Jimmy posted it yesterday, but I'm going to start breaking my own fingers if I have to type lockout 3,000 times every morning: Cortland Finnegan announced that the Titans will hold player-lead workouts and practices at Father Ryan High School. MCM can not confirm that the LBs will be there, as apparently they still can't be found when you need them. We're also hearing word that Finnegan high-fived Michael Griffin the day before the lockoDAMNIT... work stoppage, started and got fined $25,000 by the league. Honestly, I greatly appreciate the show of leadership and the desire to want to send the right message to fans and the younger players, but how beneficial can these practices really be if the guys haven't even been introduced to their new coaches and new scheme (which Finnegan confirmed was the case)? I expect/hope these workouts will be more along the lines of position drills focusing on fundamentals that apply to any scheme or mentality.
ESPN's NFL bloggers ranked the league's top 10 running backs, and Chris Johnson just barely won the top spot over Adrian Peterson. Both of them trounced the field, however, as Maurice Jones Drew and Arian Foster tied for 3rd place with 47 votes compared to the 76 and 75 CJ2k and Peterson received respectively. Every single on of those polled listed CJ as either the 1st or 2nd best back in the league, while Peterson was listed as 3rd by one blogger who put Jamaal Charles in 2nd.
Peter King lays out what the draft might look like this year if both sides stick to what they're saying now:
Imagine this on the first night of the 2011 NFL Draft in New York City:
Roger Goodell walks across the stage at Radio City Music Hall at the start of round one, steps to the microphone and says, "Welcome to the 2011 NFL Draft. With the first pick of the draft, the Carolina Panthers select Blaine Gabbert, quarterback, Missouri.'' Less than a mile away, at a Times Square Hotel, Gabbert stands, shakes hands with some of his prospective draftees, and walks up on another stage, where future Panthers teammates Jordan Gross and Steve Smith greet him with hugs.
Minutes pass. "With the second pick of the 2011 NFL Draft,'' Goodell says, "the Denver Broncos select Marcell Dareus, defensive tackle, Alabama.'' Dareus walks onstage across town, and future mates Elvis Dumervil and Champ Bailey hug him.
Derrick Morgan is headed to Africa is joining a cadre of other NFL players on a charity trip. The players, who also include Adrian Peterson, Vernon Davis and Larry Fitzgerald, will tour places like Uganda and Rawanda to help provide food, clothes, water and medical care. Now, lets compare Morgan's offseason so far to Britt's last year and we'll see why everyone's been saying Britt needs to grow up a little. Is that a completely fair comparison? Probably not, but it's valid enough none the less.
Paul K makes the case for why prospects might be best served to stay away from the NFL's draft festivities.
Jim Wyatt catches up with former Titans LB Peter Sirmon, who is settling in as the LB coach in Knoxville.
Please do this, players. If you don't make progress this way then the lawyers 100% win, and we all know that when the lawyers are the only ones who win, happiness dies. It's an immutable law of the universe.
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