NFL News – Wednesday, September 1, 2021

In Wednesday’s NFL News: NFLPA Opens Investigation Against Urban Meyer, Saints Plan to Play Out of New Orleans for 1 Month; Art McBally, HOF 2022 nominee as a contributor, and more. Don’t miss the NFL news.

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NFLPA opens investigation against Urban Meyer

This Tuesday was the deadline for NFL teams to reduce their rosters from 80 to 53 players, however, it is assumed that none could rely on vaccination status to determine who ended up making the final roster. Unofficially, it is obvious that teams prefer to have vaccinated players, but no one had commented on the issue out loud until yesterday, Jaguars HC Urban Meyer admitted the obvious:

”All the players were considered; that was part of the production and also if they were vaccinated or not. To say that it served to make decisions, it certainly was part of the consideration, ”Meyer said for the Florida Times-Union.

However, these statements were not sympathetic to everyone, and now the NFL Players Association will get their hands on the matter: “These comments have led us to open an investigation,” NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told Pro Football Network on Meyer’s statements.

Joint NFL and NFLPA protocols created incentives throughout the offseason to lower the rate of unvaccinated players. However, the rules strictly prohibit considering vaccination statuses when making roster decisions, and while teams certainly did consider it, it’s not something that is supposed to be admitted. That’s where Meyer went wrong, and now he could face consequences in the days ahead. What do you think about Meyer’s statements?

Saints plan to play out of New Orleans for 1 month

Hurricane Ida is having a significant impact on New Orleans. For this reason, the Saints probably won’t be able to start the 2021 NFL Season by playing in the Superdome. HC Sean Payton said Tuesday that the Saints plan to be out of town for a month as New Orleans recovers from the ravages of the hurricane.

Because of this, the team is currently practicing at the Cowboys’ facilities, but they have already found another temporary home for training: it is TCU in Fort Worth, where they will practice starting the following Monday. The Saints will move to a hotel in nearby Irving, Texas next week and make it their headquarters for the time being, reported Jeff Duncan of The Times-Picayune.

However, although the first problem has already been solved, the team has yet to find a venue to play its game corresponding to Week 1 of the 2021 NFL Season, and since they are currently in Dallas, Sean Payton pointed out that the AT&T Stadium is a viable option: “If our stadium is not ready to host the Packers in Week 1, where could this game be played? There’s a chance it’s here at AT&T Stadium, ”Payton noted via John DeShazier from the team’s website.

At first glance, Payton’s idea doesn’t sound far-fetched because when the Saints host the Packers in Week 1, the Cowboys will visit the Buccaneers for the season’s kickoff on Thursday Night Football. However, there is a problem: AT&T Stadium will host a Los Bukis concert on Wednesday, September 15, just three days after the game against Green Bay. so the Cowboys’ home should probably be scrapped as an option for the start of the regular season.

Ultimately, the Saints will play away in Week 2 and 3, so they may be able to return to the Superdome for their Week 4 home game against the Giants. In which stadium should the Saints play their first game of the regular season?

Jalen Hurts “won the battle” of starting QB in Philadelphia

On Tuesday, Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni decided to confirm the obvious: Jalen Hurts will be Philadelphia’s starting quarterback in the 2021 NFL Season: I could argue that we named our incumbent a while ago, ”Sirianni said through Reuben Frank of NBC Sports Philadelphia. “Jalen is our headline. I always saw a player who improved every day. He did exactly what we wanted him to do. “

Last year, Hurts led the Eagles to a 1-3 record as a starter after being selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Oklahoma graduate has so far recorded a 52% passing efficiency (77/148 ), 1,061 total yards, 6 TDs and 4 INTs, plus 354 rushing yards and 3 more touchdowns. With this announcement, it can be said that Hurts “won the battle” by being the QB1 of the team, however, this decision had been planned since Carson Wentz left Philadelphia last February.

Finally, the Eagles also confirmed that veteran Joe Flacco will be the team’s QB2, while newcomer Gardner Minshew will be number 3. Will Hurts be able to give a good role in his first full season as a starter or should Philadelphia already be thinking in the 2022 NFL Draft?

Art McNally nominated for HOF 2022 as a contributor

The NFL Hall of Fame Contributors Committee on Tuesday selected former Officer Art McNally as a finalist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the Class of 2022. McNally must now receive 80% of votes from the selection committee made up of 49 members to be admitted to Canton next August.

If admitted, the 96-year-old McNally would become the first outfield umpire to be immortalized in the HOF. His contribution to the league dates from 1959 to 1967, when he served as a game official. Subsequently, from 1968 to 1990 he was promoted to Supervisor of Officers, and from 1996 he served as assistant supervisor of officers in the NFL.

In addition, his contribution has been such that he is known as the “Father of instant replay” for having contributed technology to the league’s refereeing, having introduced an instant replay system in 1986. Finally, since 2002, he is awarded the Art McNally Award, which honors an NFL official who exhibits leadership and a commitment to sportsmanship, on and off the field. This award is presented each year at the Pro Bowl.

With this announcement, McNally’s nomination joins those of Cliff Branch, Dick Vermeil and 15 other finalists to be defined next January. The Class of 2022 will have four to eight members. but Branch and Vermeil will vote separately from the rest of the class.

Jets send TE Chris Herndon to Vikings

In more NFL news, it was reported on Monday that Vikings starting tight end Irv Smith Jr. will undergo meniscus surgery, so he will not arrive in time for the start of the 2021 NFL Season. However, Minnesota seems to have solved the problem. The team decided to send a fourth-round pick for the 2022 NFL Draft to the Jets in exchange for TE Chris Herndon and a sixth-round pick for next year’s draft, Tom Pelissero reported from NFL Media.

With Smith out, and with backup Tyler Conklin carrying hamstring problems, Herndon is expected to see too much action right away. The University of Miami alumnus came to the league as a fourth-round pick for the Jets in 2018 and in his rookie season he had 39 receptions for 502 yards and 4 TDs. However, in 2019 he only participated in one game due to a suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, coupled with an injury that ended his year prematurely.

Finally, last season he had 31 total receptions for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Thus, the Vikings acquire a 25-year-old who still promises an encouraging future and if Mike Zimmer’s offensive system matches his qualities, it could turn out to be a great move in the long run. What do you think about the trade made between Vikings and Jets?

The Bills propose a new stadium in Buffalo for 60,000 people

One of the most latent themes of this offseason has been the possibility of the Bills building a new stadium. Earlier this month the price of the team’s new enclosure was said to be estimated at $ 1.4 billion. Now, this Tuesday, the Bills issued a proposal to state and municipal officials about the type of infrastructure they could build with that money, reported John Wawrow, of Associated Press-

The Bills have formally proposed to build a 60,000-seat, 60-suite, roofless stadium, with a construction schedule calling for completion by the 2027 NFL Season, though that will depend on when the project is approved and construction begins. The above is a clear sign that new is not synonymous with more, as Highmark Stadium currently has capacity for 71,600 fans.

As the weeks progress, new details about the possible new stadium of the Bills are known every time, however, time is short. The team’s current lease at Highmark Stadium expires at the end of the 2023 season, and the Bills will only extend that lease if government officials approve this proposal. Otherwise, the Bills’ future in Buffalo could be hanging by a thread.

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