1. Yes, I read that report about the Cowboys not giving Tony Romo’s locker away just yet. If the newly hired CBS broadcaster is still working out and focusing on quarterback mechanics instead of becoming a TV personality, then this is an actual story. In the meantime, Dak Prescott is healthy and the backups are who they are. Meaning, that if the starter were to go down to injury, just like Romo did a couple seasons ago, the team would struggle, as you would expect with a backup QB. That is why the sports media will make this a bigger talking point than I just made it.
2. San Francisco’s new regime came in with a plan this offseason and it continues to play out in little ways. Nothing official, but if you have been following their offseason, they do not expect to take a long time to rebuild. Former Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd worked out for the team. With an injury-riddled career at age 30, Byrd flourished in Buffalo after a rough stint in New Orleans. The Niners have invested first round picks in Eric Reid and Jimmie Ward, as well as a second round pick on Jaquiski Tartt, but adding a veteran with a chip on his shoulder could benefit the secondary as a whole.
3. Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins dropped his weight down to 260 pounds. His agent states that the former second rounder’s “light went on and he’s really dialed in.” Look, Tampa Bay drafted him and he only caught 21 passes in each of his two seasons there. Last year with the Jets he suited up for half the season, got a D.U.I., which in turn got him suspended for weeks 1 and 2.
Good for him on trying to cut his weight, as a tight end, down to 260. That is something he should have focused on from day 1, but sure, it is a step in the right direction. The D.U.I. not so much. Fifty-five receptions in 3 seasons is not telling either, so, make of it what you will. I understand that a change of scenery can help someone mature, and the light could have turned on and all, but the key here is consistency and that cannot be proven overnight.
4. If you are keeping up with the NFL Top-100 Players on NFL Network, there are some rankings that you like, some you don’t, and some real head scratchers. Yeah, it is kind of cool to see what players in the league think of their peers and rivals, but understand that they only face them once a year, or once every few years, unless it’s a division rival. The top 10 seems very simple to me. There were two defensive players voted in the top 10 last year, so I would expect the same this time around, just maybe a third.
We all know that Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown and Julio Jones are going to remain in the top 10. So, those four are a lock.
Due to injuries, Adrian Peterson, Rob Gronkowski, Luke Kuechly and J.J. Watt should be sliding down the list. After all, these rankings are based off the 2016 season. Odell Beckham Jr. was 10th last year, we’ll leave him on the borderline for now.
I strongly believe that Drew Brees should be included, along with Le’Veon Bell and David Johnson. A trio of D-linemen are right there: Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack and Von Miller. These are the 10 players, plus OBJ, that I expect to be revealed as the top 11 players in the NFL. I don’t see a reason to really drop OBJ, so my list would probably rank Miller 11th.
Some other names that we could see on the borderline are Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith and Browns tackle Joe Thomas. Also, the elite cornerbacks, Seattle’s Richard Sherman and Arizona’s Patrick Peterson. That should round out the top 15, but I’m sure we’re in store for a few surprises.
Here’s the link for the current list, with the top 40 to be determined: http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-top100-2017