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Steve Smith, Joe Flacco using Starbucks to build rapport?

In Carolina, Steve Smith told Aqib Talib to "ice up, son." In Baltimore, he's telling Joe Flacco, "iced coffee, son." Buried at the bottom of Peter King's latest MMQB column is an interesting nugget about how Smith and Flacco are developing chemistry in training camp. Take it away, Peter ... They wager $25 Starbucks cards when they disagree on on...
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Jets’ Calvin Pace: ‘We’re the best’ defense in the NFL

They say confidence is contagious. For the New York Jets, it might be an epidemic. If you haven't kept up with Gang Green, here's a quick refresher: Rex Ryan affirmed he's a great coach; Geno Smith said he expects to be a top-five quarterback; Dee Milliner dubbed himself the league's best cornerback. And that was just in the last week. Not to be outdone, linebacker...
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Rueben Randle: ‘I have the ability to score every game’

Expectations. That's the buzzword for Giants third-year receiver Rueben Randle, a key player in Big Blue's new-look passing attack. With Hakeem Nicks lone gone and rookie Odell Beckham battling an injury, Randle has become a de facto starter -- the No. 2 wideout opposite Victor Cruz. In his first two NFL seasons, Randle experienced the usual growing pains, appearing as...
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Bruce Arians cried after learning of Vick Ballard’s injury

News of Vick Ballard's season-ending injury apparently has reverberated far beyond Indianapolis. According to reporter Darren Urban, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians cried upon learning that Ballard suffered a torn left Achilles tendon during Friday's training camp practice. https://twitter.com/Cardschatter/status/493097455748018176 For those wondering about the connection...
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Dolphins aim to ‘win the division and play in the playoffs’

The last time the Dolphins made the playoffs, Brett Favre was a Jet, SpyGate was still fresh in everyone's minds, and Barack Obama had just become the 44th president of the United States. In other words, it's been a long time. Too long if you ask those close to the team. "We want to win. That's what we're all here for," Dolphins first-year general manager...
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Knighton re-watched Super Bowl ‘a lot,’ hates Seahawks

Look up the word "agony" -- defined as "extraordinary, and often long term, physical or emotional pain" -- and you're likely to find a picture of Pot Roast. And I don't mean the delicious delicacy. Rather, Broncos mammoth defensive tackle Terrance Knighton, who's having trouble letting go of the team's blowout loss to the Seahawks in Super Bowl...
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Jets will do ‘whatever it takes’ to make playoffs in 2014

After three consecutive playoff-less seasons, Rex Ryan is desperate to get back. Ryan, entering his sixth (and perhaps last) year as the Jets' coach, told the New York Daily News that he'll do "whatever it takes" to qualify for the postseason. “There’s nothing like it,” Ryan said. “You got to earn your way to get there though. And that’s the thing...
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Reggie Wayne arrives at Colts camp in race car (Video)

Reggie Wayne knows how to make an entrance. One year after arriving via helicopter, the Colts' veteran receiver on Wednesday showed up to training camp in an Indy Car driven by race car driver Ed Carpenter. The Colts' Indy Car helmet was a nice touch, but Wayne won't be needing it for long. The team announced that Wayne -- whose 2013 campaign was cut short by a...
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Chargers cut ties with former first-rounder Larry English

Larry English has turned in five underwhelming seasons in San Diego. There won't be a sixth. On Tuesday, just two days before training camp begins, the Chargers announced they have released English, the team's first-round draft pick (No. 16 overall) in 2009. https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/491663330205917185 A highly sought-after linebacker in college, English...
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Report: Browns to name starting QB by third preseason game

Will it be Brian Hoyer or Johnny Manziel leading the Browns this season? We'll know in about a month. In a Q&A with the Akron Beacon Journal, Browns coach Mike Pettine said the starting quarterback will be named prior to the team's third preseason contest on Aug. 23. “Yeah, it’s definitely still up in the air. It could be sooner, and that’s something we’re...
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Rex Ryan: ‘I absolutely know I’m a great coach’

Records and recent history be damned: Confident Rex Ryan has resurfaced. In an interview with the New York Daily News, the Jets' head man spoke glowingly about himself -- specifically, his professional prowess. "Do I think that I'm a great coach? I absolutely know I'm a great coach," Ryan said. "But it's not just about me. What makes a great coach...
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Cameron Jordan: Saints will win Super Bowl in 2014

It's not quite Joe Namath circa 1969, but Cameron Jordan has made his own bold guarantee. Appearing on NFL Network's Total Access Friday, the Saints' talented defensive end was asked if the team can recapture the NFC South crown. His answer reflects a man who's set the bar much higher. "This is the year I get a Super Bowl," Jordan said, per NFL.com...
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A.J. Green: Andy Dalton will get new deal before season

A.J. Green only wants to catch passes from Andy Dalton, and he's confident his wish is coming true. The Bengals' All-Pro receiver told the team's official website that Dalton will sign a long-term contract extension prior to the season. “I know they know he’s the guy…I feel like they’re going to get something done before the season starts," Green said....
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LeSean McCoy: Sproles has quickest feet I’ve ever seen

The Eagles' revamped backfield, consisting of LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles, should be a boon to Chip Kelly's high-octane offense. To Shady, it's a cause for praise. "Sproles has the quickest feet I've ever seen out of any player," McCoy told NFL Network's Rich Eisen, via NFL.com. "He'll help us out tremendously. I think the best thing...
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Former Bucs guard: Greg Schiano will ‘get another shot’

Greg Schiano burned a lot of bridges during his disastrous two seasons as the Buccaneers' head man. Davin Joseph, however, still has his back. The former longtime Bucs guard told Kevin O’Donnell of FOX 13 that he's confident Schiano will roam the sidelines again. “He will get another shot,” Joseph said. “A lot of coaches go down the same path. You’re given...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Trent Dilfer trashes ex-Browns OC Maurice Carthon

Trent Dilfer is in the business of giving his opinion, and he pulled no punches when reflecting on his lone season with the Browns. In an interview with Cleveland.com, the former NFL quarterback turned ESPN analyst obliterated ex-Browns offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon, whom Dilfer had the apparent displeasure of working under. "Honestly, the only thing that was a bummer...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Bernard Pollard: Broncos cut off hot water in showers after game

The NFL has seen the likes of SpyGate, BountyGate, and, most recently, PlaybookGate. Allow Bernard Pollard to introduce ShowerGate. In comments made to ESPN.com, the Titans' veteran safety accused the Broncos of turning off the hot water after last year's matchup at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. “You know the hot water was working before the game, then all...
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Teammates give Titans CB flak for using audio books

As he enters his second season, Blidi Wreh-Wilson is pushing hard for a starting job in a Titans secondary that's brimming with opportunity. Capable of playing both cornerback and nickelback, the 2013 third-round pick has exercised his body and mind to secure a prominent role, incorporating audio books into his routine. You might think there's nothing wrong with the use...
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Jones-Drew, Schaub believe London deserves NFL team

It's not just NFL higher-ups who believe the sport should be expanded over the pond. In an interview with BritviewNFL.com's Neil Reynolds, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew opined that London deserves a full-time franchise. "You know what? I think they deserve one," Jones-Drew said, via NFL.com. "It's just the toll it takes on the body because...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Rams ask fans if beer should be served at training camp

And the most rhetorical question of the day (year?) award goes to … On Tuesday, the Rams took to their Twitter account to ask fans if they should serve beer at training camp, which begins July 25. Should we serve beer at #RamsCamp? http://t.co/GVDiKucDcO — St. Louis Rams (@STLouisRams) July 8, 2014 The results of the poll were predictable — as of publication time, 92 percent...
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Brandon Marshall says he won’t revert back to old ways

Brandon Marshall is a changed man. And he's keeping it that way. In a candid interview with ESPN.com, the Bears' once-troubled receiver said "there isn't any reverting back" to his prior ways. “I found that interesting that there is a thought about me reverting back. But I always tell people that’s just part of the journey, especially for a young man...
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Jadeveon Clowney: My goal in NFL is to sack Andrew Luck

Jadeveon Clowney really has it out for Andrew Luck. The Texans' rookie linebacker said in a video on the team's website that he's aiming to take down the Colts' franchise quarterback. “My goal for the rookie season is to try to better myself as a player,” Clowney said. “And my goal in the NFL is to sack Andrew Luck. He’s in my division, playing him two...
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Horse named after Victor Cruz wins $200K Dwyer Stakes

Kid Cruz may not be able to salsa dance, but he resembles the man he's named after -- Giants receiver Victor Cruz. On Saturday, Kid Cruz, a three-year-old bay colt, won the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes by three-quarters of a length at New York’s Belmont Park. Much like Victor Cruz does to defenders, Kid Cruz blew past entrymate Captain Serious (named after Chicago Blackhawks star...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

LeSean McCoy aiming for 2,000-yard season

LeSean McCoy is putting his money where his mouth is. The NFL's self-proclaimed best running back intimated on Wednesday that he's aiming for the 2,000-yard club this season. "I'm wondering if I get 2,000 yards, can I win it next year?" McCoy said, via Philly.com. He floated the notion after accepting the John Wanamaker Athletic Award, given to the athlete...
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyrann Mathieu: Rehabbing injury is like missing recess

There's good news and bad news for Tyrann Mathieu. The good news is Mathieu, seven months removed from surgery to fix a torn ACL and LCL, seems well on track in his recovery. He's back in the weight room and running at "60, 70 percent," in his own estimation. The bad news is the Cardinals safety wasn't able to join his teammates during any on-field drills...
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