First Call: Raiders’ 1st ‘Hard Knocks’ trailer; Baker Mayfield screaming; Jordan Lyles debuts with Brewers
Thursday’s “First Call” features the new trailer for “Hard Knocks,” with significantly less Antonio Brown than we expected. Jordan Lyles debuts in Milwaukee. Baker Mayfield gets testy in Cleveland. Michael Thomas resets the bar for wide receiver contracts in New Orleans. Corey Dickerson misses out on history in Philadelphia.
This won’t go over well
The trailer for the new season of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” has been released.
And someone is not going to be happy.
The behind-the-scenes training camp show is embedded with the Raiders this year, largely because of the draw of new acquisition Antonio Brown.
But he only had two clips in the trailer.
Meanwhile, quarterback Derek Carr had four shots. That’s, like, twice as many.
Is that worse than having JuJu Smith-Schuster bypass you for team MVP?
I expect a temper tantrum from A.B. in the near future.
The first episode is Aug. 6.
Business is boomin’
Speaking of wide receivers with big-time contracts, did you see the one Michael Thomas signed to stay in New Orleans?
The star pass-catcher inked a five-year, $100 million extension. That ends his holdout after getting $61 million of that money guaranteed.
Brown is slated to make “only” $54.125 million over the next three seasons.
A pouting session may be on the horizon sometime soon.
Also, expect Julio Jones to be thrilled at this news as he awaits a new contract from the Falcons.
And Smith-Schuster, who may be angling for a new deal after this season, also probably took note of that signing.
Get used to this
We all know Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield is willing to run his gums.
Now we know he’ll even do it to his teammates.
ESPN’s Jake Trotter says Mayfield “briefly screamed” at his wide receivers over the weekend because they weren’t running back to him when he was scrambling.
“Those guys know that’s a big part of our offense,” Mayfield said. “It’s just the fact that if we get lazy and let things slide — we need to be open to communicating right now.”
That may work in July and August. Let’s see how it goes during a game, especially when the wide receivers in question are guys such Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
They bring a little sandpaper of their own.
So much for that idea
Corey Dickerson almost joined some elite company Wednesday.
He could’ve become the first player to suit up for two teams in the same day since Joel Youngblood did it back in 1982 with the Mets and Expos.
— Baseball Reference (@baseball_ref) July 31, 2019
The Pirates traded the outfielder to the Phillies during their 4-1 afternoon loss to the Reds. That occurred after he pinch hit in the fifth inning against Cincinnati.
But Dickerson didn’t make it onto the field in Philadelphia before his new team lost 5-1 to the Giants.
Dickerson hit .317 for the Pirates before getting shipped across the state. He joins a Phillies club that is 56-51, a half-game back of the Nationals for the National League’s second wild-card spot.
Those clubs play again at 1:05 p.m. Thursday.
Former Pirate Jordan Lyles got his first start as a Brewer on Wednesday.
Milwaukee was in Oakland. And Lyles got the win. He allowed just one earned run in five innings.
The right-hander had four strikeouts while yielding three hits and two walks. Milwaukee won 4-2.
The Brewers are one of five teams within a half-game of a wild-card spot. They are also one game behind the Cardinals and Cubs for first place in the National League Central.