Extra Points: Jackson, Fans, Colts, Shaw

DeSean Jackson just signed a one-year deal with the Rams, and before that we hadn’t heard of much known interest in the speedster. That doesn’t mean that interest didn’t exist however. Speaking to the media after signing in Los Angeles, Jackson revealed he had other suitors. “There were other options out there,” Jackson said, via Michael David Smith of ProFootballTalk.com.

Jackson also explained his thought process in signing with the Rams, and it turns out their head coach was a big factor. “I could have went to other teams, other places. But my focus was really reuniting with Sean McVay. Talking to McVay once I was a free agent and really kind of having those open conversations, talking about the possibilities, it was something that was intriguing for me. So, I think that outweighs everything.” McVay coached Jackson during their time in Washington together, and it was reported at the time of signing that he played a role in recruiting Jackson to LA.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • We’ve only got a little over five months until the start of the 2021 regular season, and it sounds like the league is planning on having things back to normal by then. Commissioner Roger Goodell told the media on Tuesday that the NFL is planning on having all stadiums with full fan capacity for the 2021 season, via Tom Pelissero of NFL Network (Twitter link). Obviously we’ve got a long way to go before the season actually starts and anything can happen, but it’s great to hear the league striking such an optimistic tone nonetheless. Here’s to hoping everything goes smoothly.
  • Frank Reich loves to feature tight ends heavily in his offense, so it might not surprise you to learn the Colts are covering all their bases at the position. Indy had free agent Jeremy Sprinkle in for a workout on Monday, Pelissero tweets. A fifth-round pick out of Arkansas in 2017, Sprinkle made a bit of noise with Washington in 2019 when he had 26 catches for 241 yards and a touchdown. This past season he appeared in all 16 games and played on over 20 percent of the snaps, but was mostly used as a blocker and only caught one pass.
  • The last time you heard about Josh Shaw, he was getting suspended for allegedly betting on Cardinals games while he was on the team’s injured reserve list in November of 2019. The defensive back was suspended for the entire 2020 season, but after serving his ban has now been reinstated by the NFL, the league office announced last week. Shaw started 12 games for the Bengals in 2016, but never made too big of an impact outside of that. He only just turned 29, but teams aren’t exactly going to be beating down his door to sign him now that he’s available.
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14 comments on “Extra Points: Jackson, Fans, Colts, Shaw

  1. arty!

    Will the league mandate all fans must have their vaccine shots? Or will the teams make that their own policies? That’ll be interesting to see play out.

    • kyle-22

      They have already made that announcement, the league said it will not require player to get a shot to play, and I cannot see them legally requiring a shot to attend. No where does that, not Walmart or any other arena. So I highly doubt fans will be forced to get shots. You got to remember the owners are the ones loosing money , not fans. but if they want to get one then of course they heavily influence you in doing so. But no one oh don’t have to have one.

      • arty!

        Your points make sense to me. Thanks for clarifying the league’s point on the shots.

      • DarkSide830

        i dont think that’s nessicarily true as far as legality, but it would at least seem they wolnt try and mandate it regardless.

        • kyle-22

          It definitely would be illegal, the constitutional rights given to people means the government can’t just give you a shot because they say you need it. It is our right what goes in our body so if the government can’t even legally require you have a Covid shot, NFL owners definitely can’t make you have one to legally attend. And not to mention there are ways around saying you got a shot if that fan was truly Dedicated. Not to mention, the results are still up in there wether it’s proven effective or not.

          • louwhitakerisahofer

            The government mandating shots would be illegal. A private entity restricting your business based on their policy is not. A discrimination lawsuit may reverse their policy, but nonetheless, they can attempt to restrict your access before that.

          • Hawktattoo

            NFL owners don’t have final say..business running stadium or local jurisdictions would have final say.

      • Hawktattoo

        I would never say never…many cruise lines are mandating it. I dint see them doing it either.

        • arty!

          I know all cruise ships departing from Nassau, Bahamas are requiring 100% compliance for both customers & staff.

          • Ak185

            How precisely would that be enforced at a stadium? Scripts from a care provider as proof of a shot? Cruise ships require booking in advance, as do flights and other such things where documents can be provided ahead of actually booking the trip. Stadiums where people just show up randomly would be much more difficult.

            • Hawktattoo

              You are given a card when you get your shots. Main reason is for scheduling and making sure you get same brand second time….could be done but I don’t see it happening.

              • Ak185

                I realize that, but I don’t see how that could be enforced at the gate. You have to bring your card or proof of inoculation when you show up? I haven’t been to an NFL game so I do not understand how ticket buying works for “at the door” purchases, but it seems like it could be too easily faked and too unwieldy to check for proof at the door, unlike flights or cruises which are booked in advance.

                Besides, the NFL would have a hard time requiring fans to be vaccinated while allowing players to choose. I suppose their argument would be that players are being tested frequently while fans are not, but it still seems like a long shot to stand on.

                • Hawktattoo

                  I agree a long shot but nfl doesn’t really make the call on it. The company managing stadium or local jurisdictions will decide..enforce it. Would be hard to manage.

  2. Ak185

    After everything Shaw has done or been through, it’s a bit amazing that he managed to have a career at all. Guy was an absolute stud at Southern Cal, and it’s hard to believe all the weird things in his career that happened after his shining star fell to the ground-literally, that is.

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