DeVante Parker admits his career hasn’t gone to plan

DeVante Parker downplayed his public spat with former Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers. Parker disagrees with Chambers’ assessment of his work ethic and maturity, but he agrees his career hasn’t been what anyone expected after the Dolphins made him the 14th overall pick in 2015.

Not where I wanted to be, Parker said, via Shandel Richardson of the Sun-Sentinel. Just simple as that.

Lawrence, a former second-round pick, made only nine sacks his first three seasons combined. He had 14.5 last season.

He said Ware is working with him on improving his counter move.’

Quinn is back to playing a traditional defensive end spot with the Dolphins after being a 3-4 outside linebacker in Wade Phillips’ system with the Rams.

Ray has had three previous surgeries on the wrist the past year. It began bothering him again late last week but is not a new injury.

A second medical opinion this week determined Ray needs a clean-up procedure related to complications from the initial surgery, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. The Broncos, though, were encouraged by the news.

Then, when protests first happened in 2016, the NFL didn’t swoop in and fix the problem. Instead, the NFL confirmed that players have the right to protest.

Then, when the President was elected and anthem protests were still happening, the NFL didn’t realize that it probably would have been a good idea to remove the issue from the Presidential radar screen before the President realized just how low the fruit was hanging.

Rutgers to host Big Ten Championships in 2020

Rutgers will continue its annual series with Princeton in 2018-19 and the Tigers wrestle Rider every year, so all there should be a full triangle between the three in-state Division-1 programs this coming season. The Scarlet Knights have won the last five meetings between the teams, but Rider holds a 12-7 series advantage.

Rutgers’ full schedule is not complete ( the Big Ten matchups can be found here ), but some other highlights:

Late Friday, citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance, the team contacted the White House again, and attempted to reschedule the event. The president, however, had already announced that he would be traveling overseas on the dates the Eagles proposed. The White House, despite sensing a lack of good faith, nonetheless attempted to work with the Eagles over the weekend to change the event format that could accommodate a smaller group of players. Unfortunately, the Eagles offered to send only a tiny handful of representatives, while making clear that the great majority of players would not attend the event, despite planning to be in D.C. today. In other words, the vast majority of the Eagles team decided to abandon their fans.

A list of 81 individualsmay have been a case where the Eagles cleared the entire roster to give them the option to attend or not. But the group that was reportedly ready to go was down to just two or three players, team owner Jeffrey Lurie, and the mascot.

Since early May of 2017, the Jets have six player arrests: two for Donahue, one for Herndon, two for wide receiver Robby Anderson, and one for cornerback Rashard Robinson.

One of Anderson’s cases has been completely dismissed. He faces just a misdemeanor reckless driving charge in connection with the other. The legal situations for Donahue, Herndon, and Robinson are still active.

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo — who held a get-together for Clark with family and friends a month ago — released a statement Monday, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times :

My heart is broken. Today, I lost my little brother and one of my best friends. I cannot put into words how special Dwight was to me and to everyone his life touched. He was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, brother, and a great friend and teammate.

NFL rumors: New favorite for ex-Cowboys WR Dez Bryant, and it’s not the Giants or Eagles

jets_003Memorial Day is in the rear-view mirror and June is just around the corner.

Yet former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant remains unsigned.

The one knock on Lauletta is his arm. But he said he doesn’t believe it’s an issue. Those questions light a fire in him.

People like to say that for whatever reason, but I think I have enough, Coach [Pat] Shurmur thinks I have enough, so it doesn’t really matter, Lauletta said. I’m here, and I’m gonna prove that I have enough arm, and hopefully everybody’ll see that someday.

While all eyes on the Giants’ draft class will be on the first-round pick, former Penn State star Saquon Barkley, Lauletta is important to watch, too. New general manager Dave Gettleman opened himself to criticism by not picking one of the highly rated quarterbacks available in the draft. Manning is 37, and most likely has just a few years left. There will eventually be an opportunity for Lauletta to prove himself.

Now he’s making up for lost time. While he can.

Unfortunately, Lewis knows that as hard as he fights, the concussion symptoms will trend one direction and one direction only. The headaches. His memory. Fatigue. And, most of all, the depression.

There was also a rumored multi-year contract offered by the Baltimore Ravens, which Bryant reportedly rejected. Baltimore eventually signed former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead.

The difference in Super Bowl XIII was that the Cowboys settled for a field goal instead of a touchdown on one scoring drive against the Steelers. Why were they forced into that field goal? Jackie Smith’s infamous drop. On third and three from the 10-yard line, Roger Staubach had Smith wide open in the middle of the end zone. Maybe Smith was too wide open. He couldn’t haul in the pass. Dallas took three points. Pittsburgh won, 35-31.

Steelers prepare for life without injured Ryan Shazier

Ryan Shazier is neither gone nor forgotten. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker remains a fixture at the team’s facility as he continues his recovery from spinal surgery last December that left his football future uncertain at best.

While there is a sense of loss, there is no sense of panic. The Steelers understand there is no one player that has Shazier’s mix of speed and smarts. So they’re not even going to try to replace him.

Something Bostic was last season for the Colts, finishing with 97 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in 14 games before a knee injury in December sent him to injured reserve. He’s good to go now and eager to show he’s ready to unpack his bags and stay awhile.

Despite having a reputation for being loose and funny when away from football, Belichick has always been all business when it comes to the game that he coaches. He keeps all players beyond arm’s length, because he knows that, throughout their careers, he’ll have to make detached, objective, emotionless decisions regarding whether to keep them around. For almost all of them, at some point the decision will be to move on.

From the moment Tom Brady became the starter, Brady has been dreading the moment that Belichick decides to do to Brady what Belichick did to Drew Bledsoe after Brady became an unlikely Super Bowl champion in early 2002. And Brady consistently has taken less than he could have gotten not just to ensure that more cash and cap space will be available for other players but to help ensure that Belichick will never decide in any given offseason that it makes sense to dump Brady’s contract for a younger and cheaper player.

After 18 years of it, Brady possibly has decided that he’s done tiptoeing around the guy whom Bill Parcells dubbed Doom because of his fatalistic demeanor.

Remember when Richard Sherman suggested that Pete Carroll’s routine had gotten stale and tired? Sherman had been dealing with Carroll, who is the anti-Doom, since 2011 — a full eleven years after Brady became introduced to Belichick and his methods. The fact that Brady possibly has decided after 18 years that he’s had enough doom and gloom is far less significant than the fact that it took him a full 18 years of coexisting with Belichick to get to this point.

Suddenly, Brady seems to be giving off the life’s too short to waste on you vibe toward Belichick. For now, Brady is manifesting those apparent feelings by staying away. But what happens when he shows up?

Former Saints, Redskins linebacker Junior Galette considering retirement

Junior Galette is considering retirement.

The 30-year-old linebacker, who has been in the NFL since 2010, is currently a free agent. He said in an Instagram post Sunday he has received three contract offers but is unsure if he wants to play in 2018. Galette did not say which teams contacted him.

That entire 20-plus-year journey to the pinnacle of his profession, without anyone finding out about an indictment. Not a complaint, a probe, an arrest, a detainment, an arraignment — an indictment.

This, in a league where an anonymous smear video clip can alter the course of a player’s career in an instant, just because that’s what teams can do.

No, it does not make sense.

Except in all the ways it makes perfect sense. It’s the least-plausible and most-plausible thing imaginable. It’s the NFL in 2018 in a nutshell.

“At this point we aren’t concerned this injury will jeopardize his season,” McDermott told reporters, adding it was “best for us to get this done now.”

It isn’t yet, though.

So far this year, Tom Brady in New England and Aaron Donald in LA, among others, have been placed under the microscope for not being there for Day 1 of offseason workouts. It really is part of the NFL’s offseason routine — do a head count for camps, OTAs and the like, see who’s missing, dig for reasons, grill head coach and teammates about what’s going on and what it means.

The disclaimer is always included: Workouts are voluntary, but …

It’s exhausting. It needs to stop. It sucks up energy that could be applied elsewhere.

It won’t stop, though. The 2018 offseason is off to that kind of start already. The NFL has flunked another English exam.ravens_173

Matt Nagy: Bears “certainly have enough” offensive pieces now

The Bears went into the offseason with a goal of upgrading their offensive options and head coach Matt Nagy gave a positive review of their work after the end of the draft on Saturday.

Chicago added help at wide receiver and tight end in free agency, drafted interior lineman James Daniels and wide receiver Anthony Miller in the second round and then added another wide receiver in the seventh round. Nagy said the new faces leave him happy with the pieces he will be working with in his first season on the job.

Gregory was banned by the league on Jan.6, 2017, for a minimum of one year due to multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

A 2015 second-round draft pick out of Nebraska, Gregory last played for Dallas in the 2016 season finale.

He’s being very diligent in preparing his information and preparing his application, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters Wednesday at Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, Texas.

The name of the bunch is Moritz Böhringer, who has been allocated to the Bengals. He was a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2016, after a standout career with the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns of the German Football League. He spent the 2016 season on their practice squad.

Other players include German Football League fullback Christopher Ezeala (Ravens), former British American Football League defensive back Tigie Sankoh (Browns) and former English professional rugby player/tight end Christian Scotland-Williamson (Steelers). Tight end Alex Gray (Falcons), defensive end Alex Jenkins (Saints), linebacker Eric Nzeocha (Buccaneers), and defensive end Efe Obada (Panthers) return for another year as well.

They can’t be promoted to the active roster (such that they would), so it’s an extra body for coaches and a marketing opportunity for the league.

The Dolphins were trailblazers in that, by the way.broncos_012_39f2516d2435d739-180x180

Robert Kraft’s Meek Mill visit puts both of NFL owners’ two faces on display

There is no end in sight for the contradictions in play among the NFL owners, players and de facto-ex-players. Exhibit No. 3,697,402 (approximate, dating back to 2016): Robert Kraft visiting Meek Mill in prison.

At one, important level, the trip by the Patriots owner to the imprisoned rapper fits neatly into his recent history, and it illuminates the work of the Players Coalition over the past year-plus. A straight line can be drawn from players like Anquan Boldin, Malcolm Jenkins and Devin McCourty — even before it was officially labeled a coalition — advocating for sentencing reform, to directly engaging politicians, to pushing owners to back them up, to Kraft turning words into actions.

Edge rusher: Clayborn was a good get, but he did most of his sack damage for the Falcons in a situational rotational role. Returning end Trey Flowers led a productive committee with 6 1/2 of the team’s 42 sacks, but New England’s pass rush overall last season was inconsistent.

Cornerback: McCourty replaces Butler in the short term, but he becomes a 31-year-old free agent in 2019. Behind Stephon Gilmore and McCourty, there’s Eric Rowe, also in a contract year, and not much else. That makes corner a priority position for multiple selections.

The Saints also signed tight end Ben Watson this offseason, hoping to give Brees more options in the red zone. Meredith and Watson are both 6-3, and Michael Thomas, the team’s top-returning receiver, is also 6-3.

With Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr. and Meredith on board, the Saints will now have more flexibility in this month’s NFL Draft. New Orleans has no second-round pick after trading up to select running back Alvin Kamara last season.

Back in February, Kraft and his son, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, co-authored a Boston Globe op-ed pushing for juvenile justice reform. At a criminal justice reform symposium at Harvard Law School last month attended by several NFL players, McCourty told a panel that the younger Kraft said to him, “My family has owned the Patriots, I’ve done well, great upbringing, (but) I had no idea about some of the things that went on.”seahawks_011

Think about this for a second: Tom Brady, the best quarterback of all time, currently has an average salary of $20.5 million per season.

Yes, that’s quite a bit of money. Almost as much as the 10-Point Stance editorial staff makes.

However…

Shurmur acknowledged Beckham’s presence Monday, and Manning and Collins both participated in conference calls with the media. The Giants also indirectly confirmed the attendance of numerous other players on their social media accounts by posting photos of their arrivals and in the team’s weight room.

Shurmur is not permitted to force his players to attend per restrictions established by the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, and therefore, the Giants do not take attendance, at least not for public consumption.

But Shurmur has not hid his belief of just how important showing up Monday was, especially with the Giants ushering in a new era with Shurmur’s offense, coordinator James Bettcher’s defense and a locker room that ended last season’s 3-13 campaign badly in need of repair.

He said Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is having issues because he needs God.

There are numerous problems with this statement, but the most obvious one is that Lewis was once charged with two counts of murder. He eventually pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice after lying in that murder investigation.

Meanwhile, Beckham has never been arrested. Aside from some odd videos and pictures, he has never gotten into a whiff of trouble off the field.

Yet he’s the one being accused of acting godlessly? Really?

This has become increasingly common with Beckham. People in the media are making him out to be a bad dude, one who’s in need of saving. He has his faults, but we should remember that he’s not, well, Lewis.la_kings_011