We’re only four weeks in, but 2017 has certainly been a topsy-turvy season so far. Just a month ago, many fans were talking about the chances of New England going 16-0; now the Patriots are just 2-2 and somehow tied in the standings with the New York Jets. Other powerful teams from last year have also gotten off to 2-2 starts, including Dallas, Oakland and Seattle.
Meanwhile, the Kansas City Chiefs are the last undefeated team despite cutting their No. 1 receiver in the offseason and losing their best defensive player to an Achilles tendon tear in Week 1. Even more shocking are the 3-1 starts from the Los Angeles Rams, who had one of the worst offenses in history a year ago, and the Buffalo Bills, who haven’t made the playoffs this century.
Players attending Tuesday’s meeting included New York Giants LB Mark Herzlich, Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins and New York Jets LB Demario Davis, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter
Smith, the NFLPA’s executive director, told Outside The Lines that commissioner Roger Goodell did not mention the meeting during a call with him on Monday. He told OTL that he viewed the late notification of the meeting as insulting to our players’ leadership.
The league tries to use some of our guys to give them cover, to get them on their side, Smith told OTL. Our players’ leadership wasn’t pleased, and I wasn’t pleased.
The statement did not reveal the substance of Tuesday’s meeting but called it a productive conversation and concluded by saying we are all committed to an ongoing dialogue.