As the saga of the Giants and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. continues to eat the offseason, the next chapter will unfold tomorrow when the Giants begin their offseason conditioning program.
And Beckham’s apparently going to be there.
“As person, he’s just really down to earth and really cool,” Allen said of Darnold. “I don’t have a bad thing to say about Sam. We’ve been living together the last couple of months and he’s become a really good friend of mine.
“When you see him throw, he’s as consistent as anybody out there. He rarely has a bad day. He rarely misses. It’s been impressive to see him handle that aspect and actually get out there and compete with him every day. It’s been really fun.”
Allen calls it “a friendly rivalry.”
“I’m sure we made each other better,” he said.
And as he points out, the Jets feel they did the same with what may not be the last bold move to secure a marquee passer like Allen on April 26.
Not only that, it was a team the Chiefs knew well. The PJHL is the “B” junior hockey league in Saskatchewan. The Chiefs work closely with the Humboldt Broncos; the Broncos loan players to the Chiefs and vice versa, like a more active Major League Baseball club and its Triple-A affiliate. Often, Chiefs players practice with the Broncos.
“Everyone our team knows someone on their team,” Chiefs GM Ryan Marushak said. “That’s their buddies, their teammates, some of their best friends.”
“If we didn’t have a game that night, some of our players would have been with them,” coach Eric Ditto added.
The story of the Delisle Chiefs is a microcosm of how the Humboldt tragedy is affecting junior hockey players across Canada. They are grieving with their peers and grappling with how to move forward. Long bus rides between small towns is a part of life for every youth hockey player in the prairie provinces.