NFL 2022: The preseason thread

Enix wrote:

Ha ha. Payton's under contract with the Saints until 2024, and the chances that NO trades him to a division rival are zero.

I don't know... Saints could sure use the draft picks after lighting them on fire to grab Chris Olave this draft. No 1st in 2023 and no 2nd in 2024.

Mickey Loomis has already put it out there that they're open to trade offers for Payton, and have even put together a trade chart to refer to when teams call.

Nobody has stepped up to the plate with a price the Saints are willing to take. If the Panthers are the team willing to do it, the draft capital might be enough for the Saints to live with the division thing, especially if nobody else is calling with the same caliber of offer.

It's crazy, but after this offseason, my threshold for what's too crazy to believe has significantly diminished.

The Panthers don't have a third-round pick in 2023, and their No 1 overall pick will be too valuable to burn on the Bountygate coach. And they'll need their second-rounder to get help on D, which I'm predicting will regress in a big way this season.

Brees, meanwhile, is trying to save some face. He just tweeted that "I may work for NBC, I may play football again" etc etc. Haha, no to both.

TheGameguru wrote:

Brees was really bad…wooden and without any charisma. He will have to go full Qaaron to win a Congress seat.

Maybe they'll get someone who they feel can actually speak to a controversy instead of having to pretend like he's not there.

Jaire getting a new contract which will put him at highest paid CB.

Good for him, well deserved.

TBD to see how the details shake out and if that opens more cap room for this year to still go get one of those vet WRs.

Packers are squarely in the cap doesn't exist model and keep pushing out money. I'm sure there's a cap hell reckoning coming but if it's when they hit hard reset post Rodgers then why not really.

jowner wrote:

Packers are squarely in the cap doesn't exist model and keep pushing out money. I'm sure there's a cap hell reckoning coming but if it's when they hit hard reset post Rodgers then why not really.

Once they came crawling back to Qaaron, this was the right move. When you're squeezing the last drops of your Hall of Fame QB's career, there's no point in holding anything back.

They're gonna eat sh*t on the back end of it, but if they manage things smartly, it can be just one year, and not the multi-year purgatory the Saints are dwelling in.

Here's an NFL media note that maybe is only interesting to me: Starting in 2023, the NFL will no longer have conference designations for its regular season games. In other words, they'll be moving away from having all the NFC games on Fox and the AFC games on CBS.

I don't know if it'll make much difference, tbh. Once you get past the top two announcer pairings for both networks, all the rest are pretty much just as bad and forgettable.

The big change for 2022 is that all the Thursday night games are on Amazon Prime (with no Fox simul-cast) and that the Thursday night games for the most part are pretty good on paper. Also, we get Al Michaels on Thursday nights instead of Sunday nights, and Buck/Aikman are exclusively Monday nights now.

Amazon stream has been good quality. I just usually watched Fox when I could because it was 30 sec faster.

Hopefully the AFC NFC thing will lead to a few more quality games late season. Instead of having to flex things to Sunday night they can just be on the other stations

Not sure if this is regional or not (or if my memory is deteriorating more than I realize - probably this), but I do recall seeing a few NFC v NFC games on CBS and AFC v AFC games on Fox last season.

The conferences don't seem to matter much any more anyway, it is silly to have them divided into broadcast networks. Even AFC v NFC for the "world championship" seems kind of dumb in this day and age. Get rid of all of it, keep the divisions, top half gets into the playoffs with round-robin seedings of the brackets, and have a "Superbowl" if you must or just maybe the "NFL Championship".

Don't know if anyone saw this, but it's kinda heartbreaking.

Former Bears (now free agent) running back Tarik Cohen has been rehabbing from the devastating knee injury he suffered in 2020 that kept him out last year too.

He was broadcasting his workout session on a live stream when he suffered an Achilles tear right on camera, with a clearly audible "pop".

He went to the ground and pretty much knew immediately what happened, with a shocked "nooo!".

Unfortunately, that probably marks the end of his NFL career. Getting onto a roster was going to be tough enough after missing almost all of 2 years, but this injury will cost him 2022 and even make it tough to be fully available in the 2023 offseason.

Bengals 1st round safety Daxton Hill's middle-name is Jor-El.

His brother is Ravens running back Justice Hill.

*Legion* wrote:

Don't know if anyone saw this, but it's kinda heartbreaking.

Former Bears (now free agent) running back Tarik Cohen has been rehabbing from the devastating knee injury he suffered in 2020 that kept him out last year too.

He was broadcasting his workout session on a live stream when he suffered an Achilles tear right on camera, with a clearly audible "pop". ...

Yeah, that was awful. Lot of local folks were rooting for a comeback (he played college ball where I live) and were devastated by this news.

If you want to read about all of the stuff Cohen was dealing with off the field, he wrote a Players Tribune piece just last week. Heartbreaking indeed.

*Legion* wrote:

Bengals 1st round safety Daxton Hill's middle-name is Jor-El.

His brother is Ravens running back Justice Hill.

I'm disappointed that they named one kid Justice but didn't follow through and name the other Truth or Theamericanway.

And viewers of the CW's Superman and Lois thought Jordan Kent's name was a little on the nose.

Last year on Hard Knocks In Season, I got to watch the Colts blow their playoff chances on the road against my beloved Jaguars in the final game.

This year, hopefully I will be watching my beloved 49ers do the exact same thing to the Arizona Cardinals, your 2022 Hard Knocks In Season team, and San Francisco's Week 18 home game opponent.

It's easy to forget that even the crappiest pro football players are for the most part phenomenal athletes who can compete well in a lot of other sports.

Enix wrote:

It's easy to forget that even the crappiest pro football players are for the most part phenomenal athletes who can compete well in a lot of other sports.

What do you think Darnold is good at?

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Enix wrote:

It's easy to forget that even the crappiest pro football players are for the most part phenomenal athletes who can compete well in a lot of other sports.

What do you think Darnold is good at?

Pointing dramatically.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

What do you think Darnold is good at?

Basketball, apparently. Two-time MVP of his high school league.

Quote his Wikipedia page:

[Basketball coach Marc] Popovich added that Darnold could have played college basketball in the Pac-12 Conference or the Mountain West Conference "at worst."
Mountain West Conference "at worst."

*Legion* wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

What do you think Darnold is good at?

Basketball, apparently. Two-time MVP of his high school league.

He was also presumably good at high school football and look where that got him.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Enix wrote:

It's easy to forget that even the crappiest pro football players are for the most part phenomenal athletes who can compete well in a lot of other sports.

What do you think Darnold is good at?

Pickleball!

MilkmanDanimal wrote:
Enix wrote:

It's easy to forget that even the crappiest pro football players are for the most part phenomenal athletes who can compete well in a lot of other sports.

What do you think Darnold is good at?

It's a new season, everyone's 0-0, and y'all need to stop crapping all over the Panthers' QB1.

I'll have you know that Darnold ranks among the best 32 starting QBs in the NFL! Here he is just today declaring that he's "confident (he) can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league."

Spoiler:

The PFT story concludes that declaration thusly: ” ... despite four years that have provided little evidence to support that feeling." ZING!

I am confident Darnold could be on a list of the best starting QBs in the NFL.

And, yes, for the obvious joke, as long as the list is 32 items long.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

I am confident Darnold could be on a list of the best starting QBs in the NFL.

And, yes, for the obvious joke, as long as the list is 32 items long.

Sam Darnold is definitely ranked among the QBs on the Panthers' roster. There are currently four, and Darnold is there. Just sayin'.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

I am confident Darnold could be on a list of the best starting QBs in the NFL.

And, yes, for the obvious joke, as long as the list is 32 items long.

I'd say he is at least top 50. And it is pretty good to be one of the best 50 of something in the world.

UpToIsomorphism wrote:

I'd say he is at least top 50. And it is pretty good to be one of the best 50 of something in the world.

You can be a top 50 fan of an NFL team simply by cheering for the Jaguars.

Yeah *Leg, I would put both of you in the top 50.

Spoiler:

The other person is higher because he doesn't have a side team.

If only they hired Leftwich, they could've been up to 3.

The Raiders brought Colin Kaepernick in for a workout today.

Vegas's QBs behind Carr are Jarrett Stidham and BD Nick Mullens, plus Cal Bears UDFA Chase Garbers.

*Legion* wrote:

The Raiders brought Colin Kaepernick in for a workout today.

The cynic in me says Mark Davis must be really in some really deep sh*t with these sexual misconduct allegations.