AFC North News and Rumors

  • Sean Taylor highlights could be on Bobby Wagner’s Saturday agen…

    Sean Taylor highlights could be on Bobby Wagner’s Saturday agenda

    profootballtalk.com Updated 8 hours ago
    On the night before Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks Pro Bowl middle linebacker Bobby Wagner might pass the time by watching some clips of standout defenders of seasons past. And Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, too. “I’m going to chill and probably watch some Ra…
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  • Smarter Football: The Worst 4th-Down Decisions in Super Bowl Hi…

    Smarter Football: The Worst 4th-Down Decisions in Super Bowl History

    nytimes.com 10 hours ago
    In the biggest game of all, coaches have frequently made decisions that damaged their teams’ chances to win a championship.
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  • LeGarrette Blount doesn’t deny that he tried to get back to New…

    LeGarrette Blount doesn’t deny that he tried to get back to New England

    profootballtalk.com 13 hours ago
    One of the main non-#DeflateGate questions this week relates to whether any sort of winking and/or nodding occurred in connection running back LeGarrette Blount’s release from the Steelers and return to the Patriots. Carolyn Manno of NBCSN’s Pro Footbal…
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  • Josh Gordon pens open letter to critics: 'You don't even know m…

    Josh Gordon pens open letter to critics: 'You don't even know me'

    yahoo.com ESPN.com 15 hours ago
    In an open letter to his most vocal doubters, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon addressed his alleged sixth violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, which could cost him the entire 2015 season. Responding on Medium.com to, among others, E…
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  • Browns Receiver Josh Gordon Says He Was Caught Drinking

    Browns Receiver Josh Gordon Says He Was Caught Drinking

    nytimes.com 16 hours ago
    Browns receiver Josh Gordon said on Thursday that his latest trouble with the NFL results from having a few drinks with teammates.
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  • Mike Brown sees Vance Joseph 'as a star,' says Marvin Lewis

    Mike Brown sees Vance Joseph 'as a star,' says Marvin Lewis

    ESPN.com 17 hours ago
    Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis made the media rounds in Arizona on Thursday as he fulfilled various Super Bowl Week appearances. It was during a seven-minute appearance on ESPN's "NFL Insiders" in the afternoon that Lewis spoke pub…
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  • A.J. Green on Andy Dalton: You can’t blame one person for playo…

    A.J. Green on Andy Dalton: You can’t blame one person for playoff losses

    profootballtalk.com 19 hours ago
    The Bengals lost their playoff opener for the fourth straight season, leading to a renewed wave of opinions that quarterback Andy Dalton isn’t the right player to lead the team where they want to go. Wide receiver A.J. Green took issue with that view du…
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  • Josh Gordon: I failed myself again, but I will persevere

    Josh Gordon: I failed myself again, but I will persevere

    profootballtalk.com 19 hours ago
    Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has received plenty of criticism since word broke recently of a one-year suspension for a failed test for alcohol use and he answered some of his critics in an open letter on Medium.com on Thursday. In the letter, which …
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  • Haden: Browns don't think Manziel 'a joke'

    Haden: Browns don't think Manziel 'a joke'

    Two Cleveland Browns players came to the defense of Johnny Manziel this week following criticism of him in an ESPN.com report that chronicled his rookie year.
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  • Rex Ryan, Drew Brees and much more on huge PFT Live at noon ET

    Rex Ryan, Drew Brees and much more on huge PFT Live at noon ET

    profootballtalk.com 22 hours ago
    There’s never a good day to miss PFT Live if you want to know the latest from around the NFL, but you really don’t want to miss Thursday’s show. Mike Florio’s lined up a guest list studded with some of the biggest names in football. We’ve got Bills coac…
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  • AFC North Rookie of the Year: C.J. Mosley

    AFC North Rookie of the Year: C.J. Mosley

    ESPN.com 22 hours ago
    One was an absolute wrecking ball on defense, consistently finding his way to the football. The other was eased into his team's offense before ultimately taking it over the second half of the season, and helping it earn a postseason berth. But only one …
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  • NFL Nation TV talks Hall of Fame

    NFL Nation TV talks Hall of Fame

    ESPN.com 23 hours ago
    Join us at 3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT Thursday for the second special NFL Nation TV Super Bowl Week Spreecast. Episode No. 42 will review ESPN.com's recent joint venture with Pro Football Focus, which broke down how many "above-average" players eac…
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  • Thursday morning one-liners

    Thursday morning one-liners

    profootballtalk.com 24 hours ago
    Bills RB Fred Jackson says Patriots don’t need to cheat to win. Former Dolphins QB Dan Marino is not surprised by #DeflateGate. Ten years after his first one, Patriots DT Vince Wilfork is hungry for another Super Bowl. CB Antonio Cromartie would be open…
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  • Former basketball star could be draft option for Pittsburgh Ste…

    Former basketball star could be draft option for Pittsburgh Steelers

    ESPN.com Jan 29 (yesterday)
    The Pittsburgh Steelers made one of their best draft picks in franchise history in 2004 with the 11th overall pick when they selected a big, talented quarterback by the name of Ben Roethlisberger. Might the Steelers’ need to upgrade at cornerback lead t…
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  • How badly the Ravens missed Jimmy Smith

    How badly the Ravens missed Jimmy Smith

    ESPN.com Jan 29 (yesterday)
    Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said recently that cornerback Jimmy Smith is expected to start running in February. That's certainly good news for the Ravens. Their secondary wasn't the same after Smith suffered a season-ending foot injury on the o…
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  • Pats could get Stork back for Super Bowl

    Pats could get Stork back for Super Bowl

    profootballtalk.com Jan 29 (yesterday)
    The Patriots won the AFC title without the services of center Bryan Stork, who has a knee problem. Injured in the divisional round against the Ravens, Stork could be back for Super Bowl XLIX. According to the official injury report for Wednesday, Stork …
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  • Ike Taylor open to switching positions, changing teams

    Ike Taylor open to switching positions, changing teams

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    When the Steelers season came to an end, cornerback Ike Taylor said he was “cool” if 2014 was his final season as a player and that he wanted to remain with the team whether he was in an on-field or off-field role. It’s been a few weeks since the Ravens…
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  • Will Hill has active warrant in New Jersey for failure to pay c…

    Will Hill has active warrant in New Jersey for failure to pay child support

    profootballtalk.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    Ravens safety Will Hill has been no stranger to off-field issues during his NFL career and he has another one to work out in New Jersey. Hudson County law enforcement officials say that there has been a warrant for Hill’s arrest issued due to his allege…
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  • Hue Jackson: Still a place for Jermaine Gresham

    Hue Jackson: Still a place for Jermaine Gresham

    ESPN.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    CINCINNATI -- To the Cincinnati Bengals fan who may have already begun envisioning a future without tight end Jermaine Gresham, hold off. At least, that's the underlying message behind comments made earlier this week by offensive coordinator Hue Jackson…
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  • Browns hiring Joker Phillips as wide receivers coach

    Browns hiring Joker Phillips as wide receivers coach

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    The Browns are still looking for a quarterbacks coach to join Mike Pettine’s staff for the 2015 season, but they’ve found someone to work with their wide receivers. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the team will hire Joker Phillips to fill that role. Ph…
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  • Ravens finalize coaching staff

    Ravens finalize coaching staff

    profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    The Ravens filled the most prominent opening on John Harbaugh’s coaching staff by hiring Marc Trestman as their new offensive coordinator last week and they’ve taken care of the other open spots. The team announced one new arrival and several promotions…
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  • Paul Guenther confident Geno Atkins will return 'with a vengean…

    Paul Guenther confident Geno Atkins will return 'with a vengeance'

    ESPN.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    CINCINNATI -- Paul Guenther made major waves at the start of the Cincinnati Bengals' offseason four weeks ago when he told reporters covering the team that defensive tackle Geno Atkins was "just a guy out there" at times this past season. Hour…
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  • On Kevin O'Connell as possible Browns quarterbacks coach

    On Kevin O'Connell as possible Browns quarterbacks coach

    ESPN.com profootballtalk.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    Adam Schefter broke the news Wednesday that the Cleveland Browns were interviewing Kevin O’Connell to be the team’s quarterbacks coach. Because he’d never coached in the NFL, the news sent me to Google to find out more about him. Here’s what I learned: …
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  • AFC North Defensive Player of the Year: Elvis Dumervil

    AFC North Defensive Player of the Year: Elvis Dumervil

    ESPN.com Jan 28 (yesterday)
    ESPN.com's AFC North reporters voted on five awards for the division (Coach of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player), and one will be handed out each day throughout this week. …
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  • Video - Still Talks About His Daughter's Battle 04:33

    Still Talks About His Daughter's Battle

    Jan 29
    Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still joins "SportsCenter" to talk about his daughter Leah's battle with cancer.
  • Video - Haden Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador 01:06

    Haden Named Special Olympics Global Ambassador

    Jan 27
    Browns CB Joe Haden, a two-time Pro Bowler, joins "SportsCenter" to talk about the importance of being involved with the Special Olympics and shares his thoughts about being named its global ambassador.
  • Video - Steelers' Security 06:19

    Steelers' Security

    Jan 26
    Pittsburgh Steelers director of security Jack Kearney is also a full-time Allegheny County Sheriff's Deputy, prompting some to question whether there is a conflict of interest in cases concerning Steelers players.
  • Video - Gordon's Future After Failing Drug Test 02:28

    Gordon's Future After Failing Drug Test

    Jan 25
    ESPN Browns reporter Jeremy Fowler discusses Josh Gordon's reported failing of another drug test, for which he would have to serve a one-year suspension, and where he may end up after the suspension is over.

Sports Columnists

  • The Key to Super Bowl 49? Guy by the Name of Gronk

    Jan 30
    TEMPE, Ariz. — Did Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright’s sly smile tell it all? I’ve got this theory about Super Bowl 49 that isn’t exactly breaking news: Rob Gronkowski is the key player. If he blows up, New England wins. If Seattle manages to beat him up …
  • No surprise Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots reached Super Bowl - Cl…

    Jan 29
    Intriguing Seahawks-Patriots matchup is no surprise, and it should deliver another Super Bowl thriller, writes John Clayton.
  • Peter King’s Prediction: The Winner of Super Bowl XLIX Will Be …

    Jan 29
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    Jan 28
    Mel Kiper Jr. had Jameis Winston as the top player on his Big Board in the preseason but his stock fell when off-field trouble cropped up again. After...