It was a slower day to finish the week, however there have been nonetheless issues to be mentioned and accidents to be revealed.
The Cowboys are the focus once more and a few younger quarterbacks are beginning to body their seasons.
All of that and extra in Friday’s NFL information and notes.
Three issues that matter
Cowboys offensive lineman Zack Martin to have MRI
Dak Prescott needs to be feeling a bit bit antsy after offensive lineman Zack Martin was despatched for an MRI after complaining about again issues in latest days. Head coach Jason Garrett mentioned Martin is shifting round superb however the coaching workers advised additional analysis to get extra data.
The Cowboys are already with out star operating again Ezekiel Elliott and if Martin is out for any period of time Prescott goes to get hit extra. Martin is likely to be the workforce’s finest offensive lineman, so whereas Prescott would have already got much less safety with the dearth of a operating recreation, he could also be with out extra as a result of a weakened line.
Kyler Murray would not really feel strain
The Cardinals traded a probably superb top-10 choose in Josh Rosen after drafting Kyler Murray at No. 1 this offseason. They did that as a result of they thought they’d one thing particular within the younger star, and Murray definitely sounds particular in how he addressed coping with exterior strain going into his first season in Arizona.
“I got to go out and play well,” Murray mentioned, by way of ESPN. “And if I don’t, then people are gonna be mad, I’m gonna be mad, everybody’s gonna be mad. So, my focus is play well.”
Murray had a bent to attend a bit too lengthy for receivers to get open in faculty which is one thing he’ll must work on within the NFL, however he acknowledged his want to take action when talking with reporters Friday. He would not sound like a rookie taking up a workforce that was offensively challenged final 12 months. That is what issues. He appears like a seasoned veteran prepared to guide his workforce to wins.
“I think that’s probably one of the biggest adjustments is windows are tighter,” Murray mentioned. “You got to anticipate things a lot more. But that makes it fun. College, you know, dudes would be wide open. It’d be really easy stuff like that. It’s part of being in the NFL.”
He continued: “We’re just kind of honing in on that and sharpening up on those things.”
Lamar Jackson plans to run much less
Lamar Jackson lit up the NFL final 12 months going 6-1 as a starter within the common season and speeding for 695 yards alongside the best way. However he needed to make it clear he’s planning to point out off as a passer this season and never simply as a runner.
“I don’t think I’ll be running as much as I did last year,” he mentioned, by way of ESPN. “There were a lot of (run-pass options) and a lot of sudden changes in last year’s game. This will be totally different.”
The necessary factor right here is that this. Jackson is totally particular as a runner. Whereas he could get criticized for a 58.2% completion share final 12 months, the Ravens can take care of some unhealthy passes if he continues to run the ball nicely, transfer the offense and win video games. If he decides he desires to solely be a pocket passer – a la Robert Griffin III after tearing his ACL – it might have a damaging impact on his profession simply because it did with RGIII.
New teammate Earl Thomas alluded to only that.
“My thing with him is I don’t want to get caught up in, ‘You got to be a pocket passer, you got to be this,'” Thomas mentioned. “No, Lamar, you be who you are. Be special. If you have to take off, take off. Make the defense work.”
Two issues that do not matter
Redskins suppose fines will persuade Trent Williams to drop his holdout
The Redskins seemingly do not know what they’re doing. Washington firmly believes that by fining Williams $40,000 per day whereas he holds out from camp will persuade him to come back again to the workforce. The issue right here is that they apparently do not know Williams as a result of, based on Professional Soccer Speak, that is by no means going to work.
“Williams doesn’t care,” one league supply mentioned.
Williams clearly has no need to proceed to play for the Redskins and firmly desires to be dealt. If he’s traded earlier than the beginning of the season Washington cannot accumulate on the fines anyway as a result of there can be no recreation checks to take a superb out of. That is starting to appear like it is going to result in the Redskins dropping their finest offensive lineman.
Jerry Jones not involved about signing Elliott to extension
Jerry Jones would not shrink back from media. However this time, Jones did not sound too positive of himself. A good instance got here this week when he used Emmitt Smith’s holdout to concurrently present he’ll get a giant deal carried out with Elliot and insult the operating again on the similar time by alluding to the truth that groups do not want rushers to win Tremendous Bowls.
He did some extra speaking Friday and mentioned he thinks the Cowboys will get a deal carried out with the star earlier than the common season slightly than ready till a number of video games into the 12 months. He additionally mentioned the workforce won’t budge and signal Elliott to a deal that can value the workforce different franchise items like Prescott and large receiver Amari Cooper. Properly, with all of that mentioned, none of what was mentioned issues.
Your entire summer time Jones has talked about how nice Prescott, Cooper and Elliott are and but they picked up a fifth-year possibility on Elliott. The workforce will need to get all of the yards out of him that they’ll whereas he’s low-cost, which couldn’t have sat nicely with Elliott. To not point out the actual fact he consistently mentioned how he desires to pay Prescott like a franchise quarterback – or one thing near $30 million a 12 months which might make it very arduous to re-sign each Elliott and Cooper.
Jones is saying quite a bit proper now and plenty of it contradicts itself. What issues is Le’Veon Bell set a precedent final season by holding out for a complete 12 months and now Elliott very nicely might do the identical if he would not receives a commission what he desires. Jones’ phrases cannot forestall that.
One video you must see
Jets quarterback Sam Darnold higher watch his knuckles as a result of this little tyke is bringing the warmth.
Friday tweet of the day
Chris Lengthy is spending his new retirement sparking debates on Twitter. What are your ideas?
My Uber driver telling me that Slash is essentially the most overrated as a guitarist. Steve Morse is his GOAT. Ideas?
– Chris Lengthy (@JOEL9ONE) August 2, 2019