Rex Ryan, Andre Williams exchange trash talk

Rex Ryan weight lossAndre Williams has been in the NFL for exactly 104 days, yet the New York Giants rookie running back has already learned how to stoke the rivalry fire. The Giants play the New York Jets in their annual preseason showdown on Friday night, so Williams decided to toss the first grenade to make things interesting.

“I think the Giants are the real New York team,” he said Tuesday, per George Willis of the New York Post.

When a reporter asked Rex Ryan about the remark on Wednesday, he brought up one of Williams’ losses at Boston College.

“Last time I saw him he was getting smoked by Clemson,” Ryan said.

The Eagles lost to Clemson 24-14 last October, which wasn’t bad considering the difference in skill levels between the two teams. Williams has held to just 70 yards rushing in the game.

Of course, Rex’s son Seth plays for Clemson.

After the jabs were out of the way, Ryan did praise Williams.

“I will say that kid’s a good back, though. He is,” Rex said. “I was like, ‘Is anybody going to tackle him?’ It’s great. I have a funny feeling he’s going to get some Riddells [helmets] on him, but we’ll see. I have a feeling he’s going to be pumped up and trust me, our guys are going to be pumped up, too.”

Williams has rushed for 102 yards on 22 carries in the preseason and is making a solid case for a time share with Rashad Jennings. He said his comment about the Giants being New York’s real team was more about supporting Big Blue than ripping on the Jets.

“This is my first year and I’m not too sure about what’s going on with the rivalry thing,” Williams explained. “But there’s definitely a different feeling this week than last week. I’m just trying to buy into it.”

We wouldn’t have it any other way.

Vince Young: I would have stayed at Texas if I knew Texans weren’t picking me

Vince YoungVince Young chose to forego his senior year at Texas after having one of the greatest seasons of any player in college football history. In 2005, Young threw for 3,036 yards and 26 touchdowns and rushed for 1,050 yards and 12 scores before setting his sights on the NFL.

Had Vince known where he would be drafted, he claims he would have stayed at Texas for his senior season.

During an interview with Alex Loeb on 104.9 FM in Austin on Wednesday, Young was asked how close he was to staying with the Longhorns in 2006.

“It was very close,” he said. “The Texans had the No. 1 pick, that was the place I wanted to play at. I wish they would’ve told me that they weren’t picking me because I would’ve stayed for my senior year. But it didn’t happen like that.”

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While he was crossing his fingers that the Texans would draft him, Young admitted he was excited to be drafted by the franchise he grew up rooting for.

“Being a kid watching the Oilers all my life, I had the opportunity to play for them, it was a dream come true as well,” he added.

The Texans took Mario Williams with the top overall pick in 2006. Young went on to have a strong rookie season and lead the Titans to a playoff berth before butting heads with Jeff Fisher. It’s easy to look back on his career and say he wishes he remained at Texas, but he would not feel that way if he had a successful career in Tennessee.

Colts GM on Trent Richardson: He needs to produce

Trent Richardson ColtsRemember when the Indianapolis Colts traded a first-round pick for Trent Richardson? As of today, the Cleveland Browns look like geniuses. Richardson was a non-factor after arriving in Indy last season and has averaged just 2.4 yards per carry in two preseason games this year. He’s still not running with conviction, and people are taking notice.

One of those people is Colts general manager Ryan Grigson.

“Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,” said Wednesday, via ESPN.com’s Mike Wells. “We’re all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn’t have got [2.4] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes. He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53.”

Grigson was basically defending Richardson without defending him. The Colts offensive line has not been great, but Ahmad Bradshaw somehow averaged 4.5 yards per carry in three games with Indy before getting hurt last season. Head coach Chuck Pagano doesn’t seem overly concerned.

“I think everybody wants this guy to get going and that guy to get going, but there’s some tough sledding right now and we’re working at it,” Pagano said. “I think having the capability to do the other thing is going to open things up in the run game for us.”

Bradshaw is supposedly healthy and ready to go, yet the Colts have kept him out of preseason action. That should tell you all you need to know. We don’t expect Richardson to run away with the job, and neither do the Colts. Bradshaw will be their most valuable back if Richardson runs the way he did last year.

Kevin Durant offered over $265 million deal by Under Armour

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Under Armour has just given a huge wake-up call to Nike.

The Maryland-based sports equipment and apparel company has offered Kevin Durant a 10-year deal worth between $265-285 million, according to an ESPN report. The deal includes stock offers and other incentives for Durant.

Nike has the option to match the offer from Under Armour. If they choose to do so, Durant would be contractually obligated to stay with them.

Durant visited the UA headquarters last week and ended up staying there the entire day despite only planning to remain for a few hours. ESPN described UA’s pitch to Durant as impressive. They say he even worked out in their basketball shoes.

Only a tiny portion of UA’s annual revenue comes from basketball-related products, so this would be a huge way for them to grow in the market. They already made a big move last year by signing Steph Curry away from Nike and are looking to steal another one of the swoosh’s top athletes.

A big part of their sales pitch will be tying together theirs and Durant’s DC/Maryland-area roots. UA’s headquarters are less than 40 miles from where Durant grew up.

Durant wanted to sign with Nike so badly coming out of college that he turned down an offer from adidas for 33 percent more money — $20 million in all. Will he be as generous this time around? We will soon find out, but one thing is for certain — his new representation at Roc Nation Sports has him shopping for the best deal.

Robert Griffin III calls out doubters on Twitter

Robert Griffin knee braceAfter an impressive rookie season in which he earned the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year Award, 2013 was not Robert Griffin III’s year.

Griffin hardly looked like the same quarterback from 2012 after undergoing surgery to repair ligament damage in his right knee.

He had to answer questions about rushing back too soon after surgery. There was also Griffin’s less-than-ideal relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan and a perceived influence the quarterback had over Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

A disappointing season came to an end when Griffin was made inactive for the final three games of last season.

Heading into the upcoming season, Griffin has more than a few people questioning if he can be the same quarterback he was in 2012. Having doubters is nothing new for the former Heisman Trophy winner and Griffin took the opportunity to remind us of that via his Twitter account on Wednesday.

If the Washington Redskins are going to rebound from disastrous 2013 season, they’ll need better quarterback play than they received a year ago. The team gave up quite a bit to draft Robert Griffin III, but that doesn’t mean fans won’t call for Kirk Cousins if he struggles again.

Griffin is no stranger to having to prove himself and it looks like he knows he will have to do it once again in 2014.

Brewers broadcast crew buys beer for fan who lost one because of foul ball (Video)

When at the stadium taking in a baseball game, there’s always the potential danger of a ball flying into the crowd. During Wednesday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Milwaukee Brewers, one gentleman received an up close reminder of what can happen in such an instance.

brewers-fan-replacement-beerDuring the second inning, a foul ball off the bat of Josh Thole made its way down the third base line and (as luck would have it) found a man with a cup of beer. After a collision with an overzealous fan attempting to make the catch, there wasn’t much beer left.

To make matters worse, the fan who caused the collision ended up with the ball. For what it’s worth, that was a pretty nice display of concentration to come down with the souvenir despite taking a tumble.

There was a happy ending for the fan who drew the short end of the stick in the incident, however. The Brewers broadcast crew sent the man a replacement beer in a souvenir mug. He also has quite the story to tell about his recent adventure at Miller Park.

Steelers RBs LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell arrested together for weed

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LeGarrette Blount and Le’Veon Bell are such good teammates they even get arrested together.

Blount, who was signed in the offseason by the Steelers, and Bell, who was a second-round pick of the team in 2013, were stopped after a cop on a motorcycle smelled weed coming from their car.

The officer found a 20-gram bag of marijuana in the car. Both players were charged with misdemeanor possession, while Bell was also charged with DUI.

Last week, Bell talked about his close relationship with Blount. The two were described as “virtually inseparable” during training camp.

“I’m a guy who likes being around that type of personality. I’m an emotional guy, too,” Bell told Pittsburgh reproter Dejan Kovasevic. “It’s kind of crazy, but from the first day he got here, we just kind of jelled. We’re kind of the same. We’re both outgoing. We both joke a lot. And he’s really emotional about the game, same way I am. I’m telling you, man, I’m glad he’s here.”

He omitted the part about them being smoking buddies, too.