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Special teams ace Slater thankful for extension

BY NICK ST. DENISMatthew Slater is one of the best special teams players in the NFL, and the New England Patriots plan to keep him around. Slater, whose contract was set to expire at the end of this season, was just given a two-year extension worth $4 million, including $3 million guaranteed, according to ESPN Boston. The veteran specialist didn't want to get into the details...
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Jets will go back to Geno Smith against Dolphins

BY NICK ST. DENISThe first thought is: Who cares?The second thought is: Well, someone has to play quarterback for the New York Jets Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.That someone will be second-year signal-caller Geno Smith, the team announced. Coach Rex Ryan met with the quarterbacks Wednesday morning and informed them of the decision, which will give Smith his first start...
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Patriots DBs to face another tall task in Nelson, Cobb

BY DAVID HEIMIf you thought things would get any easier for the New England Patriots secondary a week after facing Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate, think again, as the Pats DBs will now have to worry about Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb in their showdown with the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has done a nice job thus far this season with his defensive...
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Watkins said 'make a play,' so Woods made a few

BY NICK ST. DENISMonday night, the New York Jets' defense rolled coverage to Buffalo Bills receiver Sammy Watkins for most of the game. That worked just fine for the Bills, who annihilated the awful Jets, 38-3, in Detroit. The Jets' plan opened the gates for second-year Bills receiver Robert Woods, who had a career game with nine receptions on 11 targets, amassing 118 yards...
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Wright eyeing preparation in Pats' opportunistic offense

BY DAN BEGNOCHEUnsurprisingly, Rob Gronkowski received plenty of attention from his quarterback in the Patriots' 34-9 win over the Detroit Lions Sunday. It was fellow tight end Tim Wright, however, who celebrating in the end zone.Gronk hauled in five catches for 76 yards and was targeted 10 times by Tom Brady. But it was Wright who connected with Brady in the red zone, tallying two...
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Suspect defense, late Broncos rally doom Dolphins

BY NICK ST. DENISThe Miami Dolphins entered the fourth quarter with an 11-point lead on the road against the Denver Broncos. The defense, however, couldn't hold up.Denver scored three straight touchdowns in the final stanza to rally for the 39-36 win, behind an extremely balanced attack on offense.The Broncos rushed the ball 35 times and threw it 35 times--successfully on both...
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Patriots shift gears on offense in rout of Lions

BY NICK ST. DENISAfter a ground-focused attack led the New England Patriots to a win over the Indianapolis Colts last week, the Pats went to the air Sunday against the Detroit Lions in another decisive win, this time of the 34-9 variety.Tom Brady threw for 349 yards on 38 completions and added a pair of scores to tight end Tim Wright. Julian Edelman hauled in 11 receptions, and Brandon...
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Revis, Patriots prep for 'man amongst boys' Megatron

BY NICK ST. DENIS As good as the New England Patriots' secondary is, it'll have its hands full Sunday.The Patriots' defensive backs will be up against arguably the best receiver in the NFL in the Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson, a 6-foot-5, 236-pound beast."He's a man amongst boys out there," cornerback Darrelle Revis said, via CSNNE. "... You can create him on a video game, that...
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For Fred Jackson, a week balancing rest and rehab

BY NICK ST. DENISSnowed in at home, Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson couldn't do a whole lot this past week. Jackson missed last week's bout with the Miami Dolphins after re-aggrivating his groin injury and had been working his way back to full speed in time for this week's game against the New York Jets. The time away from the facility gave him beneficial rest time,...
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Despite record, Rex still has grip on locker room

BY NICK ST. DENISNew York Jets coach Rex Ryan lost the season more than a month ago, and whether he's already lost his job remains to be see.The locker room? It's still Rex's."I can't see myself playing for another coach,'' linebacker Demario Davis said this week, via Newsday. "Rex is a great defensive mind and just a great coach in general. Players...
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Tannehill looks forward to Von after game, not during

BY LANDON RODYThey were teammates for three years at Texas A&M. This week, they will be opponents.And Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill wants nothing to do with Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller during the game."I look forward to seeing him after the game,” Tannehill said Wednesday, via MiamiDolphins.com.Miller leads the Broncos in sacks with 10 and is tied...
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Belichick on Blount: 'We're glad to have him back'

BY DAN BEGNOCHEIt's amazing what a year can bring.This time last season, running back LeGarrette Blount looked like the running back of old, averaging more than five yards a clip and getting into the end zone on a semi-consistent basis. He finished his season averaging 144 yards his last three games before that fateful playoff game against the Denver Broncos, where he tallied...
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Tickets distributed for free for Jets-Bills in Detroit

BY NICK ST. DENISDetroit will be the Buffalo Bills' home away from home this NFL week.The league announced Friday that Ford Field will be the site of the New York Jets-Bills AFC East bout, to be held Monday night at 7 p.m.Tickets for the game will be free and available to the general public, according to the Detroit Lions' official website. Tickets distributed for the originally...
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Steelers pass the Blount right back to Patriots

BY DAVID HEIMThe rich certainly do get richer.The New England Patriots have brought back LeGarrette Blount, signing the recently-cut ex-Pittsburgh Steeler to a 2-year deal. The deal is worth the veteran minimum plus incentives, according to the team.Last season with the Patriots, Blount rushed for 772 yards and seven touchdowns, notably a 189-yard performance in the regular season...
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Snowed out: Bills-Jets to move to neutral ground

BY DAN BEGNOCHEIt's been decided.According to Greg Aiello, the NFL's senior vice president of public relations, Sunday's matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets will still happen, but it won't be in Buffalo. Aiello relayed the news via Twitter Thursday afternoon, saying the league was in the process of relocating and rescheduling the divisional matchup...
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Bills offering hourly wages, tickets for help with snow

BY DAN BEGNOCHEThe last time the Buffalo Bills played the New York Jets, they forced six turnovers en route to a 20-point victory, a tough performance to top.Even tougher, however, will be clearing the 200,000-ton obstacle currently blanketing Ralph Wilson Stadium and standing between them and their rematch on Sunday.While the team prepares to dig out of the worst snowstorm in its...
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Jets have big-hitter Pryor working on finishing tackles

BY NICK ST. DENISCalvin Pryor made himself known among the college ranks as a big hitter. In the pro ranks, tacking is one of his bigger hurdles.New York Jets coach Rex Ryan says Gang Green's first round safety, who lost his starting job to Jaiquawn Jarrett two weeks ago, is getting back to basics on wrapping up."It starts with tackling," Ryan said Monday, via Newsday...
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Patriots' Arrington locks it down in bolstered role

BY DAVID HEIMForget Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner--the real defensive MVP of Sunday night’s 42-20 over the Colts might actually be fellow cornerback Kyle Arrington.While Revis and Browner both earned contracts from the Patriots in the offseason to shore up the pass defense in 2014, and while they certainly have thus far, it was the familiar face of Arrington that earned his...
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Jonas Gray finds SI cover, along with two more yards

BY EDITORNot a bad day for Jonas Gray. (We're sure that's been used before.)The New England Patriots running back, fresh off breakout game Sunday night that saw him rush for four touchdowns in a rout of the Indianapolis Colts, found himself on the cover of Sports Illustrated Tuesday.Jonas Gray is on this week's cover, because... of course he is! http://t.co/6cz27HfbU0...
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Wilkerson, Jets look to 'return the favor' to Bills

BY NICK ST. DENISThe New York Jets were embarrassed at home three and a half weeks ago in a 43-23 blowout loss to the Buffalo Bills.It collectively stung the team from top to bottom. Fortunately for Gang Green, they haven't had to wait long for a potential payback game, but that retribution won't come easy via a trip to Western New York.“Those guys came in our house and...
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Bills say they have EJ Manuel back on 'original plan'

BY LANDON RODYBuffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel struggled adjusting to the starting gig his first year and a half, having been plagued by injuries as a rookie and failing to get a good handle on things as a young sophomore.Manuel combined for 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 14 total starts, and four weeks into his second season, he was replaced by veteran Kyle Orton.Despite...
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Whaley: I'd hate to see our record without Watkins

BY DAN BEGNOCHEIt's been six months since Doug Whaley pulled the trigger on the landmark draft-day deal that brought wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Buffalo.Despite having plenty of time to second guess his move, the second-year GM is sticking to his guns.Whaley and the Bills acquired Watkins with the fourth overall pick, swapping spots with Cleveland, who in turn received Buffalo...
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Dolphins cranking the AC in prep for Denver?

BY NICK ST. DENISThis week, the Miami Dolphins are preparing for their coldest game so far this season.Miami will travel to Denver Sunday to take on the Broncos, where the temperature is expected to peak in the low-40s or mid-to-upper-30s.Sure, that's not that cold. However, the coldest the Dolphins have been this year is 50 degrees--in Chicago a few weeks ago--and they're...
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Harvin: 'Sky's the limit' for Jets offense going forward

BY NICK ST. DENISBetter late than never?The New York Jets' offense has been stagnant for much of 2014 and has improved slightly since a few weeks ago, when Michael Vick was named the starting quarterback and Percy Harvin joined the team via a trade.Harvin, the team's most explosive player, thinks the offense is still ascending."I think we've improved each week,&...
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Dallas Thomas on from Mario Williams to Von Miller

BY LANDON RODYIt’s been a tough few work weeks for Dallas Thomas.Over the last four games, the Miami Dolphins offensive lineman has allowed four hits and 16 hurries on quarterback Ryan Tannehill, according to ProFootballFocus.Most recently, in his relatively new right tackle role, he gave up two of Mario Williams' four sacks Thursday in a win over the Buffalo Bills and also...
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