“Colby, you live on in our hearts. We will always speak your name.” That was the most emotional moment of what proved to be another annual wonderful August Saturday in Canton. Bryant Young. Tony Boselli. LeRoy Butler. Richard Seymour. Dick Vermeil. Cliff Branch. Sam Mills. Art McNally. We salute the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2022.
I saw a little bit of the Rams’ training camp practice Saturday on the NFL Network. Matthew Stafford threw the ball well, despite that mysterious and chronic elbow pain. The Rams were also delighted to have cornerback Jalen Ramsey back on the field for the first time since his offseason shoulder surgery.
But nobody was happier Saturday than the Saints. Yeah. That was Michael Thomas taking part in full speed 11 on 11 drills for the first time since the end of the 2020 season. Have I mentioned that the Saints are my “sleeper” team in the NFC?
The Giants’ very thin offensive line just got thinner. Rookie fifth-round draft pick Marcus McKethan is lost for the season with a torn right ACL.
Panthers coach Matt Rhule says he won’t name a starting quarterback until after the second preseason game. OK. I’ll do it for him. It will be Baker Mayfield.
The Cowboys’ defense is getting kinky. They showed one look Saturday in which not one player had a hand on the ground.
Right now three of the Bears’ top four wide receivers are out of action. That will not aid the development of QB Justin Fields.
If the Ravens are to extend their impressive but bizarre string of 20 straight preseason games, they will do so without Lamar Jackson, who will be held out of this week’s match with the Titans.
All the best to Astros manager Dusty Baker, who is battling COVID. Rally time, Dusty! Bench coach Joe Espada is running the show until Baker returns. Houston had won seven straight times in Cleveland dating back to July 31, 2019 until Saturday night’s 4-1 Guardian victory.