Two men are shot in Gainesville, Fla., and four Florida football players are questioned, including freshman tight end Aaron Hernandez. He was never charged, but he remained a person of interest until March 2017, when Gainesville police closed the case after a witness who had identified him recanted.
Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado are killed in a drive-by shooting in Boston’s South End. Police initially had no suspects. The Boston Globe reports the incident, which at the time had no immediate connection to Hernandez.
Hernandez, a rising star with the New England Patriots, signs a $41 million contract, the second-largest ever for a tight end. He donated $50,000 to a charity, touching the heart of the team’s owner.
More marquee matchups for Thursday night. To be fair, an early NFC West showdown between former Washington offensive gurus — Sean McVay vs. Kyle Shanahan — has some intrigue. McVay has a head start on his franchise quarterback, at least, and not surprisingly, the Rams’ Jared Goff (103.2 passer rating, currently ahead of Drew Brees) is outperforming the 49ers’ Brian Hoyer (60.7 rating, fourth-worst among starters so far).
It’s the Ravens’ first international game ever — and as a bonus, they face their third straight subpar opposing quarterback in Blake Bortles. This is not the team the Jaguars need to see, the defense with 10 takeaways and eight sacks in two games. In the Jaguars’ favor, they don’t face All-Pro guard Marshal Yanda on the Ravens’ line. In the Ravens’ favor, the Jaguars’ defense didn’t look as overwhelming against the Titans as they did against the Texans.