The Morning Time Out – Thurs April 23

The Morning Time Out returns with news of a veteran wide receiver signing in Miami, some confident talk from Detroit’s Wembley-bound defensive back and a 10-game suspension for Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy.


So let’s take a look at those stories, with my views thrown in for good measure!


Dolphins sign Greg Jennings


The Wembley-bound Miami Dolphins have signed wide receiver Greg Jennings to a two-year deal worth $8 million. The 31-year-old former Green Bay Packers star played for the Minnesota Vikings most recently, catching 59 passes for 742 yards and 6 touchdowns in 2014.

Neil-Reynolds-and -Greg- Jennings

Neil says:

“I love this signing. The speed in Jennings’ legs may be going but he brings veteran leadership, depth and some mentoring to an overhauled and young Miami receiving corps that features Jarvis Landry (22 years old), Kenny Stills (23) and Rishard Matthews (25). Those talented young pups can now learn from a true professional. Miami may yet draft another young receiver next weekend, but Jennings will still have a key role to play in 2015.”


Glover Quin is talking the talk


The release of the NFL schedule on Tuesday has put Detroit Lions Pro Bowl safety Glover Quin and he is boldy predicting his team will be 7-1 by the time they have played the Kansas City Chiefs at Wembley Stadium on Sunday November 1. The Lions face San Diego, Minnesota, Denver, Seattle, Arizona, Chicago, Minnesota and Kansas City in the first half of the season.


Neil says:

“You’ve got to love the confidence and Glover Quin is good enough to back up his talk on the field, but this is a bold prediction indeed. Quin is basically half-conceding the game at Seattle and expecting the Lions to win everything else. That probably won’t happen but I don’t have a problem with him saying that – if he and his team-mates are not going out to win every time they step on the field, that would be a bigger problem for the Lions.”


Hardy suspended for 10 games


The NFL has suspended Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Hardy for 10 games without pay for conduct detrimental to the league. Hardy, who will appeal the decision, is eligible to return to action for the Cowboys’ Week 12 Thanksgiving Day match-up with the Carolina Panthers – Hardy’s former team. The decision came following a two-month investigation by the league into Hardy’s domestic violence incident last year involving ex-girlfriend Nicole Holder.


Neil says:

“Given the NFL’s heightened focus on domestic violence cases and the overall image of the league, few can be surprised or disappointed with this news. The Cowboys themselves expected the decision and owner Jerry Jones said he respects it. Dallas will still have themselves a fine pass-rusher for six crucial regular season games and the all-important playoff run and the league has made a strong example that actions such as those undertaken by Hardy will not be tolerated.”


Thinking out loud…


There are some classic quarterback match-ups on the slate for 2015 but one man seems to be taking on the very best in the business in what could be his farewell tour of the NFL. Peyton Manning, of the Denver Broncos, will face Joe Flacco, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Tom Brady, Philip Rivers (twice) and Ben Roethlisberger this season. That is some serious head-to-heads at the quarterback position and – on their day – Jay Cutler, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith are no push-overs. If Manning is to make one more Super Bowl run, he is going to have to out-duel the best in the business which, of course, he has done many times over during his illustrious career.

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