The Morning Time Out – Fri April 17

The Morning Time Out rolls onto Friday and today we look at a potential reduced workload for Antonio Gates, the death of a Green Bay Packers legend and the Polish offensive lineman who should be letting his action on the field do the talking!

So let’s take a look at those headlines with my opinions thrown in for good measure!

Antonio Gates wants reduced workload

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates would like to see his workload reduced in 2015. Gates caught 69 passes for 821 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014. He said: “With injuries and whatnot, I played a little bit more than they expected me to play last season. I was playing the whole game. How I feel next year, it depends on how much volume they have me doing. I’d like to come in on third-and-7s, red zones, those situations. That’s what my contribution is at anyway.”

San Diego Chargers v. New Orleans Saints

Neil says:

“Gates certainly didn’t look his age in 2014 but a reduced role would make sense given that he turns 35 in June. But that, of course, depends on the Chargers finding some consistency from the younger and more athletic Ladarius Green, who I happen to think has a bright future when he finally steps into a primary role with the Chargers.”

Packers legendary PR man Lee Remmel dies at the age of 90

Lee Remmel, who worked for or around the Green Bay Packers for 62 years, has died at the age of 90. A giant of the business as a reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and in public relations with the Packers, Remmel was inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

Neil says:

“I was proud and honoured to work alongside Lee Remmel for a couple of years at Super Bowls in the United States. He was coming towards the end of his career in public relations and I was just starting out in mine but he always had time for a chat and a very wise word of advice here and there. His voice was a broadcaster’s dream and he would always work the microphone in the Super Bowl Media Center. One day, Nick Halling visited Lee Remmel’s desk and asked for me. Lee then put out a call for me over the public address system to come to the front desk of the Media Center. The reason? Nick said it was an honour for anyone to have their name called in such a manner by Lee Remmel. And he was right!!”

Polish giant is talking the talk

Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Babatunde Aiyegbusi may lack NFL experience but he doesn’t lack for confidence. The Polish rookie who played for the Dresden Monarchs of the German Football League has targeted Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, insisting he will “put J.J. Watt to the ground.”

Neil says:

“There is a wise old adage about how rookies in the NFL should let their play on the field do the talking. Aiyegbusi has the kind of confidence and fight that is to be admired in an offensive lineman and he has an imposing 6-foot-9 and 351-pound frame to help him out. But we’re talking J.J. Watt here folks and calling out the best defensive player in the game when you have zero snaps under your belt is questionable at best. But then maybe Aiyegbusi is smarter than we give him credit for – his comments have garnered him some nice attention and he can rest safe in the knowledge that Minnesota don’t have the Texans on their schedule this season.”

Thinking out loud…

It seems that the popular theory is for the Jacksonville Jaguars to select a defensive player with their first pick in the 2015 NFL Draft – third overall. But were they not already better in terms of rushing the passer in 2014? I wonder if the Jags will be tempted to go offense again, even if potentially higher-rated defensive players such as Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler are on the board? Would the Jags be tempted to find a true number one wide receiver in Amari Cooper or do they feel they have that guy already in house in Allen Robinson? Or do the Jags trade back and get more selections, particularly if some team wants to come up for Marcus Mariota? It is a fascinating spot for the Jags and could provide some real drama on Draft Day. Gus Bradley needs help on both sides of the ball but let’s bear this in mind – the Jags failed to score more than 25 points in any game last season and only four times reached the 20-point mark. It could be time to get Blake Bortles some help.







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