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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Football

Buccaneers unveil new uniforms

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a new quarterback who happens to be arguably the greatest NFL player to ever live, and they will also be wearing new uniforms in 2020 as they usher in a new era.

The Bucs officially unveiled their new uniforms on Tuesday.

We can’t imagine fans will have many negative things to say about the new threads. The Bucs kept things simple, and the result is a clean look that avoided the tacky feel we have seen when other teams unveil new uniforms. The uniforms are very similar to the ones the Bucs wore from 1997 to 2013.

As you can see, star receiver Chris Godwin was wearing No. 12 for the jersey reveal. The segment was obviously recorded before the Bucs knew they were signing Brady, and Godwin has since given up the number.

One thing is for sure — the Bucs are not going to get obliterated the way the Los Angeles Rams did when they recently unveiled their new logo.

Ex-NFL RB Chris Johnson riles Jets fans up by revealing his big regret

Chris Johnson went from being one of the best running backs in the NFL to a member of a time share with the New York Jets, and you can understand why he regrets that decision looking back. Just don’t expect Jets fans to feel any sympathy for Johnson.

On Monday, Johnson took to Twitter to admit he has kicked himself for signing with the Jets over the Baltimore Ravens in 2014. He said the Ravens offered him the same money and he still chose New York.

Johnson spent the first six years of his career with the Tennessee Titans, and he rushed for more than 1,000 yards each season. He eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in 2009 and earned himself the nickname CJ2K. He then signed with the Jets in 2014 and rushed for just 663 yards on 155 carries and was released after just one year.

Johnson insisted he had nothing personal against the Jets but simply should have known they had no room for him with Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell already there. That didn’t stop him from feeling the wrath of Jets fans.

Johnson was quick to toot his own horn after signing with the Jets, but things obviously didn’t work out. While there’s no telling how he would have fared in Baltimore, you can’t blame him for wondering what could have been.

Report: Both Rams and Chargers will be on ‘Hard Knocks’ if there’s training camp

It remains uncertain if the coronavirus pandemic will force the NFL to cancel all or some of training camp and the preseason, but HBO’s “Hard Knocks” reportedly has some big plans in the works if the offseason proceeds as scheduled.

According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, “Hard Knocks” will feature both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers if the offseason calendar allows for it. Both of the teams have volunteered to be part of the show as they move into the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

The NFL was originally scheduled to announce that both teams will be part of the HBO series during the league’s annual meeting last week, but the meeting was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. No announcement is expected this week as the NFL and NFL Films prepare for their virtual draft.

The Chargers have never appeared on “Hard Knocks,” while the Rams were featured on the show back in 2016. NFL Films is based in Los Angeles, so that would make it easier to cover both teams.

With sports fans hungry for any type of fresh content during the coronavirus outbreak, “Hard Knocks” should have excellent ratings if it can be filmed this summer. Featuring two teams and a new stadium will certainly help. Coaches have typically not had favorable opinions of being part of the HBO series, but circumstances are a bit different this year.

Robert Griffin III may have won the day with his coronavirus tweet

Former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III sent a pretty funny coronavirus-related tweet on Monday.

Griffin, who is entering his third season with the Baltimore Ravens, cracked this joke that went viral.

The tweet relates to the theory that the coronavirus stemmed from bats. The crazier but related rumor suggests that the virus began appearing in humans because of a market in Wuhan, China that sells animals as food or pets, such as bats.

RG3 hasn’t been especially known for cracking jokes or being funny (except when it’s unintentional), so my guess is he probably saw this elsewhere. Still, that is a good joke by the 30-year-old quarterback.

Rams have new plan for running backs after Todd Gurley departure

The Los Angeles Rams are formulating a new running attack after Todd Gurley’s release, and it sounds like things are going to be different going forward.

Rams GM Les Snead suggested that the team may lean on a two-back approach in the future, saying that the offense wants to offer up multiple skillsets out of the backfield.

The Rams didn’t lean as much on Gurley last season amid chatter that his knee is in bad shape. That hasn’t left them with any experienced options, though, as Darrell Henderson had just 39 carries last year. It means they have work to do to bring this vision to reality.

Cam Newton feels like ‘a fish out of water’ after release from Panthers

Cam Newton is still looking for a new home after his release from the Carolina Panthers, and he’s working on some other things, too.

Newton appeared on Instagram Live with Chris Paul on Monday to discuss how the quarterback is coping since his release. Newton admitted that he feels like “a fish out of water” since being released by the only NFL franchise he’s ever played for, but is looking to be guided to the right destination.

It’s still pretty clear that Newton didn’t want to leave Carolina. He ultimately wasn’t given a choice, and is having a hard time finding a new starting job elsewhere. It’s been reported that he’s willing to wait a while to find a new team, but for now, it sounds like his focus is on improving himself mentally.

Tom Brady thanks Patriots fans with emotional video

Tom Brady

Tom Brady has expressed excitement for the next chapter of his career in a number of different ways since he announced he is signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but the six-time Super Bowl champion wants fans in New England to know they will always have a special place in his heart.

Brady penned a piece for The Players’ Tribune in which he wrote at length about how New England became his home but how excited he is to lead a new team. Not long after the piece was published on Monday, he thanked Patriots fans on social media and shared an emotional video.

There’s no reason Brady would ever hold any ill will toward Patriots fans. He will always be a legend in the New England area, and fans treated him like royalty for the better part of two decades. It’s possible Brady’s relationship with Bill Belichick got to a point where a divorce was necessary, but that has nothing to do with Pats fans.

As we mentioned before, we think Brady may have even intentionally chosen Tampa Bay to make sure he didn’t alienate many of his fans. With how important his TB12 brand is to him, that should not be all that hard to believe.