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Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals says he doesn’t have the ‘desire to play right now.’

During an appearance on Sirius XM’s “Lets Go” with Jim Gray, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was asked about his future in the NFL, and he stated that he has no interest in playing this season.
GO TO FOXNEWS.COM FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE “To be honest with you, I simply don’t have the want to play right now,” Fitzgerald told NFL Network.
“I’m not sure how I’ll feel in September, October, or November, but right now, I just don’t feel like it.”
And I believe I must show respect for that.
“Football isn’t one of those games where you want to go out there and play without being totally engaged and ready to prepare and do the things that you need to do.” Fitzgerald hasn’t said whether he’ll return this season over the offseason.
Before to training camp, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury reportedly told Fitzgerald that the ball was in his court.
Meanwhile, Arizona bolstered its defense by bringing in veteran A.J. Hawk.
Green and the 2021 NFL Draft selection of Vanderbilt’s Rondale Moore
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Fitzgerald is the franchise’s all-time leader in catches (1,432), receiving yards (17,492), and receiving touchdowns (121) after spending his entire 17-year career with Arizona.
Fitzgerald has 54 receptions for 409 yards and one touchdown last season.

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What should we make of Ja’Marr Chase’s drops, according to Dehner Jr.?

Nobody is trying to make a big deal out of training camp.
Nobody wants to make a big deal out of two preseason games.
Every statement about a rookie’s play or a specific issue, especially one who took 2020 off, should be tempered with the patience of an eight-year-old. This is especially true of JaMarr Chase and the drops.
Three of them, as they were in the Washington Redskins’ 17-13 preseason loss on Friday.
Getting into a camp where the idea of Chase doing pushups after a play is all too frequent. First and foremost, be patient.
There’s no need to overthink his four career preseason targets as defining characteristics of his career.Second, and most importantly, let’s call Friday’s performance what it was: “That was disappointing,” head coach Zac Taylor said of his struggles with “throw and catch.”
It’s not that the problems won’t be rectified or that Chase won’t have time to continue to learn this playbook and the NFL game and gain confidence; it’s just that he didn’t take a step in the right direction on Friday.The explanations and quantifiers have all made sense.
Chase confessed that he was still getting used to the game’s mental reaction time last week.
In theory, the drop issue would have faded away by now, and you’d be talking about sessions like the one he had Monday, when he had three touchdown throws, all on contested catches.Instead, they continue to talk about the drop issue.
After a while, though, catching the ball becomes the most basic aspect of the job.
And the first game of the season is only three weeks away.

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The Chiefs’ reconstructed offensive line continues to dominate: Here are five things we learned from the team’s preseason win over the Cardinals.

Every NFL preseason game is a huge step toward the regular season, the games that count and decide a team’s success — or failure.The Chiefs came in Arizona on Thursday for their second of three exhibition games, and they left late Friday night after defeating the Cardinals, 17-10, in a victory that exhibited plenty of promising indicators.
12 arrives, and the Chiefs face the Cleveland Browns in their first regular-season game. O-linemen Smith and Niang were exceptionalOnce again, the most telling information gained by coach Andy Reid in this preseason game is that the Chiefs have done a good job rebuilding their offensive line.
The new lineman — left tackle Orlando Brown Jr., left guard Joe Thuney, rookie center Creed Humphrey, rookie right guard Trey Smith, and right tackle Justin Houston — had an extensive run of 32 snaps with superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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Jay Cutler was fired from an Uber promotion because to his opposition to the disguising of children.

Jay Cutler left the NFL to take on a new role as a man of the people.
After stating his ideas on school boards’ stringent mask regulations on minors, the unrepentant former quarterback — renowned for his strong arm and extraordinary guy energy — stated that he has been withdrawn from an Uber-NFL promotional campaign.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE FOXNEWS.COM SPORTS COVERAGE Cutler has referenced recordings of zealous parents, notably OutKick founder Clay Travis, who was grilled by the Williamson County Board on Tuesday, battling for their children’s right to avoid wearing masks and other PPE in the classroom.
All of this is based on CDC evidence that shows that children are safe from major COVID effects.
This week has seen a number of impassioned speeches on behalf of parents who are committed to fight school board policies that are not based on evidence.
Cutler, a father of three, has been a vocal opponent of mask mandates, putting him in hot water with firms that monitor behavior to maintain their monopoly on information.
Uber’s choice was clearly aimed at keeping the correct politics on board rather than allowing for a range of viewpoints in their promotions.
Cutler’s work with pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly has helped support children with diabetes — a demographic severely hit by COVID-19 — since 2009. While talking heads criticize Cutler for his “anti-science” remarks, his work with Eli Lilly has helped support children with diabetes — a demographic heavily impacted by COVID-19 — since 2009.
Cutler is the founder of the Jay Cutler Foundation, which has supported at-risk youngsters suffering in and out of high schools.
GET THE FOX NEWS APP HERE Although evidence on the hazards of COVID among children shows that the virus, in all of its forms, is less dangerous than regular flu seasons, firms like Uber are willing to ignore the data in order to create examples out of opposing viewpoints.
This does not appear to be the case.
Cutler, thankfully, appears unconcerned by Uber’s views, adding “Future School board member” to his Twitter account.
Keith Olbermann criticized Cutler’s views on kid masks, implying that the former quarterback said something correct.

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Best quarterbacks and sleepers to watch in college fantasy football in 2021

With the start of the college football season approaching, CFBDynasty has just announced their new college fantasy football rankings for 2021.
The heavily discussed quarterback position is at the top of these lists, and it’s critical for a successful NCAA fantasy football season.
While the list includes all of the top quarterbacks in the FBS, there are still some sleepers who will put up big numbers on Saturday!
Malik Willis, Liberty’s standout singnal-caller, is at the top of this list.
Willis, who racked up over 1,000 rushing yards and 2,300 throwing yards last season, exemplifies the value of a dual-threat quarterback.
Fantasy quarterbacks with an incredible number of passing attempts, yards, and touchdowns are produced by air-raid systems, and they have plenty of stand-alone value.
Nonetheless, Willis is Liberty’s primary offensive weapon, and he’ll undoubtedly put up big numbers this season.
Oklahoma’s gunslinger and former No. 1 overall pick
Spencer Rattler, the No. 1 overall recruit, is just behind him and will seek to win the Heisman Trophy in his second year as a starter.
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Laurent Duvernay-Tardif of the Kansas City Chiefs is out for four weeks due to a broken hand.

MOUNT JOSEPH
— A source told ESPN on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif will be out for around four weeks due to a broken bone in his hand.
Duvernay-Tardif will not require surgery, and the Chiefs are hopeful that he will be ready to play against the Cleveland Browns in Week 1 of the regular season.
12, according to the source.
The news of Duvernay-Tardif’s injury was first reported by NFL Network.
At training camp, Duvernay-Tardif was the second-team right guard behind rookie Trey Smith, a sixth-round draft pick.
Doctor Duvernay-Tardif skipped last season to assist COVID-19 patients while working as an orderly at a nursing home in his hometown of Montreal.
Duvernay-Tardif started 57 regular-season games and six playoff games for the Chiefs in the preceding five seasons.
In the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers, he started at right guard.
The Chiefs started training camp with no other candidate for the starting right guard position.
Kyle Long has yet to practice with the team during training camp after suffering a knee injury while working out during the offseason.

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Before the first session, Lions coach Dan Campbell couldn’t sleep.

Dan Campbell was so pumped up for his first practice with the Detroit Lions that he didn’t get any sleep the night before.
“Dude, I didn’t get any sleep at all,” Campbell admitted Wednesday morning.
“I have plenty of energy without sleep,” said the former New Orleans Saints assistant head coach, who was announced as the new Lions coach six months ago after signing a six-year contract.
In an eye-catching press conference, he declared the team will be tough, kicking teeth and biting kneecaps off.
Campbell’s zeal is undeniable, but the former NFL tight end also wants to enjoy the process of constructing a champion, and he urged his teammates to seize every opportunity.
At a team meeting Tuesday night, Campbell said, “Enjoy this journey we’re on.”
“We understand this is a high-stress situation, man, and it’s all about winning.”
It’s all about figuring out how to win.
It’s about overcoming hardship,” Campbell says. Campbell has a chance to turn around a team that has endured a lot of adversity over the last six decades.
The Lions have only won one postseason game since capturing the NFL championship in 1957, and that was more than three decades ago.
Over the last 20 years, Detroit has experienced 13 double-digit loss seasons, including the previous three.
With five games left in another disappointing season, the Lions halted their experiment of trying to mimic the New England Patriots’ success, sacking general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia.
The team opted to give Brad Holmes his first try at being an NFL general manager shortly before hiring Campbell.
Holmes spent eight years as the head of the Los Angeles Rams’ college scouting department and began his 18-year tenure with the team as a public relations intern, opting to work for the Rams over the Lions.
Campbell has 11 years of coaching experience in the NFL.
The former Texas A&M tight end played for the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Detroit Lions for 11 seasons, ending his career with an injury early in the 2008 season, when the Lions went on to post the league’s first 0-16 season.
Campbell, 45, joined his players for part of their conditioning drills at the first training camp practice, looking fit enough to play.
He fell to the ground and swiftly stood up, repeating the movement with the soldiers he is leading.
“A person who can get on that grind, get on his turf, and do the same routines can earn a lot of respect,” defensive end Michael Brockers said.
Brockers, who was acquired by Holmes in a March trade with the Rams, said he likes what he hears from Holmes, who is high-energy and humble.
“Everyone’s buying in,” Brockers said. “You can see a lot of young players buying him correct now because he comes in with the right mindset.”
“He is aware of the situation.”
He expects a lot from us, but he also understands what this grind is all about as a player.” Campbell got his first shot to manage an NFL squad in 2015 in Miami, when he went 5-7 with a 1-3 team before being promoted to interim coach.
For the first time in his career, he is an NFL coach at the start of a season.
“As a player, I was always eager, but this is different,” Campbell said.
“Maybe it affects you harder because it’s your team,” Campbell said, adding that over 80% of the team has been vaccinated.
“We get a few more every day,” he said.
“It’s going in the correct direction.”
C Evan Brown was placed on the active/non-football injury list, while LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Over the offseason, the Lions created a new position and hired mental skills specialist Dr.
Michelle Garvin, who worked at the University of Maryland in a similar capacity,
“So much has come to light on this,” Campbell added, “and that was one of the reasons we hired her.”
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Is signing Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones the correct decision for the Dolphins?

The Miami Dolphins couldn’t have predicted how things would turn out when they signed Pro Bowl cornerback Byron Jones to a huge contract last year.
The former Dallas Cowboys cornerback was acquired by the Fins to join fellow star cornerback Xavien Howard in forming one of the league’s scariest secondary units.
Regrettably, such has not been the case.
Instead, the Dolphins’ front staff is juggling a tangled contract scenario involving both players.
Byron Jones is the sixth most paid cornerback in the NFL. He inked a five-year, $82.5 million contract with Miami last year, which included a $10.5 million signing bonus and $54,375,000 in guaranteed money.
Jones will earn an average of $16.5 million per season under the new contract, making him the league’s sixth highest paid cornerback.
Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angeles Rams earns the greatest money, with $21 million per season.
Jones will earn a $14 million base salary and a signing bonus of roughly $2 million this season.
Xavien Howard is dissatisfied Xavien Howard was the greatest cornerback in the NFL in 2020.
With ten interceptions, the 28-year-old led the league for the second time in his career.
In his six seasons in the NFL, his cornerback partner Byron Jones has only four interceptions.
Howard, who boycotted all of Miami’s OTAs until reluctantly reporting to training camp this week to avoid the hefty fines he would face if he continued to hold out, is well aware of this.
Howard is seeking a new contract that reflects his outstanding performance; however, he only signed a five-year, $75.25 million pact with the team in 2019.
He issued a lengthy message on his social media platforms yesterday, stating why he is dissatisfied with the Miami Dolphins team.
Howard specifically mentioned the financial disparity between himself and Jones in his statement.
“I’m one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, and those who suggest otherwise are lying.”
The jobs I’m given, such as shadowing the opposition’s best players with a little assistance, demonstrate my worth, my value.
Despite this, I am my team’s second-highest aid cornerback, and it isn’t even close.
The two-time Pro Bowl cornerback is looking for a trade since the Dolphins are unlikely to offer him the huge contract he wants.
Should the Dolphins be kicking themselves for signing Byron Jones?
Yes, but not because Xavien Howard has demanded a move.
Miami will come to regret signing Byron because his performance has fallen far short of his compensation.
Jones has 37 tackles, four pass defenses, two interceptions, one forced fumble, and zero sacks in his first season with the Dolphins.
These aren’t bad numbers, but they’re not what the team would expect from the NFL’s fifth-best cornerback.
Especially when his teammate Xavien Howard outperformed him in every metric.
If Jones were to play at a Pro Bowl level, Howard would have lot less to complain about, and the club would be in a much better position.
Arnav Kholkar edited the piece.

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Before the first session, Lions coach Dan Campbell couldn’t sleep.

Dan Campbell was so pumped up for his first practice with the Detroit Lions that he didn’t get any sleep the night before.
“Dude, I didn’t get any sleep at all,” Campbell admitted Wednesday morning.
“I have plenty of energy without sleep,” said the former New Orleans Saints assistant head coach, who was announced as the new Lions coach six months ago after signing a six-year contract.
In an eye-catching press conference, he declared the team will be tough, kicking teeth and biting kneecaps off.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE FOXNEWS.COM SPORTS COVERAGE Campbell’s zeal is undeniable, but the former NFL tight end also wants to enjoy the process of constructing a champion, and he urged his teammates to seize every opportunity.
At a team meeting Tuesday night, Campbell said, “Enjoy this journey we’re on.”
“We understand this is a high-stress situation, man, and it’s all about winning.”
It’s all about figuring out how to win.
It’s about overcoming hardship,” Campbell says. Campbell has a chance to turn around a team that has endured a lot of adversity over the last six decades.
The Lions have only won one postseason game since capturing the NFL championship in 1957, and that was more than three decades ago.
Over the last 20 years, Detroit has experienced 13 double-digit loss seasons, including the previous three.
With five games left in another disappointing season, the Lions halted their experiment of trying to mimic the New England Patriots’ success, sacking general manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia.
The team opted to give Brad Holmes his first try at being an NFL general manager shortly before hiring Campbell.
Holmes spent eight years as the head of the Los Angeles Rams’ college scouting department and began his 18-year tenure with the team as a public relations intern, opting to work for the Rams over the Lions.
Campbell has 11 years of coaching experience in the NFL.
The former Texas A&M tight end played for the New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, New Orleans Saints, and Detroit Lions for 11 seasons, ending his career with an injury early in the 2008 season, when the Lions went on to post the league’s first 0-16 season.
Campbell, 45, joined his players for part of their conditioning drills at the first training camp practice, looking fit enough to play.
He fell to the ground and swiftly stood up, repeating the movement with the soldiers he is leading.
“A person who can get on that grind, get on his turf, and do the same routines can earn a lot of respect,” defensive end Michael Brockers said.
Brockers, who was acquired by Holmes in a March trade with the Rams, said he likes what he hears from Holmes, who is high-energy and humble.
“Everyone’s buying in,” Brockers said. “You can see a lot of young players buying him correct now because he comes in with the right mindset.”
“He is aware of the situation.”
He expects a lot from us, but he also understands what this grind is all about as a player.” Campbell got his first shot to manage an NFL squad in 2015 in Miami, when he went 5-7 with a 1-3 team before being promoted to interim coach.
For the first time in his career, he is an NFL coach at the start of a season.
GET THE FOX NEWS APP HERE “As a player, I was always delighted,” Campbell said, “but this is different.”
“Maybe it affects you harder because it’s your team,” Campbell said, adding that over 80% of the team has been vaccinated.
“We get a few more every day,” he said.
“It’s going in the correct direction.”
C Evan Brown was placed on the active/non-football injury list, while LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Over the offseason, the Lions created a new position and hired mental skills specialist Dr.
Michelle Garvin, who worked at the University of Maryland in a similar capacity,
“So much has come to light on this,” Campbell added, “and that was one of the reasons we hired her.”
“We felt it was critical that they have an outlet, someone they can talk to who understands,” said the group.

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Herschel Walker slams woke American Olympians, accusing them of “putting down the greatest country” while representing it.

Herschel Walker, a former Olympian and retired Dallas Cowboys running back, told “Hannity” on Monday that the U.S.
Athletes opposing their own country on the international stage are at the “wrong place at the wrong time,” according to Walker, who competed in the 1992 Albertville Games in France.
“Because we are the greatest country in the world, and we do have the proper to protest,” he said, “but I believe it is the wrong place and wrong time,” he added. “As a people, we must decide to elect the right people in office because if you get the right people into office and hold people accountable, we would not have these problems,” he added.
“If you read the Constitution, it talks about everything we want to fight about today — and right now, we have leaders that won’t hold people accountable, so I think that’s the difficulty we’re having,” Walker added.
“But this is the wrong place and the wrong time to [protest] because you are representing the United States of America,” Walker said, adding that his feelings are shared by the NFL, which has announced that “Lift Every Voice & Sing,” also known as the Black National Anthem, will be played before games this fall.
Walker, who is Black, described the shift as a “poor idea” that “opens a can of worms.” “We’ve got to represent the United States of America, and if you don’t like this nation, you don’t have to stay here,” he said.
Walker believes that athletes who protested racial injustice decades ago, such as U.S. athletes, should be remembered.
They were doing so in Mexico City in 1968 since they did not yet have the rights that they possess now.
Parts of the United States were still segregated at the time.
“Recall that there were separate bathrooms at the time.”
Many African-Americans were unable to eat in a restaurant.
They did protest, and now we have the opportunity to be treated fairly, but they are not honoring that and holding individuals accountable for what they are doing.” Presenter Sean Hannity also asked Walker about speculations that he is considering a U.S. presidential run.
In 2022, he will seek for Senate against liberal Democratic Sen.
Georgia’s Raphael Warnock
Walker, who grew up in Wrightsville, added he hasn’t decided whether to run yet and that if he does, it will be “on my timetable.” “Georgia has always been on my mind, that’s what people don’t realize,” he said, quoting Ray Charles’ famous lyric in rebuffing detractors who point to his Texas roots.
“And if people look back at anything I’ve ever stated, I’ve always said I’m a product of Georgia.”