Because you wanted it: Tim Tebow chimes in on Colin Kaepernick

All we need for the Colin Kaepernick story is for Johnny Manziel to be somehow involved, and we’d have the greatest viral NFL story ever.

Tim Tebow, former NFL player, was asked about Kaepernick’s national-anthem protest. There’s not a ton of connection between the two, other than people loving to read about and talk about both of them.

And Tebow sounds like he believes in what Kaepernick is kneeling for, but doesn’t agree with the kneeling part of it.

Bradford played well from the first drive on. On the Vikings’ first third-and-long, he hit Adam Thielen on a very nice timing throw. Against the Packers’ press man coverage Bradford delivered a nice back-shoulder throw for the first down.

The Packers didn’t do a lot to disguise their defenses or have late movement with the secondary or linebackers. It was not difficult for Bradford to identify where he wanted to go with the ball. He had clean, well-defined throws and he has the arm strength to make tough throws, and made some to the sideline against Green Bay.

Bradford also had to make tough throws because he rarely had a clean pocket. This is a great example. On a third-and-4, Thielen ran a short route and tight end Kyle Rudolph ran a deeper corner route against the Packers’ Cover 2 zone. And Bradford made an unbelievable throw with Packers lineman Mike Daniels driving right guard Brandon Fusco back into his lap. It was an 8-yard touchdown.

The Eagles made the surprising move to trade Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings about a week before the season and roll with Wentz, even though he had about one half of preseason experience before he suffered a rib injury. That move looks brilliant now. The Eagles banked a 2017 first-round pick in the Bradford trade and seem to have a future star at quarterback. The second overall pick looks nothing like a rookie.

Tyrell Williams: With Woodhead joining Keenan Allen on the shelf for the rest of the season, Travis Benjamin and Williams are two other Chargers who’ve seen their values get a major boost. Williams is 6-4, 205 with 4.43 speed, and he’s going to be given a major opportunity given the sudden lack of alternatives in San Diego’s passing tree (Antonio Gates is also injury prone and looks every bit his age of 36 years old). Benjamin should be treated as a WR2, and the impressive Williams looks like a WR3 at minimum.

Ravens’ John Harbaugh defends Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest anthem

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday that he respects Colin Kaepernick’s right to protest the national anthem and cited a French Enlightenment philosopher in doing so.

The rules are simple: Stay under the $155,270,000 cap, and no rookies. Otherwise, it’s my job to put together a well-balanced, versatile team, with depth at each position and players who complement each other. All while navigating prohibitive contract extensions to players I’d otherwise like to include — such as Tyrod Taylor, Darius Slay and Tyrann Mathieu, all of whom signed big deals this offseason.

There are, of course, hundreds of great players in the NFL and thousands of ways to craft this team. But I am certain that even the 1972 Miami Dolphins would agree that this year’s team, with everyone from Tom Brady to DeAndre Hopkins to J.J. Watt, would challenge their undefeated season.

Caldwell has repeatedly deflected questions about Ebron’s status.

Ebron, though, has missed a chunk of preseason time. He said that when he suffered the injury during the Lions’ mock game at Ford Field, he thought, “My life sucks,” because he didn’t know what to expect. He said he wasn’t sure of the severity of the injury and admitted he thought his season might have ended before it started.

“Did I have that in mind? I was afraid,” Ebron said. “I was afraid for the worst and just hoped for the best. I mean, easily, by far, that’s what I did. Whatever happened, happened, and I’m just taking it as slowly as I possibly can to make sure that I’m back to what we were seeing that day, because if I don’t get back there, then it’s not going to be a good season for myself.”

When Ebron does return, he will be the team’s top tight end after he caught 47 passes for 537 yards and five touchdowns last season. He’s at the top of the depth chart of a thin tight end group. Brandon Pettigrew is still on the physically unable to perform list recovering from an ACL injury. Timothy Wright is on injured reserve with an ACL injury. The Lions cut veteran Matthew Mulligan on Monday, and that leaves Orson Charles, Adam Fuehne, Cole Wick and Andrew Quarless — who will miss the first two games of the season due to suspension — as Detroit’s tight ends.

When Ebron got hurt, he leaned on his mother, Gina Jackson, for guidance. She helped him through it and actually reached out to him before he could get in touch with her. He said his phone wasn’t going crazy initially, but as more people heard what happened, they started to reach out.