By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
As Tom Curran writes, calling Detroit's Ndamukong Suh a dirty player is popular these days.
His villain status was affirmed in New England after the Patriots' 34-10 loss to the Lions Saturday night. In the second quarter, Suh threw a right cross at Logan Mankins after the guard was whistled for grabbing Lawrence Jackson's face mask. The scrum was broken up, but nothing was called against the free-swinging Detroit tackle.
New England is victimized; Suh is vilified.
But that's just the reaction on one side of the ring. The Lions have their own opinions on who's to blame.
"Mankins is a dirty expletive," Jackson said in the Detroit Free Press. "That's all. He's dirty. I kind of called him out on it. Things got a little rough."
To Jackson, Mankins' attitude points to a disparity in NFL officiating. His solution? Show solidarity by doling out whatever justice the referees don't or won't.
"It seems like defense is always on the short end of the stick in the league," Jackson said. "The offense gets away with a lot of stuff, especially the offensive line; 95 of it doesn't get called.
"And stuff like this, I mean, you don't let anybody mess with your brothers. It was nothing intentional, but we've got to stay together. That's all."
Mankins was unperturbed in the Patriots locker room Tuesday. He said he doesn't consider Suh to be a dirty player and would have reacted similarly in defense of a teammate. Jackson's comment likewise rolled off his hulking shoulders.
"That's okay," Mankins said. "Everyone has their own opinions."
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Pick No. 199 in 2000 tried to provide a little inspiration to the next generation of NFL draftees before the first selection Thursday night.
Remember: they can't measure heart. Whether you're picked first, last or not at all, YOU decide what happens next, every day. Good luck!!!Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, April 27, 2017
Give the Bills some credit. On Thursday night they made the kind of move that even Bill Belichick might stand up and applaud.
With an opportunity to sit at No. 10 overall and draft any number of players -- perhaps a quarterback not named Mitch Trubisky, perhaps the consensus top corner in the draft Marshon Lattimore -- they took advantage of the Chiefs' interest in Texas Tech gunslinger Pat Mahomes and traded out.
What they ended up with was the No. 27 overall pick, Kansas City's first-rounder next year, and an addition third-round pick this year.
A corner-needy team after Stephon Gilmore signed with the Patriots as a free agent this offseason, the Bills watched Lattimore come off the board at No. 11 overall to the Saints. They also saw Alabama corner Marlon Humphrey head to Baltimore with the No. 16 overall pick.
But Buffalo held tight at No. 27 and still picked up one of the better cover men in this year's class. LSU's Tre'Davious White is the kind of player that new Bills head coach Sean McDermott believes will help solidify his secondary.
"He plays inside, he plays outside, he's also a returner in terms of the special teams value," he told reporters, via Matt Fairburn of NewYorkUpstate.com, "so we feel good about it."
White is 5-foot-11, 192 pounds and was a four-year starter for the Tigers. Though he may have issues helping in run support, he seems ready to check talented wideouts at the next level after compiling a backlog of good experience against tough receivers in the SEC.
The pick wrapped up the night for Patriots competitors in the AFC East. All three clubs opted to go with players who will try to slow down Tom Brady and his offensive teammates twice next year.
The Dolphins went with a pass-rusher while the Jets picked up arguably the best defensive back in the class.