by Cale Clinton
THE COMBINE ISN'T ALL IT'S MADE OUT TO BE
"The combine is not what you see on TV. There's a lot of extra stuff that goes into it behind the scenes. One day, I got up at 3:45 a.m. to go take a drug test. First of all, it's a big line. So that day, you gotta get up early. Thankfully, I was in the front of the line to take the drug test. Went back to my room and went to sleep for like an hour, had to be back up at 6 a.m. and I got back to my room that night at like 11 p.m."
GRUDEN HAS NO TIME FOR NERDS
"Are you talking about the analytics, the GPS, all that modern technology? Man I'm trying to throw the game back to 1998."
-- Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is not a fan of the new data-driven NFL, and hopes to bring it back to the pre-Tuck Rule days of the league. (Laces Out/Instagram)
LEGION OF BLOCKCHAIN
"We accepted some of the crypto, some of the Bitcoin on my website, you know, that we sell clothes and other things on. We unfortunately converted a lot of it back to USD, but that was when I was first introduced to it, and that was probably five, six years ago."
-- Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman could have had a nice nest egg if he had held onto all the Bitcoin he accepted through his website during 2012 and 2013. Unfortunately, he had already cashed out when the cryptocurrency surpassed a valuation of $1,000 per coin. (TMZ Sports)
'I DON'T GET NO RESPECT!'
"If a team asks you to switch to wide receiver, tell them 'I look forward to playing against you.'"
-- NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah sends a message quarterback draft prospect Lamar Jackson. Several analysts have suggested that Jackson convert from quarterback to wide receiver and that he wouldn't succeed as a quarterback in the NFL.
-- Jackson's response should show that the message is received. (Lamar Jackson/Twitter)
HE WOULDN'T KNOW ROUND-EARTH EVIDENCE IF IT PUNCHED HIM IN THE JAW
"I been studying this whole flat earth vs globe thing ... and I think I may be with Kyrie on thi s... b4 you judge do some HW but what do you guys think?"
-- Former New York Jets and Giants quarterback Geno Smith has traded in his football helmet for a tinfoil hat. Smith spent a few days dedicating his Twitter to getting to the bottom of the Flat Earth conspiracy. (Geno Smith/Twitter)
"I had one my sophomore year of high school that said I was like 23 and the kid was 5-foot-1 when he got his ID. At the time I was like 6-foot-2. He was one of those kids that he had to get legal human growth hormones to help him grow. So that was the fake ID I used in high school … I never got caught."
-- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles talks about the fake ID he used in high school and how he got away with using it despite being more than a foot taller than the ID's original owner. (Pardon My Take/Instagram)
THE MOST SUCCESSFUL BROWNS QUARTERBACK IN RECENT MEMORY
"I am sick of RG3 why am I following him"
-- Cleveland Browns fan account "brown_nation_" left this comment on former Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III's Instagram.
"Because I'm responsible for your last win"
-- RGIII may not be the same after his gruesome leg injury with the Redskins, but he can still embarrass people online as good as anybody. (RGIII/Instagram)
THE ONLY SPRINTING HE'S DOING IS TOWARD THE BEER AISLE
"TJ what was your 40?"
-- Detroit Lions guard T.J. Lang was asked this question after talking about the NFL Combine on Twitter.
"Was Steel Reserve for a while until I switched to Coors."
-- Huh. I pinned Lang for an Olde English kind of guy. (T.J. Lang/Twitter)
MORE AVOCADO ICE CREAM FOR BAKER
"Tom Brady, no doubt. I would love to see how he prepares during the week. I'd love to just kind of sit back and watch him first, and then sit down and ask him questions about why. Because I know he does everything with a purpose, so it'd be great to learn from the greatest of all time."
-- Former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield when asked whose brain he'd like to pick if given the opportunity to learn from one NFL quarterback. (New York Post)
THE COURTSHIP OF COUSINS
"I hear Cleveland is nice this time of year, that is, if you'd like to have a statue someday..."
"If Kirk loves rainbows, I LOVE RAINBOWS!"
-- Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is also getting into openly recruiting Cousins. Miller tweeted this out after Cousins tweeted a picture of a rainbow from the Grand Cayman Islands. (Von Miller/Instagram)
NO PRESEASON FOR ODELL
"Zero preseason snaps please."
-- New York Giants fan Stan Hardter, asking Giants receiver Odell Beckham not to play any snaps in the upcoming preseason.
-- Beckham, apparently agreeing with that fan's sentiment. (Barstool Sports)
THIS WEEK IN SOCIAL MEDIA
POST-SUPER BOWL VICTORY LAP
THAT'S A LONG WAY TO GO JUST FOR A PICTURE
Chris Long broke out the dog mask on top of Mount Kilimanjaro because a hungry dog never forgets pic.twitter.com/WG0MYFm9GC
— Laces Out (@LacesOutShow) February 26, 2018
-- Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long broke out the Underdog mask on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
GLAD TO SEE THE MUMMER COSTUME GETTING MORE THAN ONE USE
Jason Kelce has found another use for his Eagles parade costume. He's playing the sax in the Mummers Mardi Gras parade today ( by Instagram/MinusTheBlonde) pic.twitter.com/HDaMz8qrQM
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 25, 2018
-- Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce got one more wear out of his now famous Mummer suit by playing saxophone in the Mummers Mardi Gras parade.
JUJU MADISON GOES BACK TO SCHOOL
-- Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster told his mom he'd finish getting his degree when he went to the NFL. He showed up to class fully prepared.
'J.J. JOKES' ROLLS RIGHT OFF THE TONGUE
I THINK HE'S GOING TO DO ALRIGHT
Penn State RB Saquon Barkley at 2018 Combine:
- Stronger than Joe Thomas
- Quicker than DeSean Jackson
- Faster than Devin Hester
- Jumps higher than Julio Jones@PennStateFball pic.twitter.com/usgR6vJvOn
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) March 2, 2018
-- NFL Research notes that former Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is having a pretty good showing at this year's combine.