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Detroit Lions: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015

Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season. Some of these guys were merely...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings: 5 Players Poised To Break Out in 2015

Star players often capture the spotlight around the NFL. This is especially true this time of year when many standout players receive massive contract extensions or run into off-the-field trouble. But every year, we also witness plenty of unproven, promising young playmakers step out of the shadows and make a name for themselves with a breakout season. Some of these guys were merely...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Johnny Manziel Throws Water Bottle At Fan

Cleveland Browns second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel threw a water bottle at a fan at the Byron Nelson Classic in Irving, Texas over the weekend, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. According to the report, an 18-year-old male fan started harassing Manziel near the Four Seasons’ pool. Manziel eventually threw a water bottle at the kid, escalating the confrontation...
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May 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Falcons Cut LB Prince Shembo After Arrest For Animal Cruelty

The Atlanta Falcons have released linebacker Prince Shembo just hours after reports surfaced that he had been arrested and charged with animal cruelty for killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog. Falcons waived LB Prince Shembo, after he was arrested for killing his girlfriend's dog, as @ZachKleinWSB reported. Atlanta wasted no time. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 29, 2015 ...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Prince Shembo Arrested For Killing Girlfriend’s Dog

Atlanta Falcons linebacker Prince Shembo has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty after kicking and ultimately killing his ex-girlfriend’s dog, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Photo Credit: Atlanta Journal-Constitution According to the report, Denicia Williams — Shembo’s ex-girlfriend — recently took her dog, a Yorkie named Dior, to Shembo’s home. “At...
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May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Broncos Lose Star Left Tackle Ryan Clady To Torn ACL

The Denver Broncos have just suffered a crushing blow, as All-Pro left tackle Ryan Clady has reportedly gone down with a season-ending torn left ACL, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Broncos Pro Bowl LT Ryan Clady tore his left ACL during practice Wednesday and is likely to miss the 2015 season, a league source told ESPN. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 28, 2015...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Former 49ers Star Has Career Go Up in Flames

Ray McDonald has been arrested yet again. No, seriously. Just two days after getting arrested for allegedly assaulting a woman who was holding a baby, the former San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears defensive end was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly violating a restraining order, per Katie Nelson of the San Jose Mercury News. The restraining order was issued following Monday’s...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Donte Whitner Praises Johnny Manziel’s Work Ethic

Add Cleveland Browns safety Donte Whitner to the growing list of teammates and coaches who have expressed praise for the much-improved work ethic of second-year quarterback Johnny Manziel. Donte Whitner: There are certain guys who are here early and stay late every day — Johnny Manziel has been one of those guys — Kevin Jones (@Mr_KevinJones) May 26, 2015   About a month...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Texans Have Been Selected For Hard Knocks

The Houston Texans have been selected for HBO’s Hard Knocks, ESPN’s Tania Ganguli reports. I’ll watch. The country will meet Bill O’Brien, too RT @taniaganguli: The #Texans have been selected for Hard Knocks, per multiple sources. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 27, 2015   Houston reportedly emerged as the favorites to be featured on Hard Knocks within the last...
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May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch: Tarik Cohen Makes Incredible One-Handed Backflip Catch

Tarik Cohen knows he’s bound to be overlooked as a 5-foot-8, 172-pound running back from North Carolina A&T State University, a Div. II school that few college football fans have ever heard of. So he’s decided to increase his name recognition by putting together a highlight reel of incredible circus catches. Cohen recently posted a one-handed backflip catch to Instagram...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Texans Favorites To Appear On ‘Hard Knocks’

The Houston Texans have reportedly emerged as the favorites to be featured on HBO’s Hard Knocks this August, according to ESPN’s Tania Ganguli and John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi proclaimed early Friday morning that the Texans, Redskins and Bills were each in the mix, but ESPN’s John Keim has since reported that Washington is not in...
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May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Michael Bennett: Playing For Pete Carroll is ‘Like Playing For Willy Wonka’

What’s it like to play for Pete Carroll? Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett was just asked that very question and he gave a very interesting and amusing answer. “I would say he’s like playing for Willy Wonka,” Bennett told John Canzano of 750 AM The Game in Portland. “He’s crazy. He wants to be young. He’s just one of those guys who’s always upbeat and...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Teddy Bridgewater: I Want To Be Like Brett Favre

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater put together an impressive rookie season, throwing for 2,919 yards with a 14:12 TD-to-INT ratio with a 64.4 completion rate, 11th-best in the league. Lauded as ESPN’s top-ranked second-year breakout candidate, Bridgewater has his sights set on following in the footsteps of the NFL’s all-time passing yards leader and soon-to-be...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Antonio Smith Under Investigation For Child Abuse

Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is reportedly under investigation for alleged child abuse. According to the report, Fort Bend County district attorney John Healey Jr. confirmed its child abuse division is handling the case against Smith. “Our Sheriff’s Office has received some information, they’re working with our office to try and find out as much information...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Roger Goodell: NFL Looking To Play Games in Mexico, Germany

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced on Wednesday that the league is looking to hold regular season games in Mexico and Germany, as noted by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. This is new. Roger Goodell said the league is considering a regular season game in Mexico, says there is interest. I support this — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 20, 2015   It’s yet to be determined...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

James Harrison Leg Presses Over 1,000 Pounds

Few NFL players boast the strength, athleticism, determination and skills set to still be a productive player and valuable asset to their team in their mid-to-late 30’s. Pittsburgh Steelers 37-year-old All-Pro outside linebacker James Harrison is one of those few, and on Tuesday, his teammates walked into the weight room and saw him pressing up over 1,000 pounds with his legs...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Derek Carr Suffers Injury, Could Need Surgery

Oakland Raiders starting quarterback Derek Carr has suffered a finger injury that “may require surgery,” according to ESPN NFL Insider Chris Mortensen. Carr could miss the rest of OTAs, but the team is “optimistic” he’ll be ready for training camp. Even if has to sit out during training camp, however, the Raiders aren’t concerned about his absence. “Time missed in...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Chargers Bolster Offensive Line, Land Top Free Agent

The San Diego Chargers landed arguably the top remaining free agent and bolstered their offensive line on Tuesday, signing OT Joseph Barksdale to a one-year contract. The #Chargers will sign OT Joseph Barksdale to a 1-year deal, source said. Base minimum, $350K to sign, $1M more available in incentives. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 19, 2015   That’s exceptional value...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Bill O’Brien ‘Impressed’ With Jadeveon Clowney, Says He’s ‘On the Right Track’

After missing all but four games during a frustrating injury-plagued rookie season, some were already labeling Houston Texans edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney a draft bust. But last year’s No. 1 overall pick is “on the right tack,” according to head coach Bill O’Brien. “I’ve been impressed with the way JD’s been working,” O’Brien said, via the team’s official website...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Jesse Williams Diagnosed With Cancer

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams will miss the upcoming 2015 season and undergo kidney surgery after being diagnosed with Papillary Type 2 cancer. “Although disappointing, I am a fighter and will handle this,” Williams said in a statement. “I am going to focus on my health and fighting this battle with a return to football as my ultimate goal.” Nicknamed...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

San Francisco 49ers Suffer Yet Another Crushing Loss

The San Francisco 49ers have just suffered another crushing loss on defense, as long-time star defensive end Justin Smith has reportedly decided to hang up his cleats. 49ers' DT Justin Smith is retiring, sources tell @JimTrotter_NFL. Great player, big loss, in many ways. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 18, 2015   A former 2001 first round pick (No. 4 overall) out of...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Cam Newton Carries Woman Across Muddy Racetrack

Cam Newton attended the Preakness Stakes horse race over the weekend. And after a torrential downpour flooded the Pimlico Race Course, the well-dressed and chivalrous quarterback ceased the opportunity to help others across the muddy racetrack. Cam Newton looked dapper at The Preakness yesterday, even as he carried a woman across a mud puddle. #auburn pic.twitter.com/d1SgGXaXfw...
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May 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Redskins ‘Very Impressed’ With Rookie Class

We won’t truly be able to evaluate how well each performed in the 2015 NFL Draft for two or three years, but the early signs are looking good for the Washington Redskins. Rookie running back Matt Jones, the No. 95 overall pick, has particularly stood out in minicamp. “The thing about Matt is you think of him as a big power-type back, but really Matt has done some things out...
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May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Baltimore Ravens Strengthen Secondary, Depth On Defense

The Baltimore Ravens have strengthened their secondary and added depth on defense with the addition of ex-Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington. A former 2008 undrafted free agent out of Hofstra (a school that ended its football program in 2009), Arrington has managed to establish himself as a solid and versatile slot corner over the last five seasons with the Patriots. During that...
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May 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Photo: Arthur Jones Can’t Fit in His New Corvette

Arthur Jones is the new owner of a Corvette. There’s only one problem: he can’t fit in the car. The Indianapolis Colts’ 6-foot-3, 337-pound defensive end posted a picture to Instagram on Friday of himself standing next to the car, which he apparently plans to return. Wish I could fit. Guess it's going back to the dealer. Lol Way up i feel blessed! #bigboyproblems...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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