-It's official, Bruce Ellington and Jerryd Hayne are for-real rivals. Australia's Daily Telegraph paints Bruce Ellington as the villain, jealous of Haynemania running wild. In truth, though, Ellington's quotes could be read in a certain way.
"Like after last Friday’s final pre-season game against San Diego. When, with a mass of journalists encircling Hayne at his locker, Ellington sat just outside the crush and cackled: 'Hey, I’m here ... I’m here too, you know'."
Having their lockers right next to each other probably doesn't help. I get wanting to instill some healthy competition, but if you're going to keep them on the same team, you need to make sure they both realize they'll have value and a role on the team.
-Captain Munnerlyn spoke honestly about his down year in his debut season with the Minnesota Vikings. Now, as he moves to Nickel back, he reflected on his first season with no excuses.
"Every athlete goes through a year [like] I had. I didn't have the best year, I came out and said that several times. But it wasn't the worst year - it could have been worse. I made a couple plays here and there but the old Captain Munnerlyn is still in there and I'm ready to show it this Monday night."
It's always good to see a veteran like Munnerlyn both admit to his worse play but also make genuine strides and earn a starting spot on a team. Good for Cap.
-Darian Stewart is more vengeful about redeeming himself. After the Baltimore Ravens declined to resign him, Stewart will now start for the Denver Broncos in their opener against Baltimore. Stewart was refreshingly honest, but also totally pissed.
"'I ain't going to say it's not personal,' Stewart said. 'But I just want to win. It's a business league. I want to help these boys get to the "ship."'"
"I ain't going to say it's not personal" literally means "I'm going to say it's personal." So yeah, that's pretty baller. Good for Darian. People don't seem to realize that in sports, things can be both business and personal at the same time. When work takes up so much of a person's life, how could it not blend the two together?
* = Practice Squad
+ = Injured