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Jaguars coach calls out Blake Bortles: ‘We expect more’

Through eight starts, the question remains whether Blake Bortles is definitively the Jaguars’ quarterback of the future. What we do know is he’s struggling in the present. The No. 3 overall draft pick, who started off fairly strong in Jacksonville, has plummeted in recent weeks, regressing to the error-prone ways that are typical of rookie signal-callers. Bortles has thrown...
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Jets’ Sheldon Richardson: ‘I didn’t get drafted to lose games’

That thud you heard on Monday night was the New York Jets hitting rock bottom. Despite a neutral field advantage and 15 days of rest, the Jets were blown out by the Bills, 38-3, at Ford Field in Detroit. Yes, those same Bills who were rocked by last week’s historic snowstorm thoroughly and effortlessly embarrassed their lifeless division rivals, completing the sweep of Gang Green...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Forte: Bears coaches told us we played ‘worst half’

For the first thirty minutes, you wondered if the Bears even got off the bus. During Sunday’s home matchup against the rudderless Buccaneers, Chicago went into halftime with a 10-0 deficit and having been severely outgained in total yards, 211-68. Predictably, the team received an earful about their effort — or lack thereof — in the locker room, as told by running back Matt...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dez Bryant gives out 1,500 turkeys in Dallas (Photos)

You can use a lot of words to describe Dez Bryant. Just be sure “charitable” is among them. On Friday night, the Cowboys’ mercurial receiver kicked off his first ThanXgiving Food Drive, gifting 1,500 turkeys to needy families in the Dallas area. The Dallas Morning News rounded up the best tweets and photos from the media-swarmed event: Had a blast tonight passing out turkeys...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh compares Vernon Davis to an olive jar

There’s coach speak, and there’s Jim Harbaugh speak. The latter came out in reference to struggling 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who, apparently, is comparable to a jar of olives. “I just feel like he’s ready to break out,” Harbaugh said of Davis, via Profootballtalk.com. “I really do. You use the old olive jar analogy.  The olives are packed in there real tight and...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Jason Avant cut after critiquing Panthers’ play-calling

The Carolina Panthers apparently have seen — and heard — enough of Jason Avant. Avant’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, sent out a cryptic tweet on Tuesday, implying the veteran receiver has been given his walking papers. Much better things ahead and role for Jason Avant. Definitely deserves better. — Doug Hendrickson (@DHendrickson41) November 18, 2014   FOX Sports...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeremy Maclin on blowout loss: Raiders would've beaten us, too

The 0-10 Oakland Raiders, who, as of Monday, haven’t won a game in a calender year, are a representative example of failure. They’re also a measuring stick for another team’s failure. After the Eagles were romped by the Packers, 53-20, on Sunday, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin gave Oakland a not-so-complimentary shout out. “We got our ass kicked,” Maclin said, via CSNPhilly...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning wants to 'hold all records' before retiring?

Prior to the season, Peyton Manning elicited a few chuckles when he said he’ll play until he sucks — a sentiment first uttered by arch nemesis (and fellow old man) Tom Brady. Now, it seems, the Broncos’ Hall of Fame quarterback would rather go out on top. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that Manning wants to “hold all records” before he retires. As such,...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Geno Smith reportedly ‘might be finished’ with Jets

Geno Smith may have played himself right out of the Big Apple. Responding to his weekly mailbag, ESPN reporter Rich Cimini said he believes the embattled quarterback “might be toast” with the Jets. Yes, I do think Geno Smith might be finished in New York, especially if the John Idzik-led administration is gone. The best plan is to have a veteran starter who can hold the...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly on Eagles’ 45-point effort: Offense didn’t play well

Chip Kelly is taking a Belichickian stance on his team’s latest blowout victory. Instead of expressing satisfaction over Monday night’s 45-21 drubbing of the Panthers, the Eagles coach bristled when asked if it was their most complete game of the season. “No, no,” Kelly said, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com. “We didn’t play well offensively at all.” The Eagles...
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Josh Cribbs tweets return to NFL is ‘coming soon’

On Tuesday night, a news nugget on Josh Cribbs (remember that guy?) popped up. Evidently, he had a tryout with the Colts. Around the same time, Cribbs sent out a tweet about his return to the NFL, hinting at a transaction that may currently be pending in Indianapolis. I'm so anxious to "return" back to NFL football….#nfl #comingsoon http://t.co/qybcKDk6Sw ...
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JJ Watt on cover of ESPN, SI magazines this week (Photo)

When he’s not terrorizing quarterbacks, wrecking games or even appearing in commercials, J.J. Watt is posing as the cover boy for the country’s biggest sports magazines — in the same week. Tough life this guy leads, with his mug on two separate entities. Two national covers the same week! That's how @JJWatt does things. Great job @EvanKoch22 pic.twitter.com/tAo6G3BUP4...
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Steve Smith insults Woodyard, Titans after ‘body slam’

Steve Smith didn’t do much running in the Ravens’ win over the Titans on Sunday, finishing with just 17 yards on three catches. His mouth, though, ran plenty after the game. Baltimore’s talkative veteran receiver ripped the Titans, whom he implied were soft, and linebacker Wesley Woodyard, who perhaps proved was soft. “I body-slammed him, so I think that’s really a testament...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Bills’ McKelvin on Dolphins: ‘We’re going to beat their ass’

Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin has a message for the Dolphins: Hide your kids, hide your wife … With a showdown of the divisional rivals looming in Week 11, Buffalo’s top cornerback profanely guaranteed his team will come out on top. McKelvin on bouncing back next game: "We're going to go out there and, ****, we're going to beat their ass. Point blank, period...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Calvin Johnson says to ‘put me in the (fantasy) lineup’

A healthy Megatron is ready to help your fantasy football team. In an interview on NFL Network’s NFL GameDay First, Calvin Johnson told former teammate Nate Burleson that his balky ankle is fully healed. You don’t need Michael Fabiano to tell you what to do now. “Put me in the lineup, man,” Johnson said, via NFL.com. “I’m healthy. I’m ready to play.” Johnson has...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Chargers WR loses half game check for touching official

Seyi Ajirotutu got too close for comfort with a zebra, and it’s cost him dearly. Per the Associated Press, the Chargers receiver was fined a league-mandated $27,562 for touching an official during the team’s loss to the Dolphins last Sunday. He was ejected in the third quarter of the game. Ajirotutu, a reserve wideout signed to a one-year deal, makes $49,687 per contest. In...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Cooley considers DeSean Jackson best WR in NFL

Whatever beef Chris Cooley had with DeSean Jackson has seemingly been resolved. The former Redskins tight end, speaking on his weekly radio show, said he considers Jackson one of, if not the best receiver in the NFL. “You could really consider [Jackson] maybe the best receiver in football,” Cooley said on his ESPN 980 radio program, per the Washington Post. Cooley, who spent...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Harvin cut heel ‘down to the white meat’ at practice

On Wednesday, Percy Harvin was listed as a limited participant in practice due to a heel injury, the extent of which was unknown. Until now. The Jets receiver said his right heel was stepped on during a route-running drill, resulting in a cut that "took it down to the white meat." While the injury sounds painful -- borderline horrifying, really -- Harvin insisted...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Lawrence Timmons on Steelers' offense: 'It's like a video game'

Juggernaut does not begin to describe the Steelers' offense as of late. Led by Ben Roethlisberger's 12 touchdown passes in two games, Pittsburgh has re-emerged as a contender with blowout wins over the Colts and Ravens. That type of output -- the Steelers have scored 94 points over the two-week span -- isn't the norm, even in today's offensively-geared NFL. And...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Cary Williams on Andre Johnson: ‘He’s not the same guy’

Cary Williams noticed something off about Andre Johnson during the Eagles' win over the Texans on Sunday. “He’s not the same guy,” the Eagles' cornerback said of Johnson, via SportsRadio 610 in Houston. “Not the same guy.” Targeted seven times, Johnson was held to just two catches for 12 yards, his lowest output of the season. Williams, who shadowed the Texans...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael Vick broke teammate’s finger with bullet pass

At 34-years-old, Michael Vick has lost a considerable deal of speed, athleticism, and overall playmaking ability. But cannon of a left arm, as Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland can attest to, remains well intact. According to Metro New York, Vick broke the middle finger of Cumberland, who attempted to catch a bullet pass from the veteran quarterback during last week's loss to...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Dolphins LB brings kid from stands to field before each game

Chris McCain's dreams came true when he, an undrafted free agent, cracked the Dolphins' active roster. Now, given the opportunity, he's paying it forward. Per the team's official website, the rookie linebacker picks out a kid from the stands and brings them onto the field prior to each home game. The lucky young Dolfan gets a tour of the gridiron, sidelines, and...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Larry Fitzgerald used Jumbotron to help score long TD

Larry Fitzgerald's 80-yard touchdown catch and run on Sunday was an impressive display of the 31-year-old's vision and hustle. But he didn't act alone. The Cardinals' star receiver said he took a peak at the Jumbotron to evade defenders on his way to the end zone. "It was nice and clear," Fitzgerald said, per ESPN.com. "So, I was able to see where the...
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October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Rob Gronkowski: ‘I like scoring touchdowns for sure’

The sun is hot. Water is wet. And Rob Gronkowski likes hitting paydirt. Duh. "I like scoring touchdowns for sure," Gronkowski said, via ESPN.com. "That's why when I get in the red zone my eyes light up." This revelation was made after the Patriots' 51-23 win over the Bears on Sunday. In the midst of the laugher, Gronkowski caught three TD passes --...
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October 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Jeremy Kerley on new contract: 'Bentleys for everybody'

You could say Jeremy Kerley was in a charitable mood after landing a lucrative contract extension. Very, very charitable. “Yeah, man, I’m going to buy Bentleys for everybody,” Kerley joked, via NJ.com. The Jets’ fourth-year wide receiver on Tuesday signed a four-year deal worth up to $16 million, with $5.4 million guaranteed. A fleet of Bentleys is likely out of the question...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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