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Most Emotional NFL Draft Moments of All Time
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:18:03 GMT)
Check out some of the most emotional moments from NFL Drafts over the years.

Aaron Hernandez once seemingly threatened reporter Ian Rapoport with murder
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:56:31 GMT)
The Aaron Hernandez story came to a tragic end earlier this week when the former star tight end of the New England Patriots was found hanging in his prison cell in what has since been ruled a suicide. Hernandez was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole after he was convicted in the 2013 killing of semi-pro football player and friend Odin Llyod. More details have been coming to light in the wake of Hernandez’s death, revealing just how troubled Hernandez may have been, and how he possibly posed a threat to everyone around him, including reporters. Just ask NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, who was a Patriots beat writer back in 2010 when Hernandez was drafted by the Pats.

Giants claim evidence was omitted to make Eli Manning look guilty
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:07:08 GMT)
The Giants consistently have said that the supposed smoking-gun email implicating quarterback Eli Manning in memorabilia fraud was taken out of context and does not show that he actually wanted to dupe purchasers of game-used helmets with helmets not actually used in a game. According to ESPN.com, lawyers representing the Giants and Manning have claimed in a court filing that the lawyers representing the plaintiffs in that case deliberately omitted “relevant evidence” to create the impression that Manning was complicit in a scheme to defraud. The claims were made in a formal request to ask the presiding judge to uphold an agreement that information regarded as confidential would not be disclosed publicly. The Giants’ lawyers also contend that the plaintiffs “cherry-picked” the email that seems to show Eli’s involvement, in order to make him look bad publicly.

Giants' Ben McAdoo on brutal schedule: 'We'll make the best of it'
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:19:46 GMT)
The NFL officially announced the 2017 regular season schedule earlier this week, and to say the New York Giants got hosed would be an understatement. The Giants have, by far, the toughest schedule in the NFL. Four of their first six games are on the road, their first two in primetime, they play four teams coming off of their bye week, have split west coast games and play on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Oh yeah, based on the 2016 standings, they also face the eight-hardest strength of schedule in the league. Despite it all, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo says they will approach it one game at a time and make the best of a bad situation. “I know we have three of our first four

Report: Packers’ coaches “incensed” Ted Thompson let T.J. Lang walk
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:43:41 GMT)
When the Packers decided not to out-bid the Lions for veteran guard T.J. Lang last month, it was business as usual: The Packers don’t overspend in free agency, and when a soon-to-be 30-year-old guard with a hip injury hits free agency, that’s the type of player you’d expect to leave in Green Bay. Nonetheless, it apparently didn’t sit well with Green Bay’s coaching staff. According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers’ coaches were incensed that G.M. Ted Thompson let Lang get away in free agency. McGinn suggests that longtime Packers offensive line coach James Campen was working hard to keep Lang and was particularly upset when the Packers didn’t keep him. If that’s true,

Tight end Julius Thomas set to ball for Miami Dolphins after 'best' offseason
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 15:00:28 GMT)
April 23 (UPI) -- New Miami Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas is reuniting with coach Adam Gase in 2017 and says it "feels like home." Thomas was traded to the Dolphins in February in exchange for a seventh-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft from the Jacksonville Jaguars. After back-to-back Pro Bowl seasons in 2013 and 2014, Thomas had 736 yards and nine touchdowns in two seasons for the Jaguars. Gase was his offensive coordinator in his two best years when he had consecutive 12-touchdown seasons with the Denver Broncos. "This is probably the best I've ever felt," Thomas told the Dolphins website. "Luckily for me, none of my injuries [ankle/hand/back] have been really chronic things...[This] being

Rex Burkhead explains why he picked Patriots in free agency
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:00:41 GMT)
The New England Patriots aren’t a bad place to land in NFL free agency. But New England has a very crowded backfield. Rex Burkhead won’t be guaranteed any play time amid a backfield which includes Dion Lewis, James White and perhaps Mike Gillislee, who the Patriots placed an offer sheet on Tuesday. “It’s the tradition here,” Burkhead said Tuesday. “Coach [Bill] Belichick’s instilled the attitude. You can tell on film just watching the guys, they play hard and football is kind of their passion. And that’s what I wanted to be a part of. When I came on my visit, I got a glimpse of that just meeting with the coaches. And I could definitely see myself fitting in here.” He added: “You always want to

Marshawn Lynch joining the Raiders is reportedly being held up by one big issue
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 20:46:18 GMT)
It looks like we finally know what's holding up Marshawn Lynch's potential deal with the Raiders, and surprise, surprise, it's the thing that holds up most deals in the NFL: money.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Beast Mode and the Raiders haven't agreed to terms on a contract because they can't agree on how much Lynch should be paid in 2017.  Once Lynch officially comes out of retirement, he'll be scheduled to make $9 million in base salary for the upcoming season. Apparently, Beast Mode doesn't expect to make that full amount, but he does expect the Raiders to pay him at least half of that ($4.5 million).  The problem for Lynch is that the Raiders don't want to pay him a dime more

NFL mock draft round up: Christian McCaffrey rising above the pack
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
We’re almost there. The NFL Draft is this week. We have exited the final corner and are down the home stretch. At 14, it’s tough to peg a particular player as the Eagles likely choice, as there are plenty of scenarios that can unfold. But one player seems to be gaining a consensus over the weekend. Eagles GM Howie Roseman is well aware of how his bread will be buttered, if it’s to be buttered at all. Roseman desperately needs Carson Wentz to succeed. In free agency, Roseman signed Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, slapped a second-round restricted tender on reserve tight end Trey Burton, and made multiple moves on the offensive line designed to ensure the Eagles’ front five doesn’t collapse if

Top 5 Most Loyal Fan Bases in the NFL
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:38:00 GMT)
What does it mean to be a great fan base for the National Football League? Is it showing up to every game? Is it buying tons and tons of merchandise? Is it single-minded devotion on social media? Is it stadium volume? While there’s probably no way to

Need to Know: Redskins’ Friday draft picks could be just as vital to success as first-rounder
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:11:26 GMT)
Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, April 23, four days before the April 27 NFL draft. Timeline Days until: —Redskins rookie camp (5/12) 10 —Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 31 —Training camp starts (7/27) 95 —Redskins opener vs. Eagles (9/10) 140 In search of someone, anyone, to stop the run One of the areas the Redskins needed to improve last year was their rushing defense on first down. In 2015, they gave up 5.0 yards per carry on first down. That was the worst performance in the league. It’s pretty tough to play defense when a handoff makes it second and five. The Saints, who had a historically bad defense that year, were second, fiving up 4.8 yards a pop. Well, it was no better for the

Eli Manning deserves benefit of the doubt in memorabilia scandal
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Every time there is something going on in East Rutherford, N.J. involving the New York Giants — a press conference, the draft, OTAs, mini-camp, training camp, whatever — I face a decision. Is whatever is happening at the Giants facility worth the 292-mile round trip from my home outside Albany, and a possible hotel stay? Sometimes it is. Sometimes it isn’t. One of those times it ended up being worth it was Thursday. GM Jerry Reese held his annual pre-draft press conference, which was billed as the primary reason for media being invited to Quest Diagnostics Center. A Reese pre-draft press conference, though, is not an earth-moving event. The same thing always happens. Questions get asked and Reese

5 toughest games on Chargers schedule
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:35:04 GMT)
Thursday evening, the NFL released its full slate of games for the upcoming 2017 season and the Los Angeles Chargers received a less-than favorable lineup — to say the least. L.A. will have the most difficult schedule through the first eight games of the season (based on 2016 opponent records), and the No. 3 most difficult schedule in the NFL by year’s end. As such, it was somewhat difficult to pare down this list to just five games, however, but based upon matchups and location here are the top-5 most difficult games on the Chargers’ schedule in 2017. It’s always tough to take on any divisional opponent on the road, however, when that game is also the first game of the season during primetime at Mile High Stadium in Denver — it’s can be downright intimidating.

Jerry Hughes: Defensive change lets us “play to our strength”
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 13:00:09 GMT)
When the Bills hired Sean McDermott as their new head coach earlier this year, it meant that their defense would be undergoing a schematic change. Rex Ryan’s 3-4 base defense was out and McDermott, with defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier’s help, would be installing a 4-3 look. For many Bills veterans, the shift is a familiar one as they went from a 4-3 under coordinator Jim Schwartz in 2014 to playing in Ryan’s system. Ryan’s system generated more than a few complaints from Bills defenders over the last two years with communication issues and the complexity of the former coach’s scheme at the top of the list. Jerry Hughes, who will move from outside linebacker back to defensive end, is happy

Rams waive Tre’ Jackson after failed physical
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:16:00 GMT)
Guard Tre’ Jackson’s stay on the Rams roster turned out to be a short one. Jackson was claimed off of waivers last week after the 2015 third-round pick’s time with the Patriots came to an end. He was back on the market a day later, however. Jackson failed his physical with the team and was dropped from the roster as a result. Jackson missed all of the 2016 season because of a knee injury that appears to still be an issue standing between him and the football field. Jackson may get a chance to show he’s healthy down the road, but it may be a little while before he lands on another roster. Even without Jackson, the Rams have done a lot of work on the offensive line this offseason. They’ve signed

Bears' defensive back needs spotlight three candidates for No. 3 pick
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:31:36 GMT)
The scriptwriters for the 2016 Bears season sure had a warped sense of humor. Before everything went so far off the rails, they penned such a perfect start. Those who haven't locked the memories away in a deep, dark place will recall the very first drive. The defense against Brock Osweiler and the Texans. Second-and-8 from the Bears' 34-yard line. Veteran cornerback Tracy Porter matched up with Pro Bowl receiver DeAndre Hopkins in man-to-man. As Hopkins ran a 13-yard out to the left sideline, Porter stayed velcroed to his outside hip. When the ball arrived, Porter ripped it from Hopkins' hands. Interception. In that moment, it seemed the Bears' defense might return to its ball-hawking ways of

Sherman and Lynch Still Seahawks – But For Long?
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:08:24 GMT)
Yes, Richard Sherman is still a Seahawk and the team still owns the rights to Marshawn Lynch. Why are we still talking about Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch? Everyone concerned about the Seahawks is.

Todd McShay’s latest Steelers Draft Needs doesn’t include the importance of adding a CB
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
The picture I chose for this article was chosen on purpose. The picture of Mike Mitchell and Artie Burns, both wondering who was supposed to cover Chris Hogan in the AFC Championship game, resonates to this day. The Steelers’ secondary improved in 2016, but is far from a strength of the franchise moving into the 2017 NFL Draft. With the draft process now just days away, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest positional needs for all 32 NFL teams, and was on point with the Pittsburgh Steelers needs, all but one. See what McShay said in his latest article: Pittsburgh Steelers Top needs: OLB, TE, ILB, CB, WR James Harrison, amazingly, led the Steelers with five sacks last season at age

2017 NFL mock draft roundup: Who's rising and falling?
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:25:23 GMT)
All the mock drafts and speculation will be over Thursday when the players get announced in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art during the 2017 NFL draft. Conley has been linked to the Eagles on what seems like a daily basis. Earlier in the process, Conley was overshadowed by teammate Marshon Lattimore, a likely top 10 pick.

JuJu Smith-Schuster says Cowboys and Rams have shown the most interest
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 01:16:46 GMT)
As USC receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster prepares for the 2017 draft, he says two teams have shown the strongest desire to secure his services. The Cowboys and the Rams have shown the most interest, Smith-Schuster said on Friday’s PFT Live. While Smith-Schuster said he doesn’t have a wish list of teams for which he’d like to play (although he seems to believe players should be able to pick their NFL teams and not vice-versa), he said last month he’d like to play for the Chargers. On PFT Live, he admitted that he has sent “a message” to the Raiders via his selection of them for the virtual JuJu in his Madden 2017 franchise. In Madden 2018, Smith-Schuster will be assigned to one of the 32 teams, and

49ers promptly waive Glen Coffee after RB comes out of retirement
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:30:04 GMT)
Glen Coffee doesn’t fit into the 49ers’ future even after the running back reportedly came out of retirement Friday. Coffee, who ran for 226 yards and a touchdown in 2009, was reinstated from retirement and swiftly waived by the 49ers, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. Those who recall that 2009 season super specifically may not need a refresher on Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, but that doesn’t cover everyone. Coffee was a third-round pick out of Alabama, which he left after his junior year to pursue the NFL. He helped back up Frank Gore as a rookie before he retired in 2010, later enlisting in the Army. At the time of his retirement, then-teammate Michael Robinson said the development

Westside Cubs to pros: Michigan trio on verge of living out NFL dream
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:06:28 GMT)
Malik McDowell, Desmond King and Jourdan Lewis won a PAL championship together 8 years ago. Now, they'e ready for NFL They were 13 and 14 years old, on top of the world after winning another Detroit PAL championship, and when they piled together for one last team picture that fall day in 2009, Malik McDowell, Desmond King and Jourdan Lewis sat right next to each other like the Three Musketeers of football. King, in a No. 20 jersey like Barry Sanders, sat in front, legs spread wide with his red and white helmet on the Ford Field turf. Lewis, laid back as always, was on one knee behind King and to his right. And McDowell, the largest kid in the league, knelt right beside Lewis with his big left

The Redskins “Ladies’ Pulpit” Sounds Off On All Things In The District
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:10:42 GMT)
The purpose of “Ladies Redskins Pulpit” is to give our female fans a “pulpit”, voice to express their opinions about the organization, team, players, coaches, transactions, games, and events. Half of Redskins Nation is made up of Lady Redskins. This Ladies Redskins Pulpit give our female fans a voice, a “pulpit” to sound off, speak their minds.

Bills claim safety Elston a day after being waived by Browns
(Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:47:29 GMT)
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Bills have claimed safety Trae Elston off waivers. The Bills were awarded Elston on Friday, a day after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 193 pounds, Elston spent part of last season on

ICYMI: Schedule released, Cowboys attempt to calm the draft beast
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 11:10:39 GMT)
It’s getting real. By this time next week, the first three rounds of the 2017 NFL draft will have been completed, and the Cowboys figure to have at least some roster questions answered. Will they go for pass rush or secondary help first? Hopefully those questions will be ironed out in the next few days. In the meantime, catch up on anything you may have missed from the world of the Dallas Cowboys. FRIDAY, APRIL 21 It’s been 13 years since the NFC East has seen a repeat champion, and if Dallas is going to break that streak, they’re truly going to have to earn it. Set to face one of the toughest schedules in the league, Dak Prescott and company is going to have their work cut out for them. Still,

Broncos on the hunt for new radio color analyst
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Good morning, Broncos Country! If you haven’t heard, Ed McCaffrey will no longer serve as color analyst for Denver Broncos radio. He made the announcement on Friday, and it’s so he could spend more time with his family. He missed two games in the 2016 season. Before we go any further, let’s all thank the former Broncos receiver for always being a trusted voice for the team and fans but also a tremendous representative of the franchise. The partnership he created with Dave Logan has been fun to listen to. McCaffrey was named the color analyst on 850 KOA in July of 2012. He was there for the Peyton Manning era and Super Bowl 50 win. So McCaffrey has been a part of all three Broncos Super Bowl wins.

Titans probably add a third down back
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:44:54 GMT)
In 2015, Dexter McCluster was the Titans only running back that showed breakaway ability. Last summer, Titans coach Mike Mularkey even complimented McCluster during one presser. The Titans went through last season without a third down back.

What Traits Will The Falcons Look For During The Draft?
(Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:00:39 GMT)
The National Football League does a great job of keeping their sport talked about across all sports media outlets throughout the calendar year. What will we hear when the Falcons pick is brought to the podium on Thursday night? Since arriving in Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn has preached a clear message for how he wants his team to look– fast and physical.

Schedule analysis: Early games will test Packers CB group
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 23:36:17 GMT)
The early part of the 2017 season will put the Green Bay Packers through the gauntlet at the cornerback position. A group that was shredded in Dallas and Atlanta last January will face both Dez Bryant and Julio Jones during the first five games, with added tests coming against the likes of A.J. Green and Doug Baldwin. Even if the Packers add a high pick, the personnel at cornerback won’t be significantly different early in the season, save for the addition of veteran Davon House. Any improvement (or lack of improvement) at the position should be obvious by the bye in Week 8. The list of receivers to play the Packers early on in 2017 is an impressive one. The opener against Seattle will bring

Mailbag: Victor Cruz, Sheldon Richardson, NFL Draft
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
We are counting the days until the 2017 NFL Draft. With that in mind, let’s open up our final pre-draft Big Blue View mailbag and see what New York Giants fans are wondering about. Ed says: I’d say really, really, really slim to none. Probably closer to none. I’ll be shocked if that happens. The Giants made no real effort to keep Cruz. They drafted Sterling Shepard a year ago to replace him in the slot. They signed Brandon Marshall as an upgrade to him on the outside. Cruz can’t play special teams, which backup wide receivers need to do. If Cruz continues his NFL career, it is almost certainly going to have to be somewhere else. David Brenner asks (via e-mail): Jerry's draft success seems to

Will Dak Prescott Face Tougher Sledding In 2017?
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMT)
Back in January, we wrote a series of three articles on Real Quarterback Rating Differential, and its value in predicting winners and losers in the NFL. By incorporating all quarterback stats, including rushing plays and fumbles, not just their passing stats, it improved upon the predictive value of quarterback rating differential. The first article gave an overview of the stat. The current passer rating is just that, a measure of passing effectiveness. Real Quarterback Rating includes rushing attempts, rushing yards, rushing TDs, fumbles and sacks to produce a new kind of rating that measures a quarterback’s overall performance with the ball, not just as a passer when he actually releases the

10 Players Who Ruined Their Own NFL Careers
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:19:00 GMT)
Watching professional athletes ruin their NFL careers by repeatedly making bone-headed decisions is one of the most frustrating things a sports fan can witness. Throughout the years, we have seen this unfortunate scenario play out many times in the National Football League. One player who is dangerously close to flat-out ruining a once-promising career is Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Aldon Smith.

11 NFL Records That No One Has Been Able to Break
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:29:00 GMT)
In the National Football League, that saying couldn’t be any more true. In fact, it seems like there is a record of some sort being broken every week during the regular season. Narrowing it down wasn’t easy, but we believe we found the 10 most unbreakable records in NFL history.

cover32 Packers end of the week Q&A – 4/21/17
(Sat, 22 Apr 2017 02:27:05 GMT)
Each week on Friday a member of the cover32 Packers staff will answer the burning question surrounding the team. 1. The full 2017 NFL schedule was released in full yesterday, the Packers are a team that historically starts slow. Burack: The Packers begin their season at home against the Seahawks in a game that could go in many different directions.

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