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What Players Can and Can’t-Do Under The NFL’s New Celebration Rules

The NFL was probably tired of everyone calling them the No Fun League, so they are allowing fun celebrations again after scores and turnovers. Don’t get too excited, because it wouldn’t be the NFL without some stupid and ridiculous rules attached. We dissected the new rules to see exactly what players can and can’t-do, so […]

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The NFL was probably tired of everyone calling them the No Fun League, so they are allowing fun celebrations again after scores and turnovers. Don’t get too excited, because it wouldn’t be the NFL without some stupid and ridiculous rules attached. We dissected the new rules to see exactly what players can and can’t-do, so let’s dive in, shall we?

For years the touchdown celebrations in the NFL were getting out of hand with props and gimmicks that were distracting from the game. So the NFL stepped in and made all celebrations other than spiking the ball and high fives illegal and subject to a 15-yard penalty. Then we were stuck in the doldrums for years as players were systematically penalized and dined for anything that showed any flare or originality.

Let’s face it, the NFL wanted a bland product that is palatable to the most people, so they watered down the product. As we have seen in the recent presidential election, our country is divided and certain people were not happy with excessive celebrations. Not even talking about the anthem protests, which is another whole ball of yarn but it still deals with similar issues.

Gladly the NFL woke up and realized the actual product is important and if its good, people will watch. They allowed celebrations back with restrictions but it has already improved ratings.

What you can and can’t-do are pretty funny actually…
-You can shoot the football like a basketball, but you can’t dunk it over the goal posts.
-You can’t shoot fake weaponry or throw the ball like a grenade, because of that would show violence…


This is the same NFL that has multiple teams with questionable mascots (I’m looking at you Washington and Kansas City), and a few teams with weapons that fire after scores (I’m looking at you Tampa and Minnesota). The NFL needs to chose if people can use weapons or not because the continued double standards are starting to get crazy. The NFL fined Washington CB Josh Norman for firing a fake Bow and Arrow but allows the Buccaneers to fire off a real cannon 7 times when they score a TD. Seems legit.


-You can jump into the stands and party with your entire team but you had better not twerk your butt in a sexual manner, that’s a penalty and a fine.
So if you do one pelvic thrust or booty shake you can get a 15-yard-penalty and a hefty fine.
-Don’t even think about using a prop or celebrating too long, that is excessive and will most likely get you a fine.


– Thankfully you and your teammates are allowed to do fun group celebrations, like when the Redskins intercepted a football and the team proceeded to frisk and arrest that player on the field. Talk about a protest celebration. I expect these players to get fined and the NFL will obviously be cracking down on these type of celebrations.

The NFL may have loosened up the strings a little bit, just don’t forget who runs the show and who writes the checks…

 

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Cowboys Release Dez Bryant

The Dallas Cowboys have officially released wide receiver Dez Bryant after 8 seasons with the team.  

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The Dallas Cowboys have officially released wide receiver Dez Bryant after 8 seasons with the team.

Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones release a statement saying, “As an organization, we hold Dez Bryant in the highest regard, and we are grateful for his passion, spirit, and contributions to this team for the past eight years. He will always be a valued member of our family.” The move will save the Cowboys $8 million in salary cap space, which is likely the main reason it was done.

Bryant had a well-documented career in Dallas with plenty of highs and his fair share of lows. Like many high-profile receivers, he was known for his passion, intensity, and, at times, sideline outburst. But his talent and, more importantly, his production on the field is undeniable. For most of his time in Dallas, he was one of the best receivers in the NFL. In case you disagree, let’s take a look at the numbers.

He played in a total of 113 games for the Cowboys. In that time he recorded 513 receptions, 7,459 yards (5th in franchise history) and a franchise-record 73 touchdowns. Those are numbers any team would be happy with. And despite today’s decision, it’s safe to assume that the Cowboys were.

“This was not an easy decision,” Jones added. “It was made based upon doing what we believe is in the best interest of the Dallas Cowboys. We arrived at this crossroad collectively with the input from several voices within the organization. Ultimately we determined it was time to go in a new direction.” And that new direction could be waiting for them in the upcoming NFL Draft.

 

There are a handful of receivers in the 2018 draft that the Cowboys might now go after, including Maryland’s D.J. Moore, Oklahoma State’s James Washington, and the biggest name of all, Alabama’s Calvin Ridley. Could we see one of them wearing a Cowboys jersey next season? Time will only tell. At least we know that #88 is available.

 

Bryant will now begin the process of looking for a new team. And while someone will definitely sign him, some teams might not be as excited to sign him as he may like. In the last few seasons, he has missed significant time thanks to a broken foot in 2015 and a tibial plateau fracture in 2016. So there is definitely a risk there. But it’s not far-fetched to think that Bryant still has at least a couple good seasons left in him. And it’s not at all far-fetched to think that no matter who he signs with, he will be going into next season with the biggest chip that his shoulder has ever seen.

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Ravens Sign Robert Griffin III To A One-Year Deal

The Baltimore Ravens announced via Twitter earlier today that they have signed former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III to a one-year deal. 

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The Baltimore Ravens announced via Twitter earlier today that they have signed former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III to a one-year deal. Griffin last played for the Browns in 2016. Sadly, his season was riddled with injuries and he was not brought back. So, despite his previous status as a star, this seems like a strange move by the Ravens to sign a quarterback that didn’t even practice with a team last season.

All signs point to Griffin backing up longtime Ravens quarterback, Joe Flacco. But this could be the perfect situation for RG3, as Flacco is quickly approaching retirement and could easily be looking at a make-or-break season in Baltimore. Maybe this is just the chance Griffin was hoping for and we’ll be seeing a lot of him this coming season. And while getting that chance would be great for Griffin, no one, not even Baltimore, has any idea how such a scenario would play out.

When Griffin burst onto the NFL scene with the Washington Redskins in 2012, he immediately started to put up big numbers and, more importantly, win games. He quickly became the saving grace for a franchise that had been struggling for a while. He ended up throwing twenty touchdowns and only five interceptions as part of an impressive rookie season that won him the Offensive Rookie of the Year.

But the season ended in pain and heartbreak as he came back from a knee injury too quickly and made the injury even worse. No one could have guessed it would be his only successful year in the NFL. The injuries kept piling up and slowly but surely Kirk Cousins began taking snaps away from Griffin. By 2015 Cousins was the starter and Griffin spent the entire season as a backup.

After that season, Washington made the not-so-difficult decision to release Griffin and he signed with the Browns. It was supposed to be a fresh start for the once highly touted quarterback. He was going to revive his career and he was going to take one of the longest struggling franchises of all time with him. But that never happened. In fact, just the opposite did.

Injuries continued to plague Griffin and he played in just five games in a season in which the Browns didn’t win a single game. At the end of the season, the Browns took a play out of the Redskins book and made the similarly not-so-difficult decision to release him.

Now, once again, Griffin has a chance to revive his career. Let’s just hope, for his sake, he gets a chance to prove that he’s still got something left in the tank. And, maybe more importantly, let’s hope that his knees let him.

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Gronkowski Set To Return Next Season

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington has reason to believe that Rob Gronkowski will be back next season, according to communications with people close to Gronk.

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Rob Gronkowski is one of the most famous and recognizable stars in the entirety of the NFL thanks to his career spent with Tom Brady and the always successful New England Patriots. But following the Patriots Super Loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Gronkowski revealed that he was already considering retirement despite his young age.

We can’t blame Gronkowski for thinking about it. He’s a huge guy so he’s already putting a lot of strain on his body just working as hard as he does. But on top of that, his success on the field has led to teams doing whatever they can to punish him every time he comes across the field. So these days, especially with all the focus on CTE and other brain damage that can come from the game, it makes perfect sense that he’s considering retirement.

But ESPN’s Jeff Darlington has reason to believe that he will be back next season, according to communications with people close to Gronk. There has been no official statement made from Gronkowski’s team as of yet, but all signs point to him returning, assuming Tom Brady does the same.

The other major factor here that can’t be ignored, is Gronkowski’s social media presence. He’s regularly seen partying hard all around the world, which has to bother both owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick. But more recently he has sent out some bother tweets, including one to Danny Amendola that read “Be FREE, Be HAPPY” after he signed a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins. Implying that Gronk doesn’t feel either free or happy in New England.

There were also reports during last year’s training camp that Gronkowski wasn’t happy and was already considering retirement back then. So regardless of if he comes back next season or not, it seems like tensions between him and the Patriots organization are already high. But assuming both he and Brady are back next season, it’s safe to assume they will yet again be at the top of the league all year long.

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