It has distanced the brand from the league by removing the NFL shield or “official sponsor” designation on certain TV spots.
Between Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Baker Mayfleld, Lamar Jackson and Mason Rudolph, there are up to six quarterback prospects who could go in a very busy first round for the position in April. There’s a good chance more than one of those guys will slip to the Bills, who have back-to-back at picks No. 21 and No. 22 overall.
The second first-rounder, acquired from Kansas City in the Pat Mahomes deal, gives Buffalo the luxury of still addressing defense for coach Sean McDermott early, too. With no consensus on the “best” future NFL QB in this class, landing Jackson or Rudolph would by no means be settling for a consolation prize. The key for the Bills with any young QB is pushing to get him better offensive-line and skill-player support.
Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers: We recommended grabbing Olsen in last week’s write-up as he was available in nearly half of ESPN leagues as he was preparing to come off the injured reserve list. All signs point to him playing in Week 12 so get him in the lineup.
How could there be shakiness found in Brady, the reigning Super Bowl MVP, the heavy favorite to be named MVP this season, the lodestone of a dynasty creeping toward the completion of its second decade? His team went 13-3, claimed the AFC’s top seed and scored the second-most points in the NFL, even as his favorite target, Julian Edelman, missed the entire season with a torn knee ligament.
Still, doubts have begun to bubble. Brady’s uncharacteristic unevenness down the stretch, coupled with the revelation tucked in an ESPN blockbuster on tensions within the Patriots that his own coaches have seen “slippage” in Brady this season, has prompted the latest round of questions about whether age has finally started to leech Brady’s brilliance.
Peter Collins, a Papa John’s spokesman, told The Washington Post the company has not pulled back on its NFL advertising. The company also plans to focus more of its future advertising on digital media, he said, because more than 60 percent of its domestic sales come from digital channels.