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Democrat and Chronicle

Jim Kelly headed for 'unexpected' checkup after 'something came up' after cancer surgery

Kelly most recently underwent a follow-up surgery to prepare for permanent dentures last month after doctors removed the cancer and reconstructed his upper jaw.         

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Former Patriot WR Wes Welker knows what Julian Edelman is going through as he rehabs a knee injury

When Wes Welker’s left knee gave out in the 2009 regular-season finale, it was rookie receiver Julian Edelman who was called upon to pick up the slack.Edelman racked up 103 yards on 10 catches that afternoon in Houston, flashing the quickness and agility that eventually made him a star.Of course, Edelman’s promotion didn’t last long. The Patriots were wrecked by Baltimore in the wild card round of the playoffs the following weekend, and their offseason unexpectedly began in early January.Then Welker went to work. He underwent surgery in early February, spent countless hours rehabbing...

Big Blue View

Darian Thompson has competition for his job after rough 2017 season

Missed tackles, missing big plays plagued him last season Darian Thompson is a player who excited the New York Giants when they drafted him in 2016. Some of that shine has faded, though, due to injury and poor performance. Let’s look at what Thompson might bring to the Giants in 2018 as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man training camp roster. The basics Age: 24Height: 6-foot-2Weight: 208Position: SafetyExperience: 2 2017 season in review After missing all but two games in 2016 due to a foot injury, Thompson started all 16 games for the Giants last season. The problem...

Niner Nation

Brooks: ‘Reuben Foster is going to be the gold standard for linebacker play’

High praise from the NFL Network analyst. If Reuben Foster can just keep himself healthy and out of trouble, he could be the one everyone is compared to. Now that Reuben Foster’s legal issues have concluded, the sky is the limit for the San Francisco 49ers linebacker. Foster will have to serve out a two-game suspension to start the season, but after that it’s all about building on his 2017 season, which while marred by injuries, established him in the upper echelon of NFL linebackers. So much that people are calling him elite and Bucky Brooks now calls him the gold standard. He had a...

Big Blue View

Shane Vereen to sign with New Orleans Saints — report

Running back spent three seasons with Giants Former New York Giants running back Shane Vereen has found a new home. Vereen is signing with the New Orleans Saints, per a report from Mike Garafolo. Vereen, mostly a third-down back and pass-catching specialist, spent three seasons with the Giants. He averaged 43.2 yards per carry (139 rushes, 582 yards) and caught 114 passes for 842 yards and 4 TDs. His best year was his first one with the Giants as he had a career-high 59 receptions in 2015. A forearm injury derailed most of his 2016 season, limiting him to five games. He played all 16 games...

Cat Scratch Reader

Chris Manhertz to begin training camp on PUP list following ankle surgery

Manhertz suffered a similar injury to Greg Olsen’s from last season. According to a report from Joe Person at the Charlotte Observer, Carolina Panthers tight end Chris Manhertz will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list following ankle surgery earlier in the summer. Carolina Panthers backup tight end Chris Manhertz will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list with the same injury that sidelined starting tight end Greg Olsen for much of the 2017 season. Manhertz underwent surgery this summer after sustaining a Jones fracture in his left...

Cincy Jungle

The Bengals’ 3 deepest positions entering training camp

On a largely unproven roster, these position groups bring the most stability to the Bengals. In the NFL, success is largely depended on health. And when your team doesn’t have it, it’s quality depth that compensates for it. Just like most teams, the Bengals have dealt with numerous untimely injuries in their two losing seasons since 2015, but rarely did they find ways to adequately fill roles left vacant. Slowly but surely, they’ve built a roster that now has an upsurge of young talent and is cultivating quality depth at numerous positions, though they still have more to do to get...

Daily Norseman

Report: Vikings Will ‘Probably’ Play Mike Remmers At RG In 2018

Mike Zimmer taled about it during a local radio interview earlier During the off-season, a lot of attention has been paid to the state of the Minnesota Vikings offensive line. As injuries took their toll towards the end of last season, the Vikes were forced into an impromptu starting five of: LT: Riley Reiff LG: Mike Remmers, who had been the starting RT most of the season. C: Pat Elflein RG: Joe Berger RT: Rashod Hill At the time, it was more out of necessity for the playoffs, as Mike Zimmer stated that the goal was to get the five best offensive linemen on the field. In the short term, it...

Pats Pulpit

POLL: Will Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski hit the over or under on these predictions?

Can the Patriots All Pro tight end continue to play at a high level? New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has earned First Team All Pro distinction in four of the past seven years. In the three years he failed to make the All Pro team, he played 11 or fewer games due to injuries. In other words, a healthy Gronk is the best tight end in the league. Gronkowski played 14 games in 2017 and has played 70 of a possible 96 regular season games over the past six years, but he’s also averaged a ridiculous 1,213 yards and 11 touchdowns per 16-game season. He wants a big contract extension,...

Windy City Gridiron

Chicago Bears Undrafted free agent stock watch

With training camp on the horizon this weekend, which undrafted free agent has the inside track to a roster spot? The start of training camp is right around the corner for the Chicago Bears, and rightfully so, excitement and optimism is in the air for many fans. With a revamped roster and better depth, 2018 may be the first time in a long time where any single undrafted free agent may have troubling breaking camp on the 53-man roster. In the face of that reality, there is expected to be plenty of competition. As we know, camp standouts and long-term injuries happen over the course of this...

ClutchPoints

Ravens news: Marshal Yanda placed on PUP list

The Baltimore Ravens have placed guard Marshal Yanda on the physically unable to perform list Monday as a likely precautionary measure, per Jamison Hensley of ESPN. Yanda, who a six-time Pro Bowler, suffered a season-ending ankle injury on Sept. 17 which saw him miss the Ravens’ last 14 games of the 2017 campaign. While Yanda […] The post Ravens news: Marshal Yanda placed on PUP list appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Turf Show Times

Roster Preview: RB Malcolm Brown

Brown enters the 2018 season after being the main backup to Todd Gurley in 2017. Will rookie John Kelly challenge his spot on the depth chart? Warning: At some point during this preview, a doomsday scenario will be entertained in which Malcolm Brown would be named a starter. This would come as a result of an injury to a player I will not name out of fear. But for clarity, this unnamed player is the reigning Offensive Player of the Year, likes jumping over grown-ass men, and has one surgically reconstructed knee. Reader discretion is advised. In Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff’s second...

Big Blue View

On his 8th team, QB Alex Tanney keeps chasing the dream

He is with the Giants now, but probably won’t stay without an injury to someone else Case Keenum has gone from undrafted free agent to a guy who this offseason signed a huge contract with the Denver Broncos to be their franchise quarterback. Keenum is the exception. Alex Tanney is the rule when it comes to undrafted quarterbacks. After starring at Monmouth, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012. He now counts the Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans (twice), Buffalo Bills, Indianapolis Colts and now the New York Giants among his NFL stops. In...

Windy City Gridiron

Bears training camp preview: Kyle Fuller needs consistency

The Bears secondary was a surprise bright spot of the 2017 season. The same group returns, as do higher expectations. Entering the third year of Vic Fangio’s Bears defense last season, many concerns stemmed from a secondary filled with question marks. Adrian Amos was coming off a disappointing 2016. Eddie Jackson was an unproven rookie not yet starting. And the seemingly out of favor Kyle Fuller only entered the Bears’ Week 1 starting lineup because of an injury to the oft-missing Prince Amukamara. A year later, while still growing and with a confident year behind them, Chicago’s...

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Jets cut Devin Smith, former 2nd-round pick out of Ohio State

The Jets cut another former second-round pick in Devin Smith after the receiver from Ohio State struggled with ACL injuries.        

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Jets waive 2015 2nd-rounder Smith, sign safety Bryant

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets waived 2015 second-round draft pick Devin Smith and signed safety Brandon Bryant on Monday.Smith, a wide receiver from Ohio State, couldnt stay healthy or provide anything on the field for the team. He played in 14 games with only 10 receptions. Twice, Smith suffered major knee injuries.Bryant struggled to concentrate on football after his father died in a 2015 motorcycle crash. Bryant was arrested for driving under the influence later on. Academically ineligible for next season, he declared for the NFLs supplemental draft but was not chosen last...

Acme Packing Company

Packers training camp preview: Loaded D-line must anchor defense

With Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and the Packers’ other outside linebackers consistently dealing with injuries, the team needs much of the pass rush to come from the defensive line. Continuing our series looking at the Green Bay Packers’ 90-man roster heading into training camp, we examine the defensive line and reveal our pre-camp predictions for the team’s 2018 53-man roster. Follow along over through the week as we break down the roster position-by-position and reveal our predictions. The Packers defense endured one of its most trying seasons of recent vintage during Dom Capers’...

Bolts From The Blue

Over/Under: Keenan Allen’s Receiving Yards and Touchdowns

Allen is just entering his prime after a stellar 2017 season. Will he take a step back, repeat, or take his game to another level? During the first half of the 2015 season prior to his season-ending injury, the Keenan Allen we all laid witness to was some thing else. It took one game for him to set the franchise-record for catches in a game at 15. It culminated in a masterful performance that ignited a comeback against the Detroit Lions on their home turf. In 2016, he had six catches for 63 yards in the the first half against the Chiefs before the turf monster took another year out of his...

Bolts From The Blue

The Chargers Aren’t Actually That Interested in Antonio Gates

Time is ticking, and has been ticking. Will Gates play this year? In the wake of Hunter Henry’s devastating ACL injury on the first day of team activities, it was prognosticated that the Chargers would have no choice but to bring back Antonio Gates. That was two months ago. Gates remains unsigned and, largely, uncourted by any NFL teams. The Chargers have been the only team that have given any indication of interest in Gates’ services. These comments, however, might have been smoke without fire. Antonio Gates is a Chargers legend. He has fans and he has records, and the Chargers...

Bleeding Green Nation

Darren Sproles has a statistical goal he’s targeting in the final year of his career

One last ride for Mighty Mouse. In a post titled “One More Year” written on his online platform, Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles confirmed the 2018 season will be his last in the NFL. This “news” hardly comes as a surprise. Sproles was originally set to retire after the 2017 season. The equation changed, of course, when Sproles suffered a season-ending injury in Week 3. Sproles didn’t want to go out that way. And who could blame him? The 35-year-old has a prime opportunity to contribute to a defending Super Bowl team that could realistically make a back-to-back...

ClutchPoints

Eagles QB Nick Foles says ‘it was hard to watch’ other QBs sign big deals

The Philadelphia Eagles are the reigning Super Bowl champions after an incredible run during the 2017 campaign led by a backup quarterback in veteran Nick Foles. Following Carson Wentz’s season-ending knee injury, Foles became the starter and didn’t miss a beat as he defied the odds with a remarkable performance which resulted in his first title […] The post Eagles QB Nick Foles says ‘it was hard to watch’ other QBs sign big deals appeared first on ClutchPoints.

The Falcoholic

There are 10 days until Falcons training camp, so here are ten players who need to improve in 2018

Through injury and disappointing performance, With training camp just ten days away (!), it’s time to talk about the hopeful future that lies ahead. Part of that is discussing players who need to improve and hopefully will improve so that this team can reach new heights, hoist a Lombardi Trophy, and allow us all to die in peace at some indeterminate time in the future. Here are ten of them. QB Matt Ryan While Ryan was chiefly unlucky last year, there’s no point in denying that he had some lousy throws, especially early in the year. You also can’t pin the complete lack of red zone...

ClutchPoints

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says it’s time to move on from Anthony Barr hit

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr became public enemy No. 1 in Green Bay after his hit on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers last season. As if the season-ending broken collarbone Rodgers sustained on the hit wasn’t enough, Rodgers claimed Barr also added some insults to injury after the fact. But after a couple months have passed, Rodgers […] The post Packers QB Aaron Rodgers says it’s time to move on from Anthony Barr hit appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Turf Show Times

Roster Preview: TE Temarrick Hemingway

After losing his sophomore season to injury, can Hemingway thrive in McVay’s offense? Los Angeles Rams TE Temarrick Hemingway was looking forward to a break out sophomore season under new Head Coach Sean McVay, but life had other plans. Hemingway suffered a broken fibula in the loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in the third preseason game, ending his 2017 season. Now healthy, will he be able to climb the depth chart to a number two spot, or will he further solidify his number three spot? Roster Battle At this point, I don’t think much has changed since last year at this time for...

Field Gulls

Don’t forget about Nazair Jones

Of the many key injuries the Seattle Seahawks suffered on defense last year, one that did not get discussed very much was DL Nazair Jones. Drafted out of North Carolina in the third-round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Jones made an immediate impact, intercepting Aaron Rodgers and returning it all the way for a touchdown. However, the referees decided to call a fictitious foul on Jeremy Lane, eject him from the game (which honestly was a net positive for fast-tracking the Shaquill Griffin era), as well as a weak block in the back on Cliff Avril to nullify what would’ve been only the second...

Revenge of the Birds

Fact or Fiction? The Arizona Cardinals will make the playoffs in 2018

After an 8-8 season, will the Arizona Cardinals be a surprise team in the NFC? Last year, the 2017 Arizona Cardinals fell well short of expectations, finishing with an 8-8 record and a roster riddled with injuries. However, they did it all without cohesion on the defensive side under James Bettcher or a solid starting quarterback in Carson Palmer for half the season, and without David Johnson for all of it. Will the offseason additions the team has made be enough to make some noise in the NFC? Or is this a team that’s going to have some growing pains? Let’s look at five reasons why...

Brandin Cooks Leaves Game After Hit from Malcolm Jenkins | Eagles vs. Patriots | Super Bowl LII News

New England Patriots wide receiver Brandin Cooks leaves the field after a head injury during Super Bowl LII. Watch full games with NFL Game Pass: https://www.nfl.com/gamepass?campaign=sp-nf-gd-ot-yt-3000342 Sign up for Fantasy Football! http://www.nfl.c

Patriots smart to play coy with Gronk's injury

Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski was limited in practice due to a concussion he suffered against the Jaguars, but it would be shocking if he didn't play in Super Bowl LII.

Bill Belichick's AFC Championship Postgame Presser, "It wasn't open heart surgery" | NFL

New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick's postgame presser following their AFC Championship win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Watch full games with NFL Game Pass: https://www.nfl.com/gamepass?campaign=sp-nf-gd-ot-yt-3000342 Sign up for Fantasy F