Why Terrell Owens doesn’t have to show up for his own party. Why teammates are right to believe in Dak Prescott. Why Falcons fans shouldn’t be too concerned about Julio Jones…yet. All that and more in this week’s 10-Point Stance.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported this week that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman’s failed performance-enhancing drug test was triggered by a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable, and there are scientists analyzing it.
If that’s accurate—if the NFL found something in Edelman’s system it hasn’t been able to identify—it would not be unusual in the battle against PEDs. Testers frequently find new substances.
This isn’t to say Edelman definitely cheated, but there’s one thing to remember about PEDs: The developers of these drugs are always inventing new ones, and the testers are often a step behind.
A scientist who developed PEDs told me some years ago that there are labs all over the world (particularly in China) inventing new substances to beat tests. Then the testers catch up, and the game is afoot.
To be clear, I’m not saying Edelman did that. It is, however, far from unusual for a league to find a previously unknown substance and then later identify it as a PED.
The naked pictures showed up on his Twitter timeline Monday afternoon, shortly after the Giants finished practice (proving once and for all that you can’t spell erotica without OTA).
The Giants drafted Moss in the fifth round last year, and he played in 14 games as a rookie.
In an unfortunate coincidence, he was dismissed from the football team at Nebraska after being charged with indecent exposure. He pleaded no contest but was banned from campus for four years, and he transferred to Youngstown State.
Cousins fits in effortlessly, and the locker room gravitates to him, as Rudolph described it, because he hasn’t tried to force his way into a leading role.
It’s just self-awareness, the quarterback explains. Just being aware enough to know where you fit but also understand that they know how to win and have won for several years now, and I don’t have to speak my mind or lead unnecessarily because they already have a good group doing that. Coach Zimmer has done a very good job of leading, so I look to him first and foremost. I’m just excited to contribute what I can and do my part.