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Brandon LaFell ‘frustrated as hell’ with Patriots’ offense

For Brandon LaFell, all is not well. The Patriots' backup receiver told the Boston Globe that he's "frustrated as hell" with his blocking-based role in the offense. “I’m frustrated as hell, man,” LaFell said. “I want to catch passes like every other guy in here, like every receiver around the league. But the game plan is not for me to catch, it’s to...
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Brandon LaFell ‘frustrated as hell’ with Patriots’ offense

For Brandon LaFell, all is not well. The Patriots' backup receiver told the Boston Globe that he's "frustrated as hell" with his blocking-based role in the offense. “I’m frustrated as hell, man,” LaFell said. “I want to catch passes like every other guy in here, like every receiver around the league. But the game plan is not for me to catch, it’s to...
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Pierre-Paul: ‘Nothing concerns me’ about Texans offense

If there's such a thing as a must-win game in Week 3, the winless Giants are facing it. Alone in the NFC East basement, Big Blue plays host on Sunday to the 2-0 Texans. A win would get New York's season back on track. A loss would, if history is any indication, likely torpedo their postseason hopes. The Texans boast the NFL's eighth-best rushing attack, led by the...
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Drew Stanton on the art of being a backup quarterback

An old adage says the backup quarterback is always the most popular guy in town. Drew Stanton says there’s more to the profession than meets the eye. “There’s an art to it. No question about that,” Stanton said, via AZCentral.com. Stanton, a former second-round pick now on his fourth team, was thrust into action by the Cardinals in Week 2, when starter Carson Palmer was ruled...
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Joique Bell on Lions’ loss: ‘I let my city down’

Six days after jolting the Giants, the Lions were overpowered by the Panthers, losing 24-7 in Sunday's sloppy, mistake-filled contest. Nobody, it seems, is taking the defeat harder than Lions running back -- and Detroit native -- Joique Bell. "I let my city down," Bell said, per MLive.com. "Coming from a place I have a lot of pride for, I know a lot of people...
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49ers’ Alex Boone reportedly offered to play for $1

Alex Boone's recent holdout was well-documented, but an interesting twist in the saga slipped through the cracks. A source tells Profootballtalk.com that the 49ers guard offered to play the 2014 season for $1. The proposal, which the team declined, was contingent on Boone becoming a free agent in the offseason. Per the CBA, Boone couldn't have signed for less than the...
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Rob Ryan vows Saints’ defense ‘will be great’

Following last season’s regular season opener, when the Saints defeated the Falcons, Rob Ryan famously bought rounds of drinks for patrons in a New Orleans bar. This year, he likely drank to help him forget. Last Sunday, the Falcons, en route to a 37-34 victory, tore Ryan’s defense to shreds in a game the outspoken defensive coordinator deemed a “stinker.” “Look, that was...
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Chargers’ Attaochu calls mom to pray before every game

Before he hits the field, Jerry Attaochu finds time to have one very important conversation with his biggest and most influential fan. His mom. The Chargers rookie linebacker told U-T San Diego that he calls his mom, Comfort, to pray in the hours before every game, often repeating the word "amen." "I say probably at least 10 of them," Attaochu said. "...
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Steve Smith corrects report about Panthers earnings

You might've read that the Panthers were on the hook for money owed to veteran receiver Steve Smith, whom the team released in March. You might've seen Smith, now with the Ravens, haul in an 80-yard touchdown in Baltimore's Week 1 loss to the Bengals. Combined, those facts led ProFootballTalk to tweet out the following on Sunday: https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk...
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Brian Orakpo: Roughing the passer should be reviewable

In the midst of the Texans’ win over the Redskins on Sunday, there were two roughing the passer penalties, one of which altered the course of the contest. This got Brian Orakpo thinking. “Maybe we should start reviewing those types of hits,” the Redskins linebacker said, via Sports Radio 610 in Houston. “Because those are real momentum type plays. Maybe we should review them...
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Rex Ryan on win over Raiders: 'Should've been a rat kill'

Take a glance at the final score, and you'd think the Jets squeaked by the Raiders. Take a glance at the stat lines, and you'd begin to rub your eyes in disbelief. New York defeated Oakland 19-14 at home in Sunday's regular season opener, a game they dominated on both sides of the ball. The Jets racked up 402 offensive yards and held the Raiders to just 158 total...
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Rashad Jennings expects to cry before first MNF game

Rashad Jennings has appeared in 53 games over his five-year NFL career. Shockingly enough, he's never had the privilege of lacing up for the biggest primetime stage -- Monday Night Football. Until now. (Or, technically, three days from now.) On Monday night, when the Giants open the regular season in Detroit, Jennings will play in his first MNF contest. And he expects it...
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Mark Schlereth: Eric Decker a ‘marginal No. 2′ WR

If you ask Mark Schlereth, the New York Jets' prized offseason acquisition wasn't much of a prize. Appearing on ESPN New York 98.7 Wednesday, the opinionated NFL analyst ripped into Eric Decker, whom he considers a "marginal" No. 2 wide receiver. "Decker, in my mind, was your fourth option in Denver, and that’s the talent I think he has," Schlereth...
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Alex Smith on new contract: ‘Everybody wants a loan’

The four-year, $68 million contract extension Alex Smith inked on Sunday -- which included $45 million in guarantees -- made him a rich(er) man. And a butt of jokes. The Chiefs' veteran quarterback told the Kansas City Star that he's endured barbs from teammates over his new pact. “Oh yeah, that’s part of the deal,” Smith said. “You better be ready to wear it...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Raiders fielding oldest roster in NFL

The Raiders spent the offseason loading up on a slew of veteran talent, a calculated effort to inflate their win total. To nobody's surprise, it's subsequently inflated the team's collective age. Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com, doing some calculations following Saturday's final roster cutdowns, deduced that Oakland has the oldest roster in the NFL. The average age...
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Gonzalez on retirement: 'I don't even want to play anymore’

The cleats that Tony Gonzalez hung up are remaining right where they are. On Thursday, Gonzalez reiterated to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin that he's not interested in returning to the NFL. https://twitter.com/BenVolin/status/505029925209124864 https://twitter.com/BenVolin/statuses/505031071353036800 Not a whole lot has changed since Aug. 19, when Gonzalez insisted that...
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Cam Newton: ‘No doubt’ I’ll be ready for Week 1

Exhale, Panthers fans. Your franchise quarterback will be under center on Sept. 7. Per the Charlotte Observer, Cam Newton, who's dealing with cracked ribs, affirmed he'll be ready for the regular season opener in Tampa Bay. “There’s no doubt in my mind,” Newton said. “I’m just going to worry about things that I can control. I’m going to continue to come in...
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Jerry Jones: Cowboys want to win with ‘glitz and glamour’

The Cowboys already are the NFL’s most valuable franchise. Now Jerry Jones wants them to be known as the most glamorous. “We’re the glitz and the glamour of the NFL,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “We want to kick [our opponents’] you know what with glitz and glamour.” On Monday, the Cowboys announced a partnership with Hublot, a high-end Swiss watchmaker...
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Jets linebacker: God told me we will have ‘special year’

Forget Joe Namath. Jets linebacker Demario Davis is formulating his guarantees from a much higher source. In an interview with Kristian Dyer of Metro New York, Davis said he received a message from God that 2014 will be a “special year” for Gang Green. “It’s not like a conversation you have with him individually, but it’s things you see every day,” Davis explained. “Last...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Calais Campbell: End of camp is ‘the best thing ever’

For the Arizona Cardinals, the dog days of summer are officially over. The team broke camp on Friday, concluding their final practice an hour earlier than scheduled. Calais Campbell, like many of his teammates, couldn’t be happier. “I’m so glad to be going home. I can’t lie to you,” Campbell said, via azcentral.com. “When it ends, it’s the best thing ever.” The veteran...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Suh voted as last person NFL players want to fight

Surprise, surprise: The NFL's most feared player is also the one who'd draw the least confrontation. In an ESPN Confidential survey, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was voted the last person in the league that NFL players would want to get into a fistfight with. Suh received 18 percent of the vote from 82 players polled. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt finished second...
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Andre Williams: ‘Giants are the real New York team’

The preseason Battle of the Big Apple just got more interesting. On Wednesday, two days before the Giants and Jets battle in the annual "Snoopy Bowl," Big Blue rookie running back Andre Williams issued some bulletin board material. “I think the Giants are the real New York team,” Williams said, per the New York Post. Williams, expected to be a key part of the Giants...
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Bengals blast Jets for using ‘garbage’ blitz tactics

During Saturday's preseason contest, Rex Ryan threw the kitchen sink at the Bengals, dialing up a wide array of blitzes designed to harass the quarterback. You could say Gang Green's pass-rush was fierce. The Bengals think it was rubbish. "Notice he didn't bring that stuff when our starters were out there," Bengals offensive line coach Paul Alexander said...
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August 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Roddy White speaks out against preseason games

Preseason has not been kind to the Atlanta Falcons. The current stars of Hard Knocks have been less than impressive in exhibition action, eking past the Dolphins and losing in a blowout to the Texans. More concerning than the box score is the season-ending injury to starting left tackle Sam Baker, who suffered a torn patellar tendon in Saturday night’s 32-7 defeat. Asked to find...
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August 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Foles compares Eagles TE Zach Ertz to Rob Gronkowski

In college, Nick Foles had the pleasure of throwing to Rob Gronkowski. In the NFL, he's enjoyed hooking up with Zach Ertz. The two tight ends, Foles says, are nearly indistinguishable. https://twitter.com/GeoffMosherCSN/status/500482199784005632 Gronkowski, of course, is a proven commodity, already established among the elite at his position -- when he's on the field...
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August 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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