The start of the NFL season means many fans are putting out their football decorations, changing their social media pictures to support their team, and repping them in any way possible. For Chicago Bears receiver Allen Robinson, he did the complete opposite by removing all ties to the team on his social media pages.
Robinson, who has been the talk of the town all offseason as fans have pined Bears general manager Ryan Pace to extend their bona fide receiver, has subtly (and not so subtly at times) dropped hints on his desire for a contract extension. The latest came on Monday night as fans noticed some differences on his Twitter and Instagram pages.
Robinson’s Instagram feed only shows personal photos and his Bears-related bio and cover photo on Twitter was changed.
Normally, this activity goes over many people’s heads. After all, Robinson did change his Bears cover photo to a Black Lives Matter graphic, which he did to show support for the movement and would usually be seen as just that.
But Robinson’s social media activity has been questionable as it relates to his feelings on a potential extension. In the last couple of weeks, he’s sent out messages that could be taken as him being unhappy with his current situation. Robinson also “liked” a few Tweets recently that suggests he may be wanting out of Chicago.
Robinson knew what he was doing when he joined the Bears in 2018. The former Pro-Bowl receiver signed a three-year, $42 million deal at age 24 from Jacksonville, ensuring he would be able to sign another lucrative deal while very much still in his prime. Now in the final year of that deal, many hope he can still sign a long-term contract in Chicago, including one teammate.
Receiver/running back Cordarrelle Patterson continues his efforts to land his fellow receiver a contract extension, this time tweeting Robinson and tagging the Bears to pay the man his money.
Patterson, who is also in the final year of his contract after signing with the Bears in 2019, is more concerned with his teammate’s situation. Who can blame him?
In two full seasons, Robinson has totaled 153 catches for 1,901 yards and 11 touchdowns. He was the Bears’ offensive MVP last season, accounting for nearly one third of the team’s receiving yards, and was the only consistent threat in the passing game. He started off the 2020 season in good shape as well, catching five passes for 74 yards in Sunday’s win.
What’s more, Robinson was the Bears’ 2019 nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, an honor given to one player for his leadership and contributions to the community. Using his Within Reach Foundation, Robinson is contributing on and off the field in many ways.
Bears fans, teammates and Robinson himself are pushing for a deal to get done. However, now that the season has begun, it’s difficult to see the Bears working out an extension with their WR1 until the offseason comes around. Robinson appears willing to wait at this point. He knows he’ll get paid, but will it be by the Bears?
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‘I know I still have a lot left in the tank’
Devonta Freeman said he was in a Philadelphia hotel room on Sunday after he had visited with the Eagles. He was watching their game on television when he saw breaking news flash across his screen. Giants running back Saquon Barkley had suffered a knee injury, and it was clear it could be a serious one.
Released by the Falcons after six seasons in Atlanta, the running back bided his time, weighing offers from multiple teams, in search of the right opportunity. With Barkley officially out for the remainder of the season, Freeman found what he was looking for and within 72 hours, he was north on I-95 and clad in blue and white.
“I just think a lot of situations didn’t fit me and fit what I want to do,” Freeman said of his search for the right team. “I know I still have a lot left in the tank. I just want to go out and play football and have fun. This was the right opportunity at the right time. I’m just going to continue to compete and work and try to get better.”
Freeman made back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2015 and 2016, when he combined for over 3000 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns. Inuries held him to just two games in 2018, but was still effective in 2019, rushing for 656 yards and picking up 410 more through the air.
But staring a big cap hit in the face, the Falcons released Freeman in March prior to the start of the season.
“I understand the game and I understand the business,” Freeman said. “As always, business decisions have to be made. I just do my part, come to work every day and leave my best out there on the practice field or the game field. Whatever I’m asked to do, I try to take advantage of the opportunity, whether it’s pass catching, running or blocking. I just want to contribute as much as I can.“
There’s a chance Freeman could be asked to do a lot, in fact. Dion Lewis has always been at his best when he can be used as a change-of-pace back, while Wayne Gallman has been inconsistent at times and was inactive for the team’s Week 2 game against Chicago. While he’s only 28 years old, there may be some wear on Freeman’s tires, so to speak, but he thinks his body is in good shape.
“It’s all up to you and the way you take care of your body,” Freeman said. “You can do maintenance on your body. You can be as young as you want to be. I’ve seen guys who’ve been around this league for a very long time and studied how they took care of their body. That’s the same with me. I’m just copying those guys and adjusting to my game plan.”
What’s in the Giants’ game plan for Freeman remains to be seen, but he looks to be coming into that locker room with a positive attitude, despite his new team’s 0-2 record.
“There’s a lot of ball left,” Freeman said. “There’s a lot of games to be played. I’m fortunate and blessed to be on this team. It’s a young team and I’m happy about the opportunity. I’m just here to help contribute as much as I can and be a part of this team.”
Padraig Harrington lifts giant tree branch to play shot at Irish Open
Rule 15.1 of the Rules of Golf permits that golfers can “remove a loose impediment without penalty anywhere on or off the course and may do so in any way.”
This includes boulders a la Tiger Woods at the 1999 Phoenix Open. This also covers large tree branches – branches like the one Padraig Harrington and his caddie, Ronan Flood, removed Thursday at the Irish Open.
Harrington had missed the fairway badly on the par-5 10th hole during his opening round at Galgorm Castle Golf Course in Ballymena, his ball ending up in some thick brush under a tree. However, Harrington noticed that one of the branches – a very large one at that – had fallen off, hence making it a loose impediment.
So, Harrington and Flood teamed up to do a bit of landscaping, carrying the branch away from the area so that he could hit the shot.
Despite the hard work, Harrington, who was supposed to have been captaining the European Ryder Cup team this week at Whistling Straits, ended up making double bogey on the hole en route to an opening 1-over 71.
Experts reveal their DFS lineups
Week 3 of the 2020 Fantasy Football season is here, and our six experts have revealed whom they would choose in their Yahoo Daily Fantasy lineups this week using a budget of $200. The ultimate goal: To build the perfect lineup.
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Will this be the Allen Robinson breakout game against the Falcons? Will Mo Alie-Cox repeat his surprising Week 2 production? Our experts are banking on it for Week 3.
You’ll also find a lot of Derrick Henry, Russell Wilson, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense in their lineups:
What do you think of their squads? Let us know which you would choose in the comments and @YahooFantasy!
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