Every New York Jets player, coach and staff member linked arms during the anthem. Acting owner Christopher Johnson, the younger brother of owner Woody Johnson, was among them.
For the first time, there were players on the New York Giants — Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins — who knelt during the anthem. Other players stood with arms locked.
More than 10 Kansas City Chiefs players sat during the anthem. On the opposing sideline, most Los Angeles Chargers players locked arms, a few sat down and one — Melvin Ingram — took a knee.
Signed following his surprising preseason release by New York, Pennington possessed the veteran poise and leadership the Dolphins desperately needed under center coming off a 1-15 record the prior year. The 2008 Dolphins went 11-5 and reached the playoffs as Pennington completed 67.4 percent of his passes with just seven interceptions.
Any shot at Pennington holding off 2008 second-round draft pick Chad Henne from assuming his starting spot ended with shoulder injuries in 2009 and 2010. Pennington then retired following a torn ACL suffered in a pickup basketball game during the 2011 offseason.
Baltimore also is now the first team since the 1992 Steelers to record at least four interceptions in the first two games of a season. Carr did his part with a fourth-quarter pick of Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer that helped Baltimore keep Cleveland (0-2) scoreless on its final four possessions.
That doesn’t mean the Steelers defensive end has forgotten his roots.
Heyward’s inspiration to play football came from his late father. Craig Ironhead Heyward not only forged an 11-year career (1988-98) as a big-bodied running back. His size and fun-loving personality also helped Hayward become a cult figure whose popularity led to a memorable soap commercial.
Although his father died from cancer in 2006 at age 39, Cam Heyward said Wednesday he continues to hear fun stories about Ironhead to this day.
Just a couple weeks ago, a woman was able to hand me some photos of my dad from when he was in college, Heyward told co-host Gil Brandt and me on SiriusXM NFL Radio. One of them was with him wearing these short, skinny jean shorts.
Aside from the Cousins situation, Green endorses the recent youth movement in Washington, as well as the changing of its locker room culture. The Redskins over the past couple seasons have gone the way of building through the draft and also have found pieces via undrafted free agency.
In particular, Green likes the fact that his old team has eschewed some of the trouble-makers on the roster.
Character is a big thing for Green, now 57. In his partnership with the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Centene, Green is backing the Strong Youth, Strong Communities program. He said the goal is to establish what he calls a non-negotiable foundation to make their own stances and beliefs based on what is good and right; what will help them and their friends be successful.
Jay Cutler started for the Dolphins on Sunday, and out came the old Jay Cutler jokes.
But make no mistake: Miami is not Chicago, and this Jay Cutler is not that Jay Cutler.
Well, he kind of is, because he’s playing for Adam Gase again. But that’s the only similarity. Cutler was paid well as a suddenly-wanted quarterback to elevate a playoff team. His situation with the Dolphins is a lot different than being a lame duck with little support on a lost Bears team.
The most talked-about throw Cutler made in his Dolphins debut, a 19-17 win over the Chargers, is one that didn’t land anywhere near intended wide receiver Kenny Stills … or in bounds. His Hail Mary fail on his final pass attempt of the first half got way too much attention given what he did near the end of the second half.
The Jets have been burned by workhorse and speed backs early, and Jay Ajayi is both of those rolled up into one premier package. While Jay Cutler won’t need to do much and will keep it simple playing off Ajayi, Josh McCown (Cutler’s former backup in Chicago) will have trouble doing much with limited time on the field.
This is not a misprint. In a battle of winless teams, Cleveland is in the rare position of being a road favorite. The Browns have been competitive early, and the Colts fought as much as they could in Week 2. Go horseshoes over lucky dogs, with a winning kick from venerable Adam Vinatieri in a non-shootout between Jacoby Brissett and DeShone Kizer.