Parnell was particularity struck by the image of Alejandro Villanueva, the sole member of the team to come out of the safety of the tunnel before Sunday’s game and hold his hand over his heart while the national anthem played. All of his teammates, all of his coaches, stood yards away from him within the shadow of the tunnel.
Here is a look at The Post’s team-by-team draft analysis:
Cardinals: They addressed a need and got an immediate contributor at 13 overall in Temple LB Haason Reddick, a versatile player who can play inside and rusher the passer. They traded up nine spots in the second round to draft Washington safety Budda Baker, who has been compared to Arizona’s Tyrann Mathieu and Seattle’s Earl Thomas — good company.
The Indianapolis Colts plan to open the season with Scott Tolzien as their starter, with Andrew Luck still working his way back from shoulder surgery. The Carolina Panthers, likewise, have Cam Newton coming back from shoulder surgery, with Derek Anderson as the alternative. The Baltimore Ravens have Ryan Mallett behind Joe Flacco, who is coming back from a back injury. At least Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti was sufficiently transparent to acknowledge that there were non-football considerations to the Ravens’ decision on Kaepernick.
Tolzien threw pick-sixes and finished 9-of-18 for 128 yards and was sacked four times. Brissett was 2-of-3 for 51 yards, leading the Colts to their only TD of the game.
6. Odell Beckham Jr., wide receiver, Giants (4): Beckham already was one of the best receivers, but his infamous throwdown with Josh Norman and his various off-the-field antics — did he date Khloe Khardashian or not? — only added to the interest. Any time he’s on the field now seems like must-see TV.
7. Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seahawks (6): Whether or not you think he’s a giant phony, you keep paying attention because you never know what strange situation Wilson will be at the center of next. He made news with his offseason marriage to Ciara, and the Seahawks now officially are his team with the retirement of Marshawn Lynch.
“The game,” he said, “is like pro wrestling. I guess that’s why I don’t watch it. All show, little substance.”
Lately, many reasons have been given for the sudden, severe drop in NFL TV ratings. All of them, to some degree, make sense.