Posts Tagged ‘Football’

TE Greg Olsen addresses idea he had a role in Panthers’ firing of Dave Gettleman

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

As the dust settles in Charlotte following Monday’s shocking firing of Carolina Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman (and the subsequent re-hiring of Marty Hurney to take his place in an interim role), conversation continues to swirl around two veteran players. Clues pointed strongly toward strained contract conversations between Gettleman, linebacker Thomas Davis and tight end Greg Olsen as a catalytic factor in a larger case against Gettleman. The Observer caught up with Olsen at the HoopTee Celebrity Golf Classic in Ballantyne on Thursday morning, and he said he heard the news at the same time the public did on Monday. Olsen denied any rumors of tension between himself and Gettleman – although admittedly Olsen is not directly a part of contract discussions between the front office and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

McCaffrey-Stewart-Samuel running back trio a nightmare for opposing defenses

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

With just a few days left until the Carolina Panthers head to Spartanburg for training camp (and a recent flurry of front-office activity), the largest questions left looming around the team are about the offense. The task of Carolina’s running backs, in particular, is a tall one. The group – led back Jonathan Stewart, rookie and No. 8 overall pick Christian McCaffrey and, at times, rookie and No. 40 overall pick Curtis Samuel, Cameron Artis-Payne and veteran Fozzy Whittaker – have two responsibilities this season: Provide a jolt for an offense that sagged last season, and take some of the pressure off of quarterback Cam Newton as a runner. Questions about roles players will play within these

Official in a Chiefs tie at O.J. Simpson’s parole hearing went to college in Missouri

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The O.J. Simpson parole hearing is must-see television for many people, and those who tuned in on Thursdasy saw something striking. One of the men on the parole board was wearing a Chiefs tie. The man’s name is Adam Endel. According to the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners, Endel is a Central Missouri graduate who has been on the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners since 2009. From the Associated Press: Simpson, 70, received a 33-year sentence in 2008 for an armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. He is asking Nevada parole officials to release him in October, when he will have served the minimum nine years.

Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams returns home to Palo Alto

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

PALO ALTO — On a scorching Saturday afternoon, with a DJ blaring music and kids handing out free Gatorade along with wet towels, the focus was clearly on one man: Davante Adams. The 24-year-old NFL wide receiver with the Green Bay Packers was the main attraction during his second annual youth football camp, which again was held at his alma mater, Palo Alto High. “It’s a real tight-knit family out here,” Adams said. “I’m glad everybody was able to bring their kids out and I know the kids had fun, so it’s good.” “I am very proud of him,” said Pam Brown, his mother. “He’s been a special kid since Day 1. And I always knew and always thought he was going to be something special. I didn’t know it was

Here’s what Panthers owner Jerry Richardson looked like as a Colts wide receiver

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis gave his Facebook and Twitter followers a Throwback Thursday treat ahead of schedule this week. Davis posted a photo from decades ago of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson in his Baltimore Colts jersey for his boss’ 81st birthday on Tuesday. “Everyone please help me wish the best owner in the entire @NFL Mr. Jerry Richardson a very Happy Birthday!!” Davis wrote on his Facebook post. Richardson, a wide receiver out of Wofford College, played two years for the Colts. Though his stay in the NFL was short, Richardson capped his rookie season with a memorable catch, a 12-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL Championship. The Colts won their

Jason Garrett to meet with Ezekiel Elliott Friday, believes in RB, others

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has yet to speak with Ezekiel Elliott regarding the running back's alleged involvement in an incident at a Dallas bar, but he said he will do so Friday. Garrett did not want to get into any of the specifics surrounding Elliott at the moment.?Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has spoken with Elliott, as have other members of the organization, according to Garrett.

Questions surrounding Broncos quarterbacks, Elway as camp approaches

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

DENVER -- Co-hosting a radio show can be intoxicating. For starters, it involves zero cameras, never a bad thing. And the reaction from the public is overwhelming. More people discuss my appearances on 104.3 The Fan than anything else I do. This week two electric topics dominated the conversation: the quarterback uncertainty and John Elway's contract status. Let's start with Elway. In talking to multiple sources Wednesday, the status remains unchanged. There remains no discord. The sides are in a decent place, and the belief exists that a deal will be completed.  Ideally, the Broncos announce a contract extension for Elway a week from today at the annual media barbecue. He is under contract until

Bruce Arians says Carson Palmer wore out his arm throwing too much last offseason

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

The Arizona Cardinals scaled back Carson Palmer’s workload in practice last season and have limited him in offseason practices as well this spring and summer. According to head coach Bruce Arians, the biggest reason for that was Palmer had thrown so much last year that he wore down quickly once the season started and his production suffered. “He’s one of the hardest working dudes I’ve ever been around, so we had to really pull the reins back on him,” Arians said on the Rich Eisen Show.

Saints place Travin Dural, Devaroe Lawrence on non-football injury list

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

With rookies reporting for training camp on Wednesday, the New Orleans Saints placed wide receiver Travin Dural and defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence on the non-football injury list. The non-football injury list is for physical ailments sustained outside of the NFL work environment. Both Dural and Lawrence dealt with injuries in college at LSU and Auburn, respectively.

Falcons rookie LB Duke Riley pulled an SUV by himself like it was nothing

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Atlanta Falcons rookie linebacker Duke Riley is one strong man. On Wednesday, he posted a video of himself pulling a GMC Denali that was connected by two ropes. The Denali is around 5,500 pounds, which is like pulling 28 Duke Rileys if you round up on the math. Riley’s friends were hyping him up by telling him to “rise up,” the Falcons’ motto that is often featured in the Georgia Dome (soon to be Mercedes-Benz Stadium) with Samuel L. Jackson. It’s what Falcons do. Riley was — as expected — very excited to be drafted. Looking back, some of these excited hugs and handshakes might have hurt for his friends on the receiving end. Between Riley’s talents on the field, strength, and golden mullet that