So I missed blogging the season premiere of Hard Knocks and that is 100% on me. However, I will take a page out of my boy Hue Jackson’s book and give myself a second chance. The second episode was chalk full of storylines, from Corey Coleman thinking he is good enough to demand a trade, to rookie Antonio Callaway getting busted for an “old roach he had sitting in his car”, to Baker looking sexy as always. So without further adieu, lets dive right in to it.
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Not the greatest look for the former first round draft pick. The episode kicked off with Corey Coleman running maybe the worse routes I have ever seen from a NFL wide receiver and getting his ass chewed out by Todd Haley. Then he walks in to Hue Jackson’s office on the verge of tears asking why he is running with the second team. Side note, I love Hue’s response to this… “go ask Todd.” He knows exactly why, but would rather not deal with it at all… my kind of move right there. Coleman then basically requests a trade and the rest is history. Another first round Brown bites the dust, and for a 7th round 2020 pick from the Bills. That is laugh out loud funny, and so is Emmanuel Ogbah’s reaction to the whole thing.
Browns players getting busted for weed?? You don’t say. Callaway had a ton of red flags surrounding his name coming out of college… He went to the University of Florida so not a shocker there, but he dropped to the 4th round mainly because of a sexual assault accusation during his time in Gainesville. Antonio was featured for most of the episode because he was pulled over and charged with driving on a suspended license and possession of Marijuana.
In a bonehead move, Callaway decided not to say anything about his run in with the law, even after being asked by Haley and Jackson 100 times if everything was alright. When asked about the weed he had in his car, Antonio said that it was an old roach that he didn’t know was there…
The Browns decided to punish Callaway by making him play every single snap during their preseason game against the Giants. Probably a good thing for Antonio because the guy tore it up. Todd Haley knows he has a special talent in Callaway so naturally he put Jarvis Landry in charge of him…
Todd Haley to Jarvis Landry on Antonio Callaway: ” You need to take that kid on. I don’t care if he’s f*ckin’ living at your house. We can’t have him f*ck up. Can you do that? You’ve got all this passion. Take him under your wing. Larry Fitzgerald would.”pic.twitter.com/w5CR6M49Iv
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) August 15, 2018
Every year Hard Knocks features a guy that the audience starts to fall in love with and then promptly gets cut after the last preseason game. This year’s guy is Devon Cajuste and he fits the role perfectly. He’s a nice guy (maybe too nice), he works his ass off, and he even has an inspirational story.
I mean you have to root for the guy, unless your name is Kip Wilson and you have no soul. The whole whistling thing between him and his dad is kinda cool, but would get annoying as fuck quickly. Will Cajuste be this year’s sob story? Or will he rise up, turn a few heads and be the last guy to make the team? If he does, I expect a long awkward hug/cry/whistle sesh with his father.
Nassib is a big time nerd, part psycho, and I kinda love it. I can’t quite tell if he is being serious or just making a mockery of all his dumb jock teammates, but keep doing you bro. One of my favorite moments from this episode was when Todd Haley roasted him for having the name Carl. I mean how do you look at a baby and decide to name it Carl??
David Njoku is a fucking beast of a human. The guy was definitely built in a lab to be a tight end. He struggled in practice and dropped a couple balls so he was sent to the JUGS machine after practice and was ordered to catch 30 balls in a row, shirtless. Well I don’t know if he was ordered to do this shirtless but John Dorsey & co seemed to be drooling over their half man, half machine tight end.
I’m going to hold off from mentioning some of the other lead characters in this story for now, because I know there will be much more to talk about in the next couple episodes. So until then… go buy a shirt!