FINALLY……The DAWG has returned……to the ODPH blog section:
NFL: Preseason is over and the 100th season is only three days away. Saturday was cut down day with teams having to get down to 53 players. Some of the most notable cuts were Bills RB Lesean McCoy, New England Patriots WR Demariyus Thomas, Seahawks WR Jaron Brown, New York Jets DE Jachai Polite.
Parlay Point: It’s just the nature of the business but for the second straight year the NFL only has one cutdown day. Brown and Thomas both resigned with their teams after putting other players on injured reserve. McCoy was signed by his former coach, Andy Reid of the Kansas City Chiefs. McCoy should be a factor in a very potent offense.
There were also some major trades this weekend before the season starts. The Houston Texans were most of the major players acquiring OT Laremy Tunsil and WR Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins. They also acquired RB Carlos Hyde from the Kansas City Chiefs in a separate trade. They also traded their former number 1 overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney to the Seattle Seahawks for defensive players Barkevious Mingo, Jacob Martin, and a 2020 third round draft pick.
I love the move for the Seahawks acquiring Clowney. They traded away Frank Clark at the beginning of the offseaso, so hopefully with some other acquisitions their defense can get back to being dominant. The moves make sense for the Texans since Clowney wasn’t going to sign his franchise tag to stay with team. They also got some offensive help for Deshaun Watson. The Dolphins moves don’t make any sense because they also traded away Kiko Alonso. We will see how everything plays out during the season.
NASCAR: Nearly four hours delayed by rain, Erik Jones held off teammate Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson to claim his first victory of the season in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top five.
With one remaining race in the NASCAR regular season, Jones claimed his most important victory of his career. Can he use this momentum to carry through the playoffs? The series heads to another prestigious track as the regular season finale will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.