Aaron Rodgers on Dez Bryant: ‘If he ends up here, we’ll obviously welcome him with open arms’

Aaron Rodgers doesn’t think Dez Bryant will end up in a Packers uniform.

Bryant, a three-time Pro Bowl player, has been a free agent since he was released by the Cowboys in mid-April. Rodgers addressed the possibility of Bryant signing with Green Bay when he spoke to reporters Tuesday.

Lions president Rod Wood assured the team followed the law when it came to the new coach’s hiring process despite failing to uncover the indictment from more than 20 years ago.

Patricia addressed the media earlier this month, maintaining he “did nothing wrong” and insisting the story only resurfaced with the intention to damage his reputation.

He introduced language to legislation to regulate the industry that says anyone who opens a sports betting operation in New Jersey before the state enacts such a law will be barred from accepting future bets on games.

The thing is what I’ve seen, irrespective of the physical stuff on the field, let’s not try so hard, Monken said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s got natural leadership qualities. A toughness about him. Guys want to follow him.

It’s OK to fail. He’s human. It’s OK to be hurt. It’s OK to have that side of you. Let’s just go. You don’t have to try so hard. Guys will follow you. Just be yourself.

Monken’s stance echoed what wide receiver DeSean Jackson said of Winston in late March about trying too hard.

The Buccaneers offensive coordinator, however, understands the spotlight falls on certain members of an organization, whether they are on the coaching staff or a high-profile player.

I think the best way to put it is that in our league, there’s so much pressure put on the coaches and that one position, Monken said. “Nobody gets the credit either way for winning or losing than the quarterback or the coaches. cowboys_094

49ers sign three undrafted defensive backs

The 49ers announced a wave of undrafted free agent signings on Monday and they added four more names to the group on Tuesday.

Three of the four players will vie for work in the defensive backfield. The other addition is former UCLA offensive lineman Najee Toran.

Safety Corey Griffin started 26 games for Georgia Tech and closed his college career with 50 tackles, three tackles for loss and an interception during the 2017 season. Cornerback Tarvarus McFadden was second-team All-ACC for Florida State last year after making the first team on the back of eight interceptions in 2016.

Likely motivated once again in a contract year, Richardson could do big things for a defense that already ranked No. 1 in football in points and yards allowed in 2017.

Mathieu will have to prove that he can stay healthy and bounce back from an off year, and it’s easy to understand why the Cardinals decided to get out of his expensive contract. But the Texans have little to lose here—and a lot to gain.

As a redshirt freshman in 2014, Barrett was getting Heisman Trophy consideration before suffering a broken ankle against Michigan. Cardale Jones replaced Barrett, and Ohio State went on to win the national championship.

But we can say the Cleveland Browns had the right approach by taking him.

They had to finally swing the bat on a quarterback early after trading away picks that were ultimately used on Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the last two drafts, and in this case they went with one of the safer options among the top quarterback prospects.

The Browns could have selected a more physically intriguing quarterback in combine superstar Josh Allen, but Allen completed just 56.2 percent of his passes at Wy-freakin’-oming. And even USC product Sam Darnold will enter the league with questions about his tendency to turn the ball over. Meanwhile, the accurate Mayfield threw just 30 interceptions over the course of four years as a starter in the Big 12, including just six in his senior campaign. broncos_072_0380fba8ffdf82cf-180x180

End of an Era: Peter King to Leave Sports Illustrated After 29 Years

Peter King, a Sports Illustrated senior writer for 29 years and the founder of the popular NFL website The MMQB, will be leaving SI at the end of the month.

When Sports Illustrated was good enough to allow me to start The MMQB five years ago, I wanted to introduce a group of promising young journalists to the SI audience and give them a chance to develop into prominent voices on the pro football scene, King says.

When Roethlisberger informed the Steelers in January of his intention to play three more years, he suspected the organization was content to go forward with Landry Jones as the backup and last year’s fourth-round pick, Joshua Dobbs, in the developmental role.

So, I was surprised when they took a quarterback, Roethlisberger said Friday, because I thought that maybe in the third round, you can get some really good football players that can help this team now. And nothing against Mason, I think he’s a great football player… I just don’t know how backing up or being the third guy, who knows where he’s going to fall on the depth chart, but helps us win now.

Do we dare dream, or should be prepared for fall instead of autumn? Defense Notable additions: Star Lotulelei, Trent Murphy, Vontae Davis, Tremaine Edmunds Notable departures: Preston Brown, E.J. Gaines, Leonard Johnson There’s a lot of ways to measure a defense, and I’m partial to points allowed.

NFL Reportedly May Make Standing for Anthem a Team-by-Team Choice More The NFL is considering allowing teams to make their own decision whether to require players to stand for the national anthem, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. Owners are expected to vote on a potential change at this month’s upcoming meeting, including a possible league-wide policy that would require all players to stand. Other options include allowing players to remain in the locker room or keeping all players in the locker room until after the national anthem. Leaving the current policy, which features zero restrictions on player action, is also an option.

My guess is they will leave it up to the teams, a high-ranking official said of the expected changes. tigers_072-115x115