Jul 5, 2011
Not surprisingly, not a whole lot happened on Independence Day in the NFL world, but we hope you all had a fantastic holiday weekend. Without any big news, let us simply dive into some quick nuggets.
Negotiations resume today … This week is without question a crucial time in labor negotiations as we move close to unofficial deadlines for getting something done without missing any time. Talks are resuming today in New York, and the most interesting news is that Chris Mortensen reports Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith won’t be present together until Thursday. That means there will be two days of lawyers drawing up potential language before everyone else arrives Thursday. In related news, retired players believe they don’t have enough of a voice in negotiations, and they’ve filed a complaint in court.
Nnamdi Asomugha is quite good at football … OK, we knew that already. But NFL.com has a quick breakdown of how many times elite CBs were targeted in the last three seasons, and the free agent Asomugha was thrown at just 2.2 times per game, allowing 1.2 catches. Asomugha gave up just 13 catches in 2010.
Bowers insists he’s healthy … No player saw his stock plummet more during draft season than former Clemson DE Da’Quan Bowers, as concerns about his knee dropped him from a top-5 pick to the 2nd round, where he was taken by the Buccaneers with the 51st overall pick. In an interview with WDAE in Tampa, Bowers said he’s been rehabbing throughout the off-season and that the reports of a degenerative condition are exaggerated. We’ll see. Clearly a lot of teams had major concerns, resulting in a draft free fall that cost Bowers millions, but if Bowers actually is healthy, the Bucs may have a steal for their young defensive front.
Mathis says he won’t hold out … Colt DE Robert Mathis took to Twitter to defend himself against a report that said he’s unhappy with his contract and will hold out. Mathis went as far as saying he’s “overpaid already” and that teammate Dwight Freeney “takes all the blockers.”
Analyzing Kevin Kolb … Lastly, we recommend heading over to FOXSports.com to check out a detailed film analysis of Eagle QB Kevin Kolb from our own Adam Caplan and Greg Cosell.