Tomlinson: ‘I would put Teddy Bridgewater in, and then bring Sam(Darnold) along slowly’

The New York Jets are in an interesting position right now. In the draft, the team grabbed their QB of the future in Sam Darnold. While in free agency, the time signed former Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater and re-signed last year’s starter, Josh McCown.

Both Bridgewater and Darnold have played well in the preseason, but with Darnold starting the third preseason game against the Giants on Friday night, it seems that Darnold could be the guy on opening day.

But, if it were up to Hall of Fame RB LaDainian Tomlinson, Bridgewater would be the starter for the Jets in Week 1.

“For me, I think Teddy Bridgewater has played the best,” Tomlinson told TMZ Sports. “Sam Darnold is obviously the future, but do you need to put him in right now? If it was me, I would put Teddy Bridgewater in, and then bring Sam along slowly.”

Based on the way he has played to this point, I believe Bridgewater does give the Jets the best chance to win, but if the Jets feel Darnold is ready, they probably should put him out there and try to trade Bridgewater, which perhaps is the likeliest scenario. No matter what happens, it nice to see Bridgewater back on the field after that terrible knee injury back in 2016.

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Ex-NFL WR Andre Rison believes he is a Hall of Famer

When you talk about former NFL star WR Andre Rison, you tend to talk about all the other things instead what he did on the field. You talk about his relationship with the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes from the group TLC and her burning down his house, you talk about some of the times he got in trouble off the field, but in reality, Rison was an outstanding player.

He won a Super Bowl with the Packers in 1996, he led the NFL in receiving touchdowns(15) in 1993, Rison was a five-time Pro Bowler, and became only the 5th wide receiver in NFL history to notch 60 touchdowns in his first six seasons in the league, but he moved around a lot. Rison played for seven teams in his 13-year career and did not always have the best reputation in the locker room.

With all that being said, Rison believes he belongs in the Hall of Fame:

“Do I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Yeah, I scored double figures in touchdowns about four or five straight years(1990-93) and went to four or five Pro Bowls (in) straight years,”(1990-93) Rison told TMZ Sports. “I proved I can play when I was 30. I played in AFC championship games, NFC championship games; I won Super Bowls.”(Won Super Bowl with Packers in 1996)

Rison has borderline Hall of Fame numbers. He is 42nd in receiving yards(10,205). His numbers, in terms of yards, are better than Hall of Famer wide receivers like Raymond Berry, Fred Biletnikoff, Charley Taylor, Lynn Swann, Tommy McDonald and John Stallworth, but those guys played in a different era, so their numbers are not going to be the same. In terms of receiving touchdowns, Rison is 18th in receiving touchdowns(84), which is the same as Tommy McDonald, but it’s better than Biletnikoff, Taylor, Berry, Swann and Stallworth. Also, Rison has more touchdowns than Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, but Irvin did win three Super Bowls with the Cowboys.

In the end, I think Rison’s reputation is going to hurt his chances. Recently inducted Hall of Famer Terrell Owens had first ballot Hall of Fame numbers. However, Owens’ reputation was the reason he had to wait. Rison does not have T.O. numbers. Therefore, I think Rison misses the cut.

In my mind, Rison makes the Hall of Very Good.

Moss: ‘If I would have been just kamikaze, it would have been a short career'(Video)

Randy Moss was special. He was a freak athlete that made a lot of corners look bad during his 14-year career. Many corners have been “Mossed!” However, there was another side to Moss. Some accused him of taking plays off or some have questioned his desire to go across the middle, but at the end of the day, he’s a first ballot Hall of Famer.

Moss was not the biggest of guys (6’4, 210 pounds), but he was fast, and he could jump out of the building. Moss did what he needed to do to have a long career in the NFL.

“Listen, 14 years, six-foot-four; I’m a basketball player,” Moss said. “I had to pick and choose when to go out of bounds and stay in bounds. Hey, if I would have been just kamikaze, it would have been a short career.”

Along the way, Moss made some “business decisions.”  Recently, Moss talked about one of those “business decisions” when he faced one of the men he was inducted into the Hall with, Ray Lewis.

Listen below:

Shannon Sharpe thinks the Eagles could have a problem if Foles plays well(VIDEO)

A wise man once said, “If you have two quarterbacks, you have none.” However, for the Eagles, they legitimately have two starting quarterbacks. You have the guy who was on his way to being the MVP last season before his injury in Carson Wentz, and they have the Super Bowl MVP in Nick Foles.

Wentz, who is returning after tearing his ACL and LCL last season, has not done any 11-on-11 drills, but that could happen soon, according to the third year quarterback.

“I think there’s been really no secret that it’s going to be close,” Wentz said on Tuesday as transcribed by ESPN. “Seeing where I’m at in camp and finally, hopefully next week, doing 11-on-11, I think naturally it’s going to be close. Ultimately, it won’t be just my call or the coaches’ call. It will come down to what the doctors say, really.”

Foles will start against the Patriots on Thursday night in Foxboro.

According to FS1’s Shannon Sharpe, if Foles starts the season, and gets off to a good start, the Eagles could have some issues.

Here is what Sharpe said on Undisputed today:

This could be an issue for Eagles, but quite frankly, it’s a good problem to have. Whether it’s this year or next year, the Eagles will be Wentz’s team for years to come. Therefore, the Eagles are in a good spot no matter what happens.

Randy Moss on Dawkins: ‘There’s nothing he couldn’t do on the field'(Video)

Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins did a lot of great things on the football field during his 16-year NFL career. He was good in coverage; he ended his career with 37 interceptions. He was good at blitzing the quarterback; Dawkins finished his career with 26 sacks, and he was opportunistic. Dawkins finished his career with 36 forced fumbles.

Essentially, there was nothing Dawkins could not do, so says Hall of Famer Randy Moss, who was inducted with Dawkins, into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last week.

“There’s nothing he couldn’t do on the field,” Moss recently said. “Interceptions, roamed the field, blitzed, tackle any person on the field.”

I guess that is why Dawkins is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Listen below as Moss talks Dawkins:

 

Earnest Byner on Browns: ‘I’m predicting at least 8-8 this year’

It’s a new day in Cleveland. While LeBron James is gone, there is not the same gloom and doom as it was the last time he left.

What’s the difference? It might be because the Browns could be a decent football team this year. The organization looks different at the top with the hiring of GM John Dorsey. Furthermore, they have a QB that took a team to the playoffs last season in Tyrod Taylor. Plus, they brought in a three-time Pro Bowler in WR Jarvis Landry, and after Thursday night’s performance, they could have a franchise QB with the number one overall pick in Baker Mayfield.

According to former Browns RB Earnest Byner, there is a different vibe with the Browns this year.

“The mentality I think has changed,” Byner told TMZ Sports.  “When I met with the guys, not just me. When we had the rookie dinner, and was able to get a feel for Baker(Mayfield), for (Nick) Chubb, for (Denzel)Ward. But also, get a feel for some of the veterans who attended the dinner. It just felt different. I think there is reason for them to feel good about the Browns. To me, I’m seeing at least 8-8. I’m predicting at least 8-8 this year.”

Also, Byner is very high on Mayfield, and loves the rookie signal caller’s attitude:

“Yeah, he’s cocky. That’s okay. Be cocky,” Byner said. “But, also be a winner. And, the winner mentality is always learning, always growing, always developing. And, I think this guy has that.”

8-8 is a great starting point for the new look Browns, and if Mayfield indeed has the goods, the future is super bright for the Browns. Last season, in the AFC, 9-7 was good enough to make the playoffs, so they could sneak into the playoffs if Byner’s prediction is correct.

Even with LeBron in Los Angeles, the sun might still be shining bright in Cleveland.

 

HOF Aeneas Williams likes the new helmet rule(Video)

The game of football is changing. With the increased awareness of concussions, the NFL is trying to refine the rules to protect the players, but with any rule change, it’s going to take time for the players to adjust.

The league is doing whatever it can to take the helmet out the game.

Here is the new rule change that the NFL approved back in March:

 It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. Contact does not have to be to an opponent’s head or neck area – lowering the head and initiating contact to an opponent’s torso, hips, and lower body, is also a foul. Violations of the rule will be easier to see and officiate when they occur in open space – as opposed to close line play – but this rule applies anywhere on the field at any time.

Penalties for Violation: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may also be ejected. Ejection standards:

Player lowers his helmet to establish a linear body posture prior to initiating and making contact with the helmet
Unobstructed path to his opponent
Contact clearly avoidable and player delivering the blow had other options

After watching the first week of the preseason, it seems that every big hit is going to be a penalty, so you wonder what kind impact it will have on the game when the regular season gets underway.

Hall of Famer and former defensive back Aeneas Williams likes the new changes. He believes the changes are good for the players and good for the game:

‘It may be a slight adjustment, or some of the guys may not like it at first, but it’s going to cause quality of life after the game,” Williams recently told Paul Gant. “It’s going to help cause less injuries, but we still will have the same an exciting brand of football. It just will be an adjustment; it will take a little while for guys to adjust, but they will, and it still will be a great game.”

Taking the helmet out the game is not a bad thing, especially with what we know about concussions. Will players adjust? In reality, they don’t have a choice, but for now, be prepared to see a lot of yellow on the field.

Listen below as Williams talks his career, The Award for Excellence program, and the new rule changes in the NFL:

 

Ex-Steeler Woodley: ‘The Browns could be a dangerous team’

The NFL is buzzing after Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield’s performance in his first preseason action on Thursday night. Mayfield, who was the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns as the Browns defeated the Giants 20-10.

However, former Bills QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to start the season for the Browns. He was solid(5-5, 99 yards, 1 td) as well in his Browns’ debut on Thursday. Furthermore, Cleveland added a big-time weapon in WR Jarvis Landry, who they acquired from the Dolphins, and talented WR Josh Gordon is supposed to be back with the team at some point in 2018.

Will it be the same old Browns in 2018? Maybe not, according to former Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley. He believes the Browns could be a “dangerous team.”

“The Browns could be a dangerous team, man.  They can definitely be a dangerous team,” Woodley told TMZ Sports. “They made some good moves in the offseason with coaches, players. They get Dez Bryant, they going to be a tough team. You would hate to go in Cleveland and play in the playoffs because it’s cold as hell.”

The Browns have been 1-31 in the last two years, so they can’t help but to be better in 2018. No matter how you feel about Taylor, he is an upgrade at the QB position, and Landry helps, too.  Cleveland does need to get better on the defensive side of the ball. They were 31st in points allowed last season, so that has to improve.

Concerning free agent WR Dez Bryant, he will reportedly meet with the Browns next week. The 29- year-old numbers have dipped in the past few years, but he should be very motivated to play well, so if the money is right, maybe Bryant to Cleveland could be a good thing.

Do the Browns make the playoffs? I don’t think so, but things should be better in Cleveland in 2018.

HOF Moss talks playing through pain & play where Brady tore his ACL(Video)

Hall of Famer Randy Moss had a lot of great moments in his 14-year NFL career. Whether it’s setting the NFL rookie record for touchdown receptions with 17 in 1998, or the 23 touchdowns receptions in 2007, which is an NFL record for touchdown receptions in a season. It’s very evident that Moss made a lot of plays. In the process of making all those plays, Moss had some pain along the way, which he always tried to play through.

Many forget on the play that Tom Brady tore his ACL back in 2008 against the Chiefs; Moss was the player who caught the pass and fumbled.

Listen below as Moss talks playing through pain, and describes his role in the play that ended Brady’s season in 2008:

 

Dede Westbrook on Mayfield: ‘If you pretty much want to win football games, that’s the guy you need in your lineup’

The number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft QB Baker Mayfield is expected to make his preseason debut on Thursday night against the Giants. While Browns QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to be the starter for Cleveland in 2018, Mayfield is expected to be the franchise quarterback moving forward. Cleveland has started 28 different quarterbacks since 1999.

Some have questioned the Brown’s decision to draft the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner number one, but according to one of his former teammates at Oklahoma, Jaguars WR Dede Westbrook, the Browns made the right move:

“Big-time plays. Baker’s a baller. I’m not just saying that because I played with him,”  Westbrook told the Go4it podcast host Paul Gant. “I took a step back, and I was trying to see what all the critics were saying. Trying to see what they see. You ask me after watching the tape and watching him play, he’s a passionate guy who loves the game of football, and regardless of anything me and him have ever been through, he’s a baller. He knows how to win, so if you pretty much want to win football games, that’s the guy you need in your lineup.”

High praise from Westbrook. Mayfield, 23, made a lot of plays in college, but some have questioned whether his height(6’1) could be an issue on the next level, and some have questioned whether he will be an issue off the field after his arrest in 2017, but he is young and young people make mistakes.

Mayfield is not a slam dunk pick for the Browns, but the organization thinks he is the right guy. Hopefully, for Browns fans, he is more Bernie Kosar and less Johnny Manziel.