by Cale Clinton
"I see I'm going to have to step my game up!"
-- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is going to up the ante on his insane throws next year after seeing San Diego Fleet quarterback Phillip Nelson complete a no-look pass behind his head to a covered receiver. (Patrick Mahomes via Twitter)
"When the Raiders use our pick, we'll be watching Amari [Cooper] highlight tapes."
-- Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones doesn't seem very concerned about lacking a first-round draft pick this year. The pick was traded to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for wide receiver Amari Cooper. (Sportscenter via Twitter)
THE POWER OF WORDS
"This is it. Every tool I need to saturate this event in inappropriate jokes."
-- Former Washington Huskies offensive lineman Kaleb McGary understands how much power he wields when he's up at the podium. (Benjamin Solak, Draft Network via Twitter)
THIS MONTH IN STEVE SPURRIER
"The first time as a coach, the opening game, I've been fortunate. My sixth team to win the first one. Even won with the Redskins and that's not easy to do."
-- Orlando Apollos head coach Steve Spurrier is now 6-0 in season openers with new teams. Spurrier understands how difficult that can be, especially considering he was the coach of the Washington Redskins. (Mike Uva, WACH FOX via Twitter )
"It was just as loud as Rocky Top, to tell you the truth."
-- Spurrier continued his trolling the following week, claiming that the crowd for an AAF game was louder than a Tennessee Volunteers football game (Jack McGuire, Barstool Sports via Twitter)
"I used to beat people up. Truthfully, I used to beat people up a lot. Many of you readers probably think I have been Mr. Goody Two-Shoes my whole life, but honestly, I was a bully growing up. In elementary and middle school, I threw kids against the wall. I rubbed their heads in the dirt at recess. I bit them. I even knocked teeth out."
-- Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson opens his Players' Tribune piece shining light on the domestic violence issue within NFL culture with a story about how he was a bully as a child. (The Players' Tribune)
YOU CAN TAKE THE MAN OUT OF FOOTBALL…
"I didn't run, I didn't play one snap of … one snap of outfield."
WELL THAT ANSWERS THAT
"Should #Broncos approach Emmanuel Sanders about contract restructure?"
-- Local Colorado radio station 104.3 The FAN posted an article regarding the potential restructuring of Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders' contract.
"It ain't happening…no way Jose…"
-- Sanders quote-tweeted the article with this. (Emmanuel Sanders via Twitter)
FOOL ME ONCE…
"Maybe I'm not as smart as other people, I stay in the moment. I really do. I know that people are talking about the guys next year. It's the Oregon kid and the kid from Alabama, I guess. It's like, 'Really?' You don't know what's going to happen tomorrow. If someone drops a bomb on this table right now, we're all dead."
-- New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman isn't counting on the quarterback class of 2020 -- whose big names include Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon's Justin Herbert, Georgia's Jake Fromm, and Washington's Jacob Eason -- to turn his franchise around. (Dave Duggan, The Athletic via Twitter)
"I think Eli can help us win games. And he proved when we started -- the players around him started playing better -- that he can play at a high level and help us win games. At this point, I want Eli back. He's back and ready to go."
-- New York Giants head coach Pat Shurmur insists that he would like to have 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning back at the helm nest season. According to Football Outsiders, Manning ranked 27th in QBR and 20th in DVOA last season. (NFL.com)
FAILING TO PREPARE IS PREPARING TO FAIL
"I was kind of told 'We don't know where to put you.' And I'm like, 'Why did you draft me?' I had my own coach telling me 'I don't know where to put you.'"
-- New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy gives some insight into his short tenure with the Detroit Lions, who allegedly drafted Van Noy without a plan of how to implement him into their defense. (Pardon My Take)
THIS MONTH IN SOCIAL MEDIA
EVERYONE'S IN ON THE JOKE
nah but for real, who did this? pic.twitter.com/EvAwHudcnZ
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) February 14, 2019
-- Free agent running back Le'Veon Bell leans into the drama of his season-long holdout by turning it into a Valentine's Day card.
GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND
-- New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman has his iconic beard shaved off by Ellen DeGeneres to raise $10,000 for Boston's Boys & Girls Club.