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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 OscaUpvote Share Tweet
All the right moves? Ravens' Jones on 'DWTS'Jacoby Jones of the Baltimore Ravens will be on the next season of "Dancing With the Stars."Upvote Share Tweet
The first unofficial first-round smokescreen of the yearWith 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 CardinalsUpvote Share Tweet
Cheesecake analogy could lead to quarterbacks going earlier than expectedWith 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 quarterUpvote Share Tweet
Falcons to spend more time on read-option defenseThe 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 . . . willUpvote Share TweetThe 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.Upvote Share TweetINDIANAPOLIS -- 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Source says it’s “ridiculous” to talk of RG3 return nowSubtle 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 tUpvote Share TweetUtah 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…Upvote Share TweetIf 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’ 2012Upvote Share TweetTexas 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.Upvote Share Tweet
Jared Cook has a strong case for receiver designationTitans 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…Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Feb 24, 2013How 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.Upvote Share TweetAs 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 andUpvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Feb 24, 2013Manti 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.Upvote Share TweetRaiders 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.Upvote Share TweetCutting 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 oUpvote Share TweetAuburn’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’tUpvote Share TweetThe Buffalo Bills have informed David Nelson that they will not tender him a contract offer, making the wide receiver an unrestricted free agent.Upvote Share Tweet
Report: 49ers leaning against tagging Dashon GoldsonEarlier 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.cUpvote Share Tweet
Austin’s 40 time confirms the quote of the CombineThe 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…Upvote Share TweetINDIANAPOLIS -- 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…Upvote Share Tweet
Underwear Olympics showcase Under Armour gearThe 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…Upvote Share TweetINDIANAPOLIS -- 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…Upvote Share TweetIt’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 pedigrUpvote Share TweetIf 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 reUpvote Share TweetAmong 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 conversationsUpvote Share TweetWe 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 toUpvote Share Tweet
Mike Smith: Jacquizz Rodgers can play all three downsTalk 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 iUpvote Share TweetOn 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 frUpvote Share TweetWest 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’sUpvote Share Tweet
Gosder Cherilus reportedly went to Germany for knee therapyLions 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 approvUpvote Share TweetWhen 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 seemUpvote Share TweetThe 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…Upvote Share Tweet
From the combine: Falcons in a good place to replace Tony Gonzalez, if they have toyahoo.com Feb 24, 2013INDIANAPOLIS -- 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…Upvote Share TweetIt’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 oUpvote Share Tweet
Kansas City Chiefs chasing Alex Smith?Feb 24Will Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs heavily pursuit San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith? Ian Rapoport has the latest news on the situation.
Jacksonville Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell on the 2013 seasonFeb 24Jacksonville Jaguars new general manager David Caldwell looks ahead to the 2013 season and talks about his plans for the draft.
Marvin Lewis ready to competeFeb 24Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spends time with Gregg Rosenthal to recap the team's season and their plans moving forward for 2013.
Gus Bradley's combine impressionsFeb 24Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley discusses what his team needs are and how to improve the quality of play in 2013.
2013 NFL combine -- Tavon Austin, other WRs on fast trackFeb 24Fast receivers such as Tavon Austin stole spotlight from an unexceptional quarterback crop at Sunday's combine, writes John Clayton.