DeShone Kizer learning by watching after last year’s trial by fire

Normally the move from starting quarterback to backup is one that represents a step backward for a player, but that might not be the case for DeShone Kizer.

Kizer will take what he’s learned from both his trial by fire and observation and try to beat out Brett Hundley as the No. 2 in Green Bay. If he can do that, he may get a regular season chance to see if this approach has bettered his chances of getting another spin in the top job.

The Ravens have searched for a standout wideout their entire history.

Derrick Mason came the closest to filling that role with four 1,000-yard seasons with the Ravens. Although he didn’t make a Pro Bowl in his six seasons in Baltimore, he did finish with 471 catches for 5,777 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Martin is under contract for $9.3 million for 2018 after the Cowboys picked up his fifth-year option. The Cowboys expect to make him the highest-paid guard in football surpassing the five-year, $66.5 million deal that Jacksonville gave Andrew Norwell earlier this offseason, but the sides are not there yet.

Much of Namath’s time these days is spent working on The Joe Namath Foundation [joenamath.org]. The foundation’s purpose is to benefit numerous charities. Its primary focus is on helping children and addressing neurological issues.

So here’s one question some of those franchise owners were pondering as they welcomed a new and unpredictable member into their tribe: Is it more likely that David Tepper will change the NFL, or that the NFL will change him?

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