4:25 AM EDT, Thu July 24, 2014
Blogging The Boys 4 hours ago

Football 101: The Spread Offense

The concept of the spread is as simple as the single word "spread". You want to spread the defense out so they have to be good at tackling in space. One of the things that really burns me up, (besides a flame about six feet tall), is seeing bright football minds continue to do just the opposite of the old baseball adage of "Hit'em where they ain't!" When an offense needs a first down or a short yardage touchdown, what do they often do? They run the ball to where the big pile of bodies are, they run at the bunching. INSIDE THE RED ZONE Does that seem intuitively silly to anyone else but me?...
The Falcoholic 4 hours ago
Julio Jones to be featured on Thursday Night Football's

Julio Jones to be featured on Thursday Night Football's "Under the Lights" special this Fall

Fact: Julio Jones' Cheetos are cheesy, but not dangerously so Julio Jones has an almost mythical quality about him. He's like Bigfoot, just less human. And that's to be expected anytime someone has Jones' draft pedigree. After all, the Falcons gave up more picks to get Jones than a lot of teams have at their disposal in an entire draft. But what's really cool is the respect he's getting league-wide. For a team that doesn't get much praise in the media, Jones is akin to a Falcons ambassador. So when Thursday Night Football announced that they will feature Jones on their "Under the Lights"...
Blogging The Boys 5 hours ago

Building The Dallas Cowboys Roster: 2015 Middle Linebacker Prospects

Our offseason series on top collegians at deep positions in the 2015 draft concludes with a look at some of the top-rated inside linebacker prospects. As I noted in earlier installments of this series, it can be of great benefit to begin studying college players at what are likely to be the deepest positions in the next year's draft. When a position is strong, and the majority of teams are drafting for need (which they are), it means that players at these strong positions will fall. When pursued over the long term, therefore, a strategy of drafting to positional strength ...
Who Dat Mafia 6 hours ago

The New Orleans Saints “Punked” Jimmy Graham With A Pink Rose Infested Dorm Room

Maybe this is payback from the New Orleans Saints for the franchise-tag dispute that consumed much of the off-season. Whatever it is, Jimmy Graham wasn’t completely happy Wednesday. The tight end arrived with his teammates at the swanky Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, for the start of training camp. And when he […] The post The New Orleans Saints “Punked” Jimmy Graham With A Pink Rose Infested Dorm Room appeared first on WhoDatMafia™.
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 6 hours ago
Vernon Davis has created a new super hero, Captain Torpedo

Vernon Davis has created a new super hero, Captain Torpedo

So, umm, yea...Vernon Davis tweeted out something a little odd. Any thoughts on what it means? Wednesday morning, San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis reported to training camp, ending what might have turned into a cantankerous holdout. However, after skipping mandatory minicamp, Davis decided he had done all he could, and returned in time for the start of training camp. The whole holdout situation has been odd, but for the moment, it's behind us. If he does not get a new deal, I suppose this will come back up again next season, but for now, it's off the front burner. Upon returning,...
Field Gulls 6 hours ago

Seahawks sign TE/WR Morrell Presley

The Seahawks have signed tight end/receiver Morrell Presley, an street free agent out of Cal PA that tried out with the team at their rookie minicamp. At his pro day in 2013, he was listed at 6'3, 225 pounds, ran a 40 in 4.69, broad jumped 9'11, with a 34.5" vert, a 4.46 short shuttle and 7.25 3-cone. Out of high school in Los Angeles in 2008, then Pete Carroll's recruiting back-yard, Presley was rated the #1 tight end in the nation by Scout (five star) and was a four-star recruit by Rivals when he de-committed from Carroll's USC and signed with Rick Neuheisal's UCLA as a big-time...
Hogs Haven 6 hours ago

The Sloppy Seconds 7-23-2014

Hogs Haven's look around the NFL at the major stories that happened today. OT Ryan Harris signs with the Kansas City Chiefs - ProFootballTalk A Hogs Haven favorite free agent target nearly every season he is available. When/where does Eric Winston sign? Sammy Watkins continues to impress this offseason: .@SammyWatkins made a SICK one-handed grab at @BuffaloBills practice today. MUST-SEE: http://t.co/JMyLz96SQl #NFLTrainingCamp — NFL (@nfl) July 23, 2014 Giants First Round rookie Odell Beckham Jr has strained hamstring...again - NJ.com The rookie missed time in the spring due to...
Ed Valentine / Big Blue View 6 hours ago

Plaxico Burress talks about gunshot, what might have been

Plaxico Burress opens up the night he shot himself in the leg. No fan of the New York Giants likes to think back on what might have been in 2008 if Plaxico Burress had not taken a gun to a nightclub and accidentally put a bullet in his leg.The Giants were 11-1 at the time and Burress basically blew up the Giants' chance at a second straight Super Bowl, blew up a a good chunk of his career and cost himself two years of freedom. Burress, much to his credit, recently sat down and talked candidly about that night, it's impact on the Giants and -- more importantly -- on his life. Here are a...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 7 hours ago
Justin Smith wears a 'Sack Francisco' t-shirt

Justin Smith wears a 'Sack Francisco' t-shirt

Justin Smith arrived to 49ers training camp with a great t-shirt, and apparently as healthy as he has been since 2012. Justin Smith was among the many San Francisco 49ers veterans who reported to training camp today, but I doubt any of them had a t-shirt quite as awesome as Smith. Smith met with the media while wearing this shirt: #49ers Justin Smith wore an awesomely terrifying "Sack Francisco" grim reapers shirt today http://t.co/8igJNkFWAw pic.twitter.com/22asN1rH6j — Katie Dowd (@KatieDowd) July 23, 2014 I'd imagine that t-shirt was commissioned by the defensive line, but if...
Blogging The Boys 8 hours ago
Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp: 'State of the Union' Press Conference

Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp: 'State of the Union' Press Conference

Oxnard press conference with Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett marks the unofficial start to Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp and provides the first few answers to the many questions facing the team this season. Dallas Cowboys 2014 Training Camp is here! The players will have their first practice tomorrow, but the annual unofficial start is the Oxnard, CA 'State of the Union' press conference. While there are far more questions about the Cowboys 2014 season that can't be answered until the team hits the practice fields, there are certainly important insights to be gathered from Jerry Jones and...
Windy City Gridiron 8 hours ago

How confident are you in the group of running backs behind Matt Forte?

Join our 11 part series taking an in-depth look at each position group on the Chicago Bears. Next up, the running backs. Be honest, how many of you are really, really, really rooting for Jordan Lynch to make the 53 man roster? We've already touched on the running back position for the Chicago Bears the last couple weeks. If you missed out on my 7th Most Important Bear for the 2014 season you can click here and for a discussion on whether or not Matt Forte is the best all around back in the NFL you can click here. Roster Locks The Bears carried three tailbacks and a fullback last year and...

Philadelphia Eagles center David Molk talks about how NFL players are underpaid

Philadelphia Eagles center David Molk thinks NFL players are underpaid. He's not wrong.
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 9 hours ago

49ers place Garrett Celek on PUP list to start training camp

The San Francisco 49ers surprised us on Wednesday afternoon, placing tight end Garrett Celek on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform In a bit of a surprise, the San Francisco 49ers placed tight end Garrett Celek on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform List to start 2014 training camp. Celek was a participant in the offseason workout program, and this would seem to indicate some kind of injury during that program. Had he injured himself away from the 49ers, the team could have placed him on the NFI list. As always, check out socalisteph's full rundown of PUP and NFI rules. Celek...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 9 hours ago

49ers training camp 2014: Tracking players on the PUP and NFI lists

The San Francisco 49ers have several players on the PUP and NFI lists. We follow their progress through training camp, and potentially into the regular season. Fooch's Update: These moves are actually official per the NFL transaction list. The 49ers made the following moves: To NFI list: Bruce Ellington, Marcus Lattimore, Marcus Martin, Trey Millard, Keith Reaser, Brandon Thomas To PUP list: Aaron Lynch, Kaleb Ramsey I'll put together more details, but the PUP list injuries mean those two suffered their injuries during the offseason workout program. The NFI players would be related to...

Eagles training camp: Should Lane Johnson or Allen Barbre take first team reps at right tackle?

How will the Eagles handle Lane Johnson's suspension during the summer? Now that Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson has officially been suspended for the first four games of the 2014 season, it's time to wonder how the Eagles should prepare knowing they'll temporarily be without him. Keep in mind that Johnson will be able to participate without restriction during Eagles training camp and preseason until August 29th, the day after the final exhibition game. But should the Eagles give him the first team repetitions this summer or should they go to his likely replacement, Allen...
David Fucillo / Niners Nation 10 hours ago
Stevie Johnson cleared to join 49ers training camp practice

Stevie Johnson cleared to join 49ers training camp practice

The San Francisco 49ers got some good news on Wednesday, as wide receiver Stevie Johnson passed his conditioning test. He will join the team for their first practice on Thursday. The San Francisco 49ers will start practicing on Thursday, and it appears Stevie Johnson will be on the field, ready to participate. The 49ers had players available to speak with the media on Wednesday, and Johnson informed the assembled group that he had passed his conditioning test and was cleared to begin practicing. Johnson had previously been working through a hamstring strain, which limited his work in the...
Daily Norseman 10 hours ago

A Pre-Training Camp, Final 53-Man Roster Prediction

The Daily Norseman offers up one opinion on how the final 53-man roster could shake down after Training Camp and the Pre-Season are completed. Training Camp is only days away!  Woo!  So, now is the perfect time for a Week One Depth Chart prediction.  I put this up on my twitter this afternoon, but I felt that I should expand upon my picks a little more and provide some rationalization.  So, here is my attempt at guessing who will make the final 53-man Vikings roster for Week 1 of the 2014 NFL Season. QB: Cassel, Bridgewater, Ponder Remember, this is the Week 1 roster.  I want...
Sander Philipse / Bucs Nation 10 hours ago
Buccaneers training camp roundtable: Predicting the season, and bold claims

Buccaneers training camp roundtable: Predicting the season, and bold claims

We asked every one of our writers to predict the season, come up with some bold predictions, and give us their opinion on where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are going. Training camp is around the corner, the regular starts in less than two months and the NFL is gearing back up. Which means season predictions are coming into play. So we asked every one of our writers to give his opinion on the upcoming season, including a lot of names you haven't seen in quite a while. Enjoy! JC De La Torre I truly can't remember a season with this much change in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization....
Windy City Gridiron 10 hours ago

Chicago Bears Pre-Training Camp Press Conference recap

Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman met the media today in advance of tomorrow's reporting day for Training Camp. Thanks to the wonderful world of Twitter, we'll bring you some of the highlights. Tomorrow the Chicago Bears will report to training camp on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois. For the full camp schedule including directions to camp you can click here. Earlier today general manager Phil Emery and head coach Marc Trestman met the media and we'll highlight some of the pertinent info via twitter right after we we run...
Sean Yuille / Pride Of Detroit 10 hours ago
Report: Golden Tate, Ziggy Ansah to open training camp on PUP list

Report: Golden Tate, Ziggy Ansah to open training camp on PUP list

According to a report, the Detroit Lions are going to put Golden Tate and Ziggy Ansah on the PUP list in what is likely just a precautionary move. The Detroit Lions are set to open training camp next Monday, and it appears that wide receiver Golden Tate and defensive end Ziggy Ansah might miss at least one practice. I say that because Ian Rapoport reports that Tate and Ansah are both going to open camp on the PUP list: #Lions Golden Tate and Ziggy Ansah will begin training camp on the PUP list, source says. — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 23, 2014 Tate missed some time last month...

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