2:01 PM EDT, Thu August 21, 2014
Niners Nation 28 mins ago

Levi's Stadium Field temporarily receives heavy sod patches, but will receive a new sand base next Saturday

After only three events at the Levi's Stadium, reports emerged Levi's Stadium field was receiving a major rehaul. We look at what the 49ers are doing temporarily for the exhibition game on Sunday and what will be done to rectify the underlying problem. After only three events at the Levi's Stadium, Matt Maiocco reported on Thursday morning the stadium's the heavy-traffic area of grass was torn up from goal line to goal line. Apparently, the 49ers plan is to re-sod the field so it can provide solid enough footing for Sunday's exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers. Levi's Stadium...
Vikings Gab 41 mins ago

Wide Receiver Battle: Smith, Thielen, or Both?

Early in training camp, it looked as though there would be no debate as to who would occupy the 5th wide receiver position. Adam Thielen was the best player in camp for the first two weeks, and his routes were (and still are) a thing of beauty. Rodney Smith, who was considered in the mix […]

Lions are quite healthy going into Jaguars game

The Detroit Lions have had pretty good luck so far this summer when it comes to injuries. The Detroit Lions are halfway through the 2014 preseason, and they will hit the field for their third exhibition game of 2014 on Friday night when the Jacksonville Jaguars come to town. Friday's game will serve as the Lions' "dress rehearsal" for the regular season, meaning that the starters will get more than just a few series of playing time. Although it's important for the starters to perform well, the Lions' main goal for Friday, as usual, is just to get through the game without suffering any major...

Report: Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play vs. Eagles Thursday

The Steelers running backs will both play tonight, according to NFL Network. According to Aditi Kinkahbwaia of NFL Network, both Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount will play tonight in the Steelers' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Bell was arrested for DUI after a traffic stop in Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon, and both are expected to be charged with marijuana possession.
Blogging The Boys 1 hour ago
DeVonte Holloman Neck Injury Likely Ends His Football Career

DeVonte Holloman Neck Injury Likely Ends His Football Career

After missing much of the 2013 season with a spinal contusion, the young linebacker suffered another neck injury in the 2014 preseason game versus the Ravens that will likely end his football career. While the Dallas Cowboys will dearly miss players like Sean Lee and DeMarcus Lawrence due to their serious injuries this offseason, the saddest of injury news has now become official. Many were speculating that the neck injury DeVonte Holloman suffered in the second preseason game versus the Baltimore Ravens was disconcerting due to the spinal contusion he suffered in 2013 that forced him to...
Windy City Gridiron 1 hour ago
Do you think Shea McClellin can play linebacker?

Do you think Shea McClellin can play linebacker?

Shea McClellin has been lining up as the starting strong side linebacker for most of camp and through the first two preseason games. It sure looks like he'll be starting week one for the Chicago Bears. Are you OK with that? Back in May we asked you, the Windy City Gridiron reader, Where will Shea McClellin start the 2014 season? The choices were starting at the strong side outside linebacker position, starting at middle linebacker or starting on the bench. 57% of you thought he would begin the season starting at strong side linebacker (Sam) while 27% of you pegged him for the bench. Do you...
Hogs Haven 1 hour ago
Jay Gruden Post-Practice Presser - 8/21

Jay Gruden Post-Practice Presser - 8/21

Jay Gruden answers questions from the media, has SlideGate passed? Morgan Moses: Gruden on Morgan Moses, Spencer Long: "Their development is coming along good." Said Moses will move over to right side for Baltimore. — Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 21, 2014 Morgan Moses will move to the right side of the line for the last 2 preseason games to get some experience over there. #Redskins — George Wallace (@GWallaceWTOP) August 21, 2014 Gruden says Moses is doing better at staying low and sound in his fundamentals. Still needs consistency.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo)...
Field Gulls 1 hour ago

Seahawks Replay Booth: The No-Huddle?!

Something else to add to the playbook? Let's see how Russell Wilson and co. continue to find different ways to expand the offense. This was supposed to be business as usual. It's midway into the second quarter, and the Seattle Seahawks' offense is about to come out for their drive. Zach Miller and Jermaine Kearse are off to Russell Wilson's right, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin to his left. Wilson takes the snap, goes off to his three-step drop, looks left and finds Harvin on the quick out for seven yards. If you have been analyzing the Seahawks for the past three years you'd recognize that...

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: 10 Things to Watch

Here are 10 things to watch for Thursday night's Eagles vs. Steelers game. The Philadelphia Eagles take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, August 21st, 2014 at 7:30 PM EST. Here's how to watch the game, and here's what to watch for: • 1)  Nick Foles. Foles seemed to rebound well against the New England Patriots last week after a very shaky 2014 NFL preaseason debut against the Chicago Bears where he threw two interceptions. Both of those performances came in small sample sizes as Foles only played about 18 snaps in each game. For the Eagles' sake, here's hoping Foles gets an...
Acme Packing Company 1 hour ago
Packers Training Camp Practice Notebook: Preparing for Raiders

Packers Training Camp Practice Notebook: Preparing for Raiders

On Thursday, the Packers previewed the practice format that they will use on the day before regular season games this season. The Green Bay Packers held a short practice session on Thursday morning in order to prepare for Friday's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders. The practice lasted only about an hour, and the most notable development probably revolves around a player who was not on the field rather than those who were. Here's our brief notebook from Thursday. Casey Hayward did not participate in practice today (WH). Time will tell if the team is just resting him or if there is...

49ers vs. Chargers: Game time, TV schedule for FOX National Game of the Week

The San Francisco 49ers will make another national TV appearance in Week 3 of the preseason. Their matchup with the San Diego Chargers will air on FOX. The San Francisco 49ers are back for their Week 3 preseason contest against the San Diego Chargers, and it will be nationally televised. And when I say nationally televised, I mean real national TV, and not just NFL Network national TV. FOX will be broadcasting the game live at 1 p.m. PT. The national FOX game means we get the dulcet tones of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman calling the game. I know that annoys some folks to no end, but the two of...
Field Gulls 1 hour ago

BROZIL: The World Cup Adventure Documentary

The 12th Man at the World Cup.
Hogs Haven 1 hour ago

Hazard's Huddle: Goal Line vs. Cleveland Browns

A quick film look at the Redskins four failed goal line tries vs. the Cleveland Browns. Pride is ending a 16 play drive w/ a 4 down defensive stop. IN THE PRESEASON! #DawgPound— DonteHitner (@DonteWhitner) August 19, 2014 ^ This guy is pumped about it. Last year, the Redskins were not very good in the red zone. The fact of the matter is, the zone running scheme that helped the Redskins get all over the place between the 20's bottles up when the field in shrunk. Athletic Olineman don't have enough room to run and the cutback lanes disappear. At some point, football has got to be about...
Field Gulls 1 hour ago

Michael Gervais on the psychology of pressure

"It felt like we were sharing a brain; the language was in sync, the ideas were in sync. This balance between technology and modern understandings grounded in rich science but grounded in the traditions of the ancient wisdoms. And, it was really refreshing. At the end of it, he said, 'what do you say we build a masterpiece together?" - Michael Gervais, recollecting the first dinner he had with Pete Carroll
Cat Scratch Reader 2 hours ago

Preseason 2014 Game 3- Panthers @ Patriots: Offensive Preview

The Panthers should be entering this third preseason with a boat load of confidence after their offensive performance last week. The first quarter of last week's game against the Chiefs was ugly. Cam Newton looked rusty, the offensive line wasn't creating running room, and the running backs, as a result, were getting little going on the ground. The offense would go for three straight 3 & out drives, while KC's offense seemingly roamed the field for 13 of the 15 minutes in the quarter. While it was only a preseason game, the outlook was a tad bleak to say the least, with many of us hoping...
The Falcoholic 2 hours ago

Atlanta Falcons 53 Man Roster Projection, Pre-Titans Edition Edition

An injury shakes up the latest projection from The Falcoholic. It is time for another edition of our 53 man roster projection. After a putrid second preseason game and a major injury along the offensive line, there are a few changes. So what has changed? I've put the big ones in Italics, as always, but the big one is Jake Matthews to left tackle in the wake of the Sam Baker injury. As of now, I have Gabe Carimi winning the right tackle job, though I expect Lamar Holmes can and will make a major push for it. With Ryan Schraeder sticking on the roster, as well, I have the Falcons carrying...

Cardinals vs. Bengals preview: Andy Dalton a 'lightning rod,' Vontaze Burfict deserving of new deal

Cincy Jungle's Scott Bantel joins ROTB Radio to help us get to know the Bengals. Popular Sports Internet Radio with Revenge of the Birds Radio on BlogTalkRadio
Arrowhead Pride 2 hours ago

Kansas City Chiefs preseason first team defense: Bob Sutton's Science Lab

The Chiefs defense was awful this week against the Panthers, and there's cause for concern ... right? Not quite. Let me bust some of those myths. In the days following the Kansas City Chiefs' preseason loss against the Carolina Panthers, I read assessments from fans, pundits, and bloggers describing how bad the Chiefs will perform this season on the defensive side of the ball.  The most common thread seemed to be the lack of a serious pass rush this week, even with new addition Dee Ford.  So, instead of the usual post reviewing the performances of individual players, this week will be...
Field Gulls 2 hours ago

Russell Wilson's United Way and Play 60 commercial

Here's the associated press release: UNITED and Make a Difference; Collaborate with the NFL on Youth Health and Wellness New extension utilizes online interactive map that shows the impact of local United Ways on education, income and health in their communities United Way and the Ad Council, in collaboration with the National Football League, have announced an extension of their successful LIVE UNITED campaign, including a new series of public service ads (PSAs) featuring NFL players promoting health and wellness, and ads showcasing the true outcome of United Way's work in local...
Sander Philipse / Bucs Nation 2 hours ago

Buccaneers waive James Ruffin, sign R.J. Mattes

The Buccaneers make another couple of roster moves. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed offensive guard R.J. Mattes. The second-year player entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of North Carolina State last year, spending most of the 2013 and 2014 offseasons with the New England Patriots. The 6'6", 313 lbs. guard played his college football at North Carolina State, where he protected Russell Wilson and Mike Glennon. To make room for Mattes, the Buccaneers waived defensive end James Ruffin. The former AFL player spent the past couple of weeks with the Bucs, filling in due to...

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