NFL 2024: The preseason pre-draft thread

Not NFL but things are slow, so the last two Sundays I've just hit the gym for a light workout on the elliptical while staring at TVs. What is on at that time? The UFL. Last week I got to see the pregame, where they said it was the USFL champion from last year vs. the XFL champion from last year, and referred to it as "the best vs. the best". Today, I watched Matt Corral miss WRs and scramble a few times, and see the closed captioning tell me how his mobility was driving the offense. He was I believe 2/7 for less than 20 yards at the time. He finished the game 5/12 for 53 yards and an INT, and is platooning at QB with somebody named "Adrian Martinez".

I now plan to hit the gym every Sunday, so I'd like to thank Matt Corral for helping me in my fitness journey.

MilkmanDanimal wrote:

somebody named "Adrian Martinez".

The man started at Nebraska for approximately 20 years.

iaintgotnopants wrote:
MilkmanDanimal wrote:

somebody named "Adrian Martinez".

The man started at Nebraska for approximately 20 years.

Martinez was 8/15 for 88 yards. He was also the team's leading rusher with 65 yards on 8 carries. I feel dirty for looking this up on the UFL's website, which shares a level of quality with that of the actual "football" being played; it is a godawfully slow, clunky site, and ugly as hell.

Other exciting notes; the Panthers' kicker had 62 and 52 yards FGs. The only position group that's going to benefit from the UFL is kickers. Also, there is somebody on Michigan's defense named "D. White". I'm going to imagine that first name is "Devin".

Dwight White.

Former Cal Commit Adrian Martinez...

Ole Miss QB who couldn't beat Cal (twice) Matt Corral

Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

The Falcons sign Kevin King. This was in no way a convenient justification for posting this YouTube clip, not at all.

CURSE YOU NFL I AM FORCED TO USE A STILL IMAGE.

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Thank god the Falcons saved me from the Packers randomly picking him up as a Jeff Hafley redemption project.

Josh Allen gets paid no not that one the other one so Josh Allen can chase Josh Allen while Josh Allen tries to get past Josh Allen yo dawg.

Marijuana was found in both cars, as well as credit cards, a $16,500 check, a diamond chain and the playbook for the Chiefs.

Now he's a moron with an arrest warrant out for him on eight charges and who also shared his team's playbook. I know this is probably not that big of a deal but it is still funny.

Was he trying to look busy?

OJ Simpson has died and the online discourse is going about how one would expect it.

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What's a longer explanation to a neophyte these days? The backstory of the Fallout universe or the significance of the OJ Simpson trial?

Rat Boy wrote:

What's a longer explanation to a neophyte these days? The backstory of the Fallout universe or the significance of the OJ Simpson trial?

Oh, did you want a concise breakdown of the significance of the OJ trial?

I say thee, Defector has you covered:

https://defector.com/o-j-simpson-was...

I feel like the Wikipedia mouse over pop-up for OJ cuts off at a weird point:

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Phrasing?

This is the brutal trend that haunts me and others like oh say Legion. He’s still got Trevy Trev though.

https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/4...

sh*t-stirring? It's officially an off season now. Patriots deny ESPN report that Robert Kraft told Arthur Blank not to trust Bill Belichick:

ESPN.com has a new #longread about the failure of Bill Belichick to get a job in the 2024 hiring cycle. And there’s plenty of stuff in there.

The biggest bomb is the allegation that Falcons owner Arthur Blank decided against hiring Belichick after getting direct input from Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

An unnamed source told ESPN.com this: “Robert called Arthur to warn him not to trust Bill.”

The unnamed source didn’t speak directly to Kraft or Blank, however. The source is a “source who spoke to two people: a close Kraft friend and a longtime Belichick confidant.”

Is that enough to justify making that claim? Apparently, ESPN.com decided it was.

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The ESPN piece in question that's being questioned. Juicy bit here:

The executives also were concerned about the staff Belichick would bring with him, including assistants who had worked with him in New England and who had struggled on their own: Josh McDaniels, Joe Judge, Jack Easterby, Matt Patricia. At one point, Blank asked Belichick why his charges had failed elsewhere. Belichick replied that he thought they were better soldiers than generals.

I mean, he's not wrong.

Bill Tobin has passed away, which is absolutely not just an excuse to post this:

A tip of the hat to the man who, in about ten seconds, created enough hype for the Draft that suddenly everybody knew what it was. It was the first draft I ever watched, and that moment was so damn hilarious it became a thing I absolutely had to watch the next year as well.

Rat Boy wrote:

The ESPN piece in question that's being questioned. Juicy bit here:

The executives also were concerned about the staff Belichick would bring with him, including assistants who had worked with him in New England and who had struggled on their own: Josh McDaniels, Joe Judge, Jack Easterby, Matt Patricia. At one point, Blank asked Belichick why his charges had failed elsewhere. Belichick replied that he thought they were better soldiers than generals.

I mean, he's not wrong.

Easterby was coming back?!

Went to the gym to get in some cardio and watch the UFL; the TV that's shown the UFL in past weeks was instead showing professional bowling. The TV next to it had professional fishing on.

Definitely a good sign for the popularity of the UFL.