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St. Louis Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein took advantage of the NFL’s newly implemented regional scouting combine process a year ago to help gain notice out of Division II Missouri Western State University. He made an impression as the Rams elected to pick ZuUpvote Share Tweet
As the second day of the franchise-tag fortnight comes to a conclusion, no tags have been applied. And more than a few teams reportedly are inclined to keep it that way. The latest no-tag team is the Falcons. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, t…Upvote Share TweetThe Vikings have tiptoed around the topic of whether receiver Percy Harvin will be on the team in 2013. Harvin has opted to take a different approach. He’s not talking. (Other than to say he’s not talking.) “I got nothing to say about any of thaUpvote Share Tweet
NFLPA's Foxworth: Players don't trust GoodellESPN.com Feb 19, 2013Union leader Domonique Foxworth says NFL players don't trust commissioner Roger Goodell because of the Saints bounty case, in particular.Upvote Share TweetEarlier in the hour, we passed along the details of the contract signed by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in Buffalo. The numbers, as it turns out, are incomplete. Because, as we’ve confirmed, someone (we’re not sure who at this point) failed to propeUpvote Share TweetUnion leader Domonique Foxworth says NFL players don't trust Commissioner Roger Goodell because of the Saints bounty case, in particular.Upvote Share TweetNew Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has cut veteran tight end David Thomas and third-year cornerback Johnny Patrick.Upvote Share TweetThe Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Steve Breaston and tight end Kevin Boss as part of their roster overhaul under new coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey.Upvote Share TweetThe news that the NFL’s Competition Committee is looking at the rules governing low blocks on defensive players made us think about Texans linebacker Brian Cushing, who was lost for the season due to an ACL tear suffered on just such a block. Cushing waUpvote Share Tweet
Sapp criticizes Suh: I haven't seen him get betterSapp criticizes Suh: I haven't seen him get betterUpvote Share TweetFootball fans and members of the media will obsess over the Scouting Combine for the next week, but Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman says we shouldn’t. Asked in an interview on the team’s website how much the Combine will change the Eagles’ drafUpvote Share TweetThe story of Tony Gonzalez, future Hall of Famer and one of the best tight ends ever to play the game, was one of the hallmarks of the Atlanta Falcons' 2012 season. Gonzalez, who had never won a playoff game, helped the Falcons to reach the NFC Champion…Upvote Share Tweet
PFT on NBC Sports Network: Offensive rookies reviewLater this week, prospective 2013 NFL rookies will be put through their paces in Indianapolis. We’ll spend some time Tuesday talking about the guys who were in their shoes last year. Erik Kuselias, Mike Florio, Ross Tucker and Anthony Becht will be discUpvote Share TweetJets cut five, including LB Scott, to help cap woesUpvote Share TweetThough the salary cap won’t be spiking this year (and, despite the looming impact of the new TV deals, in any year), this year’s smoothing will be a little less smooth that previously believed. A source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that tUpvote Share Tweet
Goal-line technology coming to the wrong kind of footballAs the NFL slides behind other sports when it comes to ensuring that its players are clean, pro football could be falling behind another kind of football when it come to ensuring that its calls are. FIFA will be implementing goal-line technology for the…Upvote Share Tweet
Competition Committee seeking players’ input on low block rulesThe NFL’s Competition Committee is asking for players’ input as it considers revising the rules about low blocks. Falcons President and NFL Competition Committee Chairman Rich McKay told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Packers defensive tackle Ryan PUpvote Share TweetOn Monday, we heard Steelers safety Ryan Clark say that criticisms of linebacker LaMarr Woodley’s work ethic from an anonymous teammate showed a “fracture” within the Steelers locker room. Another veteran defensive player chimed in on Tuesday and agUpvote Share Tweet
Mike McCoy: Rivers a great guy to have as “face” of franchiseThe Chargers changed coaches and general managers since the end of the 2012 season, but not everything is new in San Diego. Philip Rivers is still the quarterback and the team still sees him as the face of their franchise. That was the word from coach M…Upvote Share Tweet
‘Shutdown Corner’ offseason TPS report: Green Bay PackersOver the next few weeks, "Shutdown Corner" will pay homage to "Office Space" (TPS reports) as we take a quick look back at each team's 2012 season and a look at what lies ahead for the 2013 offseason. We wrap up the NFC North with th…Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Feb 19, 2013The cap-strapped New York Jets began their salary dump Tuesday, releasing three veterans, including high-priced linebacker Calvin Pace.Upvote Share TweetThe NFL has promoted Alberto Riveron, the league's first Hispanic referee, to senior director of officiating.Upvote Share Tweet
Jets start dumping salariesThe Jets face a salary-cap mess in 2013. They’ve commenced the process of cleaning up the mess by cutting ties with several players. The team has announced that linebacker Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith, and tackle Jason Smith have been cut. Also, tUpvote Share TweetIf there’s ever a palatable time for an NFL team to raise ticket prices, the Ravens have found it. Fresh off a Super Bowl title with a free agent quarterback to pay, the Ravens are raising ticket prices by an average of 10 percent, according to Jeff ZreUpvote Share TweetAlthough Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers has been charged with a felony weapons offense that carries a sentence of 3.5 to 15 years in prison, his attorney sounded an optimistic note in making a statement about the case today. “After a full andUpvote Share TweetThe talent is there, but the mega-contracts won't be, Peter King says. A small few will get paid, but a few factors will lead to unhappiness for many of this year's free agents.Upvote Share TweetSo the Cowboys have made a major offseason acquisition, one which should help them reverse seasons of frustration and heartbreak and face the 2013 season with renewed comfort and confidence. Well, the team, at least. Not the fans. That there is Jerry Jo…Upvote Share Tweet
Cosell’s Take: The evolution of NFL offenseIt has become trendy to talk about the sudden impact of college football on the NFL game. The highly successful utilization of the Pistol formation, and the read option with its multiple concepts has ignited conversations that were unthinkable just a fe…Upvote Share Tweet
Jake Long mum on chances of staying in MiamiDolphins tackle Jake Long had some good news to report on his health. Long told Robert Klemko of USA Today that he’s feeling the best he has in years after having surgery to repair the triceps injury that ended his 2012 season. He had less optimism whenUpvote Share Tweet
Garcon won’t need surgery after taking time to rest footRedskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon wasn’t sure if he needed foot surgery, but apparently won’t need it after all. John Keim of the Washington Examiner reports that all Garcon needs at this point is more rest, after a toe problem limited his effectivUpvote Share TweetThe Bears' defense was its strength in 2012. It's the team's biggest liability in 2013. The new Monsters of the Midway are getting old, and they need help, Dennis Dillon writes.Upvote Share Tweet
RG3 says he won’t compromise his career to play in season openerRobert Griffin III sent out a tweet Tuesday that featured a link to a new commercial he filmed for Adidas. The commercial features exploding scoreboards and football fields - no exploding knees, though - before ending with the tagline “All In for WeUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live: Bob Glauber, Buccaneers/Panthers to-do listsJets cornerback Darrelle Revis made some waves with his comments about Woody Johnson on Monday and we’ll be talking about them on Tuesday’s PFT Live. Bob Glauber of Newsday will join Mike Florio to discuss Revis’ feelings about not being in the loopUpvote Share TweetIn 2006, then-recently retired Steelers running back Jerome Bettis firmly believed coach Bill Cowher would leave after the season. And Bettis was right. Seven years later, a letter-known member of the Giants thinks his head coach will be calling it qui…Upvote Share Tweet
Nate Burleson urged Jahvid Best to retireThe future of Lions running back Jahvid Best remains uncertain, as Best has still not been cleared to return to the field, a year and a half after the latest of his multiple concussions. But Lions receiver Nate Burleson is certain what he’d do if he werUpvote Share Tweet
ABC’s new dive show misspells Ndamukong Suh’s name … but not the way you’d expectDetroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is going to be part of a new reality show called "Splash," where "celebrities" will "dive" into a pool for ... I dunno, prizes or glory or humiliation or something. Anyway, the p…Upvote Share TweetIt’s a sign of the changing times in the NFL that it is hard to find too many people who think the running back who scored the most touchdowns in college football’s highest classification is worth a first-round pick. Montee Ball got in the end zone 83Upvote Share Tweet
Holdouts could become a real problem for the NFLWith the salary cap not going up much but agents continuously trying (as they should) to set a new bar for what the best players make, something has to give. Some in league circles believe that, eventually, the situation will result in an explosion of h…Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan Grigson: Interviews as important as anything at combineFor the general public, the NFL Scouting Combine is a flurry of numbers associated with draft prospects. You find out 40-yard dash times, bench press results and vertical leaps for the players vying for a shot in the NFL. Teams care about those numbers,…Upvote Share Tweet
Jacoby Jones’ new Ravens Super Bowl back tattoo is … permanentLook, far be it for any of us to cast aspersions on Jacoby Jones. The man scored two of the most amazing touchdowns in Super Bowl history within just a few minutes of each other: the 56-yard double-juke of two 49ers defenders and the 108-yard runback to…Upvote Share Tweet
Without Cowboys job, Derek Dooley was ready to sit outThe University of Tennessee is contractually obligated to throw away a lot of money on Derek Dooley over the next four years, and that makes it easy for Dooley to pick and choose what he does with himself. Dooley was fired as Tennessee’s head coach at tUpvote Share TweetNearly a month ago, reports emerged that the Patriots had signed CFL defensive lineman Jason Vega. Today, the Patriots announced the transaction. The former Winnipeg Blue Bomber joins former Toronto Argonauts defensive lineman Armond Armstead as new mem…Upvote Share TweetOn Monday, preeminent draft guru Mike Mayock participated in a pre-Combine conference call that lasted more than 2.5 hours. Tirelessly answering question after question, Mayock demonstrated once again a computerized recall of names and teams and needs.…Upvote Share TweetSetting the stage for the Bills offseason includes a look at the top salaries for guards with Andy Levitre headed toward free agency. Is there a future for TE Anthony Fasano with the Dolphins? The Patriots likely aren’t in a rush to use the franchise taUpvote Share TweetFormer Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, whose internet dating issues have been in the news just a little bit in the last month or so, now says that he simply hopes to travel to the scouting combine in Indianapolis this week, and let his football accomp…Upvote Share TweetUniversity of South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore may not be able to take part in drills this week at the NFL combine, but that isn’t stopping him from trying to impress his future employers. Lattimore is just four months removed from a gruesomUpvote Share TweetAfter purging several veterans from their roster this month, the Buffalo Bills appear set on trying to keep at least one in town for next season. Per John Wawrow of the Associated Press, the Bills are expected to meet with Byrd at the NFL combine in Ind…Upvote Share Tweet
Second-Half NBA Predictions: The Plausible and Implausiblegrantland.com Feb 19, 2013Mays and I did this with the NFL, and I managed to spoil Cabin in the Woods and wrongly assert that Michael Vick would play all 16 games for the Eagle...Upvote Share Tweet
Hey, Don't F*$% This Up: The New England Patriots and the Wes Welker Situationgrantland.com Feb 19, 2013With free agency and the draft process revving up, there are plenty of questions for every NFL team. But for most, there's one issue that trumps the r...Upvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Jets Clean HouseFeb 19Episode 272: John Clayton breaks down the Jets release of four veteran players from their roster. NFL32 crew discuss the Darrelle Revis trade rumors.
PTI Big Finish February 18thFeb 19PTI runs down Tuesday's top stories.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones goes head-to-head with Darren SharperFeb 19Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones goes head to head with Darren Sharper, as he breaks down his offensive moves.
AFC South forecastFeb 19Is Matt Schaub ready to lead the Houston Texans to the Super Bowl? Darren Sharper and Shaun O'Hara discuss all the hot topics in the AFC South.
Peter King: Free agency this year loaded with talent, not big spenders; ma…Feb 19Although there are four teams with more than $30 million in cap room with the dawn of free agency two weeks away, I expect this to be a stingy season for one of the best free agent classes ever.