The NFL point of May 24: Aaron Rodgers, small alert and great happiness


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Aaron Rodgers, good student

He is happy, Aaron Rodgers (QB, Jets), since he arrived in New York.

To the point of doing what he no longer did in Green Bay: come to the start of spring training. Monday, the new pitcher of the greens was there to train.

The opportunity to see him for the first time wearing number 8. The opportunity also to remember that everything is fragile in the NFL. A minor calf strain sidelined him for Tuesday’s session. Nothing serious, just a little reminder of the weight of the hopes that rest on him in New York. And nothing to dampen his enthusiasm.

« It’s been a dream month so far, » he told reporters. “Every day I wake up looking forward to going to the training center. The fact that it only takes me two minutes to come helps a little. Falling out of bed and going to practice is fun. »

49ers optimistic for Brock Purdy

What if San Francisco had all its quarterbacks for the start of the season? Tuesday, Kyle Shanahan explained that he is now optimistic about the possible participation of Brock Purdy (QB) in the first week of the regular season. Victim of a torn elbow ligament in the conference final, operated in March, he should start throwing the ball again next week.

New rule for kickoffs

There should be even fewer kickoff returns in 2023. On Tuesday, the NFL made official a new rule: if a player catches the ball from the kickoff by asking for a « fair catch », the ball will be placed on the 25 yards regardless of player position. Clearly, a fair catch requested from 10 yards will now allow the attack to start at 25 yards, when we started from the player’s position so far.

To justify this decision, the league invokes the safety of the players. Fewer returns = less risk of injury. The concussion rate on a kickoff is almost twice as high as on an offensive or defensive action.

Around 60% of kickoffs already resulted in a touchback. With this new measure, the figure should still increase significantly, and returns will be rare.

In short

Roger Goodell approaching a contract extension. The ever-talkative Jim Irsay (owner, Colts) told ESPN that league bosses are set to extend Goodell’s lease through the end of the 2027 season. For Irsay, “it’s virtually done. At 64, Goodell has been in the role since 2006.

Lamar Jackson (QB, Ravens) reunited with his teammates. He showed up for training on Tuesday, the eve of the start of the new voluntary spring session. In addition to a new contract, Jackson comes above all to discover his new offensive coordinator, Todd Monken. Odell Beckham, Nelson Agholor and Zay Flowers have also arrived since Jackson last played on Dec. 4. He then injured his knee.


Tariq Woolen (CB, Seahawks) underwent knee arthroscopy and is expected to be out until training camp in late July. He was injured a few days ago during spring training. (ESPN)

– After being diagnosed with cancer in March, Foster Moreau (TE, Saints) was present Tuesday at training in New Orleans. For now, he no longer needs treatment. He is affected by a rare but highly curable form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. (ESPN)

Damar Hamlin (S, Bills) trained on Tuesday. He participated in individual exercises, without a helmet and in a limited way. The Bills have already explained that Hamlin has received the green light from doctors to return to play. The shadow of his cardiac arrest on January 2 against the Bengals is growing further and further away.


– Last player remaining in Denver of the title won in February 2016, Brandon McManus (K) is free. The kicker was cut by Denver on Tuesday. He announced it himself on social networks. McManus is only 31 years old. He is coming off one of his worst career seasons, with 77.8% successful kicks.

The main signatures of the day: Germain Ifedi (OL, Lions), Tyler Lancaster (DT, Broncos), Artie Burns (CB, Seahawks), Cameron Fleming (OT, Broncos)

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