Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air during the national anthem, maintaining his custom since the start of last season.
“It just goes to show you what’s happening in America,” he said. “It’s crazy, you know. You can’t keep making excuses.”
Impact rookie: Reuben Foster, LB, 49ers — The 49ers collected two defensive studs in the first round of the draft in Solomon Thomas and Foster, with the latter a strong candidate to be the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Some questioned the decision to trade back into the first round for Foster Cheap Girls Softball Jerseys because of concerns over a shoulder injury and a lack of takeaways in college. But Cheap High Quality Jerseys he has been a turnover machine in camp and has looked excellent in the preseason. Expect him to make a substantial impact against the run and the pass.
Coach on the hot seat: Bruce Arians, Cardinals — There has been talk of 2017 being Arians’ last season in charge following health concerns, and another season of mediocrity may be enough for the Cardinals to decide to change tack and find a successor to the most successful coach in the history of the franchise’s time in Arizona.
Rising: 49ers — Either the 49ers or the Rams can be seen as teams heading in the right direction in the NFC West. Both have highly rated young offensive minds at head coach and both have talent on defense, though it is the Rams who have the more established stars on that side of the ball. But on the back of criticism for his part in the Falcons’ Super Bowl meltdown against the Patriots, Shanahan will have plenty of motivation to prove a point. The 49ers’ schedule looks slightly softer and Shanahan may be able to get more out of his group earlier than McVay.