NFL

Joe Thomas says Brian Hoyer is “a lot like Tom Brady”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — The Browns are pretty clearly trying to send a message to Johnny Manziel to settle down and get to work. But sometimes in sending that message, they might be going overboard the other direction. Browns left tackle Joe Thomas was praising Manziel’s competition for the starting job, saying Brian Hoyer was “a lot like Tom…
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Steelers won’t rule out return from Brett Keisel, James Harrison

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — The Steelers have parted ways with several veteran players in the last couple of years as they’ve tried to get younger and more athletic, but they aren’t totally closing the door on the return of a couple of elder statesmen. Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was asked Monday about bringing defensive end Brett Keisel and…
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Ray Rice earns big cheers from Baltimore Ravens fans at training camp

Yahoo.com: Shutdown Corner (Eric Edholm) — We've done our best to call out Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for his inexcusable actions (for which he never really actually apologized to his victim, which just happens to be his wife now) and we've taken the NFL to task for their two-game suspension, which — when you stack it up to some of other Roger Goodell's discipline — appears quite light. [ Smack talk season is back at...
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Panthers G.M. on losing Gaffney: “It’s business”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Darin Gantt) — Four times in recent memory, a team tried to stash a player on IR, only to have another team claim him off waivers before they could. Three times, the Patriots did the claiming. Twice now, they’ve done it to Dave Gettleman’s employer. The Panthers General Manager was philosophical about losing sixth-round pick Tyler Gaffney to…
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Tuesday morning one-liners

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Josh Alper) — Bills offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett says that QB E.J. Manuel has “gotten so much more comfortable.” Dolphins rookie WR Jarvis Landry is picking things up quickly. Said Patriots WR Danny Amendola of working with Tom Brady, “The more experience you get with each other, the more you’re on the same page, the more you just…
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Bruce Allen: RG3 was asked to do the impossible last year

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III was rushed into starting Week One last season after an offseason of rehabbing his surgically repaired knee left him unprepared to run the offense. That’s the word from team President Bruce Allen, who said on ESPN 950 that Griffin was unprepared last year through no fault of his own. “What…
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Ravens fans cheer Ray Rice at open practice

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Michael David Smith) — Ravens running back Ray Rice may be loathed in most of America after an offseason that saw him face an assault charge for hitting his wife. But Rice is still beloved in Baltimore. The Ravens had an open practice at their home stadium on Monday night, and Rice heard loud cheers from the fans in…
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Richard Sherman: Seahawks have “tremendous leadership”

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — As with any Super Bowl winning team, it’s impossible to return every player the year after winning the championship. The Seattle Seahawks had to make a few salary cap related cuts and saw other players depart in free agency this offseason. Defensive end Red Bryant, fullback Michael Robinson and receiver Sidney Rice were some of…
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Another day, another fight at Eagles training camp

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — After a fight involving running back LeSean McCoy and defensive end Trent Cole on Sunday, another fight broke out in training camp for the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, a scuffle took place between receiver Jeremy Maclin and cornerback Bradley Fletcher during the team’s first full-padded practice of camp. The…
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Andre Johnson strains right hamstring on Monday

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — Some would say that a player missing the offseason program exposes him to a greater injury risk when training camp opens.  Those who would say that would point to Texans receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson, who skipped all of the 2014 offseason workout program due to concerns regarding the direction of the team and his future…
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Jim Harbaugh denies desire to be paid like Super Bowl-winning coach

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — It’s a given in league circles that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh has yet to sign a new contract because he wants more money than the 49ers are willing to pay.  Per multiple reports (which are accurate), Harbaugh wants to be paid like a Super Bowl-winning coach, and the 49ers aren’t ready to do that until…
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49ers agree to terms with Alfonso Smith

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Curtis Crabtree) — With Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James each suffering injuries this week, the San Francisco 49ers had to hit the free agent market to bolster some running back depth for training camp. According to Cam Inman of the Bay Area News Group, the 49ers have agreed to terms with former Arizona Cardinals running back Alfonso Smith.…
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Cardinals OLB John Abraham charged with DUI in June

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Wilkening) — Cardinals outside linebacker John Abraham, a key part of a strong Arizona defense, was arrested in late June in DeKalb County, Georgia on a DUI charge, the Arizona Republic reported Monday night. The 36-year-old Abraham has been excused from the club to attend to personal business since the beginning of training camp. According to the…
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Sanchez, DeSean have different opinions on Philly fans

NBCSports.com: ProFootballTalk (Mike Florio) — One is a new arrival in Philly after spending five seasons in New York.  The other landed in Washington after being cut by the Eagles.  And they both have different views about the fans in the City of Brotherly Love. Said former Jets and current Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez, via Bart Hubbuch of the New…
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New Coach Has Giants Huddling in Hurry, or Not at All

NY Times: The Fifth Down (By BILL PENNINGTON) — Ben McAdoo, the Giants’ new offensive coordinator, wants the offensive unit ready to start the next play well before the 40-second play clock reaches the teens.
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