Apr 03

Amari Cooper reminds Jon Gruden of ‘young Tim Brown’

Since Jon Gruden left the Monday Night Football broadcast booth to become the head coach of the Oakland Raiders in January, he and general manager Reggie McKenzie have been reshaping the roster of the NFL team. Seventeen players who weren’t Raiders last season are now.

But with all the new, Gruden would like at least one thing that’s old — the old Amari Cooper, the one who was a Pro Bowler in his first two NFL seasons.

Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Martavis Bryant said Sunday he believes all the trade buzz surrounding Beckham will die down soon and the wideout will get the huge deal he wants eventually.

He’s a great player, Bryant said. He just wants his money. He wants his money and what he’s worth. I hope he gets it. I know he’s going to get it. It just takes time.

Perhaps co-owner John Mara’s comments about Beckham and his stance that no player on New York’s roster was untouchable in the trade market was just a message to Beckham, rather than insight into the team’s actual future plans.

If that is indeed the case, in Green’s eyes at least, that would save the Giants from making a crazy decision.

We’ve got some pretty good players on this football team, Schneider said. And there’s a lot of young players that people don’t necessarily — they haven’t heard their names yet… Tedric Thompson was one of our best special teams players this last year. He didn’t get to play much at strong safety. Kam was one of our best special teams players the first year he played. He didn’t get to play strong safety because Lawyer [Milloy] was here. Trust the process, man.

Keeping together a nucleus of talented players capable of leading a franchise to a Super Bowl title, six playoff appearances and four division crowns is no easy feat — and Schneider managed to do that over the last eight seasons. Seattle’s drop in the standings in unison with its aging defensive corps and salary-cap issues spearheaded many of the changes deemed necessary by the process. jets_059

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