Statement from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the passing of George H. W. Bush

Former president George H. W. Bush died on Friday. He was 94. Bush, who was the 41st president, was a big fan of sports, including the NFL.

Here is a statement from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the passing of former president George H. W. Bush:

“President George H. W. Bush will be remembered for a lifetime of dedicated service to our country as an American hero, patriot and public servant. He will also be remembered for his kind heart and compassion for others. President Bush’s character made him remarkable well beyond his achievements.

We witnessed his integrity, humility and grace on a number of occasions, including at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans where he participated in the coin toss ceremony and helped Americans begin to heal from the tragedy of September 11. His support was instrumental in bringing two Super Bowls to his beloved Houston, where he, alongside former First Lady Barbara Bush, tossed the coin before Super Bowl LI. And, in 2016, President and Mrs. Bush joined the NFL at our Fall meeting in Houston, sharing several hours of their time to show support for football and the City of Houston.

President Bush was a true friend of the NFL and a genuine fan who understood the power of sports to bring people together. Our entire league is grateful for this extraordinary man, whose life was devoted to our country ‎and its people and whose legacy is an America and a world filled with freedom and opportunity. He will be greatly missed.

​On behalf of everyone in the NFL, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Bush family.”

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What to look for in Week 2 of the NFL

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – WEEK 2

NO NEED TO PANIC: Since realignment in 2002, 108 of the 180 playoff teams (60 percent) began the year at either 1-1 or 0-2, including eight teams last season and five division champions – Atlanta (NFC South), Dallas (NFC East), Green Bay (NFC North), Kansas City (AFC West) and Seattle (NFC West).

A look at how playoff clubs in 2015 and 2016 began their seasons:

 2015                                                                 2016

Team After 2 games Playoff Result Team After 2 games Playoff Result
Arizona 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ Atlanta 1-1 Advanced to Super Bowl LI
Carolina 2-0 Advanced to Super Bowl 50 Dallas 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Cincinnati 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card Detroit 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Denver 2-0 Won Super Bowl 50 Green Bay 1-1 Advanced to Conf. Champ
Green Bay 2-0 Advanced to Divisional Houston 2-0 Advanced to Divisional
Houston 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card Kansas City 1-1 Advanced to Divisional
Kansas City 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Miami 0-2 Advanced to Wild Card
Minnesota 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card New England 2-0 Won Super Bowl LI
New England 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ New York Giants 2-0 Advanced to Wild Card
Pittsburgh 1-1 Advanced to Divisional Pittsburgh 2-0 Advanced to Conf. Champ
Seattle 0-2 Advanced to Divisional Oakland 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card
Washington 1-1 Advanced to Wild Card Seattle 1-1 Advanced to Divisional

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SACK MASTERSThe JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS, led by defensive end CALAIS CAMPBELL’s four sacks, recorded a league-high 10 sacks in their Week 1 victory at Houston.

With seven sacks on Sunday against Tennessee, the Jaguars will surpass the 1998 Seattle Seahawks (16) for the most team sacks through the first two weeks of a season since the sack became an official statistic in 1982.

The teams with the most sacks through the first two weeks of a season since 1982:

TEAM SEASON MOST TEAM SACKS THROUGH WEEK 2  
Seattle Seahawks 1998 16  
Dallas Cowboys 1994 14  
Houston Oilers 1982 14  
Many tied   13  
       
Jacksonville Jaguars 2017 10*  
*Entering Week 2

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BURSTING ONTO THE SCENEThree rookies – Kansas City’s KAREEM HUNT (148), Minnesota’s DALVIN COOK (127) and Jacksonville’s LEONARD FOURNETTE (100) – rushed for at least 100 yards in their NFL debuts last week.

With another 100-yard performance in Week 2, Cook, Fournette and Hunt can each become the first rookie since 2005 (CADILLAC WILLIAMS) with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season.

The last time multiple rookies rushed for 100 yards in each of their team’s first two games of the season was 1979 when OTTIS ANDERSON of the St. Louis Cardinals and WILLIAM ANDREWS of the Atlanta Falcons both accomplished the feat.

The rookies with at least 100 rushing yards in each of his team’s first two games of the season since 1970:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON
Cadillac Williams Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2005
Edgerrin James Indianapolis Colts 1999
Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts 1994
Billy Sims Detroit Lions 1980
Ottis Anderson St. Louis Cardinals 1979
William Andrews Atlanta Falcons 1979
Earl Campbell Houston Oilers 1978

 

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KC COOKINGKansas City rookie running back KAREEM HUNT amassed 246 scrimmage yards (148 rushing, 98 receiving) and three total touchdowns in the Chiefs’ 42-27 Week 1 win at New England.

With 200 scrimmage yards in Week 2 against Philadelphia, Hunt would surpass BILLY SIMS (445 yards in 1980) for the most scrimmage yards by a rookie in his team’s first two games of the season.

The rookies with the most scrimmage yards in his team’s first two games of the season:

PLAYER TEAM SEASON SCRIMMAGE YARDS IN 1ST 2 GAMES OF SEASON
Billy Sims Detroit Lions 1980 445
Marshall Faulk Indianapolis Colts 1994 360
Ottis Anderson St. Louis Cardinals 1979 359
Alan Ameche Baltimore Colts 1955 347
Sid Blanks Houston Oilers 1964 320
       
Kareem Hunt Kansas City Chiefs 2017 246*
*Entering Week 2

Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL, who had a 75-yard touchdown catch in Kansas City’s Kickoff Weekend victory, can extend his NFL-record streak of five consecutive regular-season games with a touchdown of at least 65 yards.

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PROLIFIC PASSERSDallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has 3,935 passing yards, 24 touchdown passes and four interceptions through 17 career games. If Prescott throws a touchdown pass before an interception on Sunday at Denver, he would reach 25 career touchdown passes with the fewest career interceptions in NFL history.

The players with the fewest career interceptions at the time of their 25th touchdown pass:

PLAYER TEAM INTs AT TIME OF 25TH TD PASS
Nick Foles Philadelphia 5
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis Rams 5
Dan Marino^ Miami 6
Chad Pennington New York Jets 7
Robert Griffin III Washington 8
     
Dak Prescott Dallas 4*
*24 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Green Bay quarterback AARON RODGERS has 298 career touchdown passes and can become the 11th player in NFL history with 300 touchdown passes. In 12 NFL seasons, Rodgers, who plays Atlanta on Sunday Night Football in Week 2, has 4,699 pass attempts and can surpass PEYTON MANNING (5,306) for the fewest pass attempts at the time of their 300th career touchdown pass.

The quarterbacks with the fewest career pass attempts at the time of their 300th touchdown pass:

​PLAYER TEAM PASS ATTEMPTS AT TIME OF 300TH TD PASS
Peyton Manning Indianapolis 5,306
Tom Brady New England 5,321
Dan Marino^ Miami 5,460
     
Aaron Rodgers Green Bay 4,699*
*298 career touchdown passes
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

 

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TERRIFIC TIGHT ENDSDallas tight end JASON WITTEN had seven receptions for 59 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 19-3 victory against the New York Giants in Week 1. Witten, who has spent his entire 15-year career with the Cowboys and has 11,947 career receiving yards, surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL IRVIN (11,904) for the most receiving yards in franchise history.

With 53 receiving yards on Sunday at Denver, Witten will join TONY GONZALEZ (15,127) as the only tight ends in NFL history with at least 12,000 career receiving yards.

The tight ends with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 1997-2013 15,127
Jason Witten Dallas 2003-present 11,947*
Antonio Gates Los Angeles Chargers 2003-present 11,209*
Shannon Sharpe^ Denver, Baltimore 1990-2003 10,060
Ozzie Newsome^ Cleveland 1978-90 7,980
*Active  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

Los Angeles Chargers tight end ANTONIO GATES has 111 career touchdown receptions, tied with Gonzalez for the most all-time by a tight end. With one touchdown catch on Sunday against Miami, Gates will become the NFL’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions among tight ends.

The tight ends with the most touchdown receptions in NFL history:

PLAYER TEAM(S) SEASONS CAREER TOUCHDOWNS
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City, Atlanta 1997-2013 111
Antonio Gates Los Angeles Chargers 2003-present 111*
Rob Gronkowski New England 2010-present 68*
Jason Witten Dallas 2003-present 64*
Shannon Sharpe^ Denver, Baltimore 1990-2003 62
*Active  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer  

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HISTORY IN THE MAKINGNew England quarterback TOM BRADY and New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES will meet for the third time in their careers when the Saints host the Patriots on Sunday. The game marks the first time in NFL history in which two quarterbacks with at least 10 Pro Bowl selections (Brady, 12; Brees, 10) will face off against each other in the regular season.

NFL Hires 21 Full-Time Game Officials

The NFL has hired 21 full-time game officials from among the current 124-person roster of officials, the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) jointly announced today.

The 21 full-time officials come from all seven on-field officiating positions and represent a collaborative initiative intended to promote the common goal of improving every aspect of NFL officiating.

In an effort to improve consistency, efficiency and accuracy, the full-time game officials will work throughout the calendar year on game preparation and game administration, analyzing current game trends, communicating with the officiating roster, and assisting to ensure that there is a qualified pipeline of future officials through scouting efforts.

“We believe that we will learn a great deal over the course of this initial year working with the full-time game officials,” said NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating ALBERTO RIVERON.  “Our collective goal is to make a positive impact on NFL officiating overall.”

“We are supportive of providing our members the opportunity to voluntarily commit additional time to NFL officiating, especially in the offseason,” said NFLRA Executive Director SCOTT GREEN. “This initiative is the result of extensive discussion and planning, and the NFLRA looks forward to working with the NFL to test and evaluate this new approach over the next year.”

The NFL and NFLRA agreed to experiment with full-time officials as part of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement before last month announcing the intention to hire full-time game officials for the 2017 season.​

A look at the 21 full-time officials by position:

No. Name Pos. College NFL Experience

(including 2017)

122 Brad Allen Referee Pembroke State 4
66 Walt Anderson Referee Texas 22
23 Jerome Boger Referee Morehouse 14
135 Pete Morelli Referee St. Mary’s 21
20 Barry Anderson Umpire North Carolina State 11
64 Dan Ferrell Umpire Cal State-Fullerton 15
129 Bill Schuster Umpire Alfred 18
74 Derick Bowers Down Judge East Central 15
134 Ed Camp Down Judge William Paterson 18
59 Rusty Baynes Line Judge Auburn-Montgomery 8
10 Julian Mapp Line Judge Grambling State 9
9 Mark Perlman Line Judge Salem 17
84 Mark Steinkerchner Line Judge Akron 24
97 Tom Hill Field Judge Carson Newman 19
33 Steve Zimmer Field Judge Hofstra 21
41 Boris Cheek Side Judge Morgan State 22
120 Jonah Monroe Side Judge Arkansas 3
133 Steve Freeman Back Judge Mississippi State 17
93 Scott Helverson Back Judge Iowa 15
111 Terrence Miles Back Judge Arizona State 10
12 Greg Steed Back Judge Howard 15​

Everything you need to know for Week 1 of the NFL!

Week 1 NFL Preview
BACK TO FOOTBALL

The NFL returns this week and it’s time to get back to football. That means the next five months will be packed with the sizzle and suspense that comes only with the National Football League and will culminate with Super Bowl LII, which will be played on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota.

America’s favorite sport roars back into action Thursday night (NBC, 8:30 PM ET) in the first game of NFL Kickoff 2017 Weekend. The opener features the Super Bowl champion NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS hosting the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS.

Everybody is ready for the unique unpredictability of the NFL. And every team enters the new season with hope.

Last year, 146 games (57.0 percent) were decided by one score (eight points or fewer), the most of any season in NFL history. And there were six new playoff teams in 2016: Atlanta, Dallas, Detroit, Miami, the New York Giants and Oakland. Since the 12-team playoff format was adopted in 1990, at least four teams have qualified for the playoffs in every season that were not in the postseason the year before.

The 2017 season promises more of the same. As the season begins, it comes packed with changes, quests and questions:

  • CAN THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PATRIOTS REPEAT?: It’s tough, having happened only eight times since the first Super Bowl in 1967. The last team to accomplish the feat was New England in 2004 (Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX).
  • MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: New Orleans QB DREW BREES (66,111) needs 3,889 passing yards to become the third QB in NFL history with 70,000. Brees (465) needs 35 touchdown passes to become the third player ever to reach 500…New England QB TOM BRADY (183) needs four wins for the most victories by a starting QB…New York Giants QB ELI MANNING (48,214), Pittsburgh QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER(46,814) and Los Angeles Chargers QB PHILIP RIVERS (45,833) can each reach 50,000 career passing yards…New Orleans RB ADRIAN PETERSON can become the second player in NFL history to rush for 10+ TDs in nine seasons…Indianapolis RB FRANK GORE can become the fifth player all-time to rush for 1,000+ yards in 10 seasons…Arizona WR LARRY FITZGERALD (1,125) can become the third player in NFL history to record 1,200 receptions…Carolina DE JULIUS PEPPERS(143.5) needs 6.5 sacks to become the fifth player with 150…and Indianapolis K ADAM VINATIERI (530) needs 36 field goals for the most in NFL history.
  • NEW COACHES/PLAYERS IN NEW PLACES:There are six new head coaches hired to lead their teams in 2017 – VANCE JOSEPH in Denver, ANTHONY LYNN with the Los Angeles Chargers, DOUG MARRONE in Jacksonville, SEAN MC DERMOTT in Buffalo,SEAN MC VAY with the Los Angeles Rams and KYLE SHANAHAN in San Francisco.

And there are a lot of well-known playerswith new teams, including RBs LE GARRETTE BLOUNT (Philadelphia), JAMAAL CHARLES (Denver), EDDIE LACY(Seattle), MARSHAWN LYNCH (Oakland) and ADRIAN PETERSON (New Orleans); WRs BRANDIN COOKS (New England), DESEAN JACKSON (Tampa Bay), ALSHON JEFFERY (Philadelphia), BRANDON MARSHALL (New York Giants) and SAMMY WATKINS (Los Angeles Rams); TE MARTELLUS BENNETT (Green Bay); and defenders CB A.J. BOUYE (Jacksonville), DE CALAIS CAMPBELL (Jacksonville), CBSTEPHON GILMORE (New England), CBJOE HADEN (Pittsburgh), S TONY JEFFERSON (Baltimore), DE JULIUS PEPPERS (Carolina), DL SHELDON RICHARDSON (Seattle) and S T.J. WARD(Tampa Bay).

  • ON-THE-FIELD TRENDS IN 2016: Close games and comeback victories…new teams making the playoffs…consistent teams excelling again…records falling…young players making their mark…and QBs performing at record levels.

In 2016, 135 games (52.7 percent) were decided by seven points or fewer, the most in NFL history…There were 184 games (71.9 percent) within one score in the fourth quarter, the most ever…There were 72 comeback victories by a team trailing in the fourth quarter, the most in NFL history…The margin of victory was 10.23 points per game, the lowest figure since 1935 (10.08)…A total of 11,661 points and 1,306 touchdowns were scored, both the third-most ever in a season…Games averaged 700.8 total net yards, the second-best mark in NFL history…The league-wide completion percentage (63.0) tied the previous record (2015) and the league-wide passer rating (89.3) ranked second in league annals (90.2 in 2015). The league-wide interception percentage of 2.3 percent was the lowest in NFL history.

  • NEW RULES: With player health and safety remaining a priority, here are some of the key rules changes for 2017:

Unsportsmanlike Conduct: Makes permanent the rule that automatically disqualifies a player that is penalized twice in the same game for certain types of unsportsmanlike conduct fouls. These types of fouls include:

    • Throwing a punch or kick without making contact
    • Use of abusive or threatening language
    • Any act that constitutes taunting

Also, it is now an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to commit multiple fouls during the same down designed to manipulate the game clock.

Replay Reviews: All sideline replay monitors will be replaced with a hand-held device and designated members of the NFL Officiating department will be authorized to make the final decision on replay reviews from the NFL league office.

Leaping: Prohibits a player who is off the line of scrimmage from running and jumping over offensive lineman on the line of scrimmage in an attempt to block a FG or PAT attempt.

Touchbacks: For the 2017 season, after a touchback resulting from a kickoff or safety kick, the ball will be placed at the receiving team’s 25-yard line. The rule, which was also used in 2016, was approved on a one-year basis for 2017.

Crackback Blocks: Prohibits crackback blocks by a backfield player in motion, even if he is not more than two yards outside the tackle when the ball is snapped.

Defenseless Receiver Protection: Gives a receiver running a pass route defenseless player protection when the defender approaches him from behind or the side.

Overtime: The length of preseason and regular season overtime periods is reduced from 15 minutes to 10 minutes.

Clock Stoppages: All illegal acts to conserve time are not permitted after the two-minute warning of either half. The previous rule applied inside of one minute of either half.

Additionally, after conversations with more than 80 current and former players, Commissioner Goodell announced in May that the league will relax its rules on touchdown celebrations to allow players more room to express themselves.

  • INTERNATIONAL NFL: The NFL will play four regular-season games in the United Kingdom for the first time and also host a regular-season game in Mexico City for the second consecutive season.

In the first of four 2017 London games, the Jacksonville Jaguars will face the Baltimore Ravens on September 24 at Wembley Stadium. The next week, on October 1, the Miami Dolphins will host the New Orleans Saints at Wembley. The action will move to Twickenham Stadium for the final two 2017 London games. On October 22, the Arizona Cardinals will face the Los Angeles Rams and the following week, on October 29, the Cleveland Browns will host the Minnesota Vikings.

The NFL will return to Mexico City when the Oakland Raiders host the New England Patriots at Estadio Azteca on November 19.

  • NFL ON TV: Among the television highlights in 2017 include the continuation of expanded flexible scheduling and “cross-flexing.”

Flexible scheduling: “Flexible scheduling” will be used in Weeks 10-15 and 17. Additionally, in Weeks 5-9, flexible scheduling may be used in no more than two weeks. In Weeks 5-15, the schedule lists the games tentatively set for Sunday Night Football on NBC. Only Sunday afternoon games are eligible to be moved to Sunday night, in which case the tentatively scheduled Sunday night game would be moved to an afternoon start time. Flexible scheduling will not be applied to games airing on Thursday, Saturday or Monday nights. A flexible scheduling move would be announced at least 12 days before the game. For Week 17, the Sunday night game will be announced no later than six days prior to December 31. The schedule does not list a Sunday night game in Week 17, but an afternoon game with playoff implications will be moved to that time slot. Flexible scheduling ensures quality matchups in all Sunday time slots in those weeks and gives “surprise” teams a chance to play their way into prime time.

Cross-flexing: A select number of games will be “cross-flexed,” moving between CBS and FOX to bring potentially under-distributed games to wider audiences. Some of those contests have already been announced while others will be decided during the season.

  • TRI-CAST: The NFL will once again use a “Tri-Cast” distribution model of broadcast (CBS/NBC), cable (NFL Network) and digital (Amazon Prime) for 10 Thursday Night Football games and a Christmas Day contest. CBS and NBC will each broadcast five Thursday Night Football games which will be simulcast on NFL Network and streamed to Amazon Prime members worldwide. NBC will also broadcast the Christmas Day game. CBS will start in Week 4 (Thursday, September 28) with the Green Bay Packers hosting the Chicago Bears and NBC’s package begins in Week 10 (Thursday, November 9) with the Seattle Seahawks visiting the Arizona Cardinals.

NFL KICKOFF 2017 SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, SUNDAY & MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 10-11

(All times local)

Thursday, September 7 Sunday, September 10 (cont’d)
Kansas City at New England, 8:30 PM (NBC) Oakland at Tennessee, 12:00 PM
  Philadelphia at Washington, 1:00 PM
Sunday, September 10 Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams, 1:05 PM
New York Jets at Buffalo, 1:00 PM Seattle at Green Bay, 3:25 PM
Atlanta at Chicago, 12:00 PM Carolina at San Francisco,1:25 PM
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1:00 PM New York Giants at Dallas, 7:30 PM (NBC)
Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 1:00 PM  
Arizona at Detroit, 1:00 PM Monday, September 11
Jacksonville at Houston, 12:00 PM New Orleans at Minnesota, 6:10 PM (ESPN)
Tampa Bay at Miami, 1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers at Denver, 8:20 PM (ESPN

Marshawn Lynch sits during the National Anthem

Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch might be following in the footsteps of free agent QB Colin Kaepernick. Lynch sat during the national anthem before the Raiders played the Cardinals in preseason action on Saturday night.

Lynch suited up, but did not play against Arizona.

You wonder what the backlash will be against Lynch.  Many feel Kaepernick has not been signed because he knelt during the national anthem all last season.

NFL to hire 24 full-time referees

The NFL will hire up to 24 full-time game officials from among the current 124-person roster of officials, the NFL and NFL Referees Association (NFLRA) jointly announced today.

The NFL and NFLRA agreed to experiment with full-time officials as part of the last Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The decision to hire up to 24 such officials for 2017 is a collaborative initiative intended to promote the common goal of enhancing all aspects of NFL officiating –  scouting, training and mentoring, better understanding of current game trends, game preparation, and increased input on rules relating to player safety and game administration.

“We believe this is a great development for NFL officiating overall and ultimately the quality of our game,” said NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations TROY VINCENT.  “We share a common goal, which is to make our game as great as it can possibly be, and look forward to working together on this new effort.”

“NFL officials are always looking to improve, and we believe that additional time, particularly in the offseason, will be positive,” said NFLRA Executive Director SCOTT GREEN.  “We’re looking forward to working together with the league on this effort.”

The program will permit current officials who wish to transition to a full-time role the opportunity to apply. The full-time officials that are hired – between 21 and 24 – will play an important role in enhancing communication and the flow of information to and from on-field officials, NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating ALBERTO RIVERON and the league’s officiating supervisors.

The implementation throughout the 2017 season will provide the NFL Officiating Department, in consultation with the NFLRA, the opportunity to identify the most effective ways to utilize the off-field time for full-time game officials throughout the calendar year.

Full-time officials will be hired at each of the seven officiating positions and may serve on each of the 17 officiating crews. They will work collaboratively with their assigned crews, the league officiating staff and the NFL’s football-related committees during the offseason.

Gareon Conley rape case goes to grand jury; no charges filed!

UPDATE: No charges filed against Conley

 

According to the Cleveland Police Department, the rape allegation against Oakland Raiders CB Gareon Conley is headed to a grand jury to determine whether to indict the 22-year-old rookie.

Conley, who recently signed his rookie deal with the Raiders, was accused of rape by a woman in Cleveland shortly before the NFL Draft in April.

According to NFL.COM:

Conley told Cleveland police in May he had a consensual sexual encounter with the woman who accused him of rape and denied assaulting her, his attorney, Kevin Spellacy, told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Spellacy added that Conley has cooperated “100 percent” with the investigation.

Conley was expected to be drafted in the top 10, but after the rape allegation, he ended up falling to the Raiders at 24.

 

Tony Romo on Ezekiel Elliott: ‘I know he’s a good kid’

On the field, Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott’s NFL career has started with a bang. He led the league in rushing, and helped the Cowboys win the NFC East last season. However, off the field is a very different story. Currently, Elliott is being investigated by the NFL for a domestic violence incident in 2016, and recently, Elliott was allegedly involved in an incident at a Dallas bar.

Former Cowboys QB Tony Romo thinks very highly of the 21-year old running back. Romo, who was a guest on the Ben and Skin Show on Thursday, came out in support of Elliott:

“With Zeke, he’s a friend and I know he’s a good kid and he’s just trying to find his way. He’s going to be in a position that’s always going to be in the spotlight. People are going to take photos. They’re going to talk about it.”

Romo believes that Elliott is trying to figure out how to be a NFL player off the field:

“But, I mean, a lot of people there are times in your career where you can go in two different directions and he’s figuring it out. Obviously he’s made some choices he reflects back and wished he’d done it a little different, but at the same time there’s just not a lot of people who are thrust into this spotlight this soon at that age. Really in the National Football League, there’s only a few of them.”

It would be sad to see Elliott’s career end because of his off the field behavior, but the good thing for Elliott is he only 21, and has time to become a better man. 

Hopefully, he can stay out of trouble moving forward. 

 

Nevada Parole board member wears Kansas City Chiefs tie

O.J. Simpson had his parole hearing today in Nevada. Simpson, who has spent nine years in prison for armed robbery, would be released in October if granted parole.

We found out that one of the board members is a big fan of the Kansas City Chiefs! 

Look below:

Fortunately, for Simpson, he never played for the Raiders! Simpson played 11-years in the NFL for the Bills and 49ers.

Does Mike Vick have a point?

Former NFL QB Michael Vick is catching some heat for his comments about free agent QB Colin Kaepernick. Yesterday, Vick told FS1’s Speak for Yourself the following:

“First thing we’ve got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. Listen, I’m not up here to try to be politically correct. Even if he puts cornrows in there, I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of just the hairstyle. Just go clean-cut. You know, why not? You’re already dealing with a lot of controversy surrounding this issue. The most important thing that he needs to do is just try to be presentable.”

While I don’t think what Vick said was wrong, I don’t think it relates to Kaepernick’s situation. Kaepernick is not in the league right now because of the stance he took, and his decision to sit during the national anthem. His hair is not the issue. Vick, who had cornrows in the past, only cut his hair because he was about to go on trial for dog fighting.

If Kaepernick’s situation was as simple as cutting his hair, he probably would cut it tomorrow. Teams take chances on 29-year-old quarterbacks, who have had success in the league. Has he played well over the past few years? No! However, he was not awful last season. He did enough to get another chance.

Maybe Vick’s advice should be stop tweeting about racial issues, stop doing work in the community, and shut your mouth! Sadly, if Kaepernick did all of that, he probably would have a job tomorrow.

Here was Kaepernick’s response today on Instagram:

Mike Vick clarified his comments today via Twitter:

Who do you side with?