Browns DL coach Clyde Simmons mentioned that sixth-round DT Caleb Brantley has flashed first-round talent at times during offseason workouts.
“Caleb is a unique personality and unique player,” Simmons said, via ClevelandBrowns.com. “He shows first-round talent at times … he’s just like any other young player that comes into this league. They’ve got an idea about what they want and what they think they can do, but you have to learn to play it the way we want you to play.”
Of course, Brantley fell to the sixth round after he was involved in an incident in which he was accused of assaulting a women in a Florida bar.
The battery case against Brantly was dismissed and he says he’s trying to show the kind of person he really is.
“I feel like I’m a genuine and great person. I’m out here playing football, the game that I love, and trying to take care of my mom and my brother,” Brantly said. “Obviously, everyone has their opinions on social media and stuff like that, but my teammates can speak for that and the people who know me.”
In an interview with WFAN on Thursday, new Giants WR Brandon Marshall said he had to leave the Jets and get away from that environment.
“Do what I did: Ask for a release, get out of there,” Marshall said, per Darryl Slater of NJ.com. “I just knew I couldn’t be in that environment. I think everyone knows the type of personality I am at this point in my career. I wouldn’t have made it through an entire season knowing that we didn’t have a chance. That’s all you want as a player. You just want a chance.”
- Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk wonders if Le’Veon Bell will show up in time for the start of training camp if he and the Steelers are unable to reach an agreement on a long-term deal by Monday’s deadline.
- Florio says it would be a surprise to see the two parties work out an agreement on a long-term extension in the next few days.
- Should Bell hold out of training camp, he could still earn the full $12.1 million as part of the franchise tag if he reports to the team in time for the start of the regular season.