Football Friday Notebook: UMass Dartmouth, WPI Unveil 2018 Schedules

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, everyone! We hope you had a great Fourth of July and ready for the first Friday in July.

We’re a few weeks out from the start of another NFL season, which is exciting. Additionally, we are also closing in on the start of college and high school football, too – crazy, right?

Let’s kick-off the first weekend in July with some news from the gridiron world – have an awesome weekend, everyone and enjoy the cooler weather in New England!


Boston College and Syracuse University will square-off late this upcoming college football season. So, while we anxiously await that particular kick-off, check out an early outlook/preview of what Orange fans can expect when they face-off against the Eagles.

If you’re a New England Patriots fan, you probably know by now that wide receiver Julian Edelman saw his four game suspension upheld and will miss the first four games of the 2018 season against the Detroit LionsHouston TexansJacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins.

Yes, it is disappointing that Edelman won’t be on the first for the team’s first four games, but as Pats Pulpits‘ Matthew Rewinski writes, “Time to take the L and move on.”

The UMass Dartmouth football team recently unveiled its 2018 schedule, which features non-conference clashes against Alfred State and Delaware Valley. One week after hosting DelVal, the Corsairs will travel to Westfield State for its first MASCAC tilt of the season on Friday, September 14th.

Also announcing its 2018 slate was the WPI football team – Coach Chris Robertson shared the team’s upcoming schedule in a tweet on Tuesday. The Engineers begin its season with three-straight road contests, including a week two meeting with the RPI Engineers. RPI-WPI is always a game to watch or circle on the calendar.

Finally – just for fun! – Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was spotted recently tossing a 66-yard touchdown pass to a Minnesota high school football player. The video of the long heave was seen on the Moorhead Spud Football Twitter handle.


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Extra, Extra: Kirksey Believes The Cleveland Browns Will Make The Playoffs

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In an early morning tweet from yesterday, Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey ‏is predicting his team will be in the playoffs this upcoming season.

Cleveland finished its 2017 campaign 0-16 and 1-15 in 2016. The Browns haven’t posted a winning record since 2007 when they finished 10-6 overall.

The last time the Browns clinched a spot in the postseason was in 2002. They lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card round by a score of 9-8. The two teams will meet in the 2018 season-opener with the Browns hosting the Steelers on Sunday, September 9th at 1 p.m. A win over the Steelers could certainly help Cleveland’s chances of reaching the postseason.

Assumption’s Simonson Signs With New York Giants

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Scott Simonson, a former Assumption College football player, signed with the New York Giants on Tuesday, June 12th. (PHOTO CREDIT: Associated Press)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

It was announced earlier today that the New York Giants have signed former Assumption College tight end Scott Simonson.

Per today’s report, Simonson becomes the sixth tight end to join the Giants – he joins Evan Engram, Rhett Ellison, Jerell Adams, Kyle Carter, Garrett Dickerson and Ryan O’Malley on the current roster.

Simonson, who has competed for both the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, has appeared in 18 regular season games, as well as a trio of postseason contests, including Super Bowl 50. He began his career as a rookie free agent in 2014 with the Raiders where he saw action in four games before appearing in nine games the following season for the Panthers. His recorded his first-ever start on September 8, 2016 when the Panthers faced the Denver Broncos in the NFL’s 2016 season-opener.

Unfortunately, he did not play a single snap last season due to a back injury that put him on the Panthers’ injured reserve list.

Prior to competing for the Raiders in 2014, Simonson appeared in 36 games for the Greyhounds’ football team, making 31 starts. He concluded his career with 104 receptions for 1,537 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Football Friday Notebook: Edelman Facing Four-Game Suspension, Six-Man Football To Return To South Dakota in 2019

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Happy Friday, everyone!

Let’s kick-off the second Friday of the month with some news and links from football world, starting with Julian Edelman of the New England Patriots.

Edelman – has you probably learned yesterday – is fighting a four-game suspension for PED use. But as Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe writes in today’s column, “it was a big win for head coach Bill Belichick.”

The Obnoxious Sports Fan of the Boston Herald doesn’t seem too concerned about losing Edelman for the first four games – again, pending he is suspended for the team’s first four games. He is already predicting a monster game against the Indianapolis Colts.

MLive.com highlighted 11 high school football players that have verbally committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines in 2019.

As noted on Pro Football TalkPresident Donald Trump is asking NFL players to recommend people for pardons.

The great Terrell Owens apparently made a statement yesterday about not attending this summer’s Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement in Canton, Ohio. Owens’ decision seem unprecedented, according to a story from NFL.com.

Per various reports, six-man football has been added in South Dakota – it will officially begin next school year (2019). What is six-man football: it allows teams to play six players instead of the traditional 11.

Finally, who has the toughest non-conference schedule in NCAA Football? Let’s go with the Pittsburg Panthers, per a breakdown from ESPN.com.

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Rob Gronkowski Will Compete For The New England Patriots In 2018

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Rob Gronkowski announced on Instagram this evening that he will be returning to the gridiron this fall with the New England Patriots. (PHOTO CREDIT: WCVB.com)

By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11) 

Rob Gronkowski announced this evening on Instagram that he will return to the gridiron this fall to compete for the New England Patriots.

Gronkowski wrote the following on Instagram: “I met with coach today and informed him I will be back for the 2018 season with the Pats. I have been working out, staying in shape and feel great. Looking forward to another championship run.
#bandsamakeherdance.

The announcement allows members of Patriots Nation to take a deep breath – yes, there was speculation following the Super Bowl that Gronkowski would retire and pursue other opportunities. However, today’s post squashes any rumors or thoughts that Gronkowski won’t be back for another season with New England.

Gronkowski concluded the 2017 season with 69 receptions for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. He played in all three postseason games, too, hauling in 16 of 27 targets for 218 yards and three touchdowns.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl, he scored two touchdowns, while recording 116 receiving yards on nine receptions.