Receiver Torrey Smith also said his decision not to visit the White House went beyond policy.
For me, it’s not just about politics, Smith said. This isn’t something that I personally feel inclined to be involved with. . . . I respect the office, but often times we hold our athletes and entertainers to higher standards than we hold the President of the United States. To me it’s about doing the right thing, it’s not about choosing sides or anything, it’s simply about right and wrong.
Individual is where you really do see a difference. They treat those periods like it’s a live period. They go on air, whether it’s a route or a pass set or a schematic thing in the run game, and these guys are going through the work full-speed. All those little details that are behind the scenes, that people don’t get to see, these guys set a great example, because it’s full speed, it’s game atmosphere, through the entire practice.For Gase, this isn’t so much a start as it is a reset. A year ago, he was seen like Sean McVay and Kyle Shanahan are now—a young offensive guru on his way up. Last year knocked him back a little bit. And the lessons he learned are written all over his roster. Will it make a difference?
Of course, the rivalry between Carter (who was elected in his sixth year of eligibility) and Owens (third) has been going on for some time, with Carter taking shots at Owens’ character and Owens firing back in kind, while pointing out he had better stats.
That doesn’t mean either side is right, or righteous, as what should be a distinguished event has now turned into the kind of thing that gets staged on the lawn of the White House.
In his rookie season Hoskins slugged 18 homers in just 50 games. Prior to that, the most home runs by a player who played in 50 or fewer games was 14, done by Sam Horn in 1987. — McTigue, ESPN Stats & Information
Santana is one of six players to play in 150-plus games in each season since 2013 (Kyle Seager, Nick Markakis, Evan Longoria, Robinson Canó and José Altuve are the others). Since entering the league in 2010, Santana is one of three players to record five seasons with at least 85 walks and 20 home runs, along with Joey Votto (six) and José Bautista (five). — ESPN Stats & Information