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Revis pick-6 of Brady highlights practice
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Toward the end of Thursday’s practice, the Patriots’ offense was working on being backed up in its territory when cornerback Darrelle Revis delivered one of the notable plays of the day. With the ball on the 2-yard line, quarterback Tom Brady dropped back into his end zone, was forced to hold the ball a bit longer than desired, and then attempted to fire a short pass over the middle to receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:15:52 EDT
Is Nick Perry finally back for good?
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers are finally at full strength in their linebacking corps, but how long will that last? It's a reasonable question considering the injury history of Nick Perry and to a lesser extent Mike Neal. A day after Mike Neal was activated from the physically unable to perform list, Perry joined him on Thursday. For Perry, it was his first on-field activity since the end of last season, which he finished on a bum foot and ankle.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:15:48 EDT
Buccaneers to invade Canton
TAMPA, Fla. -- Give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers credit for knowing how to properly celebrate a Hall of Fame induction. The Bucs are taking a contingent of about 200 staff members to Canton, Ohio, for the second consecutive year -- this time for the induction of Derrick Brooks. They did the same thing last year when Warren Sapp was inducted. Any employee who was a staff member during Brooks’ final season (2008) was invited, along with a guest.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:13:49 EDT
Alfred Morris welcomes less attention
RICHMOND, VA. -- Alfred Morris didn’t worry about his role after the Redskins acquired more receiving talent. He only saw the possibilities for him. Less attention can be a good thing for a running back. With speedy playmaking receivers, the Redskins' running back understands he can benefit from them, especially since DeSean Jackson is one of the newcomers. “I never looked at it as if I was going to get less touches having him,” said Morris, who has rushed for a combined 2,888 yards in his first two seasons combined.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:10:32 EDT
Dolphins Camp Report: Day 6
DAVIE, Fla. -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Miami Dolphins training camp: After a poor practice on Wednesday, the Dolphins’ offense responded Thursday with a better session. Miami's offense was crisper with fewer drops and no apparent sacks. Quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and backup Pat Devlin both made several nice throws in the full-padded practice. Dolphins tight end Charles Clay and receiver Rishard Matthews were two who consistently made plays.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:00:21 EDT
Michael Sam's path to Rams roster is clear
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- A week into his first NFL training camp, St. Louis Rams defensive end Michael Sam offered a familiar refrain when meeting with the expanded media contingent Tuesday. "All I'm thinking about is making this team," Sam said. "I'm learning from the guys and I want to make this team. They're teaching me a lot. I'm doing what they're doing. They've been here for seven, eight years. I want to do that as well." Sam has been unwavering in that mantra since he returned to St.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:30:35 EDT
Calvin Johnson focuses on team success
ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Calvin Johnson, like almost every other college prospect in the NFL, had no control over where he was headed in the 2007 NFL draft. He did, though, have an idea of where he thought he might end up. And it wasn’t with the Detroit Lions, who selected him second overall in that draft. “I thought I would either be in Tampa or Atlanta, honestly,” Johnson said. “Both of them were not too far from the top in the draft, and I figured one of them might be able to move up.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:45:54 EDT
Redskins call Jordan Reed special talent
RICHMOND, Va. -- The Washington Redskins see the talent when he runs his routes, crossing over linebackers the same way he used to fool defenders in basketball. Teammates and coaches use words like explosive and special and point out things he can do that others can’t. They see where Jordan Reed can go. They also know he’s not there yet. The question in their minds is not if, but when. Of course, there is one if: his health. Reed missed seven games last season, six with a concussion.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:30:10 EDT
NFL Nation: 4 Downs -- NFC West
The NFC West had three teams that won at least 10 games last season, two teams in the NFC Championship Game and a team that won the Super Bowl by 35 points. Consequently, there is no lack of confidence about the 2014 season for the teams in this division. Three of them -- the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals -- can make a legitimate argument for winning the division title. But until the 49ers or the Cardinals prove otherwise, the Seahawks are the clear favorites, not only to win the division crown but to return to the Super Bowl.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:00:39 EDT
Patriots linebackers having a blast
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- With three top draft choices atop the depth chart in Jerod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins , the New England Patriots have the potential to field one of their best linebacker groups in Bill Belichick’s 15-year tenure as coach. Strong play at the linebacker level has been a consistent theme through six training camp practices, with Mayo (first round, 10th overall, 2008) leading things in the middle as players have credited his presence for keeping everyone on the same page.
Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:50:58 EDT