The big news in the NFL this week was the New England Patriots cutting quarterback Cam Newton. That drew national headlines, but it’s also of local interest since Newton played nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
On our WISE Sports Radio football segment, we discuss whether or not Newton’s refusal to get vaccinated motivated his release and where he could possibly end up next. Also on the board, rumors of Deshaun Watson getting traded to the Miami Dolphins, and the playoff chances for the Las Vegas Raiders.
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It’s mini-camp season in the NFL and most players look good — such as Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold. But Miami Dolphins signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa threw five interceptions in a rainy practice. Is that reason for concern?
For our WISE Sports Radio football segment, Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I also discuss Le’Veon Bell’s animus towards Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid, Sam Darnold, the NFL’s new COVID-19 protocols for unvaccinated players, and Jimmy Kimmel getting his name on a college football bowl game.
Up until Thursday’s NFL Draft, the big story in pro football this week is the reunion of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (And Gronk came out of retirement!) How much fun will they have now that they’re no longer playing for grumpy Bill Belichick?
But the Draft is the NFL’s main attraction, maybe one of the last “real” sporting events we’ll have until the fall. (That is, if football is even played this coming season.) Will the Dolphins be able to trade up to No. 1 and get LSU quarterback Joe Burrow? Who will the Carolina Panthers take at No. 7? Will the Patriots get their Tom Brady replacement?
Colin Kaepernick has been the big story in the NFL during the past couple of days, leading into Week 11 of the season. The controversial quarterback who’s been blackballed from the NFL because of his activism on social issues is getting a chance to show what he still has in a workout this weekend.
Other Week 11 NFL topics discussed with Pat Ryan and Mike Gore on WISE Sports Radio include Indianapolis Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and his increasingly diminishing skills, Thursday Night Football’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, Deshaun Watson vs. Lamar Jackson, and the return of Nick Foles to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Always plenty to talk about with the NFL, and football essentially gets the sports spotlight to itself now that the World Series is over. (Although, the NFL really doesn’t surrender any spotlight to baseball these days.)
On Thursday’s WISE Sports Radio segment (with host Pat Ryan and guest co-host Mike Gore), we covered the increasing tension surrounding Baker Mayfield and the disappointing Cleveland Browns. We also discussed the future of the Cincinnati Bengals after benching quarterback Andy Dalton. Thursday Night Football‘s matchup between the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals was also on our list, in addition to some other Week 9 storylines to follow.