The 2021 NFL Draft begins next week and we cover the latest rumors for WISE Sports Radio‘s NFL segment. Locally, the Carolina Panthers reportedly want to trade down in the first round, while the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots might have to trade up if they want a quarterback.
We also discuss whether the Buffalo Bills should add an impact running back, some rules changes for the 2021 season, and Aldon Smith probably blowing his last chance to play in the NFL.
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The Cleveland Browns suddenly have a formidable defensive line, adding Jadeveon Clowney to a corps that already included Myles Garrett and Sheldon Richardson. Add Takk McKinley and the Browns could put opposing quarterbacks on notice. That led off our WISE Sports Radio NFL segment for the week.
Pat Ryan, Mike Gore, and I also discussed quarterback Justin Fields and which teams might be interested in drafting the Ohio State star. Would the Carolina Panthers take him after making a deal for Sam Darnold last week? And how many players will skip offseason workouts because of the NFL’s current apathy toward COVID protocols?
We’re one week away from the 2020 NFL season beginning and Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers just added a big piece to their offense.
Talking football on WISE Sports Radio, we also discuss Josh Gordon re-signing with the Seattle Seahawks, the L.A. Chargers and Washington Football Team naming their starting quarterbacks, and the New England Patriots saying “See ya!” to receiver Mohamed Sanu.
We began Monday’s baseball update on WISE Sports Radio with some football talk, reacting to Cam Newton signing with the New England Patriots. Big NFL news regardless, but this story has some local flavor since Newton played the past nine seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
Also of local concern is the Asheville Tourists since it looks like there won’t be a Minor League Baseball season. Nothing official has been announced, though Baseball America is reporting that MLB teams will allow their minor leaguers to play in independent leagues if affiliated leagues continue to be shut down.
Apologies in advance for the part about celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Negro Leagues being kind of choppy. My recording dropped out a couple times, probably because my computer was doing too much. But I got most of it, which was a relief because it’s an important subject to me.
Drew Brees really stepped in it Wednesday when asked about NFL players once again kneeling during the national anthem this season to protest racial inequality and police violence.
Brees said “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” And while he clearly has strong feelings about those who serve, he also completely missed the point of such protests. Stunning, really, since he’s on a team and shares a locker room with many black players.
After intense blowback from many athletes, including several New Orleans Saints teammates, Brees apologized. But do his remarks and other tone-deaf comments from Denver Broncos coach Vic Fangio indicate that the NFL has to do a better job with informing its players and coaches on social and racial issues? That was the main topic on our WISE Sports Radio NFL update: