Archive for May, 2010

NFL: Hines Ward Weighs In On NYC Super Bowl

Under NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell we are seeing some new wrinkles to the old and familiar we are accustomed to, like the NFL Draft being held on prime time this past April and now in 2014, the Super Bowl in New York City. Outside during February, burr! This could be one for the ages if the city is under snow, with the makings of the ‘Heidi Game’ legend coming to mind.

Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward said “It don’t bother me, we are from Pittsburgh. So I mean you would love to go south and play in great weather conditions,” but the competitor Ward is also said that “Your playing in the greatest game of all, your mind better not be worried on the weather.”

Ward wasn’t fazed by the idea of New York City saying, “It’s one of the greatest cities in the U.S., what

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On Location: One-on-One With Limas Sweed

Walking around the Pittsburgh Steelers facility you can’t miss the tall guy on crutches and not know its Limas Sweed, who tore his Achilles during OTA’s a few weeks back.

While getting his rehab in, Sweed said he “Isn’t afraid of working hard,” and has done it in the past while he rehabbed a wrist injury in college.

Sweed did say you never think about getting hurt but it “Blew me away,” and that he “Couldn’t really believe it,” because he was feeling so good during the 2010 OTA’s. Describing himself as feeling “Like a kid again, feeling very confident, OTA’s were going great.”

The third year receiver said, “When it happened I thought someone kicked me in the back of my leg. I was still walking on it. Once the trainers diagnosed me they found out it was a torn achilles, I just excepted

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Scouting The Safeties: Class of 2011

Here’s a look at the top senior safety prospects entering the 2011 season:

Deunta Williams, North Carolina –
After redshirting his first year, Williams switched from wide receiver to cornerback and has started ever since. His receiving skills make him an offensive threat on defense—12 career interceptions for 231 yards—Williams has the ability to take a pick and turn it into six. His nose for the football makes him a ball-hawking prospect at the next level.

DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson –
The 6’1 strong safety possesses great athleticism—has a 37” vertical jump and transitioned from linebacker last season with a bang, tying a school record with eight interceptions. McDaniel received a second round grade from the NFL Advisory Committee this past season, another year of development should only boost his draft stock.

Chris Culliver,

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2010 NFL Yearbook: Atlanta Falcons

While many fans thought Atlanta’s unexpected 9-7 record in 2008 was the precursor of greater things ahead, Mike Smith’s Big Red Machine hit some potholes in his second year as head coach. Although the team rallied late in the year with three straight victories to once again reach nine wins, the Falcons’ talent level suggests that they are capable of much more.

Those nine W’s weren’t enough to qualify Smith’s contingent for postseason play, and a primary reason for that was the team’s defense.  In addition to a weakened pass rush, Atlanta’s secondary was downright atrocious, allowing opponents to score 28 points or more in nine of 16 regular season contests.

To add insult to injury, the Dirty Birds ranked 28th versus the pass and their defensive backfield surrendered eight more touchdowns to opposing quarterbacks than they did the year prior (23 versus 15).


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Around The Web: NFL Rookie Reports — OTA’s

Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow worked with the third-team offense during the team’s offseason workout Thursday, May 27, reports Mike Klis, of The Denver Post.

Carolina Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen started taking reps with the second-team offense ahead of QB Hunter Cantwell Thursday, May 27.

Arizona Cardinals QB John Skelton has shown a powerful arm, but he needs to work on touch throws, timing and anticipation, reports The Arizona Republic’s Jim Gintonio. Quarterbacks coach Chris Miller also said another challenge for Skelton will be how he can absorb the complexities of an NFL playbook. Miller said a potential path for Skelton would be to adapt to the NFL environment for a year and be in the mix to compete in the 2011 season.

Philadelphia Eagles QB Mike Kafka has been impressing during the team’s minicamp, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jonathan Tamari. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said Kafka

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2011 NFL Draft Watch #18: Marvin Austin

The countdown continues and our number eighteen prospect in college football is…

Defensive Tackle Marvin Austin, North Carolina (Senior):

The Skinny: Despite his first-round talent, Austin made a very wise decision to return for his senior season in Chapel Hill. While he was a potential first-round pick in 2010 and surely wouldn’t have slipped further than the second round, we concur with his choice. If Austin builds on his junior numbers and develops into a more consistent performer, not only will he be a first-round pick, he could find himself in the top 10. No one doubts the North Carolina man has the talent to be the top interior lineman in the 2011 draft. With Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant also returning for their senior

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Scouting The Cornerbacks: Class of 2011

Here’s a look at the top senior cornerback prospects entering the 2011 season:

Ras-I Dowling, Virginia – At 6’2, 200 pounds, Dowling has a phenomenal blend of size, speed and coverage capability. He stated that the reasons for returning to Virginia for his senior year was to hone his craft, which includes improving his tackling, reaction time and leadership skills. If he achieves those goals look for Dowling to earn sure-fire first round status.

Prince Amukamara, Nebraska –
The 6’1, 205-pound Amukamara had a coming out party in 2009 and was selected as First Team All-Big 12, while earning the reputation around the conference as a lockdown corner. His combination of size, speed and ball instincts are rare. He will need to work on becoming more consistent and overcoming some of the

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NFL Draft Watch

NFL Draft Bible Founder Rick Serritella previews the top senior prospects at each position:


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Q&A: NFL Meetings | Goodell Takes On Media

Dallas, TX – May 25, 2010

Good afternoon. We had a very productive day. I know you want to talk about Super Bowl XLVIII. That obviously was a historic vote for the league and it’s something that took up a fair amount of time this afternoon. We had three great cities and three great communities bidding. But we also got a lot of other things done. It was an incredibly productive day. We spoke a lot about the coming season. There was a big focus on where we are with ticket sales, the challenges that are still out there in the marketplace; what our consumers and business partners are going through, and what we can do to try to make the experience better in our stadiums, which we call the in-stadium experience.  This would include bringing new technology, content like the RedZone into our stadiums to make

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Around The Web: NFL Rookie Notebook

The St. Louis Dispatch reports, QB Tim Tebow took very few snaps during the Broncos’ first offseason practice as he continues to work on his mechanics and studying the playbook. Brady Quinn, who was acquired from the Cleveland Browns in March, is just getting acclimated to his new teammates and new offense. Kyle Orton, meanwhile, carried himself with the type of relaxed, poised demeanor common among established quarterbacks.

The 49ers intend to tweak rookie Anthony Dixon’s running style. VP of Player Personnel Trent Baalke observed that Dixon “has to learn to run like a big back” after dancing too often during OTA practices. Dixon, though, has reportedly “showed some nice moves and a burst of speed” at 235 lbs. Beat writer Matt Maiocco compares Dixon to an early-career Kevan Barlow.

Dallas Cowboys WR Roy Williams said rookie WR Dez Bryant is a tremendous talent who doesn’t even realize

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