Feb 13

Jurrell Casey is one of the league’s premier 3-4 defensive ends, but he could lose DaQuan Jones as a linemate due to free agency.

With Colts starting quarterback Andrew Luck ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals, in the wake of their non-competitive 46-9 loss to the Rams in last week’s opener, you wonder if the Colts can be any worse.

Former Patriots third-stringer Jacoby Brissett will replace Luck, who is recovering from January surgery on his right shoulder, after Colts backup Scott Tolzien failed so miserably against the Rams.

But the one that has gone either ignored or underestimated is the dignity factor. In the 13 years after Bethea’s observation, games consistently have challenged dignified viewers to surpass their breaking points. The right-headed have concluded NFL games no longer can be indulged as either sports or entertainment.

Judging from reader emails and sentiments expressed in casual conversation, NFL games never have been easier to turn off and, worse, to ignore. The hassle-after-every-play incivilities and immodest, even lewd all-about-me demonstrations — regardless of the score — that often result in game-determining penalties too often appear as college men engaged in gang warfare.

It wears people down, then out. They can’t figure how it started and why it has both persisted and grown to where the worst actors have become the preferred, come-and-get-it sales strategy acts of the NFL’s TV and advertising partners.

Taven Bryan, DE, Florida. Enter Bryan, who has drawn some lofty J.J. Watt comparisons. Don’t expect him to reach Watt’s level — that’s nearly impossible for anyone — but Bryan should be an excellent fit as Casey’s running mate.

Connor Williams, OT, Texas. The Jaguars would be wise to bring in a potential franchise left tackle after watching Cam Robinson struggle at the position this year, and Williams could fit the bill. Some analysts think he’s a lock for the top 10, while others can’t imagine him being taken in the first round. In the end, his potential on the blind side is too great for the Jaguars to pass on.

And all of this occurred with the Browns, holding the No. 1 pick and perennial quarterback issues, resisting the urge to reach for one of the quarterback prospects. Only time will tell if the Browns were too cautious, or the Bears, Chiefs or Texans too anxious.bills_017

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