Football coaches are incredible weirdos. On this we can all agree. Cowboys tight ends coach, Mike Pope might be the weirdest of the weird.
The Saints slapped a franchise tag on Jimmy Graham, allowing them to keep him for one season without negotiating a new deal. But Graham has been designated a tight end; he believes he's a receiver. This is not an academic point: there is more than $5 million at stake.
The NFL underwent a two-TE trend for the last few seasons with duos like Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski for the Patriots, and Dennis Pitta and Ed Dickson for the Ravens. Now, Chip Kelly is upping the ante with the Eagles, using a package involving four tight ends.
As the NFL conquers the world, the draft combine has grown into a monster of its own. By one veteran's reckoning, an event that drew 50 reporters in 2003 now hands out 800 media credentials. (And yet, still, not a single important story will emerge. This is one of the unimportant ones.)
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