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49ers – Rams, Jimmie Ward launches hostilities

The season has not yet started as the first divisional rivalries are already appearing. Newly landed in NFC West, Matthew Stafford was able to appreciate the local hospitality with a signed welcome message Jimmie ward. The 49ers ‘defensive back wondered if the veteran is any real improvement over Jared Goff as quarterback for the Rams, given both players’ records in the playoffs.

“I like Stafford, but he will still have the same players he throws the ball to,” Ward told SI.com’s Grant Cohn. « It’s the same quarterback who was in the Detroit Lions and still hasn’t made it to the playoffs, and they had Megatron [Calvin Johnson]. What was the problem there in Detroit? Are you going to blame the city? What was the problem ? Was it the money? If the city didn’t have enough money to bring in players, why have an NFL team? It’s a big question mark. « 

“They went to trade Jared Goff, who has been to the playoffs several times and gone to the Super Bowl. Yes, he lost. But he went to the Super Bowl. I haven’t seen this with Matt Stafford yet. And I say he’s still awesome. I think he’s in the top 10 quarterbacks, maybe the top 5. I don’t know. We will see. I’m just basing myself on what I see. And I see Jared Goff took these boys to the Super Bowl. « 

Randy Gregory (Cowboys) felt robbed in 2020

Long penalized by his suspensions (52 games since 2015), Randy Gregory (DE) did not play as much as he would have liked in 2020. But this time, the fault is not due to his indiscipline. With just 271 snaps in 10 games, the pass rusher felt cheated by offensive coordinator Mike Nolan and defensive line coach Jim Tomsula who preferred Aldon Smith (DE).

“I felt there was a bit of favoritism, that they refused to let me outdo their favorite,” Gregory told Dan Pompei of TheAthletic.com. “They knew I could do it, so they did what they could to keep me away. I had times when I was angry. I was talking to Peter [Schaffer, agent], and the best thing I could do was go out into the field with the games they gave me and make those games worth it. That’s what I did, but I really felt like a year was stolen from me last season ”.

According to SI.com, owner Jerry Jones – who has long held Gregory in high regard – confronted Mike McCarthy (HC) at a staff meeting last season to find out why « his colt » wasn’t playing more. New defensive coordinator Dan Quinn asked himself the same question after watching the matches of the 2020 campaign. And now that the 3 people involved are no longer there, things should change.

“I was surprised he didn’t play more,” Quinn said. « I told Mike about it [McCarthy]. He was at the top of the list for me when it comes to defining a role. His playing time will increase, that’s for sure. I think it will really take off ”.

LeSean McCoy is looking for a base

After 12 seasons in the league, the six-time Pro Bowler still wants to play. LeSean McCoy (RB) has swept away the hypothesis of retiring and continues its quest for the ideal base a few days before the resumption of summer preparation. For him no doubt. His productive past and his two recent titles with Kansas City and Tampa Bay make him the ideal candidate for a team fighting for the final victory.

“I spoke with my agent Drew Rosenhaus. I was considering retiring. Some teams have contacted me. I think now it’s just about being in shape, being ready for the call and also the right destination, the right fit, ”McCoy told NFL Network’s MJ Acosta Tuesday on NFL Total Access. “I want to go to a team where I can be competitive. I want to go to a team where I can contribute. And make the playoffs, with a little luck, a course for the title. This is the most important thing. I think after winning two championships it’s hard to go to a team where you can’t see anything happening. I want to go somewhere where I can have fun and win. « 

“I went through all the tough jobs in the league. I’ve been asked to do so many things blocking, running, grabbing, doing all kinds of different things. Now I’m a little older so I’m a lot smarter. And I know how to teach. They could have a kid who is a star in the making and I can teach him how to be a pro. How to be the best. How to become a running back franchise. And also a leader. I’m a veteran who wants to win, who knows how to win and how to be a great teammate and a leader. « 

Rumors

Looking for help on the rush pass, the Steelers were unable to attract Justin Houston (OLB) earlier in the offseason. But they have not given up on bringing in a veteran in this sector. According to CBS Sports, Melvin Ingram (DE) will be heading to Pittsburgh for a visit this week.

Trevor Lawrence (Jaguars) should be ready for training camp

As Jacksonville training camp approaches, the spotlight will be on the franchise more than ever. While Urban Meyer (HC) and Tim Tebow (TE) generate a lot of interest, fans are even more excited about the quarterback Trevor Lawrence. First choice of the last draft, the rookie had a cautious start this offseason. He suffered a hamstring injury that sidelined him for mini-camp and it took longer than expected to sign his contract. But ultimately, there is good news for the Jaguars. According to ESPN, the team preferred to play it safe with who should be the face of the team for the next few years. His forced sidelining was only to give him the necessary time to heal and be operational for the opening of the preparation.

“He will be able to start training camp,” ESPN’s Dan Graziano said. “The problem is, of course, he hasn’t had as much time on the pitch as he would like at this point. What he showed impressed the Jaguars. It will be a race for Trevor Lawrence to learn as much as possible about attacking and be as ready as possible for week 1. ”

Younghoe Koo (Falcons) wants his stolen crampons back

The Falcons kicker took to social media Sunday morning to say his Jeep was stolen overnight. His main request was that the person return all of his crampons to him.

“Some motherfucker stole my Jeep. Can you just bring my crampons back, ”Koo wrote on his Instagram story. « I won’t even be mad bro, just bring all my crampons back so I can go kick. »

Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger, who will overtake Brett Favre?

This is a record they would have done well without. Sacked 525 times during his career, Brett Favre is the number 1 quarterback in this statistical category in the history of the NFL. But not for very long. Tom Brady (Buccaneers) is just behind with 521 sacks conceded, followed by Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers) – tied with John Elway and their 516 units. Ashore 16 and 13 times respectively in 2020 and with the arrival of 17 games this year, it will only be a matter of a week before one of the two veterans put his name in the record books.

European League of Football

Week 5

Frankfurt Galaxy (4-1) – Barcelona Dragons (0-4): 42-22

Berlin Thunder (1-3) – Wroclaw Panthers (3-1): 26-45

Leipzig Kings (1-4) – Hamburg Sea Devils (4-0): 00-55

Note the touchdown ofAnthony Mahoungou (WR) during the overwhelming victory in Frankfurt

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