Archive for August, 2011

On Location: Cam Heyward Learns ‘Steeler Way’

“Yeah not the best thing in the world,” was the way Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive end Cam Heyward responded when asked how his singing performance went in front of the veterans as part of his rookie hazing. So is life even for the first pick of the team the 31st pick overall in the 2011 NFL Draft and the rest of the rookie’s in camp.

Not many teams in the National Football League have the luxury of drafting for tomorrow and not for today allowing the players to become young seasoned veterans before they take hold of the starting job.

That point is hammered home in the case for Heyward who will learn off the effective yet aging defensive line of Aaron Smith, Brett Keisel and Casey Hampton who will enter 2011 with 31 years of combined service

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On Location: Roger Goodell @ NFL Hall of Fame

Standing at the podium addressing the media one of the opening lines NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell stated “at least until next year this was the most watched season in the history of the NFL,” maybe wishful thinking on his part as most of the close to 49 minutes taking questions from the media revolved around the Collective Bargaining Agreement that expires on March 4th. In a time where the economy is struggling the NFL seems to be making money hand over fist leaving the question are both sides going to ruin the ‘Golden Goose’ and avoid a work stoppage which the NFL hasn’t seen since league owners put replacements players on standby for $1,000 per game back in 1987.

“I do. I do believe that DeMaurice Smith (NFLPA President) understands that after March 4th, this becomes more difficult to reach and agreement,” said

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Podcast: Mike Mayock, NFL Network

One of the leading figures covering the NFL Draft Mike Mayock takes time from the summer heat to talk with All Access Football in Latrobe, PA home of Saint Vincent College. This episode of All Access Football hosted by Bo Marchionte.

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Podcast: Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line starters are approaching the ends of their careers with starters Aaron Smith, Casey Hampton and Brett Keisel combing for 31 years of NFL experience. In April the Steelers addressed the aging line with ex-Ohio State Buckeye Cam Heyward with the 31st pick of the 2011 NFL Draft.  The NFL Draft Bible caught up with Heyward at St. Vincent College home of the Steelers training camp to get some insight on how life is going as a NFL rookie. This episode of All Access Football hosted by Bo Marchionte.

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Emerging Pac-12 Senior Defenders

Most of talent in the Pac-12 this season, as in the past, is thought to be on the offensive side of the ball. With the exception of Arizona State junior Vontaze Burfict, there aren’t any defensive players consistently projected near the top of their positions in next year’s draft, but the past has shown the conference typically has multiple defenders selected in the early rounds each year. If that trend is to continue, who will emerge this season?

The true senior is where the answer might be found. To become a fourth-year senior you need to be athletic and talented enough to make an impact as a true freshman, but not so gifted that you can declare for the draft after your junior season. The only real difference between them and red-shirt juniors is typically some inconsistent playing time during their first year on campus…and the reality

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Emerging Pac-12 Senior Defenders

Most of talent in the Pac-12 this season, as in the past, is thought to be on the offensive side of the ball. With the exception of Arizona State junior Vontaze Burfict, there aren’t any defensive players consistently projected near the top of their positions in next year’s draft, but the past has shown the conference typically has multiple defenders selected in the early rounds each year. If that trend is to continue, who will emerge this season?

The true senior is where the answer might be found. To become a fourth-year senior you need to be athletic and talented enough to make an impact as a true freshman, but not so gifted that you can declare for the draft after your junior season. The only real difference between them and red-shirt juniors is typically some inconsistent playing time during their first year on campus…and the reality

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Podcast: On Location Pittsburgh Steelers TC

Bo Marchionte of the NFL Draft Bible is on location in Latrobe, Pa. with the defending AFC Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. In this segment you will find interviews with “Young Money Crew” Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, along with rookie wide outs Terrence McCrae Armand Robinson. He also catches up with a pair of rookie running backs in John Clay and Baron Batch who are competing against each other for a roster spot.

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Podcast: NFL Hot Stove Roundtable Discussion

This is going to be bigger than a Crazy Eddie sale as hosts Ric Serritella, Reverend Ralph Mancini and Joe Everett of the NFL Draft Bible are joined by Co-Creator of the FF Draft Advisor iApp Jim Day aka Fantasy Taz. New to Twitter Ross Mandel @RosstradamusNFL checks in with the 411 as we take you around the league with the best/worst FA signings, UDFA players to keep an eye on and the various possibilities of the remaining NFL offseason frenzy. 2-hours commercial free brought to you by All Access Football exclusively on Blog Talk Radio.

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Podcast: Ike Taylor, Pittsburgh Steelers

Training camps are underway but newly signed fre agents like Ike Taylor they can not practice until the new league year starts on August 4th so they must sit and watch the guys go at it. Taylor talks free agency, who they call baby Jesus and on if he was really going to sign elsewhere when free agency hit or if he was going to be a Steeler all along. This episode of All Access Football is hosted by Bo Marchionte.

NFL: Around The Web Rookie Report – Wed. 7/3

Lions WR Titus Young missed practice Tuesday with tightness in his leg, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Sam Bradford confirms the Rams are moving second-round TE Lance Kendricks around the offense in different formations. “It seems like that every time I look out there, he’s in there,” Bradford said. “Whether he is at ‘Y’ (in-line), he’s at ‘F’ (slot), he’s playing wide receiver some. I think he’s done a great job, he’s physical. He really stood out to me yesterday when we put the pads on and we had the ‘Ram Drill’.”

The Colts signed Anthony Castonzo, their first-round pick in April, to a deal Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Lions DT Nick Fairly was wearing a walking boot Tuesday after injuring his left foot the day prior, the Detroit Free Press reports. “It’s not (a big setback) at all,” Fairley said. “I’m doing whatever

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