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Reshad Jones could be poised to break out for Dolphins
The next great NFL safety could be lurking in Miami. Or at least the next really good one. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel raves about Reshad Jones, a practice phenom who has yet to display such dominance in games that count. Last SeptembUpvote Share Tweet
Anthony Hargrove isn’t the only member of the 2009 Saints who believes he didn’t say “give me my money” in the now-infamous sideline video from the NFC title game. Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that “almost the entire team” believes itUpvote Share TweetNFL rookies heard from Michael Vick and Pacman Jones at the rookie symposium on Monday, with those two veterans of the NFL - and the judicial system - telling this year’s draft picks how to stay out of trouble off the field. And the rookies also heaUpvote Share TweetIt’ll take a lot more than the loss of $30 million to stop a $1.2 billion stadium from being built. And so the decision of Santa Clara County to not contribute $30 million in tax money to the 49ers stadium effort won’t matter, in the grand scheme of tUpvote Share Tweet
Alphonso Smith didn’t, doesn’t care about trade talkCornerback Alphonso Smith doesn’t care whether the Lions are trying to trade him, and he won’t care until they do. Smith, picked by the Broncos in the second round of the 2009 draft after Denver shipped a 2010 first-rounder to Seattle, was sent to DetUpvote Share TweetQuarterback Michael Vick and cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones were highly touted draft prospects, and both players were taken early in the first rounds of their respective drafts -- Vick first overall out of Virginia Tech in 2001, and Jones sixt…Upvote Share TweetFormer Falcons running back Jamal Anderson, the onetime star who did the “Dirty Bird” and led the Falcons to their only Super Bowl, has been arrested for drunk driving. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Anderson was arrested by DeKalb CounUpvote Share TweetA former Baylor basketball player is facing a federal extortion charge for allegedly threatening to release "derogatory information" about Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III unless he was paid.Upvote Share Tweet
Tuck calls Eli’s Top 100 ranking “a joke”Eagles quarterback Mike Vick isn’t the only guy from the NFC East who thinks one of the rankings in the NFL’s Top 1oo list amounts to “a joke.” Vick doesn’t like the fact that he landed at No. 70 this year, and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck dUpvote Share Tweet
Not Enough Answers: The jury's out on Christian Ponder, Adrian Peters…The jury's out on Christian Ponder, Adrian Peterson's knee and whether an overhauled secondary can improve. The Vikes are still very much a work in progress, Chris Burke writes.Upvote Share TweetThe Detroit Lions have signed safety Sean Jones to a one-year deal and released safety Sam Proctor.Upvote Share TweetNEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- New Jersey police say New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson suffered minor injuries in a two-car crash early Saturday.Upvote Share TweetIn slow news periods like this, we find ourselves looking back to our old reliables a little more often than we might in busier times. There haven’t been many players more reliable for our purposes than Chad Ochocinco. The Dolphins wide receiver might nUpvote Share Tweet
Moats trying to make a mark in Buffalo’s 4-3 defenseBills linebacker Arthur Moats wants to be known for more than being the guy who ended Brett Favre’s streak of consecutive starts. To that end, the 2010 sixth-round pick hopes to nail down a spot in the team’s new 4-3 defense, a year after bouncing froUpvote Share TweetAURORA, Ohio (AP) -- The NFL has schooled some of its rookies on the dangers of concussions and potential long-term effects of head injuries.Upvote Share TweetPITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers have released veteran quarterback Troy Smith, a former Ohio State star who won the 2006 Heisman Trophy.Upvote Share TweetShortly after we posted the news that the NFL won’t hand down its decision today on the four players who are appealing their suspensions in the Saints’ bounty investigation, one of those suspended players pointedly asked why not. Saints linebacker JonUpvote Share TweetWhen the Steelers signed quarterbacks Troy Smith earlier this offseason, they were filling a position of need since all three of Ben Roethlisberger’s backups from last year were free agents. Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are back in Pittsburgh, thougUpvote Share Tweet
Great Starts: 2011”²s best third-day draft picksFor the next entry in our Great Starts series, we turn out attention to those draft picks who impressed the most in 2011 despite their status as third-day picks -- those players taken from the fourth through seventh rounds. New York Giants general manag…Upvote Share Tweet
Marie Tillman’s book lets you step in her shoes on the day her husband Pat diedOn Tuesday, "The Letter: My Journey Through Love, Loss and Life" by Marie Tillman, will be available for purchase. In it, Pat Tillman's wife shares the details of her life since the death of her husband Pat, the former NFL star and Army Ranger…Upvote Share Tweet
Vikings giving Everson Griffen another look at linebackerThough the Vikings are sufficiently thin at linebacker to be interested in Brian Banks (I still wish someone would sign that guy), one of the strategies for addressing this specific area of weakness comes from one of the few areas of the roster that cur…Upvote Share TweetWhen Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks broke a bone in his foot during OTAs in May, there wasn’t much clarity about his projected return date. Nicks was talking lightning fast, Tom Coughlin was keeping his fingers crossed for the start of the regular seUpvote Share Tweet
Jim Irsay takes issue with criticism of his Twitter skillsSince it’s supposed to be a slow week, here’s an item that is best suited for consideration during a slow week. Colts owner Jim Irsay has taken to Twitter to call me out personally for a joke included at the bottom of a Saturday item regarding Irsay”Upvote Share TweetBill Belichick really likes seeing how NFC South teams practice. That’s the conclusion we’ve drawn from a Boston Herald report that the Patriots are talking to the Buccaneers about holding joint practices this summer. We’ve already heard word that BUpvote Share Tweet
Former Baylor basketball player accused of extorting RG3In the grand scheme of crimes committed by former Baylor basketball players, this one is fairly tame. But it’s still intriguing. And perhaps troubling. According to KWTX.com, former Baylor basketball player Richard Hurd has been arrested for allegedlyUpvote Share Tweet
Pepsi returns as Super Bowl halftime sponsorWell, that didn’t take long. With Bridgestone bailing on the sponsorship of the Super Bowl halftime show, Pepsi has returned, according to Terry Lefton of SportsBusiness Journal. Pepsi reportedly hopes to use the sponsorship to link “its sports and muUpvote Share Tweet
Bills’ improved depth could mean better special teamsAs the Bills’ roster quietly improves, the team’s special teams could truly become, well, special. Tim Graham of the Buffalo News explains that improved depth not only means greater competition for starting jobs and playing time on offense and defenseUpvote Share Tweet
PFT Live takes a one-week breakFor those of you (all five of you) who have tuned in to watch Monday’s PFT Live, there won’t be a show today. Or any day this week. Back in March, we picked a few non-Olympics weeks to shut things down, since we assumed things would slow down. AndUpvote Share TweetEvery NFL team currently will start training camp with a 90-man roster that has maybe 30 rookies and first-year players on it, and teams will enter the regular season with a 53-man roster that has maybe 10 rookies and first-year players on it. So somewh…Upvote Share Tweet
DeMarcus Ware wants to lead Cowboys by exampleThere’s been a consistent trend of people commenting on the lack of leadership in Dallas. Most of those people aren’t actually talking about 52 members of the franchise. They are talking about Tony Romo and questioning whether he is a good enough quarUpvote Share TweetIf Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez plays well this year, Tim Tebow won’t get a chance to start. So does that mean Tebow is rooting for Sanchez to fail, and get benched? Not according to Tebow, who unsurprisingly says he wants Sanchez to do well, even if tUpvote Share TweetDeMaurice Smith takes over for Peter King in this week's MMQB, and he's got a simple message for everyone involved in sports, from athletes to leagues at all levels: be a good sport.Upvote Share TweetIf the Browns plan to give the Hatfield treatment to Colt McCoy, the sooner they pull the trigger, the better. It’s an issue that lingers because, two months after using the 22nd overall pick in the draft on quarterback Brandon Weeden, the Browns have nUpvote Share TweetLike many other Americans, Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross will be spending a little bit of his summer on the other side of the Atlantic. Unlike most of the other tourists making their way to the Eiffel Tower, the Danube or an all-night rave in Ibiza, Ros…Upvote Share TweetBrandon Marshall arrived in Miami in 2010 having had three straight 100-catch seasons in Denver. But he thought he could get better with the Dolphins. Unfortunately, it didn’t work that way. Marshall says that he didn’t get much coaching at all, as faUpvote Share TweetESPN.com Updated Jun 25, 2012Drew Brees has teamed up with PACE (Protecting Athletes Through Concussion Education), a program that provides free concussion testing for more than 3,300 middle and high schools and youth sports organizations.Upvote Share Tweet
Calvin Johnson is “stronger and faster” this yearIt doesn’t take long during any discussion of the league’s best receivers for Calvin Johnson’s name to come up in discussion. Johnson’s exploits over the last few seasons have left plenty of defensive backs wondering how they are supposed to stopUpvote Share Tweet
Welcome to the dead zone of NFL newsWelcome to the NFL during the last full week in June. Typically, it’s the slowest time of the year. But there’s nothing typical about this year. And so, if you don’t want to miss anything, you need to keep checking out PFT multiple times per day,Upvote Share TweetArthur Moats is playing every linebacker spot for the Bills. TE Anthony Fasano’s role in the Dolphins offense might be reduced this season. Can the Patriots count on S Josh Barrett staying healthy long enough to help the team? Rookie LB Demario Davis haUpvote Share Tweet
Titans trying to teach pass-rush from the ground upThe Titans knew they had to change things, after recording a meager 28 sacks last year. So they decided to start from scratch. Former NFL defensive player of the year (1989) Keith Millard was hired as an assistant, specializing in pass rush. And he’s teUpvote Share TweetTwenty years ago today, Eagles defensive lineman Jerome Brown died in a car accident at the age of 27. Brown was an excellent player, an All-Pro in his last two seasons and a leader on a Philadelphia defense that was the best in football in 1991. The Ph…Upvote Share TweetSporting News: Brees criticized for bounty silenceUpvote Share Tweet
NFL Network to launch morning talk showThe NFL Network’s getting into the morning show business, creating a football version of the Today show. USA Today’s Michael Hiestand reports that the league will announce Monday its plans for a four-hour weekday morning show, which will start July 30Upvote Share Tweet
Karlos Dansby thinks Dolphins’ defense can be greatKarlos Dansby’s optimism is not going away. A month ago Dansby, the Dolphins’ outside linebacker, said that he thinks the Dolphins are going to the Super Bowl. Now he’s saying that the Dolphins are ready for greatness on defense. “We’ve got a chUpvote Share TweetIt's fair to say that former St. Louis Rams general manager Billy Devaney has stepped on a few cracked sidewalks through an NFL career that started in 1979, when he was hired as a college scout for a Washington Redskins team that went on to win three Su…Upvote Share Tweet
Dolphins’ iPads to be used for playbooks, not internet tomfooleryIf you're a member of the Miami Dolphins, and you're reading this website right now on your team-issued iPad, then stop it immediately, mister. Yes, we want your page views, but use your own computer. And for that matter, stop looking for pictures of Ry…Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan thinks he and Schwartz will keep on survivingThree years after more than a third of the NFL hired new head coaches, only two of those men remain on the job. One of them thinks they’ll both be sticking around for a while. Specifically, Jets coach Rex Ryan predicts he and Lions coach Jim SchwartzUpvote Share Tweet
NFL32OT: Favre Doesn't Care About BountiesJun 25Episode 159 - Mort and Suzy discuss Brett Favre's dismissal of the bounty scandal, Jairus Byrd has advice for rookies, and Herm and Schlereth debate the Dolphins starting a veteran or a rookie at QB.
Santa Clara Pulls Back $30 Million From 49er Stadium DealJun 25Santa Clara County surprised both the San Francisco 49ers and city of Santa Clara leaders by pulling $30 million in taxâ€¦
High expectations for RedskinsJun 25Brian Orakpo joins Warren Sapp on "NFL Total Access" to weigh in on what he believes will be a revitalized 2012 season for Redskins fans.
32 in 32: Philadelphia EaglesJun 25NFL Network's Warren Sapp and Redskins LB Brian Orakpo dissect what caused the Eagles' disappointing 2011 and what sort of changes they might have in store for 2012.
Peter King: Guest MMQB: DeMaurice Smith on the importance of being a good …Jun 25Peter King is on vacation, so he's recruited some help filling in on Monday Morning Quarterback. This week, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith takes the reins.