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NFC East roundup : Vick - top 100 ranking 'a joke'

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NFC East roundup : Vick - top 100 ranking 'a joke'

POST FOR 11 AMHave you found the NFL Network's top 100 player rankings a bit curious in spots. Michael Vick concurs - and then some.The Eagles dynamic quarterback showed up 70th on the list. Let's just say he found that slot rather amusing. More from CSNphilly:Yeah, thats a joke, Vick told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. I wont say where I need to be, Ill let my peers and everybody else decide on that. It was voted on by the peers, but I just disagree. Thank you, because theyve motivated me to become a better player this year, so Ill have that in the back of my mind as I go out and play this year as well.Jenkins back with the CowboysCowboys corner Mike Jenkins missed three weeks worth of Organized Team Activities, but showed up for day one of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday. The Dallas Morning News reports Jerry Jones spoke with the subject of repeated trade rumors earlier in the day. According to the team owner, it's all good."I had a good visit with him," Jones said. "It is good to have him out here and our guys got a chance to check out how he has been rehabbing. So all of that was good."Jenkins, beset by various injuries last season, enters the final year of his contract. He is seeking a new deal after playingthrough the pain last year and undergoingshoulder surgery during the offseason, the same offseason he appears to have lost his starting job. Dallas signed top free agent Brandon Carr to a mega contract and moved up in the first round to select LSU corner Morris Claiborne. Giants lose one to the PatriotsThe New York Giants already knew they would be without injured tight end Jake Ballard for the 2012 season. Now, after a transactional risk, they have lost him altogether.On Monday the team placed the 24-year-old on waivers. On Tuesday, the team Ballard helped defeat in the Super Bowl - the New England Patriots - claimed him. The New York Daily News reports the Giants intended on re-signing Ballard, who is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the Super Bowl XLVI victory, and placing him on the physically unable to perform list. The Patriots said not so fast and surprisingly picked him up, leaving the tight endmuch to process.While this was very sudden and I am still experiencing a great deal of differing emotions, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you and place some closure on a wonderful chapter in my life, Ballard said in a statement through agent Blake Baratz.

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

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Exploring the different scenarios between the Redskins and Trent Williams

Training camp comes for the Redskins near the end of July, and in mid-June, not much looks overly worrisome. Except for the Trent Williams situation.

As fans well know, Williams missed all of mandatory minicamp amid reports that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was upset with his contract. There are also reports that Williams is upset with the Redskins medical staff, and one report that the former Top 10 pick "vowed" never to return to Washington. 

That's serious stuff.

Jay Gruden rotated between calling Williams the Redskins best player and one of the team's most important players when the coach spoke about the situation during minicamp. Regardless of the exact assessment, Williams is obviously important to the Redskins plans for 2019, and how good the team can possibly become. 

Looking to the fall, there are a few probable outcomes for the Williams situation to end. Here's a look at the possibilities:

  1. Redskins trade Trent Williams - This seems like quite a long shot, but not impossible. Williams has started 119 games in Washington since 2010, but just two playoff games in that time. He's a very valuable player, one of the best offensive linemen in the NFL, and could obviously draw interest around the NFL. A trade seems quite unlikely, but if a contending team wanted to move for Williams, he might actually want to go. This doesn't seem likely until closer to Week 1, and it doesn't seem likely anyway. The Redskins won't be able to get close to equitable value for Williams on the trade market. 
  2. Redskins cut Trent Williams - There is zero chance this happens. Zero. ZEROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
  3. Redskins make it work with Trent Williams - The reality of pro football doesn't bode great for Williams. He's under contract for two more seasons and the salary structure of the NFL means there isn't much money without game checks. All of that suggests Williams arrives for the Redskins somewhere in mid-August, perhaps after training camp in Richmond but well before Week 1 in Philadelphia. That doesn't mean, however, that the 'Skins couldn't make a goodwill offer to Williams. His deal in 2020 holds barely any guaranteed cash, and perhaps making more of his salary a certainty could help him come back to the fold. 
  4. Trent Williams never returns - This seems highly unlikely, but has been reported. Williams seems very angry at the Redskins medical staff based off his Instagram posts, and if he can't trust the doctors, maybe he can't play for the organization. Williams has made a tremendous amount of money during his NFL career, with nearly $100 million in career earnings, so never say never. 

 

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In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

In addition to being an NFL player, Bryce Love can now call himself a Stanford graduate

Bryce Love hopes he'll have the opportunity to carry many footballs in his NFL career. But this past weekend, the running back picked up something that'll be just as, if not more, valuable than the attempts he'll be getting on Sundays.

How's a college diploma from Stanford sound? Pretty solid, right?

Oh, how about a college diploma from Stanford in human biology? Yeah, probably something worth hanging up on the ol' fridge, huh?

Well, that very hard-earned and impressive degree is what Love is now in possession of:

Drafted by the Redskins in late-April and walking across the stage at Stanford in mid-June, Love is doing well for himself recently. He passed up the chance to enter the draft early to ensure he graduated, and now he has.

His college GPA isn't known, but once you find out his high school GPA was 4.5 (that's apparently possible) and add that to the fact that he was able to finish up school out west while also churning up yards for the Cardinal, you can imagine it was very, very good. And if his yards-per-carry average as a pro matches or exceeds it, then the Redskins will be thrilled.

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