A few minutes later, after they put their signature on dozens of blank sheets for trading cards, Barkley playfully took the Giants cap off his head and put it onto Darnold’s — before, with a quick flick of his wrist, taking it off to return it where it belonged.
It isn’t hard to imagine the two of them, decades from now, reliving this night for a documentary maker. But, hours after stepped into the NFL Draft spotlight, they looked exhausted. They just wanted to meet their families, celebrate again and then get some sleep.
Barkley was waiting on that freight elevator at AT&T Stadium for Darnold, who wrapped up his final interview and jumped inside. Then the doors closed slowly behind them.
The long night was over. The link between the two young players was just beginning, and will last forever.
No date was circled at the moment of the schedule’s release Cheap NFL Jerseys USA faster than the Titans’ Week 10 home game against the Patriots was circled by Malcolm Butler. Bill Belichick benched Butler in the Pats’ Super Bowl 52 loss to the Eagles, for still-hazy reasons. Butler signed with the Titans in the offseason. Dion Lewis also left the Patriots for Tennessee in free agency. Former Patriots player and coach Mike Vrabel coaches the Titans. Their combined chips will never outweigh Butler’s.
The Raiders will open at home against the Rams on Monday night in Jon Gruden’s return to coaching. They don’t face another 2017 playoff team until Week 13… again at home, against the Chiefs. The Chargers, their AFC West rival, play three playoff teams in a row to start the season, then none until, also, Week 13, in Pittsburgh.
Where’s Cam, as in Cam Newton, one of the league’s most prominent, recognizable faces, the MVP three years ago when the Panthers reached the Super Bowl, a top jersey-seller his entire career? Newton’s Panthers made the playoffs last year and have a fair chance to go back again this year, yet he and his team will play in prime time just twice in 2018. That’s three fewer than Jimmy Garoppolo. The first isn’t until Week 11, on a Thursday night, in Pittsburgh. The second is a Monday night in Week 15 against the Saints in Charlotte, a rematch of their wild-card game last January. Is it him, or the stench of the franchise being sold Best Quality Cheap Jerseys by its disgraced owner, or some combination of the two? Either way, it’s bizarre.