They are former teammates with the San Francisco 49ers. Both players have not been afraid to hold back when it comes to discussing the issues that seemingly divide the United States. One is employed. The other isn’t.
Recently acquired by the Carolina Panthers from Philadelphia, veteran wide receiver Torrey Smith has an interesting take on why 49ers free agent safety Eric Reid remains unemployed.
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Buccaneers (from Bengals via Bills and Giants) 鈥?Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida: Tampa Bay doesn’t have to drop far (or look beyond state lines) to snag a player who can further remedy the NFL’s worst defense in 2017 while also adding juice to the Bucs’ return game.
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Vita Vea, DT, Washington: No team gave up more rushing yards last year than the ‘Skins. Vea’s 6-4, 347-pound frame alone will obstruct running lanes, but he’s also uniquely mobile for a man his size and has shown the ability to bag quarterbacks, too.
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The Giants’ offseason program officially begins on Monday. It unofficially began on Thursday.
That’s when Eli Manning and a cadre of offensive teammates gathered at Duke University for what has become an annual get-together of running, passing catching and bonding. Manning brings his receivers to Duke because that is where his college coach, David Cutcliffe, is the current coach.
Perhaps most notable for being thrust off the street and into the starting lineup for the Ravens after a series of injuries at cornerback before being lit aflame in the 2014 playoffs, Melvin had been bouncing around the league before finding his way to the Colts in 2016. The 28-year-old then surprisingly emerged as one of the best players on the roster in 2017, as he helped Indy rank 18th in DVOA against No. 1 wideouts despite the Colts ranking 27th against No. 2 wideouts and Dede Westbrook Jersey 30th against other wide receivers before going down with a hand injury in December.