Soden: NFL Notebook
I’d like to start this weekly NFL Wrap Up by giving my condolences to the family and friends of legendary Steelers coach Chuck Noll. Noll who had been dealing with an undisclosed illness died in his sleep Friday night at the age of 82.
Falcons to be featured on Hard Knocks
For the first time ever the Atlanta Falcons will be featured on HBO’s hit documentary series Hard Knocks. The series will debut on August 5 on HBO, and will feature an insider’s look at the Falcons all the way through the end of training camp.
It appears that this decision by Falcons’ management was voluntary as they had the ability to opt out of appearing. The way the NFL has set it up is if a team has made the playoffs within the last two year (which the Falcons did), hired a new head coach, or appeared on the show in the past ten years said team has the ability to opt out of doing the show just like the Cleveland Browns did.
I can’t wait for all the Roddy White sound bites that will come out of this.
Beast Mode to Retirement Mode?
Last season fans around the league flew on to Marshawn Lynch’s “Beast Mode” bandwagon even though his yards per carry had actually fallen and his numbers were far from the NFL’s best. With that being said it looks like the Skittle popping running back is looking for a new deal and is will to throw around the idea of retirement as leverage.
It was reported that Lynch had made some comments last year that if the Seahawks had won the Super Bowl he would be fine with walking away from the game, but many think it’s just a tactic by Lynch. At 4.2 ypc last season I’m sure the Seahawks will call his bluff, especially with all the clamor about Christine Michael during OTA’s this year.
The Seahawks have added another veteran defensive linemen to their team. Longtime Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams signed a one-year deal worth around $2 million with the Super Bowl champs.
It looks like J.J Watt is joining his new teammate Jadeveon Clowney on the injury boat. Clowney is suffering from a sports hernia while Watt has hyperextended his knee. Watt is said to be fine and would miss a day or two at most.
Former Patriots wide receiver Derrick Johnson is positive that he’ll re-signed with the team once his left knee sprain has healed.
Look for Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley to see an expanded role this season. Receivers coach Derek Dooley suggested that we might see more of Beasley on the outside this coming season.
Colts have added safety Mike Adams, who is infamous for his “I’ll walk to my home in Patterson, New Jersey in full uniform if the Broncos win the Super Bowl” line.
The Colts have placed both safety Corey Lynch and Fili Moala on IR this past week.
The Vikings have waived receiver Lestar Jean with an “injured” designation on Thursday.
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