The loneliest job in football belongs to the man who lets Tom Brady down. Patriots second-year tight end A.J. Derby learned the hard way Friday night, when his wide-open drop ended Brady’s third drive of his brief preseason.
Although Jones paced an injury-ravaged Green Bay wide receiver corps last season, he has now been released by the Chargers, Giants and Raiders in the past 16 months. Back in March, the Packers informed Jones that they would rather go forward with ascending receivers such as Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.
Specializing in outmuscling defensive backs at the catch point, Jones can still help a team in a reduced role. His last two stops have exposed his limitations as a No. 1 target, as he struggles to separate from coverage to give his quarterback an open read.
If Jones is going to catch on elsewhere as a third or fourth receiver, he might have to wait awhile. Those jobs are hard to come by for speed-challenged veterans who don’t contribute on special teams.
It’s been quite a summer for Trevor Siemian.
The former seventh-round pick has made the remarkable climb from depth chart also-ran to starting quarterback for a defending Super Bowl champion. I know we’re wrapped up in #Kaepflaggate and all, but this feels like a story flying under the radar. Trevor Siemian is starting for the Denver Broncos! In a game that counts and everything! This is crazy.
Jimmy Vesey has made his decision, and the Blackhawks are not part of his plans despite going all-out in their recruiting efforts for the NCAA standout.
The reigning Hobey Baker Award winner officially chose to sign an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Friday.
So what’s next for the Blackhawks?
General manager Stan Bowman said at the ninth annual Blackhawks Convention in July that he’s fully prepared to enter the 2016-17 campaign with the roster as currently constructed, so adding Vesey would have been a mere bonus — albeit a nice one.
Both Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville stressed the importance of searching within the organization for help, which means there are opportunities for notable prospects like Ryan Hartman, Tyler Motte and Nick Schmaltz to step up in a large role.
However, there is still room for the Blackhawks to fill out the roster and add more forward depth via free agency if they choose to go that direction.
One thing we know for sure is, there has never been a more important training camp for the Blackhawks than the one this September, and that’s when the roster will really begin to take shape.