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Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid working out together in isolation as NFL call eludes them

May
17

On a quiet field in Cal State East Bay, two of the biggest lightning rods in sports took their reps. For the last two days, former 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid have been practicing in East Bay to little fanfare, trying to stay in shape and wait for another NFL opportunity according to Cam Inman of The Mercury News. Neither player has signed an NFL contract since the anthem protests that kicked off a firestorm across the football and political worlds. Per the report, neither player was interested in talking to Inman.

Reid did, however, joke about catching passes from Kaepernick during their drills: I should have been a receiver. Neither Colin Kaepernick nor Eric Reid have signed a new contract with an NFL team since their anthem protests.

More What connection do Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick have? Beyond the fact that they were teammates on the 49ers for four seasons, the two also protested together and then for one another. Reid had previously speculated that his support for Kaepernick would lead to a similar experience in free agency and so far, it has.

Reid, caught off guard by the line of questioning, wasn’t willing to make a commitment on the spot. Last month, Reid said he’s currently not planning to kneel or otherwise demonstrate during the anthem.

But Reid, who is considering other options for bringing attention to societal issues he considers to be important, hasn’t made any final decisions, and he wasn’t willing to do so at the direct request and behest of Brown. Florio added that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis later asked Reid if he wanted to clarify what he’d told Brown. Reid declined to do so.

He brings leadership that I think we don’t have on this team; he knows how to deal with adversity, Devin McCourty said Tuesday, per ESPN.

Sometimes we get in a routine — we’ve won a lot of football games — and it’s always good to hear a different perspective of what it takes so you’re not kind of getting worn down or thinking this is too much. You get a perspective from him going 0-16. He always tells me, ‘Last year, worst year ever.’ I think hearing that motivates you and lets you know you’re doing the right things that push you.

New England saw a slight exodus of defensive backs in the last year, watching Logan Ryan and Malcolm Butler depart for Tennessee in consecutive offseasons. But with that considered, the Patriots also have a group of veterans — Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore and Patrick Chung — returning with experience.

That trio doesn’t have a ton of history with losing, though, which is good and is also where the other McCourty comes in. Not quite the best detail for which to be valued, but valuable nonetheless. Add in the envy built up from watching one’s twin brother make annual postseason appearances, and we have a nice little motivational stew bubbling in Bill Belichick’s kettle. sharks-045

Bryant McKinnie Thinks Teams Will Find a New Reason Not Sign Colin Kaepernick

May
11

Bryant McKinnie Thinks Teams Will Find a New Reason Not Sign Colin Kaepernick More Former NFL offensive lineman Bryant McKinnie told TMZ Sports he believes NFL teams will continue manufacturing reasons for not signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Being too far removed from the NFL, teams will now use that as an excuse, he said.

New Orleans Saints Have a Top Offense and Defense in the NFL More NFL rosters are coming into focus now after the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft, and analysts around the NFL are starting to grade the caliber of each NFL team’s roster. Bleacher Report gave separate rankings for the offense and defense of each NFL team. On offense, the Saints came in incredibly high, with the #3 overall ranked offense in the NFL, #2 in the NFC: Pete Carmichael has served as coordinator since 2009 and will head the offense again in 2018 with a 39-year-old Drew Brees under center. A year ago, Brees got to relax a bit, attempting 536 passes over 16 games, his first dip below the 600-mark since—get this—2009.

German got a ton of help from second baseman Gleyber Torres. To end the fifth inning, Torres ranged far to his left and into shallow right field. After sliding, Torres popped up and threw out Tyler Naquin at first base.

Five months after getting dismissed from the Rutgers football team for violating team rules, former Scarlet Knights wide receiver Ahmir Mitchell is apparently looking to transfer to another school.

The one-time, four-star recruit has had a tumultuous college football career, arriving at Rutgers in September 2016 after serving a suspension at Michigan during his freshman year.

Now, Mitchell will apparently look to revive his football career at another school just not a team on Rutgers’ schedule in 2018 .

Mitchell tweeted out a picture of a letter from Rutgers that serves as a scholarship release (a Rutgers official confirmed the letter is legit). Dated April 30, it grants all institutions, except Big Ten programs, Texas State, Buffalo and Kansas (Rutgers’ three 2018 non-conference foes), permission to contact Mitchell regarding his interest in transferring. tigers_055-115x115