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Cowboys coach makes TEs wear swim goggles in practice

Dallas Cowboys tight ends coach Mike Pope is throwing players into the deep end. Throughout this week’s minicamp practices, Pope made his group wear swim goggles during pass-catching drills, ESPNDallas.com reports. The unorthodox method, as Jason Witten explained, negates peripheral vision, forcing players to rely on instincts. “You can’t see out of the corner of your eyes...
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June 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Packers reportedly ‘worried’ Franklin may not play again

Johnathan Franklin's NFL career could be over before it began. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, the Packers are "worried" that Franklin's neck injury, first suffered last season, might be career-threatening. The second-year running back injured his neck and suffered a concussion on a kickoff in Week 12, sending him to injured reserve. Sources tell Demovsky...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Ryan Fitzpatrick named Texans’ starting quarterback

There will be no competition for the Houston Texans' starting quarterback job. Following the team's mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, coach Bill O'Brien announced Ryan Fitzpatrick sits atop the depth chart. "He's a guy that earned the job," O'Brien said. To no one's surprise, Fitzpatrick -- who signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract this offseason...
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June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Browns LB Paul Kruger on QB competition: 'Hoyer's the guy'

Paul Kruger knows who he wants to lead the Browns this year -- and it's not Johnny F'ing Football. During an appearance on 1320 KFAN in Salt Lake City, the veteran linebacker threw his support behind Brian Hoyer to win the starting quarterback job. “Me personally, I mean obviously that’s up to the staff and coaches so they’ll make that decision,” Kruger said, per...
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June 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Green-Ellis could be cut before season begins

The "Law Firm" may be facing relocation. In his weekly mailbag, ESPN Bengals reporter Coley Harvey predicted running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis will be released before the start of the season. Due $2.3 million in 2014, the final year of his contract, Green-Ellis would be the odd man out of a backfield that includes clear-cut starter Giovanni Bernard and rookie Jeremy...
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June 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Dansby signed with Browns because ‘money was sweet’

Karlos Dansby isn't one to mince words. The veteran linebacker, who once predicted he would end up in the Hall of Fame, is an open book in interviews, regularly spawning headline-quality sound bites. Friday's appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio was no different. Dansby touched on a variety of topics with hosts Takeo Spikes and Alex Marvez, including why he signed with the...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets safety Josh Bush: I’m the LeBron James of bowling

Rex Ryan had a surprise in store for the Jets Thursday, foregoing a fourth-consecutive day of OTA practices to take the entire team bowling. Chemistry-building activities are nothing new to Ryan, who in the past has treated his squad to impromptu movie screenings, games of paintball, and visits from the military. Bowling, however, is something he sees a lot of value in. "...
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June 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Peyton Manning ‘probably’ won’t wear AFC Championship ring

On Monday, the Broncos were reminded one last time of the close-but-no-cigar season of 2013. The team received its AFC Championship rings, commemorating their 26-16 victory over the Patriots. There was little celebration, however. Only reflection. Per the Denver Post, former Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson, quarterback Peyton Manning, and coach John Fox all spoke to the squad...
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June 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Romeo Crennel: Jadeveon Clowney must ‘earn his spot’

Jadeveon Clowney may have been drafted No. 1 overall, but it doesn't mean he's entitled to a prominent role. Or even meaningful snaps. Following Texans OTAs on Tuesday, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said the former Gamecocks star will have to earn his way onto the field. “He’s going to earn his spot, in my eyes. … If he learns, then chances are that he’ll...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Trestman: Jay Cutler ‘bigger, stronger’ than before

Heading into his ninth season, Jay Cutler is on a streak -- and not the kind you want for a quarterback. Over the last four years, Cutler has missed at least one game due to his health. In 2013, he sat out five games with nagging groin and ankle ailments, thrusting backup Josh McCown into the spotlight. Fortunately, coach Marc Trestman says, the Bears' signal-caller is bulking...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandon Spikes: Bills ‘gonna shock the world’ this year

Permanently stationed at or near the bottom of the AFC East, the Buffalo Bills own the NFL's longest playoff drought -- 15 years and counting. That's about to change. So says Brandon Spikes, anyway. "I think we're gonna shock the world this season ... I'm all in," Spikes told reporters on Monday. Defecting from the rival Patriots, the veteran linebacker...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Jets’ David Nelson ‘quarantined’ after mosquito bite

Though David Nelson didn't need an excuse for missing last week's OTAs -- attendance is voluntary, after all -- he had a pretty good one. Per the New York Post, the Jets receiver was bitten by a mosquito while doing charity work in Haiti, causing 104-degree fever and strep throat. Coach Rex Ryan described it as an "illness." Nelson said it was a "a bug."...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: James Harrison does pushups with ex-teammate on back

James Harrison may be on the downslope of his career, but he remains in tip-top physical shape. Taking to his Instagram on Friday, the free agent linebacker shared a video of himself doing pushups with Steelers receiver (and former teammate) Antonio Brown riding his back. Brown is listed at 186 pounds, so that this "workout" was so effortless is pretty impressive...
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June 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Michael Sam involved in scuffle at Rams practice

The Organized Team Activities that teams are currently conducting are supposed to voluntary, non-contact practices, amounting to little more than a walk-through. Some Rams players, including defensive end Michael Sam, didn't get that memo. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Sam was involved in one of three scuffles that broke out during Thursday's "spirited...
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June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pete Carroll on Jim Harbaugh: ‘We love beating him’

There's nothing quite like a little June trash talk to stoke those rivalry fires. During the Seahawks' annual Town Hall on Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll took a jab at 49ers head man/arch nemesis Jim Harbaugh, saying he's "a great coach and we love beating him," per the Seattle Times. The quote, which "ended with an applause," came after a long-winded...
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June 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Gilbert on returning kicks: ‘It’s finger lickin good’

Justin Gilbert's propensity for shutting down opposing receivers made him the No. 8 overall pick in last month's draft. But it's the art of returning kicks that really wets the cornerback's whistle. "There is nothing like taking one to the house," Gilbert said, per the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "I tell a couple of my teammates, 'It's like your...
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June 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Russell Wilson: Seahawks’ receivers ‘as fast as it gets’

The last time we saw the Seahawks' offense in action, they were lighting up the scoreboard en route to a 43-8 victory in Super Bowl XLVIII. Since then, the group has added depth, notably in the wide receiver corps, with the addition of second-round speedster Paul Richardson. Quarterback Russell Wilson expects his weapons -- new and old -- to blaze past the competition. “Yeah...
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June 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Khalil Mack: Thought of sacking Peyton Manning gets me excited

Khalil Mack wants his first interaction with Peyton Manning to be more than a casual face-to-face. While attending this weekend’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere, Mack told NFL Network’s Alex Flanagan that the Broncos’ All-World quarterback is atop his sack wish list. “Just thinking about it gets you a little (excited), you know what I mean?” Mack said. Mack, the No. 5 overall pick...
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June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

The road ahead: Undrafted players aim to find NFL niche

For the 256 players who heard their name called last month, the NFL draft was a rewarding experience, a culmination of years of hard work and dedication to their craft. Many others -- players who expelled similar amounts of blood, sweat, and tears -- weren't so fortunate, as they were left to toil in the vast pool of undrafted free agents. Fortunately, there is no singular...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Stephen Ross: NFL team will be in L.A. ‘within five years’

Last year, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the NFL's long-awaited return to Los Angeles is "closer than ever" to happening. On Saturday, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross provided a more specific timeframe. https://twitter.com/KevinClarkWSJ/status/472746245321416704 Don't worry, Fins fans. Your team isn't packing up and heading west. https://twitter.com/KevinClarkWSJ...
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May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Sanchez says he's entering 'prime of his career' with Eagles

Mark Sanchez has gone from Rex Ryan, who barely knew a quarterback from a defensive back, to Chip Kelly, master of offensive matriculation. To say the veteran signal-caller likes the change in scenery would be underselling it. "I love being here. This is the best place I could have landed," Sanchez said Thursday, via Kimberley A. Martin of Newsday. Though Sanchez is...
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May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Dion Jordan has packed on nearly 20 pounds of muscle

Following an extraordinarily forgettable rookie campaign, Dion Jordan is reinventing himself to fit at defensive end in the Dolphins' 4-3 scheme. The results are more than noticeable. Hitting the field for OTAs on Tuesday, Jordan weighed in at a rock-solid 265 pounds -- a 17-pound increase since the 2013 Combine -- looking like he "took an air pump and plugged it into...
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May 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Chiefs rookie Dee Ford pays homage to Derrick Thomas

Chiefs rookie linebacker Dee Ford wore No. 30 at Auburn, where his knack for terrorizing opposing offenses earned him a first-round draft selection. Unfortunately for Ford, No. 30 is unavailable to him in the NFL due to the league's jersey rules. In need of digits, he ultimately decided on No. 55. Why? “This is Derrick Thomas’ college number," Ford told the team...
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May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Giovani Bernard: Bengals are just gonna smash your face in

Under new coordinator Hue Jackson, the Bengals' offense is expected to shift to a more run-heavy approach, with the ground game setting up the pass. You could call it smashmouth football. Literally. "It's a lot more tempo, tempo, tempo," running back Giovani Bernard said, via ESPN.com. "We're just going to smash your face in -- basically." Gone...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss

John Abraham shooting for ‘at least’ 20 sacks in 2014

John Abraham went from the scrap heap to sack master for the Cardinals last season, leading the club with 11.5 takedowns as a force off the edge. With his career resurrected, he's aiming higher in 2014. "I'm shooting for at least 20 (sacks). I always shoot high," Abraham said, via KTAR-FM. "Shoot high, you might hit low, but at least you shoot high. Don...
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May 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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