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2014 NFC North Team Previews

Green Bay Packers – Covered by Justin Arbogast Key Pickups – LB Julius Peppers (Bears), DT Letroy Guion (Vikings) Key Losses – C Evan Dietrich-Smith (Bucs), TE Jermichael Finley (UFA), S MD Jennings (Bears), WR James Jones (Raiders), OT Marshall Newhouse (Bengals), NT Ryan Pickett (UFA), DE CJ Wilson (Raiders). Draft – (21) S Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix (Alabama), (53) WR Devante...
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2014 AFC North Team Previews

Pittsburgh Steelers - Covered by Jim Racalto Key pickups – FS Mike Mitchell, RB LeGarrette Blount, WR Lance Moore, LB Arthur Moats, DT Cam Thomas, CB Brice McCain, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey,  Key losses – LB LaMarr Woodley, SS Ryan Clark, WR Emmanuel Sanders, WR Jerricho Cotchery, DE Ziggy Hood, DE Al Woods, DE Brett Keisel Off-season - The Steelers were far more active in free...
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Dallas cuts squad to 75

Caption (credit: www.mesquiteisd.org) The Dallas Cowboys made their official roster reductions, to get the team down to the required 75-man squad. While many of the players released today were injured, some were just not performing up to standards. The only real surprise on the cuts happened a couple days ago when Dallas released the free agent rookie fullback J.C. Copeland. Fullback...
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Seahawks Captain May Require Surgery

Backup middle linebacker and last year’s special team’s captain, Heath Farwell, may require surgery on a groin strain he suffered during last Friday’s 34-6 win over the Chicago Bears, per the team’s twitter account. READ MORE BY CLICKING HERE
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2014 NFC East Team Previews

Dallas Cowboys – Covered by Bruce Seymour Key pickups – DT Henry Melton, DE Jeremy Mincey, LB Rolando McClain, Ryan Williams Key losses – DE DeMarcus Ware, DT Jason Hatcher, LB Sean Lee Off-season – The coordinators played musical chairs in Dallas. Rod Marinelli will now be the defensive coordinator with Monte Kiffin’s position being called “assistant defensive coordinator...
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2014 AFC East Team Previews

Buffalo Bills – Covered by Joe Ray Key Pickups – LB Brandon Spikes, WR Mike Williams, LB Keith Rivers, CB Corey Graham, G Chris Williams, RB Bryce Brown, RB Anthony Dixon Key Losses – S Jairus Byrd, WR Stevie Johnson Off-Season – The Bills’ number one goal in free agency was fairly obvious: get stouter against the run. They accomplished just that. Spikes is one of the NFL’s...
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Seahawks fans reenacting Sherman’s tip over Crabtree at new 49ers stadium

While the San Francisco 49ers new stadium may have a few field issues, they also have a golden opportunity for fans of the rival Seattle Seahawks to make fun of the team’s loss in the 2013 NFC Championship. According to MyNorthwest.com, the gift shop at the new Levi’s Stadium has a statue of wide receiver Michael Crabtree. The new statue is providing a perfect opportunity for...
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Patriots trade guard Logan Mankins to Tampa Bay

Hoping to improve their offensive line before the season begins, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly traded tight end Tim Wright and a pick to the New England Patriots for Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins. Mankins, who is 32-years-old, should still have a few solid years for the Buccaneers. Mankins will also help the Bucs replace guard Carl Nicks who was cut this off-season. Trading...
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NFLPA hopeful Sean Gilbert proposes radical changes

Former NFL player Sean Gilbert is launching a campaign to take DeMaurice Smith’s spot as the NFLPA’s executive director. While a debate between the two would be pretty entertaining, they might as well just have a steel cage match, because it looks they won’t see eye to eye on any current issues. Per Yahoo Sports: Gilbert, the former NFL defensive tackle with the Carolina Panthers and...
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Vikings to supply certified athletic trainers to local high school teams

AP Photo/Genevieve Ross The Minnesota Vikings announced today that they, along with the TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Minneapolis, will provide each school in the Minneapolis and St. Paul School Districts football program’s with certified trainers during the upcoming season. “Athletic trainers play an important role in keeping young athletes safe,” Eric Sugarman, the Viking’s...
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Oklahoma WR Dorial Green-Beckham out for year

(Photo Credit: Kevin Cook) NORMAN, OK—Sorry Sooner fans; you’re going to have to wait another year to see this potential superstar take the field. Junior transfer wide receiver, Dorial Green-Beckham, will not be eligible to play for Oklahoma this season. The school announced Friday that the waiver request entered on behalf of the phenom wide receiver, asking to make him eligible...
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USC player jumps from building to save nephew

AP Photo/Eric Risberg Josh Shaw, one of the starter for the USC Trojans, suffered high ankle sprains in both ankles after rescuing his 7-year-old nephew who was drowning. According to a report from USC, Shaw saw his nephew struggling in the pool and jumped from a second floor balcony onto concrete to get to the young boy. “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not...
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Watch: Fan in wheelchair scores a touchdown

  (Photo Credit: ftw.usatoday.com) KALAMAZOO, MI—The Western Michigan football team scored perhaps the most meaningful points of their season, weeks before the season actually began. John Mulhearn, who is crippled to a wheelchair, took a hand-off about 45 yards to the endzone in Thursday’s practice. WMU head coach, P.J. Fleck, weaved Mulhearn through traffic while the entire...
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NFL player survey: Raiders worst team to play for, Bills 2nd

(Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports) To play in the NFL is a dream of many of today’s youth – and it’s been a dream for children of many decades. To get to the league is a feat in itself – to get there and make a successful career is another level of a dream. But players in today’s NFL might be taking that for granted, as a recent confidential players survey highlighted that...
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Watch: Stephen Gostkowski makes 60 yard field goal

  With only a few second remaining in the first half of the Patriots 30 to 7 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Stephen Gostkowski attempted a 60 yard field goal for the Pats. “That’s the time you want to try a long field goal,” Gostkowski said. “The thing about trying a long field goal like that is there are no expectations.” Gostkowski, whose previous career long...
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Vance McDonald’s first touchdown is first for Levi’s® Stadium

AP Photo/Ben Margot Vance McDonald’s first career touchdown was not only historic for him, but it was historic first for Levi’s® Stadium. McDonald, who was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013, played 15 games last season, but was unable to find the end zone, until today. “I can’t even tell you what happened. I was just screaming as loud as I possibly could,” McDonald...
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Will Zac Stacy start for the Rams?

AP Photo/L.G. Patterson In the Rams 33-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns Saturday night Benny Cunningham started over last years rookie sensation Zac Stacy. Cunningham had five rushes for 32 yards with the Rams first team offense. Does this mean that Stacy’s starting job is in trouble? Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in an interview that fans should not be concerned about Stacy...
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New sheriff in Big D

Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) There is a new sheriff in town. The middle of the field will no longer be a safe place to dump the ball off against the Dallas Cowboys. With the 248th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys chose Baylor’s safety Ahmad Dixon. Dixon is a 6’0” 212 lb missile. Make no mistakes, the scouts knew what they were doing when the...
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Bills cut DT Alan Branch after arrest on DWI charges

One day after Buffalo HC Doug Marrone said DT Alan Branch had been arrested, the Bills cut him, per a league source. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 24, 2014 According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Buffalo Bills have cut defensive tackle Alan Branch.  This comes after Branch was arrested early Saturday morning outside of Buffalo by State Police. The AP (Associated Press...
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Ace Sanders back with team after month long absence

AP Photo/John Raoux Ace Sanders, who announced on July 22 that he would be taking a personal leave of absence from team activities, returned to practice yesterday. Sanders is facing a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy, and he took the time off to seek counseling. According to multiple reports, Sanders said he has been dealing with “personal...
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After further review – preseason Dallas vs Miami

Caption (credit: www.dallascowboys.com) The Dallas Cowboys rode into Miami Gardens, Florida for the final dress rehearsal against the Dolphins. This is the only preseason game that will feature the majority of starters for both squads. Several big stories emerged from this contest. Tony Romo played the entire first half. Once again, the offensive line had its growing pains. Ronald...
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Matt Prater’s Lawyer: Kicker suspended over a “couple of beers”

(Credit: AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) Broncos fans will be without one of the best kickers in the league for the first four games of the season this year, and according to his lawyer Harvey Steinberg, it’s all because he had a couple of beers while on vacation this offseason. The NFL’s record holder for the longest field goal ever has been in the league’s alcohol abuse program...
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Should the Cardinals bring back Adrian Wilson?

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Watch: Univ. of Florida players sing Backstreet Boys

With the University of Florida’s training camp coming to an end this week, head coach Will Muschamp decided to have a little fun with the team. Muschamp and the team participated in karaoke night. A group of players chose to sing a song from 1999 in Backstreet Boys ‘I want it that way’. With most players on Florida being born between 1992 and 1996, I am shocked they remember...
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Rex Ryan officially names Geno Smith starting QB

AP Photo The New York Jets announced today that Geno Smith will be the team’s Week One Starter, and not Michael Vick. “This is no slight to Mike Vick, believe me,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said. “I wanted to come out of this knowing we had two really good quarterbacks that we think can win games. In my heart, I think we have two we can win games with.” Smith said he always...
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