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  • In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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    • Jared Smola @SmolaDS
      #Titans’ final haul from the Jared Goff trade:

      Jack Conklin
      Derrick Henry
      Austin Johnson
      LeShaun Sims
      Kalan Reed
      Corey Davis
      Jonnu Smith
      In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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      • Justin Forsett @JForsett
        It’s time. I’m officially announcing my retirement from the game I love. It’s been an amazing ride and I’m grateful for every moment. My career has brought so many great people into my life, and I asked some of them to join me in saying goodbye.

        Against all odds, critics, and naysayers, I accomplished something great. Scouts measured my height and said I was too short. They measured my 40-yard dash and said I was too slow. They looked at my build and said I wouldn’t last. But they couldn’t measure my heart, my faith, and my perseverance.

        I am living proof that dreams come true and God answers prayers, and I thank God everyday for the opportunity to live out my dream.
        In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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        • Bears WR Kevin White's car stolen in 'bump-and-run' scheme

          CHICAGO -- Chicago police say thieves carjacked a white Maserati belonging to Bears wide receiver Kevin White on Thursday night.

          White was not in the car, but his girlfriend appears to be the victim of a well-rehearsed bump and run, according to investigators.

          At around 6:30 p.m. Chicago time on Thursday evening in the city's West Town neighborhood, White's car was stopped at a stop sign when the thieves intentionally nudged the bumper. When White's 26-year old girlfriend got out of the car to check the damage, two individuals jumped into the Maserati and took off, leaving White's girlfriend stranded at the scene.

          Police said that White's girlfriend was not injured in the robbery.

          As of Friday morning, the police did not have any suspects in custody.

          White, the seventh overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft, has played in just four regular-season games for the Bears because of injuries.
          In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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          • Bob Condotta @bcondotta
            Seahawks have 68 players in rookie mini-camp.
            Gotta be a record...?
            In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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            • Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
              Bob Condotta @bcondotta

              Gotta be a record...?
              Not even close...

              Herbie Teope @HerbieTeope
              #Saints have 81 total players at rookie minicamp, 55 on a tryout basis.
              In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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              • Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
                Browns' rookie fourth-round pick Howard Wilson fractured his kneecap on the second day of Cleveland's minicamp. Out indefinitely.

                Oh, man, from UofH.
                In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                • Field Yates @FieldYates
                  Today marks Seahawks RB Eddie Lacy's first weigh-in for his weight clause incentive. If he weighs 255 pounds or less, he earns $55,000.
                  In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                  • Originally posted by H2O4me View Post
                    Field Yates @FieldYates

                    Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
                    Eddie Lacy weighed in at 253 pounds today, two below the limit the Seahawks set: now collects $55,000 for it.
                    In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                    • Derek Carr frustrated with pace of contract talks with Raiders

                      By Michael Silver/NFL Media columnist
                      Despite a strong desire by Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr to hammer out a lucrative contract extension before the start of training camp, there has been no significant communication between his agent and the Oakland Raiders within the last several weeks, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

                      Carr, heading into the final year of a rookie contract that will pay him $977,519 in 2017, has been waiting for the Raiders to initiate serious discussions on a new deal since the completion of last month's draft. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, through a team spokesman, declined to comment, citing an unwillingness to discuss ongoing negotiations. Carr's agent, Tim Younger, also had no comment about the negotiations, other than to state that "there is nothing new to report."

                      However, two sources said Carr, given his previously stated desire to be a "Raider for life," has grown frustrated with the slow pace of discussions and is extremely eager to get the deal done before the start of training camp.

                      During the annual league meeting in March, McKenzie told CSN Bay Area that "serious talks" on a new deal for Carr would begin after the draft.

                      The two sides previously discussed parameters on a new deal, which could vault Carr to the top of the quarterback market, ahead of the Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck ($24,594,000 annual average). Carr has elected to be patient over the past several months, allowing the Raiders to work through various other issues, including free agency, owner Mark Davis' quest to move to Las Vegas (approved at the league meeting in March), the signing of former Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch, and the draft.

                      However, two-and-a-half weeks since the draft's completion, the Raiders have yet to reach out to Carr or his agent -- and the quarterback's patience, sources say, is wearing thin.

                      The Raiders are also working on an extension for guard Gabe Jackson, and might want to get that done before turning to Carr's contract. However, the 26-year-old Carr, a second-round draft pick in 2014, believes he should be a priority, especially given his highly successful 2016 season (3,937 yards, 63.3 completion percentage, 28 touchdowns, six interceptions). Carr's value to the team was underscored after he suffered a broken right leg in the Raiders' second-to-last regular season game and the offense struggled in his absence, managing just 161 passing yards in a 27-14 playoff defeat to the Houston Texans. It was Oakland's first postseason appearance since the 2002 season.

                      The Raiders' impending move from Oakland to Las Vegas, which could occur as early as 2018 or as late as 2020, adds a further wrinkle to the negotiations, according to one of the sources. Given that there is no state tax in Nevada -- as opposed to a relatively high state tax rate in California -- Carr hopes to push a significant portion of the guaranteed money he'd receive into the latter portion of the contract.

                      The Raiders are set to report to training camp in Napa, Calif. in late July. From Carr's perspective, that gives the two sides a month and a half to get the deal done -- and increases the urgency to resume discussions.
                      In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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                      • NFL player's $11-per-hour side job: Helping those 'who can't help themselves'

                        CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Just before 11:30 on a Friday morning, Bernard Reedy gets a buzz on his phone with an address. It’s for a client who needs Reedy to pick him up.

                        The 25-year-old Reedy climbs into a large white van and heads down U.S. Highway 19. It will be the first of several pickups for a rather unique offseason job for an NFL wide receiver: working as a driver for Care Ride, a Tampa-area company providing wheelchair and ambulatory transport.

                        Care Ride is similar to Uber and Lyft, but for people with wheelchairs. Drivers must receive special training to operate lifts in the vans and properly secure patients. They must be first-aid and CPR certified, and undergo sensitivity training.

                        Reedy, who is trying to stick with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after a stint with the Atlanta Falcons, pulls up to a quiet mobile-home park in Largo. He greets his first client of the day, Carlos Velez, who is waiting under a carport.

                        Velez, 70, served in Korea and Vietnam and is now confined to a wheelchair. He still has some walking ability, but he fell last year and suffered a hematoma, forcing him to undergo brain surgery. A wheelchair helps him get around safely.

                        “Is that your motorcycle?” Reedy asks as he gently pushes Velez toward the van.

                        Velez responds, “I used to have one, but I sold it because of my vision.” He points to his right eye. “I’m legally blind.”

                        Reedy says, “I like motorcycles. ... You ever rode a dirt bike?”

                        Velez responds, “Back home in Puerto Rico when I was young. I always had a Honda. The last Honda I had was a 1300.”

                        The two have ridden together in the van before. Their conversations are usually centered around the weather, politics, restaurants and how Velez is feeling physically. Sometimes Velez airs out his frustrations with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

                        Despite their many conversations, Velez forgot that Reedy is an NFL player. Most of his clients have no idea. And why would they? Most NFL players don’t have side jobs like Reedy's. Only a few of his Bucs teammates know about his other gig that pays him $11 an hour.

                        “All my other teammates that I know that I personally talk to, they all caked up -- they all got money, a whole lot of money,” says Reedy, who has a $465,000 base salary with the Bucs for this season, but it’s not all guaranteed. “When I get to that tax bracket with them, I’m going to continue to work here during the offseason. ... You always want to be grateful.”

                        Getting a job 'so I could continue to live’

                        When the Falcons waived Reedy in 2015 and he had trouble landing with another team, he moved to St. Petersburg, right outside Tampa, and back into his childhood home. It helped ease the burden of having to pay rent, and it allowed him to continue to train while looking for work.

                        "The money in your savings is only going to last so long. I had to go out and get a job so I could continue to live," Reedy said. "You want to always have something you fall back on. If you don't work, you don't have any more income, so it's just decreasing. You've gotta go find a way to make some money."

                        As an undrafted free agent out of Toledo, Reedy had spent the entire 2014 season on the Falcons’ practice squad, earning $108,600, according to NFLPA records. But in 2015, because he took part in only OTAs, he made $6,240 from football. That’s how unpredictable the NFL can be for a player like Reedy.

                        He spent the entire 2015 season at Care Ride, working eight-hour shifts, five days a week, including Sundays. He didn’t listen to NFL games on the radio because that was too hard. He listened to gospel music instead. Faith is what kept him motivated.

                        In February 2016, he signed a futures contract with the Bucs, reuniting with head coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator and former Falcons coach Mike Smith. Reedy suffered a torn meniscus in the preseason and was waived/injured. He re-signed with the Bucs' practice squad after he healed in December and was on the 53-man roster for two games, earning $85,879 for the season, according to NFLPA records. That figure does not include an injury settlement.
                        "When I get to that tax bracket with [my teammates], I'm going to continue to work here during the offseason. ... You always want to be grateful."
                        Bernard Reedy
                        Through it all, Care Ride has been accommodating with his NFL schedule, allowing him to work three days a week when the offseason begins. Now that the Bucs are into offseason conditioning, he’s at the team facility four days a week and cuts back to once a week or every other week with Care Ride.

                        When it’s the regular season, the focus is 100 percent football. But if football isn’t in the picture, he can work more shifts.

                        "They know that my other job is like a dream come true, so that comes first," Reedy said of Care Ride. "They understand. A lot of them like sports that work there.

                        "I could still see me doing this [after football]. I'm financially stable enough now that I could be OK if I didn't do this, but why sit home after you're done working out, going over your plays and stuff? Why sit home when you can come out and make you some more money and help people on top of that? And I'm talking about really helping people, helping people who can't help themselves."

                        Football isn’t entirely forgotten when Reedy is on the job. If there's a lull between pickups, he said he'll pull over to study his playbook or read the Bible. He also turns the van into a portable gym at times.

                        "I'll put my feet up on the [seat] and do some incline pushups and then I go and do dips," said Reedy, who also tries to find a large parking lot so he can get out and do sprints.

                        Finding perspective and making connections

                        The NFL is a brutal business and Reedy knows it. You can get injured or cut at any moment, but it pales in comparison to the hardships many of his clients have endured. That keeps Reedy grounded.

                        "A lot of people ... you may think you’re sacrificing a lot until you hear somebody else’s story," Reedy said. "And when you pick up the same people every week, you get attached to them.”

                        That makes it difficult when they pass away. He still thinks about Michael Banks and Robert Latoza.

                        "[Michael and I] used to talk about muscle cars. He used to build engines," Reedy said.

                        Latoza, who died a year ago, "was my dog. That's what we called each other. That was my dog."

                        He left cards at their doorsteps after they passed, sharing some of the stories he was told on their trips together.

                        It's that level of compassion that endears Reedy not just to his clients but also his co-workers.

                        “He was one of the youngest employees we’ve ever hired," manager Vince Cocks said. “He’s done a wonderful job for us.”

                        The two have known each other since Reedy was 16, when Cocks and his wife would attend Reedy’s games at Lakewood High School. He remembers the time Reedy won the game against Countryside High in 2009, when he ran back a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

                        But there's much more to Reedy than just football, and Cocks makes that clear. Even though sometimes he has to bolt off to practices and can't work for months at a time, Reedy is an asset to them.

                        “He’s very personable. We get calls from our clients just saying how good and polite and safe [he is]. And he takes the time with them," Cocks said. "We hope he does well over there [with the Bucs]. Naturally, we’d like to have him here, but we want him to play football.”
                        In 2016 Brock Osweiler was rated last (32nd) among all QBs (>400 attempts) by ProFootballFocus and ranked 33rd/34 QBs (>200 attempts) by Football Outsiders.

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