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Dolphins' Dion Jordan Begins NFL Suspension

The fun is over, the punishment now begins. Can defensive end Dion Jordan still fit into the team’s plans following his four game suspension by the NFL? Jordan was suspended for the first four games of the regular season, but was allowed to practice and participate in the team’s four preseason contests.The Dolphins defeated the Rams on Thursday night, 14-13, closing out the preseason...
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Jaguars Begin Roster Purge, Release Brewster and 17 Others

The Jacksonville Jaguars wasted no time in making roster moves Friday when they released 18 players including center Mike Brewster and backup quarterback Ricky Stanzi.According to Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com, Brewster was one of 18 players the Jaguars cut on Friday afternoon, little more than a month after he began training camp as the starter. However, he had issues with snaps and...
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Falcons Cut 12, Must Trim 10 More To Get To 53-Man Roster

Twelve down, only 10 to go. If the first 12 final cuts the Atlanta Falcons made were in any way difficult, think of how the final cuts will be to get down to a 53-man roster.According to Jay Adams and the Falcons website, the moves were made in preparation of Saturday at 4 p.m. The organization will be back at it Saturday to get compliant with the NFL’s rule. Now comes the hard...
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Miami (FL) vs. Louisville: 5 Things To Watch For

The Miami Hurricanes are all too familiar with the Louisville Cardinals. A bad taste in the mouth of the program was left following the programs squared off in December during the Russell Athletic Bowl, where since-departed Teddy Bridgewater manhandled the 'Canes en route to a dominating 36-9 victory. Since then, Louisville officially joined the ACC, raising the stakes for both...
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West Virginia-Alabama: 5 Things To Watch For

This game has more on the line then some people would know. Alabama is currently on a two-game losing streak and hasn't lost three straight since 2007 which was Sabin's first year as Alabama's coach. Some key things to watch for is West Virginia's passing attack vs the well know Crimson Tide secondary, will Alabama stick with Blake Sims the whole game or will he switch...
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Fresno State-USC: 5 Things To Watch For In This Tough Matchup

One of the many great games we will see this opening weekend will be Fresno State matching up against USC. After both finishing last year with atleast 10 wins, USC at 10-4 and Fresno State at 11-2, these two teams will look to set the tone for another winning year. The last meeting between the two was in last years Las Vegas Bowl as the Trojans rolled over Fresno State 45-20. As...
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Wisconsin-LSU: 5 Things To Watch For in Texas

LSU vs Wisconsin in Houston, Texas. That is an usually game, but one of the best games of the weekend. LSU is going into this game rank 13 and Wisconsin is one top behind them at number 14. Some key things to watch for in this match-up is to see how will sophomore Anthony Jennings and Brandon Harris perform, LSU's defense vs Wisconsin's star running back, Melvin Gordon, how...
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Dolphins Beat Rams: What We Learned From Thursday

Most of the past week, the attention in St. Louis has been on the showering habits of Michael Sam. Little was spoken about the Rams and their preparation for Thursday night’s contest with the Miami Dolphins. The rookie defensive end led the Rams in tackles (six total) during St. Louis' 14-13 loss on Thursday. It continues a trend for Sam this month: While he reportedly hasn...
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Jacksonville Jaguars Preseason: Lessons Learned On Thursday Night

All that is left are decisions to be made. If the Jaguars learned anything from Thursday night’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons, it’s that there is plenty of competition and many players who will be sitting on pins and needles until Saturday when final cuts are made to the 53-man roster.These Jaguars were not as formidable as they have been in the past three weeks, which showed...
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Predicting The NFL All-Rookie Team For 2014

Quarterback: Blake Bortles (Jaguars)Predicting who the best rookie quarterback will be this year is nearly impossible at the moment: Neither Johnny Manziel nor Teddy Bridgewater, nor Blake Bortles or Derek Carr will start in week one. However, Bortles has been by far the best quarterback of them all this preseason and we can expect that he will replace Chad Henne at some point in...
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Second Team Offense Leads Falcons Over Jaguars

If the Atlanta Falcons were wondering how their running game would work behind the returning legs of Steven Jackson, those thoughts were calmed with the work of both Antone Smith and Devonta Freeman on Thursday night. Both former FSU Seminoles showcased speed and talent against the Jacksonville Jaguars, so should Jackson still have issues with a hamstring injury that has kept him...
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Jaguars-Falcons: The Final Tune-up for the 2014 Season

The game between the Jaguars and the Falcons isn’t just about closing out the 2014 preseason. There is more meaning for both teams than in years past, with roster spots on the line and more importantly, starting positions to be won. While most starters will sit for tonight’s game or play minimally, the significance cannot be denied. For some, this is “Do or Die” football...
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Will Johnny Manziel Be The Next Tim Tebow?

Last time there was this much hype on a quarterback coming out of college it was America's sweetheart, Tim Tebow.Now we've got a bit of a role reversal with Johnny Manziel displaying a bad boy image but still garnering the same mass appeal: but will there NFL careers run parallel? I'm thinking so. To a degree. Sure Johnny Football might have a better and more accurate...
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Kenny Hill Makes Replacing Johnny Football Look Easy

As former Aggie quarterback Johnny Manziel suited up for the Browns tonight in their preseason finale vs. Chicago, Texas A&M was playing in their first game post-Johnny Football. Replacing the 2012 Heisman winner would be a difficult task, but after the Aggies' season-opener vs. South Carolina, fans should feel at ease and comfortable with who will be under center this season...
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Jaguars Fall to Falcons: What We Learned in Jacksonville

Obviously, there is still plenty to work on and repair on the Jacksonville Jaguars roster. With players fighting for their NFL life, I really expected there to be a little more passion in the way the home team played on Thursday night. In the end, it was a 24-14 loss to Atlanta that ended the preseason and opened the door on the regular season, which starts in 10 days.Blake Bortles...
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Biggest Question Facing Each Top 10 Team In Week 1

1. Florida State- Who will step up for the defense?There are not many questions for the Seminoles heading into week one, but there are some questions on defense.  The Seminoles lost big time talent to the NFL, including Tim Jernigan.  Who will step up into a starting role?  The Seminoles lose their two outside linebackers and will expect middle linebacker Terrance Smith to step...
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Rice-Notre Dame: 5 Keys To The Game To Watch For

Notre Dame had a pretty darn good season last year finishing with nine wins and four losses, while Rice went 10-4 last season. On paper, it looks like Notre Dame should sweep Rice, but Rice has been playing some good ball these last couple seasons. Some key match ups to look for during the game are the QB matchup, how will Rice's defense stop the Fighting Irish's Senior running...
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Predicting Final Philadelphia Eagles 53-Man Roster

After a convincing 37-7 win over the New York Jets, the Philadelphia Eagles are looking good.At least from the outside. On the inside however, it's a different story. Head Coach Chip Kelly and co. have lots of decisions ahead of them, none of which will be easy. There were plenty of roster battles that not surprisingly came down to the final game, yet only a few of them seem...
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Texas A&M-South Carolina: What We Learned

For months, I had August 28 circled on my calendar for the start of the college football season.Maybe that message was forgotten by the South Carolina Gamecocks as they forgot to show up in their own house.Kevin Sumlin, the head coach of the Texas A&M Aggies must feel pretty good about how his team responded to questions regarding key losses to the offense.And when all was said...
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College Football: Top 10 Things To Look Out For In Week 1

This week we welcome in the 2014 football season with many great matchups. Here are a few things to keep your eye on as you watch some college football this weekend.1. Ohio State Without Braxton MillerDue to Braxton Miller's season ending injury, redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett will be stepping into the starting role at quarterback this season. As a early favorite to make the...
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5 Reasons The Dallas Cowboys Are A Complete Fraud

The game plan for the Dallas Cowboys is fairly simple – since the defense is still a sham, the offense must pick up the pieces. Easier said than done, I know, but it is a mantra Jason Garrett, the NFL”s only lame duck head coach and his minions must follow if there is to be some modicum of success in Dallas this season. Add to the drama that the team is still waiting on Henry...
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NFL Over-Unders: Who are the Best Bets in the League?

Over/under win totals according to Bovada.Categories$=Easy money the team will exceed or come short of projected over/under by 1.5 games or greater.E= Don’t bet, too close to call team will finish within a game of projected over/under. Arizona Cardinals 7.5 EThe Cardinals play in a brutal division and have lost several key members of their defense that led them to 10 wins a year...
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Florida State-Oklahoma State: 5 Things To Watch For

It may be tough winning a national title on college football’s grandest stage, but defending it and winning another one is even tougher. That is the task at hand for Florida State and its 2014 football program. The Seminoles will try to duplicate a season that exceeded other national title years in Tallahassee. Jameis Winston returns to the stable where he commanded a team to an...
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Top 10 Things Wrong With Thursday Night Football

Ahhh... remember the good, old days... when we waited all week for those Sunday games? We had three or four local channels (not including public TV) and only two broadcast the games during the day. And then came Sunday night football, and finally Monday noght football.We loved this extended weekend of football and couldn't believe our fortune. But then a really big change came...
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Georgia-Clemson: Five Things To Watch For

Defense, defense, defense. While LSU has been known for its defensive backs, Alabama for its running backs and Texas A&M for its offensive linemen, Georgia is becoming a solid program that delivers fine defensive players. That will become a huge component of the game between the Bulldogs and the Clemson Tigers.This isn't your ordinary Clemson offense, though. The Tigers are...
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