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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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November 17, 2014  |  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, the...
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November 16, 2014  |  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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November 16, 2014  |  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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November 15, 2014  |  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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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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 — Josh Cribbs ...
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November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

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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November 10, 2014  |  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." #Bills ...
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November 09, 2014  |  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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November 09, 2014  |  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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November 08, 2014  |  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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November 07, 2014  |  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 it was little...
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November 07, 2014  |  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 it's leaving...
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November 04, 2014  |  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' Pro Bowler...
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November 02, 2014  |  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 the...
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October 30, 2014  |  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 an opportunity...
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October 29, 2014  |  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 guys were behind me and not...
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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 -- from 6, 2 and 46 yards out ...
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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

Cardinals kicker blew $1,500 signing bonus on headphones

Having entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent, Chandler Catanzaro is making, in a relative sense, mere pennies. The Cardinals kicker signed a three-year deal that will pay him $420,000 this season -- the rookie minimum -- and included just a $1,500 signing bonus. That $1,500 is the only guaranteed money Catanzaro will receive over the life of the deal. And he already blew...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Lions send player home from London after cutting him

There will be no tea or crumpets -- or a job -- in William Powell's immediate future. Per the Detroit Free Press, the Lions on Wednesday released Powell from the practice squad, sending him home from London ahead of Sunday's game against the Falcons. https://twitter.com/davebirkett/status/524888963816120320 Following a nearly eight-hour flight, the Lions landed in London on Monday...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Colts punter asks Antonio Brown not to kick him in face

Pat McAfee doesn't want the Spencer Lanning treatment. On Monday, the Colts' punter tweeted at Steelers receiver Antonio Brown, hoping to avoid the same cleat that Lanning ate in Week 1. https://twitter.com/PatMcAfeeShow/status/524293650033811456 Lanning later joked about the meme-spawning incident, saying it was "pretty funny." McAfee, seemingly, doesn't share...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Seahawks now considered underdogs to make playoffs?

The Seahawks entered the 2014 season as Vegas' (and yours truly's) favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champions. Seven weeks and three losses later, however, Seattle could be on the outside looking in. According to Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com, the Seahawks, based on the latest NFL Elo ratings, are now considered underdogs to qualify for the postseason. Says Silver: Our Elo...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns lament ‘unacceptable’ loss to winless Jaguars

It was the classic trap game. The Browns, fresh off a blowout victory over the Steelers, traveled to Jacksonville to take on the winless Jaguars. Many expected surging Cleveland to roll over the Jags for their fourth win in five weeks. The game was in the bag for Mike Pettine's squad. Except it wasn't. In a haphazard, sloppy performance, the Browns were held out of the endzone...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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