Before we get to the links, a bit of business. When Marcus Allen spoke with us about Shannon Sharpe, Richard Dent and Marshall Faulk for our Hall of Fame weekend pieces, it was with the help of the good folks at Bud Light. And since we owe them a solid, we wanted to pass along the info about the Bud Light Fan Camp:
Bud Light gave fans 21 years of age and older a taste of the NFL when they debuted Bud Light Fan Camp during Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton, Ohio. The exhibition event during Hall of Fame Weekend provided adult NFL fans a sneak peak at the mobile training camp that will visit 60 cities between September and January.
During the 60-city tour, Bud Light Fan Camp events will feature teams of four competing against each other in a series of football obstacles — including a field goal kick, precision pass, relay races, "canon" catch, EA Sports Madden Challenge and flag football — each with a Bud Light twist. Teams earn points during each obstacle, and the team that amasses the most points will represent its city at the Bud Light Fan Camp Championship Finals during the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Fans (21 years of age and older) can learn more about the Bud Light Fan Camp, including upcoming stops, on Bud Light's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/budlight).
Now, to the links:
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, who signed a free-agent deal with the Atlanta Falcons, says that the 2010 Vikings were a "landslide from top to bottom" because "guys have success and they get full of themselves." He's not talking about Br**t Fa**e! Honest!
Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports that defensive end Everette Brown has lost his starting job. Brown is one of many higher-round disappointments that Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney is responsible for — and he's traded up to pick some of them (like Brown). It makes us wonder, once again, whether Panthers owner Jerry Richardson let the wrong guy go when it was time to choose between Hurney and former head coach John Fox.
New Chicago Bears receiver Roy Williams believes he's in the best scheme for his talents. He's been reunited with offensive coordinator Mike Martz, who engineered Williams' lone Pro Bowl season in 2006, when Williams caught 82 passes for 1,310 yards and five touchdowns. Those who have watched Williams pull a disappearing act ever since will have a decidedly more "wait and see" attitude about things.