POST FOR 11 AMHave you found the NFL Network's top 100 player rankings a bit curious in spots. Michael Vick concurs - and then some.The Eagles dynamic quarterback showed up 70th on the list. Let's just say he found that slot rather amusing. More from CSNphilly:Yeah, thats a joke, Vick told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. I wont say where I need to be, Ill let my peers and everybody else decide on that. It was voted on by the peers, but I just disagree. Thank you, because theyve motivated me to become a better player this year, so Ill have that in the back of my mind as I go out and play this year as well.Jenkins back with the CowboysCowboys corner Mike Jenkins missed three weeks worth of Organized Team Activities, but showed up for day one of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. The Dallas Morning News reports Jerry Jones spoke with the subject of repeated trade rumors earlier in the day. According to the team owner, it's all good."I had a good visit with him," Jones said. "It is good to have him out here and our guys got a chance to check out how he has been rehabbing. So all of that was good."Jenkins, beset by various injuries last season, enters the final year of his contract. He is seeking a new deal after playingthrough the pain last year and undergoingshoulder surgery during the offseason, the same offseason he appears to have lost his starting job. Dallas signed top free agent Brandon Carr to a mega contract and moved up in the first round to select LSU corner Morris Claiborne. Giants lose one to the PatriotsThe New York Giants already knew they would be without injured tight end Jake Ballard for the 2012 season. Now, after a transactional risk, they have lost him altogether.On Monday the team placed the 24-year-old on waivers. On Tuesday, the team Ballard helped defeat in the Super Bowl - the New England Patriots - claimed him. The New York Daily News reports the Giants intended on re-signing Ballard, who is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl XLVI victory, and placing him on the physically unable to perform list. The Patriots said not so fast and surprisingly picked him up, leaving the tight endmuch to process.While this was very sudden and I am still experiencing a great deal of differing emotions, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you and place some closure on a wonderful chapter in my life, Ballard said in a statement through agent Blake Baratz.
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
July has been a month filled with heartbreak for the officers that serve and protect the state of Texas, so the last thing the Leander Police Department expected was a gift from an NFL quarterback.
Redskins' backup Colt McCoy, a University of Texas alum, surprised the officers in Leander with a thank you of the highest order: Dunkin' Donuts and coffee.
Along with the police-friendly treats, McCoy left an endearing note to the department, taking time to appreciate what they do for their community, and thanking them for their dedication
BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)
A Dan Snyder headline displaying his charitable heart of burgundy and gold — what planet are we on?
On Wednesday, the world learned the Redskins owner had been outed as the anonymous donor that paid for the funeral of superfan 'Chief Zee.'
News of Zema "Chief Zee" Williams passing away earlier this month proved a crushing blow to both Redskins' fans and current and former members of the organization to which Chief Zee pledged his allegiance.
To recap how beloved the unofficial mascot is, first, longtime Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss left a bouquet of flowers next to Zee's casket, and then Snyder makes all right in the world by covering the funeral services.
The services, by the way, closed the book on the life of Williams in the only way it could: Singing "Hail to the Redskins."
RICHMOND—The Redskins are going to go with the younger players on the roster to fill the void left when outside linebacker Junior Galette went out for the season with a torn Achilles. At least that is the plan for now, according to head coach Jay Gruden.
Gruden tried to make it clear that the team was not down about the loss of Galette except for feeling bad for the player as a person.
We're upset, obviously, more so for him as an individual,” said Gruden. “Just watching him work, getting ready from the previous injury, how hard he was training, the attitude he came into the building with and the excitement that he was going to bring to this football team only to see it cut short with another Achilles, I'm devastated . . . for him.”
But Gruden said that the organization is taking the proverbial “next man up” approach.
“As far as this football team, injuries are part of the game,” he said. “We have to rebound. We have Ryan Kerrigan, we still have Preston Smith, we have Lyndon Trail, we have some young guys, Houston Bates. They're going to have to fill the void that he so-called would have filled for us. We still have some good pass rushers in here who are going to produce.”
What about the possibility of converting Trent Murphy, who moved from outside linebacker to the defensive line this offseason, back to a linebacker?
“That could happen,” said Gruden. “But there's so much nickel pass rush nowadays, the amount of time we're in a true 3-4 alignment is very slim, about 30 percent now. We have guys that can fill that void, we want to keep Trent inside for now to play defensive end in our nickel and our sub packages.”
In other words, they aren’t going to make any major moves until they have a good idea of what they have in house.