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Touring The Nation: Brandon Marshall, OTA Absences, More

Let’s see what SB Nation football writers are discussing

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There is an NFL world beyond the orbit of the New York Giants. Let’s get caught up on what is happening out there by going Touring the Nation to see what other SB Nation football writers are discussing.

There’s one way to get Le’Veon Bell to report to Steelers OTAs: make them mandatory - Behind the Steel Curtain
Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell didn’t participate in last week’s OTAs. So what?

Brandon Marshall trade looks genius for Bears in hindsight - Windy City Gridiron

Marshall is what he is at this point. He’ll be a dangerous weapon in your offense for a few years until he gets traded or released due to his being a locker room nightmare. He is a six-time Pro Bowler, but has yet to stay with any team for more than four years. Even if Chicago hadn't gotten rid of him, it's safe to say that he would've been gone eventually. With that said, it was best that the Bears traded him.

Ryan Pace has been against signing or drafting players that can be best described as off-the-field cancers. Marshall and Martellus Bennett, two of the team’s best offensive weapons on the roster he inherited, were traded. Pace did take a risk on Ray McDonald in his first year, but he released the former 49er after he got arrested. Since then, he’s stayed clear of players with character issues.

It has helped make a big impact in the locker room. Before Pace arrived, the Bears’ locker room was arguably the most dysfunctional in the entire league. Players were calling each other out, coaches were crying, there was no order and inner workings were leaked to the media. Fast forward three years, and none of those things are issues anymore.

Plus, it helps that the Bears got a solid player in return in the deal, as well. Adrian Amos, the player whom they picked with the pick they gained, will likely be entering 2017 as a starting safety. Even if he doesn't end up starting come Week 1, he’ll serve as a solid depth piece. While he's not as good at what he does as Marshall is, Amos provides much more stability. He's clean off the field and solid on it.

A Closer Look At Jonathan Allen With Roll ‘Bama Roll - Hogs Haven
Hogs Haven Asks Roll ‘Bama Roll About The Redskins New Talent At DE

ESPN’s Insiders love the Bucs, and Noah Spence - Bucs Nation
ESPN analysts think the Bucs will make the playoffs.

Rotoworld: Jets Have Worst QB Situation In The NFL - Gang Green Nation

This is not a quarterback room. It’s a cry for help. You can see the smoke signals, sent via dumpster fire, from space.

5 reasons John Ross should start in 2017 - Cincy Jungle
John Ross could make a huge impact for the Bengals in his rookie year. The team just needs to allow him to do so.

There’s nothing but grey area for the Bears and Kevin White - Windy City Gridiron
Until Kevin White proves he’s past his injury concerns, neither he nor the Bears deserve any benefit of the doubt.

Lions waive fullback Michael Burton - Pride Of Detroit
After rarely using a fullback in 2016, the Lions have finally parted ways with Michael Burton.

Broncos player SnapChats footage showing an erratic and inconsistent Paxton Lynch in OTA practice - Mile High Report
Will Parks shared a video of Paxton Lynch looking a bit off target on two throws.

LA Rams’ OT Greg Robinson Couldn’t Hold A Starting Job Beyond May - Turf Show Times
The arrow is clearly not pointing up for the former No. 2 overall pick

T.J. Watt’s fit in Steelers’ defense as an edge defender - Behind the Steel Curtain
The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping T.J. Watt will make an immediate impact, but how does he fit in the team’s scheme?

Stephen Jones: "Jaylon Smith Is Definitely Going To Be A Big Contributor” For Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
How is Jaylon Smith progressing? Cowboys Executive Vice President, Stephen Jones, has some promising words for fans.

T.J. Lang calls Ndamukong Suh a ‘literal psychopath,’ ‘nutjob’ - Pride Of Detroit
T.J. Lang, Graham Glasgow and Travis Swanson joked around with the boys from "Pardon My Take."

Beyond the completion percentage: How good (or bad) was Cam Newton in 2016? - Cat Scratch Reader
Breaking news: There’s more to quarterback play than completion percentage.

Wade Phillips’ reasoning for starting Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie is stupid - Buffalo Rumblings
He tries to rationalize this??? Really?

Eagles are trying to recapture past success in Year 2 of the Doug Pederson-Carson Wentz era -
The Eagles are working to reclaim some of their success from the Andy Reid era in Philadelphia.