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Jacoby Jones will dance with the stars

Jacoby Jones will dance with the stars

profootballtalk.com Updated Feb 24, 2013
Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones won a Super Bowl and arguably should have been named the MVP of the game.  For his encore, he’ll join the cast of Dancing With The Stars. The announcement was made in a commercial break during the Academy Awards of the Osca
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  • All the right moves? Ravens' Jones on 'DWTS'

    All the right moves? Ravens' Jones on 'DWTS'

    ESPN.com Feb 24, 2013
    Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens will be on the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."
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  • The first unofficial first-round smokescreen of the year

    The first unofficial first-round smokescreen of the year

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    With multiple reports indicating that the Cardinals, who hold the seventh overall pick in the draft, have become smitten with former USC quarterback Matt Barkley, our first reaction is this. It’s B.S. With the Bills parked one spot behind the Cardinals
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  • Cheesecake analogy could lead to quarterbacks going earlier tha…

    Cheesecake analogy could lead to quarterbacks going earlier than expected

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    With no clear-cut franchise quarterbacks at the top of the draft pool, the talk in league circles continues to be that quarterbacks won’t go highly in 2013. Some, including Chiefs G.M. John Dorsey, have suggested that none of the current crop of quarter
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  • Falcons to spend more time on read-option defense

    Falcons to spend more time on read-option defense

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    The proliferation of the read-option offense is spawning plenty of copycats.  It’s also forcing teams to prepare better to defend against that attack. Count the Falcons among the franchise hoping to improve. “I think all defensive coaches . . . will
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  • Sources: Jets hope to restructure Holmes' deal

    Sources: Jets hope to restructure Holmes' deal

    ESPN.com Feb 24, 2013
    The New York Jets, who need additional salary cap space to make more roster moves, will try to restructure wide receiver Santonio Holmes' contract, according to sources close to the team.
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  • Reports: Trade that will take Alex Smith out of San Francisco i…

    Reports: Trade that will take Alex Smith out of San Francisco is ‘all but done’

    INDIANAPOLIS -- According to multiple reports, the San Francisco 49ers have wrapped up a trade that will put quarterback Alex Smith in a new city. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported via Twitter that the 49ers have sewed up negotiations with a willi…
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  • Source says it’s “ridiculous” to talk of RG3 return now

    Source says it’s “ridiculous” to talk of RG3 return now

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Subtle yet palpable tension exists between the desire to put quarterback Robert Griffin III back on the field for Week One of the 2013 season and Griffin’s objective of ensuring his long-term health. Recently, Griffin added an unmistakable asterisk to t
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  • From the combine: Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei sideline…

    From the combine: Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei sidelined with heart condition

    Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, a projected Top 5 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, will not be allowed to work out with the rest of the defensive lineman at the 2013 scouting combine after an echocardiogram revealed a heart condition that requires furt…
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  • A proposed Joe Flacco contract

    A proposed Joe Flacco contract

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    If the Ravens want to make Joe Flacco the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, and if Flacco is satisfied to barely clear the bar set last year by Saints quarterback Drew Brees, there’s a quick and easy way to get this contract done. Using Brees’ 2012
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  • Goodwin runs 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds

    Goodwin runs 40-yard dash in 4.27 seconds

    ESPN.com Feb 24, 2013
    Texas wide receiver Marquise Goodwin ran the 40-yard dash in just 4.27 seconds Sunday at the NFL scouting combine, easily the fastest time of the day and just shy of Chris Johnson's all-time dash record.
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  • Jared Cook has a strong case for receiver designation

    Jared Cook has a strong case for receiver designation

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Titans G.M. Ruston Webster thinks that, if push comes to shove as to the designation of tight end Jared Cook for franchise-tag purposes, Cook will be regarded as a tight end. The facts suggest otherwise. As recently explained by Jim Wyatt of the Tenness…
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  • Barkley's best fit, final combine thoughts

    Barkley's best fit, final combine thoughts

    CNNSI.com Feb 24, 2013
    How much impact will Manti Te'o's team interviews have in Indy? Not much, says Peter King, who discusses the ND linebacker, Matt Barkley and more in his weekend recap.
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  • Sexuality remains the elephant in the room for Te’o

    Sexuality remains the elephant in the room for Te’o

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    As the public and the media begin to grow weary (we hope) with the controversy involving former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, the fake dead girlfriend story hasn’t begun to die for teams interested in Te’o's talents. The lying to his father and
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  • Tyrann Mathieu and Da'Rick Rogers respond well to character que…

    Tyrann Mathieu and Da'Rick Rogers respond well to character questions

    CNNSI.com Feb 24, 2013
    Manti Te'o eased the pressure on Tyrann Mathieu and Da'Rick Rogers. Even so, Don Banks writes the two troubled college players sounded mature at the NFL scouting combine.
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  • Reports: Raiders DT Bryant arrested in Miami

    Reports: Raiders DT Bryant arrested in Miami

    Raiders defensive tackle Desmond Bryant has been arrested in Miami on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief and remained in jail Sunday morning, according to several reports.
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  • Report:  Packers consider tagging Greg Jennings

    Report: Packers consider tagging Greg Jennings

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Cutting defensive back Charles Woodson fits perfectly with the Packers’ approach to the business of football.  Using the franchise tag on receiver Greg Jennings doesn’t. But that’s what the Packers are considering doing, according to Ian Rapoport o
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  • McCalebb is fastest RB this year, Chris Johnson still fastest e…

    McCalebb is fastest RB this year, Chris Johnson still fastest ever

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb is the fastest running back at this year’s Scouting Combine, but Chris Johnson is still the record holder for the fastest 40-yard dash in Combine history. McCalebb, who ran a 40 in an unofficial time of 4.21 seconds, wasn’t
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  • Bills won't tender contract offer to WR Nelson

    Bills won't tender contract offer to WR Nelson

    The Buffalo Bills have informed David Nelson that they will not tender him a contract offer, making the wide receiver an unrestricted free agent.
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  • Report: 49ers leaning against tagging Dashon Goldson

    Report: 49ers leaning against tagging Dashon Goldson

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Earlier this week, word was that it was “no certainty” that the 49ers used their franchise tag on safety Dashon Goldson for the second straight season. With a little more than a week to go before the decision must be made, Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.c
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  • Austin’s 40 time confirms the quote of the Combine

    Austin’s 40 time confirms the quote of the Combine

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    The news that West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin ran an unofficial 4.25-second 40 (which officially was adjusted to 4.34 seconds) was eye-opening but not surprising. The numbers, which strip away the potential illusions created by game film generated a…
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  • From the combine: Tyrann Mathieu tries to get the NFL to see a …

    From the combine: Tyrann Mathieu tries to get the NFL to see a different - and better - person

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Former LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu was an uninvited guest at the 2013 Senior Bowl, but he showed up anyway in an attempt to repair the damage he did to his own reputation in college. Kicked off the Tigers' defense before the 2012 seaso…
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  • Underwear Olympics showcase Under Armour gear

    Underwear Olympics showcase Under Armour gear

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    The Scouting Combine entails not only competition among players and teams and reporters and agents but also clothing companies. For now, despite the best efforts of Adidas to horn in on the exclusive turf of the official sponsor of the Underwear Olympic…
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  • From the combine: In drills, Denard Robinson shows great improv…

    From the combine: In drills, Denard Robinson shows great improvement as a receiver

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's relative inability to show much as a receiver or return man during the Senior Bowl week in January had some wondering where he might fit in the NFL. Some pro teams have talked to him about po…
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  • Anonymous scouts take aim at Bjoern Werner

    Anonymous scouts take aim at Bjoern Werner

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    It’s late February.  The Combine is unfolding.  And that means it’s time for scouts to rip or praise players under the cloak of anonymity. Plenty of writers who publish assessments made by unnamed scouts are now ridiculed when doing so.  The pedigr
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  • Cowboys offer to Spencer will be “much less than he is going to…

    Cowboys offer to Spencer will be “much less than he is going to take”

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    If the Cowboys bring back linebacker/defensive end in their new 4-3 scheme Anthony Spencer back in 2013, it will be because he was willing to give the team a discount. That was the message from owner Jerry Jones when asked about the team’s chances of re
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  • Steelers meeting today with Breaston’s agent

    Steelers meeting today with Breaston’s agent

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Among the many instances of illegal tampering that are occurring brazenly in Indianapolis are plenty of legitimate meetings. When it comes to former Chiefs receiver Steve Breaston, he’s fair game for phone calls and emails and face-to-face conversations
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  • Officially, Goodwin beats Austin

    Officially, Goodwin beats Austin

    We wish that the Underwear Olympics would look more like the real Olympics, where people race against each other and not against the clock. If that’s the way the Scouting Combine were set up, Tavon Austin and Marquise Goodwin would have put on a show to
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  • Mike Smith: Jacquizz Rodgers can play all three downs

    Mike Smith: Jacquizz Rodgers can play all three downs

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Talk of running back Michael Turner’s imminent departure from the Falcons is in the air and coach Mike Smith isn’t doing anything to point in a different direction. Smith was asked about Jacquizz Rodgers at the combine this week and his answers made i
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  • Jarvis Jones: Doctors feel like I’m fine

    Jarvis Jones: Doctors feel like I’m fine

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    On Saturday, Florio reported that Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was sliding down or off several draft boards because of spinal stenosis. The condition, a narrowing of the spine between the fourth and fifth vertebrae, contributed to Jones’ departure fr
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  • Geno Smith is the fastest quarterback at the Combine

    Geno Smith is the fastest quarterback at the Combine

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    West Virginia’s Geno Smith may be the best quarterback in this year’s NFL draft. He’s definitely the fastest. Smith turned in a 4.56-second 40-yard dash at the Scouting Combine on Sunday morning, the best 40 time of any quarterback in this year’s
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  • Gosder Cherilus reportedly went to Germany for knee therapy

    Gosder Cherilus reportedly went to Germany for knee therapy

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus has reportedly taken a page from Kobe Bryant’s playbook as he gets ready for free agency. Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports that Cherilus went to Germany to receive treatment on his knee that has not been approv
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  • Report: Panthers plan to keep both Stewart and Williams

    Report: Panthers plan to keep both Stewart and Williams

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    When General Manager Dave Gettleman spoke about the future of the Panthers’ backfield this week, he said that “decisions have to be made” but that he didn’t see why the team couldn’t hold onto both Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. It seem
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  • Bills extend assistant GM Doug Whaley

    Bills extend assistant GM Doug Whaley

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    The Bills have secured their future at at least one spot this weekend, with assistant general manager Doug Whaley signing a contract extension which solidifies him as the heir apparently to 73-year-old Buddy Nix. The Bills announced the move, with the s…
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  • From the combine: Falcons in a good place to replace Tony Gonza…

    From the combine: Falcons in a good place to replace Tony Gonzalez, if they have to

    yahoo.com Feb 24, 2013
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is in a bit of a quandary this offseason. Though he and head coach Mike Smith have built a perennial playoff contender, contending is not enough at this point after one postseason win in f…
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  • Miami likely moving on without Bush

    Miami likely moving on without Bush

    profootballtalk.com Feb 24, 2013
    It’s ironic, to say the least, that a team desperate for sizzle will not be keeping one of the few running backs in the NFL who carries that quality with him wherever he goes. But Reggie Bush hasn’t done much to help fill the stands in South Florida o
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  • Video - Kansas City Chiefs chasing Alex Smith? 02:05

    Kansas City Chiefs chasing Alex Smith?

    Feb 24
    Will Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs heavily pursuit San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith? Ian Rapoport has the latest news on the situation.
  • Video - Jacksonville Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell on the 2013 season 03:41

    Jacksonville Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell on the 2013 season

    Feb 24
    Jacksonville Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell looks ahead to the 2013 season and talks about his plans for the draft.
  • Video - Marvin Lewis ready to compete 04:29

    Marvin Lewis ready to compete

    Feb 24
    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spends time with Gregg Rosenthal to recap the team's season and their plans moving forward for 2013.
  • Video - Gus Bradley's combine impressions 03:52

    Gus Bradley's combine impressions

    Feb 24
    Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley discusses what his team needs are and how to improve the quality of play in 2013.

Sports Columnists

  • 2013 NFL combine -- Tavon Austin, other WRs on fast track

    Feb 24
    Fast receivers such as Tavon Austin stole spotlight from an unexceptional quarterback crop at Sunday's combine, writes John Clayton.