Gerald McCoy teaching us the NFL’s new celebration rules is the best thing about ‘Hard Knocks’

Gerald McCoy has already emerged as a star of this season of Hard Knocks featuring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His best moment so far came at the end of the second episode, as McCoy demonstrated dance moves to get clarity from Ed Hochuli on the NFL’s new celebration rules.

The league did relax the rules on celebrations, but certain things are still going to be flagged. Any kind of pelvic thrusting or twerking or sexually suggestive dance still isn’t going to fly. But in this case, McCoy seems to be right. That wasn’t sexual. Those are just McCoy’s knees.

After a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend descended into chaos, citizens in Tampa asked Hillsborough County on Wednesday to relocate a monument from their city. The citizens were tasked with raising the money themselves for the statue to come down and just one day later, a $140,000 goal was reached.

Among the donations was $5,000 from former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy, who challenged the Buccaneers, Rays, and Lightning to help the cause.

On Thursday, the three teams answered Dungy’s call and released a joint statement on pitching in to remove the Confederate monument from downtown Tampa.

“Recognizing that this monument does not reflect the values of our community, in collaboration with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, our organizations have dedicated funds to assist in moving the statue from the public space in front of the courthouse,” the statement reads. “Now more than ever before, we must stand united and committed to diversity and inclusion as we all attempt to heal from the tragedy in Charlottesville.”redskins_098_f38f2859ef1b6b45-180x180

Bryce Petty (remember him?) showing he belongs in Jets’ QB mix

What’s hot: After a sluggish start to camp, second-year quarterback Bryce Petty gained momentum with a strong finish on Thursday. It came after an 0-for-6 outing on Wednesday, and a similarly poor start on Thursday. Suddenly, Petty perked up and finished with three touchdown passes, capitalizing on extra reps because of a rest day for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Petty was 5-for-12, including a well-thrown deep ball to Jalin Marshall that went for 80 yards. “He made some good throws, he made some mistakes,” said coach Todd Bowles, adding that Petty’s decision-making is improving. Can Petty keep it going on Friday? He probably won’t get as many chances, as Fitzpatrick is expected to return. Nevertheless, he needed a big day for his confidence. … Petty and rookie Christian Hackenberg (3-for-5, one interception) were the last two players on the field on Thursday, working on mechanics and talking through some plays. In a way, they’re competitors, but this showed good teamwork. … Rookie kicker Ross Martin, coming off another strong practice, is poised to give Nick Folk a run for his money. … Some of the lower draft picks, namely cornerback Juston Burris (fourth round) and wide receiver Charone Peake, are starting to make plays. Peake made a fantastic one-handed catch along the sideline on Thursday. Burris made the interception that led to Fitzpatrick’s buzz cut.

The Washington Redskins are identified with the nation’s capital (hence, the name) but play in Maryland.

That doesn’t matter to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who views it as Virginia’s team and wants the Redskins to make it official by moving there.

“I view this as a Virginia team,” McAuliffe said Friday on ESPN 980, the Redskins’ official radio station, via the Washington Post. “I know they’re in Maryland right now. But a majority of the season ticket holders are Virginians, all the players live in Virginia, we have all of your [practice] facilities. … We’re in very serious negotiations, as I assume other jurisdictions are. Listen, we would love to have them.”

“If he’s not ready in Year 2,” McNabb said, “then that was dumb on the Eagles’ part.”

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said at the ninth annual Blackhawks Convention that he’s prepared to enter the 2016-17 season with the roster as currently constructed, but there could be one more addition coming, and an impactful one at that.

Coveted free agent forward Jimmy Vesey will hit the open market on Aug. 15, and the Blackhawks are reportedly among the short list of teams set to meet with him when he’s eligible to speak with other clubs next month.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1 to 10 percent: Jameis Winston didn’t amaze anybody during an up-and-down rookie season, but he didn’t do anything to sabotage his chances, either. First overall picks will get plenty of opportunities to prove themselves, to which Sam Bradford can attest. … Lavonte David remains wildly underrated and managed to make the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2015, but he otherwise plays in total obscurity. (He did make an All-Pro team in 2013 without being voted into the Pro Bowl, which is strange.)

Gerald McCoy is perhaps unfairly compared to Suh by virtue of the two being taken second and third, respectively, in the 2010 draft, but McCoy is a hell of a player who stands on his own. The biggest difference between the two is injuries: Suh doesn’t really ever miss time, while McCoy has been out for 17 games as a pro. Suh has 42 sacks in 94 games; prorate that to the 79 games in which McCoy has played, and you would expect the Oklahoma star to have generated 35.2 sacks. He actually has 35.5. If he continues to stay healthy, McCoy should rise up toward Suh.