NFL fans will get a double dose of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman this season.
FOX confirmed today that Buck and Aikman, who were already the top Sunday afternoon duo for the network, will also call the new Thursday night package.
That will be a lot of work for the two, who may get some Sundays off. Buck will likely need some NFL games off in the fall when he calls the baseball playoffs for FOX. It is not known yet who will team with Aikman while Buck is focusing on baseball.
And while it’ll be fun to see what new cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib bring to the table, the arrival of three-time All-Pro defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh could be a game-changer. Suh and Donald will team up to give opposing offenses absolute fits; there certainly isn’t another defensive tackle duo of that caliber anywhere else in the NFL.
In a go-for-it year, that could be the element that puts a stacked Rams team over the top.
Sanchez was part of the three-corner draft class of 2016, a fifth-rounder who never really made much of an impact. That was also the year they took cornerback Daryl Worley in the third, and he’s since been traded, arrested, released and resurfaced in Oakland. Second-rounder and presumptive starter James Bradberry‘s the last remnant of that shopping spree.
The Panthers signed wide receiver Bug Howard, center Kyle Friend, guard Quinterrius Eatmon, and defensive end Karter Schult.
Sherman believes it’s hard to understate how critical Thomas is to the Seahawks ‘ defense.
Obviously, that man plays at a high level and the defense doesn’t really work without his contribution, Sherman said. “I think after a while you show a certain level of respect to your players who’ve put in the time. And he’s been a great example of dedication and perseverance, and just incredible excellence. So obviously he deserves to get paid, but whether they pay him or not is up to them.”
Whether the Seahawks feel the same way remains to be seen.