Tonight the Buffalo Bills will be having the official unveiling of their "new" uniforms tonight. The event is expected to start at approximately 6:35pm EST, and can be viewed live.
Due to the inadvertent sneak peak at the Bills in a Madden 2012 video clip, it is anticipated that the bills are going to some form of their throwback uniform with the white helmet and lighter blue jersey.
Friday, June 24, 2011
Posted by Michael David Smith on June 24, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT
There’s been lots of talk that when the lockout is over and training camps start, players will show up overweight and out of shape, thanks to a lack of team-organized conditioning work. But one of the heaviest players in the league is planning to report to camp looking slimmer than he has in years.
Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata says he’s dropped 25 pounds and is weighing it at a svelte (by his standards) 325. And he says the lack of organized team activities actually gave him more time to work out and whip his body into shape.
“I was able to work out more,” Ngata told the Baltimore Sun. “I’ve been running and working out six days a week. I’m more focused in my workouts, and I feel quicker and stronger. The weight loss and the quickness are definitely noticeable.”
Ngata and his family live in Utah during the offseason, and he said that in past offseasons, flying back and forth between home and Baltimore for minicamps and OTAs actually contributed to his weight gain because it was harder to maintain a healthy diet when traveling.
Now that he’s had an offseason of getting himself into shape, Ngata is eager for the lockout to end.
“Hopefully, we can get a deal done and we can get back to work,” he said. “They’ll get one done because the players love this game, the owners love this game and so do the fans.”
So what I take away from that is this:
"I’m more focused in my workouts, and I feel quicker and stronger. The weight loss and the quickness are definitely noticeable.”
Which is clearly bad news for any non-Raven fan or player. Ngata is already a dominant force in this league, and is widely regarded as an elite Dlineman. For him to get faster and stronger, yeah....
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 3:18 PM
Posted by Michael David Smith on June 24, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT
We’ve seen a number of NFL news sources speculating that the Cardinals could trade cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Eagles for quarterback Kevin Kolb when the lockout ends. But one source close to the Cardinals doesn’t see it happening.
That source would be the Cardinals’ official web site, where Darren Urban writes that if anything, the Cardinals want to solidify the cornerback position and make sure they have three guys who can play corner. At the moment, the Cardinals have Rodgers-Cromartie and rookie Patrick Peterson penciled in as the starters, with Greg Toler at No. 3. Arizona likely doesn’t feel comfortable enough at cornerback to get rid of Rodgers-Cromartie.
Of course, Arizona doesn’t have any reason to feel comfortable at quarterback, either, and if the Cardinals’ coaches think Kolb is a high-quality NFL starter, acquiring him would be worth losing their top cornerback, especially after they just drafted a rookie whom they hope will be a shutdown corner for years to come.
But for now, the indications coming out of Arizona are that Rodgers-Cromartie isn’t going anywhere.
Around the NFL, where there is smoke, there is fire. I would not be surprised in the least bit if some form of trade happens with these players. I think that Arizona would require a draft pick in addition to Kolb for this to happen though.
I feel DRC would fill Philadelphia's need and desire to add a big physical presence opposite of Asante Samuel. There were many rumors around draft time that the Eagles might reach for the troubled cornerback out of Colorado, simply to have that big strong corner opposite Asante.
On the flip side, Arizona clearly needs help under center, and Kolb would be an instant upgrade. However, I wasn't sold on Kolb as a long term solution last year, and after watching him play more, I feel the same going into this year. Kolb does not look like a franchise signal caller to me. He looks like a guy that put up good yardage against some bad defenses. He also had a lot of help doing it, with a supporting cast of explosive play makers all around him. But someone has to do something to try to keep Mr. Fitzgerald from getting too disgruntled.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 12:52 PM
Posted by Michael David Smith on June 24, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT
The sixth overall pick in last year’s NFL draft,Russell Okung, got a contract worth up to $58 million, including $30 million guaranteed. The sixth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, Julio Jones, will likely get a lot less than that thanks to the expected new rookie wage scale.
But Jones, whom the Falcons traded a bounty of picks to acquire, says he’s thinking a lot more about the game on the field than he is about the contract he’s going to sign.
“I love football,” Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It plays a part, but at the same time I can’t worry about that. It’s out of my hands. The best thing I can do is come out here and play football.”
It will probably come as a shock to some of this year’s high first-round picks how much less they’re making than last year’s high first-round picks. But Jones’s attitude is the right one: There’s nothing he can do about the rookie wage scale, so he should just focus on football.
It is so nice to see a young player just concerned about getting on the field and playing the game. Julio sounds like a young man that truly loves this game. I think the Falcons and their fans are going to love this guy. It's only too bad that Roddy White is already 30, so this combo won't last too long.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 11:21 AM