Morning links: Kyle Van Noy, Eric Weddle could use change of scenery; Kalani Sitake on SI podcast
Denis Poroy, AP
With the NFL offseason officially underway, a group of writers at ESPN compiled a list of 32 players, one from each team, who could use a fresh start next fall, and two players with local connections appear.
First there's former Utah safety Eric Weddle, whose relationship with the San Diego Chargers hit a big bump at the end of the 2015 campaign. Next is former BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who hasn't seen much playing time in two seasons with the Detroit Lions.
"He already shaved his gnarly beard after three seasons, and Eric Weddle will likely get a new team as well in 2016," writes Eric D. Williams about the ex-Ute. "Weddle, 31, still has gas left in the tank and likely will sign with a playoff contender once free agency begins in March."
Of Van Noy, Michael Rothstein writes, "He could still receive an opportunity with the Lions, but it feels like that window might be closing."
Kalani Sitake appears on Sports Illustrated podcast
In the midst of moving his family to Utah now that National Signing Day has come and gone, new BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake was the guest on the weekly "SI College Football Podcast" with Lindsay Schnell published Wednesday.
Sitake fielded a variety of questions over 32 minutes mostly concerning his transition from being the defensive coordinator at Oregon State to being the head coach at his alma mater.
"I've always wanted to go back to BYU, especially as the head coach," Sitake said. I didn't think that could ever happen."
NBA insider Kevin Pelton answers questions about the Utah Jazz
With both the NBA's All-Star Weekend and trade deadline looming, ESPN's Kevin Pelton conducted a chat Wednesday and multiple questions concerning the Utah Jazz arose.
Pelton discussed the recent emergence of Rodney Hood and Trey Lyles, the Jazz's playoff hopes and what moves the team might make at the trade deadline.
Certainly, the most humorous Jazz-related answer came on a question concerning whether or not Lyles could supplant Derrick Favors or Rudy Gobert in the starting lineup.
Answered Pelton: "Let's all remain calm."
Ryan McDonald is a sports reporter at DeseretNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ryanwmcdonald.
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