Around The NFL: News, Notes & Rumors
Bush,Reggie (New Orleans Saints)
RB Reggie Bush is filming a reality show for CBS called "Same Name." He's in Danville, Ill., swapping lives for a week with a man by the same name, while the Danville Reggie Bush is living the life of an NFL player - albeit during a lockout.
"In Danville, Illinois shooting a new TV show for CBS," the Saints' Reggie Bush wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night. "Filming and staying with a cool family out here that shares my last name!"
The show is expected to air Sundays this summer, according to The Chicago Tribune.
It's the second brush with reality television for Reggie Bush, who dated E! reality star Kim Kardashian until their breakup in March, 2010.
Bush has managed to keep his name in the news during the NFL lockout courtesy of Twitter. He wrote, "It's been fun New Orleans," after the Saints selected Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the first round of the NFL Draft in April.
He created more controversy last month when he told his 1.6 million followers: "Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I'm making the most of it! Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!" he wrote. "Right about now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing."
After a bit of an uproar, he followed with a tweet saying, "FYI last tweet was a joke! Relax people damn it's called sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you..."
Bush is due around $11.8 million in 2011, and he's expected to be asked to take a pay cut or be released once the lockout ends.
Analysis: It's hard to argue with Bush's assessment of life during the lockout. It's also hard to argue that Bush will be asked to – and should – take a pay cut for the upcoming season. Even with the addition of Ingram, Bush can still be a weapon in the Saints' explosive offense, providing his reality TV career doesn't get in the way.
Clayborn,Adrian (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
DE Adrian Clayborn, the team's first-round draft pick, has talked frequently since being drafted about the violent nature of his game.
After being drafted, Clayborn was asked about playing physical, and said he planned to "kick offensive linemen's asses," and added, "If you're not playing violent on the defensive line, there's something wrong with you. Go somewhere else."
So it was that former Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King was doing a radio interview June 3 and asked mentioned his post-draft words.
King said, "You made interesting comments after the draft. You got a lot of fans by these comments. You were pretty adamant that you're very aggressive, that you're violent, that you want nothing better than to hurt offensive linemen and offensive players. Talk about that mindset."
Responded Clayborn, "I just believe that's the way all great defensive linemen want to play. I mean look at (Ndamukong) Suh. He plays so violent. He gets after people. It's just an aggressive position. That's how I like to play and that's how I'm going to play."
Analysis: There's no problem with Clayborn wanting to be aggressive on the field but he might want to tone it down a bit. If not, Clayborn will become a target for opposing offensive linemen across the league and could end up wishing he kept those thoughts to himself.
Burress,Plaxico (Free Agent)
WR Plaxico Burress was released from the Oneida Correctional Facility in upstate New York Monday morning following nearly two years in prison on gun charges resulting from an incident in November, 2008.
Burress hugged agent Drew Rosenhaus, and spoke briefly to reporters, saying, "I just want to thank God for bringing me through one of the most trying times in my life. It's a beautiful day. It's a beautiful day to be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them.
"I'd like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement. I'd like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I'll be ready."
As he exited the prison, Burress was wearing a Philadelphia Phillies hat.
Burress reunited with his family at the nearby Turning Stone Resort & Casino, and was then expected to head home with them to Florida. Burress has a daughter that was born while he was in prison.
He was released from prison three months early, but will be on parole for two years. During that time, he is required to be employed, undergo testing for substance abuse and obey any possible curfew decided by his parole officer.
Rosenhaus claims he has spoken to several teams about Burress, who can't work out or sign with any team until the lockout ends. Additionally, Rosenhaus said Burress is a different man than the one that pleaded guilty in Aug, 2009 to the gun charges.
"He's learned an awful lot," Rosenhaus said. "He knows that he obviously made a mistake. To miss two NFL seasons in the prime of your career. To not be with your family, most importantly. To lose out on millions and millions of dollars. These are things that have forced him to certainly evaluate his life."
Analysis: The lockout will help Burress' cause as teams haven't been able to address needs at wide receiver. While Burress won't be the player he was prior to a stint in prison, his ability to stretch the field and pose as a red-zone target will come in handy for someone.
Greene,Shonn (New York Jets)
RB Shonn Greene is expected to be the featured back for the Jets this season, offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said.
Greene rushed for 1,306 yards on 293 carries in his first two seasons as a complementary back.
"Shonn's ready to take that next step," Schottenheimer told the NY Daily News. "... We expect a breakout season from him. He's a guy that's got just huge, huge, huge potential that we think is right there ready for him to grab."
The Jets currently have five running backs on the roster, including LaDainian Tomlinson.
Analysis: Greene had the benefit of working in a two-back system for his first two years in the league while learning from one of the all-time greats in Tomlinson. With the Jets continuing down the path as a run-first type of offense, Greene has a chance to develop into one of the most productive running backs in the NFL.
Williams,Mike (Seattle Seahawks)
WR Mike Williams resurrected his career in 2010 with the Seahawks, and a big reason he reported in shape. He says he has learned his lesson.
He knows with the lockout continuing, there are those believing he will get out of shape again.
Said Williams, "This whole offseason, everyone's been saying, oh, all this time off and his attitude, he's going to be fat again.' Well, good luck with that. I'm here having a good time and let's get back to work."
Having a good time was a reference to his workouts. Williams said he has been doing about six hours of cardio a day.
He does admit, however, that the lockout is getting tiresome.
"When you find yourself going to two movies in the same day before night time, that's when you're bored. When you go see Kung Fu Panda 2 and Fast Five in the same day before 7 p.m., you might be a little bored."
Analysis: Williams learned the hard way after gaining a substantial amount of weight and finding himself out of the league following the 2007 season. Don't expect Williams to fall into the same trap again, lockout or no lockout.
Crabtree,Michael (San Francisco 49ers)
WR Michael Crabtree didn't participate Tuesday in the second day of team workouts because of sore feet caused by wearing new shoes on the FieldTurf the previous day.
Said wide receiver Josh Morgan, "Everybody's good. Crabtree's all right. His feelings aren't hurt. Nothing wrong with him. Just his feet were too sore to come out here. That's all it is."
While noting a female reporter present, Morgan said, "It was equal to her wearing a new pair of heels all day."
Analysis: After just a day of practice, Crabtree had to take a break because of sore feet. Good luck with breaking in those shoes, Michael. You might want to consider coming up with a better reason for missing practice next time.
Britt,Kenny (Tennessee Titans)
WR Kenny Britt had felony charges of eluding an officer changed to three misdemeanors for being disorderly from an April 12 incident in which he tried to drive away from police after being caught speeding.
Hudson County (N.J.) prosecutor Edward DeFazio said, "I don't want people to get the wrong impression here. Somebody who was not Kenny Britt who was in a similar circumstance would have the same thing happen to their case. No one was injured and this is a typical disposition for someone who was in a similar circumstance." 64651 Britt,Kenny (Tennessee
Britt proceeded to plead guilty Wednesday to careless driving and was fined $478. He will also have four points added to his record.
Analysis: Britt got off lucky this time, although it's unclear how Tennessee and the NFL will discipline the emerging receiver. That said, there will be no more passes for Britt and any future run-ins with the law will result in more strict discipline.
Haynesworth,Albert (Washington Redskins)
DT Albert Haynesworth had a controversial season in 2010. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett explained just what it was like during a recent appearance on 101 ESPN Radio in St. Louis.
Said Haslett, "He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn't want to do anything. To me that's the issue. He's one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, 'Put down the phone.' The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone. You tell him, 'Don't read the newspaper in meetings.' The next day you have to tell him the same thing. It doesn't stick; it's an every-day thing."
Despite that, Haslett said he genuinely likes Haynesworth. He said, "Do I like him. I love the kid. I think he's a good kid, I like talking to him. He's a good person. He's a heckuva football player if he wants to be. He just didn't want to play in this scheme. He didn't want to play in the 3-4. He didn't want to do the things we wanted. Then we said, 'OK, if you're not going to do it, let's not do it. Let's play nickel, play the 3-technique.'
"Then, it got to the point where he said, 'I don't want to play first- and second-down nickel. I just want to play third-down nickel.' Oh my God, you're relegating yourself to 10-15 snaps a game. Then after that he didn't want to do the blitzes, he just wanted to rush. It got to the point where it didn't work out and became more of a distraction."
Still, Haslett believes Haynesworth can still be an excellent player.
Said Haslett, "Is he a good player? Yeah. Will he play for somebody in a four-man line and be a great football player? Yeah, I think he will be."
Analysis: Haslett's comments are the most candied we've heard on Haynesworth up to this point, but certainly aren't surprising. Haynesworth's childish behavior seems to be only getting worse and 2011 could be a make or break year for his career, particularly with the Redskins.
Vick,Michael (Philadelphia Eagles)
QB Michael Vick has made a remarkable comeback from the nearly two years he spent in prison on federal dogfighting charges.
The decisions he made, as well as the lessons he learned are all included in his autobiography, "Michael Vick: Finally Free," which will be published July 27.
Said a spokesperson for the publisher, Core Media Group, "He knew some parts of his book would show his life at rock bottom, but he wanted to share his story to help others, both youths and adults. Michael also wanted to take the chance to apologize, once again, for getting involved in fighting dogs and explain how his relationship with God was renewed during his time behind bars."
Vick tells of the lies he told to so many people, including Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, commissioner Roger Goodell and even his attorney, Billy Martin.
He wrote, "When the dogfighting allegation surfaced, my lawyer told me, 'If you were involved, you need to tell me you were involved.' That's when it was on the state rather than the federal level. I kept telling him, 'No, no, I wasn't involved, no, no.' The whole time they were building the case, my lawyer was saying 'no' but he was seeing all this evidence saying 'yes.' If I had just told the truth, maybe I would've received a smack on the wrist instead of a lengthy sentence.
"So now that I think about it, I believe it was the Lord. It was God saying, 'Kid, I gave you a chance to get this thing right.' It was like, 'Carry yourself to jail.' I know He didn't say it like that, but it was like, 'Go on. You need to do some time. You need to learn a lesson.'
"He gave me a chance. He gave me three months - April through July - to go to all these people and say, 'Look, I was wrong,' and to get the correct advice, and to use it correctly. But I didn't do it."
He concluded, "Looking back, I can see that my propensity for trying to lie my way out of trouble only made my consequences more severe."
Analysis: It will be interesting to see how Vick's new book will be perceived by the public and it will likely come under some scrutiny. While Vick's story of redemption has made a positive out of a negative situation, it's time for everyone to move on.
Mendenhall,Rashard (Pittsburgh Steelers)
RB Rashard Mendenhall was out of line recently when, in a tweet, he questioned the role of Osama bin Laden in 9-11, according to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.
In an interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh, Tomlin said of Mendenhall, "He shouldn't have said it. Yes, it is a freedom of speech issue. Yes, he is a young man, and he has a right to his opinion. But sometimes these young men got to understand the positions that they hold and the influence that they have and to be highly sensitive to that.
"I think that, more than anything, in those chain of events, he was not sensitive to the power of his words or his positions on that subject or on any subject. I think life is an education. I think these young men are continually educated to what comes along with being them, and that's just an example of it."
Noting Mendenhall's age, Tomlin said, "Here's the thing that I think a lot of people miss, is that that kid was 12 years old (actually 14) on 9/11. He doesn't have an idea of what pre-9/11 adult life was like in America. He doesn't understand the ramifications of how life changed in America on that day (be)cause he was a kid."
Analysis: Leave it to Tomlin to put things into perspective after Mendenhall's Twitter comments caused a great deal of controversy. Right or wrong, Mendenhall's comments about 9-11 and Osama bin Laden were not malicious or intended to spark the outrage that they did.
Smith,Alex (San Francisco 49ers)
QB Alex Smith contuinues to be credited by 49ers players as the team participates in player workouts. Tackle Joe Staley dubbed the workouts "Camp Alex" and said, "I mean, he's organized everything. My job was to get all the linemen. His job was to get all the skill players.
"He's worked on the script and he's running the meetings. He's shown a lot of leadership this summer as far as keeping everybody together and really communicating with everybody."
Staley added the camaraderie gained by having the practices.
"I think it's one of the things you miss this offseason, just team building," Staley said. "And I think this is definitely beneficial, laying the foundation for the season."
Analysis: This confirms prior reports that Smith will likely be back as the 49ers' starting quarterback in 2011. Smith is expected to serve as a stopgap until incoming rookie Colin Kaepernick is ready for expanded action.
Johnson,Chris (Tennessee Titans)
RB Chris Johnson was in attendance at player workouts that began Wednesday in Nashville. The Tennessean reported a few teammates were surprised to see Johnson, who skipped OTAs last season because of a contract dispute. While saying he still hopes for a new contract, Johnson said he will be at training camp whenever it opens.
"I'm not worried about that right now to be honest," Johnson said of his contract. "On my mind is being in shape and being ready with the lockout is over with. I want to get better, and get the team better as a whole. We haven't been to the playoffs in two years. I didn't come out here to prove a point or anything. I just want to help the team get better."
Analysis: Johnson skipped OTAs a year ago and rightfully so as his performance on the field was not in line with his pay. Johnson being around this year, however, should be a good sign for the Titans as they hope to have a bounce back season.
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