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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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2 days ago  |  Discuss

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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3 days ago  |  Discuss

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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5 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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6 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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7 days ago  |  Discuss

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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9 days ago  |  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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10 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Torry Holt bothered by Tavon Austin’s ‘very quiet’ camp

Suffice it to say, Tavon Austin has yet to live up to expectations. Austin -- the No. 8 overall pick in 2013 -- is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign that was marred by drops and ineffective route running. He blamed his struggles on not knowing the Rams' playbook, which, in his words, looked and sounded like Spanish. Seemingly out of excuses, Austin continues to...
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Raiders fan swings helmet at Cowboys CB during brawl

Tuesday's joint practice between the Cowboys and Raiders in Oxnard, Calif., was supposed to be a harmless, routine scrimmage. What transpired instead was something straight out of the WWE. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, an "all-out brawl" broke amongst Dallas' defense and Oakland's offense on the sidelines, with Cowboys cornerback B.W. Webb narrowly...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

DeAngelo Hall couldn’t walk after training camp injury

On Sunday, DeAngelo Hall was carted off the practice field after sustaining what Redskins coach Jay Gruden termed a “minor” back bruise. It seems to have been just a tad more severe than that. The veteran cornerback told CSNWashington.com on Monday that landing On Sunday, DeAngelo Hall was carted off the practice field after sustaining what Redskins coach Jay Gruden termed a...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Andy Reid compares Chiefs guard to Larry the Cable Guy?

What do Chiefs guard Ricky Henry and Larry the Cable Guy have in common? More than you think. Henry, a third-stringer who's received reps with the first team in training camp, has drawn praise from coach Andy Reid. Highly unusual praise. “He’s a tough kid, I’m not telling you it’s all pretty,” Reid told reporters on Sunday, per Profootballtalk.com.  “He looks...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Bill Belichick: Patriots’ performance wasn’t good enough

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Bill Belichick is less than pleased. The Patriots' notoriously stoic coach expressed unhappiness over all facets of the team following Thursday night's preseason opener -- a 23-6 loss to the Redskins at FedEx Field. “I don’t think our protection was good enough. I don’t think our passing game was good enough . I don’t...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly ‘seriously’ doesn’t care about depth charts

Between his innovative offense, personalized smoothies and disdain for draft hype, Chip Kelly has established himself as one of, if not the most unconventional coach in the NFL. His interest -- or lack thereof -- in depth charts only furthers that notion. In a Q&A with Philly.com, Kelly bluntly stated that he has no use for traditional depth charts, and, in fact, didn'...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Browns DBs wear boxing gloves to combat rule changes

The Browns aren't getting bogged down in bureaucracy. With referees expected to crack down on defensive holding this season, Cleveland's defensive backs are donning boxing gloves during training camp drills. The unorthodox method, coach Mike Pettine explains, prevents them from grabbing onto receivers' jerseys and arms. “You’ve got to get guys out of that habit...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cam Newton ‘always’ butted heads with ex-coordinator

In his first two NFL seasons, Cam Newton feasted on opposing defenses, combining for over 7,300 passing yards, 40 touchdowns and 22 rushing scores. Things seemed to be gravy on the surface. Below it? Not so much. In a radio interview with former Panthers general manager Marty Hurney on ESPN 730, Newton revealed he was "always" scrapping with then-offensive coordinator...
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24 days ago  |  2 Comments

The five best standard fantasy football team names

Written by Lance Morley: The common practice these days is to include one or two players in creative fantasy football team names. However, sometimes all a person is looking for is a standard team name. Here is a look at five team names that are about as standard as they come, yet still creative enough to hold up in 2014. Game Of End Zones With “Game Of Thrones” being one of the...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Von Miller on Hall of Fame: ‘I’m headed in that direction’

For the rest of his playing career, Von Miller is aiming to be the golden standard. Literally. On Sunday, hours after the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was enshrined, the Broncos linebacker said he's set his own sights on Canton. "If I'm not the greatest, I'm headed that way," Miller told the Denver Post. "I definitely think I'm headed in...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Robert Griffin III: I’d love to pick Tom Brady’s brain

Robert Griffin III and Tom Brady are on opposite ends of the quarterback spectrum. One is young, athletic with everything to prove while the other is older, not-so-athletic and, three Super Bowl titles later, has little left to prove. When the Redskins and Patriots meet in next week’s joint practices, Griffin hopes to absorb some of Brady’s invaluable knowledge — as much as...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

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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July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 28, 2014  |  1 Comment

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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July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

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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July 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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