“Right now, we do have a process. And it hasn’t got up to me yet to do it. But there are a lot of paths to both play and to serve,” Mabus said, later adding, “I’m confident that we can work something out for Keenan to do both — to serve his country and to play professional football.”
But, as the case with Cardona indicates, the Ravens could lose Reynolds at some point, assuming he even makes the team in the first place.
I tried really hard to justify taking Zobrist and Segura is having a ridiculous season with his change of scenery, but Murphy has continued his relentless approach from his historic postseason. He’s hitting .405 with 13 doubles, two triples and five homers. Only Zobrist has more RBI and runs here than Murphy’s 22 each, but that difference is mostly a product of teammates’ production.
Shortstop options: Asdrubal Cabrera, Zack Cozart, Brandon Crawford, Jordy Mercer, Addison Russell, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Aledmys Diaz (write-in)
And here’s our biggest conundrum. Take note of what I said above about it being too early to go only on this season and how we need to kind of predict the next six weeks in addition to judging the past six weeks. Who is the “establishment” candidate, though? Crawford? Or are we ready to move onto Seager or Russell? There’s no good answer there. What we do know is that Story easily has the best power here and best, forgive me, story of the season so far. Diaz has the best offensive slash line and it’s not close, but am I really going to throw away my vote on a write-in? No, no I’m not.
So, yeah, I’m saying we’ll get to see what Kessler can do in 2016, which on its face sounds shocking given how far most believe he is from being an NFL quarterback. And if he is thrust into the fire with this cast around him, you have to wonder if he’s worse off for it down the line.
My crystal ball says: He will be starting at least four games. Gulp.
Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. The Texans play a pretty big-boy schedule this year — tends to happen the year after you win the division — and expectations are high.
This can’t be a situation like a year ago with the coach having the quickest QB hook in the history of the NFL. This is Brock’s team. He’s the guy (even if the head coach sounded ambivalent at best about that prospect in the intro press conference and never even met the kid before the owner had stuffed $40 million into the QB’s pocket).
The 2016 NFL Draft featured multiple trades among the first 10 picks. The top two picks both got dealt away. The No. 8 pick was traded twice. The final trade in the top 10 saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers move down out of the No. 9 spot. They sent No. 9 to the Chicago Bears in exchange for No. 11 and No. 106.
Why were they so willing to move down two spots? According to Bucs GM Jason Licht, he had a pretty good feeling that neither the Bears nor the Giants (picking at No. 10) would take their target, former University of Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves. Not only that, but he felt picking up an extra selection would help make another, later move.
It’s their world. We’re just livin’ in it.
But, alas, the calendar is changing and grown men are congregating back to practice facilities and football fields around the country. It won’t be too long before this quarterback class of 2016 — veterans and rookies alike — have to actually show what they can do. And that, my friends, is where things can and will likely get dicey.
What we don’t really know about of these dudes is if they can perform as legitimate starters. Even in the case of many of these guys on their second contracts, we really don’t know if they can command a team and be true leaders and make plays on a big stage and lift others around them.
We still have more questions than answers and for all of the money that has been spent on them — all the draft picks surrendered to acquire them, all of the hours of evaluation, scrutiny and background work done — the greater reality is that these passers are largely unknown commodities. Or, in the case of some, they just are exactly what everyone thinks they are, and what they have been. But desperation can make you see things in them that have never been there. (Yeah, Eagles and Bradford, I’m talking to you).