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Browns wide receiver defends Johnny Manziel

Cleveland Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins has gotten to know Johnny Manziel pretty well over the last couple months. “Baby Hawk” doesn’t know what to make of Manziel’s off-the-field activities, but the undrafted 5-foot-7, 180-pound product out Toledo says he’s been “all business” on the football field. “I can’t speak for all of the other stuff because all I know...
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Marcus Mariota Learning From Peyton Manning

Oregon Ducks star quarterback, Heisman candidate and projected 2015 first round pick Marcus Mariota is providing plenty of insight as a counselor to young campers at the 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, but he’s also taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from two of the NFL’s top quarterbacks. “They’ve been great,” Mariota said of New York Giants quarterback...
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Andre Reed Says Richard Sherman Wouldn’t Have Been Able To Cover Him

Former Buffalo Bills star receiver Andre Reed will finally enter the Hall of Fame at the age of 50 this summer. Widely regarded as one of the game’s greatest “yards after catch” (YAC) receivers in NFL history, Reed ranks 11th all-time in receptions (951), 13th in receiving yards (13,198) and is tied for 12th with Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Gates with 87 touchdown receptions...
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Vikings DE Spencer Nealy suspended for PEDs

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Spencer Nealy is the latest player to get suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. #Vikings‘ Spencer Nealy suspended four games for violating PED policy. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 11, 2014 Photo Credit: Vikings.com The second-year UDFA out of Texas A&...
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Funny Madden 15 Covers For All 32 NFL Teams

What if EA Sports secretly hated your favorite NFL team? The folks over at NFLRT.com set out to answer the question with their latest league-wide project, and the results are pretty hilarious. Via NFLRT.com Let’s take a better look at each team’s funny Madden cover, division-by-division in the following slides. One of the worst defenses of all time lost its best defensive player...
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Donte Whitner Says Players Don’t Vote On NFL Top 100 List

There’s a lot of talk going on right now about the conclusion of NFL Network’s list of the Top 100 Players of 2014. Perhaps the most noteworthy response came from Cleveland Browns strong safety Donte Whitner. Photo Credit: ClevelandBrowns.com   The former 2006 first round pick (No. 8 overall) out of Ohio State sent out a tweet claiming that the votes aren’t actually cast by...
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Redskins safety suspended indefinitely for substance abuse

Washington Redskins free safety Tanard Jackson has reportedly been suspended indefinitely for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. #Redskins S Tanard Jackson is suspended indefinitely without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Again. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 9, 2014 [RELATED: Age Brings Wisdom: The NFL's All Over-30 Team...
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Chris Carter: Browns Should Release Josh Gordon

Chris Carter knows what it’s like to be in Josh Gordon’s shoes. And the Hall of Fame receiver says Gordon needs to be released by the Browns if he’s going to get clear and rectify his career. “I feel for the kid,” Carter said on Mike & Mike. “My situation was very, very similar. If I’m the Cleveland Browns — and it’s gut-wrenching for me to say this — I really...
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Ranking 10 Best NFL Free Agents Still Available

Most of the big-name NFL free agents have already been snatched off the open market, but there are still a handful of notable players with a plenty of potential and big-play ability remaining in free agency. Photo Credit: Packers.com Without further adieu, here are the 10 best players still available. 1. Kerry Rhodes, SS, Arizona Cardinals Rhodes, 31, hasn’t generated any interest...
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Report: Josh Gordon Arrested Again (Mugshot)

Cleveland Browns star wide receiver Josh Gordon has reportedly been arrested again. No, seriously. Oh boy… RT @MAndersonWKYC: Confirmed Browns WR Josh Gordon Arrested By Raleigh, NC Police. Jail Has Booked & Processed Him. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 5, 2014 [RELATED: Age Brings Wisdom: The NFL's All Over-30 Team] Details are just starting to surface, but Gordon...
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James Ihedigbo: Lions Have ‘Championship DNA’

James Ihedigbo may not be regarded as a star strong safety, but he’s certainly a quality starter, is renown as a strong leader and could be key piece to the puzzle for the Detroit Lions in 2014. Like new head coach Jim Caldwell, defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, as well as fellow free agent addition Golden Tate, Ihedigbo knows what it’s...
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Jets OC: Chris Johnson is a 'first ballot hall of famer'

New York Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg believes one of the team’s key offseason additions—running back Chris Johnson—will head to Canton as “a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” Photo Credit: NewYorkJets.com CJ2K comes off a disappointing 2013 campaign, averaging a career-low 3.9 yards per carry on 279 attempts with 1,077 yards and six touchdowns. We didn’t see...
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PHOTOS: Oklahoma Sooners unveil new alternate uniforms

The Oklahoma Sooners have just unveiled some brand spankin’ new alternate gear for the upcoming 2014 college football season which have unofficially been dubbed “The Rough Rider” uniform. “Our team and our fans love the iconic look of our classic OU uniforms that the Sooners have worn dating back to the 1960s, and we’ll continue to utilize those jerseys, pants and helmets...
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Cowboys Strike Stunning Trade, Bolster Anemic Defense

The Dallas Cowboys officially placed star linebacker Sean Lee on injured reserve on Tuesday, July 1, ending his 2014 season well before it started. Lee, 27, was slapped with a 8-12 month recovery timetable when he underwent surgery on June 12 after going down with a torn ACL on the first day of OTAs in late May. The former 2010 second round pick out of Penn State signed a seven...
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Report: Lane Johnson Suspended For PEDs

Philadelphia Eagles second year right tackle Lane Johnson has reportedly tested positive for PEDs (performance-enhancing drugs) and will serve a four-game suspension to open the 2014 season. League sources tell me Eagles starting RT Lane Johnson has tested positive for PEDs and will miss first 4 games. — Paul Domowitch (@pdomo) June 30, 2014 Photo Credit: PhiladelphiaEagles.com...
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10 best NFL free agents still available

Most of the big-name NFL free agents have already been snatched off the open market, but there are still a handful of notable players with a plenty of potential and big-play ability remaining in free agency. [RELATED: Breakout Candidates For Every NFL Team in 2014] Photo Credit: Packers.com [RELATED: 10 NFL Teams That Have Improved the Most This Offseason] Without further adieu...
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Watch: Cowboys Players Read Mean Tweets About Themselves

The Dallas Cowboys have taken plenty of heat in recent years, but they seem to be taking it in stride. Borrowing a page from Jimmy Kimmel Live’s very popular bit “Celebrities Reading Mean Tweets,” a dozen Cowboys players—including Tony Romo, Brandon Weeden, Jason Witten and first round rookie OL Zack Martin got mic’d up and read mean tweets from fans. Check out the funny...
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Bears See ‘Incredible Progress’ From Jay Cutler

The Chicago Bears have high hopes for Jay Cutler in 2014, and for good reason. Despite missing five games with an ankle injury, Cutler posted five-year highs in completion percentage (63.1), passer rating (89.2) and yards per game (238.3) last season in his first year under QB whisperer Marc Trestman. Overhauling the offensive line obviously helped, but Cutler clearly improved his...
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Report: Browns told Johnny Manziel to tone it down

Former and current NFL players have been sending a recurring message to Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel—tone things down. On Friday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on SportsCenter that the Browns have also approached Johnny Football about “toning it down,” referencing his much-publicized and heavily-criticized off-the-field behavior. “I’m not going...
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Redskins Take A Chance On Jerry Rice Jr.

The Washington Redskins have reportedly signed Jerry Rice Jr., the son of the Hall of Fame receiver and arguably the greatest player in NFL history. Overshadowed by an incredibly deep WR class, Rice Jr. never heard his name called in the 2014 NFL Draft, but he did have tryouts with the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. Photo Credit: Redskins.com The 5-foot-10, 185-pound wide...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks: Who Will Soar in 2014?

Star players often steal the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of the year when many big-name contributors receive massive contract extensions or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of promising young playmakers who step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season. Who will break out for the...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Cincinnati Bengals: Who Will Make Giant Leap in 2014?

Star players often steal the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of the year when many big-name contributors receive massive contract extensions or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of promising young playmakers who step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season. Who will break out for the...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Who Will Have Breakout Season in 2014?

Star players often steal the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of the year when many big-name contributors receive massive contract extensions or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of promising young playmakers who step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season. Who will break out for the...
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San Diego Chargers Turn Major Weakness Into Strength

The San Diego Chargers have just turned one of their biggest weaknesses into a potential strength by signing former Pro Bowl cornerback Brandon Flowers to a one-year contract worth up to $5 million. Flowers, 28, generated a ton of interest as the top free agent on the open market since he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs a week and a half ago, but he reportedly only met with...
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The NFL’s All Over-30 Team

The average NFL career only lasts three or four years. But plenty of players throughout history have managed to carve out extremely successful 10-15+ year careers. Some of them are still going strong today. So we’ve decided to build the NFL’s Over-30 Team—the best players at each position who are at least 30 years old. There’s only one caveat: each player needs to have...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss
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