This versatility — and the hunger to redeem himself after his surprising tumble into the seventh round — could make Mills one of this year’s biggest steals.
Other thoughts on the Eagles’ 2016 draft class:
The Eagles paid handsomely in the trade up for quarterback Carson Wentz, but that is simply the cost of business in today’s NFL. Wentz possesses all of the physical traits and intangibles to make the transition from North Dakota State to the pro game. The track record of small-school quarterbacks selected in the first round is encouraging, with fellow “small schoolers” like Blake Bortles (Central Florida), Joe Flacco (Delaware), Byron Leftwich (Marshall), Chad Pennington (Marshall) and the late Steve McNair (Alcorn State) successfully making the NFL jump after starring against questionable competition in college.
Being Tom Brady isn’t easy.
Sure, being a millionaire who has a supermodel wife sounds easy, but that doesn’t really do justice to the rest of Brady’s life.
For one, Brady is the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL, a league where old people don’t last very long. Not only is Brady the oldest starting quarterback in the NFL, but he’s also the oldest non-kicker.
But does it make sense for Griffin to have a “III” on his jersey? Well, from his perspective, absolutely. As I noted when RG3’s first commercial with Adidas came out, there is a remarkable symmetry between the suffix attached to his name and the logo of the shoe company that happens to pay him a lot of money. Lukas actually believes that’s why Griffin chose Adidas over Nike; if it’s true, it’s beyond savvy.
And in other random suffix-related-uniform news, Lukas reports that Redskins running back Roy Helu will be rolling with “Helu, Jr.” on the back of his uniform in 2012, which is what he did in college.
Players who actually have suffixes should enjoy this opportunity now, before a certain someone decides to change his name to Pepe, Jr and ruin it for everyone.
Your boy is diagnosing defensive fronts in Madden! That’s actually a pretty important step, so big ups to Bryce.
In all seriousness, the fact that Petty’s even recognizing fronts anywhere could be spun as a positive. And Madden IS pretty realistic these days. But the fact that he feels the need to tell people about his progress by noting that he can now diagnose defensive fronts in Madden rather than, yanno, on the field, is a bit worrisome; but hey, progress is progress.
Ole Miss confirms Laremy Tunsil texts are real, still investigating
Ole Miss has determined that the text conversation from last year between left tackle Laremy Tunsil and assistant athletic director John Miller, which was posted to Tunsil’s hacked Instagram account on NFL Draft night, did indeed occur, according to ESPN’s Outside the Lines.
While the school is confirming a conversation between Tunsil and Miller did occur that night, the Rebels are still trying to figure out whether any alterations were made to the texts. The text conversation in question included Tunsil requesting $305 to pay his mother’s electric bill and Miller responding “see Barney next week,” seemingly referring to assistant AD Barney Farrar.
Tunsil said in his post-draft press conference that the texts did occur, but Farrar has since denied that Tunsil ever came to him for money. While the school tries to determine the legitimacy of the texts, Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is fighting to stay out of court in the lawsuit brought against Tunsil by his stepfather Lindsey Miller.
Freeze’s lawyers have requested the coach not be deposed by the court for the lawsuit, which deals with a domestic dispute between Tunsil and Miller. With Ole Miss under investigation by the NCAA, Freeze doesn’t want to be put on the stand and deal with any questions that may relate to the investigation.
The deal will also make NFL clips easier to find for anyone who uses Google, which I’m pretty sure is everyone. If you search for an NFL game during the regular season, you should be able to find highlights of games that are in progress.
For games that haven’t kicked off yet, the Google search will show you the kickoff time and broadcast information for any game that you search for.
The one downside is that you still won’t be able to embed the clips on the NFL’s YouTube channel. If you do embed a video, you’ll see nothing but a black screen. To watch the actual clip, you’ll have to click through to the NFL’s YouTube Channel.