The NFL careers of Saquon Barkley and Sam Darnold are likely to be linked for a long time.
They were the second and third players picked in the NFL Draft, and both will play in New York – Barkley for the Giants and Darnold for the Jets – where they will be under intense media scrutiny in the nation’s largest media market.
In a win-now mode and hoping to get a few more years out of Eli Manning, the Giants took the running back.
The Jets, who had traded up to get the third pick, then grabbed Darnold to be their quarterback of the future.
Barkley figures to have a more immediate impact. He’ll start the opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars — if he’s healthy. He ran 39 yards on his first carry from scrimmage in the first preseason game against Cleveland, but suffered a mild hamstring strain after making a fingertip catch of a pass in practice on Aug. 13. The Giants say he is day to day.
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The Philadelphia Eagles seemed set at the quarterback position this year when they decided to keep Nick Foles.
They brought back Foles a year ago on a two-year deal at $13 million as an insurance policy in case Carson Wentz was injured.
They cashed in that policy when Wentz went down late in the year and Foles led them to a Super Bowl victory.
Suddenly, Foles’ value went up.
But Foles couldn’t go anywhere because he’s under contract this year at $7 million, and the Eagles decided not to trade him.
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In football and in life, few people have hit the lottery the way Steve Smith Sr. has.
Smith played 16 years in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens, gaining 14,271 receiving yards and 81 receiving touchdowns while making five Pro Bowls and earning two All-Pro honors.
“Pretty good, right?’’ he said in a letter that was posted on NFL.com.
But the letter wasn’t about his success on the field. It was to reveal that Smith suffered from depression despite all of his success on the field.
It’s easy to think the people suffer from depression are dealing with failure. But it happens to successful people, too.
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It would seem likely that a Super Bowl loser would have a good shot at returning to the Super Bowl the following year and winning it.
They have the incentive of overcoming the loss the previous year to give them motivation.
And that’s what often happened in the early days of the Super Bowl.
The Dallas Cowboys lost to the then-Baltimore Colts in the fifth Super Bowl, then beat the Miami Dolphins in the sixth one. The Dolphins then came back in 1972 and had their unbeaten season and won the seventh Super Bowl.
Believe it or not, that is the last time a Super Bowl loser has won it the next year.
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The Buffalo Bills have been looking for a franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season.
Thirteen passers have started five or more games for the Bills since Kelly retired — and none of them could fill Kelly’s shoes.
Now they have three candidates to become the 14th starter in that procession this year. Will one of them finally be The Answer?
It’s too early to tell, but the Bills’ nightmare scenario is that none of the three turns out to be the long-term answer, even though they made a big investment at the position in the offseason.
The 13th was Tyrod Taylor, who took them to the playoffs with a 9-7 mark last year, but sealed his fate with a poor performance in the postseason loss at Jacksonville and was traded to Cleveland, where he is now the starter.
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