His voice cracking and tears streaming down his face, Packers tight end Martellus Bennett spoke about the emotions he felt after seeing the video of his brother, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, being handcuffed and detained by Las Vegas police.
Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said Baltimore was close to signing Colin Kaepernick, until the quarterback’s girlfriend posted a “racist” tweet that featured Lewis and team owner Steve Bisciotti.
Bennett wrote that officers pointed guns at him “for doing nothing more than simply being a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time” and ordered him to lie down on the ground.
Jason Verrett finally will play to his potential, leading the league in interceptions and playing a 16-game season.
A first-round selection for the Chargers in the 2014 draft, the TCU product has missed 24 games during his three seasons. But with teammate Casey Hayward leading the NFL in interceptions last year, Verrett will follow suit in 2017 and finally put a top-notch season together. — Eric D. Williams
With Marshawn Lynch bringing a certain attitude and toughness to Oakland, Derek Carr will improve upon his 1-5 career mark against the Chiefs and lead the team to a division title … even if the Raiders finish with a worse record than last season’s 12-4. — Paul Gutierrez
There’s one bit of Pack-related uni news, however: Last season, wide receiver Ty Montgomery spent most of his time lining up in the backfield. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it looked a little weird, because he was wearing No. 88. This year, he’s officially listed as a Texas Rangers Cheap Jerseys running back, but he’s Sports Cheap Jerseys keeping No. 88, a move permitted by NFL rules.