Around the AFC North: Antonio Brown calls out Le’veon Bell

capitals-321OTAs kicked off last week in the NFL, and the AFC North produced some interesting storylines. That includes Joe Flacco being a little overeager about one of his new receivers, the Steelers fighting among themselves, and the Browns are the ones doing something productive by helping out one of their former first round picks.

The Ravens sought to correct this though after watching Flacco fail miserably for years to elevate any sort of receiver talent on the roster. They brought in John Brown and Ryan Grant Michael Crabtree this offseason. Flacco already seems sold on Crabtree after only practicing with him a few times:

Woah slow down a little Flacco. You probably haven’t even met his family yet. In all seriousness though, I get you want to talk positively about a guy early on. However, everyone is still basically in shorts, and Crabtree had a real drop off season last year, only catching 58 passes and barely passing 600 yards last season.

However Giuliani did see the Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox, 9-6, on May 10th.

However, Trump probably wasn’t referencing the Eagles when he tweeted the part about players remaining in the locker room during The Star-Spangled Banner. That was the most prominent of the NFL’s half-measures to make its anthem legislation not seem so callous about social justice. And now it’s something Trump can use as a weapon. Sorry!

Last September, when the NFL responded to Trump’s harsh and profane criticism of these protests with resistance and displays of unity before its Week 3 games, I wrote that the league had won the absurd weekend scuffle by presenting the value of teamwork and compassion. But it was merely one battle; Trump wanted a war, and the issue was too divisive for the league to tolerate for long. Instead of staying connected to the players, the owners used Week 3 as a stunt, nothing more than an ego-driven reaction to Trump telling them what to do, and as soon as it was over, they started quietly pondering how to satisfy and silence the president.

Steelers add 13 undrafted free agents after draft

The Steelers signed 13 rookie free agents after the draft ended on Saturday and three of them will be staying in Pennsylvania after playing their college ball in the state.

Wide receiver Quadree Henderson has the shortest trip of the trio. He played at Pittsburgh and returned a pair of punts for touchdowns during the 2017 season. He had seven return touchdowns over the course of his career, so he should get a look on special teams once he starts practicing with the team.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia, as well as the team’s leadership, released statements late Wednesday evening reacting to The Detroit News’ report Patricia had been indicted, but not tried, for an alleged sexual assault in 1996.

As someone who was falsely accused of this very serious charge over 22 years ago, and never given the opportunity to defend myself and clear my name, I find it incredibly unfair, disappointing, and frustrating that this story would resurface now with the only purpose being to damage my character and reputation, Patricia wrote in a statement.

With no teams showing significant interest in Bryant, maybe he eventually decides to take the veteran minimum simply to prove his Dallas doubters wrong. And maybe, if he’s willing to play for the minimum, other currently uninterested teams in the NFC East suddenly will become very interested.

Regardless of whether (and where) Bryant finds a team, a frank explanation of how and why Dez no longer has it serves no purpose for the Cowboys. If he truly no longer has it, that will become clear in 2018. If he still does, the Cowboys will look bad, and Dez will be feeling pretty good.

The other thing I’ve learned about quarterbacks that’s super important—as long as they’re your quarterback, even if you have stretches where you’re angry with them, they need to know you believe in them. Eli needs to feel that we believe in him, because we do. The Giants have done more than told the world that now; they’ve shown it. And that sets up an interesting couple years for a proud franchise looking to rebound.broncos_123_b362a4698d66a5eb-180x180