TORONTO - Wednesday was trash talk day in the NFL.
A member of the defending champion Green Bay Packers took some shots at the teams many believe will knock the Packers off of their throne.
Meanwhile, little-known Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Brian Robison let loose on the NFC North-rival Packers.
It’s natural for the new powerhouse teams on the block to get the lion’s share of attention from media and fans, but, apparently, Jermichael Finley hasn’t enjoyed all the fawning over the revamped Philadelphia Eagles and believes the New Orleans Saints are being over-hyped as well.
The Packers tight end was on Milwaukee’s WSSP and said he doesn’t understand why the champs aren’t being given their due.
“All that talk with the Eagles and the Saints, that will come to a halt, I guarantee you,” Finley told the radio station.
Finley particularly liked Vince Young’s touting of the Eagles as a “dream team.”
“That’s just talk,” Finley said. “That’s on paper. (Young) is a backup, I don’t think he should be doing too much talking.”
Oh ya, the Packers and Eagles will meet at Lambeau on Sept. 8th.
Green Bay won the Super Bowl despite suffering an abundance of injuries last season and the now-fit Finley contends the team will be even better this time around.
If so, Robison of the Vikings doesn’t seem worried.
“I know there might be some Vikings fans that get mad at me for saying this, but I’m kind of glad they won the Super Bowl,” Robison told KFAN, a Twin Cities sports station.
Robison avoided getting booed at home by quickly adding:
“Simply for the fact that I can say after this year we’re gonna kick the crap out of the Super Bowl champs twice. “Hopefully we’ll meet them in the playoffs and kick the crap out of them again.”
So much for avoiding bulletin board material. While Green Bay-Philadelphia should be great, the Packers-Vikings tilts should be just as intriguing.
Washington quarterback Rex Grossman couldn’t resist talking either, telling Comcast Sportsnet the Redskins would win the NFC East. Yes, over Philadelphia.
“We’re fine being the sleepers right now ... we’re just waiting in the wings, ready to take over the NFC East,” Grossman said.
“Nobody’s talking about us. That’s right where we want to be. You look at us from top to bottom out here, there’s a bunch of great players. And we don’t need people saying we’re the best right now, but when it’s all said and done, I really feel like this team’s gonna win the East.”
Rex, you might be the only one who feels that way.
Retired players bitter
The lockout might be over, but not every football issue has been resolved.
Carl Eller and other retired players are still involved in a court battle with the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
Lawyers were in court on Wednesday and the retirees want the judge involved to force everyone into mediation, but according to a report, the retirees don’t have much of a leg to stand.
They are mad that the NFLPA negotiated on their behalf and aren’t satisfied with what they got out of the post-lockout agreements, believing it is not enough.
Hasselbeck not worried
Though Chris Johnson still isn’t at Tennessee’s camp, new quarterback Matt Hasselbeck doesn’t seem concerned.
Speaking on the Dan Patrick Show, the veteran signal-caller said he has seen this situation before.
“I played in Seattle when Walter Jones was doing his holdout thing.
“He was holding out and he’d show up on Wednesday before the first game. And the feeling in the building was: ‘We know Walter Jones is good enough just to show up, and the best part about this is that there’s no chance he gets hurt. No chance someone rolls up on his ankle or knee or whatever. We know that we’re at least going to have him healthy.’”
Funny, that’s pretty much what this corner wrote yesterday. The longer the star running back stays on the sidelines, the fresher he will be for the season.
Pryor's got baggage
Terrelle Pryor’s status remains clear as mud.
The former Ohio State star quarterback wants to be in the NFL supplemental draft next week but his eligibility remains in question.
His pro day workout, scheduled for Friday, has been postponed, according to ESPN.
Pryor left Ohio State while being suspended by the school and the NCAA for accepting improper benefits, including cash and tattoos.
Former Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel hid his knowledge of the situation and ended up resigning because of it.
Pryor set Ohio State record for rushing yards by a quarterback and threw for 57 touchdown passes, which tied him for the program record.
Only two players are currently eligible for the supplemental draft, Georgia running back Caleb King and ex-Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson.
Players can only be eligible if they can show their status has changed after the NFL’s earlier college draft has taken place.
Surely teams that value talent above all like Dallas and Oakland would take a long look at Pryor, despite his baggage.
According to buffalobills.com, wide receiver Lee Evans isn’t really sure what his status is, but he isn’t stressing about it. “It’s one of those things where you’ve got to find out how much substance is behind it and see what happens,” Evans said. “You see some blogs and hear some things around the Internet and on the news. So we just have to see what the truth is.” It would be hard to see the Bills dealing Evans given their middling receiving corps, but Arizona apparently has interest ... Philadelphia has lost safety Marlin Jackson to a hernia. He missed the entire 2010 campaign with a ruptured Achilles tendon, but will only miss three to six weeks this time ... Packers standout Clay Matthews said he played the second half of last season with a broken shin. Didn’t hurt him too much in the playoffs ... Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf is urging Vikings fans not to panic about the news that a new stadium is going to be built in Los Angeles. The Vikings have long been rumoured as a potential team on the move but Wilf said the Vikings “have momentum” on a new stadium project of their own and Minnesota’s governor had encouraging words as well ... Atlanta coach Mike Smith has revealed that defensive end Ray Edwards underwent minor knee surgery in the off-season, helping to explain why he didn’t get as much money in free agency as many expected him to garner ... Legendary receiver Jerry Rice and coach Bill Parcells will be analysts on ESPN this season ... Logan Watkins has made up with the New England Patriots, inking a six-year deal. Mankins was a plaintiff in the players’ lawsuit against the owners and sat out the first seven games of the 2010 season.