With the start of preseason games just one day away, there are a number of different storylines we’re following.
From Colin Kaepernick making his first public comments since settling his collusion case against the NFL, to Kenny Stills calling out the Dolphins owner for hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump — we take a look at the top headlines in this edition of NFL news and notes.
Three things that matter
Kenny Stills calls out Dolphins owner for hosting President Trump fundraiser
Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills is known to be outspoken about important social issues. He called out team owner Stephen Ross’ motivation Wednesday after finding out Ross was hosting a Donald Trump fundraiser luncheon later this week.
Stills expressed his displeasure on Twitter, writing: “You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement [and] then open your doors to Trump.” The mission he was referring to was Ross’ RISE Foundation, which states: “The foundation is a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.”
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019
Colin Kaepernick sends message to NFL teams
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played since the 2016 season, but he’s not ready to give up on making a return to the NFL. Kaepernick posted an intense workout video to his Twitter account Wednesday with the caption: “5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.” The footage shows Kaepernick lifting weights in the gym, bench pressing and doing push-ups as well as tricep pull-downs and dips.
5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019
The video marks Kaepernick’s first public comment about his future since settling his collusion case against the NFL and its ownership in February. In the grievance, Kaepernick, who was the first player to kneel during the national anthem to protest social and racial inequality, accused NFL owners of colluding to keep him out of the game.
Giants QB plan will ‘reveal itself’
The Giants’ quarterback situation will be an interesting one to watch this season as veteran Eli Manning enters his 16th season with New York and rookie Daniel Jones works to find his place. Coach Pat Shurmur said New York’s quarterback plan will “reveal itself” in the team’s preseason opener, though he hinted that there’s a possibility Jones could start over Manning.
“He’s a guy that will play,” Shurmur said (per the team’s official website). “I can tell you that for sure.”
Thursday’s preseason game against the Jets will give many a first look at Jones, who is expected to start the season behind Manning on the Giants’ depth chart. Running back Saquon Barkley has been impressed by the rookie, saying, “You can see his fire and competitiveness on the field.”
Two things that don’t matter
Patriots rookie QB Jarrett Stidham impressing at camp
Rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham is turning heads at Patriots’ training camp. He reported July 21 along with other rookies, and MassLive.com notes “no one has shown more growth than Stidham.” He went 8 for 8 during a joint practice between New England and the Lions, and Stidham has a 68% completion rate through 10 practices. For comparison: Tom Brady is at 58%.
But, Stidham likely won’t see much action during the regular season as a rookie. He joins the Patriots amid speculation around Brady’s long-term future with New England, but there’s no indication Stidham will replace Brady anytime soon.
Jalen Ramsey names two teams he’d consider if he leaves Jaguars
Jalen Ramsey named a couple of destinations he has in mind if he leaves the Jaguars — the Titans and the Raiders. Ramsey has stated in the past that he wants to stay in Jacksonville, but he recently said he doesn’t think the Jaguars will offer him the amount of money he’s looking for.
There’s been talk about Ramsey’s long-term future with the Jaguars for a while now as trade speculation started last season, though the team quickly shot those rumors down. Ramsey said earlier this offseason that he doesn’t think he’ll receive an extension in 2019.
One video you have to see
The Browns are going to be an intriguing team to watch this season as quarterback Baker Mayfield and receiver Odell Beckham Jr. have made a dominant duo at camp.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) August 6, 2019
Wednesday tweet of the day
During an autograph session with fans, Saints quarterback Drew Brees names his favorite sports movies.
What are @DrewBrees’ favorite sports movies?
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) August 7, 2019