Jerry Jones hopeful NFL will clear Randy Gregory to play in 2018

Jerry Jones is hopeful NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reinstates Cowboys defensive end Randy Gregory for the 2018 season. Gregory is in the process of applying for reinstatement after serving a suspension of more than a year.

“I am not confident [in Gregory being reinstated], but I do see where his heart is,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He is one the smartest people to have played this game. This is a tremendous step. He has had that same IQ since he has had these issues. That’s an issue. This is definitely a medical issue. There is no doubt in my mind about the medical. That is another campaign.

“He is really a good person. That goes a long way,” Jones said. “He is smart. That is redeeming. Is there a chance he could get this figured out and be accountable and responsible? There is. Oh, there is one other little thing: He is one helluva football player.”

“It’s kind of unbelievable to me. We’re talking about a position that’s needed more and more on the field in today’s game. There are about five or six valuable starting safeties in free agency right now. But I guess it’s just trying to get us to take peanuts like the rest of them have. That’s just the business of the game.”

Boston’s astute to realize what’s happening. Of the 11 players remaining in the PFT Top 100 Free Agent list, four are safeties, including him, Kenny Vaccaro, Eric Reid and Tyvon Branch.

While Tyrann Mathieu got a decent one-year deal for the Texans, the three-year deals for Kurt Coleman in New Orleans and Morgan Burnett were well short of expectations. But with Seattle’s Earl Thomas on the trade block, the market is still slow for players who have an impact.

The 25-year-old Boston is coming off career highs in tackles (79), pass break-ups (eight) and interceptions (five) with the Chargers, and said he hasn’t gotten an offer he finds adequate after some early interest from the Cardinals, Raiders, Browns, and Giants.flames_001

Watch: NFL to run unity-themed ad during ‘Sunday Night Football’

The NFL will air a one-minute commercial Sunday night that emphasizes togetherness in its ranks.

Commissioner Roger Goodell tweeted a link to the ad Sunday morning on a day that figures to feature unprecedented player demonstrations after three days of criticism by President Donald Trump. The spot will run during NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” broadcast of the Redskins-Raiders game.

“Inside these lines, we don’t have to come from the same place to help each other reach the same destination,” the voiceover on the ad says. “Inside these lines, we may have our differences, but recognize there’s more that unites us.”

The Pittsburgh running game, on the other hand, is still waiting to kick things off. It’s too simplistic to say that Le’Veon Bell’s holdout has kept him from showing off his best work to start the season, but the superstar back hasn’t been as productive as anyone would like so far. Through three games, Bell has just 180 yards on 52 carries, which is under 3.5 yards per attempt.

It didn’t help that the Steelers were without right tackle Marcus Gilbert, who was sidelined by a hamstring injury. Even if Gilbert is slow to get back, the Bell breakout should be coming. The last time he didn’t make it over 200 yards in a three-game stretch was during the middle of last season. Bell followed it with four consecutive 100-yard games, including a 236-yard shellacking of the Bills. He’s too good to keep down for long.

While the Bears left seven points on the field with the bizarre Cooper fumble and a missed field goal, they rode their luck to win this one. Chicago should have been down 7-0 after the first play from scrimmage, as Martavis Bryant ran right past Cooper for what should have been a 75-yard touchdown pass to start the day, only for Ben Roethlisberger to overthrow his speedy wide receiver.
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