks, but this was always the plan for the Broncos heading into the preseason. Denver head coach Vance Joseph uttered No about 14 times when asked if Siemian was taking the lead during camp, so the competition very much seems open.
As Italian chef kiss as Roger Goodell gleefully swan-diving into his riches is, he isn’t the only person in the NFL who could be a cartoon. The players themselves would make pretty awesome cartoon characters, too.
Marty B is a huge fan of cartoons. The amateur animator started his own company, the Imagination Agency, which dabbles in cartoons. He’s chatted on YouTube with his adorable 3-year-old daughter about those beloved Saturday staples: cartoons and cereal. Ranking his favorite cartoons ever would be an all-day affair. But when it comes to his favorite character, the choice was easy:
Similar to the Mr. Krabs meme, Cutler was confused when he woke up Tuesday morning before his first practice with the Dolphins.
Mostly we’re glad Cutler is back because he’s the most memeable player in the whole league. For his sake, let’s hope the Dolphins don’t demand their $10 million back this season.
The Seahawks quarterback and BoJack’s frenemy both share a joie de vivre approach to life that, perhaps, borders on naive. You can’t help but think some of it is a facade, though, and underneath, there are more layers:
It wasn’t supposed to be this way for LSU.
The six-time College World Series winners sported a 3.54 staff ERA in 2017, good for 21st-best in the country. But the Tigers gave up 11 hits and 13 runs in a crushing loss on Monday, a program record for their opponents, Oregon State. The Tigers needed eight pitchers to get through it.
After a total drown-out on Saturday, the Hattiesburg regional managed a full tilt of games on Sunday. In the day’s opening bout, hard-hitting Mississippi State survived in a 5-4 nail-biter to eliminate Illinois-Chicago, who’d become something of the tournament darlings on opening weekend. NCAA triple crown hitting winner Brent Rooker knocked two hits for one RBI, and the Bulldogs’ beleaguered bullpen white-knuckled their way through two innings after an excellent start by Konnor Pilkington, who gave up all four earned runs.
The hosts of the Hattiesburg regional, Southern Miss, well handled South Alabama, 8-3, in the day’s second session to survive into the round’s knockout block. South Alabama dropped into an elimination game with Mississippi State, and this bracket is chock-full of Gulf Coast sniping. Hell yes.
After a marathon 12-inning loss to Florida on Saturday night, South Florida matched up with sudden power Bethune-Cookman in the early game of the Gainesville regional, and the tournament’s last surviving HBCU danced off with a 6-4 win. The Wildcats required just three arms to get the job done, though starter Alexis Herrera lasted only five innings before getting the ax.