Every player is asked the same question by at least one reporter at the NFL Scouting Combine: Who do you compare yourself to in the NFL?

Responses at this year’s combine included LSU’s Derrius Guice seeing Beast Mode in himself, and N.C. State’s Bradley Chubb attempting to fuse two of the league’s best edge rushers into one star.

These things — releasing a player who’s making more money than his performance is worth — indeed happen in pro sports. But what Bryant chalked it up to — him not being one of the Garrett guys, who he said expedited his departure — isn’t as common. Not surprisingly, Jones pleaded ignorance on the latter.

We likely won’t know the depth of the locker room dynamic until most of these guys are retired and left only to tell war stories. Bryant isn’t afraid to speak his piece, but there isn’t much more to say than what’s already been said (unless he starts naming names). Instead, we’ll watch to see where he lands, and if/how Dallas (which currently has a trio of Terrance Williams, Allen Hurns and Cole Beasley at receiver) replaces him.

In 2009, Stafford joined a pitiful Lions team that had an aging Daunte Culpepper and Drew Stanton in the quarterback room. It didn’t take long for Stafford to win the opening day gig. The 2018 Browns traded for veteran Tyrod Taylor and signed Stanton — who must love playing for winless teams — this offseason. Taylor could open training camp as the starter if the rookie drafted isn’t ready take the reins out of the gate.

However the situation shakes out, Stafford’s advice to any rookie is to continue the work that made him the top selection.

Some of those guys are going to go to teams all across the board and different, you know, positions as a team, as an organization, as a roster, all of that, Stafford said. I think the biggest thing you can do is just go be yourself. Be yourself, work hard and let the chips fall as they may. If those guys do that, I think they’ll be successful. All those guys are super talented. You watch them play in college football and they do a great job with their teams. Just go out there, and have fun doing it.

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In appreciation of Marian Hossa, whether this is the end of his career or not

If this is the end for Marian Hossa potentially cut down at the end of his career by an unfortunate skin disorder that will at least force him to miss the 2017-18 season ‘ it’s impossible to imagine a more ill-befitting way for him to go out.

But this isn’t a story about that. Salary cap experts far more ingrained with knowledge of the minutiae of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement can explain the fallout from an organizational perspective better. Rather, this is about the player, and what is shaping up to be an incredibly disheartening end of what is an undeniably Hall of Fame career. The phrase progressive skin disorder with side effects due to medication couldn’t contrast more with the elegant style of his game if it tried.

The play that stands out above all others as quintessential Hossa took place on Oct. 24, 2008 against his old team, Atlanta. Like many times before, Hossa, then a Detroit Red Wing, read a play at center-ice, and this time saw Thrashers’ defenseman Zach Bogosian confronted by Tomas Holmstrom. The Red Wings forward eventually got a piece of the puck and gently nudged it to Hossa, who was taking off at full speed down the ice.

P.K. Subban in his first Cup Final one year after his acrimonious trade out of Montreal. Peter Laviolette becoming the fourth coach in NHL history to lead three teams into the Final following runs with the 2005-06 Hurricanes (won Cup) and 2009-10 Flyers (lost Cup). Long-suffering veterans Pekka Rinne, Mike Fisher and Vernon Fiddler with a chance to finally hoist the Cup.

For now, though, Nashville has some planning to do. The land of honky tonks and country music is about to become the center of the hockey world.

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