“Teammates are beginning to speak out about the need for Bosa to sign a contract and get into training camp.”
- Curtis Crabtree, ProFootballTalk
Former Ohio State Buckeye Joey Bosa remains the only draft pick from the 2016 NFL Draft that has yet to be signed. From the looks of things, that doesn’t seem like it will change anytime soon, and now according to ProFootballTalk, his teammates are starting to speak up over his absence. Typically you don’t see a rookie holdout at all, so for this to be happening isn’t totally ordinary.
A pair of Bosa’s teammates, Corey Liuget and King Dunlap both spoke out about Bosa’s holdout. Liuget noted that the time to get adjusted to the NFL would hurt him the longer he held out, while Dunlap added that he’s missing “critical” time with the team. “The most valuable things he’s missing right now is reps,” Dunlap said via PFT. “Being a rookie you don’t know the rigors of what the season brings. I hope he gets everything done and settled so he can get into work.” Hopefully Bosa and the Chargers are able to meet in the middle sooner rather than later.
“Undrafted free agent rookie receiver Jalin Marshall is making some noise in the early stages of training camp, catching the eye of his receiver counterparts.”
- Ethan Greenberg, NewYorkJets.com
Jalin Marshall went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft that was dominated by the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a versatile player while in Columbus, and apparently his style is wearing off on his teammates with the New York Jets. He’s received high praise from wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who told Greenberg, “I’m in love with Jalin, simple as that.” That’s a pretty good start for the rookie, receiving love like that from one of the team’s biggest pieces.
Brandon Marshall also told Greenberg, “I love when a young guy comes in and is a sponge of the game. He wants to learn everything and figure out what his craft is. That’s how you have success in this league because physically everyone’s got it. It’s mentally that separates you and keeps the longevity of your career.” That assessment of Jalin sure sounds like something that you would expect out of an Urban Meyer coached player. His craftiness at Ohio State will help him find his way in the NFL game quicker than if he had been a one-dimensional player, so hopefully he’s able to make some noise this season and become one of the better stories in the league.
“Everyone knew it didn't work because Meyer finally changed it after the Michigan State loss [...] Now Meyer has admitted he got it wrong.”
- Doug Lesmerises, Northeast Ohio Media Group
Watching the Ohio State Buckeyes last season was frustrating for the first 10 games. The Buckeyes won most of their games by good, considerable margins, but the product never looked complete out on the field. It finally caught up with them when Michigan State came to Columbus, and ruined the Buckeyes’ chances at repeating as national champions. Meyer changed things up after the loss, and as Lesmerises notes, Meyer has owned up to it. "That was one of the mistakes I probably made a year ago," Meyer said at Big Ten Media Days in Chicago last week, per Lesmerises.
Urban Meyer is a smart guy, and a great football coach. You know you messed up when one of your best players gets the nerve to actually speak out against the playcalling after a game. But as Lesmerises points out, after some self-evaluation, Meyer was able to come to terms with his mistakes, and learn from them. He’s also taken most of the blame off of Tim Beck’s shoulders because his choices affect Beck’s. But all of that seemed to be figured out at the end of next season, and even J.T. Barrett told Lesmerises that Beck seems more comfortable and relaxed. Hopefully that results in some high-flying offense this season in Columbus.
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