CSN Mock Draft 9.0: Ravens looking Irish? (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:38:33 PDT)
Though my mind would be clearer if the NFL would stop teasing us andjust release the 2014 schedule already, I stayed focused long enough to put together the latestCSNbaltimore 2014 mock draft. Click on through to see how the first two rounds of version 9.0 unfold atthis point in the process, but first...
CSN Mock Draft 9.0: Redskins go offense or defense? (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:34:24 PDT)
Even though my footwork isn't what it used to be - thanks a lot, Shanahans-, I still managed to stay upright long enough to put together the latest CSNwashington 2014 mock draft.
Arkansas fullback Kiero Small to visit Browns (National Football Post)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:31:07 PDT)
Fullback has worked out for Falcons
Falcons bringing in two top prospects for visits (National Football Post)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:20:58 PDT)
Hosting Clowney, Barr; will visit Robinson at Auburn.
DeMarcus Ware, Zane Beadles studying finance for better post-career options (Shutdown Corner)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:43:00 PDT)
Two of the NFL’s top free agents signed contracts this offseason that would allow them, if they so chose, to put their money in a simple savings account and in theory be set for their lives.
And yet DeMarcus Ware and Zane Beadles, who signed deals that will combine to earn them more than $32 million guaranteed with their new teams, want more.
Not more money, necessarily. But more knowledge of how best to put it to use.
We all know that the NFL deals in funny money. To wit: A five-year, $50 million deal isn’t worth 50 mil proper — how much of that is guaranteed? And also, there’s the painful truth that the majority of the players in the league will have blown most of whatever they have earned, or perhaps all of it.
Ware and Beadles were two of 28 current and former NFL players who attended last week’s NFL Business Management & Entrepreneurial Program at the University of Notre Dame. The program was designed to help players of all strata — from the Wares of the world down to league-minimum players, and even those no longer earning a league paycheck — to help better manage their funds and perhaps even invest them properly.
In fact, most of the players who attended were not on Ware’s or even Beadles’ level of fame or talent. They either were fringe players, or currently out of the league.
Falcons bringing Anthony Barr in for a visit (ProFootball Talk on NBC Sportsa)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:05:59 PDT)
Depending on who drafts him, Anthony Barr figures to play multiple roles. So it makes sense that a defense that won’t commit to any one style is looking closely at the UCLA linebacker. According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Barr will visit the Falcons next Tuesday. Barr’s most natural fit is as…
Report: Ravens, Falcons, Patriots, Colts, Browns and Jets are heavily interested in Michael Sam (Shutdown Corner)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:40:04 PDT)
Michael Sam is not expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. He may not be selected in the middle rounds. In fact, there is a chance Sam is not drafted at all.
However, there are plenty of NFL teams very interested in him.
The Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets are the teams most interested in Sam, according to The Baltimore Sun. Sam met with several teams, including Baltimore, at the NFL scouting combine.
Sam is poised to become the first openly gay NFL player.
However, Sam has struggled during the NFL evaluation process.
Sam turned in an unimpressive performance at the scouting combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.91 seconds (tied for 18th); bench pressed 225 pounds 17 times (tied for 47th/second to last); had a vertical jump of 25.5 inches (tied for 39th) and his broad jump was 114 inches (tied for 14th).
During Missouri’s pro day, Sam ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 seconds, plus finished with 19 reps of 225 pounds. Unfortunately, for Sam, he sustained a hamstring injury during the workout, and struggled to finish the drills.
One thing working on Sam’s behalf is most NFL teams are more concerned with what they see on film than evaluating predraft workouts. Sam was named the SEC’s co-defensive player of the year after leading the conference in sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (18.0) last season. Some scouts believe Sam is not athletic enough to play outside linebacker and not big enough to be a defensive end in a 3-4, which means he will have to make an NFL team as a special teams contributor.
And there are six NFL teams seemingly poised to give Sam a chance.
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Jadeveon Clowney to visit Falcons next week (ProFootball Talk on NBC Sportsa)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:05:20 PDT)
Back in February, Jadeveon Clowney said that he would love it if the Falcons traded up from the sixth pick to select him in May’s draft. He’ll have the chance to make the case in person next week. Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that Clowney will visit with the Falcons as Atlanta tries to find defensive…
NFL Draft: Team Schedule (Rotoworld)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:44:00 PDT)
Evan Silva and Josh Norris break down every team's needs and which players fit those needs. Check out the weekly schedule.
Wednesday's Sports In Brief (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 17 Apr 2014 01:09:36 PDT)
PRO BASKETBALL Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference by rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 112-111 Wednesday night in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City will open the playoffs Saturday against Memphis, which grabbed the West's No. 7 seed when Mike Conley hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds left in overtime to lift the Grizzlies to a 106-105 win over the Mavericks. The Mavericks dropped to the No. 8 seed and will open against at top-seeded San Antonio on Sunday.
Team Report - NEW YORK JETS (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:24:10 PDT)
Jets add Johnson to running backs corps
Source: Florida State running back Devonta Freeman visiting Vikings on Thursday (National Football Post)
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:51:06 PDT)
Running back to meet with NFC North club
Atlanta awarded Major League Soccer expansion team
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:15:13 PDT)
By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Atlanta has landed a Major League Soccer expansion team that will play beginning in 2017 in the city's new open-air stadium downtown, officials announced on Wednesday. Arthur Blank, owner of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons team and a co-founder of Home Depot Inc. purchased the new franchise, which will be the league's 22nd team, he told reporters. "This is an exciting day for Atlanta," Blank said. It's been a dream of ours." The Georgia Dome, Atlanta's current downtown football stadium, is scheduled to be torn down and replaced in 2017 with a $1 billion open-air facility with a retractable roof.
No immediate deal for Chris Johnson after Jets visit (National Football Post)
(Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:10:57 PDT)
Running back visited Jets on Tuesday
Team Report - BUFFALO BILLS (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:24:08 PDT)
Trump says he would keep team in Buffalo
Source: Nevin Lawson visiting with Falcons (National Football Post)
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 08:51:00 PDT)
Source: Jake Matthews worked out for Falcons (National Football Post)
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:40:48 PDT)
Texas A&M offensive tackle meets with NFC South club
NFL Draft Needs: Falcons (Rotoworld)
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:25:00 PDT)
Evan Silva and Josh Norris preview what positions and prospects the Atlanta Falcons could target in May's draft.
Source: Jake Matthews has met with Falcons (National Football Post)
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 07:20:49 PDT)
Texas A&M offensive tackle meets with NFC South club
Source: East Carolina TE Justin Jones working out for Falcons today (National Football Post)
(Tue, 15 Apr 2014 06:10:50 PDT)
East Carolina tight end auditioning for NFC South club
NFL Mock Draft: Texans pick Clowney? (Comcast SportsNet Houston)
(Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:14:45 PDT)
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina* Are the Texans finally closing in on their selection with the first overall pick? Well, it's possible at least. The Texans have seen all of the top prospects and have spoken highly about Blake Bortles, Jadeveon Clowney and Johnny Manziel. Bill O'Brien was complimentary of all them, and to this point, has still yet to reveal his hand. The new Texans' head coach said he was going to draft a quarterback in this year's draft, he just didn't say when. ...
Team Report - JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (The SportsXchange)
(Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:50:25 PDT)
Jaguars offer sheet to Mack matched
Source: LSU fullback J.C. Copeland to work out for Lions, Falcons, Buccaneers, met with Cowboys, Patriots (National Football Post)
(Sat, 12 Apr 2014 07:00:00 PDT)
LSU fullback making the rounds
Bears' Eric Weems accepts paycut (National Football Post)
(Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:31:06 PDT)
Wide receiver accepts paycut
Geoff Mosher's NFL mock draft 1.0 (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:45:30 PDT)
Geoff Mosher checks in with his first full NFL mock draft.
Source: Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford has met with Jaguars, Dolphins, Chargers, Falcons (National Football Post)
(Fri, 11 Apr 2014 05:00:46 PDT)
Outside linebacker drawing second-round grades
Team Report - CAROLINA PANTHERS (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:08:06 PDT)
Panthers will pick up Newton's option
Team Report - MIAMI DOLPHINS (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:08:06 PDT)
Philbin to be more visible this season
Panthers sign free-agent S DeCoud, TE Dickson (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:11:26 PDT)
The Carolina Panthers added a pair of unrestricted free agents Thursday, signing safety Thomas DeCoud to a two-year contract and tight end Ed Dickson to a one-year deal. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound DeCoud has spent his entire six-year NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons and went to the Pro Bowl in 2012. ''Thomas provides a veteran in the secondary who is familiar with the NFC South and has been a very solid player,'' Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a press release. ''We are pleased to add him to a safety group that has good experience and production.'' It's unclear what DeCoud's arrival will mean for safety Charles Godfrey, who missed 14 games last season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Report: Bon Jovi interested in Bills (The SportsXchange)
(Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:00:30 PDT)
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is part of a group interested in purchasing the Buffalo Bills, according to reports.