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Monday Catchup, Football Is Back, Preseason Still Sucks

There is nothing Bucks related for me to discuss but the sports world is not dead as with NFL training camp comes daily stories.

Broncos Depleted

What is going on in Denver?  Three running backs are hurt, Elvis Dummervil, Ryan Clady and others.  Their season may be over before it starts!  A teams worst nightmare is to get into heavy injury troubles, especially this early.

Andre Johnson Gets Deal

The Texans extended him but it is heavily incentive-laden.  I think more teams should just do this.  He originally negotiated a bad deal, he’s outplayed it, he’s watched other receivers pass him.  From ESPN:

League sources told FOX 26 Sports Johnson gets a two-year extension worth $23.5 million with $13 million guaranteed.

He already had five years left on his original deal worth $35 million which was enhanced.

Johnson will now be paid $39.2 million during that stretch.

The base value of his new seven-year contract is $62.7 million.

 I understand the feeling of fans who say, “if a guy signs a contract, he should abide by that contract.”  The problem is the career for an NFL player is so short that some contracts need to be reworked, imagine all of the drama that could have been avoided if Philadelphia would have just added two years and some guaranteed money with a lot of incentives to Terrel Owens’ contract a few years ago.

Preseason Games Start… And Still Suck

I love watching football but it is tough to bear watching much of a preseason game that does not involve your team.  If the Packers are not playing I have no reason to watch anything after the starters.  In last nights game between Dallas and Cincinnati that meant only watching the game for minutes.

I am not for a 18 game schedule because I think by the end of the year all teams will be a MASH unit.  But this preseason crap is so horrible that if I had to bet my mortgage on whether or not there will be an 18 game regular season in the near future I would bet there would be.

Quiet In Green Bay

Back to just how we like it, quiet and about football. ESPNs Green Bay Camp Confidential.

Allows focus to be on the guys that are there.

Every player was signed and accounted for, making a distant memory of holdouts that have disrupted training camp in each of the past two seasons.

All that remained was the type of tranquility that allows a team to come of age. Many of us believe the Packers have the makings of a special group, one that is already off to a good start with a productive and — most importantly — quiet training camp.

“We determine our path that we’re going to take,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “Maybe we have less obstacles going into the year than we’ve had in the past for people to evaluate. If they think that and like us more this year, that’s fine. But in reality, if you don’t come here and put in the time and put in that foundation, it doesn’t matter. These are our foundation days, and I like the work our guys have been putting in.”

The defense should see some improvement in year 2.

Quiet and determined, the Packers have been busy implementing some second-year wrinkles in defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ scheme.

Will Finley continue to blossom?  I say yes, in a very big way.

Rodgers picked up the phone shortly after the Pro Bowl, where he worked with tight ends Vernon Davis and Jason Witten, and called Finley. “I firmly believe Jermichael Finley is in their class,” Rodgers said. “He is a Pro Bowl-caliber tight end. And that’s what I told him. I said, ‘You’ve got a lot of work in front of you, but you’ve got the talent and ability to be recognized as a Pro Bowl tight end every year.’”

As I noted during the offseason, Rodgers threw more toward Finley than any other Packers player during the second half of last season. He changed the way opponents approached the Green Bay offense, and he spent much of the offseason working to upgrade his blocking skills to give the Packers more of a run-pass option when he is in the game. After dabbling in boxing and mixed martial arts to improve his hand quickness, Finley said: “I’m still a work in progress with my blocking and stuff. I just need to maintain and stay consistent. If I get that straight, the sky is the limit for me.”

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