Victor Cruz looks faster now than ever before (Click to show) Victor Cruz ‘looks faster now than ever before’ according to New York Giants teammate
J.J. Watt calls training camp the greatest (Click to show)
2 hours ago
by Jesse Reed
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz apparently feels amazing after recovering from a patellar injury that knocked him out of the 2014 season.
Teammate Prince Amukamara, speaking on his podcast (via NJ.com) said his teammate has definitely not lost a step:“I trained with Cruz for one day down in Arizona—and he just came in for a day because he was in town—and I’m telling you, this guy looked fab . . . I’m telling you. Remember that I said this. This guy looks faster now than he did before.”
Amukamara did admit he could be mistaken but reiterated: “He looks so good, so polished. He does not look like he missed a step.”
If this is indeed the case, then the Giants will be very difficult to defend through the air. Odell Beckham Jr. and Cruz together, along with Rueben Randle and former Dallas Cowboy Dwayne Harris comprise a dynamic group capable of stretching defensive secondaries to the point of breaking.
Cruz has always been able to get past cornerbacks for the deep bomb, but his specialty—what made him so explosive—was his ability to take a five-yard slant 70 yards to paydirt. Before his injury, which was brutal, he utilized great burst and change of direction to avoid would-be tacklers on his way to big yardage.
Many have wondered if he’d still possess these same qualities after suffering such a devastating injury. If Amukamara isn’t full of hot air, then the diminutive receiver will soon be doing his famous salsa dance celebration, much to the chagrin of the poor defenders who thought they could stop him.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt calls training camp “the greatest”
Could fantasy football eventually lead to the decline of the NFL? (Click to show)
3 hours ago
by David Kenyon
J.J. Watt really loves football. Actually, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year loves football so much that he eagerly awaits training camp.
Even at a young age, players don’t always look forward to the summer session. However, the Houston Texans defensive end shared a different perspective
, as noted by Drew Dougherty of the team’s official website:“Training camp’s the greatest. Because it’s a chance for you to try new moves. Try new things. See what’s successful, see what’s not.”
Houston will again heavily rely on Watt to lead the defense, especially because it placed Jadeveon Clowney on the physically unable to perform list
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Clowney has battled through injuries since entering the NFL. He could return at any time, but Watt is a constant in the lineup—and a constant force.
Watt racked up 20.5 sacks and 51 hits last season, so it’s somewhat scary to think the 6’5″, 289-pounder can improve his pass-rushing arsenal.
Since the Wisconsin product boasts tremendous strength and quickness, Watt could be adding a variety of finesse-focused or strength-powered moves. He’s already a versatile player, but another offseason likely allowed Watt to become more dangerous at multiple spots.
And that should terrify opposing coaches.
Could fantasy football eventually lead to the decline of the NFL?
14 hours ago
by Jesse Reed
Team loyalty in the NFL is a sacred bond between fan and franchise that has, for decades, been unassailable for many Americans. The bond is growing weaker as a new generation emerges, however, and as player culture begins to dominate.
Raised on the addictive sport of fantasy football, this new generation is learning that player loyalty offers more immediate satisfaction than rooting for a team does. The thrill of victory and agony of defeat can now be felt on a daily basis, thanks to the advent of daily fantasy sites like DraftKings and Fan Duel.
No more waiting for the long season to run its course. Heck, you don’t even need to wait from Thursday to Monday any more.
One day of action…and then the next.
It’s no wonder the two emerging entertainment giants just combined to raise $575 million
in funding during the month of July, according to Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal:The $575 million in funding for DraftKings and FanDuel this mo tops all prior funding in fantasy sports, inc companies’ own rounds.
— Eric Fisher (@EricFisherSBJ) July 27, 2015
America has found its new sports obsession.
And as we all know, when something new comes on the scene something old must die.
The thing that is fading is team allegiance, as previously mentioned. Young men and women, boys and girls, are beginning to root for players rather than for teams. To them, the uniform isn’t sacred.
Many gasped when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick dared display a Miami Dolphins hat.