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Dan Campbell steals the show during first ‘Hard Knocks’ episode

Dan Campbell on the field

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell on the field before action against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirthmon F. Dozier/USA TODAY NETWORK

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell delivered some incredibly funny moments during the latest installment of HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”

Campbell has become known for his sometimes hilarious and motivational quotes, and that continued to be the case during Tuesday’s season premiere.

While addressing his team during a meeting, Campbell provided a somewhat graphic example of the lengths he is willing to go to in order to win.

“It doesn’t matter if you have one a– cheek and three toes, I will beat your a–,” Campbell said (edited for profanity by LBS).

Warning: The below tweet contains profanity.

One of the funniest moments of the episode came while the final credits were rolling. Campbell was out on the practice field, and dropped a “deez nuts” joke that he referred to as “old school.”

While the funny comments tend to stand out for Campbell, he has no shortage of fiery and passionate messages as well. On Saturday, he delivered a staunch warning to the NFL in front of the Detroit fanbase during the Lions’ annual Fan Fest at Ford Field.

It will be interesting to see what else Campbell has in store for the remaining four episodes.

Photo: Marshawn Lynch mug shot was a serious concern

Marshawn Lynch in his mug shot

Marshawn Lynch was arrested on Tuesday for suspicion of driving under the influence, and his mug shot was a serious concern.

The former Seattle Seahawks running back was arrested in Las Vegas after police saw Lynch driving into curbs on the side of the road. Lynch refused a breathalyzer but had his blood drawn. He was booked into jail for DUI.

Lynch’s mug shot was later released.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and Lynch’s seems to be worth one word: wasted.

Lynch can barely keep his eyes open in the mug shot. Maybe he’s just acting in that photo, but anyone who looks as sleepy and wasted as him should never be driving.

Lynch’s DUI comes a day after it was announced he has a new role with the Seahawks.

XFL signs former All-Pro NFL player

Marquette King smiling.

Aug 12, 2017; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders punter Marquette King (7) reacts against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Marquette King will be returning to professional football in 2023.

The former star NFL punter announced on Twitter Tuesday that he accepted an invitation to join the 2023 XFL Draft Player Pool.

King’s tweet included a video of what appeared to be an email from XFL president Russ Brandon thanking King for accepting the league’s invitation.

“Had to make sure I was in the right state of mind before I committed to this,” King wrote. “I’m all IN! @XFL2023.”

On Saturday, King tweeted that he was going to be in the XFL in February. The league is set to kick off its season on February 18.

The 33-year-old has played in the XFL before. During the league’s prior attempt at a comeback in 2020, King played for the St. Louis Battlehawks and led the league in punting yards.

King has not played in the NFL since 2018 despite having one of the more powerful legs among all punters during his six-year career. In four seasons with the then-Oakland Raiders, King averaged 46.8 yards per punt and had 19,941 total yards. In 2013, he led the NFL with an average of 48.9 yards per punt. In 2014, King led the league in both total punts (109) and yards (4,930).

After the Raiders released King in March 2018, he played in four games for the Denver Broncos the following season.

Troubled former NFL kicker could get another shot with 1 team?

Aldrick Rosas looking on

Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) prior to the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Aldrick Rosas could be getting his shot at redemption.

Green Bay Packers writer Zach Kruse reported on Tuesday that the former NFL kicker Rosas was among the kickers to work out for the Packers this week. Several other special teams players (including USFL long snapper Mitchell Fraboni, ex-Clemson punter Will Spiers, and many more) also participated in the workouts.

Rosas, 27, was a Pro Bowler and a Second Team All-Pro with the New York Giants in 2018 but went completely downhill from there. The Giants cut him before the 2020 season following a hit-and-run incident. Since then, Rosas has been signed and released three different times by three different teams. In 2021, Rosas had almost as many times drawing the public ire of his head coach (one) as he had total field goals made (two).

Fortunately for Rosas, the Packers were just as miserable on special teams last season. Longtime kicker Mason Crosby, who will be 38 next month, had a career-worst year. He missed several crucial kicks throughout the season and underwent a knee procedure in July that he is still recovering from. Meanwhile, Green Bay’s only current backup on the roster, Gabe Brkic, could just as plausibly be a grocery store clerk as he is an NFL kicker.

The Packers already made one big move this offseason to fix their special teams woes. Bringing in a fairly young and seasoned kicker like Rosas to address their lack of depth at the position might be the next logical step.

Giants OL coach apologizes for role in provoking brawl

Bobby Johnson looking ahead.

Aug 9, 2018; Seattle, WA, USA; Indianapolis Colts assistant defensive line coach Bobby Johnson reacts during a preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts at CenturyLink Field. The Colts defeated the Seahawks 19-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants offensive line coach Bobby Johnson apologized for his actions during a massive brawl that broke out after a four-play stretch at Giants training camp on Monday.

Tensions were high due to Saquon Barkley knocking cornerback Aaron Robinson to the ground during the non-tackling portion of practice. Robinson took a hard swipe at a ball carried by running back Antonio Williams during the second play, while linebacker Tae Crowder threw Williams to the ground on the third play.

That did not sit well with center Jon Feliciano, who sought out and wrestled Crowder to the ground during the following play.

Feliciano and linebacker Cam Brown threw punches at each other, while Johnson further escalated the situation by shoving Brown before both sidelines emptied.

Take a look.

Johnson spoke to reporters on Tuesday and said that he regretted his involvement in the scrum.

“I take full responsibility,” Johnson said. “I’m remorseful. It can’t happen, it won’t happen again. I’ve apologized to the appropriate people, in particular Cam. I have to be better than that.”

While training camp scuffles are not uncommon, especially with many players trying to do everything they can to make the 53-man roster, a coach’s job should be to de-escalate the situation rather than provoke it.

Luckily for the Giants, they will not have to wait long in order to compete against players other than their own teammates. New York will travel to New England on Thursday to play the Patriots in their first of three preseason games.

New report reveals Sean McVay received new contract from Rams

Sean McVay on the sideline

Dec 1, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay prior to the game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Rams have apparently signed head coach Sean McVay to a new contract. But the details of the deal will not be made public until another contract is figured out.

Various reports from Tuesday said that McVay told reporters that he did receive a new contract from the Rams this offseason.

McVay also said that the Rams were waiting to announce the details of his contract until a new deal for GM Les Snead is also in place.

A feature article on McVay by ESPN’s Seth Wickersham published Tuesday indicated that McVay “received a raise” this offseason amid speculation that the 36-year-old might leave coaching altogether.

McVay was non-committal about returning to the Rams following their Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals in February. He did later clarify that he was not anywhere close to not wanting to coach anymore, although Amazon reportedly offered McVay a massive contract to try to lure him into a broadcasting role.

Although coaching contracts are not disclosed, McVay was reportedly set to make around $8.5 million annually through 2023. With a Super Bowl championship under his belt and a career 55-26 record, that number is sure to increase.

Video: Patrick Mahomes shows off impressive trick throws during practice

Patrick Mahomes throwing

Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is widely known for his incredible sidearm throws and the occasional flashy pass during games, and he showed off a few more during Tuesday’s practice.

Mahomes looked to be playing a game where the objective was to hit the crossbar of the goalpost. Doing so with his conventional throwing style would likely have been too easy for the four-time Pro Bowler, so Mahomes chose to make the game more challenging.

The 26-year-old uncorked a behind-the-back pass with his right hand from the 20-yard line that nailed the crossbar. He then hit the bar flush with a virtually perfect spiral thrown with his left hand from a similar distance.

Mahomes has broken out a behind-the-back pass once already during training camp. During the first week of camp in late July, Mahomes was captured working on a special behind-the-back pitch play with running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (see video here).

There have been some occasions where Mahomes’ flashy throws have not yielded a positive result. He attempted a no-look pass against the Los Angeles Chargers last September that did not work out in his favor.

Chiefs adding former Super Bowl champion

Andy Reid on the sideline

Jan 20, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid against the New England Patriots during the AFC championship game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing in a player who won the Super Bowl the year before they did.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday that the Chiefs have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with veteran defensive tackle Danny Shelton.

Shelton, 28, made 13 appearances for the Giants last season (though none as a starter). He was a first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2015 and won Super Bowl LIII with the New England Patriots in the 2018 season.

Nicknamed “Feast Mode,” Shelton is worth a shot as a depth piece in the middle for a Chiefs team that ranked near the bottom ten in rushing yards allowed per game in 2021. Kansas City also recently made another notable upgrade to their defensive line.

NFL owners’ reported stance on Deshaun Watson suspension revealed

Deshaun Watson on the practice field

Jun 14, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) runs a play during minicamp at CrossCountry Mortgage Campus. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL is unhappy with the length of the suspension that was handed down to Deshaun Watson, and it sounds like that sentiment is shared among team owners.

Disciplinary officer Judge Sue L. Robinson, who is the independent party mutually approved by both the league and NFLPA, ruled last week that Watson will be suspended for six games. Each side had 72 hours to file an appeal. Watson accepted the punishment, but the NFL has appealed. According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, at least some team owners are hoping the league prevails.

Werder said he spoke with “numerous” NFL owners who feel the punishment for Watson was not harsh enough.

The NFL is said to be seeking a suspension of at least a full season. They also want Watson to be fined. Watson’s contract with the Cleveland Browns is structured in a way that he will only have to give up roughly $350,000 in salary if he is suspended for six games.

Watson has been accused of sexual assault by 24 women. He has reached settlements with 23 of them. Two grand juries in Texas declined to indict him.

Most team owners would prefer as short of a suspension as possible for one of their star players, but it is hardly a surprise that the Browns are not receiving support. Teams are already upset with them over the way they handled one aspect of the Watson trade.

Jets OL likely out for season with significant knee injury

Mekhi Becton during training camp

Jul 31, 2021; Florham Park, NJ, USA; New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton (77) runs during training camp at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets have lost a key piece to their offensive line before the team has even played one down in a preseason game.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported on Tuesday that offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is likely out for the year with a substantial knee injury. The former first-round pick suffered an avulsion fracture of the right knee cap, and is seeing a surgeon on Wednesday.

An avulsion fracture happens when a tiny piece of bone attached to tendons or ligaments is pulled away from the main part of the bone.

Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters after Tuesday’s practice that Becton was getting a second opinion on Wednesday, but confirmed that Becton is unlikely to play this season.

Becton sustained the knee injury early on during Monday’s practice. During team drills, the 23-year-old was captured with a noticeable limp.

Becton has had an injury-riddled NFL career so far. Last season, he suffered a knee injury in Week 1. After undergoing surgery, Becton sat out the remainder of the year after he was expected to miss anywhere from 4-8 weeks.

The Jets will now have to replace Becton, who was expected to start at right tackle. One veteran five-time Pro Bowl tackle who the team brought in for a visit on Saturday could be an option.