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Tim Tebow scenario won't faze Patriots' Tom Brady, unlike fragi…

Tim Tebow scenario won't faze Patriots' Tom Brady, unlike fragile Mark Sanchez

Bill Belichick isn’t the only one growing tired of talking about Tim Tebow. The Patriots coach, who has had to deal with Tebowmania for just 36 hours or so, has already cut short questions about everyone’s favorite backup quarterback.
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  • Dahl says Niners tipped off plays last season

    Dahl says Niners tipped off plays last season

    San Francisco 49ers safety Craig Dahl believes he knows why the St. Louis Rams were so successful against the NFC champions last season.
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  • 49ers sign wide receiver Brandon Carswell

    49ers sign wide receiver Brandon Carswell

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    With Michael Crabtree out for the forseeable future with a torn Achilles and Mario Manningham questionable for the start of the season while recovering from a torn ACL, the San Francisco 49ers have found themselves somewhat short at the wide receiver po…
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  • T.O. mentions Vikings, Chiefs as potential fits

    T.O. mentions Vikings, Chiefs as potential fits

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The perpetual T.O. comeback tour continues, with still no takers. Before going any farther, I need to disclose that Terrell Owens thinks I’m the devil. So it’s possible that anything I write will be subconsciously influenced by the fact that he has ex
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  • Reports: MRI shows Saints' Butler tears ACL

    Reports: MRI shows Saints' Butler tears ACL

    A person familiar with the situation says an MRI indicates that New Orleans outside linebacker Victor Butler has a torn anterior cruciate ligament, but that it is too early to speculate on whether he will miss the whole season.
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  • Carving Cardinals’ Mt. Rushmore harder than it looks

    Carving Cardinals’ Mt. Rushmore harder than it looks

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    We’ll make the turn in the Mt. Rushmore process with the Arizona Cardinals. A franchise that boasts far more longevity than success presents another challenge when it comes to cutting the 12 Mt. Rushmore finalists to four. Cast your ballots below. The w
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  • Eagles left tackle Jason Peters charged with drag racing, resis…

    Eagles left tackle Jason Peters charged with drag racing, resisting a police officer in Louisiana

    The Philadelphia Eagles wrapped up their offseason program last week. Less than a week later, offensive tackle Jason Peters has shown up in the police blotter, arrested on Wednesday morning in Monroe, Louisiana on charges of drag racing and resisting a …
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  • Von Miller gets existensial about chickens

    Von Miller gets existensial about chickens

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    I get plenty of quote sheets. I try to skim at least most of them, even though in most cases it’s the same old blah-blah say noting bullcrap. Then there’s Broncos linebacker Von Miller, and his side business of raising chickens. At the very bottom of
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  • Michael Turner resolves DUI charge with plea to reckless drivin…

    Michael Turner resolves DUI charge with plea to reckless driving

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Free-agent running back Michael Turner has one fewer impediment to getting back in the NFL. His legal docket is now clear. According to John Manasso of FOXSportsSouth.com, Turner resolved a DUI charge from September 2012 by pleading guilty to reckless d…
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  • David Terrell: I wasn’t a bust, the Bears just had bad QBs

    David Terrell: I wasn’t a bust, the Bears just had bad QBs

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Bears spent the eighth overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft on wide receiver David Terrell, who was cut after four disappointing seasons in which he gained a total of 1,602 receiving yards. As a result, he’s largely viewed as a bust. But Terrell doesn
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  • Florida A.G. says Chad Johnson judge overreacted

    Florida A.G. says Chad Johnson judge overreacted

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The chief law enforcement officer in Florida has expressed dismay at the knee-jerk reaction that put former NFL receiver Chad Johnson behind bars for patting his lawyer on the butt. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tells TMZ (who else?) that Judge Kat…
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  • What happens when a website puts David Terrell on a list of NFL…

    What happens when a website puts David Terrell on a list of NFL busts?

    deadspin.com Jun 12, 2013
    What happens when a website puts David Terrell on a list of NFL busts? He'll call up the author, and talk some sense into him. Terrell blamed his QBs. Q: "What would you have given to play with a quarterback like a Jay Cutler?" A: "I woul…
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  • Jim Kelly at home, recovering from surgery

    Jim Kelly at home, recovering from surgery

    ESPN.com Jun 12, 2013
    Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is described as being in good spirits, recovering at home after having surgery to remove cancerous cells from his upper jaw.
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  • Redskins sign wide receiver Devery Henderson

    Redskins sign wide receiver Devery Henderson

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Redskins have done their part to thin what’s left of the free agent wide receiver market. Washington announced the signing of former Saints wideout Devery Henderson on Wednesday. The announcement of Henderson’s arrival on the same day the club add
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  • Holmes backs Sanchez as Jets' starting QB

    Holmes backs Sanchez as Jets' starting QB

    Santonio Holmes supported Mark Sanchez as the Jets' starting quarterback.
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  • Dolphins awarded former Bears FB Rodriguez

    Dolphins awarded former Bears FB Rodriguez

    ESPN.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Miami Dolphins were awarded fullback Evan Rodriguez Tuesday after he was waived by the Chicago Bears a month after being charged with driving under the influence.
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  • Ryan Mallett: Patriots have three great quarterbacks

    Ryan Mallett: Patriots have three great quarterbacks

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Patriots quarterback Ryan Mallett says he feels good about having Tim Tebow as a teammate, even though Tebow’s presence means Mallett has new competition for the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Tom Brady. In fact, Mallett says he, Brady and Tebow a
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  • Donte’ Stallworth officially returns to Redskins

    Donte’ Stallworth officially returns to Redskins

    After wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth took part in Tuesday’s minicamp practice with the Redskins as a tryout player, coach Mike Shanahan talked about Stallworth as if he was officially a member of the team. He wasn’t then, but he is now. Stallworth
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  • Leach’s agent says Texans are interested

    Leach’s agent says Texans are interested

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    When veteran fullback Vonta Leach found himself a belated former member of the Ravens, his first order of business was to try to get back to Houston. Apparently, the Texans have interest in that. Agent Ralph Vitolo tells FOX 26 in Houston that the Texan…
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  • Santonio wants to face Revis, won’t say if he’ll be able to

    Santonio wants to face Revis, won’t say if he’ll be able to

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is fine to talk today, but he’s not ready to say if he’s going to be ready to play in Week One. Holmes wouldn’t commit to being back on the field for the Jets’ opener against Darrelle Revis and the Buccaneers, af
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  • Redskins: Zone read to remain in offense

    Redskins: Zone read to remain in offense

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Washington Redskins have no plans to change their offense despite Robert Griffin III's surgically repaired right knee that kept the quarterback out all spring and might keep him sidelined through the start of training camp on July 25.
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  • Mike Williams says new deal with Bucs is “very close”

    Mike Williams says new deal with Bucs is “very close”

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams waited through free agency and he waited through the draft before getting a chance to start talking about a contract extension, and it looks like the patience is about to pay off. Williams, who is set to make $1.4 …
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  • Kyle Shanahan says RG3 was safer running zone-read

    Kyle Shanahan says RG3 was safer running zone-read

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan defended the team’s use of Robert Griffin III last season, saying their quarterback was actually at greater risk on passing plays than runs. As a result, he said there’s no need to take away the option elem
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  • Terrell Thomas ready to play anywhere the Giants want

    Terrell Thomas ready to play anywhere the Giants want

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    With Terrell Thomas trying to come back from a third torn ACL in his right knee, the Giants have talked about moving him from cornerback to safety in an effort to put less stress on his knee. Thomas is perfectly fine with that switch. In fact, it sounds…
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  • NFL Commissioner Goodell Defends Redskins Nickname

    NFL Commissioner Goodell Defends Redskins Nickname

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname is "unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."
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  • Quarterback competition may not extend to Jets West

    Quarterback competition may not extend to Jets West

    Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez may think that the current quarterback competition is “awesome,” but that doesn’t mean he’s looking to compete any more than he has to. Sanchez soon will be conducting his annual Jets West players-only pre-training ca
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  • Washington Redskins make eight-year-old’s dream come true

    Washington Redskins make eight-year-old’s dream come true

    yahoo.com Jun 12, 2013
    Your browser does not support iframes. The Washington Redskins have a pretty good starting running back in second-year man Alfred Morris, but head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen let a rookie rusher hit the field for one play during …
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  • Rex Ryan impressed by Kellen Winslow’s “skill and athleticism”

    Rex Ryan impressed by Kellen Winslow’s “skill and athleticism”

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Tight end Kellen Winslow went to Jets minicamp this week to try out for a spot on the roster. That tryout is going well for him. Coach Rex Ryan raved about what he saw from Winslow, who played just one game last season, on the practice field and said th…
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  • Cam Newton understands Panthers need to run

    Cam Newton understands Panthers need to run

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Cam Newton has figured out something about his roster that seems apparent, but wasn’t always grasped by his coaches. Since he has a lot of good running backs at his disposal, it has occurred to the Panthers quarterback that perhaps he should use them. â
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  • SI Now: Teams worried about players now

    SI Now: Teams worried about players now

    CNNSI.com Jun 12, 2013
    On Wednesday's SI Now, Andrew Brandt and Don Banks discuss how NFL front offices deal with their players taking summer vacations.
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  • Kevin Demoff: Rams aren’t an organization of renegades

    Kevin Demoff: Rams aren’t an organization of renegades

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The recent suspension of running back Isaiah Pead for the first game of the 2012 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy was the latest example of a Rams player running into trouble with the law, the league or the team. Guard Rokevious Wat
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  • T.O. still hoping team will give him a chance

    T.O. still hoping team will give him a chance

    ESPN.com Jun 12, 2013
    Terrell Owens hasn't given up on returning to play in the NFL, saying Wednesday that he's more mature now and can still help a team if it is willing to forget his past and give him a chance.
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  • Russell Wilson doesn’t acknowledge sophomore slump

    Russell Wilson doesn’t acknowledge sophomore slump

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    There are things Russell Wilson might worry about going into his second season. But a sophomore slump isn’t one of them. “I don’t even know those words,” Wilson said, via Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. “I don’t pay attention to it.
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  • Steve Gleason, Terrell Suggs put their names on LGBT Pride shir…

    Steve Gleason, Terrell Suggs put their names on LGBT Pride shirts

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Several NFL players have put their names on a new line of apparel sold by the NFL Players Association in recognition of LGBT Pride Month. Some of the players, including Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo, have long voiced their support for gay rights. O…
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  • Goodson drug, gun case sent to grand jury

    Goodson drug, gun case sent to grand jury

    ESPN.com Jun 12, 2013
    Prosecutors in New Jersey are sending the drug and weapons case against New York Jets running back Mike Goodson to a grand jury.
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  • No Longer Top Dog: Wes Welker was Tom Brady's go-to guy; now he…

    No Longer Top Dog: Wes Welker was Tom Brady's go-to guy; now he's ju…

    CNNSI.com Jun 12, 2013
    Wes Welker was Tom Brady's go-to guy; now he's just another option for Peyton Manning. Welker's skills may not decline, but his role and stats will, Chris Burke writes.
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  • PFT Live: Packers talk with Tyler Dunne, Cowboys talk with Clar…

    PFT Live: Packers talk with Tyler Dunne, Cowboys talk with Clarence Hill

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Another day, another Mt. Rushmore. The Packers are up next in our series and Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will be on hand to help fill out the four faces that stand out the most among a crowded group of hopefuls in Green Bay. We’ll also
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  • Nick Saban says Rolando McClain’s back on campus

    Nick Saban says Rolando McClain’s back on campus

    When linebacker Rolando McClain announced his retirement from the NFL last month, his college coach weighed in to say that he thought McClain was being fair to the Ravens. University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban said that McClain’s choice to ack
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  • Bengals waive Robert Sands

    Bengals waive Robert Sands

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Two days after a former West Virginia defensive back who plays for the Bengals was arrested, the Bengals waived a former West Virginia defensive back who recently has been arrested. But it’s not Pacman Jones who has been dumped by the Bengals. Instead,
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  • Bucs sign Mike Glennon

    Bucs sign Mike Glennon

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Buccaneers have signed all of their draft picks. They reached that milestone Wednesday by getting quarterback Mike Glennon under contract. The Bucs announced that the third-round pick has agreed to his four-year rookie deal, leaving Tampa with all s…
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  • Takeo Spikes visiting with Rams

    Takeo Spikes visiting with Rams

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Veteran linebacker Takeo Spikes was looking for a place to watch the Heat and the Spurs in St. Louis on Tuesday night and it might not be the last time he’s in the market for recommendations for fun around the Gateway Arch in the coming months. Adam Sch
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  • Richardson creates stir with $10 million donation

    Richardson creates stir with $10 million donation

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    After shaking down the City of Charlotte for $87.5 million to help fund upgrades at Bank of American Stadium, Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has forked over $10 million to apply his name to another football venue. And some folks in Charlotte understand…
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  • Saints continue to add to D, sign Chris Carr

    Saints continue to add to D, sign Chris Carr

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Saints continue to add parts to a remade defense, bringing in journeyman cornerback Chris Carr. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Carr signed a one-year deal. Carr was with the Chargers last year, but has spent eight years…
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  • Sources: Seattle likely to sign QB Jackson

    Sources: Seattle likely to sign QB Jackson

    Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, placed on waivers by the Buffalo Bills on Monday, is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Seahawks, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
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  • Marshal Yanda recovering from shoulder surgery

    Marshal Yanda recovering from shoulder surgery

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Ravens have two more days of minicamp this week, but guard Marshal Yanda won’t be taking part in the practices. That was the word from coach John Harbaugh on Tuesday. Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that Yanda underwent shoulder surgery an
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  • Jackson: Eagles want to know QB by camp

    Jackson: Eagles want to know QB by camp

    ESPN.com Jun 12, 2013
    Michael Vick has said he hopes Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly will name a starting quarterback before training camp begins and that sentiment is shared by the DeSean Jackson, the team's top wideout.
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  • Carroll offers tepid response to Harbaugh barbs

    Carroll offers tepid response to Harbaugh barbs

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    As comebacks go, it fell well short of “What’s your deal?,” but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll did notice what 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said about his team. After Harbaugh gave his “if you cheat to win then you’ve already lost,” speech yesterday
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  • Hakeem Nicks isn’t talking OTA absence or contract

    Hakeem Nicks isn’t talking OTA absence or contract

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks made his return to the Giants for the start of mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, ending an absence from offseason work just in time to avoid $66,150 in fines if he had skipped the three-day gathering this week. Nicks offer…
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  • Criticism doesn’t matter to Tony Romo

    Criticism doesn’t matter to Tony Romo

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is no stranger to criticism. This offseason alone, he’s heard it explicitly from Donovan McNabb after signing his new contract and implicitly from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones when Jones pointed out things he wanted to see Rom
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  • Wednesday morning one-liners

    Wednesday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Said Bills QB E.J. Manuel, “I’m still trying to learn, still trying to get a great feel for my teammates. I’m still trying to earn the respect of the veteran guys as well as the rookies.” Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman says the goal i
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  • Basketball player Kearse tries to make Jags

    Basketball player Kearse tries to make Jags

    ESPN.com Jun 12, 2013
    Lance Kearse's first football practice in nearly a decade got off to a rough start Tuesday.
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  • Tarkenton wants Ponder to prove he can do it

    Tarkenton wants Ponder to prove he can do it

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    While my omission of Bud Grant may have caused the biggest stir in the Vikings’ Mt. Rushmore process, the guy who led the way in PFT Planet voting had some strong words, too. Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton joined Pro Football Talk on NBCSN to r
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  • Stafford says he’s playing for wins, not contract

    Stafford says he’s playing for wins, not contract

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Over the weekend, Lions president Tom Lewand said the team was working on a new contract for quarterback Matthew Stafford, hoping to get one done before the start of the season. But after regressing last year, and watching the team fall to 4-12, Staffor…
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  • Chris Johnson: I’m not selfish

    Chris Johnson: I’m not selfish

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Titans running back Chris Johnson recently revealed his goal for the 2013 season. He’d like to run for at least 2,000 yards for the second time in his NFL career, a goal that he expects won’t be met with rave reviews from all corners. Johnson answered
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  • Jason Garrett finally admits that he won’t call plays

    Jason Garrett finally admits that he won’t call plays

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Cowboys coach Jason Garrett finally got around to admitting that Bill Callahan was calling plays Tuesday, months after owner Jerry Jones decided he would and a week after Callahan himself acknowledged the switch but Garrett refused to. But Garrett stres…
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  • Panthers’ Greg Hardy sets a big goal this season: 50 sacks

    Panthers’ Greg Hardy sets a big goal this season: 50 sacks

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy is coming off a solid season in which he recorded 11 sacks. But this year his goal is a season that would be a lot more than “solid.” Actually, his goal is something totally impossible: More than doubling the NFL reco
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  • Manti Te’o earning respect of Chargers coaches, veterans

    Manti Te’o earning respect of Chargers coaches, veterans

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Given the unusual circumstances surrounding his final year at Notre Dame and somewhat baffling performance in the National Championship game, Manti Te’o was always going to have to prove to whatever organization decided to draft him that he was worth th
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  • Ryan Broyles, Darius Slay fully participate in Lions practice

    Ryan Broyles, Darius Slay fully participate in Lions practice

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    The Detroit Lions got a welcome surprise Tuesday as both wide receiver Ryan Broyles and second-round draft pick Darius Slay were able to fully participate in the first practice of the team’s mini-camp. Both Broyles and Slay are recovering from knee surg
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  • A.J. Jenkins starting to make an impression with 49ers

    A.J. Jenkins starting to make an impression with 49ers

    profootballtalk.com Jun 12, 2013
    Jim Harbaugh was adamant last year when criticism abounded surrounding San Francisco 49ers first round draft pick A.J. Jenkins that the Illinois rookie would eventually become “an outstanding player in the National Football League.” It certainly didnâ
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  • Darnell Dockett unveils intimidating facemask during Cardinals’…

    Darnell Dockett unveils intimidating facemask during Cardinals’ FanFest

    yahoo.com Jun 12, 2013
    Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett unveiled a new facemask at the team's FanFest at University of Phoenix Stadium on Tuesday night. As the photograph above shows, it will be very difficult for opposing offensive lineman to grab hold of D…
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  • 85-Day NFL Warning: The Fat-Guy Scamper

    85-Day NFL Warning: The Fat-Guy Scamper

    grantland.com Jun 12, 2013
    What's that? You were wondering exactly how many days until the start of the NFL season? Well, you're in luck! We here at the Triangle are set to spen...
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  • Video - Will Tebow Be A Distraction? 02:47

    Will Tebow Be A Distraction?

    Jun 12
    Brian Dawkins assesses Tim Tebow's fit in New England.
  • Video - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo disses media 01:37

    Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo disses media

    Jun 12
    Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo recently said "You guys don't matter" to members of the media. Find out why "NFL Total Access" analysts Warren Sapp, Darren Sharper and Heath Evans disagree.
  • Video - 32 in 32:  Houston Texans 03:06

    32 in 32: Houston Texans

    Jun 12
    Do the Houston Texans have what it takes to stay on top in the AFC South in 2013? Warren Sapp and Heath Evans break it down on "NFL Total Access."
  • Video - T.O. Wants To Play In 2013 02:55

    T.O. Wants To Play In 2013

    Jun 12
    Brian Dawkins breaks down what Terrell Owens has to offer if he is signed by an NFL team.

Sports Columnists

  • NFL pass-rushers face faster challenge

    Jun 12
    Sped-up offenses have defenses scrambling for ways to pressure the quarterback, writes John Clayton.