Flitting around like an NFL note-collecting butterfly:
Former Ravens safety Jim Leonhard, coming back from a knee injury, wont be returning to the Jets. Pro Football Talk speculates Leonhard will end up with the Colts under new head coach Chuck Pagano, who was safeties coach in Baltimore when Leonhard was here.
At ESPN.com, Jamison Hensley ranks Ray Lewis at No. 11 in the AFC Norths top players. If the rankings were based on all-time impact, Lewis would unquestionably sit at No. 1, Hensley wrote. Because this is a projection for the 2012 season, Lewis is just outside of the top 10, which is pretty amazing considering he turned 37 in May.
So now we know who the Gatorade cop is in Cincinnati. Coach Marvin Lewis responded to ex-Bengal Johnathan Josephs recent remarks about how the club is cheap because, among other things, it wont let players take home all the Gatorade they want. Its my fault that I feel a player doesnt need to take home a dozen Gatorades in his backpack each night, Lewis told Cincinnati.com.
Steelers offensive lineman Max Starks says the offense being installed by new offensive coordinator Todd Haley seems somewhat familiar, because its similar to the system under Ken Whisenhunt, who was Pittsburghs offensive coordinator for three years ending in 2006.
Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media.
More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League.
In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker.
He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla.
Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way.
Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look:
Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond.
Friday night marks the first second-half game of Major League Baseball's 162-game season.
The Washington Nationals begin 5.5 games out of the first-place Phillies and host the second-place Braves for a three-game series before traveling to Milwaukee.
One big piece to Dave Martinez's staff who has been missing since June 8 is Stephen Strasburg. The right-hander was activated from the DL and will start on the mound Friday night.
Ryan Zimmerman was also activated but is not in Martinez's starting lineup.
Prior to experiencing inflammation in his right shoulder during a June 8 start that forced him out of the game early, Strasburg saw flashes of dominance throughout his 13 starts owning a 3.46 ERA with 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings.
Zimmerman hasn't played since May 9 due to a strained right oblique. With the emergence of Matt Adams, it will be interesting to see how Martinez uses both guys throughout the summer.
Here is a look at Friday night's official lineup:
According to Byron Kerr, Zimmerman is still happy to be back, despite not being in the starting lineup.
Catch the Nationals hosting the Braves Friday at 7:05 p.m. on MASN2.