In Case You Missed It, News around the NFL, April 24, 2017

In Case You Missed It, news from around the NFL, April 25th, 2017

Denver Linebacker Shane Ray writes powerful essay on growing up in one of the most deadly neighborhoods in the nation.  He challenges the NFL general managers to consider the very tough circumstances many players coming into the NFL have experienced, while also encouraging other young players to avoid the mistakes he’s made along the way.

Source: The Murder Factory | The Players’ Tribune

 

John Elway met with the press today to speak about the upcoming draft.

Source: John Elway on the 2017 NFL Draft. “We want to go in picking the best football players.” •

 

Last month, DeMarcus Ware announced his retirement from the NFL after 12 seasons. He cited his health as a main reason for stepping away, ending what’s sure to be a Hall of Fame career.  Although his last season came with the Broncos, Ware is retiring as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

Source: DeMarcus Ware signs contract to retire as a member of the Cowboys | FOX Sports

 

Word came Monday that the Saints and running back Adrian Peterson are still talking about a contract and they reportedly are moving toward doing more than that. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the two sides are “closing in” on a deal that would put Peterson in a Saints uniform for the 2017 season.…

Source: Report: Adrian Peterson, Saints closing in on deal | ProFootballTalk

 

For the entire NFL offseason, the word untouchable hasn’t been far from any mention of New England Patriots backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The Pats reportedly have no interest in getting rid of Tom Brady’s backup, who’s on the last year of his rookie contract and is likely to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season…

Source: Does Bill Belichick actually have a plan for Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo? | FOX Sports

 

Odell Beckham has caught 288 passes for 4,122 yards and 35 touchdowns over his first three seasons with the Giants, which likely meant that the team’s decision-makers spend more time on the average workday figuring out what to have for lunch than they did figuring out whether to pick up their option for 2018 on…

Source: Giants picking up Odell Beckham’s 2018 option | ProFootballTalk

 

Image result for jabrill peppers cbsMichigan linebacker/safety Jabrill Peppers tested positive for a diluted urine sample at the NFL Scouting Combine in March, according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.  The versatile safety/linebacker could slip out of the first round

Source: Jabrill Peppers reportedly tests positive for diluted sample at NFL Combine – CBSSports.com

 

Jake Long will always be a part of NFL history, as all No. 1 overall picks are.  Long didn’t have the long, productive NFL career expected of him when the Miami Dolphins made him the top pick in 2008, but the wasn’t necessarily his fault.

Source: Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long announces his retirement from NFL

 

The Denver Broncos brought in a slew of new coaches, today they finally get to see their players at work.

Source: Today marks the start of the 2017 practice season. Can I get an Amen?! •

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