How in the hell is it just now coming out that the player's agreed to blood testing for HGH in the new CBA? That's a landmark move, as no major US sport allows blood testing. I'm all for stopping players from taking things that will hurt them or create an unfair advantage, but there's no way in hell I'd give a team a blood sample. There's too much genetic information there that a team could use unfairly in negotiations and free agency. The privacy concerns are huge, and I'm completely shocked that the players signed off on this.
Kenny Britt is upset that a few months of yoga during the offseason didn't fix his hamstring issues. Hate to break it to Kenny, but it doesn't start working overnight. You have to do yoga every day, and take it seriously, for a good while to get those kinds of results. Hopefully Britt will stick with it though, because I definitely prefer he spend more time in a Warrior II Pose and less time on the sidelines or a courtroom. Namaste.
Chris Palmer's personality is already coming through at training camp. Palmer is a very laid back guy, but that doesn't mean players will be able to skate by without working hard or focusing on perfection:
"If you do the right thing, he has no issues," Ragone said. "And if you mess up once, he’ll coach you up. But you mess up the same thing twice and it’s pretty intense.
"It’s a little bit of a stomp, it’s a little bit in your face. Now he won’t be swearing, but you’re not going to like what you’re going to hear. I’m telling you, it’s direct and it’s stern, very stern."
This came up in the comments yesterday, but it's worth mentioning again: Munchak has already given a starting OLB spot to Ayers and Ruud will play the MLB spot. That leaves the third spot for either Gerald McRath or Will Witherspoon. I'm going to bet that Witherspoon wins that competition, but either way we'll have a much improved LB group over last year's group.
Paul K cautions against expecting too much out of newly signed Jordan Babineaux. The veteran safety was a man without a starting spot last year for Jerry Gray in Seattle, but there are a lot of good safeties who wouldn't beat out Earl Thomas and Lawyer Milloy. Babineaux has the versatility to play one of the supporting CB spots, and he'll instantly upgrade the depth in a safety group that's high on potential but skimpy in terms of NFL resume.
It's August and football is back, so I guess it's time for NFL analysts to dust off those 'Is this the year the Texans make it???' articles.
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