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#pounditTuesday, May 11, 2021

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Davante Adams shares his thoughts on Aaron Rodgers situation

Davante Adams

Davante Adams has been one of the most dominant wide receivers in the NFL for years now while catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, so it goes without saying that he would be devastated to see the star quarterback leave the Green Bay Packers this offseason. Like most of us, however, Adams says he is unsure of how the situation will turn out.

Adams shared some of his thoughts on the drama surrounding Rodgers and the Packers during an appearance on “The Herd w/ Colin Cowherd” on Monday. He said he did not want to give away too much but indicated Rodgers is unhappy over what the Packers have not done rather than what they’ve done.

“I can’t speak on specifics, but there’s certain things that he wants and maybe the club wasn’t so excited about living up to right away,” Adams said. “That can affect a guy who has done so much for an organization.”

Packers fans might be even more concerned about the response Adams gave when asked how Rodgers’ potential departure might impact the receiver’s future with the franchise. Adams, who is set to become a free agent after the season, admitted the Rodgers situation could sway his decision.

“Potentially, potentially. That’s my guy. That’s the only guy that I’ve played with,” Adams said. “We’ve built up a special connection over the years that has put us both in really great positions in our careers. … It would change a lot. It doesn’t mean I’d be gone, but I’d have to do some extra thinking if my guy wasn’t here.”

You can hear Adams’ full comments below:

Adams finished in the top five in every major receiving category last year and led the NFL with 18 touchdown receptions despite missing two games. He and Rodgers have been virtually unstoppable together when both are healthy.

Packers fans didn’t feel any better about the Rodgers drama when Adams sent this tweet recently, either, but the Pro Bowler hasn’t said anything all that surprising.

Here is how DK Metcalf did in his bid to qualify for Olympics

DK Metcalf

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf tried his hand at the 100 meter sprint on Sunday, the first step in qualifying for the Olympics.

Metcalf participated in the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open on Sunday. Had he posted a sufficiently fast time, he would have been able to advance to another event that would serve as an Olympic qualifier. That didn’t happen, as Metcalf finished last in a field of nine, posting a time of 10.37 seconds.

There are two ways to look at this. First, it is impressive for an NFL wide receiver to post a time like that with limited training and no track experience since high school. That said, it’s a reminder that even the NFL’s fastest players are going to lag behind sprinters who dedicate themselves to the craft full-time.

Metcalf actually put in a lot of work to get ready for the event. If he’s serious about keeping it up, he could shave a little bit more off that time.

Chad Kelly to try out for Packers

Chad Kelly

Chad Kelly may have a route back into the NFL with a team in need of quarterback depth.

Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly, will take part in the Packers’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

No, this tryout has little to do with Aaron Rodgers’ status in Green Bay. Rodgers and Jordan Love are the only two quarterbacks the Packers have under contract at the moment, leaving them searching for a potential third-stringer. That said, given the existing issues between the quarterback and organization, there could be a path to a larger role for Kelly if he does land with the Packers.

Kelly has been doing plenty of work to get another look in the NFL. This is actually a fairly solid opportunity for him, all things considered.

Eagles’ DeVonta Smith trade made this division rival ‘livid’

DeVonta Smith

The Philadelphia Eagles’ decision to trade up for wide receiver DeVonta Smith in the NFL Draft apparently set off some angst within their division.

The Eagles moved up from No. 12 to No. 10, trading with the Dallas Cowboys in order to draft Smith. In doing so, they jumped ahead of the New York Giants, who held the 11th pick and apparently were waiting eagerly for Smith to fall to them.

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg spoke to a number of college coaches about the draft, and one SEC defensive coordinator revealed that the Eagles trade made the Giants furious.

“The Giants wanted DeVonta bad,” the coordinator said. “They were pretty livid when Philly moved in front of them.”

It no doubt made the Giants even angrier that the Eagles made the swap with another NFC East rival in the Cowboys. With Smith off the board, the Giants traded down, enabling the Bears to move up for quarterback Justin Fields.

The Giants were already pretty unhappy with the Eagles at the end of the season as well. Those two games should be fun in 2021 as a result of all this.

NFL removes ‘Rodgers vs. Mahomes’ from schedule release promo

Aaron Rodgers

The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers will face one another during the 2021 NFL season, so it makes sense that the league hyped Aaron Rodgers vs. Patrick Mahomes as one of the biggest matchups of the year. However, it appears the NFL is no longer comfortable promoting that particular showdown.

The NFL will release its complete 2021 schedule on Wednesday. A promo for the release that aired roughly a week ago highlighted several matchups we will see this year, and “Rodgers vs. Mahomes” was the first one mentioned. You can see the commercial below:

Brad Callas of Complex Sports noted on Sunday that the NFL has released a new version of the ad. The part that said “Rodgers vs. Mahomes” in the original has been replaced with “Jackson vs. Mahomes,” referencing when Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens will take on the Chiefs.

In all likelihood, that is the NFL’s way of quietly admitting they are unsure about a Rodgers vs. Mahomes matchup taking place this season. Rodgers wants out of Green Bay and does not appear to be backing down. You can read the latest on the situation here.

Brian Flores claims he never lost faith in Tua Tagovailoa despite benchings

Tua Tagovailoa

The Miami Dolphins had one of the stranger quarterback situations in the league down the stretch in 2020. After starting the season with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, he was abruptly replaced by Tua Tagovailoa about midway through the year. With the Dolphins on the fringes of the playoff hunt, Tagovailoa was then benched for Fitzpatrick twice during games.

Despite all this, Dolphins coach Brian Flores is adamant that he never lost confidence in Tagovailoa despite those benchings.

“Last year’s situation is … we’ve talked about this numerous times. If he had started the season, we wouldn’t have pulled him,” Flores told Peter King of NBC Sports. We put him in. We’re in a playoff chase. At that point [second half in game 15, at Las Vegas, when Ryan Fitzpatrick entered in relief], it’s hey, we’ve got to do whatever we’ve got to do to try to win. But no, my confidence wasn’t shaken in him.”

It’s down to you whether you believe Flores or not. That said, given some of the rumors that have followed Tagovailoa’s status this offseason, it’s fair to wonder if the Dolphins still think they can do better.

It’s also fair to wonder whether Tagovailoa’s teammates have as much faith in the quarterback as Flores does.

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Jeff Driskel not yet signing with Cowboys despite ‘great visit’

Jeff Driskel

The Dallas Cowboys seem like a likely landing spot for Jeff Driskel, but he has not signed with them yet.

Driskel had a visit at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Friday. A source told the Dallas Morning News that the visit was “great.”

Despite the good visit, Driskel left without a contract.

Dak Prescott should be ready to return from his injury next season. Behind Prescott, the Cowboys have Garrett Gilbert, Ben DiNucci, and Cooper Rush on the depth chart at quarterback.

If signed, Driskel could become the favorite to serve as Prescott’s backup. The 28-year-old was let go by the Broncos earlier in the week. He has passed for 2,120 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 15 career NFL games, including nine starts.

DK Metcalf had awesome quote about trying to qualify for Olympics

DK Metcalf

DK Metcalf fell short on Sunday in his bid to qualify for the Olympics, but you have to admire the reason the Seattle Seahawks star gave for trying.

Metcalf ran the 100 meter sprint in the USATF Golden Games and Distance Open. He came in last in his heat and 15th out of 17th runners overall, posting a time of 10.37 seconds. Considering his size and the fact that he is not a professional sprinter, the results were a lot more respectable than they sound.

When Metcalf finished his race, former NFL linebacker and media personality Emmanuel Acho asked the 23-year-old what motivated him to try out. Metcalf had an awesome response.

While Metcalf posted a respectable time, the results were a reminder that even the fastest NFL players can’t keep pace with full-time sprinters. He alluded to that after the race.

“Just to test my speed against world-class athletes like this, it’s just a blessing,” Metcalf said, via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune. “I just do things because I want to do it. … These are world-class athletes. It’s very different from football speed, as I just realized.”

You can see the video of the race here.

Metcalf put in a lot of work to get ready for the event, and it sounds like it was an overall positive experience for him.

Is this NFC team still interested in a Deshaun Watson trade?

Deshaun Watson

The Texans have been in a holding pattern with Deshaun Watson since multiple women accused him of sexual assault. It is unclear whether the star quarterback still wants out of Houston or if a trade is possible given the circumstances, but apparently at least one team remains interested.

Peter King wrote in his latest NBC Sports column that his “gut feeling” is Watson will be with a new team when the 2022 season begins. He then listed some of his own odds for where Watson might end up, and the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers topped the list at 3-to-1. The Eagles will have an extra first-round pick next year if Carson Wentz plays at least 75 percent of the offensive snaps with the Indianapolis Colts, which could put them in a strong position to deal for Watson.

The Eagles are hoping Jalen Hurts proves he can be a viable NFL starter this season. That said, Mike Fisher of TexansDaily.com was told by a source that Watson is “still in play” for Philly. The timetable for when a Watson trade might take place is unclear, but Fisher reports that the Eagles are definitely still interested.

Watson is facing sexual assault lawsuits from 22 women who say they provided massage therapy for him in the past. The NFL is conducting its own investigation of the allegations, and Watson will almost certainly be suspended if not placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt list.

A recent report claimed the Texans are in the process of moving on from Watson.

Robert Saleh had weird way of evaluating Zach Wilson’s size

Robert Saleh

The New York Jets haven’t had a lot of luck drafting top quarterbacks the last couple times they’ve done it. With that being the case, they might as well try something unorthodox in the evaluation process.

Jets coach Robert Saleh certainly did that while attending quarterback Zach Wilson’s pro day at BYU. Wilson had faced questions about his size, and the Jets wanted them answered to see if he had more room to grow physically. To confirm this, according to Albert Breer of The MMQB, Saleh had former 49ers linebacker Fred Warner, a former BYU player in attendance at the event, go give Wilson a hug.

Why? Warner stands 6-foot-3 and 230 lbs., so he would provide a valuable point of comparison. The Jets came away pleased with what they saw, and the hug actually answered their few remaining questions about the player they ultimately selected second overall.

Wilson has shown encouraging signs in terms of preparing himself for the NFL, specifically playing in New York. In the end, though, it may well turn out that this hug was the key moment of the entire process.