“There is so much excitement; you have basically just hit the lottery,” he says in the book. “Once I made the roster, my first big purchase was a 1992 white Corvette with red interior for $38,000 … [Later] I bought a Mercedes and a Hummer. Players really go overboard on automobiles.”
As soon as the ink is dry on their first contract, players are overwhelmed by confusing advice from family and friends, who believe that they should be “helping” the player manage their finances.
Titans coach Mike Mularkey put his team in an early hole when he called for an onside kick on the game’s opening kickoff. The Titans didn’t recover the ball and the Raiders ended up scoring a touchdown four plays later.
Amazing how clean, full-screen telecasts appear, as was Sunday’s Packers-Falcons on FOX, without crawls pushing fantasy league stats and Skip Bayless/Shannon Sharpe promos.
FOX’s Joe (“Ripkowski put it on the ground!”) Buck, slick-talking at the top of Packers-Falcons about the over-under number, is another who thinks someone in Vegas makes NFL betting lines. Vegas books set opening lines, but the gambling public establishes the final lines by betting into them; too much to either side moves those lines.
Giants: OK, their first-round pick, Mississippi TE Evan Engram, is not a blocker. So what? He was drafted to catch passes, which is something no Giants TE has done consistently in too long to remember. The Giants addressed the loss of Johnathan Hankins by picking Alabama DT Dalvin Tomlinson in the second round. And they picked a potential Eli Manning successor in the third round, Cal’s Davis Webb.
Jets: Their eyes lit up as the first-round board unfolded and LSU safety Jamal Adams fell into their lap. Adams, a solid playmaker, might end up being the locker-room leader the rudderless Jets desperately need once he starts playing and producing. They went safety again in the second round with Florida’s Marcus Maye, a productive player the Jets targeted throughout the process.
When the game returned from commercial, Meredith’s leg was in an air-cast and he was being carted off the field. The Bears quickly announced that he was done for the day, and it appears that he has a significant knee injury that could keep him out for a while, if not the entire season.
It’s a big blow for the Bears; Meredith was expected to work as one of their top two wide receivers this season.