“They’re both big and physical and fast. That doesn’t all go together sometimes. But when you see a big guy who is physical, fast and athletic, you just wonder how good this guy can really be?”
White led West Virginia in receiving with 109 catches for 1,447 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2014, his final collegiate season.
That caught Johnson’s attention. The veteran has spent a combined 15 years coaching the receiver position at the University of Miami (1996-2005) and for the New Orleans Saints (2006-11). Johnson was head coach at Tulane the past four years before Bears coach John Fox hired him to replace Mike Groh.
“[White] has hands similar to Reggie Wayne,” Johnson said of Chicago’s top 2015 draft pick, who missed all of last season after suffering a stress fracture in his left shin. “So he was one of those guys where when you looked at the draft and watched television, you say this guy is going to be a bona fide player.”
The captains were voted on. The teams were selected. And the sweaters have been unveiled.
Both the black and white version of this year’s jersey features the NHL logo highlighted in Nashville Predators’ gold, as an acknowledgment of the host city. The three stars at the neck are a tribute to the Tennessee state flag and the All-Stars, according to the NHL.
The names and numbers on the sweaters will be a modern interpretation of traditional country music poster lettering, the league said in a release.
The All-Star Game will be played at Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 31. The skills competition is Jan. 30.
The bad news is that they all share a common flaw: Adidas has put its signature triple-stripe design on the sides of each jersey, making the countries feel like they’re all playing for Team Adidas and chipping away at their individual identities. Let’s hope Adidas doesn’t do this when it takes over the NHL’s uniform contract for the 2017-18 season.
There’s one other frustration, at least for now: Adidas and the NHL have so far released only the jersey designs — not the full uniforms. Obviously, a jersey is the most important component of a uniform, but it’s hard to assess a jersey without seeing how it works with the uniform’s pants, socks and helmet. Here’s hoping we get to see the rest of these elements soon.
The Buffalo Bills will retire Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith’s No. 78 during halftime of their home opener Sept. 15 against the New York Jets.
Smith will join quarterback Jim Kelly, whose No. 12 was retired in 2001, as the only Bills players whose jersey numbers have been officially retired by the team.